Friday, July 31, 2015

Friday Randoms

Today I present to you a swirly colored Hydrangea.  I think it is quite lovely.  

This stunning, historic home is for sale here in central Kentucky.  If it were in my budget, I would snatch it up in a heartbeat.  

If you need to change up your daily vocabulary, here is a lesson from our friends across the pond.   

I know some of you have been whipping your hair and working on your rendition of the Nae Nae.  However, these girls might have you beat.  

Sending you off with some Post Modern Jukebox.  A little Miche Barton should start your weekend off just right.  

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Thankful Thursday

Thankful this Thursday for the local farmer's market.  I would like to say we are reaping a huge harvest from our garden this year, but with all of the rain it is more like a soggy jungle.  That is not to say it is a total bust, we still have Swiss chard, butternut squash, pumpkins, cherry tomatoes, and potatoes.  However, I do have somewhere to turn for local, fresh produce.  Can you imagine if you had to rely only on what you grew?  

"The glory of gardening:  hands in the dirt, head in the sun, heart with nature.  To nurture a garden is to feed not just the body, but the soul."  

Alfred Austin 

Linking up with Teresa today, because I am here to tell ya there is a fence out there.......

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Shots from the Week

Canine friends are the best, especially when they will pose for you.  

A tractor isn't a tractor unless it has a Dixie cup on top of the exhaust.  

One of my many Four O'Clocks getting ready to unfurl for the afternoon.  

The family dinner bell awaiting the storm.  

"My pictures are my eyes.  I photograph what I see - and what I want to see."  

Mario Testino 

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Colonial Park Cemetery

Colonial Park is yet another famous cemetery located in Savannah.  Entering the cemetery everything is light and somewhat sparse.  As you wander along the sidewalk, the shade from giant Magnolias and moss draped trees quickly takes over the light.  

Established in 1750, Colonial Park interred Savannah's citizens until 1853.  

With a mix of mausoleums and below ground burials, some estimate there are 9,000 people buried here.  Many of those burials happened in 1820, when a Yellow Fever epidemic took over the city. 

Some burial estimates are even higher.  In 1960 construction workers found bodies extending beyond the cemeteries modern day boundaries.  

Union Troops, who camped here in 1864, changed many dates on the grave markers.  

Markers have been broken and/or vandalized.  

To help preserve them, they are affixed to the brick wall the borders the cemetery.  

Reportedly haunted, I must admit we did not feel any strange or otherworldly vibrations during our visit.  

I think the girl of the house was hoping for otherwise......

Friday, July 24, 2015

Friday Randoms

I grew some Black Jewel Nasturtiums this summer and, as you can see, only the leaves are a bit darker.  The flowers are as brightly colored as ever.  

These photos show a stunning degree of symmetry.  

It is possible that I overheard two teenage girls stating that a manatee was like an overgrown seahorse...but, whatever.  Here are a set of twins that might make you smile.  

Seriously, it is tomato time here in the south.  Mine are not so great after all the rain we had, but if you have some ready to eat, here is a recipe just for you.  

I heard this song three times on the radio, just this week.  I think it deserves a mention today.  

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Thankful Thursday

An old iron fence standing next to the back section of an old country store.  

Thankful this Thursday for.....well, where should I start?  

Quiet life at the end of the road
Cherry tomatoes
Cool nights
Good books 
Flavored coffee creamer 

It has been a great summer and there is so much more to look forward to, this year.  

"It is not how much we have, but how much we enjoy, that makes happiness."  

Charles Spurgeon

Linking up today with Teresa......

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

The Big Time

This old farmhouse was empty this past weekend.  The girls loaded up and spent some ultra-hot days in Nashville.  The young girl played in the United Southern Girls Fastpitch World Series and this girl spectated, and supplied food/drink/transportation.  Oh, and I cheered and nervously paced the sidelines while the younger girl pitched.  

They ended up winning the whole thing.  
It was awesome.  

The girl of the house is on the right hand side, with the huge smile.  

Meanwhile, the boys of the house were in Illinois at the National Trap Shooting Competition.  Secret Agent Farmer Man, (who is also the trap shooting coach),  kept me updated through texts and phone calls.  With two days of shooting, the results didn't come in until Saturday night.  

