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Travels in the South

Oh sweet friends – welcome back to another edition of Travels in the South.  Today we bring you some entertainment.  While Fozziemom and Fozziedad were visiting, all decided to go to Tybee Island, Georgia.  Once there, they were hungry and thirsty so went across the street to one of mom/dad’s favorite restaurants called Bernies.

Last week, on this post here – I showed you some of the food that they had at the restaurant – strips of bread and beer cheese and buffalo shrimp.  Who could ask for anything more?  Well these four would ask for something more – snorts with piggy laughter.

You see, Bernies sells an alcoholic concoction that they call Jell-O shots.  Not just any Jell-O shots but Jell-O shots in different flavors and topped with Pop Rocks.  Yep Pop Rocks – you know the little candies that pop in your mouth and was the roar years and years ago.  Well mom thought hey ya’ll, let’s do some Jell-O shots.  And everyone was like sure why not we’ve never had any before.  So the table of Jell-O virgins had shots all around all in different flavors.

You take a little stirring stick and break the Jell-O from the sides and then gulp in down in one or two swallows.  At the time of swallowing, you have the magical Pop Rocks popping in your mouth.  Well one Jell-O shot led to several Jell-O shots and the table was feeling great.

So great was the Jell-O shots that even Bashful had to get into the action.  And we all know that rock likes his alcohol for sure!  So everyone left the restaurant in good spirits and walked back across the street to their hotel.  Now last week, I hinted at something extra that my mom did with her circus wig.  So now, I’m going to tell you what she did.  Come closer.

Everyone went to their rooms and it was decided that they would change into swimsuits to go to the pool, which was right across their rooms.  So mom changes into her swimsuit and giggles like a school girl in the bathroom.  She comes out with her robe and tells daddy what she did.  Daddy falls across the bed he is laughing so hard.  Mom then goes over to the joining door to Fozziemom’s room and knocks.  Fozziemom answers and she tells Fozziemom that she needs her opinion in something.  Fozziemom was so quick to say sure what do you have.  Mom then opens up her robe showing her bathing suit.  And let’s just say mom put that wig ‘down under’.  She then proceeded to ask Fozziemom if she thought mom needed to shave before going to the pool.  Honest truth.  That shows you how whacked my mom is.  Snorts with piggy laughter.

So until we meet again – cheers!

 
 

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Travels in the South

 Welcome back my friends for another edition of Travels in the South.  Today, I’m going to take you on an inside look at Fozziemom and my mom.  Needless to say that these pictures are ‘inside’ pictures at some crazy stuff that might have happened during Fozziemom and Fozziedad’s travels here this past May.

 Now when mom/dad got home, I heard my mom/dad bust out in spontaneous laughter all.of.the.time upon certain stories being told.  Of course, I didn’t know the entire story until I came across some pictures on mom’s iPhone.  Then I was like what in the world were they doing?  Were they on drugs?  Were they drunk?

I mean do these pictures look ‘normal’ to you?  Of course I asked daddy if they were normal.  Daddy said that normal was just a word and never to be used to describe mom or Fozziemom.  I guess that tells us a lot huh?

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Dad said that mom and Fozziemom (get this because it’s good) even got out on the side of a mountain road proceeding to dance in these wigs.  Closes my eyes and shakes my piggy head.  What were they thinking?  Can you imagine driving along on some winding roads.  You turn a corner and see two strange ladies dancing and singing way out of tune wearing this circus wigs?  I don’t know about you but I would be hitting the accelerator a little harder – just sayin’.  These two were and are clowns!

But I do want to share some awesome food that everyone had when they finally turned in their wigs and arrived at the beach – snorts with piggy laughter.  One of the most simplest appetizers that mom/dad love are bread and beer cheese – yep nods head – beer cheese.  This little strips of bread are grilled, buttery and cut into strips.  They make the *perfect* dipping accessories for that glorious beer cheese that is so gooey and wonderful – not too strong of beer at all.  It was perfect.

And the other picture is one of mom/dad’s favorite foods at the beach – buffalo shrimp.  These are shrimp that are lightly battered and deep fried.  Once they come out of the fryer, they are tossed in a buffalo sauce just like you would do with hot wings.  They are served with blue cheese dressing.  Yummo!

