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Peach State says: Isn’t That Grand!?

What an incredible view I was able to share with my hubby and youngest!  It was our first time at the Grand Canyon and I have to admit I was in awe!  Pictures don’t do it justice!  “Isn’t That Grand!?”  Every nook and cranny was a revolving door of shadow and light.  The flow of the clouds danced along the peaks and layers providing photographers multiple chances to catch the perfect shot.  “If I may state for the record…There is no way a person can take a bad picture of the Grand Canyon.

It is important to share with you that you may need to have a designated non-photographer in your group.  This way you can move around and not worry about running into others taking the same picture.  Small groups of visitors moved around in the same familiar state…Phones and tripods with multiple lenses all focused on the amazing sight.  Selfies and groups with an ever changing backdrop scattered along the rocky and uneven edge of the South Rim.  There were a few photo enthusiasts who dared to attempt the best phot on the edge. I spoke with them…the title of their picture was “Giving Birth to the World!”  I won’t tell you what the pose was…you have already let your mind run with the thought.  “You should probably stop before you embarrass me as well as yourself.”

The weather on this beautiful day was chilly-windy-glad-I-had-my-thermal-shirt-and-sweatshirt day.  The wind was sustained winds between 25-30 mph with temperatures in the lower to mid 50’s.  “BURR!!!”
I had seen documentaries about the Grand Canyon and knew about the clouds flowing over the edge.  I have a few others with the varied depth of flow.  But, I knew there was a chance of wintry mix and with the cloudy overcast skies moving in we decided to leave this overwhelming and heart fluttering place.  I am, as you know, a weather watcher and a prepared mama…just wait!

As we were strolling along the path, toward the car, a wonder sentiment burst in my direction …”War Eagle!” I smiled and replied “War Eagle” and kept moving.  My hubby asked how he knew I was an Auburn fan…I just laughed and said “Honey I do have my Auburn strap on my glasses and a perfect shade of orange sweatshirt.  We recognize each other!”  He simply shook his head.  Auburn fans are everywhere!

As we said goodbye to the Grand Canyon and drove out of the park, with the heat on, we were privileged to see a group of elk.Sorry for the blur…hubby was driving a bit over the speed limit.  

I have more to share but don’t want to overload you with my unedited pictures.  I will do my best to give you a beautiful insight into our vacation!  Till then…

Coffee is my _______! Fill it in!

Peach State

Peach State says: Is Anyone With Me In The Giant Void?

20140123-131430.jpgI am sitting here watching the movie that inspired my “blogging endeavor”. 

Julie & Julia…one of my favorite movies about two of my favorite things.  Cooking and friends.

As Amy Adams character begins her blog she feels a emptiness that the words that pour out her into her blog fall into the undiscovered-vast-expanse of the deepening internet reality.  “I have felt like that…have you?”  

The pure love of food and sharing it with those closest to you…what would you serve?

Julie is up to the Lobster Thermadore ( forgive the spelling if incorrect!)  “Lobster Killer!”

I laughed so hard when the lid rises, as if the lobsters are working together to escape the “Lobster Killer”, and Julie goes running into the other room!  “Between you and me…I have no room to talk…I have never cooked a whole lobster!”

I remember going to Seattle, with my hubby, to celebrate our anniversary and having this incredible entree called “Steak Oscar”. Cheese, artichokes and crab mixed into a lovely tasty topping for my filet.  Melt in your mouth good!  Some might say better than ________!

“You can put whatever you would like to put in the blank…hehe!”

I had to attempt the delectable mixture at home.  “Success!”.  Reality does tend to enter our existence on a daily basis.  Meltdowns occur, recipes burn, dishes explode all over the kitchen.  “15 second rule!”  Julia said to never apologize if it doesn’t look right…it’s always the way it’s supposed to be!  Silly me…I still apologize!  Perhaps I am more The Pioneer Woman instead of  Julia Childs.  

I guess it is a good thing my hubby likes my creativity!  What is your favorite dish?

 

Life is a great cup of coffee and a box of dark chocolate!

 

Peach State

 

 

Peach State says: Long Time No Breathe

Between the wonderful-bipolar-pollen-coating-bloom-bursting-southern-seasonal-change and track season I can’t breath! The tightness and raspy vocalizing are beginning to irritate me in more ways than one.  “Of course my hubby started it with his need for the NyQuil and Daquil regiment!”  I love my hubby more than he knows..BUT…I wish he would get better quickly.  I’m feeling yucky.  

Peach State

Forever Thirty Something

 

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The strange things we yearn to believe, as we age, is that we will never be OLD!

