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    What!

    I turned 33 last Sunday.  Let me repeat.  I turned 33.  3-3. What!?  I’m approaching my mid-thirties and I think it’s time I simply write thirty-something in my about me page.  I have a lot to say about my age but I don’t feel like spilling my wisdom today.  Celebrating my birthday was about as low-key as it gets.  The only for sure things I wanted to get out of my birthday was to drive somewhere to witness the changing fall colors and a slice of coconut cake.  And that’s what I did.  Since fall has failed to grace Charlotte, Bubba and I loaded the car with the toddlers and…

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    Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden | Charlotte, North Carolina

    A few months ago, April I think, we drove to the very edge of Charlotte–basically South Carolina–to visit the Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden.  It is the smallest botanical garden I’ve visited, but I am comparing it to the Ft. Worth botanical garden, which isn’t fair since everything seems to be bigger in Texas.  Evidently, the owners must share the same thought as myself because they are already posting signs with new maps boasting a garden expansion.  In fact, they have already broken ground on it!  I’m excited to see what they add to the place.   They also offer an amateur photo contest every year and I’ve thought about entering it…

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    Mayberry

    The Andy Griffith show is before my time, but like most people my age, we had parents that subjected us to reruns.  The show made a small town in North Carolina famous.  The fictional town of Mayberry is the actual town of, Mt. Airey.   “Mayberry” is often romanticized by people who daydream of living in that picturesque town where residents know your life story, everyone is friendly and traffic doesn’t exist.  The air is clean and the crime is low and people reside in cute farmhouses.   Guess what?  Mt. Airey really is like that.  I didn’t think it would be, but it is.   Visiting this little town that sits…

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    Cape Fear

    For some people in this world, the daily grind of life, a monotonous routine, endless responsibility, and life problems will often become a few reasons they pack their bags, hop in their car and say au revoir!   Bubba and I fall somewhere between one of those.  Normally, I am the spontaneous one in our marriage, but this time Bubba is the one that broached the subject for a day trip.  I’m thankful he did, too.  I have been ready for a break from the lack luster summer days and Bubba has felt bored being home from school.  So, that’s what we did.  That next morning we left with our packed…

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    Message To The Sea

    My son and I combed the sandy beach daily, looking for the biggest, and whole seashell.  Every time, we came up empty handed.  It was always the really small, broken, shells. My husband even went down at 5AM to search for them, but still, nothing.  On our last night there, my son and I wrote a message to the sea, in hopes that when the high tide came in, it would take our letter with it, and in return, leave us a seashell. To the sea, Leave us a treasure while we sleep, so we may find it on mornings rise. –L&N We never did find the seashell we were…