Monday, May 31, 2010
I've been playing around with my new camera and took pictures of my sweetgrass basket collection. Some are displayed and others are truly used...hence the photos of the messy key basket and even messier make-up basket. (EDIT-Just realized that a photo of Lorelai holding a pair of shoes that she wants me to buy for her slipped in to the slide show...just ignore that unless, of course, YOU would like to purchase that nifty pair of Kate Spade wedges for her!!)
The making of these baskets is a true art...one which has been passed down from generation to generation for hundreds of years. It's a dying art, not to mention that basketmakers are having a harder and harder time finding sweetgrass, which is why I try to buy one whenever I can. Maybe I'll give one away sometime. That would be a NEAT giveaway.
Happy Memorial Day...hope you're enjoying some start of the summer fun!
Sunday, May 30, 2010
I'm going on a hunt this afternoon for a dress for our neighbor's wedding. I'll drop Lorelai off to meet the boys and she'll spend the rest of the afternoon with them. I like them a lot...they are SMART boys (well young men, I suppose).
We treated our guests to dinner last night at McCrady's. (I know, I'm giving you too many links but they're all worth a look.) Every now and then it occurs to me that we sometimes take a lot of what we have here in the Lowcountry for granted....it pays to refresh one's memory occasionally.
I could NOT wait to share this recipe with you. Carolina Peach Sangria, also found in the June edition of Southern Living Magazine. We had it with our brunch this morning and there is JUST enough left for Hank and me to have one more glass late this afternoon. You need to make it a day ahead for the flavors to meld. This recipe is a keeper here in the Land of Belle.
I'm going to bed now...
Saturday, May 29, 2010
I bought myself this for Mother's Day but haven't had time to figure it out until this morning. I played around with it last night and took a couple of photos outside. Even without reading the camera guide, I can already tell you that I've never had a camera that took such good photos in the dead of night. (Seriously, it was almost 11PM by the time we finished supper and went outside for a little splash of dessert wine. There is one obvious problem, though....the reflection from the solar landscape lights put off an odd "ribbon" of light...one across the face of the guy on the left and a lighter one to the left behind Legare. Anybody know what to do about that??
Legare is home and brought two friends who wanted to visit Charleston. One of the young men is from NC, so he's been here before. The other, a rising 3L like Legare, is from KANSAS!! YES...Kansas is REAL!!! He was here when he was three years old for his uncle's medical school graduation....oddly, he doesn't remember much about it.
They left bright and early this morning for breakfast at Henry's before heading downtown. We had a supper last night here at home. Artichoke dip, crabcakes, rosemary roasted potatoes, green beans, homemade cheese biscuits (BILL...tell Martha Lynn they were fabulous!!) and my famous caramel pecan pie.
Lorelai and her friend Julia are off for a girls' day of shopping and a movie. Hank got up this morning to take Ned to the farm for a little bit and I AM NOW GLORIOUSLY ALONE to drink another pot of coffee and blog and read and probably take a nap. Ain't life grand???
Friday, May 28, 2010
Wednesday, May 26, 2010
I ran this post last year in May of 2009. Indulge me in a repeat, if you will.
Legare is 24 years old today.
They hooked me up to an IV and the FUN started! After awhile they broke my water and there was lots MORE fun. Poor Hank...we didn't pay ANY attention in Lamaze class because we were so busy laughing at all of the other people. He'd try to tell me to breathe and I'd get mad. The nurse would say breathe and I would breathe. Scott left for a couple of hours to go to church. Every now and then Hank would say, Scott will be back in a little bit...you won't mind if he stays with you...he'll be right back...you'll be OK with Scott while I go check on Mom and Dad. I know Scott is coming back....you'll be OK, won't you?" Hank told me later that his hand and arm were sore for the longest time. Who knew I could be so strong.
