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A + A . . . Saturday!

Aces, where do I begin?  

Well, before I go on to share the Awkward/Awesome-ness of my week, I will explain why this post comes a day late.  

Rewind to yesterday, Friday, the 20th of February:

Good morning, cold world! The day began like any other. . . 
*enter dramatic music* 
I got up, dressed, made my bed and went downstairs to fix a breakfast smoothie and read the Proverbs of the day.  Later in the morn, we get a call from Grandmommy saying that she's spoken to Aunt Margaret who got a call from News Channel 9, wanting to interview my sister about the dramatic rescue of a calf, that happened Thursday morning. . .

Long story short, my sister Jenny took a drive with my aunt and cousins to see the beautiful results of our TN ice storm earlier that week.  They just so happened to be in the right place at the right time to experience the rescue of a little calf who had fallen into a rather large pond and was trying to keep its head out of the water.  Many people showed up to help and Jenny had the privilege to photograph the whole scene.  Her pictures were sent to the local news website,, and featured in their morning fax.  My great-Uncle Bo was actually the one to lasso the calf from the water and, with the assistance of a couple other men, successfully pulled the calf to safety.  (It is now up and eating, safe and warm.) 
So to recap, my sister and Uncle Bo were interviewed and featured on News Channel 9 television yesterday at 5:30pm.  So exciting!

That was one adventure.  The next follows. . .
I went in to work as usual yesterday afternoon--which takes a good 30 minutes for me to drive there and back.  By the time I walked into the store, it had started to flurry.  That was 4pm, and by 7:30, we had the go-ahead to close the store at 8 instead of the usual weekend time of 9pm.  And I was SO thankful we did! 
Where my regular drive to and from work takes only a half hour, this one took three!  I pulled onto the interstate among large flurries, slid some on the turn (scared me some!) and never really went over 30mph on the 70mph interstate.  I made it past the Charleston exit, but finally had to pull off at the Calhoun exit and slowly make my way to Highway 11, where I waited for my daddy and grandfather to pick me up.  (My heroes!) 
Visibility as I was driving was nothing.  I have never driven in such conditions (and really don't want to again), but all was well and we finally pulled into our driveway around 11pm.  So thankful for God's protection! and the many prayers of family and friends.
That's one adventure I won't likely forget.

And now on to A + A!


  • Running into the corner of a wall and coming away with a. . . bruise?!  (I really hit it that hard? *hysterical laughter*)
  • Sleeping past your THREE alarms and having no memory of turning them off.
  • When your kitty is so cold she HAS to be held and NOT put down.  If you try to put her down, you might get a nibble on your hand.  With teeth.
  • When a customer describes his tattoo.  At Lifeway.
  • The truth in this GIF:

  • The progress you are making in your handwritten Poem book! Photos to come soon. :]
  • Writing short stories.
  • When your sister (and uncle) is featured on a local news station!
  • This motivational poster.  Virtual high five if you know where she's from! xD (It's my favorite quote from the series.)
  • Brainstorming with a sister about rewriting fairytales in the Western aspect. . . Ohoho! The ideas that come to mind! Might be able to create a short story for this here blog. . . Maybe.
  • My grandmother (Da's mother) is safely home after knee surgery and therapy, and doing well.
  • This 2-Minute French Toast in a Cup recipe! So yummy.
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Thanks for reading!  Have a lovely weekend!

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  1. That's really cool that your sister and uncle were interviewed!

    And, yeah. Snow is fun, but not when you're driving in it. Not that I would know...but it sure sounds scary!

    Hope you have a lot more "awesomes" this week :)

  2. That's quite the adventure! Sounds very scary! I'm glad you had your family to help you out.

    Dearie, I know how it feels sleeping through three alarms with NO memory of them! I'm afraid it's a regular problem with me. #-.-# Not entirely my fault (I have sleeping problems) but still so embarrassing and frustrating.

    Aw, poor kitty! Or maybe I should say poor you?

    Yay, more photos from your poem book! ^-^

    And ooh, western fairytales! Sounds fun! Samantha and I have brainstormed some ideas in that genre ourselves but I don't think I've read enough westerns to really pull it off. ;)

    I'm glad to hear that your grandmother is home and doing well.

    Oh, yes. Virtual high five!

  3. Ally: Yes! Probably a once-in-a-lifetime thing for her, so I'm glad she has this story to tell her future family. :] And I am so ready for Spring!

    Nightingale: I'm glad you understand! Though sleeping problems can't be good...
    Yes, I hope to do a post featuring some pics from my poem book. We'll see!
    I love Westerns, as you know, and thanks to Julia I've got the creative juices flowing. ;D
    Ahahaha! Uncle Varrick--LOVE it!

    Thanks for commenting, ladies!

  4. My goodness, what a week you've had! That is SO cool about Jenny and your uncle. How exciting! :D

    And ack! I'm cringing just thinking about my Sarah driving through those conditions. What a merciful God we have! I'm so, so glad you're all right. I've never driven through anything like that myself. I can't even imagine. *shivers* So happy you're safe! *huggles*

    Oooh, this mention of a fairytale story excites me greatly! >:D

    Well my, you've had quite a week! Our God is amazing, isn't He? ^_^

  5. Ooh, I really like the Western fairy tail idea. That would definitely be something I would like to read. ;) Sounds like you've had an interesting week.

  6. Glad both you and the calf are safe and sound! What a week you've had!

    Those Jack Sparrow pictures... XD

    Unfortunately, I have no idea where that motivational poster is from. o_O

  7. Christine: Aww, you are too sweet! And yes, our God is so good! :] <3

    Proverbs31Teen: Definitely an interesting week! And if it works out, I'm hoping to make the re-tellings into short stories... It's a long shot, but something for me to work toward. :]

    Michelle: Thank you, girlie! And Jack, oh Jack. He always makes me laugh! No worries on the poster, she hails from the series, Avatar: the Legend of Korra. It's not as good (in my opinion) as the first Avatar: the Last Airbender, but still funny (just not as). If that made sense... Anyway, I love that show, I just don't condone all the reincarnation junk. For a good story with hilarious humor, it's one of my faves. :]

  8. Ohhh, yes, Jack is just an unending source of hilarity!

    I haven't watched either of the two Avatar series, but I've heard of it. Nifty! :)

    (By the way, I'm the same person as Michelle--I just changed the name I use online. Michelle was *going* to be a pen name, but not anymore. :P )

  9. Well, hi there, Tracey! I totally understand regarding pen names. I was using Sarah Sackett for a while (and still love it!), but since getting my poems out into the web world, I thought it best to use my real name. :]

  10. 'Ello!

    Aw, Sarah Sackett is cute. ^_^

    But yes, using my real name is just easier.


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