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Notes from the Trail 8/11/2013

On Sunday morning, I got a call early from my good friend Rob. He was ready for an adventure. So, to the Pinhoti Trail we went. We both live just a few miles from it, so it was a natural choice! Our journey took us to the top of Taylor’s Ridge in Summerville, GA. We walked west two miles along the top of the ridge. Here are a few pictures from along the way. By the way, I love photographing mushrooms. These are courtesy of my iPhone.





Decomposing mushroom.


This butterfly landed right as I was taking the picture. Good timing.


A trail marker from a previous hiker or two. Rob added one stone to the top.


This tiny purple fungus was right in the middle of the trail. Its Coral Fungus, I believe. I have never seen it. So interesting!


Coming off the trail. We were hot and red faced!


The views were minimal. Through this opening, we could see the industrial park, including my dad’s building.



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Posted by on August 12, 2013 in Activities


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World’s Longest Yard Sale Adventures

World’s Longest Yard Sale. Have you heard of it? Well, they aren’t kidding. Stretching from lower Michigan to upper Alabama and outstretched all along the way, it is truly a sight to behold. Yard sales as far as you can see or drive. More stuff than you can shake a stick at, as we say in the South. My mother, my friend Heimu (the Tibetan as I affectionately call her) and I set off last weekend to find treasures. We live in NW GA, so we went on the Lookout Mountain corridor in Cloudland, GA and Mentone, AL. Here’s what I managed to find.


Judging by the picture, it seems I had a theme going and didn’t even know it.  Everything turned out to be in the green/blue family. We’ll start with the boots.  Justin ropers, just my size, and worn a few times. $15.  My history with Justins goes back quite a few years and I just had to have them. Loving the color.

Three midcentury juice glasses, in turquoise of course.  Half of the contents of my house is midcentury and lots of turquosie is mixed in.  Odd number, but what the heck.  I like them and they’ll fit right in. 50 cents each.

Pottery bowl.  I make pottery and always love collecting the work of others.  I got this little gem for $3. Quite a deal if I say so.  It will be a good addition to my kitchen.

The little tiny item is hard to see here, but check below for another picture.  It’s a tiny Christmas ornament.  My mother and many others I know used to make these in the 80’s.  They are miniature cross stitch in a tiny frame. I have quite a few of them and thought one more would be a nice addition. 50 cents.


The antlers were a great find.  They are small, but I can certainly get use out of them.  I think I will incorporate them into my pottery somehow. $10 for the lot of them.

The piece of driftwood came from my friend Clara.  She sells antiques and this weekend was no different.  She set up shop along the way. She said she found it on a lake, (maybe Weiss in Alabama?) ages ago and had been meaning to give it to me. It has little bits of shell embedded in its nooks and crannies. She wants me to incorporate it in my pottery. I already have an idea for it. Will keep you posted on that.

Look at what everything is sitting on- a practically brand new chaise lounge. I’ve been wanting one for my cabin for a long time.  It hasn’t been a huge priority to buy one.  I figured I’d come across one eventually.  And that, I did! While in Mentone, we came up on a big group that had all sorts of good stuff.  We had a great time talking and laughing with them.  It proved to my benefit, because the girl gave me the $2.50 item for $1!  What a deal. She kept it her garage for ages and maybe used it a time or two.

I found this little guy in the parking lot at Mentone Hardware.  He’s in fairly good shape.  I thought he would be pretty in a cloche with some dried items.  We shall see.


Take a look at these cows.  Remember these from the 80’s and 90’s? Oh boy. Let me tell you, I have rarely seen the Tibetan so excited about something as she was about these cows.  She and I went to some sales on Friday and she came across these on Hwy 117 between Cloudland and Mentone. After asking what I thought, she opted not to buy them.  Who really needs frou frou dressed up cows?? She talked about the “sheep” all night into the next day. When she and mom and I went back that way on Saturday, she mentioned them again. “I look for sheep!” To her udder delight, she came across them again.  When the owner announced that she wanted 50 cents for each of them, Heimu’s eyes lit up and she looked at me and was so excited.  How could she not buy something tha made her so happy for such little money? It was a sweet moment.  She came home and laundered them.  They now reside in her rocking chair next to her Fisher wood stove.  To say she is proud of them is a gross understatement.


