Monday, March 13, 2017

the big cross

The huge cross (110 feet high) is a local landmark and an icon on the very busy MS Hwy 49, the highway to the gulf coast. 

Located at Berry's Seafood in Florence, MS, the cross was funded by Carroll Berry and erected by Crosses Across America. Berry's Seafood is closed on Sundays.

We like the local fare here much better than LA, locally farm raised crispy fried catfish over mudbugs any day. So if you come to visit us, just look for the cross and we will meet you for some good food. 

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

camping life

campground life in Mississippi

Live Oak leaves cover everything here, 
but I borrowed the owner's rake and had them bagged up in no time!

it is not quite quilt weather and my camper quilt kept ending up in the floor every night, so we made a quilt hanger with a curtain rod on the closet door

Friday, February 24, 2017


Vicksburg, Mississippi - I love the old buildings, the architecture, like the Depot Museum, the Courthouse. The old courthouse built in 1858 is now a museum, holding such artifacts as the tie worn by Jefferson Davis at his inauguration as Confederate President, but things that caught my eye: Cursive writing, quilts, corbels. The big picture is nice, but it's all in the details.

Wednesday, February 22, 2017


A tale of two bridges...

The iconic twin cantilever bridges crossing the Mississippi River.

Old Vicksburg Bridge circa 1930 - railroad and auto traffic - listed on register historic places 1989, still carries trains across.

New Vicksburg Bridge circa 1973 - 4 lanes of I-20/US 80.

Monday, February 20, 2017


Vicksburg, Mississippi.

The mighty Mississippi River with its history of floods, hence the levee wall.

Huge concrete panels set in the ground to hold back the mighty river, access behind it for boat launch area, access areas able to be closed off with more panels when the river is threatening to rise.

Huge concrete panels provided an opportunity, a blank canvas for a mural artist to capture the colorful history of the area. The war, the cotton, riverboats, commerce, industry.

We learned that Vicksburg is the first place that Coca-Cola was bottled for distribution, yes our own Atlanta is where it was created, but only available at soda fountains.

We learned that Teddy Roosevelt came to Mississippi bear hunting and decided not to shoot the defenseless bear. The press published pictures of Teddy's Bear and soon toy companies were making Teddy's Bear, later called Teddy Bears.

The beautiful murals were painted by artist Robert Dafford of Lafayette, Louisiana, who has painted murals worldwide.

Thursday, February 16, 2017

love is in the air

A blogger friend is getting married! I found Linda J many years ago while searching 'how to make a t-shirt quilt'. Her tutorial guided me through my first attempt, along with answered e-mail questions along the way. I would follow her many beautiful quilt projects, she can whip up a quilt so fast! She and her quilting group Bama Belles makes many quilts for donation:

"We delivered 80 some quilts to the Presbyterian Home for Children located in Talladega. That number provided a quilt for every bed at the facility as well as their emergency intake facility some 20 miles away. We sent 25 more down the following year. That same year a bunch went to headquarters, the Friendship House (the Baptists home in Oxford) and the Salvation Army Battered Women's Shelter."

I wanted to do a little something for her and luckily she posted that her new beau is doing a lot of work around her house and they spend a lot of time at Lowe's, so if anyone wants to know what they need, a Lowe's gift card would be great. I also made her some dishcloths, tried matching the dishcloth colors some of the Pioneer Woman dishes at Wal-mart, and tried some new patterns, a fun project. She can always return the dishes and get something she wants instead.

Linda shares her quilting knowledge along with recipes and stories of life in Alabama. And she lives in the little town where I was born, coincidence? We all mourned the loss of her husband a couple of years ago, and are all so happy that she found love again.

Congratulations to Linda and Charles!

Linda, Thanks for giving me the opportunity to buy some Pioneer Woman dishes that I  have been eyeing… now if you don't like 'em just go back to Walmart and get something you like, it is a win-win!
Thanks for being a destination for cotton dishcloths, I love to make them and look for reasons and people to make them for. I know you make them too but you might need some new ones for your new life, and you might not have had much time to knit lately.
Thanks for teaching me to make t-shirt quilts for all my grandkids! Your sewing knowledge is awesome. Hey, now you will have lots of new grandkids to make t-shirt quits for!
Thanks for sharing your blog, your thoughts, your ups and downs, with all of us, I feel as if I know you and we have not even met!
I wish you happiness in every day and forever, my friend.
love, Susan

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

spelling in the South

I posted this question the other day on Facebook:

How do you spell MISSISSIPPI? Does anyone out there recall being taught to spell this state by any other way than with the letters? Please tell me I am not the only one - my husband is still ROFL after hearing my version yesterday.

How do YOU spell Mississippi? The folks here in Mississippi spell it with crooked letters too, just check out the photo at the top! 

photo - Mississippi Flour Sack Towel - Crooked Letter - Tea Towel - Hand Block Printed - Unbleached 100% Cotton - Optional Draw String Packaging from ETSY - posted with permission of artist, Small Pond Graphics, Haley Montgomery

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

winter reading

I recently read A Man Called Ove. I told Buddy the main character reminded me of him. What is it about? A grumpy old man… oh but that is not the part that reminds me of you. Ove is old school and is frustrated with the way things are now - nobody knows how to fix things or make anything anymore, no more craftsmen, they can't even drive a stick or back up a trailer.

"Ove wasn’t hopeless, in his own view. He just had a sense of there needing to be a bit of order in the greater scheme of things. He felt one should not go through life as if everything was exchangeable. As if loyalty was worthless. Nowadays people changed their stuff so often that any expertise in how to make things last was becoming superfluous.
Quality: No one cared about that anymore. Now everything had to be computerized, as if one couldn’t build a house until some consultant in a too-small shirt figured out how to open a laptop. As if that was how they built the Colosseum and the pyramids of Giza. Christ, they’d managed to build the Eiffel Tower in 1889, but nowadays one couldn’t come up with the bloody drawings for a one-story house without taking a break for someone to run off and recharge their cell phone.
This was a world where one became outdated before one’s time was up. An entire country standing up and applauding the fact that no one was capable of doing anything properly anymore. The unreserved celebration of mediocrity. "

I loved this book and looked for the movie on Netflix, ordered it. We popped it in the DVR… uh oh, it is in Swedish ! but with English subtitles… by the time you read the words the scene had changed, so it was kind of lost in translation. But it was still good. Of course the book is better.

The Magnolia Story

I love watching Chip and Joanna Gaines on Fixer Upper, so I knew I would like this book. It is a quick read, all about the early days before the fame, back when they were stretching every penny, working hard to get ahead, just like the rest of us. They have a great story, I loved: 

the one about the houseboat fight that was filmed by the tv crew

the disappearing wedding roses

the RV incident

Chip's never ending optimism

the dog at the wedding

the proposal

the parents wedding gift

OMG don't let Chip babysit!

If you like these two folks you will love this book, guaranteed to make you smile.