The Shaving Pile at the Lumber Yard

My grandfather owned a lumber yard in my little home town.   My brother and I were fortunate enough to live down the street from the business. Two of my cousins also lived on that same street.  Oh, the memories we made there!

On the property of the lumber yard was where I learned to love the smell of fresh cut wood.  Still today when I smell it my mind goes back to the lumber yard,  my uncle and grandfather who worked there, and many memories with my family.

My grandfather, A. T. Lovett

At the lumber yard my cousins and I would climb on the stacks of fresh cut wood without adult supervision.  Once I remember a board or two falling onto my ankle leaving some bad scrapes and a sore ankle.  Can you imagine kids climbing on those rickety stacks of lumber today?  Back in those days there was no such thing as helicopter parents.  We were all around the neighborhood from dawn to dusk unsupervised. If it was a sunny, warm day we were outside only to come in for dinner and supper.  In my family we called the noon meal “dinner” and the evening meal “supper.  But at school the noon meal was lunch.  That’s just how it was living in Kentucky during the 50’s and 60’s.

One of my cousins lived in an apartment behind the office of the lumber yard.  Some days after the business  closed we would  go inside the office and roller skate.  This is where I learned to skate.  We would skate on that old unfinished wooden floor zooming between kegs of nails, bolts, and screws.  Sometimes we would even go outside and skate on the long bed of the old delivery truck.  It’s a miracle we didn’t fall off and break our necks.  (I never was a very good skater.)

But the part of the lumber yard we all loved the most,  and where we had the most fun, was the shaving pile.  The workers would plane the lumber, and the shavings would blow out a long pipe into what seemed like an enormous mound in a field.  It was probably an acre field with the shaving pile on the far end.  There we played King of the Mountain and dug tunnels.  It’s a wonder that one didn’t cave in and suffocate us.

Shavings

The shaving pile was a huge pile of these little wood chips.

We turned the rest of the area into our very own baseball field.  This is where my love of baseball began.  I was usually the youngest, therefore the last to be chosen on the teams.   I still remember the first time I caught a fly ball.  Everyone on the teams couldn’t believe I finally caught one. To this day I can see the surprised look on everyone’s faces.

Some of the boys around our neighborhood and my tom boy cousin even built a dugout with wood and nails they had sneaked out of the lumber yard.  To this day I still wonder if my grandfather and uncle knew where the kids got the materials to create the dugout.

 

Every kid in the neighborhood knew where the shaving pile was.  We would organize our teams and make our own rules.  We didn’t need adults or umpires to show us how it’s done.  The kids in those good ole days figured it all out by themselves.

 

When we came home after a long day of play with wood shavings on our clothes our moms would get so mad.  They were stay at home moms, and their houses were immaculate until we came home.  We would try to dust the shavings off our clothes before we went in.  But there was always some stuck somewhere especially in our tennis shoes and socks.   I can still hear my aunts and mom complain when we would mess up their clean houses.

 

Once my brother got into trouble for hitting a baseball so hard that it went through my aunt’s kitchen window.  But the worse thing that happened was when a neighborhood boy accidently knocked my brother’s  two front teeth out with a wooden bat.  For some reason he was running the bases with a baseball bat in tow when the bat came into contact with my brother’s teeth.  Our mom was devastated that her boy had to get false teeth after that incident. That was the most serious accident I can remember happening at our shaving pile playground.  Later on my brother told me that despite getting his two front teeth knocked out those days spent at the shaving pile were the happiest days of his childhood

It was a sad day when we moved a few miles away closer to a bigger town.  Ocassionally we would come back, but it never was the same after we moved.

We were blessed to have lived in a safer time.  Our parents didn’t have to worry about us being kidnapped off the street, or older kids encouraging us to take drugs,  or being shot during a drive by shooting.  We were blessed to have no knowledge of computers , ipods, or video games.  We breathed good clean air and got plenty of exercise.  What a blessing it was to spend those younger years with cousins and our grandfather.  We learned to make do with what we had and made great friends along the way.   What precious memories I have with my cousins, brother, and the neighborhood friends at Granddaddy’s lumber yard and shaving pile.

