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Thursday, November 18, 2010

Skywatch Friday, A Layered Sky

The sky over this Monroe County field was literally in layers just before sunset. A stationary front finally gave way to cool, windy weather.

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Thursday, November 11, 2010

In Honor of Those Who Served

Today is Veterans' Day, and Camden has a new veteran's memorial downtown. 

"In Honor of Those who Served, in God We Trust."

Thanks to Christine Weerts for sharing her photo!

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Q for Quilting (ABC Wednesday)

Its ABC Wednesday again, and this week we celebrate the letter "Q," and where I'm from, Q is for QUILTING. 

Quilts have warmed us inside and out ever since cloth scraps were invented, and perhaps no quilters recycle scraps better than The Quilters of Gees Bend.  Read their story HERE, and view a video (below) that I made when they visited Selma a couple of years ago.

Now, while I have never finished a quilt (although I've started one or two), I am blessed that others in my family stitched their scraps into lovely designs such as the ones below that were made by my grandmother, mother, mother-in-law and sister-in-law.


See how other great bloggers interpreted the letter Q over at ABC Wednesday.

Saturday, November 6, 2010

For the Love of Stone-Ground Grits

Goin' to the mill today to buy fresh, stone-ground grits 'n cornmeal!

Can you believe this 1860's gristmill remained open until 1968? Anyway, it's open today for the Kenan's Mill Fall Festival & Bluegrass Event. So, while I purchase my meal, I get to listen to The Grasshopper Stringband, young Caleb Bryant & The Carrel Family over at the bandstand. 

I  might even try a hand at molding some Alabama clay into pottery or "walking" across Valley Creek on the swinging bridge. There's a "beehive" charcoal kiln on the other side, and I can take some really cool photos from inside looking up through the smokestack to the sky. 

Then, I think I'll head on over to the vittles wagon for some Hoppin' John and maybe a burger or some of those homemade cookies made by the local Master Gardeners. I reckon they can bake as well as garden! 

If I had younguns, they'd run over to those inflatable game things and then they'd want to ride in the hay wagon. 

I'm gonna take an extra dollar to donate for the chance to win a homemade quilt. Then, I might just settle down on a hay bale and watch the fiddlers while they play!

Have a great weekend! I sure plan to!

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

"P" for Alabama PICKER (ABC Wednesday)

It's ABC Wednesday, and the Letter of the Week is "P." So here's The Alabama PICKER, a series of Picks I found in Alabama, and  yes, this is similar to The History Channel's popular "American Pickers" TV show where Antique Archaeologists Mike and Frank travel all across America in search of a few good pickings that they can sell for profit. Except I'm not sellin' or tellin' exactly where I found these PICKS! Can you believe I came across this really, really old shell of a vehicle in a ditch somewhere? Well, yes I did, and it's just lucky I had my camera! Mike would love this pick! I just don't know how he'd haul it out of this place, and most likely none of it is salvageable! Sorry, Mike!

Photo courtesy of Christine Weerts
Now, a friend found this great Drink Coca-Cola, Sign of Good Taste sign. I will hint that it's in  Wilcox County! Only thing, I don't think it's in good enough condition to suit Frank!

Moving on, how about this June 7, 1944 edition of The Birmingham News? It headlines the D-Day Invasion, and notice that the price of the paper was just a nickel! Wonder what it's worth now!

Below on the left, I found a 1978 Alabama National Championship poster from back when the "Bear" was still coach. It's in an indoor flea market. Hey, this would make a great Christmas gift for some reminiscent, all-out Bama fan!

Finally, wonder if anybody collects George Wallace memorabilia? Here's a Wallace button from our former governor's presidential campaign of around 40 years ago! It surely isn't worth a fortune, but it's definitely an historic Alabama Pick!

To find out how other bloggers interpreted the letter P, click on over to ABC Wednesday!