Two Souls: Into the Fire # 179

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Two Souls: Into the Fire # 179

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TWO SOULS: INTO THE FIRE

# 179

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“We had better food and ice cream than you did, too,” Ghost said, still telling Steve about what he and Zach had done.

“Man, I should have gone with y’all, instead of over to Trevor’s house. I like the day you had,” Steve said.

“Me, too…and we might do it again someday,” Ghost said, as he gathered up his things from the table.

“So, you and Zach are buddy-buddy, now?

“What’s that?”

“Friends.”

“Oh, I guess so. He said I was fun to hang out with.”

“That’s nice…just watch him…he better not go making any moves on you,” Steve said.

Ghost shook his head. He took his things off into the living room, where he lit an incense stick, and placed the crystal on the table with the others.

“Now, y’all get along. Y’all have to live on this here table, and be friends,” Ghost said.

Steve snickered, again.

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When Zach reached his and Trevor’s house, he found Trevor sitting on the couch, just staring into space. “Hey, Trev, what’s the matter?” he asked.

“Zach, I’ve had a long day,” Trevor said, and took a deep breath.

“Why…was it that hard to keep Steve busy?”

Trevor looked at Zach, his eyes dazed. “Yeah, it was. He was suspicious from the time he got over here. I kept making up things to do…just stupid stuff. Oh, he went along with it, but every few minutes, he said he’d better go. He didn’t like leaving Ghost alone.”

“Damn, sorry Dude…thanks for doing it, though.”

“Yeah, well…how did it go with you and Ghost?” Trevor asked.

Zach smiled. “It went surprisingly well. Ghost and I went to the junk yard, and he got Steve’s old car back. It’s being repaired, right now. He’ll have it by Christmas eve. We ate lunch at this crazy Cajun restaurant, and it was really good.” He got up to go to the kitchen. Grabbing a beer for them both, he came back and sat down on the couch.

“We went to a hippie store that Ghost likes.”

“A hippie store?”

“Yeah, it’s got crystals, incense, stuff like that. Here, I’ll show you what I bought.” He brought the bag over, and pulled out his purchases. “This book tells all kinds of things about the crystals, and what they’re good for, and about herbal remedies, and a bunch of other way out there stuff.” He laughed, seeing the expression on Trevor’s face.

Trevor picked up the crystal Zach had bought. “You really going to get serious about this?”

“Well, probably not as much as Ghost, but yeah, it’s pretty interesting. I’ll try it…sure…”

“How did you and Ghost get along?”

“Oh, we hit it off, actually. He’s pretty cool…funny…and he’s a lot smarter than I gave him credit for. I know he has his brain problems, but when he’s clear headed, he’s a real decent guy,” Zach said.

“So he didn’t act crazy, today, or flip out?”

“Nope, not once…and he even told me he was trying hard not to. There was one point though, when he saw Steve’s smashed up car…he pretty much lost it. Cried for what Steve had gone through.” Zach shook his head. “That was tough.”

They sat there awhile longer, going over things they’d done that day. “Did Steve mention what he was getting Ghost for Christmas?”

“No, I didn’t bring anything up to do with Christmas, and he didn’t either. Guess we’ll find out later. And…hint, hint…what are you getting me…and what do you want?” Trevor asked.

“Uh, really, Trevor, I don’t need anything,” Zach said. “I already have you, and we got rid of that bad stuff at the old house. But, what do you want?”

“Nothing but you,” Trevor said, with a grin.

“You…you already have me,” Zach said. He pushed Trevor down on the couch, and kissed him. “And, I’m ready for you to have me right now.” He smiled, and helped Trevor up. They made their way to the bedroom, and didn’t surface again until morning.

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Ghost had made popcorn for them, and they watched movies for awhile. Every so often, one of them would throw a piece, for Spirit to chase, which made them laugh. Ghost was in a good mood, after his shopping trip to Raleigh, and the present for Steve had been settled. Steve kept planning in his head, his secret trip to get Ghost’s gift, and every time he thought of it, he’d try to block it at the same time, so Ghost wouldn’t hear.

Finally, he had had this conflict so long, he developed a headache. “Ghost, I’m going to bed. This headache is killing me,” Steve said. “You can finish watching this movie by yourself.”

“You want some headache powder? It’s fresh.”

“Are you sure it won’t kill me?” Steve asked.