 

I would love to hear about some of your best childhood memories.  Feel free to share them in the comment section below.

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Brussell Sprouts with Bacon

On this cool June evening I decided to cook one of my favorite vegetables…. brussel sprouts. I know many of you are thinking, “yuck”. But haven’t you heard the saying that everything is better with bacon? Well, that’s how I cook my brussel sprouts. I challenge you to try my recipe to see if you may change your mind about your attitude toward this healthy dark green vegetable that is full of fiber, vitamins, and anti-cancer nutrients.

Here are some facts about the nutritious benefits of brussel sprouts according to Wikipedia:

“Raw brussel sprouts contain excellent levels of vitamin C and vitamin K, with more moderate amounts of B vitamins, such as folic acid and vitamin B6 (USDA nutrient table, right); essential minerals and dietary fibre exist in lesser amounts (table).

Brussels sprouts, as with broccoli and other brassicas, contain sulforaphane, a phytochemical under basic research for its potential anticancer properties. Although boiling reduces the level of sulforaphane, steaming and stir frying do not result in significant loss. ”

Back to my recipe for Brussel sprouts with bacon.  Here is a list of the ingredients you will need:

  • 1 package of frozen Brussel sprouts
  • 4 slices of bacon cut into small pieces
  • 1/4 c of onion (opt.)
  • 1 clove of garlic (opt.)
  • 1 bouillion cube and 1 T butter melted in a cup of hot water
  • salt and pepper to taste

or

  • 1 can of beef broth

For complete directions to make this recipe click on the buttons at the bottom of the image below.

This easy recipe takes about 15 minutes to complete.  I also make fried cabbage this same way.  Try it.  I think you’ll like it.  Let me know if you do.

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Mama’s Dishes

Here are the Theodore Haviland dishes that were passed down to me from my mother.  When I washed them today many memories flooded into my mind.  Keep reading, and I’ll tell you about some of those fond thoughts.

When Mrs. Roy Gardner, my step grandmother’s best friend, passed away she  willed this set of fine china to  Mama.  Mrs. Gardner’s husband was a railroader and worked with my grandfather for the Southern railroad.  He slept during the day as he never knew when he would be called out to work.  I’ve heard people say that when they were kids she would shew them out of her yard, and hatefully tell them to be quiet as they walked down the street.  Many people in our small town thought Mrs. Gardner was a mean woman because of this.  Needless to say they probably didn’t know that she was trying  to keep her husband from being woke up.  And at that young age they probably didn’t care if they woke up a working man.

I wish I knew how she got the dishes.  Were they a gift from her husband or a birthday present from her parents?  Who knows?  No telling how old they are. That was a little history about the dishes.

I washed them today as they had really gotten dusty. I’m not sure that I have eaten out of them since I’ve had them.  This task brought back memories of Mrs. Gardner and my step grandmother who were best friends.  I wondered if  Mrs. Gardner had served my grandparents from these dishes.  But the special memories it brought back were the home cooked meals Mama  served in these dishes.

Mama showed these dishes off in an antique china cabinet.  She was proud of them and claimed they were valuable.  That was before  Ebay, and the way the majority of today’s society  don’t really value old things anymore.

On special occasions Mama would serve delicious meals in these antique dishes.  Lots of labor and love went into those meals.  After Daddy died Mama struggled financially.  I’m sure she sacrificed to pay for those Sunday evening meals she served her family.  She cooked every Sunday evening for as long as she was able.  She fed her mother, sisters, brothers in law, kids, grandkids, pastors, and lots of friends at various times.   Whether it was turkey and her delicious dressing or roast beef, mashed potatoes, and gravy, I really didn’t appreciate what she did until after she was gone.

 

 

I didn’t really think the dishes were anything special back then either.  But, now things have changed.  These dishes mean as much to me now as they did to her way back then.  I have them displayed in my kitchen china cabinet.   I kind of feel guilty that I don’t cook Sunday meals for my family.  The grandkids have asked me when I’m going to use the “fancy” dishes.  Maybe I can get my act together and start cooking them those special meals on Sundays.  Lots of commarderie and memories could be made all because of Mama’s dishes.

