Do You Want to Build a Snowman in South Mississippi?

In my scanning adventures, I came across several sets of snow pictures.  These were taken on March 6, 1954 in Woolmarket.  (An area of north Biloxi for the non-coast residents.)  It goes without saying the snow is rare this far south.  So when it happens it is a big deal!  For years, my friends and I dreamed of a real white Christmas that has not happened yet.  We had a close call in 1996 when it snowed the day we dismissed for Christmas break, but of course it was gone by the weekend.

Make a warm beverage, and check out these snippets of a snow day gone by…

Woolmarket snow

“The First appreciable snowfall on the Mississippi Gulf Coast since February, 1936, sneaked in at the early hours today and laid a blanket of white beauty her the three coastal counties. it measured generally two inches.” ~The Daily Herald

Mississippi Gulf Coast Snow

“You never know–when the king of winter paid his impressive call, the kids had only yesterday been flying kites in the March wind and were planning picnics for next month. It was early Friday morning that coast residents reveled in the first light trace of snow in 18 years– and that didn’t even stick. Today they went out to inspect the magic stuff.”- The Daily Herald

Mississippi Gulf Coast Snow

“From the Pascagoula to the Pearl River, the snowman marched. Youngsters who had never seen snow before learned of the mighty sting of the snowball. And motorists who thought they would drive around and sightsee were pretty soon slipping and tossing in soggy streets of messy slush.”-The Daily Herald

Car in Snow Mississippi Gulf Coast

“Photo shops were rushed for film as picture-takers and snow-lovers feverishly shot scenes they could show their grandchildren.” -The Daily Herald

Mississippi Family Snow

“Everette Necaise, Fire Station 2, Gulfport called to say the firemen were building a five-foot snowman stead of playing checkers and would build it higher if anyone wanted a picture.” -The Daily Herald

Snowman Mississippi Gulf Coast

“Every yard along the Coast was its own wonderland. The trees the bushes and grass were trimmed in white lace and the setting from any angle like a Christmas card.”-The Daily Herald

Snow day fun Mississippi Gulf Coast

“People came to work singing the Yuletide songs; and at least one man rushed to his porch in his underwear, braving the 35-degree temperature to see if it was real.”- The Daily Herald

Mississippi Gulf Coast Snow

One last photo for the road!

I love sharing these photos on this muggy and foggy December morning.  Stay around for some more snow day memories this holiday week!

Fun Finds: Unique Christmas Mugs

I always  keep a look out for interesting mugs.  The more random the better.  It is a bonus if the mug is Christmas themed!  Throughout the holiday season, I indulge on hot drinks.  Cider, chai, tea, hot chocolate, egg nog, and flavored coffees I love them all!  I cherish the few cold nights we have in South Mississippi.  You can see the extent of my love on my December Daily Instagram feed.

This fun finds is a gallery of Etsy Christmas mugs that I admire, and would love to have on my coffee table this holiday season!

This stackable tupperware set could last for many Christmas parties to come!

This stackable tupperware set could last for many Christmas parties to come!

All is merry and bright with these mugs!

All is merry and bright with these mugs!

Saw a mug like this at a Thrift Store in Ohio, and was immediately curious. These work for New Years and Christmas.

Saw a mug like this at a Thrift Store in Ohio, and was immediately curious. These work for New Years and Christmas.

Milk glass is so classically vintage, and so are the Christmas trees.

Milk glass is so classically vintage, and so are the Christmas trees.

Cannot go wrong with a vintage cup of egg nog.

Cannot go wrong with a vintage cup of egg nog.

These classy holly mugs would look great next to the coffee maker on Christmas morning.

These classy holly mugs would look great next to the coffee maker on Christmas morning.

This holly set is made by a brand called Termocrisa that is as durable as pyrex.

This holly set is made by a brand called Termocrisa that is as durable as pyrex.

It is not the holiday's in the Hornsby house without a santa mug!

It is not the holiday’s in the Hornsby house without a santa mug!

Another great santa mug with character and charm.

Another great santa mug with character and charm.

Thank you to my new friends on Etsy for allowing me to feature your shops this week!

New Name, New Site, New Mandy

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     This post comes after a significant personal journey.  Over the years, I have been a fair weather blogger.  I get distracted, or let other things get in the way.  My disappearance from blogging and most social media for most of the summer was due to an illness.  Last May I went to the ER with my eyes swelling and my blog pressure extremely high.  It started a series of tests, resulting in the diagnosis of primary hyperaldosteronism.  My condition was a hormone producing benign tumor on my adrenal gland that caused me to lose potassium and gain sodium.