“I’m sure. I’ll go get it ready,” Ghost said, going into the kitchen to make a cup of hot tea, to put the remedy in.

Steve went to his bed, waiting for Ghost. “Don’t think, don’t think…” he kept repeating to himself.

Ghost came in, handing the cup of tea to Steve. “Don’t think about what?”

Steve had to say something to throw Ghost off. “Oh, uh…don’t think about this stuff you’re giving me,” he finally said.

Ghost gave him a look. “That’s not it, Steve, but fine…if you don’t want to tell me, then don’t. Now, drink this…all of it. You’ll feel better soon.”

“Okay,” Steve said, and took a tiny sip. “The thing is, Ghost, there’s a secret I have to keep from you…for Christmas, and I want it to be a surprise. And, it’s so hard, when you read my thoughts, and I try not to think of it, but it keeps getting my head.” He took another sip. “And, that’s why my head is hurting.”

Ghost frowned. “Steve, I’m sorry you’re having trouble with this. I’ll try not to. I don’t want to read your secrets. I don’t mean to, and I’ll try to block it out.”

“I know you don’t mean to…don’t worry about it,” Steve said. “I think tomorrow I’m going to go on my shopping trip, for your present. Then I can quit worrying about it.”

“Good…now finish drinking your tea, and go to sleep. Everything will be better in the morning. Me and Spirit will be fine while you’re gone.” He leaned over and kissed Steve. “Night…”

“Night, Ghost,” Steve said, and gulped the rest of the tea. Ghost turned out the light, and went back to the living room. The movie was still playing, but he’d lost interest in it, now. It was still fairly early…dark out, but not yet late enough for him to be sleepy. He’d never taken the nap he’d planned on earlier, but he was wide awake now, anyway.

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Next part coming soon!

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© 2019 BS

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This is a work of “fan fiction” based on the novel, “Lost Souls” by Poppy Z. Brite. All credit for the original characters, places, and some backstory mentions, belong to Ms. Brite and her publishing affiliates. Only newly introduced characters, places, and original elements of this story are entirely from my imagination. Character descriptions are a blend of the original book descriptions and my interpretation of them.

All songs included in this work will be solely owned by the original performers/writers and will be credited. Creative license is taken in including them in this story.

No harm is intended toward author, musicians, or people and situations to whom there may be a resemblance.

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The content herein is rated by me as being at the high end of MA (Mature Audience). It includes strong language, violence, sexual themes, including same sex pairingsreligious themes, and fantasy horror.

Feline Friday – Tigers S & P

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Feline Friday – Tigers S & P

 

 

 

 

 

Feline Friday

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If you’d like to post something for Feline Friday, just click the above link for details. It’s fun and easy! Thanks, Sandee! ❤

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I found these neat looking tigers salt & pepper shakers when we went to an antique store last week. Of course I couldn’t leave them there, so bought them to add to my S & P collection.

Photos show different views of them – orange tigers with black stripes. One is standing up, the other laying down.

They don’t have any identifying marks on the underside. I don’t know how old they are, but being in an antique shop, maybe kind of old.

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July Squares # 19 – Blue – One Fish – Two Fish

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July Squares # 19 – Blue – One Fish – Two Fish

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July Blues

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This is a month of blue! It’s a fun challenge created by Becky of “The Life of B”, and each day we show something blue. The only rule beside blue, is that the photo MUST be SQUARE!

As an added bonus, I’ve found songs with blue in the title or lyrics, or at least something to do with the photo. 🙂

Thanks, Becky!

If you’d like to join in, just click the above link to find out details, and also see other entries.

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These are a couple of fish I saw at the Kansas City MO aquarium. One is big and blue, the other is black with a blue vertical stripe, and fins of yellow and orange. They are swimming in a pretty blue highlighted enclosure with rocks.

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“Too Many Fish in the Sea”, by the Marvelettes, was released in 1964. It was written by Norman Whitfield and Eddie Holland.

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Flower of the Day – Hanging Basket

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Flower of the Day – Hanging Basket

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This is a very large hanging basket of red and purple Petunias. I saw these when we visited the Kansas City MO zoo. There were lots of these hanging baskets of flowers all over the place, way up high on poles.

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For Cee’s Flower of the Day:

FOTD – July 19, 2019 – The Fly on a Gerbera

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One Liner Wednesday – What’s Going On?

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One Liner Wednesday – What’s Going On? 

