Monday, September 1, 2014

Summer's Gone

In a blink of an eye, we're now in September and summer is almost gone in the Southeast. I write almost because the temperature is still hovering in the 90s. We got a slight taste of fall a few weeks ago with temps in the high 70s to low 80s, and it was heaven. I've been dreaming of sweaters, scarves and boots since. Till then, however, I'll be dodging the sun and power walking from the parking lot to air-conditioning havens wherever they may be.

Speaking of haven, I've recently discovered the show Haven and I'm obsessed. The new season starts in 10 days, and Netflix has all previous episodes of the last four seasons. Bing-watching a series over four seasons was not pretty, but I'm all caught up and can't wait for the Season 5 premiere.

Looking back, it was a good summer spent with family and friends exploring new places and celebrating milestones. In June a good friend reached an important one -- 5 years cancer free. We invited coworkers to write words of congratulations and encouragement on note cards we attached to balloons that filled her office. Her reaction was amazing and so heartfelt. We work in an industry that can be very callous. Thankfully, we work for a company full of kind-hearted and generous people.

Our oldest reached a milestone in June as well: high school graduation. We are very proud of his achievement and hard work, but reminded him that he was only at the beginning of his life's journey.

This summer flexed my party planning skills with our daughter's 15th birthday and co-hosting a bridal shower. I'll write separate posts on these later, but here are a few pics to give you an idea. I had lots of fun with the Doctor Who birthday party and the bridal shower theme around a champagne luncheon. Almost made me want to quit my day job. Almost. Frosting cupcakes at 12 am and running around town looking for shades of pink polish made me think twice. Although if I were doing this full time....never mind. That's a different post altogether. You know. If you had to do it all over again, what would you do?

In July we vacationed with the Charleston cousins in the beautiful Shenandoah Valley of Virginia - hiking in the Shenandoah National Park, walking through the Luray Caverns, visiting the Natural Bridge and we even snuck in two college tours for the kids at James Madison University and University of Virginia.

We managed a road trip in August - just the gals - to Indiana to see the most beautiful couple get married. It was like watching a royal wedding. The views were breathtaking driving through the Blue Ridge and Smoky Mountains and then lots of flat farmland to balance it out. Thank goodness for books on tape. We discovered the charming towns of Indiana. There's this oh-so-cute boutique, Karisma, that you have to visit if you're ever in Noblesville. Downtown Carmel is adorable as well. August ended with a wonderful visit from Aunt Betty who made her way down from Hickory and spent the afternoon at the North Carolina Museum of Art.

Another summer has come and gone, but so blessed for the time and memories with good friends and family.

Saturday, October 12, 2013


This is the most wonderful time of the year for me. I love Fall when the weather cools enough for fire pits and fire places. Sweaters replace tank tops. Flip flops get put away and boots pulled out of storage. Football games, chili and scarves. Hay rides and pumpkin patches. Pumpkin pie, pumpkin spice latte, pumpkin butter, pumpkin bread. Pumpkins here. Pumpkins there. Pumpkins everywhere!