Awesome and happiness in these pictures my friends!  You can quit licking the screens now 🙂

 

 

 

 

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Travels in the South

Today, we are going to step back and reminisce over a great meal with some great friends, Bill and Jean from Canadian Cats.  If you remember, they visited us here at the Hotel Thompson earlier this year in February.  Well I came across some pictures that were taken that mom/dad forgot to share.  After you see this pictures, you will understand why mom/dad didn’t share them with me.  In fact, I’m going to let mom take it from here so I don’t have to discuss this.  I’m sure you will understand.  Take it away mommy!

“Thanks Bacon.  For obvious reasons friends, you will understand why Bacon didn’t want to be any part of today’s Travels in the South.  I do have to say that owning a shall we call P.I.G. it does make it difficult to partake in some foods here at the Hotel Thompson.  For those obvious reasons, when the need kicks in to eat pork we go out.  And yes, we have had conversations with Bacon that he is definitely not that kind of pig – thank goodness.

When Bill and Jean visited, there is a really good barbeque restaurant near us that the hub unit likes to visit from time to time.  I mean come on, you know sometimes you get the *need* for delicious food.  We took Jean and Bill to this restaurant.

The first course was an appetizer of “Redneck Egg Rolls”.  Okay we are in the south and it was appropriate, right?  They take egg roll sheets, fill them with smoked pulled pork, homemade cole slaw and jack cheese.  Then they deep fry them until they are golden brown.  They serve them with a smokey ranch dipping sauce.  Can you say yum?  These are good, crispy and really you will want more.  The hub unit just can’t get enough.

Then no one could really decide what to get so we ordered the feast for four.  It came with the works – slice pork, ribs, chicken and brisket.  Then don’t forget all of the sides – french fries, cole slaw, baked beans and garlic toast.  No way was the plate emptied by the time everything was done.  But I will tell you this – we walked away with full bellies and not just from the food.

We laughed.  We talked.  We spoke of the past.  We spoke of the future.  Sometimes there was even silence.  Not bad silence.  The kind of silence you get with great friends when everyone is happy and feeling so loved.

Just because you are out of sight from the ones you love, it doesn’t mean you are out of our thoughts.  We look forward to the next time sweet friends ❤ “

 
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Posted by on 08/10/2016 in Travels Around the World

 

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Travels in the South

Oh my friends.  Is it hot enough for you outside?  It’s so blistery hot that you just can’t do anything.  It’s all mom can do sometimes just to waddle to the mailbox and back.  Yes, it’s that hot here in the south.  In fact, it’s so hot here that I saw a yellow jacket taking off his jacket due to the heat.  It’s so hot that when mom buys bread at the grocery toast, by the time she gets it home it’s toast.  The chickens are laying hard boiled eggs.  The cows are giving evaporated milk.  Okay I’ll stop.  you get it.  It’s H.O.T.

Well with everyone having such a heat wave, I thought I would share a picture of you that mom took last Christmas.  Her and dad went and stayed in a cabin in the Great Smoky Mountains.  They arrived one night and it was cold – shivers.  They woke up the next morning to a blanket of white.  Now doesn’t that feel cooling?  Close your eyes and think of it with me.  Better?

 

 
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Posted by on 08/03/2016 in Travels Around the World

 

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Travels in the South

Welcome back friends to another edition of Travels in the South.  We have been talking about our visit with our great friends Bill and Jean from Canadian Cats.  If you have missed the previous editions, please check them out here:  Red Lobster; Fogo de Chao; Stately Oaks; Spa Day. World of Coca-Cola Part I, World of Coca-Cola Part II. World of Coca-Cola Part III, The Varsity, Gone with the Wind Part I, Gone with the Wind Part II

 Today my friends we conclude our visit with our great friends Bill and Jean.  We had an absolute BALL with our friends and today we are showing time spent in Savannah and at Tybee Island, Georgia.  I can’t begin to tell you how much fun we had playing and getting into trouble together.

This is a great picture of Jean standing outside of our hotel rooms.  We were far enough up that we could enjoy the hustle below and right across the street from awesome restaurants and businesses.  And if you look in the distant, there is the beautiful Atlantic Ocean.  All of this within walking distance from our hotel room which was totally nice.

Yet, we were far enough away that you didn’t hear any of the noises at night coming from the bars.  It was really the best spot to be at night when we came back to our rooms from being out all day getting into trouble having fun.

