More scarves!

I know it’s too warm outside to be wearing scarves, but…..I really like these! Next week I’m going to learn how to make something else, like a pillow cover, but for now I am really enjoying these.

The image above is my second completed scarf, made with Karabella “Barbados” using size 13 needles.

This scarf above is made with Karabella “labyrinth” using size 9 needles. It is taking a long time since the needles are so much smaller than the 13s and 15s I’ve been using. I’m calling this one my “Santa Fe” scarf because of the colors.

This scarf is my fun scarf. It’s made with Berroco Suede, and Crystal Palace Yarns “squiggle” (which is a really good name for it!). I’m knitting these together on size 13 needles. I think I’ll have enough to make two or maybe even three scarves with the amount of each that I bought.

I can knit!

Knitting - My first scarf, for Av
My first scarf!

Last Wednesday, one of my friends taught me to knit – I have been wanting to learn *forever* – and guess what? It only took about ten minutes for me to get the hang of it, and with the help of my trusty Knitting for Dummies book, I even finished my first scarf in three evenings. Now I just have to get back to the knitting shop for more yarn and I will be a scarf machine!

A Few Pics from Wetumpka

Last weekend, we went to Montgomery, but part of the trip took us through Wetumpka, which is pretty well known for its impact crater.

The “impact structure” – or astrobleme – or crater (I don’t know which is most correct) in Wetumpka was formed when a iron asteroid or meteorite hit 80-83 million years ago back when that part of Alabama was under water. I’ve read that the asteroid was something like the size of Jordan-Hare stadium, hitting the earth at a speed of 10-20 miles/second, and that the displacement could have been shot all the way to the Gulf of Mexico. I couldn’t really find a great picture to take of the crater, but below are some of the other pics we shot in Wetumpka:

First National Bank sign in Wetumpka, AL

Bank Clock in downtown

Fane Cinema in Wetumpka, AL

Theater, built in the 1930’s

 

Elmore County Courthouse, Wetumpka, AL

Elmore County courthouse

The eight columns are made from Missouri marble.

Grand Gulf Military Park (Grand Gulf, MS)

Sacred Heart Roman Catholic Church, Grand Gulf, Mississippi

Sacred Heart Roman Catholic Church (moved here from Rodney, Mississippi)

Organ, Grand Gulf Mississippi

This organ is so pretty in person

Grand Gulf Military Park (Grand Gulf, MS) is **amazingly** beautiful. Grand Gulf was a town on the Mississippi River that used to be pretty large, but now there isn’t much (save the park) since the river changed its course and engulfed the town. The picture above is one of the first buildings you reach in the park – it’s the Sacred Heart Roman Catholic church which moved here from Rodney (Rodney also used to be a LOT bigger before the river’s course moved *away* from it). A lot of people call Rodney a ghost town, but people live there still and there are several hunting clubs around; in fact when we drove there a couple of years ago, we must have seen over a dozen deer along the roadside. I’ll blog more about Rodney later.

Spanish Moss at Grand Gulf Cemetery, Mississippi

 

Grand Gulf Cemetery - Grand Gulf, Mississippi

Grand Gulf Cemetery

The cemetery pictured above is sooooo pretty. There are also trees here that drop huge (some of them had to be close to a foot long) purple seed pods. I brought a couple home to figure out what they were, but I don’t have an answer yet.

Volvo S40 & Me

Looking downward at our Volvo from the 75-foot observation tower

Mississippi River at Grand Gulf MS

Av climbed the 75-foot observation tower where you can see the Mississippi River. The river is about a half mile from this spot.

Sam’s Town Hotel and Casino, Tunica

Hotel Room, Sam
Our room at the Sam’s Town Hotel and Casino, Tunica

Room: The room itself here (furnishings-wise) is sub-Hampton, but okay. Although Av and I have been to Tunica several times — not for the casinos really, but for when we are working in the Delta — I really recommend the rooms at Harrah’s. We for some reason got a mailer from Sam’s Town Hotel and Casino offering $29 rooms for a week in December when we were going to need to be in that part of the Delta anyway for business. Since we only needed to stay one night in that particular area, we decided we would go just to see what that particular hotel and casino were like. The hotel has more than one floor, but several of the rooms (including ours) was on the first floor.

