Saturday, September 27, 2014

SEE ROCKY CITY

If you remember seeing barns painted 
with "SEE ROCK CITY"
through out the country side - 
you're dating yourself :-}}.
Clark Byers painted over 900 barn roofs 
in 19 states from 1935 to 1969. 
My Mom's family lives in Indiana & Illinois and 
some of my Dad's family lives in Knoxville.
Being born and raised in Florida, 
I remember passing these works of art vividly 
on our yearly trips to and from the north. 
 The rock gardens contain hundreds of labelled local trees and plants and continues to be well kept.
You follow the trail at your own leisure and I suggest that you are comfortable with a lot 
of walking up and down rocky, uneven steps.
The giant rock formations are spectacular as you go through several suck-your-gut-in sections.
If you aren't fond of swinging bridges,
take the path to the right that follows solid ground.
Lover's Leap
On a clear day you can allegedly see Georgia (Rock City is in Ga.), Tennessee, Alabama, North & South Carolina, Kentucky and Virginia.
(Maybe if the earth was flat!) 

Loving me some tall, 
awesome trees!
On the left side of Lookout Mountain, 
you can see the Indian Head 
and a view of High Falls.
As a child, I remember the Fairyland Caverns 
and Mother Goose Village.  
It's still there - and still decorated with blacklights. 
Rocky City is a rugged, beautiful walk through the rocks.  Children will love it as much as adults.
While on Lookout Mountain, 
we rode the Incline Railway down 
to the bottom and back up.
The scenic ride is on a trolley type car that goes straight up and down 
the side of the mountain at a 72.7% grade. 
The trolley has large observation windows 
for gorgeous vista views 
of the Chattanooga Valley.   

Weeeeeeeeee! 

Sunday, September 21, 2014

CHANTICLEER INN Bed & Breakfast

Over Fall Break
Danny and I visited Chattanooga, TN 
for several days. 
It's fun, affordable, and has lots of outdoor activities. The town is surrounded by mountains with the Tennessee River flowing through it. 
built about 1930. 
It sits on top of Lookout Mountain; just a 5 minute walk from our room to the entrance of Rock City.
It only has 17 guest rooms - all with private baths and decorated with antiques. Some rooms have fireplaces and whirlpool tubs. 
The Innkeepers are fun to talk with and 
very helpful with information and suggestions 
for dining out and places to see.
This was our room - through the green "Hobbit Door!"
They served a delicious homemade breakfast in their dining room, sun room or outside on the stone patio. There was a different hot entree each morning and they had fresh fruits, cereals, sweet breads and cakes that are made daily. 
The Chanticleer Inn  was a wonderful mountain get-away 
that is only minutes from all the downtown attractions. I highly recommend the 
~~~~~
Please visit - 

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

THE SILVER COMET TRAIL

Since school started at the end of July- 
we are already on our Fall Break this week :-}}
The Silver Comet Trail is built on a former railroad bed of a passenger train named the Silver Comet and operated by the Seaboard Air Line Railroad from 1847 to 1968. 
The paved bicycle and walking path extends from Smyrna, GA to the Alabama state line 57 miles away. 
Nickajack Creek
When completed, 
the trail will run from Downtown Atlanta 
to Birmingham, Alabama. 
The trail crosses 2 & 4 lane roads, over and beside creeks, along the side of subdivisions, golf courses and by historic ruins. 
These are the ruins of the Concord Woolen Mill located along the Nickajack Creek, built in 1847.
It was one of the first industrial employers in the county and the neighborhood that grew around it was named Mill Grove. 
During the Civil War the mill made Confederate uniforms.  The mill was burned by Sherman's troops on July 4, 1864. 
It was rebuilt after the war and prospered for many years.  In 1889, fire destroyed most of the facility. 
It was rebuilt again and eventually went 
out of business in 1916.
 Cobb Co. Transportation Dept. protected the remaining structure with huge metal beams, called ghost framing, to stabilize the remaining structure.
HAPPY 60th BIRTHDAY DANNY-
to the most talented, witty, intelligent, gorgeous husband 
in the whole wide world!!
Love ya Babes!! 

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Saturday, August 23, 2014

END OF SUMMER FLOWERS

I'm enjoying the colors  
to the end of the growing season.
The Knock-Out Roses have kept me 
in fresh flowers all summer long. 
This is my favorite orchid -
from the Miltonia Family

A Brown Cymbidium


Every summer, I have a Begonia growing 
in the fork of the tree.

Every February, Danny cusses the Crepe Myrtle 
as he cuts it back to 36" in height.
But we love the privacy it gives and especially enjoy the color and pollinators that come to visit.
I planted the Black-Eye Susans years ago on the other side of the azaleas and sidewalk.
As the azaleas filled in, 
the Black-Eye Susans have migrated towards a sunnier place.

Last, but not least - 
this is the 2nd summer that I planted 
tomatoes in a pot.  
And it's the 2nd summer 
that I bombed at growing them. 
There won't be a 3rd try;
I'll buy delicious tomatoes 
from the Farmer's Market! 
Going to the Farmer's Market is always 
an adventure anyway!

Saturday, August 16, 2014

CHILD'S FOOD DISHES - MADE IN USA

I have finally found dishware for my Grandbaby 
that isn't made in China.
They are colorful and -
*FDA-approved recycled plastic
*Dishwasher safe
*BPA-Free
*Perfect for toddlers 
*Non breakable 
*Made in the USA
I found mine in Kroger's, but have been told that 
they are also sold at Walmart. 
Everyone is careful about what the child is eating!! 
But we also need to be concerned about 
what the child is eating on - 
when the food item is hot.
I've run it through the dishwasher 
and am thrilled with mine. 
Re-Play offers a Starter Set that will 
be perfect for Baby Showers and gifts!
Various sets can be ordered directly 
through the company itself.
Check out 

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