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Five Friday Happy Bringers 6/9/22

1. HR coming down some stairs at the Gibbes Museum of Art in Charleston.

2. Always having enough food to eat.

3. Grandson Daniel on closing night of a three-week run as Joseph in “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” here in Savannah. Robert and I gave him a poster listing all the colors in his coat (from lyrics in one of the songs)

4. Excitement about the wonderful possibility of very soon here in Georgia having the nation’s first black female governor. But more important than that incredible first, having the indisputable best candidate win back Georgia for the good of our state.

[A not-so-happy sidenote: Yesterday someone keyed the side of our car near the Abrams’ decal. The battle for Georgia’s soul is not pretty.]

5. The joyful beauty of looking up.

Gibbes Museum of Art

Hope you see a beautiful weekend ahead.

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Five Friday Happy Bringers 6/3/22

1. Attending friends Pat and Mary Prokop’s annual Memorial Day Garden Party, featuring Pat’s incredible backyard garden. Pat was the long-term but now retired chief meteorologist for WTOC here in Savannah.

Here’s HR giving me a lengthy lecture, something about heat resistant blossoms (it was too hot to pay much attention), before I finally had all I could take of him and joined Mary on the porch for mimosas.

2. Robert’s amazing and tenderly delicious Steak Pizzaiola.

3. The joy, and yes sometimes sorrow, of being able to FEEL. Emotionally, physically, politically, etc.

4. Driving around Savannah and seeing grandson Daniel plastered on electronic billboards advertising the musical, “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.” D is Joseph in the play, which closes this weekend after a three-week run.

5. I’ve been going through some pretty intensive allergy testing this week to try to get to the root of some health issues I’ve been having. WARNING: Not pretty pics like the garden party ones above. Scroll through quickly!

Have you ever had to go through this?!

WHY on earth am I including such a thing as a Happy Bringer? Simple: my back is now TAPE FREE!

Here’s another garden party photo, to get your mind off allergy testing.

May you be taped to joy this weekend.

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Five Friday Happy Bringers 5/27/22

Last night, in the midst of some uninvited anxiety (Hello, Truffles!), I told Robert that I was thinking about not doing my weekly Five Friday Happy Bringers today. That there’s just too much Sadness and Horror in the world to post about Happiness. After giving me a lengthy and incredulous stare … something like this …

… HR helped me see that my rationale made NO sense. “Everything is not negative. And doesn’t positive help to counteract negative?”

He’s right. Happiness continues to come our way, if we see and embrace it.

1. Curly haired courage. Florida high school class president Zander Moricz, speaking at his graduation, brilliantly referencing his being gay (and Florida’s new restrictive anti-gay laws) without ever using the word (as he was told not to do so).

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If you haven’t read about or seen videos of Zander’s speech, here are a few excerpts.

“I must discuss a very public part of my identity…As you know, I have curly hair,” he continued while taking off his graduation cap.

He went on to discuss the challenges faced by curly-haired people. “While having curly hair in Florida is difficult — due to the humidity — I decided to be proud of who I was and started coming to school as my authentic self,” after unsuccessful attempts at straightening, he said. And he found support from teachers who discussed the topic and discovered others with curly hair.

“It’s because of the love I’d drawn from this community that I came out to my family,” he said. “Now I’m happy. Now I’m happy. And that is what is at stake. There are going to be so many kids with curly hair who need a community like Pine View, and they won’t have one. They too will try to straighten that part of themselves.” (The Advocate)

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2. HR prepping for his spectacular Baked Ziti Thursday night.

4. Grandson Gabriel receiving a year-long honor roll award at his school’s ceremony.

With his big brother Daniel and his cousins, twins Matthew and Madison.

4. The classic simplicity of lettuce and tomato.

5. Life. LIFE!

Have a lovely last weekend of May.

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Five Friday Happy Bringers 5/20/22

1. Passionate Purple.

Photographed in several Savannah squares near us.

2. Grandtwins Madison and Matthew’s 4th grade awards ceremony.

With terrific teacher Mr.Range
Ex-wife Donna, Daughter Emily, HR and the twins (with Matthew looking a tad less than enthusiastic.)

