Saturday, June 29, 2019

Flat Stanley? ... Flat Granny!

  Flat Stanley was a popular children’s book series about a boy who gets squashed flat by a falling bulletin board.  Making the best of the situation, Stanley discovers he can now do cool things like slip right under a closed door and  his distraught parents put him in an envelope and mail him to California.  Thus begin Stanley’s travels around the world.  

  The books inspired a Canadian teacher to create a project where his students mailed a cutout of their own Flat Stanley, along with a story they made up about him, to a classroom in another state.  The recipient was to take a photo of Stanley somewhere in his or her town and include information about what Stanley did or saw while he was there and mail Stanley back.  When the Stanleys came back to the original school, the photos and letters were displayed, then the students sent them out again on another journey. 

Over the years the Stanley projects proved a fun way for students to learn geography and experience the wonders of the world.  
By 2011 the project included thousands of classes in 88 countries participating annually, including the schools I taught in!  

So, that’s Flat Stanley, there, riding an elephant in India. 

 Now, who is Flat Granny?

  Flat Granny is part of an art exhibit called Suspending Belief at the Jones-Carter Gallery in Lake City, SC.  We loved it!  

Jenny Fine grew up enjoying and photographing all kinds of adventures with her slightly eccentric Alabama grandmother.  Together they dressed up and acted out little dramas for photographs.   

After Granny’s death, there were many stories Granny told Jenny that she hadn’t photographed yet and Jenny missed the adventures they might have had had she lived on. That’s how she came up with the Flat Granny idea.  Constructing a larger-than-life-size head and hands from a photograph, Jenny used them to recreate Granny to photograph her as she had when she was alive.  

Life-size Grannies in the gallery suspended from the ceiling floated and twirled.

Daddy and Flat Granny Dancing in the backyard watermelon patch.  

Feeding Flat Granny

  My phone battery died so that was all the photos I  took, but you get the idea.  

  Jenny Fine’s Granny must have been a whole lot of fun and an amazing good sport.  Definitely someone fun to know!  

Saturday, June 22, 2019

Guess Where I Am

A couple hints ...

  They were babies, maybe six inches long not including the tail, and absolutely fearless.  

  I think I could have picked one up ... if I wanted to!  

Ibis, in the hospital parking lot.  

  Did you guess Florida?  If you did, you are right.  My mom had cancer surgery and I am here to help.

 Mom is 92 years old and she did great.  They discharged her from the hospital less than 24 hours after surgery.  As you can see, she was ready and waiting to go home!  

   She has a drain that has to be emptied — my job and I was very nervous. I’m getting used to it though.  We’re doing fine now at home with only a visiting nurse.  We both have a good supply of books to read and if we can figure out the Roku thing she got for Christmas, we can watch some movies.  

Have a good weekend!

Saturday, June 15, 2019

Alllll Aboard! We’re Out to Lunch!

Remember these?

This one doesn’t go anywhere anymore, just sits in the station in Lake City, lookin’ pretty.

But you can still go inside and ...

order up lunch! 
If you use your imagination, you can pretend you’re traveling in the ‘50s and the train is moving slowly through town while you enjoy your dining car lunch. 
🧳 🧳 🧳
  It’s been a quiet week here in Georgetown, several days and inches of rain, followed by record cool weather, which I love.  
  On Thursday I noticed an injured young cardinal in the yard.  He was under the bird feeder trying to hop about so his mama could feed him and couldn’t remain upright, so pathetic to watch.  We knew of emergency clinics for all kinds of sea animals, including the famous one for turtles and even one for raptors near Charleston, but hadn’t heard of any place that took in songbirds.  We did eventually find a place about an hour away.  
  When we went outside to get the bird he surprised us by awkwardly flying into the azalea bushes and we couldn’t find him.  A couple hours later he was back flopping around under the feeder.  We were smarter, and we got him.  The Ark Animal Hospital in Surfside Beach assured us that they would try to fix him and humanely euthanize him if they couldn’t so we left him, along with a donation and a little blessing with hopes that someday he will fly free and strong.

  One more baby bird story.  This morning we were at a stoplight and noticed a parade of Canada geese, Mama, Papa, and a whole waddle of little ones out in front of them and all around them, on a mission to cross a road.  Then behind the Canada goose family came three very large white, honking domestic geese.   And behind them, four half grown mallard ducklings!  Maybe something had happened to the duckling parents and they had imprinted on the goose family?  Anyway, we changed our direction and followed them to make sure everyone made it to the canal across the road, which they did.  

Hope you are en-JOY-ing your weekend!  

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

A Bridge Covered With Flowers

We were in North Carolina last week and took the scenic route home through narrow mountain roads.  In Lake Lure we happened upon something interesting — an abandoned highway bridge over the Broad River beautifully landscaped with flowers!  It was raining, but we stopped anyway.

The plantings are all designed, planted, and cared for by volunteers.  Some sun would have made nicer photos but we didn’t mind getting a bit wet for such a pretty walk.

Friday, June 7, 2019

The Blue Roads of SC — Ketchup Town

  In 1927 land for a small store at a crossroads in Horry County was purchased for $100 by   Mr Hub Small.  He built a home and a little store stocked with food, ice, clothing, and hardware for the farmers of the area.  Roads weren’t paved yet for many years and travelers passed by in wagons and buggies.  

 Tradition allowed farmers a bit of rest on a Saturday afternoon and the store was a convenient place to shop.  They tied their mules under a big old oak and families took advantage of the shady spot to “catch up” on the news.

  The store was tended by Mr Smalls, his wife, and four daughters.  When it came time to have a sign made for the store, young daughter Ruth lobbied for the spelling of Catch Up with a K, and the settlement that grew up around the store became Ketchup Town. 

  When roads were paved in 1949 and 1950, people began to travel to Conway and Mullens to shop and the Ketchup Town Store closed its doors.  Ketchup Town is still at the crossroads and is home to 75 people.