31 August 2016

Happy Birthday Muzzie

Today would have been this gorgeous gal's 94th birthday. This blessing from The Lord has meant the world to me my entire life. When she died two years ago I was a mess and honestly there is not a day that goes by that I don't think of her. It could be absolutely anything that brings her to my mind. Something like making bbq (her signature dish), putting on a Ralph Lauren shirt (her favorite brand), or hearing my son play her piano that my sister generously bought for me at Muzzie's auction. So many things remind me of Miss Elizabeth.

Muzzie was strong, oh was she strong. I firmly believe had she not fallen at her nursing home that she would still be alive and literally kicking. She was strong in her faith above all else but she had such an inner strength that sometimes became external if you ticked her off enough. Oh that list was not something you wanted to be on because you'd be on it forever. But that inner strength helped her get through being a child of the Great Depression, deaths of four husbands and a son and grandson, raising her five children single handedly sometimes and her five stepchildren often as Papaw was a truck driver and would go on long runs, and so much more hardship that she endured. It was all endured though because of her unwavering faith in The Lord.

When Muzzie was a young girl she learned to play the piano and until she went to the nursing home she never stopped. She had a nice voice which she passed on to all of her children and some of her grandchildren; I am not one of them. I did inherit her gift of playing the piano, as has my son, her great-grandson. He can play by ear and I often hear him playing, which makes me so happy.

This photo was taken at my college graduation (L to R Aunt VL, me, Mom, and Muzzie.) Muzzie had 10 children and she went to every single one of our graduations, including mine in Atlanta and my cousin Joe's in Florida. Though she missed my cousin David's in Seattle as she had a fear of flying, which makes sense as my uncle and cousin died in a plane crash, so she drove all over. As an antiques dealer she would go places to get a new find or have a booth in a show. I cannot tell you how many times we drove all along the Kentucky back roads to go to an auction, estate sale or some charity shop. If it was hot she would take me to Dairy Queen (the only restaurant in her tiny town) or better yet we'd grab a carton she got on sale in her numerous freezers on the porch. Summers with Muzzie were the best!

Muzzie was a second mother to me and I always made weekly calls to her. I'm sad their over, but I'm so blessed that she was my grandmother and I could have them with her at all.

29 August 2016

Visit to Charlotte

A few weeks ago my husband asked me what I wanted to do that weekend. We had a loaner as one of the vehicles was in the shop. I had been wanting to go to The Billy Graham Library for awhile and said that's where I wanted to go. So we woke up on Saturday morning and took off. I had intended to stay the night but B thought we could do it all in one day. He was sort of right. We went to the Library, farmer's market, and Cracker Barrel. I had hoped to visit a French bakery one of my besties, whom lives in Charlotte, told me about, as well as meet up with said bestie. Still, I am so glad that we went and that was so wonderful, and something I crossed off of a "want to do list".

On the grounds of the Library is the home Billy Graham grew up in, Library, and Ruth Bell Graham's gravestone. I'm sure there's more but that's what I remember at this time. Here are some photos: 

His family's home place. Mr. Graham's mother's caretaker was there that day showing photos and sharing tidbits about his parents. That was so neat!

The Library is more like a museum dedicated to Mr. and Mrs. Graham's lives. This was when B.G. went to Los Angeles and preached for around 2 months.

As a young man.

Ruth Bell Graham's wedding dress

Pres. Geo. H.W. Bush, Pres. Bill Clinton, Billy Graham, (son) Franklin Graham, Pres. Jimmy Carter

Mr. Graham has met with US Presidents since the 1940's. Here are a few.

Mrs. Graham was raised in China so the Asian culture was important for her. She went to Wheaton College, where she met Mr. Graham. They married, had 5 children, which she predominantly raised, and they were very happy. I think one of my favorite parts is when people asked Mr. Graham is the greatest Christian, he said his wife. Can you imagine? I want to be just like her when I grow up, well, in Ralph Lauren clothing.

I thought I had a photo of my food at Cracker Barrel, but must have deleted it. Oops! Anyway, it was delicious, as always.

I'm still trying to swim 3 times per week or so. This past Saturday, I was the only one at the pool; just the way I like it!

Next month begins Fashion Month so I will do my best to keep up and share things I like. Well, lunch break is over...back to the grind. Ironically, I am going back to writing blog posts for work. :) Have a great week! 

18 August 2016

Simple Woman's Daybook 8.18.16

For Today
August 18, 2016

Outside my window... It is still rather hot and humid (92, feels like 99), but it's still summer in Georgia. There is little wind so it feels quite stagnant. Hopefully the rain will hold off to get in a swim after work. 

I am thinking about... my son in heaven. He would be 12 years old today. The days get better but the anniversaries, the milestones, they do not. Normally I would be in bed watching Jane Austen movies but instead I am working and am glad for the distraction.    

I am thankful... that I have such great friends. Not a lot of friends, but the ones I have are true "ride or die" friends.

I am wearing... dress, cardigan (currently buy 1 get 1 50% off), shoes, necklace, bracelet, lipstick, mascara, eyeshadow, bronzer, fragrance.

