Friday, January 25, 2013

Beauty Abounds
West Bibb County

A few flowers from the
Flower Child's
Winter Garden

These pictures were taken on January 9, 2013.  The beauty of Winter Flowers.  Enjoy and appreciate the gifts we all have received.

Friday, January 18, 2013

2013 Old City Flower Festival

Second Annual Show Hosted
Christ Church Episcopal
on Walnut Street
Macon, Georgia
January 18 - 25
The doors Open at 10:00 A.M. each Day
except Sunday - Open at 2:00 P.M.

Please arrive prior to 3:00 P.M. each day
as the Festival concludes at 4:00 P.M.
each day.

Two arrangements by
Holy Cross Greek Orthadox
flank the Entrance

The Baptism Font was decorated by
First Presbyterian

The Gallery Banner of Flowers was done by
Saint Joseph Catholic Church
Holy Spirit Catholic Church
Sacred Heart Catholic Church

Christ Church has many Beautiful
Stained Glass Windows
I took this picture because the
Sun was shining just right at
10:00 A.M. on
Friday, January 18, 2013

I enjoyed my visit to this Festival.  I would encourage everyone who can to do so.  It is a beautiful display/Festival.

Wednesday, January 09, 2013

Thirty One Years Ago
Alan Retired From The
United States Navy

I will always remember 31 December 1981.  That is the day I retired as a Chief Petty Officer in the United States Navy.  I was a Yeoman, which means administration.  My last duty station was Navy Recruiting Area Three Headquarters at 451 College Street, Macon, Georgia.  I was assigned to the Enlisted Programs Section where we managed the Recruiting efforts in the entire Southeast United States.  I served in the Navy for 21 years.  I have now been retired for 31 years. 
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Tuesday, January 08, 2013

Kingsley Plantation

Fort George Island Plantation

Jacksonville, Florida

During our recent visit to Northeast Florida our Host took us to Kingsley Plantation, which is a part of the National Park Service.

The Plantation has a history that dates back to the 1760s.  It has a rich history involving Spanish and British rule.  It also experienced a series of owners.  We were able to visit the remains of the tabby slave quarters, a restored tabby home, the kitchen house and the barn and well of the Kingsley Plantation.

At one time Zephaniah Kingsley owned more than 32,000 acres which included four major plantations and more than 200 slaves.

The visit was most informative and provided a unique insight into the life of the early days of our Country and Northeast Florida.  A very worthwhile adventure. 

You can learn more at:

Monday, January 07, 2013

 Weight Control for Humans
The start of each new year causes many to make a resolution about weight control.  I know that I need to shed a few pounds.  Therefore I typed the above caption into a Google Search.  Within 25 seconds I have 5,280,000 possible sites.

After giving the situation some serious thought I determined that I could develop my own scheme to loose some weight.

Every morning prior to consuming anything I will weigh
myself at the refrigerator door.  I will then record this weight.
Every evening prior to my going to bed, but after I
have discharged all of my body waste for the day I
will weigh myself again.  I will then compare this
weight with the one that I recorded in the morning.
If I weigh more I will know that I can not consume too
much food the next day unless I discharge more than I
take in.

It will be a challenge, however I feel that I can loose weight following this scheme.  After all on May 25, 1998 I laid down the last cigarette I smoked and have not taken up the habit since that date.

Saturday, January 05, 2013

Jacksonville, Florida
Breakfast Report
Metro Diner
During our recent visit to friends in Yulee, Florida I encouraged our Host to take us to Breakfast at the Original Metro Diner.  I had observed a visit to this delightful establishment on Television.

I did take my Camera to acquire appropriate images of the delightful Pecan French Toast, however I deleted the pictures by mistake.

We visited the Metro Diner at about 8:00 A.M. on December 31, 2012 and while we did not have to wait, the place was very busy.  My Bride and I enjoyed the featured Pecan French Toast and the great coffee.

If you ever have the opportunity to visit Jacksonville I would suggest that you dine at the Metro Diner at least once during your visit.

Here is the link:

Barbara Jean's Restaurant
Amelia, Florida

31 December 2012 - Amelia, Florida.  My Bride and I visited dear Friends in Yulee, Florida this past week.  We enjoyed the opportunity to dine at Barbara Jean's early on New Year's Eve.  This family owned eating establishment has several locations in the Southeast U. S. A. near the water.

We enjoyed the meal and the fellowship with our dear friends and returned to their home to enjoy the New Year's Eve television broadcast.  Many years ago we all lived in Macon and we enjoyed welcoming in the New Year with omulets to order at our homes.  Our children were much younger then and they usually were asleep so we enjoyed the fellowship and the opportunity to Greet the New Year.

We enjoyed the opportunity to once again dine on omulets in the early hours of 2013.

To visit the website for this delightful dining establishment please click on:

Friday, January 04, 2013

Folkston, Georgia
1 January 2013
Train Town Georgia

As you may suspect, I recently visited Folkston, Georgia.  Several years ago I viewed a TV segment about watching Trains in this Southeast Georgia Town.  I took the opportunity to do so and I recorded several videos.  This is the best one.  Enjoy!!!!

2012 Rain Fall
West Bibb County Georgia

Several days ago the local newspaper "The Telegraph" published an article concerning the annual rainfall in Macon, Georgia.  The official recorded rainfall was reported as 32.41 inches which was 13.14 inches below the normal rain in a year.

When 2012 started I launched a project where I would record the daily rain fall.  I did not have an official rain fall gauge because it was a plastic device that I installed at the end of the driveway near my home; however it was some distance from any trees or shrubs so I feel that it was quite accurate.  Here is a breakdown of the monthly amounts:

January 2.75 inches
February 2.95 inches
March 1.75 inches
April .80 inch
May 2.00 inches
June  5.20 inches
July 1.60 inches
August 5.65 inches
September 3.60 inches
October 1.30 inches
November 1.45 inches
December 6.15 inches

This amounts to 35.20 inches in West Bibb County where I live.  This is also quite close to Tucker Road where it crosses over I-475.

While Macon was 13.14 inches short for 2012 my lot was 10.35 inches short of rainfall in 2012

I am also aware that many areas of our State and even our United States has experienced shortages of rain fall in recent years.  I am also quite certain that this will cause an increase in our food supply and the prices we have to pay for food.  It will most certainly have an impact on the price of clothes because cotton requires rain to grow.

I have also heard that irrigation systems are pumping water out of the ground at a rate greater than the rain supply has recharged our ground water resources.  This is not a good situation.