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The County Fairs are running this time of year!…

I remember Mom and Dad getting me out early from elementary school to take me…

As of now… school is already in session…

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The Hogs were being judged…

Quite a description of what they look for and these young adults take this very seriously…

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There are many varieties of sheep to view…

This young man was shearing… and was quite fascinating to me… since this is not my normal life…

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The “Miller’s Border Collies”… were taking things in stride…

Very disciplined…

Loved being petted by the visitors… like this sweet young man who let me take his photo…

They herded the ducks into the cages…

 

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The cows were being pampered by the air conditioning blowing on them…

as for the cows in the stripe and orange shirt???

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Baby chickens were being hatched as we watched…

What a lesson for our young children…

It was one of the exhibits from the Discovery Farm section…

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Blue Ribbons abounded…

This one was for the best Country Ham!

So many things are entered and judged…

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Like this lovely quilt…

So many we didn’t get to view all…

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Out of hundreds of sweet entries… these are  a couple that won 1st Place…

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The Koi Pond outside was so pretty…The Water Lillies…

and Orange and White Fish… were swimming in the clouds it looked like…

with the sky being reflected in the water!…

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I ran into several friends…

Stacy… was a student of ours when I was working many years ago with Special Ed Classes…

She was 12… and is now 37…

Her Mom and Dad sell blown glass items and I try to get by and see her every year!…

She always knows my name immediately!

and the friend in black shirt was one of the teachers I worked with at that time!

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Could never show all… but, it was an enjoyable time…

Eating corn dogs and roasted corn… tasting pumpkin fudge… and taking in all of the smells…

Said hi! to “Freddy Farm Bureau” …

who has sat in front of the entrance since 1958…

He is 18′ tall!

A gentleman that is out of sight, but can see who walks by… talks to the crowd of people that wander by…

He can even hold conversations…

I related to him… how I met my Bobby there 47 years ago… and so we always have to come back to the Fair…

He found it to be a  neat story!

 

 

As we left Tybee Island…(wishing for more days)… and the thoughts of moving there in my mind… it was a beautiful day!

We had bought a Garmin GPS to use in the unknown areas…

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Put in our address in South Carolina… and it directed us straight there…

Well… maybe not straight…

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The change was gradual… but, when you finally are immersed into a different area…

How beautiful it is!…

I love the trees, mountains, valleys and the coziness you seem to feel…

A different atmosphere from the beach life…

Both are wonderful!

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This creek runs right through Cherokee… kids and adults always playing in it’s waters… and picnic-ing!

and the Mill is among the many shops scattered throughout the town!

 

We were fortunate to have a free room at the Cherokee Casino in Cherokee, SC…

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and our buffet meals were paid for also… 1432663464384

thanks to my sister and her comps…

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I really liked this photo I captured … Depicts the Smoky Mountains perfectly I think!

 

so swimming in their pool was not an option (I had that on my mind )

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and the hotel setting was just gorgeous with a stream running right through it!… oCAT32MWU

but, you have to remember… Showers seem inevitable in the mountains…

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We were guided to our room on the 15th floor… and the room seemed to have never been used!…

so spacious and clean!

We changed… and went to explore the casino floor…

A huge floor with so many options…

As you might guess… we budget $$$ so much for our excursions… and try to hold to it…

Carolyn was already lost from us We never seem to keep up with her!…lol!

Bobby and I wandered around playing penny slots… sometimes quarters…

I finally opted for a machine that was in the middle of three…

A Mermaid Machine… unnamed

Fun and the little girl on my right was so cute with a chatty conversation and Tennessee drawl…

She won about $60.00 and said it was because I brought her luck…”I doubt that”!

Bobby showed up and sat on my left… Every now and then he would hit the higher amount for betting…

I’m pretty conservative!…

All of a sudden… the machine was swirling and beeping… and I had won $600.00 …

but, then it repeated again!… $1200.00 …

Oh my!… I was elated!…

but, then it did it again… repeating the play… $1800.00

I was beyond happy!…

but, can you believe… it went around one more time!… $2400.00 all together…

I was speechless!…

The little girl next to me was genuinely happy for me… and asked Bobby to just touch her machine for luck!…

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Now… to find my sister!…

Finally located her… and after playing awhile longer… it was around 1:00am… Bobby and I left for our room…

Carolyn promises to follow in a few hours…

well, we woke up at 3:30 and at 4:00am… Bobby convinces me to go look for her to make sure she was OK…

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I get dressed and we walk the blocks… because that is how it is in this huge place from the hotel to the casino…

and around the whole two huge rooms… of the casino…

Finally decide to page her…

and when she arrived… laughing!… she was so embarrassed I guess… that we would come check on her… k16117507

