Friday, September 28, 2012

It's Almost October

Mommy's IdeaHello fellow bloggers, time for our favorite post of the week: Friday Fragments.  Head on over to Mrs. 4444's at Half Past Kissin Time for a visit.

*This week the weather has been nearly perfect, even if it is getting a bit warm in the afternoons and we need the rain desperately.

* Doodle was nice enough to dig up a plant that I found on the side of the road, bring it home, and plant it.  I think we shocked the hell out of it... it is not thriving in its new location.

* The lawn service was at our house doing whatever it is they do.  They left a nice note on the door telling us if we watered, our lawn would perk up... tell me something I don't know!  Why are we paying these people?

* I have been testing the new camera and so far, I am impressed. Although, I think I have it on a setting where it takes the same picture five times... I am not sure if I like this function.

* Doodle's fantasy football team, The Stained Monkeys, is currently undefeated going into this week.  Know what that means, all the cheat sheets that I put together were totally unhelpful!

* I have been trying to create a button and add pictures to my title in the blog but am so afraid to save anything that I am just about ready to give up.  No one reads this thing anyway!

* It is a full moon tonight! Have a great weekend everyone!

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Wednesday Words of Wisdom

Sometimes you can't see yourself clearly until you see yourself through the eyes of others.
~Ellen DeGeneres

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Fleas, Fleas, Everywhere

OMG... we have fleas.  Okay, Doodle and I do not but my poor pups do!  Saturday evening while enjoying the new deck furniture, I noticed Shen looked dirty.  When I scooped him up and looked more closely, he had fleas...

I called the vet yesterday and according to them, fleas are building up a resistance to Frontline (it has been on the market for years) couple this with the non-existent winter, we are not the only people fighting fleas.  I got a new product yesterday that you give every 30 days called Comfortis.  This is suppose to kill all live fleas within 24 hours.  Today they are at the vets getting a bath and I will have to wash all bedding (again) when I get home. 

You may want to check your pets if you are using Frontline to ensure that it is still working as it should. 

Monday, September 24, 2012

Chili with turkey & chorizo

We have had our windows open for the past couple of nights and it has been down right chilly in the mornings.  60 degrees or so in the house and 50 degrees outside.  Perfect for that first batch of chili, which I made last night. 

Doodle loves chili, I really think he would be happy eating it weekly.  The bad thing is that I do not have a recipe, I just throw whatever we have in a pot, add some chili powder and voila!

This morning Doodle said I should write down what I made the chili with yesterday... he either really enjoyed the chili or wants to ensure I never make this combination again. 
Here are the basics:

1 pound ground turkey
1 pound chorizo 
Onion chopped
Garlic chopped
Jalapeno diced
1 can diced tomatoes
1 can chili zesto tomatoes (Hunts)
1 can red chili beans
1 can chili starter
1 beer
chili powder to taste
cayenne powder to taste
salt & pepper

Once meat is browned and onion cooked, I throw everything else into the pot and simmer for an hour or so.  We eat our chili with cheese and crackers.

I love that it is cool enough to start enjoying chili and soups. 


Sunday, September 23, 2012

Welcome Fall - Etowah Indian Mounds

Mound "A"- Chief/Priest Site
A couple of weeks ago DB and I decided to head over the the Etowah Indian Mounds only to discover they are closed on Sundays.  As yesterday was the official start to fall (and it was Saturday), we decided to head back to the Indian Mounds for a look around.  DB had been there as a child on a field trip being from this forsaken wonderful state. 

The Etowah Indian Mounds is an example of a Mississippian Culture site.  "Home to several thousand Native Americans from 1000 A.D. to 1550 A.D., the 54-acre site protects six earthen mounds, a plaza, village site, borrow pits and defensive ditch. Etowah Mounds is the most intact Mississippian Culture site in the Southeast.  Artifacts in the museum show how natives of this political and religious center decorated themselves with shell beads, paint, complicated hairdos, feathers and copper ear ornaments. Hand-carved stone effigies weighing 125 pounds still bear some original pigments.  Objects made of wood, seashells and stone are also displayed". 

Hand-carved stone effigies
There is a small museum that houses the artifacts and then you venture outside where the mounds are.  The museum is in need of updating, many of the artifacts are not in the cases and while the mounds are interesting, I think more people would visit if they could re-create the village area to give you a sense of what the place would have looked like.
The site sits on the Etowah River and when you walk to the river, it makes perfect sense why they made this area home, what a beautiful and rich area for food. 

In the river the Indians used rocks to form a "V" to catch fish with baskets, only when the water is low can you see this.  It was really quite ingenious!

