Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Don Gammie Turkey Trot - 2012

While visiting relatives for the Thanksgiving Holiday I was invited to participate in the Don Gammie Turkey Trot Thanksgiving morning. The Turkey Trot is an annual fund-raising event for the Grassy Knob Fire Department near Eureka Springs, AR. Don Gammie is retired and lives in the community. Here is a link to a recent article about Mr. Gammie from the Carroll County News.

The runners/walkers gather for the Turkey Trot
Here we are ready to trot.
At the sound of the fire truck horn, the runners were off up the hill.
Even though the morning was overcast and chilly it was a beautiful day for a walk through the forest in the Arkansas Ozarks.
Where are they going?
Stan and Joe found a "short cut" back to the finish line.
Mr. Gammie crosses the finish line.
He walked the one mile with a friend.
Medal presentation by Mr. Gammie
Family survivors of the Turkey Trot 2012.
It was a Thanksgiving morning to remember. A time to be thankful for family and community.
A time to appreciate the beauty of the Arkansas Ozarks.

Monday, November 19, 2012

Welcome to My Guest Room

I love pinning ideas on my Pinterest boards. Recently I showed Jim the design for a headboard that I thought he would enjoy building. He hardly acknowledged the photo and went back to his football game. Well lo and behold, last Saturday he called asking me to text the materials list to him at the lumbar yard.  By nightfall it was all cut out and partially constructed. Jim made a few adjustments to the original plans. For example he opted for tongue-in-groove planks. Here is the link for the plans for the headboard.

I think the sawing is his favorite part.
Sunday afternoon he finished putting it together.
At this point I had to question him about the measurements.
He whipped out his tape measure and sure enough it seemed to be correct.
Now it was time for me to work my magic with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Versailles.
I really like Versailles. It has a greenish tint but is still neutral.
Saturday Jim attached the headboard to the bed frame and I applied two coats of chalk paint. It dries quickly so I didn't have to wait long between coats. Sunday afternoon I applied the wax. First I used clear wax and then just a touch of dark wax.

I have been looking for a headboard for the guest room for a long time.
I never could find just what a wanted. I think this will work perfectly in this room.
Several weeks ago I used the Versailles Chalk Paint on a quilt rack my mother-in-law hired a woodworker to make for me out of some old walnut wood that Jim's father had collected.
 I decided to try my new chalk paint color on the quilt rack with the dark wax.
I really like the texture accentuated by the dark wax.
Mission accomplished.
Welcome to my guest room.

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Sesquicentennial Celebration - Happy Birthday Cross County!

Today I attended the 150th birthday celebration for Cross County, Arkansas. The county has been celebrating all week with a wide range of events.

The celebration took place at the Cross County Courthouse
Wynne, Arkansas
Cross family display from the Cross County Museum
Cross County was named for Col. David C. Cross.
 History and Families book published in 2012
Agricultural Products of Cross County
Ann Cross Eschenbach of Seattle, WA (great great granddaughter of Col. David C. Cross) addresses the audience.
Ann Cross Eschenbach cuts the cake.
Happy Birthday Cross County!

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Light and Shadows

While traveling down the road I grew up on Sunday, the sun was setting over the ridge casting a beautiful light over the fields and hedge rows. Stop the car!
Do you remember the old Polaroid snapshots?

Just look at the wonderful shadows.
There is just something about new mown hay.
Of course I have to play with the special editing features.
This one I like to call my van Gogh setting.

Saturday, November 3, 2012

Fall Landscapes

This afternoon I stopped near a bridge I pass often where the cypress trees provide a pretty landscape during all four seasons. The light was good so I snapped a few shots.

If I were a painter...
You would never believe the loud road noise as the traffic speeds by this tranquil scene.
The leaves are almost gone. Soon it will be winter.
Sometimes I like to play a little. This is called "HDRish".
When I turned to walk back to the car...
At another location, earlier in the day, a magnificent ginkgo just beginning to turn golden-yellow.