Scott got back and Hank took a much needed break. The doctor came in and I grabbed him by his necktie and demanded drugs. An epidural was there el pronto and everybody calmed down. Hours went by and finally it was TIME....at least everybody thought it was time EXCEPT Legare. He was apparently very comfortable and didn't see a reason to hurry. Scott was hanging right in there with us all night long but all of a sudden things got a little bit scary. Legare would slide down during the contractions and slide right back up when the contraction was over. About 2:45 AM on Monday morning, the 26th, we prepared to wheel down to the OR for an emergency c-section. I was tired and had gotten the shakes. Hank held one hand and one of the anesthesiologists held the other. At 3:27 AM, along came Legare...all 8 pounds and 6 ounces of him.
There was no crying...the baby was in a little bit of distress and they ran away with him before I could even get a look. His first Apgar score was a "2"... a few minutes later it was up to a "9" but not wanting to take any chances they took him away. I was fine, so Hank went with the baby.
Mother arrived about 7:30 AM and immediately went to the nursery to find out when I would get to hold my sweet baby. About 8:00 AM, they finally brought him in. It was a moment of pure JOY! We got lots of flowers and had lots of company and I entertained in grand style. Actually, Hank says that I just THINK I entertained in grand style that first day. I apparently fell asleep mid-sentence with most of my visitors.
Legare has continued to be pure joy....most of the time. Like any other kid, he had his MOMENTS! I surely can't tell you about all of them but let's see...there was the time, one February, when Lorelai was about four, that Legare told her that it was her birthday. She was SO excited. Only problem....her birthday is in July. It wasn't fun.
Did I ever tell you about the time we discovered (at the END of the day) that he'd enjoyed a BEER at 8:00 AM (before he went to school) a mere two weeks before graduation? Thank The LORD that he didn't get caught. Why would he do such a thing, you might ask? He was hot and thirsty! Well...there you go...
Legare is going to do great things in this world.
On the night you were born,
the moon smiled with such wonder
that the stars peeked in to see you
and the night wind whispered.
“Life will never be the same.”
Because there had never been anyone like you . . . ever in the world.
(excerpt from "On the Night You Were Born" by Nancy Tillman)
Son...Daddy and I love you more than you can imagine, my sweet sweet baby boy. Lorelai loves you more than you know too...she just isn't going to tell you that. There might be kids loved AS MUCH as you and your sister in this world but I guarantee that there are not any loved MORE. HAPPY BIRTHDAY...we'll see you later this week.
Friday, May 21, 2010
2. I left work last Monday afternoon with a scratchy throat which turned into full blown laryngitis. Good news for the people who have to be around me. Bad news when your job involves a lot of talking.
3. I miss the days when the doctor would always write a prescription for an antiobiotic. I understand the reasons why they don't do that anymore but I paid good money on Wednesday morning for a diagnosis of "I think it's probably viral and will go away in a week to ten days. Get some chloroseptic lozenges, use afrin if you need to, and don't talk."
4. Oh YES!!! THAT will WORK!!!!
5. Lorelai has written a post for "dumb boys" go check it out.
Thursday, May 20, 2010
Don't you wonder how some people live with themselves? Sometimes my conscience works overtime...I fret over the smallest little thing that I might have said that might have maybe sometime in the oddest little circumstance PERHAPS have given somebody the wrong impression. What is it with people who just don't seem to have a sense that other people and their feelings matter? I just can't understand it...
"Back in 2002, Edwards sent me a Ken doll dressed in bathing trunks, Rio de Janeiro Ken, with a teasing note, because he didn’t like my reference to him as a Ken doll in a column. In retrospect, the comparison was not fair - to Ken." -Maureen Dowd on John Edwards
This just makes me laugh!
"In the South, people take great pleasure in other people's lives, they consider them works of art, eccentrics are discussed and doted upon." -John Berendt
Truer words were never spoken...as long as our eccentrics are of a reasonably sweet disposition they are community treasures. Is it like that in other regions? Could be... I just don't have a point of reference.