“She was fine”… I was told… and I imagine she was… time flies by k20805554 …and she can always chat to someone!… k8266615

and that is MY WORRY… that “someone” might not be as nice as others!…

“She was able to take care of herself”, we were told…

and I understood that… but, when someone is with you in a strange place???… I can’t help but, be cautious…

We left her to “care for herself”… and went back to sleep… knowing I would never live this down!…

I, being the younger sister was way too overprotective!.. k6131494 …of my big sister!…

A lesson learned!…

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We left the next day… driving over the Mountain through Gatlinburg, TN…

Oh, how I hated not to stay a few days there also!… but, will return…

We did stop long enough for me to run in for my favorite donuts from The Donut Friar along with milk/coffee…

With breakfast in hand… we headed back to Louisville!

 

 

 

Didn’t really do the beach area like I would have liked…

but, our goal this year was to get to know Savannah better…

After a light breakfast at the Hotel… we drive to Savannah… deciding on a parking garage that was only about 2 blocks across from the River…

You walk down original stone steps to access the River Street…

with all of it’s shops, restaurants, cafe’s, vendors and street people showing off their wares…

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We stopped for a drink … a Sangria with lots of fruit…

As we were sitting outside we had a nice conversation with folks from New York …

and noticed a lady sitting in one of the grassy areas making items from Palm Leaves …

My sister asked if she could make a cross…

“Absolutely!”, she said…

After seeing her and talking to her… I had one made also…

and promised to pick it up later…

They dry to a pretty tan color…

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We meandered through shop after shop…

I really like the “Honey Shop” actually called… The Savannah Bee CO…

purchasing a lip gloss for myself, honey BBQ sauce for Mel/Brian…

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and tasting the samples from all over!… of pure honey and even coffee flavored with honeysb_coffee_wholebean

and another store that is filled with beautiful items that depict the book…”Midnight In The Garden of Good and Evil”…

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and Bobby always has to talk to the “cigar lady” and BUY JUST ONE!

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We ate lunch at The Warehouse and all I can say is “DON”T!”…

So bad, poor service … Mixed up all orders … and with the doors open… flies were pests!…

Of all the hundreds of places we chose wrong on this one!…

We walked… Bobby estimated… about 8 hours…

We offered to get car and pick up Carolyn, my sister…

We made our way back … only getting turned around a little…

Coming down the cobblestone street to the Savannah River’s Edge… was way cool!…

Bumping along until we spotted Carolyn…

We had made it to the end of the Street and sat down near
“The Waving Girl” statue… wavinggirl1 …

I think it is just beautiful!…

There are Steamboats anchored … waiting for customers to take tours…

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Tug Boats… vfiles41399 and Ships… cross under the Savannah River Bridge…

actually called… “Talmadge Memorial Bridge”…

which we crossed over heading to Cherokee, SC and Gatlinburg, TN the next day…

After a day of walking we drove down by the Ocean for one last walk and to eat at Fannie’s on the Beach…

Best food we probably had…

eating outside and taking in the scenery!

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A nice way to end the night…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This and That!

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Our Fire Pit of about 15 years finally had to be replaced…

I miss the old one but, will adjust!…

Placed the new one in its place on the stone with my Maiden Name on it…

This was taken from our home that I grew up in… that Daddy built…

The concrete name toppers were on top of the two stone pillars that were on each side of our driveway…

So glad I have this memory!

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Nothing like sitting outside in the morning with a good cup of coffee…

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and the cats always have to join us…

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I like my Watermelon Centerpiece on my kitchen table…

says “summer” to me…

too bad I don’t like watermelon…

I hear all of the time… how good it is for you!

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My Morning Glories seemed late-blooming… but, they are now!…

My favorite flower!…

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My son bought these two Blue Flower Pots for me…

suggesting Mums would be nice in them…

I think he was right!

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Bobby is now happy with his router and table…( putting table together)

Our craft ideas should go smoother now!

Hope to have a Fall Booth somewhere???

 

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The Grandkids on vacation… in Panama City, FL…

Aren’t they the cutest!

We had made reservations on a Casino Boat that goes about 20+ miles out in the Ocean before you can play…

We thought it would be interesting and it was!…

Supposed to be from 6:30pm – 11:30 pm…

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Arrived in plenty of time!

 

Always add some time to these excursions!…

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Leaving the dock…

 

For $15.00 … you got the Boat Trip… a full dinnerfree drinks while playing$2.00 draft beer all of the time and $5.00 in free slot play!…

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The air felt so good!

