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Currently – August 2017

Currently – August 2017

I know I say it every month, but I LOVE this link-up!  It’s fun to see how everyone interprets each month’s prompts and what they’re up to!  Here’s what I’m CURRENTLY…

 

snacking (on): Dark Salted Brown Butter Chocolate.  I discovered this chocolate bar at Publix yesterday, and it jumped into my cart all by itself.  I don’t usually eat chocolate, but this bar apparently thought I’d like it.  It’s right. 

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Summertime Fun List – Update 1

Summertime Fun List – Update 1

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A month ago (WHAT?!?  A MONTH AGO ALREADY?!?) I compiled a list of things I wanted to do this summer.  I have been on the road and/or sick nearly the whole month (I’m not exaggerating), but I HAVE accomplished a few things!

Here’s my list and how I’ve done so far:  (Yes, some of these are more work than fun, but summertime is a great time to do inside work when you live in the Deep South!)

  • Pantry:  Reorganize my pantry.
    • I’ve started cleaning it out little by little.  I’ve tackled several of the dark, hidden corners and have thrown out stuff that went out of date years ago.  (Please tell me I’m not the only one to have ancient stuff lurking back there!)
  • Boxes:  Clear boxes out of garage. 
    • Much to my husband’s dismay, I’ve not made it to this one yet.  SOON!  SOON!
  • Letters:  Write one real letter each week.
    • I’ve written a couple of notes to my son, but I still want to fully embrace this discipline.  Wow.  Discipline sounds harsh, but I believe this is something I really must do and WANT to do.
  • New Places:  Eat at two new restaurants in Savannah.
    • I’ve eaten at amazing places in Pigeon Forge, Phoenix, and St. Louis this month, but not in Savannah!
  • Books:  Read at least five books from Modern Mrs. Darcy’s Summer Reading Guide.
    • AHA!  I *have* made headway on this one!  I read The Lost Book of the Grail and A Bridge Across the Ocean.  I started He Said She Said and then returned it to the library.  I may try to finish it up though after watching a friend having a hard time putting it down last weekend!
  • Intentional Friendship IRL:  Meet up with a friend at least once a month.  (IRL means “in real life.”)
    • YES!  I had a nice visit with a local friend last week, a fun girls’ night last night with three friends, and I’m headed to beach today with two other friends!  HOORAY!  This is a discipline I can get excited about!  (Isn’t it a shame how easy it is to NOT do this?!?)
  • Intentional Friendship Virtually:  Skype with a long-distance friend at least once a month.
    • I’ve not done this one yet, but I’m looking forward to it!
  • Time for Parents:  Call my parents and my in-laws once a week.
    • I’ve done a little better on this one, but there is still much room for improvement.  I WANT to talk to them!  I do text and message them!  Now that I’m not on the road every week, I’m looking forward to sitting down, chatting, and catching up with them more frequently.  I love them!

It feels good to have made some headway on my goals for this summer!  Now it’s time to check in with my bloggy friends and see how THEY are doing on THEIR lists!

Summertime Fun List 2017

Summertime Fun List 2017

Today is the summer solstice!  This day always makes me a little sad because the days will begin to get shorter, but today I shall focus on being HAPPY about summertime!  I’m joining up with some other bloggers to share our bucket/fun lists for this sunny season!

I live near Savannah, Georgia, and y’all, it is HOT here!  My springtime fun list featured a lot of outdoor activities, but my summertime fun list includes a lot of indoor, stay-in-the-air-conditioning-so-we-don’t-have-a-heat-stroke goals.

Here’s what I hope to do during summer 2017:

  • Pantry:  Reorganize my pantry.
  • Boxes:  Clear boxes out of garage. 
  • Letters:  Write one real letter each week.
  • New Places:  Eat at two new restaurants in Savannah.
  • Books:  Read at least five books from Modern Mrs. Darcy’s Summer Reading Guide.
  • Intentional Friendship IRL:  Meet up with a friend at least once a month.  (IRL means “in real life.”)
  • Intentional Friendship Virtually:  Skype with a long-distance friend at least once a month.
  • Time for Parents:  Call my parents and my in-laws once a week.

Here’s the (little) scoop on each goal.

Pantry:  We’ve been in our house about two and a half years now, and it’s time to sort out my pantry.  Parts of it work; parts of it just don’t.

Boxes:  Did I mention we’ve been in our house about two and a half years now?  Yeah.  It’s time to deal with the last of the boxes.  Seriously.

Letters:  This was on my springtime fun list, and I wrote NOT ONE LETTER.  Epic fail, dear readers.  I will do better this season!

New Places: Going into downtown Savannah is a pain in the neck, but it’s such a beautiful place once we get there!  I’ve said it before, but I need to just put this on the calendar so that we have a better chance of making it happen.

