Friday, March 10, 2017

Bloom Where You Are Planted

Good afternoon my dears, how have you been?

Yesterday, it was in the 70's with Carolina blue skies, birds chirping, a gentle sway of wind, and sunshine - glorious sunshine. I met my hubby for a lunch date at one of our favorites, Bravo, which serves up food with an Italian flare.

Oh. My. Goodness.

I ordered a dish, akin to a Mediterranean meal with rice pilaf, vegetables, and grilled shrimp and it was delicious, not just the first bite, but all the bites. So I'll definitely be ordering that again.

I came home and took care of my routine in our home and garden, then sat on the front steps, and took in as much of the spring-like day as I could. I pulled out my camera, and started snapping pictures of all the flowers that were blooming - a flower journal of sorts.

Then I found out that we're expecting snow this weekend. Which is random, considering we've only had one snow day this year, so I'm praying that my flowers will make it through.



 Muscari, aka Grape Hyacinth

English Ivy 



Last weekend we were mostly outdoors, in the garden, bagging straw, reseeding, planting flowers, and getting our pool clean and ready for spring and summer. It takes us a few weeks, from taking of the cover off, to chlorinating, pumping, removing leaves and vacuuming, which is arduous for some, but for us it gets us active outside - enjoying the sunshine.

We also went to go see the movie Before I Fall, based on the book by Lauren Oliver. The main character, Samantha Kingston, is played by Lea Thompson's daughter, Zoey Deutch. She and her friends get into a car accident, yet everyday she wakes up and relives her last day, like purgatory. 

I think the movies lesson was that we all have an impact on those around us, so be a role model, and encourager.

Last but not least, we had Sunday brunch at The Gallery. My mini waffles served with warm syrup, whipped cream and fresh berries was delicious. And my hubby said his eggs benedict was delicious too before venturing for ideas at the Southern Spring Home and Garden Show.

That's all for now.

From our home to yours, have a blessed weekend.


~ Kiki Nakita ~

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Friday, March 3, 2017

Visiting Papa In The Lone Star State

Good afternoon my dears,

This past weekend we flew from Charlotte, NC to Dallas/Fort Worth, TX to see my hubby's ninety-two year old maternal grandfather, affectionately known as Papa.

Grandee and Papa.
Arthur Edwin Dillon
born 1924, in Oregon

married for sixty-one years on November 14th 1953 to

Marlene Joann Jungers
born 1932, in North Dakota
died 2015, in Texas

They have four children, nine grandchildren and two great-grandchildren
Here's a little journal of what we did...


Papa has Alzheimer's so he lives with his middle child, at his home in Arlington, TX, so a few of us flew into Dallas/Fort Worth, TX to spend a few days visiting.

That evening, we went to a Bon Jovi rock concert. Honestly, I don't really know all that much about Bon Jovi, besides the song Livin' On A Prayer, which came out the year I was born, but, my hubby's eldest cousin is his biggest fan, and invited us along.


We spent the day visiting with Papa. Because of his Alzheimer's he didn't necessarily remember meeting us the day before. Cory and I were looking through years of family calendars with him and as we pointed out all his grandchildren and great-grandchildren, we'd ask "who's this?" Some he remembered, some he didn't.

We pointed at a picture of the pool, and he said:
"I always had to clean it, the kids wouldn't help."

We got a lot of his responses on video, which we'll have to put together, someday.

Cory, his eldest cousin, and Papa.

That afternoon we had Tex-Mex for lunch, and BBQ for dinner. Oh my goodness, we were waddling by the end of the day, and no, that's not an understatement.

Cory's uncle, his eldest cousin (her hubby was taking the picture), me, Cory, and Papa.

On Saturday, we visited Cory's uncle's wife's family. They got married last Fall, so we haven't met all her family yet. She has a large family (each parent is one of thirteen siblings) and some were there to celebrate her granddaughter's 9th birthday, so we visited over coffee and a slice of cake.

Afterwards, we went to the Fort Worth stockyards to stroll around, get some BBQ for dinner, and later that evening to see a rodeo. Cory and I sat besides papa in the disabled section, right upfront, and he stayed awake during the whole show. Sadly, one of the bull riders got seriously injured, so I had that in the back of my mind, also recently two bucking horses were killed after running into the walls at the rodeo. I was thinking, and praying for them all that night.

Papa and Cory at the Rodeo

On our last day, we checked out of our hotel, and had lunch at BFF's. We visited for awhile before heading to the airport to catch our flight back home, sweet home.

It was good to see everyone, and to finally visit more of Texas. Have you ever been?

Have a blessed weekend,

~ Kiki Nakita ~

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Monday, February 27, 2017

3rd Annual Valentines At The Ballantyne

Good afternoon my dears,

A few weekends ago we had our 3rd annual Valentine's high tea at the Ballantyne. We go to the Ballantyne every month or so, so we know recognize a lot of the staff, and they recognize us. I guess that's the benefit of living in one town for three years. It was delightful, as always.

