what day are we on now? Day 4



Nothing is worth more than this day. ~Johann Wolfgang von Goethe


We are at the end of day four and this is my last night here on Jekyll Island so I am a tiny bit sad.

I am a little sad, but mostly content, though, because we three are having such a great time….today was manicure and pedicure day for Mom and me.

Dad dropped us off at the Jekyll Island club and we walked around a little before we went to our appointment at the spa there.


There were tall stemmed poppies in bloom, bright orange and white ones, a feast for the eyes.


Mother in the poppies, looking like a poppy in her yellow sweater.


Spanish moss is so fascinating and pretty to look at~



three little birds


a quick little snack before our pampering–


Mom got a french mani and pedi and I got a regular mani and a polish change on the toes.  There was only one nail professional working so we sat through each other’s treatments.  It was quiet and nice and no one else was around but the owner and she was fun and easy to talk to.  The woman doing our nails was only 22, and calm and capable.  My polish was OPI’s “Miami Beet”  (such a fun name!)


After our nails dried and we met back up with Dad, we went to the Rah Bar on a pier by the water.  We had the most wonderful shrimp, I had a half pound of them with some red potatoes, and ice sweet tea.



Then we headed back to the club for dessert at the cafe.  They had Dad’s favorite black bottom muffins and because he had given us gifts, (as you will see in a moment) Mom and I bought him two muffins.  I had one, as well (a dense chocolate muffin with a little scoop of cheesecake topping and chocolate chips in the cake) and Mother had a big oatmeal cookie with dried cranberries.



See my pretty nails?


Mom and Dad swam in the hotel pool while I read my book and then the three of us got into the hot tub.


My handsome Dad wearing his new hat that he got for himself.



So when Dad met up with us at the spa he was carrying a bag.  He had gone shopping and of course we wanted to know right away what he had.  But he wouldn’t show us and told us to stop snooping and trying to know his business.  Once we got to the Rah Bar for our shrimp we were still curious and he said, “Oh all right, I’ll show you what I have.” and he pulled out a gift for each of us; a canvas bag with a soy candle inside.  He had chosen each thing carefully.


My bag is the one with the books and CS Lewis quote, and my candle is “Celtic Moonspice”.  I wonder if I’ll ever burn it.  Dad gave it to me!

I am currently watching American Idol, on the bed with Mom, while Dad is in the other room learning new drumming techniques on his computer.


day 2


Last night we were still out to dinner, but this evening we decided to stay in and have a light meal in the room.  It’s been a relaxing afternoon, we did our adventuring this morning by going back over the bridge to Brunswick for shopping.  Dad dropped Mom and I off and we meandered through places that we especially thought looked interesting~



I have to say that this was the most darling shop for little girl’s clothes, I could have dressed Sarah in a wardrobe entirely from this place.  I did come away with three dresses and a skirt, which I will do a post about at a later date, when Sarah can model them.


I went in and the owner said, “I would have stood in the window and posed for you!”  He saw me taking the picture.  We were also greeted by the dog, Mr Wriggles, who, after a silent hello, wandered away again.  The owner’s wife kept coughing but assured us she was on antibiotics.  Wouldn’t it be fun to own a nice little book shop with your significant other?


*cookbook all about biscuits and my bag of dresses for Sarah Joy*


We can now heartily recommend Arte Pizza on 1518 Newcastle Street in Brunswick, GA.  I had the house salad and a meatball sandwich, made with thick slices of meatball, lightly sauced with a wonderful tomato sauce, with a basil leaf.  It was served steaming hot on an artisan roll.

Dad met us back at the pizza place for lunch; he had two slices of cheese pizza (thin crust).

Mom had a caesar salad and a pasta dish.


We sat at a tall round table right by the window, on stools.  We were cozy, watching the traffic go by and enjoying our food.


Then, we had cupcakes for dessert.  (see why we needed a light dinner?)


we had wedding cake, ice cream sundae, and lemon ones


They were made by this lady, who has won awards for her cupcakes and isn’t shy to let people know that “God Did This”.  Wouldn’t it be nice to make a sign like that and hang it up in your house or around your child’s neck like a necklace?  I love it.



we went out to the pool
read books
walked along the beach
watched a cooking show
drank coffee
what else?  I guess that’s about it.

