2016-07-30 GAAtlanta – new website

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2016-07-30 GAAtlanta – < http://www.PuddinInVannaWhite.com > has been created. The NEW website will be the only one updated in the future. (Note: the new URL does NOT contain .wordpress. in the middle. )

To my blog followers: I have created a NEW website that I plan to update as I travel. The old wordpress content has been imported to the new website. Many formatting changes have occurred, but the content is the same.  At this time, I am still learning the new process and there is no way to subscribe to the new URL. I hope that you continue to follow me and enjoy my blog.

 

2016-06-28 – A day that I will never forget

2016-06-28 _SCBamberg —  A day that I will never forget.

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The picture above: was taken on May 7, 2016 just before my Dad passed away. He enjoyed the “big boat” trip very much. Nice and warm on the sunny pool deck. Beautiful weather for the trip. His 96th birthday was celebrated by everyone in Nassau, Bahamas.

The Blog Post: 

I drove to Bamberg  on 6/24. It is about 4.5 hour drive from Atlanta.  While in Bamberg, I went to the Family Reunion and stayed with my Dad and older brother. I was able to see many family members at the reunion and really enjoyed it – even though it was HOT (95+ degrees F). Our family is very fortunate to have a ‘private facility’ with indoor swimming pool. This year, there were many swimmers to enjoy the cool water. (Note: Many of them were ‘young’ which is great as this means that the family is growing. I admit that I am still learning all of the family because of the changes and not seeing them often.)

On Sunday, Dad didn’t feel well and didn’t attend the reunion. I was distracted by talking with many family members and didn’t take any pictures (as I normally do).  Anyway, my brothers and family and I gathered a plate of food for Dad and my older brother and took it home. Dad and older brother ate it and really enjoyed it. The desserts, in particular, were outstanding. On Monday and Tuesday, Dad continued to not feel well and stayed in bed. Hospice workers visited and helped with his declining physical needs. On Tuesday night, about 10:30, my Dad passed away. He was weak and hadn’t eaten well for the last couple of days. He slumped over to his left side and didn’t talk anymore. The hospice nurse on Tuesday morning told my older brother and me that he wasn’t doing well. Both my older brother and I were there were there and trying to help position him in the bed when he slumped to his left side and stopped breathing. I believe that his body shut-down.  (He often complained of being ‘cold’ and his back hurting when he walked.) I have included his newspaper Obituary in this post. He was 96-years-old and lived a ‘good’ life. In addition, the pastor of the church described him as being a ‘good man’. We especially have great memories of the recent Bahamas cruise. (See previous post in this blog.)  (Note: All family members were glad that Dad passed away peacefully at his house. This would never have happened without my older brother “stepping-up” BIG-TIME and taking care of him and his business interests.  Note2: My Dad called me “Puddin” from childhood as my nickname. ) 

A special thanks to the many doctors and nurses who helped care for him. Also, a special ‘thank-you’ to Dianne Jamison, RN Case Manager for Medical Services of America. In addition I would like to ‘thank’ others:  Charlie Lucus at First Baptist Church for his eulogy at Dad’s graveside, Cindy Kilgus and her many ‘helpers’ from First Baptist Church for a wonderful lunch, Van Sanders at Springtown Church for helping with Dad’s grave location, and Brett Williams, Randy, Jack and Bill at Cooner’s Funeral Home for the visitation and funeral services.

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2016-05-07 Cruise to Bahamas (5-nights, Carnival)

2016-05-07 Cruise to Bahamas (5-night on Carnival Cruise Lines-Ectasy Ship, Half-Moon Cay-Port#1, Nassau-Port#2)

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I didn’t drive my van, named “Vanna White” to the Bahamas, I drove to the port terminal parking. I went with my family and included pictures that you would see if you took this trip. Hope that you enjoy the pictures – that is the purpose of this ‘travel-blog’.
This is the last post under this name. WordPress allows 3072MB of free space and this will conclude the blog because I am at the limit. I have learned a lot in creating the blog. At first, I didn’t know how to reduce the size of the pictures (and how to create a gallery). In this post, I’ve made the pictures smaller in order to conserve space. I believe that even if they are small, they will still show the beauty of the islands.  Note – some of the original pictures were turned sideways by WordPress and they have changed the editting of them. 

