Saturday, July 30, 2011

Saturday 9: I'm Not in Love

1. Have you ever been in love but tried to deny it?  No, not at all....
2. Someone throws a party in your honor. The only guests are your past lovers. You're current spouse or significant other is cool with this. They ask you to speak and say something good about those assembled. Would there be someone there you could not say something good about?  Yes, and there are some that I could probably not say anything at all about....time passes and memory fails....
3. How long can you go without your cell phone? Do you own a so-called “smart phone”?  I could go forever without my cell phone...and no, I don't have a "smart-phone."
4. Do you believe everyone deserves a second chance?  Yes, everyone deserves a second chance, but sometimes I have a hard time giving people that second chance....needless to say, I've been burned once or twice....
5. Would you rather spend a whole day with your mom or your dad? (If either or both have passed, answer as if they're alive.)  I love to spend a whole day with my daddy.  He died when I was only 4, so I'd love the opportunity to get to know him and be a "daddy's girl" for a day...
6. Tell us one thing about your first boyfriend or girlfriend.  He had very nice black hair, that's all I'll say....
7. Has an ex ever written something about you on facebook or their blog that was nasty about you?  No, thank goodness

8. What was the last thing you borrowed and never returned?  Hair clippers....

9. Who is someone famous that you've met?  IDK if I've ever met anyone famous.  When I was young, I met Strom Thurmond, but he was just a state politician then....

Friday, July 29, 2011

Friday Fill Ins


1. Summer is  my vacation time....a break from school.

2. The love that I have for my children is unchanged by nothing....I will love them unconditionally forever!

3. Aargh!  I'm not a fan of pirates!!

4. Diet Coke is the first thing I drink  in the morning.

5. Seven: Wheel of Fortune.

6. Why don't you think?

7. And as for the weekend, tonight I'm looking forward to a good night's sleep, tomorrow my plans include hanging out here at home and cleaning a little (maybe) and Sunday, I want to  go to my church and worship my Lord and Redeemer!

Fill in the Blank Friday

I'm linking up with Lauren @ The Little Things We Do...why don't you do the same??
1.   My favorite color is       green...any shade, any hue, any tone, but especially green that's the color of rye grass in the winter!!

2.  My travel destination of choice is    the mountains.  We've not been for a while but I long to go back some day soon..

3.  My favorite  food is     something I'll never, ever have mama's turkey dressing.  I try to make it every Thanksgiving and Christmas, but it's never "just right."

4.  My happy place is   in my navy blue folding chair, sitting at a softball field, watching my girls (and their team) play softball... .

5.  My favorite saying is      "Lord, help me to remember that nothing is going to happen to me today that You and I together can't handle."  This morning prayer is on a small plaque that my mama had beside her bathroom mirror, and it hangs in my bathroom now...

6.  My dirty little secret is      that I always have a rash somewhere on my body.  My skin is very sensitive and dry, so if I'm not broken out somewhere, something is wrong! .

7.  Something friends might say about me is that I       hmmmmm...I'm very patient....and I usually am....

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

What I'm Loving Wednesday

I'm linking up with Jamie for this week's edition of
What I'm Loving Wednesday!

I'm loving...
Aussie Three Minute Miracle conditioner...we are all using it and our hair feels amazing!
I'm loving...
hummus and pita bread, my new favorite snack!
I'm loving...
this puppy, Pippi!  We've started letting her out into the backyard to play, and she comes to the back door when she's ready to come back in.

I'm loving...
my new car with A/C that works great!  We really need it in this
 HOT, HUMID Southern heat!!!
and of course,
I'm loving....
these guys...
Charles, Patrick, and Josh
these girls...
and my super hard-working
and remarkably wonderful husband...

What (or who) are you loving today??

We Want to Know Wednesday

Go link up with Mamarazzi and Alicia aka Queso and join in on.....


