Ridgeland Water Tower

I love the French word for water tower, chateau d'eau (a water castle!). It sounds much more elegant.

Water towers are a big part of the American landscape. I'm not really sure if they actually contain water, but every town has one. Ridgeland is where I live and I hope to eventually post pictures of all the local towers. I guess that will be a challenge for me in the New Year.

Hunting Season

Hunting season begun here in the south and you see a lot of these vehicles around town. This is the first one I've seen with a handy rifle compartment though! It belongs to someone I work with; I snapped this in the parking lot.

Literary Reindeer

I actually meant to post this photo during the holidays, but I got sort of busy with friends and family. In any case, I thought it was cute - it's a reindeer that only reads Mississippi authors!

New Year's Tradition

Here in the US, we have a tradition of eating black-eye peas on New Year's Day. They are supposed to bring good luck and prosperity in the new year. I whipped up this batch of black-eye pea salad last night to make sure my husband and I don't miss out on any of it! We need the luck for our golf game and the prosperity to buy a house.

Best Wishes for 2008!

There are so many pictures on this blog that I like, it's hard to choose just one! But this little turtle seemed to elicit a good response, so he's the winner for the January 1st theme day.

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