And no trip to Tybee Island, Georgia can be complete without visiting the Tybee Island lighthouse.  Look how beautiful that lighthouse is – do you want to guess how many steps it is to get to the observation point at the very top?  Would you believe 178 steps and no trust me no of us took this adventure.  Me and my hub Jim did this walk up one time and that’s all we needed – LOL – neither one of us could walk that night.  I think it’s safe to say that we now know our limitations.

On this day we decided to take a trip to downtown Savannah.  And let’s just say that there is no telling who you might run into in the city.  Take for instance when we drove past the restaurant called the Pirate House.  Who do you think we saw.  Of course a pirate.   Who were you thinking?  LOL.

This pirate was really friendly though.  We were on a tour bus and he jumped on the tour bus spilling his pirate talk.  He was really quite comical which I’m sure he wasn’t really shooting for… I think.  So you see, you just never know who you will run into in Savannah.

And again, you never know who one will start chatting up as in this case with Jean.  Again, what an awesome trip with some of the greatest friends.  We hope that you have enjoyed our Travels in the South with Bill and Jean.  Be on the lookout for the next series of Travels in the South with Bev and Phil from Australia!

 
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Posted by on 06/01/2016 in Travels Around the World

 

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Travels in the South

Welcome back friends to another edition of Travels in the South.  We have been talking about our visit with our great friends Bill and Jean from Canadian Cats.  If you have missed the previous editions, please check them out here:  Red Lobster; Fogo de Chao; Stately Oaks; Spa Day. World of Coca-Cola Part I, World of Coca-Cola Part II. World of Coca-Cola Part III

After all of that touring of the World of Coca-Cola, the humans all got hungry and needed a sit down break of nourishment.  They decided to go to a local restaurant that is very popular here in the south.  Mom plugged in the destination in her GPS and they started off down the street.  That’s when something funny happened.  They passed the same church like three times.  Finally Jean and Bill were like, “Have we been here before?”  Of course everyone started laughing when the GPS would go “recalculating”.  That’s my mom – always making her own destination.

After a while and with letting the GPS tell mommy where to go and mommy listening, they finally made it to their destination for lunch – The Varsity.  You are immediately greeted with so many people and the “What’ll You Have? What’ll You Have?” from the cashiers taking orders.

The Varsity has been running for over 88 years and is a local landmark here in the South.  On this day, there was nothing major going on in town.  Days that there are football or basketball games or school functions, imagine this picture three or four times as busy.  Not only can you go in to dine but The Varsity downtown also has the world’s largest drive in with car hops.  What a blast from the past huh?

The Varsity offers a variety of different food – from hot dogs to hamburgers to grilled pimento cheese sandwiches to awesome onion rings to french fries.  In fact, it is a published fact on their website that they go through two miles of hot dogs, a ton of onions, 2500 pounds of potatoes, 5000 fried pies and 300 gallons of chili that are made from scratch daily.

For more information on the Varsity – see here.  I know all of the humans had a blast at the restaurant this date eating to their hearts delight.  And of course every meal is finished with dessert, right?  Everyone had hot peach fried pies topped with turtle ice cream.  I’m licking my lips just thinking about it.  So I gotta end this posting today with “What’ll You Have?  What’ll You Have?”

 
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Posted by on 04/20/2016 in Travels Around the World

 

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Travels in the South

Welcome back friends to another edition of Travels in the South.  We have been talking about our visit with our great friends Bill and Jean from Canadian Cats.  If you have missed the previous editions, please check them out here:  Red Lobster; Fogo de Chao; Stately Oaks; Spa Day. World of Coca-Cola Part I.

Today, we are continuing our tour that we went on at the World of Coca-Cola right here in Atlanta, Georgia.  The next part of our tour goes into the Miles of Refreshment of the building.  This part of the tour highlights the creation of the original formula and how it might have looked stirring it up in the bowl.  Cool huh?

Although all of the tour is interesting, this part was really awesome to my everyone.  Just wait until you see some of these pics.

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This tour even had a replica of an old soda fountain and what it might have looked like serving Coca-Cola.  Can you imagine pulling up your chair to the bar and ordering a real Coca-Cola back in the day?   I just hope that the guy serving the Coke loosens up a bit – he’s kind of cold in this picture.  Snorts with piggy laughter.  

