Monday, July 19, 2010

Family Fun at the Beach

We're down at Seacrest Beach (just west of Panama City) for our family vacation. The house at Seacrest Beach villas is beautiful but a little daunting for the great-grandmas with three flights of stairs! It's me and Stacy; Casey, John and Kate; Anna came up yesterday; my mom and Stacy's mom; and Zach will come down Thursday. And Jenna came today to visit! I know by the end of the week we're all going to be ready for some "alone" time!

So right now Kate is watching "Elmo" on TV (like baby-crack) -- the Greatgandmas are talking old times and gossiping -- Anna and Jenna have gone to the beach -- Casey and John are shopping at the Outlet Mall -- and Stacy and I are just chillin! Ahhhhhh!

The beach is beautiful -- no tar balls, no oil. Water's ok -- just some green slime that gets stuck in your swim suit! The sun's hot, and there are really quite a lot of people down here!

Monday, July 5, 2010

Hanging by a wire!

I've been intrigued by the popular mixed media jewelry I've seen in catalogs and on Etsy, so this weekend I finally pulled out my supplies and old collection of beads and tried my hand at it. I don't think I'll become a professional, but they turned out kind of neat. And I found I had several chains that would work with them! So here is my 4th of July jewelry experiment!

This was a shell necklace that I had purchased in Charleston a couple of years ago. I added the moon-shaped charm that was my grandmother's and a few other odd pearl beads. Kind of cool, I thought!This pendant I made from a huge gold earring that was my sister Susan's with a locket that was my grandmother's (Mattie Cook Stockley). I added a little flower and a couple of beads.I've been wanting something in browns and had this gold chain with the brown beads linked in already -- just had to cut down the length. Then I added the ring from somewhere and a cluster of assorted beads.

We've had a facelift!

No, not me -- my home! Our siding (which was supposed to last over 20 years) was beginning to look irridescent when the sun hit it. So we took this chance to change out the rails on the front porch and, finally, get rails going down the steps. I love it.

Matt Rosser did the work, and he's been great to work with! Highly recommend! He's going to paint our patio next!

Thursday, July 1, 2010

The Birthday Surprise

My mom's birthday was June 27, and my brother Walker and his wife Frances decided to come for the weekend and surprise her. He told Mom to expect a surprise package on Saturday. Hoping we wouldn't give her a heart attack, I called to tell her I had some errands to run and would stop by and take her to lunch!

When we got to her house, Walker went to the door and rang the doorbell. When she knows I'm coming by, she'll leave the door unlocked and I'll knock and walk on in. Well, Walker rang the bell again, and she called out, "It's open! Come on in." He still rang the bell, and she got irritated and went to the door and just stood there in shock.

She said she looked at him and thought, "That looks like Walker." It was so funny -- and we were glad we pulled one over on her! The weekend turned out great. We had a great lunch at Chee Burger Chee Burger and took her to the Old Mill Restaurant for dinner that night! And came back to her house for some ice cream birthday cake! So, happy birthday surprise, Mom!