 


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2015-11-30 Monday. My daughter-in-law had an appointment with Northside Hospital for the delivery of my grandson, “Hudson” James. (He weighed in at 7 pounds and 13 ounces. My nickname for him is “Peanut”.) She didn’t have any complications and was released from the hospital today (Friday). After delivery, the doctor noticed that Hudson was breathing fast and put him into a NICU machine to help with oxygen for a couple of periods of time. I’ve been able to hold him a couple of times and he slept soundly both times because he had just been fed. He’s a beautiful baby and I feel blessed to have 2 grandchildren. His big-sister, Hannah (I call her “Pumpkin”) is now 19-months-old. She’s beginning to talk and can say the word ‘ba-by’, but she will have to learn over time what being a ‘big-sister’ means.
After holding the baby, I realized how small he really is and ‘yes’ – all babies look alike. I didn’t go to the window to see the other babies on the floor, but – I’ll have to admit. If I went to look and if he were there, I probably would not be able to pick him out. Pumpkin came to visit while I was there and she explored all around the hospital room. She especially enjoyed standing on the couch and looking out the window (on the fifth-floor) at the traffic. She’s beginning to learn letters and numbers and LOVES to push buttons. She enjoyed pushing the buttons on the elevator and turning the lights of the room on-and-off (several times). She also enjoyed the room rocking chair and seeing her Mom and Dad. I think that my son and his wife now have their hands full! (In a “good” way.)

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2015-10-02 – 2015-10-13 – To TN,Copperhill from GA,Atlanta

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The campground where the get-together (GTG) gathered is near Copperhill in the National Forest. It has been de-commissioned as a ‘campground’ from one that had tables, firerings, 2 bear-proof trash containers and pit toilet. The new area is called ‘dispersed’ camping, (and the amenities are gone), but the sites where we camp are the same. 
I had a great time on the trip. When I first arrived, hurricane Joaquin was near the coast and there were many bands of rain that reached us in the area. The camphost, Cuz Dick, called a local resident to bring us a pick-up-truck load of firewood. Also, he had built his masterful ‘tarp house’. (I call him the ‘tarpmaster’.) We were able to sit under the tarp with a fire and listen to the rain. We also had to walk in the mud, but by wearing hiking boots, my feet didn’t get wet. The temperature was moderate the whole time and there was another cloud of rain at night near the end of my stay. The sunny days were much appreciated and we sat watching the leaves fall from the trees and listening to the creek. (I also took a picture of a beautiful butterfly in the road.)
Our camping group has several people who like to cook. Cuz Dick has several cast-iron pots that can be used for group meals. Several of the chef’s used the campfire and there was a tripod over the fire holding the pot. All of the meals were wonderful. I’ve decided that a meal is appreciated more when you get to watch it cook over the campfire most of the afternoon. When anyone left camp to run an errand into a nearby town, he/she would get requests of food to buy that would enhance the group meals.

I have been known to call the camphost when in the nearest Wal-Mart and ask if anything was needed before I arrived. The camphost knows that having cell-service really helps when the location of the GTG is announced. I have a smartphone this year – in previous camping trips, I had a clam-shell (i.e., voice-only) cellphone. <Because of the cellservice, I felt like I could be contacted if an emergency occured.>  We had several discussions concerning the latest service offerings by cell phone companies. Everyone is interested in finding an economical plan.  I find that I have ‘internet-withdrawl’ when camping – like any other addiction where something is removed causes a reaction. I have internet service at my house and try not to use the cell dataplan when camping. 

I would be remiss if I didn’t disclose my problem with the ‘fur-friends’ at the gathering. <Uh-Oh! Boo-hiss!>

