The Zarb Homestead

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Don’t Float the Main Stream October 28, 2011

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Phil has always had a sincere passion for beer and has always wanted to take the tour of the Sweetwater Brewery in Atlanta, GA.  Since, Brewery’s Jam in Knoxville had sold-out and we couldn’t find tickets at a sensible price, we decided to make our way to GA. I had the Race for the Cure that morning but I finished around 10:30. I had to hurry because the tours start at 2:30 and end at 4:30 and the drive took about 3 hours. We got lost took a detour around Atlanta so we were running slightly behind. We arrived at Sweetwater around 3:30 just in time for the tour. Warning, if you go take this tour you have to park far away from the brewery and walk in some alleys to get to the place. We had to pull out Google Maps to find our way.

You pay $10 to get a get a nice pint glass and 6 tickets. The tickets are for your beers. If you get the light beer = 1 ticket. The darker beers = 2 tickets. They have screens to watch the game and a place to buy souvenirs. Be warned though: there is no food so eat before you go and when they say they close at 4:30, they close, so get there early. The tour only takes about 20 minutes and the rest of the time is for beer sampling.

I would recommend this as a good weekend trip for the beer enthusiast. The tour doesn’t last very long so I would plan something else to do if you are staying the night in Atlanta.

I would like to go back in the spring because currently they are in the middle or renovating and expanding their brewery, so it might be nice to check to them out after they expanded.


Race for the Cure, Knoxville Style October 27, 2011

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In celebration of breast cancer awareness month, Maria and I did the Race for the Cure in Knoxville on October 21. It was a very wintry morning. I overheard one person say this was the coldest it has ever been for the race. Either way, I layered up and went to face the crowd and cold. This was our first time doing the race and wasn’t sure what to expect. I had Phil drop us off were we didn’t have to fight the traffic and worry about finding a place to park. He dropped us off at World’s Fair Park and we made our way to the gigantic crowd of people. I couldn’t believe how many people there were. I saw a news paper article that said there were around 13,000 racers and over 800 of them were breast cancer survivors! I was honored to be able to join them.

After the walk, 5K = 3.10685 miles, which took about 1 hour, we checked out some of the vendors that volunteered their time and money. We got hot coffee from Starbucks and fresh fruit from Kroger. Ford was there giving out scarf’s and McDonalds handing out free mocha fraps.

We had a great time and it was a great experience. I will without doubt be participating next year. Just is better costume like the guy below 🙂


“See Rock City”, We did! October 25, 2011

When you are driving down the interstate in east Tennessee you can’t go too long before you see a barn painted with “See Rock City”. I have seen this many times since I was a child and never knew what Rock City was. Over the weekend, Phil and I went to Atlanta, GA for a weekend trip and we ended up canceling our trip to the zoo since it was packed with hundreds of children dressed in Halloween Costumes, Boo at the Zoo, and went to see what Rock City was all about.

We took the exit off the interstate and took 1 mile trip up the mountain. Once we arrived I was surprised at the amount of people there. I thought it was going to be a little roadside attraction with maybe 30 visitors. There were about 100 people just walking around the entrance and the parking lot, I was surprised. We waited in line to get our ticket which were $16/person, not too bad, and made our way to the entrance of the Rock Gardens. There are 3 different paths you can take to Lover’s Leap, the main attraction, one was the green path, easy, second was the yellow, mild, and the red path, harder. Of course we take the red path; this path had more stairs and some very tight squeezes. The gardens contain hundreds of labeled local trees and plants. The trail also leads through a variety of bizarre rock formations, including the 1000-ton Balanced Rock and the Fat Man’s Squeeze.


After taking the garden path, you end at Lovers Leap. This is the place where you can see 7 states (TN, KY, GA, NC, AL, SC and VA) at once. Legend states that a Native American man who loved a woman from a rival tribe was thrown from the lookout when his love was discovered.  This is my try at a panarama view.

They have all 7 state flags displayed.

Since, it was October they were having Rocktober Fest. This = a very happy Phil.

Rock City also does bird shows at different times of the day. We just happen to catch the end of the 3:30 show. They feature different types of birds of prey and we got to see a baldheaded eagle, turkey vulture, and a screech owl.  I felt like a youngster again because I LOVE OWLS and the screech owl is my al time favorite. I waited in line with all the children to get my turn to pet the little owl. Oh, I loved it!

If you have children, you may want to check out Fairyland Cavern feature. This is a cave that features all the Mother Goose Nursery Rhymes.  I honestly found the place kind of creepy. They have all the different sets of fairy tales and the characters glow in a black light. They have nursery rhymes music in the background and it is  dark. Not my cup of tea. Would have made a great haunted house! 

We finally got to “See Rock City” and I got my little barn birdhouse!


If it is Cold it Might as Well Snow October 21, 2011

I am not a fan of cold weather. It sends chills down my bones when it gets in the 40’s. One of the worst feelings is walking outside and it’s cold and raining; however, I do like one thing about cold weather, snow. I absolutely love it when it snows. It makes me all cheerful and warm inside. I don’t know if this feeling comes from my childhood, were I remember sitting on front of the TV watching the news and waiting for the weather man talk about some percentage of snow and hoping it would be a blizzard where we wouldn’t have school the next day. The sensation could also come from the movies. Whenever you are watching joyful Christmas movies there is normally classical music with snow falling in the background and everyone is happy and warm. Either way, I just love the snow.

When you live in the south snowfall is very limited. Knoxville’s annual snowfall is around 6.5 inches and snow on Christmas may happen once every decade, but once it arrives almost everyone is happy.  I love to make snowmen and sled down hills; I am like a child again. So, I say if it has to be cold it might as well snow.


Dr. Seuss: A Man of Little Words October 20, 2011

Many of us take life too serious. People stress about the smallest things, like what to wear to work or what’s for dinner; or they stress about bigger things like how are they going to pay bills and worrying about family issues. I believe most people need to step back and look at the bigger picture, life is short. When I start stressing about dumb things, I always remember a quote from my childhood.

“Sometimes the questions are complicated and the answers are simple.”

Dr. Seuss

Think you can apply that quote to all your problems in life. Most of the time the answer is that simple just finding your way to that answer sometimes be a journey on its own.

Dr. Seuss, Theodore Seuss Geissel, is one of my favorite authors and I thought I would share some facts about this great man:

  • He started using the pen name Seuss after getting kicked off the Dartmouth College literary humor magazine.
  • He got famous for illustrating insecticide ads
  • He never had his own children.
  • Green Eggs And Ham has exactly 50 words
  • Oh, The Places You’ll Go!. Published in 1990, one year before his death September 24, 1991, the book was written for adults as well as kids and spent over a year on the New York Times Best Seller List as a farewell to his audience.
  • September 24, 1991. Theodro died on September 24, 1991 from jaw cancer. He was 87.
  • Seuss was his middle name and he put Dr. in front of it because his father had always wanted him to be a doctor.
  • Theodor Seuss Geisel was born on March 2, 1904 in Springfield, MA.
    • *We share the same birthday, just different years of birth*

He was a man of little words. One of his most famous quotes was:

“So the writer who breeds more words than he needs, is making a chore for the reader who reads.”

Dr. Seuss

Check your bumps for lumps October 19, 2011

October is national breast cancer awareness month and to show my contribution to the cause, I am doing the Race for the Cure in Knoxville. This is my first time in the race but I think it will be a very rewarding experience. This got me thinking, who is Susan G Koman and why is she one of the biggest names in breast cancer research? After goggling for 5 minutes this is what I found.

Three years after Susan Komen was diagnosed with breast cancer, she died at the age of 36, in 1980. As she was dying, her sister Nancy Brinker, promised her she would do anything she could to research, prevent and stop breast cancer. To fulfill that promise she founded the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation in 1982.The name was later changed to Susan G. Komen for the Cure with its pink ribbon icon. It has spread worldwide and has raised over 2 billion dollars since its introduction.


I also found some interesting facts about breast cancer I would like to share:

• The older a woman, the more likely she is to get breast cancer?

• Young women can and do get breast cancer, even in their 20s?

• White women are more likely to get breast cancer than women of any other racial or ethnic group?

• African American women are more likely to die from breast cancer than white women?

• Men can get breast cancer? Out of every one hundred cases of breast cancer, one will occur in a man.


Please, let’s try to end this disease together and remember your part this month to end


Biking Ijams October 18, 2011




Perfect fall weekend in beautiful south Knoxville.

Located in South Knoxville, Will Skelton Greenway begins at Island Home Park then runs through Ijams Nature Center and ends at the 300-acre Wildlife Management Area. This greenway is located in a beautiful natural setting and contains panoramic views of the Tennessee River. The length is 7 miles and is used for walking, running, bicycling, and walking dogs.

October 16, 2011

Short but sweet!