It has been a very exciting day in Lloyd, Florida.
Well, you know the bar is set pretty low on that but still.
First off, as you can see, Gracie laid another egg. I can't tell you how dear it is to me to have eggs in a bowl on the counter. Store-bought eggs go in the refrigerator because their natural preservative coating has been washed off but eggs from the nest don't need such fanciness. Yard eggs make me feel rich, even if there is only one laid a day or every few days. Perfect protein from a pretty hen. It's a sort of magic I will probably never get over.
Lily texted the group this morning with two things she found at the Bad Girls Get Saved By Jesus thrift store and asked if anyone was interested in them. One was a bright-emerald green velvety chair for $37 and the other was a pretty little green wicker table. I said that if no one else wanted them, I would take them. And so Lily got them and then she and Lauren and the kids came over and my big boys brought them into the house, or, well, to the back porch where I planned on putting them, and then we all went to the Hill Top for lunch. I haven't been there in quite awhile but nothing had changed. You go in, stand in wonder at the myriad choices on the huge dry erase boards, stare at the salads and cakes in the refrigerated display thing, finally make up your mind, order at the counter, and then wait while they prepare your food in a kitchen that can't possibly be the size of a small bedroom. I sort of want to see inside that kitchen and I sort of really don't want to. They wouldn't let me anyway so it's a moot point.
Our orders today ranged from shrimp po'boys to chicken tenders to a Philly cheesesteak sandwich to fried green tomatoes to fried okra, to fried onion rings and to yes, french fries.
I still feel a little sick even though I swear I did not eat that much.
Owen and I got the shrimp po'boys and they were way, way too salty. As in, I should have taken mine back.
But we had fun and that's what matters. It was the first time I've gotten to hang out with those grands in quite awhile. Gibson is doing his growth-spurt thing now and will soon be taller than me, like his brother is already.
Maggie was very happy because she had her new doll. I finally gave her Lisi, the doll Linda Sue sent with REAL HUMAN HAIR and the pretty little dresses I'd made for her. I also gave her the little wicker carriage that I found at the dump a long time ago (we needn't tell Maggie that) and the child was thrilled. She had to bring the whole shebang to eat lunch with us at our outside table. She has renamed her Elsie which is fine with me. When I told her that Elsie's hair is real, her eyes got as big as the slices of fried green tomatoes we were eating and Gibson said, "That's not creepy."
I told her she could wash Elsie's hair with a tiny bit of shampoo and a tiny bit of conditioner but she had to be very gentle.
Do y'all remember Lisi? She looked like this.
And isn't the chair gorgeous?
I am so glad my kids and grandkids can make me laugh. It's the best.
Love Lily's quip! It is a sickness!ReplyDelete
A busy day for you and the kids! Sounds like a great day all around!
It was, Marcia!Delete
Lily! Haha! I just love your whole family. :) I love the color of that chair. I never seem to find good stuff like that at our thrift stores. I went to one the other day to shop but had to leave right away, the dust of the place was making me wheeze.ReplyDelete
Hooray for fresh eggs again! And too bad the shrimp po' boys were too salty. They're one of my favorites. Actually, every kind of food you mentioned is a favorite of mine...hence my weight problem!
Lily is incredibly funny and so very quick. Just like she describes Gibson.Delete
I love my new chair!
And yeah- hence my weight problem too.
Maggie and her new baby! She's so happy with her. The kids look very pleased with life. Could you maybe get more plants on the table??ReplyDelete
I think she does love that baby. Or, miniature child, actually. The kids were in a good mood. Gibson even said, "Today is a perfect day to eat outside!"Delete
I could probably get some teeny, tiny plants on that table but only if they were in tiny, tiny pots.
These spontaneous family days are the best. Love Lily’s comeback!
It was the best. And Lily cracks me up.Delete
I too love Lily's humor. Sounds like a sweet time!ReplyDelete
Lily has always had the capability to make me laugh.Delete
Love your green chair and table. Such deals! I LOVE the 'tested positiveReplyDelete
for a Republican'. Isn't that akin to rabies??
Well, Lindsey Graham seems to be foaming at the mouth....Delete
Debby- you are right. That guy is just so off-the-charts insane.Delete
And P. John- I think it is. Or some other foul and horrid disease.
That chair is an exquisite green. Your second egg is worth celebrating!ReplyDelete
Oh, and I who have taken to bed with "the malaise" over the last ten or so flu shots had absolutely no reaction to this last shot.Delete
I just got mine this afternoon and I'm already feeling it. Did you get the high dose one? I did and was told that's what all of us people over 65 are getting.Delete
Isn't that green amazing?
EGGS, miraculous gems! I do agree that that chair is wonderful, everyone looks so cool ! LOVE the little table sporting a gazillion plnats and maurice- what a goof ball- "let me hang out with you so that you can notice me ignoring you- get closer and I will ignore you with my ignore skills even harder".ReplyDelete
So pleased that Elsie and her new pal/mom/sis are happy together , both with REAL human hair!! Nothing makes me happier than to see Maggie smile! When we were that age we were fascinated by make up, but we used dirt and mud and cherry candy. Lucky Magnolia!
