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Five Friday Happy Bringers 12/2/22

1. Seeing this display at Fresh Market snd thinking it was giving me life advice …

(I still think it’s pretty good life advice.)

2. Having a delightfully laidback and peaceful post-Thanksgiving meal with two of Robert’s children.

Left: Son Tavares and his girlfriend Leslie, Right: Daughter Stenneshia and HR.

3. The color green (my favorite).

In our bedroom.

4. Last night’s Design District Holiday Walk here in Savannah.

With the fanciest and most beautiful hors d’oeuvres I have ever seen.

5. HR’s fall-hearty and yummy chicken casserole the other night.

I hope your weekend casseroles around beautifully for you.

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Five Friday Happy Bringers 11/25/22

My weekly list of a few “joy inciters” in my life. A Friday Gratitude Journal, of sorts.

1. My Thanksgiving cranberry sauce!

Just the color alone makes me happy.

2. Having hands and fingers (even with my arthritis) which enable me to chop onions for Thanksgiving dressing, shake hands with strangers, pick up granddaughter Isabelle and hold hands with HR.

3. The novel I am currently reading in my study chair about a Black American woman caught between her privilege and her identity.

4. This little tree near us who is losing his beautiful leaves. But see how he is standing proud in spite of his de-clothing

I took his picture to help him feel special.

5. Peanut butter.

May you have a weekend for which to give thanks.

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Five Friday Happy Bringers 11/18/22

My weekly list of a few “joy inciters” in my life. A Friday Gratitude Journal, of sorts.

1. The beautiful bottlebrush plant we saw recently on a walk here in Savannah.

What a cool and fitting name! And it’s SO friendly. It colorfully whispered in my ear, “You know, Neal, Christmas is coming! Joy to the world!”

2. Pine. Oh, the glorious appearance and aroma of pine!

3. Comfortable shoes.

4. Always having enough food to eat. (I so often take that blessing for granted.)

Robert’s Baked Fall Zucchette Butternut Squash Pasta (with sausage)

5. The beach.

Tybee Island, near us.

May Peace shine on you this weekend before Thanksgiving.

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Five Friday Happy Bringers 11/11/22

1. More Savannah fall sidewalk beauty to process.

2. Speaking of beauty, a beautiful little turtle I filmed (10 seconds, watch it!) at the education center at Sapelo Island this week. We really hit it off.

Let’s call her Autumn!

3. Unique walkways.

Also on Sapelo Island. We did a bunch of Sapelo-ing.

4. Today. Simply having TODAY. What a reason to rejoice!

5. Spanish moss and Robert.

I love them both.

May you have So Much to love this weekend!

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Five Friday Happy Bringers 11/4/22

1. HR and I having a low-key Day of the Dead (Dia De Los Muertos) dinner on Nov. 2 in honor of our parents.

My parents absolutely loved my homemade chili, which I made for them in the last several decades of their lives when I would visit.

2. Our little beautiful, pink flower, (I’m not sure what it is), just outside our door, which just keeps blooming, even now into November.

3. The ability to talk, to express, to communicate.

4. Grandchildren trick-or-treating …

5. Wreathing Autumn in Savannah.

May your weekend be wreathed in Joy!

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Five Friday Happy Bringers 10/28/22

1. Grand twins Matthew and Madison, along with little sister Isabelle and all their cool socks, on Crazy Sock Day at school.

2. Politically CORRECT Halloween decorations near us here in Historic District Savannah.

As in 2020, our Southern state is again paramount in keeping our U.S. democracy alive.

3. Celebrating the wonder of a smile.

4. Fall doors in Savannah.

5. The setting sun. And knowing that it will rise again in the morn.

Wishing you a joyful day from the rising of the sun to the going down of the same.

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Five Friday Happy Bringers 10/21/22

1. The fact that most of the disagreements between Robert and me are of a minor variety. Such as “how to have” tuna salad for lunch. He likes to get all carbohydrate-y with bread …

While I, more superiorly, (is that a word?) skillfully position the tuna, tilting rather Cirque de Soleil-ishly, on a bed of lettuce and tomato …

Okay, maybe his looks a little better. From the side.

2. Last night watching Grandson Daniel beautifully yet harrowingly perform perhaps his most serious role yet—Buddy Layman, a depression-era autistic teen with the ability to find water, in Jim Leonard’s The Diviners.

The full cast …

Daniel is lower right on the floor.

Not-so-happy ending …

3. Chrysanthemums in Savannah.

On the steps of the Kehoe House Historic Inn,
near us on Columbia Square

4. Shrimp.

5. The word “healthy” in all its various meanings.

I hope you have a healthy and restful weekend ahead.

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Five Friday Happy Bringers 10/14/22

1. Our cast iron Dutch Oven bottom round roast dinner last night. Whew. That’s a mouthful. Literally.

With carrots, potatoes, onions, mushrooms, fresh thyme and fresh rosemary.

2. The young mother and her one-month old baby who were next to us at the Atlanta Pride Parade last Sunday.

Joyful Love

3. The front door of our old 1870’s home.

4. Knowing, truly knowing, that every breath we breathe is a precious gift to savor and appreciate.

5. HR matching with his food.

Bangkok Thai Restaurant, Atlanta

May you match up with a fun and healthy weekend ahead!

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Five Friday Happy Bringers 10/7/22

1. My glasses.

Oh my goodness, WHAT would I do without them?!

2. The Atlanta Braves winning the National League East … again.

3. Lunch with youngest granddaughter Isabelle for Pre-K lunch (at 10:45 a.m.!).

Isabelle hugging Nana and holding a tiny piece of broccoli.

4. Colorful Fall

Corner of our dining table

5. The simple joy of being alive.

Side note: The dead-looking, brownish clumps you see to the right and underneath the brilliant green …

They are not dead at all. They are Resurrection Ferns. And as soon as the next rain comes, they will burst into more obvious life and challenge the green vine’s brilliance.

May we all burst into More Obvious Life this weekend!