KASEYCOFF's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=KASEYCOFF KASEYCOFF's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community SparkPeople.com http://assets2.sparkpeople.com/assets/nav/logo_spark.gif http://www.sparkpeople.com/ Day 555: Y'know, that holiday thing 'n' all... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5838211 We're earlier than those in North America, but things are quiet here yet. The following was in my email this morning. <BR> <BR> SparkBloggers aren't supposed to post articles in their entirety; we're supposed to post links and give credit. <BR> <BR> Well, I'll give credit: the site is called "Delancey Place," and their self-description is "Eclectic excerpts delivered to your email every day." And indeed they do. <BR> <BR> I'm going to post the article in full, though; the direct link is: ... Thu, 25 Dec 2014 04:39:00 EST Day 554: Expensive Lesson(s) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5785707 Well... there will be no DisneyWorld, at least not this January. <BR> <BR> I won't be spending Christmas on the beach, or with my son and daughter-in-law, either. <BR> <BR> We ran into a problem before we even left Manchester Airport. <BR> <BR> Seems that Himself lacks a certain type of visa - I don't know yet if it's "more than" the one he's used the last few trips, and "less than" a full-blown green-card visa, or what. But point being - he doesn't have the right kind. <BR> <BR> He can't... Tue, 23 Sep 2014 20:12:05 EST Day 553: ISO Feedback http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5778349 The house is sold, we're retired, a couple of potentially nasty health issues loom in the next couple of years, so while there's time - we're thinking of doing something that (for us) may be wild and crazy. <BR> <BR> We're thinking of going to Disney World for four or five days, possibly a week. <BR> <BR> Is this nutz? <BR> <BR> We don't have any grandchildren yet (though Lord knows we're old enough, and have kids old enough, that we could well have been grandparents by now, lol), and ther... Fri, 12 Sep 2014 06:07:39 EST Day 552: Dates of Infamy... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5777637 There are a few - December 7, 1941... November 22, 1963... September 11, 2001... You remember where you were, and the shock as comprehension washed over you. <BR> <BR> And when the anniversaries arrive, you run across articles and photographs and film clips. Some of those last can get very elaborate, with carefully sequenced pictures and musical backgrounds and whatnot. <BR> <BR> I often glance at such things, especially the photo-essays, but I don't usually pay too much attention. The simp... Thu, 11 Sep 2014 02:05:48 EST Day 551: Inspiration... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5768474 ...I take it where I find it: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/4/l447192271.jpg"> <BR> <BR> 'ave a good 'un, Sparklers - carpe diem! Thu, 28 Aug 2014 02:46:41 EST Day 550: The - Big - NEWS!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5764342 We've been sitting on this for the better part of two months. Practically drove ourselves - and each other - nutz. So sure after that bitter, bitter experience in February that this, too, would fall through, and so reluctant to say anything. Superstitious? Not so's you'd notice. But we were so afraid we'd jinx everything. <BR> <BR> But today, today was the day. It's over. It's done. Papers signed, money and keys exchanged. On their part elation and excitement. On our part elation and excitem... Thu, 21 Aug 2014 14:55:54 EST Day 549: Old Habits, Simple Pleasures http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5755494 I can berate myself - justifiably or unjustifiably - for any number of things: the piece of cake I had... skipping my morning walk... staying up too late... the second piece of cake I had... the pension plan I bypassed when I was 23... (lol). <BR> <BR> As I sat here this morning drinking my first cup of coffee, I realized it's a totally guilt-free pleasure. It's something I've not second-guessed, not so much as considered quitting, even after the caffeine's bad for you / caffeine's good for... Fri, 8 Aug 2014 02:19:47 EST Day 548: A Healthy(er) Point of View... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5751474 I came across a blog - perhaps more of an essay - this morning, as I was 'net-surfing. The author captures much of what I think, and much of what I need to think, if that makes sense. <BR> <BR> Give it a read: <BR> <BR> <link>www.yahoo.com/health/exposed-by-my-c<BR>hildren-for-what-i-really-look-like-93<BR>429355637.html </link> <BR> <BR> 'ave a good 'un, Sparklers - it's Saturday, carpe diem! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/4/l843259068.jpg"> Sat, 2 Aug 2014 03:57:32 EST Day 547: We live. We learn. