Sunday, November 30, 2008

Special People Visit

Sometimes visiting is more important than taking photos. You will not hear me say this often.

Having said this, let me go on to say, I sure hope someone takes a photo of Sweetmama and Jimmy in their special aprons. Also, I sure would like to have a daytime photo of Sweetmama's garden.

This was a very special visit with a very special family. These people make chaos look so good as to be envied, right down to the youngest one, little John Robert, who seemed to be thriving in a family environment just loaded to overflowing with love.

Friday, November 28, 2008


What a surprise. People were creating panorama photographs back in the 1920s. This one is from New Zealand:

1923 panorama
New Plymouth, Breakwater and Harbour · 1923
Photographer: Robert Percy Moore
Panoramic negative · Reference No. PA6-193
Photographic Archive, Alexander Turnbull Library, National Library of New Zealand

You can see more of these panoramas on the National Library NZ on The Commons on Flickr. You don't see historical photographs like these every day of the week — very interesting.

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Fields White for Harvest

Lift up your eyes, and look on the fields; for they are white already to harvest.

John 4:35b (KJV)

Cotton ready for harvesting

This local field is indeed white, and appears to be sitting there expectantly waiting for the cotton picker to come through and gather the cotton. However, one step of the usual harvest operation has not occurred yet on this field of cotton. It hasn't received the treatment required to exfoliate the leaves of the cotton plants.

Do you suppose that is what many people we come across in our daily lives are like? Expectantly waiting for some one to speak to them about their faith. There’s probably more than we can imagine hoping that someone of faith will tell them what they believe and why? The answer seems pretty clear, doesn’t it?

In the Gospel of Luke, Jesus says …
The harvest is vast, but the workers are few. So ask the Lord of the harvest to send workers out into his harvest.

Luke 10:2 (ISV)

Friday, November 21, 2008

The Wisdom of Hot Chocolate

Jesus said, "Let the little children come to Me, and do not forbid them; for of such is the kingdom of heaven.”

Matthew 19:14 (NKJV)

Shortly after I put up a blog post including hot chocolate, Penny sent me this:

The Wisdom of Hot Chocolate

Think about it. Why do you suppose the photos of precious children were included in this video? All of us must be like those precious ones to get the point.

Live simply · Love generously · Care deeply · Speak kindly
And enjoy your hot chocolate!

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Another Goldilocks Report

A cold front came through, and it's definitely "hot chocolate weather" in Lower Alabama.

We were surprised to see Magnolia Springs and Foley both showing their temp at 24º this morning. I checked on the screened porch, and it was showing around 38º, so I'm really doubting what was reporting. I think it was a typo and was supposed to be 34.

My regular blog readers will immediately know that 24º or 34º is too cold.

Looks like it's time to harvest our one satsuma before it freezes solid through and through. I also decided to bring in the small TV from the screened porch that I'd been watching old recorded VHS tapes on. I'll continue that enjoyable project in the warmth of our bedroom.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Lake Harbor Mountaineers

I know a celebrity in person now. Some of my readers may find they do also.

The Lake Harbor Mountaineers band was recently formed in the Greater Jackson (Mississippi) area. Members of this band are Lucille, Bob, Luvell, Chris, Larry (not pictured), and Vick (not pictured).

I'm not their agent, but I'd be happy to put you in touch with them if you'd like to book them for an event.

Saturday, November 15, 2008

A phrase that brought a smile :)

Orange Beach city sealWhile eating the best pizza we have had so far in Lower Alabama, we were carrying on a conversation with the pizza baker. In discussing the area of LA, we mentioned that many times we had taken vacations to Orange Beach and were still getting to know other areas near there since we settled in the Magnolia Springs area.

This pizzaria is located in Foley, and apparently the baker had lived here all his life. He said something like, have you heard that Orange Beach is referred to as "a quaint little drunken town with a fishing problem?"

It seems like quite few towns have adopted this phrase, or something like it, as their claim to fame, but it was the first time I had heard it.

Thursday, November 13, 2008


Who you callin' a hoe?How did I get to be 71 years old without eating a single hoecake? After all those years of camping when we wanted cornbread but thought we didn't have a way to cook it under our circumstances while camping, it was there staring us in the face all the time.
Apparently hoecakes are nothing more than pancakes made with cornmeal instead of flour, and the ones we had today were really good.

The history of this tasty and straight-forward food is so simple, it's a no-brainer.

According to Wikipedia:

Hoecake is a type of thin cornbread made of cornmeal, salt, and water, which is baked on a griddle. It became known as "hoecake" because field hands often cooked it on a shovel or hoe held to an open flame. Hoes designed for cotton fields were large and flat with a hole for the long handle to slide through. The blade would be removed and placed over a fire much like a griddle.

Hoecake is notably the namesake of the cakewalk dance form. During the 19th century, slaveholders would hold dance competitions for their slaves, offering hoecake as a reward to the winner. Then known as the chalk line dance, the form became known as the cakewalk when it rose to prominence with the advent of ragtime music.

The hoecake is also known as the johnny-cake, the Shawnee cake, the ash cake, and the no cake.

Wendell has recently become interested in hoecakes and printed off a recipe. When I asked him where the recipe came from, I learned it was from the Homesick Texan blog. I understand this blogger lives in New York. Now that I've read some of her blog, I really recommend it to you, particularly From Hoecakes To Hope.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Veterans Day

I do like the song, but I'm thinking (2-8-2016) that this might be a preferred video on it:

Saturday, November 08, 2008

Angel Ride Charity Event for Motorcyclists

During this morning's visit to Heritage Harbor Days celebration in Foley, we learned about the Angel Ride, which was traveling along Highway 98 through Magnolia Springs later in the afternoon. We arrived in time to see them and snap a few photos as they drove by.