Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Did I mention that I'm going to Tortola for 10 days?

Yep. It's our wedding anniversary so we're takin' a little trip to the British Virgin Islands. I've never sailed before, soooo, this should be interesting to say the least. (I've already been told that I can't wear my cowboy boots because it scuffs up the boat. Rats!)

We'll also be renewing our vows on the 27th (on the 27th! isn't that good luck or something?). Every couple of anniversaries we run off and get re-married. On our 10th, we 'eloped' and got stuck in a hotel basement because of a tornado.

On our 25th, we didn't do anything (we were preparing for Rachael's wedding - ka-ching!). So I surprised him with a tatoo on my ankle. It simply says "Jay". He was not amused. You just have to understand "Mr. Conservative". I'm the crazy one in the family. Actually, I prefer the word 'spontaneous.' It's much more romantic than 'crazy', don't you think?

Anyway, I'm packin' my white shorts, white t-shirt and the veil I wore 27 years ago. Now that I'm no longer the 'blushing' bride, when the preacher, or the 'captain' in this case says I can kiss the groom - I promise you I'll make his knees go weak!

So, everyone have a Happy Turkey Day and I'll chit chat when I get back.


Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Focus on ME.....

The following is a true story that happened to my dear friend Priscilla Roberts earlier this summer. Please take the time to read this. It's important. Freedom is alive and well because of people like the young soldier I'm fixin' to tell ya' about.

It gets hot in the middle of June in Florida, where Priscilla and her husband were attending a wedding. Like most weddings, nowdays, there were lots of events leading up to the big day. Showers, rehearsal dinners, various get-togethers.

Priscilla noticed that at every single dinner, golf game, or reception there was a young man, who regardless of the stifling heat and humidity, was always dressed in his military uniform. He always remained along the outer fringes, sort of participating but never giving anything his complete attention. Even when carrying on a conversation, his eyes were always moving around, scouting the area, maintaining awareness of his surroundings.

Finally, someone asked him why he didn't just relax and have fun. After all, he was on leave, it was too hot to be wearing that uniform all the time, and besides, they teased, you're on vacation!

"Because I want the focus on me," he said. "When I'm traveling I know that my uniform will attract the attention of a potential terrorist. Then they will focus on me. If I'm at a football game, on a plane, on a boat, they'll focus on me. I took an oath to protect America and her people. I want those who want to destroy her to focus on me."
From the Revolutionary War to Iraq, our freedom has come at a price. God has blessed our country tremendously and he's done it through the brave men and women who throughout the ages, have stood up to our enemies and defended us at all costs. At. All. Costs.
Today, let's focus on all of our veterans. And to anyone who has ever waited, patiently, anxiously for their loved one at war or overseas to come home safely.
From the bottom of a very grateful heart, I thank every one of you who has either served, is still serving, or has/had a loved one serve or fight for these united States.
Words cannot express how I feel about this country - my country. I know freedom doesn't come free and I am so very thankful for all that you have done for me.
God Bless America, Her soldiers, and Her people!
Today I will focus on my own special veterans:

Private Amariah Pharis, Longstreet Company "B" NJ Regiment - American Revolution

Bill Bishop - USS Duncan, US Navy - Vietnam War

Walter Truitt - Korean War

Ronnie Huckaby - USMC

Alan Huckaby - USMC

Les Huckaby - US Army - Vietnam War

Michael Murphy - United States Air Force (retired)

Jay Hayden Truitt, US Air Force (my favorite veteran!)

*(By the way, Priscilla Roberts is married to Major General James Milnor "Milne" Roberts, who participated in the landing at Omaha Beach on June 6th, 1944. (Please go to his website

General and Mrs. Roberts

Feel to free to post a comment if you'd like to reflect or share......

Sunday, November 9, 2008

I'm sorry about the quality of this picture. For some reason I can't seem to get a clear shot of this. Anyhoo, everytime I mosey out and about ever'body's always wanting' my card. What card? Do I need a card? But after writin' down my blog address a hunderd million times (and no I did not spell 'hunderd' wrong - that's just how I say it), I got to thinkin' maybe it'd be a whole lot easier if I did have a card. So, I just stumbled in to the Crane Company one day in the Tyson's Galleria and - Ta-da! Here it is! I thought I'd just make the cowboy boots my signature. After all...

they closely resemble my very own boots. When I'm not stompin' around in 'em, I keep 'em perched on top of this bench right here. Those stack o' magazines underneath are a few of my favorites - Victoria, Country Living, and Romantic Homes. (Don't worry I always clean the bottoms of 'em when I take 'em off - don't want horse 'doo-doo' on all that good readin' , now do we?)
I sure hope y'all had a fine weekend! I did some major thrift store shoppin'. I can't wait to show ya' what I found. It'll have to wait, though. Because.....
MY BOOK IS DONE!! I'll spend the next couple of days doin' some last minute editing.

