Saturday, June 6, 2015

After 37 Years...

I am just thrilled. After 37 years of watching the Derby, Preakness and Belmont, I finally see a Triple Crown winner!

American Pharoah.

The perfect Secretariat got me hooked in 1973. 

in 1977, the dark Seattle Slew captured everyone's hearts. He was the only horse to win the Triple Crown undefeated. And he was fast.

Then the very next year,  1978, Affirmed won. 

It was almost unbelievable -- three Triple Crown Winners in one decade.

And then the dry spell. and it was very dry. 

My all time favorite, Big Brown, was hyped in the news and media more than any other horse. Even UPS, jumped in. 

He was going to be the one to break the Triple Crown drought.

Happily retired now, his easygoing nature allows Big Brown to travel. He spends his summers in Australia for the Southern Hemisphere breeding season, where he’s extremely popular.

Of course, that’s not to say he isn’t beloved in Kentucky — fans from all over the country visit Three Chimneys to see Big Brown, who’s featured on daily tours of the farm. He’ll stand patiently for photos and videos, proving that the champ has settled into his new life as a living legend.

But back American Pharoah.

He made history today.
He is the new Triple Crown Winner. 


Sunday, May 10, 2015

Grave Hunting in Monticello, GA

Saturday was absolutely a perfect day, filled with activities I love: meeting other people interested in family history, searching for a missing graveyard, a cute little Southern Town, and big houses.

It all started when a family member of the Maddux family reached out to me to help her "straighten out" an old family graveyard's documentation on Find a Grave. The documentation and the information found on Internet was incorrect. Through our conversation it was decided finding the cemetery was the best way to confirm dates. So a day was planned and off I went.

I arrived early, so I ran over to the nearby Methodist Cemetery.

Established in 1805, it has some of the oldest graves in Jasper Co. I was looking for my 3rd great grand uncle: Jeremiah Pearson.  As soon as I entered the cemetery and gave a scan across, I saw what I knew in my heart was Jeremiah's grave -- above ground tombs under a huge cedar tree.

Up close with the help of cheap foil, I was able to make out his name and dates: 1777-1855. I was very thrilled. The church is empty, the congregation having built a bigger church in 1964 up the road, has charm. 

Time was running out to meet the others, so off I went to the Dairy Queen, the gathering place. 

Armed with rake, shovel, nippers, gloves, etc. I joined the group and we went out of Monticello to the field where graveyard was located in the center in a clump of trees. A small 1/2 mile hike through a plowed field, a quick tour through a wooded area, we found the cemetery and set to work.

After some digging a very old stone was uncovered.

This is John Maddux (1785-1872). 

Below is John Maddux' home built in 1840, it is empty but appears in good condition.

Photo Brian Brown

We cleaned and cleared and documented. Afterward, I was itching to get back to Monticello to check out the old houses. Here are some I found.

And this lovely -- totally obscured from the street by a huge hedge, I had to crawl through the hedge to get to it. Looks haunted.

It fascinated me so much, I did a little digging. Built at the turn of the century for J.H. Kelly, who was president of the Bank of Monticello, it is definitely in decline. The lot takes up a whole block and in the back are the remains of what was once a formal garden.

By this time I was tired, and needed to get back home.

I want to go back, I am sure there are many more old, interesting houses in this town, just checked full of history, I just didn't have time to see.

But the best part, was seeing the joy in the family members' faces when we confirmed the information in their family Bible and made corrections on the Internet so future Maddux family members will have the right information.  It makes it all worth while.


Friday, May 1, 2015

Kentucky Oaks

It is Spring.
It is horse racing season.
And today, it is the Kentucky Oaks.

This is my favorite race. The Kentucky Oaks is the running of the fillies. 
The girls go first.

The Longines Kentucky Oaks is considered by some to be among the most popular horse races in American horse-racing society due to its high attendance. 
It attracts about 100,000 people in attendance a year.

So why is the Kentucky Oaks so fun? 
It is very pink.

The Survivors Parade is a march of breast cancer survivors. 

And everyone wears pink.

Andrew Kung

Churchill Downs

Including the fillies.

The Hats are Pink!!

Hats from

The parties are pink.
I love this one called "Fillies and Lillies."

