Friday, April 11, 2014

The Village of Porches

Every year Hubs and I plant a garden down at my brother's farm. To get to Bro O's house, we pass through the Village of Greenup. 
Sign Photo courtesy of Wiki
1. Greenup's nickname is The Village of Porches. Population approximately 1500. Greenup got its name from National Road surveyer William C. Greenup, who platted the town in 1834. 

Greenup's claim to fame: Abe Bowman, pitcher for the Cleveland Indians, James A. Peters, herpetologist at the Smithsonian Institution, and Cy Warman, 19th century author. 

Not included in this list is actor James Woods. I was up late one night watching a late night show starring Tom Snyder. His guest that night was James Woods. A lady called in from Illinois and he told her he had lived in Greenup as a child. Although none of the information I found lists Greenup as his residence, when I asked around, it seemed to be a well known fact among the older citizens. 
2. Almost all of the buildings in the downtown area have porches. Greenup has always reminded me somewhat of New Orleans, without Bourbon Street and Mardi Gras. They have parades and festivals, but I've always wondered why they didn't participate in a Mardi Gras celebration. It would be the perfect setting. Don't you think?
3. When I was a kid, we sometimes drove the 5 miles to Greenup and occasionally would stop by the Candy Kitchen, which was known as The Greeks back then. They had the best ice cream!
4. Greenup also has a winery. Reminiscent of California Wine Country, Cameo Vineyards is perched atop a hill overlooking the Embarass River Valley. They have several varieties to choose from. Although my favorites are Niagara, Pink Catawba, and Embarrass Blush, I haven't had a bottle of wine I would send back.
5. The Jackson truss bridge is located in Cumberland County, just outside Greenup. The covered bridge spans the Embarras River. Visitors often mispronounce the river name, embarrass, as in red-faced; however, the correct pronunciation should be um-bray. We local folks just call it am-braw. This bridge has the honor of being the longest single-span covered bridge, not posted with restrictions, in the United States.

Jackson bridge was completed and dedicated in 2000. It is an exact replica of the original bridge built in 1832, with the help of such notables as: Abraham Lincoln, Thomas Lincoln, and Dennis Hanks.

Linking to Random 5 Friday

Happy Friday and have a great weekend!

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Good Fences #3

Somebody put these beautiful flowers behind bars. 
Oh, guess not. The back is open. My mistake.

Linking to GOOD FENCES #3

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

A Bud, Petal, Bird, and a Hodgepodge

Mr. and Mrs. House Finch
Linking to Wild Bird Wednesday


Sunday I went outside to check for leaves on the trees and look what I found!
 It's a bud, but what kind of bud is it?
It's the Bradford Pear tree and will soon look like this shot from last year.
Linking to 52 Photos Project


HodgePodge questions:

1. April showers bring May flowers, or so the saying goes. When did you last 'shower' attention on someone or have attention 'showered' on you? Did you love it, or did all that attention make you squirm?

It isn't in my nature to shower attention or be the receiver of the shower. The last time was at my bachlorette party. I was given a foot massage in front of everyone. 

2. Share a favorite 'spring break' memory. Not talking about just the 'college spring break' thing, but any favorite spring break memory you'd like to share. Keep it family friendly please!

Sadly, I can't think of a single spring break memory.

3. It's National Pecan Month...are you a fan? If so, what's your favorite dish that calls for pecans?

I am a fan. I eat them from the bag as a healthy snack, but my hands down favorite—pecan pie!

4.  'Put all your eggs in one basket', 'egg on your face', 'rotten egg', 'walk on eggshells', or 'a good egg'...which egg-spression could most recently be applied to your own life?

'Walk on eggshells' for sure when dealing with upset family members. 

5.  In my experience___________________________________. never write down anything you don't want someone to read. A hard lesson learned after my brother broadcast my diary entries to the whole family.

6. What's a  favorite song with the word rain in its title or lyrics?

Who'll Stop the Rain by Creedence Clearwater Revival

7. What does the word hope mean to you?

Wishing for something that will not likely happen, i.e. I hope I'll win the lottery.

8.  Insert your own random thought here.

I have the day off. I hope the rain stops soon. 

Linking to Wednesday Hodgepodge


Linking to Wordless Wednesday


Pioneer Plaza Dallas, Texas
Linking to Black and White Wednesday

Monday, April 7, 2014

Rubbish Tuesday

Does anyone remember all the advertising on barns, etc along the highways? I do. Mostly what I remember from around here are the Meramec Caverns and Mail Pouch Tobacco signs. I remember on a trip to Tennessee once I saw ads for Rock City. This is one remaining along Route 40 here in Illinois.

The building is about to tumble down. If it wasn't for the missing sheets of tin, this sign would be in pretty good shape.

There is something about old things that has caught my interest. Before my blogging break, I thought about making this idea into a meme, but never did. Now that Barn Charm is no more, I decided to post old things on Tuesdays. The idea would be to post a photograph of anything old and deteriorating i.e. house, barn, outbuilding, something rusty, antiques, interesting junk, or just plain old. If you would like to join in, feel free.

Happy Tuesday!

Sunday, April 6, 2014

The Race

I grew up with a railroad right across the road from our house. Bro O and I always ran outside when we heard the train coming and wave. The engineer would pull the cord and blow the whistle all the way by the house. It became such a habit for him that he started blowing the whistle whether we were outside or not and eventually even when he went by in the middle of the night.
I'm not sure what that has to do with the fact that every time I see a train traveling beside a road, I find myself driving faster, trying to catch up and ultimately pass the engine. But I do. Yesterday was no exception. I held my camera out the window and snapped a shot, expecting it to turn out a total blur. What I got wasn't a great picture, but it's the best I could do while in the midst of a train chase.

I beat him, too!

Happy Monday!

Linking to Blue Monday

A Goose and Nessie?

The weatherman said it will be a beautiful day today. I hope he's right. I plan to spend the afternoon outside with Fergus. It will be a good day for a long walk. His training is seriously lacking. He thinks sit is lay down. Silly dog!

I enjoy going to The Rez early hoping to see a duck to pose for me. Yeah right! I think critters see me coming from miles away and hide. Occasionally I do get lucky. On this particular day, I saw two geese floating on the water. Did I mention it was early?
Not early for me, but obviously early for some geese. One was still sleeping with its beak tucked beneath a wing. I tried to be quiet. Shh, goose sleeping.

Linking to Camera Critters

Yesterday, Fergus and I walked to The Rez. I like to go early in the morning or later in the evening, which is a better time to find critters. Last evening, we rounded the corner to find lots of SUVs and Trucks parked near the water. This is extremely unusual. It is a rare occasion we ever actually see a person at The Rez. The only time there is ever a crowd is during the summer when lots of people gather for family reunions. So, needless to say, I was a bit curious.

Seems a couple of guys decided to try out their kayaks on the water.
It didn't take long for them to get from one end to the other, but they would turn around and start back.
At one point, they stopped and turned in the water.
I wonder what they saw. Was it Nessie? Does Toledo have its own Loch Ness Monster? Excitement! But, whatever it was, it didn't hold their attention long. Probably a fish.

Happy Sunday to you!