Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Medical marijuana

In the fall of 2016, Florida voters approved a constitutional amendment approving medical marijuana. Afterwards, state lawmakers grappled for months on how to enact the wishes of the voters. It took a special session of the legislature to finally pass some rules regarding the new law. This sign is in the window of one of the new clinics.

Linking to signs, signs.

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Antique appliances

I was shopping with my daughter-in-law yesterday for a new dishwasher when I saw these antique appliances near the entrance of a locally owned store. Who knew that Frigidaire was made by General Motors and how about that old Maytag washing machine? My grandmother had one of those wringers on her washing machine when I was a kid. My grandmother also always called any refrigerator a "Frigidaire" no matter what the brand was. I tried to get a look inside both but I couldn't get them open.

Linking to Tuesday's Treasures and Our World Tuesday.

Monday, February 19, 2018


This mural is located on the side of a local bar and restaurant. I couldn't find the name of the artist.

Linking to Monday Mural.

Saturday, February 17, 2018

More signs of spring

I saw a flock of robins in town yesterday. I stopped to watch them but I had forgotten my camera. A few came close enough to my car for me to take these photos with my phone. They were busy eating those berries you see on the ground. In this area, robins usually only stick around for a few weeks this time of year and then move on further north.

Linking to Saturday's Critters, Camera Critters, and The Bird D'Pot.

Friday, February 16, 2018

Half mast

This was the first thing I noticed yesterday when I arrived at my grandson's elementary school to pick him up in the afternoon. The flag had been lowered to half mast because of the horrific mass shooting at Majory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. The first thing my grandson asked me when we were walking to the car was ""Granny, why is the flag down?" I couldn't answer him. He is in kindergarten. He's only 5 years old. I admit I cried a little on the drive home.

Linking to SkyWatch Friday.

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Signs of spring

Today I am thankful to be seeing some signs that spring is almost here.

Linking to Thankful Thursday.

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Sweetheart kitty

Shortly after I adopted my kitten Cecelia last summer, I noticed she had a misshapen heart on her right shoulder. As she has grown, the heart has become more noticeable. Is it any wonder that she is such a sweetheart? Happy Valentines Day!

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Maclay House

This house was built in 1909 and was used as a winter home by Alfred B. Maclay and his wife, Louise. It is located in the heart of Alfred B. Maclay Gardens State Park and is surrounded by 1,176 acres of gardens which were developed by the Maclays over their lifetimes and later donated to the State of Florida. The house was closed the day I was there.

Linking to Tuesday's Treasures.

Monday, February 12, 2018

Restaurant mural

Mural on the side wall of a local Mexican restaurant.

Linking to Monday Mural.

Saturday, February 10, 2018

Goose parade

These geese were not an any hurry to cross the street and I didn't mind waiting on them.

Linking to Saturday's Critters, Camera Critters, and The Bird D'Pot.

Friday, February 9, 2018

Winter skies

I think that little bird up there was ignoring me.

Linking to SkyWatch Friday.

Thursday, February 8, 2018

A nice place to walk

There is a small park not far from my house with a nice walking trail. It looks pretty this time of year and sometimes you can get a glimpse of a great egret stalking its lunch in the water. I've been trying to get out and walk every day and I'm thankful to have nice places like this close by.

Linking to Thankful Thursday.

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Time Capsule

This plaque is located just inside the entrance on one of the brick walkways in Alfred B. Maclay Gardens State Park. The time capsule underneath was placed here in 1995 to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the Florida State Parks system and is to be opened on the 100th anniversary in 2035.

Linking to signs, signs.

