Sunday, July 28, 2013

Daybed question

POLL: Daybeds...are they cool and practical, or weird?

We have a twin bed in our extra room that just doesn't fit very well sticking out in the room the "normal way".

However, it looks pretty good nested between the two windows in that room.

But is it weird to sleep in a bed sideways?  Or is it no big deal?  Anyone out there tried one?

I like the concept and how it looks but am concerned about the functionality. Also, feng shui...wonder how that factors in?
Oh the decisions of life.

Welcome royal baby!

I don't understand why so many people around me are "over" the new little English prince that was born Monday.

I am thrilled for them! 

I for one, while not following the duchess's pregnancy super closely, do remember she had trouble in the beginning and was hospitalized. 

Then, more recent photos showed her stylishly showing off her bump while still maintaining all her duties and appearances.

Best wishes to William and Kate and their new bundle of joy!

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

If it would ever stop raining...

Well.   Harumphhh.  It rained all 4th of July week. Its been "threatening" rain for almost 2 weeks. 80% humidity when its not raining. I'm OFFICIALLY over it!!

Jeff has decided to just be super productive and try to ignore it. Enter: the power washer.

He borrowed one from our neighbor on Friday and spent a pretty significant amount of time washing stuff...

It started out as moving everything off the deck and getting all the algae off (yes, in Georgia its algae and not dirt you are cleaning).

Then as long as the patio furniture was down, might as well do that.

Oh, and we've been struggling with a damn racoon eating our birdseed and hummingbird nectar...and he broke my might as well take all that stuff down, clean it, and rearrange it...

Gosh, the back looks so much better, we ought to do the front porch. And the rocking chairs.  And the weatherproof cushions.  And the table.  Oops a chair is broken, haul it to the basement...

Hmmm...what else? Well the mower smells a bit like wet grass so we will do him too. 

And that, my friends, is how a project takes on a life of its own! And I am so grateful because everything looks MUCH better. 

Friday, July 5, 2013

Our Favorite: Fort Mountain recap

We took some time to ourselves in early June to visit our favorite state park, Fort Mountain State Park in Chatsworth, GA.

We were afraid of rain (AGAIN)...and on the drive up on Friday it rained, and it rained Friday night...but Saturday dawned a wonderful - if not humid - morning!

We had a leisurely breakfast of oatmeal and prepared for our hike while waiting for some of the humidity to burn off.  We decided hiking in 65 degrees but 95% humidity is much worse than 75 degrees and 70% humidity, so the couple hour delay was no big deal.

Fort Mountain is one of our favorite places for a couple reasons - but one is the hiking trails.  Our very favorite trail is the Gold Rush trail where you literally hike up a running creek bed, dodging in and out of the magnolias in bloom.  It is tricky, and uphill, but it's so beautiful and fun - like you're playing in the water - that the work doesn't seem like work at all!

Once we got to the end of that trail, we made the decision to carry on to the backcountry trail.  It's a trail with beautiful vistas and waterfalls, and a really cool boulder field to traverse.  As we approached the boulder field this time, we saw maybe 75 people dressed in pioneer costumes, hauling wagons (like old timey wagons), and gear, and themselves, all while hooting and hollering.  It was QUITE the sight in the middle of nowhere and I'm certain we won't see anything in the backcountry like that again!  (When we got back to the main area we asked a ranger who they were.  They were a local LDS church group who make the trek every year to honor their families who settled in the area.)

After almost 6 miles of hiking, we got back to camp..and it was HOT.  So we put on our suits and headed to the BEACH!!!  After having a quick hot dog of course (we were starving!! A Clif bar on the trail is not enough sustenance).

The water was COLD but felt good on the nice hot day.  We have so much fun bobbing around together, and I play this game where I swim away and then swim towards Jeff as fast as I can.  Then we bob around some more, and people watch the parents on the beach.  My favorite people watching moment this time was this kid who backed all the way up to the stone wall, and then seriously WENT FOR IT running into the water and tried to body surf.  In a lake.  It was hilarious, the reckless abandon he showed!

Back to the camper for a quick dinner outside, then a great campfire and smores!  It was just what we needed to reconnect, forget our grief for awhile, and relax.