Books:  I love to read!!!  Summertime is a perfect time to grab a glass of tea and hit the sofa with a good book.  Modern Mrs. Darcy’s Summer Reading Guide stoked my reading flame, and I’m ready to dig in!

Intentional Friendship IRL:  Surely I’m not the only one who sees a friend at church and says, “We really MUST get together soon!” and then we don’t.  I’m determined to be intentional about actually making that happen.  Hopefully I can do this more than once a month, but I figure once is better than never.

Intentional Friendship Virtually:  My friends live all over the world.  That’s what comes from being an Air Force family!  I’ve promised a friend of mine for months now that we’ll Skype “sometime.”  That time is here.  Technology is too good and too easy to NOT do this.

Time for parents:  My parents aren’t on Facebook, and I forget that they’re not seeing all my amazing status updates about what’s going on in my life!  Days (weeks?!?) go by, and I haven’t called my mom and dad just to chat.  That’s unacceptable.  (My mom and I text a bit, but we all know that’s not the same.)  My mother-in-law IS on Facebook, but calling to chat still needs to happen!  I’ve been way too lazy about this.

I’m excited about tackling my list!  Do YOU have a summer fun list?  What do YOU have going on?  Leave a comment below and let me know!

It’s always fun to get ideas from other folks, and you can do just that by checking out my blogging friends’ lists!  Click through a few (below), and I bet you’ll start or add to your own list of summertime fun goals!

How’d I do?!?  Updates here and here!

Currently – May 2017

Currently – May 2017

Today I’m linking up with Anne and Nancy for this month’s Currently!  This month we’re sharing what we’re currently baking, listening to, loving, planting, and remembering.

I am currently…

Baking:  shortbread!  I got a GREAT deal on some mini cookie cutters at World Market just before Easter, and I knew I just HAD to make shortbread to take to our family Easter gathering!  They turned out so stinking cute!

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Springtime Fun List – Update #1

Springtime Fun List – Update #1

Hello!  It’s time for an update on my Springtime Fun List!

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A few weeks ago I shared a list of the things I want to do this spring.  Here’s the list:

  • Go to the beach at least twice.
  • Try two new restaurants in downtown Savannah.
  • Go to Savannah’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade.
  • Take a trip to Alaska.
  • Buy a new Easter dress.
  • Get a new, official (professional) picture of Gene and me.
  • Focus on Easter by observing Lent.
  • Make and put up some springtime decorations in the house.
  • Go kayaking in a new location.
  • Write at least one REAL letter or note to a friend each week.

Thanks to a little head start (since spring starts EARLY here in Coastal Georgia), I’ve actually made a lot of headway!

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Currently – April 2017

Currently – April 2017

I am currently…

Accomplishing:  unpacking some boxes.  We’ve been in our house two and half years!  Oy!  Some of boxes are full of decorating-type things that I didn’t use when we first moved in.  Now I have the itch to change things up, so it’s a good time to sort through those items.  Other boxes are full of stuff we dragged from house to house during our Air Force career.  I need to just.  get.  rid.  of.  them.

Feeling:  excited!  We’re getting ready for our trip to Alaska!

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Currently – March 2017

Currently – March 2017

HOORAY for the monthly Currently link up!  Currently I am…

 

Photo from Face Off website.

WATCHING:  Face Off on the SyFy channel.  I’ve watched several seasons of this show and really enjoy it!  Each week the artists have different movie makeup challenges; they create everything from aliens to monsters to snow queens!

 

EATING:  Strawberries!  They’re in season, and I’m a happy girl.  I buy them year ’round, but I like the prices this time of year!

 

SAYING:  “Where’s the sunscreen?” and “When are we going camping?”  We’re pushing 90 degrees today, y’all!  We have to get out there and have some fun before the REAL heat arrives!

 

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WEARING:  The awesome happy camper cap my husband gave me for Valentine’s Day!  YAY!!!

 

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POSTING:  This photo from our recent paddle at George L. Smith State Park near Metter, Georgia.  I asked my sweet man to pretty please snag a few pictures of me while we were on the water.  He did well!!!  I rushed this baby straight to Instagram where my outdoor peeps showed it a little love!  (I’m @outandback.live if you’d like to follow me!)   HERE are more photos from this paddle!

Now it’s time for a big shout out to the hosts of this here link up, Anne and Carrie!  Be sure to pop over to their blogs to see what they’re CURRENTLY up to!  And Leslie’s blog!  She’s a great story teller, so you don’t want to miss hers!

What are YOU currently watching, eating, saying, wearing, and posting?!?  Link up on Anne’s blog or leave me a comment!  I LOVE hearing from folks!  #extrovert #talktome

Of My Grandmother and Midnight Popcorn

Of My Grandmother and Midnight Popcorn

Wow.  Life has been pretty nuts the last few weeks, and I’ve not done a lot of writing/posting.  A big reason for that is because my heart has been weary.