{1} Who would you call if you had to get bailed out of jail?  I'd have to call Chuck...he's probably the only one who would come and get me out!  Yea, he loves me like that :)

{2} If you were a superhero what would your hero name be?  I'd be "Super JoMama".

{3} What do you think is one of your best qualities?  One of my best qualities is that I have a good rapport with kids and teenagers....I speak frankly with them and tell the it or not.

{4} What song would you pick to be your own personal theme song?  "Life's a Dance," by John Michael Montgomery...

{5} What celebrity do you think is most over rated?  Charlie Sheen!

Monday, July 25, 2011

Miscellany Monday/Weekend Recap

Miscellany Monday @ lowercase letters

My girls and I (well, everyone in Raleigh, for that matter) experienced the hottest weather that I can remember this past weekend.  The Carolina Cyclones played in a showcase tournament and the heat was UNBEARABLE.  At one point, my car thermometer registered 107 degrees!  The team finished 2-2-1 for the weekend, but considering the temps, they did remarkably well.  We fans were drenched and we were just sitting under a tent watching!  Way to go Cyclones!  We are proud of you all!
While in Raleigh I ran over a key and had a flat tire.  The guys at Pep Boys could not patch the tire so I ended up having to buy a new tire.  Thank goodness for the coaches and the other Cyclone guys who helped me out. 
I took Lawren and Mary Jo to visit Aunt Mary while in the Raleigh area.  She is a resident at Wellington Place in Knightdale, NC.  Aunt Mary is my daddy's only remaining sibling, and my only aunt.  She has always been one of my favorite family members.  I'm so glad that L and MJ had a chance to see her and get to visit with her since they are now older and will have memory of her.
Go over to Carissa's page and link up....I did....

Friday, July 22, 2011

Saturday 9: White Wedding

1. Tell us about the most recent wedding you attended.
The last weeding I attended was my beautiful niece's wedding at a Southern plantation.  It was fabulous in every way!

2. Do you enjoy attending weddings, or do they bore you to tears?   I actually enjoy them....I'm not crazy about receptions though...

3. Does marriage in general make you feel confident and good inside, or skeptical?  I guess it makes me feel confident and good inside....never really thought about it until now....

4. Do you have a photo blog? (If so, feel free to share the link with us.)   I don't have a photo blog, but i often include photos in my blogs.

5. Do you find yourself driving less due to the high gas prices?  No, not really.  There is no public transportation in our small rural area, so we have to drive everywhere we need to go.

6. What's the high temperature today where you are? The temp on my car thermometer went up to 106.

7. "It's not the heat, it's the humidity." Agree, or no?  Agree....I live in the deep South and the humidity is a killer!

8. What's the hottest you've ever been in your life?  Probably today sitting at the softball field in Raleigh.....

9. Non-temperature related last question: In your opinion... who's hot?  Billy Bob Thornton! 

Fawk You Friday

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So this is my first time linking up with Boobies, Babies, and a Blog for
Fawk You Friday....

Go check out my blog and follow along, if you'd like...I'll do the same for your blog!

Try to stay cool.....this weekend is gonna be HOT!!

Fill in the Blank Friday

1.   One of my happiest moments ever was       actually two days....both were in August.  Those were the days that our children were born....

2.  Summer is wedding season and weddings are    wonderful.  Chuck and I got married in June of 1992, so next summer we will celebrate 20 years of marriage...
3.  This summer     has been hot, hot, HOT!!  And I don't think the weather is letting up any time soon....
4.  My summer food of choice has been   salads of all egg salad sandwiches, creamy pasta salad, colorful fruit salad, crispy cole slaw and tossed salads, chunky chicken salad, and fresh tuna salad.....

5.  My summer uniform has been     100% cotton shorts and t-shirts....

6.  If I could spend the entire summer in one location I would choose      Myrtle Beach....I love hanging out at the beach and by the pool!   .

7.  My summer anthem is       "Save Me San Francisco," by Train....since L and MJ just got back from SF.... . 
Go link up with Lauren @ The Little Things We Do and join in....
and have a fabulous Friday and a
wonderful weekend!
Stay cool!