Hope you enjoyed my little story about Mama’s dishes, and how special they are to me.

If any of you know anything about the monetary value of china, I’ve listed how many I have and the numbers stamped on the back of the china pieces.  Not that I would sell them, but I would like to know if they are of any quality that an antique dealer would be interested in.  Thanks for reading.

Theodore Haviland, New York, and Made in America   is stamped on the back.

Here are the number of items I have and the numbers stamped on the back:

6 plates  #17,#20&#81, #12,#65, #21, #51

8 salad plates #96(4), #64, #2, #94, no number

7 cups #80(nik on rim), #55, #78, #8, #52, #40

7 saucers #10, #33, #96, #5, #2, #33,#59

7 small desert bowls #2, A1(4), #94, unreadable

meat platter #67

2 vegetable bowls #67(2)

sugar bowl#48, lid #11

creamer #02

 

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Choosing the Right Font for a Cricut or Silhouette Project

This post is for my readers who are crafters.

Whether you have a Silhouette or a Cricut  choosing the right font for a project can take a lot of time and cause  frustrations.    I recently found a webpage to help make reaching that decision faster and easier.

With this website all you have to do is type in a word. Then select the load fonts box. Amazingly the word is shown in all of the fonts that are loaded onto your computer.  (It won’t show you the Cricuts fonts that you have to buy through Design Space.)

Here are a small sampling of the fonts I have on my computer:

I typed out all of my fonts for the words “love my cricut” and to my surprise I had 9 pages of fonts.

This site has saved me so much time.  I love it and use it every time I make a project on my cricut.  All you have to do is click the following link….www.wordmark.it.  The site is so easy to use.  Try it out and let me how you like it.

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May 1

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May 1st Already

Can you believe it is May 1st already?

It is May Day.  I always think of attending my younger cousin’s May Pole dance when May 1 rolls around.  She was in 1st grade .  I was a little jealous that we didn’t have this celebration at my school.  I’m also reminded of one of my other cousin’s son birthday on that day.

May 1st means that the year is already 1/3 over.  Time flies when you’re having fun.  I ‘ve had a great first 4 months of the year.   Here’s why my year is going by so fast.

First of all, in January we went on a cruise to the Panama Canal with friends and family.  This was a magnificent experience as we toured areas of Central America and South America.

February seemed to fly by as we spent time in Florida enjoying the beautiful weather, working on our place, and viewing the ocean and its wildlife.  We had great times with some good friends.  I mustn’t forget to tell you that I shopped till I dropped.   Yes, Florida is a great place to shop consignment shops and retail stores.

March was split between Florida and Our Old Kentucky Home.  I sure do adore the green, green grass of home.  Florida weather and the ocean are beautiful, but their grass is nothing compared to the grass in Kentucky.

April was a fun time with visiting family at Easter and planning our garden.  Flowers were planted and the weather was warmer than usual in Kentucky.  No frost yet on our plants.  Daddy always said not to plant flowers, tomatoes, or corn before Derby Day.  But this year has been different.

Amazingly here it is May 1st.  Surprisingly the year is 1/3 gone.  It sure is true that time flies when you’re having fun!   Now onto more fun throughout the rest of the spring and summer.  I’m anticipating the Kentucky Derby party at my cousin’s place in Louisville.  Also Mother’s Day with family and going to Lake Cumberland.  Hopefully we will be selling my late Mom’s house.

Wow!  What a year so far!  Thankful for every blessing the Lord has sent down.  Good health, great family, and fun times.  What else could a person ask for?  Of course, there have been a few struggles, but many more good things than bad.

Be thankful for what you have!  Anticipate a good future.  As my yard flag says,  “MAKE TODAY AMAZING” .

So long until next time.

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Fast

Anyone who knows me understands that I am a huge country music fan.  Sometimes a song just reaches into your soul and touches you.  That happens to me when I hear my new favorite song,  “Fast”.   I find myself turning the radio up louder and , you guessed it,  driving faster.  Yea, I’m the kind of person who waits in the car until the good song is over before I get out.  Recently I bought this great song on I Tunes.   The song is sung by country music artist Luke Bryan.

