Always a fun place for those of us who like to shoot!
(Shoot photo that is!) ;)
It's dangerous these days to talk about "shoot".
Hopefully we will soon admire peaceful and serene photos of our different locations.
Here is one celebrating Don-Radioman's 1500th concert and the cake presented to him at the studio.
There is no setting for posting full size?
Bubble, looks like that will be one of the adjustments in this new site.
Bubble, all you need to do is left click on the picture and it pops up full size.
Doesn't Don look good? Hope he continues to grow stronger each day.
Looking forward to seeing some great photos.
Last week end was our Purim festival with everyone "dressed up" on the main square.
Here I am with "Grumpy".
[attachimg=1]Next is with a "Turk"
This is to grant your wish MaryAnn
Bubble, I love the pictures. Your hair got white very suddenly!!! Ha!
I re-installed the inline attachment feature.
Here's a pic of me holding my niece the day after she was born. She's about a month and a half old now.
You wouldn't be a little fond of her, would you? ;D
Great to meet you as well Michael!
I bet you will spoil that little one, once she starts to relate to you.
I love all the new pictures! :knuppel2:
Oldiesman, Nice to meet you young man, and your little niece. I am the proud holder of six Great Grandchildren. Ages range from 18 months to 16 years.
Bubble, you have been worried too much about Don....your hair has turned white overnight.
I am very eager to learn how to post pictures in the new way. Hint...hint....
Oh! Happy Day!!!
Santa lost his beard (almost)... but great to see that smiley face~ :)
Bubble, still think you look sexie with that long white hair! ;) Super fun times!
Nice to meet you, Michael, and congratulations on the new niece, your first? ;D
I have photos I'm dying to share but need to use the Gallery, been a long time since I posted from
that other site (can't remember... OH... PhotoBucket.... ). Is the Gallery open for business?
Well, found the Gallery & uploaded the photos but is a different way to post... Yikes!
Just checking in, ---- so I don't miss anything.
Quote from: Shirley on March 29, 2016, 10:08:07 pm
Oh! Happy Day!!!
Santa lost his beard (almost)... but great to see that smiley face~ :)
Bubble, still think you look sexie with that long white hair! ;) Super fun times!
Nice to meet you, Michael, and congratulations on the new niece, your first? ;D
I have photos I'm dying to share but need to use the Gallery, been a long time since I posted from
that other site (can't remember... OH... PhotoBucket.... ). Is the Gallery open for business?
Yes, that's my first niece.
The gallery is still in the testing stages at the moment. Let me know what you think of it. If you find it easy enough to use I'll pay for the "pro" version which has user albums, ability to upload multiple photos at once and a lot more.
Michael, when I tried to post from the Gallery I found no option to pluck it from there to the post so it snagged it from my Pictures /actually, desktop. I don't know enough about how it works but uneasy about linking back to my own computer, is that wise? I don't know if I can get into Photo Bucket since I have not used it for so long.
Back to the Gallery... I had no problem uploading the photos, worked very nice, but did not find means at the posting box to "go to the Gallery to attach".... could have been something I missed, I know I'm not the brightest on a computer. I was really happy with how easy the old Gallery worked and no rush on my account with the Gallery... I am amazed that you are not pulling your hair out by now, I would be in tears. I still haven't been able to update my Profile & fix the settings but that can wait, I'll figure it out someday. For now I am just happy we're all together again. By the way, that first little niece will always be special, trust me~ :smitten:
Quote from: Shirley on March 30, 2016, 12:22:29 am
Michael, when I tried to post from the Gallery I found no option to pluck it from there to the post so it snagged it from my Pictures /actually, desktop. I don't know enough about how it works but uneasy about linking back to my own computer, is that wise? I don't know if I can get into Photo Bucket since I have not used it for so long.
Back to the Gallery... I had no problem uploading the photos, worked very nice, but did not find means at the posting box to "go to the Gallery to attach".... could have been something I missed, I know I'm not the brightest on a computer. I was really happy with how easy the old Gallery worked and no rush on my account with the Gallery... I am amazed that you are not pulling your hair out by now, I would be in tears. I still haven't been able to update my Profile & fix the settings but that can wait, I'll figure it out someday. For now I am just happy we're all together again. By the way, that first little niece will always be special, trust me~ :smitten:
To post an image from the gallery, go to the gallery, click on the image, then select everything in the "BB Code" box under "Image Linking Codes". After that just paste that code here.
I did not know how to import it from Photo Bucket to the gallery. I can only see how to do it from my desktop!
Bubble is that you without the long white hair :)
Oldiesmann nice to see you and your niece, and thanks for all you do for us.
Shirley, pretty picture, hard to believe Snow on Easter Sunday. We had frost again this morning, but tulips starting to pop at Oglebay.
Yes. that's me... That wig was too hot to wear all the time. I prefer short practical hair anyway.
Let us see the tulips: I love tulips. They are so expensive here.
Quote from: so_P_bubble on March 30, 2016, 09:30:00 am
I did not know how to import it from Photo Bucket to the gallery. I can only see how to do it from my desktop!
You have to save the photos to your computer then upload them to the gallery from there. There's no way to directly import them from Photobucket.
Where do I find the "Gallery" ?
June at the top of the page in the line that includes Home, Forum, Help, Search... etc. you will find "Gallery". Click on that and you'll get to see the pictures that have been entered so far. :)
Thank you Michael. Seems easier.
Am I the only one who can't see Michael's entire picture? It comes out super large and all I can see is the far left of the photo.
Also, part of the right hand side of Shirley's pictures is cut off.
Beverly, don't you get the other half of the picture if you scroll across? The size of the monitor, the screen resolution and the dimensions of the photo itself will of course make a difference in what you see.
I imagine as we progress and get more settled in, Pat will want to set some limits.
There's a scrollbar at the bottom of the picture. Click on the picture itself or the scrollbar and hit the right arrow key to see the rest of it. I still need to tweak the settings here so you'll have to click on the picture to see the full-size version if it's over a certain size.
What a mysterious one Dapphne. One can speculate a lot on seeing it.
It makes me thing of the song L'UOMO IN FRACK by Domenico Modugno.
I found that out on the internet someplace,
sometimes I use it as a profile picture. (A lot smaller, of course!)
I have always liked the FOG!
Has anyone contacted Sachiko3 and Sato?
Bubble we have been having cold weather and it slowed down the tulips. Had frost this morning.
Went for a walk this afternoon and caught this scene.
Very few tulips, probably another week of warm weather. This photo today.
Hopefully it should soon look like this from a prior year.
Angel, I did write Sato that the S&F is running again. Sachito was unwell of late and I have not communicate with her. I am sure Sato will do that when it is possible.
Oh Jack, you posted while I was answering Angel.
Lovely deer, so relaxed and at ease. The place seemed deserted?
I can't get over the profusion of tulips. it's a WOW!
Bubble the park is not deserted, but small town and understand some people still have to go to work. :) I retired 1998. During week days there are just some walking the trails, and grounds keepers. Short drive for me and Jessie gets me up there almost every day.
You could almost feel like the owner lol
Bubble the Park was left to the City of Wheeling, and I am a tax payer, so guess I do own a blade or two of grass.
Here is the Oglebay Mansion, with a deer on the front steps and I also am linking to a youtube slide show I did of the interior, so take a look around.
Beverly, the picture was too large for me, too, but I did "Control -" and brought it down to a decent size. I had to resize things when I went back to reading because the print got too small. You can't win, but I had my cake and ate it too!
Patricia, I also sent Sato a note that we are back in business. His last note to me said that Sachiko is still in the hospital.
It is so good to see so many of us returning.
Mary Ann - I resized my print so I could see the photos, then, like you, changed it back to make the print larger. I should trade monitors with my husband. :) His is huge but mine is only 17".
Nice to "meet" you Michael. (I finally noticed the scroll bar.)
Beverly, I'm glad it worked for you.
Sandy, I like that foggy picture you posted.
Cherry blossoms opened in full bloom,
Waving in the warm breeze.
Sun is shining brightly.
Beautiful cherry blossom, Sato. I think the trees in Washington D.C. have reached their peak by now. It has been so windy that I am sure that a lot of them have been blown away.
Good to see that you have found your way back to the group.
How beautiful Sato. I love it.
Sato beautiful photos, now how about a bit of the surroundings.
Finely found where you were all hiding. Looks like I am a Newbie again. Need to find out how to put a new Avatar in along with putting a shortcut on my desktop. I have instruction some place
Oh! spell check not working here.Can't manage without that.
The Tech's did a good fast job setting us up again. Thanks
Jeanne, we're all newbies now. ;D
Maybe I can go back and find that Avatar from when I was a Newbie before. Back so many years ago now.
Nice to see you posting
Hi Kelly, nice to meet you, too. What is Spring in your place like?
This past couple of weeks, mostly dry, but cool at night.
Kelly, how are blossoms and flowers - cherry, daffodil or else?
Been a busy week but finally got back here to enjoy your photos. I'm going to keep it short since it is past bedtime and cats need another snack. Got to tell you that knowing each of you are okay and sharing your part of our world again makes me very happy. Thank you all. Shirley
I'm back here. Appreciate your kind help for me to "re-register", and many thanks for your comments on my recent video of spring scenes. Sachiko is still in hospital because of her heart illness. Pray she should get well soon.
Cherry blossoms in full bloom now
here in Yokohama, Japan.
Just for uploading test.
I love those cherry blossoms. Here they grow up mainly up north, so that I have no opportunity to see them. But we have Almond trees in blooms around Jerusalem and those are lovely too.
We finally got moved in and having my first cup of coffee in our new digs in Niceville Fl. Will be getting internet Sat. Thanks Sato for telling me about the new registration. We already love it here. Still lots of boxes to unpack.
Welcome Flajean. I am glad you succeeded and made it :)
Jean will give you time to unpack but will be looking for some photos from you and Larry. Welcome also to your new home in S&F
I seem to be missing out on some posts and just now see where Sachiko is in the hospital. So sorry to read that and am curious about what procedure she is in for, any other information, Sato? If you have an opportunity to visit with her, will you please give her my sincere Best Wishes for a speedy recovery? I got to view your video & left a message on that site after having quite a time coming up with my password for Vimeo again! Beautiful shot of the cherry blossoms today, what camera did you use?
Hey, Bubble, you've been a great help to all of us this week, finding our way back. How's that little boy now, any new photos of him? Something about him reminds me of my oldest son, the dark curly hair but also that "oh so innocent but ornery" look.
I have not had my "night" of sleep, less than 4 hours, so will work in a nap today. Have a good one, everyone!
Jean, glad you finally got moved in and now back in the S & S forum. After unpacking, send us the photos at your new place. Look forward to seeing them.
Jean, I have been thinking about you and wondering when you were going to move. So, I am happy to read that you are already in your new place. Like Jack said, we will be waiting to see lots of pictures from that area. Since I have never heard of Niceville before, I had to look it up. Wow! You are really close to the water now. Big change from where you came from. Do you like the beach? I would love to live that close to the beach. I wish you and Larry so much good luck in your new place. I know you are happy to be a lot closer to your daughter now. Should make for some happy times together. Wishing you many years of happiness !
I, too, am so sorry that Sachiko is not well. She has not been around for quite a while now. I hope that she has not been in the hospital all that time. Hope that she will soon be well enough to get back here. She surely is missed.
Sato, if you talk to her, be sure to let her know that everyone really misses her and to get well soon.
Shirley and Joy, honestly saying I don't know much about her health conditions. She hasn't given us precise informations. She told us that she suffered a heart illness and would be in hospital until the middle of April. She lives now in a city which is around 600 kilometers away from Yokohama. We hope she will get well soon.
As for my camera, it is CANON EOS 6D. It does good jobs.
Jean, as I wrote in my message above, I had to look up Niceville, as I had never heard of that town before. We've been pretty much all over the state of FLorida, abut never spent any time up in the Panhandle.
However, after doing some looking around, I read that Niceville is a very Nice little town.
Noticed a lot of places that we will sure be looking forward to hearing about.
Turkey Creek Nature Trail
Air Force Museum, ( which is free)
Fred Gannon Rocky Bayou State Park
Just to name a few that I read about. I am sure you will find lots more interesting places.
So, hurry up and get those boxes unpacked and get those cameras ready and get your "traveling" legs moving !!!
(I hope you know that I am just kidding around with you ) I do a lot of "Armchair traveling" these days. :thumbup:
Have a great day.
Bubble, I tried to follow your directions on posting a picture in the gallery. I do not see anything called a BB Code. A picture did get posted-somehow- that I did not want to post, and I can't get rid of it. I click on edit, and nothing gives me a chance to delete this picture. This is the picture I would like posted by my name. /Users/marjorydrabek/Desktop/june.jpg
June, I have no way to see a picture that is on the desktop of your computer.
But if you go to the gallery, click on "add picture" then on the bottom you will see Upload Picture: browse.
Click on that and search "desktop" then write the name of your picture.
After that, click on add picture. It will be saved in the Gallery. I'll help for the next step when you decide which discussion you want it to be.
Shirley Aviv was Peter Pan again this Purim festival (2 weeks ago) and he is as mischievous as ever.
Oh, Bubble, he still looks like my oldest son (no photos of him on this computer).... darling young man & know how much you enjoy him. Thanks for posting the photo.
Jean, I missed out on your move.... looks like you are not far from Fort Walton Beach, a place we stopped on our last visit to FL. I had discovered there was a mock up of Monet's gardens at Ft.Walton so found a campground near, maybe it was a state park? We finally found the Monet garden place, closed & only a "sort of" bridge with pots of plants on either side. The online info said they sold seeds of flowers like in those French gardens... only a deserted grounds. We did get out of the car & walk around & I took a few photos to remind me that "next time" be sure to check on line just when those sites were posted! It was a nice campground & interesting landscape.... saw lots of water lilies along the way. I will be watching for your photos & videos along with Joy & the rest of the gang in here!
Sato, have you given up on our Panasonic Lumix cameras? I think your wife was using a Canon & did a wonderful job of taking photos of flowers. You are right, your Canon did a beautiful job! :thumbup:
Really need a nap, cats are fed and outside. Mama Callie still has not come back (2 days), I asked the man that lives 2 houses away, has a German Shepherd, if he had taken his dog down to "my" landing, I've seen big dog prints in the sand for 2 days & the cats have been aware of something I don't see, both heads turn & stare at the same spot & when I look where they do, I don't see a thing. Could be the coyote is back, fox don't make that large of print in the sand. Even the local eagle or osprey could have gotten Callie, or locked in someone's garage. When a feral cat is in a garage & someone is at the door, they just freeze & don't blink... Could easily have been locked in for days. When I left Tom & Tiger home over Thanksgiving first year I had the new RV, Tiger was missing for days after I got home. I'm sure she was trapped in a garage & had to wait until the owner came home after the holidays. Time will tell.
Nice day at the park and took about a dozen photos. We have our Slide show and home video discussion open again so check there for a short one with the photos.
Shirley, I've never given up my Panasonic Lumix. Tomorrow I'll bring it when walking around the cherry blossom spots. My wife was a Canon camera user, but now she is into an OLYMPUS OM-D camera which she thinks is powerful and small, convenient to carry.
Where did Spring go, had several inches of snow overnight, pretty but would prefer Spring. :(
Jack, hard to believe that this photo was taken in April. It looks lovely as a picture for New Year!
Jack, we lucked out with the snow, but the wind is really still blowing. Last night, there was all kinds of weird weather. So windy, lightening, thunder, rain, and lots of power outages this morning. Luckily my power stayed on.
Beautiful picture, but sure not welcomed this 3rd day of April. Hopefully, it won't hang around very long.
Bubble and Joy, I have already mowed the lawn twice, looked great, fortunately to warm up a bit today so no snow shovel, but more wind and cold coming.
In US it seems people are or mowing or shoveling. What a never ending chore.
We are lucky here...
So P, Aviv is so cute all
dressed up like Peter Pan.
Jack, what a pretty home you have,
even covered a bit with snow!
Thanks Sandy. Yes. the costume suits him and we bought a sword for him to fight against Captain Cook. That made him very happy, as he said he would also use it against the crocodiles. I did not remember any crocs in the story.
Kids have GREAT imaginations,
until they grow up and society
(Not so much today as in the past ?)
Sandy thanks, we moved here in 1964 and still my home.
We made a few changes to raise our two, here is a present photo. I am now here with just Jessie my 15 year old Golden. I spend most of my time with her and the computer in the family room addition. My daughter wants me to move with her but so long as I have my health I want my independence. Have the same Church, good neighbors, and a handful of doctors.
Jack, the snow does look pretty. This climate is a little cooler than Ocala which suits us just fine.
Joy, I enjoyed your note. I know how you enjoy looking up areas so I thought I would tell you that we live a few streets from the Rocky Bayou State Park and Recreation Area. We live in the Blue Water Bay Area east of the Rocky Bayou Bridge and just out of the city limits. Will take some photos when we get more settled.
Jean so sorry you have to put up with cooler temps in the new home. Looks like a great view in every direction, eager to see your photos.
Jack I think that you are
wise in choosing to stay as long
as you can in your family home....
with your pooch and good neighbors.
I enjoy your photography.
Goodness. We got such high winds and storms but nothing like that Jack. Would have prefer it as my yard such a mess. Hundreds of limbs down. Will get very little shade on the South side this summer.
Wonder if GD got snow in Connecticut.
Putting the link to the Eagle Cam in Washington DC. Great view of mom and two chicks. If you go there click on cam b then full screen. The limb is moving with the wind and the two poor chicks must be cold, but for now mom not sitting on them.
Jack, that looks like such a big home. Did you have many children?
I love the Bay Window. Does it have a ledge seat to it?
Bubble the original home was living room, dining room and small kitchen. Upstairs 3 bedrooms and one bath. We added the large family room with a full bath. Really not a seat at the bay window, but large area for plants. I had added a game room in the basement but without questioning my unprofessional work Shirley suggested the addition. Had 2 children, Shirley had only one sister, and I scared her coming from a family of 10 children. By the way, talk about hard times, imagine growing up with 6 sisters and only one bathroom.
Jack, I don't know many houses with more that a bathroom and separate toilet. It's a luxury (and more work!) to have more. :)
I know here two families with 9 kids and only one bathroom. Not even a bedroom for each kid, but 3 bedrooms only for them
Bubble, when I was growing up, my best friend, that I grew up with, had 7 brothers and sisters all in a 3 bedroom house with only 1 bathroom.
We were almost inseparatable and she spent a lot of time at my house and my mom used to say the family probably never even missed her when she would spend the night at my house. And, also my mom used to joke about her mother stringing up a clothesline very night for them to sleep and then cutting it down in the morning to wake them up. They were a very close-knit family and I don't ever remember them ever complaining about how crowded they all were. We are still friends after almost 80 years.
I was amazed when coming to the USA and seeing big families in suc h small houses. Even some with no bathrooms at all. In uk it seemed that only the Irish Catholic families had large families.
There were two large families in my schools, growing up. One was Catholic and one Mormon. One had sixteen children and one had nine. The Catholic family of sixteen lost some of the boys in Vietnam.
There were 14 kids in our neighborhood and we had lots of places to play. Two families had four children each, one with three, we were two and one with one. Kids who live in that neighborhood today do not have the fields because they're all covered with houses. Our house had two bedrooms and a single bath upstairs. After Norm was born, he slept in the bedroom with my folks. A few years after my mother died, my paternal grandmother came to live with us and she slept on a studio couch in the dining room until in a couple of years we added two rooms at the back of the house (one up, one down with a half bath downstairs). Grandma had the downstairs room, I had the upstairs room and Norm moved to my old bedroom (he had been sharing the bedroom with Dad). People did things like that 70 and 80 years ago, many people did. One of the four-child families had all four kids sleeping upstairs, girls in one bedroom, boys in the other. For years they had an outhouse, so did their next door neighbors. The other four-child family lived in a renovated house that originally had one bedroom, probably an outhouse, but they added a bedroom and bath; the boys slept in the unfinished basement and the girls in the new bedroom. The three-child family had a big enough house to take care of everyone. But that's the way it was back then.
My first husband was one of 14 - 10 boys and 4 girls. They had one bathroom and three bedrooms. They managed.
Now the kids are more spoiled: they want their own room, their own TV, etc. An era of surplus.
And their own smartphone and IPad.
You forgot to mention those games too and applications.
Most of you have seen photos of my Jessie. This June she will be 15 years old, quite an age for a Golden Retriever. Believe she has been well taken care of and she takes care of me. Up until a year ago I would not feed her from the table, so she would not beg when I had guests. This past year I now permit her to sit next to me and will give her scraps. Look at her photo during lunch, would be hard to tell her no!
She still looks like a young dog in her photo's. They say you can tell a old dog by their eyes but hers look so bright still. Would be hard with that look not to give her a little bite or two at the table.
Jack Iwas saying in one of the other forums how all our Avatars are showing up so small. You any idea as to why. Mine was in last year and lost bigger. so were some of the others.
Jack I see a lot of love in Jessie's face. No way could I eat a meal without sharing with her.
JeanneP I have no idea why, when I want a closer look I hit Ctrl and use the wheel on the mouse or plus sign. For my part I prefer it the small size, do not see the wrinkles.
Andie thanks, will have to post a young Jessie with that same Golden Look.
Awwww, there's my girl! She is a beauty & looks great! Glad you have relented and letting that baby have a taste of people food, Jack. My son's dog has always been allowed people food but now she is on a strict diet, no fats at all. She has to take zinc pills because of something that made her fur around her eye fall out (fine now).... tests showed low on zinc. I think the dogs enjoy sharing a meal, no matter what it is & I don't think I'd like to share their dog food......yuck.
When we were in CO last fall, Andy's dog was refusing to eat her pills (he had her convinced they were a treat for a while. ;) ) So she wasn't allowed a bite of my biscuit or whatever I was eating until she ate her pills (4). I finally convinced him that the canned white chicken I kept for the cats ( people food) wouldn't hurt her since it was water packed & not oil. Sure enough, she slurped those pills down right along with a spoon of that chicken... and no side effects. Jack, that canned chicken makes good people sandwiches, too.
One of the men demonstrating used just a tiny bit of mayo along with lots of Mrs.Dash original & one squirt of lemon... I add chopped celery... so good on club or Ritz crackers! The cats like the juice so I don't drain for them.
Jack, I'm glad you allow Jessie to share your food now. It is good for both of you to be close. Jessie does look very youthful for her size and age. I remember pictures of her and her buddy romping through an area where they could run loose.
Jack you do look younger every day! :)
What a great photo of your companion. Jessie is a real "model", could have made a career.
Shirley thanks. Jessie is spoiled, or has me trained now. I would not let her sit at the table with company since they felt guilty and I limit her food. With pills I would coat with peanut butter.
June thanks, We both miss Zoe her companion. Jessie no longer romps but will sometimes trot when I get ahead of her on a walk. She is seldom on leash and hearing going, so I have to pay attention.
Bubble she came from a show line, and both Zoe and Jessie were lookers, here is an old one of the two taken several years ago, Jessie on the left.
Jack, it looks as though you moved or deleted the picture of Zoe and Jessie. :(
Jeanne Lee, now I can't find it, but showing on my post today. Here is another one, I have hanging on the wall, the names show.
It still shows on mine. This last is lovely - adorable
Jack, on my computer there is a box that says Click for Photo, but at the top of the box is "Photo not found".
Mary Ann, there is a limit of 300 characters in the signature box and what you have posted is more than 300.
Rick has posted revised code which may help you. This shorter one seems to have worked. :thumbup:
Mary Ann I was unable to find the photo on my computer but still had it in the discussion so I was able to get a copy. Not posting it again since I posted the framed photo. Bubble thank you, only Jessie now and she gets all my attention.
Jeanne Lee, I would gladly put in what Rick has substituted, however, again, I cannot delete what is there. No matter how I try to delete it, it won't go away. So I am going to leave what is there as they do go to Grand Haven and the weather. I wish I had the WU, but I'm going to leave things as they are for the time being.
How did that happen? I now have the WU weather. Thanks, someone.
It just needed to have the number of characters reduced and Rick's latest link does just that - so now it works. :thumbup:
Jeanne Lee, thank you very much.
Maybe we should incorporate Tel Aviv into the USA so that mine would show as well! :2funny:
MaryAnn. wonder if you are getting the Storms like we are today. Just no let up for the rest of the week they say. It does look rough at Grand surf. I think that someone is running the tractor thing over the beach part.
MaryAnn and JeanneP I just took a look at the beach and water temp is 34, so you will not freeze if you want to take a dip. :)
Jeanne, we are not getting the storms but it has rained nearly all day. From radar, it looks as if the storms will go south of us.
I see they have taken down the snow fences again. I don't think any snow in the future will be so great that they would be needed. As for the beaches, they have to be repaired from what winter snows and ice do.
Jack, you first. The water has been at 34 degrees for some time, but I wouldn't want to swim in it. I have been swimming in Lake Michigan, but many years ago.
and here this week end will be scorching: 34C!
was in low 40s this morning, 68 now and Friday and Sat possibly snow and lows in 20s. Went to the park, the tulips holding up, many still not open. MaryAnn, call me when the water temp is 78 and I might be interested. :)
;D I agree with you Jack.
Mary I recall when my son would complain his above ground pool was too hot but I found it just right. Had to look and this is what one site said.
If youâ€™re looking for a perfect pool temperature, not too hot, not too cold, 77 â€" 82 degrees (25 â€" 28Â°C) is the way to go. Goldilocks had it right.
Am sure there are other opinions but I will accept this one. :thumbup:
No matter what the Temps are in the Sea or Lakes. Always to cold for me. Even in Florida. I just rather sit on the beach.
Jack. You look like a teen in your picture. Was that AirForce of Army? What year? The service men really look young now. Since the big Base closed down here I never see any in Uniforms
JeanneP I was drafted in 1952 during Korea mess. Was 22 and one of the older ones, by a few years. I was a year behind Norm. Had that photo taken while at Ft Bliss, El Paso Texas. Only served 2 years.
Mary Ann you posted while I was typing. I avoided the sun, never sun bathed and when we went to the ocean I always wore a t shirt and sat under a beach umbrella. Spent very little time in the water, just enjoyed the sights and sounds. Even with my working indoors and avoiding the sun, I seldom wore sun screen and that is why I am sitting here with two more spots on my face that were frozen to remove. Am a regular at the Dermatologist.
Jack, I don't know, but I doubt Lake Michigan ever reaches 78 degrees, probably more like 72 degrees. It's been so long since I was in the lake and when you're a kid, it doesn't seem as cold as when you're an adult. We used to take a picnic lunch, could park along the beach, I am sure we didn't have an umbrella and the big thrill was walking on the pier and the catwalk. I wouldn't attempt the pier now - too long and the catwalk is closed to people.
