Saturday, September 24, 2016


Our local newspaper has gone over to the dark side: it is now published in tabloid form and size. AND, it no longer skips Sunday publication. Yes, we now have a Sunday paper delivered to our door!

Unfortunately, the Monday paper has been taken away. Yep. Vanished. Whisked away. Kaput.

"They" say it was because more customers wanted a Sunday paper than a Monday paper. I say, who did they ask?

But I won't complain. At least we still get a paper six days a week. With pretty entertaining stuff in it, too. Can't beat that!

A quick rundown on our local crime scene:

Police had to use tear gas to flush out a man screaming he wasn't going back to prison. Now he's in the local jail. But not in prison! Yet.

A woman involved in a bar fight hit the investigating policeman and got arrested. I would hope so!

A dog running loose threatened neighbors so police cited the owner. Should have sicced his dog on him!

A domestic dispute ended with the man running off but police located him, surrounded the residence he was hiding in, and arrested him for outstanding warrants. So he's done it before, eh?

And finally a man hit another man in the head with a stick. Unhappy with the outcome, he then grabbed a chair and hit the man again. Good thing there wasn't a sofa handy! The victim went to the emergency room and police tracked down the perpetrator and arrested him.

Ah, just another day in the lives of our underpaid law enforcement people.

Saturday, September 17, 2016


Fort King George, Georgia's oldest English fort, had some of its reenactors, or living history performers, last weekend. I love going to these exhibitions! Not only do we learn about how our ancestors lived, but we can watch displays of things like musket drills and spinning.

Here's a photo of the officers quarters from the open area inside the fort:

This is a spinner, showing how they spun wool back then. Those settlers must have been miserable, wearing wool in our tropical heat!

Here are the cannon lined up waiting for the Spanish to come. They overlook what in 1721 was the main branch of the river:

Here are some soldiers showing off their musketry skills. I can't believe they wore those hot uniforms all the time! Surely they stripped down in the summer!

And here, like the soldier, we're all covering our ears as the cannon fires!

Adding to the activities, the weather was not too hot and we had a most enjoyable day!

Saturday, September 10, 2016


Hurricane Hermine, or the remains of it, came through a week or so ago. We were lucky. First, it came ashore as only a category 1 storm. Then, by the time it got to us, it was mostly high winds and rain. Not too bad. Our power went out but only for about four hours, though some houses were out longer. And we only had small debris in our yard while others had trees down. Some pix:

The beach access at the park near the lighthouse:

Fence and telephone wires down


The awning on a convenience store was blown down. This is right next to our favorite Southern Soul barbecue which wasn't harmed, thank goodness! We can still eat!

So now that Hermine is gone, a lot of people are deciding to take care of trees that might fall and do some damage.

Threatening pine being taken down:

The only tree we had that might have hurt the house, partly fell a couple of years ago and we had it taken out then. So we feel pretty safe. I'm just hoping any other hurricanes are as mild!

Saturday, September 3, 2016


While enjoying the island, many tourists run across our Tree Spirits carved into the great oaks.  No, the trees aren't harmed. He carves on places where the bark has already come off, either struck by lightning or dangerous/diseased  limbs chopped off. The sculptor, Keith Jennings, is from North Carolina and has a FaceBook page:

While walking the other morning, my guy came upon him carving a new Spirit at Mallery Park.

It took several days to finish but it looks neat!

And here is a mermaid near the visitors' center. I bet this one took several weeks to finish!

The Tree Spirits are pleasant surprises for walkers and bicyclists. We haven't seen all of them but there are more to be found!

Saturday, August 27, 2016


So I was reading the news last week and saw the headline: 1500 Americans Wash Up In Canada!

Hmmm, I think. Have the (fill in the blank with Trump or Hillary) ______ supporters decided their candidate is losing this far in advance of November? After all, what other reason could Americans have to brave the waters to get to Canada?

Reading on, the truth emerged. The people were engaging in an annual floating event in Michigan when high winds caught them and pushed them--yes, forced them--to the Canadian side of the St. Clair river.

Likely story. I'll bet they took advantage of the annual flotilla to hightail it out of the country.

In any event, they didn't get to claim asylum in Canada. These Canadians were on the ball, and the raft people were quickly met and deported.

Guess the (fill in the blank with Trump or Hillary) ______ supporters will have to think of a better excuse next time they try sneaking out of the country!

Having to spend all that money rescuing fleeing Americans did not endear us to Canada, I'm sure!

Saturday, August 20, 2016


This week, we had a ninety-two-year-old veteran finish his cross country run here on the island. He started October 7, 2013, in San Diego by touching the Pacific Ocean. He finishes today, August 20, 2016, on our island's East Beach when he touches the Atlantic Ocean. Oh, and yesterday was his birthday, so he's actually ninety-three!

Ernie Andrus is running to raise money to benefit the last operational landing ship used in World War II to land on the Normandy beaches. He and fellow veterans brought the ship back from Crete in 2000 (the History Channel had a documentary on their effort: The Return of LSD 325). Ernie was part of the crew on that voyage. They were going to take LSD 325 back across the sea in 2014 to commemorate the seventieth anniversary of the landing but couldn't raise enough funds. Ernie originally intended the money he raises on this ocean-to-ocean run to be used to take it back in 2019 for the seventy-fifth anniversary. Unfortunately, the funds have not come in as he'd hoped.

But he's happy just to break even, he says. He looks on this trip as his last hurrah. And what an amazing hurrah it is!

And on a somber note, the restaurant who volunteered to cater a free lunch for Ernie and his supporters Saturday is based in Lousiana. Because of the flooding, they had to cancel. So our local restaurants, Halyards and Southern Soul, stepped up to help. Great people and great food! Almost makes me want to brave the crowds and go out Saturday for the party. Almost.

You go, Ernie Andrus!!!

Saturday, August 13, 2016


So I open the local paper to the headline "Robber Shoots, Victims Shoot Back" and am immediately drawn to read what happened.

Seems an armed robber came into a barber shop demanding money. After the owner, worried about his customers, quickly complied, the intruder left. One of the barbers grabbed a 9 mm (registered) he kept in the shop for protection and stepped outside. The robber fired at him so the barber fired back. Then he, joined by another barber and the owner, gave chase. Residents along the way helped direct them as they trailed the robber and waited for police to get there.

Finally, the robber went to ground, but a K-9 and his handler soon found him and arrested him.

"We've never had any problems at our shop," the bemused owner said. And he's been at the same location for twenty years.

I'm glad no one was hurt. I'm even gladder the neighborhood residents stepped up to the plate and helped catch the guy. With so much distrust between people and police nowadays, it's nice to hear about a small town like this where the two groups can get along

Barbershop pole isolated on white