Handmade Memories

❤ My little brother, Monte made this Nativity Scene in the ’60s. Some how I ended up with it and its been on display every Christmas for a long time in my home. It’s sweet, huh? So simple, he did the creating, sewing, hand stitching and the base design which are detergent bottles. ❤. This little handmade treasure brings so many meaningful memories to me, it’s priceless. ❤

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Mid-Century Carolers

I usually have a difficulty time getting into the Christmas spirit. It takes me almost up to Christmas Day, then I sit out these sweet little carolers that my Aunt Clarise gave me and I feel all warm and fuzzy inside. ❤

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Croquet Anyone?

I’m in Highlands, NC this week with my friend Robin. 6-7 hours away from Tallahassee and 10° cooler. How refreshing. We took our first Croquet lesson and played alittle. I liked it, it’s all in the gentleness of the swing.

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Reflections 2020

My Christmas trees in the front picture window had to come down before March. (High standards of mine). One tall tree resisted the storage bag and the closet so she remains across the room. I miss the warm glow, the reflection from the inside and out.

Speaking of reflections, it seems I can’t get enough of them. You know the ones from the head and the heart. I’ve been told I over-think everything and that’s probably true. It might be the new year, the winter months, getting older, my past, my future, change just reflecting on everything.

Speaking of reflections again, here’s the replacement for the front window. It doesn’t have the impact the trees had, but it does express some warmth, reflection and an old lamp.

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Garden Club Presentation

On Wednesday evening, Diane Roorda and I were invited to present on Camillas at the Jasmine Garden Club. Diane is extremely knowledgable, grows many, gibbs, graphs, names, waxes, judges shows, etc. Her display of samples from her collection are behind her. She was the “what” in the presentation with so much lively information. She is a Superstar in many areas.

I grow Camilla trees, most well established heritage trees, 80+ years old with no names, just hundreds of blooms. Not as showy but spectacular in their own right. Mine are displayed in the SE corner of this picture. I was the “how” of the presentation. I love the process, thinking ahead about the beginning, the middle, the end of the presentation. The design/plan of what we wanted the audience to leave with learning about us and our relationship with Camillas. Mission accomplished. It was a colorful team experience.

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New Photo Gizmo

Jamie gave me this device for Christmas, then notified the family the process. They have been sharing their pictures directly to the tech frame by email. Very cool. There’s a couple of the moving objects.

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An Everyday Blessing

Everyday blessings come my way and I want to pay closer attention to them.  This picture reflects many blessings.

First my life, I’m living and breathing, no A-Fib since June 2019 thanks to God, modern technology, wise doctors and techs.  The blessings of a healthy lifestyle of eating and exercise. 

This is Alana, my Device Tech.  She just gave me an A+ report and told me to keep swimming.  🏊‍♀️.

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Christmas Glow

I do love the glow of Christmas. My little cottage lights up like a Dept. 56 Snow Village house on the outside and inside.

I get in the house, I’m laying on the sofa looking at these sparkling trees that light up the living room. A happy sight, right? Not always. I go in and out with Christmas. Even the moments I’m out, I’m in and even the moments I’m in, I’m out. So I take another picture because these trees are so cute and I love the glow. ♡

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Good Morning at the Knob

I’m visiting Lanny, Mica and Charlie this weekend. It’s that special time in the morning when all is well. Everyone has their cup of coffee, the house is quiet, once in awhile I hear a soft voice from my family, but I get to wake up with little effort. It is my favorite time of the day.

What makes this morning even more special is I’m at Lanny and Mica’s lodge in Bowling Green, KY. It’s a chilly morning, 32 degrees and we will headed out shortly for a walk up into the hills, over the ridge on this beautiful land at The Knob.

Charlie is ready to go. He’s the best dog ever. He doesn’t need coffee, he woke up ready and he’s communicating that message to Mica. A sweet morning just got sweeter to be here and to feel the blessings of it.

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Lake Placid Ironman

Swim 2.4 miles

Bike 112 miles

Run 26.2 miles

One arrives early in prep for the actual race. Taking bike rides over the course, taking a car trip over the entire bike ride, swimming parts of the swim course, attending debrief meetings, having bike tuned-up, getting a feel for the land, fueling the body, organizing your gear and nutrients are some events I’ve watched Jamie execute.

Here are a couple of favorite pics for today.

Swim practice and car trip over the mountainous bike course. It will be hot on race day, she’s prepared. The bike course is approximately 60 miles…then doing it again.

Having a photo opt, her name is among the 2800 of participants,

Jamie is focused. She very courageous. I’m thankful I get to be here. ♡

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