back to normal

hurricane-michaelWhat a week! Hurricane Michael moved through swiftly on Wednesday, leaving a wide swath of destruction. We ended up being on the edge of it, and even without a direct hit, ninety percent of Tallahassee lost power. Trees, power poles, and light poles were (and still are) down all over. We lost cell service for a time. Many roads are still closed.

Panama City and Mexico Beach, along with communities north, were destroyed. Folks there have a long road to recovery ahead, and I can only imagine their suffering.

Our power was restored just after midnight Saturday morning, and we’re already back to normal. We had to throw away everything in our refrigerator and freezer, and we went to the grocery store (Publix rocks!) today to restock. I’ve caught up on laundry, and Paul has the yard whipped back into shape. We had no damage to our house at all, and we continue to remind each other that we have so many reasons to be grateful. Truly, all we experienced were some minor inconveniences.

My parents, in nearby Cairo, Georgia, still don’t have power. Their town was hit pretty hard, and they may not have electricity restored to their neighborhood for days. Their local officials haven’t been forthcoming with information, either, which only adds to the frustration.

As we woke up Thursday morning and realized the extent of the damage, I would not have predicted that I’d be sitting here on Sunday evening, with television on, laptop fully charged, and the refrigerator and air-conditioner humming. Many have been working around the clock to make that possible, and I am thankful! And truthfully, I don’t know why that’s our situation, when that’s not the case for so many.

Life is hard, and it’s harder for some than others. It’s really hard for many in the Florida panhandle and southwest Georgia right now. Would you take some time and pray? And give if you’re able to organizations that are helping? If you’re in this part of the country, churches and other organizations are mobilizing to get in there and help just as soon as they’re allowed in. When I hear about good places to donate, I will pass that along.

Grateful, grateful, grateful!

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snow day

It’s a rare sight in north Florida, but it’s snowing today:

Honestly, after living in Maine for 3 hard winters in the early nineties, I’m still over snow. But it was neat to open my back door and hear kids in the neighborhood enjoying it. For now, I’m in bed with a mug of tea. 🙂

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It’s been a lovely weekend in these parts, and I’ve enjoyed being outside. Yesterday after a solid 12 hours (yes!!!) of sleep, we had a late breakfast and headed to my home away from home (Thomasville, Georgia) for the 95th Rose Festival. The weather was perfect, especially in the shade, and we took our time walking through the car show, stopping in some downtown shops (I couldn’t resist a stop at my favorite yarn shop to pick up some skeins on sale), perusing the prize-winning roses, wandering through the arts and crafts at Paradise Park, and having a delicious meal at Jonah’s.

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Then, today (Sunday), I re-read a blog post I wrote 3 years ago to the day and was reminded once again of my Father’s love for me. After church (a sweet time of worship and fellowship), Paul and I had lunch at a new (to me) restaurant. The day was so nice that he suggested we walk a little before returning to the car, so we ended up strolling through some old neighborhoods. I love to do that. You see so much more than you notice when you drive by, and I’m always surprised by little discoveries. Today it was a cute little garden shop, and flowers popping up beside the sidewalks:

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Now it’s time to read a little and rest before putting supper together and taking another walk.

Oh, and Paul has informed me that in honor of my birthday later this week, Anne Week has kicked off today. 🙂

Happy Sunday y’all!

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saturday

We’ve had unbelievably beautiful weather this week here in North Florida. Today was just about perfect. I soaked up a little sun while Paul took care of his beloved 1970 Camaro:

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Then we took it on the road to Thomasville for a late lunch outside at George & Louie’s.  Wonder of wonders, he let me take a turn at the wheel.  Yeah, that was fun. 🙂

Hope you had a happy Saturday, y’all!

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a friday that feels like a saturday

It was so nice to have another day off and no schedule other than catching a movie this morning. We saw Creed, and after that you really just want to go run up some steps. Instead, we stuffed ourselves with pizza (hello, we are not boxers) and then headed to the mall and Best Buy. I haven’t been out and about in Black Friday craziness for as long as I can remember, and while it was a madhouse at the mall, I was pretty relaxed because there was nothing I *had* to find. Now we’re at home and hanging out. It’s a beautiful day here in North Florida:

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I hope you’re enjoying your Friday,
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all good things must come to an end

Well, we’re back to reality. Or almost. We got back home earlier today, and I’ve been busy unpacking, restocking the fridge, and doing laundry. I’m back on the Whole30 wagon tomorrow, so I boiled eggs, made a big salad, cut up some veggies, and have some chicken marinating.

We return rested and relaxed and grateful for our time away. Paul and I agree that we have fun traveling together and even going to Costco together. We’re grateful.

Here are a few more photos from our time away:

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coffee with a nice view

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not a cloud in the sky…

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umbrella, multiple layers of SPF, hat, sunglasses — it’s hard to be a white girl in the sun.

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nice view! 😉

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bliss!

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chips & salsa for lunch

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last evening on vacation

We stayed on 30A, and enjoyed the scenery and several good meals. Our favorites: The Great Southern Cafe (we liked it better than Bud & Alley’s), The Perfect Pig, and La Cocina Mexican Bar and Grill.

Ciao,

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the beach

Paul and I are enjoying a little getaway to celebrate our first anniversary. Yesterday and most of today was dreary with rain and clouds, but the weather began clearing up late this afternoon:

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We haven’t minded the non-beachy weather; we’ve done some outlet shopping, watched football (if Auburn doesn’t kill me one day, it’ll be a miracle), gone to a movie, taken naps, and enjoyed some really good meals. Tomorrow the forecast calls for sunshine, so I suppose I’ll spend the day trying to keep from frying my white skin.

Relaxed,
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monday miscellany

another hodgepodge of links to start the week:

~ I’m not sure I’ve ever lived in a town with as many upscale burger joints as Tallahassee. Now there’s even a Burger Trail here.

~ a little pep talk from Nancy at Femina Girls

~ Why God makes you wait

~ We are what we read

~ some symbols of hate that no one is clamoring to ban

~ Well Fed and Well Fed 2 are just $1.99 each for Kindle right now. They’re regularly priced at $9.99, and I don’t know how long they’ll be on sale.

That’s it for this Monday.

Have a good one!

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anne day

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Earlier this week my sweet husband informed me that today, July 3rd, was Anne Day (for an explanation, read the note at the bottom of this post).

As I tweeted last night, I was pretty excited about having a break from my before dawn alarm, but, of course, my eyes popped open at 5:00 a.m. on the dot. I powered through, though, determined to stay in bed longer. Next thing I knew it was almost nine. Nice!

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So far this morning, I’ve exercised (yay! 3 days in a row!) and am enjoying my first taste of dairy in over 30 days:

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So very delicious!

We’ve got some very loose plans for the rest of the day, and I’m taking my camera along. I love spending the day with the man that I love, and I love not having a schedule. Life is good, y’all.

Happy Friday!

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