They ended up winning the whole thing.  
National, yes National Champions in the open division.  
It was awesome.  

Secret Agent Farmer Man, (and coach), on the far left, with the boy of the house standing next to him.  

The girl has a few years of softball ahead of her, but this was the last competition for the boy at this stage.  He went out in a huge way.  

It was a nerve-wracking weekend, but we are so thankful.  

Thankful for two kids who work hard, try their best, and compete in the finest way.  

"Excellence is the result of always striving to do better."  

Pat Riley 

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Stay Cool

As you read this I am watching a softball tournament in, what feels like, one-thousand degree heat.  Appreciate your air conditioning right now....

"The weather is like the government.....always in the wrong."  

Jerome K.  

Friday, July 17, 2015

Friday Randoms

Try as I might, I cannot get The Ladies to leave the flowers alone.  I caught one in the act....leaving the shade underneath a hedge of Four o' Clocks.  

I have some mixed feelings about the new Ghostbusters remake.  A few details have been slipping out and here is the car they will drive.  I hear Thor will be the receptionist....

These fisherman got a huge surprise while out in Resurrection Bay in Alaska.  Some colorful language is spoken during the clip, so if you don't want to hear it just turn down your volume. 

This is a concept home, but I can't imagine living there.  Though, I do like the pool..... 

Leaving you with The Beatles today.  Go forth and have a great weekend!  

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Thankful Thursday

As my summer starts to come to a close, (seriously), I am thankful for this time off from work.  Time for lazy mornings, late nights, and moments with my family.  Next week I hit the ground running getting my classroom ready for the upcoming school year.  

Linking up this fence shot with Teresa.  This ancient, country post office served many people in its prime.  My own community post office is not even this large.  Currently open three hours per day and we are hopeful that continues.    

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Nearly Blown Away

This heirloom Cleome is one of the few survivors of our storms last night.  The jungle garden is fairly flat, as are a few flowers.  However, all buildings are still intact, which is better than most people can say, in our small town area. 

Roofs were torn off, trees uprooted/blown over, and general destruction was the norm.  Though we were without electricity for nine hours, many people are still without services.  

Storms reappeared early this morning and are slated to make yet another appearance this afternoon.  

I'll try to keep my skirt down.....

Sunday, July 12, 2015

Rainy Sunday

Taken during sunnier times......

Yet another rainy day here in Smalltownland.  

Heavy rain, high winds, and generally stormy weather seem to be our norm these days.Not even a speck of sunshine.  I enjoyed a brief respite from this pattern while visiting my parents on the Gulf Coast, but here things remain the same.  

Need I even say that the garden is a complete jungle?  An umbrella and muck boots are needed to even go take a peek at the pickins'.  

I will be catching up with everyone today.  

Expecting to find all of you dry and sunny.  

Linking up with Tom today.  


Friday, July 10, 2015

Friday Randoms

These wildflowers have seen better days, but that is really why I like them.  

Think you have some dance moves?  Bet this kid can out dance you... 

This house was built before the Revolutionary War and I am ready to move into it today!  

Bourbon is essentially made in my backyard.  Okay, figuratively not literally, but here lately production is on the rise.  

Leaving you with a little Styx for this Friday.  Go forth and have a great one!  

Friday, July 3, 2015

Friday Randoms

Say hello to Sprout.  He resides at the Sea Turtle Rescue Center on Jekyll Island.  

I like this house, but there is a barely a drop of color anywhere.  I need some color.  

I have always enjoyed the character, Madeline, and I love these illustrations.  

Debbie Harry turned 70 years old?  How is this possible. 

I will be absent this week as I spend some at the home of Mr. B and Babs, (my Mom and Dad), have a wonderful 4th of July!!!  

See you next week....same Bat Time same Bat Channel......

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Thankful Thursday

Brick fence in a shady spot on St. Simon's Island, Georgia.  

Hey, it's Thankful Thursday! 

 Today I am thankful for flowers that are blooming around the farmette, a hummingbird population that provides entertainment from my kitchen window, and unhurried  mornings with lots of coffee.  

Go forth and have a great Thursday!  

"Drink and be thankful to the host!  What seems insignificant when you have it, is important when you need it."  

Frank Grillparzer 

Linking up today with Teresa!