Jack, Norm started out at Fort Riley, Kansas, then went to Fort Bliss, Texas, before he went to Germany in 1951 and was there until discharged in 1953.
Lots of US service men in UK in the Early 50s. All gone by 60s.
Anyone watching the Eagles in Washington. I was just in. Dark there but light on them. Must be warmer there because she is not covering the babies. they are really growing fast
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Now that is what I want my word pad to look like but that top line that I need is just to dark.
Does anyone use Microsoft Word?
It is far better than Word Pad.
Kelly, I use Microsoft Word. And Excel.
Quote from: Kelly on April 11, 2016, 08:58:40 pm
Does anyone use Microsoft Word?
It is far better than Word Pad.
Kelly, I think many of us have MS Word. I don't use it much because Word Pad is faster to open, does a very sufficient job for my needs. If a person is fully familiar with MS Word's iit might be the better choice (That's why it's there - it can do much more).
It is good to be back.
On the occasion of national pet day, I want to show my son's dog Zoe. She is a pit bull and is the most loving and affectionate dog that I have ever seen- a 54 pound lap dog. She is a rescue dog.
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Sandy thanks, we moved here in 1964 and still my home.
We made a few changes to raise our two, here is a present photo. I am now here with just Jessie my 15 year old Golden. I spend most of my time with her and the computer in the family room addition. My daughter wants me to move with her but so long as I have my health I want my independence. Have the same Church, good neighbors, and a handful of doctors.
That's a great home. And I'm with you. I'm not moving anyplace. I sold my big house, bought a nice 3 bedroom, 3 full baths place and someone else does all the yard work. Kids live out of state but in COLD weather states. I'm staying put in Southern California. It's sunny & warm most of the time.. LOL
Quote from: Lynn on April 11, 2016, 09:58:49 pm
It is good to be back.
On the occasion of national pet day, I want to show my son's dog Zoe. She is a pit bull and is the most loving and affectionate dog that I have ever seen- a 54 pound lap dog. She is a rescue dog.
Good looking dog. I'm happy to see the ears haven't been docked.
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Lynn it is good to see you in here. Great looking pup.
Tuckyquilter thanks, sorry I must have removed the link on my home as it is at present. Like the sound of Sunny in Warm in your area. We have been having cold, frost and a bit of snow and a permanent spring would be welcome.
Here is one photo from Oglebay, taken today. Many of the tulips still not open. I also posted a slide show in the Photo Slide Show Discussion.
I don't see any tulips up around here yet. Poor Daffodils,did not last long at all..
We also are going to be getting it warm this coming weekend. 74 deg. they say. This will bring some plants and the trees blooming out. My trees have lost so many limbs that they will not be giving much shade this summer.
My birthday today and so was taken out for a good steak tonight. Do not eat much beef but when I do it really taste good. Boy! these birthday come fast now.
Happy Birthday, Jeanne, you're right, birthdays do come too soon these days. I'll bet that steak did taste good.
Happy Birthday Jeanne!
Happy Birthday JeanneP !
Happy Birthday, Jeanne. Your special birthday dinner sounds delicious and I hope you had a nice time. Yes, they do come around quickly the older we get. LOL
Happy birthday Jeanne!
Jeanne Happy Birthday
Another cold morning and frost, so did a little bit of ridding up. Since I seldom read books & hate losing things. I keep my work area uncluttered I simply have to do a bit of dusting (usually when company is coming) Have been downsizing for the past 18 years. Here is my computer area, in the rear of my family room, the front has a day bed, two recliners and t v so seldom use my 2nd floor.
How neat and tidy! I wish mine was that well kept.
Oh Jack !!! What a neat room. I wish I was not a collector of "stuff". I need to start going through things to give me a little bit more space. Moving from a big house, to a 2 bedroom condo, and then to this 3 room apartment, I had to get rid of a lot of stuff. However, over time, new "stuff" has continued to grow. I still have 2 complete sets of good antique dishes in my son's basement. My DIL keeps saying we should take them to a dealer and sell them. I still have so many craft supplies, patterns, directions that I KNOW I will never use again, but just keep thinking "well, I might make that again", when I know I won't. LOL
Good for you for keeping a nice neat place. Most "guys" don't do that. :)
Joy and Bubble thanks, I have given lots to family and to charity. Do not keep if I will not use and very little for my two to handle when the time comes. I would trade the "neat" to have Shirley and the two kids back, and growing up in a family of 10 kids, we had no idea what "neat" meant. Now you will notice a stack of baskets on the right in shelves, and used for particular needs, as well as a large cupboard and file drawers.
Joy you might check out the dishes on this site, you can possibly determine their worth and understand they also buy. We used them years ago to replace pieces of several sets we had.
Notice the tabs along the top for crystal etc.
JeanneP, the older we get the faster the birthdays it seems. Waiting for my new washer and dryer so you know what my day will be like. :o
Jack. You make me feel awful now. Looking at your woodwork and how neat and tidy. I have all the same colour wood all through other than each room had a wall Wallpapered. You told me once that you used, Was it called Liquid Gold to clean the wood work. I tried every where. Don't have it now. I started yesterday again with just Flax soap. I also now put wood floors in kitchen,bathrooms and hall way.
Soon as it get nicer weather I will take another look at your photo and get myself to work.
I was just in the Eagle Web. Wish she would hurry and move as can't see the other little one. She is eating at this time. One baby watching.
Jeanne, like everything else styles change, and paneling is now out. I am keeping mine, we added the family room 1976, picked good panels and had it installed over drywall. It looks like new and yes I use Scotts Liquid Gold, and probably once every other year. They have a web site, it is not expensive and believe WalMart handles.
Have also been checking the Eagle Cam (they have two, check both) I will look in and yesterday caught both Eagles and the chicks.
Worth looking in from time to time and go full screen. All are now in the nest check both cams.
Frost again this morning, but warmed up so back to the park. More tulips in bloom and a spot to sit.
View from one bench Long may it wave.
Jack, beautiful picture of the flag. Looked like a nice day to just sit. It is still a little chilly here, but it is sunny. I think next week will be warmer.
I am familiar with the website for the replacements. I have gotten several pieces from there over the years. The two sets of dishes I have had belonged to my mother. One set is a hand-painted china with 12 place settings and even has 3 large tureens. My aunt had hand-painted them and I wouldn't even know what the pattern is. The other set is a luncheon set from back when Jewel Tea Co. offered as an incentive. I think you bought pieces and paid for them by the month. I did take both sets one time to be appraised, but don't remember what they were appraised at. I have a list somewhere. There are several places down in Baltimore, but just problem finding the time to go take them.
I agree that it is a good idea to get rid of things while you know where they are going, but I am afraid that I probably will leave everything up to my kids to dispose of. Over the years, we have cleaned out 3 big houses from being left the contents to get rid of. It can be a chore, I know. Sometimes, I look around and think that I should get myself busy and get some of those things taken care of. But, I just don't have the energy to do it. Just thinking about it makes me tired. LOL I do have several nice collections of things. I have a lot of good glassware and crystal and a whole set of Steiff silverware, which my kids are not interested in. Since I don't entertain anymore, it never gets used. My place is too small now to have a lot of people. One of my sons hates to come here because of it being so crowded. Once in a while my grandson will come and bring the little ones and I do fix meals then. One of the ladies who lives where I live was discussing this same topic one evening. She said she has started using some of the things that she used to use for company. I might think about that, also. One of these days, my family can have a big yard sale. :thumbup:
In the meantime, I can agree with Jeanne. Makes me feel awful when I see how nice and neat your place is. My son lives by himself in a big house, and it is a mess. He is one who doesn't know how to put things away. But, he is the one who has to live there. Every once in a while, he will tell me he stayed home on a Sat. to clean up.
Joy my first job was handling stock for a construction company. I would neatly stack equipment and they would kid me, but it was not just for appearance, but for me to take a quick count for re-order. In the service I was in records management and again had to organize. In my years in banking I wrote manuals and procedures and always tried to reduce things to the simplest details. I now have so much time, and when looking for things to do will look around and put things where I will remember.
The discussion on family not identifying things they may want, now or when, reminded me years ago of friends with a son and daughter. They set them down and said they wanted them to make a list of things they would want. They said the daughter sat and cried while the son quickly wrote down, TV, Cameras, Computer and on and on! :) :)
Jack. I am heading out to Walmarts soon and so will look again for that Liquid Gold. I like the wood also. Long as it is the real stuff.
Just went in and checked the Eagles again. Both chicks O.K. Poor mom. She looks so bored.
Yesterday she was way over on the side away from them looking out as if to say if I didn't have these chicks I could be out there flying around. She is taking good care of them.
Jack. Now I did find the Liquid Gold wood cleaner wax at Walmarts. Just did not look like it did years ago. Different can. Bought 2 so now can maybe get a good start on all the woodwork. One room at a time.
I wonder if our Eagle like that light shining on her all night long. At least the babies are covered. Not like my parrot. If I don't cover its cage by 8:30pm she really lets me know. Fact I only have 4 minutes and she would be screeching. Will not even let you turn a light back on once covered. Does Jessie have a set time to go to bed? As you have her walking the park daily I bet she is ready early
Jeanne they do turn the light off in the evening, do not know what time, but read that type of light is not seen by the Eagles. Jessie sleeps most of the day (and night) She never played ball or games but loves her walks and gives me the look several times a day. We both need what little exercise we get. When doing yard work she follows me around.
High School Homecoming Dance and youngsters go to Oglebay for photos.
Jessie also decided to pose. :)
Are there so few students or are they scattered. Jessie sure likes to get her photo taken.
Hope you all are getting the great weather that we are having today. Can't keep myself indoors. Going to last at least a week. My personality has changed completely. The dark and rain where getting to me.
The Eagle chicks are getting so dark colours coming in now. Hope my Parrot gets some new feathers. I had it outside in the the sun for awhile. That is what they miss in the winter month.
Grand Haven Beach is getting more activity Today. Bet this weekend will get more.
I just looked at Grand Haven and there are quite a few people on the beach. Not relaxing, but enjoying the good weather. My thermometer says 70 degrees but I think it is actually a few degrees cooler.
JeanneP the students want to be alone in the photos so they take their turns.
Mary Ann I bet folks have been waiting for a turn in the weather to hit the beach. Bet they still recite "But don't go near the water"
Today I saw a couple trying for a selfie and offered to take several photos. They were married today by Magistrate and next week plan a reception. They were from my old home town, Pittsburgh, and were pleased I offered. I do not have the photos.
Oglebay offers so many settings and here was a Wedding at Tulip time that I took several years ago.
Nice pictures, Jack. I do love those tulips and Jessie was her usual pretty self. Son-in-law was working today so Gigi (daughter), Larry and I went out for breakfast at a little cafe called Tommie Mattonie's. It's a very popular place so we went early---delicious and reasonably priced.
Jean it sounds great to be with family, so take your time, enjoy and when able lets see you and Larry back with the photos.
Just took a look at the restaurant so will add to enjoy that great food to the list!
The mother Eagle is still gone from the Nest leaving the 2 babies. Been gone all day. Scary as last year I was watching one nest and another Eagle came and killed the young while the parents were gone. They left it on for awhile showing it happening. I suppose the babies are screeching right now. It looks like it. or the could be wanting to be fed.
Beautiful day here again. Had warm and sunshine for last 4 days. Hope it keeps it up.
Saw and heard that out North West they are having some really heavy snow storms.
Skiing should be still in full force . Made a lot of money this year.
A few warm days and all the Tulips now open. This group was the last to bloom and looks like a few red ones slipped in.
Finely this weekend, the tulips are beginning in bloom around here. Shame they just do not last long enough.
Jack, a real Garden of Eden. I envy you.
Bubble I am very fortunate to have Oglebay just 10 minutes from my home, and this time of the year visit there almost daily, simply to walk along the paths and enjoy the view. Thought you and others might take a few minutes to view the video from Oglebay that shows all the features. It is almost 10 minutes long but you can skip along to eliminate some.
Jack, you know I never tire of seeing Oglebay, either through your wonderful pictures, or this neat video. Thanks for sharing your special place with us. You should get some kind of a reward for promoting this special place. They should put a plaque with your name on one of the benches. LOL
Joy thanks, have been going there for over 50 years and still enjoy every minute, while seldom anything new. They do have a number of benches, all with plaques, with all the good spots taken. I use many and Jessie usually stands and waits to go on with the walk, or take her off leash and let her wander around the bench. Problem now is her hearing and have to clap to get her attention. She does not jump but insists on visiting anyone walking, more so the people than other pets.
Jack, I'd love to be walking at Oglebay and come upon you and Jessie so I could meet both of you. After Tom and family having a golden, I think they are my favorite dog. Prior to that, it might have been a doxie and/or Heinz type (what we had 70 years ago).
I now like most animals as long as someone else owns them. And I do not own our resident cat - he belongs to Annie, however, her landlord is very allergic to cats, so he lives here. In a way, he is my cat, but we both know better!
Thanks for the link Jack. Such beauty. Nature is really wondrous.
Lovely white tulips with a little red here and there. Nice!
Those looking in here should also take a look and possibly join in the photo challenge.
Many of the tulips are already losing their petals, but this group just blossomed. Originally there were only a few red mixed in with the white but was told they intended to mix in the red, and a nice mix. Now when they pull the bulbs to sell wonder if they can keep track of what people are buying. The tulips are about gone so now wait for the next batch of flowers.
If you would like to see my photos from yesterday of the Alaska Range and of the wildlife sanctuary, you may click on the following link.
To see the photos in more detail in a larger size, click on the first one and follow the right prompts. Since I was so far from the mountains, geese, swans, etc. full size is better and will not overwhelm your viewing.
Hard to imagine such wide open expanses! I would feel lost over there.
what bird was that on the car?
Boy, that is wide open space. Some great photos, like the mountain view with snow still on the peaks. Would be a wonderful place to wander, but a bit too far for me.
Wonderful photos, Angel, especially the goose sitting on top the car. ;)
I tried to show some of the foothills surrounding the town and the mountains are beautiful, but you would not be able to wander unless you were a professional as some of them reach 20,237 feet or more.
If you meant the sanctuary, I love it there and even if you are only allowed the ten acres out of thousands. The breeding and young animal areas are rightly out of bounds. I have gone there with raging migraines and an hour or two spent wandering leaves you quiet and peaceful with no pain remaining.
"Denali has a summit elevation of 20,310 feet (6,190 m) above sea level, making it the highest peak in North America and the northernmost mountain above 6,000 meters elevation in the world. Measured from base to peak at some 18,000 ft (5,500 m), it is also the largest of any mountain entirely above sea level."
It doesn't seem wide open to me if you look at some of the plains states and weather such as Kansas and those states. I prefer our four rings of foothills and three surrounding mountain ranges as they make me feel safe and protected.
Although a friend of mine says the mountains made her feel claustrophobic when she first arrived here. Anchorage and the S.E. portions of the state are just over those mountains on an 8-hour drive going through the foothills.
I hate that feeling of mountains around. That is why I don't like to visit in Jerusalem. It did not bother me when I was younger and lived a few years in Switzerland, but now I couldn't bear it.
They do a great job of laying them out. Must get boring for then setting each bulb in yearly. Looks like they would see if they could get them to come up a few more years. Just fill in the spaces where they didn't make it.
Thats would be me. The Worst gardener in the world. My Hosta's come up good every year but could do with a good separating. Getting just to big. Need thinning out.
Bubble you are like my friend in that is what you are used to. Now she has sent me storm photos and I have seen tornadoes and such on the news but it would scare me and make me feel so helpless.
With the mountains, they stop a lot of the weather before it reaches us. Of course it may be bad as well in that we only had about 1.9 % snow this winter in January and February.
JeanneP they dig up the bulbs now, and sell them, they then plant new bulbs in the fall. They clear the beds and plant other flowers each spring. Here is a photo of the tulips and then a second photo of the same spot as it will probably appear in a month or so. I do not know the various flowers, just enjoy looking.
I too like to be surrounded by Mts. as when I lived in Hemet. They feel like a protection.
Patricia, love your photos. As you well know, I would love to visit Alaska MY way.... in an RV with spring to fall time to wander around. I wouldn't even mind making the trip alone but don't think the cats could stand being confined for such a long time, they are not holding up well for a week long trip. I'm thinking of creating some climbing "things" for them, they do go all over when I'm stopped, I gave up & put a cat bed on the shelf over the driver's seat, that's where Tiger likes to sleep at night & sometimes day. I close them in the bedroom any time I need to get out, they would slip out a door too fast and would be terrified & hide. Last 2 trips they were really good about marching back to the bedroom when I stopped.
We are getting into tornado season and I dread having any damages to take care of. Besides the expense, it is a nightmare getting everything fixed again. The deductible went out of sight since the last storm, insurance company didn't ASK what I wanted to pay, just raised big time. We have a good basement to hide out in, I have trouble staying underground so go up & down with a camera. :idiot2:
Every part of the country/world has some kind of danger, be it earthquakes, hurricanes, tornadoes, or even human terrorists, guess we get used to where we live & don't stress what is "normal". Like a good Scout, I try to be prepared for whatever but refuse to let fear rule. If I could, I would visit every corner of the world, just stop & hope each of you would have time to join me for a cup of coffee or tea!
Great comparison shots, Jack! Still boggles my mind at all the work that goes into keeping that place so beautiful. I don't know names of many flowers but think that white border is what my mother called "Dusty Miller". Such a striking plant... that whole bed of flowers!
Jack. That 2nd photo. Beautiful. Your area must have lots of money. Our parks are closing down one right after the other. No work being done in the gardens. 2 of the big State parks will not open for camping, boating anything this summer. Eastern University will not be able to open in the fall.
Was just in the paper yesterday how the state sent out millions of dollars to schools etc that were overpaid from the Real Estate Taxes. Want that money refunded to them but the Schools say they done have any money left. Spent it all. Whole State in a mess. No one can figure out what went. Our Governor at this time is almost a Billionaire. Doesn't look like things are costing him anything. Sure can't handle the States money.
Now all next week from yesterday. Nothing will be taken care of in the State Capital as it is closed down for a week for Passover. Not but 2 Jewish people i know off in all the people connected to the Political parties.
Oh! Shirley. You sound a lot like me. You with your cats. Me with my Parrot. So many things we seem to not do because of having them. I know I would be traveling far more if I could just close the house up and go. My girls get on me all the time about it. The even said they will just drive the 1200 miles to get me and then take me back home. Just put the bird in the car. I haven't seen 2 of the grandchildren in Texas which does sort of upset them. I use to fly or drive down twice a year. She has been here in last year 4 time and he husband with her twice. I should find a way to do it soon. I really love to drive the trip and hate to fly now. Will see.
Jeanne, my oldest son is a Dean at SIUE (Southern Illinois University Edwardsville). The new governor has frozen the money that should go to the state Universities and all the schools are in trouble with no money. I think salaries are being partially paid, but no repairs and other things that are needed. I know that it is happening because of previous governors misspending state funds, but it is a scary thing for employees, teachers, professors, students, etc. Bill is expecting to have to start laying off employees. A friend here has a daughter that teaches at the University (in Chicago, I think) and the daughter is afraid of a layoff, too.
It's a shame it has to be this way.
Sue. My grandson is a Dean at University of Missouri. He is the youngest they have had. However he is 43 now and been there 10 years. Loves his job and all the young people seem to like him He does get to travel a lot to other Universities and conferences. Not interested in being married . He got his Doctorate 3 years ago and I think aims to get one day with one of the Big Universities. Perfect job for him.
Sue. I thought I could get a short article on GS but looks like it goes on and on.
O! good. I managed to take the long article out of the posting
Nice day but was home watching Hockey. Left late for a walk. Not much color in the trees but still beautiful. Looking at the long shadows I was not moody but it brought to mind an old favorite "Evening shadows make me blue"
Jack, the name of that tune is "My Happiness", and I agree that the long shadows to bring out the mood. Beautiful shades of greenery though. Thank you.
Lovely photos as always Jack! You show the sublime and I showed the roots! :thumbup:
Here is a self-portrait. Notice the delightful surroundings..... :2funny:
A friend told me that this was my first "selfie." Who knew I was so in? LOL
Angelface, you could be my sister! We have the same hairdo and you look a bit like me and my second sister. I am the oldest of 3.
I am the middle of three sisters. :thumbup: The oldest is two years older and the youngest is ten years younger and a definite family surprise! I'm Irish, Scottish and Welsh with family from Missouri and Kansas.
Beautiful colors, Jack.... and that song will go through my head all night! I love shadows in photos.... several of us ladies were walking around looking at art displays at a show one time & one man's work had unusual & pretty colors... but it took us a few minutes to realize that he had NO shadows in any of his paintings. He was such a nice person but we did not mention his lack of shadows for fear of hurting his feelings.
Patricia, you look so young, beautiful skin & makes me wish I could dye my hair to have color again! I had to dye it every 10 days & would have more than a quarter inch of white next to my scalp... Losing battle. I took my photo off... bothered me to look at it. I keep wanting to ask you what the little blue flowers are in your avatar.
Thank you Shirley, but that hair is dyed. It used to be a reddish brown, but as time goes by, there is more white than other!
The avatar is from one of my PSP graphics. Not quite a photo but I'll show it to you. Its from the PSP forum here.
Lovely selfie Angel. That is the warm coloring I would choose if I was coloring, but I am too lazy for that. You do look great.
How do you manage such long nails? Mine keep breaking and I have to keep them short. Maybe it is the wheelchair :(
Nice picture, Patricia. You look too young to be a "senior". Always nice to be able to put a face with a name.
June thanks I was more taken with the lyrics of My Happiness and not the title.
Patricia, good photo, now that is my idea of a selfie, have not tried with an iPhone and will not get a stick to hold it. I often stop to take photos for folks at the park. Laugh when I see a group and one holding out the phone to take a photo.
Thank you everyone, for your kind comments. Joy, it was Den, a poster who was here when I first came on Seniornet back in 2000 who dubbed me a junior senior! ;D
I remember Den, Patricia.... and his dog's name was Abby?.... such a beautiful dog.. plus other family members. Amazing graphic! I have forgotten everything I learned in the classes. If my hair didn't grow so fast I'd dye in a heartbeat... it is finer now but still grows as fast. I was dying it before 30 & quit about 50.
The wind is blowing, even stong for Kansas! May get hail tonight but Tuesday is warning for the nasty weather.... like tornadoes. Hate to have the first "dings" of hail on the RV but there is no hiding from it.
Bubble, my nails are also driving me nuts, used to always have long ones (good tools) but they are brittle & chip now, I'm never without a nail file these days & I hated the feel or sound when younger. I used to trim my nails with a single edge razor blade... can't get the good steel ones these days, same brand but soft metal. I used them for everything around the house, cutting my hair, fingernails & toenails... alas, only for hair & takes 3 or 4 to do the job & much finer hair. Ain't nuthin like it used to be~ ::)
Enjoy the day, where ever you are!
Mary Ann, This is our new, small abode which we are enjoying very much. A small front yard and back yard is great after having such a large lot in Ocala. Yes, we sure need to do some power washing on the walks------eventually we'll get to that. ;)
what a lovely home, and the garage seems as big as the house!
Do you have a nice large porch at the back, where you could sit and have a meal outside?
Jean with all that is around you, I would not worry about power washing. Do that on a cloudy cool day and head now to the beach.
The house is larger than it looks, but what I love most are the two bay windows in the back. One in the master bedroom and one in the dining area that looks out on the backyard. The only problem is the backyard needs some love. The house stood empty for several years before the family sold it. That garage was really great when we moved in. We were able to unpack without boxes everywhere in the house.
I really like the windows on the right in the victorian style!
Neat house, Jean! I "wish" I could build a new house that was half garage & half house with the tall part of the garage & house having a wall that allowed the RV to park inside the garage with full hook ups (power, water & sewer) so it could be used for a guest house. The short side of the garage would be fine for a little town car. Sort of an "A" frame with family room/kitchen combined & bedroom & bath on the short side. Just 2 big rooms for the house & if in KS, a basement for shelter from storms. I know it wouldn't suit everyone but would be perfect for me.... at least as far as I can think today. :uglystupid2:
Bubble, my parents added a big double garage onto one side of their house, had doors on both front & back & had screens made for both doors so they could put folding tables in the garage for large family reunions & seat everyone (without bugs). They had a detached garage behind & put stone from front garage to back so could drive their cars through & leave driveway for guests. At the same time they added the garage they added same size bedroom & bath on the opposite side of the house "for their old age". Mother lived to 84 & Dad to 95, they were never old enough to use that room, still enjoyed their upstairs as long as they lived. My niece now owns the house. Great place to grow up, the house sat on 2 "lots" and they bought 5 more joining ones and 2 across the street for a garden (was right after WWII so gardens were important back then). They had all the lots platted separately so could be sold without extra trouble, but kept one nearest the house so had a huge yard to take care of. Mother had flowers everywhere! None of us siblings wanted the house but glad it stayed in the family.
Jean, happy you found such an inviting place and know you will have flowers all over before long, and it will fit you to a "tee". Looks like a winner to me, garages are SO worth the space! Our house also spreads out on the back with bay window on the front.... a room used only for storage for seasonal stuff out of the RV, just close the door and don't look inside. ;)
Jean. Looks like a nice size house . Easy to take care of. The houses do look very close together though. Over on the left side. Here in Illinois. Maybe not Chicago but homes have to be 14 ft away on both sided. I remember the first one we built was on a small lot. 50ft frontage and 150 . House could only be 45ft front. Good thing next to my best friend. and hers was very small. Now looks like they just did a new paint job on it. I like blue and white. Perfect for Florida. Are you going to put flower plants in between the evergreens?
Jean, a lovely looking house. I'm anxious to see what you do with gardening now - and for the birds too.
Very nice home, Jean! I love the bay window. Take your time getting settled. We have a two car garage and I remember it was quite awhile before we could put the car in there. :)
Angelface - That's a good picture. I think taking selfies involves some practice. The kids all seem to be experts at it!
Jack - Beautiful flowers at Oglebay. I miss the tulips and daffodils in Spring. That's one of the trade-offs we made.........frigid winters in Vermont with tulips in Spring or no shoveling and flowers year round. ;)
Thank you, Beverly, that was nice of you!
I think it's ironic that we had about 1.9% precipitation, ie snowfall this winter. Perhaps Florida and Alaska have more in common than one would think?
