Saturday, September 22, 2012

Walking for a cause

This morning I participated in the Charlotte Heart Walk with about 12,000 other people -- actually, I don't know how many people participated, but it was the largest event I've ever done. The weather here is PERFECT today. It's the first day of fall here in the northern hemisphere . . . my favorite time of year is here!!! . . .  Happy Equinox, Y'all! :)

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Road not taken

One of my favorite poems is Robert Frost's The Road Not Taken. In a lot of ways, it's the story of my life. I'm not exactly the kind of person who takes the freeway, if you know what I mean. So when I saw this sign in a local park last weekend, I had to take a photo. The sign has been paraphrased. Click the link above to read the full poem. That's all for now. See you later. :)

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Scuppernong season

Last weekend while hanging out in eastern North Carolina, we had the chance to pick some scuppernongs at a friend's farm before the harvesters came to take them away.

These bronze, thick-skinned grapes are native to this area and are the state fruit of North Carolina. They make a deliciously sweet juice, and are also good for jams and jellies. But the grapes you see here will soon be made into scuppernong wine, or as we call it here, North Carolina white. :)

When I lived in Vienna four years ago, I became a fan of the stuff they call Sturm. I think Scuppernong Sturm would go over well here in the Carolinas. If anyone knows how to make it, please let me know!

Beware the electric blue tail

We have an abundance of these little blue-tailed skinks (Plestiodon fasciatus) at the farm lately. When I was a kid, my Granddad (who, by the way, called these "scorpions") told me to stay away from them because they're poisonous. Turns out they're not poisonous, but the tails can be toxic to any animal (such as a dog or cat) who might happen to eat one. It can make them sick for several days with a vertigo-like illness that affects the nervous system. Meanwhile, the skink can survive just fine without the tail, and even grow a new one back. Anyway, I guess it's best to take Granddaddy's advice and keep your distance. :)