Monday, December 31, 2012

Wishing all my blog friends a healthy and prosperous
Happy New Year!
Love ya! ~Ames

Thursday, December 13, 2012

I have to apologize to my friends and followers.
I am afraid I always have an excuse.

The truth is sometimes I stop by and see what’s going on and leave without posting a comment.

Then other times I participate and just can’t get by to see or read your wonderful post.

I think I have taken on too much in real life and have let other areas fall to the wayside.

My husband is going through another bout with his health.

We are feeling mighty whooped right now.

It seems he can’t get a break.

So for now, I may or may not participate.

So for now, I may or may not post.

But I just wanted to let you know that I enjoy being friends and things will someday get back to normal for me.

Merry Christmas!


Happy New Year!

Ya’ll J


Friday, December 7, 2012

Alphabe~Thursday the Letter "C"

"C" is for Christmas tree.

This one I made for my granddaughter.

It's a Hello Kitty/Candy tree.

She picked the ornaments out herself.

Have fun with your Christmas trees!

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Thursday, November 29, 2012

Alphabe~Thursday "B"

"B" is for.....

Black Jack Cherry Ice Cream~Sooh Gooood!!

Black Cherries and Dark Chocolate. A perfect pairing.
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Run to Publix! :D

Thanks for stopping by!~Ames

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Happy Turkey Day!

Fur Children
Common Sense
Spirit of Discernment
So much to be thankful for!
Have a blessed Thanksgiving!~Ames

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Alphabe~Thursday The Letter "Z"

“Z” stands for Zephyrhills, Florida

Also known as the home to the headquarters of the Zephyrhills bottled water company.


I did it! Made it all the way through the Alphabet. Yay me!

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Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Trip to the Park

We get to go to the park? Oh boy!
Are we there yet?? Huh? Are we??
You said we were going to the park.

Monday, November 12, 2012

Veteran's Day

How To Fly the Flag
The flag should be raised and lowered by hand. Never raise the flag while it is furled; unfurl, then hoist quickly to the peak of the flagstaff. It should be lowered slowly and ceremoniously. The flag should never be allowed to touch anything beneath it, such as the ground or the floor. The flying of the flag at half-staff is a sign of mourning.
When flown at half-staff, the flag should be first hoisted to the peak, then immediately lowered to the half-staff position. It should be raised to the peak again for a moment before it is lowered for the day. Half-staff is the point midway between top and bottom of the flagstaff. On Memorial Day in May, the flag should fly at half-staff from sunrise until noon and at full-staff from noon until sunset.
Thank you and God Bless America!~Ames

Saturday, November 10, 2012


Thursday, November 8, 2012

Alphabe~Thursday The Letter "Y"

Welcome! This week is about the Letter "Y." 

“Y” stands for Ybor City and is a historic neighborhood in Tampa, Florida.   It was founded in the 1880s by Vincente Martinez Ybor.

Mr. Ybor bought 40 acres of land next to Tampa and founded an industrial city devoted to the manufacture of cigars in 1886. He built housing and imported workers from Italy, Spain and Cuba. Workers in the cigar factories rolled millions of cigars annually.

Ybor City is home to one of my favorite restaurants, The Columbia Restaurant. Founded in 1905, the landmark is still owned by the Hernandez/Gonzmart family and serves Spanish and Cuban cuisine.


My husband and I love eating in the court  yard.

I love Cuban food!

You start off with a cup of Black bean soup, or maybe a bowl. :)
And a salad which is made tableside.

Then here’s the hard part…choosing the main course. There is just too many excellent dishes to choose from.


 Boliche? or Chicken Arroz con Pollo? or a Palomilla (Flank steak)?

You've got to try the Mojito's! OK OK maybe two or three! :)



To end the meal Flan is always good, or maybe the Tres Leche cake…… okay maybe both.  :)

A Flan is a like a creamy custard and Tres Leche means 3 milk cake. Oh so good!

And of course I always follow up dinner with a Cuban coffee with my dessert.
If you are ever in Tampa, make The Columbia Restaurant a “must go to place!” After dinner you can wander next door and watch an old gentleman roll cigars.



There is a lot of neat architecture in Ybor City. Why don’t you Google it. You’ll want to go see it all!


If you want to learn more about Cuban food here is an excellent website.

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Tuesday, November 6, 2012

The 2012 Election

Make your voice heard.

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Alphabe~Thursday The Letter "X"

Hi all!

Welcome to this week’s letter “X” of which I can find no city or town in Florida that starts with an “X”.

But I do have some “Xtra” things to share with you.

Did you know?

Florida is the second largest state (land area) east of the Mississippi River.

The largest state is Georgia! (This is up for debate) :)


Actor Ben Vereen was born in Miami Florida.


Singer Jim Morrison (The Doors) was born in Melbourne Florida.
Clearwater Florida has the highest rate of lightning strikes per capita in the United States.
The Ripley’s Believe it or Not building  in St. Augustine, Florida was originally the Castle Warden, an 1880′s poured concrete castle.
Originally built by Standard Oil partner William G. Warden, it later became a classy hotel when owned by Pulitzer Prize winning author Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings (“The Yearling”) and her hotelier husband Norton Baskin.
Marjorie Rawlings
The world's longest and deepest known submerged freshwater cave system in the world is Wakulla Springs near Tallahassee, Florida.
Gatorade was named for the University of Florida Gators in Gainesville, Florida, where the drink was first developed.
A crypt in Key West is inscribed "I told you I was sick."
Stephen Foster
Stephen Foster, who wrote "Old Folks at Home," Florida's state song, never even saw the Suwannee River, nor did he ever step foot in Florida.
Well that is just a little something “X”tra to share about Florida.
See you next week for the letter “Y”. 
Thanks for stopping by! ~Ames
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Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Fall and Family
We took a much needed vacation and drove to Kentucky, birthplace of my ancestors.
There was beauty everywhere!
Starting in Tennessee, the colors were just starting to come out.
Once in Kentucky we were in Fall wonderland.
We stopped in Kentucky and ate lunch at The Back Porch BBQ next door to this charming little church.
In case you were wondering…I ordered the fried bologna sandwich with a run through the garden. Have you ever seen a slice of Bologna that thick? I call it comfort food.
I’m drawn to the red leaves.
Or maybe the yellow leaves…..
I think I like the orange the best.
Orange screams Fall!

Through the rolling hills….
and down the road and into my past.
I feel melancholy.
More later.
Thanks for stopping by! ~ Ames