All in the family

I recently stumbled across a Facebook dialogue between me and my cousin Cindy from a couple of months ago.  For some reason, reading it again really cracked me up.

It should most likely offer you a lovely window into my family’s warped sense of humor.

I had just posted this picture of a 4-year old Kim, as part of a #100 Happy Days Social Media challenge. My cousin was quick to comment, sneaking in a reference to my childhood fear of Santa Claus.







Dining is Caring – #WeBrewScholars

Tonight was one of my favorite nights out – the #WeBrewScholars “A Taste of India” monthly fundraising dinner produced by the Learning Tea at Dr. Bombay’s Underwater Tea Party.


The Program

The Learning Tea‘s mission is to provide life scholarships to impoverished young women in India by giving them the opportunity to continue their education through university. The Learning Tea pays for complete tuition and living expenses while providing a safe and stable dormitory living environment.


The Scholars

Their primary fundraiser is the monthly dinner at Dr. Bombays, the last Monday of every month, serving up a pretty effin’ tasty 4-course vegetarian Indian meal for a measly twenty bucks.  Not too shabby.


The Very Delicious Samosas

I look forward to this night so much, mostly because we always manage to round up a great group for dinner.  Tonight I was joined by Dana, Susan, Cooper, Kathryn and Samuel.


Photobombed by the Coopster.


Celebrating with bubbles.  BTW, champagne is delicious with Indian food.  Just in case you didn’t know.


A Toast to Good Friends, Good Food, Health and Happiness.


The indomitable Dana – one of my bestest and the life of any and every party.

It’s a fitting counter-balance to the culinary excesses I over-enjoyed this week at home, and what a nice thing – using something as simple as a meal to give others a home and future.

#Diningiscaring #Webrewscholars #theLearningTea #DrBombays



#Weekend Coffee Share: There and Back Again


~My theme for this month’s Nano Poblano challenge is Motion~

Hi!  Thanks so much for stopping by.  Sorry it’s so late – we just drove in from Birmingham, but I’m still glad to see you!  What may I offer you?  Maybe some coffee – I think I’ve got decaff – or maybe tea? Or I could offer a glass of wine or I have some sparkling raspberry lime water, if you’d like.

How was your Thanksgiving?  Did you visit family or have family over to your house or get to spend some time alone relaxing?


The Fam

We had a lovely visit with my parents and family in Birmingham for three days.  Lots and lots of eating.  ::sigh:: Turkey and dressing (and the works) is my favorite food in the world and you’d thought I consumed enough to hold me ’til next year, but my Mom packed us up a bunch of left-overs, so I’ll be enjoying turkey and cranberry sauce sammies and green bean casserole for a few days more.



May I freshen your drink?  How about a slice of pumpkin pie or some of this cowboy bark?  It’s dark chocolate with toffee, pretzels, almonds and sea salt – highly addictive.  I’m going to be eating a lot more healthily as of next week – OMG, I have to.  I will also be getting my butt back in yoga on a regular basis.

It was really wonderful to see everyone and just detach for a few days.  The internet was a little spotty, so it was an awesome excuse to put down the laptop and just enjoy hanging out, watching movies, talking and helping out a little around the house:  David helped my Mom put up the tree and I actually voluntarily raked the front yard for my dad – I think it’s the first time I’ve ever picked up a rake when it wasn’t at gunpoint. 🙂


Regardless, I needed the whole break pretty badly as next week is my last week at my current job and I know there’s a lot to do to transition my responsibilities to my team before I leave.

Let me top you off – this pot is fresh.

I can’t tell you how much I’m looking forward to December this year.  I’ve got a little bit of a break before the new career kicks in and I’m hoping to spend a lot of quality time with friends, catching up and enjoying all the great seasonal happenings in Atlanta.  I’m planning a little ice skating and a trip to Snow Mountain, as well as making jewelry and cookies and I may try my hand at some homemade Baileys Irish Cream.

So, what’s on your agenda for the holidays?  Will you be staying at home or traveling this year?  Do you make any gifts or do you love to shop?

Are you sure you can’t stay for one more cup?  It was so nice to see you!  Hope we’re able to catch up again soon.  I hope your Thanksgiving was filled with so many great things to be grateful for and I’ll look forward to hanging out a little more in December.

Here’s hoping you have a fabulous week!

And thanks to Miss Emily’s Home for Full Grown Nerds for turning me on to Diane at Part-Time Monster’s #weekendcoffeeshare.  Please stop by her page to enjoy coffee and time with the rest of the crew!




Home Again, Home Again

Being home for the last three days (with iffy internet) has inspired me to dig into the archives to amuse you (and complete Nanopoblano), so here’s something I wrote a while back that being back at the homestead has reminded me of:

A Hellacious Belle’s Guide to the New South: Pretty is as Pretty Does

Things Southern Mamas say to their little girls:

“I’m gonna jerk a knot on you.”
“Just wait ’til I tell your Daddy what you’ve done.”
“Get that hair out of your eyes.”
“Wipe that look off of your face.”
“Missy, we don’t talk that way.”
“Don’t make me come over there.”
“Get ‘cher tail over here right this minute.”
“You are getting mighty big for your britches.”
“You are walkin’ a fine line, young lady.”
“Stand up straight.”
“Pretty is as pretty does.”
“Hush your mouth.”
“You think you’re real cute, don’t you?”
“I brought you in to this world, and I can take you out of it.”
“Sister, you sass me again and I’ll knock you into next week.”
“If you keep making that face, it’s gonna freeze that way.”
“Don’t you act ugly now.”
“Clean that plate. There are children starving in Africa.”
“Go out in that yard right now and pick me a switch.”
“If you eat your bread crusts, it will make your hair curly.”
“You’d be so pretty if you just smiled.”


