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    Memorial Day Weekending | 2020.

    Hello friends, welcome to a post that feels weird to write, and hopefully, not too weird to read. The photo below is me. Friday morning at 7:10am. voting early in our June 9 primary. at our local library. whoa.Memorial Day Weekend is typically a family gathering time for us. seriously, years. and for a host of reasons I knew this year would be different and hard, but y’all. My Instagram feed has thrown up posts from past years, which mostly made me sad, and geez. Katie kindly shared the playlist she compiled for our time together last year and I’ve been listening to it this week. Not gonna say it’s…

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    Memorial Day Weekending.

    Hello, friends! I’m just resurfacing after a long weekend full of fun and family* … and it’s good to be back here! My folks started a family weekend getaway tradition years ago (before some of the grandkids who have now all graduated college were even in school) and it’s adapted over time … where we go (closer is better), when we go (Memorial Day seems to be the favorite), accommodations (we like to be close together – a single house is great!) … and these past few years, my mom has been fine-tuning that last piece. Now that the grandkids are grown and we have a new – much younger!…

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    Memorial Day Weekending.

    It feels late – even for me! – to be writing about the weekend when it will be Wednesday before many of you read this. But this Tuesday-as-Monday has been more like a Monday, except without my usual  knitting with friends in the afternoon and with a bunch of to-do’s for this weekend’s Women’s Ministry leadership team (still without a Vice Moderator) kickoff meeting. It’s honestly not very often that I cross things off my list on MondayTuesday, so at least that feels good! As does looking back at the weekend: We FaceTimed with our favorite little guys more than once. This is from Friday night’s “goodbye”. Sam is blowing…

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    Memorial Day Weekend 2017.

    The rest of our weekend went much like the photos I shared on Friday. Blue skies and sunshine made it great to be outside. We played non-stop through Friday and Saturday (although I did get an hour of quiet time with a book on the deck Friday afternoon while a crew went to the pool). The house quieted down when the Tiemans left Sunday morning. We spent a very relaxing (honestly, almost a little too relaxing for me – I can’t remember the last time I sat around for four hours without a book or knitting) afternoon cruising the lake with one of Lydia’s co-workers. The lake is huge –…

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    Ten on Tuesday | Memorial Day Weekend.

    We celebrated Memorial Day yesterday, which means a long weekend – and an excellent opportunity for sharing ten things we did. My weekend actually started last Wednesday when Holly & I drove to Lake Oconee to spend six days with my family in one h-u-g-e house. First – a few of my favorite photos.  And now, a sampling of what we did there: 1. Shared a bunch of photos on Instagram (check out #reynoldsmay2016). 2. Knitted a lot…sometimes with wine, sometimes with coffee, and sometimes in a big chair with friends. 3. Played with Charlie. He had great fun finding golf balls and sticks…and then putting them into his pockets.…

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    Memorial Day Weekend 2015.

    …as promised! I have more than the usual number of photos, and a few of my favorites are thanks to Katie who spent much of the weekend like this Lydia shared her weekend story yesterday, as part of Carole’s Ten on Tuesday. My weekend was pretty much the same as hers, except it started Wednesday evening, the view from our deck on Wednesday evening had no canoe-ing, no ping-pong, no pool, no zilch (?yep, really!), but a lot more walks with Holly, and the special treat of a daughter who flew in from Madison Friday evening and arrived – with Marc! – just as we were finishing dinner (it was…

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    Ten on Tuesday | Memorial Day Weekend 2014.

    …this week, Carole’s asked us to sharethings we did over the holiday weekend. Here’s a quick look at mine: 1. I spent time on the porch both Friday afternoon and Saturday morning. Our porch faces east so it’s cool in the afternoon and colorful most mornings. Saturday’s sunrise was exceptional. 2. And then traveled with Katie, Rob, Sara and Holly to the north Georgia mountains for a mini-family reunion with my parents, sister and brother (and families). My mom says this is the 19th year we’ve gathered for the weekend; I love starting the summer with my family and it was sweet this year to add Rob to our mix.…

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    happy memorial day.

    reflecting on how fortunate we are to be Americans. a heartfelt thank you to all who have fought and are fighting to preserve our freedom, and to their families, too. Sara and I saw Waitress yesterday. A good movie – we both enjoyed it. And the burger and onion rings at the Tavern beforehand. The Target trip was moderately successful. Found everything but bikinis – at least bikinis that fit. So we have more shopping to do today. The wildfire smoke was around Saturday and Sunday. Pretty bad on Sunday – our eyes were burning and the visibility was nothing. But it cleared off in the afternoon and they’re saying…

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    Five on Friday.

    In honor of Friday and Tsh Oxenreider’s latest The Good List episode (about the joy of a super short story), today I have five photos from this past week and a super short story to share with each. I do not have the gift of writing fiction, so these stories are – at least as best I recall! – true. Sunday was perhaps the prettiest day we’ve seen all year, with abundant blue skies and temperatures in the sixties. It felt weirdly wonderful to put on a sleeveless top and a cotton sweater for church. Wednesday’s opera was Wozzek. I’m honestly not sure I enjoyed it. The performances were amazing…

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    Unraveled Wednesday.

    Hello friends. It’s been an unsettling day. I was expecting the emotion that always accompanies the anniversary of the September 11 attacks … even 18 years later it doesn’t get easier. We visited the memorial in New York in June and Marc shared some wonderful photos and thoughts on his (private) Instagram account. I especially enjoyed seeing Georgia Tech’s post; it makes me proud that the beautiful memorial has a connection to “our” school. Then my mom and I showed up this at the food pantry this morning to pick up the boxes to deliver … and they weren’t there. Come to find out, the volunteer who will be covering…