Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Summertime Every Day

Friday, June 15, 2012

Storyteller: Nolensville

Union train was captured Dec 1862
This historical marker in my hometown, Nolensville Tennessee
has references to the Civil War

So, I was able to find this detailed account of the
Coleman Scouts
that operated in this area:

STORYTELLERS is a long running series of articles about the rich
history of this area - follow the label below for more articles!

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Old Glory

Where was the first 50-star American Flag raised in 1960?
What is the largest American flag ever made?

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

whats on your mind?

I found these large x-ray filmsin storage and wanted to try some tricky photography with them

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

flatlanders flood

Yeah, I call my family the flatlanders because when they come to Tennessee to visit me, they wear silly flip flops 

and can't understand why they can't climb hills!

before the flooding

A record-setting rain came to Pensacola last weekend and they really lived up to the 'flatlander' nickname:

midday Saturday

The water slowly receeded, but they really can't take much more rain just right now

midday Sunday

Saturday, June 09, 2012

CATurday is getting bigger

Our precious 3 year old male cat named Bubba
has made a new diary entry 
"16 TONS"
over on catster. 
Kitty blog from Bubba's perspective . . .

just click on the link or photo to read Bubba's hilarious post

Thursday, June 07, 2012

sleeping with a unicorn

My mother, Mallie made this embroidery unicorn for me in 1980.  She's very handy with needlework and we loved to get kits for embroidery or needlepoint and share her craft.  Mama took on a big challenge when she selected this extra large piece - it's 20x20"

The relaxed pose of the unicorn and the delightful greenry woven into the scene make for a dreamy, mystical subject.   The impressive size of the frame, and the soft, subtle shading make it perfect for a bedroom.

I can gaze at the resting unicorn while I drift off into a dream world.  I've had this unicorn hanging on my walls ever since she gave it to me (over 30 years) - and it's a sweet reminder of my sixteenth birthday. 

Someday I'll take it from the frame and clean it.  It would make a lovely pillow!

Wednesday, June 06, 2012

wordless wednesday

Tuesday, June 05, 2012

recipe: sugar free fruit tea

Try this recipe to make One gallon of low sugar (or no sugar) 

  • 4 family sized tea bags
  • water
  • 6 packets of sugar substitute
  • 12 oz pineapple juice
  • 1 can frozen concentrated orange juice
  • lemonade mix for 2 quarts, sugar free 

Run 2 bags thru the coffee brewer making double strength tea - repeat for next 2 bags.

Pour hot tea over frozen OJ into a large pitcher. Add sweetener,  pineapple juice, and lemonade mix; stirring well.

Serve chilled. Makes one gallon.

if you love FRUIT TEA -like I do- but want to reduce the sugar so you can drink lots and lots of it . . .

then you should try this recipe:)

Sunday, June 03, 2012

Wild Things: skunk

I smell a polecat!  There's probably no doubt that if you've ever experienced the foul, putrid secretions of the skunk - you won't forget it.  But there's more to this animal than just the strong odor, so let's find out about skunks.

Skunks can range in size from 15-37 inches and about one to 18 pounds. They have a long body, short legs and powerful front claws for digging.  They eat plants and animals, and are able to change their diet as needed.  Mostly they look for insects, grubs, eggs or lizards.  But they also eat birds, snakes, moles and frogs.  Skunks can make a feast out of berries, roots, leaves, grass and nuts.

Skunk are regular raiders of the honeybee hive.  They count on their thick fur to protect them from stings. A skunk will scratch on the opening to the bee hive and eat the guard bees that come out.  This behaviour is passed along to young skunks from their parents.

Sometimes all you'll ever know of Mr. Skunk is the holes in your flower bed where he's been looking for grubs.  Occasionally, they might locate a food bowl you left out for your pet.  Skunks have been known to scavenge a garbage can for food.

Skunks like to hole up during the day in burrows they dig out.  Most skunks are solitary and do not hunt together or share dens.  They have excellent hearing and sense of smell - although they have horrible eyesight (with a range of 10ft) which makes hunting at night ideal for Mr. Skunk.

So, what's going on at the stinky end of skunk?  His best defense is a foul liquid that's expelled from his butt with great accuracy.  This stuff is so powerful he can defeat a bear with it!  Humans can smell skunk spray for up to a mile away.  The skunk doesn't waste his spray, because he has a limited supply - rather he postures, and hisses and makes you think he will spray. 

Last week I was sitting on my porch at sunset and a small black/white skunk was sniffing his way onto my driveway.   I knew he couldn't see me, so I yelled "HEY"  then I ran in the house and grabbed my camera.  When I came back out I was sure to make alot of noise, and finally took a quick photo before running inside.

skunk in yard

WILD THINGS is a series on Edge of the Wildwood about wildlife. 
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