As I listen to this song it brings back so many memories from my teenage years, early marriage and career, as well as how I feel about time now.

I’m sure you’ll feel that way too as you read the lyrics, and then listen to the song at the end of my blog post.

Following are the lyrics in bold print, and why they bring back so many emotions and memories for me.

 

“Fast…

That’s the kind of car you wanna drive when your sixteen

Fast.”

Now that  makes me think of the white ’63 Chevy Impala my then boyfriend, now husband, drove.  And yes, he drove it fast!  And yes, he was sixteen.  Drag racing, broken transmission, and a wreck or two didn’t slow him down.  It looked like this one, but I found this picture on Pinterest.

“Fast

 That’s the kind of boys you want on your home team .

Fast”

This phrase floods my brain with memories of our high school football team when they won  47  games straight.  The BCHS Rebels won state championships 5 times straight.  This was from  1999-2003.  How exciting a run that was!   And yes, we had some fast and talented boys on those teams that worked their buns off for a great coach, Chuck Smith.

 

 “Yeah, you think you’re gonna catch your big dreams just like that.

Fast.”

 

This line makes me think of the hopes and dreams of my grandchildren.  They may think it will be an easy, fast road to reach their big dreams, but I want them to realize it takes hard work, determination, and it won’t happen overnight.  Be prepared, because some of those dreams may not work out so well.

My dream was to have 4 sons.  That didn’t happen.  Two lovely daughters instead!  The Lord knew what he was doing when he gave me daughters.  Now they are my best friends.

My dream was to retire from teaching at an early age and get a part time job at the Hub.   The Hub was a locally owned department store, but they closed down before I retired!  So I decided to open my own store and make all kinds of money.  But it didn’t have the success that I had hoped.  So, sometimes our dreams don’t become reality, but God has a plan for us.  You just can’t give up if your dreams don’t work out the way you had planned.  Other doors will open up for you.

The chorus goes like this:

This section is self explanatory if you are over 4o.

 

 

“Fast,

That’s what your parents said when we were falling in love.

It’s too fast.

There ain’t no way the 2 of us were going to last.

But, we did, and here we are,

 

And our only problem is…

Sixty seconds now feels more like 30

Tick-Tock, won’t stop, around it goes

Sand through the hourglass sure falls in a hurry

and all you keep trying to do is slow it down, soak it in.

Keep trying to make the good times last as long as you can.

But you can’t, man

It just goes too fast….

Way to fast!”

Yes, my parents said that when my husband and I were dating and got married at an early age.  They probably were right.  A lot of people thought we were too young and it wouldn’t work.  But with determination and lots of love it has lasted for 49 years.  Believe me, it has gone FAST!

 

If you love this song like I do “Fast” is available on I Tunes for $1.29.  Hope you enjoyed my new favorite song and it moves you like it did me.

Click on the blue link to the You Tube video of “Fast”.      Fast  You can also find out more about the song by clicking here.  Let me know in the comment section how you like my favorite song.

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Choices

With my grandchildren growing up I often think about the word “Choices”.    My thoughts go to the choices I’ve made throughout my life.  Some good, some not so good.   I think about how a choice can change your entire life. 

Friends

The friends you choose are a big influence on your life.  Make sure they have the same morals as you do.  Don’t let peer pressure change you!  Find friends who enjoy the same things that you do.

Activities, Hobbies

Choose what you love. Stick with it.  Finish what you start.

 

Morals

Follow the 10 Commandments to the best you can.  If I had chosen to steal, I could have ended up in jail.  If you covet what your neighbor has you will be miserable.   If I had chosen to commit adultery I probably would no longer be married.  Today one of the choices young people have is whether or not to try illegal drugs, cigarettes and alcohol.  If  you choose to do these things you choose to harm your body.  I think about my father.  He made the choice to start smoking around 13 years of age.  He died at 62.  I wonder if he would still be with us if he had not made that choice.  I’m sure he would have lived much longer if he had chosen not to smoke.  My cousin choice to drink and smoke.  She died at 66.