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5741211 Found this an interesting essay: <BR> <BR> <link>zenhabits.net/ </link> <BR> <BR> That's all I came here to say... <em>211</em> <BR> <BR> 'ave a good 'un, Sparklers - carpe diem! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l134343134.jpg"> Fri, 18 Jul 2014 03:59:00 EST Day 546: A Milestone... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5732586 I don't do streaks well. <BR> <BR> I suspect it's mixed up with an all-or-nothing mentality with perfectionism thrown in. You know. A or F, and it darned well better be the perfect A. <BR> <BR> Add sore loser to the mix: if it's not a perfect A / blue ribbon / I win, I'll take my toys and go home. <BR> <BR> <em>234</em> <BR> <BR> Where can I share my (ahem) quirks 'n' foibles if not here? <BR> <BR> The past twelve months have been unbelievably - no other word for it - hellish. If th... Sat, 5 Jul 2014 15:26:50 EST Day 545: The Long and Winding Road... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5708645 ...was our Class of 1970 song. Forty-four years ago today I graduated from high school. <BR> <BR> But that's not really why I posted a blog this morning. <BR> <BR> The real reason I came over here was this: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l183497435.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Brilliant, IMHO. Have a good 'un, Sparklers - carpe diem! Mon, 2 Jun 2014 07:14:59 EST Day 544: The Photographs Have Arrived http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5704284 Himself had fun photographing the small-town parade - while of course there are parades of one sort or another in Britain, this was his first up-close look at an American parade. <BR> <BR> Sandy Creek is a very small town, with a correspondingly small high school, but they've got a good band with lots of enthusiastic, talented kids. <BR> <BR> Enjoy. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l1173508909.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Local central school, pre-K through 12th - my mother... Tue, 27 May 2014 10:50:04 EST Day 543: This 'n' That... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5703429 The house I'm living in is across from a high school. It's sunny today (this is shortly after 10 AM, and things can change rapidly here, weather-wise) with temps in the mid-sixties and expected to rise by a good eight degrees or more. <BR> <BR> The school band is across the street, gathered around the flag and warming up for the parade that starts in another hour or so. Himself is over there taking pictures - one of those uniquely American events he's never had the opportunity to see first-h... Mon, 26 May 2014 10:22:46 EST Day 542: For Teeny-Jeannie Cannon... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5701897 I don't know how true it is - you know how almost every day it's Something-or-Other Day, but the pic is good: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/9/l392045906.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Have a good 'un, Sparklers - carpe diem! Sat, 24 May 2014 06:51:30 EST Day 541: Coincidental Message http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5701269 I hadn't intended to blog today. This year I've missed more days than I've hit - which is okay. Just one of those phases. <BR> <BR> My Spark visits have been perfunctory, but again, that's okay. Other things fill my days. If you charted busy times and calm times, you'd get a sine wave, probably more representative of Life's undulations than any calendar could ever be. <BR> <BR> Doing the basics this morning on the Start page, a video caught my eye. I don't usually dip into YouTube videos, b... Fri, 23 May 2014 07:36:54 EST Day 540: A New Week http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5686997 So I'm gonna start it right. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/2/l727413442.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Have a good 'un, Sparklers - carpe diem! Sun, 4 May 2014 08:43:08 EST Day 539: KUWTT (Keeping Up With The Times) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5685161 Seniors Texting Code <BR> <BR> ATD: At The Doctor’s <BR> BFF: Best Friend Fell <BR> BTW: Bring The Wheelchair <BR> BYOT: Bring Your Own Teeth <BR> FWIW: Forgot Where I Was <BR> GGPBL: Gotta Go, Pacemaker Battery Low <BR> GHA: Got Heartburn Again <BR> IMHO: Is My Hearing-aid On <BR> LMDO: Laughing My Dentures Out <BR> OMMR: On My Massage Recliner <BR> OMSG: Oh, My! Sorry - Gas <BR> ROFLACGU: Rolling On Floor Laughing And Can’t Get Up <BR> TTYL: Talk To You Louder <BR> <BR> Proba... Thu, 1 May 2014 17:56:26 EST Day 538: Connections... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5683223 My mother's mother was 20 when my mother was born; my mother was 20 when she had me. I've written of my grandmother (and even my great-grandmothers) before. <BR> <BR> I don't think I've written much about my other grandmother, my father's mother. <BR> <BR> My paternal grandmother was nearly 40 when she had my father - he was the baby of the family. Hence, my other grandmother was almost the same age as my mother's grandmother. <BR> <BR> Back to today: <BR> <BR> I'm sorting papers. There a... Tue, 29 Apr 2014 13:53:31 EST Day 537: Manic Monday Indeed... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5666230 Some of you know the story, some don't - no matter. The bottom line is I'm in Watertown, at least until June. I spend my days moving stuff from one room to another, as painting, remodeling, etc. all go on around me. The latest: "Lady, can you move everything out of the kitchen?" "Um, yah, sure, I DID - everything is packed into the little pantry at the end of the room, and I moved the microwave, coffee-maker and refrigerator (!) over THERE out of the way--?" "That's great, ma'am, but we need... Mon, 7 Apr 2014 07:16:37 EST Day 536: Early Sunday Morning http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5665479 No particular message - no pithy sayings, no deep thoughts, no inspirational or motivational stories. No blog, really. Just a picture appropriate to the time and day. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/1/l916434873.jpg"> <BR> <BR> "Early Sunday Morning," by Edward Hopper. He's long been one of my favorites. <BR> <BR> Have a good 'un, Sparklers - carpe diem! Sun, 6 Apr 2014 06:52:23 EST Day 535: A Different Monday Morning http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5632136 Every time I think I might be ready to face going back, something reminds me why I'm putting it off as long as possible. My cousin's husband posted this photo on FB: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l1412393122.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Why, oh, why isn't my family from Florida?!? lol... <BR> <BR> Have a good 'un, Sparklers - carpe diem! <BR> <BR> p.s. Then there was this: <BR> <BR> <link>www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/02/21/li<BR>ving-well-on-location_n_4811159.html </l... Mon, 24 Feb 2014 03:02:24 EST Day 534: Finding Myself On A Monday Morning http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5626062 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1340551077.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Your chuckle for the day. Have a good 'un, Sparklers - carpe diem! Mon, 17 Feb 2014 02:37:33 EST Day 533: How to Judge People http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5619984 I've been going through some old cookbooks. Some are basic ones written for brides setting up housekeeping, some are themed (bread, preserves, pies), and some are 'freebies' that came with new stoves or mixers. <BR> <BR> My favorites are the booklets, especially the oldest ones. There's one from the World War I era outlining which cut of meat to roast on Sunday, then giving recipes for leftover dishes to make the rest of the week. Another from the 1930s features low-cost budget meals to stre... Mon, 10 Feb 2014 02:32:23 EST Day 532: Food for Thought... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5614607 I'm not real good at the whole self-help thing. I mean, I find all kinds of good ideas, read lots of inspiring stories, all of that, but my inability to apply these gleanings with any consistency seems to preclude my incorporating them into my life in a way that gives me long-lasting benefits. Y'know? <BR> <BR> I came across a simple, thought-provoking gratitude reminder today. A woman asked "What would your life be like tomorrow if you had only the 'gifts' you gave thanks for today?" <BR> ... Tue, 4 Feb 2014 02:44:15 EST Day 531: IT's OFFICIAL--!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5601167 I'm a full-fledged member of the club: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/5/l850656956.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Her Britannic Majesty has decided I can stay - and go. Have passport, will travel! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/2/l62416481.jpg"> <BR> <BR> P.S. - Y'all DO realize I've retained my American citizenship, right? I mean, you don't think I'd throw the Yanks over, now, do ya? I just realized maybe I didn't explain...? <BR> <em>211</em> Tue, 21 Jan 2014 11:24:01 EST Day 530: Half-full 'n' all that... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5590896 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/7/l672770116.jpg"> <BR> <BR> A psychologist walked around a room while teaching stress management to an audience. As she raised a glass of water, everyone expected they’d be asked the “half empty or half full” question. Instead, with a smile on her face, she inquired: “How heavy is this glass of water?” Answers called out ranged from eight ounces to twenty ounces. She replied, “The absolute weight doesn’t matter. It depends on how long I hold ... Sun, 12 Jan 2014 06:08:50 EST Day 529: MERRY CHRISTMAS! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5571433 "I heard the bells on Christmas Day..." <BR> <BR> They're not playing carols here, though. They are ringing the changes, and will be for some time. It's a Christmas tradition here in the village. <BR> <BR> Although this was recorded in Liverpool, it will give you an idea of how it sounds: <BR> <BR> <link>www.youtube.com/watch?v=pugRM2Nsnyo </link> <BR> <BR> Happy holidays to you and yours, Sparklers - carpe diem! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/8/l381874898.j... Wed, 25 Dec 2013 04:56:19 EST Day 528: A Good-Morning Pic... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5565330 This was actually taken yesterday - Sunday - afternoon by one of my cousins. Notice the snow was still falling: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/3/l334947924.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Okay, I admit it - I've turned into a wimp. But I like hot water, and lights, and heat, and my coffee first thing in the morning... <em>211</em> <BR> <BR> Have a good'un, Sparklers - carpe diem! Mon, 16 Dec 2013 04:09:35 EST I was THERE--! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5564975 This is one of those I-was-there stories. I was, but I escaped in the nick of time: my flight left Syracuse on Wednesday afternoon, so I got out before the stuff really enveloped the place, either there or in Newark, which was the origin of the transAtlantic segment. <BR> <BR> There's this itty-bitty little waystop of a village in upstate NY - well, see for yourself: <BR> <BR> <link>www.today.com/video/today/53823152#5<BR>3819340 </link> <BR> <BR> Just go right into the segment introd... Sun, 15 Dec 2013 15:52:48 EST Fifty years ago... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5547520 Asking “Where were you when--?” is an age-revealer. “Where were you when ‘Challenger’ exploded?” “Where were you when you heard Elvis had died?” And this week, most of all, “Where were you when JFK was assassinated?” <BR> <BR> Just as it is this year, in 1963 the 22nd of November was on a Friday, with Thanksgiving on the 28th. <BR> <BR> I was in sixth grade. Someone came to the door of our classroom and spoke to the teacher in a low voice; she turned and announced that the President had bee... Fri, 22 Nov 2013 08:19:40 EST Day 525: Okey-dokey... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5456786 ...you see where my blog-daily / good intentions got me. Hah. <BR> <BR> I was prompted to blog today by this: <BR> <BR> <BR> When life pelts you with lemons © <BR> <BR> When life throws you lemons, it’s expedient and fun to say “I’ll make lemonade” or “Bring out the tequila!” but what do you do when life pelts you with lemons, and it’s not a joke? <BR> <BR> 1. Stay calm. <BR> 2. Take a deep breath. <BR> 3. Try not to over-react. <BR> 4. Take one step back, mentally... Fri, 16 Aug 2013 03:06:22 EST Day 524: All Hail the Kale http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5412921 Sing wi'me now: "Kale! glorious kale!Tas-ty and nonfattening--!..." <BR> <BR> <link>www.huffingtonpost.com/drew-ramsey-m<BR>d/health-benefits-kale_b_3529768.html?<BR>utm_hp_ref=mostpopular </link> <BR> <BR> I discovered (as if it was lost) kale last year, thanks to one of my cousins. We have it at least once a week at our house now. I haven't ventured so far as to do the kale-chip thing, but steamed, I admit it, it really is delicious and a welcome addition to our meal plan. <BR> <BR>... Sun, 7 Jul 2013 02:31:35 EST Day 523: A Century Ago... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5406959 An odd fact in my family history: I know precisely where my great-great-grandfather was one hundred years ago today. <BR> <BR> On the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd of July, 1913, the US government sponsored a "Civil War Veterans Reunion," on the grounds of Gettysburg National Battlefield. All veterans from both sides were invited. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l1476683935.jpg"> <BR> <BR> These now-old men stayed in huge barracks tents and spent three days attending stag... Mon, 1 Jul 2013 03:02:02 EST Day 522: Summer Solstice! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5396969 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/2/l329580244.