The river banks are also home to several species of trees that provided nuts and berries.  Do you know what these are?  DB had to tell me, I cannot recall ever seeing this tree...

If you guessed walnut you would be correct! 

We were three a couple of hours and saw everything.  It was worth the $7.00 entrance fee.

Friday, September 21, 2012

Happy Friday Fragments

Welcome everyone and thank you to Mrs. 4444 for hosting another week of Friday Fragments where you can clear your brain.

Mommy's Idea

* The fall weather is holding on here in Georgia, it has not been above 85 this week.  If this keeps up, the hummingbirds will begin their migration south for the winter soon.  

* I am thankful I do not live in a "swing" state for the election, the few ads that we get and all the radio coverage is enough for me to wish it was November already.

* My pumpkins have rotted... I am not sure what I did wrong but will give it another go next year.  I am thinking of a winter garden this year, any suggestions on what to plant? 

* I am continually saddened by the news coming from the Middle East, I wish I could understand the hatred so many feel.

* This is what I had the pleasure of being behind on the freeway this afternoon... is there no shame?

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Wednesday Words of Wisdom

Be courteous to all, but intimate with few, and let those few be well tried before you give them your confidence.
~ George Washington

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Haunted Pub Crawl

Last night Doodle and I meet another couple for the Haunted Pub Crawl that happens on the Marietta Square. The tour is through The Ghosts of Marietta.  The Marietta Square and surrounding area is full of old buildings, antebellum homes, and documented ghost sightings.  Marietta was a place of much blood shed and death during the Civil War.  Could there be a better place for a ghost tour that visits local drinking establishments?

The evening arrived with a coolness only fall can bring.  By 9:00 pm it was dark, perfect for our haunted crawl through the square to visit the pubs. We walked along a side street, all lights mysteriously went dark, our guide telling us to be mindful, we were passing by the tunnels where the remains of thousands of Civil War soldiers were stored until they could be buried, nightly sightings were common.

Sounds scary doesn't it...

What really happened - a guide that had to be drinking well before the crawl started, who was not scary (despite the long cape), in a loud voice, said "follow me".  We merrily walked to the first "pub" a nice Italian restaurant, given the option of a beer or glass of wine (not included in cost of tour) and sat down.  For the next 30 minutes, the guide talked about things that may have happened in this restaurant and the surrounding area.  During which time, we are sitting around a table with a bunch of people we do not know with the lights on full.  After that, we ventured into the next "pub" where the exact same thing happened. 

By this point, this loud, happy, non-scary, guide was on my last nerve.  We walked to the final "pub" where it was too crowded to enter, told one final tale about what supposedly happens inside and then done, just like that.  I wish I could recommended this tour, the concept I think is great, with some changes, it really could be good, especially when people are drinking... but as it stands, I cannot recommend this tour.

Once released from the pub crawl, we decided to grab some light food with our friends.  We ventured into a place that had a live band, found a table, the waitress came over and after much yelling, determined the kitchen staff was tired and had gone home?!  Honestly, it was hilarious... four 40-somethings in a bar with music so loud that Doodle and I who were sitting next to each other were yelling at each other to be heard over the band.  In the long run we were saved by the revolting kitchen staff... we still have our hearing and our sanity!

Instead we met up at the Marietta Diner, which is an adventure unto itself.  The Diner has been featured on television shows, has a menu a mile long, and desserts that will bring a smile to your face.  It was the perfect ending to the evening and allowed us to actually have a conversation with our friends, that did not include reading lips.  I can recommend the Marietta Diner if you are ever in the Atlanta area, it is an institution and open 24 hours (without live music).

Saturday, September 15, 2012

Perpetual Student

I think I have found my calling in life... a perpetual student.  (Since I am not working in the arctic or jungle saving the environment.)  I applied to another masters program this week.  This degree would be Library and Information Systems, thus allowing me to be a librarian. 

I feel like I am floating out here since my newly acquired masters degree has not landed me a dream job or even an interview.  Perhaps combining my love of books and research is the way to go?

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Wednesday Words of Wisdom

"Fear is the lock and laughter the key to your heart"
~ Crosby, Stills, and Nash

Sunday, September 9, 2012

Golfing... Round 2

As this morning dawned cool and bright, Doodle and I packed up and headed to the local par 3 golf course for some action.  DB has a tournament to play in tomorrow and I wanted to work on just connecting with the ball.  We took the new camera along to see how it does in the "real world" and honestly, not bad! 

