Thursday, April 30, 2009

Summer Attire

Warm weather has arrived and with it, numerous sightings of skimpy summer attire. Once again, Mamacita has nailed it: "Be nice to the world’s feng shui. Don’t flaunt anything that looks or acts like jello." If you'd like to read more...

Tuesday, April 28, 2009


Thanks to these nice folks, I've been able to add another sidebar to the blog, resulting in a third column. Will you think I have no life if I say that makes me quite happy?

Friday, April 24, 2009

It Was Nice While It Lasted

After enduring monsoons for days, we had about a week of lovely spring weather (which is about six days more than we normally get here). Today it hit the nineties.

Compassion Goes to India

Sophie can tell you about it better than I ever could...Shannon has blogged about it as well. If you'd like to keep up with the amazing people making this journey during the next week, go HERE or read the updates by linking to Compassion Bloggers (on our blog roll in the left column). I promise you will be blessed by what you will learn.

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

The First Earth Day

On April 22, 1970, I was a high school senior in the suburbs of D.C. That was 29 years ago, and amazingly enough (can you say packrat?), I still have the flyer that was given out at school. Note that it was actually an invitation to a protest march, to be followed by a 'celebration of life' featuring Pete Seeger and Arlo Guthrie.
Needless to say, I was in my English class at Robert E. Lee High School that afternoon (completely unaware that my future husband was just a mile down the road at Thomas A. Edison High School!) and NOT on Constitution Avenue, but still. Also, doesn't it seem that the tone of Earth Day has calmed down a bit since then?
Oh, and I have a six page "Earth Day Discussion and Information Guide" put together by the Science Club and yes, it was printed on the mimeograph machine with purple ink...anyone else remember that smell? Bet the fumes from those things didn't help air quality!

Sunday, April 19, 2009

Books, Brothers, & Bogies

George and Sue arrived Wednesday and we started having fun right away! Thursday Joe arrive for an evening of brotherly bonding while Sue and I headed next door for the fifth anniversary of the Bluestocking Society. Friday brought George, Jr. and Dena and of course, golf...which continued as the theme of the weekend. Thanks to the 'people from VA' for making the trek and a special shout out to their son-in-law, Tim, who deploys to Bahrain tomorrow.

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Double Trouble

Fast forward almost forty years and what you will find is these two pairing up for the annual Tift Green tournament. Hopefully they have learned a thing or two about style since this picture was made!

The one thing we DO know is that if it's anything like last year, the Pros from Dover will be in the hunt. Ha!

before they were Colonel Grumpy and Uncle Cranky

Monday, April 13, 2009

Sunday, April 12, 2009

Easter Afternoon

He Is Risen!

Christ the Lord is risen today, Alleluia!
Earth and heaven in chorus say, Alleluia!
Raise your joys and triumphs high, Alleluia!
Sing, ye heavens, and earth reply, Alleluia!

Love's redeeming work is done, Alleluia!
Fought the fight, the battle won, Alleluia!
Death in vain forbids him rise, Alleluia!
Christ has opened paradise, Alleluia!

Lives again our glorious King, Alleluia!
Where, O death, is now thy sting? Alleluia!
Once he died our souls to save, Alleluia!
Where's thy victory, boasting grave? Alleluia!

Soar we now where Christ has led, Alleluia!
Following our exalted Head, Alleluia!
Made like him, like him we rise, Alleluia!
Ours the cross, the grave, the skies, Alleluia!

Saturday, April 11, 2009

Wedding Gift

On January 3, 1906, Susie Inez Shaw married Olin Watson Minick and received this organ as a wedding gift from her father. I'm not sure exactly when it was given to my mama, but when I was growing up, it was always an important piece in our home.

My Aunt Lillie was the only one who could coax actual music from it; however, several generations of children have 'entertained' numerous adults with their attempts.

Now the organ has made the move safely to the Bowers house. I'm looking at it now, thinking about all the hands that have touched the keys, especially the grandmother I never knew, and feeling quite honored to have it in our home.

Friday, April 10, 2009

Patrons of the Day

Think they'll have any fun at the tournament today?

My daddy and his buddies might have been in the running for Masters Patrons of the Day, but they took off even earlier and were not available for a photo!

Thursday, April 9, 2009

A Pair of Badges and LOUD Pants

For the first time in recent years, GREAT WEATHER was the order of the day. Lots of great golf is always a given at the Masters and so are the fashion disasters. Imagine my frustration at not being able to provide photographic evidence! The worst offenders were not one but THREE men who were TOGETHER all dressed alike in these lovely houndstooth pants (yes, I searched until I found them online so you would not be deprived...and they cost $90, so I guess I just don't have STYLE).

Also, do you know if there's any other place where so many people are willingly gathered in one place with no cell phones and no cameras? I'm just wishin' that Worth could have been one of them today.

Saturday, April 4, 2009

Gum It

Ellie better hurry up and get some teeth! We've bought a Pizza Kit from her (yes, even a six-month-old can participate in the school fundraiser!) and she definitely needs to get in on the pizza-making process. :) Now that I think of it, when her daddy was her age he devoured a huge pile of popcorn shrimp, despite the fact he had NOT ONE tooth in his head. So maybe she can gum some pizza after all...

Friday, April 3, 2009

My Sister's Boots

An artist and her inspiration...
...a student and her idol.

MM's mama is ESPECIALLY thrilled because "My Sister's Boots" will be making the Collins house its permanent home at the end of the exhibit.

The Art of Art

Being able to produce amazing works of art does not happen to be one of my gifts (shocking, I know). However, I am blessed with a friend who DOES possess this gift and so I'm able to appreciate the process vicariously. If you'd like to see more, just click on her watercolor.

Today we are privileged to attend a reception marking the opening of an exhibit featuring her work and we are so proud!

You might also like to know that not only does she create art, she shares the love of art with her students. HERE's one of her youngest (who happens to be one of my faux grandchildren as well)!
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