Sunday, December 4, 2022

Cleaning day

Well at least we're getting a start.  Cleaned out the car, Pat is regenerating the water softener (the water here seems a tad hard) and in the RV we cleaned the fan/vents, and the air-conditioner filters. The biggest thing was cleaning under the theater seating.  You can't just scoot it out nor easily vacuum under it, but it is an accumulater. The windows and screens need cleaning, especially after being in sandy conditions, but they will have to wait until we get back from a trip to Houston. 

Advent Calendar Day 3: Winter Getaway a red blend from Portugal, Red Leicester cheese (English cheese made similar to Cheddar but more crumbly with a reddish-orange rind), and a Caramel with a touch of "fleur de sel" de Guerande sea salt (gourmet, delicate sea salt extracted from the salt marshes in the region of South Britanny in France).
Where are the Piepers now? Bonifay, FL

Friday, December 2, 2022

Pat can do just about anything!

Advent Calendar Day 2 consisted of Through The Forest a Pinot Gris from Hungary, Red Pesto Gouda, and a Cappuccino Chocolate.

Today we learned that we need to pull out the wine-of-the-day in the morning in case it needs refrigeration.

Today was toilet replacement day, a 20 minute job, he said. I did not reply. Several hours and 3 stores later it was in with no leaks on the outside and water staying inside the bowl. I mentioned the 20 minute job. Pat said it did only take 20 minutes to put the toilet in, it was fixing the leaks and trying to get water to stay in the bowl that took so long. Whatever! At one point he went outside to turn on the water and I was suppose to watch for leaks. There isn't a lot of room in the bathroom and I'm bent over trying to watch for leaks and a hose size stream starts going everywhere. I yelled loud but when that much water is coming out it seems like it takes forever to turn it off. No leak, he forgot to shut the valve. There were a couple of leaks but we now have a working toilet. Thanks Pat for being able to fix anything!

A standpipe water tower is a ground supported storage tank with a height that is greater than its diameter. They were popular water storage structures from the middle 1800's through the early 1900's. Several are still used.

Standpipe water tower in Tallapoosa, GA built in 1890. Sitting on top of a hill it welcomes visitors and can be seen a mile away.

Across from the water tower stands what started as an entrance to the town and gradually became an outdoor art park. Pat said it's a lot of junk, I see a lot of interesting art.

Where are the Piepers now? Bonifay, FL

Thursday, December 1, 2022

The best part of our trip to Tallapoosa, GA? Family!

Finally, Day 1 of our Aldi Advent treats, a red blend from France, white cheddar cheese, and a chocolate mousse with coffee chocolate. We had our own cheese but split the wine and chocolate.

We went to Tallapoosa, about 40 miles east of Atlanta, to get Koni shocks and a motion control unit for the RV at Safe T Plus Steering Control.  Better yet we got to visit my nephew and Pat's niece. 

We arrived on Tues. and Matt invited us for dinner that night in Marietta, north of Atlanta. Unfortunately his wife Sarah was traveling, but my great nephew Luke kept us entertained! By the way, my brother John had two sons, Mark and Matt. Luke completed their biblical foursome. Luke is 9 and a true joy! Matt prepared a delicious meal. Luke was proud, and rightly so, that he prepared dessert, Orange Blossom Teacakes from Raddish Kids. He even let us have seconds.

What a tree house! What's in the center? A tree of course! It has a slide, rock climber, and according to Luke, a trap door that Daddy bumps his head on. 

Leah is an assistant professor at a university in Atlanta. We met her Weds. for dinner at Atlanta's Chattahoochee Food Works. Located in an historic industrial space it is a 31-vender food court highlighting some of Atlanta's best. It was a new spot for all of us. There were too many choices so we just followed Leah to Belén de La Cruz for Argentinean Empanadas. Then for dessert we headed for cookies at Monster Cravings. Their slogan, "Our cookies are FUN, FRESH. AND DAMN GOOD." They have some interesting flavors. I had a s'mores cookie Weds. and took a chocolate with sea salt for International Cookie Day Dec. 4. 

Chattahoochee Food Works

I was impressed with the stamps they used on the Empanadas. I had chicken and cheese, and my favorite squash and cheese.

No self control! You were right Leah, my cookie I took home for International Cookie Day didn't make it past Thursday.😉

Safe T Plus was all about the customer. From a warm greeting, to a well stocked lounge, to a nice place to park our RV during our stay, they went out of their way to make us feel at home. Their service was excellent, fast, and prompt. We really like their steering control. It makes driving the RV much nicer, or so Pat says. Now the ride will be a little smoother too. If you ever need any of their products PCP1130 will get you $50 off anything you order from, and have installed at, the factory, Safe T Plus.