Important: if you’re wondering why anyone would stay in a $29/night room, well, agreed.  Until you realize that on the weekends these rooms go for hundreds, and during the week when the crowd has subsided, the casino is just happy to have warm bodies.  Yes, on Monday it’s a $29 room but on Friday this same room is $200+

Lobby: Average.

Service: The front desk was nice. We self-parked because it was snowy/icy and I didn’t want to give my Volvo to a valet, but the self-parking lot is super-close to the door anyway.

Food: We didn’t eat here at all – we arrived well after suppertime and left before we were in the mood for breakfast.

Our experience is this: For $29 would I do it again? …..mmmm….maybe. Certainly not for more than that, which is a silly thing to say, but true. The casino wasn’t very nice (and we’re not gamblers). For a casino experience, there are much better choices (again, Harrah’s) in Tunica/Robinsonville.

Alluvian Hotel, Greenwood

Alluvian Hotel, Greenwood, Mississippi
Alluvian Hotel Shower, Greenwood, Mississippi

UPDATE: go to this post for my latest stay at the Alluvian Hotel (with many more pics) and the Alluvian Spa.

Room: The Alluvian Hotel in Greenwood, MS is one of my favorite hotels. First of all, the hotel is just beautiful. The rooms include fresh flowers, coffee-table books about the area, a super-comfortable bed, chaise lounge (ah….), two additional club chairs, and more! The Alluvian is actually here because of the Viking Range Corporation. The gentleman who owns Viking, Fred Carl, decided to keep and grow his company here in Greenwood, and the hotel was built to serve the business people who need a nicer hotel to stay in when coming to this part of the Delta.

Food: The hotel serves a breakfast on the fourth floor, and you can dine either inside or out on the balcony. It is really good, and the fireplace in the dining area is tiled in these great (must be Ann Sacks) green glossy rectangular tiles. Giardina’s is right next door to the hotel (you can see more about Giardina’s to the right under “Favorite Restaurants” on the right-hand side of this page). Make a reservation there before or right when you get to the hotel, and be sure to tell them you want a table in the curtained section.

Spa: The spa is supposed to open in early 2005. Yay!!

Extra: Right across the street is Dancing Rabbit bookstore (update: now closed) and at the end of the block is one of my favorite shops, the Mississippi Gift Company.

Our experience is this: If there is anyway, anyhow you can stay at the Alluvian, do it. Greenwood is a *great* town. Have lunch at the Crystal Grill and don’t forget pie. Have supper at either Giardina’s or Lusco’s. Go shopping downtown. Love Greenwood!

Beau Rivage, Biloxi

Beau Rivage Hotel Room, Biloxi, Mississippi

Our Room at the Beau Rivage in Biloxi, MS

Room: This is our room at the Beau Rivage Hotel (and casino) in Biloxi, Mississippi. Some people *really* like this hotel – we’ve stayed here four or five times.

Lobby: The lobby here IS something to see; there is a mosaic in the floor of the lobby that is amazing, and the magnolias that exist inside the hotel were bought from local landowners. This is an odd thing to say, but the public bathrooms there are much nicer (with really pretty sinks) than other casinos on the strip.

Service: All of our experiences with the staff at the BR have been nice.

Food: Not really buffet people, but it’s just what one does here for whatever reason. It was fine.

Spa: Neither of us have tried the spa there. Yet.

Extra: Nice shops.

Our experience is this: if we don’t mind driving an extra 30 miles or so, we will stay at the Casino Magic in Bay St. Louis, which is almost always much less expensive *and* nicer (plus a few times they have upgraded us to a suite).

A Few Words About Local Area Restaurants: We’ve been to Jazzeppi’s (228.374.9660) in the past – it’s an Italian restaurant that’s pretty good. Some people swear by Mary Mahoney’s Old French House Restaurant (228.374.0163) but we haven’t been there yet – it is supposed to be among the nicest restaurants along the coast.