Saturday, April 28, 2012

Friday, April 27, 2012

Pine Lake Post Office

Photo By Claude Suttle
Here's a picture from the 1950s of Pine Lake's original post office. The building still stands across Rockbridge, just down a ways from the new P.O. It's easy to recognize not only by the shape but because some of the USPS signage is still on the facade.

I at first thought the photo was from the '60s, but its not.

How do I know?

That another look at the building. Do you see a zip code? Zip Codes were introduced in 1963 and were prominently displayed. Part of the 30072 signage is still visible on the building. Take a look next time you drive down Rockbridge.

But wait! I said the building pre-dated. How do I know that?

Hehe. Count the stars on the flag.

Yep, there are 48.

Since Hawaii and Alaska became states in 1959, the photo must be from the '50s

Friday, April 20, 2012

Fixing Up the Miata

I'm glad I'm able to fix stuff.

In January I got busy on my 15-year-old Miata, too. I'd been driving it for a year with the skin of the muffler wired on; I found a stainless steel muffler on eBay and had it installed. The car suddenly developed a miss, so I ran some injector cleaner through it; when that didn't work I put in new plugs. When it still ran badly, I bought new plug wires and installed them. That did the trick. She runs like a champ now.

I had the Miata washed and waxed, and then detailed it, touching up the was as I went. The windshield washers were plugged, so I ordered new ones (not cheap!) from Jim Ellis Mazda, since cheap generic washer nozzles wouldn't work. I replaced some rubber vacuum hoses which had gone rigid with age, ordered and installed a new plastic cover for the inside door latch, and lubed the power window buttons, which had begun to operate intermittently.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Fixing Up the House

Old houses require a lot of repair, and I'd been neglecting mine for years. It was in need, of, among other things, a good wash and window cleaning, and the fallen leaves and ivy had taken over the yard.

When I returned home on January 12 the weather was fine and I had no excuse to put things off. I got to work.

Friday, April 13, 2012

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Egg Hunt

These Sisters Were Adorable. The Older Took Good Care of the Younger.
On Saturday morning my friend Rena sent me a text message to let me know she was on the way to the city-- with children. Why? Easter Egg Hunt!

Thursday, April 5, 2012

There's Nothing Sweet About Sweet Gum Balls

Bill Cotter just posted this blogpost about sweet gum balls, repossessed houses, and disappearing banks. Check it out. Check out his other essays as well.


Martha Renfroe-Garner recently asked on one of the city lists if someone would stop by her house and take photos of her clematis.

So I did.