This is where I'll be at the end of the day today. So looking forward to this holiday. I'll be back next week with pictures and good things that happened. And I'll be checking in on your blogs as I can. Cheers and happy weekend!
Friday, February 28, 2014
Wednesday, February 26, 2014
- My sisters and I are also facebook friends and we all recently took one of those lighthearted facebook quizzes "What Downton Abbey character would you be?" My sisters (who sort of operate as a unit at times) both got Mr. Bates. I got Mr. Carson. :) He's a good sort, and kind of a rules follower, like me. So I was looking for the quiz outside of facebook to share with you and found one, but it's different that the one I took before. This time I got Mrs. Patmore. :)
- A dinner with one of my niece's friends, who also lives in the Atlanta area. It felt a little like being with family, having dinner and chatting about life. And there were crab cakes atop a salad that also had walnuts and Gorgonzola cheese.. Yum.
Monday, February 24, 2014
- Definitely not lady food here. Saturday night dinner with friends, where the featured dish was Paella. The skillet in the foreground was non-seafood. That's my hand in background on the serving spoon, ready to dig into the traditional seafood, chicken, sausage paella (photo by friend Bonnie). This is a dinner group that I had dropped out of and didn't realize how much I had missed it until re-entry.
- This morning - 6.45am. Collecting my purse and making sure I have everything before heading out for the journey to work. A robin "redbreast", as my mother used to called them, is hopping about on my back porch pecking at seeds that have spilled off the feeder. He catches sight of me in the kitchen and stands with his head cocked watching. I quietly turn off the lights and slip out the door.
Friday, February 21, 2014
this arrangement. I thought it looked pretty there on the bathroom counter. The vase is Waterford (which I just realized due to a sticker on the side) and I had never used it before, but it seemed about the right size for those lilies, and this one, that was cut down. A former colleague from my late corporate job gave the vase to me about 15 years ago as a thank you gift. He has left the corporate world, too, and works at a college in Florida (we keep up with each other on facebook.) I think we are both way happier now. I hope I thanked him enough for the vase. :)
I hope delightful things are in store for you this weekend, my friends. I hope it is great!
Wednesday, February 19, 2014
- Another shop cat - this time a resident of an antique shop in north Georgia. The shop owner had put out signs saying (tongue in cheek, I thought), that there was an "attack cat" on the premises. At one point, he said, "If you run across the cat, don't rub her belly, even she rolls over and presents it to you." When this no-eye-contact-kitty finally turned up, I ran fingers lightly over her head, while the owner looked on anxiously. I think it's fun that this calico / manx seems to run the place. :)
- My friend looks on as her granddaughter plays, looks at me and says, "I love her so much."
- An unmarked van crammed to the gills with emerald green balloons. What fun and where were they going, I wonder.
Monday, February 17, 2014
Friday, February 14, 2014
- And Happy Valentine's Day, friends! This skeletal Valentine lady was spotted in a thrift shop in tiny Bowman, Georgia, where my dad grew up. I liked this shop. Who wouldn't like a shop that sells china and sombreros in the same area + has a startling Valentine greeter at the front door?
I just had to post some more snow pics - it's that unusual in this area. I've enjoyed my days at home, but will head into the office this morning. Hope you have a wonderful weekend, my friends!
Wednesday, February 12, 2014
Kirking of the Tartans service last Sunday. This photo was from Saturday morning, when a group of church friends and I hung the tartans (borrowed from the local St. Andrew's Society.) I loved how it all looked in the morning light when we were done.
- These are the lilies from the bouquet I showed in this post. They were crowding that bouquet after they finally started opening up, so I pulled them out and gave them their own vase. They look so pretty, I think.
- That is ice, not snow. Yes - we are socked in again, but this time local officials were overly cautious and closed the Atlanta area way earlier than the last time. I've got that Sue Grafton book to finish and tons of kale to figure into recipes, so I'm all good here. Cheers, y'all!
Monday, February 10, 2014
That was the prevailing theme of the weekend, lots of laughter. My throat is a little sore from it. :) I needed that. I hope you had a great weekend, too - I will be catching up with your blogs at lunch hour today.
Friday, February 7, 2014
- Sister from Virginia and sister from Florida made the last leg of their journey to Atlanta together (I know - complicated.) They bought party hats along the way and they were wearing them when I opened the door. :) They said they had such fun giggling while they put them on before getting out of the car, causing one sister to say to the other, "I love us."
- We are taking a sentimental journey today to the town where our paternal ancestors settled after arriving in the United States in the early 1800s. I just love being with my sisters no matter what we do.
And I hope all good things happen to you this weekend, my friends!
Wednesday, February 5, 2014
Two meals in one day at wonderfully named restaurants:
- Mushroom risotto from Cafe Sunflower for lunch with a client - another diner blogged about it and called the risotto "to die for" and it really is that good.
- Laughing with friend Leisa over dinner at Sun in my Belly and during the crazy rainy commute while getting there.
Monday, February 3, 2014
- Friend Janice (who is married) was so interested in my kitchen flowers that I always buy for myself. I told her that I learned a long time ago not to wait for flowers. So when I pick her up for an afternoon tea we are both attending, she presents me with a pot of purple orchids. Lovely.
- An encounter with a young man with Down's Syndrome, who doesn't often interact with the world, always seemingly deep within himself. It was my turn to greet at the front door of the church before the service yesterday. When he came in with his mother, I greeted her and then him by name, and he responded (much to my delight) with, "Hallelujah."