I wasn't aware I was taking a selfie but now I hear there are special tripods or sticks for them. I do not know if I think society has gotten a bit too narcissist or not. Especially since there was I in a restroom trying to get a good picture of myself! LOL
I've been listening to TV & radio & storms keep moving in and on... the wind has been strong so before it got dark I zoomed the camera in on the tree down by the river that has wisteria growing to the top.... to see if branches were breaking off. It is so heavy (the wisteria) and I keep expecting to see the tree toppled over... I was surprised to see wisteria blooming all over. I couldn't get a very good shot since rain was blowing in the door I opened, so hope it is still pretty tomorrow. The storms just keep rolling up from OK but MY HOUSE & RV haven't had any damage so far. Lots of people having problems with street flooding, all the usual places since Wichita is not prepared to handle lots of rain at one time. My sympathy to all at risk this night. Here is a shot of the ill timed wisteria.... every year when it blooms it has to struggle with weather.
Nice photo Shirley. Wisteria is a hardy plant and doesn't take a lot of care but it sure can take over as it has in that tree. Hope your storms are gone and the sun is shiny again. :)
Thanks, Jean, when I got the wisteria start from my parents neighbor, Dad thought I would be sorry. First I wanted to plant it on the fence but got a loud "NO" from my husband & neighbor said it "could lift a fence out of the ground"... so put at the base of a dead hawthorn tree in a corner of the yard. It went wild & was like a big purple slushy one morning... next time I looked the tree & all was laying on the ground. No roots on that dead tree & didn't take much wind to dump it. I have been digging up starts ever since & moving to the river. Anything to help hold the bank in place. It is cloudy today but I did walk down to the bank & guess all that rain just soaked in, the river is not up. More to come tomorrow... trees & grass loving it.
Shirley good to see you post, was worried about those storms.
Thanks, Jack, only damage I can see is under the sweet gum tree... looks like someone took a bat to the leaves, but did not strip it... just quite a few on the ground. Rain soaked in the ground, was needed so badly. I did wash the RV yesterday morning, to get all the bugs off so I could take pics to prove it does not have any dings or damage ... and it still doesn't! :thumbup: We didn't do anything from about 3:00 pm until this morning, watching TV storm news.
Shirley. What made me think you lived up in the North West. Washington State area Just noticed you are Kansas. Didnt you at one time have to take your New Motorhome over to Indiana to have it worked on? I wondered why you had to take it so far.
Western Joan from Norm's B&T lives in N.W. Washington State.
My daughter used to live in Seattle, JeanneP, probably talked about it a lot. My RV did go back to the factory but they "sent" someone to pick it up & bring it back, had it a month, added nearly 2,000 miles on it & not only didn't repair everything on the list.... they would not extend the warranty for the time it wasn't used my me! I wouldn't recommend this brand to anyone, not just a lemon but not satisfied with how it was built or how they took care of problems. I really objected to someone else driving what I paid for plus towing their vehicles behind it all those miles. Ah, well, sometimes we do dumb things. :uglystupid2: :crazy2: :idiot2:
Shirley. I don't know about how you feel on the Service in the US anymore. Seems to be getting like no men interesting in working.
Well I got the plumber here for the pipes and other things thought would get done. Big company. He came at 11 am. Today About 11:45 left to get a piece of short pipe at the shop. Now 1:45 and not come back. All his tools are here and lots of things taken apart.. Here i am waiting to leave and most of the day gone. I figured to go ahead. Get to most experience. Guess no better than the everyday handyman.
They price one pays for Moterhomes, Auto. most any kind of service and never done right. This one today suppose to be replacing a pipe job done new 6 months ago. Another company. The put wrong size and filled up space with Putty. Not it dried and so that is one of the leaky places. Thank goodness I have never been a drinker.
I'm here to defend the American worker, at least the one I had today. Tom sleeps in the lower level beside the furnace room and heard the furnace making odd noises so he turned off the furnace. I called for service this morning and was told a man would be here between 12:30 and 1 pm. He came at 12:28! He replaced some part on the furnace and it was under warranty so all I paid for was labor. The man was finished in a half hour, he and his work were clean and we had heat again. I know all repairmen aren't that good, but this one was.
Not having experience with foreign workers, I can't comment as to whether they're good or bad, but I suspect they are just as qualified and/or unqualified as those in the US.
MaryAnn. I also have the best furnace men. They put the new one in about 3 years ago. I call for winter and summer check ups and out when promised. Unless a part needed they charge very little.
Now in the middle of checking for water leaks. My bill so high this month. 3 times usual. We are computerized and water company insist if it registers past their reading on the outside of house then my problem. So far after finding a plumber he has found nothing other that loose connections . Having him install all new Drains, Taps in both bathrooms. Under the Bathtub. What a job. Connections so rusty . hard removing. This man is a good worker though very slow. Was suppose to be back today noon or one oclock. Not seen him yet. So have to leave. That is what I don't like. Not keeping right time. Not being patient is a problem with me.
I hope that this is the place
that I am suppose to be posting pictures.
My first and only Great Grand Gal "Fe Fe"
Hello Fe Fe, you are gorgeous!
If I am not posting correctly, I apologize!
Sandy she is beautiful, have to see her again awake and entertaining.
This is fine, Sandy. What a special cutie!
Don't know what this plant is, but it is in the front garden of our new house.
Jeanne Lee, We used to post occasional garden photos in the Garden Forum. Is that still allowed???
Beautiful baby, Sandy... and I remember the ones you posted of your kids or grands? ... they were also extra pretty.
Jean, I don't know what it is but have seen it both here in KS & in MO. That plant is especially colorful, knew it wouldn't be long before the bug got you & you would be "growing" things. Does it feel like "home" yet?
Jean that is a pretty bush, no help with identifying, I just know grass. Lots on google image that look like it.
Jean. Now is that bush one that just comes out in Summer or is it a Evergreen? Beautiful one. Looks more like leaves and not just like mine that has yellow buds first and then turns into a dark green bush. Yours is a keeper.
JeanneP, mine that was similar to that never but turned solid green. The leaves stayed yellow and green.
I think it is a variety of boxwood and think the name starts with "e" - ernonymous or something like that.
Jean, it looks similar to a golden pothos or devil's ivy and might be in that family.
Quote from: FlaJean on April 29, 2016, 05:31:29 pm
Jeanne Lee, We used to post occasional garden photos in the Garden Forum. Is that still allowed???
So far as I know, it wiil be OK. Pat hasn't been feeling too well lately, but if she disagrees I'm sure she'll let us know. :)
Sandy, Congratulations on your new Great Grand baby. What a beautiful baby girl. I know you are excited .!
"I've seen fire and I've seen rain. I've seen sunny days that I thought would never end.
I've seen lonely times when I could not find a friend, but I always thought that I'd see you again."
Lyrics by James Taylor
Sarah 04/28/2016 RIP
Never one to be bright eyed and bushy tailed.
Patricia, can see Sarah had a happy home, so sorry for your loss.
Oh, Patricia, I was ooh-ing & ah-ing over how pretty Sarah is and had not clicked in my head until Jack's post.... I am SO sorry. How old was she?
I'm asleep on my feet tonight, only 5 hours sleep last night & got up about 5:00 am so can't think straight. A special hug for you tonight, Patricia...
She was somewhere between five and eight years Shirley.
She was very photogenic and you are a good photographer Angel. Not easy with the black coat.
You do have happy memories to comfort you.
I was wondering about Karren's Frankie now.
Patricia, thanks for the photos of Sarah. As Bubble said, she was very photogenic. I know you miss her. RIP Sarah.
Dawn took in Frankie and Monte after Karren's death according to Karren's Facebook page. I don't know what happened or will happen to their house.
Thanks for all the mentions of Sarah. I still constantly look for her when doing things like a type of muscle memory.
Patricia, what beautiful pictures of Sarah. So happy to see them posted. My thoughts are still with you.
Thanks for telling me, Angel. I thought that Monte would go to his father, but I am sure it is better for him to be in a surrounding he is used to.
Have you met Dawn?
That cat just loved to pose. Now it seems to have such a small head for a big Body. Is that normal are is it just over weight.
you're welcome Bubble. I've never met Dawn in person, only through Karren's tales and photos and Dawn and her son's comments on Karren's old Facebook page.
Jeanne, it didn't pose, that was just natural. Sarah had lots of hair and underneath she was tiny. Even her paws had little tufts of hair.
I've had some changes since Farrah came here and she still spends most of her time under something, the bed, the couch blanket or the table. But as time goes by she is becoming more confident and aware of her surroundings.
Is the couch getting lumpy?
Whose little head is that?
Foiled! I'm not going to fit under here!
This isn't bad. I'm keeping an eye on her, though!
I'm watching you!
Farrah reminds me of Beau who died in 2011 after 12 years.
This was Sarah;
She is a beauty!
Looks like she has made herself at home.
Patricia, Farrah resembles Kendrick, Annie's cat who lives with me. It is the stripes because Kendrick is part Bengal and an orange cat. His stripes on his legs match. Kendrick also has hiding places but I usually can see him. Makes me think, I let him out on the deck and he may still be there!
Thanks for photo of your cats, they were all beautiful. Kendrick, will be loveing you within the week. Gloriade
Patricia, thanks for the pictures. Farrah is a little beauty.She has what I consider a "baby" face..so sweet and innocent looking. She is irresistible. I am so glad you chose her...or did she choose you ?
Thanks for all the comments. I know everyone is not an animal lover, but like Gloria's Taffy, they love you back unconditionally.
Beau was part Abyssinian, that gave him the cream color, ruff and large stocky body, and mixed with tabby. I wonder if Farrah has some of the same lineage?
MaryAnn, perhaps Kendrick as well if he has a stocky body, ruff and similar coloring?
June, thank you. The baby face is what is deemed an "apple head" in some cat circles as opposed to Sarah's triangular one. Actually neither of us chose the other. The cat rescue called because Farrah was another one like Sarah, cast out into the woods and behaving aggressive toward other animals and a lively three year old in the foster home she was in. So they called and asked because Sarah's situation had been so similar. Here is a stock photo of some purebred Abyssinians.
Patricia, I could believe Kendrick is part Abyssinian, but we know he is part Bengal. The Abyssinian ears are larger than his. He is a long cat. I'll send you a picture when I have time. Tom and I are meeting Terry and Jan in Holland to view the tulips - the festival is on now. We're going to eat there.
Ophelia's First Mother's day
Sandy, and many more to come. Brings a smile to all.
Sandy, she certainly does not look like a newborn. Those bright eyes !
Sandy, she is adorable!
Scrolling back I see Angels
beautiful Grey Tabbies (?) -- Cats are
so unique, and each has their own personalities..
I had an organge tabby that I love and called
"Sandy" because I wasn't suppose to have
a cat. That seemed to work fine. Of course,
I could have called her "Mom"..that might have
I do love cats, but I am determined not to have
any more. As, I do love them but I am
a wee bit allergic to them, so I love them
from a distance. And that is not always what
cats want. Especially lap cats!
Great pictures, everyone!
Sandy, you do have a lovely great granddaughter. She looked in the photo as if she could sleep a few hours more and would like to get to it! :)
My sister was allergic to cats but loved them and she too had to love from afar!
Today is Farrah's first full day out from under the bed. Pet Pride offered to exchange her for a more loving cat but I thought why give up on one who needs time and love? They say she has been abused. It was the same with Sarah and the reason they called me for a "hard to place cat." So why stop now?
I'm not returning her as if she was a handbag!
She does purr and licks your hand when petted, she does not play with toys but that is a domestic, not a feral trait, and she has never meowed but whined once or twice when she was afraid. We're working on this together!
When I brought a second cat into my
home, my first cat went and "lived" behind the toilet
for a month. I had to put a litter box and his food
in there with him, until he decided to join the
rest of the ladies.
Sometimes cats take a while to get comfortable.
Everytime I have seen Ophelia, she has had her
eyes closed. She pretty much eats and sleeps and
fusses only when she is hungry or wet.
So far, so good. So she can stay, too!!!
angel - I'm so glad that you didn't "exchange" Farrah for a different cat. I think she will become more loving as time passes, but even if she doesn't, you know she is grateful for a warm and gentle home. I feel so bad for all the abused cats and dogs out there - alone and scared. It's so nice of you to give shelter and love to one in need.
Marilyn, I know what you mean. One of my heroes is a friend in Dearborn with an old Victorian who shelters 21 cats, all older and usually unwanted. It is a tremendous, neverending job and she is older, but she does it out of love.
What I can bring to Farrah as she takes one step forward to two or three steps back, is nothing to what she brings me and what Sarah, who was also unwanted, feral and actually more aggressive out of her fear, brought to me.
Patricia, I am sure you will win with Farrah. She already is responding a bit.
Sandy, if I havenâ€™t said so elsewhere, Ophelia is a darling. She looks older than a few days old. Annieâ€™s cat disappears if people she does not recognize show up. He has several hiding places that I canâ€™t get to so I donâ€™t try to find her. He does recognize his â€œmotherâ€ when she comes. And he often is glued to me.
The 3 cats that run this house are totally disgusted with me this week... having painters coming & going all around their house outside~ Mama Callie turned up missing Sat & I was pretty sure she had hidden in the garage across the street where people used to feed her long before I ever saw her. The man left Sat morning & got home while ago & sure enough, Miss Callie came running across the street when she saw me outside. She has done this before & so has Tiger, they are "free" spirits and don't want to stay inside all the time, but they are nosy. I watched old LaurenKat go into deep depression until her spirit was broken when we made her stay in 2 years, after something attacked her. That vet bill was a shock & then having to keep her in a cage for a week or two, giving her meds & waiting for her to use the litter box for the first time (vet guaranteed she would in 3 days, he was right... only problem is ever since we gave up & let her go out during the day, she comes back in to use the litter box.) They are a lot of company, funny, and frustrating, & smart.
Patricia, I'm so glad you have cats again, I often think of the crew you had before. Loved the photos you showed.
Better go let Tom & Tiger come in. LaurenKat is waiting on a chair by the computer downstairs, for me to come hold her before I go to bed. Miss Callie is in the garage & I expect she might want to stay out tonight, after being confined almost 5 days without food or water! She really still thinks that house is home when she is unhappy with me or I'm out of town. They really do not like these strangers being right in their space! I did get photos of Tom, Tiger & Callie down by the river the other day... but are on the other computer!
I'll try again
Here is some thing really old
Me using some spare time when I was in the WRNS
Good pictures, thank you for sharing them with us.
wow Chocky, sportwoman really. I can also see you had quite a collection of photos on that back wall.
Looks like they were fun years, Chocky.
Great photos, Chocky, and exactly the image I have of you from your posts. Fun person to be around "got the world by the tail"..... cute, too. :thumbup:
Chocky, great photos of you "just hanging about!"
It's always fun to look back isn't it?
Chocky. And we thought our children crazy when they acted that way. Sort of forget that we did the same.
When I look at photos from the sixties, the hairstyles and clothing make me think today's styles were little different than today.
As I often say that the styles of today are too modern and where has the style gone, but my parents said the same of us in the sixties.
Thank you all kindly for your comments. (I was 22 then)
The photos on the walls are other peoples. I never stuck pictures on the walls.
Bet they didn't think about fire hazards in the 60s.
Do you play the guitar?
Chocky, neither did I think about fire hazards when I lived in a rented room (at age 17) abroad and sticked with scotch tape lots of family pictures on the walls around me so as not to feel so lonely.
I don't think it would have made much difference in a fire since the walls were all covered in an ugly mustard faded wallpaper.
Health and Safety issues were not as stringent then as they are now.
But we got by!
Most homes I lived in growing up in UK. Fireplaces in every room. I remember when going to bed in the cold winter my father would light one in my bedroom. Burned coal back then. Wonder we didn't all have bad lungs. But again. You always had a window left open. I still have to have that. Hate central heating and Air conditioning on all the time.
Later on it was all Central Heating. My family live now in a house built in the early 1800s All Central Heating and Air Conditioning in it. Wall like a Castle. Up in Lancashire it never get that warm and doubt the A/C ever used. Funny thing is I never saw home fires with the fireplaces or homes burn down. (Other than when they Bombs fell on them during the War. but then most the houses where stone that is at least a foot thick. Not much wood in homes back then. My dads family home still there along with my grandmothers. Must be at least 170 years old now. Both look great.
In my area here in US. it seems like house fires all the time. Every thing they use to build a house is flammable. they go up fast. No matter the cost.
So much of the material used in mattresses, couches, and living room chairs is polyurethane which gives off that noxious black smoke during house fires. It is dangerous to the inhabitants and for the rescuers or firefighters.
I think that most of the Lung Cancer comes from having so much of that material around. Now the wood floors are still being glued down again. Worse than cigarette smoking I think. I had wood floors put down last year but they just snap into each other.
Too many unnecessary chemicals added to our food, water, and air! I remember several years back, reading about how the Funeral Directors, US association said that people exhumed for whatever reason, five years after burial were just beginning to show signs of deterioration. That's from all those preservatives we used and babies receive it early from their mother's umbilical cords!
I remember years ago there were local authority housing or what we call council houses having asbestos removed from he houses.
The houses were built about the early 1930's and asbestos was widely used then. But later if was found that asbestos was very bad for your health.
Some people asked if the asbestos was safe been removed while they lived in the houses and the answer was yes it was. But I don't think many people believed this, as the people removing the asbestos were dressed in protective clothing from head to foot and with face mask!!
Asbestos was still not regarded as particularly dangerous here until the mid-seventies and yes the removers were dressed in full protective gear, and careful to not breathe it in. Remember the pink glass fibered insulation blown into attics and walls? They are now removing it here.
For those of you who like photos of clouds, I took this one Sat. with my iPhone. This is just the way it looked. Photo is not enhanced. I thought the colors were so pretty.
Clouds over the Gulf of Mexico
Jean, love it, and it did not need to be enhanced.
Love your clouds, Jean.... I have marveled at their formations since I realized that bottoms of clouds are always flat as you look across the sky. I sat in a huge meeting room in San Antonio or New Orleans, staring at half a dozen large paintings on a wall behind the speaker, admiring them, when I noticed that all the clouds had flat bottoms. As a life long "artist" (I use the term loosely)... I had never painted sky or clouds that looked so real. Since then I've gazed at clouds to the point I am not safe driving, and marvel that they always look like they are sitting on a ledge. Beautiful shot!
Was going to post the photo of my gr-son that graduated this week end but forgot photos are on the other computer~ Had prints made this morning, for everyone. I'm off to laminate the ones I want to put in the RV, I keep a gallery tucked into the frame of the mirror so everyone invited in can see the latest. I'm loving this laminating tool, think I paid about $20 for it & find it preserves my list of phone numbers & photos that stay in the RV, makes for nice bookmarks with a fav photo inside. He graduated "with honors" (Cum laude) & like with Jack's grand... made us all proud! Reminds me, I need to charge the camera battery!
I've wondered about the pink insulation that was "blown" into the walls & attics of houses after WWII, I was hanging out the bedroom window as the truck filled our old farm house (in town) my parents bought because of it's location & extra lots they could buy to have privacy. I was about 10 & not sure my parents realized I was watching it all from that window, just a few feet from the hose & hole they were blowing through. The screens just lifted up & off so I could lean out. At this stage (81) I quit worrying or wondering.
When a gr-daughter moved into a dorm her first year of college she sent us all a video of their room. I don't think I've ever laughed so hard, she & room mate had something covering every inch of every wall & had stored their treasures in every nook, every opening in & under, and even had the excess hanging from the ceiling. She only spent one semester at that college & gave up her scholarship to come "home" to Wichita State University & graduated quite a while ago with her Industrial Engineering degree (& still went to work for an aircraft company.)
We have had light rain most of last night & today, so glad the painters finished yesterday! Next big project is to drain & clean the pool, then let it dry & paint it again before filling. I remind myself every year that this is no more work than if it was a big flower bed & takes very little maintenance all summer, cool to look at. All I ever do is go stand on the step, knee deep in the water, as I get fresh air during the heat of summer. It is what it is & either take care of it or move.
This was taken with the Panasonic Lumix FZ 70, full zoom (64x), cropped and "smugged" to cover other graduates in the photo. Evan: Bio-Med Engineering Cum laude
Shirley, very nice post and info about your graduating grands. You have a right to be proud!
Shirley, a great subject and you did good. With that family of yours you must have a ton of graduation photos :)
You did a good job on that photo, Shirley. What a handsome grandson.
Thanks, Patricia, Jack & Jean.... I was surprised it is as sharp as is since I couldn't even tell which one he was we were so high in the stands! Son, Andy, used my camera & took the photos (no shake even with full zoom). I hadn't seen him with the beard, (probably because he's been so busy working on Senior project & all the finals plus his jobs, no time to shave) until the banquet last week! He is a good kid.
I do have a ton of graduation photos & got myself another thumb drive when I ordered one from Amazon to put all of Evan's photos on to give him. Got 32 GB SanDisk Cruzer for $10.. with Prime, 2 day/ shipping free. No more making CDs or DVDs to give them!
:) And pocket sized too! :thumbup:
Shirley, what a great picture of your good-looking grandson. And, to think, he is super smart, too. LOL I bet he doesn't lack any girlfriends, unless he has been too busy with school, work, etc.
Shirley, congrats on that good picture and handsome young man. You must be proud of him.
I am partial to beards... lol You too?
Jean. I love seeing clouds like that. I try to find things in them On these all I can make out is
a Whale on the right side about a inch from bottom. Usually can find something.
Yes, still dark dreary weather here and it shows that I am really getting bored.
Shirley. Great photo. All mine are partial to beards also. Look good.
Not their hats are a lot different than ours. U of Ill was graduation time last weekend.. Mine are all through now. Have to wait for GG coming along. Will be lots within a few years of each.
Yep, Patricia, pocket size & amazing for the price, I thought!
Thanks, Joy, he is smart & kind... and today got a dose of reality when he talked to the "powers that be" when reporting for his "big-boy" job, hoping for more money & hours now that he has his degree. Sadly, only a token raise & cut back his hours... and they are having a job-fair this week end to get more low paying help. He will be job shopping for sure. He introduced us to a new girlfriend and sure hope he takes time to adjust to the new life outside of school. Too often when they graduate they panic and want to hang onto someone & marry too quick.
Yes, Bubble, I think he looks good in a beard, thanks. My mother didn't like any hair on a man's face, she would ask the person "why are you covering that beautiful face?".... Not sure why she felt that way, I think many men look better, I recall one man that worked with my husband, always had a beard & when he shaved it he looked like a wimp, no chin at all.
Jeanne, the hats were "same old"... but when I was smugging out the people around him it was hard to tell what was shadow or shape of hat. I didn't notice how different until I picked up the prints & too late then to go back and make the lines sharper. I still have one grand to go & long time until the greats start college, 12 years, in fact, oldest in first grade.
And it is past lunch time & Taco Bell sounds good... they make a spicy tostada plus about 4 crunchy tacos should fill me up, I'm starved! Y'all behave.
Shirley. That is a lot of Taco. Can you eat that many. it must be years since I at a Taco Bell. Have one on the next block. Last one was in the Airport 4 years ago. Never think to make them at home.
I think my next GGson is 15 so doubt I go to anymore Graduations. Have the twins telling me they graduate next week. Then into Kindergarten. They even have parties for that anymore. Seems they spend about 20 years now going to schools. have a GS now got his Doctor Degree last year. Must have 30 years schooling. Did work though during the time.
Will you be making any big Motor Home trips this summer?. Just don't seem to see as many on the roads now. I just wanted to find the smallest one on the market. Never did.
Ginger, the url you posted leads to a large collection of various photos at sp.yimg.com. You need to click on a particular photo, choose "open link in new window" and copy the url in that address line. Then click on the little globe above and paste the address.
JeanneP, I do plan on at least one trip to Colorado & more to MO, not so bad as long as I can have the dollar off on 35 gallons of gas that fill for the "go" & always come back with an empty tank to use the other dollar off. Going to CO I can even get the dollar off at a station half way & there is one in the town near where we camp that also honors the dollar off... making gas so far being less than a dollar a gallon. I do miss my little Rialta but would miss these cats more. By the way, those tacos (3) & tostadas (2) were delicious. ::) (& I used a Taco Bell gift card... habit of buying the cards for nearly everything instead of cash)
Jeanne Lee, I didn't know what that meant to "open link in new window". I will copy your "recipe" & save on my everyday Word Pad. Thanks!
Shirley, the instructions were for Ginger to use in order to post a photo here. The "link in new window" is one of the choices she has with the site she seems to be using. I can't do it for her because I have no idea which of the tons of photos on that site she wants to use.
I do not grow flowers, Jessie would eat. Here is a view of my fence and flowers next door, taken this evening.
Now the Ugly. The 17 year cicada are on the march in our area. They travel up electric poles, trees etc. Soon will be hearing their screech. The birds are having their fill but unable to keep up.
Jack, yes, Jessie would eat ;D I had a beautiful one like the above in a pot on the patio. I had been babying it along for a couple of years. Missy, my Golden, took a liking to it and did laps around the yard with it in her mouth ;D,
Sorry, Mary, I'm sitting here laughing so hard at the "picture it" of your pup dancing around the yard with your prize plant in her mouth (thinking of Zoe, Jack, and the cone). I had no idea they would munch one off.
Jack, that is a gorgeous flower...Rhododendron, I think? My mother never had one but did see one on the walk home from school.... I was fascinated by it & actually walked up to have a close look one time (back in those days we did not walk across anyone's yard unless we knew them well). Sure didn't know it was time for those ugly critters... have not heard them here so far, but will be watching for them. Don't think I have ever seen so many on one tree. Great shot!
Jack, be sure to thank your neighbor for allowing you to share in her beautiful flowers! Such a lovely color!
I had a photo some years back of my cat Beau sitting amidst one of my ferns, all stretched out and not understanding my fuss at all! :tickedoff: ::)
Mary, Shirley and Patricia thanks. I pulled an old photo of Zoe and Jessie, I lost Zoe 3 years ago. You can see I have nothing but grass in my back yard. I once had Hosta along the wall but they used it as a salad bar. I then put river rock along the fence. I like flowers but would not trade for the golden smile. This is Zoe on the left and Jessie on the right. Jessie will soon be 15 but still wants her walks. (and always has that smile)
Jack, those flowers are gorgeous. I am glad you can still enjoy them from across the fence. :)
Your smiling friends are always a delight to admire. Does Jessie feels her age I wonder... we certainly do!
Bubble, Like Jessie I am slow to get up and move about. Funny when taking a walk I will look for a bench, but she stands and waits. We both nap so guess we have learned to adjust. She seldom runs and never did retrieve but was really a performer in the sport of Agility.
Jack, I loved the pic of both Zoey and Jessie. My Missy and my niece's Mz. Harper have that same smile and twinkle in their eyes that Jessie has.
Several years ago, you posted a video of Zoey and Jessie in an agility competition. Watching it got us interested in agility and have gone to a couple of competitions. I thought I had bookmarked it, but can't find it now. Do you still have it?
