Sweet Sarah

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That’s what my Daddy used to call me. He used to say a little rhyme to me ~ “Sarah Nicole was a good ‘ol soul, she went to heaven in a sugar bowl!” Also, he painted the words “Lil Talker” on my sandbox. But we’re not even talking about that.

We played a team building exercise at work, where co-workers would leave a yellow post-it note in your mailbox with a word that describes you.

I got sweet.

Mostly, I’m happy that I am perceived as sweet. A little generic maybe, but whatever. Perhaps those leaning in closer to me might detect: Sassy, spicy, funny, or okay, sweet.

My Step Mom does sweet right. Really does it well. She exudes a confidence that she can be sweet despite the noise around her. She will not stop being sweet, and a lady. Thank goodness. People take all kinds of liberties that they shouldn’t, when you are sweet. But we’re onto these kind of people, thinking they are sly, taking advantage of our sweet selves. (You’re totally NOT, by the way.) Bless your heart.

Here’s the deal: Sweetness can be mistaken for weakness. It’s quite the opposite. There is power in that epi-center of self-control, that is usually characteristic of sweetness. Tact even. And that’s the sweet spot, my friends. Because when sweet people put their mind to something, we can be fierce. And successful as crap. And win. (Everything is a contest with me. Everyyyything. It’s fun like that.)

Case-in-point: Bindi Irwin on ‘Dancing with the Stars.’ So sweet, that girl. Sweet with some Stevia on top, sweet. She won everyone over with her sweet disposition – but she won with her hard work and belief in herself.

Sweet is a darn good start.

My Daddy also used to say that I was very industrious. I look forward to that written on a piece of paper too someday.

Stay sweet.

Warmly, Sarah

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Outdoor patio: Globe string lights!

Globe string lights are quite popular right now. Everybody seems to want to get their hands on them, (as evidenced by their sell-out rate) and we’re no exception! As a rule, I normally like my home to feel set apart, special, and different from the fray – (as soon as someone does it, I’m looking for a fresh alternative) – but not this time. I’m all about the globe string lights, and the other beautiful touches that Ray implemented in our outdoor patio space. I can only take credit for the ideas – he brought it all to life.

Summer BBQ’s (a California term: Google it.), 4th of July, and 3 gorgeous daughters all with Summer birthdays, necessitates a comfortable outdoor space. We spend A LOT of time in our expansive backyard. We need it awesome.

Before the globe string lights could go up, the real work ensued: Ray hand crafted the crown molding, to frame the bead boarded ceiling he created. This was an all-weekend process, which Ray made look easy. (No cuss, no fuss. lol!) After the crown molding and bead board were up, our girls (ages 5, 12, & 15) painted the ceiling planks that we installed, a gorgeous, Charleston inspired ‘Haint blue.’ (If you haven’t visited Charleston, SC, stop reading this and GO THERE NOW. And go to Hyman’s Seafood Restaurant, for the love of oysters.) Haint blue is a color originally used on the front porches of the Charleston mansions, thought to stop evil spirits from entering the home. (Sign me up, I don’t need any of THAT drama.) I’m down. Because, evil spirits are not cool Y’all. Another perk is that the color repels bugs and such, because the blue resembles the natural sky line. (I’m side-eyeing this one – we still have bugs galore, because – Georgia. Duh.)

Come over and grill out with us! (A Georgia term: Google it.) Until then – Enjoy our pretty patio ‘scape…

Warmly, Sarah

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