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November 2012 • Southern Rural Route

Last December, I told you about my Shoes With Air (WordPress has monkeyed with the link tool and it doesn’t work) being full of air-conditioning holes because I hadn’t purchased any in recent years. Stores stopped marking canvas flats down to $3 at the end of summer. So I hadn’t purchased any in several years and mine were way past the idea of starting to wear out. At the end … Read More

I’m looking to you experts for help with Whiskey’s family tree. I’m thinking there is something funky about it. First, I should confess.  A number of you thought that I would weaken in my resolve to maintain Whiskey as a yard cat. I was certain you were wrong. It turns out you were half right. As the night-time temps dropped to a shivering 55 degrees, I started letting him in … Read More

Two of my friends and I ventured out in the ugly, raw weather of Friday to check out the decorated palm trees in Vilano Beach, Florida. I’ll admit to trying to “warm up” my photographs because the skies were so gray. Here are a few photos from our excursion: … Read More

    This tropical-looking plant is a Pine Cone Ginger or Shampoo Ginger (zingiber zerumbet) with a baby pine cone ginger in the background. It is native to southeast Asia but has spread around the world in tropical and subtropical climates.  An easy to grow member of the ginger family, it is hardy from USDA Zones 8 to 11 but sometimes grows as far north as 7b. It … Read More

The first time I saw one of these at the Southern Rural Route, I was in awe. The University of Florida claims this spider is a Spiny Orb-Weaver, gasteracantha cancriformis. If you are of the female persuasion, it’s about the size of the finger nail on your index finger provided, of course, you aren’t doing that whole Cruella DeVille thing. If you know your way around the metric … Read More

I find myself shopping more and more on what I call the “secondary market,” i.e., not at retail. Flea markets, garage sales and now Craigslist. There are two reasons for this: I have limited funds and I see no reason to enrich the 1%. Following the Crash of ’08, I was replaced by two part-timers with no benefits. In addition to all the jobs being shipped overseas despite high … Read More