I admit, I do miss my husband and children.  They are doing fine, though.  They adopted a new cat named Billy.


vacation day 1

Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable–if anything is excellent or praiseworthy–think about such things.



Rich drove me to the airport when the stars were still out and the moon was bright and beautiful.  It was 15 degrees.  My love and I shivered until the heat warmed up the vehicle……he left me with kisses and a wave at the airport and I was on my way.


The first flight into Atlanta, GA was uneventful.  I was in the very last seat in the back of the plane, without even a window.  A young woman sat beside me and promptly fell asleep.  I read from the book Beth recommended to me,  The Deed of Paksenarrion, by Elizabeth Moon.  I also read As a Man Thinketh (an old purchase on my kindle).  I had forgotten my Bible and needed something for my soul and if you are interested in a good application of Phillipians 4:8, this is highly worth reading.  I jotted down quotes in my journal.  Here is one:

There is no physician
like cheerful thought
for dissipating
the ills of the body.

James Allen

At the Atlanta airport, I scurried to gate 26D to catch my next flight to Bruswick, GA.  This was an “up and down flight” meaning, just as soon as we were up, we were coming down.  A nice, short flight in a little plane.  I worked on my crochet and did some more reading.


The view from my window~pretty fluff clouds~


By 11:30 in the morning, I had arrived safely to spend the week (until Friday) with my parents on Jekyll Island.  I gave Dad a quick call and they came to pick me up at the airport.  I was ready, standing outside, to get a picture as they drove up.  I love Mom’s happy smile.


I am so blessed by healthy, active, Christian parents.

They had scoped out Brunswick that morning, and found a few antique shops to take me to.  But first, we enjoyed lunch at the Golden Corral and then picked up rejuvinating coffees from Mickie D’s.





Can you believe it, fiesta lovers?  The first place we visited had a mess of vintage fiestaware.  It was lovely to see, upstairs, tucked away and scattered about a small room.



I bought a forest green saucer, shiny and small, easy to take home.  It will be a nice addition to my display of green in the dining room.



for my boys to see


a page from a handmade cookbook with a wallpaper cover

“Friendship consists in forgetting what one gives, and remembering what one receives.”


I bought this book, all about African Violets.  It is filled with line illustrations and it makes me smile.  I admire the art of houseplants and this book does a good job at instilling a respect for learning about plants….a whole book all about the humble African Violet!

“Through the neighborly exchange of leaves
or the reciprocal mailing of them
to unmet but not unknown distant “violet friends”
almost every desired variety may be acquired
and the windows of a house soon filled
with oncoming youngsters.”

Helen Van Pelt Wilson

Isn’t that a great quote?  I love it.  I copied it into my journal along with a sketch of the flowers..


At the last place I found Kangaroos that reminded me of my dear friend Christie, who is about to move back to the USA after living in Australia for three years.


A kangaroo collection?  How fun!



I didn’t buy them but I probably should have:  A Millie and a Willie penguin!

Rich’s DAD’s name is Willie, and Willie has a sister named Millie!!!!!!  It’s Dad and Aunt Millie as penguins!


Sitting in the same glass case as Millie and Willie were these beautiful fiesta serving utensils, I think they were 168.00, and a vintage tumbler.


Done with our afternoon of antiquing we drove over the bridge and got settled into the hotel room.

Mom and I then went for a Very Windy Walk…it was about 54 degrees and perhaps about 40 with the wind.






shells in our hand, sand on our feet, brought back to the room.

For dinner we went to the Driftwood Bistro where Dad got to laughing (a laughing fit) as we waited half an hour for a table.

I had a grilled chicken tenderloin dinner with sweet potato soufflé and green beans, with peach cobbler for dessert.

Indeed, I went to bed with a full stomach and slept so good after a wonderful vacation day 1.


Day 2 is beginning by yours truly tip tapping out a blog post from the hotel pull out sofa bed in my PJ’s next to a view of the ocean.  Mom and Dad are out walking, and we look forward to warmer temperatures today.

Mom gave me a cup of coffee before they left and when the get back we shall have breakfast.


(((much love)))) to you, my friends, and God bless you.


PS, my side of the suite