Did you happen to see the video on facebook recently about a bull mastiff in a agility competition. He did the entire course with only one little mistake at the end, but did it in his own sweet time!
MaryTX I still had several runs of Jessie on Vimeo and posted the link in the slideshow discussion. Even if not involved in Agility folks should check to see if any events in their area. They generally are free, and the most fun is watching the smaller dogs and the novice that are still learning.
Beautiful flowers and beautiful Goldens, Jack. Your yard is very pretty and you can enjoy the flowers across the fence.
Jean thanks. Beautiful day and off to the park. Wanted to post an old photo of Zoe. We tried for several years to run her in Agility but she was a wild one and enjoyed entertaining. This photo is one of several ribbons (two first place) that she earned one day. This was not Agility but events where points were awarded for each obstacle, with most going to the toughest ones. The handler would choose those she felt would earn the most points. With Zoe she just turned her loose and let her run where she wanted. It was a wild, funny day. She was as wild as she was beautiful to watch.
Equal time for Jessie :) Chalk this up to another great day. 68 degrees, sunshine and light breeze. Had a great walk and here is one photo.
Jessie always look so much bigger than Zoe to me. Maybe it was just the way her hair grew. I know you got them trimmed the same. Jessie looks really good. Think she will be with you for awhile yet. Good walks really help her staying fit. You also. I try as long as not raining.
Pretty nice out today.
My beautiful granddaughter's wedding
Jane, very handsome couple. May they have a long and happy marriage.
I tapped on the little photo and got a nice big picture. I know you must be proud of your lovely granddaughter. Her gown was beautiful.
Janie, no doubt about it, pretty as can be, takes after you. And I guess the guy is a keeper to......great looking couple.
Hal, yes, Jane's new son-in-law is really a man to look up to.
What a good looking couple, Jane! Best wishes to them for a long & happy life together. Thanks for sharing the photo.
Jane a wonderful photo of a lovely couple.
Janie--Gorgeous bride and very handsome groom!!
Jane, thanks for sharing the picture of your granddaughter and her new husband. What a beautiful dress and a very good looking couple. The places looks like it was a neat place, also.
Thanks everyone for the compliments to Allison and Dan. You're right he's a keeper. They are both beautiful inside and out.
Joy the place was lovely and the wedding and reception were both at the same place. It's a converted flour mill in McKinney tx.
Thanks Jeanne for fixing the photo. My first try at posting a photo (with Cindys help). And thanks for the clickable.
JANE your granddaughter is a beautiful bride and her groom is a handsome man. I wish them many wonderful years.
Jane, I just have to echo what everyone else has said here. They are a beautiful young couple. I wish them happiness for the rest of their lives.
Jane S, what a well turned out lovely looking couple....and may they have many wonderful and happy years together, in each others company....
Jane, A niece of mine was married a couple weeks ago, and the place where they were married and the reception was a restored bleach and dye mill. I wasn't there but I looked up the website for the place and saw lots of pictures. The walls were brick like the place where you went and it had the original beams in the ceilings. It, too, was beautiful. I love how they will take these old buildings and restore them into places for receptions and different affairs.
Thank you once again for the nice words about our brid and groom. Th y are indeed a lovely couple,
Wonderful wedding picture..
I agree, Jane, with all the sentiments expressed! A really good looking couple!
I agree with everyone, a beautiful couple. Thanks for posting
The Wisteria is very pretty, sadly we left ours along at our old address trailing over the sides of our garage,......
no wysteria here at our new home.....have to admit I am now missing it....
Beautiful display of vased roses....
You can have the wisteria that grows here in North Carolina, Jackie. It is invasive, grows fast, and kills the trees that it attaches itself to. Pretty when it is in bloom and when it is trained over a trellis, however.
Beautiful photos, Bubble. I don't think I've ever seen a Papaya tree before.
Phyllis, thank you for the offer, but I would love to get our old one back...every year without fail it blossomed well...never gave us any problem...now if only we could have transported it with us...
Wonderful group of photos Bubble. Envy those of you with flowers vines that blossom.
Love all the photos, Bubble.. can't get over the size of the papaya, I thought it was about the size of a pear or peach! I'll have that song, "Lemon tree" going through my head all day. ;D Are all those colors of roses (in the vase) from your garden? That is a "painting in waiting", beautiful! My wisteria doesn't bloom that full, lots of leaves showing between blossoms. The tree by the river where mine grows now, just finished blooming & time for the catalpa to bloom.
Jackie, when we moved I went back later to ask the new owner for starts of 2 different plants, one, a flowering almond bush that I brought from the first house we owned (that was the 4th move it made) and other was a horizontal stripped grass, tall & fairly rare, that came from my mother. I traded the lady an extra garage door remote opener that my husband had bought me since the opener only came with one remote. I still have both plants growing at this house 30 years later. I move starts of my wisteria every year, from where I planted it originally (keeps sending up new starts no matter how many times I dig it up) & move to the river bank row of "scrub elm trees". The size of the "ropes" going up the trunk of one tree is nearly as big around as my arm, think it is holding the tree up.
Unfortunately I am in a building of 12 flats and have no garden. These plants are from a friend's garden where I was on a visit.
She has lemons the size of a melon, and quite tasty too. She invented a kind of spread that looks like mayo but made from the white inside peel of those lemons. It tastes divine. As do the papayas.
Bubble, it all looks and sound glorious!
Your neighbor is blessed with beauty and you are blessed to see it and taste!
Shirley, sounds like you traded in the better deal... :thumbup:
So P bubble, some of my previous homes have been flats, one being high rise, 10th floor but , we did have our own balcony where we could grow plants, flowers etc, if we chose too....many UK flats now grow balcony vegetable - fruit produce, some city dwellers even have a rooftop garden....
Angel, not a neighbor but quite a drive to go visit her in her village. I don't do that often :(
Jackie, we incorporated the balcony into the living room to make it more spacious: we separated the original space to make an extra bedroom when the children were growing, so that my daughter could have her own place.
I do have hanging pots on the outside banister, but it is too windy near the sea for vegetable and no room for deep roots.
Enjoyed seeing your photos, Bubble.
Had a short note from Sato. He is improving but the rehabilitation program is keeping him very busy. He said Sachiko is home but has to rest. I have posted on her Facebook page but haven't seen any postings by her in a long time.
They are both missed...I sent Sachiko a get well email after Sato posted her email for members to get in touch......she hasn't replied so must be still recuperating......be nice to welcome her back....
Those Lemon Trees look like they get lots of fruit off them. Would be good to have a tree here. Checked lemons in the Store on Friday. Selling for $1 each. Even the small ones in a 6 lemon bag for $5. Not worth buying those. Been high prices for almost a year now. Now Limes pretty cheep . Wonder why the difference.
Jeanne, I have noticed recently since the cost of lemons have gone sky high, when you go to a restaurant and order ice tea with lemon, you get lime instead.
I find lime so much tastier in tea, in the salad too.
Going to be a long, hot and noisy two months. We are on the fringe of the 17 year cicada. Not many at the park but posting a photo of a tree two yards down from me. I had removed a large tree several years ago so any cicada have to find the nearest post or tree. Remember in the past raking up bags of their shells. They crawl out of the ground, break out of the shells and fly up into the trees. Attaching the link to a short, but great, video of their short life span. There are serious recipes on the web for them but I will put them on my list, including crawfish that I will never eat.
WOW Jack, I am glad we don't have them- so numerous that it is scary.
We only have the odd cockroaches at times.
I just got a creepy feeling seeing that photo. Don't think we have anything that bad here. If there was I would be gone. Can't stand a ant. I saw the Tree Roaches in Texas. No place for me.
Jack, that photo reminds me of 2002-2003 when we had pine beetles everywhere and trees were dying, becoming dry and brittle. Then in 2004, the forest fires from lightning and from humans began and burn just over 6,590,140 acres. Most of that fuel came from pine beetle damaged and dead trees. To finish those dead and dying trees, Alaska fires had consumed 5,098,829.9 acres in 2015.
This will be my 4th time, and not bad if you stay indoors night when they screech. They lay eggs in the bark of trees and may kill the younger trees. Other than that, very little damage, do not bite/sting. My son and friends would carry them around and shake them to have them make noise, and scare the girls. Recall when Shirley was emptying his pockets to do the wash and he had one in the pocket, after a lecture he did not repeat. Thought Jessie would ignore, but just had her playing with one, so swept a few away and had her come inside.
One would think that in 2016 Science would have found something that could have put a stop to all these bugs and things that seem to kill trees and plants. They find stuff to spray on our fields which not healthy . They kill deer and animals by the millions. Our lakes are so that they tell us not to eat the fish from them. Some states the drinking water bad. More lung problems now because of Pollution in the air. (They blame cigarettes for this.). Every one working in our 2 hospitals at this time are wearing masks.
It doesn't seem like the have found out very much over the last 100 years to make things Healthier. Now I am wrong. Last week they found that the thing that was causing Polio in the 50s. May be able to be used to help in Brain Cancer. But was that found in China.?
Now saying that found 600 pregnant women in US that are showing signs from the Mosquito bite .
I think I am being kinda complaining today because out for 10 minutes on land next to me and got Poison Ivy on my foot already.
Jeanne and now they are warning to be sure you are getting enough salt. I will be 86 in Sept, with very minor problems. I grew up in Pittsburgh the then Dirty City. Smoke and fog from the mills and lived only blocks away. Worked for 2 years in a coke plant where they would put coal into a furnace and then put the fire out by dumping water that made steam and would take the finish off an automobile. Worked for several years in an office, but still had soot on my collar from air I breathed. For years I smoked 2 packs of cigarettes, overweight and do not know the word exercise. Drink tons of coffee that they said was bad, now good. Cut out candy and now chocolate is good for you. You can find "experts" on any subject and others with opposing opinions. Feel moderation is the thing. Now leaving to go to our favorite pub, meet my son and watch hockey and have 3 or 4 strong beers. (Know I will be up a number of times tonight) :)
It's not that they haven't found a cure, it's because they wouldn't make money from that cure. Or not as much as from the damage.
Jack, it wasn't that they were wrong so much as you were either one of the lucky ones or it was an effect over time.
I'll give you a good example, for hundreds, perhaps thousands of years, women died from childbirth or childbed fever. It wasn't until the mid nineteenth century that it was discovered that the filth on the doctor's or midwife's hands and the instruments that were reused thousands of times and never washed that was killing the women. It also killed thousands in battlefields and in battlefield hospitals. Yet, we still had people surviving those early medical practices.
Yes. Jack. I think we are both lucky people when it comes to health. My Area in UK. Was Industrial also. Nothing but Cotton Mills. Coal fires, Fog. Lots of rain and Then 7 years of war. Eat what could find. But will say I think what we ate was more healthy for us than what people eat now. I try to stay to my war time recipes. If any Med needed I remember my GMothers cures and stay away from Prescriptions . I think Genetics has a lot to do with things. I was given Black beer to drink from being a young person. Was very small and they thought it would help.. We may as well keep doing what we have for the rest of our time now.
Wow, Jack, that is an amazing photo & thoroughly enjoyed the link. I would have preferred hearing the "call of the wild" rather than music, although the the music was nice. Never knew all about those critters except we used to gather the shells and called the flying ones "jar-flies".... maybe because like your son, my brothers caught them... kept in jars? I'm not hearing or seeing any here so far. Wonder if they come out the same year all over the US, we did have more than normal last year. Thanks for the photo & link!
My husband had a "salt free" diet but the family doctor told him to "modify"... but he had to take iodine pills to make up for not getting it in his salt. I do listen to my body ::) ;) and when it tells me I need salt I have no problem indulging in a bag of potato chips or cheese puffs! Seriously, at 81 & going strong today, I just live & do what's best for the moment. This past week I've impressed myself with doing MORE than 10,000 steps per day 3 or 4 days (thought I was doing good when I got to 2,000 early on with the FitBit.)
I am ready to sit back & chill out for a few days after all the work getting the house painted & pool filled. Got most of the grass carpet around the pool vacuumed yesterday & was looking good... until this morning when I see the water is about to run over on the low side (away from the house) from lots & lots of rain. The lightning is not helping as it kills the chlorine in the water, at least after a storm the tester shows low to none so I have to put more tablets in the pool floater & bring it back up. Not a major problem, just extra work & testing to get the level balanced. Pouring again, must have a look, poor Tom didn't get home before it started so he is tucked away in a hidey hole where he stays when caught out. He hears the thunder long before I do but stays put where ever he is rather than chance running home in the rain.
Patricia, we also had the pine beetles here & hardly a pine tree in sight... and most in Colorado are also gone. Some of the best campgrounds are totally bare of trees now.
Thanks for the news about Sato & Sachiko, Jean.... hope they recover & come back soon.
Better get up & start moving, or go back to sleep~ still raining, love the sound.
Know you all have heard it, keep in mind. Life is short, eat desert first :thumbup:
Just in from mowing the lawn, a few Cicada flying around and empty shells where several dozen climbed my Cleveland Pear Tree. Had two land on me but know they do not sting/bite. Used the blower and cleaned off the back of the house, and patio since Jessie decided she likes them.
Haha, Jack, think of it as "good protein" for Jessie! My daughter's favorite expression to eat desert first. I did that for lunch & actually wasn't very hungry for the pizza I baked. Had the oven warm for pizza so baked a couple loaves of banana bread... actually half loaves with extra bananas & lots of pecans & walnuts. Should taste good when my sons & I go to Colorado.
I need to run to the store but waiting for street flooding to go down. Weather guessers saying we will have rain "clear through the week end", will make for a soggy holiday. :'(
I haven't seen any cicadas around. We used to often hear locusts in Ocala but haven't heard any here yet. We've been having some beautiful weather.
Jean. All I remember about Florida is . What do they call them?. Look like little crocodiles climbing up the trees. My kids loved those. Then in Louisiana. When my youngest married they got stationed there. In a month she called to come home. Had snakes in the apartment, Garbage can. All over. Scared her. We just found them a much nicer place to live and so she settled in fine. I would have been back to Illinois also. Never seen one here. Texas yes.
I wondered when we first moved here why so many places were called Blue Water this or that. But then I noticed how blue the Choctawhatchee Bay is. Different shades of blue depending on the sun and weather. Today it was really blue. Even bluer than this photo shows. Took the photo when crossing the Mid Bay Bridge.
A contrast of colors. There are many lily ponds. This one is beside the Whole Foods grocery store.
Jean I will take the blue water. As for bugs, our first trip to Orlando years ago we were put into a first floor room. I heard Shirley yell and she was pointing at a Palmetto Bug on the bed. I called the office and they agreed to move us to the second floor, but the clerk said to not tell my wife, but they can fly.
I remember the first time I took my UK family to Florida. Few years back now. Use to be some awful Motels. We drove from NewOrleans to the East coast of Florida. Hollywood I think it was
Late at night, no reservations. Saw a Motel looked really nice. Older , one story. checked in. My older aunt was first to bathroom. Such a scream from there. Looks and the tub was just full of Water Bugs. This Motel had a false front on it. Was awful behind. So we checked out right away. Think we slept in car on the beach until daylight. I never put my suit case on the floor again in a Motel. I know that the health dept. now check all of them. However friend got bed bugs and it was from a Expensive Chain Hotel In NY. so things are still not perfect. Now I am itching just reading.
Where is everyone hiding :anon: We sure miss our 2 members in Japan. Hope they will be back here soon.
I know I am not good with a camera but it does surprise me that there arn't many more people coming into this forum. Is it because more now use their IPhone and take fast pictures. I know until my family all got theirs I got lot more photo's put into my E-Mails. Now it is all Texting and Facebook. Never get any. have to ask them to put to my EM.
They all must have hundreds on the Phones.
Jeanne my iPhone does a good job, you should try, then hook up to the computer and you are in business. I seldom carry my good camera now, the iPhone is quite often enough.
Jack. Surprised. I thought you just loved playing with what you camera will do. Still do more than I phones. They can't get the full views like a good camera.
Now I can photo what I want on my Ipad. Not the same though. I sort of still miss the old phones. putting on slides. having my big Screen. Remember how people would hook you to coming over to watch the vacation photos on the sheet on the Wall. Have not seen anyones vacation pictures in a long time. I must have hundreds of them from most of Europe and all of the USA. A full album of when family came from UK first time. Full of all the states and Disney World ones great. My kids go but sure don't have any records unless you want to sit and see a few on the Phone.
Quote from: JeanneP on May 26, 2016, 04:44:30 pm
Where is everyone hiding :anon: We sure miss our 2 members in Japan. Hope they will be back here soon.
I see Sato has posted, but don't see that Sachiko (sp) has even Registered since the crash. Has anyone notified her of the problem?
I believe that Sato told her about the new start up. She was in the hospital for a long time. Doubt she is ready to start doing all the things she was involved in. We just hope one day she will be back with her great photography . Back able to do her traveling.
Sachiko is out of the hospital, but recovering and receiving some help. As Jeanne says, it will probably be awhile yet.
I happened to find beautiful blossoms of Rhododendron at the garden in our hospital while walking for rehabilitation training. Took a shot with my iPad mini camera as follows.
Sato, that is real beautiful....strange as I had just posted that I had bought a table lamp and the one I had chosen was the pink Rhododendron lamp....
How lovely, don't think any of our hospitals would think of planting flowers around to cheer patients up....our NHS hospitals all look so drab....nor have I ever found one that has a garden attached to it....
So delicate flower, how lovely. I am glad to see your appreciative eye caught that bloom and you could share it here. Thank you Sato. Keep on improving your health!
Sato I hope the rehabilitation is coming along for you, and pleased you took the time to send that beautiful photo.
That is a very beautiful flower and the greens, pinks and whites are so crisp! Thank you, Sato for taking the time to take the photo and share with us! I hope you are feeling and becoming better!
Sato, a little late but I wish you well in your hospital recuperating period, I can see that this flower, the lovely floral garden of your hospital, has already started your recovery process......
I enjoyed it so much thatI put it on my desktop, Sato.
Angel. I bet that does look nice on your Desktop. I keep a photo of this beautiful City park in my Home town in UK. They keep it beautiful. There is a Memorial in it showing on this photo with all the names of the Men killed in the 1st and 2nd wars. Lots of my family names on it.
There is a statue laying of a soldier and I was told when young that it was my uncle in the coffin there. Believed it for years. It was a unknown person
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Nice photo, Sato. You haven't lost your touch with your flower photography.
None of the pictures involved here are of my doing but might make some interesting viewing - especially the Photos/Videos "tab".
Below is a link to a local "park". It was the Estate of Samuel Untermeyer. Many beautiful gardens. In it's day it must have been a very beautiful place. The grounds were let go for years but in recent history they are putting effort into restoring it.
This is located on the Hudson River. In my youth I did spend some time roaming around the property. The main house is now gone but we did get into it a couple of times - trouble if we got caught.
Many thanks for your all kind comments on my recent only-one picture from hospital. I made a video including it and others, but my mobile router is limited in 7 GB to use a month and it has been already used this month. Have to wait till next month in order to send a heavy video file. Am going to send a slideshow video as soon as June start.
Sachiko saw her doctor the other day and was told she had become well enough. But she seems to have to take more rest for a while. I believe it won't be a long time until she's back here.
So P bubble, only just noticed your photos of Don...29th March....what a great photo, re, his 1500th radio show, now who ate all the cake? and who is " grumpy ".....Ah yes the dwarf, thought for a minute the other person was Don in disguise, sorry Don..... :-[ ;D but of course Don wasn't out there in March....
Sato, thank you for the update on Sachiko, I very much look forward to her coming back to join us.....I wish you both the very best in your medical recoveries...
Rick I took a tour of the estate, both photos and video. What a wonderful spot to visit. Oglebay is small by comparison, but of course it is in a small town of 28 thousand, and was simply the summer home of Earl Oglebay.
Sato, it is so good to hear from you. I hope your health is improving daily. It is nice to hear that Sachiko is feeling better and it will be good to hear from her. Your rhododendron picture is beautiful.
Rick, the Untermeyer estate is beautiful. In my youth I would loved to have seen it. Today? I couldn't walk far enough to enjoy it. It is great that such places are available for people to visit.
Rick, I agree with both Jack and MaryAnn! Lovely place!
Rick, Enjoyed the Untermyer gardens, especially Martha Stewart's video of the garden. The tour was interesting and the colors were lovely. Would love to visit it.
Sato, will be looking forward to your video and thanks for the information about Sachiko.
Quote from: jackwv on May 28, 2016, 08:51:45 am
Rick I took a tour of the estate, both photos and video. What a wonderful spot to visit. Oglebay is small by comparison, but of course it is in a small town of 28 thousand, and was simply the summer home of Earl Oglebay.
Jack, ------- "Small Town"? Maybe so, but often the larger Towns (City) don't have as much interest in their "inventory".
Rick and we are fortunate, Oglebay has a park commission, that operates the park. The city in fact is unable to make any decisions regarding its operation.
My camera is full of "fantastic"... (okay, just routine) photos but haven't had time to upload to the computer. Got the house painting & window cleaning done, pool cleaned out & filled (had to drain rain water out twice as it over flowed)... cleaned the grass carpet around it & birds promptly decorated it with the mulberries that are ripe now. :tickedoff: Got a fake owl to fix that! River is high, about as high as it's been in the 30 years we have lived here.
Sato, gorgeous photo and flower. I have not seen ANY blooming around here. Thanks for the news of Sachiko, please tell her we miss her when you talk to her next... and we've all missed you, as well.
Rick, I thoroughly enjoyed the link, looked all around. What a shame it was left to neglect for so long. I can see what would draw a kid to check it out, did some of that myself when young. We never thought of vandalizing anything back then, just curious... nosy... didn't have any place like that to go through. I grew up in a REAL small town ... about 30,000-35,000. The state fair grounds & a nice city park were my playgrounds. Thanks for the link.
Jean, the water lilies are what I remember most when we visited that area. Only water lilies I had ever seen before were in the "Highway Gardens" of the State Fair in my home town. I was fascinated with all in your area, we stayed in a campground near there but can't remember the name. Maybe Ft. Walton Beech? Is there such a campground? Nice facilities.
Jack, I can't think of any place like Oglebay in KS or MO that is open to the public ... especially without a fee. A shame they don't have a little camping area for travelers to stay overnight & see the flowers. I have said the same thing about no campgrounds "with a view" of the Flint Hills in KS. I never get tired of the wide open spaces along the turnpike going through the Flint Hills, but no place to stop & wait for early morning or late evening photos. I will get time to take photos off the camera soon, supposed to be more rain through the week.
This is a photo of our son with his 4th grandchild (and our 4th great grandchild). After 3 boys we were all very happy with a healthy little girl they have named Jasmine.
A gardenia blossom from our neighbor's gardenia bush that we see from our office window.
Love her name Jasmine.....I can see granddad is already completely truly smitten.... :smitten: ...Congratulations also, Great-Grand-Parents....
Jean that is wonderful, congratulations to all.
Congratulations Jean and family. I like the name Jasmine - also I like the scent of Jasmine.
We're up around 80 degrees now and I have the a/c going.
I wish I could smell that gardenia. It reminds me of our garden when I was a child.
Jasmine, :welcome: :hb3: Jean, I know how happy your son and you, ( and of course her parents!); are!
Gardenias and Lilies are my favorite flowers, thank you for that photo!
Congratulations Jean!! I like the name Jasmine.
I visited the irises garden in Yokosuka city, near our town, at the end of May last year. Next was one of the shots. Suppose the similar flowers are being now in bloom.
Sato, pretty iris, so dainty looking.
Jean. She is a cutey. Grandfathers really love those little girls. I always liked that Name. Not used to much now.
You are catching up now with the GGC. Think I am now with Number 8 all pretty close together.
Jean, I do think the men get more involved with their grandbabies than they had a chance to do with their own babies. He looks so at ease holding her... and what a sweet name! Handsome son and darling great, congratulations to all. Gorgeous gardenia, those leaves look so thick & healthy. Love the smell.
Sato, beautiful photo... and the iris almost looks like an orchid. I have a bed of Japanese iris, yellow & white, that just finished blooming.
Got all the cats taken care of, last "midnight snack" for each.... and I'm heading to bed. Having trouble getting caught up with normal chores that got pushed back to get the big stuff taken care of. Sweet dreams to all... Shirley
Jean and Larry, Congratulations on your new great-grand-daughter, little Jasmine. Love her name. What a great picture of your son and his new little daughter. Little boys are wonderful..... but a little girl is just special. I had 3 sons and now have 3 sweet little great-grand-daughters. Having a wonderful, healthy baby is most important.
Do you live close to them, or are they the ones who live in Silver Springs? Do hope you can get to see her soon?
Congratulations, again, to the whole family.
Thanks for all your comments. Sato, that was a lovely photo.
t is cute how the baby eagles are cleaning up their nest today. Each carry a piece of branch over to the side of the nest keeping the middle clean. Wonder if that is a way of keeping them selves from falling out of the nest. Making a wall.
It takes some "old dogs" awhile to learn new tricks. I've had quite a time with this new way of posting.
The other day we were talking about fiddleheads in the Soda Shoppe. Here's a picture of the fiddlehead pickles my granddaughter made. She's my "back to nature" girl. :)
Jean - Your great-granddaughter is beautiful! Nice looking Grandpa she has, too. I did a double take on your gardenia picture. I have one I took a few years ago that is very similar. I love them but haven't had good luck with my bush.
Sato - So nice to see you posting again. I hope you continue to have a good recovery.
Beverly good work now just repeat several times. The Pickles look great, had to look up the recipe.
Jack - I will be back! This has always been one of my favorite forums on S&F.
The cicada are now reaching their peak in our area. I had removed a large pin oak years back and they are trying to find other trees to climb. Several days ago I spotted several on my Cleveland Pear Tree. This morning I went out to record their sound and was shocked to see the number on my tree. They will only be around for about 2 months and then wait for 17 years (doubt I will see them again) Here is a photo of the trunk of my tree, and I then reached in with my iPhone and recorded several minutes of them and their sound. The link to the video is in that discussion.
Another kind of flower, BIYOU YANAGI, (its scientific name : Hypericum chinense var. salicifolia, maybe native in Japan or China) I happened to find on the way of my rehabilitation walking.
Sato, your photos are always beautiful!
I was able to register seniorsandfriends this morning.
It became late, but I can enroll in Seniorsandfriends and am glad that I can see the work of everybody.
I had heart failure on February 17 and was admitted to the hospital in Fukuyama.
I intended to undergo rehabilitation during hospitalization and took the photo of the cherry blossom which bloomed in the garden of the
hospital. The others that I take the medicine for the heart do not have the abnormality, and it can take a photograph to walk.
I walked the long corridor of the hospital with my physical therapist as rehabilitation in the morning and walked the garden of the hospital where cherry blossoms bloomed in the afternoon, intended to undergo rehabilitation and took the photograph of the cherry
I am hospitalized for two months and leave the hospital on April 27 and take a rest at home afterwards.
