American by birth, Southern by the grace of God.
Louis Grizzard, a great American
It's choice ~ not chance ~ that determines your destiny.
Jean Nidetch

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Saturday, December 8, 2012

Sebastian Inlet SP and Jonathan Dickinson SP

Bridge with fishing piers at Sebastian Inlet SP

Inlet waterway allows passage between the Atlantic Ocean and the Indian River.

 White and Brown Pelicans
 Conch Fritters, Onion Rings and Peel 'n Eat Shrimp at Mulligan's

 Our site #7 at Sebastian Inlet S.P.

We took a boat tour on the Loxahatchee River at Jonothan Dickinson S.P.

 Boat Dock
 Visitor Center

Thursday, December 6, 2012

After 2 1/2 weeks at Disney World & Fort Wilderness, we are now making our way down to the Keys.  Pictures and updates to follow or see my posts on Facebook!

Monday, October 29, 2012

Friday, October 26, 2012

So proud..............

Friday, October 12, 2012

We are at John Tanner Park for the month of October before heading to Florida on November 1st.  Lots of pictures are on Facebook.  

We have 3 grand kids here this week as they are out of school for Fall break.  Not much time to post on this blog...Facebook is quicker and!

Bike ride around the lake.

Saturday, September 8, 2012

Epcot Food and Wine Festival

A few of the tasty treats to sample when we go to the Festival in November!

Argentina - Beef Empanadas
 Australia - Shrimp on the Barbee with Pepper Berry Citrus Glaze
 Belgium - Freshly baked Waffles with Berry Compote and Whipped Cream
 Canada - Chicken Chipolte Sausage with Sweet Corn Polenta
 Caribbean - Jerk Spiced Chichen with Mango Salsa
 Cheese Booth Trio - Beecher's Flagship Reserve Cheddar, La Bonne Vie Goat Brie, and Rogue River Creamery Echo Mountain Blue Cheese
 Florida Local - Shrimp Ceviche
 Germany - Apfel Strudel featuring Werther's Original Karamell Sauce and Vanilla Sauce
Germany - Nurnberger Sausage in Pretzel Roll
 Hawaii - Kalua Pork Slider with Sweet and Sour Dole Pineapple Chutney and Spicey Mayonnaise
 Ireland - Lobster and Scallop Fisherman's Pie
Ireland - Warm Chocolate Lava Cake with Bailey's Irish Cream Ganache
Italy - Cannolo Al Cioccolato (Chocolate covered Cannoli Shell filled with Ricotto Cheese, Chocolate and Candied Fruit)
 Italy - Ravioli Di Formaggio All'Emiliana (Baked Cheese Ravioli with Creamy Bolognese Sauce, Parmesan Cheese, and Melted Mozzarella)
 Japan - Karaage Hand Roll (Crispy Chicken Breast with Sushi Rice and Spicy Mayonnaise
 Mexico - Crispy Shrimp Taco with Chipotle Lime Mayo and Cabbage served on a Flour Tortilla
 Morocco - Baklava
 New Zeland - Seared Sea Scallops with Kumara Red Curry Puree and Apple Radish Salad
 Poland - Kielbasa and Potato Pierogies with Carmelized Onions and Sour Cream
 Scandinavia - Swedish Meatballs with Lingon Berries
 South Korea - Lettuce Wrap with Roast Pork and Kimchi Slaw
 Terre - Chili Colorado with House made Chips and Cashew Slaw

Thursday, August 30, 2012

School Time!

 Grand kids return to school:

 Mackenzie 5th Grade
 Kyle 3rd, Logan 1st, Tyler K-5
 First breakfast together
 Ethan Pre-K

Saturday, June 30, 2012

Ancestors in Stilesboro and Euharlee, GA

On Wednesday we took the two grand kids home and spent the night at their house.  We left Thursday morning with plans to stop in Cartersville, GA, to check out some historical society information.  As it turns out, we spent so long finding a cemetery in Stilesboro and then spending time at the historical society office and museum in Euharlee, we never made it to Cartersville.  That will be for another trip.  

The cemetery is McCormick/Hawkins Cemetery located on some private property.  We had looked for it a couple of weeks ago with no luck, but Thursday, after a conversation with the very nice property owner, we were able to find it and take some pictures.

 View from road looking up drive toward the barn.

 View of the damaged fence where someone had removed the post and some wire.

 The barn sits uphill about 100 yards from the road.  The cemetery is another 250 yards uphill from the barn.

Looking up the hill from the road towards the barn. 

From the cemetery, looking downhill towards the barn
As we walked toward the barn, 4 deer ran out from the trees between the barn and the cemetery.  It was like they had been released on cue to run across the grass.  Just beautiful.  Of course, they were way to quick for me to get a picture.  Just as quickly, they disappeared into the woods.

Buddy loved being off the lease and sniffing for more deer.  (He smelled them, but missed actually seeing them.)
 My 2nd great grand uncle, along with his wife and some children, are buried there.  No one had posted pictures on or anywhere else online so I wanted to go for myself to get the pictures.

  Captain Henry Johnson McCormick., Co. O, Phillips Legion, GA Infantry, Confederate States of America.

 Capt. and Josephine McCormick.

 View of Capt. McCormick's marker in the trees.

There are many, many graves with just stones for markers and no names. Maybe there is a record somewhere that lists who is buried here.  I will look into that more when we visit the area again.

Some of the many graves with no names.

 There are several rows like this with no names.

We stopped in Euharlee at the Historical Museum located next to the old covered bridge.  We stayed about an hour but Sam had to stay in the truck with Buddy because it was too hot to leave him.  

Euharlee Covered Bridge

Historic monument

There was a volunteer in the museum, Clayton J. Harris, who has lived in the area all his life and was very knowledgeable.  Turns out we are relatives, coming down the Shaw line.  He knows everyone around there, including many of my living relatives and ancestors.  We will definitely go back when we have more time and don't have Buddy with us.