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Boiled Peanuts


The good folks at the Shrine building would want me to invite you over for some boiled peanuts… every year on Labor Day, they put on the World’s Largest Peanut Boil – this year they’re got 27 tons to boil and parch.

All proceeds go towards the Shriner Children’s Hospitals. What a great way to raise money for such a great cause!

Come out and join us for some “goobers” – and while you’re here, thank the kind people who have given their time this long holiday weekend to work so we’d have these delicious snacks.

Grab a few extra bags- they will freeze and will taste fresh when you boil them just a few minutes.


Author: Beth R - Categories: country life,family and friends,my home town

Hurricane Lilies



Some of my favorite memories involved spider lilies, as I called them as a child. A few years ago I found out they’re also called hurricane lilies, because they bloom in hurricane season. Another name is naked ladies- imagine a lady in olden days, standing in her petticoats, waiting to put on her dress and you can see where they get that name.

My mother’s mom had rows of spider lilies beside the little walk from her house to driveway. Then as a young mother, the yard of our house was filled with them every fall. I have a picture of my older son as a toddler standing among them.

Several years ago, I have a row of them to come up in my yard, out of the blue! I have no idea where they came from, but I moved them into flower beds. For a couple of years after that, a few more would show up in that original spot and I’d move them too.  Then I had a friend give me some from his yard, and they continue multiplying. Sometimes some will just pop up in the grass, and of course they get moved too. Randy counted what he could the other day and was over 200 when he quit, and that was just in two spots.

I like to think that somehow, seeds from those in my grandmother’s yard have made their way to me; and I’m doing my part by sharing mine with other people.

Such simplicity, and still so beautiful!

I’m off to dig up some that have come up behind the fence and under the fig tree so they can live on in someone else’s yards….




One of my favorite places, out around the loop. It always makes me think of a song by John Denver, called Cool and Green and Shady. Here are the lyrics:

Saturday’s, holidays, easy afternoon
Lazy days, summer days, nothing much to do
Rainy days are better days, for hanging out inside
Rainy days and city ways make me want to hide
Someplace cool and green and shady.

Find yourself a piece of grassy ground
Lay down, close your eyes
Find yourself and maybe lose yourself
While your free spirit flies
(musical interlude)

August skies, lullabys, promises to keep
Dandelions and twisting vines, Clover at your feet
memories of Aspen leaves, trembling on the wind
Honeybees and fantasies
Where to start again
Someplace cool and green and shady
Cool and green and shady

Cool and green and shady

Cool and green and shady

Cool and green and shady

Words and music by John Denver and Joe Henry

Author: Beth R - Categories: country life,my home town,nostalgia


This old water tower is behind town hall in Rutledge. It was erected in the early ’50s and was used for many years to help provide water for the folks in town.

But like many things, it was no longer useful- two bigger water towers were put up in other parts of town. Because of regulations on how municipal water towers are maintained, it didn’t hold enough water to make the costs to keep it in shape worthwhile.

So now it sits behind town hall, waiting.  The town would love to see someone take it and make something useful out of it. Maybe sit on someone’s ranch or farm, and maybe like the one in Montgomery that graces the area where some swanky downtown restaurants are.

Do you ever wonder if you’re useful or not? Look around- maybe you’re just in the wrong spot!

Gen. 12:1-3 Now the LORD had said unto Abram, Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father’s house, unto a land that I will shew thee:  And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing:  And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed.

Author: Beth R - Categories: country life,my home town

New Babies


Several months ago, Randy added an outside wall to our carport – probably I should say bikeport, but that sounds funny. We park our bikes under the carport, and he figured closing it in would help protect the bikes during bad weather, and it would also give us some more storage space, since he added shelves to the inside of that wall.
A few weeks later, he was changing out some parts on the bike, and left an empty box on the top of one of the shelves. Then one day, I was working in our living room and looked out the window onto the carport and noticed a bird was carrying twigs and leaves. As I watched, she went into the box, the box shook a bit, and then she popped back out. I kept watching over the next day or so, and she eventually finished the nest she was working on.
I’ve worried about the nest, because we have two cats who like to play in and around the bikes; one actually takes a nap on one of the shelves. At one point, we thought the nest had been abandoned, but when Randy picked the box up to throw it away, the bird came flying out of the box – I don’t know who it startled more, Randy or the bird.
Then over the weekend, Randy picked up the box to see if it was still being used, and guess what he saw? Three little mouths open wide, waiting for lunch.
I’m still a bit nervous about the cats- they are champion hunters, and love to go after noisy little animals. But hopefully the mama bird is watching them, and the box itself is in a spot that would be hard for the cats to reach. I’m just going to trust that God will keep His hands on the babies until they can get out on their own.

Author: Beth R - Categories: country life,my home town

Our county has truly served her country well- we have many veterans living among us, from World War II, Korea, Viet Nam and all the way to current-day conflicts.
I read a statistic that our country, on average, is losing over one thousand World War II veterans every day, and that’s not counting vets from other wars. What are we doing to insure that the history within those men and women doesn’t die with them? And more importantly, what are we doing to make sure all veterans know we hold them in honor and respect?
Whether we agree with the wars they fought in or not, we owe these men and women a debt of gratitude we can never repay.
I’d like to challenge you to do two things. First, if you know of someone who is a veteran, spend time with them. Get to know them- at some point, they may want to share their experiences with you. Whether they do or not, make sure you tell them how much you appreciate the sacrifices they made for you and your family.
Second, remember that we have many veterans who are buried in cemeteries in our area- and many of those cemeteries depend on the family members for maintenance. I’ve seen some graves that have gone untended, either because the family has moved away or died, or because family members are no longer able to keep them clean. If each one of us adopted a grave and made an effort to keep it cleaned up, what a difference it would make! The simple act of placing a small flag on the grave would be another way to show honor to those who made the ultimate sacrifice.
Someone once said we live in the land of the free, because of the brave. Please remember to thank those brave men and women who answered the call of their country.