With my physical therapist
With my husband
Beverly, nice photo of your granddaughter's pickles!
Sato, another bright and beautiful flower!
Sachiko, so nice to have you back again and what lovely photos of the blossoming cherry tree and you and your husband and your physical therapist!
So pleased you are back. That is a beautiful cherry tree.. Hope to see you back with your camera soon.
Hurray! Sachiko is back! I am very glad to see you up and about; I hope that with the physical therapy you will soon feel back to your normal self.
What a beautiful BIYOU YANAGI Sato. Is that a bush? I love the vibrant yellow. It reminds me a little of the acacia tree that we have here.
Sato, gorgeous Spring colour yellow...looks very similar to our UK Buttercup.....Link....
Sachiko, a warm welcome back to the place you belong, our Photo room.......
How lovely, like Sato, to have flowers and pretty trees as you walk in the grounds of your hospital and its rehabilitation gardens....as far as I am aware, we don't have hospitals like that here in UK, perhaps in the private run hospitals but I am sure not in our NHS hospitals....but I can sure see how the beauty of colour and life, would help in ones recovery.....
You captured the Cherry blossom while it was at its best, in splendid full bloom....
angelface, junee, so_P_bubble, Vanilla-Jackie, thank you very much for your gentle comments! I am moved very much.
Sachiko it is wonderful having you back, but more importantly to hear you are recovering.
Sachiko, welcome bac. It is so nice to see your picture and the cherry tree pictures. Good to see you pictured with your husband and physical therapist. Keep on getting well.
Sato, such a pretty bush. I thought of buttercup, too, and the foliage looks familiar but not necessarily with the flower.
Sachiko welcome back, we have missed you. As Usual some beautiful pictures.
Sato, another lovely flower.
Sachiko, it is so good to know you are getting better. We have missed you and always enjoy your posts and your photos.
I was able to get some nice shots of Farrah's coloring and one of her with her cat grass for those who asked about it. It is a special grass that aids in their digestion. The photos are cropped close, she looks large. However while her limbs are long and her body solid, she is small. While the gray tabby markings are there, she also has the large stripes, small chevon markings, and "ruff" of an Abyssinian cat breed.
Angelface, Farrah has a healthy shiny coat....don't we just love, and need our furbabies...happy she has found her forever home....
Sachiko. Happy to see you back. Hope you are beginning to feel much better. Once settled back home and now that summer weather coming you will be back feeling your best again.
Get lots of rest. be pampered by husband. good walks. We all missed you and your camera.
Patricia, Farrah is beautiful and I like your bringing the grass inside for a treat.
angel - Farrah is beautiful! Her markings are very much like my orange and white tabby, except that Farrah looks fluffier, with more of a ruff. Definitely a tabby face! :)
Beverly, your gr-daughter did a beautiful job canning, my mother would be singing her praises for having them look so nice. I would love to taste one.
Jack, I am shuddering at the sight of so many "bugs" on one tree! I've never seen anything like that. I'm anxious to see the video & know yours sound like the ones around here...or if they have a north-eastern accent. ;) What to they eat/live on all those years & even as the show up like this?
Wonderful to see you back, Sachiko! What a long time to spend in the hospital, did you have surgery or what procedures do they use most for heart patients in Japan? In this part of the US having by-pass or valve replacement is done almost routinely, my 8 day stay was long by most comparisons. Because my husband was so weak I did not go back for rehab, but I do think it is very important and necessary. Happy to see you & your photos ... and husband again. It does take quite a while to get strength back, my thoughts & prayers for your complete recovery.
Sato, another gorgeous flower that I have never seen before. You have not lost your touch for finding beauty where ever you are. My first thought to compare with is the buttercup that grows in my berm, not blooming yet, and not nearly as large. I see Jackie posted a link to the buttercup, that is what I have.
Patricia, I came to see your Farrah before & forgot to leave a message here. I'd love to know what kind of grass you planted so I can offer my furbabies some. I noticed that Tom & Tiger are searching for some this year, that they used to find on the river bank... they don't eat what grows in my yard but can't seem to find what they are looking for. I do give them the dry food that has grass in it but all of them like to munch. When I had short, stripped ornamental grass that I brought in with some flowers & sat on the floor in the entry hall, I discovered Lauren thought it was just for her & would munch as long as it was there! That type grass is so invasive I got it all pulled out so nothing left for her to eat. Farrah is very unusual & pretty.
Cat grass is a special type of grass that nowadays is grown primarily for cats. It helps clean out their stomach and helps with their digestion, similar to our Rolaids or Tums. I found the seeds at a gardening center, but you can probably look it up on the internet. Amazon, or in places where seed packets are sold.
Jack, Mary Ann, halkel, FlaJean, JeanneP, Shirley, thank you very much for your comments. I am moved very much. And I thought that it was good to take the photos at the hospital during my hospitalization.
angeface, Farrah is beautiful!
Sachiko, I will add my greetings along with all the others in welcoming you back. You surely have been missed.
I am so happy to see you looking well and getting stronger every day. That was a long siege in the hospital. My very best wishes for a very quick recovery back to being able to do all the things you love to do. Beautiful pictures of the cherry trees in your hospital garden.
Continue good health for the future.
Jessie likes certain types of grass and will walk around the park and pick some out. Posting her favorite, right at the start of our walk. No idea the type, but she just picks a few blades and is ready to move on. No problem for me waiting, am posting my view while she eats. Both photos taken this evening.
Farrah is just beautiful,great shot looking right at us. I follow all the cat talk as daughter upstairs got a new one,born Xmas Eve, is a British Blue and called Bonnie. Comes downstairs to visit me and entertains. Think she has tried every hidey hole but now comes over if I put my hand down the side of the chair. Must tell Jen about the cat grass..is that what they call catnip?
Joy, thank you very much for your gentle comment. I caused heart failure and fell down right in front of my husband on February 17, so my husband is anxious whether I fall down again. I have many things I'd like to do, but I'd like to decide not to make him worry.
Jack, Jessie is always lovable!
After cherry blossoms were scattered, wisteria, azalea bloomed in this garden.
Sachiko, beautiful wisteria, sadly due to recently moving home we left our over the garage hanging wisteria behind which when in flower was the most delightful of sights....
I do love seeing trees and greenery, we have so much around our parkhome site....and our new home, we have several flowering shrubs all around, to our front, sides and along the length of our back garden...
Sachiko, you done nothing to bring on your heart failure, please don't put the blame on yourself.....
Thank you all for your comments on Farrah! Jack, dogs like grass because it settles their stomach. Wonderful photo of Jesse and of the park, love the red bush!
Junee, thanks, catnip is an herb and cat grass is a special type of grass that cats are drawn to. Did you know that Spider plants have the same effect on cats as catnip?
The wisteria, flowers, and plants are lovely!
Jack wv, love seeing your Jessie again, yes dogs do tend to like and eat grass, guess its a medicine to them....oh and she is a fussy eater, she has her favourite in grass...she sure knows what she likes... ;)
Vanilla-Jackie, angerface, thank you very much for your comments. Wisteria is planted in the garden of my grandfather and is a good old flower since I was young for me.
Sachiko, thank you and again how happy we are to see you back, and your lovely photos.
Jackie, My Jessie may be picky with her choice of grass but she will eat almost everything, now even the cicada.
Patricia, the bush is Barberry, Berberis Crimson I have them in front and the rear of my home. Like them since they have thorns and the deer will not eat them.
Jack I used to have a dog who loved crickets and would go out and eat them under our street light and then come in and throw them up on the living room rug......ugh, yuke.
Oh Hal !
Patricia, have enjoyed reading about your trials and successes with Farrah. Nice photos. She is a real beauty. Interesting name you gave her. Sachiko, such lovely photos you took and so glad you are improving.
We inherited two hydrangea bushes and they are beginning to bloom. We were wondering what the color would be and now we know. :)
Hal, I thought Jessie was just playing with a cicada the other day, but nope, she ate it. They will not poison a pet but too many may cause problems so I am keeping them clear of the patio. Several locals have cooked and eaten them, I will not join in. Was just out watering several spots on the lawn that I repaired and planted grass. When I do I turn the hose on the pear tree to wash off/chase the cicada, hoping at least some will move on. Pretty wild when they take off, they do not attack but some land on me. My last trip one landed on my right shoulder and another squeaking one landed on my ear. Good thing they did not decide to meet in the middle of my empty head :)
Jean, the hydrangea blossom is so pretty, ours do not last long, I would get out the snippers and put them in a vase to enjoy inside.
Jack, I would love to see some of that here but it is probably not a good plant for the arctic! With a four foot by five foot recessed balcony, facing northwest, there is not a lot I can put out there.
I did buy an African daisy the other day which was lavender with white interiors. This next blooming, on the same plant, are white. I did see several planted herbs quite large, chives, different basils, marjoram, and thyme. I have herb seed packets that I might give away and buy the planted ones! I know that's cheating.... ::)
You can keep your cicadas down there if you will. We have noseeums, an extremely tiny biting fly/bug that loves to get you in the woods. Mosquitos aren't that great either.
The lady down and across from us was putting out some blue hydrangeas yesterday, quite nice to look down on from here! Yours are so pretty, Jean!
Jean, thank you very much!
Your hydrangea is very beautiful!
I walked this long corridor of the hospital every day to become able to walk. There was the parking lot for the patient and azalea bloomed on the other side of the door.
Sachiko, I'll bet you were the prettiest patient there. Nice place for azaleas so you could see them.
Sachiko I hope we will soon see you walking some of the tours you have taken us on, and paths I would never climb.
Mary Ann, Jack, thank you very very much for your comments!
But, Jack, I am sorry, I who suffered from heart failure cannot climb the mountain anymore. Iâ€™ll find different pleasure.
Sachiko, it is not often I see a patient inside a hospital with such a wide smile on their face.....it does sound like they took great care of you...I also notice how clinically clean and spacious your corridor looked....and they certainly cater for the masses of cars....I am assuming this corridor was a separate building away from the main hospital, but good thought on their part to grow flowers on their premises, they must have realised the colours and fragrances do wonders for patients morale....
Thanks, Patricia, I will check local for the seeds & then Amazon. My cats are eating a lot of "people" fresh hamburger, or other beef, canned white meat chicken, rotissery chicken, egg & Chicken of the Sea salmon... along with Friskies canned meats & dry "Indoor Delights Complete". They would eat all day & night if I let them.
Jack, Jessie looks so pretty, her fur really is beautiful. I'm sort of surprised they don't have vines growing on that "arbor", but cleaning it off would be a nightmare & it is so striking as is.
Sachiko, your wisteria is so much fuller, more colorful, than what I have. I love to look at the thick ropes of trunk growing & braiding as it goes up the tree. We planted about 6 or 8 azaleas one year and not a one survived our cold winters.
Jean, your hydrangea bush is gorgeous! My mother never had them but a friend of hers had some in front of her house.. massive big blue blooms. Lucky you!
Sachiko, the hall I walked in the hospital looked just like that. I did fine the first 3 days and then they put me on a pill for A-fib that caused me to quit progressing, could not walk half as far as I did the first day. My husband was the one that realized what my problem was after I got home, so worked it out of my system & been fine ever since. You look great... !
My-MY... way past my bedtime, for sure!
Sachiko, that long corridor looks just like the one in the San Francisco hospital where I had surgery. I suppose all modern hospital are build on the same model all over the world. But they did not have that "TV screen" on the ceiling to show directions. :)
Here too they have a rack with sanitizing lotion at the door of every room, to kill hands germs.
You look great and with keeping your morale high I am sure you will improve very fast.
Here is little Aviv with his bonfire. This is Lag B'Omer festival in Israel and bonfires are lit all over the country. Google it for more details!
So P bubble, is this the same little boy I once saw you holding in your arms, or crawling around on the floor playing with toys?.... my, he is growing up into a fine young man now........
( Anniversary of death )....... customs and practices......" While the Counting of the Omer is a semi-mourning period, all restrictions of mourning are lifted on this 33rd day of the Omer. As a result, weddings, parties, listening to music, and haircuts are commonly scheduled to coincide with this day among Ashkenazi Jews. Families go on picnics and outings. Children go out to the fields with their teachers with bows and rubber-tipped arrows. Tachanun, the prayer for special Divine mercy on one's behalf is not said, because when God is showing one a "smiling face," so to speak, as He does especially on the holidays, there is no need to ask for special mercy....."
Vanilla-Jackie, Shirley, so_P_bubble, thank you very much for your comments! When I fell down by heart failure and slept for one month and just began rehabilitation, what walked that long corridor was serious. But I was very glad when I became able to walk as for several laps.
so_P_bubble, Aviv became a handsome boy. Thank you about Lag B'Omer festival.
Vanilla, Aviv is growing like a weed! It is fun to see his mind develop with him being so curious.
Sachiko, your hospital corridors are very familiar, look just like ours! I'm so glad you are back with us and feeling so much better
Bubble, Aviv is certainly not a baby, not a toddler anymore! He looks very self-confident!
Bubble. Now do those fires burn during the Day. it looks very close to the cars. Looks like it would be better on a Cold day but then could not picnic. He sure looks well prepared. Getting so big. Are schools now closed for the summer break. Where were you when this was happening?
The bonfires are usually at night and for the whole night. This one was outside the kindergarten, for those younger kids and thus not so late. Once the fire is les fierce, they throw foil wrapped potatoes and onions in it and have a feast once they are done. Of course their faces are all blackened after that!
Schools close on June 30 until Sept 1st.
I did not go out that night: smell of smoke is overwhelming all over town. The firemen are driving around all the time, watching...
I remember Guy Fawkes day in UK Growing up. We also would keep the bonfires going all night. Always on the lot next to my Grandmothers house. She would make the treacle and Black beans. We never wrapped our potatoes and onions. Just threwNo them in the fire. (Doubt there was foil paper back then) . At least not on cheap rolls like now.
Like everything else I believe that now there are laws about having big bonfires in UK. Have to get a special License as building are not so close together. Cars parked on the streets.
We used to have bonfires going in the summer during Golden Days, the 4th and the Solstice but since the drought beginning in 2004, even trash burning has been outlawed with hefty fines and jail sentences.
You cannot even go up a river and have a campfire burning on a sandbar without finding a permit. We live amidst a huge arboreal forest in the Interior and earlier fires have been devastating. Six million acres in 2015 and "The latest acreage estimate for the Medfra Fire as of late Wednesday night was 10,488 acres. The fire is burning approximately 50 miles northeast of McGrath and is actually two fires that have merged into one. The Medfra and Berry Creek fires, both of which started a few miles apart on Sunday as a result of holdover fires from 2015, merged sometime Tuesday night."
We have sixty holdover fires burning fom 1015.
One good foil wrapped supper has always been placing potatoes, carrots and squash slices and placing them on the edges of that campfire, while cooking the fish or meat on that fire.
Our school year has always been Labor Day through Memorial Day, but I think the University graduates get out earlier.
angelface, thanks a lot for your comment. I'm very happy I can post my photo here.
These are hydrangeas in my garden.
Sachiko the Hydrangeas are beautiful. Hope you are able to spend more time in that beautiful garden of yours.
Beautiful flowers, Sachiko! I've heard what you put in the soil to make them blue but what do you use to get the lavender color? Maybe now they are hybrid .... I answered my question with a Google search. I have never grown them but will think about it for next year. Your photos are so sharp & pretty color, I am always curious which camera, phone or pad each uses. I still only think camera when I want to take a photo.
I had to go back a page to see that darling grandson, Bubble. He is growing so fast, same with my gr-grandson the same age (I think). Is he good with the various phones & pads & computers... mine uses one like an old timer, I just sit & watch in awe.
Interesting holiday.... I think one of the things my oldest son enjoys most is the evening bonfire when out camping. When the boys were 12 & 14 and I took them out to the mountains they would chop wood all day for the fire. Back then (40+ years ago) dead trees in the campground would be marked with an orange tag that could be cut down. They learned the safe way & still love to sit by a fire but now we buy the logs from the camp hosts... they don't want carried in wood because of bugs (at least that is the excuse).
Jack, Shirley, thank you very much for your comments.
It is Smartphone of Docomo that I use recently. But I have Canon EOS, Canon G7X, too.
Sachiko, those hydrangeas are so pretty. So glad you are posting again. You were missed very much. Larry and I never had much luck with hydrangeas in the past, but the two we inherited here at our new home are very healthy and good colors.
This link shows my "backyard." I live just to the upper right of this small park right at the edge of town. You can see a bit of the foothills that surround the town and help keep out the bad weather and moisture.
They rarely turn the fountain on anymore except for holidays and special events.
Sachiko, I agree with all comments on your pictures of hydrangeas.
angelface, what a beautiful park you live by!! I like your "backyard".
Jean, Sato, thank you very much for your comments. I am very happy I can post my photo here.
I took a lot of photo of the cherry blossoms in the hospital during my hospitalization. And I took the photos of the flowers in my garden in various ways after having left the hospital. Therefore I can make those videos. Iâ€™ll make those videos soon.
Patricia, great view, would love to have it outside my window.
Ah, Patricia, that is a gorgeous view. One of my brothers spent time in Fairbanks, he was working on the ecology changes caused by the pipeline. My other brother was stationed at the base in Anchorage. A cousin owned a trucking fleet from CA to Fairbanks. As you know, Alaska is the main place I've wanted to travel to, before my husband died he suggested I take our daughter & go on a tour. But that is not what I've dreamed of, I want to live it & drive the whole way. Sadly, probably won't happen but will not give up that dream. Bought the 2nd new RV in hopes but too many problems between here & there. I met a lady online that spent about 2 & 1/2 months traveling from their home in eastern lower states to Alaska, that's what I would consider "ideal". Love your view & love seeing what you see. Thanks!
I didn't get much sleep last night... maybe 2 hours... so am ready to try to do better tonight. Got lots of jobs done & just remember one I forgot.... to turn off the pool pump! Better run before it gets too dark~
That is a beautiful view.
Shirley, I spent nine days in Alaska in 2006 and loved it. It wasn't as nice as traveling around on my own but it was the only way we could see the state. We started at Anchorage, drove to Denali, then to Fairbanks, down to Valdez and back to Anchorage. We stayed more than one night in most places. It rained daily but that didn't stop us. We were not able to see Denali, but we were in the area. Jim did take a helicopter ride up there, but it was not visible from that location. I think tours allow you to see some places that individuals might not have access to. Anyway, I loved it.
Good afternoon, it has been raining, but now the sun is trying to come out. Still a little cool, in the 60's
Sachiko, good to see you looking so well. When I lived in southampont, NY we had wistaria growing acroos the front porch. I now live in a mobile home, but at 92 I cannot get out and garden like I use too. My hydrangea bush did not do well through the winter, it looks kind of sad. Maybe I should just cut it back.
Jack, Jessie is a beutiful dog. My son use to have one that looked like your Jessie,
Shirley, my husband gave me and azalea for Mother's Day 32 years ago. It came in a small pot, now it is beautiful and it is taller then me. that is not saying much as I am 4.10 :)
Patricia the view you have is just beautiful, and I love the clouds formation.
Bubble, Avivi is growing into such a young man.
Lindancer, thank you very much for your kind comment. The care of the flower becomes great when we get old. I take the photo of flowers and become able to post it here, and I think happily.
ã€€While I spent time for heart failure in my bed, the rose in my garden, the Princess Marguerite has grown so much.
Sachiko, a beautiful rose. It is so nice to have you back with us.
Sachiko, such a pretty rose. Does it have much scent?
A beautiful rose. Are they the roses used for your Rose jam?
Sachiko, happy to see you are back and I hope you feel better and better each day.....trish
Jack, Mary Ann, Jean, SnowWitch, thank you very muh for your comments.
Jean, It is Crimson Gglory of the red rose that I cook jam.
But a flower does not bloom as I plant it in my garden in Fukuyama from Yokohama this year.
These are photos of the last year.
SnowWitch, thank you very much! I was not able to post my photo here as three months, but I can post it now and I am very happy.
Sachiko, I remember those photos, so beautiful! And I remember because we both have the same china pattern.
angelface, thank you very much for your comment. Is that so? This is tea set made of Royal Albert in England. I have some tea sets, but use this set when I give rose jam.
I inherited that set, from my mother who received it from an aunt along with another set having yellow roses, but porcelain. It is Royal Doulton with the yellow roses.
Sachiko, such a beautiful tea setting and you couldn't have chosen better with your choice of Royal Albert tea plates......I too remember these photos.....
I too have a fondness of roses, we had roses at our old home, but I don't see any here in our new home....maybe time to plant one or two....
angelface, Vanilla-Jackie, thank you very much.
I also cooked rose jam in 2014 and in 2013. I serve it in different tableware each.
The rose jam which I cooked in 2014
When I got married, my parents presented this set.
The rose jam which I cooked in 2013
When I visited Nymphenburg castle, I bought these Nymphenburg ware.
All the dish patterns are pretty, but I especially like the Nympenburg pattern. I like the simple and delicate pattern.
So many lovely patterns. When I was young and when I was growing up, everyone it seemed, collected sets of china, or in some cases, simply beautiful teacups.
Does anyone remember why cups were shaped as they were? Teacups were wide to cool the beverage while coffee cups were narrow to save the heat.
"Originally hot chocolate was a breakfast drink made from unsweetened chocolate mixed with cream, a mix beaten into a thick paste. Just before serving, sugar and hot frothy milk were added. To accommodate demand, in the second half of the eighteenth century the morning chocolate cup was larger than a coffee cup or teacup.
However, the thick paste was slow to pour, and at social affairs in the afternoon, hot chocolate was served in small narrow cups about 3 inches in height by 2 Â½ inches in diameter. The companion saucer measured approximately 4 inches across."
I spent twelve enjoyable years working in an import-export shop and learned not only about cup styles, but also the difference between china and porcelain. And how to tell the porcelain's country of origin by the amount of gold used.
Crimson Glory is my favourite rose. I have always had a allergy to most flowers from being a Child. Makes it so hard for me. Can't have them in my house or close on the outside. Can't go into funeral homes or churches if a wedding. So now can find the Silk flowers that are so real looking. However for my birthday one year a friend bought and planted for me a Crimson Glory rose bush at the end of my front yard. 35 ft away. It seemed to be dead for about 5 years after the first bloom. Now this year it is just beautiful , full of blooms. Never has anything done to it.
Jean, angelface, JeanneP, thank you very much for your comments. I enjoy my tea break with each set.
Unfortunately, my Crimson Glory died. I must bring it up once again.
Sachiko, they have a new Photo Challenge "Singing in the rain" Now it is for photos not video but once again I just took a look at the video you made of drawings, to the music Singing in the rain, it was excellent. You might post the link in the slideshow discussion.
Jack, thank you very much about my video of â€œSinging in the rainâ€.
It was about five years ago that I made the video of â€œSachikoâ€™s Singing in the Rainâ€, and I looked for my site and Vimeo site and at last was able to find it. I posted the link in the slideshow discussion.
And I found the video of My teapots.
I'll post it here.
Sachiko, that is a wonderful collection, and I am sure they remind you of your travels. You, no doubt, have many photos and slide shows that you seldom view but when you come across one it also brings back the memories.
Sachiko, such beautiful tea sets. I have a few teapots that I collected over the years, no cups, just the teapots. And I don't drink much tea!
Beautiful tea pots sets. I, too, love pretty china ware. I have several sets of dishes packed away that were my mother's and they are real pretty designs. I should get them out and try to sell them or see if my grand daughter would like either of them. The younger generation just do not seem to like china or silverware. I also have a complete set of Stieff silverward with service for 12, with several serving pieces that they do not make anymore. None of my 3 sons or their wives are that interested in them. Someday, somebody will have to decide what to do with them.
Thanks for sharing your collection, Sachiko.
Joy, I have a similar problem. I bought my silver when a 6-piece setting cost $27.50. Today a 4-piece setting is over $100. I used to use it occasionally, but don't now. When Norm was in Germany, he sent me some china dishes, service for 8. I already had my folks' china that they had received as a wedding present in 1922. That set is not complete but it does extend my good china. I am going to let the family decide after I am gone. I've tried to make a list of all family things so my family will know the history of what they are disposing of!
When I worked at Xanadu, which was both an Alaskan art gallery and import-export store, I purchased many paintings, (actually prints, but some are signed by the artists), and Russian porcelain sets and Lomonosove animal figures and of course the netsukes and nesting dolls. I also purchased on layaway, some large Italian music boxes and many, many, many pairs of earrings.
All of that is gone now, sold long ago except for the china, earrings, and prints. This summer, I will finally be donating all my work clothes and costume jewelry to a shop for those needing such on low incomes. The china will be sold because it is not used and I have no one to give it too. I'm at the age where so much is just stored and perhaps someone, somewhere may make use of it.
The paintings, 23 in total are too personal to me and I will leave that to others to decide. I remember my mother's varied collections she treasured, but we did not and my father's vast tool collection. It was hard for the three of us to go through and decide and I do not want that for those who come after.
I won't have that problem anymore: the thieves that broke in last summer took all my mother's jewelry as well as my collection of earrings. I had left only the pair I was wearing and the few I had given Illy.
I don't have any silverware, and just two valuable paintings.
I am so sorry!
I had a break in over 40 years now, but I still remember the simple, senseless vandalism and my missing television! It turned out to be teenagers and I received my TV back after three months saying the parents had sent them out of state and it was worth more than the robberies to go after them . That to me was another robbery.
Sachiko, I enjoyed seeing your collection. Such pretty tea sets.
Jack, Mary Ann, Joy, angelface, bubble, Jean, thank you very much for your comments.
I have some tableware for Tea and the coffee. But tableware for the Japanese tea is different each in Japan, and I have toward a lot more.
I am very glad that I have everybody watch this video thanks to suggestion of Jack.
This seems to be the place for a few Landscapes so I thought I would post a couple from our 15,030 mile camping trip last Summer. This is looking down through Yosemite Vally to the Half Dome. Sort of spoke to us, at the rime. Which there never is enough of. :)
J R that is special, welcome to Seniors. Also just took a look at your bird photo, both photos are great and like the frames.
Great photo, Johnny!
J R WEEMS, wonderful photo! And splendid mountain! I climbed Japanese mountains, Swiss Alpine mountains and the Himalayan mountains, but, as for me, mind to climb on this mountain does not get up.
Welcome, J.R. Beautiful photo of Half-Dome. It brought back lovely memories of when I was a teen and visited Yosemite with my parents. It is a very special place.
I agree, Sachiko. I like to look at the mountains but the thought of climbing them never enters my mind. :)
JR great mountain photo, what what a steep face it has. I shudder to even think someone would try to climb it.
