Final Fragments

Unknown Mami

Unless something changes in the near future, this will be my last Friday Fragments post at this location!
I've set up a blog on Wordpress; leave a comment if you'd like to come visit there.  I'm not trying to keep it private, I just don't want to link it here.  It's quite easy to find.

I am SO tired of miserable people trying to make everyone else as miserable as they are.  The saying "Misery loves company" is so true.  I wish they would just live their miserable lives and leave me alone!

I had a really great week at work, and the grand finale was an excellent evaluation.  It was my first eval at this job and it could not have been better!  It makes all my hard work worthwhile.

On Thursday night my son came over, along with two friends, to visit with us and Wiz the Chinchilla.  We had such a good time.  Tim took some really funny pics of the chinchilla, but he hasn't sent them to met yet, so I'll have to share them over at the new bloggy home.

My mother-in-law bought Elayna her very own flute!  Elayna was THRILLED.  She started playing in her middle school band last year and really enjoys it. 


My niece is due with Baby #2 on August 13th, but her doctor is expecting her to deliver literally any day.  We're beyond excited!!!  We all have plans to get together this Saturday for a chicken & dumpling dinner; maybe Baby Alexis will get so excited for the dumplings that she'll decide to make an appearance.  

Today is Dusty's 18th Birthday!  Feel free to order something from our Zazzle store - all proceeds go to Dusty!

I'll leave you with the funniest thing I saw on Facebook this week - enjoy!  
And have a wonderful weekend!


In Which Blogger Has Totally Pissed Me Off.

My blog is going to disappear in two days.

Why? Because it's time to renew my domain name, and when I sign on to my Admin settings to renew it, I get an error message.  It's a KNOWN bug, but Blogger isn't bothering to fix it.
(check out these forum posts about a 'newly identified bug' - and they are from MAY.)

I do not have the time, energy, or patience to fight with this.  And while stressing about it a couple of weeks ago, I suddenly thought to myself, "Do I really care?"

And the answer was, no, no I really don't.

I think it's time for a change.  My life has changed dramatically since I started this blog, and maybe it's time that my blog evolves with me.

I have already exported my blog to my computer so I won't lose it, and if I choose to, I can upload it to my new blog, wherever that might be.

But yeah.  I think it's time to retire this one.

I'm not going to drive myself crazy trying to get the new blog up, but I will keep you posted.  Most of you know how to find me (I'm on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter), and I'll still have the email address if you're interested.


This is not goodbye!  It's see ya soon in another location.  Oh and BLOGGER/Google Apps, you suck, you have lost a long standing loyal paying customer.  Peace out.


The Snugg

A few weeks ago, I was contacted by a company called The Snugg. They sell cases/covers for iPhones, iPads, and other products. They offered me a case to review for an iPhone 5 or iPad.

Since my iPhone is a 4, I decided to choose an iPad case for my mother-in-law.

Also - because she's awesome.

I asked her what color she would like and she said royal blue. The closest they had was electric blue, but it's a very pretty shade. It came in very quickly and I was excited to give it to my MIL.

And she loves it!  She likes the fit (she said her other one never seemed to fit quite right). She liked the way it protects all around the iPad; it feels more secure.  She also appreciates the way it folds to stand in a sort of  'upright' position.

The material is genuine leather and she likes that as well.

The Snugg iPad cover was a big hit and my mother-in-law and I highly recommend The Snugg products!


My Simple Life - Friday Fragments

I worked in the yard for hours yesterday.
It has rained so much lately that we couldn't mow or anything else, it was way too wet.  But finally it's dried up enough for us to get some work done.  And we did.  And now I am sore!  I moved rocks like a weightlifter, push-mowed, and weeded, and I am old.  And tired.  But - the lawn looks great!

This dragonfly flitted around us all day as we worked.
Finally I held my hand out, and he let me hold him for a while.

Things grow so nicely here.  My gardenia plant is already blooming, and gardenias can be difficult to grow.  I got some Mexican petunia from a friend a few weeks ago, but I didn't plant it right away and it was looking kind of sad by the time I planted it (she just pulled some of hers up for me).  But I planted it anyway and now it looks fantastic!  My jasmine is climbing up the tree it's planted by and is literally as tall as me.
I am also starting a rock garden.  I dug up rocks and found pieces of flint and shells.  I think it's a good start.

Once it got dark, I made a fire in my fire pit, turned on my fairy lights, and kicked back with a cold beverage or three.  I love my simple life.

I was talking to a friend of mine yesterday while driving down our dirt road.  Her husband is in the ICU, very ill.  While talking to her, I looked over my shoulder and saw this double rainbow.
It didn't rain here yesterday - at all.
I truly believe it was a sign and told my friend about it!  I had chills.  We decided it was a double rainbow so that there was one for each of us.  Good things are coming!

I took this on our dirt road the other day for an Instagram photo prompt.
It was so pretty I wanted to share it here.

At the hospital where I work, there is a large duckpond.
So it's not unusual to encounter ducks while walking in or out.
It is unusual, however, to encounter ducks trying to walk INTO the hospital!
What a couple of quacks!

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And have a wonderful weekend.

Unknown Mami


The Weekend

On Saturday, we had my niece Heather's Baby "Sprinkle".
(it's like a mini-shower.)

Sidenote: I totally dominate at shower games.
It's like my super-power.
Seriously.  Ask anyone.

It turned out really great and we all had a great time!

