Stare Down

20170729_10124020170729_10124920170729_101314We had an unexpected visitor last week. The markings on its shell resemble small little paw prints. And those red eyes…mesmerizing.

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Demo Day

IMG_874020170803_150449-1IMG_8743Out with the old, in with the new. That’s what we said when Ronny removed the first stone from our massive fireplace wall. What a difference! Stay tuned for the final reveal.

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The Big 40

DSCN0269Forty years ago today we celebrated the birth of our youngest son, Matthew. What a ride it’s been watching him become the man he is today. He lights up my life. Love you, Mr. T. Happy Birthday.

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Football’s Back

IMG_8588 IMG_8595You know how men and boys (and this Grandma) love their football. Our grandson, Garrett, is no exception. He’s suited up and ready for practice. Let the games begin.

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Ready, Set, Fire

PICT4957PICT4959Remembering days at the park. Rocket launching at its best.

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Family Friday: Fishing’s Good

2786FB_IMG_14997387883291239512760Wow and double wow! Can you believe the size of these fish? My brother’s catch weighed in at 146 pounds and took him 3½ hours to reel in off the coast of Cabo. My sister-in-law didn’t do so bad herself (I love the look on her face). Then my son and grandson caught these two gars in Lake Allatoona. I’d say fishing’s been good.

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Hot Pink Gauze

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It started out as a beautiful day. The sun was shining and we were off to Chattanooga, TN with our two youngest grandchildren. Lookout Mountain, Rock City and Ruby Falls were calling us. The Incline Railroad was our first stop. At the top of the mountain we decided to walk a few blocks to see the battlefield park. That’s when the day started its downhill decline.

A pothole on the walking trail surprised me, and the next thing I knew I was on the ground. Ankle twisted and painful. It was a bit of a hike back to the car, but I made it. After a stop at Walgreens for gauze to wrap my ankle and pain reliever, we were off to Rock City.

Although with each step the pain got worse, I was determined to see Rock City and the Falls. Boy was I wrong! About two steps down into Rock City, I knew I was done. As luck would have it, a paramedic that was walking behind us took me back up to the top and helped me find a place to elevate my foot. No more than 10 minutes later, the heavens opened up and dropped buckets of rain. Ronny and the kids were drenched and spent the next 45 minutes under a pavilion before they could finish exploring the sights.

It continued to rain, but we couldn’t head back home until the kids saw Ruby Falls. Again, I thought I could manage walking the one-mile round trip down into the Falls. Again, I was wrong. Those close to me know I’m not a patient person. I have to admit that spending most of my day sitting with my foot elevated, knowing that everyone else was laughing and having fun was not easy. But knowing that Sarah and Garrett were making memories with their Papa Mac was worth it. And for me, it’s not every day that I get to make a fashion statement wearing hot pink gauze.

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