Thursday, November 6, 2014

Throwback Thursday: Scans from Los Angeles

  Today's "throwback" is going to focus on photos I took on vacations around Los Angeles and California back in 1987 and 1994. I didn't take as many photos back then because, well I couldn't afford the film in the age before digital. I didn't know what would come out, you couldn't just "delete" photos you didn't like, and there were times that rolls of film didn't get developed(due to lack of money) and/or just got lost.

  All the photos here were taken with a Pentax K1000 and scanned recently with an Epson printer.
Xanadu
Pan Pacific Auditorium, seen in the movie "Xanadu", burned about a year after I took this.
Dinny
Dinny, Cabazone dinosaur, seen the movie "PeeWee's Big Adventure"
T-Rex
T-Rex, Cabazone dinosaur, seen in the movie "PeeWee's Big Adventure"
Tail of the Pup
"Tail of the Pup", famous hot dog stand, I think it's gone now
Grauman's Chinese Theatre
Graumann's Chinese Theater(I don't care what you call it now)
Colorado Ave bridge
Colorado Ave bridge, Pasadena, over the Arroyo Secco. Built in 1913

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Quick Trip down the Bristol-Memphis Highway

  A week or so ago, we took a "quick" trip to Sevierville to pick up Mom for something-er-other. I put "quick" in quotation marks because "quick" would mean the 3 hour ride along Interstate 40. But we actually had most of Sunday so we took Highway 70, the old Bristol-Memphis Highway, roughly from Lebanon to Kingston. Oh and we took Hwy 70 South, as there is a north route that goes up through Cookeville and meets back up with its southern partner in Crossville. And we had time to stop and see a few remnants of the old(glory?) days along the way.
B.F. Goodrich
Old BF Goodrich sign in front of home near Liberty, Tn


Bridges over Center Hill Lake
Bridge over Center Hill Lake, in the process of being replaced.
Small abandoned building
Abandoned, just east of Center Hill Lake. Was this a gas station, grocer?
Cumberland Truck Stop
Cumberland Truck Stop, just past Crossville, Tn
Cumberland Truck Stop
Cumberland Truck Stop, almost forgotten
Abandoned little building
Abandoned near Kingston, Tn. Gas station, bank, jail?
Quilt Barn
Quilt barn, fading pattern, near Kingston, Tn

Monday, November 3, 2014

Signs, Everywhere Signs, Old Motel Signs

Another "sign" that I was born in the wrong decade(or perhaps have intense feelings from past lives), is the feeling I get when seeing old motel signs. There almost isn't anything that evokes life on the road quite like a kitschy and googie architectured motel sign. The giant arrows, "vacancy" neon, and bright colors-all now fading into nothingness. The old "motor hotels" along Route 66, Dixie Highway and other roads that were the interstate before the interstate. There aren't many left so I try to get snapshots when I can. New motel/hotel signs are so boring now. 
Give me the past anyday.

Etowah Motel
Etowah Motel in Etowah, Tennessee. I've been told it's gone now.
Scenic Motel
Scenic Motel, Pigeon Forge, Tennessee
411 Motel sign
411 Motel, Maryville, Tennessee
Tuckaleechee Village Motel
Tuckaleechee Village, Townsend, Tennessee
Canal Motel and Cafe
Canal Motel, Old Route 66, Chain of Rocks, Illinois
Bel-Aire Manor Motel, Springfield, Illinois
Bel-Aire Manor Motel, Old Route 66 Springfield, Illinois
Overton Motel
Overton Motel, Livingston, Tennessee
Sands Motel
Sands Motel, Van Horn, Texas
Bridgeway Motel
Bridgeway Motel, Smithville, Tennessee
Ragland Motel
Ragland Motel, Indian Mound, Tennessee

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Sonny Gray Number Retired

  On  Thursday night, Sonny Gray, pitcher for the Oakland Athletics, had his high school number retired. He returned home to Smyrna for the ceremony that took place during half time of the Smyrna Bulldogs-Riverdale Warriors game.
Sonny Gray

  After the ceremony, in which it was stated that the #2 uniform would still be used by players who are deemed worthy by showing excellence on and off the field, Sonny was interviewed by several local news stations
Sonny Gray

  He smiled and waved and interacted with the student section of the stands.
Sonny Gray

  And then he stopped for a group who wanted 'selfies' with him. He also signed a few autographs(including signing my game program!). 
Sonny Gray

  Thanks for coming home Sonny! Too bad the Bulldogs lost the game 42-20. 

Friday, October 31, 2014

Foodie Friday: All Pumpkin, All The Time!

I love pumpkin!!!
  I would like to start this post by stating that I am not a regular "foody" or "foodie" nor do I intend to post lots of food type entries. In fact, I am quite a picky eater, so unless you are looking for blog posts about food that absolutely stays away from onions, peppers, most other veggies, and pretty much anything but macaroni & cheese, then this is not the place for you. However, I love me some pumpkin! Today I am going to review some of the many pumpkin/pumpkin spice flavored items that I have come across since they started hitting the store shelves.

  Pictured above we have Entenmann's Little Bites Pumpkin Muffins, Entenmann's Pumpkin Donuts, Pop Tarts, Oreo, Little Debbie's Delights cookies, M&Ms, and Kisses. There will be more that are not pictured here. So let's get to the reviews!