Author: Beth R - Categories: faith and values,my home town

Playing catchup


Lots of things have been going on around here, so here’s the ‘cleanup’.
I went back to the doctor yesterday, fully expecting him to say I didn’t have to go back- nope, not yet. He says everything looks good, incision is healing nicely; he said to stop using tape on the dressing since it’s causing some irritation. Works for me- now I can shower and wash my hair without waiting for hubby to come home and help me change the dressing…I go back in two weeks – hopefully for the last time (not that I don’t like Dr. Daley, but I’m ready to move on -LOL)
A very good friend of ours was involved in a bike wreck on Monday night- he was leaving a meeting and hit a deer. Not nearly as bad as it could have been- God had His hand on his shoulder. A few broken bones, some nasty road rash, scrapes and bruises, but he’ll hopefully come home this weekend.
Another friend of ours is in the hospital with double pneumonia, so a friend and I went to visit him. We didn’t realize how bad he’d been feeling until we saw him at the hospital this morning. He was joking with us, asking about our husbands and what they were doing. He looks so much better than just a day or two ago.
Our town’s homecoming is finally here- we’ll start things off on Saturday with an arts and crafts fair, then a singing lesson by Ms. Regina, then a bluegrass jam festival that night. Sunday will start with a community church service at the Primitive Baptist Church, dinner on the grounds and singing in the afternoon.
My folks’ 50th anniversary is coming up and we’re working towards getting everything done for the celebration. We’re hoping lots of folks come and visit that afternoon.
Okay, back to your regularly scheduled blog. Thank you for your time.

Author: Beth R - Categories: bikes and bikers,family and friends,my home town

*My middle son, who is home from Europe, has been stationed at Bragg, so he’s home for a short visit before he reports for duty. We drove into Bigtown today to let him get a car; he had in mind what he wanted, and happened to find almost exactly what he had in mind, and also seemed to get a pretty good deal on it. He’s walking around with a grin on his face so big, I’m afraid the top of his head will fall off. Boys and their toys – nothing like it. Not that I can say anything- I’m pretty crazy about my toys too!

*I’m so glad it’s Friday- the first week back at school is always tough- everyone has to readjust their schedules, get used to getting up early and to bed on time, and none of us seem to have gotten as much sleep as we needed.

*A situation that’s been on my mind seems to be working out, so hopefully that stress area will go on the back burner for a while.

*My slogan for this year, Big Things are Coming, seems to be already fulfilling itself. I’ve picked up two new clients, with prospects of several more in the works.

*I’m still redesigning my site, with some good input from Nigel Portis, and it should be poppin’ pretty soon.

*Besides reworking the publishing section, I’m adding galleries of my portrait work – I’m anxious to see how it looks online.

*I’ve come up with several new projects to work on, including a writer’s group for some area folks who need the encouragement and help that I can give them. More on that later…

*I’ve been encouraged to write a column for a local paper regarding tips for writers. I’ll be working on that in the next few days.

*My photo entry for the League of Municipalities statewide contest won 2nd place; I was contacted this week for permission to use it in a book to be published by the Alabama Department of History and Archives.

*This post has encouraged me to add a section on my site of news updates regarding my business. I’ll add it as a newsfeed across the front page with links to the full story.

Author: Beth R - Categories: family and friends,my home town

Moon in the Trees
Originally uploaded by bethmrogers

I don’t know why I’m so enthralled by the moon, but I will chase images of her for more time than my husband likes to think about.
I was walking Cookie the shih tzu last night before bedtime, and I looked up and saw the moon among the limbs of this pecan tree. The clouds were slipping over it, like the tide over shells in the sand. I spent about 40 minutes trying to get just a few images of the moon while she appeared from the clouds.
As I said in an earlier post about the sunsets I see most days, I have such beauty in my own yard. My sister-in-law, Linda, feels the same way- she’s got a beautiful place in the county, and I’m sure she could spend hours just walking around her own yard, seeing beauty in hidden places within a stone’s throw of her backdoor.
I found a lovely picture of the moon during a lunar eclipse and it’s pushed me even harder to get good images of the moon and the night sky.; Phil Hart is extremely talented and I want to learn from his lovely work.

Author: Beth R - Categories: country life,my home town,photography

Lucky Me…


Water Tower #2
Originally uploaded by bethmrogers

I’m one of the most fortunate people I know. I live in a beautiful area of southern Alabama, and within a ten mile radius of my house, I have wonderful country to photograph. And this beautiful view is what I can see every afternoon, just by standing in the middle of my front yard.
I got this shot just last week; I was walking by a window while getting some work done, and happened to look out- and there it was.
The only thing that could make things better, would be to have a beautiful lake in my front yard. While that’s not going to be possible, one of my dreams/goals for this year is to put in a small goldfish pond in front of my house, and turning it into an outdoor living room- I’ve got all kinds of beautiful plants that can be moved around it, including confederate roses, grapevine, hydrangeas, wisteria and all kinds of day lilies.
It will take some planning to get all this done, because I want to make sure we don’t mess with any water lines, but I know it can be done.
If you’ve got dreams, write them down- and turn them into plans, by writing down all the details that will have to be done to make it a reality. The more real a dream is to you, the more likely it will become a plan.

Author: Beth R - Categories: country life,my home town,time and money
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