candy, dying eggs, Easter, Easter basket, Easter Bunny, Easter eggs, spring

“Hoppy” Easter!

While I no longer eagerly anticipate the arrival of the Easter Bunny, or wake up at the crack of dawn to hunt Easter eggs and check the contents of my Easter basket…I still love the holiday! We still dye Easter eggs, every year, even though we’re all “grown ups.” And yes, I ate Easter candy for breakfast — I’m still a 6 year old at heart!

Chicks dig me!

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The River City

I love Jacksonville. It’s a huge, beautiful city, with countless things to do. One of my favorites is the Riverside Arts Market. It’s right on the river, and it’s a total celebration of all things local — artists, musicians, produce, etc. And did I mention it’s right on the river? That’s another one of my favorite things about Jacksonville — no matter where you go, you’re never very far from the water.

Under the bridge

Large dog with tiny boy...precious

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The perks of appendicitis

To be honest, there aren’t many. In fact, I can only think of two. One, they take out your appendix, thus putting an end to the searing pain. And two, the people that love you bring gorgeous flowers to brighten up your dreary hospital room.

I know these things because, well, I had appendicitis about two weeks ago. Let me tell you, it’s not fun. I don’t recommend it. I don’t think there’s a way to prevent it, but if there is, I strongly suggest you take every precaution. Intense pain; many, many hours in the emergency room; hospital food — it’s just not an enjoyable experience.

Until you realize how many people love you and care about you and genuinely mean it when they say “get well soon.” That’s what got me through those 4 long days (which literally seemed like eternity) in the hospital. That, and these gorgeous flowers!

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