Sunday, May 16, 2010
Thanks to those of you who started following the new blog, Life Lessons for Dumb Boys. We'll see how it goes. The girls are excited and REALLY, if any of you my dear friends or your daughters have stories/lessons to share I'll be more than happy to publish them. Just let me know...you can send anything you'd like to my e-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org).
We got the nicest thank you note written on a beautifully monogrammed card in the mail yesterday and I just have to share it with you. What a lovely young southern belle this friend of Lorelai's is...
Dear Mr. and Mrs. Southern...
Thank you both so much for taking us to eat at Magnolias last week while we were at the beach. You were so generous to think of us as we celebrated the end of a successful school year. The food was delicious, and we thoroughly enjoyed our evening. I am so excited that Lorelai will be living with us at Clemson next year. Our week at Edisto was great fun, so I am sure that sharing the apartment will be too! Hope to see you all again soon.
Mary Elizabeth Bradford
Receiving such nice notes from young people these days is a rarity. Both of our children...yes, even dumb boy Legare...have a ready supply of personal stationery and I always encourage them to write more than the standard "Thank you so much for the white towels. I know I will get much use from them. Sincerely, Johnny" kind of notes. I don't know about you, but I kind of take the two line notes as insincere. Sort of a "my mama made me do it" kind of thing.
I'm NOT saying that my kids haven't written those kinds of notes (and I shudder at the thought) but I'm always trying to move them in the right direction.
Don't we have an obligation to our children to make sure they go out into the great big world knowing social graces?
What do you think?
Saturday, May 15, 2010
My next door neighbor Melanie and I decided to host a brunch. Our daughters, her Lily and Lane, and my Lorelai, were hostesses also, but it seems that Mel and I did most of the work. I did the invitations and we had the event at our house. Melanie did the flowers and food. I think I got the better end of the deal for sure. We have to thank "the dads." Hank did all of the yard work and David made lots of trips across the yard bringing food and supplies over.
Thursday, May 13, 2010
One night, he and his wife, along with their eleven year old son (now a grown man) were watching television. There was a sitcom on and one of the scenes was a bit heavy on sexual innuendo and his wife mentioned out the side of her mouth that perhaps they should change the channel since the eleven year old was in the room.
The son leaned over to his dad and whispered, "I don't know what mom is getting so upset about. I'm probably going to have to have sex one day so I might as well know how it works."
Gotta give him credit for thinking ahead...
Tuesday, May 11, 2010
I went in to work on Monday morning around 7:00 am and got home about 6:30 pm. Today, I went in about 7:15 am and got home at 9:45 pm....school board meeting night. Legare and Hank were STILL cooking supper and Lorelai was in the bed asleep. I went upstairs and asked her about her day. She turned over, looked up and said, "Work makes me tired."
I know just what she means...
Saturday, May 8, 2010
OK...now that I have that out of my system...
Legare and Lorelai have arrived safely home for Mother's Day weekend and we're getting ready to sit down to a delicious dinner of shrimp and grits courtesy of my wonderful husband. Tomorrow will be a busy and kind of stressful day entertaining mother, Ned, Hank's mother, his aunt and his half brother. Hank's aunt is the only one who won't cause us undue anxiety at some point during the day. That's why I got a little PRE-Mother's Day special treatment.
While sitting at the table discussing tomorrow's plans, Hank made a remark that we (he and I) are going to draw up some kind of legal document so that our children don't have to go through as much unpleasantness as we have getting our mother's settled in safe places. We don't want to put our children through all of that. Legare, feeling all full of himself now that he's just finished up the "estates and trusts" exam and is now 2/3 a lawyer said, "Maybe I've already taken care of that?"
Happy Mother's Day, y'all!
Tuesday, May 4, 2010
2. The soft foods part of the seven day treatment to see if the pain will ease off hasn't been so bad. I just ate chocolate peanut butter ice cream for supper.
3. I bought Ned an i-Pad. I'm trying it out to make sure it works OK before taking it to him. It might take awhile before I'm absolutely sure. OH who am I kidding. I just bought myself an i-Pad.