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Travels in the South

Hello sweet friends.  Have you been enjoying our series of Travels in the South?  Today we want to highlight a restaurant that Fozziemom/Fozziedad and my mom/dad visited.  They didn’t eat there but wanted to see the ‘atmosphere’… yeah that’s it.  Atmosphere.  Daddy warned Fozziemom that she couldn’t jump fences and play with the ‘locals’ that hung out here at the restaurant.  You want to see the locals don’t you?

Well one of mom/dad’s favorite restaurants to visit is called The Crab Shack.  It’s located at 40 Estill Hammock Road, Tybee Island.  It’s a unique restaurant plus the wait staff are awesome… some with two legs and others with four legs – snorts with piggy laughter.

Does this picture give you a hint of what four legged wait staff we are talking about?  That’s right – gators.  The restaurant has a little pond out front where they raise these cute little babies.  Aren’t they adorable sunning themselves?  That’s why daddy told Fozziemom she couldn’t jump in and play with them.  It wouldn’t be fair, right?

You can even buy ‘feed’ for the gators and by using a fishing pole of sorts, you can feed the sweet little babies.  Mom/dad said they are so cute… mom might have mentioned wanting one but I can safely say she didn’t bring one home… at least this time.

And does this place seem familiar to you my friends?  This restaurant was also visited when our friends Bill and Jean came for a visit from Canada.  You might remember this picture of the cute little couple standing in front of their newly found friend.

 
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Posted by on 07/13/2016 in Travels Around the World

 

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Travels in the South

Hello sweet friends.  Today we continue our Travels in the South series with our friends Fozziemom and Fozziedad who visited all the way from Australia.  Now this little piggy is jealous over today’s adventure.  I think I could have had a ball roaming the grounds with everyone exploring the way they did.  You see, on this day everyone visited Ft. Pulaski National Monument which is a national park near Tybee Island in Chatham County.

 This is an aerial view of Ft. Pulaski National Monument courtesy of Ft. Pulaski 🙂 Thank you Ft Pulaski!  Ft. Pulaski was going strong in the days of the American Civil War.  It is over 5,000 acres consisting of tidal marshes and mud flats.  There are canon and musket reenactments throughout the day.  The park is open daily from 9AM to 5PM.  

You can go throughout the yards either on a guided tour or you can venture around by yourself.  

Your tour really starts when you park your car.  The grounds are absolutely beautiful!  You start down paths walking to the entrance and you also see the moat.  Now, go ahead and raise your hands my friends.

How many of you want a moat around your house?  I’m raising my piggy hoof.  I think it would be kind of cool for sure.  I bet back in the day they didn’t have solicitors knocking on their drawbridges – snorts with piggy laughter!

 Now when everyone first got there, they heard loud noises that sounded like cannon shots.  But, upon further investigation, mom/dad found out that actually it was from muskets being fired at a kind of show and tell.  Even the guy shooting the musket, was dressed in attire from the Civil War days.  Cool huh?  

But after the shots of the musket, things were silent.  Mom said that you could close your eyes, smell the musket from when it was fired, you could feel the wind blowing around you, the water hitting the moat and you could almost visualize life as it was in the fort.  Mom might have said a moan from a soldier could also be heard.  Was the place haunted?

The fort was built in 1861 and is still in remarkable condition.  You do see some of the stonework falling inside of the casemates as you can see in the picture with the fireplace.  But overall, it is still an overwhelming fort.

 Some people – like Fozziemom and Fozziedad – climbed onto of the fort to get a better view and to take some amazing pictures over the wall looking out over the water.  If you look closely at the picture with the cannon, those two specks at the top – that would be Fozziemom and Fozziedad the adventurers.

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And as Fozziemom was taking pictures, mom captured her in a picture of her own.  This is Fozziemom in her glory, aimed and ready to shoot something fantastic.

So the question remains. Is Fort Pulaski haunted? Is it spooky – yes. Do you pick up “feelings” of days gone – yes. Mom said they could close their eyes and hear and picture in their minds the activity that happened once upon a time.