But at last, this soda fountain dates back to the 1880’s and is said to be one of the oldest artifacts here at the World of Coca-Cola.

This is a 1939 Chevrolet delivery truck from where – can you guess it?  Did you say Buenos Aires, Argentina?  You would be right.  And did you know that this delivery truck is so big that the attraction had to be built around it to fit in the attraction.  But I think it adds a lot.

I think personally these old trucks had flare.  Have you seen the newer trucks out there – they are red.  I kind of like the yellow.  What do you think?  Do you like the long red trucks or do you think we need the yellow one?

Squeals – you gotta check this out my friends.  This part of the tour also housed the sofa from the show American Idol.  Have you ever watched American Idol and seen the red couch that everyone sits on while they are being interviewed after singing their songs?

Guess who saddled up to the sofa and just had to get their picture taken?  You guessed it – mom/dad.  Aren’t those two just crazy?  And that couch was hilarious.  Once you sat in it, it sucked you up to the floor.  I guess it’s had too many butts on it from American Idol – it seemed broken… well so says daddy.  And mom – snorts – she needed assistance getting up off the sofa.  Thank goodness Bill was close by. Mom was worried for a few minutes that they would have to call the Jaws of Life out to the World of Coca-Cola to get her off of the sofa – snorts with piggy laughter.  That’s my mommy!.

In this gallery, there are over 1,000 artifacts.  Here are some more for you to look at:  Olympic Torches from all over the World and the different Coca-Cola drink machines.

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After this part of the tour, you then go on a short tour of the bottling process.  It shows you exactly how everything is all packaged up nicely and delivered to stores around the world.  But one of our favorite parts came after this.  It was where we got to meet the Polar Bear – oh my!  Now this was great fun my friends.  Look at these pics!  Can you tell that everyone had a snort of a great time?  And that my friends is where we are going to end this week.  Join us again next week for the finish of the World of Coca-Cola tour and find out where everyone went to dinner – you don’t want to miss that… food porn!

 
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Posted by on 04/06/2016 in Travels Around the World

 

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Travels in the South

Welcome back my friends to another edition of Travels in the South.  We have been talking about our visit with our great friends Bill and Jean from Canadian Cats.  If you have missed the previous editions, please check them out here:  Red Lobster; Fogo de Chao; Stately Oaks; Spa Day.

Have you been having fun enjoying our visit together?  We had so much fun visiting and we hope that fun is showing through our weekly postings.  Today, we are going to share a tour that we went on at the World of Coca-Cola right here in Atlanta, Georgia.

Can you believe that mom/dad grew up here in the south and had never been to this facility and tour?  Shakes piggy head.  It takes visitors to visit all of our local places.  So funny!

And check out the picture to the left of the entrance to the World of Coca-Cola.  That’s a giant top of a coke bottle that is on the outside.  we thought that was totally cool.

After the tickets were purchases, mom and Jean kind of got side-tracked.  They saw one of the trash
receptacles that I do believe Jean wanted to take home with her to put in her garden.  Snorts with piggy laughter.  It is kind of neat huh?

Now with the admission of the facility, you really do get a lot of “bonuses”.  For instance, as soon as  you pay admission and go into the waiting room for the tour, you get free coke (diet, regular, sprite or coke zero).

Now that is so totally cool.  These freebies were in aluminum type bottles – even more neat.

Once the tour starts, you enter into the ‘loft’ area of the building.  This houses history items of Coca-Cola throughout the ages.  Funny story – while we were waiting for the young man to begin his speech in the loft area, Jean opened her free coke – you know the ones we got when coming on the tour.  Unfortunately when she opened her bottle, it spewed all over a man in front of us.  Lowers head – we were so embarrassed.  Of course, we all apologized profusely and began talking to the man and his family.  They were visiting all the way from Saudi Arabia – can you believe that?

Do you recognize some of these older advertisements with Coke?  There are signs in the loft area from all over the world that advertises Coke.  Some we had seen and some we had no idea about.  It was so totally cool to see these.

And do you remember the advertising with the Coca-Cola polar bear?  Do you know the history of the bear?  The polar bear first debuted in a Coca‑Cola advertisement in France in 1922.

