Summer Is Not Subtle

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On a painting at Travis Jean Emporium by artist: Sheila Mae

Just when you think all you do is work and binge-watch Netflix, photos tell you another story.

This Summer has been slammed with really good stuff. Really good. And it takes me capturing it all to remember just how incredibly awesome my life is.

That is not a brag.

It is gratitude.

Something I am working very hard on.

This post is not going to be overly profound… but it is my life.

Sweet Basil in my Garden

One of the things I have been working very hard on is my little garden. I recently planted some pepper plants, basil. rosemary, cilantro, and dill right near the porch steps leading to the kitchen. Folks – the plants are flourishing. It makes me so happy to walk outside and see all of the green and to know that I have organic herbs to cook with.

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A zinnia about to bloom

One of my newest obsessions happens to be pollinator gardens. I have been incredibly passionate about #SavetheBees and wanted to do something about it. Not having a ton of extra money in my pocket, I drove up to our little Dollar General in Plains and bought a box of “pollinator” seeds. What came out were these beautiful zinnias.

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A zinnia

In my backyard, right below the bay window, there are about two dozen zinnias growing tall and glorious!

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Terri & I (a neighbor) enjoying her pool!

I took some time this Summer relaxing by the pool with one of my neighbors, Terri. We’ll spend about 3 -4 hours just floating and chatting the day away.

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Tim playing in his mom’s pool

Tim, the girls, and I have spent some lovely afternoons at the pool in Preston. (Which happens to be at his mom’s house at the family farm.) We’ve spent afternoon grilling, floating, and laughing.

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BBQ & Blues!

Americus Main Street threw a Red, White, Blues & BBQ party at our train depot in downtown Americus. I got to taste some delicious Q and probably lose about 10 pounds in sweat! It was super hot. The kind of hot that is so oppressive… right before a storm? That barometric-pressure-smothering-kinda heat.

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Grammy Nominated BLUES Singer

Speaking of sweating…

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Yep. We have been hitting the gym consistently. My ability to diet is off and on, but my ability to life weights and feel the burn is spot on. I always did love physical exercise…

but my food…

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Yeah… this Summer has been sweet!

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Hanging out with the National Park Service

I got to visit the Carter Compound with employees from the Bill Clinton Boyhood Home and Eisenhower/Gettysburg National Historic Sites.

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Haunted House in Plains

I got to experience paranormal stuff at a REAL haunted house in Plains with some really cool people.

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Spent a little time with my family in Macon. We went for Chinese. 🙂

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Update on Dad: On the 29th he starts 44 treatments of radiation for advanced prostate cancer.

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Spent a little time with my friends in Macon.

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Got to attend an indie movie premiere at the Historic Rylander Theatre with friends.

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Big group dinner with friends at The Station.

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Date Nights with my guy.

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Drinks with the girls at Floyd’s Pub at the Windsor Hotel.

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An ice cream social at Tim’s mom’s church.

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Hanging out at The Society Garden in Macon sipping on wine slushies.

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Blackberry Wine Slushies to be exact.

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Indie Film

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Just lots and lots of good times with friends at cook outs, performances, and work-related activities.

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Do you see what I see?

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I dare say a tribe is forming.

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Tim hanging out with the guys at the bar

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And Food….

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Lots and lots of food and good laughs.

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Old friends visiting!

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And at the end of the day, I can safely say – there was nothing subtle about this Summer.

There is still so much more to do this summer: Paula Deen  Murder-Mystery Train, my Tourism Retreat, First Friday events, and even more cook outs, pool days, and laughs.

How is you Summer shaping up?

I hope to have more in-depth stuff to share soon. This was more of a – “Hey there!”

Until next time…

 

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