Sunday, June 19, 2016

Look What Yam Aunty Spotted Kismet's Shop

Look what Yam Aunty is pointing to.
Kismet has a shop in Nati City
Kismet does not squeal like a stool pigeon!
Why she kept this shop a secret!

Well for all those of you who have e-mailed me about pictures,  my Lee only took two the last day.
Yam Aunty took 87,000 and her visit to my Nati City you will see through her eyes camera lens on her blog.
But I will tell you where Lee took her out to eat. One a upscale chain restaurant.
Cowspotdog loves this restaurant like Lee does.
Maggiano's Little Italy The chef came out and talked to Yam Aunty and prepared a special pasta dish just for her. A fettuccine alfredo without the garlic with fresh asparagus, snow peas, grill red peppers and other seasonal vegetables.

The next night it was a Nati City historic place to dine.
The Rookwood sits atop the hillside in Mt. Adams with panoramic views of the Ohio River and downtown Cincinnati on the deck. Immersed in Cincinnati culture.  Special touches, like Edison light bulbs one of the Cincinnati's great historic landmarks.  We had the dinner salad which was ~         
Heirloom Beets  ~ roast beets, baby arugula, shaved fennel, sheep feta, curried cashews, charred orange vinaigrette . 
You can even eat inside of an original kiln.

The last morning we had a tea party.
We had a  beautiful 3 tiered stand. Each tier was adorned with an assortment of their hand crafted delicacies.
The top had an assortment of their delicate finger sandwiches which were made of cucumber and fresh borsin cheese, veggie cream cheese and egg salad on their homemade buttery dill biscuit.

The middle and most important layer serves up their handcrafted famous desserts from their Bakery.
 It had buttery tea cookies, french macarons (to die for) and their petite double fudge brownies dark chocolate.

The bottom and final tier offers an assortment of mini scones made fresh each morning from their classic English  scone recipe, slices of their specialty French quiche served warm tucked in next to thick slices of fruit dark nut bread and fresh seasonal berries.  The quiche was a spinach and asiago cheese rich and warm.
They have a menu of teas perhaps thirty or more to choose from.  Lee and Janet had Silver Needles and Yam Aunty tried Bengal Tiger Tea blend popular in Nati City because of our Football team The Bengals.
They have a collections of tea pots.  Yam Aunty said the second one from left looked like flat Madi.

We saw over fifty historic sites in Nati City in two and a half days.
So I know Yam Aunty will have many pictures for you.
I, Sweet William The Scot, want to especially thank the Cincinnati Observatory.  Domes were opened especially for her because she has a deep interest in astronomy.
I also want to thank The BonBonerie for opening the tea room early an serving us an early tea.
Yam Aunty loves architecture so Nati City provided her likes.

Thanks for being a  friend
Traveling down the road and back again
Your heart is true and your a friend of  mine
Signing Off 
Sweet William The Scot

Pssss ~ Lookie I got a leftover box from The BonBonerie.  I love leftovers!

Sunday, June 12, 2016

I Got A Blogger Coming

I, Sweet William The Scot, got a Blogger coming to stay in Nati City for three days.
Yes I do!

I told Lee she was vegan so we had to shop appropriately.  We went to our Kroger store this morning and Lee got all kinds of fruit, soy milk, cold and hot cereal for vegans.
We got our specialty teas for her to enjoy.
For snacks Lee got specialty crackers, hummus and figs.
Look at the fruit salad I made with my own paws.
A Godiva Bar.
Since our house is small our friend Janet offered up her extra bedroom and bath.
Lee and I went over and made up the bed.
It is a sleep number bed and no one has ever slept in it.
Lee even put the afghan she just finished last winter on the bed.
I am going to give her the tour of Nati because that is in my bio. 
For one dinner we are going to Rookwood Pottery Restaurant.  The old factory where they made nationally known pottery which is rich with history.
And before she leaves we are having a high tea party at the The BonBonerie.
(Depiction of slaves crossing the frozen Ohio River to freedom in my state.)
Now I am going to show her the Painted Ladies, Murals, Fountain Square, Findley Market and what ever we can fit into the schedule.
Sure hope she can eat ice cream because I want to take her to Nati's famous Graeters to taste the ice cream Nati is known for.
I hope she can tell me about my homeland.
Can you guess who is Coming To Dinner?
Oh an at the BAR they celebrated the Doods peep's birthday and we were suppose to give her something with sixty things and represent your city.
I sent a box by way of Frankie and Ernie, my friends.
Yep I sent her Reds Peanuts and a Reds Banner that I got at a Bark In The Park Game.
Lee even designed the card special and she sold the design.

