Simple Saturdays: Learning a new trick…

During Amber’s Bachelorette party last night, some of us tried to tie a cherry stem with our tongues.  Many failed and very few succeeded.  I wasn’t able to try it last night, so I tried it while in Atlanta today at the Hard Rock Cafe. 

And it appears to me that I have a new talent.  =)

So, for those wanting to know how to do it, I found a tutorial to share with you.  Enjoy!


How to Tie a Knot in a Cherry Stem With Your Tongue


  1. Work the stem around in your mouth so it becomes more malleable (meaning easier to shape or change form).
  2. Fold the stem in half around the tip of your tongue; the easiest way to do this is lengthwise, so the folded stem lies along the length of the tongue, one end on the top of the tongue, one end on the bottom.
  3. Take the folded stem between your front teeth and bite down gently until the two ends cross over, forming a loop.
  4. Use the tip of your tongue to push one end of the stem through the loop you’ve made. Try using your teeth to rotate the looped stem toward the end you are trying to push through. This might take a few minutes, but it is possible, especially with practice.



  • For an extra flourish, push the cherry stone through the knotted stem (brace the knotted stem against your front teeth and push the stone halfway through using the tip of your tongue). People invariably believe that you’ve actually tied the stem around the stone. Those poor, poor fools!
  • Use the longest stem you can find, especially if you intend to push the stone through it.
  • The cherry with stem attached can be placed in the mouth and eaten, retaining the stem and stone for the trick.


  • Be careful not to choke on your cherry stem or pit.

Simple Saturdays: St. George Island

St. George Island is climbing to the top of my list of all time favorite places ever.  In fact, it may already be at the top…I just may not realize it yet.

I’m really beginning to love last minute plans.  I found out that Beth and Gail were going to have a “Rock By The Sea” booth again at this year’s Oyster Spat Festival, and I wanted to help.  My friend, Mike, went down with me, and he was able to drive his awesome hybrid down and back (he rocks!). 

We arrived on the island around 10:15am or so…just in time for the parade to head down the streets.  It was lovely weather the entire day (which was completely opposite of the same event last year).  Absolute paradise.

Normally, while on the island, we’re joined by friends and musicians…whether it’s for the annual “Rock By The Sea” event or visiting the island to see one of our favorite musicians perform.  However, the Oyster Spat Festival each year is a little bit of a different scene.  Not that I’m complaining, because I’ll take a day on St. George Island over most anything, but it’s just not quite the same.  But it was nice to just sit back and relax and remember all of the awesome and priceless memories I have had on that little piece of heaven on earth.  Memories that have shaped who I am…memories that have gained me new friends…memories that will forever last a lifetime.  It just feels like home.

It was awesome to be able to hang out with Beth and Gail again.  I love those two women to death.  They inspire me constantly, and I only wish that one day, I can make as much as a difference as they have…or at least try to come close.  I am and will forever be in their debt…just such amazing people with amazing hearts.

Mike’s just an awesome guy to know and hang out with.  He always knows how to have a good time and make the best out of any situation.  Plus, his iPod gave me quite a music lesson…it was great.  (Me:  Hey…that sounds like the beginning of Ghostbusters.   Mike:  That’s cause it is.  <Insert Laughter>)

We even got to see Jill a little bit and meet her daughter.  She was out enjoying the island in its entirety from beach time to fishing.  Can’t wait to spend more time with her soon.

So, all in all, it was a perfect day.  We even managed to sell some merchandise, promote next year’s event, partake in funnel cakes, drink some lemonade, witness the oyster shucking contest, see some weird dogs (and people), watch the haunted segway rock back and forth, see a couple who were Heath Ledger/Michelle Williams look-a-likes, win a raffle vacation bag, see Mike’s facial expressions while looking at a Calendar Girls-type calendar (I don’t think he’ll look at pumpkins the same way again), visit the Harry A’s “Rock By The Sea” shrine, get a free mug (thanks Terry!), find places to stick RBTS magnets (no…not on the ATM machine), eat some massive nachos, watch the drunk lady who was part of the band try to talk Terry into letting them play longer and getting paid for it (he offered her $20) and listen to some not-so-good music.   





Until next time, dear Island…

Simple Saturdays: Money-Free Weekends

With our economic times, everyone is finding ways to cut back costs.  For me, I’m always looking for cheap or free things to do on the weekends around where I live. 

So, here are some tips on things to check out in your area that are free:

Check out your local book stores.  See if there are any free readings, book signings, events, etc. 

Check out your local library.  Many have events going on. 

Check out your local Museums.  Many are free admission and have events going on all the time.

Check out your local city website.  Many post all the community events going on in your area and in other cities close by. 

Check out your local churches.  Many offer free festivals around this time of year that are fun for the family.

Simple Saturdays: Weddings

There’s just something magical about Weddings…about people starting that next adventure and journey together as husband and wife…as one. 

Today, I headed down to Central Florida to attend my cousin’s wedding.  My favorite moment of any wedding is watching the groom’s face as his bride is walking down the aisle.  My cousin’s face was one of beauty…one filled with tears of happiness.  I find the beauty in that someone can be so beautiful at one moment in time to make someone cry…it’s one of life’s true joys.  I’m sure thoughts rushed through his head about the day they met, the time they’ve spent together, maybe even the turmoil they’ve encountered thus far.   But one thing is for certain…they made it through those times, and there was no question that they wanted to live the rest of their lives together…starting today. 

I wish them all the love and happiness that their hearts can desire.

Here are some photos from their special day:




Simple Saturdays: Welcoming Autumn…

Today was the first day I could feel the hint of Autumn sweeping in.  As I walked out my door, I could just feeeeeel it.  It’s my favorite time of year and gets me in the spirit to decorate for the holidays.  You should see my office.  It’s decked out in Fall/Halloween decor already.  I love it!  What I love even more are the colors, scents and new coffee flavors that come this time of year as well.  It gives me chills already just thinking of the possibilities to come.  There’s just something magical in the air. 

To help welcome the Autumn spirit…here are a few things you can make…

Apple Cider Spice Pouches





Twig Coasters

Simple Saturdays: Watter Bottle Carrier

Whether you’re going to the gym or going on a hike, this water bottle carrier comes in handy and is simple to make. 


A shoulder strap keeps bottled water handy when you’re on the go. Cut a 43-inch piece of 1-inch-wide grosgrain ribbon, and fold its ends in half widthwise. Slip the ends of a 6-inch length of cording 1/2 inch into the folds. Pin in place; secure the cording by stitching back and forth several times across the ribbon’s end, then continuing 1/2 inch along the fold. Sew a rectangle to close ribbon edge. Thread a plastic cord lock onto the cording; use it to tighten the loop around a plastic water bottle.

Simple Saturdays: Double Desk Bookcase

Pressed for space in your home?  Need something to do during your weekend?  Here’s an idea for you.

Make your own “Double Desk Bookcase.”  Click here for instructions.

I plan to try making one in the near future.  I’ll let you know how it turns out.  =)

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