Several days before I arrived, I had caught a germ which manifested itself as a sore-throat. My sore-throat evolved to a chest-type common-cold and I was recovering from the effect of the disease when I arrived. I tried to not shake hands or hug anyone for fear of spreading germs. I am retired and don’t go to stores often. My only two trips for catching this germ would be to the doctor’s office to get a flu-shot or to the daycare of my grand-daughter to pick-her-up. I try to wash my hands often because a couple of years ago, I had spent many days at home and then went to the store for some groceries. Shortly after returning home, I came down with a bad case of the flu. I was in-bed for three days and slept much of the time. I decided after that to always get a flu-shot. (And to wash-my-hands when returning from shopping.) I really dislike getting sick when it can be prevented and try to track what made-me-sick in order to prevent future illnesses.         —> So-o-o-o here’s the “other” part to the story: One afternoon while there was large cast-iron pot on the tripod above the fire, the cook would use a spoon to stir the food. They would remove the lid and place it on a wire-rack next to the fire, stir the food and return the spoon to the wirerack. The problem??? Well, many of the other campers brought their pets and did not put them on a leash. At least twice, after the cook placed the spoon on the wirerack, I saw a dog pass the wirerack, and lick the spoon used to stir the food. The cook did not see the dog lick the spoon and used the spoon to stir the food again. I asked the other campers if pets can transmit diseases to humans and the answer was “NO”. Well, after returning home, I searched the internet and found the following information – it is long, but I highly recommend that everyone read it because I am convinced that many people do not understand how germs are transmitted. In putting this information in my blog, I can only hope that others will understand how their actions can cause others to get sick. Here is the article: 
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There’s a certain amount of ickiness you have to accept when you adopt a pet. You know, a good does of eww that goes right along with the whole snuggling and unconditional love thing. That mystery stain on the couch from Mr. Bubbles your basset hound? Best not to think about it. Those tracks leading away from Muppet’s litter box? Let’s pretend it never happened. And don’t ever wonder where that tongue’s been.
But can all those pet germs actually make you sick? In a word: yup.
Just like you can catch a cold from your husband through a kiss or unobstructed sneeze, pets can also pass diseases along to their owners. Don’t worry—we’re not talking about the Pomeranian Death Flu here; nearly everything you could catch from your dog or cat is preventable and treatable. “If you wash your hands and handle your animals carefully and keep them vaccinated and healthy, you shouldn’t have any problems,” says veterinarian Emilio DeBess, DVM, public health veterinary for the state of Oregon. (Plus, you also get plenty of health benefits from having a pet.)
Here’s a list of what your kitty or pooch might be sharing with you—and what to do about it.
Ringworm: When it comes to diseases passed from pet to owner, ringworm is about as contagious as it gets. Ringworm spores can survive for months without a host, where a pet could pick up the fungal infection.
Symptoms in pets: Skin lesions and patches of hair loss with a red mark in the center
Symptoms in people: Red, circular patches on the skin
Treat it: Prescription ointment or oral medication for people and pets
Prevent it: Wash bedding in hot water once or twice a month and avoid sharing unwashed blankets or grooming tools with other pet owners.
Roundworm: The most common internal parasite in cats, roundworms resemble spaghetti up to 4 inches long (yikes). Kittens can be exposed through an infected mother’s milk, while older cats can catch worms by eating an infected rodent. When it comes to humans, about 10,000 children are infected with roundworms annually. Worst case scenario, the untreated parasite infection could lead to blindness in humans.
Symptoms in pets: Diarrhea, visible worms in stool, vomiting, constipation, coughing, bloody stool
Symptoms in humans: Cough, shortness of breath, abdominal pain, blood in stool
Treat it: Prescription antiparasitic drugs for people and pets
Prevent it: Outdoor cats are more prone to worms, so consider this reason number 657 to keep you cat inside. Make hand washing after handling a cat or scooping the litter box a household rule. And according to the University of Maryland Medical Center, eating bitter and spicy foods like turmeric, cayenne peppers, figs, ginger, olives, and garlic could naturally deter a roundworm infection.
Hookworms: Hookworms suck on the intestinal lining of dogs, causing a potentially life-threatening blood loss, especially in puppies. The eggs found in pet feces could transfer through the skin in pet owners if you happened to, say, step on a dropping with your bare feet in the backyard.
Symptoms in pets: Diarrhea, weight loss
Symptoms in humans: Often none but could include an itchy rash, cough, wheezing, stomach pain, anemia, or loss of appetite
Treat it: Prescription antiparasitic drugs for pets and people
Prevent it: General prevention for all types of worms includes picking up your dog’s feces in the yard so parasite eggs won’t hatch.
Giardia: More common in dogs than in cats, this waterborne, one-cell organism lives in streams, rivers, and lakes.
Symptoms in pets: Diarrhea
Symptoms in humans: Diarrhea
Treat it: Antiparasitic meds for people; see your vet to determine proper treatment for pets
Prevent it: Take clean drinking water for your dog when you go on hikes and favor dog parks where owners are responsible about cleaning up feces, Dr. DeBess recommends. And always wash your hands after handling your pet’s poop to avoid coming in contact with the disease. To find out if you’re in a parasite hotspot, check the Companion Animal Parasite Council.
Campylobacter:
