Friday, July 31, 2009
Every now and then I see where bloggers take questions from readers. I'm not a terribly interesting person, but thought I'd see JUST how not interesting I am by asking...Does ANYBODY have a question for me? It doesn't even have to be about me...I LOVE giving my opinons on any variety of topics....cause in the Land of Belle, I'm always right! (not so much in the rest of the world, hence the reason I have created the Land of Belle...DUH!)
Wednesday, July 29, 2009
We met our friend Scott, his wife, and little girl, Jane, who is six, to celebrate Scott's impending 50th birthday. Lorelai was out doing HER birthday thing, so it was just Hank, Legare and me. We got there a bit early and had a drink while we waited...that was fine. I don't even really feel compelled to describe what we ate...it was THAT forgettable. (crab cake, scallops, duck...can't remember anything else) You can check out the menu HERE. I'm not saying that it tasted bad...it didn't...it tasted OK, but when I go out for a nice dinner, I'm not looking for OK. I'm looking for FABULOUS! I'm kind of worried that our dinner several weeks ago at Il Palio in Chapel Hill might have us a tad bit spoiled. (I'm going back there next weekend...YAY!)
As we walked to our table, I told Jane that Legare could be her date. She didn't seem to think much of my suggestion but during dinner, she whispered something in her daddy's ear and he said, "Jane wants to know if Legare would like to go on a carriage ride after dinner." We all agreed that a carriage ride would be nice. As we walked down Market Street, Jane whispered again that she would like it if Legare held her hand. It was SO cute. I snapped a couple of photos with my phone. Unfortunately, it was just past 9 PM and the last carriage ride of the night had departed. We were all disappointed...especially Jane...but we promised that we'd go next time.
Saturday, July 25, 2009
Saturday morning, the girls slept in then took off for the beach. They arrived back home just as Hank, Legare, and I were headed downtown ourselves for dinner with friends. I'll review the new chef at Charleston Grill soon...it won't be stellar. Anyhow...the tired, sand-covered girls jumped in the pool to cool off before resting a bit and then headed downtown themselves for dinner and dancing. Hank was sound asleep in his chair and me, likewise, on the sofa when Lor called about 12:25 AM to let us know they were heading home. Needless to say, they slept until almost noon today, so we had muffins and fruit at noon, then pizza and salad around 4:30 so that the girls could get back on the road for home.
Lor got some fabulous gifts and you'll see in the slideshow the little goodie bags we shared in return. They were a great bunch of girls...we didn't worry one single bit that they would get into any trouble. They've all apparently been raised by Southern Belles who taught their daughters how to be gracious guests. Enjoy the slideshow...I played around a bit with putting text in the photos so you might want to move the slides manually so that you don't miss the narrative.
Friday, July 24, 2009
As a matter of fact, she just about wears herself out sometime...
Remember....YOU are my sunshine!!!
Thursday, July 23, 2009
Legare is home for the last time before he moves into his new apartment so we larked out early this morning. We needed to pick up his new suit that we'd left for alterations a couple of weeks ago and see about some other things. If you live near a Lacoste store, run run as fast as you can. They are running an unheard of promotion. Almost everything is on sale and THEN another 25% off. Legare got two shirts and we picked up another two for Hank. Looks like you can get the same deals online also.
Lorelai's birthday is Sunday and she's invited friends from school to come for the weekend...lots to do to prepare for her weekend of JUBILEE! Lawsamercy it was HOT out there today...the humidity was off the charts. I'll have a birthday post in the next day or two and then LOTS of pictures and stories from the weekend, I have no doubt.
Time to rustle up some supper...
Tuesday, July 21, 2009
Lest we forget, life is a beautiful but fragile thing. We seriously deny ourselves so much of the beauty by getting bogged down in petty and trivial things. I let that happen to me this afternoon...ruined about three good hours that I'll never get back because I was annoyed with the outcome (or lack of outcome as the case may be) of a meeting at the office. I'm going to do better...life is too short.
