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Lovely hot air balloons invaded our lovely city this weekend for Balloons Over Anderson.   I LOVE seeing our skys dotted with the fun and colorful balloons.   Please join me in thanking the organizers and the sponsors for bringing this festival to Anderson!

Here’s a sampling of what we saw this weekend when we looked skyward…









I’m afraid that today’s post truly lives up to the “eclecticism” part of this blog name.   Searching around for some inspiration for commentary to go with photo, I learned some rather interesting new bubble gum trivia.  I hope you don’t my sharing it with you here.

Did you know…

…that the energy Americans expend everyday chewing bubble gum could light a city of 10 million people for a day?

…that bubble gum was included in ration kits of soldiers serving in WWII?

…that studies have shown that chewing gum helps people to concentrate?  (Really?)

…that chewing gum helps improve memory?!  (If only I could REMEMBER to chew more gum!)

…that thousands of years before gum was invented, people of all cultures enjoyed chewing on gums, resins, and latex secretions of plants.   YUM 😛

Well, I’m sure that’s way more than you needed (or even wanted) to know about gum.  Today’s photo was taken outside of Gattytown in Greenville when we took Kellen and a friend recently.  It’s just one of the many fun and colorful things that I snapped that day.   afs

 Resources:  WikiAnswers;   All About Stuff;   GumAssociation

** Note:  it appears that Metropolis has closed.  I’m terribly sorry to learn this, especially after trying them once and falling in love with their pizza.  Yet another reminder for us to take every opportunity to lend our patronage and support to our local businesses while they’re still around


We found ourselves this past Saturday in downtown Anderson with my dad, my sister, and her two sons who visiting from PA.  We went downtown specifically to try out one of our newer restaurants, Metropolis Pizzeria.  Not even half a second after taking my first bite of their ‘white pizza’, I had a “what took us so long” moment.  It was SuPeR YuMmY DeLiCiOuS!  Kellen and his cousin Larry each ordered and enjoyed a personal pizza, prepared their favorite way, and soon after the first, the second selection for the adults, called “All In” was delivered to the table.   Just as yummy! 

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The owner, Devin Rubinstein, was the only employee on hand while we were there, but she handled everything in short order.  She took our orders, served our drinks, made our pizzas (she can toss that dough pretty high) and even brought some toys over to entertain my youngest nephew, Landon. 

If you haven’t already had the pleasure, I would highly recommend you take the time to visit Metropolis Pizzeria on the court square in downtown Anderson.  The ingredients are super fresh!  We know this becase we watched as Devin walked outside by the front door and snapped off some fresh basil to top off another couples pizza.  That couple, shown in the photo below with Devin, is Shayna Hollander of Shayna Bella Soaps and Fred Westerwelle of Fred’s Bread.  It was nice to meet them and to learn of their businesses that were both new to me.  I couldn’t find a link to more info on Fred’s Bread, so perhaps Fred will be in touch with a little more information after I email him.  I’ll let you know.   afs

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Everyday Eclecticism turns one today!  Blogging has been a wonderful experience.  I’ve met new friends, gained much knowledge, and had a great time.  I started out with a goal of posting a photo a day.  Although the rigors of everyday life have occasionally prevented me from adhering perfectly to this goal, I have been able to share more than 450 photos in 317 posts since the 23rd of August, 2008.  Doesn’t that ‘technically’ mean that I surpassed my goal?  I’d like to think so!  🙂

To celebrate this FIRST BLOGIVERSARY, I’m sharing the first photo I posted on August 23, 2008, and several other of my favorites from the past year. You can see all my photos by visiting the archives to the left.   afs










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Today’s colors represent the end of the rainbow not covered in yesterday’s post.  G (green), B (blue), I (indigo), and V (violet).  Less vibrant than the R (red), O (orange), Y (yellow) end of the spectrum, but none the less as lovely.     afs



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I must be getting pretty old, because time is lapping me.  IT FLIES!!  I can’t believe that it’s been six days since my last post.  Of course I knew I was behind, but SIX DAYS??  It seems that I really let life get in the way of blogging this week.

To get back on track I’ve been looking through my recent photos.  In many of them, the main thing to jump out at me are the colors.  I’ve selected a few to post here today that clearly spell summertime to me.  As I stand back and look at them they perfectly represent the R.O.Y. (red orange yellow) section of a summer rainbow.   I hope you’re enjoying the colors of your summer! 

I’ll be spending the next little looking for more shots so we can complete the G.B.I.V. (green blue indigo violet) sections of that rainbow tomorrow!     afs

Continuing today by posting more photos from my Mom’s garden in Pennsylvania.  The weather while we were there was so very pleasant.  Not too hot, not too humid…a nice breeze most days.  I think I do more gardening myself in that sort of weather and enjoy it (weeds and all).  Lots of nice things to look at in Mom’s garden, especially that last photo.  That’s a very special plant indeed!   afs


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Everywhere I turned in Mama’s garden I saw something that I wanted to photograph.  She (and I suppose Dad helped) has put alot of time, effort and love into each and every corner.  I’m posting several photos today and will share some more garden shots tomorrow in ‘part two’.   Looking again at these photos I’m filled with regret for not spending more time freshing up my own garden this year.  I suppose there’s still time for me to add some pretty touches here and there.  The question is, HOW DO I muster up the energy to work outside in the heat and humidity of the dog days of summer?


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I live in an old house in one of Anderson’s newest desginated historic districts.  This old house has the most dated aluminum screen door on our side porch.  It’s nice having an enclosed porch, but it could sure use an upgrade to fit into this century!  The porch is an all weather aluminum job with windows, so unless we do a complete overhaul, it would look silly to replace the door only.  I can’t even imagine they sell “silver” colored aluminum doors anymore…do they?   At least I’ve never seen any in the home improvment stores when I’ve looked for them.  I suppose you can order just about anything you need though, right?

Anyway, in an attempt to camouflage the dated door, I try to keep some decorative wreath on it.  The wreath above is a simple summer one that will hopefully hold up to the weather for a couple of months until I find or make something for the fall/winter months.  I think I want to weave some ivy over the aluminum underneath the wreath.   I did this before and really liked it and I think this simple wreath could use that green behind it.  Before I try my hand at anything else though I’ve got to let my fingers heal, as these daisies are responsible for my burning several of my fingers today.  You see, I chose to use my “old school” HOT glue gun rather than the cooler little mini one that I have somewhere.  Guess which one I’ll be sure to find and use next time?!?

The photo below shows how the door looked before the switch.  That wreath lasted much longer than it should have, since it went up last fall.  It had strted to come down bit by bit over the last few weeks and was begging to be replaced.   afs

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Isn’t it lovely, this daisy that I received on my birthday from my friends.  They gave me a beautiful potted daisy plant that looks nice now AND I get to plant it to enjoy again later.  I love gifts that keep on giving.  Thanks friends!   afs

Thanks for visiting! Enjoy today’s photo and if you have time, scroll down to see previous photos dating back to August of 2008. Nothing fancy, just everyday bits of my life and the lives of those around me. Please say hello or leave your comments by clicking “comments” above any photo. I post a new photo every day, so bookmark me and visit often!

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