One-Liner Wednesday – Hindsight

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Me: What’s going on with Word Press now? Everything is messed up!

Word Press: Says nothing, but keeps messing things up with no explanation!

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July Squares # 18 – Blue – Salt & Pepper Shaker

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July Squares # 18 – Blue – Salt & Pepper Shaker

July Blues

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This is a month of blue! It’s a fun challenge created by Becky of “The Life of B”, and each day we show something blue. The only rule beside blue, is that the photo MUST be SQUARE!

As an added bonus, I’ve found songs with blue in the title or lyrics, or at least something to do with the photo. 🙂

Thanks, Becky!

If you’d like to join in, just click the above link to find out details, and also see other entries.

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This is a set of Delft Blue salt & pepper shakers. It’s a three piece set, consisting of a small shallow blue boat (white inside), with two figures sitting inside. They are a little Dutch boy and girl dressed in blue. They can be removed from the boat, in case you actually want to use them as salt & pepper shakers. Mostly I think these novelty S & Ps are just for admiring and collecting.

I can’t even remember where I got these, but probably were a gift, as I have a few people that send me what they find at antique and thrift stores where they live.

The bottom of the set is imprinted with a small blue symbol of the maker, I think. I don’t know what it means, but there is a small windmill included in the design. It also says in blue letter writing = Hand painted Delft Blue, and a copyright mark D.A.I.C.

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“Where the Boat Leaves From”, by the Zac Brown Band, can be found on their 2008 album, “Foundation”.

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Bird of the Day – Exotic Chickens

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Bird of the Day – Exotic Chickens

BOTD July 18, 2019

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My cousin Mike raises exotic chickens. He has all kinds, and they all look so interesting. He basically treats them as pets, and gives them all names. Sometimes the names are part of the name of the kind of chicken it is, sometimes just cute names. He collects the eggs of them all.

These photos are some he posted recently. He gave me permission to post them here, too.

The first photo shows a large black & white chicken with an elaborate all black feathery head-dress. He calls this one Silver. I think it is a Polish Silver breed of chicken.

The next photo is Mike holding Silver.

The next photo is another kind of chicken he is holding. He calls this one Houdie. Could be because it is a breed of chicken called Houdan.  It is a large black and white chicken, with it’s head-dress of feathers of black & white.

Very cool chickens! 🙂

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Flower of the Day – Dandelion

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Flower of the Day – Dandelion

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“Organic as a dandelion seed, [the ship of our imagination] will carry us to worlds of dreams and worlds of facts” ~ Carl Sagan

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Two yellow dandelion flowers, surrounded by green leaves and tiny cloverleafs.

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For Cee’s Flower of the Day:

FOTD – July 18, 2019 – Lilies with raindrops

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Two Souls: Into the Fire # 178

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Two Souls: Into the Fire # 178

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TWO SOULS: INTO THE FIRE

# 178

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Ghost gave Zach directions to the little new age shop in the downtown area. As Ghost pushed open the door, the smell of sweet incense greeted them. Zach looked around, wide eyed, at the shelves of brightly colored goods for sale.

“Hey, Ghost…how are you?” the owner said. “Fighting any more demons?”

“No, not today,” Ghost said. “This here is my friend, Zach. It was him and his boyfriend’s house that had the evil spirits, but we got rid of them, and now it’s gone…the house is all gone.”

She smiled, and shook Zach’s hand. “Well, hi Zach. You’ve got a real friend here, with Ghost. Don’t let him get away.”

Zach smiled, too. “You’ve got a really neat shop.”

“Y’all look around, and if you need any help, just holler,” she said.

Ghost showed Zach around the small shop, pointing out where the incense was, and the potions, books, and knick-knacks, that crowded the shelves. Going over to a display case, Ghost considered the crystals for sale.

“You gonna buy something?” Zach asked.

“Yep, I always do. I’m liking these crystals. They’re real powerful, ya know,” Ghost said.

“Well, I never thought about it before…about crystals,” Zach said, as he looked them over.

“I have a big one at home, and I have a geode. They’re on the hall table, and we smashed a vampire with the big one, one time,” Ghost said, as if it was an every day thing to do.

“Oh, yeah,” Zach said, “I think I remember y’all telling us about that. Maybe I should get one for me and Trevor. Will any of them do?”

