Saturday, December 30, 2017

Favorite Things and Stuff to Talk About


1. Favorite candy?

2. Share a memory or fun moment of this holiday season?

3. Shovel, snowblower, hire out the help?

4. Gloves, mittens, flip flops?

5. Snow ski, water ski, bocci ball, what's your game?

6. Have you ever had to perform on stage?

7. Plans for New Year's Eve?

Sunday, December 24, 2017

Christmas Eve, 2017

Merry Christmas to my friends, and a Happy Festivus to those who find this time of year difficult.  
This is our second holiday season at The Real Clubhouse, but we've been together much longer. We've celebrated our joys and supported 
each other through difficult times. I love and appreciate you all.... 

Saturday, December 23, 2017

Santa Claus is Coming to Town


Several years ago, I used this website and let my students print off their names for a Christmas bulletin board. Even though they were beyond the Santa years, they still had a ball reading each others naughty or nice evaluation.  If you need to know, you can check your rating, here...

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Sunday, December 3, 2017

Weekend Blog, What Cha Doing?

Drove 80 miles to attend a birthday party, started and finished a 500 piece puzzle, put up my tree and decorated my house, brewed a bottle of homemade Kahlua, chatted with one of my clubhouse friends this morning, and have some laundry in the machine.  Getting ready to fire up the breadmaker to start a dough for pizza for dinner...
Who said weekends go by too quickly?

Friday, December 1, 2017

Life in FLorida

I love walking in the nature trails here as much South Carolina. Totally different wildlife.

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

We are back in Florida

Hawks, hawks and more hawks. Took these on my walk the other morning.

Sunday, November 26, 2017

Majority Of Americans Would Skip Holiday Gift-Giving, Survey Says

Majority Of Americans Would Skip Holiday Gift-Giving, Survey Says:
Which isn't to say that people just want to spend less. The survey found 25 percent said they would use that money on activities. (click the link for the video)

I saw this on CBS Sunday morning. I was surprised at the numbers. I thought it was just me. I just saw a couple of commercials that said, "The perfect gift brings people together." "Let her know you love her, with a gift from Kay."  Egad.

Gifts put so much pressure on people to "get it right."  While it is fun to give a surprise gift to someone that you know they will enjoy, it can be worrisome when you are pressured to come up with something, and the light bulb doesn't go off... We've all scoured the stores at some point, and felt that stress to come up with anything before the deadline.

For our family get-together, we have a dollar limit, and then we do a round robin. You give one real gift, and one gag gift to the pile. Wrap them in white paper, take turns, and let the laughs happen. We usually swap it out so that everyone takes home something they can use.

Favorite Things

Trying something new to us...  FAVORITES (and stuff to talk about)

1. Thanksgiving side dish?
2. Television programs?
3. Season of the year?
4. Home cooking, take out, or dine-in restaurant?
5. Tree: real or artificial? Is it up, yet?
6. Gift wrap or gift bags?
7. Did you garden this season? If yes, what did you plant?

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Happy Thanksgiving, Friends

I've already had my nap. The house was full... and so was my belly.  The food turned out well, which is always a worry. That last minute rush to get everything hot and on the table is intense. Lots of baby love, toddler kisses, and kindergarden fun.  Nothing beats that.  I hope your holiday was filled with family and loved ones.

Friday, November 17, 2017

Monday, November 13, 2017

Probably our last Groundhog sighting in SC

We were at the library here in Walhalla the other day when we sighted this little chubby rascal. The one we had on our property disappeared several months ago (and vultures appeared...sniff, sniff). We put up game cams, but so far all we see is deer...many, many deer. One eight point buck. We used to have wild pig, but I guess the poachers got those. Just as well, they can be mean. Here's a picture of our latest deer convention!
We are off to Florida on Thursday for the winter. Getting pretty dank here for me. You may or may not see me on here for a few days. Much to do to get this place ready for our departure. Having two complete homes is not all fun and games, trust me. See you in the Club House once I get settled down there! In case it's later rather than sooner, have a wonderful Thanksgiving.

Friday, November 10, 2017

Veteran's Day, 2017


Honoring all who served, those who currently serve, the medical and support staff, 
and all the families of those who
 sacrifice to keep us safe and protected.

Sunday, November 5, 2017

Thursday, November 2, 2017

Happy Thursday

The Frog Queen reigns here in our woods. We find various items and place them along our hiking trails here in SC. Anything to give someone a smile. Have a great day!

Sunday, October 29, 2017

Thursday, October 26, 2017

That last rose of summer

Dan picks me a rose regularly. Looks like this is it for the SC roses. No frost yet, but, our roses are no longer budding. Soon, we pack up the car and head home. Funny, every place we have is home. I’ve been gone from WI for nearly 20 years. While I have friends and family there, it no longer seems like home to me. Things change in your life and you find a new norm for living. I have so many friends in Florida. When we get back, I will hit the ground running. We have a group coming for Thanksgiving, lunches set up, and Christmas to get ready for.... where does the time go?

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Wildlife

Our hawk came a calling. We are seeing more and more birds at our feeder.

Monday, October 23, 2017

Time doesn’t stand still

Believe it or not, it was ten years ago today that my husband died. Ten years....hard to imagine. And, while my life has moved on, his memory is never far away. I no longer experience a heart stopping pain when I think of him, but the hurt is still there. People react differently to losses such as this. I worked very hard to not be the bereft widow looking for sympathy. My mother In Law had that job sewn up. Boy, did she. I got involved in the community and got out of the house. I tried to meet people outside of our circle of friends. But, I had no intention of getting into another relationship. So much for that plan. My life is good. Today, I will spend some time remembering my sweet husband.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Gardening 101

Dan’s niece pulled this carrot up out of her vegetable garden yesterday. Ummmmm. Wonder what kind of fertilizer she’s using out there in Washington State?

Monday, October 16, 2017

Friday, October 13, 2017

Football Fans

We call this guy Mr. Clemson! Drives this around town playing the Clemson Fight Song.

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Open Blog - Wednesday

We had a multiple blog poster..... Using our fine site for a little free advertising, so I had to do a bit of  editing.  How dare they?  😕  👎  😄  👋

Monday, October 9, 2017

Open Blog - Monday

Today was one of those days where you do everything and never stop moving.... and yet do nothing.

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Open Blog - Tuesday

Good Morning!
Some people are very clever and have a lot of free time to be creative and artistic.

Sunday, October 1, 2017

Living in SC

Went to a Schmooze with the Birds the other day. They had artists, wine tasting, food catered by a local restaurant, and these guys! What fun it was. The white thingy is a SKUNK. of course, I’m sure you recognize the fox and barred owl. It was a customer appreciation event. We buy our bird seed there and truly enjoy this little shop. A fun guy owns it and is very knowledgeable about birdlife in general. All in all, a good time was had.

Thursday, September 28, 2017