The Ten Commandments

  1. I am the Lord, your God.
  2. Thou shall bring no false idols before me.
  3. Do not take the name of the Lord in vain.
  4. Remember the Sabbath and keep it holy.
  5. Honor thy father and thy mother.
  6. Thou shall not kill/murder.
  7. Thou shall not commit adultery.
  8. Thou shall not steal††.
  9. Thou shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.
  10. Thou shall not covet your neighbor’s wife (or anything that belongs to your neighbor).

 

School

It never entered my mind to quit high school at 16, or to not study or try my best.  I chose to go to college and be a teacher.  I wonder where I would be if I had not tried to do my best in high school.   Or if I had chosen  not go to college?  Or if I had gone to a different college.  How different my life would have been.

Career

A career choice can be a difficult  decision.  Choose what you love.  Not what someone else wants you to do.  Looking back I wish I had chosen a teaching career in Home Economics( now called Family Science).  I made the choice to teach Elementary Education because it took fewer hours and I could graduate sooner.

 

Dating and Marriage

Wow, this one is BIG.  Make sure you choose someone who has similar interests and morals.  Don’t settle on anything less.  Make sure you are friends as well as lovers.  Since the divorce rate is so high I’m sure many people regret the choices they’ve made on this one.

 

Christ

The most important choice you can make is to follow Christ.  I remember being at a revival when I was a kid. The preacher spoke about taking the path less crowded instead of the one most people were on.  He spoke of not following the crowd down the wrong path, but traveling the straight and narrow path.  Making the choice to follow Christ and his word will make your life more pleasant with less strife.

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The Beginning of our Love Story

In the fall of 1965 it was our high school’s turn to attend a Lexington, Kentucky TV show called The Nick Clooney Show.  This weekly broadcast was set up like American Bandstand.  Every Saturday a local high school would be featured.

 

Students involved in sports, cheerleading, etc. would travel by school bus to participate in the show.  The latest music, dancing, and interviews with the visitors would be the main part of the show.  Nick Clooney, the father of famous actor George Clooney, was the emcee. He was as handsome as his famous son.  Another thing that made this special is that Mr. Clooney’s beautiful wife was from our county.

 

I remember dancing to the latest hits, and Nick Clooney interviewing me. He even ask me to say hello to my friends and family back home while being on TV.  An excited teenager I was.

 

After the show is when my now husband and my love story began.  All of the students and their sponsors got on the bus for our 45 minute ride back home. As I entered the bus most of the seats were filled up.  When I got to my future husband’s seat I ask him if I could sit next to him. He obliged, and I sat down next to him.

 

We talked all the way home, or probably I talked all the way home.  We drove past the Kentucky River where he showed me the locations of some of his family members. When we finally got back to our high school I suddenly remembered I had no way to get home.  I told him I didn’t have a ride home, and he gladly offered me a ride.  I took him up on the offer.

 

When we got to his car I noticed that 3 other football players were riding with him. I didn’t hesitate, and happily got in the front seat with the 3 big football players in the back seat. Now if one of my daughters or granddaughters were to ride around with 4 guys and only her I would not be very happy mom or Nana.

 

My future boyfriend, now husband, drove us around the local hangouts.  Jerry’s Drive In and the Dairy Dip were places you just couldn’t pass up when you had Dad’s car. I may have fell in love with the ’63 Impala before I fell in love with the guy!  He drove fast and I was excited about the situation.

 

Here’s the twist to the story. When he dropped me off at my aunt’s house I accidently left my purse in his car.  I swear it wasn’t planned! He swears up and down I did it on purpose so he’d have to come back and see me.

 

Well, that’s what he did. Brought my purse back and ask me out.  That’s when our 51 year love story began. Still going strong, happy, and blessed.

Today is our 49th anniversary.  Wow.  How time flies by.

Hope you enjoyed my little love story.  I hope you come back again to read more thoughts by Mrs. B.

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My Favorite Love Songs

Since it is Valentine’s week I thought I would share some of my favorite love songs.    Scroll through until you find one you like.  Then click on the picture, sit back, and get romantic with your special loved one.   Or maybe you could light the candles, and ask your favorite someone to dance to your favorite.

This post is dedicated to my husband and all of you romantic  couples out there in internet land.  Happy Valentine’s Day from Mrs. B.

