Tuesday, October 15, 2013

100th Anniversary

Beatrix Potter and William Heelis were married 100 years ago today. An independent, amazing, talented, entrepreneurial woman ahead of her time! You can find more about Beatrix Potter here www.peterrabbit.com.

Thursday, September 20, 2012

I remember . . .


Norma Farland Etheredge Buhrmaster
 . . . today my mother would have celebrated her 86th birthday. I imagine she would have beautiful snow white hair with gorgeous silver strands that shimmer in the light. Her brunette hair shimmered auburn strands in the sunlight. Mother was a true beauty inside and out with a light all of her own. Mother took her light into the world in so many ways. She had a heart with people eyes to seek out persons who needed encouragement, a clean dress, new shoes, a smile, hot food, flowers or read to. Mother touched so many in ways so few knew except for the recipient. Mother played golf (broke 100 a few years after she started playing), bridge (every Tuesday), bowled (a perfect game three days before my sister was born), Junior Women's Club, Sunday school teacher (to high school/college girls, two who became Orange Bowl queens), oil painted, raised orchids, gourmet cook, volunteered, campaigned for Barry Goldwater, crazy for my dad and loved my brother, sister and me immensely! My dad called her Toots, she called him Wimpy. I can still hear her voice. I'm glad I can and that I can recall precious memories. Mother was quite the lady and ahead of her time. She knew only one of her seven grandchildren who will soon celebrate her birthday marking the same age mother was when she died. Time. It's so short. We need to remember to be ruthless with time and gracious with people. The way mother was. She left an amazing legacy and I remember . . . 

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Catch up - Julia did not use ketchup

It's been a while since I've blogged . . . so catching up is in order. As I mentioned in my April post

my first great nephew, Hodges,

went to Indiana for daughter's graduation from college

family came to Florida for vacation 

bought a new house

went to the 2012 PGA Championship in Kiawah Island, South Carolina

 to marshal at hole number 12

got up close to the players, particularly the winner

cooked a feast tonight in honor of Julia Child's 100th anniversary of her birth
and a granddaughter's birthday! Happy Birthday, Natalie!


Sunday, April 22, 2012

New news

Family news this past week put some excitement in our lives! The birth of a great nephew, two nieces becoming engaged and a grandson back in U.S. port after six months at sea. Traveling this weekend and next month a daughter graduates from college!

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Top o' the mornin' to ya--Happy St Paddy's Day!

We're going to a Renaissance Fair today and leaving shortly to go to the other side of the state. So . . . for St. Patrick's Day here's wishing . . . May your beer be green and your bread white and not vise versa (to quote my dear friend, Peggy, who's not Irish) and,  may your dance be more than a jig! Live, laugh, love . . . each day.

Sunday, January 1, 2012

One Little Word--intentional

Two of my favorite authors, Debbie Macomber and Ruth Ayres (of ruth ayres writes and Two Writing Teachers) who have for many years chosen a word to focus on during the year. My word for 2012 is intentional. I have many 'good' intentions but I often fail to follow through. Instead of making a perfunctory New Year's Resolution, I'm determined to focus on being intentional. Being intentional about blogging is a start as my last entry was nine months ago at least. Intentional. I will be intentional which also means I will be disciplined. This is my first step and I feel good that I got out of bed to make this post. Now that's intentional!

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Spring has sprung

Up until just a couple of days ago it was still rather chilly--42 degrees. That's chilly for Florida this time of year and in spite of the cold, spring is here. While I miss the distinct seasons of the midwest, especially spring when the daffodils bloom for Easter along with the pussy willows, crocus, hyacinths, I'll enjoy my lone amayrilla and blooming confederate jasmine with its intoxicating scent. One of these days I'll get used to the growing season here and plant more than just an amayrilla!