Belated Thankful Thursday for October 29th

Little Sarah celebrating Halloween!
Little Sarah celebrating Halloween!

Happy Halloeve, guys!  So I should probably just change these entries to “Thankful Friday” instead of “Thankful Thursday” because it seems as if I can never get this posted in time.  I know you all will all understand.  Life happens.  Plus, just like last week, Kelly and I had a date night so it couldn’t be helped.  We went to the University of Memphis to see David Sedaris do a reading.  As I mentioned over on Facebook yesterday, I was first introduced to David’s work via audio book on a road trip to New Mexico.  Kelly and I listened to three of his books on the way. I’m sure they’re great to read, too, but man was he funny doing his own reading.  He is even more delightful to see in person reading his work.  We had fifth row seats which were excellent!  If you’ve got a road trip coming up, and you haven’t discovered Sedaris, get the audio books.  You can thank me later.  So besides the amazing evening we spent yesterday laughing so hard listening to him (seriously, the entire audience laughed through the entire event), here’s the other good things and thankful moments of my week. Continue reading Belated Thankful Thursday for October 29th

Excerpt from The Shepherd’s Life by James Rebanks

Old photo of mine rustled up from Flickr
Old photo of mine rustled up from Flickr

“My grandfather had an eye for things that were beautiful, like a sunset, but he would explain it in mostly functional terms, not abstract aesthetic ones.  He seemed to love the landscape around him with a passion, but his relationship with it was more like a long tough marriage than a fleeting holiday love affair.  His work bound him to the land, regardless of weather or the seasons.  When he observed something like a spring sunset, it carried the full meaning of someone who had earned the right to comment, having suffered six months of wind, snow, and rains to get to that point.  He clearly thought such things beautiful, but that beauty was full of real functional implications–namely the end of winter or better weather to come.”

Belated Thankful Thursday for October 22nd

Our second time to see the Avett Brothers live!
Our second time to see the Avett Brothers live!

Happy Friday, friends!  I hope everyone enjoyed their week.  Yesterday was a little hectic so I didn’t get a chance to post my usual “Thankful Thursday” update.  Kelly and I had tickets to the Avett Brothers at the Convocation Center so we were busy with that last night. 22220587670_1be8a01b69_o

The Avett Brothers are one of my favorite bands, but I think I’m one of the only people that wasn’t overly blown away with the show in Jonesboro last night.  Our seats were good, but the sound in the Convo seemed a little off or something.  Maybe it’s where we were at in relation to the speakers.  Maybe it’s that I kept comparing last night’s show to the intimate, stripped down show at Mud Island in Memphis a few years ago that was so incredible.  Plus, I felt like some of the show just seemed a little contrived.  I dunno, that’s just my opinion.  I still love the band and their music, and even a less than perfect show by them is still pretty good.

Enough about that, here’s my good things list for the week! Continue reading Belated Thankful Thursday for October 22nd

300 Acres of Memories

These photos are all old but looking through them makes me happy. There is nothing like the sunrise over Grandma's ranch.
These photos are all old but looking through them makes me happy. There is nothing like the sunrise over Grandma’s ranch.

I am not the nostalgic type.  I don’t reflect on “the glory days” of high school, and I don’t have particularly fond memories surrounding the town where I grew up, but lately as I’ve read The Shepherd’s Life: Modern Dispatches from an Ancient Landscape, stubborn memories float up, persistently tugging and scratching at my day to day.  Continue reading 300 Acres of Memories

Fall Fun

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This weekend Kelly, Mama, and I made a quick impromptu trip to a nearby pumpkin patch.  The drive to Piggott, Arkansas is through the most beautiful cotton fields which are all either in full bloom right now or currently being harvested.  It was the perfect fall weather, sunny with a bit of chill in the air.  None of us had ever been to Pumpkin Hollow, but it was the most darling place ever!  It was geared more toward kids, but we didn’t have any problem finding things to do there.  There were food, animals, and my two favorite people–my husband and mother, and that’s pretty much all we need for a fun time.   Continue reading Fall Fun

Thankful Thursday for October 15th

Besties! Another evening of watching the tube and cuddling for Francis and I. My cat "son" is cuter than your kid.
Besties! Another evening of watching the tube and cuddling for Francis and I. My cat “son” is cuter than your kid.

