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Autumn in Florida and a Baptism

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My photo friend Scott Thomas in upstate New York asked me to enter his photo challenge and submit a photo that exudes “November”.  Well, that assignment is over, but yesterday on the drive home from church I saw this scene in an estate in Apopka Florida that look to me as close to what November could look like – with the fall colors – as much as Florida can drum up – since things are a bit tropical-looking down here.  The temperatures have gone down into th 40s over the last couple of weeks – and it is SO REFRESHING!  I’m sending this to Scott anyway and hope you all like it as well.

Autumn in Central Florida

The ride yesterday was because of these two little guys.  They were baptized in Christ yesterday.  Matthew and Anderson (with their Mommies) – we love you!

Anderson and Matthew


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November 30, 2009 at 5:42 pm

300G Neon

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From a 1961 Chrysler 300G that I found in a lot behind a chain link fence in Longwood, FL.





Sweet goodess

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Check out the folks at Maine SugarWorks for some sweetness this time of year.


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November 24, 2009 at 12:50 pm

Florida Gazebo

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This gazebo is located at the Lakeside Inn in Mt. Dora, FL.  Something about the weeping Spanish Moss, the huge trees and the loneliness makes this a bit of a bit dramatic.  Post process work to enhance the color.


Florida Gazebo



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November 16, 2009 at 8:51 pm

The most expensive . . .

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Found this blog today and really enjoyed it – think you will too.  From the most expensive watches, chickens, movies – to the most expensive boxer shorts – they blog ’em.  Enjoy


Expensive Rolex


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November 13, 2009 at 4:29 pm

Last car of the train

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train car 2 hdrOn the tracks at 3rd St. in Mount Dora, FL.

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November 9, 2009 at 6:45 pm

Sunset Lake Dora

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Taken from the dock at the Lakeside Inn, Mount Dora, FL

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November 8, 2009 at 9:00 pm

Steam Engine Stacks and the Old Simpson Hotel

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steam engine stacks edited 2The temperatures here in Florida have finally moderated and it was a nice afternoon with a nice breeze.  I could actually walk around without getting drippy with sweat.  This shot was taken on Lake Dora, in Mount Dora, FL.

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The old Simpson Hotel in Mount Dora.  You check-in, but you don’t check out!

Wants and desires … Vintage Sheaffer Triumph

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I’m looking for a vintage Sheaffer Triumph fountain pen.  I used to have one and it was a wonderful pen to write with – beautiful nib with a great feel.  Could find anything on ebay lately, but I’ll keep hunting.

Do any of you use a fountain pen?  If you don’t, you should try one – you’ll find it’s a great experience.

This advertisement is from 1954.

1954 Sheaffer Sentinel

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November 5, 2009 at 8:35 am

Vodka and – – –

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And you thought vodka was for drinking only…

1. To remove a bandage painlessly, saturate the bandage with vodka. The stuff dissolves adhesive. (Really? – one for the bandage one for me!!)

2. To clean the caulking around bathtubs and showers, fill a trigger-spray bottle with vodka, spray the caulking, let set five minutes and wash clean. The alcohol in the vodka kills mold and mildew. (Fill the spray bottle, spray onto the bathtubs showers, caulking etc. and then spray some in your mouth while you are waiting the 5 minutes).

3. To clean your eyeglasses, simply wipe the lenses with a soft, clean cloth dampened with vodka. The alcohol in the vodka cleans the glass and kills germs. (Try this at the office!)

4. Prolong the life of razors by filling a cup with vodka and letting your safety razor blade soak in the alcohol after shaving. The vodka disinfects the blade and prevents rusting.  (Also makes for an interesting morning!).

5. Spray vodka on wine stains, scrub with a brush, and then blot dry.  (Suck up both the wine and vodka with a straw and have the party all over again!)

6. Using a cotton ball, apply vodka to your face as an astringent to cleanse the skin and tighten pores.  (I also apply it to my throat with ice in a nice bar glass)

7. Add a jigger of vodka to a 12-ounce bottle of shampoo. The alcohol cleanses the scalp,removes toxins from hair, and stimulates the growth of healthy hair. (To Hell with Rogaine!)

8. Fill a sixteen-ounce trigger-spray bottle with vodka and spray bees or wasps to kill them.  (The bees will appreciate the effort and will not sting you – but ask for more)

9. Pour one-half cup vodka and one-half cup water into a Ziploc freezer bag and freeze for a slushy, refreshing ice pack for aches, pain or black eyes.  (Add lime-aide and you have a refreshing after-school drink)

10. Fill a clean, used mayonnaise jar with freshly packed lavender flowers, fill the jar with vodka, seal the lid tightly and set in the sun for three days. Strain liquid through a coffee filter, then apply the tincture to aches and pains.  (Shit, just drink the vodka and aches/pains will subside)

11. To relieve a fever, use a washcloth to rub vodka on your chest and back as a liniment.  (See #10)

12. To cure foot odor, wash your feet with vodka. (Whiskey/Tango/Foxtrot!!)

13 Vodka will disinfect and alleviate a jellyfish sting.  (If only the beach patrol in Volusia County FL understood this!!!)

14. Pour vodka over an area affected with poison ivy to remove the urushiol oil from your skin.  (Ahh – yes, the dreaded urushiol oil – Drink the vodka and scream with pain, I say!  Someone will come and piss on your leg – ((uric acid)) )

15. Swish a shot of vodka over an aching tooth. Allow your gums to absorb some of the alcohol to numb the pain.  (Repeat every ten minutes til the tooth dissolves)

For any of the above – in these times –  I wouldn’t reach to the top-shelf stuff.  I do believe and I spend time when I’m in the liquor store – looking for vodka that is made from potatoes.  If its from GRAIN – of any sort – its just grain alcohol! and is as good as SU2000!

Potato Vodka

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November 2, 2009 at 5:44 pm