26 June 2015

E Is For Equality!



E is also for ecstatic!  I'm so happy that the Supreme Court has ruled for marriage equality!  I understand that there are still groups that are not represented by this act but it's definitely a step forward for so many people.  So many of my friends can finally have legal and binding rights with their partners...

Today is a good day.

25 June 2015

Memory...



I briefly mentioned in an earlier post that we had lost our rescue dog Toby to old age.  His big personality (he loved to bark at any and everything...all day) has certainly been missed around here.  Right after he passed, a few months back, we went and bought a peach tree in his honor and planted it by our front porch so that it'll grow big and strong.  Unfortunately, it hasn't thrived as much as I'd hope despite the pampering and care we've given it.  I'd almost lost hope until a few days ago when I noticed a teeny tiny peach growing on one of the small branches!  I seriously yelled so loud that it startled a) Brady and b) all of the birds within a mile radius of our house.  I'm just so happy to see that little unripe fruit and know that the peach tree is trying its darndest to grow just as we hoped...and that years from now it'll cast its cool and sweet smelling shade over Toby's grave.

If you'd like to hear a bit about Toby's beginnings and how he came to live with us then just go here.  His serious face was just the cutest...

23 June 2015

Weird & Wonderful Washington GA...



After trying a few times to make it all the way into Washington, GA without having to turn around due to torrential rain go here for one of the alternate adventures I was finally able to make it inside the city for about 30 minutes before another summer rainstorm dumped buckets from the sky.  What an interesting little town!  From the old Muffler Man statue outside of a food kitchen to the cool abandoned hotel from the early 1900's with everything still intact after being closed for years if not decades, this place is like something out of southern dream... 






There was a big ol' black tom cat lounging in the yard of the columned house but it took off like a shot when I walked up to say 'hi'.

Antiques?  No.  Just a room with no roof and more jars of nails than you've ever seen in one place.

There's a taxidermy business on the square that is full of animals killed in Africa.  Turns out the guy who owns the shop is a big game hunter liaison with a company over there and he takes rich people on 'safaris' to shoot whatever they want.  Gross.  Why killed something so beautiful just to stuff it and make it look like it's alive again?  I've never, ever understood that.

The worm and the fish.  Nobody wins in that situation, eh?

I love lace curtains so much.  After seeing them everywhere in Croatia, Hungary and Holland, I've wanted more for my home.  And I noticed that they're really popular in old homes around here too.  They don't do much for privacy but with our house on a hill and our closest neighbor a good friend we don't worry too much about stuff like that.  So, the hunt for the perfect curtains continue!

Maybe next time I head that way I can stop by the little organic farm that's been advertising the soon-to-be-ready blackberries.  There's a cobbler recipe I'm just salivating over...

19 June 2015




"We don't see things as they are, we see them as we are." Anais Nin.

18 June 2015

Vinyl Fever...



I was 11 years old (1986 y'all!) when this album, Peter Gabriel's So, came on the scene and won a ton of awards and accolades, and stole my heart.  My parents were on another wave of intense conservative religious/political reflection and had taken away all my WHAM! and Cindy Lauper music but found Peter Gabriel to be 'safe' for some reason.  I loved, loved, loved this album but, honestly, I was also happy to have something to listen to that wasn't THIS.  Wow.

So is still one of my favorite albums by Gabriel as well as an excellent listening choice for rainy days and road trips.  It's such a wide range of musical styles (he's known for his support and immersion in world music) as well as topics - war, environmental issues, love and so much more.  I know the words to almost every song...yes, including Your Eyes.  Fun fact about me: I've never seen Say Anything so I while I know about the whole stereo-above-the-head-outside-the-girl's-window thing I have no context for it in regards to the movie.  I should remedy that at some point...