Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Happy Thanksgiving!

We're headed to Joe's folks for the holiday - Happy Thanksgiving!

Monday, November 23, 2009

Silliness everyday

I love life with a two year - some things instantly bring a smile to your face - those little everyday touches that bring joy - this evening it is walking into the quiet living room to encounter the dog happily sitting there wearing my turned-on headlamp as a collar :)

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Kayaking to Little Tybee

I've just recently discovered It's a website full of groups doing things in your area (just search by zip code). One of the groups I found near us is an outdoor group out of Savannah. They had a 'meetup' today - a kayaking trip to Little Tybee Island. It was my first sea kayaking trip & long overdue. (Joe & Levi had a 'man day' out and about - thanks Joe!). It was a really great day - perfect weather. A fun group of folks - 16 of us total. And Little Tybee was beautiful - an island owned by the state & only accessible by boat. Unspoiled. The beach to yourself. And even better - overnight camping is allowed. I imagine I'll be back with Joe & Levi for an overnighter.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009


A few pictures from a recent hunting camp at Tuckahoe.....15,000 acres of protected bottomland along the Savannah River in Screven County. Tuckahoe is state-owned land, and is available to the public for hunting, fishing, bird watching, canoeing, hiking…... The hunting is limited, but is exceptional when open.

I can't find a definitive meaning for the word Tuckahoe. Some say the name refers to an underground tuber used by Native Americans as "bread", or to the seeds of the marsh plant arrow-arum. Still others refer to a medicinal herb by the same name. Regardless, the word rolls out easily in conversation and fits the quiet beauty of the land.

The river swamp at Tuckahoe differs greatly from our coastal swamps near home. Instead of the wet and tidal gum/cypress wetlands, Tuckahoe gently rises with mature hardwood flats broken by switchcane belts, and winding seasonal sloughs. This is Kilgo country......Cypress knees, swamp chestnut oak, and the hammering staccato of pileated woodpeckers. There are Indian mounds, and the numerous oxbow lakes along the river are accessible year round for canoeing, fishing, and camping.....we plan on a family trip soon.

There are many free and under-utilized public lands across the state….get out and enjoy them!

Wild turkey feather

Fresh venison


My companero, Ernie

Cypress knees along an oxbow lake

The long drag to camp, a good kind of tired.

Monday, November 2, 2009


Catching up with some pictures - emptied the camera tonight. November already!

my Mom & Dad came for a visit the week before last - Dad loves it here near the coast - his fishing gear always comes with him :)

Joe's best ever redfish - Ossabaw Sound - fishing with a buddy. Being too big to legally keep, he swam away relieved after the pic.

New Mama & Babe - My sister Carrie & new son Sam

Joe & helper Ramon putting a new roof on our house in Watkinsville - it looks great, so glad it's done - no more leaks!

While in Athens I visited a dear friend - Ms. Gertrude sharing her crop of Japanese Persimmons with us - she's a master gardener & I worked a time for her doing yardwork (her yard is so much fun, plants galore) - we're still eating the persimmons which have ripened one by one

Sunset at Demeries Creek = the view from Joe's office

Angie's youngest son, Nesta

late night knitting with Angie - during my visit this last week

Angie's oldest son, Jack with Levi

Our pumpkin keeping watch Halloween night - I splurged on 'good' candy only to have 4 trick-or-treaters show up!