Welcome to S&F!
If these great mountains could talk, what a story they would tell.....
Terrific photo, J.R.!
I must have a collection of at least 35 Teapots as have collected them for over 65 years. Most have come from UK. Also have my mums china horses. 100year and more along with my Aunts collection of Brass things again over a 100 years. Have some Japanese rice bowls a set of 6 with the china spoon. These from 1890s and also some Enoch Woods plates going back to 1749 according to date stamp. Have small clock under a globe from 1700s also. Works good but has a key so you wind it 24 hours I believe. To much trouble. Now these I would like to be able to take back to UK for the museum in my home town. But the Museum here in this town have some of the same plates only theirs done by the son of the one did mine so dated 1780. They would like to have them. When it comes to silverware. China from the past 70 years here in the US. No one will buy it from you anymore. Prices really low. Antique shops won't even take it. Have some Teak wood African Carvings that would be a easy sell but Grandson will take it and my Beer Steins I have collected.
My daughters. Granddaughter none are interested in any thing older than pretty current years. I get sad when I looks at all the things I have enjoyed collecting .But have to just think that had pleasure of doing it.
Bubble. Sad to hear that yours were taken. I think if anyone broke into my place they would not take the old but just the Tech stuff that they can sell right away. Such a lot of break ins here but my area not been bothered. One house and he was a gun collector. Had about 25 but I think it was a grandson that had friends do that breakin.
A visitor under my Cleveland Pear tree. We have several running around, hope they like Cicada's
Nice photo, Jack. How did you get him (or her) to pose?
Jean I took that photo standing on the patio, probably 25 feet away. Used the Zoom on the camera. The photo was not cropped or adjusted, the camera did good. I did take several steps in his/her direction but it took off running.
That rabbit looks big. If I happen to see any in my yard they are so small. Same with the few squirrels I get.
JeanneP I thought it was a young one, but unable to get close, the camera was zoomed in close so it looks larger.
I haven't had a chance to check in here lately, come & read the posts but before I can type a post the phone rings or someone is due to stop by... do not know where the time goes.
Gorgeous photo, JR... or as Pat called you, "Johnny"... That is one area I haven't gotten to see yet... and so very special. I love camping but now have a 28' RV because I have to take my husbands 3 feral cats along since he died 3 years ago. They are not happy campers... one gets car sick. Biggest problem is they are nocturnal & I don't get a lot of sleep unless I stay in one place during the day & sleep with them. My 2 sons & I are going to CO, camping along the Divide only I have to sleep about 8,000' since heart surgery. No problem going up during the day. I took the boys by myself when they were 12 & 14 & they are in their 50s now. My husband hated camping so we agreed that he played golf all year & I got a week off for a trip to CO & several trips to MO Lake of the Ozarks each year. Nice to meet someone who camps!
Pat, good to see you, how are you doing?
Jack, that is a great shot of your bunny... we have lots & lots around here but not as photogenic as yours. My neighbors would love for me to quit feeding the cats so much so they would do more hunting. Besides my 3, I feed 2 more that come for meals every day. I kidded one of the neighbors that "if they fed the bunnies maybe they would quit eating their flowers & garden"... He didn't think that was funny. :idiot2: I had one dead cicada in the pool this week... but haven't heard them or seen any live ones. I don't think they show up here until fall.
I didn't walk the cats down to the river this evening... was still 90 degrees about 7:00 pm. Heat wears me out, and I am sleepy. Sweet dreams to all. Shirley
Jack, wonderful! You were able to photograph it so clearly.
When I looked at my backyard, one cosmos bloomed. Though the cosmoses are small and still June.
Sachiko, oh that Cosmos looks so sad, hope it wont be long before it has some company....
I loved that bunny - I wish we had some here, or even squirrels: they are so much fun to watch.
That cosmos is so delicate, so perfect in all ways with the regularly spaced stamens and petals, the pastel coloring. Splendid! A great close-up Sachiko.
Vanilla-Jacke, bubble, thank you very much for your comments. The cosmos blooms in Japan in October from August. And this is the first time that it blooms in a so low state.
Several years ago I once bought some chocolate cosmos, planted it in our back garden, only for a short time afterwards, before it had time to fully blossom, my other half pulled it up as a weed.... :knuppel2: even to this day I keep reminding him, " I once had a chocolate cosmos...."
Shirley. My husband hated any outdoor things. I have always loved camping,fishing hiking. Still do. His idea of roughing it was a "Holiday Inn"
Would not be doing any of it this weekend here as it is going to be 94 deg today and 101 on Sunday. Will be a busy Electricity for the area A/C hope they hold up. I will not be going out in it.
Jack, another perfect photo, and great bunny shot! They and the hares are trouble here as well as beavers, moose and bears getting into the gardens. The joys of being forest bound.
Sachiko, so lovely to have you back again and seeing all your garden shots again! You really have a creative photographic eye!
Yesterday on my walk I noticed the daisies, Irises, and wood roses are out as are the bees. I always wonder if the Daises and Irises simply got away from their yards and spread, but a University friend says, no, they've always been wild. We also have chamomile, wild carrots and wild onions and the Asian women are out with their grandchildren and gathering bags.
JeanneP In our travels, years back, roughing would be a Holiday Inn without a heated pool (prior to indoor pools)
Patricia, we just have the deer and rabbits, a terror with gardens but usually safe to have around.
Bubble only a few squirrels around, but lots of deer.
During my walk, I met several visitors from out of our area. Told them I would like to take video of several of them doing the cicada dance :D While talking several would land on them and boy the reaction!
Just in from our 2nd walk today. The tulips are gone at Oglebay, but the new plants coming in and the hanging baskets.
Our TV weather man just told us it is 94 deg outside. No going out for me. Was touched by watching the Funeral and showing all the thousand of people attending the Memorial. Lots of people got up and spoke . How the people of his home town gave him send of.
Ex. President Clinton looked so tired but gave a good Memorial of knowing him. Billy Chrystal was so good.
From the older category-- everyone wants the falls out here, I chose something different. As a copy hangs on the living room wall, this photo changes with different light- almost like something 3D-- Just one I never get tired of. Been here 3 times, the first in 1959 and twice the last few years. Would love to get out in the Winter but am just too darn old. :)
Not a soul around when I stopped to take this, no sooner than I did and there was a State Trooper pulling up wanting to know what the ---- I was doing. :)
Hello Everyone - It's truly been a great blessing for me to finally be able to access this site. I've been trying for a long time and don't know if it was something wrong with my computer or the Irish "trouble makers" messing with my computer.
It surely is a pleasure to read the recent posts and note the comments RE the gardens and the beautiful plants which were mentioned. We live in Concord, North Carolina and today have been cautioned about degrees in the 90's. Sure hope that does not mean that some of our beautiful blooms are going to succumb to the high temps.
So far this season, I've enjoyed the earlier Iris plants adjacent to our side yard, smaller Purple and White tiny blooms on the other side of the Porch (gifts from our next-door neighbor) and lovely bright red blossoms, which my son planted for me prior to his recent departure to Korea, where he will serve two years as an Army Chaplain. In his brief email upon arrival, he inquired "Mom, how are MY new plants doing? Do they miss me?"
I'm not the gardener here, but surely enjoy reading the posts and the descriptions of the plants enjoyed by all Friends here. I'll be back again soon if my computer cooperates!
Jack, Oglebay! It is the place that feels nostalgic for it for me. And it is always beautiful.
J R WEEMS, these are wonderful photos. Because I climbed mountains with my husband more than 50 years, I am interested in the photo of the mountain.
As hydrangeas in Jinguji temple that there was by car from my home to 20 minutes were in full bloom, I visited with my husband.
Absolutely beautiful blooms. Now I see that the buds open all around before the central ones. Very interesting. Are they all in posts and containers?
Lovely Sachiko, and hope your are able to get out a bit.
Enjoy all the photos. Sachiko, our two hydrangeas we inherited are full of blooms and such deep colors. Must be this soil.
JR, enjoy especially the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone. We were there in Sept. 2003 and loved every minute of our time there.
Sachiko, It is good that you can get out now and take a few photo's and find beauty so close to home. A hour a day outside will help a lot.
Sachiko, such lovely blooms and so crisp! I enjoyed seeing them!
My lacecap hydrangeas are in bloom, too, but they aren't nearly as big and beautiful as those in your photo, Sachiko. My neighbors have the mop cap (or mop head) hydrangeas and they are very beautiful this year. For some reason, here in central North Carolina, none of the hydrangeas bloomed at all last ear. It's nice to see them back.
Have all who watched the Eagles noticed that they have now left the Nest. I think on the B shot it shows them in the Trees.
Very good crowd out at the beach today also.
bubble, Jack, Jean, JeanneP, angelface, Phyllis, thank you very much for your comments. Most hydrangeas are near full bloom, and I think we visited there at the best time.
The site of this temple was large, and many hydrangeas bloomed.
But I have been tired a little when I walked for one hour while I being attracted by the beauty of the hydrangea, and taking photos.
What a beautiful walk you had. I think you are already looking much better than the photo from the hospital. Just do a little every day. Rest when you feel like you need it. Eat the good food I am sure is being made for you. We know you will recover well fast. Back making those videos that we always looked forward to.
Sachiko, I so agree with your following of Doctors recommendation, re, your diet for your heart but you must eat to remain at a good and steady body weight, otherwise I fear you may become too weak, ( apologies if I am coming across as too personal ) and that will take its toll on your walking to see all those beautiful flowers and plants......Beautiful hydrangea's....at our old address we had a large planter pot, side of house which used to change colour from pink, purple to a blue.....sadly again that planter pot got left behind.....but we do have some beautiful flowers, plants and shrubs here at our new home, and it sure is a surprise, seeing what next we have that comes into bloom...
JeanneP, Vanilla-Jacke, thank you very much for your suggestions and others that are full of the heart kindly.
Lovely photos, Sachiko. They are really large hydrangeas.
jean, thank you very much! 3,000 hydrangeas of 80 kinds are in full bloom in Jinguji temple.There were the hydrangeas which I had never seen so far.
When I got up in this morning, and I looked at my garden, it was seen that a lot of Princess Marguerites which I uploaded in Reply #501 bloomed. I took the photos at once. But, I cut it and arranged it in my vase as all flowers became near the full bloom.
Your roses are so pretty, Sachiko. One of my favorite flowers.
Sachiko, that is such a pretty rose, so dainty and delicate. Even though you cannot take trips, you have a lovely yard of flowers and you can walk in your own yard.
I hope others were able to see the freighter leaving Grand Haven this morning. I think there is only one place to go - the Aggregate Company - but I'm not sure. I'll ask Tom because he spent a lot of his youth at Grand Haven when Norm and his first wife had a boat at one of the marinas.
MaryAnn, I saw it and was very surprised to see it leave via the tugboats. I wasn't expecting to see it there. I posted about it in B&T.
Sachiko, you walk in beauty and I envy you. Such lovely hydrangeas and now those roses!
Patricia, I thought I made that post in B&T. I'm glad you saw it.
It must be cold up in Deluth as all the people on the walkway wearing heavy clothing to day. Also looks like the water is coming over the area. Lake is high.
Jean, Mary Ann, angelface, JeanneP, thank you very much for your comments.
Mother of my husband planted the flowers in the garden in Fukuyama. And it is wonderful that they bloom every year. I take those photos and it is wonderful that they bloom every year.
Sachiko. Now I like the way you say it. "Mother of my Husband". Do all say that in Japan'
I never did like the way it is in US and I believe UK also. It is "My mother in Law" Always sounded like it was a Legal Thing to me. Like when you married a man you had to consider his mother your mother.
JeanneP, I'm sorry! I learned mother of my husband at school with My mother in Low, too. Thank you very much.
Princess Margaret of the rose which I arranged in my vase, I put it on the table in our living room.
They look perfect in that small vase. Love those pillows. Are they machine done or hand. Like the colours.
Sachiko, lovely roses in a lovely living room!
Sachiko, I like the way you have arranged the roses so each one can be seen. Those pillows are lovely.
An evening begins in ARCHES NATIONAL PARK, UTAH -- GOD's handy work in HD. :)
That is A beautiful Area. I love all of the Western part of the US. Need to get back there again.
JeanneP, angelface, Jean, thank you very much for your comments!
I bought these two pillows. And, about this table center, I embroidered it on a thin hemp cloth by my hand by embroidery thread made in France.
J R Weems, wonderful scenery! I have visited the Western U.S. only once. I remembered the scenery.
JRWeems, you have taken such beautiful pictures, the colors are outstanding. Yesterday I watched a program about our National Parks, it was so interesting.
When i was in Las Vegas about 25 years ago, I had a chance to go to the Grand Canyon or on the Colo. River gambling, and seeing the Hoover Dam. I choose the gambling. I have been sorry ever since. Now at 92 I know I will never have another chance.
Sachiko, the photos of the roses are just beautiful. Please take care.
THANK YOU one and all. We haven't been to all of them but between us we have seen many, including National Seashores and Monuments. Some, several times. Being married for 49 years and counting, we both love to travel and are only somewhat limited by my health. I think our biggest disappointment was Denali in Alaska. We were confined to some old school bus and everything was clouded over.
Ms. Sachiko, while I love the Roses, I am drawn to the vase- Jade?, and to the table- I am a retired woodworker and beautiful wood always gathers my attention. :) Just LOVELY-- everyone here is so kind. :)
Good Afternoon, Mr. Weems.
I'm afraid that Denali is almost always clouded over as it's tall enough to make its own weather. I live less than one hundred miles away from the mountain and it's only visible about thirty percent of the time.
It's interesting about your woodworking. I retired from the Great Alaska Bowl Company in 11/2014. When you were in Alaska, did you find time to visit there?
J R WEEMS, thank you very much for your commnet. This vase is jade. I found it in a department store several years ago and I was attracted by the color and the form and bought it.
I saw the photo of J R WEEMS and remembered that I visited the Western U.S.
In September, 2012, I went to Phoenix in California. And I visited Sedna while looking at the forest of the pillar cactus from Phoenix by bus. Sedna was surrounded by the individual-shaped red rocky mountains.
JR and Sachiko, wonderful photos.
Jack, thanks a lot for your comment!
Wanted to take our usual walk yesterday, but when we arrived at the park it started to rain. I drove around waiting for it to pass but no luck. Headed home and the rain stopped so drove to a small park just a few blocks from home and took several photos. The Duck photo was taken on a long zoom, unable to get close to them with Jessie at my side.
Sachiko and Jack, very nice!
Jack, the photo of the fountain is beautiful. And You were able to take the photo that four ducks formed a line well from far away.
angelface, thank you very much! I am waiting for the photo which you took.
Patricia and Sachiko thank you. I have done very little traveling over the past 18 years. Now just do short trips and usually with Jessie. Find there is much beauty in the world and you need not travel a distance to observe it.
This fountain can be seen in the cam I posted awhile back and in one of the forum's photo contests. Its a representation of Fairbanks's First Family with copper tablets laid about with the founding families of 1903.
I live just a block behind that glassed building.
These next few are some 0f the local wildflowers, daisies, irises and columbine grow wild here among others such as wood roses, lilacs, and of course strawberry, blueberry plants, and raspberry bushes.
Beautiful pictures, Patricia. I love columbine and was responsible for many here, however, they are all gone now. Iris is another favorite of mine. It's interesting that your pictures are all in the same color range.
Jack, thanks a lot! Well, I thoroughly enjoy the beauty in the world in S&F.
MaryAnn, I cheated and didn't post the rushed or blurred ones.... 8) ;)
Patricia, I wouldn't either, but I did like the ones you did post.
angelface, wonderful town and beautiful flowers !
Thank you, MaryAnn and Sachiko. I hope if the weather remains nice, to get out to Alaskaland tomorrow for more photo opportunities or to the sanctuary if any cranes are left.
These next two aren't that good, I was rushing to show how the clouds and mist travel down and over the foothills.
but not a deep snooze...........I think she is peeking. :)
angelface, as for Farrah, comfortableness is so!
so_P_bubble, Appetizing feast! To each dish about Shabbat Shalom do have meaning?
Bubble, quite a setting, enjoy the Peace.
Patricia a beautiful group of flowers, Farrah at rest and views from your window.
Patricia, your Fountain Photo reminded me of a monument several blocks from my home. This one is located at the front of the park where I just posted the fountain and ducks. I have seen several of the same statues, located in other states. Hard to imagine what the Pioneers endured, especially women with children.
This narrative is mounted in front of the statue.
Sachiko, this is a traditional meal in our family. It might not be the same for everyone.
We have a variety of salads, different kind of cheese with fresh baked bread, but mainly BOREKAS. Those are layered dough with different fillings. The shapes are conventional: triangle for cheese with mashed potatoes, square for a mixture of egglant/onions/tomato, tube-like for spinach with cheese. Here only two kinds. The borekas are brushed with a beaten egg and then sprinkled with sesame seeds. It is served with hard boiled eggs.
Patricia, I loved the picture of Farrah snoozing, but like Don, I think she was peeking.
Jack, I recognized the statue as The Madonna of the Trail, a DAR project. I am a DAR.
It is already 70 degrees here at 9:20 and it's to be a hot one - 90 degrees at least.
Bubble, that food looks delicious, especially the salad. Yum!
Bubble, I love BOREKAS (only called Borek in Turkey). It must take hours to make with the multiple layers for so very thin dough. I like that and what the called cigar borek usually made with cheese. They served it with what I called beef stew, I really don't don't know the Turkish name for it..... :-[
All of the pictures you all have posted a great and so very enjoyable. I don't comment often but lurk her a couple times a day. Thanks for the eye candy.
:) Thank you all for your comments, yes Farrah will have her eyes partially open while dreaming and will sometimes startle at a noise and then back to sleep. The mists in damp, rainy weather are a sight to see. dropping down and running across and down the foothills. I couldn't capture that in a photo without a good lens.
Jack, your story and the statues were interesting. My ancestors came from Ireland to Charleston in a British transport in 1720, were sold for a period of 25 years and then made their way west to Gypsum, Kansas and then to Montrose and Ouray, Colorado. Another group of three family branches came north to Alaska during and directly after WWII. We have always been farmers and mostly still are and even to the present generation.
Bubble, I love your food and often wish I could invite myself over. There is a large Jewish population here as well, but I'm not sure if I know anyone from that congregation. We have many Europeans here because of the University and its affiliates, nine campus statewide and an ice breaker ship, plus the mountains and unspoiled countryside so there are settlers and then tourists and it is sometimes hard to know the difference!
During the summer, we have Serb, Albanian, Belorussian, and Russian students come here in East European programs to work for the summer to help pay for their University schooling.
We have an "Old Believers" settlement from Russia, similar to Mennonites and also many regular Russian settlers. There are also Mennonites and some strict Baptist like settlers in the valley where the women dress like they do in Utah, but different from the Mennonites. Many, many Asians and those from India. There are also some Arab families that are Muslim and some are not. The area has so many different folks that it is hard to tell who is who without a scorecard and that makes it interesting.
The whole world seems to be now coming very International. That is good. I like living here in this town for the same reason. Thing is we a becoming the minority all over the country it seems. If only people could be accepted for the religions. Colour, still a long way to go
I have traveled a lot in the past and seen the beauty in most countries I went to. Now to see the ruination of a lot of them. things gone that were centuries old. Never to be replaced. Makes one wonder why people can't be educated, have work and good lives and never want to leave their own countries. I have met so many who would rather have stayed in them had life been better.
I am sure that people asked themselves centuries ago. Why are there Wars when world so big. Still now answer to it. Now it is just getting more Greed and troubles.
Gee, I had better shower and leave the house. Getting morbid. Thing is it is 90 deg. Planning to go to a outdoor concert and see a little bright side of life at 6pm. Hope it cools
This is an official announcement: a meaningful relationship has linked ET to Don and Don to ET.
Call it an affair, a romance, a fling, a liaison, amour or intrigue.... but it is real!
To celebrate the happy event, in place of the traditional honeymoon,
we decided on a back to Eden visit.
Good wishes are welcomed!
Congratulations! I'm so happy for both of you. :love:
Don, you and Bubble certainly made a big splash in more ways than in the water. My very best Congratulations to the two of you. For some reason, I am not surprised. A fellow doesn't make trips to the other side of the world for a plain old visit. God Bless you both !!!!!!!!
Don and Bubble, good wishes, and hope the water was warm.
Congratualtions and a
to Don and Bubble!!
Great picture! I recognized you both
How exciting that you two are
committing to a meaningful relationship!!!
Tell us more and Enjoy!
What a great way to spread the news!
I'm so happy for you both! :smitten:
so_P_bubble, about the traditional dish for Shabbat Shalom, thank you in detail. There are some traditional dishes in Japan by the event.
Congratulations to you both.. :congrats:
Congratulations from Mary Ann. Such good news.
Bubble and Don, Congratulations! I'm very happy for both of you. But in the unbelievable photo and splendid news.
What Jeanne Lee said! :yikes:
I just got home and I swear I only had one drink with dinner but I turned on my computer and saw a photo of Don and Bubble , Naked jumping into a lake. Maybe my drink was stronger than I thought but. IF photo still there in the morning I will say.
CONGRATULATIONS TO YOU BOTH. (Will check my computer again in the morning)
I'm another one that is not surprised at the news. I am however, surprised at the both of you making such a scene on an international website and in public wherever that was. (https://www.seniorsandfriends.org/Smileys/alive/grin.gif)
I have no idea what is going to come up. It's supposed to be a smiley face to show how pleased I am with the news. But whatever happens there, please accept my congratulations!
What wonderful news to come into this morning.....usually I pick up on things very fast but not this time, have to admit I never expected it but.....so you finely decided to go public.... :thumbup: Sending the very warmest CONGRATULATIONS BUBBLE AND DON....and what a splash the pair of you have made..... ;D
Assuming this is not a wind-up knowing both of you pranksters....otherwise I have fallen for this.." hook, line and sinker..."
Jeanne P, I know, what one drink does to ones imagination, you think you see two naked people you think you recognise holding hands jumping into a lake, then have to question whether you did or you didn't.... ;D
Congratulations Don and Bubble. I am very happy for you both!!
BUBBLE & DON congratulations to two very nice people I call my friends.
Oh, Bubble! (and Don, of course!)
I had no IDEA! I thought you were kidding because the announcement was so funny and clever!
Sorry I was so stupid. I really and truly am over the rainbow for you.
If you guys can be just one tenth as happy as Himself and I were, you will be blessed.
I married The Love Of My Life when I was 74 and he was 80!
We met when he and his wife and family moved next door in 1953.
We married in 2004!
So believe me, NO ONE is cheering louder for you two!
Love & hugs from MaryPage
MaryPage, I'm so happy to see you posting. I miss you!
DON and BUBBLE - I woke up very early this morning - much earlier than usual- and immediately turned on the Computer (which I usually do not do so early in the morning) and began singing "A blessing on your Head . . ." And a moment later, I saw the photo of the two of you hand-in-hand, arms in the air, jumping into the water! The only thing missing was the Bouquet for Bubble's left hand!!!
What a delightful way to wake up in the morning - to read the lovely news about a very special couple! Your hearts have been connected for many years and this is absolutely a blessing for both of you and your families, as well as all Friends in these posts who have known you for many years! I can't think of better news for the two of you!
Congratulations and much happiness together!!!
I just got back tonight from a week of "Rocky Mountain High".... and feel like I'm hit with more altitude high.... I am truly happy for both of you & am sending best wishes & prayers for many years of happiness. God Bless! Actually, I am not a bit surprised & think it's a great idea, :-* speaking about that jump into the pool, of course! :smitten: 8)
Shirley, welcome back! Please tell me about Rocky Mountain High.
My husband went to his vegetables garden and harvested eggplant, carrot, green pepper and Japanese radishe today.
The eggplant next to the Japanese radish grew too much.
Sachiko, so much better when we grow our own....my other half used to grow vegetables in a public allotment where we used to live...also had a small raised bed in our old back garden but was too shaded by the trees.....sadly no room to grow in our new back garden.....
I could eat one of hubby's carrots right now....I wonder how your Japanese radish compares in taste to our small round red radishes....
How strange Sachiko: the stem/head of your eggplant is dark as if burned. Ours have a green stem and calyx.
They look delicious. How did you prepare them?
Vanilla-Jackie, bubble, thank you very much for your comments.
Cooking includes both the Japanese radish and the eggplant in various ways.
If the Japanese eggplant becomes ready to be eaten, it is the same as the fruit and becomes the color
Sachiko, those vegetables look good enough to eat! You arranged them so nice for the photograph.
Occasionally I find the white radishes here in the farmer's markets or the specialty food stores. We call them daikon radishes.
The photos are good enough to be shown in culinary magazines.
I am wondering if what you call Japanese radish is similar to what we call horseradish, which is quite hot when ground to a paste...we would normally buy it ready and made up in jars....Link to homemade recipe...They do look rather similar...
Don and I are pleased and happy for your wonderful responses to our announcement. Thank you so much my friends, it touched me deeply.
You are very welcome Bubble!
This is for Larry and others who inquired about my mini greenhouse that is now a work in progress. If you look it up on Amazon, be sure to read the reviews and one reviewer's photos.
Gardman R687 4-Tier Mini Greenhouse, 27" Long x 18" Wide x 63" High
I have a 4 tier like that in the bath room that I could use and just put on of the bags that dry cleaning comes back to me with. should work fine. May give it a try for Herbs.
Mary Ann, phyllis, thank you very much for your comments.
phyllis, daikon ! This is the Japanese name!
Vanilla-Jackie, I know that Japanese radish is called horseradish.
Bubble, Welcome back! Your honeymoon would be very happy.
Hot day but this evening I went to the park hoping to get a few photos of the Strawberry Moon. Cloudy in the east and did not even see it. Did check it out on youtube. I was, however, rewarded with a nice sunset.
Jack, this is uncommon rare scenery! It is a mysterious hue.
Sachiko, your veggies always look beautiful & your photos are so crisp & colorful! My father used to grow the large white radishes... they were not as hot as the red ones. I haven't had one in years. Great to see you back.
Jackie, my father also grew horseradish and it tasted nothing like his white ones... he would grind the horseradish & make a super-hot relish that I did not eat. He & his friends delighted in seeing who could stand the hottest.
Patricia, that is such a neat way to grow your plants. Do you/will you use a grow light in winter?
Jack, that is a gorgeous photo, unusual tree shape on the right. Looks like a bird or helicoptor near the top right side of the tree.
I am disappointed in the photos I took in Colorado last week. The hike through the woods with streams splashing everywhere just did not show up like I expected. It was such a beautiful area it was difficult to just "capture" one spot. I think I should have another look to see if I can crop more individual scenes.
