My sisters and I went with our mom Elizabeth Cossar to The King and Prince in St Simons GA for her 80th birthday 🎂 ..No children..No husbands.. Just us!
Our shopping recommendations: Savannah Bee Company has cool store. We loved Diana Bailey (@dianebaileydesigns) and her ladies shop! We also liked Go Fish, Viola Market, Two Friends (@twofriends-stsimons), Butlers Stash, KJ Clothier, and Bailey Boys (@the_bailey_boys). Bailey Boys’s is a wonderful local children’s clothes line that also has fabulous back room with lots of choices and deep discounts on their clothes.
Our food recommendations: Porch is a great spot for lunch. For dinner, Coastal kitchen (delicious shrimp salad and great views), Ember (delicious pizza and Brussels sprout appetizer), Halyard’s (fabulous shrimp taco), and lastly Tramici (excellent service, pizza, & chicken piccata) . Also Echo At The King and Prince very good. If you happen to be there on a Wednesday lots of fun happening with the karaoke singer!
The Island Day Spa is wonderful! My massage was in of the top 5! We all loved our therapists! Highly recommend! 💆♀️
Another 80th birthday surprise was that my younger sister Mary Payne Gilbert got the comedian LeeAnn Morgan to do a personalized video birthday message that was hilarious! Watch it here: https://v.cameo.com/e/iRo9Q6mGTgb
Kendall Marie Garraway and John Thompson Cossar Moore were united in marriage on Saturday, February 13th at 2 o’clock in the afternoon at The Cathedral of St. Peter in Jackson, Mississippi. Father Aaron Williams officiated the ceremony. Nuptial music was provided by Frances Nelson, organist and Sonya Loper, soloist. 🎶 The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Kendall Greaves Garraway of Jackson, Mississippi. She is the granddaughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Frederick West Garraway of Jackson and the late Doctor Dominick Manuel Lago of New Orleans and Mrs. Madeline Marie Lago of New Orleans. 👰🏼♀️ The bridegroom is the son of Doctor and Mrs. James Love Moore, Junior of Jackson, Mississippi. He is the grandson of Mr. and Mrs. James Love Moore of Jackson and Mr. and Mrs. John Thompson Cossar of Madison. Groom🤵🏼
Given in marriage by her parents, the bride wore a custom Britt Wood Designs LLC of Atlanta, Georgia white strapless gown with a low back silk Mikado bodice and an A-line skirt made of silk organza with a chapel train. She finished her ensemble with a royal cathedral veil made of silk tulle. Her bouquet was filled with queen annes lace, ranunculus, astilbe, stock and lily of the valley. The bouquet was complete with a family rosary, diamond and gold rings, blush pink silk ribbon and monogrammed double faced satin ribbon.
The bride’s Maid of Honor was her sister, Caroline Garraway and her Matron of Honor was Margaret Morgan McKemey. Bridesmaids were Frances Chase, Ali Corbin, Emily Dance, Marguerite Johnson, Sally Farrington Thompson, Katie Love Garraway Owen, Sara Anderson Tynes, Murray Miller, and Luci Moore. Honorary Bridesmaids were Chesley Wilson Crider, Emily Haberstroh, Margaret Harkness Morgan, Kendal Herring Peterman, Ginny Luckie Farmer, Mary Ellen Lewis, Alex Cockayne, Chandler Clarkson, Ann Marie Lyons and Hannah Farris Moore. Hastings Owen, cousin of the bride, was the flower girl. Bridesmaids wore different gowns in shades of white, cream, and ivory.
The bridegroom’s Best Man was his father, Jimmy Moore. Groomsmen were Sanford Moore, Harrison Moore, Douglas Haick, Wayland Swann, Costa Kell, Matthew Gude, Tripp McKemey, Whit Kendall, Christopher Schell and John Garraway. Ushers were Cossar Morgan and Daniel Haas.
On the eve of the wedding, the bridegroom’s parents hosted a rehearsal dinner fish fry for the wedding party and family at The Cedars in Jackson. Travelin’ Jane provided the entertainment. The bridal brunch on the day of the wedding was cherry blossom themed, paying homage to the newlyweds home, Washington, D.C.
Following the ceremony, the bride’s parents hosted a reception for wedding party and family at The Raymond on the historic square in Raymond, Mississippi. After the couple’s first dance to “You Make Loving Fun” by Fleetwood Mac, sung by Kate Teague, guests were entertained by the Patrick Harkins band. The three-tiered traditional bride’s cake featured a smooth cream cheese frosting. It was displayed on a large silver pedestal adorned with white roses and displayed under a floral wrapped industrial chandelier. The bridegroom’s cake was a five-tiered display of Manny Randazzo’s King Cake from New Orleans.
The newlyweds traveled to Antiqua for their wedding trip. The couple is at home in Washington, D.C. The bride and bridegroom both graduated from Jackson Preparatory and the University of Mississippi. Currently, the bride is a Legislative Assistant for Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith and the bridegroom is a Professional Staff Member on the US Senate Appropriations Committee, Homeland Security Subcommittee.