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

We Want to Know Wednesday

We Want to Know Wednesday
 is hosted by Mamarazzi and Queso....go check them out and link up!

{1} What would you do with an extra $1000 a month?  Without a doubt, I'd hire a weekly housekeeper and someone to do the grocery shopping for me...I'll cook though.

{2} What category of blogger do you think you best fall under?  Is there a category called "Completely and Totally Random?"
{3} What is your go to solution when you are having a bad hair day?  Comb through it and keep on going...
{4} If you were a Crayon, what color would you be?  My favorite crayon has always been Cornflower Blue, even though green is my favorite color...
{5} They say love is in the little things. What is a little thing someone does to show you love?  My sweet husband turns my bed back at night....

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Surprise Bedroom Make-Over

When Lawren and Mary Jo were in California for three weeks, I decided to do a
"While You Were Out" make-over in their bedroom.....

There was absolutely NO WAY that I would have taken pictures of the "before" condition of their room.....the health dept. would have immediately come in and shut us down :) !!
Take a look at the after pictures below. 

 Mary Jo's side of the room.  I purchased dry-erase, magnetized boards to hang their drawings on.  I also had to find a replacement "J" for her was tough, but finally we located a "U" and Larry trimmed it up for us...
Lawren's bed, monogram, board, and SF pictures. 
 This is Lawren's dresser.  They used to share it when they were little and all of their clothes would easily fit into the drawers.  I also got the fabric from Hobby Lobby and made a valance for their window.  The cloth had all of the colors of their new comforters.
Mary Jo's dresser, complete with new drawer pulls.  I painted it white (it was hot pink) and also spray painted her bed white too!

After so many years playing softball, soccer, basketball, and volleyball, the girls' bedroom was overrun with trophies.  Most are contained on a shelf above their closet, but the ones that are too tall are housed on the shelf that runs along the front wall with the shuttered windows.
I also had to find a storage place for all of their sports and academic award ribbons.  A pewter 3M Command hook proved to be ideal!
The room is equally divided so that each girl has her own space. 

Lawren had been begging for years for a desk for her room.  This desk is a matching piece to the dresser, both part of the bedroom suit that my mama bought me when I was
six years old.

The girls were pleasantly surprised and pleased with the make-over in their room.  They've not even complained too much about all of the cleaning, donating, and purging that I did while they were gone.

It was a pleasure to complete this project, all on my own, for my girls....
I just love them so much!!!

Monday, July 18, 2011

Miscellany Monday

Miscellany Monday @ lowercase letters

It has been a while since I linked up with Carissa for
Miscellany Monday.....
(and I've missed it...glad to be back!)

I'm so glad to have my girls home!  They were gone for three weeks, and those three weeks were the longest in my life!
Thanks to these two, my sister Chandler and her husband Gary, for having Lawren and Mary Jo on the west coast.  Y'all relax for a while....I'm sure you need a break from having two teenagers visit!

Pray for this little family....

We had a pretty good softball weekend...
Thankfully the weather was cooler!

 The Carolina Cyclones played in a four-day tourney in Florence, and ended up in 2nd place out of 25 teams.....

Next stop -- Raleigh, NC, for the Carolina Cardinals Classic! 
Go "here" to see a list of the 98 teams that we'll face...

 So, I'm so glad that CBS's Big Brother is back on.  Hopefully I'll be able to watch it when it comes on and won't have to catch up during the highlights or on the computer.
Lemon is missing... :(
With carpenters and roofers working on our house, the backyard gate was left open at some point in time and he wandered away...
Please come home, buddy!  I miss you!