This week we had another trip to the eye surgeon for Kelly.  We feared that his retina was tearing again as he had a shadow starting to creep across the eye that he had surgery on, and that is classic symptom of a retinal tear.  Fortunately, there was a small piece of the retina (ewww!), flapping around that they were able to bolster by doing some laser work in the office.  We are hopeful it holds because if not, he would have to go through another eye surgery.  The laser work looks strong so the doctor is pretty confident that we’ll be good.  This has been a pretty stressful week.  I don’t know about you guys, but I’m glad it’s almost over!  Here is what’s keeping this week worth my while.

  • Grace Jones—I’ve always thought Grace Jones was a fascinating artist. I was intrigued by her life, and finally, had the opportunity to read all about it in her recent book. I’m almost finished with it, but this is a great read that I recommend!  She’s as interesting as I imagined.   I really want to read Carrie Brownstein’s memoir, too.

Continue reading Thankful Thursday for October 15th

Adventures with You

Keeping a watchful eye on my love as he rests after surgery
Keeping a watchful eye on my love as he rests after surgery

I missed my Thankful Thursday post this week because I was busy experiencing gratitude at the Memphis hospital.  Kelly was at St. Francis for his final eye surgery, and we are most grateful that he is on the road to recovery.  Back in May, his retina had a giant tear, and this operation was to remove the oil drop that was placed in his eye to keep his retina flat while it healed.  Friday we went back to Memphis for post op visit, and the doctor is very happy with how Kelly’s eye looked.  My husband has been so patient as he’s had to deal with so many doctor’s appointments this year.  I know we are both happy that he’ll soon be able to put this all behind him. Continue reading Adventures with You

Partners in Crime

Our nephew watching Saturday morning cartoons while I worked on breakfast. We loved spoiling him while he stayed with us!
Our nephew watching Saturday morning cartoons while I worked on breakfast. We loved spoiling him while he stayed with us!

Our nephew arrives to stay for the weekend, and while we don’t want any children of our own, he comes closest to convincing me that I might enjoy it…for a few weeks, anyway.

When I was little, I would insist to anyone that would listen that “someday, I would marry a rich chef and have a little girl named Bianca.”  I didn’t marry a rich chef, but Kelly cooked a mean Rice Side with a hot dog chopped up in it when we were dating.  That was more than I was feeding myself at the time, so I feel like it sort of counts.  I knew, as I played with my Skipper doll I’d renamed “Bianca”, that one day I would have a little girl who would love to shop.  She would only wear the most fashionable children’s clothing (everyone knows that little girls clothes are way cuter than boys).  I would teach her how to put on make-up, and gently admonish her for getting into my expensive perfumes.  Even at that age, I should’ve realized I’ve never “gently” admonished anyone in my life.  When I was in first grade, I kicked a kitchen chair across the room and said to Mom, “I don’t know who you think you are?!” Yes, gentle would not be my way.  Throughout all of my years of unrealistic Bonne Belle Lipsmacker scented predictions, never did I imagine a son would be any fun. Continue reading Partners in Crime

Thankful Thursday for October 1st

Ladies, make sure if you choose to get married it's to someone as fierce as you are!
Ladies, make sure if you choose to get married it’s to someone as fierce as you are! We had so much fun in the homecoming photo booth earlier this week.

It’s finally October, guys.  I’m so excited!  I love all things fall, and I’m too happy to kick off this *hopefully* cool and crisp month!  It’s homecoming week on campus so it’s been pretty busy but a lot of fun, of course.  Our nephew is coming to stay at our house for the weekend, and we can’t wait to take him to his first rugby came and college football game.  Kelly and I are crossing our fingers that he has the time of his life with us this weekend.  I’m always happy when we manage to keep them alive for several days (just kidding), and they don’t think we’re boring.  “You can think we’re weirdos, but just please don’t find your uncle and I boring.”  Without further ado, here’s the good things list in my life for this Thursday.   Continue reading Thankful Thursday for October 1st