Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving to all from Tennessee, where it’s a “balmy” 35 degrees and cloudy.  Sun tried to peak out a few times but finally gave up.  I hope everyone, everywhere has been able to enjoy family and friends.



Photography 101 – Day 3 Challenge – Water and #NaBloPoMo

Photography 101 – Day 3 Challenge – Water

Wow, how ironic, it’s raining today, steady drizzle and rain and rain.  If it keeps this up my yard will look like a lake again.

It looks like this now –



And if it continues through the night this is what it will look like tomorrow –

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I’d much rather be here going down Green River from Mammoth Cave, KY

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Or here – looking out across the James River at old Jamestown, VA.


Daylight Savings Time Ends This Weekend….change your batteries

It’s that time again, for most of us in the US, daylight savings time (DST) will end at 2 a.m. on Sunday, Nov. 2nd, 2014.

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Most US clocks will spring forward again in early 2015, when DST resumes on Sunday, March 8th. Do we really need this and does it save on energy?   The debate is still on and now that the end of this year on DST is almost here it has ramped up again. Seems like most want to just pick one and stick with it, there doesn’t seem to be much savings as the temperatures drive energy use more than an extra hour of daylight would save. Since DST is not mandated by the federal government there are some states that don’t observe it.

And don’t forget, when you set you clocks back now is the time to change the batteries and test your smoke alarms!

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A properly installed and tested home fire alarm with a fresh battery is one of the simplest and most effective things you can do to protect yourself and your family from a home fire.

What do you think about DST, do we need it?  Please leave a comment.

Holidays, family and food….what’s your favorite?

Well, it’s almost that time again. Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Years – the holidays; a time for many things including family gatherings and food. Many of us have favorites that we cook every year and many of us like to try something new. I thought that this would be a good time to share favorite foods (recipes, pictures, etc.). Maybe there’s something you want to try that you haven’t attempted before, post that and see how many offers of help and suggestions we get.

One of my favorites for the fall is banana nut bread and apple crisp pies and of course chili.chili spiced cider

I remember making banana nut bread with my Mom many years before she passed. When I think about that and about family dinners, it makes me sad since both my parents are gone and both my mother and father-in-law as well. Granny (my mother-in-law) used to make jam cakes every year, that’s a lengthy process for made from scratch for sure.

Fruit salad, cranberry salad, candied sweet potatoes, ham, turkey, dressing, homemade biscuits with country ham, redeye gravy, white beans, pinto beans, green beans, turnip greens, corn bread, mashed potatoes, baked apples, fudge pie, chocolate cake, coconut cake, peppermint cake, jam cake, and on and on.

Jump right in here, what’s some of your favorites in the food department for the holidays. Share a recipe or two and some pictures.

What about those homemade food gifts – hot chocolate, spiced cider, fudge, old fashioned hard candy.hard candy 1 hard candy 2

I could keep going but now it’s up to you.

Water and more water….

Ok, Ok, now that’s enough rain for a while.  Whole yard flooded – front, back and sides.  It’s finally gone down some but I am ready for this to be dried up.  Not fun, just glad it didn’t get high enough to get to the house.  Weather is too cool for little ones to play in the water, so there’s no fun to be had.  Even now, 6 hours after the rains, it’s still up.

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Been there, done that…why you ask?? and a “Twisted Thursday” teaser…..

Time to get back in the habit of writing and blogging again, it’s been almost two months since I did anything on this blog. I have posted a couple of things on another blog that I have – www.insurancebitsandpieces.wordpress.com.

Just finished two more classes on my Master’s degree program. Thinking I am going to transfer to a different school as Liberty University just doesn’t offer these classes I want to take in the Master’s degree programs. No more classes until spring (Jan. 2015). Don’t know if I can actually finish this, as one gets older it is harder to concentrate and remember what needs to be remembered. This is something I’ve wanted to do for a long time, just thought I could jump in there and go for it. Not as easy as it once was.

