Category Archives: Pictures of the Adventure

Photos of our travels and stops along the way

Cement Time

As our project here at Whispering Pines was wrapping up (it officially ended yesterday)  there was still that walk-in cooler which needed to be moved into place, hooked up, and a hole cut into the wall for access from the kitchen.
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But the bad news was that the concrete wasn’t going to arrive until yesterday, so it didn’t look like things were going to work out as hoped. But at least we were around to help with the concrete! Since there was probably going to be some extra concrete after the walk-n base was poured, the guys also prepped a nearby sidewalk that was also in dire need of some patchin’!
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The truck arrived right on time just before noon on Thursday
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and with a little help from Gary holding up the phone wire with a rake (just can’t keep that guy off the ladder!),
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the driver was able to get the truck right where it needed to be!
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Thankfully, even the driver stepped in to help! Tammy (Barry’s wife) and I helped where we could, but I have to admit that “concrete work” is marked pretty low on MY skill sheet!
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I had to leave before it was totally finished (Zoom call with my sisters – priorities, baby. Priorities), but I went back today to see how it all looked!
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Looks great, doesn’t it?
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The sidewalk still has an “I’ve been patched” look, but at least it’s no longer a trip hazard!
The concrete won’t be totally cured for another week, so we’ll miss the Big Move. Sometimes it’s hard to leave knowing the job isn’t quite done, but we’re thankful we were at least able to get it as ready to go as we (Gary!) could!

We’ll be here through the weekend, getting packed up and organized before we head out for a bit of R&R before our next project.  It’s been a sweet three weeks here – so glad we came!

Have a lovely weekend, friends!
Steph

 

Photobook Backlog

One of the things I’ve tried to do each year we’ve been on the road is put together a photobook of memories.
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As you can see from the various sizes of the books, I’ve used a several different companies – Shutterfly, Costco, and Picaboo to name a few – and usually go with the one with the best sale or coupon at the time. Along with the Yearbooks,  I also like to make memory books for other special events – family reunions, special trips and of course, our adventures with our grandkids! This past month I’ve been working hard to catch-up on some bookmaking! Not only did I have our Year 17 Book to do (our ‘year’ runs from August 1 – July 31), I also wanted to document the wonderful Family Reunion at The Cabin we had in July and  I had TWO grandson adventure books to put together! Phew! I started with the easy ones – the ones for the grandboys. Those came together fairly easily, and I’m happy to report that those books are on their way to the appropriate grandson! (And my copy has been added to the library!)
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The other two – The Reunion and Year 17 – are taking a bit more time. So many pictures – so many choices! Putting together a book of memories that took place over a week is so much easier than trying to condense an entire year into a photobook I can actually afford! But I’m plugging away and hope to be done before December at the latest!
Looks like I might need to commandeer some of Gary’s side of our bookshelf pretty soon….
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I wrote a bit about my love of photobooks about ten years ago, so if you’d like some additional details, you can check it out HERE!

Bellingrath Beautiful

What a beautiful day. While it never made it out of the 60’s today, there wasn’t a cloud in the sky and we spent the better part of the day walking through the most glorious home and gardens!
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The gardens – so lovely!
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The house – stunning!
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I hope you enjoy this little slide show of this glorious day! And if you’re ever in the Mobile area, I’d highly recommend it. Their Magic Lights of Christmas starts right after Thanksgiving, and we could already see signs that it will be a delight!
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I’m so thankful for the magnificent creation that is all around us!
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Thankful for Work

“Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with all your might” Eccl. 9:10

We’ve finished up our second week here at Whispering Pines – and as always we’re surprised at how fast it has gone! I’ve been keeping busy helping out with housekeeping and a doing a bit of set-up for weekend guests.
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My co-laborers Beverly and Martha – teamwork makes the dream work, right?
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Gary jumped right in with a bit of remodeling in a small apartment behind the kitchen.
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The room still has a way to go, but at least the cabinet part is done!
They also had some refrigeration that needed some attention – like a walk-in refrigerator that needed to be moved and then hooked-up!
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Once the concrete is poured, they’ll figure out moving the cooler and then he’ll get it hooked up. Oh, and they’ll be making a hole in the wall for access to the cooler.  This kind of work is right up his alley!

Meanwhile – I was sitting in the rig the other afternoon and noticed something happening on the dining room roof.
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Yep, that’s Gary up on the roof inspecting the exhaust system.
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It’s hard to keep a good man down (on the ground, it seems!).

Since I had already had seen him up on the roof, I was a little surprised when the next day he said he was going up a ladder and I might want to come and see. “Would you be higher than on the roof” I asked.
“No, but I think you might want to come.”
And then I saw why.
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Trust me, after I took a quick photo (or 2 – who am I kidding!), I went to hold the other side of the ladder! New LED lights installed safely!

So today we are thankful for the work the LORD has for us – here at Whispering Pines and wherever He sends us in the future!

Have a great weekend, everyone! Although we only have one (1) Saturday this week (since we took Tuesday off), we’re going to make the most of it!  Mobile, here we come!

Starting a new decade

Today I start a new decade. And I think it started off pretty well! We rearranged our work schedule so we could have today off and we headed west into Mississippi to the small (though not as small as you might think!) town of Laurel. Home to the HGTV show Home Town, hosted by Ben and Erin Napier. It was a bit of a road trip (less than 2 hrs.) but good road all the way!
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I have to say that the downtown road construction in Laurel was a little off-putting
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but fortunately, once you found parking (there was plenty), the sidewalks were open and the shops were ready for your business!
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Now life in ~300 square feet doesn’t allow for many knick-knacks, so we didn’t spend a lot of time in all those cute shops, but we did catch a glimpse of Ben at his workshop/store. (He’s the big one in the black hat!)
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Mind you, he was behind a glass partition, and he didn’t actually come out and wish me a happy birthday or anything – but it was still pretty cool to see him in his ‘natural environment!’
And it was a little more satisfying than my up-close and personal selfie taken with the famous couple at the Mercantile.
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We had a lovely lunch at one of the shops they renovated on the show
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(that’s a salmon club sandwich with a side salad and it was a-maz-ing!), drove around the neighborhoods trying to spot houses that had been on the show (or maybe would be next???),
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and checked out the Lauren Rogers Museum of Art.
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(Full Disclosure – This was not high on Gary’s “Oh, this is fun!” list, but he was a good sport about it! It was my birthday after all!)
We finished out our trip to Laurel with a stop at Lowes (that is on Gary’s list), a 1/2 price (diet) strawberry limeade at Sonic and then a BOGO (small) Blizzard at DQ! (Just keepin’ it real folks!)
A lovely drive back to Citronelle
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and we were home  before dark!
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Just like old folks are supposed to!

So far, this new decade is working out just fine!