Thanks for being a friend
Traveling down the road and back again
Your heart is true and your a friend of mine
Signing Off
Sweet William The Scot

Friday, June 3, 2016

Then and Now

We have to turn in here.
Over this creek.
Over this narrow bridge.  I, Sweet William The Scot, prayed it would hold up!
Maybe we should have parked on the winding road and walked in.
Five Mile Chapel then and now.
I am here at the door, see me?
The foundation is limestone and the walls are constructed of imported sandstone according to the National Register.
Lee get a closer shot!
The property for the church and cemetery was donated by the son of an early settler John Markley in 1844.
Markley's grave which sits along side of the Chapel.
These stones are really really old.  Lee told me no potty here.
Different groups meet here like quilting groups, woodcarvers and local artist.
But what I, Sweet William The Scot, love is ice cream social.
  Yep we love going to the old fashion ice cream social.  This year it will be September 11 from 1 to 4.  I saw Lee put it on our calendar this week.
You can book the chapel for a wedding.  Lee has attended several beautiful weddings here.
But I love the Ice Cream Social!
The Five Mile Chapel is on the National Register of Historic Places.
It is also a United Methodist Historic Site.
Five Mile Chapel United Brethren in Christ AD 1844.
Back over the creek and we made it home.  This little chapel sits four miles from my home.

Thanks for being a friend
Traveling down the road and back again
Your heart is true and your a friend of mine
Signing Off
Sweet William The Scot

Another pretty street corner in Nati City.
Lee took the picture out the car window as we were waiting for the street light to change.

I am sure many of you from around the world have seen and read the story of the terrible killing of Harambe at the Cincinnati Zoo.  On May 28, 2016, Harambe, a 17-year-old, 440 lb. male critally endangered silverback gorilla, was fatally shot by zoo officials after a three-year-old boy climbed over a barrier through five feet of bushes and dropped down into a moat in Harambe's enclosure. The incident was recorded by a bystander and uploaded to You Tube, where the video went viral.

Lee saw this beautiful Silverback Gorilla right after he came to Nati City two years ago.  This exhibit opened in 1978 and not one incident has happened till last week.   Over 43 million people have safely enjoyed the exhibit the 38 years that it’s been open. 

It took one parent who was not alert to her child and Harambe paid the price.
Signs in the city say
"Yes they bought a ticket"
"Harambe paid the Price"

Harambe is Swahili  meaning working together, pulling together, helping each other, caring, and sharing.
The Zoo had reach the halfway mark of its $12 million Gorilla World expansion fundraising in January.
Rest In Peace Harambe

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Firefighters Memorial

I, Sweet William The Scot, live in the city proper but two streets over is Anderson Township.
Firefighters Memorial in Anderson Township.
The Memorial is a seven foot tall bronze statue of a firefighter in full gear cradling a child, standing tall in front of three flagpoles.
The Memorial was dedicated on June 11, 2005 and was funded entirely through donations.
The names of those that served.
Daisy has a memorial.  She served the township fire and rescue department by teaching the importance of fire and life safety messages to the community.
You know the stop, drop and roll rule right.
Lee has great respect for those that do this job.  Lee's cousin, Eddie, died in a fire at the age of eleven when Lee was eighteen.  The fire happened in her grandfathers house where he lived.  Eddie was cleaning his boy scout badge when the hot water heater kicked on high and ignited the cleaner and torched Eddie.
Lee was one of the first family members on the scene.  Lee was close to Eddie they were like brother and sister everyone said they were so much alike.
Next to the memorial sits a place that the kids love.
Seldom do we see it empty.
It is the skateboard rinks.  Boy do those kids fly up and down the edges and ramps.

Now here is, pardon me, someone who skipped the class in fire safety.
Yep he is smoking a cigarette and using an aerosol can of either sunscreen or bug spray right to the face.  If that ignites he will need a fireman for sure!  And he is here in the Memorial parking lot.
I am staying apolitical as Kismet said and I quote "I have strong feelings about the upcoming US Presidential race. I think it’s time for a black female to hold the job so I’m writing in Minnie Mouse".
The idiot's car had been hodgepodged (probably to hide rust holes) and on the back was a bumper sticker saying "Vote for Trump Restore America's Greatness".
Lee and I we just scratched our heads and rolled on.

Thanks for being a friend
Traveling down the road and back again
Your heart is true and your a friend of  mine

Signing Off 
Sweet William The Scot

We have a lot of pretty street corners in Nati City so Lee took this picture out the car window at the stop light.

