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    Birthday Weekending.

    Friday was my birthday, and there’s not a much better way to kick-off a weekend. Except with a sunrise walk. Followed by lunch out with Katie at one of my favorite places. Snacks for dinner (and enough leftovers that we didn’t cook Saturday either). Knitting with a girlfriend and a Holiday Spice Flat White. And a glorious Sunday morning run.  Loved all the comments here and on Instagram, plus text messages, emails, and a huge stack of snail mail. Feeling truly blessed. Thank you! and Happy Monday! (yikes, it’s almost dark … I hope the rest of this week doesn’t fly by quite so quickly!)

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    More Photo Fun.

    My cousin Beth arrived (on a 5am flight from Boulder!) at our house just after noon. First order of business was a run to the lake – it was misting, so we didn’t stop for a photo. Then lunch and a lot of catching up (and a little bit of knitting) before we headed into town to have dinner with Katie and her family. I had zero photos before we left and over twenty by the time we got home (not including a few that Betty shared with me – she’s really good about taking photos and I love that we have so many!). Most of them showed a blurry…

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    New (and Old) Friends.

    Next to Marc, I’ve been friends with Francie longer than anyone else. We met the day I started my first job out of college (the one I retired from 27 years later). It was a very small company (I was employee number 34; she says she was 33) and we soon became co-workers and great friends. She and her husband Dale have celebrated many happy occasions with us – our wedding, the births of two daughters and the wedding of one. They relocated to Portland, Oregon in 1996 so we don’t get to see each other very often, but it doesn’t seem to matter. She’s the kind of friend I…

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    First Impressions.

    I actually made it in 35 minutes – even with a missed turn! The house is really wonderful (this was my first time seeing it in person). I can see them living there for years … which is how long it might take Katie to recover from the move. and the unpacking. Here we are mid-morning. By lunchtime we had most of the kitchen unpacked and put away. We spent the early afternoon on the pantry (sorry, no photos). I didn’t think it was all quite ready for “after” photos, but still, feels like we made a ton of progress. When I saw the Think Write Thursday topic this week…

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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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    Throwback Thursday | These Two.

    From Thanksgiving, 1998. I found the top photo earlier this week and thought about how nice it was going to be this year to have these two together again in the kitchen (with me!) Not that there’s much cooking left to do – but I know we’ll be gathered around the counter eating snacks … and then of course cleaning up! It wasn’t until this morning, when I scanned that photo, that I realized the one below (previously shared here) was taken the same day.  These two clean up nicely don’t they? I love that we’re together for this holiday weekend. I wonder if they’ll let me recreate these two…

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    Throwback Thursday | Reflected.

    My mind is full of Matthew today. This morning’s Bible study went well, but leading a lesson is always exhausting. and then there’s the hurricane. My mom is in the Tropical Storm Warning zone, far enough from the coast that she’s staying put. My brother drove down this morning so she’s got company. I had lunch today with a friend who evacuated from the South Carolina coast. Many of my friends are hosting evacuees from Florida, Georgia and South Carolina. At this point, it’s hard to imagine it can be as bad as they’re forecasting (and we’re only hoping it’s not worse). So in light of all that – I…

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    Stories in Black and White.

    We had a family gathering yesterday afternoon to celebrate my nephew heading off to graduate school next week. Of course it was really just a wonderful excuse to get everyone together – good food, good drinks, good times. I took a dozen photos with my phone (and experienced a bit of camera envy – Katie has a new Canon 6D and my sister has a new Olympus mirrorless that’s about the same weight as my iPhone and takes way better photos…) and was mostly disappointed in all of them. Lighting, outfits, food, … ugh.  But then I added a black and white filter. and saw two of the stories shine…

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    A Morning in the Garden.

    Katie gave me my Mother’s Day treat on Friday – she, Charlie and I visited the Atlanta Botanical Garden and then went out for lunch. It was a delightful way to kickoff Mother’s Day weekend! I had visited the Garden once before in 2004, but it was for a work meeting and I remember it was a gray rainy day…not at all like this visit. The latest Chihuly exhibit has just opened. I’m glad that means we have plenty of time for a few more visits (the Gardens at Night sounds like a fun – and beautiful – way to spend a later summer evening). The pieces are quite simply stunning. It…

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    Throwback Thursday | Mere-et-Filles.

    photo that was part of the first blog banner – which sadly, I can’t locate This blog had a birthday last week. Yep, my very first post was Sunday, February 18, 2007. Time flies and all that… but whoa, it’s hard to believe I’ve been at this for over nine years. It’s fun to revisit those early archives and remember what life was like.  I was working for Hewitt, with thoughts of “retirement” but no definite plans. Katie was a sophomore at Georgia Tech and Sara was a freshman in high school. Marc was working hard and playing golf (that’s one thing that hasn’t changed!) We had a big lovable…