Sunday, July 19, 2009
Saturday, July 18, 2009
LADIES...send your mailing address to me by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. I'll get these in the mail to you this week.
Princess Freckles...nobody else whose name was drawn requested this one but you, so you can be expecting to receive...
KAC....this one is yours...
Pauline Goat Ranchers will be receiving...
Lisa from my extra good life gets...
Like I said...more to come soon.
Thursday, July 16, 2009
I know that you get tired of me reminding you what the award is all about but it's important (to me). Sometimes I read blogs or even individual posts that inspire me or tickle me to no end and I say to myself....now that gal is a Southern Belle. Southern Belleness transcends geography....it is a philosophy...a state of mind...style and substance...wit and charm...joy and sunshine...grit and determination...love...respect, and much more. The standards for receiving the award are high indeed. This isn't an award that one passes along to someone else. It can ONLY come from ME!!!
I this case, our awardee is not a Carolina Girl but a CALIFORNIA girl!
Go see her...be sure you have some time because you'll want to know the ending of every story.
Congratulations Julie. Feel free to save the award button to your desktop and post it on your sidebar if you want to. You're now a member of a VERY elite group.
Wednesday, July 15, 2009
Monday, July 13, 2009
So...oddly, my Monday mood is good. I'm hopeful that the new school year will be a successful one. I'm also in a simplifying kind of mood.
I've GOT to simplify. We have too many books in our house. There are MORE at Mother's house. Well...really, one can never have TOO many, and I do buy particular books that I carefully keep...signed firsts of my favorite authors and so forth. Anyway...Hank and I always have some books lying around that we've read and enjoyed a lot, but that we don't particularly want to keep forever.
Saturday, July 11, 2009
Thursday, July 9, 2009
Ah...the wedding party...and a group of party people they were.
You should have SEEN what they did to the car. It was practically obscene.
Hank's cousin Redneck Boy wanted to put some kind of animal in the car. Our good buddy Scott was the keeper of the keys and to his credit, he wouldn't allow anything that would cause permanent damage so RB put it in another cousin's car who was a guest.
Look at Hank's expression...
Thanks for indulging me during this walk down memory lane...
Wednesday, July 8, 2009
Elsie de Wolfe.
A bit of "gracious" can carry a person a long way...even if one is not so pretty or witty (now you KNOW I'm not talking about any of US. WE in the blogworld are gorgeous/handsome, witty as can be, and gracious beyond measure!). I remember attending an out-of-town engagement party for some friends many years ago where the hosts DEFINITELY thought themselves attractive and of superior intellect, but they were NOT gracious. Consequently, I'm ashamed to say that I didn't react well to the unfortunate circumstances and didn't present myself in the best light either. In the end, I was never able to truly forge a good strong friendship with the bride-to-be of our good buddy Scott. Some twelve years later, I'd like a do-over of that entire weekend. Moral of the story...there are no do-overs...so "be gracious if it kills you."
"I don't always know what I'm talking about but I know I'm right."
This little gem has gotten me in trouble MORE than once. I'm USUALLY right, but not always, Remember that GRACIOUS is the operative word.
"If you're coming to see me tomorrow, bring me some money."
Laws a mercy, mother is going through "a thing" since she moved into Green Grove...she thinks she doesn't have any money or is going to run out of money. I'm not sure which. Before you start taking up a collection, rest assured that she is not destitute. I'll run by the ATM (with her debit card, which she doesn't understand AT ALL) in the morning and grab some cash before I head over to visit. Then we're going to the shoe store...here's hoping that pair #15 will be the charm.
Tuesday, July 7, 2009
It's delightful....light and perfect for this hot and humid weather we're having down here in the SC Lowcountry.
Lorelai is off the the beach this morning. Hank is at work...lots going on there. I have four more days of vacation and plan to enjoy each and every moment between now and next Monday.
Hope you're having fun!