Thursday, November 6, 2008

A few places (and things) that make me smile....

Sometimes when I'm at work I just need to escape for a while and go to a place that allows me to take a deep breath and just slooooowww down. Someplace where I can think happy thoughts, feel pleasant feelings and just re-group and re-boot. Anthropologie is one of those places.

Anthropologie is a store that sells vintage-inspired clothes, aprons, dishes, furniture, and whatnots for the home. It is definitely one of my all around favorite places. In the city, especially where I work, which is in a very snooty part of the city, you don't find thrift stores, or junk shops. So, Anthroplogie does the trick for me. Do not get me wrong. Anthropologie does not sell at Thrift Store prices. No siree. Also all the merchandise is brand new. Still, the style and feel of everything just gives you that 'gentler time, gentler place' warm all over feeling. Love it!

display at Anthropologie, Tyson's Corner Galleria, Virginia

table display, Anthropologie

Sometimes the display in the Ralph Lauren store has a country look to it, which you know I like.
Once again, not Thrift store prices, but still, that warm, comfy feeling.

a girl can't have too many rubber boots, ya know!

And yes, I know it's still way early, but these Christmas trees in Neiman Marcus really, really put me in the mood.

I can't wait to start decorating! I think I'll do it this weekend (maybe?) I'm one of those ladies that likes a tree in every single room. However, this year it will be a challenge to decorate since most of my house is pink and white with touches of mint green. Hmmm, maybe a white tree this year?

"Oh, Christmas tree, oh Christmas tree..."

And speaking of things that make me smile, THIS is what I found under my tree last year.....

Okay, admit it! This is the most beautiful bike you've ever seen, isn't it? When I say I don't like modern gadgets I mean it, by golly! Same things goes for my wheels. I would never in a hundred, million gazillion years be caught on a fancy schmancy 3, 5, 10 or any-speed bicycle. And definitely not wearing skin-tight black pants and tight top that all 'serious' bikers wear. Besides, and not to criticize anyone, but it looks like they take their ridin' so seriously that they don't take the time to look at the beauty around them. They just seem (to me, anyway) in too much of a dad-blamed hurry to get somewhere. Well not me. I put on my big straw hat, my rubber boots and take my time waving at passersby, smelling the sweet air, and taking in nature's beauty all around me.

And sometimes, when I hop on my pretty pink one-speed it just happens to take me down to my favorite neighborhood Thrift store, where I bought this pretty, bright, cheery handbag

Isn't this just a big ray of sunshine? I won't tell you what I paid for it because it would make you jealous if you knew how cheap it was!! (it's a good bag, too. All leather and from Nordstrom. Oooh, I just love a good deal!)

I also bought these picture frames there, too. They were gold and I painted them white. The pink curtains? Same place. I bought the stars at Michael's. They were originally gold and I painted them white, as well. The roses are 'wallies.' Have you ever used them? You just put them on with a damp sponge and you take them off the same way.

And I don't want to leave out these two little sweethearts who bring a smile to my face each and every day! I love them so much that I wish I could take them EVERYWHERE with me (even to church!)


"Mama! Please play fetch with me!" (Can you see her rubber hot dog toy in the background?"

Sally, affectionately known as "Sally Bear"

Thanks for letting me share! It's past my bedtime ((yawn)) so I'm gonna call it a night.

You sleep tight and don't forget your prayers! Pray for our country, our new leadership, our soldiers, and of course all those that for whatever reason are sad and hurting, for God to give them comfort as only He can give. And a big 'shout out' to Him for YOU as well, that He will bless you with places (and things) that make you smile.


Little Halloween Ballerinas

I had lots of trick-or-treaters. I love that!! I got to practice my witch laugh, and hand out all kinds of candy. I had 5 huge bags and I gave every single bit of it away.

These little cutie patootie twin ballerinas live just two houses down from me - aren't they precious? There was just too much excitement and it was very difficult to get them to sit still and I couldn't get them to both look at the camera at the same time.

There's another set of twins that live two houses down on the other side, but they're still a little too young for trick-or-treating.

I was so impressed by the manners every single one of the kids displayed. I heard so many 'thank you's'! And when there was a crowd all gathered at my front door at once they were all so gracious to one another. No shoving, or pushing in front of the line. They each took their turns. The older ones looked out for the younger ones. It just made me feel good to see so many young ones with such wonderful manners. Good job, parents!

I hope everyone had a good fright night! Now, time to start thinking about decorating for Thanksgiving and Christmas!

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Be anxious for nothing,

but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God.....
Philippians 4:6

And in the words of Forrest Gump...."that's all I'll say about that."