Then, on Valentine's Day we went for dinner at Brio's, at the Piedmont Town Center. I had a delicious chicken and sweet potato risotto, and we shared tiramisu for dessert. Afterwards, we went to Pier One and Kirklands to peek at the Spring d├ęcor. It was a lovely evening.

We've just come back from visiting hubby's family in Texas, so I'll update my blog, and you soon.

Have a blessed week,

~ Kiki Nakita ~

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Tuesday, February 7, 2017

The Thawley Family (9 Generations)

Good morning my dears,

Today, I wanted to document the findings of the Thawley family. 9 generations of my maternal grandmother's line.

Thawley, (Thorley) is an ancient Norman name meaning 'clearing in a thorn wood' that arrived to England after the Norman conquest of 1066.

Thorley's church, which is dedicated to St James the Great, one of the twelve apostles of Jesus, dates from the 13th century. From 1594 to 1610, the rector was Francis Burley, one of the forty-seven translators of the King James Bible, which was first published on May 2nd, 1611.

Our ancestors, the Thawley's attended Thorley Church and had the rector Francis Burley preach to them. By the 1700's they were settled in Staffordshire, a county about two hours north of Herefordshire.

St. James Church, Thorley, Herefordshire

Our line of the Thawley family goes back to the year 1715. Introducing:

William Thawley
b. Abt 1715  d. Unknown

 married for unknown years
 b. Abt 1720 d. Unknown
(8th great-grandparents)

Places lived: Staffordshire, England

William Thawley
b. 1739  d. Unknown

 married for unknown years on May 20th, 1754
Elizabeth Green
 b. May 21st, 1732  d. Unknown
(7th great-grandparents)

Places lived: Brewood and Walsall, Staffordshire, England

St. Matthews Parish Church, where Elizabeth Green was baptized.

Joseph Thawley
b. 1757 d. Unknown

 married for unknown years in October, 1779 at St. Mary's Church
Margaret Saunders
 b. 1757  d. Unknown
(6th great-grandparents)

Places lived: Walsall, Hints and Weeford Staffordshire, England

James Thawley
b. 1786  d. December, 1863

 married for fifty-one years November 5th, 1812 at Polesworth Parish
Mary Lunn
 b. 1792 d. March 1871
(5th great-grandparents)

Places lived: Measham, Derbyshire, England
Polesworth, Warwickshire, England
Kingsbury, Staffordshire, England

1841 Census

William Thawley
b. 1814 d. 1863

 married for twenty-eight years on March 2nd, 1835
Susanna Allcot
 b. 1814  d. 1887
(4th great-grandparents)

Places lived: Dosthill, Warwickshire, England
Wilnecote, Warwickshire, England
Tamworth, Staffordshire, England

1851 Census

William Thawley
b. July 1838 d. March 6th, 1918

 married for fifty-one years in April 1867
Mary Ann Pallett
 b. April 1846 d. September 1922
(3rd great-grandparents)

Places lived: Wilnecote, Warwickshire, England
Tamworth, Staffordshire, England
Bolehall and Glascote, Warwickshire, England
Okehampton, Staffordshire, England

Mary Ann Pallett, birth index 1846

Mary Ann Pallett, 1851 Census

Mary Ann Pallett, 1861 Census

William and Mary Thawley, 1871 Census

William and Mary Thawley, 1891 Census

William and Mary Thawley, 1901 Census

William and Mary Thawley, 1911 Census

Arthur Thawley
b. July 1872  d. 1943

 married for thirty-five years on June 7th, 1897
Ada Elizabeth Walters
 b. October 1876 d. June 1932
(2nd great-grandparents)

Places lived: Tamworth, Staffordshire, England
Wilncote and Castle Liberis, Staffordshire, England

Ada Elizabeth Walters, baptism record, October, 1876

Arthur and Ada Thawley, 1911 Census

William Thawley
b. 1905  d. abt. 1980

 married for fifty years on December 27th, 1930
Daisy Baker
 b. July 1911  d. abt. 1980

Places lived: Wilnecote, Belgrave, Kettering, Tamworth, Staffordshire, England.

To William, Daisy was the girl-next-door. They attended the same schools, and became high-school sweethearts. They were married after Daisy graduated high-school. 

William was a creative, and a potter for the Staffordshire Pottery. Daisy was a homemaker, and took in tailoring as an extra income. Together, they had two daughters, my Nana Mabel in 1931, and Barbara in 1934.

 William Thawley, my maternal great-grandfather
Mabel (my maternal Nana), Daisy (my maternal great-grandmother), and my uncle John.

Ernest Thawley (William's brother), Hilda Thawley (Ernest's wife), and William Thawley, my maternal great-grandfather

Mabel Thawley
b. May 27th, 1931  d. August 2009

 married for fifty-four years on December 12th, 1954
Michael Idris Bird
 b. July 1934 d. March 2009

Places lived: Tamworth, Staffordshire, England
Ashby-de-la-Zouch, Leicestershire, England

My maternal grandparents, Nana Mabel and Granddad Michael's wedding day.

~ Kiki Nakita ~

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