Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Voting


So I voted today for our local mayor and school officials.

It's hard to figure out who to vote for anymore.... especially when we have 6 candidates for mayor.  But, two are really just names on the ballot.  I narrowed it down to 3 candidates but it was even hard to find out if they were republican or democrats... so I dug deeper and tried to find all the issues each candidate was running for and why they thought I should pick them and made the best decision I knew.... I just want Decatur to be Greater... it is NOT where it should be, it is not even close to some of our neighboring cities and we are great people and the community has so much to offer but its just not happening.  I hope the best for our city.

As far as the education system... it is in shambles and it needs some major work..... I hope we get some much needed change and improvements for the future of our city.

Anyway, I exercised my privilege today and every time I do so it makes me feel a sense of pride.  I hope you took the time to vote, if not... you still have time! These small elections mean so much more than you think.  

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Sadness and helplessness

I got a msg today asking me if I knew what might be going on with one of my old time friends.  We aren't that close so I wasn't sure but they all thought her boyfriend to whom she had been with for a long time might have died or something.

I was worried about her because no one seemed to know anything and everyone seemed to just want to know but not bother her or something.

I decided I couldn't just sit by and wonder, she might be alone and might need her friends so I left the house and drove the 45 mins to see about her.  Thomas rode with me.  When I got there she had some friends there so she wasn't alone, but sure enough her boyfriend decided to take his own life and she is left with the pieces to pick up.

It breaks my heart in to that I can't help, and don't know what to do... we aren't that close so she may never call or reach out to me, but I seriously will do anything.... within my means (I don't have money or anything).

I found out the service is the weekend so I intend to try to make it to the service and reach out again to help.

I just feel so helpless and useless in the situation but I really do want to help.

I hope she stays strong through this, and just absolutely  hate she has to deal with it.

My daughter is engaged!

He asked her on 4th of July night after they went to see the fireworks, and she said it was very romantic and she is so very happy! :) I am happy for her.  She asked me to take some photos so we finally found time to make it happen. Here are a few of my favorites.













Saturday, August 20, 2016

Old Railroad Bridge

I woke up this morning and Thomas and I headed to the local Farmer's Market. We picked up some fresh tomatoes, plums and cantaloupe.  Then we enjoyed a nice breakfast at Jack's.  We went our separate ways for a little while so he could go fly his airplane and I could get us a picnic lunch together and get ready for a short adventure trip.

Desmond came home from his Dad's and met us so we all go off to "The Shoals" area. It was raining off and on but we managed to pull out a spectacular day despite the weather.

We stopped off at Veterans Memorial Park in Florence and enjoyed our picnic lunch of tomato sandwiches and fruit.  Then we walked around the park, I have to say they really appreciate the soldiers there in Florence the memorial is impressive for such a small community.

Then we went on to find the Old Railroad Bridge which was the focus of our trip there. It is really more in Sheffield but near Florence I don't know where you call it lol.  Anyway it was built in the 1830s and the top is a railroad track the bottom was a bridge traveled by horses/cars and foot.  I find this bridge very fascinating and I am so glad I got to go and enjoy the beauty of it.  I love that they have this historic place  open to the public for a nice walk out on the Tennessee River.  They have nature trails around there for plenty of exercise. :)  They also have snakes lol I about stepped on one... so WATCH OUT! haha.










We closed our trip with dinner at River Bottom Grille.  The atmosphere, the food, the company... it was all PERFECT.  I thoroughly enjoyed our little adventure and look forward to the next one! :)






Friday, August 19, 2016

Friday night



I received this awesome Tshirt in the mail all the way from Oregon from my best friend Alanda! Funny thing is she received a surprise gift from me also... it's amazing we both decided to send a package around the same exact time. :)  I miss her and hope to see her soon.  I also love my shirt!


Thomas and I spent the evening at the night fly for him to fly his airplanes. We dodged some rain but ultimately he had some good flights.  I am glad he has hobbies that make him happy and interested. :)


We finished the evening with dinner out at Sam's Bar and Grill

Sunday, August 14, 2016

Trapped and my Senior!

I spent the day Saturday with my boy.... I had many things on our to do list: School supplies, home depot, groceries, stop for photos somewhere, and house cleaning.  We got most things done, however I didn't get the house work done.

The evening though I was trying to find something fun to do because I was bored more than anything lol so I asked him if he would go to Trapped in Decatur and see if we could escape from the room.

Spur of the moment at 7:15 pm we signed up for the 8 pm room.  It was an absolute BLAST and we made it out with 4 minutes to spare. :)

I can't wait to do this again, it really was a fun time.

Here are a few pics from the day.





Monday, August 8, 2016

My first pair of Contact lenses


Random pics of me WITHOUT glasses. I know I took photos without glasses before, but usually I didn't see well haha Now I can see! :)








Saturday, August 6, 2016

The Lost Sea

Thomas and I took off on another adventure.


We went to the Lost Sea :)



It was very hard to get photos down at the sea, but it was a magnificent site and I think everyone should experience first hand. Nature is truly amazing and beautiful and I have a LOVE for caves during the heat of summer :)


I enjoyed one hell of a good ice cream cone (Orange Pineapple) YUM! And it didn't even effect my sugar negatively after all the effort I made climbing out of that cave haha

This is the tunnel leading in to the cave


Here we (the  happy couple) are waiting for our chance to get in the cave


Just a random photo :)


I wanted to pose with the sign haha not sure why I look hideous


They have a hiking trail there, not sure how long it is because 1, I wore sandles and 2. I didn't want to miss our tour of the cave, but it looked nice and well maintained



On the drive there :)

I love this man of mine and our day trips are the BEST.  We enjoyed a nice dinner on the way home (probably waited a bit late to eat lol) but it was a very enjoyable meal to close out an even more enjoyable day.