Thursday, May 31, 2007
Wednesday, May 30, 2007
The Garden Lady is one way I kind of keep up with the area in which we used to live. She covers the changing seasons and all the happenings in Scotia. Last year she even went and took some photos of one of my favorite shops on Union Street in Schenectady called The Experience, http://www.experienceandcreativedesign.com/ . I hope if I ever get back to the Village of Scotia that I get to meet my "friend" face to face over a cup of tea! She also recently took photos of Scotia’s Annual Memorial Day Parade. Check it out, http://www.gardenlady.us/parade.html , if you doubt that true American spirit is gone.
Scotia, http://www.visitscotia.com/ , is the neatest little village. It is the rare kind of little town where they actually put photos of the local high school’s prom and middle school dances on the town website along with tons of other local happenings. Local farmers also set up carts on the side of the road to sell their wonderful fruits and veggies and handmade items...it is idealic. We didn’t live there but my children when to a Christian school in Scotia, http://www.schenectadychristian.org/ .
My daily treks to take children to school and pick them up made me very intimate with Scotia. Not to mention the freezing – LITERALLY - soccer games we endured as DS#1 played with the Scotia Soccer Club whose fields were located on the river and just perfect for catching the frigid breezes in the early morning hours. It was the 1st time I had ever seen kids bundled up like the Pillsbury Dough Boy complete with ski masks playing Soccer!!! In the south we don't play Soccer with ski pants on.
Every 4th of July that we spent in NY, was also spent on the riverfront in Scotia watching the fireworks. Sunday nights during the summer often brought us back to Scotia, as well, because there were always outdoor concerts, plays or storytellers. Scotia also had the BEST theatre, http://www.visitscotia.com/cinema.html …it is truly an old time movie house. It shows reasonably new movies and charges $2.50 (if I remember correctly) for admission. I remember going with a dear friend (from Texas) to see “Sweet Home Alabama” and we laughed and laughed, especially because the people in front of us apparently had a hard time understand some of the accents in the movie – not a problem for us misplaced Belles!
Scotia is also home to the Glen Sanders Mansion, http://www.glensandersmansion.com/ which is where my DD went for Etiquette Classes. On the other end of the “spectrum” Scotia is also home the famous and much loved Jumping Jack’s Drive In, http://www.visitscotia.com/jjguide.html . Jumping Jack’s was a new experience for me because, being a Southerner, I never realized that places like that ever closed down. Once old man winter makes his presence known, Jumping Jack’s shuts down for the season and everyone waits for it to reopen and announce that Spring has arrived! Trust me - during the 1st week of spring you WILL stand in line and wait to order – to be sure!!!
Monday, May 28, 2007
A family in my church lost their son in Iraq just about 3 weeks ago and I saw that not only he, but his family, have given so much so that my children can play ball in our yard without a concern. This mother gave her son…so that my sons will be free and safe. That is truly a gift I can never repay.
So, on this day, when we get carried away with sales at the mall or cook-outs and hours on the lake…I hope we can all stop and thank God for the brave men and women who have so willingly given all for our nation. Thank you.
Sunday, May 27, 2007
The recipe that we chose was Lemonade Stand Pie, which will go great with our dinner of Grilled Greek Chicken and Greek Isle Pasta Salad (recipes that also came from F&F):
Lemonade Stand Pie
1/3 cup Country Time Lemonade Flavored drink mix
½ cup cold water
2 cups vanilla ice cream, softened
1 tub (8 oz) Cool Whip – thawed
1 graham pie crust
Place drink mix in large bowl. Add water; stir until mix is dissolved. Add ice cream. Beat with an electric mixer on low speed until well blended. Gently stir in whipped topping. Freeze if necessary, until mixture is thick enough to mound.
Spoon into crust
Freeze at least 4 hours or overnight until firm. Remove from freezer 15 minutes before serving. Let stand at room temperature until pie can easily be cut. Store leftovers in freezer.
BTW, if you don’t receive Food & Family you can request your own FREE subscription at: www.kraftfoods.com/share . The recipes are simple, require generally few ingredients and time to prepare and are tasty. I have found them perfect recipes for our kids in the kitchen times.
Fortunately, DH was able to take the older two to school every day and we carpool in the afternoon with another family and it was their turn to bring the kiddos home in the afternoon. That made it easier to keep the little guy home and calm. He hasn't felt like doing much anyway so that wasn't too much of a battle.
DS#2 is feeling much better. He continued to have a fever until Friday night and the coughing is still bad but he is getting better! Thanks for all the well wishes and prayers on his part.
School ended on Friday for my 2 older children so we are officially into our summer! WhoooHOOO!
Ok, since I have not participated in any tagging activities since begining this little only journal here goes:
#1 I got married really young -- and am still married to the same wonderful man 18 years later.
#2 I am a loner and not very social.
#3 I am comfortable by myself.
#4 I love my children more than I could have ever imagined (as I was not going to have any children!).
#5 I have lived in 4 different states in my adult life.
#6 DH and I have owned 6 different houses in 3 different states over the course of our marriage.
#7 I have enjoyed teaching my DD to drive!
Wednesday, May 23, 2007
Friday, May 11, 2007
So, GO...get yourself a copy and take a holiday between the pages!
Tuesday, May 08, 2007
Saturday, May 05, 2007
There is just something about heels!
It is lovely in the early morning when it is still quiet and nothing has opened yet. It is lively and exciting during the day when it is busy with shoppers and business people having lunches and meetings. It is relaxing in the evening when the sun is setting and it is quiet again and you only hear the strains of conversations from benches in the park and out door tables at the local restaurants and cafes. It is wonderful after dark, when strains of music come from the clubs and the lights give it a romantic atmosphere. Just last night my DH and I left an event downtown at almost 11:00 p.m. and it was just so comforting to see the lights and enjoy the peace and safety of our downtown as we walked away.
The merchants downtown work very hard to keep the square a wonderful place. They host many events through out the year to draw in the community and remind people that there is more to a town than the mall and BestBuy! One of our favorites is Brunch with the Bunny which comes the Saturday before Easter and finishes off with an Easter Egg Hunt on the square…then there is the wonderful Thursday nights leading up to Christmas when all the shops stay open late and Santa rides around in a horse drawn carriage. I love downtown.
Thursday, May 03, 2007
She was actually my sorority big sister in college and, of course, one of my bridesmaids. Anyway, it was much to my delight to “find” her again and realize she is a bit of a celebrity in the Atlanta area and has a radio spot on Thursday mornings on FM KICKS 101.5 called Katyshops. Isn’t that cool?
She also has a blog where she list all her neat finds/ great deals and such: http://katyshops.wordpress.com/ Check it out!