A Great Weekend!

Our tennis tournament weekend was a blast!  Elsie and I won our first match, lost the second, and then won the third.  Since we won the third match, we played for the “losers” championship and won.  We were thrilled!

Mr. SP and Keith ended up winning two matches and losing two matches.  They were playing in the 7.0+ division, so they had some stiff competition.

Friday morning I went to the beach early to catch the sunrise.  I’m glad I did because it was the only time that I saw the beach on our trip.




The tournament was played at two different clubs, Kilmarlic and Duck Country Club.  We headed to Duck CC Friday morning to take a look at the draws.  The organizers of the tournament forgot to include Elsie and I, so we ended up not playing until Saturday.  We played for a bit with Mr. SP and Keith that morning just for fun.

We went for lunch at one of our new favorite places, The Rundown Cafe.  Try it if you go to the OBX!  We ate outside and enjoyed the view of the ocean.  You can see it in the reflection on the mirror.


Mr. SP and Keith played their first match Friday at 2:30 pm, so after lunch we headed back to Duck CC.  The club was all decked out for fall.

I loved these planters by the front door of the club house.


The entrance to the tennis facility also looked festive.



Match time!  Mr. SP and Keith won against two gentlemen wearing, “Old Guys Rule” shirts.  One of them was a court sponsor.  I hope that they won a few of their other matches.


Mr. SP dominating at the net:


Keith giving the guys some of his wicked left hand serve:


Post match – we were happy that the guys started out with a victory!


Saturday morning was cloudy and rainy and the scheduled matches were delayed by two hours.  We spent a little time on the pier to kill time.



You’d better not drop anything on this pier!


Mr. SP and I do a lot of “self portraits” with the camera.  This one turned out pretty well.


We played at different facilities Saturday morning, so no pictures were taken.  The guys played at Corolla Light and lost.  Elsie and I played at Duck CC and won.  We met for lunch at PDX Grill.  You can arrive by boat.  We will definitely do this next summer!


Nicole, Elsie, and I went out on the deck to enjoy the water view.



Elsie and I were so happy to win our first match!


Mr. SP and Keith won their afternoon match in a nail-biting tie-breaker!



Elsie and I lost our match on Saturday afternoon to a most unpleasant pair of women.  Mr. SP and Keith were playing at the time so there are no pictures of the two bitties that we played.

Kilmarlic had festive fall displays.


Elsie and I played two very nice girls on Sunday morning.  We won the first set, lost the second set, and won the tie-breaker.  Whew!  That win was a little too close for comfort!

Elsie and I think that it is important to have cute, coordinating outfits!



Our afternoon match was for the winner of the loser bracket.  We wanted to win!



Our opponents couldn’t have been nicer.  They also must agree that looking cute and matching is important for partners!


Post Match:

Kilmarlic has the coolest cocktail tables.  The lid in the middle lifts and there’s a metal container hidden underneath.  It can be either filled with ice for drinks or it’s a fire pit.  I love these tables.  I’m trying to find a tag on the bottom.


Elsie, Mr. SP, and I had a late lunch on Sunday before heading back to Virginia.  We all wanted to go back to the Rundown Cafe so that we could eat outside.  The weather was perfect!




Every weekend should be this good!!


  1. Domestic Designer says:

    Looks like great fun! Congrats on the wins!

  2. Amanda @ Serenity Now says:

    OKay, your tennis outfits are the cutest!!!!!!

  3. Designs on 47th Street says:

    Wow Paula! You and Mr SP really know how to have fun, don’t you? I’m always in awe of the things you do together. I truly enjoyed all your pictures. My mom and I were just talking today and it looks like our trip to N.C. the end of this month is being put on hold. 🙁 I’m so glad I stopped by to visit you today!


  4. GIRL!! Look at those arms. Michelle Obama has nothing on you.

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A Great Weekend

This has been a good weekend. I didn’t get one thing accomplished on the domestic front, but I did have a good time.

My friend Julie invited me to go to “The Gathering of the Goddesses” on Friday night. This event is a benefit for a local children’s museum. Salons, massage, and other services volunteer their time for the evening. The event includes dinner, drinks, and two services. This is my second year attending the Goddess event and I’ll have to say that I never pick the good services. Julie ended up with a haircut and a pedicure and was so pleased. I signed up for a leg mask and massage and a microdermibrasion facial. The leg mask ended up being oatmeal mixed with goo spread all over my lower legs. It did not feel good. The girl left it on for a while, wiped it off, and then rubbed on some smelly lotion. I didn’t really like it. I was excited to get my facial until I found out it was Mary Kay. I have nothing against Mary Kay. What I didn’t like was that I had to do all of the applying myself. I could have done that at home. A very nice Arbonne consultant volunteered to give Julie and me facials and hand massages at the end of the night. That was fabulous! My hands and face felt so smooth and I almost went to sleep while she was massaging me because I was so relaxed. The dinner was good, the wine was good, and the company was great, so I give the evening an A!

Saturday morning was my usual run and then tennis. I squeezed in a visit to the farmer’s market in between running and tennis to purchase fresh apples. I’m thinking that I’m probably not going to be able to get local Fuji’s after I’ve eaten this batch, so I’d better enjoy them. I also got a fresh loaf of sun dried tomato bread, some local honey, and some yummy lemon candies that have a honey center. I’m eating one of those right now.

Mr. SP and I headed to Radford after tennis to visit my grandmother. I constantly feel guilty for not seeing her more often. We were surprised when we arrived because my aunt and uncle from Poquoson were there. We had a great visit. After we left the nursing home we all went to Cracker Barrel for dinner. Granny looked really good and is doing well considering that she is 93 years old.

Sunday morning we participated in a very fun tennis social that our friends arranged. After the social I ran to the grocery store and then went back to the club to watch my good friend, Elsie, play in a 6.0 match. She won in a 3rd set tie-breaker. Then it was off to another local club for my 7.0 match. Mr. SP and I played together, even though our rank is only 6.5. We were defeated 6-3, 6-3. I felt pretty good about how I played, even with a loss.

We went back to our club after the match for a “Team Meeting”, (meaning sit around and drink) and then we ate. It was so much fun to relax with a glass of wine and then enjoy a nice dinner with our team mates.

This is going to be a l-o-n-g week. There’s no sign of snow and I might just have to go to school for five days straight. I might die of exhaustion by the end of the week. We have conferences on Tuesday night. I don’t mind the conferences, but it makes for a very long, tiring day. Our school has not passed SOL’s for math for the second year in a row and we are in deep doo. Starting this week, I have to give up my planning time to tutor kids in math. I am not looking forward to not having a second of down time during the day. I truly don’t know when I’ll even have a moment to slip away to the bathroom. The teachers feel like oranges who are being squeezed to eek out the very last drop of juice.

I’ve got a pot of Spinach Lentil Soup on the stove right now to have for dinner tomorrow night. Rhoda at Southern Hospitality blogged about it here. I’ll serve it with the sun dried tomato bread from the market.

Have a good week!


  1. Amanda @ Serenity Now says:

    If I had to tutor kids in math, you all would lose all funding. 😉 That goddess event sounds divine! The oatmeal leggy stuff, not so much. Good idea, though!

  2. Sounds like a great weekend… and the added bonus of seeing your aunt and uncle! Good luck with school this week.

  3. Yes, I like the goddess event idea too. Hope you have a great school week.

  4. Your tennis events sound like fun. I used to play at least 4 times a week but for some reason stopped about 5 years ago. I would like to start back but I know it’s going to hurt!!

  5. Wow, busy weekend with a busy week ahead!
    Although a lot of tennis is ALWAYS a good thing 🙂

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