Weekend Report

How was your Memorial Day weekend?  Ours was great! 

Friday after work we practiced tennis and were lucky to finish just before a giant storm blew through.  We got 1.75 inches on rain.  A big tree blew down on the edge of our backyard and we are lucky that it didn’t hit our storage building.  It is hidden from view and is actually on our neighbor’s property and not ours, so we’ll probably leave it where it is.

Saturday I watched my niece dance in her annual recital.  She’s so good and you can tell that she truly enjoys dancing.  Flash photography wasn’t allowed and my pictures were a disappointing disaster. 

This is Reese with both of her grandmothers after the show.

Sunday was a great day.  Mr. SP and I played tennis in the morning and then worked in the yard all afternoon.  I worked in my vegetable garden, weeded flower beds, and spread some mulch.  You can see in the picture below that growing a garden around here is a constant battle with the deer.  My fence has one layer of deer netting with several strands of electric fence around that.  Stay out deer!

Mr. SP worked on building steps that will lead from our patio into the yard.  He didn’t quite finish them, but he got a great start.
Sunday night we had nine friends over for a cookout/birthday celebration for me.  We had a great time sitting on the patio talking and laughing.  We are lucky to have great friends.
I didn’t think we’d get to the lake this weekend because our boat has been under the weather.  The servicemen made a visit and it’s now as good as new, so we drove to the lake for the day.  The weather on Monday was perfect for boating, it was hot, just like I like it!
This is my summertime happy place!
How would you like to slide through this?  I’ve never seen anyone use it and I don’t think that I would ever have enough nerve to try it.
After the lake we made a stop at Lowe’s so I could buy some variegated Liriope.  I decided to use this variety in the front of my house instead of the kind my friend gave me.  I was able to divide each pot into at least two pieces to plant.  Some of the pots I was able to split into four pieces.  This is a great way to save money on plants!  I didn’t quite finish planting it before it was time to cookout with Mr. SP’s dad, but I got a good start.
This is the last week of school.  I’ll have to say that this year probably has been the best year of my 19 year career.  This will be a fun week for the kids.  We have our awards ceremony tomorrow, Wednesday is a field trip to the zoo in NC, Thursday we have faculty vs. students games, and Friday is a half day for students.  This week is sure to fly by! 
Have a good week!


  1. You and Mr SP had a busy weekend. The steps he’s building look fab! Your new drive/walk way are amazing! Love the varigated liriope. Your home is so beautiful, I just love it.

  2. I’m curious as to what lake that is. I’ve spent a lot of time at Lake Gaston, right over the border into North Carolina, but with those mountains in the background, I know it’s not that. Looks so relaxing.

  3. Amanda @ Serenity Now says:

    Your weekend sounds about 100% better than mine. 😉 I love your new steps, and the lake photo is gorgeous! 🙂

  4. Sounds like a fun weekend.

    Your house is going to be so cute when your plants grow in. Not that it isn’t already, but things just improve with mature plantings.

    And, I am so impressed with your gardening determination!! I’m so thankful I don’t have to deal with deer. Your veggie garden looks great!

    Reese is getting so big!! I know she was so excited to have you there.

    Have a great week!!

  5. What is left to do after school is out? You two have done it all! Do you hire Mr. Sp out for projects? I hope you like the variegated liriope. I think it adds a lot of color throughout most of the year. I only trim it back in March for new growth to begin. What’s your plan for the free plants?

  6. Melissa Miller says:

    Very pretty lake photos! How fun and relaxing this looks.

    I really love your home and landscaping Paula! You all are doing a wonderful job on it. The garden fence is cool for the deer. I have never seen that before.

    Have a great evening. ~Melissa 🙂

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Weekend Report

Another weekend is over. The weather here was unseasonably cool. Last night was a record overnight low for this area.

I am loving not working and having plenty of free time for running and tennis. My running really slowed down because of my foot troubles, but this week was much better. I ran five time! I haven’t been able to do that since early spring. On one of my run I almost stepped on a big Copperhead snake. Luckily it was so busy eating the mouse that was in his mouth that it paid no attention to me. I was freaked out by it, but I’ll admit that I stopped and watched for a while. I wish that I’d had my camera because it would have been a great picture to use for science class.

I have been playing A LOT of tennis and I think I’m regressing. Mr. SP practiced with me for a long time on Friday night and it made me feel a lot better about my ability. I think the butt kicking that two 70 year olds gave me on Thursday made me lose my confidence! I hope I’m still on the court at age 70!

We went out to my running buddy’s new house on Friday night for a tour and to get some veggies. His construction started almost two years ago, so they are most relieved to finally be in their home. He shared beans, onions, tomatoes, and cucumbers with me. I got a call from him on Saturday telling me that his dad died. He’ll be out of town all week and I’m to keep his garden picked while he is gone. His garden is huge. I’m even supposed to pick Okra. What in the heck do I do with that? I should get enough beans to can and enough cucumbers to do a few batches of pickle.

Mr. SP’s sister came in from CA on Saturday for a two week visit. We went to the lake Saturday afternoon. It was cold! I had to wrap a towel around me for most of the ride. This weather is crazy.

Sue will be 50 in a few weeks. She has no wrinkles and not a single grey hair!