Been thinking a lot about my “Twisted Thursday” series I wanted to start. Hopefully will be able to pick that up again and run with it now. Watched the rerun of the Ghost Adventures Sharon Tate Ghost/Oman House episode (which was the Season 9 opener back in Feb.) the other night. Kind of fit in with the Charles Manson piece I did. This house is supposed to be built on a Native American burial ground, with that and close proximity to the house where the murders occurred there’s a strong possibility that something is going on there. David Oman who owns the house, directed the House at the End of the Drive, a movie based on his house and the murder of Sharon Tate.


Some crazy weather happening in Middle TN the next few hours with rain, tornado warnings, hail and strong wind warnings, flash flood warnings and a strong cold front moving through tonight. Should be an interesting next 18-20 hours around here.

Got to get my crap together – trouble is can I remember where I put it????


‘Nuf said, time to move on and ramble on down the road watching the wind blow…

The last 45 years… a trip down memory lane

My how the world has changed over the last 45 years. Yep, this year I have been out of high school for 45 years, graduated in 1969. Thinking about a couple of school reunions coming up in the next two months made my mind drift back to all the things we did (or didn’t do) as teenagers and young adults. We didn’t have a TV until I was a senior in high school so there wasn’t a lot of TV watching at my house. I listened to the radio a lot –

transistor radiosBurnt up a lot of those small transistor radios listening to WLS Chicago. Played a lot of records 45’s and more on the little portable record players. We thought we were on top of the world if we had a portable record player that we could grab up and take from room to room or even outside.portable record player Then it was the 8track players, then the cassettes, then the cd’s and the Walkman and on to the MP3’s imagesR7HFFRD0    ipod-nano-4th-generation-2B   and IPods.


Now if I want to walk on the treadmill I just plug my phone in and play music through the speakers on the treadmill. Yep this is my next phone, just ordering it…. The Amazon Fire.

It’s pretty amazing that this little phone can do everything the big IBM computer I worked on back in the early 80’s could do and SOOO much more. Hard to believe all the changes just in this little bit of technology.

The changes at the schools I went to are sad in so many ways. The high school in Park City, KY is no more, torn down and only an elementary school there now Park City High School    The school I graduated from in Leipers Fork (Franklin, TN) is gone for the most part, office is gone, home ec building is gone. Cafeteria and gym and a few classrooms left now.  Hillsboro School      That’s where we have our reunions and remember that no matter how bad we thought it was back then, we really had it good and were too young and foolish to realize it.

Don’t get me started on the cars, used to be able to fix a car with your hands and a few tools. Now it’s mostly computers running them to and you need a degree to figure some of it out along with specialized tools. Take a 2003 Dodge 1500 – trying to replace an oil pump takes an act of congress…. Well ya got to pull the front half of the motor off anyway and then there’s the three – yes 3 – timing chains. I remember learning to drive in a 1955 Chevrolet that seemed to stay broken down more than Jerry could keep it on the road running. Always seemed to be a problem with the gears and the linkage, etc. Wish I had that old 55 right now, it would be a lot better than the stuff we have around now. At least it wasn’t made of fiberglass and would take a hit without flying in 50 different directions. While I love the technology and what is supposed to be better on gas, it just doesn’t seem to make much sense some days. I paid $2.89 a gallon today for gas and that was with more than $ .30 a gallon off with my Shell Fuel Rewards card. That $ .35 per gallon is just a distant faint memory these days

Most of us had a pretty good childhood whether we are willing to admit it or not. We played outside without having to worry about someone snatching us. We had chores to do but we also reaped the rewards of hard work. Working in the garden, or tobacco fields or hay fields, taking care of the chickens, hogs, cattle, horses, etc. – it all had to be done and we did it and we played hard too. I don’t ever recall being bored and most of the readers of my generation will probably agree with me. Now all I hear out of my grandkids is I am bored, but they don’t want to work or do chores or do anything except sit on their butts and play video games.

I hope within the next year or so this will become a working farm. Fencing should be done by then and horses here as well as a few head of cattle, maybe a goat or two and some chickens. Definitely planning on a garden, need to become more self-sufficient for sure.  Till then I’ll just keep my memories close.

See ya on the flip side, have a Happy, Sunny week my friends.  smiley