February 17, 2011


So, I'm pretty lucky, apparently.  For my sister is also my friend.  After years of putting her head in the toilet (the story she tells everyone when she talks about her family, though I'll have everyone know it only happened once, and my brother and I didn't actually let her hair touch the water, so, so what?!?), I have a kindred spirit in my little sister.  Shelby Lynn Harrell -- six years my junior -- is  ...

breathtakingly beautiful

fun to hang out with (even when we don't know where we're going)

 crazy excitable

smart (honor student, what what!)

kind to the elderly her elders

remarkably talented at acting and singing

 filled with childish childlike wonder

grumpy before coffee

{er... make that butterbeer}

and -- over the last couple years -- she's been developing a lot of interests that have interested me for a while too.  {Isn't it kind of crazy and strange when your younger siblings start to resemble adults?  Weirder still, when they resemble adults at an earlier age than you did?}  Take, for instance, her interest in literature.  She's more of an English Regency Period geek (like myself), but she doesn't say no to good American literature, the likes of Louisa May Alcott's Little Women.  In fact, last year she snagged the leading role at Perquimans High School's musical production of this great work.  Funny thing is, she and Jo March really have a lot in common.  About each, one could say:

She's a lover.

She's a fighter.

She's a swinger.

She's a dreamer.

She's a nonconformist.

She's a creator.

Which brings me to my next point...
Shelby's been developing her creativity in the culinary arts, lately, which has produced some tasty results. 
For instance, pound cake.

My sister made this one:

I wouldn't be able to make this cake now, and she's practically a master at it.  Thankfully for me, Shelby has gone and made herself a blog of her very own, in which she has devoted her whole life long (or at least a few hours a week of it) to teaching me how to make the aforementioned cake.  OK, the blog will probably serve other purposes to other people.  To each his own.  And I suppose you want in on the action, don't you...  Well, all right, fine, I'll share her!  

 May I introduce to you, the blogging world, my lovely sister, Shelby!  Her brand new blog is ready and just waiting for eager readers to bask in troves of culinary treasures, as well as get to know her dear heart and fun-loving soul.  Just please promise to come back to me eventually!


  1. Yay!! So that first picture of her dressed as Jo where she's singing--she looks SO much like you! It's uncanny. And the cake looks lovely! What a blessing sisters are.

  2. True! I noticed that too! Maybe that's because I always have my big mouth open? Or perhaps it's my old-fashioned sense of style? At any rate, it's good to know I can color my hair darker with good results. :) Sisters are a blessing for many reasons, not the least of which is their ability to model your face with different hair.

  3. I must say, I think this is the best blog you have ever posted. That may be because it's all about ME! I wouldn't quite consider myself a lover at this point in my life, haha. But the rest sounds like me. Especially the fighter part. I'm pretty sure that I fought hard when you tried to stick my head in that toilet. :) I guess this means I'll have to keep posting on my site.
    Love you, sis.

  4. What a SWEET tribute post to your sister :D

  5. Shelby, I'm thinking of lover in a different sense! Like... hmmmm... sisterly love??? Riiiight. That's the one! :)

  6. beautiful photos! I love the images taken from the different plays!