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      On July 10th, I had surgery  to remove my right adrenal gland along with an overnight ICU stay.  Almost instantly my left adrenal gland took over and corrected my electrolyte imbalance.  I still felt that something was not right.  I tested positive for h. pylori in October, and after an extensive round of antibiotics finally starting to feel normal.

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Now that I am on the other side of all this I can finally look toward the future.  Normally this is not where I get personal, but there are things to be said everything considered.  I am so lucky my condition was curable and caught before causing major problems to my vital organs.  So now I want to take this opportunity to focus on what makes me happy.

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This holiday season I am refocusing on reading, research, and writing.  This is resulting in my decision to revamp The Sassy Starfish self hosted on a new platform and name.  Look forward to new content this upcoming month and into 2016.  Maybe a few other surprises as well!

Thank you for your continued support and I look forward to a much better year!

Thankful to be Getting into the Spirit of Blogging

     I know it has been awhile since my last post.  After I left for my trip this summer life has just taken over and swept me away.  All of a sudden I am waking up on Thanksgiving morning realizing I have not posted in over five months!  The holidays always put me in a reflective mood, even one as overlooked as Thanksgiving.  A note on my personal history, it was this week five years ago that Edward and I moved into our house, and he proposed!  This is also the time Leah and I start harassing each other about goals unmet, and create new ones for the upcoming year.  

   So here are a few things that I have been up to since my last posts in June….

We did some traveling:

I mentioned our upcoming adventures abroad, but I also took a road trip with my dad to Russellville, Arkansas for a dear friends wedding.  A week later, I boarded a plane for a five week European tour.  (There is that number five again!  Must be at theme…)  I also took a few weekend trips this Fall one with Edward for a kayak fishing tournament in Pensacola, Florida and a trip with Leah to Lafayette over this break.  It is great to get out and go!  I hope to feature some of my trips in some Throwback Thursday posts.

Ed and I with Big Ben 

Miss October:

It was my extreme pleasure to be selected as Blogger of the Month for October at Mississippi Women Bloggers!  It is awesome to be apart of this wonderful community of ladies.  I highly suggest joining in the fun if you are a fellow blogger in Mississippi.  Here are a link to some of my guest posts this year with them.  

The Art of Loving Where Your From

How to Travel with a Carry On

Fall the Ultimate Guilty Pleasure

At Home Pedicures 



New Listings on Etsy:

Some great vintage finds are now appearing on my Etsy shop by the same name The Sassy Starfish.  They are mostly collections of vintage decorative book sets.  However, I also have listed collectible cookbooks, children’s books, and other fun finds.  I hope to expand the shop into other fun items in the upcoming months.  


Had some legendary thrift store hauls: 

I have been in need of new clothes for awhile.  Especially clothes to wear to work.  I am the ultimate cheapskate, and always feel guilty paying too much money for clothes.  More recently, I have begun to go to thrift stores several time a week to look for clothes especially.  It has been fruitful!  I have found both name brands, cute vintage pieces, and stylish items as well.  It has really helped bolster my confidence as well as my savings.  It is nice to have nice clothes that fit correctly.  



Added a new member to the household: 

Most recently, Edward and I added a new little member to our house.  I got a sweet little hedgehog as a pet.  I originally wanted a bunny, but had always admired cute hedgehogs on Instagram.  A breeder I was following posted little hoglets (baby hedgehogs), and I had to have them.  So Prickles has been adjusting to her home, and my company while I watch Netflix every night.  



I look forward to getting back in the swing of blogging. Please join me for holiday posts! 

My Summer Thus Far…

A little summer fun from my trip to Oregon last year. 
This is a get to know you tag brought to you by Mississippi Women Bloggers.  This is also where you can get a blank list to share as well on your blog!  

Making: Packing lists!  I have a wedding in Arkansas this weekend, and a Europe getaway in a week and a half.  

Cooking:  This vintage themed Pineapple Upside-Down Cake.  Super easy from cake mix and canned pineapple. 

Drinking:  Summer White Sangria made with pino grigio, lemon-lime soda, and summer fruit like blueberries.  This is a great pitcher drink for get togethers.  