But…the sad truth is there is no stopping the speedinglocomotiveofachesandpains with the added joy of wrinklesandmoreachesandpains.

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To be honest…I enjoy looking in the mirror at the “crazy lady”.  She makes the day a bit more interesting and fun, when she is awake!

“May your cup runneth over with love, laughter and really fabulous coffee!”

 

Peach State

 

 

 

2015…What A Year!

IMG_2147I know it has been a while since my last post but, I really have a good excuse!

“2015…What A Year!”

Here are the stats:

Deaths2 I lost my grandmother and my dad!  Not to mention the loss of two other dear VIP friends. 

Marriages…1 My 22 year old son got married in January and they had …

(Wait for it)

Births…1 We have a precious grandson!  He was born a month early and is doing fine!  What a delight he is!

So much has happened this past year with my little family life has been a bit of a blur!

My youngest decided to try Cross Country this school year.  May I speak as a Proud Parent…he broke a record, was Rookie of the year and made Varsity!  Track season is next!

I have missed our time together and can’t wait to start writing again.  Of course I will have my cheerful cup of coffee (aka…6 shots of espresso) next to me.

“May your cup runneth over with joy, laughter and coffee!”

Peach State

Peach State says:  How Not to Clean House



Just a few weeks from now my father-in-law will be visiting… Yeah I know… This is

                                “How To Not Clean House!”

Hubby wanted to re-paint and then his concept got a bit larger than just painting.  Crown moulding and archways have been added.



This is how it looked before…I will post finished pics later.  “After the painting is complete!”

My walls look like the house has a spotted disease from a Dr. Seuss book.



The painters will arrive bright and early ( translation…not a moment to soon! ) tomorrow morning.  By lunch I should have some progress to show you.  We are re-painting the family room, kitchen, hallway and Master bedroom and bath.  I can’t wait for this to be over…so that I can start cleaning for the visit!

I better buy more COFFEE I have a feeling I am going to need it!

“May your cup runneth over with joy, love and laughter oh, and really fabulous coffee!”

Peach State

Peach State says: A Graceful Lady Passes

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The day had finally arrived.
We had all expected the news…yet who really wants to hear the words. “Mema passed away this morning.”
These words are still ringing vividly after almost two weeks. Let me just say…

“A Graceful Lady Passes!”

A sweet gathering of friends and family remembered Mema in the quietly spoken words and gentle hugs. Memories flooded the small chapel as her beautiful reminder lay quiet. “Funerals are not one of my strong suits!”
The minister had asked for memories from the grandchildren and great-grands. Funny thing is…the words were all the same. He spoke with me before the service and asked if was the author of a certain memory. I smiled and said yes…Here are the words.

“Just a few words or brief memory…impossible! This is the best I can do.
Butterscotch ( buttered rum) Lifesavers, Juicy Fruit gum, Clove gum, 7-up and grape juice, Welch’s Grape Juice, taffy pulls, coloring, fluffy comforters, her grace and elegance, dress-up like a princess, etiquette lessons, crossing legs at the ankles, using correct grammar, life lessons and shared wisdom, simple made special, fresh tomato sandwiches, tuna sandwiches and tomato soup, We don’t play with the buzzer, the joys of conversation, walks on the beach, choosing a good book, the preparing of a tray and successfully carrying it to the sun parlor, and the importance of a good cup of coffee.
Mema impacted my life and will continue to impact my life with everything she taught me. I love you Mema!”

It has been difficult to walk through my home and not think of Mema…
I run my hand on the back of the four chairs that used to occupy her home. These memory filled reminders tug at my heart with lessons and laughter from the past. Even now, as I sit out on my screened-porch, I find a smile on my face as I recall the conversations we had over morning coffee. The calming appreciation of the scampering squirrels chasing each other through the trees and crunchy ground cover as well as the gentle breeze stirring the tall slender trunks of leafless branches were just one of the valuable lessons she passed on to those who would take the time to listen. “I listened!”
“Of course…I need more coffee to truly experience this memory…Be Right Back!”

Well that’s better! Granted she wasn’t an espresso drinker!

There was a picture at the service of Mema sitting in the white chair that now sits in my foyer/dinning room. I, sadly, do not have that photo but will be inquiring about it!

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The little pink “Princess Chair” sits in my room and has been used quite a bit. “I put my shoes and socks on while sitting in this delicate chair.”

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So with a tearful eye and enriched heart I cast a “royal like wave”, as only she would wave, up to heaven to let her know she may be gone but in no way forgotten.

“May your cup runneth over with joy, love and laughter oh, and really fabulous coffee!”

Peach State

Peach State says: Just Have To Let You Know!

Just in case you are still brushing your teeth the wrong way!
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For those of you who may have a problem getting things started in the morning!