They were decorated for Christmas and provided snacks and "coke." Coca-cola's headquarters is in Atlanta but in the south a "coke" is generic for any soft drink.

Fortunately Google, and finally Garmin, routed us around this traffic jam. 

Our Aldi Advent calendars.

Where are the Piepers now? Bonifay, FL

Monday, November 28, 2022

Today we got to shop for the fun stuff!

What are your gas prices?

We want to thank Lane Southern Orchard in Fort Valley, GA for being our Harvest Host tonight. Before darkness came there were 3 fifth-wheels and a van joining us. We have repeated stays at only two Harvest Hosts, one being at a winery in Hershey PA and the other here at Lane Southern Orchard.

Not something you want to spend your money on that's for sure! Our current toilet has a built-in water valve that just won't quit leaking. Pat has tried everything and since the valve can't be replaced this was the next step. It's nice to belong to the Thor Diesel Group and the Palazzo group on Facebook because you can get a lot of help. In this case most with our problem ended up giving up and buying a new one too.

We left Brunswick today on a trip to the Atlanta area. A nice drive with some southern sites.

Cotton fields

We missed seeing the trees change this year,  or did we? As we left Brunswick we saw a few pretty trees. Interestingly enough,  considering we were going mostly west and not north, that by the time we got to Lanes Southern Orchard the trees were bare. Maybe different kinds of trees or the pretty ones were that color all year?

Logging trucks

The pecan trees near Fort Valley, GA were bare.

A lot of people were out in the rockers this afternoon enjoying peach shakes, peach cobbler (my choice), fried peach pies (Pat's choice), etc. They have other fruits and pecans too but peaches are the big one.
Where are the Piepers now? Fort Valley, GA

Saturday, November 26, 2022

"Somehow my soul seems suddenly free, From the weighing of fate and the sad discussion of sin, By the length and the breadth and the sweep of the marshes of Glynn." -- Sidney Lanier, "The Marshes of Glynn"

This model of the Liberty Ship was located in Memorial Park in Brunswick, Georgia.

All 2,779 Liberty Ships built between 1941 and 1945 at 18 shipyards were identical and were both cargo and troop carriers in WWII. The J. A. Jones Construction Co. operated one of the plants on the waterfront in Brunswick. Between 1943 and 1945, with a workforce of 16,000 men and women, they produced up to 99 of these steel vessels (usually 4 per month), 477' long and weighing 3,500 tons, for the Merchant Marines.

I found two possible explanations for their name. A sign at the WWII Memorial in Memorial Park in Brunswick said the reputation of the ships in keeping vital supply lines open earned them the name Liberty Ships. The National Park Website said the first ship built on Sept. 27, 1941 was named after Patrick Henry, the Revoltutionary War Patriot who had famously declared, "Give me liberty, or give me death," and that's how they became known as Liberty Ships.

It seemed odd that the scale model of the ship was across town at the WWII memorial.

Liberty Ship Park was located between the Sindney Lanier Bridge and the former Brunswick shipyard. 

The Sidney Lanier Bridge in Brunswick was opened in 2003, replacing a bridge of the same name built in 1956. Georgia's tallest cable stayed bridge stretches 7,779 feet across the Brunswick river and is 480' at its highest point. The previous Bridge, of the same name, was a vertical-lift bridge which had been struck by a ship in 1972 and again in 1987. In the 1972 collision several cars fell into the water killing 10 people. 

Both bridges were named for the Georgian poet, Sidney Lanier, who wrote "The Marshes of Glynn," about the beautiful salt marshes in Coastal Georgia. "The Marshes of Glynn" by Sidney Lanier

The Glynn County board said that 18 people have committed suicide on the bridge since 2003. We noticed suicide prevention hotline numbers posted on the bridge, and the board said it is considering other action to help with this problem. 

The original version of the Longest Yard was filmed on the first bridge. The raising of the lift span was used to help Burt Reynolds escape the police. 

A mosaic located in Liberty Park.

The Sidney Lanier Bridge, with a small section on the right from the original bridge gave a great view of the bridge and river.

The former Brunswick Shipyards

We thought these nearby buildings may have been part of the shipyards?
Where are the Piepers now? Brunswick, GA