Thursday, March 30, 2017

A Place I Often Go To

There is an area in my town that is so interesting every time I visit.  It is near the train tracks, so you can see the train coming through from time to time.  Some of the many attractions in this area are the rose garden, the wine tasting house, an orchard grown by the city, the charming cottages along the street, and the small church which still stands for 134 years!  Here, you will find friendly faces and welcoming smiles.  It is the place I go to where I can think, pray, rest, listen.......and hear.

Can you see why I come here often?


Monday, March 27, 2017

Oldest Middle Youngest

I was reading an article about the Oldest, Middle, Youngest, and Only Child, and here are bits of what it said:

While oldest children may have had a more strict - or at least watchful - upbringing, it also means they received a lot of attention because they had their parents all to themselves.
Many world leaders are firstborn kids, who are typically more driven and motivated.  They are also extremely competitive, confident, organized, and strive for greatness.
Rule Keepers

Most middle children tend to be social and surround themselves with friends and collegues for support, which make them great networkers and entrepreneurs.  They aren't going to argue or compete with the older or younger sibling.  Middle children will adapt to any situation and try to mediate and act as a peacemaker during rocky situations.

Excellent negotiators
People Pleaser


Like firstborns, last-borns also tends to be highly motivated and driven.  They're competitive as well, but in most cases, they won't directly compete with their siblings - they're most likely to take a different course or even move to a new geographic location.

"They're always questioning the system and asking why things need to be that way. "  

This rebellious attitude also leads them to be more free-spirited, outgoing, and prone to taking more risks.

Youngest children know when to throw out a good joke or two - a study found that last-borns are more funny and easy going compared to their older brothers and sisters.

Risk Taker

Only Child

Only children may get an unfair characteristic  as being lonely and extra self-involved.  But research actually shows they possess cooperativeness, leadership, and emotional stability at the same levels as those with siblings. 

Guess who the Oldest Child is?    Nel!

Guess who the Middle Child is?   Jess!

Guess who the Youngest Child is?  Me!

I laughed when it said that "they're always questioning the system" because that sounds like me.  When I see something that doesn't look right, someone being treated unfairly, one single person being picked on and pecked at by many, I will step in and say something.  Maybe this has something to do with being the youngest child.  : )

So, what child are you?


Saturday, March 25, 2017

Yoga Bunnies

I wanted to show you the Yoga bunnies I just bought.  There's a shop in my town that sells one-of-a-kind items, and I went in there the other day and saw these.  They made me laugh and had to get them. 

They reminded me of a story my brother told me one time when him and his daughter went to a yoga class together, and the instructor did a yoga pose that made them crack up, and when they tried to do it, they couldn't stop laughing the whole time in class.

me and brothers
It's been raining all week,
and there's nothing like a hot cup of coffee and a goodie warm from the oven.  I baked a batch of peanut butter cookies, and they turned out really good.  This cookie sheet is old and tarnished, but it makes the best cookies.
I love my Yoga bunnies.
They crack me up.   ; )

Wednesday, March 22, 2017


Atlanta has a new soccer team, and their season just started. 

I became interested in soccer (fùtbol, as it's called in Latin America) during a 2010 trip to Costa Rica. 

The World Cup was going on, and it was amazing to see how passionate the locals were about the game. No matter where you went--the cafes, the carnicerías, even the beach--soccer was playing on TVs and radios, and the crowds in the background were always going wild. I've wanted to go to a live soccer match since then, and last weekend we finally got our chance. 

Atlanta United was playing the Chicago Fire, and we bought tickets for what ended up being a sold-out game. 45,000 people going crazy for their team, shouting "A-T-L! A-T-L! A-T-L!" It was really exciting, and Atlanta ended up beating Chicago 4-0! 

The view of Downtown from the stadium was so pretty too.

Just another perfect Southern Saturday. 

~ Nel        

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Weekend Thoughts

Cheers to Sunday. 

I hope you can rest,

enjoy the day,

and treat yourself to something you love. 


Thursday, March 16, 2017

Today I Will Be Irish

I only have one item in my house that is Irish.  Many years ago, a jolly Irish Priest gave us four Irish coffee glasses.  It was such a thoughtful gift, and I've had them all these years.  I will pass them on to one of my kids someday.

So, this morning I made myself a cup of coffee in one of the Irish glasses and thought about our dear friend.

Like old friends from
a thousand wonderful moments,
the memories gathered.
The laughter still rang in the walls.
~Karen Kingsbery

I'm really into the spirit of St. Patrick's Day, and even bought a shirt to wear for the occasion.
Happy St. Patrick's Day.
 I will pretend to be Irish.   ; )


Monday, March 13, 2017

Marching Along

A few pics of March
around here.
Have a super week.