Sunday, November 30, 2008

DAY 136 - St. John's Lutheran Church

I've driven by this church for years, but it wasn't until yesterday that I really noticed the front of the church facing the cross street.

Saturday, November 29, 2008

DAY 135 - Downtown Decorations

Downtown Zanesville is beginning to look Christmassy -- the light poles are decorated with wreaths, candy canes, and other signs of the season.

Friday, November 28, 2008

DAY 134 - Let the Christmas Decorations Begin

Driving home last night after Thanksgiving dinner, we spotted our first large Christmas display. Strangely, though, this street is usually ablaze with Christmas light and decorations on Thanksgiving evening -- this was the only one there so far this year.

Thursday, November 27, 2008

DAY 133 - Thanksgiving Feast

Just some shots of our Thanksgiving feast and festivities. My SIL always makes enough food to feed a small army!

Little Katy was helping, but I'm not sure how much was getting onto the turkey plate.

Black raspberry pie and home-baked rolls. . .

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

DAY 132 - Thanksgiving Decorations

Thanksgiving decorations are few and far between this year. I shot these pics this morning as I was heading to the grocery store for some last minute items.

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

DAY 131 - Time for a New Sign Maybe

Business Equipment has been a downtown fixture forever. How it's managed to stay in business with Staples and other office supply stores in town, not to mention the internet, it beyond me. But do you think maybe it's time for them to update their signage?

Monday, November 24, 2008

DAY 130 - Hay Turkey

Here's another one of those ingenious turkeys made out of hay. . . it's hard to tell how tall he is by the picture, probably about 6-7 feet tall to the top of his head.

Sunday, November 23, 2008

DAY 129 - Faith UMC

Faith United Methodist Church at night. . .

Saturday, November 22, 2008

DAY 128 - Have a Gobbly Good Holiday

The local dental office always has a cute saying on their signboard. . . I can't believe Thanksgiving is only five days away, then comes Christmas, then those long, cold winter months that seem to drag on forever.

Friday, November 21, 2008

DAY 127 - Another Cold Morning

Unfortunately, these cold mornings are now the norm rather than the exception. Except, it's been running about 20 degrees colder than normal for SE Ohio at this time of the year -- highs should be in the 50s, they've been in the 30's and today is only in the high 20s.

These snapdragons are still hanging on to the retaining wall and still showing blooms. They were definitely shivering this morning.

Thursday, November 20, 2008

DAY 126 - More Vases

More of those 7' tall vases around the area. . .

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

DAY 125 - Now for Some Smaller Trains

Sunday we went to an open house sponsored by the Zanesville Model Train Association.

As you can see, they have a huge model train display set up on the 3rd floor of a local downtown business.

Kids of all ages were there in awe of the trainscapes.

Scenes ranged from cityscapes, to manufacturing facilities, coal mines, mountains and valleys. . .

And, a UFO complete with little green men!

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

DAY 124 - Snow

Woke up this morning to the first accumulation of snow on the ground -- only an inch, but enough to cause school delays and closing.

Monday, November 17, 2008

DAY 123 - Trains Anyone?

While passing through the lower end of downtown yesterday, I caught a glimpse of bright colors out of the corner of my eye. So, of course, I said "Turn around, let's see what that is."

There's quite a bit of slow train traffice that goes through the area -- the coal fields in the southern parts of the county send out a couple trains a day. And there's a new ethanol plant in Coshocton county next door that will be using the rail lines to ship tankers full of ethanol.

Sunday, November 16, 2008

DAY 122 - Church Bell Towers

Downtown Zanesville has several big old stone churches. I got these shots this afternoon as we were passing through downtown on the way home.

It's another gray, cold day -- snow's in the air. The first accumulation is expected overnight.

Saturday, November 15, 2008

DAY 121 - Dreary, Dreary Day

Today's the perfect day to curl up on the couch with a cuppa tea and the remote control, or a good book. Gray, dreary, rainy, and the temperature dropping from the high 50s to the 30s -- and snow expected tonight. Blah. . .

We did have to venture out on one errand, and grab some lunch. And got gas for the truck. . . how long since you've seen this price for gas??

Friday, November 14, 2008

DAY 120 - Skywatch Friday

Jet Trails

Thursday, November 13, 2008

DAY 119 - Turkey Anyone?

This is one big turkey -- the body is made up of those rectangular hay bales! Heightwise, I'd say between 8 and 9 feet tall!

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

DAY 118 - Docks Out for the Winter

Dillon Lake looks so cold and bare now that the docks have been pulled for the winter. The docks had been moored on those tall posts you see in the background. It doesn't stop the fishermen, though. As long as the lake isn't frozen, you'll see guys out fishing.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

DAY 117 - Flags of Honor

ZANESVILLE - One hundred and ninety-three American flags are flying at Zane's Landing Park in honor and memory of those who have given the ultimate sacrifice.

