Monday, July 22, 2013

Time for Summer Ramblings

Hey there, dear bloggy friends.  What have you been doing to pass the time this summer?


We’ve had a leisurely summer, and stayed cool by watching a few family movies.  My favorite “at home” movie picks so far this summer are:

1.  Unconditional - It was so well done and underscores God’s love.  Although very clean, I wouldn’t recommend this one for the kiddos, unless the parents check it out first due to some intense moments and violence.  Keep a Kleenex handy, a full box of Kleenexes handy!  You can see the complete trailer here, and read a review here.  You don’t want to miss this sweet movie!

2.  Last Ounce of Courage – This movie does a heart good in patriotism.  Good stuff!  See a review here

I have been on a history kick and have enjoyed a few afternoon “Sunday drives,” taking pics of old houses:

old and pretty houseIsn’t the entranceway to this home beautiful?  Serene.  Peaceful. 
This old southern home is just down the road from us. 

Across the street from it is a home that General Sherman stayed in during the Civil War; 

Civil War HomeI guess he liked it, because it’s still here!

I don’t know the history of the one below, but perched gracefully on a hill near the railroad tracks, I suspect it has a story too…

Victorian House

victorian house 2

I have a thing for this house, and need to do some investigating and see if I can find out some history about it.

Now, let’s fast forward a few years…

old store

In it’s day, the local old geezers used to meet here, gathering around the fireside on wintery mornings, getting their fill of warm coffee and juicy gossip in this old country store.  I hear tale that a feller could get educated here! :)  Kinda puts me in the Mayberry mood!  (Who am I kidding?  I’m always in the Mayberry mood!)

We got a little Indian history this summer, too, as we traveled to a reservation and attended an Indian fair, which was chock full of handcrafted items,


and fun entertainment. 


at the fair

(Did you know that Manhattan Island was purchased from the Indians for about $24 in trading goods?)  (Random trivia moment…) 

Back down here in the south…

Here are my sweet gals as they attend a bridal shower on a sunny, Sunday afternoon.


We are looking forward to that special wedding, which is just around the corner.  Don’t you just love weddings?!

Speaking of things we love, we’re due to pay the library a visit soon. There’s nothing wrong with a digital book, but there is nothing like a library full of good books.




A hamster on a wheel is a fitting description of me

each morning this month on my treadmill, where I catch a little reading time.

My dear friend over at Life on a Back Road

       has me motivated with her

 “Put One Foot in Front of the Other Challenge.”

I have had to slow down the past several days,

                                            but I am holding out hope

                                              that I am soon to be going again.

Christmas kitchen

Christmas in July is always a way to refresh the mind and spirit,

and I’ve been having fun over at Mrs.T’s Christmas Kitchen.

You will find lots of inspiration and ideas over there!

After my little sweetie's sewing lesson on Wed. afternoons with a kind lady that lives at my mom’s retirement village, we oftentimes sit outside at McAlister’s Deli, chattering with my mom while enjoying their yummy sandwiches and sweet tea. 

Summer sandwiches
One such evening, several weeks ago, our 30 minute drive home was breathtaking.  As soon we pulled into our driveway, my youngest and I scurried over to the pond, with flip-flops on our feet and cameras in our hands, attempting to capture the beauty of God’s painted sky, which I will leave you with.  Hope ya’ll are having a fun summer!  Stay cool!



Mrs.T said...

Oh, my!!! What a gorgeous, gorgeous sunset!!!!

I enjoyed reading this chatty,newsy post. Thanks so much for sharing ... and for linking to my Christmas kitchen, too. Glad you are enjoying Christmas in July!

Anonymous said...

Mrs Smith, those homes all look so charming. I love older homes! Thank you for sharing all your pictures with us. (And that sandwich looks sooo good!)

Tammy N said...

Hello! I'm visiting from Gina's blogroll and I have to say you have a very nice blog!
The picture of the entrance-way to that one house is just gorgeous!
I enjoyed seeing the fair pictures as our fairground is a block away and it started today. Makes me want a candied apple! ;-)
Have a good evening!

Pamelyn said...

Love this post...filled with all the good things about summer! Thanks for the library and sunset!

Stephanie said...

My dear Mrs. Smith, You had me totally captivated with your lovely photos. The last picture left me in awe - what beauty the Lord allows us to enjoy :)

Yes, I love weddings too. There is one coming up in September and it will be out in the woods.

I would love to have an entrance like the one you shared - talk about dreamy!

Thanks, sweet friend. for the "eye candy" today. Your photos truly were a blessing to look at.

Love and hugs!

Brenda @ Its A Beautiful Life said...

Oooo, I loved that house entrance way photo you shared. Tuly serene and peaceful, as you say.

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