Thankfully we arrived at the golf course early before too many people were out, so that I would not be embarrassed by holding up all the real golfers there.  I actually managed to get the ball off the ground this time.  I listened and tried to do what DB was telling me.  Squat, squat down more, watch the ball, not full swings.  It worked, I even managed to get the second ball over the water hazard and avoided all sand bunkers.  We played all 18 holes, which was an improvement over the first time where I only made it through 9.

Doodle played great and the nice thing is he is always encouraging, even when I lost two balls in the woods and one in the pond!  I think I could actually like this game, it certainly is challenging, both physically and mentally.

20 Degrees

What a difference 24 hours makes. This morning dawned 20 degrees cooler than yesterday. We awoke to 53 degrees... let me say that again 53 DEGREES!

Yesterday, we awoke to 75 degrees!

Fall is making an appearance and while I know it will be brief, I will enjoy every ounce of it while I can!

Friday, September 7, 2012

Friday Fragments

This Friday sure did roll around quick, I enjoyed only working three days!  Please make sure you stop by Mrs. 4444 to say hello and check out the other great blogs.

Mommy's Idea
* Why is the button for Fragments not working???? UGH... I am getting frustrated.  Time for a glass of wine!

* We did it, we bit the bullet and brought patio furniture!  It was marked down 60% as the company is no longer making this particular color selection.  It is not what I thought I wanted but I really think it looks great on the deck.  Ours is actually a pecan finish with a couch, two chairs, ottoman, coffee table, and end table.  I am looking for some bright throw pillows to accent the couch and make it more inviting.  The deck is finally coming together, just in time for the cooler weather!

* For my birthday Doodle got me the Nikon 1 J1 camera.  He went with the Costco special that came with two lenses, a camera bag, and memory chip. So far, I love it.  The pictures are crisp, focusing in good light is a breeze, and I enjoy the option of being able to zoom in.
* Mom made it home safely, it was so nice having her here for a few days.  I am already looking forward to her visit next month.

*  Mo appears to have a cyst growing on her shoulder.  It has really started increasing in size, so a trip to the vet is in order.  She really needs a job!

* The corn maze opened last weekend.  Doodle and I are going to try and find the time to go this year.  We went a couple of years ago at dark and ended up lost in the maze for a good hour... finally had to ask a child to lead us out!  It is spooky in all that corn at night, perfect for Halloween.

* I am riding in a horse show tomorrow with the new barn.  I have had two lessons on the "show horse" and was deemed not ready for him.  So, instead I will be riding the old lesson horse that moans and groans the entire time we are riding.  Let me tell you, this horse does nothing for the confidence level.

* Happy Friday everyone, enjoy and be safe!

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Monday, September 3, 2012

Gibbs Gardens Revisited

We wanted mom to see Gibbs Gardens after Doodle and I raved about it earlier this year.  So yesterday, after a hardy breakfast, we headed out to enjoy the 220 acres of landscaped splendor.  While the gardens did not disappoint, what we had failed to take into account were the 1000 steps we had walked the day before at Amicalola Falls.  Between the aching calf and back muscles, we barely made it through the gardens.  We even skipped over the rose garden completely... it was uphill! 

Some of the flowers were past their prime; however, overall the garden did not fail to impress and give us additional ideas for our yard. 

Mom enjoyed the gardens, but she really enjoyed the swing!


Do you see the moth?

Saturday, September 1, 2012

Amicalola Falls State Park

Since the morning dawned bright and cool, we decided to take mom up to Amicalola Falls State Park for a picnic and hike.  The great thing about this state park is you can stay overnight in the lodge.  They have a decent restaurant and the views from inside are beautiful.  We arrived just after 1:30 pm and found a nice spot near the lodge to have our picnic.  We had packed sandwiches, cheese and crackers, fruit, chips, chocolate bars... it was quite the spread. 

After we ate, we ventured into the lodge where they were just finishing up a discussion about the birds found in the park and Georgia.  I was only able to capture a picture of the owl.  What a neat bird.  How do I get one of these jobs?!

We then headed out to see the falls.  At 729 feet, Amicalola Falls is the tallest cascade in the Southeast. The word Amicalola is Cherokee meaning tumbling waters.  When you park at the lodge, in order to see the falls, you have to descend 425 stairs to the viewing platform.  Down, down we went.  Once you get the bridge, you can keep going down another 175 steps to the bottom of the falls should your heart desire.  Of course, if we were there we had to see it all.

Going down was much easier than going up.  After several stops along the way, we finally made it back to the lodge and car where we collapsed in exhaustion and sweat!  It turned out to be a great trip and mom was able to see a bit of Georgia that she had not visited before.