Since mom/dad have been back home, I’ve done a lot of research on Fort Pulaski.  To my amazement, there have been many encounters with the unknown at the Fort over the years.  There was a story about a mother and son visiting the fort that were crossing over the draw bridge to enter into the fort.  They met a Confederate sentry dressed in uniform with his sword.  They spoke to him about his outfit and the fort.  The mother then inquired about a restroom and he advised that he could not leave his position to show her.  She thanked the man and with her son she continued into the fort to ask about the restrooms.  There she was advised that the restrooms were at the entrance.  She became upset and told the man about the soldier she spoke to at the drawbridge.  The man advised her that they had no soldiers dressed in Confederate uniforms at the fort.

Then there was a time that a group of Confederate reenactors placed a wreath at the graves in 1994.  They then settled down for the night and camped out.  During the night, a young 12 year old boy couldn’t sleep and was walking around the fort.  Nearing the graves, he saw a figure of a Confederate soldier in uniform on his knees near the grave they had put the wreath.  The soldier had his hat in his hand, then stood and faded away into the air.

Then during further research, I learned that an actor that you might have heard of did a movie at Fort Pulaski back in 2009.  The movie was called The Conspirator and the actor was Robert Redford.

It’s up to you to decide if it’s haunted or not.  Maybe someone needs to let the worker at the shop know that there has been some cases of mysterious sightings.  It was definitely an adventure!

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Posted by on 07/06/2016 in Travels Around the World

 

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Travels in the South

Hello friends.  I hope that you have been enjoying our Travels in the South edition.  Today, we continue our adventures with Fozziemom and Fozziedad who visited all the way from Australia. Today, I want to focus on a restaurant that everyone went to on their way back home from Tybee Island.  Also this is a restaurant that Jean and Bill visited while they were visiting as well.

It’s a place that my mom has been going to since she she was small child.  She actually introduced my dad to it and it’s a great feel at home kind of place.

This restaurant is called Buckner’s Family Restaurant and has wonderful vegetables (for our vegetarians) and the best fried chicken you will ever wrap your lips around – just sayin’ so says mom – snorts.  Which brings me to the chicken in the picture – his name is Elmer and he’s a pretty cool dude.  His tall – really tall and his sign says do not touch… Personally I think too many people in the past have wanted to get up close and personal to him to have their pictures taken if you know what I mean.

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Now you see the cool thing about this place is all of the tables are round.  Okay I can see you going okay and what’s a big deal about that.  Well you see in the middle of the round table, they have the biggest movable section – a giant lazy Susan if you will.  The workers will come to your table with all of these bowls containing wonderful delights – creamed corn, green beans, beats, cole slaw , lima beans, rolls, chicken, barbeque pork, peach cobbler – just to name a few.  And as you eat and things run out, you just ask for refills and the servers gladly fill everything back up.  So you have a buffet without having to get up and down all of the time.  You sit and the staff bring YOU the food.  Cool huh?

Now you have to remember that everyone stopped here on the way home from Tybee Island.  They were tired, exhausted if you will, and at the point of just being silly.  The moms didn’t even have make up on.  So, I’m tell you that in preparation for this final picture.  A picture to show you (A) how tired they looked and (B) how silly they were being trying to get a picture with Elmer.  So here you go my friends – the moms in their bare necessities.

 
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Posted by on 06/29/2016 in Travels Around the World

 

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May I Introduce Nana’s New Pet…. Alligator

You see a couple of weeks ago when mom/dad were running loose on Tybee Island, they came across an egg.  A little egg.  Mom said no one was looking so she and dad picked up the egg and took it to Nana.  What could possibly go wrong, right?

So mom gave the strange egg to Nana.  Nana was excited… until she got up one day to find the egg cracked and a mysterious creature was then running wild in her home.  She searched under the couch, in the bedrooms, in the closets, all over you might as well say.  Nana didn’t know what to expect when she found this creature.

Then Nana went into the kitchen to wash her dishes and what did she find?!  An ALLIGATOR sitting in one of her bowls.  OMP!  Nana has a pet alligator?  She was so excited and was on the verge of making birth announcements when mom just happen to show up at her house with Ace Ventura on speed dial.  The gator was so cute – Nana didn’t want to give him up.  So she named him Ralphie and made him a permanent home in her house.  Let’s just hope that she doesn’t get bored with him and flush him down the toilet.  