Friday, May 6, 2016

Kentucky Derby and a Louisville Favorite

I, Sweet William The Scot, am going to tell you about a tradition around my part of the country.
It is a special sandwich!
A Hot Brown Sandwich, sometimes known as a Kentucky Hot Brown, is an American hot sandwich originally created at the Brown Hotel in Louisville, Kentucky, by Fred K. Schmidt in 1926.
The dish is a local specialty and favorite of the Louisville area particularly on Kentucky Derby Day.
You can look up the original authentic recipe here
For your Derby Day Party here's an appetizer version of Kentucky Hot Brown Sandwich that we love to serve.  Lee is cooking!
1/4 cup chicken broth
3 tablespoons butter
2 tablespoons flour
3/4 cup half & half
1 cup cheddar or Swiss or combo of both
18 slices snack rye bread or baguette slices
8 ounces sliced deli turkey
Thinly sliced sweet onion, separated into rings
6 strips cooked and crumbled bacon
Preheat oven to 350. Melt butter over medium heat and stir in flour until smooth. Stir in cream and broth. Bring to boil and cook for a couple minutes or until thickened, stirring constantly. Remove from heat and stir in cheese until melted. Put bread on baking sheets. Layer each piece with turkey, onion and cheese sauce. Sprinkle with bacon. Bake 10 minutes or until heated through. Sprinkle with parsley.
Yum Yum  serve with a Mint Julep and bon appetite.
Yes Lee has been to The Brown Hotel and had the sandwich.
The Kentucky Derby is regarded as the greatest two minutes in sports.
Will undefeated Nyquist, steal the show?
Three horses running were sired by Uncle Mo.
A little sibling rivalry.
Lee loves horses and she is kind of favoring Creator.
Creator breaking in the 3rd spot to close to the inside can get the horse in trouble.
Wasn't American Pharoah just a beautiful horse last year.
Hope your horse wins!

Thanks for being a  friend
Traveling down the road and back again
Your heart is true and your a friend of  mine
Signing Off 
Sweet William The Scot

The sign in front of a church this week was TGIF.  Well after eating those appetizers and drinking a Julep Lee says your waistline might not forgive you.

Monday, April 25, 2016

Art Works

Well Lee and I, Sweet William The Scot, were driving along and we noticed the light came on indicating a train was coming overhead.  We looked up and saw Art Works had used the train trestle bridge as a frame for paintings.
Why they painted the top of a painted lady house, a couple, the corner street sign, then a picture of three painted ladies and more community people.  They used the trestle to frame each picture.
How neat is that?

I got this Valentine from my gal Bella.
Yep love is all you need.
Bella sent me a magnet.
The post office must have sent it through a machine and  broke the magnets head off.
The card was all wet, you can see the scottie imprint on the card.
I told Bella Lee could fix the problem and look she glued it back together and gave it a pretty collar.  Now it is on our refrigerator.
We have been busy planting Phlox along our wall that had to be rebuilt then mulching.
Twelve plants in all, in three different colors.
The wall had to be sealed ~ so now one wall has two coats of sealer and the other wall has one coat and needs its gloss coat and the job will be done.
Lee just moves slow these days.

And finally I am sending this out there in hopes one person sees the quote.
It is called  On Thinking Independently.
You're neither right nor wrong because people agree with you.
You're right because your facts and your reasoning are right.

Thanks for being a  friend
Traveling down the road and back again
Your heart is true and your a friend of  mine
Signing Off 
Sweet William The Scot

Monday, April 4, 2016

Tragedy On The Bridge

Well I, Sweet William The Scot, travel the Combs-Hehl  Interstate 275  Bridge over the Ohio River often.  It is just three miles from my home and gives me easy access into Kentucky.
So I am going to report to you from the scene along the Mary Ingles Highway. 
I am standing right behind the news stations from Nati City.
I am here to report on recovery efforts to bring a car back to the surface.
During the time it has been in the murky strong current of the Ohio River it was tagged so that when divers and a crane could be brought in it would be easy to find.
It was tagged with metal dog crates ~ yes you heard that right metal dog crates because they are easy to pick up on sonar.
They are beginning to lower the crane.
Many people were involved but only one diver went down.
On March 15 there was an accident right before rush hour involving twelve cars, a chain-reaction crash that somehow propelled one car high over the cement barrier edge and through the steel structure bridge at just the wrong spot to cause it to plunge head first straight down to the bottom of the Ohio River where it landed on its hood. 
For eleven days, the vehicle sat 27 feet underwater. Strong currents and murky waters made the recovery of the car nearly impossible until Saturday March 26th.
No one reported anyone missing till the 18th.
Finally free of the river.
The river can't be flowing more than 1.5 miles an hour to safely dive.
Finally a sunny day and the river is smooth like glass.
All river traffic was halted.
When everything was in place it took 90 minutes before the car was brought to the surface by the huge crane.
The car was 90 percent full of silt and sand. 
The body of one victim was inside the vehicle his death has been ruled accidental.
The body was identified by dental records on Easter Day.
Finally almost resting on the barge.
This is a terribly sad story but we wanted to show you the great recovery work that is done on the Ohio River when accidents of all types occur.
And I, Sweet William The Scot, wanted to tell you they used dog crates to keep track of where things move on the bottom of the Ohio.
We were thankful for the beauty of the hillside driving home.

 Thanks for being a friend
Traveling down the road and back again
Your heart is true and your a friend of  mine

Signing Off 
Sweet William The Scot