There’s nothing cuter than baby critters, but even the most smitten human can unknowingly pick up this common bug through kittens, puppies, and even young horses, ferrets, rabbits, and birds. Campylobacter is one of the most common diarrhea-inducing diseases in the United States.
Symptoms in pets: Diarrhea
Symptoms in humans: Diarrhea
Treat it: For humans, stay hydrated; sometimes meds are administered, but usually people recover on their own. For pets, head to the vet to see if your furry friend will require pet meds.
Prevent it: If a kitten or puppy is sick with diarrhea, avoid excessive holding or kissing. Even after the pet has recovered, wash your hands after touching him; an animal infected with campylobacter will continue to shed germs for up to seven weeks if left untreated.
Salmonella: Attention turtle lovers: between 77 to 90% of reptiles harbor salmonella. Baby chicks can also carry the germ.
Symptoms in pets: Reptile pets and chicks often don’t show symptoms
Symptoms in humans: Abdominal pain, fever, vomiting, headache, nausea
Treat it: Most people recover without treatment, but some need to be hospitalized
Prevent it: If you have a reptile or chickens as pets, make sure everyone always washes their hands after handling. And never wash a tank in your kitchen sink. If you wash it in the bathtub, be sure to disinfect the tub before people use it again.
Tapeworms: Kids are more likely than adults to be infected with tapeworm because they tend to forget to wash their hands before coming into contact with their mouths. While undeniably unpleasant, tapeworms are easily treatable.
Symptoms in pets: Dragging back end across the ground; rice-like pieces in the pet’s stool or longer worms in pet vomit
Symptoms in humans: Rice-like pieces in feces
Treat it: Anti-worm medication for pets and people
Prevent it: Keep your pets flea-free. People can catch tapeworm by accidentally—brace yourself, this is gross—ingesting a flea infected with tapeworm larvae.
Cat Scratch Disease: The bartonella germ could hang out in cats’ long nails and be passed into you through a scratch or bite. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about 40% of cats carry the disease at some point in their lives.
Symptoms in pets: Fatigue, history of flea and/or tick infestation, swollen lymph nodes
Symptoms in humans: Small, red bump near bite or scratch site; swollen, painful lymph nodes near bite or scratch, fever, headache, fatigue, joint pain, skin disorders, and weight loss
Treat it: Usually clears on its own; sometimes antibiotics are required, especially in people with weakened immune systems
Prevent it: Keep your cat’s nails trimmed, avoid rough play with kittens, and don’t let cats lick any of your open wounds.
Bubonic Plague: Nope, you didn’t just get transported to the Middle Ages. While you can’t get this directly from your pet, you could catch it from a hitchhiking flea. Luckily, it’s extremely rare—CDC reports an average of just seven human cases per year.
Symptoms in pets: Fever, inflammation, swollen and painful lymph nodes
Symptoms in humans: Sudden fever, headache, chills, weakness, swollen and painful lymph nodes
Treat it: Prompt treatment with antibiotics for people and pets
Prevent it: Keep your pet flea-free
Toxoplasmosis: A common disease transferred from cats to people, felines are most often infected when they eat raw prey. The disease is most dangerous if a woman becomes newly infected just before or while pregnant; it could cause serious eye and developmental problems for the child.
Symptoms in pets: Most cats develop immunity, but kittens are more vulnerable and can experience diarrhea or more serious problems, like lung, liver, or nervous system damage.
Symptoms in humans: Often humans show no symptoms, but sometimes toxoplasmosis causes flu-like symptoms and swollen lymph nodes. If the symptoms disappear, the disease could still lurk in your system.
Treat it: Blood tests can ID the disease. For humans, drugs such as pyrimethamine and sulfadiazine, plus folinic acid can be used. If you’re at high risk for complications (women wanting to become pregnant or people with weakened immune systems), you can ask your doctor for a test.
Prevent it: Don’t let your cat outside to hunt, wash your hands after scooping the litter box, and keep cats from going to the bathroom in sandboxes and gardens.
Rabies: Although rare in the United States, rabies is fatal once symptoms appear in both pets and animals, meaning prevention needs to be an absolute priority.
Symptoms in pets: Symptoms vary but could include behavioral changes, fever, hypersensitivity to touch, light, and sound, hiding in dark places, foaming of the mouth, staggering, loss of appetite, seizures, loss of appetite, sudden death.
Symptoms in humans: Flu-like symptoms, general weakness, headache, discomfort, prickling, or itching at the site of the bite, anxiety, confusion, agitation, hallucinations.
Treat it: If you believe you may have been exposed to a rabid animal, seek immediate medical attention. Doctors may start a series of post-exposure shots to protect you from the virus. Left untreated, rabies is almost always fatal. Call the vet immediately if you believe you pet was exposed. If vaccinated, they may do a booster shot. If unvaccinated, they may suggest euthanasia, but you could also quarantine your pet to see if symptoms develop.
Prevent it: Keep your furry family members vaccinated in accordance with your state’s rabies law, and keep pets away from wild animals. Tell your doctor if you’re bitten or scratched by an unknown or unvaccinated dog, cat, or wild animal.
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Note1: Giardia is well-known by many people in this area. We are taught to NEVER drink the water from a river unless it is properly filtered. I had a co-worker who had caught giardia and had digestive problems for YEARS. Giardia is very common in this area and drinking water must be boiled or properly filtered. I always try to pack-in several gallons of city-water in cleaned milk-gallon-jugs. Our camphost and several others have purchased ceramic filters for cleaning the local water.

