Saturday, July 26, 2008

Day 14 - Mt. Carmel Cemetery

Jacki's cemetery photos were so very different from what we see here in north Alabama, I wanted to post my view every day. I do have a cemetery in my front yard (family) and I'll put it up later. I live on a corner - the church is directly across the road and the cemetery across the other.

Lots of gorgeous OLD trees that drop tons of leaves in the fall. The church's cemetery committee does pay someone to cut the grass and they take care of the leaves too - but families do most of the grounds work.

"Decoration Sunday" is a day in the spring (most cemeteries have an established day - this one is the 2nd Sunday in May) when people come from everywhere to 'decorate' the graves of their families. Many of them work all Friday and Saturday before getting everything ready. It's a time of fellowship and seeing others you haven't seen in awhile (maybe since last year's Decoration). Some of the 'commercial' cemeteries have entertainment and refreshments.

Personally I'm not crazy about all the plastic and silk flowers - many of them blow into my yard when there's a storm - but it does make for a colorful view.

Friday, July 25, 2008

Day 13 - Where I work

I thought it was such a good idea that Jacki posted pictures of where she worked, decided I'd do it too. I work two days a week at our Cross Stitch shop (unless the owner is out of town - then I have to work more - have decided 5 days in a row are not nearly as much fun) and Frosty goes to work with me. (Frosty is a working dog - a teacup toy poodle in serious need of a haircut.) His job is greeter, watch dog and customer service - and he's very good at all three. If you look closely at the first picture, you'll see him standing in the door when I went outside to get the photo.
This sign is in the window when Frosty and I are at work. We have customers who come in just to see Frosty - and my boss tells me they're disappointed when he's not there.
This is the inside of the shop - as Cross Stitch shops go - it's a really nice one. Much of my time there is actually spent cross stitching. Frosty has his own bed in the back and that's where he is if I'm stitching - but if that door opens (a bell rings), he's gone to the front to greet whoever's coming in.

Thursday, July 24, 2008

Day 12 - Levee Walking Trail

Not as picturesque as some of the areas here - but it is frequently used. I've never walked it - first of all, it's "up" and the trail is steep to get to it and second there's no shade. I think the walkers who use it go pretty early in the morning.
The little pavilion is shaded, but the bench is in the sun - go figure! It does offer a good view of the water though.

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Day 11 - Hydrangea

I have this hydrangea in my back yard - and while I'm not much of a gardener - it's special to me because it was my grandmother's. When we retired and moved back here most of her flowers were gone (stolen mostly) but there was the hydrangea in a really grown up area. Probably still there because it couldn't be seen from the road.
Chuck dug up part of it and we planted it in our back yard and it's been a happy camper - except for last year when it was so incredibly dry. Didn't have nearly as many blooms this year as in the past so I just took a photo of one of the blooms. It does better with water - and I'm not good about watering things.

I'm sure this plant is at least as old as I am - and possibly older. The color has always been this gorgeous blue - but I understand you can change the color of hydrangeas by changing the ph of the soil - way over my head!

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Day 10 - Bookmobile

I LOVE my Bookmobile (and my bookmobile librarian). She runs every other week and parks in the church parking lot across the road from my house. If I forget, she calls me. If I'm not at home to return a book, she simply checks it out for another two weeks. She finds books that she knows I like to read and suggests new authors. If I request a specific book she almost always gets it for me. ALL the books are in large print (which I also love).

We do have a library in town but I rarely go there these days. The bookmobile goes to communities out in the country, to nursing homes, etc. It's a wonderful service and I truly appreciate having it.

Monday, July 21, 2008

Day 9 - view from the "Dock"

Almost too tired to post today, good thing I already had a couple of photos. I've been at the hospital all day with a friend (and her family) who had a double knee replacement. LONG day.

Anyway, this photo was taken from the dock that I walked out on to see the floating condos. It's looking back toward the shore and our new (and wonderful) Wentzels Oyster House.

Sunday, July 20, 2008

Day 8 - Floating Condos

These are advertised as floating condos - I'd love to see inside one. One end is open to the water and the other backs up to a dock. There are a LOT of them. I assume they're for vacationeers (and we have a lot of them) as the condos look pretty small for daily living and would probably be pretty nippy in the wintertime.