Our electricity was out for several hours today, was hot but the worst part was I don't "do nothing" very well and couldn't even get the garage doors open without power, so couldn't run errands, do laundry, no computer. I survived.
Shirley, I recover until I can take photos and become able to post them to Seniors&Friends, and I am pleased very much it.
My husband planted only one seedling of cherry tomato in our garden. If the tomatos are ripend, this is because we can harvest them immediately. Now, so many cherry tomatoes grow.
Sachiko3, you make my mouth water with those picture of your husbands tomato plants. He has a great looking crop.
Sachiko I was driving and spotted the sunset. Like the spot at the top of one hill but by the time I reached it the sun was behind clouds and did not come back out. I did not adjust the color that hue was natural.
Shirley I checked and that was just a small vine sticking out from the top of the tree.
Like horseradish, not a fan of raw tomatoes but eat them cooked, in sauce etc. Was out for fathers day and had a steak salad, the description did not include tomatoes but asked and the waiter said he would note it for the chef. I received the salad with three larges pieces of tomato. The waiter apologized but I told him I would survive and lifted them off.
One year my neighbor rented her condo unit to a man who had a cherry tomato plant in a large container. He'd give me some tomatoes occasionally. He went on vacation for a couple of weeks and asked me to water the plant for him, which I did. He told me to take as many tomatoes as I wanted so I had a lot of salads that year. I didn't use to like fresh tomatoes but when I had some tomatoes and I was the only one to eat them, I found I liked them. I cannot eat a tomato like an apple as my friends did, but I do like them on salads.
Sachiko, those tomatoes will soon be ripe and will taste delicious, I'm sure. I like tomatoes in my salads and on my sandwiches. In fact, I can't think of any vegetable I don't like. Although tomatoes are categorized a fruit scientifically I think of them as a vegetable.
Jack, that's a beautiful sunset. I've got to get in the habit of taking my little ZS 10 Camera with me when we go places. I like to use the zoom and the phone camera isn't a good substitute in my opinion. We went across the bay yesterday and, of course, I forgot my camera.
Jean thanks. I left yesterday to take photos, and went several blocks then realized I forgot the good camera. I went back for it. Agree with you that the IPhone camera is decent for snapshots but prefer the camera.
Jack, I am surprised to learn that you don't like fresh tomatoes . I don't think there are many things better than a sandwich with a fresh, home-grown tomato and mayonnaise and salt and pepper. I just love them. Don't even need lettuce, although a BLT is also good. I like tomatoes any way. I don't like them real ripe, tho. Partly green and a good meaty inside. I am making myself so hungry and I don't have any tomatoes. I can't wait for some good , home-grown Maryland tomatoes. I was at a Farmers Market on Sat. and not one vendor with any tomatoes at all. I think a lot of the fresh veggies will be a little later this summer, because of all the rain, the farmers were late getting their crops in. I noticed on Sat. that the wheat and corn fields were not nearly as high as they should have been by this time.
Loved your sunset picture. Beautiful colors.
Sachiko, so many good looking vegetables, I'm drooling at the thought of what can be done with them! I like tomatoes just about any way. However, fresh with just a sprinkling of salt is always good!
Ah, Joy, a lady after my own tastes..." I don't like them real ripe, tho. Partly green and a good meaty inside." I took a couple large tomatoes (smelled like tomatoes, anyway) to Colorado last week & neither son likes tomatoes yet... so I brought them home & just had a plate of sliced tomatoes myself. They were past our favorite point & not like home grown, but better than nothing. I even like a tomato, butter & bread sandwich.
Sachiko, your tomatoes look delicious. I tried growing the cherry tomatoes without any success but have learned to enjoy ones from the store. I was surprised one time when I had some go old/soft in the refrigerator... took them down to the river bank thinking just about anything from birds to raccoons, beaver or whatever would be thrilled to have them. Those little red tomatoes lay there for days without any critter eating. Made me wonder if there was something about them they knew that we don't. With home grown you know what type plants you have and what type sprays used around them!
Miserable hot here, hoped to do some yard work but not going to risk heat stroke. Need to check on the yard guys that worked here a few years ago. Their owner/boss died & someone else is running the company and not the same guys (they do a neighbor's yard) but need to find someone... I never liked yard work, for sure not in the sun!
Yep, Patricia, just about any way........ :thumbup:
Well I never considered myself normal :) Like tomato piccalilli, tomato paste, tomato sauce, soup, and ketchup, must have been something in my youth but I have tried and just will not eat a raw tomato.
Jack, I love liver pate but cannot stand liver! Everyone has their own idiosyncrasies.
Thanks Patricia now in my case
idiosyncrasies. :idiot2: :idiot2:
Sachiko That is a lot of cherry tomatoes from just one plant. I meant to put one in a container this year but left it late. My SIL brings me lots of his.
Jack. What a great shot of that Sunset. Make a great picture to frame when doing the Seasons.
And What a Wind Storm we got last night. Was 10pm and the rain came. Then the wind of they say 76 miles a hour. Heard a crash and half of a big old tree next door fell on the house. its new so sitting empty. I was O.K other than the usual mess of tree limbs in my front yard.
So now back up again to 90s today. It is 87 now. I for one tired of it. Was looking forward to summer but now looking forward to Fall.
I like tomatoes and tomato products,
but unfortunately they are one fruit that I
have become allergic to, as I have gotten older.
Sadly the list gets longer and longer.
halkel, Jack, Mary Ann, Jean, Joy, angelface, Shirley, JeanneP, Sandy, thank you very much for your comments!
As it is digested little by little though there are so a lot of fruits, I can harvest them immediately and am glad.
My husband planted the normal tomato in his vegetables garden, too..
Not having the brutal weather they are having in the west. We were in the high 80's and went up to the park at sundown. Was on the opposite side of the hill and did not get the sundown but took two photos of the clouds in the east that were reflecting the sundown. The second photo is not a crop but a zoom.
Great shots. I have never seen clouds that colour. And look how green the land looks. Reminds me of the Yorkshire moors.
As we are having such hot weather here I am glad that we are getting some storms at night otherwise the grass and trees would be burning up already. My yard looks like so nice and dark green. I usually had a problem with Creeping Charlie in the months of May and early june. The hot weather seems to have killed it.
Jack, wonderful photos! The form of the cloud is like the mountain and is beautiful. In Japan, it rains every day now in the rainy season. I want to see our sunset, too.
JeanneP, earlier the clouds would have been bright white, but like the way they picked up the color.
Sachiko, they do look a bit like mountains. Would trade you the clouds for your mountain view.
I live in a hollow so I do not see actual sunsets but I do see beautiful cloud formations. Last night the clouds were pink and I thought "red sky at night, sailors delight". Sure - this morning they're pink again and "red sky in morning, sailors take warning". We are promised a storm this afternoon so we shall see which sky to believe.
At any rate, Jack, the clouds were not nearly as pretty as your picture.
Pretty photos, Jack.
Can't think what News Station I had on this morning but they were telling the story of the Sunset in the East and did show a shot a lot like your Jack. You could have sent them yours. They were better.
Mary Ann and Jean thank you. I was just in the process of posting two more cloud photos. Remember how we would watch the sky and stars. Unable to get a good star shot, but kept several cloud photos that, for me, had a message.
His hand reaching out (https://www.seniorsandfriends.org/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi191.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fz28%2FJackwv%2Fhand%2520reaching%2520out%2520re_zps3fdcx5df.jpg&hash=791f9eeace02f23cbb2bc95a28c6c1ea)
A passing angel (https://www.seniorsandfriends.org/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi191.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fz28%2FJackwv%2FPassing%2520angel%2520re_zps0vip20iu.jpg&hash=1c0d792da415e7a251df69f8e947d9e5)
Jeanne P your post just popped up, thanks, the two above were posted on the old site, so you may recall.
Jack, I remember the Angel shot but not His Hand. We don't get unusual cloud formations for some reason, but we do have some beautiful skies. One day this week the sky was that lovely blue with patches of cotton balls all over. This was in the morning and by afternoon most of the clouds were gone and we had only blue sky.
I do remember the one of the hand reaching out. I forget, I am not the only one who sees and watches for formations in the clouds. We have not gotten and good cloud days for a while. Maybe tonight after all the storms
Jack, thank you very much for wonderful photos!
I do not remember the photo.
Sachiko thank you. Just back from the park and took a photo of what many of the trees look like now. The cicada are about gone, but on many of the trees they have cut into the newer growth to lay eggs. The branches then break off, fall to the ground and they go deep into the soil to wait for another 17 years. That is not blossoms on the trees but the ends that are about to fall off. This would kill young trees but for the older ones it is just like a pruning.
Jack, thank you for your rare photo.
Fukuyama unusually clears today for time in the rainy season. I want to also take a photo.ã€€
Really great photos, Jack... love the sky & clouds but did not know that about the tree branches. Amazing! What kind of trees to they do that to, all kinds? My river bed trees are in a jungle right now, the weeds under the trees have grown tall since we had rain & couldn't get down to run the weed whip.
Must go feed cats their bedtime snack so I can go to sleep. Last couple nights all the cats have wanted to stay outside all night because it's so hot all day they can't move around. Thanks for the photos Jack & Sachiko... My mouth waters every time I scroll past your delicious tomatoes!
Shirley they do not appear to bother the evergreens. Took a look and found this.
Big, Hearty North American Trees: Deciduous trees, like elm, chestnut, ash, maple, and oak, are the preferred host trees of periodical cicadas. They will flag the branches of these trees, but only young ones are at risk.
JackW, your picture are so beautiful. the one with the cloud formation took my breath away. I would call it the hand of God. I get beautiful sunsets from my front porch in the Fall. I would put a picture in but I do not know how. the only thing I can do with my computer is turn it on and off. Maybe my neighbor may help me.
My husband did not like cooked tomatoes.
Lindancer, thanks. You might check with JeanneLee or have someone else post your photos. A good start with the computer is knowing how to turn it on and off. I seldom turn mine off. You will not break it, go into the computer discussion with questions and tell them what you now have. When I retired 1996 they kidded me for not touching the computers at our bank. Several years later I purchased my first and seldom watch tv.
There are four trees of persimmon in my garden. Many fruits grow to the tree of these persimmons. These persimmons are bitter now, but when autumn comes, they turn red and become sweet. I look forward to that autumn comes.
This is the photo of the last year.
These persimmons were very sweet.
Sachiko, all of these are lovely, so crisp and clear! I especially love the last two, perhaps the green persimmon best, but you take such amazing photos!
Sachiko. I think I mentioned last year that I had just eaten some Pound Cake.( Persimmon Bread) . A lady baked it at the club. Never had it before. Just make Banana Bread, Pumpkin bread. I like the persimmon better. But still I have never seen any in the stores. I don't think the trees must grow in this part Of the US. I can't even find in in cans. Like the Pumpkin. Yours look perfect. Do you make the Bread with them. Someone told me that the trees can get real mess with them dropping down if not picked before getting ripe. And the birds really pick on them and make a mess. I would pick them before that.
Beautiful photos, Sachiko, and I also love persimmons when ripe but they can cause the mouth to really pucker up if still green. Our grocery store had some other years that were nothing like the wild trees that grew in Missouri (even in the woods behind our house). The ones in the store were much bigger. Have you ever broken the seeds apart? We would crack them apart and inside would be what looked like a fork, knife or spoon... it always fascinated me that the same tree could have different types inside. I have not seen them grow in Kansas, maybe they do on the eastern side.
I forgot to let Mama Callie out of the garage after giving her a snack. Tom, Tiger & Lauren are out, they don't mind the heat & prefer it to the AC. Everyone is afraid what the rest of summer will be like since July & August are our HOT months! Hate to think of it being hotter than this month. Already things are looking dry but we had rain last Sat & a little this morning, just enough to create a steam bath~ You know I whine all summer. I did go down & call the fish, had quite a few tonight along with some geese & half grown babies. The geese don't like the fish coming up under them in the water... :D ... they nearly jump out. One goose came on the bank and took some bites of bread out of my hand. Got to take my weed whip down & clean off the path before the weeds grow too big for it to work. Mosquitoes didn't get me tonight, I hate to spray.....
Jack, been watching the news about flooding in your state, hope not near you or your family! Shirley
angelface, JeanneP, Shirley, thank you very much for your comments.
JeanneP, there is no canned food of the persimmon in Japan. I just eat the Japanese persimmon. I baked a cake before, but I do not bake it recently.
Shirley, I have got the seed of the Japanese persimmon. It was like the spoon.
Shirley, as Japan is the rainy season now, it rains almost every day. It is raining today.
When I appeared to my garden and looked at my petit tomato, one bunch just got longer.
Great persimmons. In Israel they get a special treatment so that they are always sweet and do not pucker the tongue, even when hard. Then you can eat them like you would an apple.
They are not in season now. At present we have mango, cherries, fresh almonds, plums, peaches, apricots pears and grapes. Bananas can be eaten all year round of course.
Yes, Shirley, persimmons grow in eastern Kansas. I took a bite of a green one when I was a kid growing up there and never made that mistake again. I haven't seen or eaten a persimmon in many years. The wild persimmons grow all over NC but you almost never see them in the market. They are too perishable and have too many seeds to be good sellers.
Here they have no seeds, or at most just one small one!
bubble, thank you very much for your comment. When my persimmons in the photo are still young and became red ripe, they become delicious indulgently.
In Japan, we can eat most fruit including the thing which we cannot harvest throughout the year in Japan.
When I looked at my petit tomato on the afternoon of today, 6 tomatoes became ripe. I harvested them and had in dinner.
Sachiko, I'm getting very hungry looking at these delicious fruits and vegetables. Have been waiting for Larry to finish with watering the flowers before cooking breakfast. It is time now to get busy.
Sachiko. I have never seen tomato grow so many on one stem. Must have the best soil going.
I now found out that 2 persimmon trees grow by our library. I didn't know that was what they were. Always would see these green (balls) one day and then short time later after warming up would be a mess on the ground. Now learn that some people from Either Japan or China have asked if they can come and take care of them and harvest them when ripe. The library were ready to chop them down thinking to messy.
Jean, thank you very much for your comment.
You are very busy! We finish breakfast, and my husband does the mowing of our garden now. I finished washing and sat at my PC.
JeanneP, I take nothing about the garden, but, my husband does manure and weeds.
It is difficult to explain Japanese persimmon. There are the persimmon becoming sweet and the persimmon which becomes red, and is bitter in Japan.
There is one astringent persimmon in my garden, and the fruits grow in it. We peel this fruit and eat after drying it for approximately one month. And they become very sweet and become delicious.
Some form of this persimmon is different.
Sachiko, Thanks for the beautiful pictures you take.
Here is a picture of my cat Taffy. Trying this for the first time- hope it works
This is a picture of a sunset from my front door
Lindancer. You did great. I just cannot learn how to get photo's into here. Not that I use a camera but can do them on my IPad or also get lots that family send to my E-Mail. Just never learned to put in S and F. Its awful me always asking Jeanne Lee or others to post for me.
I got a good family one today. I may see if Jeanne will put it in. Not often get them all together and dressed. The are on a cruise at the moment.
JeanneP, My neighbor came over to day, and showed me how to post pictures.
Gloria, what terrific photos! Taffy's face has an expression I've seen many, many times on Farrah and their faces are the same except for Taffy's white chin! Thank you and thank your neighbor for me!
Lindancer, thank you very much for your comment!
Your pictures are wonderful! Taffy is very handsome.
I'm looking forward to your photo from now on.
Thank you Sachiko and Patricia
Jack, was the picture to large? This my first try
Lindancer when I first viewed the photos were small, now they are open and fine, (looks like Jeanne Lee was at work) the sunset is beautiful, but Taffy even more so.
Jack, if you click on Gloria's photos they open up to a larger size.
When I took a walk through my garden, an orange day-lily bloomed in the backyard. As there are a lot of buds, I look forward to it from now on.
I have received a beautiful bouquet and it graces my living room. The lilies are fragrant and fill the air with their aroma.
Sachiko and Bubble, lovely, nice start for my day.
Linedancer your cat is beautiful. Lovely photos to start the day, as Jack said.
Lindancer, now you know how, there will be no stopping you ;)...
Your Taffy is definitely not camera shy....
So P bubble, I think I can smell them too...
Sachiko, so unusual to see a vibrant orangery coloured Lily, we are so used to seeing pinks...
Jack, Jean, Vanilla-Jackie, thank you very much for your comments!
My mother-in-law planted most flowers in this garden, and there are the flowers that I do not know those names a lot.
Bubble, beautiful flowers!
I found white sasanqua blooming next to Orange day-lily, yesterday.
Sachiko, very pretty, looks like a mini rose...
Looks like gardenias. Sachiko, do they have a strong smell?
Vanilla-Jackie, Bubble, thank you very much for your comments!
Bubble, they do not have strong smell.
Orange day-lily has many buds and seems to bloom tomorrow.
The common name for sasanqua here is camellia. I carried a small spray of camellias that had been dyed a light pink arranged over a white satin covered bible when I was married. The bible had been given to me by my father when I was 12 years old and was the "something old" that was a tradition for every bride.
("Something old; something new; something borrowed; something blue; and a silver sixpence in her shoe.")
Camellias have a light, sweet fragrance and I still remember that smell. Thank you, Sachiko, for bringing back the memories with your lovely picture.
phyllis, thank you very much for your kind comment.
Various kinds of camellia is in Japan separately from this sasanqua. There are various kinds of camellias in my garden. If winter comes, I will post each photo.
Sunset this evening.
Nice photos, Jack
Jack, wonderful photos!
Lovely flowers and sunsets, today! Thank you!
strange: no sunsets, no flowers showing... just empty space :'(
Jean, Sachiko, Patricia thanks, the sunsets are often beautiful, and the fact it is cooling off at dusk has me taking later walks.
Bubble mine was acting up the other day, try again and possibly refresh (the site :)))
Jack wv, so much beauty around, so much to see, just have to be around at the right time with our trusted camera to capture it......Lovely shot of your sunset....
Jackie, my companion, Jessie, gets me out of the house several times a day and usually when hot we head for Oglebay Park. They have great walking trails and lots of beauty to view. I took her for a short walk last night and that is when we spotted the sunset.
Jessie turned 15 on Friday June 24th. That is quite old for a Golden but she handles it well.
Unfortunately on the 24th I had the vet remove a large tumor on her side. She recovered from past surgeries so well, that they recommend having it done again. In no time she is almost back to normal, the only problem is that shaved view I am posting.
She had almost the same thing last November but the fur had completely grown back. The last time, it was cold and the only time I put a sweater on her. No sweater this time, and folks worry about her, but she always walks up to everyone she meets, not jumping, and looks for a pat or a rub on her ears. Children love her since she never moves when they check her ears, and tail. she is not a face licker, and always has that smile.
Jackwv, we have had the sad news we are soon to lose our 13 year old Benji, cross Collie -Springer....to cancer.....Benji is fine at the moment, so we just treasure every day...and spoil him rotten...
I remember so well from past photos of your Jessie, I have never seen her without her smile....
Jessie is one in a million, that's for sure! How is your son's big dog doing?
I agree! She makes a great ambassador for Goldens and I hope she is now doing well!
Jean my sons Leonberger is doing great. Looks like a lion or bear, 170 pounds but gentle. They are talking about getting a 2nd one.
Jackie, would love to give Benji a pat. We treasure every day with our pets, and most, when we fear their days are coming to an end.
Patricia thanks am hoping to take her to the Golden Gathering at the park in September, they had 85 goldens there last year. Here was last years
Jack, I remember seeing that before but enjoyed it again!
We have both a rescue group here for Goldens and a club for them, which are probably the same but I only know they are local as well as in Delta, 25 miles from here and also one in Anchorage, plus I'm sure a few more!
Jesse is maturing well, looks good!
jack ,do you think son will get another one of the big dogs? Poor little doxy. Will it be able to be boss over 2? I would like to have it now, right age, don't think I want to start with a new pup.
Glad Jessie had that removed. It did well last time. Fur grew back good. She is in good health that shows.
jack. Great show again.
Now I want getting a black screen on the previous ones you posted but after trying 3 times they Came up. Think at times Firefox is the problem when on desktop.
Patricia the local rescue is present at the gathering. People looking for pups never have any luck, they are all spoken for. Feel another at this time, at any age, would be too much for Jessie.
JeanneP the little doxy would be up to bossing two.
Remember that video. It's interesting to watch how the dogs act in a crowd. Some are quiet, some noisily barking but they all seemed friendly. Just like people in a crowd. I guess I identify with Jessie--kind of quiet and watching what is going on.
Jack, I remembered the video well and enjoyed it very much. I pray for Jessie being restored.
JackW, your sunsets are always beautiful
I agree with Patricia, that your Jessie is a great ambassador. My son golden, THt went every where he went Rosey went, he even took her on his honeymoon. :) My grandaughter got one when she moved to Knoxville,Tenn. in Sept.
Sachiko thank you, she is doing fine.
Lindancer, Jessie has never been boardered, she travels with me. I got her several years after I lost my wife Shirley. She got me out of the house and on the road with agility and has always traveled without a problem. Laughed at your son taking his on his honeymoon. This photo was taken several years back, at Dewey Beach Delaware. Jessie is in front on the right playing with a pup. The two behind belonged to a couple from the Baltimore area, on their honeymoon.
Jack wv, that is such a lovely photo to treasure,.....we moved recently near to the coast of Dorset UK, but so far our two dogs have not seen the sea, well they have but not been on sand YET, as soon as my Blue Badge, disabled parking badge arrives which should be any day now, I-we will make sure our Benji walks on sand and dips in the sea before we lose him, which vet told us could be as soon as two months time...depending....I must remember to take my camera along with me, these are the photos to treasure, aren't they? the happy fun loving days with our fur friends...
Jackie, hope you are able to take Benji on that trip. Agree the photos are a treasure. I have so many I have been weeding them out, but still go back and view photos of my two prior Goldens.
I had a real problem for years viewing old photos of my my wife Shirley lost in 1998. I now have many on the walls where I can view them daily.
Take that camera, I have both the iPhone and a camera that travels with me.
Jack, what a precious photo of the dogs enjoying the surf.
Jackie, I remember the PhotoPeach video you did sometime back of your dogs. I'm trying to remember if Benji was white with brown spots? All the dogs were pretty.
Jackie, my thanks to Jean for the reminder. I went into photobucket since I followed your shows and July 2012 you posted
The Rat Pack, and loved the 3 pups, your comments and the music. You should post the link here or in slide shows.
Up to the park earlier this evening, the gardens are now full in bloom for the holidays.
Like the hanging baskets but found this interesting. They had 5 containers under the wire frame.
Quiet now and the Cicada about gone. Here is a photo of one tree, looks like it is decorated, but the brown ends will fall to the ground and start the next 17 year cycle. They will not be missed.
Jack, beautiful park! The hanging baskets are beautiful and interesting.
Jack, what a beautiful comforting place to just set,and dream. The colors are lovely
Jackie I feel so bad about Benji, they are our children. Hugs to you, I know you need them.
Sachiko and Lindancer thank you. Oglebay park is just 5 miles from my home and for years we have driven to it for our almost daily walk. Free and open to the public, a real gem for a small city.
My husband went to his vegetables garden and harvested eggplants, kidney beans, one green pepper. I harvested the petit tomatoes in my garden.
Sachiko, between you and Jack's great photos, I don't know if I want to move by Oglebay or to Japan!
Here you go Jack,
Angelface, thanks a lot for your comment.
Please come to Japan. The climate is good, and the food is delicious, too.
Jessie and friends look happy!
Patricia, that food Sachiko posts always is tops, plus what she would show us on her trips. Like the mist coming in on my photo, that you added.
Now Oglebay is special but you have so much beauty in both your areas. I will continue to show local photos, till I hit the road with Jessie.
Jack, beautiful pictures this morning from Oglebay. As I have mentioned before, I sure would love to visit there. Just can't get any of my family to agree to take me. But, I will keep hoping. LOL
Patricia, you did a great job on Jack's picture of the dogs. I like what you did.
This is my new little great granddaughter Jasmine Marie.
Jean - Your great granddaughter is adorable . . . and what a cute pose that is!
Jean, she is proof there are Angels :thumbup:
Jean, cute baby and she looks very comfortable.
I agree with all comments, Jean, she is lovely!
A beautiful baby, looks like a smile on her face. Love the afghan colours did you make it?
Jean and Larry, congratulations of the new great-granddaughter. She is beautiful and I, too, love the afghan. So very different.
I know you have a great-grandson, so is this the first great-grand daughter? Are they part of your family that lives near D.C. I think I remember your having a son that lives in Silver Spring.
Hope you get to see her soon.
Jean, congratulations of the new granddaughter. your granddaughter is adorable! Her expression is cute and attractive. As I do not have the grandchild of the girl, you are enviable.
I have three grandsons and three great grandsons so we were all happy to finally have a little girl. Joy, This grandson lives in CA. JeanneP, I haven't done any crocheting in a few years. I spend entirely too much time on my iPad or computer. I used to make crocheted baby sets and I still have my crochet needles but finally gave away my patterns when we moved here.
Oh, Jean. I can just imagine how happy everyone is to have that beautiful little girl. Too bad that they are so far away. I do hope that you will be able to get to see her sometime. Have you given any thought of a trip to Ca.? You have a good excuse now. LOL
It was before a little, but I went to the Fukuyama rose park with my husband. There was too little prosperity of the flower, but there were few visitors and was able to see it calmly.
Sachiko, I always enjoy the roses. Hope you are getting up and about a bit.
Sachiko, lovely roses. Maybe they weren't out completely, but they still are beautiful.
That is me also. Use to make a lot of afghans. Specially babies as my Grands and GGrands came pretty close together. 5 of one and 6 of the other. Then they ended and no little ones anymore.G Grands go from 3 to 13. And for sure no more from the Grandchildren. I take a look at them and think. All this Crowd came from me starting out with 2 daughters. And in my time was just me 2 brothers and 1 cousin. Left now with me and the cousin and his 2 sons. That side dying out.
Jack, Mary Ann, thank you very much for your comments.
Jack, Thanks to grace, I became quite fine.
But, I went by the driving of my husband to the rose park.
Mary Ann, So. It is the beginning of May that in full bloom of the roses in the Fukuyama rose park. But I cannot go out, and it is June 14 at that time that I visited.
Sachiko, absolutely gorgeous rose photos! The yellow one especially!
After all these 90 deg days for 3 weeks. it sure cool today. Even getting cold in the house. Will have to put on a heavy robe tonight if I want to sit and be comfy.
Hope things dont get rained out for the town over the 4th. That happened last year.
I have Lawrance Welk on at the moment. Could get up and dance around.
Angelface, thank you very much for your comment.
In Fukuyama, the roses bloom beautifully from October through November. I will go out again at that time, and I will introduce roses blooming in autumn.
