Saturday, September 29, 2012

The beginning of fall colors.


While walking Marco this afternoon we noticed the Maple Trees around the neighborhood have begun to change colors indicating that fall is really here.

Cloudy Saturday.

Perfect day for projects around the house and a possible afternoon nap!

New neighborhood pool!

Brad and Dawn Smith our good friends and neighbors across the street are busy building an addition to their kitchen and a neighborhood pool! We’re all excited and looking forward to our first swim, lol!!

A visit to Home Depot

Marco helped me shop for a furnace filter and light bulb for the freezer at Home Depot last Saturday! He enjoyed visiting with the paint lady and flooring guy again, lol!

Circle R, Columbia KY.

Stopped by the Circle R for lunch last week while visiting Columbia KY.
The Circle R in Columbia KY has been a landmark for nearly 60-year.
The Circle R was built as the Hilltop Cafe by Jessee Keith in 1947. In the 1950s it was sold to Mr. Ivan McKinney. He and his family ran the Hilltop for about one year a drive-in canopy was added in the 1950s, when Ruel and Runie Wooten bought the business, completely remodelled it, and changed the name to the Circle R Drive-In Restaurant.
Great place to eat with excellent daily specials.


This picture was taken between Orangeville and Aiken SC on Hwy 78.
Cotton was grown in the New World and in Asia for centuries before Europeans settled in America. English colonists first cultivated cotton to make homespun clothing. Production significantly increased when the American Revolution cut off supplies of European cloth, but the real expansion of production came with the rising demand for raw cotton from the British textile industry. This led to the development of an efficient cotton gin as a tool for removing seeds from cotton fibers in 1793. The breeding of superior strains from Mexican cotton and the opening of western lands further expanded production. (During the early 1800s, the center of production moved south and west, from cotton's early national cradle in South Carolina and Georgia to the black belt of Alabama and Mississippi.) Production rose from 2 million pounds in 1791 to a billion pounds in 1860; by 1840, the United States was producing over 60 percent of the world's cotton. The economic boom in the cotton South attracted migrants, built up wealth among the free inhabitants, encouraged capitalization of investments like railroads, and facilitated territorial expansion.

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Beautiful Sunset

Driving into the sunset while return home from South Carolina.

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Marco's Weekend!

 A very sleepy puppy, lol!

Marco enjoying a very beautiful Saturday afternoon on his favor deck chair while I trim bushes and feed roses!

New CVS Prototype Building!

CVS 3560 in North Charleston, SC is a new prototype for the pharmacy giant. It's a bit pillbox looking for me but eye catching none the less!

Southern Spanish Moss

I took this picture while driving on HWY 178 between Orangeville, SC. and Charleston, SC.
Spanish Moss (Tillandsia usneoides) is an air-feeding plant or epiphyte found mainly upon cypress, gum trees, oaks, elms, and pecan trees in South Louisiana and Florida. It is not a parasite and does not live off the trees upon which it grows, nor is it harmful to the trees. It has been noticed, however, that its presence on pecan trees tends to reduce the yield, owing, no doubt, to the fact that to some extent it shadows the buds of the fruit.
When the French first came to Louisiana they asked the Indians what this hair-like plant was and were told that it was "tree hair," or 'Itla-okla," as they called it. The French thought it reminded them of the long black beards of the Spanish explorers who had come before them, and advised the Indians that a better name was "Spanish Beard, " or "Barbe Espagnol. " The Spaniards, consider- ing this a term of ridicule, asserted that a more appropriate name was "Cabello Franc├ęs," or "French Hair." The Indians thought "Barbe Espagnol" sounded better and for many years Louisiana moss was referred to only as "Spanish Beard." But this name did not last; it seemed too ridiculous. The accepted name became Spanish moss.

Kickin Chicken!

Kickin Chicken in North Charleston, SC.

 Had a super lunch at the Kickin Chicken while visiting the Charleston SC area last week.
Breaking from my usual lunch salad I had their famous chicken tenders and onion rings! 
What a treat!

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South Carolina Sun Rise!

Took this picture during my morning walk in Charleston SC last week. It was a beautiful morning to enjoy a brisk walk and a coffee!

Murdick's Fudge

Thanks to my dear friends Doug and Rhonda Hamborsky for the wonderful Murdick's Fudge from Mackinac Island Michigan!! You guys are the greatest!!
Fudge making began as Mackinac Island transitioned from a wealthy fur trading post to famous summer resort. In 1887, the construction of the Grand Hotel promised to make Mackinac a center of tourism and a perfect place to start a summer candy business. The building of the Grand Hotel brought father and son sail makers, Henry and Jerome (known as Rome) Murdick to the island to make the huge canvas awnings for the hotel. With the family came, Mrs. Henry Murdick and her confectionary skills and recipes.
In 1887, Mackinac's first candy shop, Murdick's Candy Kitchen, opened. It was a modest Vh story building on the waterside of Main Street. Henry Murdick made sails in his boat livery in the back of the building, while Rome made fudge using his mother's recipe. It was here that the marble table was first used to make fudge, a process which gave the fudge a unique texture and also provided a great show for visitors. Rome, like many other fudge makers was a showman at heart.

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