30 Things I love Right Now

This post was inspired by Javacia Harris Bowser. You can read her post HERE. I decided to alphabetize my list – it’s the teacher in me. 🙂 Since she had a song in hers, I’m including one I love, too – Rainy Night in Georgia sung by Boz Scaggs.

  1. Back porch mornings
  2. BFF Cathy – we have known each other for over 40 years
  3. Blogging
  4. BOGO school supplies
  5. Bulletproof Coffee
  6. Discovering B’ham
  7. Freshly painted bathrooms
  8. Hiking at Red Mountain
  9. Husband of 36 years
  10. Loretta, my black lab
  11. Making my own schedule
  12. Melatonin
  13. Microwaved pepperoni dipped in hummus (just ask me)
  14. Mom – my example and support
  15. My grandkids – I love both of them so much my heart aches
  16. My kids – four plus my DIL
  17. PackPoint app
  18. Pepper Place Market
  19. Photography
  20. Prepping for Montana
  21. Reading
  22. Rug from World Market
  23. Salami
  24. Spotify
  25. Steak from the backyard grill
  26. The soft wind
  27. Toss pillows
  28. Tweeting
  29. Writing letters
  30. Zumba videos

Red Mountain Park

Grace's Gap Overlook

Grace’s Gap Overlook

Our first visit to Red Mountain this past Saturday was a success. By that I mean:

  • We didn’t get lost
  • We hiked 5 miles
  • We met friendly volunteers coming and going

We liked it enough to be headed back today.

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Besides being free to get in and having well-marked trails, Red Mountain also has some other plusses. There is a dog park which I hope to visit soon with Loretta. There are several activities (for a fee) for the more adventurous, such as The Zip Tour and the Adventure Tower, an 80-foot climbing tower for those with strong arm muscles.  Discounts for the activities are available for groups.

Adventure Tower

Adventure Tower

On Saturday we went from the entrance to Grace’s Gap Overlook where you can get a view of Downtown B’ham. There is a picnic table there at the top, which will be good to know for next time.  On our way back went out on the swinging bridge to the Rushing Rendezvous Treehouse.

Rushing Rendezvous Treehouse

Rushing Rendezvous Treehouse

Tips:

  • Bug spray is a good idea
  • Bring water
  • Bathrooms are porta-potties, so be warned
  • Go early to beat the crowd on a Saturday

Declaring What She Sees: Harper Lee’s Go Set a Watchman

Spoiler Alert – but this is good!!

A Peculiar Prophet

Jemson was Methodist of the whole cloth: he was notoriously short on theology and a mile long on good works. — Harper Lee, Go Set a Watchman

One of the many strokes of genius of Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird – our greatest American novel – is to make a child, Jean Louise “Scout” Finch, the narrator. We see the South, that is, 1930s Maycomb (Monroeville), Alabama, through a child’s penetrating stare. In Harper Lee’s much heralded and equally maligned second novel Go Set a Watchman, twenty-six-year-old Scout returns home from her sojourn in New York to visit her aging father, small town lawyer Atticus.

Many have condemned the publication of Go Set a Watchman as a brutal defamation of our beloved Atticus Finch or as an unedited, sloppy novel that detracts from the reputation of Harper Lee. While Go Set a Watchman lacks the literary perfection of her…

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Redneck Foods

photo by Ryan McGuire

photo by Ryan McGuire

I realized yesterday as I was reviewing a restaurant, that two of the choices I made from menus in June both had the word REDNECK in them. First there was the Redneck Pot Pie at HomeGrown in Asheville, NC. This dish was suggested by my son and it was delish! It’s a pot pie made with BBQ chicken, cheesy grits, and a buttermilk biscuit – all in one. There is also a Redneck Cuban on their menu – perhaps next time?

Later in June we went to Dave Poe’s BBQ in Marietta, GA. Here I got the Redneck Lasagna. Man oh man was it good! It’s their creamy mac-n-cheese mixed with Brunswick stew. So excellent!

This got me to thinking – what other “redneck” foods have I savored in my life? The first thing I thought of was fried bologna sandwiches. We made this as kids – it was probably one of the first things I ever “cooked”.  Fast forward to the microwave age of my kids, and they made bologna bowls. They would put a piece of bologna on top of an inverted bowl in the microwave and nuke it. I can’t remember what went in it, but I’m pretty sure cheese was involved.

Here’s a similar version – The Hillbilly Bologna Pizza – watch below:

Please share your favorite REDNECK foods in the comment section!

Cahaba Lilly Park

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Cahaba Lilly Park in Shelby County has a lot to offer, from pavilions that can be rented to lovely walking/hiking trails that are even lighted to make them accessible at night. The park is located just north of Helena Intermediate School on County Road 52. There is plenty of parking, restrooms, playground equipment and swings, and a large grassy area for play. The four pavilions also have grills.

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The trails are easy to walk and pets are allowed on a leash. I went on a Monday morning with my dog, Loretta, and we had the place to ourselves. I plan to go again soon!

Address: 3200 Co Rd 52, Helena, AL 35080

Phone:(205) 620-2877