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July 2016 • Southern Rural Route

This is it, all you residents of Jacksonville, Florida! The Mandarin Garden Club is holding their last clothing extravaganza for 2016. If you need some new-to-you civvies or the makings of a Halloween costume, act fast. You will find business suits, casual, dressy, formal, workout clothing, plus sizes and most of it is only a dollar. Mandarin Garden Club 2892 Loretto Road (off … Read More

I never know what I am going to find in the yard when I open the door. This week it was wildlife. I’m calling these egrets but, truthfully, I don’t know what they are. Their beaks are not like egret beaks. This photograph is from Monday but I noticed them again the next day when I opened my door during a monsoon. There must have been at least 30 of them standing around in the … Read More

My friend Cee, who I’ve known for about a dozen years, has some interesting yard art. Cee’s husband also acquired a hand plow, and not having a compulsion to play in the dirt like some of us, turned it into a focal point in one of their garden beds. I’d like to give that plow a wild ride through some dirt to compare it to my plow. Alas, Mr. and Mrs. Cee don’t do dirt; they … Read More

  How many of you are afraid to turn on a slowcooker or crockpot and leave the house? I was always afraid the crockpot might burn my house to the ground while I was at work because stuff happens to me. I don’t volunteer for stuff; it jumps on me with glee. Once I left the 9-to-5 life, I had time to monitor bad crockpot behavior and searched the back of my pantry for a … Read More