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A 30-something living in the foothills of the Virginia mountains; I'm saved by grace, addicted to coffee and my little sister is my best friend! I devote most of my time to exploring, reading, attending as many Nationals games as possible and documenting life here. My Prince Charming got lost somewhere along the way...but I'm trying to remain hopeful that true love exists.

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Monday, March 25, 2013

Rainy Weekends...

Only a day to go before I'm Virginia bound - I'll be spending Monday evening with some friends in Jackson before heading out early on Tuesday morning to spend the rest of the week with my wonderful family. This post will be pretty short and sweet, I discovered I didn't take very many pictures this week. I'll share what I've taken and that will be about it!

This week went by pretty quickly and of course the weekend followed suit, as it always does. If a week goes by fast, you can be certain the weekend will be even quicker. I was extremely lazy this weekend and I completely enjoyed it. Sometimes its nice to know that you have absolutely nothing to do all weekend and can spend your time doing whatever you want, sometimes its nice to know you have plans and people to see, things to do, etc... This weekend I was pretty happy to have the former because anytime spent with my family usually involves us being out and about seeing things, so I know the coming weekend will be the latter.

Bloom watch for the Cherry Blossoms - they're meant to be at peak bloom while I'm in VA, hopefully the ten tons of snow they keep getting there won't mess that up too bad. Seeing the cherry blossoms is on my bucket list...

He was attached to the couch by his leash - I can't stay outside with him 24/7 but at least this way he could explore the front yard & not escape. I thought this was safe but I'd learn later in the week that he isn't safe in our own yard.

Crazy weather on Monday - it hailed all over MS, thankfully we missed the baseball sized hail here but I have friends in Jackson that weren't so lucky. 

He still manages to have such a happy disposition even when he's being forced to stay inside more often than he'd like. Bless his heart, when I found him I found a winner for sure.

Wednesday morning was my first clue that Watson wasn't even safe in our own yard - this dog business is making me absolutely crazy y'all. I hate seeing my little dog upset and not happy and I hate having to deal with someone else's maniac dog, especially when they don't even make an effort to keep the dog in check. On Wednesday morning, I put Watson on his leash and we headed out the door to the car - which, it should be mentioned that I had his leash in one hand, my purse on one arm, my lunch bag in the other arm and a book in my other hand - I was carrying quite a bit of stuff. As we get to the bottom of the porch steps, here comes the attack dog out of the woods at the edge of our yard and Watson immediately goes into freak out mode; granted, I didn't react so great either. The husky was growling and stalking ever closer to us and Watson couldn't decide whether to charge the dog or turn around and run back to the house. I had his leash locked in place so he couldn't get far from me and he decided to jump forward, jumping with such force that he popped right out of his collar. In that split second before he could run off (because I knew if he ran, the dog would chase him and I'd probably never catch them) I dropped everything I was carrying into the dirt, snatched him up and began carrying him to the car. He was squealing and barking, the husky was following on my heels snarling and I was praying we didn't get eaten. Nothing wakes you up more than trying to fend off a dog attack at 7:15 in the morning. *sigh*

Wednesday was kind of a stressful day, to say the least.

These are amazing and my co-worker was nice enough to bring me some back when she ran an errand on Thursday!

He always thinks he needs a bite of whatever I'm eating - even my breakfast....

Or my late night snack....

I'm not sure it can really be Friday if you end up with a stack of papers on your desk that are taller than your head at 3 in the afternoon. *sigh* Work.

Friday night entertainment and food - I decided I needed to refresh my memory before Season 3 starts on the 31st. The first time I watched Game of Thrones was on my computer with HBO Go and it was kind of crap quality to say the least. It looked much better on my flat screen, ha-ha.

Happy to spend a Saturday being lazy with me - seriously, how adorable is that face?

House Stark or House Lannister? I think I'm actually more a fan of House Targaryen...but Jaime Lannister (the blond guy for those of you are totally clueless about Game of Thrones) isn't hard to look at.

I got a little more paint on my porch than I thought; I guess it is just decorated for Easter. Oh well...it gives it personality.

Impending storms...and the promise of more hail..

This dog could not be more like me if he tried - he is terrified of bad weather & the thunder on Saturday evening was completely causing him to come unglued...

He has a whole bowl of fresh water in the kitchen but I guess fresh rainwater just has a better flavor?

Honing my skills at packing everything in a carry-on size suitcase. I think I'm getting pretty good if I do say so myself. 

I kind of like owl stuff...just kind of. :)

Hiding behind the couch pillows why the storms rage outside on Saturday night...

I guess he is trying to go to his happy place?

My sweet buddy Graham - sweet babies become silly toddlers way too quickly.