When I strolled in my garden this morning, the orange day-lily bloomed so much.
The roses are so beautiful. Hope you are back to good health.
junee, thank you very much for your warm words.
The roses in Fukuyama rose park are well-kept and are beautiful.
I became healthy, and it is happiness in this way that I can post my photos here.
Sachiko, it looks like your hubby took great care of your garden, and its flowering plants and vegetables, while you spent time in hospital....I think everything has waited for your home arrival to blossom...the timing was perfect in time for you to enjoy all its wonderful colours, freshness and smells....
Sachiko, I love those bright orange day lilies. We had a lot of day lilies in Ocala and maybe I will plant a few in our backyard next year.
Over in the Soda Shoppe, Joan (Bis) has a little hidey-hole where different ones will hide something special for Joan. I promised Joan I would put some of our steamed crabs for her in the hidey-hole. I will leave a message for her over in the Soda Shoppe.
This is what we are having for our 4th of July celebration. ( if any of you here would like some, you better hurry up before they are all gone. )
Joy, I will be going to a favorite local pub this evening with Son, DIL, and Granddaughter, but doubt they will have anything to match those steamed crabs. Nothing like being in the Baltimore or Ocean City area for top seafood. Red Lobster ok but just not the same.
Oh! I don't know how you can eat things that are crawling around in Shells. Can't stand to see it. When in Texas, the family have this place where they just dump a bucket of "Crawfish" onto the middle of the table and people dive in. They have big barrels of live ones that you just go pick out and the throw into boiling water. Yuk!
Thanks, Joy. Yummy!! I'll gobble those right up.:)
Sachiko, the orange day lilies are glorious! Thank you! Such vibrant colors!
Joy and Jack, Alaska is famous for its king crab, and we are lucky to have friends that send some to us on occasions. The prices they asked for them in stores are unbelievable, and I couldn't afford lower forty-eight prices for what is available here!
Jeanne, I have eaten snake, squirrels,frog legs, different types of caviar, sushi, crawdads, and crawfish at various times to try them out or when visiting family and friends. As well as western "Clams." I didn't care for any of those, but I was a guest, so ate a small serving and withheld commenting.
Joy, I've never had steamed crabs, but I do love crab cakes so I would probably like them. When we lived in Maryland we went several times to the Baltimore Inner Harbor--- really good eats.
I prefer crab to lobster, but only if someone else does the work, or good crab cakes.
While at the park today I took another closeup of an umbrella shaped frame they are using for flowers. Posting the photo of the unit then one of the underneath. Sent them to my daughter along with a step by step of a tower. Possibly the umbrella frame instructions are on the web. Told her to give it a try and will let her do one for me. I can handle the frame but if I touch the flowers would kill them.
Sachiko, your gardener might check it out.
Instructions for tower. http://www.wave-rave.com/Howto/petunia_tower.aspx
Vanilla-Jackie, Jean, angelface, thank you very much for your comments.
I appreciate that my husband takes care of our garden and vegetables garden well.
In my garden, different flowers are going to bloom from now on.
Joy, I love crabs, too. In Japan, many kinds are to the crab.
Jack, thank you about this wonderful frame!
I will introduce the following site to my gardener.
I want this frame, too. But he is busy with the care of vegetables, and it will be impossible to make the frame.
I Love that planter. Looks like would be easy to make one. Even small ones could just take the kitchen Drainers that you use to drain Veg. Pasta and everything in your kitchen. You can buy the ones they use in the Restaurant kitchens. Much larger. Poles easy to find in hardware stores. Sure is different.
Joan, you are quite welcome. They were delicious.
There is a good mountain of the form to be called Yarigatake in Japan. Altitude is 3,180 meters (10,433 ft) and is the mountain which is high to the fifth in Japan.
Mount Yari ï¼ˆYarigatakeï¼‰is one of the 100 Famous Japanese Mountains. The 3,180 m (10,433 ft) high peak lies in the southern part of the Hida Mountains (Northern Alps) of Japan. Yari means spear.
I took those photos (Reply #809) on August 18, 1999.
And, on August 19, I climbed up Mt Yari and reached the summit of Mt Yari with my husband.
On the top
After having gone down from the top
Sachiko. Great photo's. Nice you have them. Able to say. "Been there,Done that" Bought the TeeShirt. (People say that here). Just don't be trying it again. (Kidding). I know your husband will not do it either. Great outfit you had one. Bet you can fit in those pants again now.
Just noticed that cross. You think someone died on that spot?
Sachiko it is great you have all the videos and photos and can relive your past achievements. Now take it easy like many of us, and hope you have a swift recovery.
Sachiko, what nice photos to bring to mind wonderful memories!
JeanneP, Jack, angelface, thanks a lot for your comments.
I always liked photography. And I took various photos if I traveled, and they are left in my album. But it is usable immediately and is convenient as my photos are put on my site after I established my site.
Sachiko, I marvel at how active and energetic you were in those younger days, and what you both had achieved.....That was certainly a great achievement, not something I don't think I could ever have done myself, ( besides I used to be terrified of heights,.....) and the view must have been amazing when you both reached the summit.....You both look so happy and so proud....Do cherish these photos, and those happy memories.....
Sachiko, I will now go to take a look at.......Welcome to Sachiko3's World
Vanilla-Jacke, thanks a lot for your comment.
My husband climbed the mountain from University student days. I did not climb the mountain that much, but found me easy to talk to immediately. And I climbed the many mountains including Mt Fuji after I got married. And I went on many trips commencing with overseas travel.
My official site is the following.
It is establishment 20 years in this October. But most of these sites are Japanese.
Therefore I established
http://sachiko3.jp where I classified explanation in English into. But it is unfinished.
Sachiko, thank you for both links....I have just this minute gone into your original Japanese site and a box has come up on my computer screen that says translate, and hey presto it has automatically translated all the words into English...
Vanilla-Jackie, your computer screen has automatically translated all the words into Englishï¼I am enviable!
Sachiko, you take such beautiful photos. What and adventure to climb such beautiful moutanins. You must have so many nice memories traveling with your husband. Thanks for shareing.
Lindancer, thank you very much for your comment. I traveled with my husband to the foreign countries including Japan. I have many wonderful memories. And I took many photos. I think of being able to post those photos to S&F happily.
Was hot and humid today, so did not go to the park. Planned on just taking Jessie around the neighborhood. We then had a late evening storm with lots of lightning. When the storm passed we went out. I took two photos. The first is the eastern sky where the storm was moving out. Looks like a large dog getting her pups in line.
Here is the western sky at the same time, sunset.
It has also been hot here. Nice photos.
Jack, wonderful photos. They seem to equal one line. Fukuyama is very hot today, too. But the humidity is low and is easy to spend time in the house.
Jean and Sachiko thanks, would always appreciate the sky over your mountains and water.
Jack, been very hot here in NY also humidity for the past two days has been right at 99. I like your pictures of the differnt skys. I have always been one to look at the clouds and see differtnt formations. I still think I will never see one as beautiful as you posted. I call the hand of God
JeanneP, I posted one of my photos from my iPad here. I'm still in hospital. I don't know if it would be successful or not. Its size might be larger than usual and Jeanne Lee might say something about it. I posted the original photo onto Photobucket and copy-pasted its IMG code here. I'd like this way would be helpful for you. Look forward to seeing your photos.
I'm not Jeanne P. but those are lovely flowers, Sato!
That is a beautiful photo, Sato. We sure do miss you!
Sato, beautiful photo! Iâ€™m very glad you could post your photo here.
Thanks for your kind comment. It was my first trial from my iPad mini. I don't know the way of downsizing photos on iPad, so its size must have been too large.
Jean, how do you manage to make pixels of a photo smaller on iPad? Is there any App included in iPad, or have to download from App Store?
Yesterday, I went to the Ashida River with my husband. There was one heron on the opposite bank. Can you see the heron?
Sato, I sent you some instructions in an email and hope they help.
Sachiko, yes I do see the heron. The scenery is so pretty.
I thought I saw two herons. Was there one first in the water to the right and one on the dam or was it only the one first in the water and then on the dam?
Jean, angelface, thank you very much for your comments.
angelface, That's right. I post the photo which spread. It is not clear
Thank you, Sachiko, it is still clear enough to see the herons!
Sachiko, it is a pleasure seeing Heron's, particularly in flight, but I haven't seen one now for quite some time.....I would go to a place called Rickmansworth Aquadrome country park some years ago, where they had a Heron look - out point, a wooden hideaway shed with open window, or I would often spot some doing the two or three lake walks while walking my late dog Petra.....those lakes were always a most enjoyable dog walk........Sachiko it is always so peaceful and tranquil walking near waters...I am sure it is helping with your healing, and in your recovery...
Vanilla-Jackie, thank you very much for your comment.
I love the Ashida River. I usually walk to more down stream. But it was only the place with the dam close to our field this time.
On the other hand, I dropped in at our vegetables garden and took the photos of our vegetables. While I take the photo of the beloved place, I recover surely.
Sachiko, good to see you visited the Ashida river and allway enjoy viewing the photos of your visit.
Having things in common. Shirley in Kansas and Sachiko in Japan, both have their rivers they are so fond of.
As usual wonderful, beautiful pictures you have all posted.
Hal, I have to put in a plug for my Ohio River, one photo and putting a slide show in that discussion.
Jack, sorry about that. You have contributed.....all I have is a water hose in the backyard.
I've enjoyed the colorful sunsets from Jack, the many shows from Sachiko, what a delight to have you back, Sachiko.... and another gorgeous flower from Sato... Makes me feel guilty that I haven't helped in here. I do have photos on the camera but have no luck resizing & cropping on this computer. Have downloaded them to the old Vista computer but problems getting back to working with them. This RV problem is taking up all of my time this week. Jack, that is a beautiful view of your river.
Sachiko, the "highway" people have uprooted the trees where herons & egrets nested the last few years, the developers have wanted the farm property (within the city limits) for years. I see the big birds now & then but not like other years, so makes me sad and angry that greed has taken away such amazing creatures. I have years of photos to show you when I find time. Thanks for sharing your worlds. Shirley
Haha.... and you do have a funny trigger in your brain, Hal! :thumbup:
Hal, seems to me you would forget the hose and try the River Walk, how close are you to it?
Sato. Now I think you mean to send to JeanneLee when talking Photography. Me as JeanneP cannot use a camera of any kind other than on my Ipad and even then I dont know how to get them into Senior and Friends. Enjoy looking at all that you people post on here though.
You have spent quite a long time in the hospital. Hope you get home soon. You must miss going around with your camera. But as long as they are taking care of your problem it will have been worth the stay.
Jack I am quite aways from the River Walk. And I don't relish fighting traffic and finding a place to park. Expensive too.
beautiful view of the Ohio River, Jack.
As long as they have all those darn birds flying around on the River Walk I don't want to sit down there again. Got covered with POOP. Eating there was awful.
Jack, halkel, Shirley, thank you very much for your comments about my photo!
Jack, I just enjoyed your video of Ohio River. I understand the state of the coast, too. There is pathos in your photo and your photo is splendid.
Sachiko I have very little video, and the river near me does not have the rapid flow and the wild life like the Ashida.
Jack, the Ashida River where I take photos flows through the country. But when it goes to the down stream, it drift to the downtown of Fukuyama, and the scenery changes. But unfortunately it is difficult for me to take downstream scenery of the Ashida River now.
At last I found a suitable video â€œAshida river & Flowersâ€. I made this video on June 23, 2008. And I posted it in "Photo Slide Shows and Home Videos".
We live in an area of arboreal forests and many rivers, five just in or close by town, but they are known for hazards, swift water, whirlpools or debris under the water so caution is always stressed.
Jack Picture of Taffy in front of PC
Patricia, a pretty site, but I would not go into the water.
Lindancer, cute photo, looks like how I watch tv. :)
Cute. Looks like it was enjoying TV about as much as I do. Nothing worth watching anymore.
Was it reading a book also. ?
JeanneP, that is where she lays when I am posting. Sometimes she sets up, and I have to try in look around her.
Jack, my neighbor is not here to help me, so I am trying to send a picture on my own.
This is a rabbit eating my flowers, just after I planted them
Gloria, you did well in posting. I wonder if the rabbit is thinking, "Uh oh!"
I can't believe how much Taffy reminds me of Farrah, in looks and in manner.
Gloria, you did good. We have rabbits but they only get grass in my yard.
Patricia, I have always known that Farrah, would come around. Taffy, still will go in the bedroom when a women comes in. she like s men, comes running in when Gene from next door comes over. Maybe it was a women who abused her.
Jack, my neighbor put some pictures on desktop, and showed me how to send them from there.
Gloria there is a code under the photo, and I find if I right click and open I get the larger photo.
angelface, beautiful area! I remembered the neighborhood of our villa.
I also would not go into the water.
Gloria, wonderful photos!
Taffy seems to watch TV.
To eat the flower which you just planted! You would be disappointed. But it was a nice timing to take a photo.
Gloria. You did good posting that Picture of the Rabbit. I am just going to have to try harder to get photo's on here. Like I say I can get them onto my IPad. From there to a E-M on my desktop. Then Stuck there. I need to work on it.
Gloria it looks like our JeanneLee did an adjustment. JeanneLee I see you are home, take care and hope you are regaining your strength.
My husband went to our vegetables garden this morning. And he harvested 4 tomatoes, 6 eggplants, one cucumber. The cucumber is still only one. The cherry tomato was produced in our garden.
Nice looking Vegetables. Now what is you husband planning on making with them. Have the makings of a nice Salad.
Sachiko, Your garden and vegetables look so good. I love tomatoes, think I will have a BLT sandwich for lunch.
Jack, thank you for help, I will try the R.click maybe to day.
JeanneP, go ahead and try, the folks in here are nice and helpful.
JeanneLee, thanks, and hope you keep feeling stronger.
Lindancer The right click was just for the way the photo was just posted. JeanneLee took care of it.
"What was that?"
"I've got my eyes on you!"
Who needs those expensive toys?
"Ducky goes where I go!"
"Ducky goes where I go!"
and we both go wherever we want !!!
Great photos and story line.
I enjoyed your photos, Patricia. Farrah (spelling?) is a real cutie.
Love the photos & action, I knew it wouldn't take long for Farrah to shine in your care, Patricia! None of my cats go into a sack or box. Only Tom will play with a ball, no other toys (even though I keep a box of toys for them in the family room.)
Sachiko, your veggies look wonderful! So nice he enjoys growing and gardening and that you take such great photos to share with us.
Gloria, my neighbors are totally frustrated with hungry rabbits in their garden. I am NOT adopting rabbits! Taffy is very pretty... a lot like the mother of Tom & Tiger. Time for me to feed everyone so Tom & Tiger will go out, Mama Callie will get out of my garage (she stays in there most of the time except when I walk them down to the river, she follows me down as well as Tom & Tiger... and comes right back up with me.) Tommy2 will be waiting out front for me to bring his supper as well. We have this understanding... has nice manners, he waits until I am inside and if I don't put his meal in a separate dish, he will wait until Callie is finished eating before he starts. Sometimes I don't see him so don't leave his food (people walking dogs will let them come clean up the cats food).....when I look out the window after getting back in, I have to go serve him.
JeanneP, Lindancer, Shirley, thank you very much for your comments.
My husband is going to make salad, pickles with these vegetables. It is delicious to stirfly eggplant with butter. It rains, and Fukuyama is cool today.
angelface, I enjoyed your photos! Your story is wonderful. Your story matches your each photo well.
Patricia, enjoyed the photos and comments Beautiful kitty. My last cat Toby, who I had to put down only 4 years old, he had stomach CA was the smartest one I ever had, my husband would say to him, set in the corner if you want cookies, and he would go and wait for his treats, or he would say: you want to be brushed, well go lay on the bed.
The only smart thing Taffy, does is try to get me to go to bed around 10, I say are you ready to go to bed, and she does run into the bed room and jump on the bed.
I don't know what I did wrong, but was not able to post a picture. I have to wait for Rima to come home, she is in Virg. right now.
My husband went to our vegetables garden and harvested vegetables so much this morning.
They are eggplants, tomatoes, cucumber, green pepper, sweet corns, carrots, edamame beans.
I boiled them after I peeled each corn shuck. It was sweet and was very delicious.
Good Morning Sachiko, Your vegetables look delicious! They are always best when we grow them ourselves. The corn is the kind we call "butter and sugar" over here. It has both white corn kernels and yellow sweet corn kernels. It's my favorite! Enjoy your bounty.
JaneS, thank you very much for your comment!
I thank for bounty and enjoy the crop which my husband planted.
I took off green soybeans from branches and boiled them afterwards. The bean is soft, and these are very delicious, too.
I love vegetables and yours look delicious, Sachiko. We no longer have vegetable gardens but only have flower gardens now.
Sachiko, I am looking at your photos and drooling. Such bounty is wonderful and it is so much better for you. Enjoy!
Jean, angelface, thank you very much for your comments.
This is our kitchen garden and isn't wide like a field. It's above all that these are fresh.
This field is wide, even if my husband plants it so much, we can't eat, so the part is lent to 3 people.
Jean, please show me a photo of your flower garden.
Sachiko, the photos you take of the veggies are as beautiful as the veggies, you & your husband make a great team! My father always had a garden and delighted in growing things we did not see in the stores (back in the olden days! ;) ) Now those veggies he grew are "in" and known to be very healthy, such as sweet potatoes, kale, broccoli. His tomatoes were huge, almost plate size. He also grew more than we could eat and would share with others. We see a lot of soy bean fields here but I didn't realize they could be cooked like that. They are very good for us, right?
Sachiko, your vegetables photos, look like you could just take them off the plate. I love corn,
I will try to send another photo, of my back yard. Well that one did not go through, Will try one of my grandmother, when she was 16
Linedancer, that picture of your grandmother was really nice. When I clicked on the little photo I got a lovely big photograph.
Gloria, what a lovely photo of your grandmother at sixteen! These are so nice to have, aren't they? A cousin sent me a CD filled with photos from my maternal side of the family, and it has several of my maternal grandparents at different times. I knew my grandfather when he was quite old, an Irish man of five foot seven with strong beliefs. Looking at the photos of him as a youth, made me realize how handsome he was.
Gloria, a wonderful photo. Nice pose, wonder if she ever used the swing.
Shirley. I don't believe that the So beans that Sachiko is showing are the same that we grow here in the US. Sort of like the Corn. Just one kind is edible. another is Pop Corn I think and the rest is Field corn.
I learned that the hard way. Thought I could sneak into the farmers land and pick some of his corn for dinner . Family laughed as it was hard as pebbles.
Thank you Jack, FlaJean and Patricia for the nice compliments. I am short like she was, my grandfather was 6ft. so they were a perfec 10, when they stood side by side. ;)
She had beautiful eyes everyone said.
Jack, that picture was taken in the Ideal Hour Estate ball room.
Her father was gate keeper there.
It is now Dowling College. That picture is old, as I am 92
Back to Oglebay, I checked the speedometer, it is 4 miles from my home.
I tossed out some old bread that I let dry. There were 3 deer, but had Jessie in the SUV. Had the camera and took two quick photos. The first was just 6 feet away and on the second believe she was going to lick the camera.
Here is Jessie under a trellis probably left up from a wedding.
Gloria D, what a beautiful picture of your grandmother. I have a picture of my great-grandmother seated in a beautiful wicker chair. I don't know how old she was, but the picture was taken in the US so she was older than 16.
Jack, Jessie looks as if she's waiting for the groom.
Gloria - I really like that picture of your grandmother . . . she was a very pretty young lady. I wonder if you know the date that the photo was taken? I noticed the dark colored bracelets she's wearing on each wrist. I'm curious as to what they were made of?
Jack - That deer is really tame, to come right up to you!
Mary Ann good thought, but she was just waiting to continue the walk.
Marilyn, Lots of deer in the park, an attraction for visitors. If not too many people around they will walk up to take food from your mouth. I prefer to put the food on the ground.
We have moose like that here Jack. They say we have a residential population of about 200 moose. With all the trees, waters and brush, you can often walk right past one.
I wouldn't get too close however as you don't know where they've been or if someone has harassed them. They the moose, may look tame, and people get used to having them around, but they are not tame.
And yes, they aren't dumb either. During hunting season, there is nary a one to be found. They are back immediately afterwards.
Patricia, I usually keep my distance, but the young whitetail deer are much smaller then your moose, and elk I have seen in Pennsylvania. Seldom see the bucks close to people just the young does.
Near my home, there is Susano Shrine founded in the seventh century.
On July 16, 17, I spent time for the festival of Susano Shrine busily.
thank you very much for your comments. Thanks to your comments become slow, and I'm sorry. It is happiness that we can eat fresh vegetables. My husband is busy with the care of vegetables.
Linedancer, that picture of your grandmother is really wonderful! I wish I wear such a dress, too.
Jack, in such near deer, you were able to take the photo! Jessie is like the model.
My Great Grand Daughter "Fi" (Orphelia)
with her Mommy (Madison) and Daddy
(Athan) at the Clam Festival
Sandy, your grandchild "Fi" is very pretty! Her Mommy and Daddy look happy, too.
Sandy, little "Fi" is really getting big. She is so cute. Nice family picture.
Near my home, there is Susano Shrine founded in the 7th century.
On July 16, 17, it was the festival of Susano Shrine...
In the way in front of my home with a little pedestrian traffic, but many people always came and went.
Girls who went and worshiped at the Susano Shrine had many girls who wore their kimono. These seem to increase year by year.
I'm sorry! Kimono is a Japanese dress.
Sandy, Fi is a beaut and no wonder her parents have such big smiles.
Sachiko it is so nice to see so many in the traditional dress.
Sachiko, I like to see the young girls in their kimonos too. It is a very nice custom.
Sachiko, very nice photos, very crisp. I Googled the shrine and it has had a very interesting history and interesting artifacts. Thank you.
Sandy, what a lovely family. They look so happy.
Sachiko, it is so nice to see the young girls in kimonos. Many people attended the festival.
Good afternoon on another very hot day.
Sandy, beautiful fanily
Sachiko, those kimonos look lovely. Your country has so many customs and wonderful places to visit. I wish I could have made a trip there. I have been to so many places, but not the far East.
Marilyn, I never noticed the bracelets before. No I do not know the date of the picture. She was 63 when she died, in the 30's. Her father also owned a livery stable,and I had heard she rode sidesattle all over town.
Jack, it looks like Jesse is saying: What do you want to do now :)
Jack, Mary Ann, angelface, Jean, Lindancer, thank you very much for your comments.
The summer kimono (yukata) is usually made of cotton. But in late years there seem to be many kimonos of the chemical fiber that washing is easy.
angelface, the history of Susano Shrine is old and has many legends.
This is Susao Shrine this morning.
Sachiko, I found this information about the shrine and it has a martial/ religious background according to this article.
The site is lovely and ancient compared to my town which was founded in 1903.
You take such interesting, crisp photos!
Thank you everyone for your
nice comments on my picture of "Fe" and her
It has been a very long time (14 + years)
since there has been a baby in my family, and
I suspect that it will be many more before
the next one comes along.
Having a new baby in the family seems
to change the way we all relate to one another.
All of my Grand kids are now in their
teens and twenties.... and then all of
a sudden there is this precious baby that
everyone wants to be a part of....
New bonds are developing all around us!
Two and a half days of heavy, steady rain, and we are under a weather watch for the river runoff, uprooted trees, brush, etc. to come through the valley of the five rivers, primarily the Yukon and the Tanana rivers. I wish I could send all of this down to you folks needing rain. Do you want it? We got it!
Farrah isn't taking too kindly to the new stark regime. She just came over to my computer chair, rose up and placed her front legs on my thigh and cried loudly and somewhat hysterically, "WIN!!"and that's my day....At least she isn't afraid of me! :thumbup: ;D
And how was your day?
Gloria, great photo of your gr-mother. I have one of my gr-mother that Dad said he thought she was about 17, the photo was already fading when I scanned it, but still in pretty good shape. My gr-mother was born in 1871 and I was about 32 when she died (she was 96 when she died) in 1967, so I remember her well.
Jack, what neat shots of the deer! How did you focus so fast? Sharp pics with lots of unusual detail. Yep, Lady Jessie looks just right under that arch... just needs a throne to sit on!
Sandy, can't believe that baby has grown so fast.... seems like "just the other day" when she was born. Good looking family. Funny how our kids are sure they "invented" babies & have the smartest ever born... and WE thought the same when they came along, right?
Sachiko, such interesting places you show us, and it is heart warming to see the new generation of people proudly wearing the dress of their ancestors. Glad you are feeling well enough to get out and about again.
Patricia, thanks for the link, love checking out the cams in Alaska but had lost all of the links when computers got switched Win 7 & then 10. I bookmarked this one.... still light enough to see at 11:00 pm MY time.
Cats have all had their "midnight" snack, Lauren the only one that stayed in tonight... still about 95 at this time so very muggy. The cats prefer the heat to the AC so I don't make them stay in after their snacks. Miss Callie would stay in that hot garage all night but I've been coaxing her to go on out where she can at least get some fresh air. During the day I leave one of the doors open enough that she can go in & out but not when it is getting near dark.... don't want any more opossum visiting & living in the garage like we found the one time. Good night, all.............
angelface, thank you very much for the words that you praise me.
But I did not know Isonokami_Shrine. Ise Grand Shrine was famous at the Japanese oldest major shrine, but I did not know Isonokami_Shrine. It seems to be old almost as same as Ise Grand Shrine. Isonokami_Shrine is not so famous in Japan. But you told me. Thank you for good information.
The Shinto shrine which is the most famous in Japan is Ise Grand Shrine.
Ise Grand Shrine
Shirley, I thank you for your consideration to me. I became quite fine.
This morning, I met the girls though they attended school on those bicycles lively.
I just wanted to mention that
Madison (who is my number one grand child (age22)
has taken to motherhood better then I ever
could imagine. Temporarily they are all living
with Kelly (Kelly has a home and a beautiful pool home
right next to it) so there is a lot of room for
The new parents are fortunate because there are
lots of loving arms around to care for this new baby.
Madison can be a "stay at home Mom" as well as
chief cook and bottle washer for their whole crew!
She is doing a great job, and I am very proud
Shirley, I was 12 when my grandmother died. I can remember somthings. She had long hair, and I use to brush it. I also had to dust the furniture on Sat.. The dinning room table had feet. She would check with a hair pin, when I finished. We lived with her. A little cooler to day, but have to go out to get more bandages for my leg, that I hurt Friday. Suppose to have stitches out next Monday.
Patricia, that is a beautiful scene. Can you see that scene from your apartment or just the web cam? The church in the background reminds me of the time we spent in the northeast.
Sachiko, thank you! I have always loved histories and believe they play a huge part in how we are today! