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Nature Versus A Shed

And in the end the vegetation will overtake this shed and it will be no more.  

Christmas Decorations

The tree is up along with all the other decorations in the home. Ready for Christmas.

The River Bend

The Turkey

Ben's first time deep frying a turkey, and he did a very fine job of it.
One of the two turkeys, other turkey was done on the grill, and the one ham we had for Thanksgiving down in Myrtle Beach. A family gathering of seventeen people and more then enough food for all. Not only the meat, but the mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, collard greens, cranberry sauce, rolls, dressing, and a host of other treats. The food was great as was all the folks there for the gathering. Of course I needed to cut in line to the collard greens before someone else took them all, and he shall remain nameless, but he knows who he is. The weather was so beautiful that we were able to sit out in the screened in porch for dinner. 

Clear blue skies and 70+ degrees outside, couldn't ask for a better Thanksgiving Day.

Was Once A Howard Johnson's Motel "HoJo"

Was once the old "HoJo", Howard Johnson's in Jacksonville NC. Would stay here once and awhile on weekends just to get away from the base and also my family stayed here when they came to visit. Many memories of Jacksonville.


We return thanks to our mother, the earth,
which sustains us.
We return thanks to the rivers and streams,
which supply us with water.
We return thanks to all herbs,
which furnish medicines for the cure of our diseases.
We return thanks to the moon and stars,
which have given to us their light when the sun was gone.
We return thanks to the sun,
that has looked upon the earth with a beneficent eye.
Lastly, we return thanks to the Great Spirit,
in Whom is embodied all goodness,
and Who directs all things for the good of Her children.
~ Iroquois ~

Fountains Of Charlotte

Fountain at Wachovia Plaza

Fountains Of Charlotte

Fountain by the Charlotte Convention Center

Fountains Of Charlotte

The fountain in SouthPark Mall

Disc Plow

It appears that it's been awhile since this plow has been used and I really don't see it being used anytime soon either.

North Myrtle Beach

Now I have been down to this beach many times and I find it a great place to go and spend the day. The beaches are clean and the water is great. Maybe the National Geographic missed this beach here in North Myrtle Beach.

Horry County ranks worst for wages fifth quarter in a row - Local -

Now you put this with the review of the beaches, one has to wonder about this area. I have been to the beaches in Cherry Grove and North Myrtle Beach and thought they were great. But they may be right about the jobs there. It's a tourist town. That is the only industry they have to survive on; well other than Walmart.
Horry County ranks worst for wages fifth quarter in a row - Local -

After The Picking

Up, Up, And Away

A US Air flight leaving Charlotte. 

Miles Of Wire

There doesn't seem to be any end to the towers and the wire; just mile after mile after mile.

Whispering Pines

I remember a hundred lovely lakes,
and recall the fragrant breath of pine and fir
and cedar and poplar trees.
The trail has strung upon it, as upon a thread of silk,
opalescent dawns and saffron sunsets.
It has given me blessed release from care and worry
and the troubled thinking of our modern day.
It has been a return to the primitive and the peaceful.
Whenever the pressure of our complex city life
thins my blood and benumbs my brain,
I seek relief in the trail;
and when I hear the coyote wailing to the yellow dawn,
my cares fall from me
- I am happy.
~ Hamlin Garland - McClure's, February 1899 ~

Weather Report

Nov 17, 2010 - Wednesday, 4:30 PM - 62 degrees outside - sunny - clear blue skies - leaves are falling fast

The Barn

Just this old barn with the sun shinning down through the trees. No sounds of any kind out here this morning, not even a bird, just the smell of the pine trees in the air and the warm sunshine. I could have stood there for hours in all this beauty, silence, and smell.

The Pond

"The frog does not drink up the pond in which he lives."
- A Native American Proverb

Changing Of Colors

Finally some changing in the colors here, not much, but a little.


"When it comes time to die, be not like those whose hearts are filled with the fear of death, so when their time comes they weep and pray for a little more time to live their lives over again in a different way. Sing your death song, and die like a hero going home."
Chief Aupumut, Mohican. 1725

Fair Food

I have to wonder just how much could one's arteries take of the deep fried butter before they get so clogged up that there is no hope for you.


When I was about six years old, my father said, ‘Do not sleep after sunrise; wake as soon as daylight appears. Run toward the dawn. You should do this everyday. Run out as far as you can.’
- Sinyella, Supai Indian circa 1900

Happy Veterans Day


Dry Creek

Mighty dry here... sure could use some rain and lots of it.

One Marine's View: 235 years of taking it to the enemy....Happy Birthday Marines-Nov 10

Charlotte Skyline

Welcome to Charlotte

The Grass Is Always Greener On The Other Side

See? I told you so. It is greener and taller on the other side.

A Home On The Hilltop

What a beautiful location to have a home. I can just imagine sitting there on that porch and looking down the hill and watching the deer come up to feed. So peaceful out here in the country.