Monday, May 10, 2021

Weekend Wrap-up and More

 We left for  our Auburn home Thursday evening after Jeff got off work and had a wonderful longer weekend. It seemed like forever since we had been. While many have been a little slower with work during Covid, I feel as though Jeff has had very little breathing room. I feel like he has more on his plate due to the condition of people's minds over many issues and has been busier than ever. 

That said, we finally just decided it was time to break away and we enjoyed every single minute.  The house was fine, but we did throw a bit of fertilizer out on the grass and water that in. Other than that most of it was spent enjoying friends and down time.

I sat out on my little hidden porch and stitched and read. The Confederate jasmine was in full bloom and smelled divine. I did sneeze a good bit but I stayed through the sneezes.

This was my view from my chair.



The view of the chairs and the jasmine covered fence. All of the oaks that are so different than the ones here were so pretty and lush.




This is the view from the other side that the neighbors see.



I also finally hung my flower stitches up. Can you believe it has been that long since we have been up there? I have had them done so long and just waiting to be hung. I intend to remedy that by going up myself during the week before the new baby gets here.






We also took a chair that we had downstairs here to the master bedroom. I love that room and will enjoy the chair so I can sit up there. Jeff wanted it just to have a place to put on his shoes. I still sit on the floor to put mine on in the closet, so I didn't need it for that, but I could see how it would help him. Otherwise he has to wait until he gets downstairs to put on his shoes. I didn't need the chair here and had thought several times about getting rid of it. It worked perfectly for that spot in Auburn.


We took in an Auburn baseball game. I am telling you right now----it was wonderful to be back at a sporting event especially baseball. The weather was perfect. I enjoyed every minute of it. We were spaced out so our seats were down by left field. Again, it was just perfect.
I put my phone away and just soaked up the feelings. I had Jeff take two pictures for the blog.

Proof I was there.


I had told the kids they had the weekend off:) Actually Lindsay had her in-laws for the weekend, so it worked out well.

I ate lunch with them today and got the sweetest gift from them. Lindsay found this on Etsy. I have the digital link to size it however I want. It is just so thoughtful.



It is our family of dogs. Sally and Murphy on the left were black and white Springers. The only thing she couldn't do was make Murphy's butt look large. He had an extra large ham. Then Lucy and Gus are liver (aka -brown) Springer Spaniels and then Miss Lemony our Golden. What you can't see in this picture is that the coloring is correct for the black and brown ones. All but Gus have earned their angel wings and how appropriate that they are all sitting on a dock. 

Of course, I teared up. It is just so perfect.

I will close out with sharing a good book. Don't you love it when you actually read a book that is good and it leaves you with so many thoughts? This one did. I had to spend some time this morning just writing down some of those thoughts it had me pondering. A Land Remembered by Patrick D. Smith.
It is probably not for everyone, but I told my kids it should be required reading for Florida residents. It is historical fiction and as good a book for telling the story of Florida as I ever read. I taught Florida History for many moons and loved it. The scenario with the mosquitos brought to life what a textbook can't. 
It begins in 1863 and ends in 1968 (well, it actually had its beginning in 1968 and I had to reread the first chapter at the end). It brings a family from Georgia to Florida hoping to stay out of the Civil War. It follows them through three generations and has all locations and historical events accurately placed in geography and time. The final generation would have been born similarly to my great granddaddy Byrd. I have really thought lately of how much he went through in his lifetime. One of the wisest and most wonderful Godly men I knew. 

Not sure it would interest just anyone, but I do love history and I do love Florida so it was a win win. Paul Allen had put me on it. Katie had read it too and said I should read. Lindsay is currently reading. It was a book that started out somewhat slow and I felt no need to rush, but of course after 2/3s I wanted to rush but I forced myself to continue the slow pace to absorb the lessons in it.





That is it for now. I will share some stitching maybe soon. Oh ---one more thing. I really need to update my sidebar, but oh well. And Blogger is making me so mad...taking away some features such as subscribe by mail and it is so hard to do some things that used to be so easy. ALL THAT to say...Leslie Anne over at her blog has written some good articles lately. Her feed doesn't renew in my blog roll, nor can I even comment on her posts now. She is working on all of it. I loved her posts "Are Manners Gone with the Wind?" and "Grateful". You will have to scroll down for them. 