My grandmother passed away unexpectedly the first week of January. As I rushed to the emergency room and then spent a day or two (it seemed like weeks) at the hospice center, I thought back on my memories of Grandma.

Grandma used to take me to town with her sometimes when I was little. We’d go to Pic N’ Save, and she’d always buy me a little something.  Usually it was a new nightgown, seems like.  I distinctly remember getting chicken boxes at Chic-King.  That’s where I learned to love fried chicken livers!

And then there’s midnight popcorn!  All the cousins gathered at Grandma’s house for a sleepover, and she made midnight popcorn for us.  The way I remember it, the first time really WAS at midnight, but at a later sleepover(s), I think the popcorn came before midnight!  I’m surprised my younger cousins remember midnight popcorn, but they do!

Happy memories!  And lots of them!

Here’s what I really want to say today:

  1.  Treasure your family.  Savor your time with them.
  2. When you feel prompted to do something, do it.

Here’s why I want to say that:

I was off work the week between Christmas and New Year’s Day, and I felt prompted by God to go see my grandmother on that Wednesday. I invited my daughter to go with me since she was off work that day too, and she decided to ride along.

We drove the hour or so to Grandma’s house and went to lunch with her and my mom.  Four generations sharing a meal at the Western Sizzlin’ was a beautiful thing!

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Eight days after we had this time together, Grandma passed away.  She’s with the Lord now, and we rejoice for that!  And we mourn. We miss her.

You can imagine how very, very thankful I am for that prompting from God. I’m thankful Cassandra and I decided to following that prompting. And I’m thankful we took a picture!  What blessed gifts!

During the death of Grandma and additional heartbreaking situations we faced last month, God encouraged us every step of the way.  He is faithful.

Happy memories. Laughs even while we grieve. Hugs from friends and family. Prayer cover from those who love us.  Phone calls and notes from our church family. Kitty snuggles. Campfires in the backyard. Blessings all.

To God alone be the glory.

Top Ten Posts of 2016 – My Favorites

Top Ten Posts of 2016 – My Favorites

Yesterday I shared the top ten most viewed posts on OutAndBack in 2016.  Today I took a few minutes to look back through all my posts and picked 10 personal favorites.  I’ve listed them in the order they were published.  ( The Letter R & the Elephant and Currently – December 2016 are favorites, but since they made yesterday’s list, I won’t include them here.)

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Top Ten Posts for 2016 – Most Popular

Top Ten Posts for 2016 – Most Popular

What a fun year here at OutAndBack!  Thank you for stopping by, reading a while, and cheering me on!  Here are the ten most popular posts for 2016 (based on number of views).

1.  Electric Pressure Cooker – YES!  My initial foray into the world of electric pressure cookers.  I started with the Farberware model; here’s what I thought of it.  (Coming soon:  a post comparing this to the Instant Pot that I purchased later.)

 

2.  Michael Ann’s Kitchen  Day One of the Write 31 Days Challenge.  Welcome to my kitchen!  Let me show you around!  You’ll find the complete list of posts in this series here.

 

3.  One Carly, Three Ways  LuLaRoe posts have been VERY popular this year!  LuLaRoe fans abound, and for good reason!  If you’ve not succumbed to the LuLaRoe world yet, Carly is one of their wonderful dresses.

 

4.  Style Perspectives: How Would YOU Wear It?  I linked up with the fabulous ladies at The Blended Blog for this one.  We styled a blazer, tank/t-shirt, and jeans.  Easy peasy and FUN!

 

5.  Currently – December 2016  Each month I link up with Anne at In Residence for her “Currently” posts.  The topics change every month.  This is a fun post to write AND a fun way to quickly check out bloggers I don’t know.  The variety of responses each month always amazes me!  Beautiful Thomasville, Georgia featured prominently in this “Currently” post.

 

6.  In the Beginning  This was Day 2 of Michael Ann’s Kitchen, my response to the Write 31 Days blogging challenge.  On this day I shared what Mama taught me about being a successful cook.  She knew what she was talking about!  (Do you suppose my kids will ever say that about me?!?)

 

7.  Capes!  This post is nearly a year old now, and it’s cape season again!  Check ’em out and see what you think!  (I like THIS cape post a lot better!)

 

8.  The Letter R and the Elephant  Yes!  THIS is one of my favorite posts of the year!  Funny, funny story!

 

9.  Cozy Fashion for the Holidays  LuLaRoe fashion hits the Top 10 again!  This time I styled LuLaRoe leggings and linked up (again) with The Blended Blog.

 

10.  Fall Fashion Find: A Casual Dress  Wow!  Another fashion post and another link-up with The Blended Blog!

 

So, I’m curious.  Did YOUR favorite post(s) make the top ten?!?  Leave a comment and let me know!  I plan to list MY favorite posts tomorrow, and most of them ARE NOT on today’s list!  (You KNOW you’ll need to come back tomorrow, right?!?  HOW will you ever sleep tonight?!?)

 

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