Rusty Crow Primitives

Sunday, March 23, 2014

A & E Fabric, Variety & Craft Store, Pensacola, FL

Before I left for Florida I spent a morning sewing with some friends and talking about my upcoming trip.  I want to send a great big thank you to Verda for directing me to this hidden gem.  A & E Fabric and Variety and Craft Store is not something that jumps out and says "FABRIC STORE"! In fact it says Pharmacy. Another one of those Mom and Pop shops the locals know about (and Verda in TN).

 This sweet little store is like an old fashioned dime store, there is a little bit of everything in here including a pharmacy, a garden department with adorable garden displays, cards and gifts! Can you believe they have such a lovely selection of fabrics and patterns. The staff is wonderful, friendly and helpful. I asked if I could take pictures and they said sure, just not of us! If in the area, look them up, you wont be disappointed.
923 N New Warrington Rd, Pensacola, FL

This is so me!! Oh my gosh, I love this quilt.


Mom and Pop shops - made in America

Lots to see and do in Florida and so many brochures selling the latest and greatest attraction. But, I prefer to take the roads less traveled.  Search for Mom and Pop shops, restaurants, and local events.  This trip scored some great food, beautiful ocean views and conversations with the local owners.  Maybe I am partial to Mom and Pop's due to my own home-based quilt business. The customer service and quality of the product "almost" always out perform the chain stores. If you want it customized to your taste, just ask.

I met some friends at "The French Pantry" for lunch one afternoon. The French Pantry is ~~off the beaten path~~; I passed it twice and thought my GPS had lost its coordinates when I hear "you have arrived!"  Really?, a big brick building that looked deserted, but then I spied a cute little awning. The hours are 11:00-2:00 and I was early 10:30. The line started to form at 10:55 sharp, cars flying in the parking lot and people in a rush to get to the door. I was told when they sell out it is gone and they do sell out, so arrive early, the line was out the door when we got our food but it was so worth the wait. I had the tomato and mozzarella chicken bruschetta!! Make sure to take home bread, wedding cake with fresh strawberries and chocolate cake with fresh strawberries.  OMG! I'm hiding behind all my take home! LOL

Thank you girls, I had a fantastic day!

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Crystal River, Florida- Manatees

We took a big detour further south from Jacksonville to see the manatees. Our destination was Crystal River.

We found a place to stay and began the ritual of setting up the motorhome. We were fortunate to meet a couple in the campground, they were just leaving Crystal River and had so much information to share with us.

Mrs. Neighbor was "all about"  Crystal River National Wildlife Refuge    ( Crystal River NWR) and Mr. Neighbor was all about "FREE" viewing of the manatee. We were given two locations to see the manatee by the neighbors.  I have to admit each location had their own uniqueness. Mrs. Neighbor was excited about the scenic boat ride to the location of the birds, fish, bear, (is this sounding like a zoo? yes it is, with manatee) But I wanted to see them in their own habitat and interacting with each other. Mr. Neighbor was "right on target"!

We followed Mrs. recommendation as well as Mr.'s.

Florida's bottle brush trees.

Osprey nest, The Osprey is the only hawk on the continent that eats almost exclusively live fish. In North America, more than 80 species of live fresh- and saltwater fish account for 99 percent of the Osprey’s diet. Wonderful facts about the osprey (click)

 Crystal River NWR and it was a fantastic adventure.

Time to see the manatee in the wild. The NWR was closing but she suggested we walk out to the pier and watch the divers swimming with the manatee and then go up the road to the first little bridge in a residential area, park on the side of the road and walk to the railing; wait and watch. We were not there 5 minutes and here they come!! So quiet, so beautiful, so close to the top of the water!! OMG , where is my camera!!  The manatees are just under the surface of the water and their snout is out to inhale and exhale; so worth the drive!!

