Saturday, May 3, 2014

Seersucker & River Otters

Gary said his T-shirts are getting rather worn so we decided to go to a few of our favorite thrift stores while we were in Florida. Many times we can find T-shirts for Gary that have never been worn. You know the kind that tourists purchase and then they just sit in the dresser drawer. This time though we couldn't find a single T-shirt. You might wonder why we don't just buy a T-shirt at a regular store. Well no matter how many times I ask Gary not to wear his "good" T-shirts while painting or working on the car, he always forgets. Then they're covered with grease or stains, no longer in the "good shirt" category. They quickly move to the "work shirt" category. Ha.

As I was moving down the aisle of shirts I immediately noticed the seersucker material on a three-toned blue shirt and pointed it out to Gary. Of course he said "what in the world is seersucker, looking at me like I'd said a dirty word. I told him seersucker is a wonderful cotton material which wears well and is good for warm weather wear. Due to the method of weaving the threads the material puckers thus making it stand away from the skin when worn and aiding in heat dissipation. The material doesn't have to be ironed to look good. Gary decided he liked the wonderful seersucker shirt and we took it home. Feeling the material almost makes me want to take up sewing again.

Since we came back from Florida on Friday we would have ended up in Atlanta at rush hour so we decided to take an alternate route to Blairsville. The GPS led us through the quaint town of Monticello which has many historic homes. We were in a hurry to get back before dark so we didn't stop but will make another trip there one day.

When we came over the mountain from Helen to Blairsville we rounded a corner and saw a mother river otter with her baby crossing the road. Gary stopped just in time. The mother otter hearing our car approach turned back and the baby otter immediately followed her cue. As we drove slowly by Gary could see another baby otter in the grass beside the road.

Thankfully the mother otter was smart enough to turn back realizing her two babies would have followed her and possibly been hit by our car. The babies were smart enough to immediately obey her cue and were saved. I was surprised to see the mother otter was about four feet long; the babies were about one foot long. I didn't realize river otters grow to that size. Thanks for reading and for all your comments.


  1. Good Saturday, Linda.. thanks for your 'mini' documentaries on your area and travels about.. so enjoyable!.. love seersucker too! have a great weekend. T.

  2. I have a collection of shirts just like Gary's but probably bigger.

  3. Otters? How amazing. I would have been on a high for days. And days.

  4. Hi Trish, thanks, we are truly amazed at all we see here in the mountains.

    Hi Dennis, thanks, Gary takes quite a large size because he is six feet two inches, harder to find his size.

    Hi Elephant's Child, thanks, oh we are truly on a high about those river otters, yesterday we drove over the mountain again and made sure we didn't see their bodies laying across the road, glad no one else ran over them either. We wish we had had our camera handy, alas it was in the back seat in our suitcase and too inaccessible to get quickly.

  5. Hello Linda:

    We tend to associate seersucker with our childhood when, for whatever reason, it was widely used as a material for tablecloths in small, country tearooms in England [possibly Wales and Scotland too]. Perhaps on account of no ironing required.

    The otters are lovely. How splendid to see them crossing the road.

  6. Gary will be on the lookout for more seersucker shirts when he's worn that one.
    The otters--what a sight!

  7. Hi Jane and Lance, thanks, as I understand the seersucker was originally from England. We were amazed to see the otters.

    Hi Joanne, thanks, yes we'll both be on the lookout for seersucker, we were so lucky to see those otters.


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