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Cribbed that from the-source-of-all-things-cribbable, Wikipedia. <BR> <BR> No, I didn't get to Stonehenge this morning: I keep saying one of these years I will, and I'll wear a diaphanous gown and sandals and have flowers in my (what's left of it) hair and... well. That year is not this year, but it's on the list, so there's always hope. <BR> <BR> One year I'm going to spend Midsummer's Eve in Scandinavia, go to... Fri, 21 Jun 2013 03:54:24 EST Day 521: for TeenyJeannie http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5393241 Yes, I know. I got lost. Not in a bad way, y'unnerstan, but just kind of ...meandering. And I shall return with the remaining Dixie blogs. But for the nonce, I dropped by - briefly - to leave this for LJCANNON: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/7/l979789366.jpg"> <BR> <BR> If that don't make yer day, nothing will! <BR> <BR> <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> Have a good'un, Sparklers - carpe diem! Tue, 18 Jun 2013 10:11:12 EST Day 520: ...after a brief respite, we resume with Old Hickory http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5367281 "In eighteen-fourteen we took a little trip..." <BR> <BR> Thanks to Johnny Horton - and the $20 bill - Andrew Jackson stays in the national consciousness. Beyond that, he was a less-than-stellar president, whose two terms (1829-1837) were marred by the beginning of a severe economic depression, a favoritism system of political appointments, and an appalling Native American policy of "Indian removal." The first-ever assassination attempt of a sitting President was against Jackson. <BR> <BR> ... Sat, 25 May 2013 03:38:47 EST Day 519: Between Chattanooga and Nashville... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5364745 "I was laid down on the bare floor, as dirty and lousy a boy as you would wish to see. Dead men were being carried out about as fast as the living were being brought in. <BR> <BR> "A man was laid down at my feet. I took a look at him and thought he would look like Bill if he were not so [badly wounded]. I said 'Bill?' and [his] face turned my way and I saw my only brother." <BR> --Ed Abbott, 4th Indiana Artillery, wounded at the Battle of Stone's River <BR> <BR> Sometimes histor... Wed, 22 May 2013 15:13:22 EST Day 518: Oklahoma http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5363002 The travelblogs are interrupted today. <BR> <BR> Quite a few of our Sparkler community live in Oklahoma. Even if they didn't, I'm sure we would all want to do what we can to help with the incredible tornado destruction that's happened. <BR> <BR> With no real effort I found some agencies channeling relief aid. In no particular order, they are: <BR> <BR> American Red Cross: <BR> <BR> <link>http://www.redcross.org/charitable-d<BR>onations </link> <BR> <BR> You can also apparently send a $... Tue, 21 May 2013 03:28:40 EST Day 517: Military Tactics and Red Badges http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5362448 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/5/l950513591.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I'm interested in Civil War history - as I've said before, I grew up hearing about it and visiting some of the battlefields and major sites. A great-great-grandfather, who was well within living memory for my grandmother and her siblings, had fought in the war, so there were stories with a more personal connection as well. <BR> <BR> Because I was "other directed" (keeping a close eye on the time so as to get back ... Mon, 20 May 2013 15:20:08 EST Day 516: Wayfaring Strangers http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5360747 We still had a two-hour drive ahead of us when we left Biltmore. Our reservations that night were for a hotel on the outskirts of Knoxville. <BR> <BR> Sunday's plan was two museums on the way to my aunt's (she lives between Knoxville and Chattanooga); we figured we'd arrive by late afternoon so we could have supper with her. <BR> <BR> After we settled in for the night I pulled up the museum websites to double-check our route, admission fees, and whatnot, and - uh-oh. Problem. <BR> <BR> "He... Sun, 19 May 2013 03:42:56 EST Day 515: Dropping in on the Vanderbilts http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5360058 "Down in the jungle, living in a tent, <BR> You don't use money, you don't pay rent - <BR> You don't even know the time <BR> But you don't mind..." <BR> --Paul McCartney <BR> <BR> When we began planning this trip we threw everything we could think of, everything we could find, at a rough draft - historic sites, battlefields, houses, museums, parks, plantations... you name it. We knew that we'd spend a couple days around mid-point visiting family, and everything else had to be fit i... Sat, 18 May 2013 09:43:47 EST Day 514: Azalea Abundance http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5359165 "Give fools their gold and knaves their power, <BR> Let fortune's bubbles rise and fall - <BR> Who sows a field or trains a flower <BR> or plants a tree, is more than all." <BR> --John Greenleaf Whittier <BR> <BR> Magnolia Plantation and Gardens is just outside Charleston, along the Ashley River - in fact, it's directly across the river from the city. By road, it's perhaps twenty or thirty minutes. <BR> <BR> The