3. Attending a tea tasting fundraiser for healthy new tea blend Equi-Tea at our buddy Wayne’s Ashford Tea Company here in Savannah. Proceeds from the sale of Tisane Health Equi-Tea support a wonderful organization, Healthy Savannah.

Cool tea expert Wayne

From Healthy Savannah’s website: “When we picture a healthy Savannah, it is inclusive of all people – regardless of ability, age, income level, race, or neighborhood. Everyone must have equitable access to the resources they need to live their healthiest life.”

“Healthy Savannah’s work over the past 13 years has been successful in reducing the gap in health equity. That is the power of our 200-member coalition, our close relationships with the local government leaders, the faith-based community, and residents in our priority population and neighborhoods.”

Me (looking slightly crazed and short), Larson
(Communications and Community Clinical Linkages Program Manager of Healthy Savannah) and Paula (Executive Director of Healthy Savannah)

More info here if you’re interested: https://healthysavannah.org/

4. Frozen Joy.

Oh. My. Goodness. SO GOOD.

5. Gratitude for each new morning!

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I’m grateful for you too. Have a cool and delicious weekend!

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Five Friday Happy Bringers 5/6/22

1. Our new salt and pepper grinders!

(It doesn’t take much to make me excitedly happy.)

2. Pretty in purple.

Blue Agapanthus (Lily of the Nile), Morning walk in Historic District Savannah

3. The belief that our United States of America is still a democracy, despite the extremists (even seeping into the Supreme Court), who want to declare it — and make it — not so.

4. HR’s (Husband Robert’s) creative culinary expertise. Here’s a recent breakfast bowl …

5. Robert, dogs and me.

“Arf. Arf. We love everyone. Don’t you?”

May You Have a Happy First Weekend in May!

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Five Friday Happy Bringers 4/15/22

1. An incredible lunch: Chicken pot pie at Pie Society, Ellis Square, Historic District Savannah. With HR and ex-wife Donna.

See the little chicks on the crust?

2. A washing machine. And a dryer! Do you have that incredible pair? If so, I invite you to pause, take a moment and thank God (or whoever/whatever) for such a Glorious Blessing. What would your life be like without them?

Ours is small, stacked, not top of the line, but what a blessing!

3. My husband HR …

… who gets on my LAST nerve sometimes, but I wouldn’t have it any other way.

4. Ridiculous jokes I share with grandchildren.

5. Hope.

I HOPE your weekend is peaceful.

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Five Friday Happy Bringers 4/8/22

1. Breakfast fruit.

No, really, the actual fruit, not HR.

Okay, well maybe Robert too.

2. Our “garden.” We have an apartment in historic district Savannah. No actual yard space, so we do what we can do.

Three Happy Herbs in a pot

3. The ability to make choices.

4. Easter approaching.

5. Appreciating beauty, even aging, post-prime and broken beauty.

Wishing you a beautiful weekend!

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Five Friday Happy Bringers 4/1/22

1. Yummy breakfast, “Spinach and Bacon Skillet,” with over-easy eggs and blue cheese crumbles, at J. Christopher’s, a favorite and nearby breakfast hangout here near us in Savannah.

2. Bright green.

3. HR’s wedding ring, reflecting light.

4. Air. To breathe.

5. More and more symbols of solidarity with Ukraine in my Savannah neighborhood.

Peace. Peace. Peaceful Weekend.

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Five Friday Happy Bringers 3/25/22

1. Edamame

2. Seeing Robert, aka HR, in unexpected places, in this case the raised hatch window of our little car.

See him?

3. The blessing of having cold—and hot!—running water. Everybody doesn’t.

4. Yellow … and seeing it all around.

5. Back to having in-person sessions with Therapist “Rubi.” Here’s my little ladder back chair and my we-need-to-talk-about-these-things! journal in his reception area.

The chair has this loud, slightly eerie screech when I sit down and make the slightest move. I have a suspicion it’s some sort of signal that “another one is waiting in the lobby.”

Have a happy and therapeutically healthy weekend!