A little bit about Robin

I was born in raised in Alabama and am proud of my Southern roots. I love to write and share life experiences, thoughts, and crafty ideas about interesting things past and present. Welcome to my neck of the woods. Sit down and swing a while.

Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Old Friends, Sweet Tea and Me.

On August 18, some of my favorite people from Huntsville held a wedding shower for yours truly. It was fabulous. What a wonderful time to mingle and catch up. Some guests attending I have lost touch with. Sad to see so many years go by without frequent contact. I truly believe it is the friends you have as children that shape you as an adult.

The shower was held at the home of my friend Stephanie H., who has an eclectic style and is a hostess with southern charm and grace. We started out by her pool with mimosas and proceeded in doors to escape the record-breaking heat of over 100 degrees.

Served inside was a delightful dish of Carol M’s famous chicken salad! The fruit cup on the side was made the old fashioned way with watermelon scooped out in cute little balls of sweetness! The drink of Choice…Sweet Tea of course!

After sweet tea and chicken salad I opened mountains of gifts. I have to say I get the prize for the best assortment of shower gifts! We did not have a “themed shower”, and it worked out well in my favor. Among some of the prize possessions was a wrought iron and tin beer tub, monogrammed apron, my favorite scent candle from the Southerness Candle company and cherished pieces of Kate Spade China just to name a few.

One more engagement party in September and then the Big Day! I can’t wait to blog about the Rehearsal Dinner, We are having it in a haunted old Antebellum House in Huntsville. Stay Tuned.

Check out more pics from the Shower:
Me and the Hostess with the Mostess

Huntsville Girls

Art Work in Casa De Stephanie


Wednesday, August 8, 2007

There is Just one Kind of Folk. May Folk.

When I tell people that I am going to my family reunion in Quitman, Missississi they automatically assume that my family is from Quitman. Wrong. Antonio Mcdise, famed basketball
player, Alabama alum and NBA basketball star is from Quitman…and that is about it. Quitman’s other claim to fame is Clarkco Sate Park where the May family has been holding our reunion for the past 24 years.

You see, the May family is not originally from Mississippi. Way way back we were from North Carolina, I think that is why we all look like tall mountain people. Over the years the May’s all migrated to Mississippi and surrounding areas like Tuscaloosa. Now we are scattered about mostly in Mississippi, Louisiana and Alabama. Quitman is the middle ground.

Michael and I went this year to see all the relatives and spend time with my folks. My dad has the perfect way to describe the May Family. He told Michael, “Think BMW’s and gun racks."

On Friday we cooked out and went to an ice cream social. Saturday was the big meal. There are usually 8 different kinds of butter beans to choose from. The family dynamic changes every year. Sometimes there are less of us, sometimes more. But there are usually the staple groups, and that is whom I come to see. The small children grow older and I’m reminded of the times when I was a little girl looking up to my big cousins.

This year we stayed in a typical Clarkco Cabin. Our little wood cabin is where all the men gathered after dinner each night to play poker. They all sit on the back porch facing the lake. I like to sit on the porch and listen to my cousins and uncles talk. You find out more about your family after your relatives have a couple beers. If you are an outsider, like my Michael, and you can hang at the poker table then you will have no problem making friends. I think Michael did all right, it may take a couple more years until he is truly “In the Family”.

Over all the week was wonderful! Check out the scenes my mom captured on her digital camera.

Sunset on Lake.

Lima Beans, Butter Beans, Baked Beans, Corn Bread, Fried Okra, Greens, Meat, Meat and more Meat.

Reading on Back Porch.

Talent Show.

Uncle Ken the minister is Marrying Michael and I, Here we are talking about ceremony.

Here Uncle Ken is singing She'll Be Coming Round the Mountain.

Here, I'm singing Sweet Caroline.

Caught in the act.