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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, The Varsity, Gone with the Wind Part I, Gone with the Wind Part II

Hello friends – welcome back to our continued tour of Jonesboro, Georgia in Gone With the Wind. Today, let’s talk about some of the gorgeous homes in downtown Jonesboro.

This is the Ashley Oaks Mansion that was built in 1879 by Leander Hutchenson.  Ashley Oaks is built from over over 1 million hand made bricks. Each exterior home wall is 12 inches thick and each of the four large rooms downstairs stand on its own independent foundation.  I guess they are right in the saying, “They don’t make things like they use to.”  And Leander Hutchenson – he was actually the Sheriff of Clayton County several different times throughout the years:  01/18/1860 – 02/02/1862; 09/07/1868 – 02/06/1871; 01/31/1877 – 01/07/1879; 01/08/1887 – 01/08/1891; and 01/06/1893 – 10/17/1896.  Wouldn’t it be interesting to see someone in politics take office this many times these days?

This house is the Crockett-Blalock house that was originally built in 1879.  It has been under reconstruction over the years with rooms added on and now is currently a Wells Fargo bank.  The home originally though belonged to Mrs. Hanes.  Mrs. Hanes was a tough lady.  In the middle of the Battle of Jonesboro taking place outside her doors and windows, Mrs. Hanes was giving birth to her baby.

And her husband was Alfred Blalock.  Now Alfred was a prominent heart surgeon and was the first to ever do open heart surgery.  But we found out something more about Alfred Blalock that mom found fascinating.  Alfred Blalock was also the developer of plasma for the treatment of shock.  Isn’t that totally awesome?

And you know what they say about growing up on the wrong side of the tracks.  Does that really take place?  The tracks run straight down Jonesboro.  So, depending on who you ask they will tell you which side is the right side – snorts.

But don’t worry because all streets lead you back to Gone With the Wind.  And in the end, I guess you can say in some ways that Scarlett and Rhett will always be linked together..if only in street signs 🙂

My friends, I hope that you enjoyed our tour of Jonesboro, Georgia.  Stay tuned next week to find out what additional trouble the foursome (Mom, Dad, Bill and Jean) get into.

 
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Posted by on 05/25/2016 in Travels Around the World

 

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Spotlight Thursday – Meet Shoko and Kali

Spotlight Thursday

Welcome my friends to SPOTLIGHT THURSDAY.  This is the time that I will introduce you to one of my fellow anipals so you can get to know them better.  Some of them, you may already know.  We hope that you enjoy this new series!

Now stay up with the conversation my friends.  The red is Shoko talking and the blue is Kali talking – Enjoy!


Name:  My name is Shoko.  Shoko is Japanese for, “little one.”   Now wouldn’t mom and dad have eggos all over their faces if I was fat and lazy. MOL  I am a Seal Point Siamese.  My name is Kali.   Kali is Hawaiian for happiness.”  However, I can’t verify this latest translation is, “the one and only.”  Kali says this is so very true and accepts this definition as THEE true meaning of her.  We are the “Canadian Cats”.  

Age:  Excuse me  Kali its my turn to say how old I am.  I am 7 years old but will  be  8  this June.  I am a 13 years old and will be 14 big ones in May

Location:   ​We live in North Central British Columbia, Canada.

