May Cara Box Reveal


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This month I participated in my 3rd Cara Box swap, sponsored by the Wifessionals blog.  The theme this month was "Let's Get Regional".  Each box represented the region or state where you are from, but matches up with the likes of your swap partner.

I was paired up with two wonderful ladies:  Cole from Life's Tails and Kaitlin from A Dogwood in Brooklyn.  I sent my package to Kaitlin, who happens to be from NC although she now lives in New York.  I wanted to give her a taste of home but country style, since my area is more rural than where she grew up.  If you want to see what I sent her, click here.

Cole is from Ohio.  Interestingly enough, she gleamed that I do enjoy food and decided to go with a food theme.  The instructions on the outside of my letter said for me to open my gifts first.  I'm so glad I did because it made me try to figure out how a particular item represented her area.  That was fun in itself.

The card was made in Ohio
Check out the goodies Cole sent:

Dayton, OH postcard, chocolates made in OH, a candle, Limon Pepper seasoning, marinara sauce from a restaurant in OH, and barbecue sauce from a rib shack in OH
Just a closer look....
If you noticed, the candy bar is open.  I couldn't resist a little nibble.  I tried.  I really did.  That should count for something, right?



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Sharing the Joy of Planting


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Sunday afternoon, a family from church came to eat dinner with us.  When this family comes, I try to have an activity planned for the two little girls.  Usually it's some kind of craft, but this time I told them we were going to plant seeds.  Their mom quickly told me that the girls didn't bring any play clothes, so I grabbed two of my dad's t-shirts and put them over the girls' dresses.  It was too cute for words to see how these shirts were so big on them!

After I showed them my little beans that were sprouting, they were convinced that planting seeds would be fun.  So then we went outside on the front stoop and began planting beans in a bowl.  I listened to stories from their preschool and first grade classes and watched how two sisters could show their different personalities even while completing this little activity.


The oldest one talked about any and everything, while the youngest one very quietly and meticulously completed each step.  It was amazing!  In the end, both girls had planted their seeds and placed them in the sun while we ate our spaghetti dinner.  I'll definitely be sure to check in with their bean progression.  :-)


Speaking of beans, here is the way my beans were on Sunday.


And this is what I noticed after work on Tuesday.  (Pardon the cell phone pic.)  Guess I need to find these babies a new temporary home before going into the ground.


Now, I need to plant this beautiful gardenia bush that was given to me.  Did I mention that before?  I just found the right spot for it in my yard.  :-)

Happy Spring,


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In Memorium - May 27, 2013


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The further we get into spring and the closer we approach summer, I'm missing my dad more.  It's not like I didn't miss him before, but I realized just yesterday that the reason I'm missing him more now is because this was our season.  Our season to plant, to renovate, or enjoy my many projects that I delve into as school comes to a close.

Since I've started my seedlings, I've been overjoyed to watch them sprout.  It's beautiful; almost magical.  Then I want to tell my dad so badly because I know he'll be just as excited as I am.  I do tell my mom and show her the bean sprout progress and she is fascinated, but daddy had this deep connection with all things agricultural.  True, momma picked cotton and did farm labor back in the day, but daddy's family had their own farm and daddy loved the farm.  Even after two college degrees and a professional career, he still loved putting on overalls and getting on that tractor.


I think somehow I thought that I wasn't really an outdoors person.  The verdict's still not in on that.  But I think it's mostly because I always got bit up by mosquitoes no matter what I did (around here they say that means my blood is sweet) so I didn't go outside when I didn't have to.  I thought I wouldn't like gardening.  But the truth is, I actually do.  Daddy just didn't know what garden meant.  His garden was a field, and we picked beans and other produce for days!

The more I work towards my garden, the more I realize that daddy and I have even more in common.  I know that if he were here, he would help me in any way possible.  Since he's not, I'm going to think of him often as I do what he would have done.

Today is Memorial Day, which is a day set aside to remember those service men and women who are no longer with us.  Historically, in the black community, Memorial Day is not just for military personnel.  It's a day set aside to remember all those who have gone on before us.  It's a day usually spent visiting and cleaning off grave sites, setting out new flowers in memory of your loved one, or visiting relatives.  We haven't purchased Dad's headstone yet, so today I'm just choosing to think fondly of him.

This is one of daddy's tractors.  I captured this image this past weekend and decided to turn it into art, while it also serves as a way for me to remember my dad.

Happy Memorial Day,


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