“It depends on what you want to do with it…they all have different meanings.” Ghost pointed out one. Here’s one you could get for house protection.” It was a medium sized one. “Oh, here’s one you wear on a chain necklace. It’s a prism cut.”

“I think I’ll get them both,” Zach said. “I’m really digging this stuff.”

Ghost was enjoying showing Zach around, and telling him about all the different things…things that were so familiar to himself.  “Zach, I could go on telling you about this stuff all day. I love it all. I’ve used all these thing since I was a kid, and my grandmother showed me. But, you probably don’t want to hear me all day.”

He picked up a book from a table. “Look, here’s where it tells all about crystals, and stones, and all kinds of cool things…if you want to learn some more.”

Zach took the book, and flipped through the pages. “Yes, I’ll take this, too.” He was thinking this would be his new hobby.

Ghost smiled, at hearing Zach’s thought. “I think you’ll like it. I need to get some remedies, and oils from behind the counter.” He called to the lady, who measured out all the items Ghost mentioned. They took their selections up to the counter, and checked out, both leaving with a large bag.

“Guess we can go home, now,” Ghost said, then grinned. “Except…let’s get ice cream first.”

“Are you hungry again, already?”

No, I just want some, ’cause it’s so good, and I know this place we can get some,” Ghost said.

“Okay, let’s do it,” Zach said, as he drove off in search of the ice cream place.

They sat in the car while they ate it. “This has been a lot of fun, Ghost. I was a little nervous about it, but you, my man, are a lot of fun to hang with.”

“Really?” Ghost asked. “Well, so are you, and I was nervous, too. I thought you’d be all critical and stuffy, and go like…I have to humor Ghost so he won’t act crazy.” He grinned. “I tried real hard not to, ya know.”

Zach laughed at that statement. “I’m glad I got to know you better, Ghost. Steve’s very lucky to have you. So, you ready to roll?” He started up the car, and drove toward the highway, back to Missing Mile.

“I’m going to call Trevor…see if Steve’s still over there. We gotta sneak you back in the house,” Zach said. He made the call, and found out Steve was still there, and he’d have time to drive Ghost home, before Steve found out he’d been gone.

“I’m getting worried, Zach.”

“Why?”

“Well, Steve is going to ask me what I did all day. I don’t ever lie to him, so what do I do?”

“Well…just say the truth…” Zach said. “Say I came over to say hi, and we decided to go shopping in Raleigh…and we ate lunch. That’s the truth. And, you have the things you bought from the shop, anyway. Just leave out the car stuff we did.”

Ghost was nodding. “Yes, we did do that, and it won’t be lying at all.” He yawned, “I need a nap, now.”

“Me too,” Zach said. “I’m going to drop you off at your house, then head home and crash. We’ll have to hang out together some more, too.”

At the house, Ghost got out of the car, and they said their good-byes. He went inside, and not long after, Steve came home. Ghost was at the table, looking through his purchases, as Steve came in.

“Man, what a day,” Steve said. He came up behind Ghost, giving him a hug. “Hey, what ‘cha got there?”

“Just some things I bought at that little shop in Raleigh,” Ghost said, trying hard not to blurt out the real reason he’d been in the city.

“How did ya get there?”

“Oh, after you left this morning, Zach came by to say hi, and talk about the show and all. I asked him if he wanted to drive me to Raleigh, so I could buy stuff…so he did.” He pushed around the things on the table, rearranging them. “He bought stuff, too, and Steve…we found a real good Cajun restaurant, and we ate lunch there. You have to go, sometime.”

“Well, it sounds like you had a good time…better than I had,” Steve said, shaking his head. “I’ll tell ya, that Trevor was up to something. That furniture moving deal…that was crazy.”

“You didn’t move any?”

“Yeah, we did, but it wasn’t much. Then he kept suggesting odd things…like he wanted to draw my picture…for a comic book, of all things, and so he did. Turned out pretty good, too. Then we ordered a pizza, and he got to talking about his time in the orphanage, and foster homes.” Steve sighed. “Then he wanted to play cards…just a random bunch of stuff.”

“I think he just didn’t want to be alone, today,” Ghost said.

“Yeah, maybe that was it.” Steve looked at the group of things on the table. Holding up a small, clear envelope, he asked, “What’s this for?” Inside was a powdery substance.

“This one? Well, it says powdered willow bark, right on it,” Ghost said.

“And…what’s it for?”