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No use in arguing with your mother!

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“May your cup runneth over with joy, love and laughter oh, and really fabulous coffee!”

Peach State

Peach State says: Maybe Just One More Cup!

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After a quick sip of my “Heavenly Brew”, to ease the taking of my morning meds, I headed upstairs with hubby’s coffee (quad-Venti-vanilla-latte’) and oatmeal. He cheerfully dragged his feet as he entered his office and with a deep wrinkled brow said “Why are you so angry?” “Uh…I haven’t even said anything yet!” “Well you didn’t have to yell!” Confused I sat down and drank more coffee (my typical Venti-6 shot-espresso with a tablespoon of flavoring) and hoped hubby’s coffee would quickly change his outlook! Thirty minutes later I gathered the empty bowl and the travel mug and headed downstairs to begin the next segment of my morning routine. As I began to walk past the desk hubby looked at his watch…I smiled and said, “You wanted to get an early start…right?”… “I know, I know…don’t get so angry!” Nope…Coffee is still not working!

Once downstairs, with the youngest, I begin to set up hubby’s travel cup as a breakfast bowl is tossed onto the table. Cereal is poured followed by milk…SLURRRP…SLURRRP! “Could you please reduce the slurping to a soft roar?” The look on his face was not a happy-love-you-mom-you’re-the-best look.

“Maybe Just One More Cup!”

By the time I finish it I will be the only person at home. OR… maybe I should make sure to give the youngest a cup with breakfast and just ignore the sleepy hubby! On second thought I should just continue doing the same old routine and realize I am happier with my coffee…and that is all that matters…RIGHT? “Yeah, I didn’t think so!” I do want everyone happy and nice!

Hubby has just left for his daily 50 minute trek and the youngest is frantically pushing the tiny buttons on his phone. Five more minutes! Sip…sip The under the breath reading and humming is becoming a tad bit annoying. (If you have ever heard a tone-deaf Gollum sing or hum then you will understand better what I am exoeriencing!)
OOO…he stands and plugs his phone back on the charger and…(heart sinking disappointment) he waits for a reply! Whatever happened to watching the clock to leave? SIP!. Wait for it…”Have a great day!”

The solitary clock is ticking as the gentle hum of the fridge cycles off. The sound of a school bus passing the house as the dogs next door bark at the gathered children waiting for the last bus to run it’s route. SIP…”Good morning from this HAPPY and Highly Misunderstood NICE Person!

“May your cup runneth over with joy, love and laughter oh, and really fabulous coffee!”

Peach State

Peach State says: RIP Precious Princess

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The vacant pillow bed, sitting beside my bed, is a silent reminder of my Precious Princess! The sound of her jingle pacing between the door and her bed is just an echo in the shadowy, sleepy darkness.

RIP Precious Princess!

It has been an uphill battle…my Precious Princess and Constant Shadow tried to follow me on my daily trek throughout the house but, her legs just couldn’t keep up. She would collapse, slide down or just plain fall on any surface. She couldn’t see me from a distance much less hear me. My heart just ached for her!

Sooo…Saturday night, after many tears were shed, I said my goodbyes! I rocked her and whispered in her ear. She was a sweet girl and I loved her…after all she had been there for me in every struggle and life confused situation. She never judged or talked back and was quick with a snuggle and an understanding look.

For those of you who have pets, that are more like a family member, you understand the emptiness and little reminders that fill the simplest of tasks. Just walking down the stairs with clothes I look for her…I caught myself turning to let her out, one last time, before leaving for church Sunday morning…the tears rolled down my cheeks as I found myself getting ready to set down my dessert bowl for her to enjoy. The click of her wandering through the house on the wood floors and the jingle of her collar are just memories. This may take a while to get use to…she had been part of our family for 16 years! That is a long time and our little family will never be the same without her.

We, hubby and I, wanted to tell each of the boys and asked them not to tell anyone until after we talked with our 21 year old son in the Army. “He was going to be the hardest to tell!” They practically grew up together!

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“This picture was the day he left, for BASIC in January!” He talked with her, very quietly, and then silently walked out the door. I remember she looked at me with these bloodshot puppy dog eyes and shook her head and then laid down. She was in the same place when I got home. He took it the hardest, of the four boys, and asked for pics. I sent him these two! I had been trying to prepare him and even stressed that she was waiting to see him after graduation from BASIC.

The tears still flow and my heart still aches…it has only been two days. But, she is no longer in pain and she can have all the chocolate she wants.

RIP Precious Princess…you will be missed!

“May your cup runneth over with joy, love and laughter oh, and really fabulous coffee!”

Peach State