The flags are on display as part of the Ohio Flags of Honor that travels across the state throughout the year.

Zanesville Police Officer Tom Porter got chills as he carried a flag representing one of the fallen in a ceremony honoring Ohio soldiers, Marines, Air Force and Navy personnel who died during the Iraq and Afghanistan Wars.

Porter, who served 12 years in the Navy, fought to keep tears from rolling down his face as he said he was honored and proud to be a part of the ceremony. "I'm really proud to see all the people who came here today to honor those who gave the ultimate sacrifice," Porter said.

Mayor Butch Zwelling told the crowd filled with family members, friends and former veterans that he found the sight of the flags "awesome." "These men and women fought for their country and our freedom," Zwelling said. "They didn't get to come home and enjoy it but we will never forget them or stop appreciating them."

Kathy Godwin, who lost her son, Lance Cpl. Todd Godwin from an IED on July 20, 2004, told the crowd that seeing the flags shows the cost of freedom. "I never get tired of seeing this," Godwin said. "Viewing the thousands of names on the flags and the traveling Vietnam Wall overcomes me with emotion. To see the sacrifice of our son compounded by thousands of others brings unspeakable sorrow."

But Godwin said she is reminded that the men and women who died all "saw something in this country that was worth fighting and dying for." "This is the land of opportunity and freedoms that I pray is never taken from us," Godwin said. "We Gold Star parents hate wars more than anyone, I believe, but we understand the need to protect something we love and believe in."
Godwin said one of the last things Todd did before he left home to go overseas was to make sure the flag at their home was properly displayed. "Todd was proud to be an American," Godwin said. "He knew that freedom does not come without sacrifice and our hearts are filled with pride."

As those in the crowd helped place each of the 193 flags and the names of each of those who died were read, one soon-to-be Cub Scout, Zackary Andrews, 4, stood patiently while he watched his father, Thad , carry a flag. A former vet, Robert Huston, from Syndey, stepped forward and helped little Zackary join the ceremony and carry several flags. Huston, who came to view the wall at Secrest Auditorium, said he came to the ceremony for "thousands of reasons," one of them being to honor his brother, Staff Sgt. Charles G. Huston, who listed is "Missing In Action" in Laos since 1968. "The little boy wanted to be part of this and I think that's wonderful," Huston said. "Patriotism starts at home and he's showing that even though young, he's just as patriotic as I am."

Barbara Lloyd, who lost her son Army Staff Sgt. Lester "Buddy" Kinney II on Jan. 27, 2004 to an IED, said what stirred her were the mementos on some of the flags. Lloyd pointed out on the flag for Lance Cpl. William Wightman, USMC, was a GI Joe in a Marine uniform and on the flag for Lance Cpl. Daniel M. McVicker, USMC, were pictures of him with his unit and senior pictures of him in high school, grinning ear to ear. "Those little tributes are left with such pride," Lloyd said. "To think that each and every one of these men and women volunteered to serve is so poignant. They chose to serve. There is such pride here. Such sorrow, but so much pride."

Zanesville Times Recorder

Monday, November 10, 2008

DAY 116 - Sam's Leaves

This is Sam. He absolutely loves to lie in the fallen leaves when he's outside. In fact, I can't clean up all the leaves in the front yard, or he won't have his leaf bed for the winter. So, when the magnolia tree loses its leaves, I use a leaf blower and blow them under the tree so he has his bed of leaves in the winter. Magnolia leaves plus some sycamore and maple leaves make a mighty comfy spot for him to guard the yard. He loves the cold weather -- I have to play the "bad mommy" and make him come inside to eat and go to bed for the night.

Sunday, November 9, 2008

DAY 115 - Dresden Church

We shot this photo on our travels through Dresden the other day. Trees are really starting to look bare now.

Saturday, November 8, 2008

DAY 114 -- A Few Flags

The local community college campus is decorated for Veterans Day -- there are little flags lining all the drives and sidewalks.

Friday, November 7, 2008

Thursday, November 6, 2008

DAY 112 - Meet Oscar

This is Oscar -- the most gorgeous gray cat. He belongs to our neighbors, but he and his brother seem to spend half their time at our house visiting our kitty and chowing down, and sleeping, and eating, and snoozing. . . get the picture!

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

DAY 111 - The Traveling Wall

Over the weekend, the largest of the US Veterans Traveling Walls was on display in downtown Zanesville. I believe there are 7 that travel the country. The first names are from World War II.

It was a very moving, humbling experience to view the names of men and women, young and old, who died in defense of this country.

This separate display is made up of the dog tags of those who have died in the Middle East.