For my recent suxteee-seckth birthday, I celebrated with my big ole’ modern family …
… at Savannah’s Tequila’s Town restaurant in Sandfly.
(Seriously? Can you believe they come hooting “Happy Bday” laden with tequila for the celebrant! Even though I had my large head prepared for an oversized sombrero and some flan.)
Post-tequila I received some neat gifts, but perhaps my Favorites came from five-year-old grandtwins Madison (inappropriately pictured above next to the tequila) and Matthew. Their mom let them pick out their gifts for me. Madison gave me a pink unicorn in a love mug …
…while Matthew opted for a brown bear that actually smells like chocolate when you rub it vigorously!
(Matthew is in an over-smiling-for-the-camera stage.)
Oh, they also each got me a large skein of yarn–yellow from Madison and green from Matthew. Not that I knit (who has the patience for that?!), but because they like to unravel the yarn, make giant spiderwebs and throw it all over the furniture and each other.
Thus, inspired by the tequila, when I got home I opted for a quick photoshoot to document my suxteee-seckth.
Moral of Story: the strangest little gifts ofttimes make for the biggest shots of … Joy.
It’s Friday! It’s JUNE! It’s Happy!
1. Grandson Daniel’s dress-up day at Savannah Children’s Theatre Camp. “Hollywood”
Spitting image of his grandfather!
2. A beautifully invigorating two hours at the Laurel Grove Cemetery here in Savannah this week. (I had never gone before.)
(Beware: A rather long mix of pics ahead.)
As I walked through the moss-laden oaks, I was mesmerized by the power of time to take back into the earth all that belongs to her. All.
Okay, I’ll stop even though I kept taking pictures. I love cemeteries. They are such celebrations of LIFE.
3. Meals this week. (All from the Forsyth Farmers Market here in Savannah.)
4. Beautiful plantscape at a house near me.
5. Bathroom sign in a restaurant on Hilton Head Island.
Great Weekend to you all!
I LOVE strolling in my Savannah Historic District neighborhood during any season of the year. But, oh my, Spring!
(Honest opinion. Don’t I look a little like an old, white Pharrell?)
Walk/dance happily this spring!
A quick glimpse of Savannah springtime beauty on a short walk in my neighborhood today.
And a Palm Sunday branch from church this morning.
I LOVE walking in my neighborhood, the Landmark Historic District of Savannah, GA. (Graphed above are Savannah’s 22 squares and the municipal park, Forsyth.)
And here’s how my recent walk played out. First, I saw some gorgeous winter camellias in my square, Washington Square.
Then I happened across the countdown calendar to St. Patrick’s Day. (In case you’re not aware, St. Patty’s Day os a HUGE DEAL in Irish-friendly Savannah.)
And then, lo and behold, I came across one of my favorite little houses in town …
… with tulip tree and Irish flag unfurled.
Finally I grand-twin-sat (can that be a word?) with Matthew and Madison.
A joyful day!
Encouragement: Look for joy in the ordinary, the mundane, rather than in the incredibly special.
Fall Sidewalk, Fall Hidewalk
I LOVED yesterday’s affirmation from Louise Hay and Hay House Publications:
We ARE all one big family on this incredible Earth.
And I saw a beautiful demonstration of that oneness at yesterday’s Tri-Faith Service here in Savannah at Congregation Mickve Israel on beautiful Monterey Square (Mikve Israel, by the way, is the nation’s third oldest Jewish congregation).
Here’s a blurb about the service:
“An Imam, A Minister & A Rabbi Come to Services
Saturday, November 22 at 11am
Join us for our annual Tri-faith Service. Three clergy members from different faiths will first deliver sermonettes during Saturday morning services and then lead an interfaith discussion-program extravaganza after lunch from 1:00-2:30pm. Join us as Imam Majid Ali of the Masjid Jihad Mosque, Reverend Billy Hestor from Asbury Memorial United Methodist Church and Rabbi Haas team up for a little inspiration and fun. The more we learn from one another, the more understanding we foster in the world.”
Rev. Billy is my pastor, so I went to support him but ended up with a much greater understanding of how we are all working toward the same goal: global well-being and individual joy … because of our gracious God.
“And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.”
— I Corinthians 13: 13
May we cast aside judgment .. and instead offer LOVE.