First of all, thanks to all of you who sent me a note that you’ve been missing me, (K.H.!!) but no . . . I’m not trapped under something heavy. I’ve just taken a little break from the computer. After frantically working on the book, I needed to unwind a bit. I’ll have another new story up later this week that gives you all the reasons why monograms are wildly popular in the South. (I know, you can’t wait, can you?).
Until then, let me tell you about these fun earrings I won from my friend Hope from the blog Crafty Hope. We met several years ago at a blogger’s meeting, and I was instantly amazed at how creative and talented she is — even her handwriting is beautiful! Working in multi-media, Hope has recently gravitated to jewelry making. She committed to make 100 pairs of earrings in 100 days, which is a huge goal, but she’s been working away, even when she travels. Hope held a contest for her readers, and I — who never wins anything, won!!! Aren’t these earrings beautiful? The buttons are so quirky, yet traditional too. The pearls of course thrill me, because they are a modern twist on the traditional pearls I love so much. Click HERE to see Hope’s blog, And thank you so much Hope!
Other than wearing new earrings, I’ve been eating a lot of great Southern food. These photos are from my Harrison family reunion held a few weeks ago in the Oak Grove community near Darlington, FL. For those of you familiar with DeFuniak Springs, which is north of Destin, you start there, then drive north until you almost get to the Alabama state line, and once you lose cell phone reception and see cows, you’re there.
I brought a veggie platter, which helped balance all the good fried things. We really are a healthy family who grows a lot of our own vegetables, but for a family reunion, you have to have some creamy casseroles, or everyone will be grumpy.
Oh, how I love these beautiful deviled eggs.
We also had our choice of several different recipes of chicken and dumplings.
I’m pretty sure this was store-bought chicken, but please note how we transferred it to plates. We’re a classy bunch when it comes to things like that. Our mothers raised us right. No store-bought containers on the table, even if it’s a picnic. Ham, pork chops, BBQ pork, casseroles-a-plenty, greens, fresh picked corn and two tables of desserts. Ahhh. It makes the 99° weather almost tolerable.
If this video works, you’ll see what we do for entertainment. We usually have between 75-100 family members at the reunion (this was the 76th year we’ve met) and most are musically talented beyond belief. (listen to the harmonies!) We didn’t go into the church where they have a beautiful grand piano, but this year stayed in the church hall and sang a cappella. “No, Never Alone” was my great-granddaddy’s favorite hymn and someone was telling us how he would stop plowing in the field, and sit under a tree and sing this song. I found that to be very funny because he had 11 sons and 2 daughters, so, “No, Never Alone” was the perfect hymn for him!
Joseph left for the airport on this bus with our church youth group to do mission work with the homeless in San Fransisco. I told him if he didn’t give me a hug goodbye, I’d get on the bus to collect it. So . . . onto the bus I went. Sweet teens that I’ve known since they were babies said, “I’ll give you a hug Mrs. Tarabella!” So finally guilty boy got up and gave his mom a sweet, big hug. I think it’s so important that our somewhat sheltered teens in Fairhope see other parts of the country that aren’t all flowers, jumping fish and twinkling stars.
And if you follow me on Instagram, you’ll know poor Lois Lane had to spend several days at the Vet. I’ve never seen such a sick dog before (believe me, you don’t want to know the details). Happy to report, she’s all better now and back to her old Beagle ways.
In catching up on the past few weeks, I’d be remiss not to mention that the breath was kicked out of our entire community last week when a happy, active recent high school graduate was tragically killed in a jet ski accident. My son was a friend, and we are all in shock and I know the family would appreciate your prayers.
So . . . that’s what has been keeping me occupied lately. Still working on the book, and I’ll let you know all about it soon!