Note2: We discussed that pets can transmit poison ivy/oak oil to the skin of humans. Several people in camp acknowledged that they had heard someone who had caught this skin disease from the fur of an animal.

Note3: The few times that some of the pets in camp were on a leash, the leash was released by the owner and the pet was allowed to drag it while walking around the area. What’s the problem? Well, I can imagine what happens when there are both people and pets are in a relatively small area and where water to wash hands is more limited than it is when in a house. What happens when a pet explores the woods? Where do bears ‘go’ in the woods? Yes, the pet would ‘go’ and then drag the leash around the area. Owners would grab the leash and assume that everything was sanitary? I wonder what people think sometime.

Note4: Within 5 miles of my house in Atlanta, there have been reported cases of Rabies. The CDC in Atlanta follows the cases. 

I didn’t get sick after returning home and would appreciate hearing from anyone who did.

Conclusion: The bottom line is that pets are NOT people. They are domesticated animals that need to be controlled. Voice command is NOT enough for many of the animals that I’ve seen. Please let-it-be-known that pets CAN infect humans with diseases.

Final note about the campsite: Since the National Forest Service now calls this area ‘dispersed-camping’, we now have to ‘pack-out’ all of our waste, including the human-kind. We often have a campfire and cardboard may be burned. However, burning plastic is discouraged. I installed a cargo-carrier on my van and carried several black, thick-plastic, large garbage bags. The other campers saved their plastic and glass for me to recycle when I returned home. I also have a new rolling, city-issued, garbage can where I can easily dispose of trash at my house – so, my cargo rack had a great use on my return trip. Everyone noted that since the area does not have trash pick-up, irresponsible people seem to think that it is acceptable to leave their trash on the ground and in the creek. Needless to say, in my opinion – this is just WRONG! If everyone left their trash all over the forest, the whole place will become a trash dump. Please ‘pack-out’ all that you brought-in. 


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2015-04-15 a post of an old time recipe (not the usual travel blog with pictures)

My Dad calls me “Puddin“. I don’t know where he got the name from and he doesn’t remember either. Today, I am reading a newspaper and there is a recipe for “Pudding” that is quite unusual to modern cooking methods. I’ve eaten pudding which is  bought in a box from a grocery store and is a powdered mix, but – I’ve never made the ‘old-fashioned’ kind. In fact, I’ve never even seen a recipe for “Pudding”. (I’m not really a cook and stay out-of-the kitchen as much as I can.) However, I can’t help sharing this recipe (because my nickname and the recipe name is so similar).

(1) From The Advertizer-Herald newspaper of Bamberg,SC on Jan. 14, 2015 – article by Pansy Clayton, Ehrhardt Correspondent (Note: Ehrhardt is 10 miles south of Bamberg).

This is a copy of the article that begins the “Did you know?” column:

That one of my old time favorites that Grandmoma Annie Clayton made for us was Chocolate Pudding and here is her recipe: 

One pint of sweet milk

One half pint of bread crumbs

One half cup sugar

The yolks of two eggs

Five tablespoonfuls of grated chocolate

Then scald the milk, Add the bread crumbs and chocolate. 

Take from the fire, add the sugar and beaten eggs.

Then put in a pudding dish and bake 15 minutes, beat the whites with a tablespoon of sugar making a stiff merangue. Then spread over the pudding and brown a little. Then serve cold. 

(Website author note: I have a lot to learn. I’ve never cooked over a iron stove with a wood fire and have never scalded milk. In fact, I’ve never grated chocolate as they older cooks used to do. I’m sure that my grandmother used to cook this way – but, the grandmothers on both my mother and father’s sides were elderly and modern conveniences had taken place of the older methods of cooking when I was growing up. I want to try this recipe someday and have my granddaughter help me prepare it in the kitchen. She turned one-year-old a few days ago. Welcome to our changing world – I can imagine that when she is my age, there may not be any need to cook food anymore and that all our food will come pre-packaged and cooked. I hope that we are able to retain and share some of our heritage so that future generations can always prepare their own food using whatever recipe they like.)

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(2) Before publishing this on the wordpress blogging website, I HAD to add this ‘other’ recipe.  Remember the tv series show named “The Waltons”? It centered on the lives of a family who lived in the mountains of the east coast. The family lived on a farm.  There were two elderly ladies in the nearby town who often shared Papa’s ‘recipe’ with their neighbors – in the form of an addition to their afternoon tea (i.e., moonshine). The ‘recipe-Papa’s favorite drink’ was one that had been handed down for generations and they could never divulge how to ‘make-your-own’.  Well, I’m now reading The Advertizer-Herald for Jan 21,2015 and the Ehrhardt News correspondent has published a recipe for homemade wine. My maternal grandmother’s sister used to make the wine for the church communion and I imagine that her recipe was similar to the one below:

To one gallon of muscadine grape juice, you add three lbs. of good granulated sugar and a half pint of water. Then let it sit open until it is done fermentating. Then strain it good and put it into jars and put a tight cork on it. Let it sit again and it will be ready for sipping in a month or two. 

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(3) Here is another: From The Advertizer-Herald newspaper of Bamberg,SC by Pansy Clayton, Feb 4, 2015 page 10:

To make “ash cakes” in the early 1800’s, you would get some good “home grown” meal and mix it well with milk or water and add a little salt an bakin’ powder, then pat the cakes up right well and let them settle by sitting a bit. Then put them in the hot ashes at the edge of the big fireplace that people used to cook in and cover them up real good with some more hot ashes. Make sure the hot ashes are covering all sides of the cakes and leave them there for a few minutes till they are done and that is some of the best eating that you would ever have in those old times?

The Advertizer-Herald, Bamberg,SC – Mar 18,2015 Page 10.

(Did you know) That the recipe for “ash cakes” is – take a quart of meal, salt, soda, sour milk and a few spoons of sorghum molasses and make a stiff pone that can be handled easily, clean the hearth with a rag, place the pone on the hot hearth and let it stand under the heat until a light crust forms, cover with ashes, remove from fire, brush off ashes and wipe with a damp cloth and cover with butter to eat?

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(4) Below is another “Did you know?” article that I thought was ‘interesting’ and hope that you enjoy it also. From The Advertizer-Herald newspaper of Bamberg,SC on Feb. 18, 2015 page9 – article by Pansy Clayton, Ehrhardt Correspondent.
(Did you know) That in the early 1800’s on the plantations, a pond was usually located on the place and in winter, ice was gathered for summer use and stored in what they called an “icehouse”? It was built for that purpose by digging a large hole about ten feet deep and the ice was cut out in big blocks and put in that hole and covered usually with straw.  
(Did you know) The “icehouse” was a large frame built directly over that deep hole with an entrance door and steps leading down to the bottom of the hold and they stored lots of other things in there too – like pickles, preserves, cider and barrels of brandy and wine? 
(Did you know) That most plantations had their own stills too for making crystal clear moonshine and to tell when it was”right”, they held up a half-gallon Mason jar to check “the bead” and when that bead was just the right size and moving up at the right speed, then it was “done”?
 

