Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Tate the Great; Part I

a series of articles about Tate Bower, my GreatUncle

Tate was in the National Guard in 1941 when Pearl Harbor was attacked and was quickly inducted in to the Army. He was in the 62nd Armored Field Artilley Battalion as a forward observer in a tank with track wheels. Tate was trained as a gunner and radio operator.

(the milittary insignia for Armored Field soldiers)

His battalion was shipped out for the European Theather aboard the Santa Elena to Casablanca. Tate was assigned a machine gun nest to guard the beach. The 62nd was attached to Gen. Patton's 3rd Army - known as 'Patton's Own"

Find out where Uncle Tate met Gen. Patton in our next Tate the Great article...

Monday, September 28, 2009

wildwood flower

Friday, September 25, 2009

we go out for ice cream

found on SHORPY's

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Wordless Wednesday

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

best seat in the house

My husband and I were invited to the TITANS game with some friends, and we found ourselves on the front row at the 40 yard line!!

We could see everything--- I never realized how close the fans are to the field. We could see their eyelashes! wow

It was Titans v. Texans and the final score was
Texans 34
Titans 31

Very exciting game and a wonderful experience. Thanks to Rob S. for inviting us.

Saturday, September 19, 2009

it's CATurday

Thursday, September 17, 2009

what I read this summer

I spend alot of time reading mystery novels...There are a few titles here that I read more than once; and 2 that I haven't read yet.

Most of what I read is who-dun-its and a few fantasy novels. My favorites are stories about unpredicatble characters. One of my favorite authors is Greg Iles.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Wordless Wednesday

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

the midnight dogfight

In the early hours of the morning, I woke up to some strange sounds from outside my bedroom window! At first I thought it was a wounded animal, possibly a fox. Then I realized it was a pack of wild dogs and they were attacking a much larger (or more ferocious) beast.

I looked through the window, and the moonlight was glowing. But I wasn't able to see any activity because of the tree cover. I noticed that the tree frogs and crickets were silent, however the gnashing went on for a few minutes.

After a very brief pause...a low howl.

Their prey had gotten away from them. And some of the growls and snarls that I heard could have been from coyotes. It's strange to have such wildlife drama being played out right underneath my nose---yet, I still don't know what happened.

My husband slept through the whole thing, and neither of my cats showed the least bit of interest. :)

Monday, September 14, 2009

gift from Taiwan

When my friend, Lee was planning to travel back to Taiwan to visit her family, she wanted to
bring something back for me. A gift. Something that would "encourage my art". I suggested that Lee bring back a small piece of unfinished wood for my crafting business.

As the departure date got near, Lee would ask questions about what I'm working on. Each time, she would say: I can bring you some wood from Taiwan for this.

Lee returned, and as promised she had packaged a special gift for me: crosscut pieces of wood from Taiwan! She took her family members around various shops during the month she was there. One day they found a specialty booth and selected these pieces for me.

Lee was sure to include the business card for me, although I cannot read the launguage I certainly appreciate the gesture. Lee is patiently awaiting my creation...and I'll be posting more about this friendship project as I work.

Thank you Lee

Sunday, September 13, 2009

steal this cookie

you may find yourself asking
"what happened to the large platter of fresh cookies that was just here..."


11.5 oz chocholate chips
20 oz package of dried cherries
(or cherry craisins)
1/2 c. brown sugar
1/4 c. softened butter
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla extract
3/4 c. flour

*preheat oven to 350*
melt 3/4 of bag of choc chips in microwave safe bowl
(approx 2 minutes)
add brown sugar, butter and eggs; allow to cool

stir in flour until smooth

fold in remaining choc chips and dried cherries

form into cookies on greased cookie sheet

bake it for 12 minutes....yum

special credit to my sister, Kelly who had to decipher this recipe for us. It was printed on a bright yellow plastic packet with neon lettering the size-of-a-flea. the packet was crumpled and torn and the ink was misaligned. She had to really work at it, y'all.


Saturday, September 12, 2009

Church in the Wildwood

Friday, September 11, 2009

One Minute Solo

Wednesday, September 09, 2009

Wordless Wednesday

Tuesday, September 08, 2009


Hear the rumble of the ocean

Feel the soft water spray

Watch the foamy tips of the waves

Tsunomi keychain by Glasstastic Treasures

Monday, September 07, 2009

wildwood days

Sunday, September 06, 2009

weekly failure

fail owned pwned pictures
see more Fail Blog

Wednesday, September 02, 2009

Wordless Wednesday

Tuesday, September 01, 2009

way down upon the Suwannee River

Our family is thinking about taking a short, relaxing vacation on the Suwannee River! We can rent a houseboat, or setup lodging in a State Park. It might be a sweet vacation for 2010, and we're having alot of fun dreaming about it:)

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