#2,266 Go Outside.
by Erin Napier
It was a spectacularly gorgeous day so as soon as we left church we went to Lowe’s, bought some flowers for my front porch pots, then headed straight home so I could be outside as long as I could. It was one of those days where it felt like God had turned on the air conditioner. It felt so comfortable, just perfect for shorts and long sleeve t-shirt. Mama dropped by while I was potting the flowers and told me my grandmother used to love to plant the same kind I had gotten. I completely forgot to take a better photo of them all finished!
I lost one of my favorite pots to a winter freeze that cracked the side. I got 2 of them in St. Augustine a couple years ago— so colorful with hand painted Mexican floral motifs. I guess that means we’ll just have to go back and get another one to replace it.
After I washed the potting soil from under my nails, Ben was pulling into the driveway after an afternoon spent working on a new project in the woodshop and we took a walk around the neighborhood. We found Mallorie and Lucy swinging on the playground at Gardiner Park, where the sun was sinking behind houses that were built before the Titanic sailed. I do love living in an old town and the little luxuries it provides, like a walk in the park on the verge of springtime.
I have not yet watched the Downton Abbey finale. I’m very sleepy and I’m just not ready. So I’m saving it for a time when I can absorb it.
I’m really gonna miss those Granthams.
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I’m Erin Napier, co-owner of Laurel Mercantile Co. and Scotsman Co. with my husband, Ben. I’m an artist and he’s a craftsman and we help people moving to our town find and restore old houses on HGTV’s Home Town. In an effort to count my blessings, this journal has documented only the good things that happen on each and every day of my life since January 1, 2010. I am a wife, a daughter, a homebody, a bubble bath lover, a book reader, a sentimental, stressed out, slightly obsessive southerner. Welcome!