Thursday, February 26, 2015
Sunday, October 26, 2014
When Grandfather Stringer died in 1931, Grandmother Claude Stringer was left with four children to raise, the youngest of which was "Gip", my father. They lived in a nice home in Talladega but, like most people at the time, they had little money.
Evidently, Grandmother wanted her daughter, Martha, to be able to take piano lessons. She negotiated with Miss Zora Ellis, the local high school English teacher (who must have known how to play) for piano lessons for Martha. Payment for the lessons was a chair, the platform rocker in the picture accompanying this article.
Fast forward about sixty years. Miss Ellis, knowing that she was approaching the end of her life, sought out my parents who were living in Birmingham at the time. She stated that she would like to return the chair to the Stringer family. And she did.
Today, the chair resides with me but it is seeking a new home. A Stringer relative would be ideal but so would a museum-type setting that could use a Victorian-era chair. It's in good shape but I do not think it would stand up to everyday use.
FYI, there is a Junior High School in Talladega today named after Miss Ellis.
Thursday, August 11, 2011
Saturday, June 4, 2011
I have had a few Krispy Kreme Classics over the years and have loved them. However, one thought has lingered in the back of my mind - the doughnuts weigh so little, how much substance is actually there? Today, I decided to run a little test.
I bought a hot Classic right out of the cooker and took it home. I squashed it between to hard surfaces to see what I'd have left. The pictures demonstrate the result.
The original doughnut weighed 53 grams. After being squashed, it weighed 35 grams. So, I guess roughly one-third of the Classic's weight was made up of cooking oil!
This was enough to satisfy my curiosity. Now, on the solving the Meaning of Life.
Tuesday, January 25, 2011
Monday, December 13, 2010
Sunday, November 7, 2010
Only about two miles of the roughly 26 miles was on paved surfaces. The rest of the way was on dirt roads or mountain trails. Here's a link to the results: http://roguevalleyrunners.blogspot.com/.
Sunday, October 31, 2010
Thursday, July 1, 2010
We have an addition to our house that is about twelve years old. For the past few years, we've noticed that one corner seemed to be settling a bit too much. In the past year, a crack appeared in the brick on the lower level below the deck. The first picture below was taken after the crack had been partially repaired. Originally, it was about as wide as your pinkie finger.
We called a foundation repair company and they recommended installing three support "piers", two near the crack and one around the corner. A pier is essentially a lip that fits under the edge of the foundation supported by a steel pole that goes all the way down to bedrock. The next picture shows the three "lips" to be used on our piers.
Here you see two of the piers ready for installation. The rig above each pier is a pneumatic device that will keep driving sections of support pole down until it hits bedrock. The operator keeps adding two-foot sections of pole as it goes down. The pier support on the left went down 44 feet before it hit bedrock.
Here's another view of the driving position.
Once bedrock is reached, all three pneumatic devices operate together to actually lift the house up. The operators move slowly here to make sure stress is distributed as evenly as possible. We're lifting the foundation, the frame of the house and the brick veneer all at once. New cracks could develop if care is not taken.
Wednesday, April 28, 2010
At our age, it doesn't take much to excite us!
Wednesday, April 21, 2010
You can find the blog entry he is reading about six or seven posts down from here, "A Real Horsey Guy".
Wednesday, January 6, 2010
Wednesday, December 9, 2009
Hayes is always ready to say, "Cheese!"
Reid doesn't care much for pancakes but he can really get into Clementine oranges.
Next stop was a local mall to play on the indoor playground, have lunch and ride the carousel. It's tough to get a good shot of both boys, so here are two.
Granddaddy is in his usual position at the south end of the north bound steeds!
Sunday, November 8, 2009
He finished 59th with a time of 3:57:31. This was great, especially considering:
Runners can expect much more than the standard marathon “bonk” at this year’s USA Track & Field Trail Marathon Championships. Runners will face an initial eight-mile, 3,200-foot ascent through the steep Siskiyou Mountains that shadow the southern Oregon town of Ashland. The trails and fire roads do flatten out for twelve miles in the middle of the race but maintaining pace may become difficult at the oxygen deprived 5,000 foot level. The final six miles and 3,000 feet of descent will test even the strongest of quads as runners descend on technical single track to the race’s finish at Ashland’s town center, Lithia Park.
- Not much of the race is on paved surface
- There is a tremendous altitude change
- Michael was just getting over the flu
Thursday, November 5, 2009
Sunday, October 18, 2009
The apples in these pictures are actually the Pink Lady variety. We picked them because they were the first ones we came to! We bought some Fujis at the barn.
"Reid, may I have a bite of your apple?"
Wednesday, September 30, 2009
Saturday, September 26, 2009
A manicure is part of the deal!
Finally, time to mount up.