 

and on way back to Savannah (Tybee Island) … a Nacho Bar was set up for $5.00 if you wanted…

Bobby and I shared a big plate… so only $2.50 each…

Couldn’t beat it!…

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Safety boat…

 

We talked to several people who had never went on this Tradewinds Boat either!…

I believe the boat that was three floors… held aboyt 125 people…

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We played penny slots and Bobby and I managed to win enough to keep most of the money alloted for this tour…

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It was so clear when you looked up into the sky and being the night of the Meteor Shower… we lucked out and saw it with no obstructions!
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and very tasty!…
Nacho Bar had …

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Ground Beef

Steak Strips

Chicken Strips

Chili

Cheese Sauce… and Shredded Cheese

Tomatoes

Lettuce

Sour Cream

Green Onions

Salsa

Great too … as we ate on the deck outside on the third floor… listening to  music… and watching the night waters…

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Got in about 1:30am… and no problem sleeping this night either!…

Next post soon…

too much to tell!

 

 

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Late posting the second half due to getting back in the groove of every day activities…

Housework… shopping… Bobby back to Chemo Treatments…

Bobby doing really well… except for when they take off the “Fanny Pack” Chemo after 46 hours…

his stomach gets upset…”throwing up”… but, only last a short time… and then slightly weak for a couple of days too…

and hair is thinning… we just noticed that!… a new VET Cap might be in order!

Then… you would think he was the Energizer Bunny again!…

Blood work comes back looking good!…

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We left the youngest sister’s house and headed for Savannah and Tybee Island…

Arriving around 2:30pm…

Hotel room ready and more than expected…

We had stayed before and the service (people) were so friendly…

Great access to swimming pool… outside… and breakfast room which had more than enough variety to please anyone…

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In walking distance to lots of places including the beach…

 

We went to eat lunch at the Sting Rays Restaurant… which was very good… and in walking distance…

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My sister who traveled with Bobby and I…

 

and then back to the hotel to swim…

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Later… cleaned up and rode the block to the beach area…

went out on the pier to watch all of the fishing guys/gals…

as we bought an icy beer at the covered Pavillion…

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We slept well that night…

We made a plan the next day to go to Savannah and take a trolley tour of the historical district…

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which is most of downtown…

Beautiful Southern homes… buildings… museums… restaurants… schools… parks…

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Our sweet Tour Person… was so friendly and nice… going beyond her duties to show and tell us stories of the history of Savannah…

 

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We rode in the open trolley sometimes bouncing along the original cobblestone streets down near the Savannah River…

She accommodated us tourist with letting us off to view the beautiful John the Baptist Catholic Church…

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Herself… being from Germany had moved to Savannah 19 years ago…

and had fallen in love with all it’s charm just like me!…

After the tour we headed for Tybee Island Travel-Information to eat lunch and then get refreshed for the Casino Ocean Tour… we had signed up for…

 

to be continued…

 

 

 

 

Vacation… Headed SOUTH!

My browser is needing an update!… or at least that’s the info I’m getting bombarded with!

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I’ve had to work my way around obstacles to even get to this point…

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but, it seems these “bugs” are getting more frequent…

I hope to be able to catch up on your posts…

but, have been on vacation for a week… k18886692

We left a week ago Saturday…

My Bobby, sister and myself…

First stop…

Cousin and her husband’s house in Murfreesboro, TN…

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Nashville, TN

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There were rows of sunflowers along the highway…

 

A good start!…

Good dinner prepared by Vera and then us girls went for a ride…

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My cousin and sister enjoying a mid-day refreshment!

Sangria… Lemon…

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and mine was Blackberry/Mint!

 

The guys caught up at home…

Next stop… Next day… Sunday…

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Nickajack Dam in TN…

 

Arrived at Bobby’s sister and her husband’s house…

Griffin, GA… near Atlanta…

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Atlanta is always under construction and cars everywhere!…

 

Got to see all of her kids but, one… cook out… great food and wonderful hospitality…

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“TALKING” was the highlight!…

You just feel you can make yourself at home!

Monday… we were at Macon, GA… OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA …

visiting a friend of sister and myself’s from our neighborhood where we grew up…

Our brother married her sister… so actually “family”…

She had made homemade scones… clotted cream… delicious fruit salad…

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Perfect!…

We toured the area she lives in… and it was beautiful!…

Stayed a couple of hours and then off to a sister of Bobby’s in Gray, GA… near Macon…

“EVERYONE” came over for Jimmy’s homemade BBQ k8695289 and all the fixin’s…

Homemade wine was pretty good too!… k17795706

Spent the night after visiting with another sister/husband… nieces… nephews… friends…

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Brian… my youngest son… used to say when he was about three years old…

“They gonna hug and kiss you!”… k9240318 when he talked about his Daddy’s family…

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Next day… heading toward Savannah, Ga and Tybee Island!… 11203054_10152824311193994_8055619588949654337_nlogo

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