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Homestead Update 3/5/2017

5 Mar

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This week I planted some cold crops in my raised bed. The bed did so well last summer even with me neglecting it badly I decided to give the lettuce, broccoli and onions a try.

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I put together and painted some bee hive supers and assembled some frames. I even made some frames from scratch and they turned out really good. But, I have to say, if I can buy them from Mann Lake for 88 cents that is cheap enough not to make them myself.IMG_20170215_092921808_HDR

I saw this cardboard box on the side of the road near our house so I just had to stop and pick it up.

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Turns out, it was just filled with garbage! Oh well, you can’t find a prize every time.

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The wind blew our newspaper down the road and when I walked over to pick it up, I found this nice, Uncle Mike’s sidekick holster. Score!

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We spent the weekend in Memphis at the Peabody Hotel for a meeting I attended. While there we dined at Texas De Brazil. After consuming several pounds of grilled meats, I finished off my meal with Key Lime pie, vanilla bean ice cream, and coffee.IMG_20170302_201907071

Sweet Thing finished up with Pecan pie, ice cream, and coffee. If you go to Texas De Brazil, be sure to bring your appetite! Keep prepping everyone!

Bob Seger

13 Dec

I need to include this addendum to my previous posts about Bob Seger. After the concert we were relaxing in the lobby of the Peabody hotel before retiring for the evening. Well, we were delighted to look up and realize the Silver Bullet Band was in the lobby lounge area with us. We visited with them for an hour or more. And one thing I discovered about people from Michigan, Ya’ll sure do talk funny. HAHA! Anyway, around 12:30 we went up to our room. Today I found out from a friend of ours that was also there, Bob Seger himself came down about 15 minutes after we left. He signed autographs and mingled with the fans for an hour or so. RATS! I asked my friend why didn’t he call us. “Well I figured you were already in bed so I didn’t want to disturb you.” Gee, thanks for being so considerate. YOU KNUCKLEHEAD!

Peabody Hotel, Memphis TN

12 Dec

Sweet Thing and I just returned from spending a lovely weekend in Memphis, while staying at the historic Peabody Hotel. The hotel is billed as the South’s Grand Hotel, and it is very old and eloquent. It was built at the present location in 1925 using Italian Renaissance Revival architecture. The Peabody Ducks are a famous feature of the hotel, so the duck motif is featured everywhere.

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This is a little welcoming gift of Peabody logo ducks and soap.

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A good shot of the duck soap in the bathroom.

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We really enjoy being at the Peabody this time of year while it is decorated for Christmas. This tree in the lobby is at least 25 feet tall!

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Of course, with a huge oversized tree, you also need huge ornaments.

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This is a picture of some of the ornate woodwork on the ceiling of the lobby. Check out that stained glass. I have been in the lobby at 3 a.m. and watched workers standing on hydraulic lift scaffolding, cleaning and polishing this woodwork 25 feet off of the floor! ( Don’t ask why I was in the lobby at 3 a.m., that was in my younger days )Sarcastic smile

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This is a piano in the lobby, often there will be someone playing it during the day. But when no one is there it plays itself! You can stand there and watch the keys and pedals moving like some ghost is playing. This time of year groups of people from area schools and churches come to the lobby and sing Christmas carols for the guests.

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There is a huge fountain in the lobby, and during the day you can see the famous Peabody Ducks swimming around.

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The ducks live in the duck palace on the roof of the hotel, but the Duckmaster marches them in and out of the lobby with great pomp and ceremony!

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People line up on each side of the red carpet to watch the ducks march from the elevator to the fountain, accompanied with the music of John Phillip Sousa! It is quite an event each and every day!

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That is why everything has the duck logo, even the butter on the dinner table is shaped in the duck pattern!

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The Peabody lobby is known as the place to meet and mingle in Memphis. The Peabody is where all of us beautiful people stay, don’t ya know. We have stayed at the Peabody about 30 times in the last 15 years, and occasionally you get to rub shoulders with the rich and famous. We have spotted author Alex Haley, NFL quarterback John Elway, NBA player Lebron James, then governor Bill Clinton, actor Stephen Segal, and now this lady. You can’t tell from this crappy cell phone picture, but the red-haired lady seated right in front of the Christmas tree is…..

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….that’s right, Priscilla Presley!

We had an enjoyable weekend, tomorrow I’ll tell you what else we did while we were there.