Author: journo

Jeepers celebrates a year

Some people are BMW and Mercedes people. Others prefer big trucks with big wheels. I’m a Jeep girl. I bought my first Jeep Cherokee Sport in 2002 and drove it until it died a little over a year ago. Then, I had to decide what kind of vehicle to buy. I wasn’t happy about having a car payment, but I really love the white Jeep Patriot that I got. I’ve named him Jeepers. Here’s a look. Got a comment? E-mail me at or Tweet me at @lareecarucker. </

Longwood mansion in Natchez

Here I am on the front lawn of Longwood mansion, an antebellum home in Natchez that was never completed by its owners. Exterior shots of the home were also used as the Vampire King of Mississippi’s home on True Blood. I didn’t see any vampires while I was there, but it was an interesting place to visit. Got a comment? E-mail me at or Tweet me at @lareecarucker. Save

Pen pals meet for the first time after almost 50 years of writing

A few weeks ago, I had the opportunity to write a fun feature story about a woman and her pen pal, who had been writing each other for almost 50 years. They first began writing as teenagers when one was living in St. Louis and the other in New Zealand, and they recently met in person for the first time in Oxford. Here’s their story. You can read more at Got a comment? E-mail me at or Tweet me at @lareecarucker.

Port Gibson

On my way to visit Natchez for the first time, I stopped in Port Gibson because I wanted to visit the Windsor Ruins, an antebellum mansion that burned leaving nothing behind except the Greek columns that were incorporated into its architecture. If you haven’t been there before, the Windsor Ruins are kind of like Mississippi’s own Stonehenge from the antebellum period. While there, I decided to drive around the town square. It seems as if Port Gibson is a dying city, and that’s a shame. I noticed an old art deco movie theater and a colorful civil rights mural painted on one of the walls near the courthouse or main part of town. I’m not sure who painted it, but I’d like to know.  If you do, e-mail me at or Tweet me at @lareecarucker. Save

The Apothecary in Fondren

One of my favorite spots to eat in Jackson is at Brent’s Drugs in Fondren. Walk inside, and time has stood still. The restaurant still looks like it would have in the 1950s  or 1960s complete with vintage bar stools and a soda fountain-style ice cream bar. I used to visit there frequently on Sunday mornings, where breakfast is a modest price compared to most eateries, and I was thrilled when they opened a little, speak easy-style bar in back called The Apothecary. Above is a video of my last visit to The Apothecary. Got a comment? E-mail me at or Tweet me at @lareecarucker.

A visit to Fairhope

On a recent trip to the Mobile area, I drove to Fairhope because my hotel was in Daphne, not far away. While there, I walked out on the pier and took a picture of Mobile Bay. I also had the opportunity to eat at Pelican Patio. Here’s a link to their menu if you’re ever in town. Click the photos below to see more images of the restaurant. Got a comment? E-mail me at or Tweet me at @lareecarucker.

The metal rooster

I’m not sure if you’ve ever seen a giant rooster, but if you drive through Rankin County and beyond, you may run across this one. On one of my last trips in that direction, I stopped to take a few  photos of this rooster that is probably one of the largest lawn ornaments I’ve ever seen. The photo at left of me should give you some perspective about its height. This rooster is featured in front of a store that sells other metal decorations for your lawn. Got a comment? E-mail me at or Tweet me at @lareecarucker. Save

Home of the free

My neighbors recently decided to move. They threw a lot of things away and left a lot of things behind. When I walked over to talk to them, I was told that anything left under the carport was free game, so here’s a few items I picked up. I also got an antique dresser with a broken mirror that I’d like to transform into something useful someday. Got a comment? E-mail me at or Tweet me at @lareecarucker. Save Save

The Horseradish Grill

On a recent trip to Atlanta, I had the chance to eat at The Horseradish Grill, and while I was there, I decided to snap a few photos. I had the Pan Sauteed Gulf Snapper with creamed sweet yellow corn and leeks with apple wood bacon, fried okra and marinated tomatoes. Click here to check out their full menu. Got a comment? E-mail me at or Tweet me at @lareecarucker.

Watercolor images of Jackson

I have always been an aspiring artist, and I guess I’ll continue to “aspire” until I find a chunk of time that I can devote to artistic endeavors. 🙂  But occasionally, the bug will hit me, and I’ll ATTEMPT to draw or paint something. When I was going through some of my photos, I came across these two that I snapped at The Clarion-Ledger of two Wyatt Waters paintings that hang on the lower floor of the building. I remember snapping them because I wanted to study the paintings to see how Mr. Waters had made these images of downtown Jackson. I thought he did a fantastic job of vibrantly capturing the city, and his work inspires me to attempt, once again, buildings or cityscapes. Got a comment? E-mail me at or Tweet me at @lareecarucker. Save

The honor box

One of the things I love about the South and Mississippi is that people value common sense, hard work and honesty. Some of my neighbors have a garden, and during the spring and summer when they have a crop of tomatoes, cucumbers, squash, etc., they put them out on a table under a little shed. There are signs that indicate the vegetable prices and an “honesty box,” where you can drop your money if you decide to buy food. Here are a few pictures. Got a comment? E-mail me at or Tweet me at @lareecarucker.

Proud Larry’s in Oxford

One of my favorite restaurants in Oxford is Proud Larry’s on the Square. I usually wind up getting a chef salad or some pasta, but you can take a look at the menu with the link above. Here’s a few shots from a recent trip there. In case you’ve never been, there’s upstairs and downstairs seating, and if the temperatures right, you can have a meal outside on the patio. They also regularly host bands and musicians. Got a comment? E-mail me at or Tweet me at @lareecarucker. Save

My new ride

Last year on my birthday, the black Jeep Cherokee Sport that I had for about 12 years died on the side of the highway. It had been nice not having a car payment for a while, but I needed a car, and I’ve always been a fan of Jeeps. Here’s my new ride – a 2014 white Jeep Patriot, and I love it. Here’s to another 12 plus years. Got a comment? E-mail me at or Tweet me at @lareecarucker. Save

Art 101

This is my first attempt at painting a building with oil paints. I’m sure it’s not that great, but maybe it will inspire others who think they can do better to pick up a brush. This is my take on Square Books in Oxford. Hopefully, I’ll improve as I go along. Got a comment? E-mail me at or Tweet me at @lareecarucker. Save

Wish list

Anyone who knows me, and I mean really knows me, is aware of how much I love boots. Riding boots, cowboy boots, rainboots – you name it, I love boots. I recently ran across this pair of Corral boots and added them to my wish list. Maybe some day Santa will put them on his sleigh. Got a comment? E-mail me at or Tweet me at @lareecarucker.   Save