Maurice does indeed have mad skilz when it comes to ignoring. She's doing it right now, in fact. I know she misses her daddy. Oh god. I can't believe I just said that.Delete
When I was probably around nine or ten I went to a friend's house and she painted my fingernails for me. When I got home my mother went ballistic and said, "You better not let your grandfather see that," and I had to somehow get that shit off without any nail polish remover and I am still scarred from the experience. My grandfather was so anti-make-up that my mother would tell me not to tell him that she wore MASCARA! Ooh boy. So it makes me happy to see Maggie wearing whatever she wants.
I love the green table. Up here in Ontario, Canada this is, we have hardly any acorns this year. Go figure eh.ReplyDelete
It's just crazy this year. The ground is covered with them.Delete
I had my flu shot and was fine, a sore arm for a couple of days but only a little sore. That chair and table are lovely. I can't imagine having a porch where you can leave furniture all year long. All of my outdoor chairs are piled up with snow covering them.ReplyDelete
It's called a mast year when oak trees produce more acorns than usual.
That's nice that Maggie loves her new doll. I loved dolls when I was kid.
Yes, I've heard that term. Mast year. It's a good one.Delete
I live on my porch. I love it. It's like being outside but with a roof and screens. It does actually get too cold sometimes but only rarely.
I loved my dolls too. And...I still love my dolls!
Maggie looks so happy with Elsie. Happy memories in the making.ReplyDelete
With all your humidity do you suffer with things going mouldy? The green table looks as if it was meant to be there.
Well, things do get moldy. You should see the the ceiling in my hallway. However, I had a different upholstered chair in that same spot where the green one is now and it never did get mildewed at all. Now the legs fell apart. I told my husband that it wouldn't but to be honest, I was surprised that it didn't! Ha!Delete
Lily for president!!ReplyDelete
Nice green chair & wicker table. They look perfect.
My husband & I had zero side effects from the flu shot. I hope that works for you.
Lily could be president and she wouldn't be working as hard as she is now- I can tell you that.Delete
I'm a few hours off from getting my shot and so we'll see as time progresses. Everyone does react differently.
Brilliant, Lily! Both the remark and spotting those treasures.ReplyDelete
The chair IS gorgeous, I love the colour and the little wicker table is just right. The kitchen counter is looking spiffy, I should get to mine one day soon. It's clean enough, but I haven't gotten into the corners for a while now. Eggs in a bowl always make me think of farms for some reason.ReplyDelete
I remember ballet make up from when my grand daughter and grandson went from age three to about age eleven. Maggie's dolly has my name now!
I agree- I can't believe my luck in getting these two new pieces. I let everyone else have first dibs but I was quite pleased to end up with them.Delete
Yay for Elsie's!
A po' boy. You are so lucky. Except for that hurricane nonsense. And your governor. *stops to think* Well...at least you have po' boys and wonderfully witty children and grands. And a green velvet chair.ReplyDelete
Haha! And we have beaches and beautiful, beautiful rivers and springs and a state park with mermaids and really, Florida has some wonderful assets. But yeah- our politicians are just horrendous. At least the Republican ones are.Delete
I love the new chair and little wicker table -- what wonderful finds! When I read the description of the food, I almost googled the place so I could drool over the menu. And I have to say that I'm puzzled over the Republican joke -- I never get jokes.ReplyDelete
I think the joke is sort of a slam on Covid AND perverse pride in being Republican. Lily called it out for sure.Delete
Girl, you can get a reuben in that place and a barbecued pork sandwich too. Cuban sandwich? Check. Deli sandwiches? Check. Fried fish and shrimp dinner? Check. It's insane.
Here in England there is an abundance of acorns too. Apparently it is a " mast year". ( one of my other blog friends talked about this a while ago). I just looked it up again...happens every 5/10 years.ReplyDelete
Love the chair and table. Must now look up " po'boys" !!
I think po'boys originated in New Orleans as so many awesome things do.Delete
Lucky you to get to see your kids and grandkids so often! Isn't that fabulous? As are that beautiful chair and table. They're right up my street - and my favourite colour too!ReplyDelete
It IS fabulous, Treader. I am so lucky that my grands live nearby. I think I would die of missing them if they didn't.Delete
The green of that chair is just brilliant and the green of the little wicker table is one of my favorite colors.
Good thrift store finds! Nice that you got to spend time with the grands!ReplyDelete
Amen on both of those. .Delete
I haven't gotten any pecans in three years now. Seems like we had acorns last fall but I haven't noticed any so far this fall so maybe I won't be getting any acorns either. The squirrels are desperate for food. the chair and little wicker table are perfect for the porch.ReplyDelete
We got a lot of pecans, too, but they're so tiny. I guess we're supposed to fertilize the trees or something? Who knows? Not me. Your poor squirrels. I'm surprised ours aren't just dropping off of branches from being so fat.Delete
I'm laughing at both Gibson AND Lily! And yes, I love the green chair and especially the wicker, which goes with your porch so well. I had a flu shot and it didn't faze me, but maybe in the UK they're different.ReplyDelete
I don't know about the flu shot. We shall see how I react. I generally do have strong reactions to immunizations.Delete
Good senses of humor is something this family is known for. All of us are quirky in a different sort of way.
Didn't Lily do so well at the BGGSBJ?