grounds open at 8 AM, and we scurried to get there at opening time.... Fri, 17 May 2013 10:49:45 EST Day 513: Doin' the Charleston http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5358587 We followed the same plan in Charleston that we had in Savannah - get into town early, grab a good parking space, then spend the day. Unlike Savannah, there was a minimal parking fee, but given the central, secure location - at the visitors' center - we were more than satisfied. <BR> <BR> The visitors' center didn't open for another half-hour, and none of the other attractions were open yet either, so we took a walk. There weren't many people on the street; now and then we passed a few touri... Thu, 16 May 2013 13:01:27 EST Day 512: On the Road to Charleston http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5357003 When we take trips, we each keep travel journals. In both we have the stretch from Savannah to Charleston labelled as "The Day We Got Lost." <BR> <BR> In some ways there isn't a lot to see on that section, especially if you follow the coast as much as possible; there's a main route, a dual highway, and anything else is a matter of small sideroads through the countryside. I had chosen a few targets to aim for, so Himself programmed the GPS and off we went. <BR> <BR> We had another beautifull... Wed, 15 May 2013 04:56:24 EST Day 511: SAVANNAH! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5356083 I was predisposed to dislike Savannah. <BR> <BR> As a rule, I'm not comfortable in urban places. Oh, I have a few favorites - Washington, notably; Toronto's near the top of the list; I like London, or at least sightseeing around London - but mostly I do better in small towns / rural settings. <BR> <BR> Savannah in particular had a resonance that left me with the feeling it was a dose of medicine - best just get on with it and get it over with. And on what was this feeling based? <BR> <BR> ... Tue, 14 May 2013 09:33:01 EST Day 510: The Savannah Campaign http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5354699 It's 45 degrees here this morning, with a blustery, gusting wind that makes it feel even colder. You can see how April in Dixie appealed to me! <BR> <BR> I left off with Waynesboro and Wisteria Hall: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1768717969.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I found it on the internet, and never thought we'd be able to afford it. But we were just under the wire for off-season rates, and while it was nearly twice as much as we pay at the chains, it was still le... Mon, 13 May 2013 05:14:58 EST Day 509: From Atlanta (halfway) to the Sea http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5353716 Himself has been enamored with the Civil War ever since I introduced him to Ken Burns's series lo these many years ago. He has watched other documentaries as well as fictional treatments (Gettysburg - remind me sometime and I'll tell you a couple anecdotes about the film - and Glory, and of course GWTW) and certain stories have stayed with him. <BR> <BR> We had planned to visit Savannah but rather than drive straight to it he wanted to try tracing the route of Sherman's March to the Sea. <B... Sun, 12 May 2013 05:29:31 EST Day 508: Travelblog - Atlanta, GA http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5352776 Not that it's especially relevant to a healthy lifestyle (probably the opposite, if truth be told, considering all the holiday indulgences) but over the next, ah, couple of weeks? I'll share the photos I told you about from our recent trip. <BR> <BR> I say "couple of weeks." We were gone for three, but going to, coming from, visits with family, and a few sections of long drives haven't generated many pictures in the sightseeing category. <BR> <BR> Unlike our previous ventures, we flew in an... Sat, 11 May 2013 05:51:37 EST Day 507: She's baaaaaaaaaaaaaaaack... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5341488 First off, I admit it, the whole "blog every day" thing has been well and truly knocked into a cocked hat. It was not from lack of good intention (and you know I must've paved miles of that infamous road with my good intentions). <BR> <BR> We've been on 'oliday, as the Brits would have it, for most of April. I hesitate to call it a vacation, since to me a vacation is a true rest. Unpacking each evening and repacking each morning isn't really much of a vacation for me (okay, the secret's out,... Wed, 1 May 2013 03:33:12 EST Day 506: An Evening Millisecond http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5313941 ...which, of course, is shorter than the usual quickie. Ha ha. <BR> <BR> Late getting to it, and it's a late supper tonight, so - an early g'night, Sparklers, wherever you are! <BR> <BR> ...and dammitoll, the pix won't load, so - no picture today, either. <BR> <em>234</em> Sat, 6 Apr 2013 19:56:21 EST