& a hug around the neck.

“I love you a bushel & a peck.”

For some reason that phrase has always been classified in my mind as being Southern, despite hearing it for the first time in the Broadway classic “Guys & Dolls”. There’s just something about comparing how much you love someone to a measurement that screams “Hi y’all, I was raised south of the Mason-Dixon line.” If you didn’t know, a bushel is about 35 liters and a peck is 2 dry gallons. One more fun fact: 4 pecks equals 1 bushel. Congratulations! You’ve just had your first Southern measurement lesson!

Back to the topic at hand, I cannot express how thankful I am to have been raised where I grew up. With the passing of my grandfather earlier this month, I have never seen such an outpouring of love and kindness from my community. While nothing will replace my papa by any means, I know he is just beaming with pride for his friends and family. So thank you friends, family, co-workers, and strangers. Thank you for loving us a bushel and a peck. You deserve a hug around the neck.

 

Sunday Favorites

Oh, I adore Sunday evenings. I think it’s knowing that I don’t have any last minute assignments to finish up or any mandatory reading to do. It’s just me and whatever I decide to do. In honor of this little gem of a day, here are a few of my favorite things.

 

1. Bubble baths.

2. Cherry Limeade – two tablespoons for every eight ounces of Sprite on ice. Add slices of limes if you want.

3. Essie nail polish. Especially in Turquoise & Caicos.

4. The Blind Side. (It’s on ABC Family right now, in case you were wondering.)

5. Freshly washed sheets and sleeping with the windows open.

 

Happy Sunday evening, friends! Here’s hoping for an incredible week!

Don’t Take Any Wooden Nickels

I had several people ask for a copy of the eulogy I read at Papa’s funeral yesterday…so just in case you wanted to read it.

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When Abby and I were talking about what I was going to say, she asked me just exactly how I was going to talk without crying because I cry at everything. I told her as long as none of you cried, I wouldn’t cry and we’d be okay. So let’s try to get through this together.

My papa was a lot of things to a lot of people, but to me he’ll always be tied with my daddy as the Greatest Man on Earth. Now if you knew my papa, you knew he was a man of many sayings. I can’t tell you how many times I have complained about having a headache around him only to hear “If I had a head like that and it didn’t ache I wouldn’t know what to do with it.” I’ve played Canasta with him enough times to know a “eighter is from Decater”, aces and eights are a dead man’s hand, a card laid is a card played, and you better not talk across the table. There’s another favorite that I personally never heard, ‘you can buy ’em books and send ’em to school but you can’t teach them…stuff”. Even Sonny had manners around his girls.

I’ve always said his beloved Abbydoodle was his favorite and she inherited his blue eyes and stubborn streak, but he and i are the babies of our families and i learned so much from him. I’d like to share a few lessons I learned from the World’s Greatest Grandpa:

Lesson #1: Always do a little more than is necessary. Papa was always up to something. He would show up to plow snow out of our driveway and he would have to hit every other driveway on the way home. It seemed like meme could never track him down. Right after he retired, meme joked that he would have to get another job so they wouldn’t drive each other crazy. A few days later he called her up at work and said “I got a job! I’m the new produce boy at Winn-Dixie”. He was always up to something.

Lesson #2: Sometimes your best friend shows up later in life and sometimes you have to help them finish their ten year retirement plan in three years. I think Mr. Walley is still wondering just how Papa managed that one.

Lesson #3: There’s nothing a pack of nabs and a Dr. Pepper can’t solve

Lesson #4: Never apologize for who you are. He was always a little rough around the edges. I think he actually needed Meme because she’d make him reel his personality in just a little bit. But he never apologized for it. He always said what was on his mind and you always knew where you stood with him.

Lesson #5: Older doesn’t always mean wiser. When I was around five years old, we were at the beach and I was sliding down a metal slide. I decided I wanted to climb up the slide instead of using the ladder. Daddy told me no because I would get hurt. But Papa told me I could as soon as daddy turned his back. Well…I slipped, fell, and busted my chin open. Now I have a scar to always remind me that sometimes papas aren’t always right and I’ll probably always be a little spoiled.

Lesson #6: A boyfriend,no matter how nice, will always be a railhead.

When my dad called me Thursday to let me know what happened, I couldn’t help but think of how Papa would always thank Abby and I by saying “I’ll dance with you at your wedding if I’m able”, and I can’t help but think this is all just some big scheme to get out of dancing with us. But I know we’ll get our dances eventually, so now as he would say, “here’s to it, there’s to it, now let’s get to it.” You’ll be missed Papa. Don’t worry, we won’t take any wooden nickels.

Tuesday Tunes.

Well hello there! I’ve recently decided that if Google had a kid sister who just happened to be human, she would be me. When I’m having actual conversations with people, I have so many stories and funny random facts pop into my head that it usually takes me an hour to finish one sentence. It’s like my brain automatically does a Google search when someone says something to me and BAM! I have five different stories to tell. However this doesn’t happen when I want to write something. I just draw a blank. So to prevent my little blog here from going two weeks without a post (sorry about that!), I am going to try to have structured/themed posts with random funny anecdotes mixed in.

So welcome to Tuesday Tunes! It’s a known fact that new music is released on Tuesdays. I’m not going to lie, sometimes I get so excited about a new album/single coming out that I wake up and immediately download whatever it is. And since I love music so much and it’s Tuesday, why not share a few songs (new and old) that I’ve been rocking out to this past week?

1. John Mayer – “Shadow Days”
Okay, I cannot stop listening to this song. I’ve loved John Mayer’s music since Room for Squares, so words cannot express how excited I am that he is releasing a new album in May. I don’t care if people think this song is about Taylor Swift or Jessica Simpson or Jennifer Aniston (love her), it’s wonderful. Go listen!

2. Needtobreathe – “Girl Named Tennessee”
I haven’t really ventured into Needtobreathe’s work more than “More Time” and this song, so I really don’t know much about the band. I just adore this song though. Its so dang catchy. I can’t help but dance whenever I hear it. (Which is slightly life-threatening when listening to it in my car).

3.  JJ Heller – “Boat Song”
I stumbled upon this gem via Facebook. I love a good love song and this one is adorable. It’s simple and to the point (just like my all time favorite song “January Wedding”). And the music video is precious. If you have five minutes or so, YouTube it. I bet you can’t watch it without smiling…and if you can, well I’ll make you cupcakes or something.

4. The Civil Wars – “To Whom It May Concern”
This lovely duo is starting to grow on me. Big time. This song is currently my favorite off of their debut album Barton Hallow, although it’s got some stiff competition in “Falling” and “Poison & Wine”. I absolutely love the way their voices compliment each other, and Joy Williams is a doll. Following her on Twitter is probably one of the best twitter decisions I’ve ever made.

5. Spencer Karges – “There is a Light”
The church I’ve been going to is really big on creativity in all shapes and sizes. They’ve recently released an EP entitled “experiments in honesty.”. All seven songs have been written and recorded by artists within the church. They showcased this particular song last Sunday during the main service. It’s been stuck in my head ever since.
The EP isn’t available on iTunes yet, but you can download it from http://crosspointe.bandcamp.com/ for free or if you want to donate, just plug in how much you want to give and it will go to fund their upcoming trips to Kenya.

Well that’s what I’ve been listening to for the past couple of days. What about you?