Reading:  The Kommondant’s Girl by Pam Jenoff is a whirlwind tale about a Jewish girl working under a new identity for the Nazi war offices in Poland.  Anyone curious about my other summer reads can view them on my Goodreads profile here

Wanting:  A new pair of Roxy flip flops and cute beach cover for the French Riviera.  

Looking:  Out our big front window watching the day pass on his lazy hot summer day. 

Playing:   Checking out Tiesto’s album on iTunes.  Need to download some new music for the road.  

Wasting:  A lot of time on Pinterest and YouTube.   Also have been binge watching Netflix this Summer.  Scandal is a very addictive show!

Sewing:  Wow, I wish I could sew.  My machine just sits in my spare room unloved. 

Wishing:  I had gone out on my Kayak some before the weather got hot.  

Enjoying:  Having a summer break to recharge after a busy school year.

Waiting:  I am waiting anxiously for next Saturday when I fly back to England to be reunited with my friend Bianca.  

Liking:  Receiving my Birchbox and Ipsy Glam Bag each month.  It is like Christmas once a month in the middle of Summer. 

Wondering:  If I should make a packing list for this week’s road trip. 

Loving:  Revlon Lip Butters in all colors!  I scored some for two dollars at my local Big Lots.  They are so soft and creamy for summer. 

Hoping:  For a great summer for all my co-workers.  I already miss them so much and it has been two weeks. 

Marveling:  At all my friends expecting babies this year.  We are definitely in the middle of a baby boom.

Needing:  To be packing for Linda’s wedding.  We leave at 6 A.M. tomorrow morning.  

Smelling:  My Big Lots candle Lemongrass, Lime, Kiwi, Coconut, and Bergamot Melon.  Keeps my house smelling like Summer for just five dollars.

Wearing:  My cute button up Columbia shirt in pink found at my local Goodwill.  (Bonus the shorts are from the thrift store too!)

Following:  My awesome friend Melissa at Double-Stacked Bookshelves.  I love keeping up with her reading list that way. 

Noticing:  My books are taking over.  I have all these books that need to be listed on my Etsy shop as well as a ever growing To Be Read pile.

Knowing:  My 30th Birthday is only about a month away.  Time does fly when you are having fun.  No worries, I am ready to kiss my twenties goodbye. 

Thinking:  About some new posts ideas.  Any suggestions out there?

Feeling:  Excited for all these adventures to be had this Summer. 

Bookmarking:  Kasia’s Kitchen blog.  She is the Blogger of the Month for June at MSWB.  This list was her idea.

Opening:  My windows to let in the summer light, and my washer machine to catch up on laundry. 

Giggling:  At all these What’s Up Elle videos.  She is a hoot on Youtube!

Remembering:  To enjoy my last month in my twenties.  Even greater adventures await ahead!  





Fun Finds Minnesota Edition

  For the second leg of my June trip I visited my cousin at her KOA Camp in Albert Lea, Minnesota.  We made several antique runs around the area. Here are some shots. 

This store is in downtown Albert Lea 
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This was at a different store 
Mighty lion in Hayward, Minnesota 
Random jars at the Hayward Antique Shop 
I purchased two of the yellow cups on the left at the Albert Lea Salvation Army

Happy New Year!

Take a break, and read about some history!

      The Sassy Starfish is my return to the blogging world.  A world that I adore, but let fall to the wayside when I changed careers in 2011.  In my first my blog, I shared my thoughts on the world when I lived in Edinburgh, Scotland.  I also have the blog Baking Book Bunny and The Rugged Bunch.  The Rugged Bunch is my camping and travel blog to share my adventures with my husband.  On all these blogs, I have shared some of my favorite interests including travel, reading, baking, and wedding planning.  However, I have a few other skills up my sleeve and this is where The Sassy Starfish comes into play.  

    When I began college at the University of Southern Mississippi in 2003, I changed my major several times until I found the perfect ones for me history and English.  I let my love of history carry me all the way to the University of Edinburgh in 2007 then to a short job at a local history and genealogy library in my hometown.  Unfortunately, I had to let my love of history go to the back burner in order to find a career with better job prospects.  After several years away form my beloved historical research, today I am returning to it with this blog.  

       Please look forward to future posts about history, genealogy, vintage living, and antique books.  This blog is part of my 2013 New Year’s Resolutions, and I look forward to sharing my triumphant return to historical research with you!