When I got home Saturday night, I had a message that my grandmother fell and broke her elbow. I drove two hours each way today to visit. She was tickled pink to see me and was so happy that she had someone to sit with her and to help her a bit. I felt so sorry for her. She would whimper and sometimes scream when the nurses moved her. The poor thing couldn’t get comfortable and wanted to change positions, but doing so really hurt. She’ll see an orthopedic doctor this week to determine if she needs surgery. At 93, this probably won’t be something that will heal quickly.

I’m headed back to my mom’s house tomorrow for another round of “The battle of the painted wallpaper.” I raided Mr. SP’s workshop for tools and I’m ready to do battle!

For those of you who enjoy old houses, these houses are on the same street as my mom’s house. I wish that ALL of the houses were this nice, but unfortunately there are some not so nice ones mixed in. None are terrible, they just need some TLC.


  1. Hi Paula. Sounds like an event filled weekend for you. Does your SIL live on Coronada? I noticed her T shirt. I have a friend who grew up there. I’ve only been once. Such a cute little island.

    So sorry about your Grandmother. Bless her heart. I know she was thrilled to see you.

    The houses around your Moms house are beautiful. Can’t wait to hear the next report.

    Okra? Well, I do love fried okra but I know that’s not a good thing to eat regularly. You can freeze it to use in vegetable soups. I like it that way too.

  2. Amanda @ Serenity Now says:

    A copperhead???! Ewwww!!! In the olden days, when I used to run, I almost stepped on snake too. Except it rose up like it might bite me…I have never ever run so fast in my life. I might have won a gold medal that day…maybe that’s what I need to get in shape…some snakes chasing me. 😉

    Hope your grandmother is on the mend soon, poor thing. 🙁

    Got your comment about the fabric!!! I’ll have to send you some photos of the room b/c I am not sure where to go with colors.

    Our bedroom needs MAJOR decorating work. There’s not a stitch of anything on the walls, save a little flat panel TV (blushing). I’d like to put our white spread on the bed and redo curtains, but not sure about colors yet. 🙂

  3. I’m a new visitor to your blog and enjoy it very much!

    Be careful picking the okra, it can make you itchy…as a matter of fact you might better wear some garden gloves. It is good sliced up,breaded with flour and fried in some hot grease. Or some people even pickle them and eat with salads…that is good too.

    Have fun in the garden ;D

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Weekend Report

Whew! I am officially tired! Between the emotional stress of the wedding and the physical stress of the Fila clinic, I’m worn out.

The wedding ended up being really nice and enjoyable. Mama and I had a hard time during the ceremony and cried all through it, but after that was over and we walked around outside for a bit to calm down, we both got a glass of wine and decided to enjoy ourselves.

My sil rented the entire inn for the wedding. It was so nice to stay there and not to have to worry about driving. The inn has a bar and dining room on the main floor and then another bar and pub in the basement. This was really nice because it spread people out and made it really easy to socialize.

There were a lot of people at the wedding who knew my brother and who I had not seen since his funeral. So many people talked to me and talked about my brother and said nice things. My mother will not talk about my brother at all and it was nice to know that he is not forgotten.

I didn’t take many pictures, but here’s one of Mama, me, and my niece. I hate to cover my niece’s sweet little face, but I don’t want to use a picture of her without her mother’s permission. Trust me, she’s a cutey!

After the festivities were over, we walked to Carl’s for ice cream. (Really frozen custard.) Carl’s has been in Fredericksburg for a long, long time and really draws a crowd. The line snaked around the parking lot, but went surprisingly fast. I think about half of the people who were at the wedding were at Carl’s when we were there. It was hot out, so we had to eat our custard quickly. Can you see the crowd?

We had breakfast at the inn on Sunday, (Grand Marnier french toast – yum), drove my niece to her other grandmother’s house, and then back home for tennis.

Now for the tennis report….
Saturday’s clinic focused on ground strokes, Sunday’s on volley and overheads, and Monday’s on doubles strategy. The pro grouped players by ability and sent the groups to one of five courts. We did a drill for 20 minutes and then rotated courts. Everyone did the same drill at the same time, so each rotation started a new drill. I love clinics and drills! I have a feeling that I won’t play well today because the Fila clinic really is hitting a lot of balls with no instruction. You are moving so fast to try to get to all of the balls that are fed to you that your form goes out the window. We’ll see.

Now for the curtain report…
The Roman Shade for the door is finished and waiting for Mr. SP to finish installing.

The valance pieces are sewn and are ready to be stapled to the boards. I have to buy the boards, get Mr. SP to cut them to the right length, and then I’m almost finished. I still haven’t decided if I’m making panels or not. I know that I have enough fabric to make one, so I might go ahead and make that one and see if I like how it looks.

I don’t like how the stripe ended up on the diagonal, but most of that is covered. I hope to have final results to share with you very soon!


  1. (((hugs))) You and your Mom look lovely and your neice looks precious. I am so glad it went well.

  2. I love that inn! I recognized it right away, as we spent a romantic weekend there a few months ago. That is one of my favorite towns.

    I’m glad that you were able to have a nice time, though it was bittersweet.

  3. so, seriously…I need to know what vitamins you take, LOL!

  4. LOVE your fabric choice and cannot wait to see your finished product!


  5. The three of you look beautiful! I’m glad things went okay.

  6. Love your polka-dot dress. Very stylish & fun.

  7. Oh Paula, what an emotional weekend for you and your family.

    I am glad it went well. It’s a wonderful picture!

  8. Ned from Peyton Place left a comment and I accidentally deleted it. Her MIL lives within walking distance of The Kenmore Inn and they often go for drinks in the downstairs bar. It is a small world!

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