 
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Posted by on 06/15/2016 in Bacon

 

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Paw Time with Houdini

 


Hello friends – welcome to another week with Paw Time with Houdini.  Last week, I spent time with Nana and her two pooches.  We had an awesome time playing together HARD.  Mom left strict instructions though that I was to stick to my schedule and my food restrictions.  So did Nana stick to it?  Let’s just say what happens at Nana’s stays at Nana’s and i will not spill the beans – barks!

But it seems like mom/dad and Fozziemom/Fozziedad all had a most excellent time in their adventure to Savannah and Tybee Island.  In fact, I found this picture on mom’s cell phone of daddy.  Just what in the heck is that and where can this little doggy get one?

Nah, he didn’t eat it all at once.  He actually had to break this down into many, MANY pieces.  Mom said it was a giant Rice Krispy bar dipped in milk chocolate and drizzled with white chocolate.  Oh dear me – maybe that explains why mom jumped back on her DIEt full time yesterday – barks with puppy laughter.

And now my friends – I present to you Jokes with Daddy. ♥

 

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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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31 Days of Spook – Salt and Pepper

Many years ago, mom/dad went to their favorite place to vacation – Tybee Island.  It was early October, the weather was perfect.  They went to some of their favorite shops just looking.  That’s when mom spotted this duo and just *had* to have them for the Hotel Thompson.  I mean – look at them – who could resist, right?  And I do have to admit that they are the perfect addition here – especially this time of the year.

I hope that you have had a wonderful time here this month on my blog – and that you haven’t been frightened too much.  Today I leave you on my last day of 31 Days of Spook with Salt and Pepper for your entertainment.  Have a Spooky Halloween tonight my friends… watch out for ghosts.  PIGABOO!

 

 

 

 

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31 Days of Spook – Fort Pulaski

Today, I’m taking you on a side trip my friends on my spook adventure. Today I want to talk to you about a place that mom and dad went to during their vacation to Tybee Island a couple of years ago. It was Fort Pulaski, a national monument, located at US Highway 80 E, Savannah, Georgia. Maybe it’s not full of ghosts, but if you close your eyes and listen hard enough perhaps you will still hear the sounds of battle.  The park is open daily from 9AM until 5PM. You can go on a guided tour or roam the grounds by yourself. Mom and dad decided to go by themselves and see what kind of trouble they could get into – go mom/dad.

After you pay to enter the park, you drive over the Cockspur Island Bridge into the grounds. It’s kind of a dark picture to the right but the trees are gorgeous! Look at all of that rolling lovely green grass! So many places for this little porker to play – pets are welcomed 🙂

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Then you start to see the fort itself – so massive! I don’t know why but mom was just astonished to the ‘moat’ that was around this huge fortress. Mom and dad said they were the only ones there for a bit and the silence from everything was kind of overwhelming.

It was like you could almost hear the gunshots in the background, the moans of soldiers and people talking. The wind was blowing and you could hear it singing in between the brick walls with the soft sounds of the water echoing. It was kind of eerie.

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Fort Pulaski is huge. It was overcast this day so some of the pictures are not the best but hopefully you will enjoy them. Mom took this picture to the right as they were walking down to enter into the fort. It looks calm but mom/dad both said that the air was heavy.

They walked all the way down until the other side of the building. That’s where there was a bridge that they walked over to enter into the fort itself. For the building to be as old as it is (built in 1861), it is remarkably still intact. You do see some stonework falling inside of the casemates but as a whole, it is grand.

Fireplaces and windows are still standing as well as the cannons in the windows. You’ll even notice on the bottom of the cannon picture where the cannons could slide left/right for positioning of the firing.

And how would you like to be a prisoner of the fort? Look to this picture to the left of the ‘beds’ they used. Wood slats. Comfy huh? Daddy tried one when mom ‘locked him up’ in prison. It was kind of hard – snorts.

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And I saved the best picture until last. The stairs to the top of the fort. I’m not mentioning names but someone thought they would wobble up these torturous stairs to the top of the fort to take a peek. Notice that the stairs do not have handrails. It was a great view at the top and I would have a picture to share if only mom remembered to bring the camera – silly mom. And she wasn’t crawling back down to get the camera she said. And also let’s say that mom took the adventure of the stairs and that night it hurt in every place possible. That’ll teach mom not to climb and old fort like she was a teenager – snorts.

