Summer notes

July 5, 2018


First of all . . . Who remodeled my Target? They act like it’s a good thing. This has caused mass chaos with all the tight-white jean wearing Moms in town. What a way to start the summer! WTP?? Where’s the popcorn?


NOTES ON THE GARDEN: If I had a dime for every tomato, fig or blueberry I’ve picked so far this summer, I’d be a screaming bazillionaire! The photo above is how many figs I pick each day.  I guess it’s the rain mixed with the intense heat that creates the perfect steam bath for plants. And WOW! Does it ever feel great! I’m cracking up at these Northerners crying on the news about it being 93° where they live and, “Oh, the humidity is haaawribuul!” The next time it snows down here, I don’t want to hear a word about it from them.


With Jeff Lovingood at Pensacola Little Theatre.

NOTES ON ENTERTAINMENT: Bob and I ran over to see The Odd Couple performed at Pensacola Little Theatre. Our friend from Fairhope, Jeff Lovingood was in the cast, and he was wonderful! Jeff is so animated and completely becomes his character. He’s so fun to watch!  It turns out that a friend from high school, Kathy Holsworth is the Artistic Director of the theatre and I’m  not surprised. She was always creative, and I’m sure they all love her there. It was only a little over an hour drive for us, so I hope we can attend another show in the future! There’s plenty of parking and the building is beautiful. Totally worth the drive from Alabama!


AND A MOVIE: Like most people, I have fairly icky feelings about the personal life of Woody Allen, but I can’t help but love how he tells a story. His movie, Wonder Wheel received poor reviews by some, but I don’t usually trust Hollywood’s opinions. Bob and I watched it on Netflix (I think) and it reminded me of one of my favorite stories, The Great Gatsby. A different sort of storyline with complicated love affairs (and Justin Timberlake  — Oooo!!) all set in the background of a hot steamy summer at Coney Island. Beautiful costumes and sets. Naughty words every now and then (It’s NY), and grown-up situations, but I’d let my mom watch it.

Little brother behind us thinking, “Just wait till I’m here next year.”

NOTES ON BOYS: Joseph will be leaving for college in just a few weeks. If you ask him, he can tell you exactly how many days, hours and minutes until he’s a student at Samford. Harrison graduated and has his first job in Birmingham as the Director of Creative Media at a large ministry for teens and loves it. I’m glad both boys will be together in Birmingham. Little bit of sadness +little bit of excitement = ripping noise in my heart.


NOTES ON LIFE: I’m feeling better and better since my heart procedure and my energy is still increasing every day — but . . .  my dad has been very sick, so I’ve been trying to spend time with him and have been busy traveling to their house to help my mom. It makes me sad to see a high-energy person like him stuck in a low-energy body, but he’s so brave and has learned the difficult- rotten-terrible  beauty of leaning on others.

And that’s my summer so far. How are things for you?


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  1. I am so glad you are feeling better and better after your heart procedure, but we can certainly sympathize about your father. You are getting strong to meet this new challenge. We are seeing this all over again with Ray’s parents, having already dealt with mine.

    Your boys are all grown up and so handsome! I know you are bursting with pride and hope for their futures.

    The Odd Couple is still funny after all these years. I have worked on several productions of it, and I still laugh.

    So jealous of all those figs! I just hope ours start to bear fruit while I am still alive…

    1. Thanks so much Ellen for your kind words of encouragement. As for the figs, I’ve had trees before where the birds gobbled up every single last fig, so this is a good year! I try to pick them just before they get too ripe, and so far it has been working! Hope to see you in Birmingham sometime while spending another four years at Samford!

  2. Hi Leslie Anne. Oh you do have a lot going on. With the youngest leaving the nest you can find comfort in knowing both boys are in the same town and will be there for one another. So happy to hear you are feeling so much better. I’m sorry to hear you dad has been sick. Yes, it is so hard to see our strong dads get older and sick and loose what we thought growing up they would always be that way. Going through that broke my heart with my dad.
    I bet your pantry is full of wonderful fig preserves to enjoy in the winter. Nothing better on a cold morning with a biscuit.
    Take care with all you have going on………

    1. Thank you Emily. Life can get full sometimes and its good to remember everything keeps going and we have god to rely on for strength. As for fig preserves . . . never have been a fan. But wait a few days and I’ll share my new recipe for a tangy fig tart!

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