And you ask yourself – why a polar bear?  It was to let people know that even if the weather was cool outside, coke was still the right choice in their drinking delight.  Did you know that?

After a short speech from a Coca-Cola associate in the loft, then you go into one of the theaters where you see a short movie on Moments of Happiness.  After this movie, it’s on to the Vault of the Secret Formula.  Bring it on my friends – we are here to find it.  I’m leaving you today with some assorted pictures from the vault.  And then next week, I will continue with the tour.

Hope you enjoyed it my friends!

 
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Posted by on 03/30/2016 in Travels Around the World

 

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Travels in the South

Welcome back my friends to another edition of Travels in the South.  We have been talking about our visit with our great friends Bill and Jean from Canadian Cats.  If you have missed the previous editions, please check them out here:  Red Lobster; Fogo de Chao; Stately Oaks.

This week, we are talking about what those crazy four peeps did on Friday, 02/19/2016.  Believe it or not, this day was toned down a bit.  You see mom had a doctors visit in the afternoon so why not plan around that and make it a family event – snorts.  More about that in a minute.

To start the day, we took a family tour of our local spa.  Why do you ask?  Of course to get all of our nails done.  Mom just had hers done so she took photographs.  And yes, we mean ALL – even the guys.

Let’s start with Jean here.

Isn’t that cute?  Jean is behaving at this particular moment and she is at the end of getting her nails finished in the drying machine.  What?  You don’t think that Jean misbehaves?  Oh my friends – you would be so wrong.  You are inquiring what am I talking about?

Let me present to you exhibit A.  Jean so openly smoking in the spa.  What shame… what enjoyment she looks like she is having… what audacity.  She just pulled out that cigarette and started smoking it right there and then.  Was getting those nails done that satisfying?  Snorts with piggy laughter.

She puffed like there was no tomorrow and she wasn’t holding prisoners. Everyone was openly staring – Jean puffing and mommy snapping pictures.  Then everyone started laughing.

It’s really hard to keep a straight face when you start eating your cigarette.  The crunch of the candy kind of gave it away.  But hey, you gotta say that Jean has style, right?

When’s the last time you saw candy cigarettes?  Particular Lucky Lights?  I snorted so hard when I saw these pictures.  What a hilarious time huh?

And look at Jean’s finished nails… pretty huh?  Cute little paw prints.  I wonder who that print reminds her of… Shoko or Kali?

And like I said, don’t forget it wasn’t just Jean getting her beautiful nails done.  Oh no.  Let’s talk about the guys here too.  There’s always a first for everything and when you are here in the south – do as the southerners do.  What do you ask?  Well dad gets his toes done all of the time.  So, Bill was swayed into it as well.  This is Bill and Daddy during their bonding time.

Now that is some kind of spoiling, you think?  Hot towels on your legs, massages, toes all looking beautiful – do you think by the looks on the guys faces that they actually enjoyed their little spa treatment?

I say yes.  Of course after this kind of treatment, it was time to do something exciting – everyone went shopping!

After shopping, it was a quick bite to eat and then to mom’s doctors appointment.  It was time for her mammogram follow up.  You see, mom has been getting tested every 3 months for a while to check on a certain spot.  Well guess what?  It must have been having friends there to hold her hands because she was checked and cleared for a 6 month check up – what a day huh?  We were *all* thrilled to hear about this current change.

After the visit to the doctors office, everyone came back to the Hotel Thompson for a visit.  Of course, I was at camp this week.  Mouse Girl was in hiding.  She so doesn’t take for visitors – spoil sport huh?  Hemi was acting like dad’s parrot by being on his shoulder – rolls piggy eyes.  Hemi has pirate issues.  And of course, Houdini was out making friends… of course he barked until Jean gave him some treats.  Then he was hers ❤  Hope you enjoy this pics my friends. Remember, come back next week to see some more Travels in the South.

 
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Posted by on 03/23/2016 in Travels Around the World

 

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Travels in the South

Hello sweet friends.  Today we are continuing our Travels in the South series with our great friends Bill and Jean who are the parents of Shoko and Kali from Canadian Cats.

The first week we posted, we posted of their arrival and eating at a local seafood restaurant.  You can read about that here.  The second week, we posted about a fantastic restaurant we all went to called Fogo de Chao.  You can read about that here.