Last but not least, a candle holder. It’s an antique and is metal with think enamel on the surface. I’ve never seen one before. It came from my friend Clara that I mentioned before. $10.


Once I got home to the cabin, I picked the day’s harvest.  Here are my nosy Rosies, Willie and Stinky giving it the once over.


Here is a map of the main vein of the Sale.


Here are a couple of links to the Sale: Lookout Mountain Yard Sale Info    Official WLYS Site

I hope your summer is going well.  Olivia

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Posted by on August 4, 2013 in Activities


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Good Cooks Never Lack Friends

This just sounded like a fun group and I wanted to share.

Martina in Jozi

As you can read about here, I’m part of a cooking club.  We had our second meeting and Laura was the host.  She cooked a delicious roast dinner.  The chicken was so moist, and I found out later that she uses Jamie Oliver’s method, which obviously works well.  I was excited for Laura’s turn as I actually know her from London and know that she cooks a mean roast.  Also, I was hung over as hell and a roast dinner is a great recovery tool

A jug of Pimm’s was served that went down very well – it was all so British!  I think the best thing about a roast dinner is that no one does it quite the same – there are so many variations and so you never get bored.  There were only so many times I could invite my friends over for lasagne in the UK…

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Posted by on February 27, 2012 in Activities, Reblogged


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$5 Gifts

As we go through the holiday season we are flooded with parties of all sorts: school, church, club, office, etc. To some of these parties, we must bring a gift, often with a price limit set. The latest on that I attended was for my Garden Club in Summerville. The idea is to find a gift for $5 and have it creatively wrapped. It has always been so fun for me to take on this challenge. These days, it seems harder and harder to find thoughtful gifts for so little. However, I never let that stop me. The spending limit was raised in Garden Club this year to $10, but I decided to still seek out the $5 prize. I have included some ideas for you here. I’m an antique lover, so some of these are in that category. It all depends on the audience. These are all things that I have around my house at the moment.

Some places I go for these inexpensive items:

1. Clearance Aisle. TJ Maxx and similar places are marvelous to find the deals. Household items, food items, accessories can all be found there. Specifically, you can find candles, picture frames, notecards, scarves, hats, gloves, health and beauty products and other specialty items. The gift I bought for this party was a microfiber cloth. (Perfect gift for this group because it is reusable and saves paper towels, etc)


Paper products are always easy to find inexpensively and these are things that people use daily. Choices about to suit the person you are buying for abound.

Boxed Note Cards, Notepad with Case, and Pencils

2. Antique auction or store.
These types of stores are truly the places to find unique gifts. Whatever a person’s interest, there is something to be had in antiques. Below is a pepper grinder that my mom got at an auction some years ago.  $5 for an item that I have not seen another one of.


Pear Pepper Grinder

Another auction find is these hammered aluminum trays.  They are matching trays with Chrysanthemum patterns.  The smaller of the two, 13″ across was $5, and the larger, 18″ was $10.  Not a bad deal at all.  I keep them displayed on top of my china cabinet and use them as needed for entertaining.


Hammered Aluminum

3.  Use yourself.  What can you make yourself or put together on your own? Below is one of my favorite things to give and a favorite on the receiving end from what I’ve been told.  Here I have a jar of pepper jelly that I made.  I put that together with some cream cheese and crackers and would put it in a basket or holiday packaging.

If you don’t can, then other items that you make are always loved by others.  Other options would be some spiced nuts, cheese straws, cakes, cookies, hot tea, and the list goes on. Non food items you could put together would be things like Christmas ornaments, greenery arrangements, personalized picture frame or a cutting of a plant that you have grown in your home.


Pepper Jelly, Cream Cheese, and Crackers for Gift Basket

4. Garden Center or Home Store

These last two gifts were the ones that I received at the party.  The hanging pot holder was purchased at an Outdoor/Garden Center.  Not sure of the price, but I imagine it was closer to $10.  The Christmas cork stoppers are a fun little holiday item.


Hanging Pots

Christmas Cork Stoppers

What are your ideas? Comment below and let me know. Happy Holidays!

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Posted by on December 16, 2011 in Activities


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