Thursday, June 18, 2009

Dixie Highway

A couple of weekends ago, Becky and I went to the Dixie Highway Yard sale in North Georgia. We probably only traveled about 30 of the 90 miles and neither of us found anything spectacular, but it was a nice ride away from the city. We saw a few "oddities" along the way. First, here's Becky standing next to a very large cactus (which are not indigenous to the area, but they seem to thrive when people plant them, even with the humidity).

Becky with cactus

Next, we saw a mama and baby camel... in Georgia??? Well, I guess it's no stranger than the kangaroo farm in Dawsonville. I am pretty sure we were in Cartersville when we came across these.

camels in Cartersville

Then, in Cassville, I just thought it was funny that this tiny little place is their museum. Someone was selling a real iron pipe stove right across the street from the museum. We also had some pretty good Mexican food in this tiny town.

Cassville Museum

The last time you saw my garden wasn't too long after I planted my pots for the season. As you can tell, it's grown up a lot in the last 6 weeks...

The carrot pot, which looked empty last time, has made vast improvements...

I had a couple strawberries, but I think all the rain last month made them rot. So, they're gone, but I do have a pretty strawberry flower...

And nine (9!) green tomatoes...

A snail is also living in my microgreens...

I remember living in Rochester, after the rains, there were always slugs (yuk!) outside my house. In Jersey, it was earthworms... and in Georgia, I get snails (like this one last summer)! There was also one outside my front door this morning.

Remember Jennifer's kitty Zooey? Well, she's decided to go into business...


And here's my kitty sitting around reflecting...


Sunday, June 14, 2009

Good Reads

I often use Goodreads as a place to keep track of the books I've read, want to read, and currently am reading. I decided to post a list of the books that I've rated with 5 stars. I've listed them by my rating, so it currently shows some of my 5 star books, but since it doesn't show them all, I decided to still post a list. They are in order by author's last name because it is too hard to pick a true favorite. Also, most of these I have read multiple times in my life. Even re-reading this list, I have my favorites, but since my favorite would probably be different depending on the day you ask me, I won't tell you what it is. It also turns out that there's a widget for blogs and I've added it in my side bar.

  • The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood
  • People of the Book by Geraldine Brooks
  • The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
  • A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius by Dave Eggers
  • Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides
  • Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank
  • Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert
  • Lord of the Flies by William Golding
  • Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston
  • Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
  • The Hour I First Believed: A Novel by Wally Lamb
  • I Know This Much Is True by Wally Lamb
  • Life of Pi by Yann Martel
  • Beloved by Toni Morrison
  • Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov
  • The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
  • Animal Farm by George Orwell
  • 1984 by George Orwell
  • In Defense of Food: An Eater's Manifesto by Michael Pollan
  • The Omnivore's Dilemma by Michael Pollan
  • The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand
  • Anthem by Ayn Rand
  • The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
  • Blindness by José Saramago
  • Night by Elie Wiesel
  • The Book Thief by Markus Zusak