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Framed

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***** "I was framed" at Michaels. I had one last oil painting that I purchased in Italy that I wanted framed and TOM received the Order of St. Maurice and he wanted that framed too, so we headed over the local craft store with our 80% off coupon. For professional framing, you really need to have a coupon, unless you are independently wealthy, which we are not. I was here to pick up our pieces and saw all the scattered frames and mats and could not resist popping off a shot with my iPhone. I am keeping my feet up and it is getting easier to move around. My ankle is still the size of a grapefruit and my knee is the size of a melon. Surprisingly, my arm is not swollen, but it hurts to beat the band. Take care and don't fall! *****

Fall Day

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***** I took this earlier today. The tree is so pretty and the camellias are blooming nicely. I know I posted a version of this yesterday, but it was a new shot today. I will be taking an unscheduled break because I took a tumble while I was out shopping today and sprained my ankle and my knee. I hope to be more mobile by next week and back to posting a daily photo. I plan to check in on you so keep the great shots coming. *****

The Wheels on the Bus ...

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***** ... go round and round. The leaves are still hanging in there on my Bradford pear tree so I figured I better get a shot. I'm also glad to have beat the bus home--I have been stopped more times than I can count right there behind that tree, watching my garage door open while I wait for the kids to disembark. It was gloomy for most of the day, but the blue sky finally made an appearance.  *****

City Mills

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***** It has been a while since I took a shot from the GA side of the river at City Mills. A year ago, we would have seen water rushing over the dam (now gone) and some really big rocks. Now at low water, we have a huge sandbar. I hope you are having a sunny hump day! *****

Another Beautiful Day

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***** Another beautiful fall day. This walkway leads to an outdoor eating area on the TSYS Campus. The building has a glass facade so you can get some nice reflections.  The trees are not dropping their leaves yet. Kind of strange, but the look prettier on the trees.  *****

Reno at the Mott House

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***** Work has started at the Mott House. I thought all of the work was taking place on the inside. Boy was I wrong. Here is a shot of the intact portico. Sorry you can't see it ver well. All of the trees in the monochrome shot have also been removed, as well as a couple of pretty flowering cherry trees. You can see the root of one of them leading into the frame. *****

It's a Bit Gloomy Here Today ...

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***** ... so I am sharing a shot from a week ago when the sun was shining. *****

The Rooster

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***** One final shot from our day trip to Pine Mountain and the Wild Animal Safari. Main Street is full of antique and collectible shops. If you are in the area, stop and look around. You might just find something to take home with you. ***** Follow this link for information about other attractions in the area: Pine Mountain. *****

River Season

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***** This is what the river looked like today. Still one of my favorite views. TGIF *****

Do You Watusi

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***** This breed of cattle is native to Africa. Its horns can span up to 8 feet from tip to tip and are used for cooling. They can weigh up to 1600 pounds, the Watusi, not just the horns.  You can see an elk in the background. They would walk right down the middle of the road when they saw you coming. They see cars and they think food. FYI, these guys were really big. ***** If you want to watch Wednesday Addams do the watusi, check out the following clip. If you were a kid in the US in the 1960s you probably watched this show. I know I did. ***** *****

Manicure Needed

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***** Look at that sweet face begging for food. We laughed when we saw that you could buy 50 pound bags of food pellets for the animals at the park, but found ourselves wishing we had purchased more than the four small bags that we did buy. We just wanted to feed everyone! The bears, Momma, Papa, and Baby, were especially good at begging. Truth be told, I really hate to see the animals caged like this, but I know there are reasons for them to be there. Also, they appeared to be well cared for and in good shape.  *****

This is George

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***** George was born at the park 18 August 2013. He was 5'9" and weighed 79 pounds. He is now 6'7" and weighs 190 pounds. In the wild, he would nurse from 1 month to 1 year. Because his mother, Rose, was inexperienced as a mom, he is being hand-raised to ensure that he receives the best care. He is adorable. His hair is course, but his mane is much softer. *****   *****

1500

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***** Today is my 1500th post...I think. One blogger page has 1499 and another page has 1500. Because I hate to think that I missed the 1500th post, I am going to call this 1500. ***** We drove up to Pine Mountain, GA today and went to the Wild Animal Safari. First we did the 'walk about' area. In the enclosures, they had lions, tigers and bears, oh my! They also had baboons, wolves, and Baby George, the Giraffe. ***** ***** *****

Draggin' Mario

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***** Have you ever played Super Mario Brothers? The video game came out in the 1980's and I used to play it with my sons. I don't play video games much these days, but I do enjoy a game of Guitar Hero occasionally. It surprised me just a bit to see this car decked out with Mario Bros paraphernalia. And being a careful driver I did not want to try and take any photos while I was driving so all I can show you is the doll hanging from the bumper.  *****

Maltitude

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***** New shop in town. If you're into craft beers and wines you can head over to Maltitude on Broadway. The city of Columbus has approved the sale of beer 'growlers' in the Uptown area and Matitude is there to serve you.  ***** For uninitiated, a growler is a pail or pitcher for carrying beer to take home. You purchase the growler and then you purchase the beer to put in it. You also can purchase your growlers and beer at the Cannon (two doors down).  ***** If you're worried about finishing 64 ounces of beer before it goes flat, you can create your own six-pack from the bottled beer selection.  ***** Bottoms up! *****

Chili Thai Uptown

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***** I think this is my new favorite restaurant. Located in Uptown in the old Birdsie's Market on 10th Street. I think they will make it. The food was delicious. If I had one critique, it would be that the servers need to stay focused on the customer experience. They tended to be a bit disorganized and a little on the slow side. Yes, we caught the tail end of the lunch rush, but I only saw two servers and with the number of patrons, they probably needed three. The food will keep me going back for more.  ***** ***** TOM ordered a Thai Iced Coffee. If you like iced coffee this was pretty good. Although, I prefer the Thai Iced Tea...so sweet it could give you a cavity just looking at it. Nice as a dessert beverage! ***** *****  I ordered Ginger Chicken (I can't remember the Thai name). I ate it all.  ***** *****
TOM ordered Rad Nah. Not sure of the spelling here. It looked delicious and was very tasty.  *****

Life's a Beach

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***** No matter where the beach is.

Pint-Sized Fisherman

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***** Good way to spend an afternoon.

Rafters on the River

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***** We went for a walk down by the river today and we were on the bridge when this group of rafters/rubber ducky kayakers came down the river. They are stopping at this point to check out the rapids to the right of the frame. As you can see, they are wearing insulated coats/pants in case they go into the water which they most likely will. ***** ***** *****

Legacy Hall

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***** This is the pipe organ in Legacy Hall at the River Center.  It has approximately  4500 pipes and weighs about 45000 pounds. The foundation had to be reinforced to support the weight of the organ. Legacy Hall is part of the Schwob School of Music at Columbus State University. The organ was handmade about 10 years ago for about $1 million. Today the same organ would cost about $2 million. ***** ***** We were all allowed an up close and personal view of the organ.  ***** ***** The hall seats between 250 and 400. Sorry I can't remember.  ***** ***** The chandeliers are custom made from copper and are acoustically transparent. Everything in thishall is designed so that nothing interferes with the honesty of the music. Very interesting tour.  *****

The River Center for the Performing Arts

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***** We had a team building fun day instead of a sitting at a desk in a cube day. We met at Fountain City Coffee for a cuppa and/or breakfast. After the social hour, we headed to the River Center for a backstage tour. After the tour we went to the Cannon Brew Pub for lunch. ***** As you can see, it was raining and grey, but it made for some nice reflections. Tomorrow I will show you the pipe organ in Legacy Hall.  *****