2015-07-05 TN,Copperhill – Stayed for a week “in the woods”

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It is about an hour and forty-five minute drive from Atlanta to Copperhill,TN. However, I had a few stops. My first stop was for gas in Jasper,GA.  The second stop was at Wal-Mart in Ellijay for ‘provisions’ – various food items needed.  The third stop was at Grassy St corner store in Copperhill for ice. It was pouring rain when I was driving down the forest road – which means that the road was partially flooded. The road is a well-packed, granite rock, one-lane, mountain, curvy road.  I’ve previously been down this road when it was used more. A few months ago, the Forest Service closed the camp and now called it a ‘dispersed’ camp – that means that there are no picnic tables, no firerings, and that the ‘pit’ toliet has been closed, in addition to no ‘bear-proof’ trash cans. One other side-effect that I discovered on my drive was that the road is not cleared as well as it used to be. Several trees had fallen over the road, and either the Forest Service or a benelovent ‘local’ had used a chain saw to cut the trunk across the lane so that a car may drive through the middle. The gravel road has many potholes and the drive is slow. The thing about driving that road in the rain, is that you can’t see the potholes as well because there is so much water on the road. Fortunately, the road is only 2 miles long. 

After unpacking the ice and food, I talked more with Cuz Dick, our host – and, other campers, Dan and JR. We sat under the tarphouse and Dan ‘diverted’ water running through camp with a shovel and making small canals in the dirt. After the rain stopped, I found a parking spot near the others. One ‘nice’ thing about dispersed camping is that you may park anywhere – i.e., the rules of 2 cars per camping spot are no longer valid. Dick cooked the group a wonderful ‘shepherd pie’ for supper. I was still unpacking and forgot to take a picture – however, I remembered to take pictures of some of our other meals. By the way, in the National Forest, dispersed camping is free. In this part of Georgia, registration is not required, although the usual rules apply – stay 14 days maximum, respect the land, etc. 

The summer heat in Atlanta has been a ‘normal pattern’, = in the high 90’s Farenheit and rain clouds may pass over at any time. Very humid all of the time. The higher you go in elevation, the cooler the air and the camp that we visited was about 1700 feet. I looked up the elevation of Atlanta and it is about 1000 feet. The temperature in camp was very comfortable (most of the time).  When we got ‘hot’ in the afternoon, we found a spot near the ‘artifical waterfall’ – i.e, the road culverts. There was a lot of humidity in the spot and an occasional breeze across the creek caused a noticable coolness in the air temp.  Besides, if we got too hot, we could always jump in the creek!

Using the Apple iPhone maps, the location where we were is considered McCaysville – which is in Georgia. Previously, I thought that the camp was part of Copperhill – but, on the drive to camp, I crossed the river back into Georgia.  

Dan left on Monday and JR left on Tuesday. Rita came Tuesday, so the camping group is ‘fluid’.  Since Dick is our host, we co-ordinate the camping (and needed provisions) with him. 

For completeness of my report, I have to tell of a large negative to the experience = I received several bugbites – that itched and were uncomfortable. I learned that more bugs were out about dusk, so after eating supper, I retired to my van.  At night, there was a forest full of lightning-bugs. They were all over and it was amazing to see them. During the day, butterflies would float through camp and one day, I captured a couple of them on the ground.  You could hear the circadas in the trees singing in cadence to each other. 

It was too hot to wear more clothing. Once the sun went down, the temperature dropped and sleeping was very comfortable. We had a few small rain clouds during my visit, and afterward the temperature dropped.

Rita is a mushroom hunter and I went with her one afternoon to a nearby area where she picked some. She cleaned them and put them on a drying mat for later use. The large white ones were not familiar to her – she looked the variety up in her book, but she wasn’t comfortable with us eating them.  

I took a few pictures of what I call ‘forest mis-use’.  There are people who don’t appreciate the forests that we have and therefore, don’t respect them. I took a couple of pictures where someone had damaged a couple of tree trunks – one was a small tree, and another was a mature tree near the creek on the campsite that we used. I picked up as much trash left by others as I could. Even when driving down the forest road, there were several aluminum cans thrown out of a window. I consider all of this to be “VERY DISREPECTFUL” of our land and wish that others would do as the Boy Scouts do when they camp — that is, “Pack out what you pack in“. That means – take out your garbage!

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