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    Throwback Thursday | Fifty!

    I turned 50 four years ago and I had a most wonderful party to celebrate. Obviously four years ago I was not playing along with NaBloPoMo, because I never shared much about it here. The party was November 16, the Friday before Thanksgiving back in 2012. My folks were already here for Thanksgiving – and everyone else in my family lived here then. Karen hosted, Katie helped and I know the rest of the girls pitched in with flowers and food. It was a completely lovely party and I had a ball. Katie coordinated the decorations, which included birthday photos from years (and years!) ago. I think she and Karen…

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    Throwback Thursday | Kathryn Windham Tucker Museum.

    A year ago, we had a little family reunion in my dad’s hometown (funny, I titled that post “Time Flies” and that would also be an apt title for this post – how was that trip 12 months ago?!).  One of the very cool things we did was visit the Kathryn Tucker Windham Museum. Kathryn Tucker Windham and my grandmother (my dad’s mother) were cousins (Grandmother was a Tucker, too, before she got married). I’ve heard stories about Miz Windham practically my whole life. But really, she was the story teller. I own many of her books and added her last one to my collection when I was there. The museum…

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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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    Throwback Thursday | Zucchini Fritters.

    Remember back a few months when we shared favorite foods our mom’s used to make? One of mine was zucchini fritters: Mother had a vegetable garden when we lived in New Jersey (my high school and college years). Of course she grew zucchini and of course there was too much. I remember an entire meal of zucchini fritters…just us…one summer when I was home from college. (that might be the closest we came to a popcorn meal 🙂 I managed to find a few photos of that garden from the summer of 1981 (I was home after finishing my sophomore year of college). Of course it’s just in the background…

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    Throwback Thursday | Happy Birthday Holly!

    Holly turned seven on Monday. In dog years this is the last birthday when she’ll be younger than I am. Which makes me happy and sad at the same time. I’ve had a very fun time today thinking about this throwback post and all the wonderful memories we’ve shared. 2nd birthday – August 2011 The last time I threw her a birthday party was back in 2011 (when she turned two); she didn’t have much fun even though she did look very cute in her hat!  So this year, instead of a party, I’m writing a blog post. She’s asleep in her bed behind me and I think she’s perfectly…

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    Throwback Thursday | More Summer Snow.

    me, in front of our family’s tent, Labor Day Weekend, 1973 …this time from Labor Day Weekend, 1973, camping in Wyoming’s Snowy Range. Labor Day was Monday, September 3 that year. I remember waking up to snow one of the mornings we were there – and I remember we were all  surprised by it. and cold. I don’t remember that I packed a jacket and maybe even boots for that “late summer” weekend in the mountains. But apparently I did (or maybe my mom did – I was ten and maybe had a little bit of help with my packing that summer?!) This is the only “snow” camping trip I…

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    Throwback Thursday | Summer Snow.

    my brother Steve, my sister Karen and me – Casper Mountain, 1971 As we head into another fifteen days with forecasted highs above 90, I thought it would be a cool time to share this story. My dad was transferred from Houston, Texas to Casper, Wyoming in May, 1971. All three of us kids were born in the south (me in Georgia and Steve and Karen in Texas). and up until that May, we hadn’t seen snow. As my mom tells the story, we left Houston on Saturday, May 22 and headed north, passing through the hottest spot in the country that day, likely somewhere in the Texas panhandle. The…

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    Throwback Thursday | Travel Plans.

    Sara and I had a two hour FaceTime on Saturday afternoon to nail down a few details for our trip next week. The weather forecast isn’t great (rainy and chilly), but it is spring and hopefully the forecast is just plain wrong. Still, we don’t have high hopes. We have only two definite things planned to do: 1. see Claire Danes in Dry Powder Thursday evening (Sara managed to get tickets and that’s really the reason for the whole trip); and 2. meet up with a friend of mine Saturday morning. So we spent that two hours on Saturday talking about where we’d eat! Sara pulled it all into a map:…

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    Throwback Thursday | NYC.

    lunch at Del Posto This is from June, 2010. The last two of us (Sara and me) photo from our last trip to NYC. We visited first in April 2008. Sara was a sophomore in high school, considering NYU.  We had a really encouraging tour, but then we went to breakfast one day and it snowed. in April*. She never even applied. We visited again in April 2009. Just for fun. And with no idea that I’d be back in June and July to help Katie move there for a year**. Sara and I visited again that Christmas and then one last time over Memorial Day 2010, just after she…

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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…