While walking today, I met Shirley. She peered out from below her straw hat and removed her gardening gloves to say hello.
I don't really remember if I pursued her or she pursued me, but I ended up with a wonderful short story of her life.
She's a born and raised Floridian. Oh, now I remember, we had just arrived and she asked me about the weather on our way down. Told her it didn't reach 50 degrees until the Florida/Georgia line.
Her Georgia husband (not quite sure if he was the original) found his "Miss Shirley" while vacationing in the panhandle. They moved here in 2001. He passed away in 2007. She loves it here, but is kinda lonely. Thinks about returning to the top of Florida, but probably won't.
She weeded her whole garden (maybe a 4' x 4' space) while telling her story, and then asked mine. She couldn't place mom and dad, but welcomed me. She called me Miss Julee.
Later in the day, while we visited with mom and dad, Miss Shirley walked up to us. She had her headscarf tied securly and her handbag hugged tightly.
I introduced her as my new friend and then she rambled on with the biggest smile on her face,
"Miss Julee, thank you for stopping by, where were my manners, I should have invited you in."
"I live in the oldest trailer, but I keep a clean house."
"Nobody much likes me here."
"I'm straight down the road in A-11, it's the oldest, and most rundown trailer in here. (It's a darling 1950ish peach Tropicana, and I love it.)
"Nobody here talks to me much."
"I stay to myself, but it does get pretty lonely."
"Ole Miss Shirley, livin' in the dumpiest trailer, with no friends."
"Nobody much likes me here."
Well, Miss Shirley, you can't say that anymore, because we just met you and we like you already.
And God loves you, my dad reminded her.
I will look to say hello and visit with her from here on out. I could use some of her southern charm and she could use some of my self esteem.
Verse of the day:
Motto of the day: Smile and say hello to everyone you meet.
Photo of the day: The shelf, circa 1995ish from Muskegon's own Pier One, was the Mr's "Honey do" project today and a shot of kitchen. My live-in dishwasher wouldn't like that I posted a pic with dishes in the sink, but I refuse to cook* and clean-up.
Turkey Chili from THM
Homemade Wheat Thins from THM with Asiago Cheese
1 lb ground turkey (from cage free turkeys)
1 can organic Chili beans or black beans
1 can organic diced tomatoes
1 can organic tomato sauce
12 oz organic chicken broth
Salt, pepper, garlic and onion salt to taste (I browned my ground turkey with garlic and onion)
2t Chili powder Brown turkey and simmer all ingredients for 1/2 hr. Smells like you cooked all day.
Wheat Thins from THM
3/4 C golden flax
3/4 C almond flour
2 egg whites
2 T nutritional yeast
1 T parmesan cheese (I used 2 heaping T)
1 T olive oil
1/2 t baking soda
Mix all together and roll out as thin as you can get it with parchment paper. Bake at 350 for 15-20 min.
Steamed Buttered Broccoli