Garden of the Gods is a popular natural landmark nestled at the foot of Pikes Peak on the west side of Colorado Springs. It is known for its massive red rocks sticking straight out of the ground – it was quite impressive!
No Climbers on the day we were there! It was very windy!
This is called Siamese twins.
Balanced Rock, poised above the park road at the Garden of the Gods, defies the laws of physics as it balances on a sloped ledge of sandstone. The famed boulder, appearing in publications around the world as one of the best examples of a balancing rock, is the most famous rock formation at the Garden of the Gods!
Mississippi Mom and Grandmom writing about travel and life
We made it to the Summit today! Yesterday it was only open to 11,000 feet and this afternoon they opened it to the TOP —14,115 feet! So we took off. It was a VERY EXTRA scary drive. It’s 19 miles total! I prayed, leaned into the middle of the car, held my breath, couldn’t talk, and prayed some more. My hands were sweating. My husband did a fabulous job ..but it was still one of the most scariest things we have ever done! I really can’t describe the roads and switchbacks. There was no railing, but it was icy and very windy. My favorite thing was the beautiful scenery. You could see for miles.
Here are some pictures that I took. I have more on my good camera, but these are iPhone pictures from mine and my husbands phone…
this is a view from the 13000 feet stop(mile marker 13)
I was a nervous wreck. It felt weird standing up. Almost like I was on a ride at the fair.
14,115 feet! We did it!
This is from the top right where we parked our car.
Cool and Windy! Notice construction crew behind us working on new observation deck and cog railway.
Mile Marker 18.. Usually big horn sheep are in this area.
We didn’t see Big Foot
Its $15 per person to drive up this scenic highway, and it is worth it!
We wanted to go visit our son in Colorado and also take a vacation. We were not wanting to fly on a plane so we decided to drive. It’s about a 20-ish hour drive from Mississippi. We first stopped in Dallas and stayed with a friend and ate dinner with some friends and had a great time. We got up early the next morning and left in a huge lightning storm before 6 AM and got to Colorado Springs by 6 PM. It was a long day in the car. We listened to the podcast called “Missing in Alaska” for most of the day. We stopped in Amarillo for lunch and ate at a wonderful healthy place called Eat Rite. That night we stayed at the Broadmoor and thoroughly enjoyed it. The next day we drove to Steamboat and stayed three days. They got 8 to 10 inches of snow while we were there and the temperature got down to -10. We stayed at the Inn at Steamboat – and loved it. It is quite small but a great place to stay. You get breakfast, hot tea, and cookies in the afternoon. They also have a washing machine that you can use.
We went to watch our son Harrison at work. They were doing pregnancy checks on over 200 cows at the ranch that day.
The next day we went with him to feed the cows and horses.
This is Panda, my Granddog. He is a wonderful ranch dog and loves telling the cows where to go!
After 3 days in Steamboat, we drove back to The Broadmoor for 3 more days. Then headed back to Mississippi. We listened to the Audiobook called “The last Plane in the Sky.” It was fascinating.
We ‘celebrated’ our anniversary… just a few months late!
Highlands North Carolina is a quiet town in the mountains about two hours north of Atlanta. It is absolutely beautiful, very clean, and quaint town.
HIKING… We did some small and some long hikes. We loved WhiteSide Mtn. trail. Be sure to do the loop and not walk up and back on same trail. Beautiful views! It was one of the hardest but so worth the views!
Dry Falls is easy hike to see a HUGE waterfall. The parking lot can be tricky but just wait your turn to get a spot. The wait is not long if the lot is full. It’s not really even a ‘hike’ just a bunch of stairs (with railing).
Glen Falls is a great walk with different views of a waterfall. It is 2 miles round trip. It is easy going down but coming up is hard! It is also muddy at the bottom due to the water falling.
Satulah Mountain Summit is a straight up a paved road hike. It’s just south of town. Once you get to the top, there is a culdesac and then you walk down this trail and it opens up to beautiful views! There is a rocky place to sit to look out and see 270 degrees! The peak is at 4543 ft. The trip down takes half the time than the trip up. It took my daughter and I about 45 minutes to go up and 20 minutes to go down. You can park behind the old Edwards Inn in their parking lot or on the side of the main street and just start walking. The houses are GORGEOUS!
Highlands Nature Center is closed right now due to Covid but the Botanical Garden is open. It is behind the Center and has some wonderful walking trails and boardwalks. There are nearly 500 species of mosses,ferns, and wildflowers featured. It’s very shady. It’s across the street from The Highland Hiker. It is a store for anyone who loves the outdoors.
Great easy walking trail!~
EATING 🍽 …All the restaurants are socially distancing and so they’re at 50% capacity. Most every restaurant requires reservations. It was hard to get a reservation but we got into Wild Thyme Gourmet and thoroughly enjoyed it. My trout was delicious! We also loved 4118 Kitchen and Bar which is in a strip mall near the grocery store. It does not look like anything exciting from the outside or really the inside but the food is incredible! The Ugly Dog Pub was a perfect place for lunch outside. We went over to Cashiers for lunch for one day ate at Cornucopia . I highly recommend it!
