Saturday, March 28, 2015


March 28, 2015---9:30 AM snow is falling in Memphis, ableit lightly.
I can see it falling on my"new" forsythia, my cherry tree and daffodils, though you can't because it doesn't show in my picture.
Oh happy spring day! Rejoicing in God's world. (Psalm 24:1)

Friday, March 27, 2015


"Mind the Message"
Dove Chocolate. Yum! 1/2 price after a holiday.Yum!! Yum!!
All have "messages." A melt in your mouth kind of message.
February messages seem to have many "heart" messages. (RX----2-a-day)
Recent ones were worthy of thought. Heart shaped truths.
  • Listen with your heart. 
  • Hold hands firmly, hearts gently.
Mind (heed) the message for your heart.

**Just found this in my drafts---and since I'm still eating on that candy,  it's still pertinent.
I'm prepping for a procedure, so it was a lucky find---fingers feel too weak to type.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Friendship of a Circular Nature

I talk in circles. I don't think I've ever had a linear thought---at least not post menopause.
Lately the "circular" talk seems to be getting worse. My main thoughts seem to take off down rabbit trails until even I don't know where I was going with that comment or thought.
Scarily, in the mental health field there's even nomenclature for my condition. Not schizo or A-D-D but simply----circle talker.

How grateful I am for friends who still love me enough to listen in circles and in some cases to redirect me.

Nancy E. is such a friend. Listening in circles. Listening to my particular brand of a circular conversation.
Sometimes redirecting or restating in order to get me back on course. 

After yesterday's mammogram, she was waiting and waiting and waiting and when I came out with final results she encircled me. Hugging circles are much appreciated by circle talkers. 
Much like Gloria Houston's, My Great Aunt Arizona, Nancy hugs when my reports are good (clear and linear) and even when they are not (thoughts and speech needing a little consolidation.)

Hooray for circular friends who understand.

Friday, March 20, 2015

Spring 2015

It's here!! 
Sweet tea awaiting ice.
Sweet "short stories" awaiting reading.
A sweet floral thought from hubby---quick to grab it off the Tri-State table.
Spring is definitely  in the air.

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Righteous Food

Most of our recent beach vacation food was fish---natch!
But....we had one great non-fish mid-day treat at Preacher's Kitchen in Gulf Place on 30a. It's just 2 doors down from The Perfect Pig (a "praise the lard" type place)---which also has, familiar to the Liles, a Seagrove location---in Flip Flops former location. Both are owned by the same family.
We were drawn to Preacher's Kitchen because of the name. It's a counter service, build your own burger type place but we just got smoothies. Peach pina-colada was dynamo combo---delish.
"Righteous Food" sign above the counter had my mind whirring----"belly up" to the counter and get your fill. Satisfaction guaranteed!
The owner is also a preacher so I'm sure he, too, understood the spiritual implications.
We have access daily to "righteous food." We just need to open God's word and feast.
Your words were found and I ate them,And Your words became for me a joy and the delight of my heart; (Jeremiah 15:16)
Taste and see that the Lord is good. (Psalm 34:8) 

Truly satisfying righteous food.

Monday, March 16, 2015


Pray---then plan. 
Is it because I think and even dream in alphabetical order that I tend to reverse this order, more often than not?

I need a reminder! In all caps, as it were. 


Sunday, March 15, 2015

Taken Aback

Taken Aback. An idiom from my grandparents generation. (Probably.)

Yet, those 2 words came to mind as I walked past my bedroom chest of drawers. 
I realized (with a thud in my heart) that the picture on top was taken exactly 6 years ago tonight, with my pre-surgeries short hair. 
Taken with hubby and all three kids in the hospital "hotel " room the night before the beginning of my MAC surgeries....from excision to facial rebuilding.
This is the last picture of my "smiling" face, as I knew it, before I went under the knife. 
That "last picture" thought was what had me taken aback.

Thursday, March 12, 2015


Even a few overcast skies could not dampen our days.
The sun always came out at some point.
Farewell fog. Welcome perfect cloud cover!!

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Lunching a bunch on 30A...and beyond

So many choices for lunch on the Emerald Coast of Northwest Florida. Some better than others.

One "dining" consistency, regardless of time of day, throughout 30A and the beach roads beyond has been fantastic "wait staffs." Hospitable service makes lunching, dining or just munching more fun.
Local Catch was a fave for us---
 ---good food, homemade tortilla chips with my Mile 4 grouper salad* served  w/ the house white sauce. (Plus, I had the creamy balsamic on the side as well. Both were tasty!) Hubby's shrimp po boy came with the house habanero infused cocktail sauce. He loved it!!
*Featured in Southern Living Magazine, so the menu says.
Casey, our waitress, made the entire lunch a fun event----we left with extra chips, sauces and 30a coasters along with a rec for BBQ place we had to try----It was tasty---almost Memphis style BUT no slaw on the sandwich, just pickles. Who ever heard of such?
We also tried a "snack basket" of oysters and shrimp at Dusty's. The oysters were good but no better than Seafood Mkt Cafe which is a lot closer to our 30a condo.
Sometimes lunch consisted of a salad on the condo balcony. A plain salad that reached a new level when topped with shrimp from Goatfeathers, which they steamed for us. Following that with a piece of key lime pie was a perfect lunch.
Our final lunch out was at Great Southern Cafe in Seaside. My salad was good and hubby's warm pimiento cheese with pita was tasty. It was nice to sit on the porch but....he chef must not be from "The Real South" because the sweet tea was not sweet enough for this sweet tea aficionado.
Daughter Molly says she prefers Summer Kitchen Cafe in Rosemary Beach on 30a....but we'll have to save that for another trip.

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Appetizers on 30A

An appetizer is to stimulate one's appetite----as if hubby and I need help for that. 
But....tonight we stumbled onto a "NEW to us" place, as Johnny Earle's Grayton Bar and Grill (in his old place, Criolla's) is closed indefinitely. Just around the corner we found Chanticleer Eatery off CR 283. What a find. 
We just had appetizers but we will be back----because they were delish!! 
Chicken Bruschetta Flatbread for hubby.
Guacamole Bites for me. 
Plus, "Ain't Too Proud to Beg" is on their playlist. It played. We danced.
We had to---it's the rule!!
What a fun staff who allowed it. Luckily we were in a front room by ourselves