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Troy State University

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***** Troy State University is building a campus along the Riverwalk in Phenix City. They will have 40,000 square feet of space with plans to expand to 80,000 square feet. This should bring more business to support the students and the local economy.  *****

Eagle and Phenix

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***** You can see the remnants of the dam on the left of the frame and the powerhouse. Two years ago the grassy and rocky areas were hidden under a pool of calm water that made for beautiful reflections. They have cleared several trees that were blocking the view. This is low water.  *****

Cherry Pickers

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OK, so their not picking cherries, but they are hooking up some new power lines. This exemplifies my Monday. How about yours?

The Junque Yard

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***** I had some time to burn a few days ago and remembered a new spot to buy (and sell) your repurposed and refurbished items. The space was a [large] fabric store that has since gone out of business. This is just a small bit of the space and I really liked the vintage sign letters. But there is something wrong. Do you see the error? (It might be intentional.) ***** There is a large number of vendors and some really terrific items to use as inspiration.  Heck, I might even buy something next time I go. Hope you are all having a nice weekend.  *****

Another Beautiful Day in the Valley

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***** The cooler temperatures are so refreshing. Some might say 60's to 70's are too cool, but I'm from Minnesota. The Mott House has been occupied with work crews. I look forward to the day when I can go in and take a tour. The work will probably take a year. I am glad that my company is finally going to put it to good use. TGIF everybody.  *****

Blue and Gold

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***** The nights are cooling off and the leaves are starting to change. The temperatures during the day are much appreciated after the heat and humidity of summer. Hope you had a nice fall day.  *****

Waters Edge

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***** Taking a stroll across the bridge today, this wonderful strip of gold caught my eye.  *****

A Hot Mess

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***** Driving to an appointment, I came upon this mess. I am not sure if the cars involved in the collision hit the utility poles, but the police and the fire department were 'johnnies-on-the-spot'. This is a congested intersection when things are running smoothly, but I guess I am lucky at least one lane was clear. Remember to use your turn signal and look both ways before pulling into traffic.  *****

Yarnbombing

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*****   5th grade students from St. Luke's school crocheted the pieces with the help of teachers and grandmothers in memory of teacher Jeanne Bastone, who recently passed away. A memorial tree will be planted on the school playground as a more permanent memorial to the beloved teacher.  *****

Gone Fishing

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A bass tourniment was held today at one of the lakes in the area, but Mother Nature was not very cooperative.  They had only half of the expected entries. We stopped by because our DIL was selling t-shirts, decals and bumper stickers. Have to support the home team, ya know. The cloudy and cooler weather was nice for stomping around the flea market though. Hope you all are having a sunny Saturday.

More Work

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Bridge Meditation

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***** I made it outside for a short walk today. I was in the company of several people on the bridge including this guy who took advantage of the sunny afternoon for a meditative break. I should have joined him.  *****

Linwood Cemetery

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New Family in the Neighborhood

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***** Fairies in the garden.  *****

Sunday Morning Bike Ride

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We loaded up the bikes and headed to the river walk for a ride this morning. The temperature was just about right, with a slight breeze. Gradual ups and downs helped get the heart rate up. Maybe some day I won't have to stay in first gear to make it to the top! ***** ***** When I was a pre-teen, I babysat, delivered news papers...anything to earn money for the things I wanted to buy. I had my eye on a yellow ten-speed at the local Schwinn dealer (they had their own stores back then) that cost me $120. That was a lot of money in the mid 70s. I loved that bike. I rode it all the time. I was actually pretty good with long distances rides. I actually had that bike until the end of the 80s. TOM and I were going thru a bad patch and he was mad at me and he sold it at a yard sale. I never did ask him how much he got for it! Probably a collectors item now.  ***** *****  When I bought my new bike this year, I bought a Schwinn.  Call it nostalgia, but the price was right. And the color was right…

Kia Hamster

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***** Driving by the local Kia dealership today. We had to stop and catch a couple of shots of the Kia hamster. You may have seen them in TV commercials. This appears to be the more roly-poly version. In 2013 commercials, the three hamsters have slimmed down.  *****

Pedestrian Bridge Open to the Public

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***** I have been waiting for 24 months for this bridge to reopen. Before they closed it, I would walk over it and the Chattahoochee River almost every day. It was the beginning of a perfect loop trail to walk during lunch. And now is it open again and better than ever. The grand opening was 9 Oct. I planned to get away from my desk for a bit to view the opening ceremonies, but I forgot! Anyway, the bridge is open and that makes me happy. If you are interested in the bridge before her makeover, you can view these previous posts. ***** Now and Then Another View of the Bridge Not the Same Old Bridge Another View of the Bridge Gone But Not Forgotton Work Continues Bridge Work - 14th Street 14th Street Bridge ***** Bridge Facts: Original Covered Bridge Constructed by Horace King in 1858. The bridge was burned during the        battle of Girard (Phenix City). During the Civil War the bridge was used by Union soldiers to invade Columbus; the last major battle of the Civil war. In 1868, the bridge …

My Pie

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***** A group of us went for lunch at YourPie. You can have something off the menu or you can build your own. I had the Nat with marinara sauce, instead of pesto, with spinach, chicken, feta, mozzarella, and sun dried tomatoes. The crust was light and crispy. All in all, a pretty good lunch. Give them a try if you a fan of pizza.  *****

Blue Morpho

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***** Blue Morpho butterflies on the feeder. I guess they like oranges. The Morphos were fluttering around, but many were reaching the end of their lives. We both had a hard time catching one with their wings open. The one below is a little past her prime, but she is still beautiful. *****  *****

Tiger Town

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***** I live about 25 miles from Auburn University so it's only fair that I share the tiger topiary at Callaway Gardens.  *****

Roll Tide

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***** This another one of the college mascots at Callaway Gardens.  *****

Dinner Special

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***** Putting up the special for the evening. However, when I'm at a steak house, I want a nice slice of beef. For TOM's birthday, we drove out to Hunter's Pub for dinner. We had grilled lobster tails as an appetizer and brought home a couple of slices of peanut butter pie. Hmmm, hmmm good.  TGIF every body.  *****

Stained Glass

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***** Details of one of the stained glass windows at the Ida Cason Callaway Memorial Chapel. The windows mimic the nature outdoors.  *****

The Butterfly House

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***** September was Blue Morpho month at the Butterfly House. I haven't downloaded the shots from the big camera yet.  Maybe I will get to it tomorrow.  *****

Ida Cason Callaway Memorial Chapel

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***** Looking for a charming and intimate stone chapel for your special day? Well, this is it. The chapel was designed by Cason Callaway as a memorial to his mother. The chapel features a stone alter, stained glass windows, and a handmade Moller pipe organ. Located at Callaway Gardens in Pine Mountain, GA.  *****