Entenmann's Little Bits Muffins: Sweet small muffins, about 5 to a pouch. Very moist, just enough for a tasty snack.

Entenmann's Donuts: Cake donuts, more on the spice flavor side. Moist and delicious. I love these quite a bit, should probably buy up a bunch more before they are gone!

Pop Tarts: I know pop tarts aren't the greatest breakfast, but when in a rush I don't really care about nutrition. These are really good, good flavor and filling, I usually can't finish both in the pack.

Little Debbie's Delights: Heavy on the spice side, I can barely handle more than one at a time-and they aren't very big. But for those times I want a heavy shot of pumpkin spice, these do nicely.

Hershey Kisses: Creamy, melt in your mouth pumpkin goodness. Also on the sweet side so I rarely eat more than 1 or 2 at a time. Yummy, Kisses can almost do no wrong.

M&Ms: Well, I didn't get a chance to try these as they went into a care package for my Marine nephew who was just coming home from deployment. Haven't been able to find another package since then. I'm sure they are good, they are M&Ms!

Not pictured:

Planter's Pumpkin Spice Almonds: Not a huge fan of almonds, but I do like these. Heavy on the spice side, I can only chomp a few at a time, the kiddo LOVES them.

Pepperidge Farm Pumpkin Cheesecake Cookies: Melt in your mouth, so good. In fact the bottom few had pretty much melted together into a mass of cheesecake pumpkin-y goodness.

Pepperidge Farm Pumpkin Spice Milano: Sadly, this was the one pumpkin thing I found that I really hated. Honestly, to me they tasted like I was eating the bottom of a shoe. Ick.

Bigelow Pumpkin Spice Autumn Spice Tea: Seriously, why aren't these available all year round? Smooth tea with just a hint really, not overwhelming pumpkin flavor. Almost a cider. Yummy.

Pillsbury Grands Cinnabon Pumpkin Spice Rolls: Heaven for breakfast. Just like cinnamon buns should be-quite messy. But melt in your mouth goodness.

Pillsbury Toaster Strudels Pumpkin Pie: I'm not a huge fan of the "toaster strudel" concept, they seem to get too messy in the toaster and microwave just doesn't work. Still they are good, just not something I would go out of my way for, Pop Tarts are easier to deal with.

Yoplait Lite Pumpkin Pie Yogurt: Again, why can't these be available all year? I would eat yogurt like crazy if this was a choice all year! This and any chocolate flavors, of course. Creamy, not too sweet. Really good.

YoCrunch Pumpkin Pie with Pie Crust Topping: Not as good as the regular version. Way too tangy. I mean I will eat the others in the fridge, but these were not a fave.



 And that's it for now. I have some more pumpkin flavored baked items to make, waiting for time with the kiddo to do that. And I can't say I've tried the pumpkin beer, perhaps I should get hubby to get just one for my to try. I can't even imagine what that would taste like! And as ever, I will keep my eyes peeled at the store for more pumpkin goodness and gosh darnit why can't this all be available year round!!

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Travel Photos Tuesday: San Antonio, Texas

  Slowly but surely working through all the photos that we took on our major trek in 2013. Gosh it's hard to believe it's been that long ago already. So anxious for another real trip!

 Today's photos are from our day in San Antonio, Texas.

First up is the Alamo, of course.
The Alamo

Then we visited the lesser known missions all located south of the Alamo. This is Mission San Jose
Mission San Jose, San Antonio

Mission San Juan Capistrano(no, not *that* one! that's in California)
Mission San Juan Capistrano, San Antonio

Mission Concepcion
Mission Concepcion, San Antonio

Mission San Francisco
Mission San Francisco de la Espada

And then we are at Texas Pride Barbecue, best damn BBQ sandwich I've EVER had!
Texas Pride Barbecue

Monday, October 13, 2014

30 Days Project from Fall Break

Last week was Fall Break for kiddo at school, so I spent loads of time with her doing what she wanted to do. I took only a few minutes out of each day to grab my photo, but no time to actually upload pictures from camera to computer, photoshop and move to Flickr. Today is Monday, back to school, and back to regular routine of posting. So here are last week's photos from the 30 Days Project.

Day 7 Sunset
   Taken of a reflection in the window after taking a dozen shots of looking at a rather boring view from my back porch.
30 Days Project #7 Sunset

Day 8 Bathroom
 Nothing interesting in our bathrooms, so this is kiddo's fingernail polish
30 Days Project #8 Bathroom

Day 9 Back Yard
  Walnut tree in the back yard, nothing else to see here!
30 Days Project #9 Back yard

Day 10 Children
  I don't post photos of my kiddo, at least not where you can see her face, it's just a thing I've chosen to do from when she was young. So this is her posing with her new wolf hat/paws thing.
30 Days Project #10 Kids

Day 11 Building
  Couldn't get out of the house to photograph something interesting, so this is the gutter on our house from an interesting angle
30 Days Project #11 Building

Day 12 Junk Drawer
 Stuff from my computer drawer
30 Days Project #12 Junk Drawer

Upcoming subjects: Macro, Rule of Thirds, Patterns, Action, Nature and Landscape. Some of these are going to be rather difficult!