The drinks are pink.

Even the winners get pink.
History was made in the 138th running when a long shot Believe You Can, ridden by Rosie Napravnik, the first female jockey to win the $1 million race.

People dream of going to the Kentucky Derby.
Me? I dream about the Kentucky Oaks.

See ya at 5:49


Sunday, April 5, 2015

Dolls I Have Loved

It is Easter Sunday evening and I am searching for old Easter pictures. I couldn't find any Easter Pictures but found a few of me and my dolls.  The pictures brought back such sweet, sweet memories, I had to blog about my dolls. As a little girl, I loved my dolls. I spent hours, dressing, feeding, tending to their make believe needs.

The first doll I fell in love with was Tiny Tears. You would feed her water and she cried. She had a really hard head and was quite heavy, but I would spend hours nursing her. Tiny Tears was never short of childish attention.

After nursing, if you squeezed her stomach she would cry.  Manufactured by American Character Doll Company, she was offered in a variety of sizes and became one of the most popular dolls in the 1950 and early 60's.

Here is a picture of me with Tiny Tears.

Dec 1959

My second favorite doll was Chatty Cathy.


Chatty Cathy was born in 1959 by Mattel. She was a huge hit. She looked like a little girl. She had slightly bucked teeth and freckles. And SHE TALKED. I would that string over and over listening to her talk. And I have to admit, I talked back.


And here is my favorite picture of all time. Chatty Cathy and me. 

Dec 1960

One year Santa brought me Casper; also a pull doll that talked. I loved my Casper to death and he became as dirty as this one. 


And of course, there is Barbie. Aunt Pauline gave me an original Barbie. She had a black & white bathing suit, tiny high healed shoes, and sun glasses. Over the years, mother made all sorts of Barbie clothes that I would get for birthday and Christmas Presents.

I don't know what happened to all my dolls. Somehow they disappeared one by one. 
But long ago, in a sweet galaxy far away, a little girl cherishes the memories of her companions.


Thursday, March 12, 2015

Beautiful Beaufort, SC

 Joseph Johnson House, "The Castle" – 411 Craven Street, Beaufort SC Built 1859
Spring is in the air and I begin to think about places to visit. On my mind today is Beaufort, SC, so I thought I would just share some pretty pictures of things to see in Beaufort.

The Beaufort Inn  
Built as a summer retreat for his family by attorney and Congressman William Sidney Smith in 1897

John A. Cuthbert House is a house built in 1811

The Rhett House Inn - 1009 Craven St, Beaufort Built 1820

George Parsons Elliott House, 1001 Bay Street Built 1844

Marina at Sunset - Pinterest

Beautiful Beaufort. Can't wait to visit.


Sunday, February 22, 2015

"Tea to See" and Piedmont Driving Club

I just attended a wonderful benefit, called "Tea to See" that benefits Prevent Blindness Georgia. It was an splendid afternoon with tea, mimosas, tiny tea sandwiches and delicious desserts.  The best part -- it was at the Piedmont Driving Club.

Founded in 1887 by prominent Atlanta businessmen, as the Gentleman's Driving Club, it is on the western edge of Piedmont Park and has served Atlantans for many years.

I haven't been inside that building in at least 20+ years, so I was looking forward to it. I snagged a few pictures to share with you.

Beautiful drawing room off to the right when you first walk in the door.

 One of the many beautiful paintings that grace the walls. Love the blue and white.

A beautiful sitting area.

Steps going up to a dining area.

Close up of the beautiful wallpaper.

All the rooms have pretty chandeliers.

I think this might be the bar. Comfy club chairs and small tables.

In this bar, quiet a bit of duck motif going on.

I could not tell what this gorgeous room is for, but it had the prettiest fireplace and knock your socks off woodwork. All painted over with years and years of white enamel paint. 

Beautiful plaster work around the doors.

I have to take pictures of the food. 

And then my favorite room. The Ladies room.

And the best thing about this room? The makeup stations all had a can of AquaNet. A Southern Girl's staple.  (And yes, that is me in mirror)

Come join me next year.  There is a whole upstairs and downstairs to explore.
Money goes to a good cause and you have fun in the meantime.