Since July 1 is my 29th anniversary of being sober, I thought I’d tell the story of why I never drank beer.
When I was 13, I was visiting my Aunt Katie, and Uncle James. Somehow he spilled almost a half can of beer on me. I was horrified!! Reeking of beer, I knew my @$$ was grass, and Dad was gonna mow it. So I begged Aunt Katie to ask me to spend the night, so I’d have time to shower, and wash my outfit, which she gladly did.
Ever since that night, I’ve despised the smell of beer. With good reason!
Congrats to me for being sober so long!! Well, not really. God delivered me!! And He’s the one who keeps me sober, day by day.
Mama’s 80th Birthday party 🥳🎉 was a resounding success!!
Sis’ church is also Mama’s, so they graciously let us have it there. Thank you, Youman’s ! You’ve already seen the entrance, but to usher you back in…
I didn’t get the coral memo!!
Miss Carla was our Bible study table leader YEARS ago!! 10 maybe?? For Mama, Michelle, Aunt Pat, me; and she STILL prays for us, kids, grands; AND sends us Birthday cards!!! Miss Carla is AMAZING!! We all love her dearly
We got a pic of Mama, and we 3 kids.
We all are so profoundly glad to have Mama, still after80 wonderful years! And thankful for her continued good health. God is so good!!
Look out world! Mama’s graduating into a new decade!!
The Matriarch of the Chaney/Hawkins families will be 80 years old on June 5th!! Congrats, Mama!!
Now, on to planning the party!!
For years, nay decades even!! Mama has been in love with giraffes.
Now, she’s added butterflies! What?? When’d that happen?? Apparently when Aunt Opal, her older sister died., around 2 years ago, now. Oh, ok.
So, when I told Sis we were now in planning mode, for Mama’s 80th party, well, that’s when I was informed we had to do both. Are ya kiddin?? Nope, no she wasn’t.
Ok, no matter that I already started purchasing these:
I’ll just start ALL over again, no prob. (For her!!)
So, now we have these plates. I think they’re stunning!
But, since that is almost life size, WAAYY too little for food!! (Back to the store/scrolling online, for regular sized plates. ) My therapist helped me tie the antennas on abut 50. Then, CC helped me finish the rest when she arrived. 88 is a heckuva lot of antennas to tie~! Just saying!
Regular pink paper cups, napkins….
Giraffe tapestries that I already had… 5. FIVE???? Yup, 5. (Wonder what I’ll do with the 3 that didn’t fit in the fellowship hall at church?? And don’t fit on the walls in Mama’s apt??)
Here’s the tissue paper carnations the girls made.
Yes, I changed flowers there in mid make, didn’t I?? Sorry!
I can’t show the finished flowers, cuz I didn’t take any pix, by themselves. I took pix of the girls holding them up.
The A in A’dale is pronounced the same as awe. Why do I want to write about my town?? IDK. Just cuz. Felt pretty, might delete later. lol
This is the same town as last apartment. Just 6 miles closer to Plant City!! yay!
A’dale is such a pretty little place. The main thorough fare runs past the most gorgeous park!! It’s not huge, but the whole thing is under grandfather oaks. Majestic!!
Most of all, important to me, bathrooms are right there!
And a brick safety fence surrounds it, so the babies don’t run out on the train tracks. (Not the scenic part, I assure you!) But the kiddos all seem to like stopping their play to watch it rumble by. and their delight in hearing the horn, makes my headache slightly less, but not much!
Both our babies like to walk the fence.
The ice cream trucks make this a regular stop on the route. One even takes credit cards!! Oh joy!! Since we rarely carry cash nowadays.
Ice cream is excellent! Not liking the dog in there tho. Thankfully, this is just a Google image!