“Whuppins were like kid taxes we paid with our behinds.”
― Terris McMahan Grimes, Smelling Herself: A Novel


See Ya Later Alligator…

Since this is Thanksgiving week, I thought I’d share some things in my life that I’m extremely grateful for.  I’m certainly thankful for this post I wrote two years ago, which I’ll share with you again, about a special little guy who’s a big part of my life.


My alligator butler, Jeeves.



We first met Jeeves (or his prototype, who we now call Jeeves, Sr.) at a beach house we rented in Rosemary Beach, Florida two years ago. I fell immediately, head-over-heels in love with the little bronze fella and launched a relentless campaign for a Jeeves of our own. I found his maker on-line (Frontgate) and immediately began staging pictures of Jeeves “being helpful around the house” to assist in the case I was presenting my husband to justify spending hard-earned money on a prefabricated metal reptile.


Whose life wouldn’t be improved with a little assistance from a medium-sized fake lizard with a perky bow tie bearing an ever-so-helpful tray?


I was so wildly successful in my proposal (or so annoying my husband just gave in) that soon a little Jeeves came to live with us.

We have whole-heartedly incorporated him into our lives and actually dress him up for holidays.

Sure and begorrah, that's me lucky lizard!

Sure and begorrah, that’s me lucky lizard!

Burn's Supper (Scottish Holiday on the birthday of poet Robert Burns)

Burn’s Supper (Scottish Holiday on the birthday of poet Robert Burns)

Baby New Years. (except that when I posted this picture on Facebook, everyone thought David and I were announcing that we were having a child.)

Baby New Years. (except that when I posted this picture on Facebook, everyone thought David and I were announcing that we were having a child.)

He’s wildly handy for al fresco suppers.

Jeeves, Sommelier

Jeeves, Sommelier

We often have him greet party guests at the door with a selection of libations.

"Drinks, anyone?"

“Drinks, anyone?”

So today, I am grateful for my wonderful alligator butler.

And my even more awesome husband for bringing him into our lives.

(By the way, Jeeves has his own Facebook page and would like to be your friend.)

#Share Your World: Choosing Gratitude

Tonight, I am grateful for  Cee’s Share Your World Blogging Challenge, which asks us this week to share things we’re thankful for.

What are you grateful for in regard to:

Your home life?

I’m very grateful for my husband, David.  I was single for a really, really long time – it’s not that I didn’t meet people or date,  I just never found that person who was right for me.

We met six years ago.  It was truly magic.

And it’s been worth the wait.


Your family?

I’m incredibly thankful for my parents and my mother-in-law.  Their love, support and friendship is such an important and necessary part of my life.

Your blogging community?

I can’t say “thank you” enough for the kind support of the Cheerpeppers and the entire WordPress community and the opportunity to interact with these talented, caring and multi-faceted people.


Your city or immediate area in which you live?

I live in Atlanta and while I do sometimes complain about the traffic (which is horrific), I’m totally in love with our art and restaurant scenes and so many of our vibrant, charming neighborhoods.


The regional area in which you live?

I’m very proud to be a Southern girl.  I’m thankful that I was raised with manners (even if they were at times “whupped” into me) and an appreciation for my heritage.

The country where you live?

I am fortunate and thankful to be an American.  We are blessed with so many freedoms and opportunities.


I’m so very grateful for courage found in unexpected times and places, for growth and hope, for overcoming my fears and jumping into to new things.

My theme for this month’s Nano Poblano challenge is Motion.





My theme for this month’s Nano Poblano challenge is Motion.

Today my bestie and I strolled the Atlanta Beltline over to Inman Park for brunch.

They had installed some new art on the trail, which was pretty fun.





It was pretty crowded, so we had to keep breaking through groups of people, leaping out of the path of bikes and skateboards, just to be able to take pictures.


I guess that made us “artful dodgers.”

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Seeing beauty

The theme for this week’s WordPress Photo Challenge is magic.

That’s a really cool subject, and as soon as I read it, I knew I wanted to post something, so I let the concept start rolling around my brain, picking up lint and potato chip crumbs (need to vacuum in there) while trying to crystallize what it is that I find magical.

A poem kept coming to mind.  I read it ages ago in high school, but it stuck with me, I think, because of the flat-out gorgeous, visceral imagery and the message –  of what beauty lies in the incredible uniqueness we see in the world all around us: light, dark, bright, shadowed, striped, swirled, one of a kind:

Glory be to God for dappled things —
For skies of couple-colour as a brindled cow;
For rose-moles all in stipple upon trout that swim;
Fresh-firecoal chestnut-falls; finches’ wings;

Landscape plotted and pieced — fold, fallow, and plough;
And all trades, their gear and tackle and trim.


All things counter, original, spare, strange;
Whatever is fickle, freckled (who knows how?)


With swift, slow; sweet, sour; a-dazzle, dim;
He fathers-forth whose beauty is past change:
Praise him.

– Gerard Manley Hopkins


My theme for this month’s Nano Poblano challenge is Motion.