Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Another Special Graduation

A few weeks ago I shared photos from my niece's graduation from graduate school.   Today I wanted to share a few photos from another special graduation.     This time it was the pre-school graduation of two of my grandchildren.    Havah and Easton attended the same VPK this year and they had their graduation ceremony last Friday.     The school that they attend is the preschool at the First Baptist Church in Tallahassee.    It is a great program and they had great teachers this year.    We really enjoyed the ceremony, the school made it lots of fun for the kids with songs, and games and a sports theme.  

Congratulations Havah and Easton! 

Grandma loves you!

My Own Fish Story.

A while back I wrote a blog that showed a huge fish that my husband caught.     Yesterday, my husband and I went fishing and I caught my own fish.   

It was a large sheephead, not nearly as big or exciting, but my fish story all the same.    I had the most spectacular day.     The water and sun was wonderful.    We remembered the sunscreen so nothing but pleasant memories.

The only thing that makes my fish story better than his, is the fact that we got to take my fish home and eat it.

I can't seem to get any quilting done, I am having too much fun enjoying God's wonderful creation.

Friday, May 27, 2011

A Little Piece of Heaven!

Those who don't understand small town life, tend to call it boring.     I call it peaceful.    Last Sunday we had nothing better to do than take a drive down the coast.    Hwy 98 runs down the gulf coast and gives you a wonderful view of Apalachee Bay.    We spent a great sun filled afternoon sitting on a dock and then we drove a little further to the quaint town of Carrabelle, known for its marina and fishing tournaments.

Friends of ours have opened a small Bar & Grille that is right on the water and you can sit and watch the boats on the Carrabelle River.   The food was great and the view "priceless".

One of my favorite things is sitting on the water on a lazy sunny Florida afternoon.

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Monday, May 23, 2011

My Mother's Day

It has been several weeks since I posted, and a little quilting, a little camping and lots of sunshiny days are happening around here. 

My mother passed away in 1994, ever since then I have had a hard time celebrating Mother's Day.    When my kids were younger I made the effort for them but now my children are grown and celebrating with their own families.  This year we went on a camping trip and had a great time.

We camped at Ochlocknee River State Park, located a few miles south of  Sopchoppy Florida. It is only about a 25 minute drive from there to our house, but it still feels like you are getting away from it all.

As I am not necessarily all about roughing it when I camp, we set up camp Friday afternoon and then drove into Sopchoppy to eat.    There is a quaint little cafe called "Backwood's Bistro".   It has been written up in lots of magazines and the owner is a culinary trained, award winning chef.   Great food and lots of small town atmosphere.  

We had a great time.

The next day, we went biking through the pine flats and saw a deer.  Lots of hiking by the river, and spotted a couple of red headed woodpeckers, and white squirrels. There is a legend that goes along with the white squirrels and it goes something like this.

The Legend of the White Squirrels"
Years ago I saw a book about the history of Sopchoppy. This books described the legend of a Chinese Princess being on a ship that traveled up the Ochlockonee River to the old railroad trestle to unload. She was carrying her pair of pet white squirrels. As the legend goes (if I remember correctly), the squirrels got out of their cage and survived. According to legend, this is how the Franklin County side of the river from Highway 319 to St. Theresa has white squirrels-today. They are not albinos. They breed with gray squirrels but the white is dominant. They can now be found up and down the rivers in this area, and we have even seen them in our neighborhood.  

My husband playing "King of the Jungle" on our hike by the river

We went canoeing on the river and spent a lot of time relaxing at the campsite, and as always I was sweetly serenaded by my bluegrass man.

Monday, May 2, 2011

Congratulations Erica!

I come from a very close knit family.     We love to get together and celebrate each other.   This weekend we got to have a very special celebration for my niece Erica.     Erica graduate from Florida State University with her MBA.  

Erica on her big day.

My sister Judy & Erica

   She is very bright and goal oriented.    She makes up her mind what she is going to accomplish and goes after it.
Erica with her favorite aunt. (me)
It was great to get together with the family and give her the kudos that are her due.

Congratulation, Erica!   You deserve all the awesome things that are in store for you.

You are fabulous!