Layna & Me

Shelbie &  Me

Dusty & Shelbie
(I swear that boy will do anything for Shelbie!
Note the tiara)

That monkey cake was adorable!

We had a great spread of munchies.
 As I've mentioned before, my kids ADORE Hayleigh.  

Hayleigh & Elayna

Hayleigh & Shelbie

Hayleigh & Tim
 Hayleigh has a totally-not-secret admirer.  
These kids' parents are friends and they are very close in age.  
He looooves her.

She mostly tolerates him.

She prefers cupcakes.

Sprinkled with gifts =)

Hayleigh helped clean up after her Mommy's shower.
Such a good girl.
 These are my Mommies!  
Left to right, my Mother-in-Law, my Mama, and my second Mother, 
who I've known all of my life and spent half of my childhood at her home.  
Her daughter is one of my lifelong best friends.

photobombed by a kid!  
I was very happy that my mother-in-law came.  
Also, Heather's dad surprised her by showing up - 
he lives out of state and she had NO idea he was coming!

Now we're all ready for Baby Girl Number Two's arrival.

My son Tim spent the night with us on Saturday night.  I cooked a big meal for everyone and we hung out and watched TV.

On Sunday, we went to church, then had lunch at Steak-and-Shake, then spent the rest of the day at my Mother-in-Law's pool.  It was absolutely lovely.  We had several hours of sunshine, and I floated around the pool in full relaxation mode.  Aaahhh.  Niiiice.  

Hope y'all had a good one!

Poe Springs - Sunday in my City

On Friday, we went to Poe Springs.

We are so blessed to live near many beautiful natural springs.

The temperature of the water is 72 degrees year round.  It's COLD.  When it's overcast, I can't swim, because I can't warm up in the sun and I am miserable.

It's been overcast a lot this summer, but fortunately we got some sunny time on Friday and I was able to swim.  Also, Elayna and I swam down to the river, which feels like a warm bath.  The temperature difference is amazing; as soon as you reach the river the water is drastically warmer than the springs.

This was taken from a floating dock on the river.
The river is very brown due to an abundance of cypress trees.

Elayna said I take a picture of this hollowed tree
every time we go.  She's probably right. 

It's a long walk to the springs from the parking area,
which is a deterrent for some people.
Which is great for me.  I don't mind the walk,
it's worth it, and that's less of a crowd at the springs.

Cypress trees and cypress knees.

More boardwalk.  Pretty.

Marshy area on the walk to the springs.

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Frag Slacker

I have been a Fragment Slacker!  But it's a good thing; we've been busy doing fun things on the past few Fridays.  Today we are leaving in about an hour to go to the Springs, so I am sitting down for a few minutes to Frag!

My youngest daughter and my Mother-in-Law are peas in a pod.  Mary Ellen is a teacher, Elayna wants to be a teacher when she grows up.  They love learning and they're both smart.  They're also both musical; Elayna plays the flute in her middle school band.  Mary Ellen has played piano for many years.  She plays for her church.  She also sings.  She is now giving Elayna piano lessons.

So this week, from Monday evening till Thursday morning, while I worked, Elayna hung out with her "Nana".  They shopped, swam, ate, went to the movies, and went to Wild Waters with friends on Wednesday.  Nana's dog ate Elayna's flip flop; Nana took her shopping and bought her two pair of flip flops and a dress.  (I threatened to start feeding my shoes to the dog!)  Mary Ellen has never had granddaughters, and she absolutely loves my girls!

We all went to Chili's for lunch yesterday and
shared a brownie sundae.

Shelbie has been on a Church mission trip in Savannah, Georgia this week.  I've been getting email and text updates.  She will be back this evening, and I can't wait to hear all about it.

Tomorrow we'll be going to my niece's "Baby Sprinkle", a small shower since it's her second girl.  Heather has boatloads of girl stuff but the two girls are 'seasonal opposites'; Hayleigh was born in February and this little girl is due in August.  So we're just having a small sprinkle.  It will be FUN!

Hope y'all had a great weekend and have a wonderful weekend! 
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Unknown Mami


SIMC ~ Florida Sunshine

This weekend has been pretty great.  In a very, "I am a simple girl and it just does not take much to make me incredibly happy" kinda way.

I seriously cannot express how grateful I was for a BEAUTIFUL, sunny Saturday.  I can't remember when we've had one last.  Here in Florida.  THE SUNSHINE STATE.

It is true that in order to see the rainbow, you have to withstand the rain.  I thoroughly enjoyed this sunny day and soaked up the sun as much as I could.  (I'm addicted to Vitamin D, I admit it.)

These beautiful wildflowers grow alongside our dirt road.
Finding Native American artifacts on your own property
is kinda awesome.  We have found partial arrowheads
and tools like this one, and tons of flint.

Today I found this piece of bone.

 On Saturday, hubby and I went to the Flea Market and bought fresh produce.
Then we went to the lake that I grew up on.

This is a trail by the lake.
The greenery looked like a beautiful living carpet.

When we reached the water's edge,
I took a deep breath,
and it smelled like home.

Huge snail on the shoreline.
I wanted to bring it home.  Hubby said no.

Tim came over Thursday to take care of his chinchilla, Wiz.
I had to take a pic because he matched my sofa perfectly!
PS - I have no idea what he's doing in this pic.

So cute.
On Saturday, I got my hair cut.
I got 3 inches of split ends cut off.
I like.

I hope you're enjoying your weekend, too!
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Unknown Mami