Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Soaps and The New Year

Here it is, at the end of another year. A time for looking forward and also a time for looking back. I find myself looking back on the changes brought by 2009. I must admit that one of the saddest was the passing of Guiding Light. Yes, you read that correctly, I am lamenting the passing of America's longest running Soap! I don't even watch Soaps, but I used to watch and still occasionally read up on my favs. By far, Guiding Light was always my favorite. I fell in love with the above pictured Grant Aleksander as Phillip Spaulding long before DH came into my life.

Though my adult devotion to the Soaps has been luke-warm, my dear grandmother (Ma Jones), who died several years ago, was a die hard Soap fan. It was known far and wide that you didn't interrupt her "Shows". She would even say less-than-positive things about any newscaster or President who saw fit to interrupt her daily visits in Genoa City (The Young and the Restless), LA (Bold & Beautiful), Oakdale (As the World Turns) and the final stop being in Springfield (Guiding Light). Honestly, even if the world were ending, it would have been well advised to do so before the beginning of her Shows or afterward...otherwise, she was NOT participating!

I am not sure what exactly I find so sad about the slow, winding down of the Soap Opera genre. Maybe it is the nostalgia that comes with seeing much beloved brands pass away (Pontiac comes to mind). I guess it is just seeing something that was so intrinsic to my childhood era end. My Mother and her friends watched Soaps. It was the background noise of our home every afternoon. As I became a teen, and into my college years, it became a shared experience among my friends. Who remembers where they were when Luke and Laura got married (the 1st time)? Were you huddled around the TV at home, or in a dorm room or sharing it with friends in the Student Center? Oh, and then there was the wide spread popularity of VCRs...to record and watch it later. No, I am not kidding!

Soaps always have beautiful people, with beautiful homes, and of course, beautiful clothes. The idea for my Christmas Wedding was inspired by Tom and Margo's (As the World Turns) Christmas wedding in 1983. Oh, and don't forget, no one ever ages poorly on Soaps...how cool is THAT? And now the news is, not only have we seen the death of Guiding Light in September of 2009, but 2010 will bring the execution date during September for As the World Turns, as well. I am just glad Ma Jones isn't here to see that...it would have killed her.


RIP, Oakdale....

Monday, December 21, 2009

Merry Christmas and where is our snow?







I really think snow would complete my pictures!

Breakfast with Santa

This year only 4 of our 5 family members wanted to have breakfast with Santa. My 12 DS was, apparently, too cool for such shenanigans! Hrmph!!!!!!!
DH and I enjoyed it, though!
So did my silly pants youngest DS!
I just can't understand anyone wanting to skip out on breakfast with the big guy...
even DD wasn't willing to risk not telling Santa what she wanted!

Even Christmas Town isn't safe!







Or maybe it is the safest place around....

Friday, December 18, 2009

21!

Here we are....21 years after our young, naive, idealistic selves walked down the isle in a church, on a cold December night to say "I do". We were able to celebrate 21 years of (mostly) blissful marriage in much warmer circumstances than we began. It was a much needed and wonderful time for the two of us. We haven't been away, without children, in years and years and years and years (well, you get the point!). So, to think it has been 21 years is pretty amazing. I remember thinking, when we got married, that people who had been married 20+ years were old people! Oh, how time flies and taunts your younger impressions.
Even if I know we aren't "old people" it does feel like we have spent our entire lives together. We thought we were adults and mature when we got married, only to discover that we didn't have a clue. In the past 21 years, life has twisted, stretched, and often tried to slice us to pieces but a gracious, loving God has kept us together. DH and I have walked this path together, sometimes closer than others...but still together. We are becoming "grown ups" together...
I love this man more today than ever before.







So, since I have been neglecting blogland recently, this is my 1st trying to catch up post! Hopefully, in the next few days I can share more about what has been happening in the Southern Somedays world.

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Jugtown Ware Pottery and Seagrove, N.C.

Look what I just received! This is a collection of very old Jugtown Pottery. It has been in my family for 50+ years and my family was under the impression it was from Mexico ~ WRONG! When it came into my eager hands (I am sort of an odd ball in that I tend to want things others don't) I was thrilled to see a potters mark clearly on the bottom of each piece. I was even more thrilled to find out information about the pottery and the potters that created these wonderful pieces of art. These pieces aren't from Mexico but are wonderful examples of the southern potters located in Seagrove, NC by Jugtown Pottery http://www.jugtownware.com/. Knowing how long they were tucked away in a cabinet in my family they must be from the late 30s/40s (possibly early 50s?). I can't wait to find out for sure. Don't you love treasure that comes with a hunt?
This is the mark on the bottom of each piece.
I would love to hear from anyone who might know more about my little treasure!


Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Happy, Happy Birthday

18
I have been melancholy the last few days, wondering where the time has gone. Today may be the last time she sits at my table for breakfast on her birthday. She is charting a course away from us and though we support her an are proud of her, I can't imagine her not being here. Just yesterday I sat at the mall eating lunch and watched a Mother with a small daughter riding the Merry Go Round. I wanted to catch her sleeve and say breathe it all in, grab every moment, because sooner than you can imagine you will be me.
We mothers are learning to mark our mothering success by our daughters' lengthening flight.
~ Letty Cottin Pogrebin

Thursday, October 01, 2009

Football and baking...

Yes, this week we finally got a dose of the allusive autumn! It has been in the high 40s/low 50s every morning and then will warm to a heavenly 75-80 humidity free day. It has been FABU (yes, that is my new word...FABU; pronounced FABOO...just to drive my DD crazy)!


Anyway in the spirit of Fall, (did you like that lead in?)... this week our Football Team has an away game that is really quite a hike, so the Cheer Squad (DD is a member) is doing little goodies bags for the ride for each of the players.



What does all this have to do with me, you ask? Well, that means this morning I am baking Chocolate Cookie Bars. You remember those, don't you - think Toll House Cookie Bars, with my fewer ingredient recipe twist:


Chocolate Cookie Bars (like Toll House Cookie Bars!)

2- 1/3 self rising flour
1 cup butter
¾ sugar
¾ cup brown sugar (packed)
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 eggs
12 oz. semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 cup walnut pieces

Cream together butter and sugars until light and fluffy. Beat in vanilla. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each. Add flour; mix well. Stir in chocolate pieces and walnuts. Spread mixture in greased 9x13 baking pan. Bake in 375 degree oven for 30 minutes or until golden brown. Cool in pan. Cut into 2 inch squares. Makes about 35.


Wednesday, September 23, 2009

An Open Letter to Old Navy...


Dear Old Navy,


I am trying desperately to like you and your budget priced, fun and trendy clothing. Really, I am. My kids love you and I want to be part of the fun. See, a few weeks ago, I even blogged positively about you: http://southerness.blogspot.com/2009/08/good-deals-to-be-had-at-old-navy.html!


After my glowing experience with you, I signed up for your weekly emails which promised to include coupons for additional encouragement to part with my slim amount of cash. Coupons...now that got me excited! You tickled my thoughts with that one. I had visions of us sharing many hours together as I carefully chose items in which to trade you my hard earned cash. http://www.oldnavyweekly.com/ .
I envisioned our future to be about regular time spent together and me making sure to keep up with your teasingly great Deal of the Week. In return, I only expected that you would put out just a little love by giving me a coupon. But, no, Old Navy, you have taunted me - and challenged my limited early morning email reading/checking skills. Through blurry eyes I have scoured your weekly email ads and tried to play your evil, self esteem killing game "click around to find the coupon". Ha! I have clicked and reclicked, and spoken not favorably under my breath about you, and still NO coupon. I have given you my email address, freely at every turn - just in case, that might provide me with just a little coupon ecstasy. What a one sided relationship this has been. I feel used, lied to and tricked for your own fun and games. Is this really what we were supposed to be about?
Regards,
Couponless in the South
(BTW, The point is made better if read out loud in an emotion-filled Antonio Banderas voice or possibly as Jack Black in Nacho Libre!.)

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Happy Fall, Y'all!

Hey, it is the 1st Day of Fall! Though, my calendar says it is officially fall, I am not seeing it. For the past week (plus a few days),we in North Georgia, aren't seeing signs of fall or feeling a few crisp breezes to get us excited about the upcoming season... We are trying to determine if we should just throw down the gauntlet and start building an Ark. For those who live in overcast and rainy climates, I don't know how you do it!!! Honestly, I think everyone I know is a bit testy due to lack of sunshine - and it is not in the least bit becoming. I know I am...grumble, grumble, grumble.

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Electrifying


So, do you want to hear a weird thing that happened last night? DH was driving home in a horrible thunder storm and his car was struck by lightning! Yes, just a great big boom and super flash of light and his baby was dead in the road. Who knew??? What about all the stories from our childhood about how rubber (tires, shoes, etc.) protect you from lightning? I feel slightly paranoid now, what other childhood scientific theories could be wrong???? What other urban myths could I be basing my life on???
Even his Palm didn't escape damage; though it still works, it now displays a previously never seen screen (oh, and he was wired to the palm since he was on the phone!). Yep, that is MY man...one in a million.

Tuesday, September 08, 2009

Fall Parties...

