Tuesday, August 30, 2011
Monday, August 29, 2011
Thursday, August 25, 2011
Wednesday, August 24, 2011
Nothing bad enough to freak out about, but kinda interesting all the same. Twitter lit up with all kinds of comments which confirmed our theory. (If I ever want to know what's going on, I hit Twitter really quick to see what the buzz is... and usually I'll find my answer!)
I do feel bad for those folks closer to the center. Seems some of the older buildings are damaged, which makes me sad. Such history, workmanship, pride, artistry - damaged in just 30 seconds of shaking. I hope they are able to repair things quickly.
Any interesting "I survived the great earthquake" stories out there, my imaginary friends? Let me know!
Tuesday, August 23, 2011
Gary and I decided to take a day adventure on his one Saturday off and head for the NC Mountains. OH THANK HEAVENS! Finally we got a break from the oppresive heat that South Carolina has been under for the past 1,204,743 days. Whew! The day was positively perfect, down to the nap that I was able to take while he drove us around the mountain.
I just love the NC mountains - love seeing the beautiful blue color in the distance, humps and humps of shades of blue. There is just something about it that causes my shoulders to drop and my back to relax and I can just breathe in serenity.
Gary loves the mountains more than I do and knows all the lookout spots that have the beautiful views. So we hit the Blue Ridge Parkway and stopped at several overlooks on the way. Each one provides a different view of the beauty God has given to us. It's just so nice to dedicate a day to enjoying it!
This family was coming across the hills as we were taking pictures of the mountains and the cows... it was very "Sound of Music"-esque with mom, dad and about six youngins. When these two scampered to the top of the rock, I had to take a quick picture - they were just too cute!
Thursday, August 18, 2011
Wednesday, August 17, 2011
The funniest thing about it - as we were getting our crew off the merry-go-round, another family put their two girls on the horses, one sitting sideways. The dad is completely baffled is you can tell he is wanting to have his daughter ride this horse the way most people do. But the mom, seeing what was about to happen, told him in a very exasperated tone that she had to, and I quote, "Sit like a princess." Undoubtedly, princesses ride side-saddle. And according to the look his wife gave him, he should have known this. So dad backed off and let his daughter be the little princess that you know she is, at least in her own mind.
Ellie is too cute at these types of places and I love taking pictures of her. Just wish my Droid had a better
camera for indoor photography.
Monday, August 15, 2011
Sunday, August 14, 2011
Oops. In typical style, I opened the window a few inches for Muffin to sniff the somewhat fresh air yesterday and forgot all about it. (it would seem fresher if it wasn't so hot!) Woke up this morning to Muffin sniffing the fresh rain-scented air and me covered in mosquito bites. Gotta love it.
Oh well, what are a few bites to see a very happy kitty?
Friday, August 12, 2011
The service was beautiful. The church is so peaceful, nestled close to the ocean and you just feel at peace like watching the ocean waves. The flowers, mostly red, white and blue, honored his service to and love of our country. Graceful grapevine wreathes with delicate flowers seemed to represent his gentle nature so perfectly. The service was truly wonderful. His son was so strong as he spoke on behalf of the family, telling stories that had us all laughing through shimmering eyes. The military honors at the cemetary were so moving, the presentation of the flag to our friend made you catch your breath. Truly a beautiful service honoring a beautiful life.
During the ceremony, my friend's son performed a song he wrote around a poem his mother had written to her husband about six months ago. It is a tribute to their life together and what sounds like her way of saying goodbye. It's a tearjerker. It's beautiful. It makes your heart ache and soar at the same time. I wish you could hear it to understand how it tugs at your soul, but here are the words. (Please don't use them without her permission.)
Love the music
Tuesday, August 9, 2011
The first: Taking Chance. (I hope that's right!) An HBO movie featuring Kevin Bacon as a Marine who volunteers to escort a fallen Marine back home. A tear jerker. A must see.
The second: Swing Vote. Which is interesting because the two are kinda related in that our troops are fighting for our right to vote. Which it also brings up the apathy on this nation towards voting... Grrrrrrr.
Anyway, it was an interesting night, shared with my man, :) , with crazy emotions thanks to dang movies. Lol!
Wednesday, August 3, 2011
I'm stressed and I don't really know why. I have things I need to process and just haven't had time. *sigh*
So, I think I need to spend some time in my thankful journal, spend some time talking to the man upstairs...I know it will help me. :)
Why can't life still be simple?