This week, we are going to talk about a tour that we took of a place called Stately Oaks.  Stately Oaks is a historical Antebellum home located in Jonesboro, Georgia and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.  It was originally constructed in 1839 by Mr. Whitmill Allen who sold his home to Robert McCord in 1858 and then moved to Tyler, Texas.

It is located in Jonesboro, Georgia.  Does that sound familiar to you?  Jonesboro is the very city where Scarlett O’Hara from Gone with the Wind had to pay the taxes on Tara. Even though Tara only existed in Margaret Mitchell’s imagination, she placed Tara in Clayton County where she had visited relatives who lived on a large plantation south of Jonesboro. Many of the stories she heard as a child are in the movie.

Now, Stately Oaks is open for tours and on this day (mom, Jean and Bill) decided to tour the home.  The down side of the tour was we could not pictures of the inside of the home which was a real bummer.  The start of the tour starts off on a CD and you listen to the history of the home while in the bottom level.  Then the tour moves you into the sitting room, the dining room and the entertainment room.  Then the tour moves to the upper levels of the home.

 There are some items to point out which is interesting to know.  Back during this time, tea was expensive and kept in a locked box with only the woman of the home having the key.  Sugar was kept in cones and was brown, not the normal white sugar we are more accustomed to today.

Also,  celery was a sign of money in the southern days.  There was actual celery jars – kind of like the one in this picture – that were put on dinner tables to show the status of wealth in the family.  Can you imagine that?  It makes you want to go out, buy some celery and put in a jar on your table doesn’t it?  Who knew this could be a sign of wealth… especially in today’s market at what $0.99 cents a bundle – LOL.

They also didn’t season meats when they cooked them.  They had little individual salt bowls at every table setting.  The mistress of the home would pass around the big cluster of salt and individuals would put some in their salt bowls to season their meats.  Brings new meaning to, “Can you pass me the salt”.

One of the things we all fell in love with was the courting candle.  I think it would be a blast to have one of these today.  Jean bought one and trust me – mom is going back to get one as well.  You see how they are made in the picture?  The father could lower or high the amount of candle that would be burned during the courtship of their daughter.  Once the candle burned to that desired place, the man that was courting the young lady had to leave for the night.  What a concept huh?  Such an easy and simple method to watch over a courtship.  Of course, mom says she would use hers to show daddy actually how much time he had to be silly for a given amount of time.  That’s my mom – snorts!

Now let’s talk about the upstairs of the home.  The day that they went on the tour it was a little hot outside so you can imagine the inside of the home.  Mom started getting the vapors downstairs and had to sit out a bit for some of the tour.  Now, once mom was feeling a bit better, she ventured up the stairs as well.

 Stairs in southern homes are steep.  You see the average woman was around 4’11” and the average man was like around 5’7″ – not very tall for the likes of these days.  And the stairs go straight up it seems with not much railing.  Can you imagine as a woman in full attire (hoop skirt, bodice squeezing the heck out of you, tiny shoes, etc.) walking up stairs?  In fact, at the top of these stairs, there was usually a chaise or chair of some sort for the women.  Because believe it or not, sometimes they would pass out from the shear heat of exhaustion.  Well, that was almost like my mom.  She made it up the stairs, started having a hard time breathing and had to rush back downstairs and out of the door before she was hit with the vapors once again in a bad way.  Don’t ask.

One thing that mom did notice upstairs in a glassed case was mourning tear jar.  When the woman of the home was going through mourning, she would collect her tears in a jar.  Once it was full, she would then close the top for her mourning.  Forever, she would have the tears of her sorrow that she cried for her loved one.

Now the kitchen of this home had been redone more modern and we didn’t get to see any of that.  But then again, the kitchen of the home back in the day really wasn’t a ‘kitchen’.  It was more of a warming room.  You see food was prepared in a ‘shack’ behind the home.  This shack would host a fireplace, a table to prepare food and you can imagine the heat from the summer or the cold from the winter creeping in through the boards of the walls.  The food was then brought into the home to the warming kitchen and stayed there until the woman of the home motioned for it to be served at the dinner table.

So much wonderful history was learned this day about the ways of the south.  Can you imagine doing some of these things and living like this today?  I hope you join us next week my friends as we continue our series of Travels in the South.

 
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