See ya later alligator,
Sandy



18 comments:

  1. Sounds like you had a perfect weekend! And I love your pictures on the wall of the birds and flowers. You did them all so nicely!! And what a thoughtful and sweet gift to you...the picture of your doggies. That would definitely make me tear up as well. Yes, I have read "A Land Remembered". I enjoyed it so much. I loaned it out and I hope I get it back. I agree it should be required reading for Florida schools! It helps us to know more about the real history of our state. I hope you have a happy and blessed week ahead!! Oh, I loved the picture of you and your hubby at the ball game! So sweet!!

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    1. It was a great weekend and the kids know me so well whether it is a gift or book recommendations.

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  2. I read A Land Remembered many years ago and have often thought of reading it again. Excellent Florida history, indeed! I so love the angel dogs gift. Beautiful. Glad you got away and took in a game!! xo

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    1. Thank you Terri. I will be thinking of you today.

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  3. It has been FOREVER since I did any stitchery pics or anything. I even gave away all my cross stitch a couple years ago. Cats don't seem to want me doing that sort of work...haha. Hey, thanks for stopping by the blog and saying hi.

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    1. I do hope to hop back over there later today and look back. I think cross stitching will be with me for awhile. I have too many things lined up to stitch, but I took a long break in the late 90s and early 2000s with my kids being preteens to teens. I was way too busy.

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  4. I love your beautiful stitches all together. So lovely. And isn't it fun to have two houses to swap furniture between? I think we are all so happy to be out and about. Savanah had lots of tourists...it was good to see that.

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    1. It is good to have a place to swap things out. I had some vintage Dick and Jane prints in my classroom and they have been in a closet. I am going to take them to the laundry room up there. I have wanted something bright and cute for in there but just haven't found the right thing and then it hit me this weekend. It did feel so good to be out in life again. I have been glad to be back in church. I don't go much otherwise, but the game was just so refreshing.

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  5. Can you talk about how it works to have two houses? I'm curious about the mechanics of keeping them both up, and how you divide your time. If you don't mind, that is. I've had friends who divided the year between winter in Florida and the other seasons here in the northeast, but I think your pattern is different.

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    1. Yes, it would be a little bit different than those who are far away and go only seasonally. Our Auburn home is only 3 hours away, so we can make a weekend trip and until the Covid thing which has actually made Jeff's work schedule a bit nutty we went more often. Also before I started keeping Tucker I would often go up during the week to see about things and stay a few days during the week. Our children also use it. It is a nice getaway without being too far. Between the two kids and us someone is there pretty regularly. Before cold weather comes in, we cover the outside water spickets and things like that. We have a yard service that does the basic stuff. We have friends in the neighborhood who have keys and are actually there more than us and our neighbor across the street keeps me posted if anything is going on. He keeps an eye on things. When Jeff retires, we will probably spend a bit more time there. Not sure it will be half and half but just more. It is just far enough away to have a different scenery than our coastal scene. WE feel VERY BLESSED to have it.

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  6. Sandy, it sounds like you had a marvelous weekend away. Good for you on getting your pictures hung and a chair moved there. I love the dog print you received. What an incredible spot you have to sit and stitch or read at the Auburn house.

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    1. That little porch is like a secret garden. I love to go out there and have my coffee and read or stitch. The picture was just perfect for me. I am now in search of a frame and a place to put it. 

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  7. Your Auburn home is such a peaceful looking retreat, Sandy. And how beautiful are those flowers and bird stitches all hung together. Magnificent! :)

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    1. Thank you. I am really proud of how they turned out. The inspiration for stitching those was Instagram. I follow several interior designers and I kept seeing these botanical print walls. Most were more formal in that they were hung in rows and columns. I just couldn't get them out of my mind. Then it hit me one day. I could do my own sort of wall with birds and flowers. Jeff didn't think I should hang them in a bedroom, but that wall is just perfect for them. I may one day bring them home with me or we may spend more time up there so I can enjoy them, but either way I am happy with how they turned out.

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  8. The dogs on the dock, how perfect for you is that? What a thoughtful gift!!

    Do you have to fertilize your Jasmine? We planted one at the end of our back porch last year and she seems to be doing fine. Has white flowers right now.

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    1. I have not fertilized it in the past. I think it should be fine.
      Isn’t that dog picture the sweetest?

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  9. Good morning, Sandy. Your stitching looks great hung up like that!! I adore that darling pic of all your little angels. What a beautiful rememberance! Have a wonderful week.

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  10. Sweet home Alabama. Your Auburn home looks so welcoming. Glad that you were able to take in a baseball game. War eagle!

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I am so glad you stopped by my little blog. Drop in again anytime.
Sincerely,
Sandy