Saturday, December 27, 2008
Sunday, December 21, 2008
Last night Beth and Ralph kept me up way past my bed time of 8:30 PM!
I didn't get home until almost 1:30 AM after a 4 hour round trip drive to Callaway Gardens.
While I did have left over meat loaf from Cracker Barrel for dinner in the car last night and plenty of water the shopping was exhausting!
The lights were beautiful but I thought for the longest time that we were in line at Bruster's Ice Cream. I was really upset to realized there was no Puppy Sundae for me last night.
I've been trying to catch up on my cute sleep all day!
Can I stay home next year?
Sunday, November 23, 2008
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
Friday, November 07, 2008
This week took me through South Carolina cotton country to Holly Mill, SC.
The first cottonseed came to South Carolina with the Europeans on their sailing vessels. Any man unable to pay passage to the colonies was allowed to make payment with 200 pounds of cotton, ginger, or tobacco within two years of arrival.
Cotton was first exported from South Carolina to England in 1764, and the first cotton mill was built on James Island in 1789. Sea Island cotton, which had long, fine, strong fibers, was favored in both English and American markets. Mrs. Kinsey Burden of St. Paul’s Parish raised the first long-staple cotton crop in South Carolina, and William B. Seabrook of Edisto Island discovered that the best seed for growing Sea Island cotton was the "black seed" variety.
During the Civil War, the Confederate government banned the export of cotton, hoping to produce a cotton famine in England and France which would force these nations to recognize the Confederacy and to lend support. After the war, Confederates burned and Northerners seized the remaining cotton bales. By the time the nation entered WWI, the boll weevil had infiltrated the cotton fields in South Carolina, and cotton farming began to suffer.
Last week I was able to visit Mom and Dad for a few days while attending to business! We had dinner and that evening it snowed leaving a dusting on the roof tops and cars. I was able to catch lunch at Belwood Snax before leaving. We had a great visit.
Here's Dad and Sandy in the kitchen.
Saturday, October 25, 2008
Martin's Castle was built 25 years ago by Lexington, Kentucky home builder, Rex Martin. He and his new bride honeymooned in Europe, where she fell in love with castles. Upon there return to Lexington he built her this replica of a castle, but they divorced before it's completion. No one has ever lived here - It's remained unsold and for sale - Price unknown.
With its dozen turrets, four corner towers and 12-foot walls, the castle is at once a forbidding sight and a vision of whimsy. Unruly bushes grow out of the western battlements, and white cattle graze in the surrounding pasture. Signs posted at the front and side gates to the property warn trespassers to stay away. But every day tourists including myself stop and pull out cameras to take snapshots of the unexpected sight among the rolling horse farms.
On my return trip to Atlanta this week I happened on some tires headed for Canada.
Titan Tire Corporation, a subsidiary of Titan International Inc., shipped its first giant 63-inch off-the-road (OTR) tire and wheel assemblies on July 29, 2008. These tires, each measuring nearly 14 feet tall and weighing approximately 12,500 pounds, are being shipped to Canada's oil sands for use in mining applications.
Sunday, October 12, 2008
The roofers started at 8 AM and were finished at 6 PM. They left the dumpster overnight and allowed me to throw away any thing I wanted!
I took full at advantage of that situation and cleaned my garage/basement throwing away twelve years of stuff!
We love the new three tab shingles!
Saturday, October 11, 2008
Wednesday, October 08, 2008
I have put in a formal bid for one million dollars to purchase this needle point and if that fails have asked Santa for it!
Sunday, September 28, 2008
Friday, September 19, 2008
In the late '60s, cousins Randy Owen and Teddy Gentry discovered they shared a common interest in music. Joined by Jeff Cook, they started playing on a regular basis. Working their day jobs and playing any place they could locally in the evenings, the ìboys in the bandî used what limited spare time they had to compose and practice their unique style of harmony. In 1973 coupled with Randy Owen's graduation from Jacksonville State University the band said goodbye to their daytime jobs and part-time weekend gigs. Bravely, "Wildcountry", as the band was formerly known, left their Lookout Mountain and Fort Payne roots to hone its burgeoning talent on the club scene in coastal South Carolina and the surrounding area.
Sunday, September 14, 2008
Jet service came in 1959, and the current terminal complex was laid out in 1961, with the $2.2 million dollar Theme Building as a centerpiece. Vice President Lyndon B. Johnson dedicated the new terminal that year
One of the most popular and interesting lakes along the Colorado River is Lake Havasu, well-known for one particular historic point of interest, the London Bridge. The London Bridge is one of the main attractions at Lake Havasu that sets it apart from other desert playgrounds.
More than 2.5 million visitors flock each year to shores of Lake Havasu to enjoy the scenery, the cool waters of the lake and abundant recreational activities. Water sports, hiking, off-road opportunities and cultural and natural history are some of the attractions that draw visitors year round.
Sunday, September 07, 2008
Saturday, September 06, 2008
Saturday, August 23, 2008
The Davidson Center is named after Julian Davidson, who spearheaded the Army's ballistic missile defense program and founded Davidson Technologies. It is also a tribute to all the Alabama engineers who have worked in area missile and space programs.