Sunday, July 27, 2014

National Ice Cream Day

I've shared the recipe for Homemade Butterfinger Ice Cream before.  I've described it in all its excellent yuminess and even yakked about the history of its goodness.  Suffice it to say, that it is a summer highlight for me.  Then upon second thought, isn't that true of all ice cream flavors?

Because I am an informed citizen, (and a listener of WMOQ, Bostwick/Monroe) I pay homage to all great national days of the year.  As a matter of fact, as I type this post on July 27, I am fully aware that today is "National Walk on Stilts Day".  More importantly, July 20 was National Ice Cream Day.  I did all I could to celebrate!

Thursday, July 24, 2014


For John's 17th birthday, we all waited until he got home from football practice (two a days) and then went to Longhorn's to celebrate.  

After this late dinner, John ambled on home to get ready for an awesome present from Nanny:
The Darrell Huckaby Honor the Braves Tour in Coopertown, NY!

Wednesday, July 23, 2014


"We pray for blessings, we pray for peace, comfort for family, protection while we sleep..." are the lyrics to a popular Laura Story song.  I am here to tell you that for our family, this week, those prayers were answered.  Monday saw yet another surgery for our Pop.  After several hours in the OR, the surgeon came out and used a word which Pop has not heard in a long time to describe his health: "great."

This afternoon, I got a text from my Aunt about my beloved Uncle.  It seems that while he and my cousin slept - in a tent - in the woods - in a remote area of Canada - they survived this storm:

We are so thankful that they are okay.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Fun in the Son - Hilton Head Island

Last week, J&J took off to the beach for "Fun in the Son". (Thanks to DT, who unknowingly, loaned me these pics from her Facebook page.)  This group of high schoolers from our church goes every year to a faith based camp.  This was the first year at Hilton Head.

July 13  Leaving Central Pres
I think they had a great time, judging by Julia's reviews.

She enthusiastically told me stories of worship time, soccer, running in the rain on the beach, her break out group, spending times with friends and dancing.

When asked about the trip, John just said, "good".
It is a "good" group of kids, a "good" summer activity, a "good" spiritual opportunity and I'm so glad they got to go!

Friday, July 18, 2014

Eat Georgia

Since we were out of town last weekend at the appointed time for Eat Athens, we just made a switcheroo to the plan.  We would modify our dining area.  Since we were in the Georgia Mountains, we would, of course, eat there.  I guess this installment would be more appropriately named, "Eat Hiawassee"!

This place has been around forever.  I remember eating here when I was growing up when we played football in Towns County and later as trips to the mountains would allow.  It has never disappointed.  Never. I looked forward to going this weekend.  After J&J finished their fried fish and cheeseburger, my guess is they'll look forward to their next meal there, too.

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We got there late and it was raining.  I didn't take any of my own pictures, but if I had... they would have been all smiles.  I've been here many times and while it has always been crowded, we never had to wait long.  I suspect that is not always the case, though.  It appears to be a favorite with locals as well as tourists.  Take time to visit nearby Sautee, Georgia and maybe Hiawassee as well.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014


Julia celebrated her 14th  birthday with Uncle Jim, Aunt Patsy, Nanny, our family and her buddy, MCP,  It was the first year every without a party.  No invitations, no hoopla.  Just a birthday dinner after church.

Happy Birthday Jules

 Later in the evening, we did have birthday cake and ice cream with neighbors and friends. Julia requested plain birthday cake, no icing.  Easy enough.  Birthday cake is otherwise known as Cream Cheese Pound cake and is one of the secrets of life.

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Family Reunion II

July is our family's month for reunions.  For the fourth, we gathered with some from my Daddy's side of the family and the next weekend, we got together with my Mom's side of the family.  Our reunion destination with this crowd is always Brasstown Valley Resort in Young Harris, Georgia.  I have raved about this resort in previous posts and for good reason.  The cabins are arranged so nicely for big groups.  There are individual bedrooms that open off of a kitchen / living room area.  Depending on your needs, you can use the common area or not.  "The Sisters" always opt for the use of a common area which allows us to all eat together.  This year our numbers were down as so many cousins have moved (Michigan, are you kidding me???) or are just plain busy. Our numbers may have been down from previous years, but our fun wasn't. We ate, golfed, shopped, exercised (!) and read.  Then, our family dashed back to Athens to get ready for Fun in the Son.
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Lots of winding paths that are beautifully landscaped and wooded
 for the walker, runner...
or lollygagger

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