Currier & Ives in the South

We had a storm that may only happen once or twice in a life time. The past couple of years have been an exception.

A few years ago Georgia was having one of the worst draughts ever. When we were looking for a place to get off the road once in awhile, we looked for a place on Strom Thurman Lake, North of Augusta, Georgia. We found that 90% of the docks were out of water because the lake was so low and it looked like some of the docks hadn’t seen water in years.  We were lucky enough to find a place that the dock was still in 8 feet of water.

All that changed last year when we had so much rain that the lake was full and overflowing the dam.  The people that owned all this land originally still live on a portion of it. I got  to talk to him several months ago and he said that he lived on the land for 70 some years now and he has never seen that much rain before.

That brings me to our Currier & Ives  header, the past few weeks we have had some of the coldest weather southern Georgia has seen or maybe ever seen. January 29,2014 the temperature was 1 to 3 degrees above zero. We had water pipes, schedule 40 pipes, burst and split down the length of them. We ended up with out water for 4 days. That storm was the Polar Vortex Storm.  Fast forward to February 11 thru 13, 2014  we were hit with another storm this time freezing cold weather with rain ice snow and more ice. All the time it remained in the freezing zone. We had trees that hung over our house full off ice , scarred that one of them would break and come crashing down on us. The porch and all three sets of steps were covered in ice. We worried about letting the dogs out because we were afraid they would slip on the steps and get hurt.  There was no way we could get them to a vet  because we could not get out of our drive way due to the ice. This was pretty scary being from California most of my life and not use to this kind of weather and coldness. The 6:00 PM news today announced that there are still over a half a million people in Georgia without electricity. Many of the people’s homes are all electric.  For us we never lost electricity we were lucky. Relatives down in Augusta, GA have been without electricity for a couple of days. My brother-in –law and his wife are in Augusta,GA and without electricity stayed in bed all day yesterday just to keep warm.

I was able to capture a few photographs that made it feel like a currier and Ives scene. This part of Georgia rarely ever sees snow.

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Selfie

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This probably is as close as I’ll get of doing a Selfie.   I don’t use a camera phone so I wouldn’t be doing a selfie . I just happen to have this one that I took of myself last year.it just looked good in the car window at the time.

I do have a few others that someone else took of me with my granddaughter. This probably one of my favorites.

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Here I am carving a turkey that I finished BBQ.This was Thanksgiving dinner with my mother-in –law and my wife at Ventura,California. I was a lot younger back then and Life was good. Nancy and I would good down to this place 2 to 3 weekends a month. People would ask were are you going this weekend and we would tell them to our beach front property.

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I can’t find too many picture of me because I’m usually the one taking the pictures. Or I don’t like them.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Object

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I’m back – took a couple of weeks off and did nothing. Sat around, watched TV and got fat. I have to admit it all didn’t happen in two weeks.  It just snuck up on me. I think the holidays had something to do with it.  Hopefully the weather will stop raining and the weather will start warming up so we can get outside a little more.

Here are my pictures of those beautiful Carousel Horses I’m really crazy about   I would go to Santa Monica several time a year and walk the pier and often stop to watch the carousel. One time a group that I had belonged  to had a big birthday party (private party) at the carousel. It was a blast got to ride the horses and be a kid again.

These are a couple of pictures I took of them.They had just been refurbished and beautified shortly before these pictures were taken.

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You are probably wondering what this is. The challenge for this week was an object, if I showed the whole picture it would be a thing. So I’m going to show you a brilliant Yellow object that I took a picture of.

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