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Road Trip 2014

Road Trip 2014

Well, we are finally back from the beach, and I took a ton (a ton!) of photos!
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We had so much fun visiting Gulf Shores and Dauphin Island. The weather was absolutely perfect for mid-September–neither too hot and humid nor too cold.

We grabbed our boogie boards and caught some gnarly waves, built sand castles, and searched for ghost crabs at night.

We ate so much seafood (and junk food) that we all are going to have to detox in the coming weeks.

I have several (s-e-v-e-r-a-l!) writing deadlines on October 1st, so I’ll just post a few of the pics from the beach. More stories to follow…
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The work of God's hands.

The work of God’s hands.

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Will Write Soon!

Hi Everyone!

We just got back from a fun beach trip and a 3-day Dauphin Island Sea Lab field trip with Princess Buttercup’s class! I am all relaxed and ready to post on Monday about the fun things that we did and saw. Meanwhile, I’m looking forward to a nice, long bath and catching up on sleep!

Best regards,
Stephanie

Shabby Chic!

A lady who I recently met introduced me to University Pickers on 3024C University Drive in Huntsville.

I went a little Shabby Chic crazy and took a bunch of pictures of stuff I liked. University Pickers sells vintage, re-purposed, and handmade products.

Hope you enjoy!

Vintage paper.

Vintage paper.

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Teal, distressed dresser.

Teal, distressed dresser.

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Love this look!

Love this look!

pottery

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Pearls and lace on a blouse.

Pearls and lace on a blouse.

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Rusty lantern.

Rusty lantern.

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Lace on jeans.  I think Anthropologie sold their patched jeans for $80!

Lace on jeans. I think Anthropologie sold their patched jeans for $80!

Easy peasey way to dress up your jeans.

Easy peasey way to dress up your jeans.

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Whimsical vintage.

Whimsical vintage.

frames

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cabinet

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Baby shoes.

Baby shoes.

University of  Alabama stationery.  I think my friend Wendy may have done these.

University of Alabama stationery. I think my friend Wendy may have done these.

Where were You on 9/11?

fire_station_flagThe flags look sad today.

They are flying at half mast.

It is overcast, and the wind is not blowing.

I feel sad, too.

Thirteen years ago today, militant extremists hijacked four of our own passenger airliners and ripped our hearts and sense of security.

I was working at one of those mail-room-type jobs that almost everyone has to go through to jump-start their careers. Therefore, I was able to see some of the 9/11 coverage before my supervisor said sadly, “We need to get back to work.” And so I did. But after a second plane struck a tower, I wondered what was happening to us.

Who would be next?

I knew that if our town–a defense town–got hit, I would walk to get Lefty, who was working at a nearby company.

I was proud of President George W. Bush on that day and still am. Kenneth T. Walsh (http://www.usnews.com/news/blogs/ken-walshs-washington/2013/04/25/george-w-bushs-bullhorn-moment) so accurately put it, “It was George W. Bush’s ‘bullhorn moment,’ one of the most riveting and important points in his presidency, illustrating the personal qualities he was most proud of: a pride in making decisions from the gut, an overwhelming trust in his instincts, a certain brio in how he conducted himself during a crisis.”[Emphasis mine.]

This moment is photographed in my memory and was President Bush’s finest hour. He was strong and resolute. Honorable, and certainly a Commander and Chief.

After 9/11, I learned words like al-Qaeda and Jihad. I’m not politically correct. Never have been. Never will be. Because I am a truth-seeker. So, as long as I am given freedom of speech in my country, I will speak the truth. And what happened on September 11, 2001 was evil, horrible, and unconscionable. The act was done by wicked men.

So, on this day of remembrance, I pray for the victims of 9/11, their families, and those who lost loved ones on that day.

In the words of George W. Bush, “God bless America.”

Fire Station.  In remembrance of our public service heroes who lost their lives on September 11th.

Fire Station. In remembrance of our public service heroes who lost their lives on September 11th.

United States of America flag at half mast.

United States of America flag at half mast.

The world's most beautiful flag.

The world’s most beautiful flag.