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Sunday, April 15, 2012

Southern Girl

 I am back from a few days with my mom and her new husband, they fed me good food and I got to relax at their new house all weekend, doing absolutely nothing.
There are just some things I love about being a southern girl. One of those things is the marvel of a southern mom.  If you are from the south and around my age, and if you are lucky enough to still have your mom, there is a good chance she still gets her hair "fixed". My mom cracks me up. She turned 81 on Friday, and Friday is the day she gets her hair fixed and it has been the day since we moved to the beach in 1960. She gets up every morning, dresses up like she is going to church, puts on her jewelry and her makeup and her shoes. Clearly, I do not take after her.
Oh lord, her shoes! Check out these new shoes she got for her birthday... She has fallen quite a few times in the past in high heels, she has broken both her ankles, torn ligaments in her legs, but she refuses to wear "old lady shoes". So here is what she had on when I got there on Friday, haha! She has had polished toes and an ankle bracelet and new shoes for as long as I can remember.


 Here she is on her birthday with new hubby after a great dinner at the local fishing pier's restaurant, his son in law's parents own the place so we went there for some amazing just caught seafood. Look how cute this 81 year old couple is! Gives me great hope for a long life!! They are so tan and fit and in pretty good health, and they laugh all the time. Recipe for a long life :)
 Another thing I love about the south, fried shrimp basket with fries, YUM!!!
I sat on the screened porch by the pool reading Faulkner all day. We found a little bird's nest in the yard, made of pine straw, so sweet.....that's about all I did....


I miss the beach a lot and will probably never live there again. I miss the Palmetto trees, the red clay tile roofs, ocean breezes, pink skin after a day in the sun, the salty taste of your skin after a walk on the beach,the sand in my bed, spanish moss hanging in the trees, and the smell of the board walks that lead to the beach. I love that gray aged wood and the wind and the live oak trees that have been shaped by the wind....



There are so many things I love about being a southern girl. It was fun to spend a few days at the beach being lazy and having my mom spoil me just a little bit. Back to work on Monday!
 

 peace ya'll.... from here in the South

18 comments:

Dennis Allen said...

Sounds like a great weekend.

Julie Whitmore Pottery said...

Tracey what a beautiful post.
So evocotive and makes me understand so much better what living in the south means.
Your mom is a stunner!
xx
julie

Tracey Broome said...

Hey Dennis, it was definitely a nice relaxing weekend! Thanks Julie, yeah, my mom is pretty cute, she still has guys asking her out haha!

cookingwithgas said...

Yes,yes and h*ll yeah.
Your mom is a looker!
And the food- yum!

Tracey Broome said...

My mom is a nut:) but she means well.... she is going to break her neck in those shoes though!

Kelly said...

Aw! I love your mom so much! I love her shoes, ankle bracelet and toes:)
Sounds like a wonderful way to spend a couple of days.

Tracey Broome said...

Kelly, I forgot to mention, her husband painted her toenails haha!! how cute is that?!

Peter said...

Lovely post, and I like your description of living near the sea, even to the sand in the bed! Your mom's shoes are fantastic, and the toenails. Isn't it great to keep on living life like that.

k.houser said...

makes me miss FLA...I grew up at the beach and all my family still live within walking distance of the ocean...I need my fix...I love the Steel City but NEED my beach fixes.

Tracey Broome said...

Peter it is so great to keep living life in a joyful way, good example for me!
K. I know, I have to get frequent fixes myself, since I don't see me living at the beach again any time soon....

JUDI TAVILL said...

That's great.....I get it.

Michèle Hastings said...

We should declare this post about your Mom week, since we both did Mom posts yesterday!
We are lucky to still have parents that are in as you say, relatively good health. My Dad has slowed down more than Mom, she is still can go non-stop.

Love the beach pics and seafood... drooling now.

Lori Buff said...

What a great way to spend the weekend. You're mother and her husband don't look like they are 81 but they do look like a cute couple. You are so fortunate to be able to visit them fairly easily.
Okay, I have to call my Mom today, thanks for the reminder.

eb said...

love this post - your mom is a doll!
also love your new work...

xox - eb.

Laura Farrow said...

your mom looks FABULOUS. Yes to laughter and healthy living! And yeah, I can never get enough of the beach either.

Tracey Broome said...

Thanks everyone, I'll pass your nice comments on to my mom! She will be so happy :)
Michele, I saw a couple of other mom posts yesterday too, now it's time for the dads!!

jimgottuso said...

hi tracey, your mom and mine too. my mom gets here hair done once a week also except it's that color that only people in the 80s can get... a kind of coppery gray color. she just got her foot operated on and is hoping to get out on the dance floor. she does the nail thing too but i have to say... those shoes!

Tracey Broome said...

Hey Jim: my mom used to get her hair"frosted" but she has decided to go natural, no more color, just a can of hairspray every week!