• Just Life

    Saying I Do.

    Jillian and John got married yesterday. She’s the daughter of my sister, my elder niece and goddaughter. In other words, she’s a woman I hold dear and close. She and John have been together for years (first here in Atlanta, then in Austin, TX and lately Nashville, TN) and I just was surprised as … anyone … when they announced their engagement a few months back. and an August wedding. um what?!? Of course back then (May?!) we all imagined Things would be Different by now and … they’re not. and I know lots of folks are putting things on hold and on the back burner and I just have to…

  • Food & Drink,  Just Life

    Birthday Weekending.

    Saturday’s birthday celebrations were fun, delicious and most photo-worthy! It’s nice on a Monday morning to have a blog post practically write itself as soon as I have the photos edited and uploaded 🙂 Katie did a wonderful job with the New York City theme and the food. The boys donned their costumes just before the guests arrived. No, it wasn’t a costume party, but pirates and spidermen have more fun. There were cupcakes and candleswith a very willing older brother to help. And then presents. Sam has two new “things to wear” (I wonder how long it will take him to wear both at the same time?) Saturday was…

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    Happy 80th!

    My mom celebrated her 80th birthday yesterday. …with us! We enjoyed a lovely lunch out and then gathered again in the evening for a party, with cards and gifts. My sister gave her a fun little book that included this quotation. I can’t think of a better way to sum up 80 years! Beautiful young people are accidents of nature, but beautiful old people are works of art. ~ Eleanor Roosevelt Wishing y’all a wonderful weekend!!

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    Late April Weekending.

    It’s been a while since I posted about a weekend at home; this one was pretty special. We started with Friday night snacks and actual cocktails. That’s my Negroni (and popcorn); Marc’s Seabreeze was out of frame. We watched some crazy movie that Marc recorded last weekend when we had a free HBO trial. I couldn’t tell you anything about it except that it was hard to follow … and I knitted. Saturday morning was chilly and bright and I ran to the lake and back. for the first time since January 3. Yep, nearly four months!!; it felt great. The midpoint view was pretty spectacular, too. I spent the…

  • Travel

    Mother’s Day.

    Holly and I arrived safely home this afternoon; we did not travel the newly-reopened I-85, but the traffic on the other highways seemed to be responding favorably to having that thoroughfare back in business! I have a few more stories to tell about the rest of our time in Florida, but for today, how about a quick re-cap of Mother’s Day. At this point in my life, it is especially dear to me that I got to spend the day with my mom. We finished up the last to-do on her List (2016 taxes!) yesterday morning and celebrated that accomplishment with lunch out at one of our favorite places. Of…

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    Karen’s Fiftieth.

    We celebrated my sister (I guess we can still call her the baby of the family even now that she’s 50?!) Saturday evening with a fun group of family and friends. Karen and Lydia And of course cocktails and party food. The highlight of the bar was champagne punch (I followed the recipe exactly, except I made an ice ring instead of cubes – highly recommend – easy and delicious!) For the food, I went with a throwback theme – potato chips and onion dip, pigs in blankets, cocktail meatballs. you get the idea. My mom couldn’t attend the party, so she sent gifts. Karen had a great time opening…

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    Happy Birthday.

    …to Katie! Her arrival … way back in 1987 … changed us from a couple to a family. February, 1987 And since I last shared birthday wishes to her on this blog (for her 25th), she’s gotten married and made a family of her own. photo credit Rylie Hitchner Best wishes, Katie for a beautiful day and a wonderful year. We love you!

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    Scenes from Yesterday.

    Thank you all for the birthday wishes! The day was full of family, fun, laughter … and of course cake! I can’t remember the last time I had the pleasure of making two wishes. salted caramel cheesecake for lunch fruit tart for dinner Love all the greetings that came via text, email and phone, but real mail is still the best as are real flowers and squirmy toddler photos. I think that lower left one is my favorite – Charlie discovered that the cushion at the back of the chair let him go “boing” 😉… and of course little Sam slept soundly through the entire thing. It was a wonderful…

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    Happy Anniversary!

    …to my brother Steve and his wife Lydia – celebrating 25 years together! I have fond memories of their wedding day (I’m not sure if that’s because or in spite of the fact I was three months pregnant 😉 and two of my favorite family photos were taken that day. This first one sits on the bookcase in our living room. This is the whole family; what a treat we could all be together. left to right, bottom to top, Grandpa Blinn (my dad’s father), GG (my mom’s mother), Lydia and Steve; me, my mom and Katie peeking out the side; Marc, my dad, Karen, her then husband John and…

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    Celebrating the Good Stuff.

    I added another MantraBand to my stack today. This one in honor of my 2016 intention for more celebrating the good stuff. The card that accompanied the band included these “instructions”: Celebrate love. Celebrate family. Celebrate friendships. Celebrate small victories. Celebrate courage. Celebrate life, and you will always have more to celebrate. (see why I’m a fan?!) I love how thinking about things in the frame of “celebrating” helps me focus on the good stuff. And in the spirit of beginning how I mean to go on, here’s a short list of what I’m celebrating right now. Katie was home sick today (not the reason to celebrate!) so I had…