Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Farmer's Market...Ahhh!

Summer brings many exciting experiences but none other are as anticipated than our weekly visit to the Farmer's Market in Roswell, Georgia. As much as the market has grown with many new vendors, the customers have grown, too, causing the city to move the venue from the Riverside Park along the Chattahoochee to the municipal center. Yeah, not very exciting location, but I fully understand the need for more parking!

Moss Hill Farm offers the freshest squash, zucchini and eggplant as most is either picked the night before or early early in the morning.
I didn't purchase any honey, but I loved the yellow on yellow format of this cheery vendor's booth.
The beloved butterfly bush! It is the closest to the native lilac bush from the Midwest.
This trip, we were sans grandchild so no free flowers for me!
This is one of my favorite booths at the market if you are in need of some fresh herbs or perennials for your garden. Shade or sunny location, they have just the right plant for you.
As for these succulents, I am so very tempted to purchase, but we are in a very shady locale.
What says summer better than a great big bunch of sunflowers? Nothing if you ask me...
If you are in the mood for a nice cup of Joe, I highly recommend Thousand Coffee! They do a fine cup of iced coffee if you ask me!
The best little booth in the entire market is the knife sharpening guy. Last week we brought in 5 of our best knives for sharpening and let me tell you, these knives were never this sharp. I sliced bread then moved onto tomatoes and after a good cleaning, sliced a delicious rib eye steak. Never, have my knives been so sharp. Never! Nice job knife sharpening guy!

Well, this post is only a few days late, but none the less, finally posted.

Happy Last Day of June, Friends!

Saturday, June 26, 2010

Save The Gulf - Save The Memories

Beach memory, June 2010, Marco Island. Gorgeous sunset. A man with a destiny with his water.
Having lived in the South for more than half my life, summer vacations were always spent along the Gulf Shoreline. Panama City Beach, Destin, Clearwater, Naples, Marco Island just to name a few places.

My fondest memories of the white sandy beaches were spending time with my family and friends. We went so far as to purchase a time share at Landmark Holiday Beach Resort just to insure we would always have a fun place to vacation.

In all the years we owned there, we were only evacuated once for an impending hurricane. This year being the one we took our in laws alone, it was quite an experience for them. Granted, the hurricane was hundreds of miles away, so we took our time to get one last dip in the Gulf before even packing. However, my in laws, God Bless Them, were packed and ready to go, waiting for us in the lobby for a good 2 hours! Imagine how shocked they were when we finally did show up only to tell them we were going to eat at a local restaurant before hitting the road!

Then there was our friend's little guy who must have been around 9 years old, who was also so frightened of the hurricane that wasn't even here yet, she gave him a half of a xanax to calm him down. Believe me, it was much needed for him!

Many years, the Gulf only produced the slightest of waves for our kids to enjoy. These waves, mind you, were at best a swell of water, but our kids quickly named them as "Woop-dee-doo Waves". When the "Woop-dee-doo" waves were amiss, the Gulf was as flat as glass.

Everyday, we would spot a group of dolphins playing out about 100 yards off shore. Some years the Gulf was filled with jelly fish. Other years, algae patches were nasty, but that didn't keep us out of the water.

Doing our job to promote the local economy, we would visit The Boars Head restaurant and Captain Anderson's on the waterfront and also the now closed due to a hurricane a few years ago, Hamilton's Seafood.

But my best memory of the Gulf was my undying attempt to find a sand dollar while walking the beach. Everyone around me would find them as if they were pieces of sand on the beach. Me? Never found one and I do not count the time when my friend tossed one just a few feet in front of me and said, "Oh Deb, look!". No, that time doesn't count.

These are just a few of the Panama City Beach memories, believe me I have a million more to share.

I desperately hope beyond all hope that not only I can continue to make more memories at the Gulf's beaches, but also my children and grandchildren.

SAVE THE GULF! SAVE THE GULF! SAVE THE GULF! SAVE THE GULF! SAVE THE GULF!

SAVE THE GULF NOW!

Friday, June 25, 2010

Mumbo Jumbo Stuff

I cannot recall when I have had so many headaches. Seriously, it is insane.
My expert opinion clearly blames the oppressive heat and humidity as
we have now achieved 16 straight days of over 90 degrees.