I am going... after work, I went home. I planned to swim but as soon as I was putting on my suit when it started storming. Boo. 

I am hoping... that my son has a fun and successful senior year of high school!

In the kitchen... breakfast was Jimmy Dean meat lovers stuffed hash browns; lunch was BLT salad; dinner was Trader Joe's orange chicken and vegetable fried rice. 

I am reading... Strong and Kind by Korie Robertson (finishing tonight-will begin A Low Country Wedding tomorrow night) and Southern Lady's Autumn in the South magazine. I always snapchat when I start a new book so make sure you follow me there.

Favorite Quote... “This strangely still pause between summer and autumn, greenery and gold, and the heat and the rising wind that is once again readying itself to rush it all away in a climatic symphony of colour and scent is, in my opinion, one of the best parts of living on Earth." ~Victoria Erickson 

A peek into my day... my view from the pool yesterday.Make sure you're following me in Snapchat for my daily comings and goings. My username is vintagewasp. 

16 August 2016

Happy 53rd Parentals!

Today is my parents 53rd wedding anniversary. They met and wed when they were still teenagers when my uncle (mom's brother) was my dad's basketball coach. Aren't they cute? Her bouffant makes her as tall as my 6'2 father. To be honest, I'd wear her outfit now. He was in the Navy and she went to legal secretary school. They lived in San Diego, Beaufort, Indianapolis, and settled back where they met in Kentucky. 

They worked and raised my sister and I. My father is in the insurance industry, which gave them many opportunities to travel. Sometimes my sister and I went but often it was their time alone. I am actually envious of their travels more than anything. They gave my sister and I every opportunity available and we are so grateful. They shuttled us (and paid for) private school 40 minutes one way each day, took us to piano lessons, friends houses, church every time it was open, and over all provided us with a loving secure home.

Mom and Dad are active in church and they love politics and sports. U of L (blah) is their team but in everything else Mom roots for the underdog always. More than anything (besides God) they love my sister and I and our children. Their grandchildren are their world. I hate that we live 400 miles away and so they were not able to go to Will's school functions or ball games but they have gone to as many as possible for my niece and nephew. Thank you Mom and Dad, for showing us how to survive and thrive with your spouse for 53 years. Love you!

09 August 2016

National Book Lovers Day

 For National Book Lovers Day, I thought it is high time to finally share about the day I met Susan Branch. In June I looked at my Twitter and saw author Susan Branch tweet that she (and her husband) are coming to the Foxtale Book Shoppe in Woodstock (about 30 miles outside of Atlanta). Knowing that one of my besties, C, and I both adore her books, I texted her and the next day our tickets were bought. C. lives a good hour south so we met in Woodstock on that hot, hot day. You can see Susan's A Fine Romance van. Its so neat and had just been from Martha's Vineyard to California and back to Georgia (on it's way to Martha's Vineyard).
 This is a video of Susan giving a small talk before before the book signing. Susan, if you happen to read this, you have my condolences on the death of your father. xoxoxo
 Susan heard Baby E. during her talk and very sweetly had us, and other mothers and elderly get in line first. So this is C, S, and E meeting Susan, who was so kind to S and talked to her not has a toddler but as a girl. 
 This is a group photo. I adore this! I love my girls and wish I could see them more often. C's birthday present is supposed to come in on the 20th and I'll head down south after it arrives.
 The book signing was for the last book in her biographical trilogy, Isle of Dreams. I had already read that one and requested to get 30th Anniversary edition of Heart of the Home. I have already made a few recipes from it! The Basil Ice Cream sounds divine, only if I had an ice cream maker. Boo! Thank you to the Foxtale Book Shoppe and Susan Branch for having the signing. We had such fun!
P.S. I had to share this gem that E sent to me (via her momma ;). Is this not the sweetest thing ever? You'll notice blurring of the children's faces or Snapchat filter as well as using their first initial of their names for anonymity. 

03 August 2016

Back to School for Teen Boys


My youngest child begins his senior year of high school next week. My husband is taking him to school at this very minute to get him registered (the first year I have missed) as I am at work. While I am on my lunch break, I thought I would share a few items that Mr. Bry uses. My sister very generously gave him 2 large garbage bags filled with good name brand clothes. They are such a blessing! So, I will not be purchasing as much in the clothes department but here is what we have purchased and will be before next week.
More things will pop up after he receives his syllabi but for now, this is what we are purchasing.

01 August 2016

Bonjour August

Besides the heat, August is a nice month. So nice that I could not decide between the poems so I chose two. Here is what is happening this month (that I know of):
  • senior photos
  • first day of Will's senior year of high school (insert crying emoji here)
  • school shopping
  • one more day at the beach
  • work, work, work
  • continue to get fat on Ben & Jerry's
  • visit the farmer's market
  • picnics
  • swim as much as possible
  • breathe, live in the moment, as it is all too fleeting

I hope that everyone has a wonderful week (and rest of the month)! 


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