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Saturday 9: The Devil Went Down to Georgia

Saturday 9: The Devil Went Down to Georgia

1. Do you believe in the concept of the devil? Yes!

2. What's your favorite nickname that you're called?  JoMama

3. What would you do if someone cheated on you?  Kick them to the curb....

4. Do you ever cry at a movie?  Not often....

5. Have you got “a ball & chain” or are you single? Are you happy with your status?  Yes, I'm happily married.... :)

6. Who do you got to for advice?  Usually no one....I just try to think about things, wait a while, and then decide for myself what is best.

7. When was the last time someone yelled at you?  It has been a while....

8. When was the last time you spoke with someone that you met online?  I haven't met anyone new online, so I guess never....

9. Where did you go on your honeymoon? OR Where would you like to go on your honeymoon?  Chuck and I went to the Isle of Palms and was so wonderful!

Friday, July 15, 2011

Fill in the Blank Friday

1. I am a (morning, evening, middle of the day person) middle of the day person...or as I like to say, an afternoon person.....

2. My favorite Pandora stations are    ...ummm IDK..I guess I don't have a Pandora station...

3. 3 of my "must-have" songs for a road trip playlist are   the Supreme's Someday We'll Be Together, Against the Wind by Bob Segar, and whatever is on the top 40 radio station.....

4. My favorite pattern is   calico, in all colors.....

5. My favorite perfume is   ummm....not a perfume person, but I do love Dancing Waters and Sea Island Cotton by B&BW...

6. Rules are       necessary in order to prevent chaos....   .

7. My most overused phrase or punctuation is  "No Way!" and  I also use way...too....many.... ellipses .

Friday Fill-Ins


1. I hold  a lot of my feelings in, and then when enough is enough, I EXPLODE!!

2.  My husband Chuck is someone I like to travel with because he is so generous and likes to make me happy.

3. That day, March 11, 1998, is a day that I'll never forget.

4. I'm really looking forward to this school year.

5. Trust very few people, but make sure you trust your gut feelings.

6. Dancin' in the dark.

7. And as for the weekend, tonight I'm looking forward to the continuation of the showcase softball tournament in Florence, tomorrow my plans include only one game in  Florence and Sunday, I want to see my girls and the other Carolina Cyclone girls finish the tourney successfully!

Thursday, July 14, 2011

L and MJ's Cali Trip - Final Installment

So Lawren and Mary Jo are back in Bennettsville now, and I'm just now catching up with chronicling their adventure.  These pictures cover the last ten days of their stay
in the Bay Area....

July 4, 2011
Tour of SF on an open-top
double decker bus....

Lawren and Mary Jo....on top of the bus!

July 5, 2011
The girls with Gary in Golden Gate Park...
the Conservatory of Flowers
MJ was very impressed because, in her words,
"There was a whole room full of poisonous and deadly plants!"

Concrete Slides at GG Park
Chandler has lived in the area for years and
had not heard of this attraction...

Japanese Tea Garden at GG Park

Enjoying (?) Japanese food.... :)

July 6, 2011
Touring the Jelly Belly Factory

The caption from Chan and Gary said,
"New jobs for Mary Jo and Lawren."
July 7, 2011
Walking the Golden Gate Bridge

The Palace of Fine Arts
Picante Mexican Restaurant
Chan and Gary's camera was not working on July 8 - 9.  On the 8th, L and MJ went to the mall in San Bruno, and on the 9th, they all went to the SF Giants game.  The Giants played the Mets and won 3-2.

July 10, 2001
Discovery Kingdom
July 11, 2011
Waiting for the ferry to Alcatraz
Alcatraz Island
July 12, 2011
Last night on the town....

Lawren at the Cheesecake Factory

MJ at the Cheesecake Factory....
but she ate no cheesecake!!
July 13, 2011
Good-bye at the airport in SF
I was overjoyed to see Lawren and Mary Jo step out of the corridor in the airport in Charlotte!  They talked the whole way home, telling me and their daddy about their west coast adventure.

I'm glad that they had this opportunity, but I'll tell the will be a loooooong time before they leave for three weeks again....I missed them too much!

Welcome home babies....ILY both very much!