I post pictures of these sweet boys almost every week and it hit me this Sunday that I won't be able to take pictures like this for that much longer. I've been taking care of both of them since the first Sunday they came to church and that will be two years ago in August. I have pictures of them from when they were tiny and decided to start taking this picture every week to see how much they change. It is such an amazing thing to see these tiny, helpless little people grow and change week by week and see them develop their own little personalities with each week. They'll be moving out of the baby nursery and into a "big kid" Sunday school class soon and then I'll have to quit taking my weekly pictures. But boy, they were fun while they lasted. Time spent with sweet boys like this is what makes the sometime crazy and frequently hectic job of being the nursery coordinator all worthwhile.

They used to both fit in my lap...now they're getting too big. Where does the time go?

Thank goodness the sun finally came out on Sunday afternoon...but it was still frigid outside. So I watched the sun from under a blanket on my couch. 

Sunday lunch courtesy of my Nanny - nothing quite like some good ol home cooking!

So irritated with me, can't you tell? He's a mess.

This right here is why I don't trust the groundhog - Collinsville is in the deep South, in Game of Thrones Winterfell is in the North, the far reaches of the North before you reach the frozen tundra. I'm pretty sure the weather in Collinsville shouldn't match the weather in Winterfell - ever. Especially not in "Spring".
Oh guess what? Watson got attacked by that dog again - and this time he was sitting on my Grandma's porch just minding his own business when the dog rushed the porch and jumped him. My Grandma jumped in between them (don't even get me started on how much that terrifies me) and got Watson inside before he was seriously hurt, but he did get bit again. I don't think I've ever run so fast as I did when I heard his shrill squeals from across the yard - I just knew that was going to be the last sound I ever heard him make. I should clarify that the attack dog's owners informed us that the dog had run away and since he'd not been seen in almost 5 days (since the incident on Wednesday morning) we were beginning to cautiously ease back outside...but I guess we are back to lock down. I'm really at my wits end with this situation and unsure what the next step should be. I'm just glad my dog is okay (or as okay as you can be after being bitten a second time) after another attempt at eating him.

Being little and trying to play in your own yard is very dangerous.

Sunday, March 17, 2013


I don't know what to call this post - so I guess the title will just be those little dots. I don't want to name each post something about another week passing and I couldn't think of anything snappy. I didn't get much of a Sunday afternoon nap because my dog was too busy crawling on top of me to escape the neighbor that apparently bought a canon. Seriously. It sounded like someone was shooting a canon outside...and now they're shooting guns. It is a non-stop shot fest outside this afternoon...delightful!

This was was pretty great and I'm counting on the weeks ahead to be pretty great as well because if I can only make it through this week and next Monday, then I'm Virginia bound for 6 days. Spending time with the family is always great - so even if things get hinky this week, I'll have something to look forward to in the days ahead. Only 8 days to go now!

Monday night meal - pork, black eyed peas & potatoes, the 3 P's. Pretty good, not gonna lie.

Monday night - the end of a legend. Watson even sat down with me to watch Dallas on Monday night , they said good-bye to a legend after all.
I'm pretty sure most of you that read this don't watch Dallas but I do and I love it. I've been hearing that theme song since I was in utero and when I discovered they were doing a remake/continuation of the show, my Mom told me all about how excellent the original Dallas was. When I discovered that the originals were coming back to reprise their roles, I knew watching it was a must-do. I've also been watching the original in my spare time and as much of a scoundrel as he is, I've got to say that my favorite characters are J.R. and Sue Ellen...which is fitting since my favorite character on the remake is their son, John Ross. Larry Hagman is a TV legend and created one of TVs most memorable villains - I'm not going to lie, between Sue Ellen and John Ross...Monday night's episode left me a mess. Only 7 more episodes this season, but I've just got to know - who shot J.R.??? I bet that doesn't sound familiar at all...huh? Ha-ha!

Art in Deli on 5th in downtown Meridian

Pansies as far as the eye can see....

Lunch on Tuesday with my sweet friend Kristen - so glad we got to catch up!

Hoof. Hahaha...not sure why that is funny.

I love the random pink flamingo outside Deli on 5th - it gives me the giggles.

Tuesday afternoon in downtown Meridian...

Riding in the car - we were headed to walk at the campground, one of his most favorite things to do.

Last week I disliked Daylight Savings Time - this week, I'm a fan.

The swamp - look out for gators!

The sun casting shadows & rays as it made it's descent on Tuesday evening...

Let the countdown begin!

Wednesday morning sunrise...

The office daffodils - they are only yellow & white, but they're still pretty. Just not as pretty as mine. :)
Remember when I posted the chocolate wrapper and wondered if it was a sign? Well, I'm seeing "signs" all over the place these days! On Wednesday I needed to look up directions and so I hopped on over to Google to see what I could find out. I should mention, I was doing this from my desk in the middle of the office, in the middle of downtown Meridian...but when I hit get directions, it popped up with Front Royal, VA as my current location. Color me confused, since I thought the computer used your current location and on top of that, I can't remember when I looked up anything on that computer where Front Royal would have been my starting location. Of course, I suppose if I don't want something as random as a candy wrapper to be a sign...maybe I can't call this a sign; I don't guess you get to pick and choose your signs, right? Still - I thought it was funny that underneath Front Royal it said "not your current location? Correct it!" Ha-ha!