Love Songs of the '50's

These two are special to me because as a young child my parents took me to the drive-in to watch the movies.

April Love

Pat Boone

1957

 

Love Me Tender

Elvis Presley

1956

 

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Love Songs of the 60's

These helped keep the marriage exciting and romantic.

You Are So Beautiful

John Cocker

1975

 

 

Grease  Oh, my.   How many times did my daughters watch this movie???

Honestly I Love You 

Olivia Newton John

1974

 

 

Love Can Keep Us Together 

Captain and Tenille

1975

 

You’re In My Heart

Rod Stewart

1977

Listened and danced to these when I was a teenie bopper and teenager.  They bring back memories of high school dances.

Can’t Help Falling in Love

Elvis Presley

1961

 

My Girl

The Temptations

1965

 

When a Man Loves a Woman

Percy Sledge

1966

 

 

 

I Got You Babe

Sonny & Cher

1965

Love Songs of the 70's

Love songs of the 80's

Could I Have This Dance 

Anne Murray

1980

 

Don’t Know Much

Aaron Neville & Linda Ronstadt

1989

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What a shame Keith died so young.  I’ve often wondered what songs we missed out on because of his untimely death.

When You Say Nothing at All

Keith Whitley

1988

Love Songs of the 90's

Love Can Build a Bridge

The Judds

1990

 

Everything I Do

Bryan Adams

1991

 

Forever Together

Randy Travis

1991

Love Songs of the 2000's

Hero

Enrique Iglasias

2001

 

Remember When

Alan Jackson

2003

Love Songs of the 2010's

I Walk the Line

Craig Wayne Boyd

2015

I Would Die a Happy Man

  Thomas Rhett

2015

I hope you enjoyed.  In the meantime have a terrific Valentine’s week and make someone you love happy.

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The Old Kapok Tree Inn Restaurant

Back around 1970 my grandparents took my husband and me to the Kapok Tree Inn Restaurant in Clearwater, Florida.   Since that has been 47 years ago I’m not sure we ate dinner there, but I do remember the humongous kapok tree and the fountains.  I remember it being the most beautiful place this young Kentucky lady had ever seen.

My parents took yearly trips to the Tampa Bay area, but they never took my brother or me.  I often heard them speak of eating at the Kapok Tree Inn.  I even remember seeing pictures of the tree that they and my grandparents had taken.  Finally in 1970 I took my first trip that I could remember to the Sunshine State.  We stayed at my grandparents house in St. Petersburg while we visited.  And that is when I visited this sensational place called the Kapok Tree Inn.

Here it is 2017, and my husband and I have retired.  We have spent the winter months near Clearwater for the last three years.  I have often thought of the Kapok Tree Inn Restaurant but I had not seen it.  Finally I looked it up on the internet and found out that it had shut its doors in 1991.  I found an address and decided I would look for the now defunct business not really expecting to find much left.

Wow! Was I surprised with what I found!  This place is still magnificient.  Although not as well kept as it once was, one can still enjoy the beauty and massiveness of this place.  The Kapok Tree Inn once was busy with the hustle and bustle from customers from all over the U.S and world.  Now it is the location of a music business and is rented out for special occasions.

Take a look at my pictures to see what you think!

The Kapok Tree

The Fountains

The statues

The Gardens and Wall

Today it is home to the Sam Ash Music Store

Now that you’ve seen the pictures do you see why I was so excited to reconnect with this place?  I could just imagine ladies dressed in expensive dresses and men in their suits and ties dancing to romantic music.  In my mind I visioned couples eating fine dinners with candles lit on tables covered with white table clothes.

I am so appreciative of the artistic work of the creators of this special, magical place.  And I sure am happy that the beautiful place hasn’t been torn down .  The Kapok Tree Inn property has been this way since the 1950’s. I’m hoping that the owners continue to have it open to the public.  It is free to walk around in the gardens.  The place is also available to rent out for special events.  For more information click here.

I hope you felt some of the magic of the Kapok Tree Inn as you viewed my pictures I took with my iPhone.  And don’t forget to check this place out next time you are in the Clearwater, Florida area.

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