Saturday, October 29, 2011



A beautiful weekend here highs in the 60's and lows in the 40's perfect!!
So today the girlz and I went for a drive in search of a grave!...WELL It is Halloween a time when we recognize the dead...

I go to graveyards--- a lot ----as Ive blogged before I am a volunteer photographer for the Find a Grave Website..it helps families find ancestors and ties up loose ends and it really helps with genealogy research..
SO this is the stone I was in search of today..its like geocaching with a twist...



Its pretty hard to read but he was born in 1826 and passed away in 1900...so this grave was hand dug and he was probably brought here by a horse drawn hearse!
Kinda morbid---I don't know-- visiting these cemeteries has helped me to understand life and death better...especially with families laying in rest around each other...and yes they are dead but  SOMEONE is alive due to their having lived and they have moved on to make room for those that they have left behind...doesn't that make it feel better when you think of it that way?

SO anyways its HALLOWEEN weekend, I didn't buy any of that delicious p-nut butter candy that I love so much instead I bought yogurt covered raisins--although I did have my eye on a Honey Bun at the 7-11.



The girlz and I saw these rolls and Ive never seen this before...or just never realized...this is not hay....its fodder---or rolled up corn shock.


Fodder

Used for animal feed...and look at this brand new calf---how cute he is..I watched him stagger to his feet, he was aware of me, but it was too hard for him to turn around and watch me...so he gave me this sweet backwards glance.



Here is more of the  family--

Family portrait
There is  history everywhere around this area...



No pumpkin on my porch but....


Tomorrow is wide open...


PEACE

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Do Possum's Holler?

Took at ride upstate Friday afternoon and spent the day Saturday hiking and enjoying the beautiful fall weather and the fall colors...the leaf color is great but still off a wee bit--this is a shot of Table Rock..

View of Table Rock

There is always other things to see in the upstate Appalachia area...like this fellow.

Bear Carving

Last time we stopped at a road side vendor for Hot Boiled P Nuts...yum--if you've never had these you are missing out on a tasty southern style snack...



The hike was great Oconee County near Wahalla --not hard about 2 miles round trip, the day was AWESOME, cool tempts blue sky majestic forest...mossy logs

pig pen falls hike (39)

pig pen falls hike

Our Hike was to see Pigpen Falls which is a really pretty falls that has quite a few drops however you cant see all if for the foilage...probably a better time to see most forest enclosed falls is in the dead of winter after all the leaves are shed..

pig pen falls hike (7)

Im so glad I got this shot...because right after this shot my batteries DIED...yes I had back ups they were DEAD TOO...(even tho I did plug the charger in overnight?) So I have a witness since my sister was with me that we also hiked on down the Chattooga River trail to see Lickloc Falls a really nice one that can be seen from the ridge line trail..father down is the Chattooga River the movie Deliverance was filmed..NOT necessairly in this exact spot but in and along the Wild n Scenic Chattooga River between SC n Georgia. (google it)We passed a road sign that said Possum Holler--I know they called the valleys Hollers since you can "holler" and hear your echo so that does sound better than Possum Echo--right? Funny enough this area was originally settled by Irish and Germans! (Lickloc and Walhalla)

Then from there we stopped at the Pumphouse Tunnel...and the Issaqueena Falls ---NOW I gotta go back with batteries because its really something..and there are many more falls in this area

SO I X'd off 4 more waterfalls from my waterfalls of SC Hiking list...the Pigpen Falls, the Upper and Lower Lickloc Falls, and the Issaqueena!!! A fun weekend...and I took the DLEX on her first weekend trip I traveled 264 miles and used 1/2 a tank of fuel...so not too bad! roughly 17.5 MPG for the size of it thats not so bad. There is camping in Oconee St. Park near these falls area so that may be a good place for our Maiden Camp Trip...
Today Im gonna have a go at getting the brakes hooked back up on the Mower!




PEACE

Monday, October 17, 2011

Trick or Treat???

SO 3 weeks ago I took my riding mower to a guy because it stopped Moving forward...Was mowing great then just stopped moving....SO I pushed it onto my trailer and took it to this guy....
AT first he said it cant be fixed then I begged so he tried...and like I said it was three weeks ago...he works out of his back yard...

SO Finally he said its DONE...hooked up my trailer after work, went to get it...he had me drive it onto the trailer OK, fine...as We raised the tail gate ramp of the trailer up to latch it a largish washer fell to the ground...hmmm

SO I got it home pushed it off the trailer put the gate/ramp up on the trailer started the mower had my foot on the brake, put it in gear and IT TOOK OFF and smashed into the back of the trailer!! NO BRAKES..

SO it wouldnt move now it wont stop..
Sometimes I ask myself "WHY?" SO much of daily life is just things to aggravate, annoy, and just in general piss us off???---
SO Im assuming this GUY didnt put a particular COTTER PIN  back in a particular HOLE that HOLDS THE BRAKES ON>>>>and said WASHER was a clue of events to come...

I think I need a nuclear cocktail...a very large cocktail or some kind of alcoholic beverage-




PEACE

Saturday, October 15, 2011

A brutal life...

The lights are bright
The anthem rings
The crowd roars
The loudspeaker blares


My eyes roll
My fear rises up
The gate opens fast
I jump, I stomp, I twirl

The cowboy holds hard
His spurs dig my sides
The blood pours
The crowd roars

I buck I jump
He finally falls
I run for my life
They rope me hard.

The old paint is next
Fourteen years old
He’s been doing this
Since he was three
His old eyes roll
His terror flows
He feels the spurs

Another weekend
Pack up the trailer
Head to tail
Our legs throb
Our sides raw
Our backs sore
We live in terror
We tremble with fear

Its Friday night
All week we dread
Another night of panic
Another rodeo…

PEACE

Monday, October 3, 2011

Family Picnic

I know after all the complaining Ive done about how hot it is...you're not gonna believe how COLD it is right now...Last evening it was 39 degrees! We had to put the heat on...ONE thing about the weather here if you dont like it, just wait it will change!! AND FAST...but I think this is only a passing front.

Over the weekend we ALL (me, my mom, both my sisters and our 4 dogs) jumped in the DLE (Dixxeland Express) and went on a Birthday Picnic...3 of us had birthdays only days apart so we normally celebrate all together..( I had my 58th last thrusday, my Mom has her 87th on Tuesday, and my "baby" sister had her 55th on Saturday)



That's my visiting sister Em  exiting the van...she returns to Colorado this weekend...AND my MOM is planning to go with her...SO a big trip for MOM!! I dont know how long she plans to stay, as long as she wants since my sis retired this year!


so....It was a drive up to my favorite wildlife refuge, Sandhills...

Sandhills

We had a nice picnic although it was cool n windy...this sky was dotted with huge puffy white clouds and it was super for a nice walk to admire the wildflowers, which to me is more beautiful in fall than in spring!



We saw some great ones like the blanket flower up there...
and we saw some  critters...it is hunting season but I dont think its turkey hunting YET..



The water was really beautiful...



A great weekend now its back to work!!!






PEACE