10 Great Things That Happened in 2013

Roll Tide!1. The University of AL football team won the National Championship for the third time in four years on January 7, 2013. As it is fun to be a fan of a winning team, I have become one. Tim and I went to our first game at the 100,000-seat Bryant-Denny Stadium in September. What a crazy wonderful experience. Roll Tide!


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Yard Sale Hat

Did you know that there is a 675-mile yard sale? It runs along Highway 127 from Gadsden, Alabama, to Hudson, Michigan. It happens each year during the first weekend in August.

This year was my second time to tackle the yard sale. Traveling with husband Tim and friends Janice and Roy, we explored the sales around Fort Payne and Mentone, Alabama. And did I find some treasures! Pink gloves for $1 and a pink shadow box for $10. The shadow box needs some work, but will make a great display case when I’m finished with it. I also bought a turquoise Mason jar for $12 for my recently remodeled turquoise kitchen. Then I found a matching jar in a larger size ($17) and a smaller size ($5) to complete the set. I plan to fill them with crazy shaped pasta and M&M’S and set them on top of my cabinets. Lots of fun!

But my prize purchase of the trip was my yard sale hat. Actually it’s new and was found in a unique store called “The Gourdie Shop” in Mentone. It’s khaki canvas with yellow trim around the bill and an enormous flower attached to the side. I couldn’t look goofier in it and I couldn’t love it more. I doubt I’ll wear it much, but I enjoy gazing every day at my yard sale hat, hanging on my bulletin board. It reminds me of laughing with people I love, exploring new places, tomato pie and raspberry crepes at the Wildflower Café, blueberry milkshakes, and Mason jar hunting.

What do you gaze at throughout your day? I suggest putting an object in your view that makes you smile. Something that takes you away for a moment to a less stressful place. Something to remind you that life is full of treasures.

What is your “yard sale hat” and what does it remind you of? 


“Live a happy life! Keep your eyes open for God, watch for his works; be alert for signs of his presence. Remember the world of wonders he has made” (Psalm 105:3-5 MSG).