“Oh, it’s for when you hurt…like a headache, or you have a sore muscle, things like that. And, you only take a pinch at a time, in some hot tea, or even just lemon water,” Ghost said.

“Oh, aspirin, then…” Steve said.

“Well, I don’t know about that, but it’s real strong, so you have to be careful,” Ghost explained.

“How can you remember all this stuff? It’s not even labeled very good.”

Ghost shrugged, “I just do. Oh, look at this…I got a crystal…for house protection.” Ghost held up the blocky gem.

Steve took it, turning it over and over, to see all sides. “Thought we already had one of these.”

“Yeah, but it’s been used a lot, already, so it’s not as effective…ya know?”

Steve snickered. “So, these things have an expiration date?”

“Stop it, Steve…gimme that back,” Ghost grabbed the stone. “Don’t laugh…it’s true, but they can get weaker. So, I have to get fully charged ones, sometimes.”

“Oh…like a battery, then?” Steve kept on teasing.

Ghost rolled his eyes, and sighed. “I guess so, since you evidently know so much about ’em.”

Steve lightly punched Ghost’s arm. “You know I’m kidding, don’t ya?”

“Um-hmm, well, anyway Zach got some too, and he was all interested in hearing me tell about this stuff. He even got a book to study.”

“Really?”

“Yep, and we got incense…see?” Ghost held up a package, and smelled it. “Here, smell…what do you think?”

Steve took a sniff, and coughed. “That, smells good,” he coughed again.

Ghost narrowed his eyes, staring at Steve, waiting for a wisecrack, but Steve thought better than to say any more.

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Next part coming soon!

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Thanks for visiting! Peace ☮️

© 2019 BS

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This is a work of “fan fiction” based on the novel, “Lost Souls” by Poppy Z. Brite. All credit for the original characters, places, and some backstory mentions, belong to Ms. Brite and her publishing affiliates. Only newly introduced characters, places, and original elements of this story are entirely from my imagination. Character descriptions are a blend of the original book descriptions and my interpretation of them.

All songs included in this work will be solely owned by the original performers/writers and will be credited. Creative license is taken in including them in this story.

No harm is intended toward author, musicians, or people and situations to whom there may be a resemblance.

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The content herein is rated by me as being at the high end of MA (Mature Audience). It includes strong language, violence, sexual themes, including same sex pairingsreligious themes, and fantasy horror.

Weekly Prompt – Hearty Meals

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Weekly Prompt – Hearty Meals

Word Prompt Hearty Meals

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For this week’s prompt we were asked to share a time we enjoyed a hearty meal. This could be at home, or out at a restaurant, and with family.

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Mine will be a meal we had at a restaurant just last Wednesday.

We got together with family – seven of us all together, and went to a new to us BBQ restaurant called “Evie Mae’s”. It was in a little suburb town right to the west of us here, and is a BBQ place that is fairly new.

We didn’t know what to expect, since none of had ever been there before, but we figured it’s BBQ, so were sure there would be plenty of good food to choose from.

The list of what was on their menu was printed in big letters on brown paper up above the cafeteria style line. There was even a little chalk board that said ‘Free Beer – 21 and Up’.

As I was standing in line I was taking photos of all kinds of things, including the swinging doors the led off into the kitchen part of the restaurant. The doors had small windows, and advertising stickers pasted all around.

After getting through the line with our trays of yummy looking BBQ, we found a seat. There were lots of wooden picnic tables inside for seating. There were also picnic tables outside.

Here’s what I had to eat. Smoked sausage, sliced brisket, coleslaw, pickles & onions, bread & butter. It was very good.

After eating and having fun talking with my family, my grand-daughter wanted to go exploring, so off we went walking all over the restaurant. She was having a great time, and I was taking more photos.

The photos above show a large black smoker/cooker with some pictures above, and the name of the place. A large oil painting of a steer, a ‘caution-watch your step’ yellow sign (because there was a step down there, some tall stools to sit on around a wooden bar area, and off a side area was an old fashioned box Coca-Cola cooler. Another part of the place had a meat market where you could choose something to take home & cook later.

While some of us had desert of chocolate pie and chocolate cake, I went outside for a little bit. I found this huge pile of chopped wood that I suppose they use for smoking all their meats for the BBQ.

Anyway, that was our fun day out with the family at the BBQ restaurant. I’d go back again some day. 🙂

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