Posted in Five Friday Happy Bringers

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!

Posted in Five Friday Happy Bringers

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.

Posted in Beautiful Savannah

Shipshape: “And I Sleep”

One of the unexpected joys of living in Savannah’s Historic District, just a couple of blocks from the mighty Savannah River, has been regularly seeing (and hearing) the massive cargo and container ships making their way into our busy port.

The Port of Savannah, the nation’s third largest seaport, is special because the ships leave the Atlantic Ocean, navigate their way inland about 15 miles to downtown Savannah, and pass directly in front of our busiest tourist strip on River Street …

It’s always fun to be on a walk along the river when a huge ship comes into view and watch the shell-shocked tourists gaping at the ships’ sizes.

Here’s a short video from last year when the largest container ship EVER came to Savannah.

And here are a few random shots of ships Robert and I have enjoyed seeing as we walked along the river.

Just the other night …

My shadow and HR

Others …

But, perhaps somewhat weirdly, the greatest Ship Joy of all to me is SOUND.

Robert and I will be in bed (most commonly with HR peacefully asleep and me slowly, slowly heading in that direction). But all of a sudden I will hear it. And perk up. Sometimes even sit up.

From a few blocks away, down on the river. The night ships. The sonorous, plaintive, somehow both exuberant and unexplainably sad horn, sounding from the ship, finally, finally making its way, exhausted, from who knows where into our little city … and past the sleepy little dwelling of Neal and HR.

Listen …

And somehow, that sound, time and time again, makes me realize that we can get from Where We Are … to Where We Need to Be. To a port of rest, to a place of quiet. To a place of, at least temporarily, no more movement.

And I sleep.

Posted in Five Friday Happy Bringers

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.

Posted in Savannah Joy

Monday Moaning or Monday Marveling? 10/17/22 “Plant Life”

Each day, I continue to be amazed at the incredible, diverse joy of Plant Life.

Collards — my joy!
Carrots and onions.
Savannah corn!
Local tomatoes
The elephant ear, my favorite plant of all time.
Pumpkin glory.
Bananas!
Sunflower (inside our apartment!)

This post could go on and on, but I’ll end with perhaps The Joy of My Life, the southern Longleaf Pine …

Here’s to Plants!

Posted in My Saturday Evening Post

My Saturday Evening Post: 10/8/22 “Hello! from Atlanta Pride”

So Robert and I are in Atlanta this weekend for Pride. You may (or may not) know that the traditional month for Pride celebrations is June. But not in the deep South. It’s too hot! And some of our Pride might melt. October works better.

We’re staying at a very cool Airbnb near Piedmont Park where the festival is held.

We get our steps in climbing up to our suite …

“Come on up, Neal!”

And we have our very own little morning coffee spot …

Like-minded folks here.

Georgia races

Today, Saturday, is the Pride festival. (Tomorrow is the parade.)

Such loving, accepting and inclusive fun.

HR, proudly, trying to look cool and hip.

HAPPY OCTOBER PRIDE, Y’ALL!

Posted in Five Friday Happy Bringers

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!