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Biglow-Helms Mansion

I took these photos a few weeks ago when I was visiting Tampa, Florida. This beautiful old house is located on the corner of Bayshore and Gandy Boulevards. It was built by my great-grandfather, Silas Leland Biglow, in 1908. My grandfather (who was one of his sons) used to tell me and my sister many fascinating stories about growing up in this house. My great-grandfather came to Tampa in 1884 from Brooklyn, NY and became a successful merchant and real estate developer. He also was active in government, serving as president and one of the founders of the Tampa City Council. He was the first chief of the city's sanitation board and was also a member of the Ybor City Building and Loan Association. He died in the house in 1913 and later my great-grandmother sold it to Dr. John Sullivan Helms, a prominent surgeon at the time. Dr. Helms used the house as a residence until adding a wing in 1920 and opening it as Bayshore Hospital, a small private clinic serving residents of the Hyde Park and Bayside areas of Tampa. The hospital closed in 1927 and the house became the Helms' residence again. Dr. Helms died in 1932, but his widow lived there until her death in 1974. The house sat vacant for a number of years, but was later sold and has since been used by various businesses as office space. In the last photo you can see the original carriage house, which is located on the side of the house.

The second set of photos I am showing below are some old photographs I have that were taken by my grandfather when he was 13 years old and living in the house.

The front of the house as it looked in 1914. Notice in this photo that there are not as many steps leading up to the front porch as there are now. The house originally sat further back on the property and sometime after it was sold, the entire building was lifted up and moved forward to accommodate additional structures being built behind it. An additional floor was also built underneath the house and more steps were added so that the porch could still be reached from the front.

This interior shot shows the front hall as it looked when entering the house from the front porch. It also shows part of the staircase leading to the upper floor. This photo was taken on July 9, 1914.

A photo of my great-grandfather's library as it looked in 1914.

This photo shows my great-grandmother, Mattie Lucas Biglow, and two of her children riding in their automobile, which is decorated with palm fronds because they were participating in a parade in downtown Tampa.

Linking to Tuesday's Treasures.

Monday, February 5, 2018


This pretty mural is located right next to the one I showed last week. Again, I could not find the name of the artist.

Linking to Monday Mural.

Saturday, February 3, 2018

Seagull perch

Since this seagull seemed to be posing for me, I just had to take its picture. We have plenty of these critters where I live, but I took this photo in Sausalito, California.

Linking to Saturday's Critters and Camera Critters.

Friday, February 2, 2018

Gate light

Part of the main gate on the Florida State University campus near downtown.

Linking to SkyWatch Friday.

Thursday, February 1, 2018

February Theme Day: Tired

It's hard to resist taking pictures of my cat, Cecelia, when she is in the middle of a good nap. This is one of her favorite spots, on her towel, basking in her morning sunbeam.

The first day of the month is Theme Day in the City Daily Photo community and this month the theme is "Tired". To see other participants' photos of the theme, you can visit the CDP Theme Day gallery here.

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Infamous name from the past

I've been going to the same post office for many years, but never noticed this plaque until recently. Richard Nixon is the only U.S. President to have ever resigned from office (so far, that is).

Linking to signs, signs.

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Perkins House

Built around 1901, the James T. Perkins House is one of many historic homes near downtown that have been preserved and are now being used as offices. This one is located across the street from the Brokaw-McDougall House which I showed in a post here back in the fall. The Perkins House is currently the home of the offices of the Tallahassee Trust for Historic Preservation.

Linking to Tuesday's Treasures and Our World Tuesday.

Monday, January 29, 2018

Unhappy monkeys

I am back to posting local photos today and I found this interesting mural located not far from downtown on the outside wall of a local nightclub. I could not find the name of the artist.

Linking to Monday Mural.

Saturday, January 27, 2018

Swan shower

When we stopped at the Palace of Fine Arts in San Francisco, I zoomed in on this swan, who seemed intent on taking a shower in the fountain. This happened several times while I was watching. The swan would sit under the water for a few minutes, swim away, and then circle around and come right back to the fountain.

Originally built for the Panama-Pacific International Exposition in 1915, the Palace of Fine Arts was one of a few structures that were saved from demolition after the exposition ended. However, since it was originally intended to stand just for the duration of the exposition, it was not stable. By the 1950's, it has fallen into such disrepair that it had to be completely demolished and rebuilt using permanent building materials. Today it is a tourist attraction and is also used as an event venue.

Linking to Saturday's Critters, Camera Critters, and The Bird D'Pot.