Web/Blog Page:  Canadian Cats

What were your first thoughts when you met your new parents?  You want to go first Kali.  You are the oldest and you know the saying, “age before beauty” MOL You are really weird Shoko but I’ll go first.  The very first time I met mom I thought she smelled so nice.  Just like warm laundry…the clean kind. hehe   I was trying to show off and let her see what a talented girl I was as I ran along the washer and dryer at my biological parents home.  Unfortunately I misjudged how far it was to the open washer and couldn’t stop before falling into the empty washer.  After all I was only 3 months old.  A mere wisp of myself now.  I yelled as loud as I could.  This lady picked me up and pointed me away from the empty washer and I fell in love immediately.  Your turn Shoko.  Oh you’re back – My experience wasn’t like Kali’s at all.  I was mellowing out in my cage at the SPCA.  I was trying to get comfy and eat some slop they gave me.  I was so hungry.  This peep came along and wanted to see me up close and personal.  Well, I was used to the downtown streets where we avoided peeps at all costs.  I was about 3 weeks old when mom took hold of me and looked me up and down.  I tell you I was not impressed with this no fur peep.  I immediately hissed at her to let her know she was dealing with no wimp here.  My mighty hiss wasn’t developed and came out more like a htttth.  I didn’t scare her a bit…shame, I tried so hard.  I hissed again and mom said, “I like a cat with spunk.”  Then she stuck me in a cardboard box and we left that cold place forever.

What was the defining moment when you knew you were in your forever home?  This is a toughie because Kali didn’t like me.  I guess it was when mom gave us some kibble and I’d never eaten that hard stuff before so I started playing floor hockey with it.  It was so cool to watch those kibble go sliding under the pantry door. Mom never got mad she just pulled them out.  Kali came in and showed me how to eat the kibble.  I was fascinated.  Right then I knew this would be the place for me.  When I got to my new home I was lost cause I was used to my biological mom and dad being with me until a big Siamese/Birman cat came in the room.  She walked over to me and started licking my head.  She cuddled and hugged me and I knew this was my forever home.

What has been your biggest “Oh no, now I’ve done it” moment so far in your home?   My experiences have been so different from you Kali.  When I was at the SPCA I had been fostered to an Extended Care Facility for a short while.  I didn’t like it cause these older furless peeps wanted to touch me all the time and I would get angry cause I wasn’t used to peeps touching my furs.  They were probably jealous of all my fur and they had none.  In your dreams Shoko….get on with the story Anyway the facility gave me back to the SPCA as I was too rambunctious for the older peeps.  I would do so many strange things in mom’s house that I thought she would send me packin’ but she would just laugh and carry on like it was no big deal.  Pretty soon I got to thinking mom’s house was now my forever home. Geez, I don’t think I’ve ever felt that way Shoko.  I always felt accepted no matter what, I was here to stay.

 Who do you have wrapped around your paws more – mom or dad – and why?  Can I answer for both of us Kali? Kali nods and Shoks continues. Dad tends to be easy for the game of in/out and other games but mom can also be guilted into giving us treats and stuff. I would say they both can be easy touches but then again they can be tough as nails. 

 

 

 

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Hope you enjoyed meeting my friends Shoko and Kali – check back next week for another Spotlight edition!

 
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Posted by on 05/05/2016 in Spotlight Thursday

 

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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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Cow Kitty Space Travel?

  So mom was in the kitchen messing around the other day.  Something caught her attention in my magical backyard.  She went over to the window and then started oohing and aahhing like a crazy woman.  She went and grabbed her camera because she said she had to take pictures.

Of what me and dad kept asking her. She kept telling us, “I’ll tell you in a minute.  This is so cool!”  We kept at her though – what is so cool.  Please share your discovery.  It is *my* magical backyard and nothing and no one should be in it… except for maybe Journalist Rocky the Squirrel and perhaps my Bigfoot – but that’s stories for another day – snorts.

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Finally I put down my hoof and demanded begged for an answer – who or what was in my backyard.  That’s when she said two words – Cow Kitty.  What?!  Cow Kitty from Canada?  You know Cow Kitty that visits my friends Shoko and Kali from Canadian Cats.

How in the world could Cow Kitty get all the way down here in Georgia?  Was there a mysterious space travel?  Did Cow Kitty come via a space ship?  Oh my – look at the resemblance to Cow Kitty.  What do you think – how did Cow Kitty get here in MY magical backyard?  So weird.  I’m off to ponder this for a bit and think about space travel now.

 
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Posted by on 04/02/2016 in Bacon

 

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