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School’s Out for Summer

Friday, May 30th, was the last day of school for my two sons.  They couldn’t be more excited, and to be honest, I’m pretty happy too.  The boys are looking forward to everything they will be doing this summer: hosting pool parties, playing video games, staying up late and sleeping in.  But I’m I’m excited about all of things I won’t be doing:  rushing home to supervise homework; running to the store for poster board at 8pm for a project due the next morning; and stressing out over their grades. Although I’ll be relieved

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Marriage Tune-Up

This past weekend my husband and I celebrated our 17th wedding anniversary. If you’d told me 17 years ago that today, I’d be happily married to Dale, sporting a new pair of diamond earrings thanks to my thoughtful husband, I wouldn’t have believed it. You see, when I met Dale I was already engaged to another man. I even moved away to marry that guy, but I knew in my heart that he wasn’t the one. I broke up with my fiancé and came home to Dale. It was the best decision I’ve ever

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Camping Versus Glamping

This past weekend, my family joined two other families for a nice weekend at a local campsite here in Alabama.  My family was one of two that was camping–tents, sleeping bags, flashlights and battery-powered radios.  The other two families opted for glamping–RVs with A/C, TV and other creature comforts. Speaking of creatures, I shouldn’t lead you to believe that I am hardcore camper.  I abhor snakes, lizards and tree frogs and would prefer to camp in places where these creepy crawlers (and slitherers) didn’t exist.  But, it’s worth putting up with them to enjoy

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Here Comes the… Bridal Bloopers

It’s that time of the year again. Right now, someone you know is probably looking for the perfect dress, getting fitted for a tux, reserving the limo, or planning a honeymoon. This weekend, I had the honor of kicking off wedding season as a guest at the wedding of my friends, Jennifer Brown and Michael Townsend. The bride was beautiful, the groom looked sharp, and the wedding cake was delicious! As I sat at my table during the cutting of the cake, I was reminded of all the other weddings I’ve been to, and

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Barenaked Brotherly Love

The year was 1992.  I was at the bowling alley on Friday night playing with my league.  Color Me Badd’s greatest hit “I Wanna Sex You Up” starts playing on the loudspeaker.  I turn around and there is my brother, Merrill, doing a strip tease for a lady’s 40th birthday party a few lanes down.  My team never let me live it down. This is a tale of two older brothers.  As the story above illustrates, my brother Merrill is crazy like me.  In his younger years, he worked as a male stripper with

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Play Ball

I love to talk football and basketball, but I also speak fluent baseball.  They’ve only won one World Series once (in 1995 against the Cleveland Indians), but the Atlanta Braves are my team. The beauty of being a female baseball plan is that I can appreciate a perfectly executed double play, but I can also appreciate how cute Dan Uggla looks in his tight white pants.  Of course, that’s not the only reason he’s my favorite player.  Check out one of his other talents in this photo. Uggla, however was not my first baseball

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Gone Fishin’

Last weekend, our family joined friends for a fishing excursion on their pontoon.  Our first boating and fishing trip of the year lasted all afternoon and evening; we even brought along a small griddle to cook hot dogs for dinner right on the boat!  Our family loves a little competition, so we created contests for the first fish caught, the biggest fish caught, and the most fish caught. My husband, Dale, was the winner with 9 fish. I managed to catch three, despite casting my line into the trees, not once but twice! The most

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How Do You Like Them Apples?

How Do You Like Them Apples?

Granny Smith apples. They’re my favorites. Pair them with some peanut butter and you’ve got one of the best snacks ever. I love fresh fruit and vegetables, but this time of year, the sight of all of those towers of apples, oranges, strawberries and blueberries greeting me at the grocery store is enough to send me home with some bottled “fruit” for dinner. Why would anyone get stressed out at the sight of shiny, red apples? Well, if you work in transportation you know that produce season makes our jobs a lot more difficult.

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Mustang Mary

Mustang Mary

My very first car was a 1966 Nightmist Blue Mustang Coupe.  One of my Dad’s co-workers sold it to me for $1500.  I flipped a lot of burgers at my part-time, after-school job to pay for that car, but it was well worth it.  Daddy and I drove three hours to Carolina Mustang on Chatham Street in Chapel Hill, NC, where we purchased everything we would need to restore my new baby–fenders, a gas tank, quarter panels, floor pans, seat covers–the works.  I can still seeing us installing those seat covers using our straight

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Name That Tune

Last week, I told you about our annual Family Spring Cleaning weekend, but I didn’t tell the whole story. Remember that song “What a Difference a Day Makes…Twenty-Four Little Hours?” Last weekend, it took just eight hours to create a massive transformation around the house. We started at 9am and by 6pm, we had washed the entire house from top to bottom, cleaned out the garage, installed a light over our pool table, changed six exterior flood lights (using an 11′-foot pole extender and a borrowed 30′-foot extension ladder), installed a new bathroom light

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