Oh, and another missed photo opportunity mom/dad made. They saw and met a beautiful white German Shepherd while visiting the Fort. She was so friendly and mom got to love on her for a while with her parents.

So the question remains. Is Fort Pulaski haunted? Mom asked one of the workers and she was told no. Is it spooky – yes. Do you pick up “feelings” of days gone – yes. Mom and dad both said they could close their eyes and hear and picture in their minds the activity that happened once upon a time.  

When mom/dad came back home, I did a lot of research on Fort Pulaski.  To my amazement, there have been many encounters with the unknown at the Fort over the years.  There was a story about a mother and son visiting the fort that were crossing over the draw bridge to enter into the fort.  They met a Confederate sentry dressed in uniform with his sword.  They spoke to him about his outfit and the fort.  The mother then inquired about a restroom and he advised that he could not leave his position to show her.  She thanked the man and with her son she continued into the fort to ask about the restrooms.  There she was advised that the restrooms were at the entrance.  She became upset and told the man about the soldier she spoke to at the drawbridge.  The man advised her that they had no soldiers dressed in Confederate uniforms at the fort.

Then there was a time that a group of Confederate re-enactors placed a wreath at the graves in 1994.  They then settled down for the night and camped out.  During the night, a young 12 year old boy couldn’t sleep and was walking around the fort.  Nearing the graves, he saw a figure of a Confederate soldier in uniform on his knees near the grave they had put the wreath.  The soldier had his hat in his hand, then stood and faded away into the air.

Then during further research, I learned that an actor that you might have heard of did a movie at Fort Pulaski back in 2009.  The movie was called The Conspirator and the actor was Robert Redford.

It’s up to you to decide if it’s haunted or not.  Maybe someone needs to let the worker at the shop know that there has been some cases of mysterious sightings.  It was definitely an adventure that mom/dad would be willing to do again… of course minus the stairs – snorts.

 

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Shivers – Shark Week

Oh shivers!  This week it has been Shark Week on the Discovery Channel.  We have watched a lot of the shows.  Shows that highlighted when sharks attack.  Shows that highlight guys/gals going down in the ocean in shark cages feeding sharks by hand.  Shows that highlighted HUGE sharks.  Shows that highlight sharks that bit people and showed the bites – shivers.

Then if that wasn’t bad enough, mom got a wild hair over the long weekend and decided to watch ALL of the Jaws movies.  Really mom?  Not just the original Jaws with “We’re going to need a bigger boat”, but all of them – Jaws 2, Jaws 3 and then Jaws Revenge.  Shakes piggy head.  Snorts – but us anipals stood by her side and watched with her.  Double evil snorts – I even called Houdini Shark Bait.  Now *that* was funny.

After this week of watching all of these shows, I had a dream about surfing.  It was a nightmare!   There is no way this little oinker is going anywhere near the beach.  Heck, I may even rethink getting in my piggy pool or the bathtub for that matter!

Have you watched any of these shows on television?  Any favorites? Any experiences of seeing sharks in real life?  Have you seen them at the beach?

Mom and dad said they saw one at Tybee Island, Georgia a couple of  years ago.  Shivers – I’m glad it was them and not me.  I don’t wanna be shark bait.

 
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Posted by on 07/09/2015 in Bacon

 

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Five Statements – Truth Revealed

Back for the reveal of the true answer in FIVE STATEMENTS.  Which one did you think was the truth?  Let’s recap the statements below.

Statement 1 – Daddy played professional football.

Statement 2 – Mommy used to be a ballerina.

Statement 3 – I love the feel of newly mowed grass on these hooves and run on it all of the time.

Statement 4 – Mom/dad and Bashful once met guitarist Slash.

Statement 5 – I always mind my matters and do what mom/dad say.

Let’s break it down my friends.  Daddy did use to play football, not professionally but in high school and college.  And mom, well she couldn’t stand on one leg for any length of time let alone her toes.  Grass on my hooves – shivers – surely you jest.  I’m not *that* kind of piggy – snorts.  But me not minding my matters or minding mom/dad?  Well, I have been known to be sent to my room and trust me.. I slam the door once I’m in there – snorts.  So, that leaves us to the correct answer.

Check it out here to find out more information 🙂

 
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Posted by on 06/19/2015 in Bacon

 

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