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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

09-06-09

Obviously my nephew Landon LOVES his ice cream.  And what lactose tolerate person wouldn’t!  After all, it’s cool, creamy, and filled with layer upon layer of delicious goodness.  Also obviously in the photo above, is the love that his mother Tasha (my sister) has for him!  

I learned this week that two downtown Anderson restaurants are closing because of the economy.  Sad!  But also a vivid reminder that we all need to support our local businesses at every opporunity.  Landon’s cotton candy ice cream is one of many flavors available in downtown Anderson at Koo Koo Ice Cream Depot, a great spot to visit with the family.  Read more about them in this previous post.   afs

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** 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

09-02-09

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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08-12-09

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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

Today’s photo was shot by my son Kellen.  Very quickly he noticed this ‘lovely’ snake behind me at a new mexican restaurant in town called El Arriero.  It’s located on North Main Street in Anderson where Capri’s Italian was for many years.  You might not recognize the building, as they’ve really added a punch of color to a once all white facade.  Lessie has shared another shot from inside the restaurant here at Anderson Daily Photo.  As far as the snake goes, I wasn’t anywhere near as as fascinated with it as Kellen was…even a fake snake can creep me out in a BIG way!   afs

BTW…the food was very tasty!!

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These scouts from Boy Scout Troop 215 recently did a good turn for Anderson Interfaith Ministries (AIM) and for hungry families in Anderson County.  They coordinated a service project outside of the Sam’s Club in Anderson, where they solicited food donations and funds to purchase food items.  In a matter of about 8 hours over the two days, these boys collected more than $700 in donations!  Late on Thursday afternoon, they went inside the store with the money that they had collected and took turns shopping for nutritious foods and other items on AIM’s needs list.  AIM is able to submit the receipts from their food purchases to a hunger fund sponsir for a $300 matching grant, making the total of these scouts efforts equal more than $1,000!   What a blessing for the many families that find themselves needing to request food assistance from the food pantry at Anderson Interfaith Ministries.

As a Mom of one of these scouts and an AIM staff member, I am very proud of these boys!!  They planned and implemented an amazing community service project, representing themselves, their troop, their families, and their community with respect, courtesy, and compassion for those less fortunate.  Way to go boys!   afs

Please bear with me as I dabble in a little self-indulgence today by posting some summer shots of my son Kellen.  After all, they’ll only be one summer when he’s 11.  Time is fleeting and each summer brings him closer to the time when he’ll no longer look to Mom and Dad to meet his needs and we’ll miss the little day-to-day moments that we take for granted now.  I think I’ll go and hug my son now.   afs

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 07-12-09 extraSweeter days are soon to come  for these lovely green grapes growing in the yard of my in-laws.  My mother-in law tells me that in about a month they’ll be ripe for picking and enjoying as a snack.  That is if all those birds that I saw and mentioned yesterday don’t get to them first!   afs

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My family loves ice cream!  We each have our favorite places to go for this cold treat.  On Saturday, our son Kellen asked if we could go downtown to Koo Koo’s and Mom and Dad quickly jumped on board.  Koo Koo Ice Cream Depot, located on Benson, just next door to Anderson’s courthouse, is fun, colorful, and delicious.  I didn’t know until Saturdays trip that they serve Hershey’s Ice Cream.  I didn’t even know that Hershey made ice cream!

I chose a scoop of berry ice cream, Kellen decided to have a cone, and James went all out and had a banana split that is being made in the photo above.   It really looked good!  When you have your ice cream “in” at Koo Koo’s, they serve you in pretty glass ice cream dishes.  I think that’s a nice touch! 

They have lots to look at while you visit with them, and an entertainment area with toys for young children.  They also have lots of colorful candy treats lining their shelves that tempt you as you enjoy your ice cream.  We even spotted some chocolates featuring the BSA (Boy Scouts of America) logos on them!

As you can see from the photo of their sign, Koo’s Koo’s was once the location of Dickson’s Ice Cream Co., which dates back to the 1950’s.     afs

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05-15-09

Some people think I’ve been posting too many flowers.  Can you imagine?  Too many flowers?  I know…it does sounds absurd, doesn’t it!  Oh well, how’s this for moving onto another subject? 

Anderson is blessed with quite a few really good meat and three restaurants.  One of the most well known and loved is Mama Penn’s.   We picked up take out a week or so ago.  This was my selection…not the most healthy I know, but good!  I had chicken fingers, mac and cheese, steamed cabbage, and fried green tomatoes.  They offer biscuits or cornbread and we always choose the biscuits.  As you can see from the picture, it’s quite a dinner.  I passed on my bread, but enjoyed the other items immensly.  The fried green tomatoes were especially good!   Their ice tea rocks too!

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Although we didn’t enjoy these both on the same night, we often like to visit Ritas for a cool treat.  Their delicious italian ice can really take the bite out of the HOTTEST day!   afs

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