Monday, December 31, 2012

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

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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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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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

Alphabe~Thursday "V" and "W"

Hi all!

I was on vacation last week and missed AT so this week will be a double whammy crash course starting with:

“V” is for Vero Beach

Not much to say about Vero Beach other than….

It has a beautiful beach,
And a nice Outlet Mall,
But everyone I know calls it ….
“Home of the newly wed and the nearly dead!”
This city is 190 miles south of Jacksonville and 135 miles north of Miami.
“W” is for Waldo
You might ask “Where’s Waldo?”
See the red star?
Avoid it like the plague!
According to AAA, Waldo is a speed trap.  AAA pressed the Florida Department of Transportation to at least give drivers more warning.
Good luck trying to talk your way outta that ticket. Those uniforms possess the almighty power of God.
Expect to get a ticket.
If you are going 1 mile over the speed limit ….
Expect to get a ticket.
And don’t forget to say “Thank You Officer!”
Oh well at least the sheriff is retiring.
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October is Breast Cancer month!

Friday, October 12, 2012

Alphabe~Thursday the letter "U" is for.....

Umatilla, Florida

Motto: "Gateway to the Ocala National Forrest"


It is home to the Harry-Anna Crippled Children’s Home.

Harry Miller, and his wife Anna, donated their three story hotel in Umatilla to the Elks Club project for crippled children. It was renamed the Harry-Anna Crippled Children’s Home. That was very generous.

Downtown Umatilla
Not really much to tell about Umatilla other than it has a colorful past that relates back to a seven term Lake County Sheriff by the name of Willis Virgil McCall.
*Just for the record, I don’t think any Sheriff should be allowed to sit in office for seven terms.
Several incidents regarding Civil Rights Violations, beatings and murder occurred during Sheriff Willis’ 28 year tenure; The Groveland Four, The Harry T. Moore bombing, The Platt Children, and The Vickers incident.
*Once again, Florida’s ugly past rears its head in my blog. The past plays a role in shaping Florida’s future so I couldn’t leave it out.
McCall published a memoir about his experiences, The Wisdom of Willis McCall, in which he defends his long career as sheriff and responds to his critics. He died on April 28, 1994 at the age of 84. His reputation was so damning even the Lake County Commissioner’s voted unanimously to remove his name from a county road.
Another book relating to this violent Sherriff is The Devil in the Grove by Gilbert King.
If you are interested in reading more about this notorious Sheriff you can Google Willis Virgil McCall and learn more about the incidents cited above.
Now for something really ugly….
I got all my stitches out and boy is it sore!
Well that’s my contribution for this week’s Alphabe~Thursday.
“Umatilla“ and “Ugly”
Thanks for Stopping by! ~Ames
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 October is Breast Cancer Awareness month.

Friday, October 5, 2012

Alphabe~Thursday The Letter “T”

From the great State of Florida

I give you…..


The Capital of Florida.
The Old Capital building stands in front of the New Capital building
If you would like to visit the old Capital building , which is on the National Register of Historical Places, here is link to check out:

Tallahassee is located 158 miles West of Jacksonville and 100 miles East of Panama City, which is in the panhandle of Florida. Interstate 10 runs East /West through Tallahassee.

Some people think the shape of Florida, a peninsula but called worse, is indicative of the type of people that make up our great State.
I know it just sort of hangs there off the Southern end of the United States….
And we have had some issues regarding Politics…..
Remember the hanging chad fiasco?
Ummm…..How could I forget.
that and our fair share of negative historical events.
Florida is a beautiful State,
A geological wonder,
A cultural and diverse State,
And yes it is a touristy State.
I mean just think…
We are surrounded by water but suffer through droughts.
We live in a tropical climate but have had snow.
Just something to ponder. :)
Since most people can Google anything they want to know about Florida ....

I leave you with this….just for FUN!


You know you're a Floridian if....

Socks are only for bowling.

You never use an umbrella because the rain will be over in five minutes.

A good parking place has nothing to do with distance from the store, but everything to do with shade.

Your winter coat is made of denim.

You can tell the difference between fire ant bites and mosquito bites.

You're younger than thirty but some of your friends are over 65.
Anything under 70 degrees is chilly.

You've driven through Yeehaw Junction.

You know that no other grocery store can compare to Publix.

You know that anything under a Category 3 just isn't worth waking up for.

You dread love bug season.

You are on a first name basis with the hurricane list. They aren't Hurricane Charley or Hurricane Frances. You know them as Andrew, Charley, Frances, Ivan, Jeanne, Wilma, Irene, Cheryl, Rita, Mary, Alison

You know what a snowbird is and when they all leave.

You think a six-foot alligator is actually pretty average.

'Down South' means Key West .

Flip-flops are everyday wear. Shoes are for business meetings and church, but you HAVE worn flip flops to church before.

You have a drawer full of bathing suits, and one sweatshirt..

A mountain is any hill 100 feet above sea level.

You know the four seasons really are: hurricane season, love bug season, tourist season and summer.

You've hosted a hurricane party.

You can pronounce Okeechobee, Kissimmee , Withlacoochee , Thonotosassa and Micanopy.

You understand why it's better to have a friend with a boat, than have a boat yourself.

You've worn shorts and used the A/C on Christmas and New Years.

Thanks for stopping by!~Ames
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