This first week of September finds us at another seasonal juncture. It’s the perfect opportunity to reflect on memories of the summer while anticipating the splendors that autumn brings us. Summertime at The Gracious Posse was filled with caring for each other, travel, projects, cooking our favorite summer recipes, and stopping to savor the serendipity and grace we encounter every day. In case you missed any of it (we’ve included follow-up activity) or simply want to wallow in summertime for a few more minutes, read on.
Caring for Each Other
A big part of The Gracious Posse’s mission is to support each other and the broader community in a gracious and festive way. June 2 marked our first event, The Royal Baby Shower Benefit. Alison and I couldn’t resist the opportunity to celebrate all things royal after the fun we had two years ago watching the Royal Wedding in real time.
This time, though, it only made sense to throw a baby shower and support local pregnant women in need and their precious babies who are served by the Pregnancy Resource Center of Metro Richmond. Thank you again to all who attended and gave to the cause!
In June Alison shared the Tale of Baby Adam.
This is a remarkable true-life story about newlyweds Jessica and Raja adopting an abandoned and severely deformed baby while working in India and returning to the States for his numerous, complex and expensive surgeries. How humbled I felt after reading this tale, an example of Christian love by caring for the least of us. Their extended family and friends demonstrated real gracious living by raising money and providing emotional support for this young family on a journey of compassion. Enough money was raised for Adam to have his latest round of his surgeries on August 23rd. His palette has now been completely closed, but funds are still needed for on-going support through the Baby Adam Fund.
I had the thrill of a lifetime traveling to Italy to sing with my choir from St. James’s Episcopal Church. After months of rehearsal, we departed June 2 for 10 days of singing and sight-seeing in Venice, Ravenna and Florence, Siena and Rome. The post-script to my Italian odyssey recounted all the odds and ends a trip like that is likely to collect. If you are contemplating a trip to those cities, or want to travel vicariously, click through my coverage.
Other travel destinations included a field trip to Lavender Fields Herb Farm, in Glen Allen, Virginia, proving you don’t have to travel far to escape the daily routine. North Carolina, the Tarheel state to our south, provided two favorite destinations: Sunset Beach and Chapel Hill. Posse Pal lFy and I have a fondness for Sunset Beach as she comments here
I was introduced to Sunset Beach in the late ’70s when the roads were still packed sand as you headed towards Ocean Isle a few blocks past the pier! It is truly the most family-friendly beach and I chuckled at the memory of your kids heading to the Island Market for newspapers and candy! (Our kids started getting donuts as they got older….)
Our traditions are so similar to yours! And I agree with your comments about the bridge although I was wistful and teary-eyed to originally see it go.
Alison mused on Favorite Family Vacations and did manage to make it to one of hers,
Now that the summer has ended, do you have any new destinations to add to our favorites? We’d love to add it to our Posse-approved locales.
Between Alison’s love of painting and my passion for sewing, we were constantly busy restoring and rehabilitating yard sale finds and consignment store treasures. We taught ourselves the art of gold-leafing, using a canvas drop cloth to reupholster a stool and creating cushions for a pair Frances Elkins-esq chairs. Alison applied all her creativity to create a blue haven
for her daughter’s college apartment, all on a budget.
Before I could put away my sewing machine for a few weeks, I created an apron from a vintage table cloth which I featured when I shared my growing apron collection. This post generated a lot of comments from the posse, including photos from lDd
I love aprons! I even have one I wear in the yard when I am planting my planters.
Well… another thing that Pat and Duncan have in common… the same apron brought back from Italy!! LOL!!!
Incidentally, my mother couldn’t resist giving my eldest an apartment-warming gift she purchased from an Atlanta Symphony Orchestra event.
Our Christmas in July week offered inspiration for recipes, Christmas cards, Gift Ideas, our Favorite Homemade gifts and repurposing old Christmas cards to get you organized and calm for that HOHOHO time of year.
Posse pal pPf said that St. Jude’s Ranch for Children has a recycled card program that recycles donated cards. The campers (at-risk children) at the ranch remake the cards and receive compensation and job-skills in the process. A true win-win, especially for those of the posse that aren’t inclined to repurpose the cards themselves.
We know that some of you groaned at the merry-making in July, but now you might find it helpful since
Christmas is just 112 days away!
We out-cooked even ourselves with the Royal Baby Shower menu. This menu, complete with recipes, is appropriate for a baby or bridal shower, or any other time when you seek to serve true girl food. After that, we focused on summer favorites Cobbler versus Pies on the 4th of July, and my quest for the Ultimate Key Lime Pie.
Beauty In Our Midst
We had the pleasure of visiting Sunny Goode’s gracious home for another installment of Artist…in Residence. We know The Gracious Posse loves to see where noted artists create and find inspiration.
Fortunately, this summer was not one of the hottest on record, though it did have its moments. During one of them, we profiled this gorgeous Gillette garden in RVA.
Looking at that glorious garden armed with a glass of Delta Mint Tea, I can just feel the temperature drop!
Happy New Year
It’s Back-to-School for many of us, signaling the start of the Other New Year. Can’t you just smell a fresh box of crayons? For many, we find ourselves in a different routine, not taking those first-day-of-school photos and buying school supplies. After reading the Empty Nest post, posse pal aRm sent me a link to a lovely opinion piece from the New York Times, After the Children Have Grown. It resonated with me, and I hope you find it thought-provoking whether your nest is empty or not.
Wishing you all the best as we head into a new season!