Today, trying to eat healthy, I prepared tuna fish salad over a bed of arugula and
accompanied this dish with a fresh red apple.
Sounds great right?
Well, be advised never, I repeat never to
chase your vitamins with a glass of iced tea post lunch.
Not a very pretty sight.

Where is my Moose Track ice cream?
To hell with healthy eating.

The wedding invitations are almost finished.
OMG! I am so very pleased with this project.

Little Jack is running a fever and feeling under the weather.
He is supposed to sleep over at Mimi's house tomorrow night.
I promised him popcorn and the movie Cars.
Waffles for a Saturday breakfast.
Hope you are better little guy!


Now where is the dock?

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Not So Wordless Wednesday

Yesterday's blog mentioned the horrid heat, a dry Mother Earth and Banana Popsicles. Let me tell you what occurred last night between 9:00 P.M. and God Knows When...

Sitting quietly at home, minding my own business, enjoying the banana popsicle I found in the fridge, I first heard it. Yes, could that really be thunder? Just to convince me, Mother Nature bombarded me with multiple evidence of thunder.

Soon a gentle rain began falling. Soon the electricity began to flicker. Those having Directv know that even the slightest interruption of power causes every receiver in the house to reset itself. Annoying. Very annoying.

Just as everything seemed to settle down and I was about to watch the evening news, boom, darkness! And do I mean darkness. No lights. No TV. NO AIR! Gah!

So this morning, I got to thinking that perhaps if I blog it, "it" will come. Today being Wednesday (there is absolutely nothing wordless going on here), I will reference the Power Ball drawing today in hopes that is happens for me!

Now excuse me while I attempt to de-headache.

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Hopes of a Little Stormy Weather

We could use a little rain and cooler temps!

Picture a summer thunderstorm.
The kind that brings cooling relief and the fresh smell of nature all around.
Remember sitting on the front porch, eating banana popsicles?
Swinging your feet back and forth as though you were pumping on a swing?
Catching lightening bugs and punching holes in an old mayonnaise jar.

Until then, let's all try to catch a breeze and rock a little.
I think much can be accomplished if you just rock your troubles away.

See you tomorrow!

Monday, June 21, 2010

Monday Monday...

...so good to me
I realize that this is a sunset, but gosh, darn, ain't it pretty!

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Saturday, June 19, 2010

Thursday, June 17, 2010

BP...Will YOU Protect This Turtle Nest?

The day I snapped this photo of a turtle nest in which the mommy
turtle had recently returned to the spot she was born last season to lay
her very own eggs, I wondered what would transpire over the next few months.
An environmentalist quickly place this alert around the nest
for people like me not to step on the babies and crush them.
People of the beach become quite reverent around these nesting sights.
It is what we do to protect this turtles rights to live.
We even go so far as to draw the drapes in our condos at 9:00 sharp so that the
turtle community is not distracted from the mortar and steel and electricity blaring
at them when it is their time to nest.
It is true!

The American beach going community try to do everything in our power not
to detract from somethings this species has been doing for hundreds of years.

Then one cost cutting incident by the largest oil producing company in the world, BP, comes
along and without any reverence to nature manages to cut this ritual with one wack.

Shame on you BP.
Shame.
Your mothers would not be proud of you.

PS....do not attempt to post after you've taken an Ambien. I had to proof this morning!


Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Just My Luck!

Why am I always either a day early or a day late?

Monday, June 14, 2010

BP...Do You See This?

Too many summers to count, we have enjoyed this beach.
So many memories of family fun spent on this beach.
What will become of this magical place where sea shells are gathered
and lotion is slathered?

BP...do you promise that I can return to this beach next
summer to find it in the condition I left it?
BP...do you promise that the sea life will have a home next month?
BP...what the hell are you going to do once a hurricane hits the Gulf?
BP...I shall never ever put one drop of your oil into anything I own again.
I am so angry at you, BP.

Sunday, June 13, 2010

How Are You Feeling?

I'm feeling a bit stiff and sore.
How about you?

Yes, I fell hard with the suggestion of new backgrounds offered by Blogger.
New background just might breed new inspiration.
And I have lots to blog about now.

Happy Sunday, Ya'll!

Monday, June 7, 2010

What Is...

What is blond, round and red all over? Anyone?

Thursday, June 3, 2010

And That's What I Think...

I plan on taking the summer months off from blogging.
Enjoy the warm weather, my friends.

Let's hope the pristine beaches of Florida and the Gulf coast remain as such.