The Wildlife Park Ranger told us the manatee eat equivalent to 10% of their body weight every day. They are fed heads of lettuce by the park but in the wild they eat grasses. A lady next to me wanted to know how they got so fat eating just greens? (I wanted to say "I think its the ranch dressing, I have the same problem")
See the shadow in the lower left? My phone camera did not capture the manatees but they captured my heart!!

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Fat Cat - Flat Cat - Smart Cat

Who says cats are not smart? We have to spell M-I-L-K so she wont drive us nuts for milk. Hide her T-O-Y at night so she is not up all night tossing it in the air and chasing it all over the motorhome. She loves to be with us but hates the pet carrier. Just like a child, they want to go but hate to be confined to a car seat.

She can pout like a 3 year old.  I call it "cat lips". Have you ever seen a cat with lips? She can get a puss on that little face the minute we start to pack up the motorhome for traveling. Oh my gosh, we have to sneak around to dump tanks and stow items away for travel "very quietly".

She knows our routine when we travel and is outta here in a flash.  This little 7 lb cat can flatten herself out and fit into the smallest area imaginable and one that puts a puss on my face getting her out! She can somehow flatten herself out and fit under the dresser. We have to dismantle the drawers from the hinges to get to her out.  ONE FAT CAT.....



Happy now, but can she make a face.
Happy trails to you until we meet again.

Monday, March 10, 2014

Sun, Seafood and Solo Cups

I love Jacksonville, FL and to have such wonderful friends in the area is more than a blessing. I don't know myself where the days have gone, more than a week in this park and I hate to leave. Here are some sights you may enjoy.
Florida Fresh, how would you like to have this in your yard.

Friends for over 35 years! How awesome is that.
Safe Harbor Restaurant
You order food from the freshest seafood bar you could ever imagine; scallops, oysters, shrimp and every type of fish imaginable. Place your order, find a seat on the dock, grab a bucket of cold ones and enjoy the feast! Life is so good. 

Fantastic seafood market and restaurant, we have to go back before we leave.
How can you not be happy coming home to this after a long day. This has to be the best RV park in the area. Flamingo Lake RV Resort
Azaleas in bloom.
Watchin' the sun bake
All of those tourists covered in oil
Strummin' my six-string
On my front porch swing
Smell those shrimp hey they're beginnin' to boil
 Wastin' away again in Margaritaville

Sunday, March 2, 2014

Georgia on My Mind

Sunny southwest Georgia. We haven't been down here since I was around 10 years old or younger. That's about ....well, more than a few years ago. It was so nice to visit and reminisce with my aunts; wonderful, strong and independent women who are all widows and are living a very full and active life. They make me proud to be a woman. We spent the day touring old homesteads and places I remembered as a child, they told me they could not believe the detail I could recall. My Mother has passed as well as many of the others we remembered that day but the memories remain and we laughed and remembered good times with those we love and loved. It was good to visit with "my mothers people" as they say down here.
I love to explore old homes and sit and listen to "remember when" stories forever; maybe that's why genealogy is a great interest to me. It is history, our history.  This was not a successful visit for genealogy but it was a great visit for my soul.

I even made my husband stop so I could pick cotton from the side of the road.  Obviously this was left over from last season but I still wanted it. LOL
Pecan grove in Southwest GA, miles and miles of big trees.
Sweet GA Pecans
This stained glass window in Hopeful, GA was donated by my Great Grandfather, Rev. Taylor in memory of his first wife on the left and his second wife is on the right. His name is in the center.  It made me chuckle, but you have to admit, it is " beautiful!" These women lived in the early 1800's.

150th Anniversary of the Andersonville Prison

My husband loves anything related to the Civil War, since we were going to be so close we made a small detour to Andersonville, GA. It is the 150th Anniversary of the Andersonville Prison.
The Camp Sumter military prison at Andersonville was one of the largest Confederate military prisons during the Civil War. During the 14 months the prison existed, more than 45,000 Union soldiers were confined here. Of these, almost 13,000 died here.