Thanks Google - I'm trying to correct it...

This little creature who is always so happy to get a chance to sit on the porch...

Apparently he is not so much a fan of me kissing and loving on him...

He'd much rather sleep - obviously.

Instead of rain, rain go away...how about ice, ice go away...Spring is here & you're not wanted anymore.

Coffee...love it. So much. Couldn't function without it in the mornings.

Discovered this in the store - I may need to buy the whole box, because it was amazing. Hint, hint Easter bunny...

I stopped by my mailbox on Thursday, which is not the norm but my Momma said she'd mailed me something, so I decided I'd stop and see if it was there. It was - and so was my Entertainment Weekly! There are 2 weeks to go until Game of Thrones premieres for it's 3rd season and I didn't quite realize how excited I was until I saw this. I got into the show a little after the fact, but I've made up for it courtesy of HBOGo on my computer; I watched the first 2 seasons over the summer and read the first 5 of what will eventually be a 7 part series. Daenerys Targaryen and Jon Snow are 2 of my favorite characters, so I was glad to see them on the cover, hopefully they'll have plenty of screen time this season. If you don't know anything about this show...it's awesome. That's about all I can say. Well worth your time and the books are excellent as well. One of the few times I can say the television series is right there on par with the books. Just great. So - bring on March 31st!

Jon Snow and Daenerys Targaryen - what can you get into this season in Westeros?

I want to bottle this color and paint my walls...so pretty.

Busted! I always wondered why this wheelbarrow randomly crashed over; I knew the wind wasn't strong enough to do it. There is the culprit - and you can tell by the look on his face he knows the jig is up!

Watson watching Elementary - he likes Sherlock Holmes but he's not sure about Watson being a woman...

BMG bought breakfast on Friday morning - yay!

More chocolate - another egg demolished. But hey, they're only 3 points!

I made David carry my spray paint - which he so kindly obliged, even though he said he felt like he was carrying paint for a nursery. Ha-ha, boys.

Peeps on a stick! At the counter of Joe Muggs.
Can I just interject and say that Meridian has nothing - absolutely nothing beyond the movies for entertainment. David and I went to eat as soon as I got off work on Friday and the movie we were going to see didn't start until 9:40...and you'd think it would be pretty easy to pass a couple hours...but there is nothing to do in Meridian. We spent a large chunk of that time in Books A Million, where we got coffee, but even that was disappointing because the coffee wasn't even hot. It was just tepid. Tepid coffee is not good at all. Don't get me wrong, the coffee was good...just would have been better hot. Step up your game Joe Muggs! Just because you don't have much competition, it doesn't mean you shouldn't care how your product tastes....because after the tepid coffee, McDonald's coffee was looking pretty good. And I hate McDonald's.

We went to see Oz: The Great and Powerful on Friday night and in one word: Excellent. It was really a hard sale for David at first, he wasn't really sure about it - ambivalent was the word he used to describe his feeling about seeing it. I hate thinking that someone is going to a movie with me and they might hate it. Once it was over though, I discovered that I'd picked a winner - not only did I love it, so did David. I'm telling you, that alone made me feel pretty successful! So, if you're looking for a movie to see, I'd recommend this one highly. It's awesome.

This one was a winner for sure!

Saturday morning nap - this dog sleeps more than an infant.

I watered my plants & liked the look of the water droplets.

Pretty and green...

Guardian of the Porch

I loved the movie. The book? So far, I love it pretty well too.

Spring means wedges! Yahoo!

Only Isaac to take pictures with today...silly little guy.

Love my necklace...I don't wear it enough...but that might be because it is a wee bit heavy.

When accessories fight back...
Oh yeah - my purse attacked me. I have a small flower clipped to it; a clip I've used on the past 3 purses I've carried and never had any issues. Today I realized that the clip also has a pin on it. How did I realize that? As I swung my purse onto my shoulder, I felt something just dig on in...and it hurt. I didn't think too much of it until I got home but when I looked in the mirror...and it had certainly left its mark. Ow.

Our neighbor apparently has a canon - which means Watson thinks we are about to explode & needs to be right beside me at all times.

Searching for a four leaf clover on St. Patty's day...no luck though. It is probably because I haven't had on green once today. Oops.

Trying to take a nap - while he tries to climb up under me to escape the sound of the canon/gun...

The azaleas are booming again! 
Well - I guess that is about it for now. Short, sweet and with lots of pictures. I've had a good week/weekend and I'm looking forward to another. Hope you are too!

The End!