Monday, November 6, 2017

A Fun Weekend!

I had a wonderful weekend...boy it went so fast even though we got that extra hour compliments of yet another time change.   Saturday we had superb shorts and shirt sleeve weather as we headed to nearby Hartsville. 

Our weekend began on Friday night home baked pizza when sis arrived.  We totally solved all the world's problems if only we could get everyone to listen to us... lots of chatting, laughing, eating, followed by some quiet couch potato chillin' till bedtime.  It was a cool night, good sleeping weather, had me snuggled in till 8am when the dogs got me up as they always do!
We headed out around lunch time...our fist stop of the day was at McLeod's Farms about a 15 or so mile drive...for a cool treat, and to check out the seasonal trims and the foods they had out for purchase! We test drove the rockers on the porch  and watched travelers come and go.

                Ornamental gourds, raw p-nuts and sugar cane on this table 

This is a small local market conveniently located on hwy 151 that takes travelers to the coast and mostly Myrtle Beach.   This is a huge family farm operation with peach orchards, pecan orchards, they grow strawberries, blueberries, corn, and other produce.  They have a hay ride to the corn maze or to pick your own "punkin" which peaked last week before Halloween.  We were told a lady got lost in the corn maze so we passed on doing that. (they found her)

      Every color of pumpkin

        all are locally grown or milled...pecans, grits, 

and rice, honey, jams, jellies, chutney, all sorts of farm grown good stuff. 

Some cute locally made birdhouses too...

Let's rock!  No--> literally we 

Some nice Gulf Fritillary butterflies were around to entertain us while we rocked...

                     They love this flowering shrub, Lantana.

Once we'd had enough rocking to we hit their privately collected museum.  A really awesome FREE look back in time...from the divinely restored to the rusted and cool. We enjoyed this so much I hadn't been in here in a while so it felt all new like seeing it for the very first time! I continue to be amazed that stuff I have used is now in museums...YIKES! 

 Our movie theater had a phone booth like this one we used to play in it, now it's in a museum and I recall weighting myself on a scale like the one on the left in this photo.  

          My grammy used to make shift dresses for us out of cloth that started out as feed bags like these!

One of the Peach Orchards next to the store is in fine color.

                                      sis clowning around 

Afterwards we headed to downtown Hartsville and Kalmia Gardens, a Botanical Garden part of Coker College.  

            A 35 acre Garden and black water swampland. 

We had a really fine walk on a series of boardwalks, spying turtles at the pond, and great reflections at the Black Creek overlook. 

                                  a river cooter

                                                           the Black Creek

                                             The Lilly Pad and Turtle Pond

           The gardens had lots of variety of Camellia in bloom which we enjoyed very much!

                                                            some bold colors in the forest

                                                                 This could be pomegranate 

This land and the antebellum house built in 1820 belonged to Thomas Hart, who donated this place to Coker College, for whom the town is named, Hartsville, love these big live oak trees in the back...

And more rockers on the front..

                 the center of town, taken in 2016 when Mom and I did a Town Trip

Tired after all the walking we had an early dinner in town, got home in time to feed my dogs only a bit later than they normally get to eat...had a little rest followed by a couple of Margarita's I mixed up in my home bar and once the sun set we headed out to the fire pit.  A perfect balmy night just right for a little warmth while we watched the full moon come up behind the was such a great end to a great day!

Just wish all my family had been able to join us...

Every day is a new Adventure.

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

SO, What's UP?

Okay October went so fast, and now it's November already? I've been laying low...doing what has to be done and resting when I need want to. I recently told my sis that I live a very exclusive life, meaning many things are me it's a luxury to have a couple good meals a day and a comfortable place to lay my head.  Simple is what I strive for, sometimes the outside world draws me off and destroys my tranquil existence. For now I have restored hozho, balance. 

 Here's what's up in my little world...with some photos of a recent soul soothing walk around my local State Park, Goodale.  My version of the Navajo's Blessing Way. 

   calming water

After dinner Laptopping:
Most of my net time is spent creating a blog post, reading and commenting on your blogs, uploading photos to Flickr, arguing politics on Facebook, reading and responding to email, and visits to Find A Grave, Ancestry, and eBird. That and a few searches sums up my interaction with the outside world! 


             good reflections 

daylight hours:

Are mostly used up doing chores around the homestead, chopping wood for the nightly fire, keeping twigs picked up  out of the yard, and doing some painting at Mom's, getting her screen porch spruced up a bit, so when she returns home she will be super surprised!  Speaking of Mom she is doing very good, still in good health and recently celebrated her 93rd birthday!  There's  the occasional trip to town for supplies, I always have bins full of twigs to drop off at the trash dumpsters and occasionally I bump into people I haven't seen in a long time. 

                                  Bright cheerful colors

New Toys:

A new angle grinder is now in my shed! (thanks Mom for the birthday money) Very handy for sharpening tools, and I'm sure I will find many more uses for it.  Got it for 20% off at Harbor Freight.  It is an inexpensive one but I don't figure to be using it on a daily basis so it should serve me well. 
For my birthday I received: the complete box set of all 6 seasons of Breaking Bad! Absolutely loved/love that is fun to go over it frame by frame. The fact it was filmed in beautiful New Mexico is a bonus too.
AND: a new portable DVD player to take along when I 'm out traveling...if you recall I blew the other one up in a charging mishap.  The new one has blue tooth earphones! SO if that jerk (you know the one I'm talking about) is running a generator I will still be able to hear my DVD of the night!

                  a peacefull Eastern Phoebe 

 Some recent evening activities:

Watched almost the entire PBS series on the Vietnam War.  I knew classmates who were drafted and sent away to Vietnam from my high school back in '69 and '70.  I wore my POW bracelet, and I just wanted the war to end.  This documentary put the entire era into sharp focus... conclusion: It was a complete waste of life on all sides.  :o(

Currently watching the PBS Frontline Report on Russia and Putin I hope this can help me understand that issue more. Being informed is important to me.  

AND just for the hell of it....watching The Walking Dead new season (8) has begun!! YAHOO.  It's a wonderful hour of mindless mayhem, where one can cheer for the good guys even tho the line between good and evil is very blurred.   Our heroes are fighting back  against Negan and his authoritarian regime.  

The leader Rick made a speech.  
"those who would kill, take, steal, and carve out the world only for themselves, we will destroy"

Wow, we need someone brave enough to say that in real life!  I'm wishing for a super hero? 

           a  quiet still cormorant 

 I'm having a visitor! It's going to be wonderful, my baby sister is coming for the whole weekend!! I am excited! It's kinda quiet around here these days just me and the some laughter, and some chatter and to actually have someone speak back when I'm talking will be kinda nice! We have planned a day trip for Saturday so hopefully I'll find something of interest to put in this blog!

Next thing you know it's gonna be Thanksgiving, and then the silly season and then a new year. 2018 wow.  In February I will celebrate the 10th anniversary of this blog! I must do something mindblowing to commemorate that milestone. 

How's your daily grind going?


Every day is a new Adventure.