The ice cream shop on Main Street is pricey but really yummy! Kilwins is the name of it. The Mountain Fresh Grocery was also great. My daughter, my niece, and my sister needed to do work on their computers so they went to the Mountain Fresh to get great WiFi and seating! My sister suggests their oatmeal.
We went to the Log Cabin restaurant the last night. My fish (tilefish) wasn’t the best but everyone else loved their food! Service was not their specialty.
SHOPPING … There are so many cute stores! Walking up and down Main Street was so fun! My favorite was a ladies only golf shop. It’s called Classic Linens and Luggage. Be sure to check out the sale room in the back. The Molly Grace was also darling. We got a few things in AnnaWear, too.
In Cashiers, the farmer market is very popular and Cornucopia a great place for a casual lunch! We loved The Robins Nest and HoneyBee for shopping.
Cashiers farmers mkt.
Mom and daughters and granddaughters
Mom and Sisters!
Mom and granddaughters
Doing our best! Masks are required everywhere in NC!
I was so proud of the way Mississippi handled ourselves with the latest flag issue. Our legislature and lieutenant governor really got busy working on how to make it work to retire our state flag. Here are some of my favorite quotes and wonderful articles that I read and really loved! I’m not sure who said these things on the floor of the house or senate but they made an impact on me.
“We’re not erasing our history but affirming our future..”
“Vote today for Mississippi of tomorrow “
“A politician thinks about next election..but a statesman thinks about the next generation. “
The park features boating, waterskiing and fishing on 28,000-acre Enid Lake, 83 campsites, 13 camper cabins, visitors center ( pictures of my grandfather) , 18-hole disc golf course, 18-hole miniature golf course, picnic area, beach volleyball and a 2.2-mile nature trail. One of our family traditions is putting out and checking the trotlines.
Our Family stays in the camper cabins. You have to reserve cabins 2 years in advance. We usually have all 13 rented. Mississippi state parks have been closed for about three months due to Covid. They re-opened at the beginning of June and we were able to have our Family reunion three weeks later. Everything was outside so thankfully we were all safe.
This is a tradition with our family that goes back probably 50 or so years.
This was a first for us! We had never heard of this festival .. we really aren’t festival type people and we certainly aren’t musical, but we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves.
This is a 4 day songwriters festival. It is a very interesting profession. We learned all about how much each songwriter makes per song they write. The head lawyer for the industry spoke to us one morning before an event at Bud and Ally’s. He said if you pay for Spotify or any music download that’s the best way the songwriters get paid. If you do the free version they still make some but not much.
Each download is how its calculated.
We loved almost every musician we heard. The ones we heard the last night weren’t our favorites but we still had best time!
We started out on Friday night at a private John Prine concert with his son Tommy. It was incredible. There were no phones or videos allowed. There were probably around 200-250 people in this venue.
They told so many stories and then sang the songs they wrote about.
After that we walked down to the venue where Elizabeth Cook was singing. There were probably about 40 people there and she was really good. She told great stories and we really like the song about her heroin addict sister.￼
Saturday morning we went early to Bud And Ally’s. It was called Hair of the Dog. We loved Gretchen Peters ,Kim Ritchie , Jeff Black and Mary Gauthier. They told fabulous stories about the songs that they had written and the venue also served us coffee or lunch/brunch/ snacks while we were sitting there. There were about 100 people there at the most. I strongly suggest listening to Mercy Now by Mary Gauthier.
The War after the War and I drink are also awesome! We met most of them afterwards and I will post some pictures.
Saturday afternoon we went to the big venue and set up our chairs to hear John Prine! Tanya Tucker and the Indigio Girls went before him. They sang the songs you would expect ! Delta Dawn and Closer to,Fine. Tanya sang new song about Bring me Flowers now. She won a Grammy the next week￼. It was raining during John Prine and a lot of people left but we stuck it out. John Prines son Tommy and wife Fiona came out and sang the last song with
Sunday morning was the highlight! We went all the way to Alys beach to the Gospel brunch. We missed the first seating (930)and stood in line an hour to get in the next seating(11). That outdoor venue held 350. We were on the second row and it was wonderful. Karyn Williams, Brian White, Mac Powell who all told stories and sang Christian songs. It was a very moving service that was outdoors and it was very chilly.
Saturday night we went to hear Livingston Taylor. He is James Taylor’s brother and is quite an entertainer. That venue held about 300.
Sunday afternoon we went back to the big venue and set up to hear Brian White of the Beach boys. Don McLean was before him. It was very chilly again and we enjoyed it. Brian White came out on a walker and I’m not sure if he sang or not but he sat at his white piano.
Sunday night we ate at Basmatis.
We went to some venues (Vue) that were near where we were staying. They were neat small venues but the singers we did not enjoy it as much as the musicians we had seen already.