There is something in the air during the Fall that makes me want to plan parties! Big parties, small parties, dinner parties, what ever!
I know tons of you who are big on the summer bashes, but not me. Yes, I love to attend your fantabulous Summer Soirees, but I prefer my parties without sweat, you see. Maybe fall party planning helps me get in the groove for the Holiday season? Oh, who knows....anyway, I started getting my party inventory in order and have a few things I would really, really like to add to my line up. I am especially gaga over this great pitcher.
I am definitely getting one!

Monday, August 24, 2009

Decisions, Decisions...

Fall is quickly approaching, and I keep trying to decide on what purse I want to be my primary "fall bag". I thought this decision would be easier once Initials, Inc.
Now, I can't decide between two distinctly different bags.


Should it be the Bowler in Houndstooth fabric with Red monogramming(since I think RED is going to be one of my favorite colors this season)...



OR
the Hobo in Berkley Plaid with RED monogramming????







So, what do you think?

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Happy 58th!!!!

It's a birthday in the Southern Somedays household!!! My DH is celebrating his birthday today, though not really his 58th! I am just getting the biggest kick out of the fact that my oldest DS thought his Dad was turning 58! Ha! Ha! Ha! I think I could get used this whole "suga-daddy" concept...teehee!

On the down side, we aren't truly celebrating until Thursday (I think we will work it in), because of DH's schedule won't see him home this evening to have cake with us!!! We may just have cake in "honor" of his birthday and take a picture so he can fully appreciate the day.





Happy Birthday, handsome...he is a hottie for 58, don't you think?

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

First Day...

Wow, another school year! I can't believe it. I especially can't believe it because today is the very first day of DD's Senior Year. This morning I am finding myself full of sighs...where have these years gone? I want to just stop time and hold them still.
My big, little man on his way to the 1st day of 2nd grade. He was so sweet this morning when I woke him. He reached up and gave me one of those sleepy hugs and said, "I wish we were born smart so I could stay home."
Here they all are....
It is probably silly that I took a picture of DD's lunch box, but I couldn't help but think this would be the last 1st day of school that I would ever make her lunch. Oh my....

Last Day of Summer Break...

Here is how we spent our last day of Summer Vacation, at the lake. It was a gorgeous, sunny mid-90s kind of a day and seemed like the perfect day for some water fun.
I love seeing how close in size my boys are getting.
They spent most of the day wrestling and trying to wear down each other.
DD was more content to just take it easy, no wrestling for her.
Well, I guess that is technically it for Summer of 2009. On Wednesday they head back to class. Sigh.......

Friday, August 07, 2009

Funky Friday Flowers

When I went to the Post Office earlier in the week I saw this funky flower and just had to take a photo of it. Doesn't it look like something from the "Little Shop of Horrors" It is almost as tall as I am and about a foot across on the top. I asked the Post Office lady what kind of flower it was, and she told me, AND I wrote it down and then, of course, lost the paper. It has a resemblance to a poinsettia on steroids but it wasn't!





Wednesday, August 05, 2009

Good Deals to Be Had at Old Navy

Yesterday, the kids and I went to the mall to mess around. When I say mess around, y'all know what I mean,right? We didn't have anything in particular to buy and it was hot outside so we decided to be mall rats for the afternoon. Occasionally roaming the mall brings me back to my roots; I was a child of the 80s doncha know!

I did find some cuteness at a great price at Old Navy http://oldnavy.gap.com/browse/home.do?ssiteID=ON. For some folks that doesn't seem like a big deal, but since I have always kind of been on the fence about Old Navy, it was a pleasant surprise. No, their prices haven't ever been bad, but their quality and style hasn't always really been my thing. My DD loves Old Navy and she has a talent for pulling things together that look great for a song, so maybe I will just follow her ques and keep my eye on Old Navy more in the future. In addition to my oldest DS getting 2 pairs of flip-flops for $5, I got:

this adorable little top off the Clearance Rack for a cool $5!

This top was the Old Navy Deal of the Week and I snapped it up for only $8. I picked it up in white and think I will pair it with a brown tank and jeans for a fun fall look.

Not bad for less than $15, total!

Monday, August 03, 2009

Vacation 2009...

Vacation 2009 came and went too fast....


When we are on vacation, this is one of my favorite spots...I like to sit here and read, pray and just reflect - often until late into the night.
If you have never dipped your feet in the magic that is the low country you have missed something wonderful.

Vacation...playground time.

Just blocks from where we stay there is the coolest park so one afternoon we enjoyed a little trip there. I wish we had a park like this at home DS#2 tackling the coolest Jungle Gym thingie!
Baby Brother and Big Sis!

Frisbee Flinging! DS#2 made it!
DS#1
My girl and me!
Me and my heart!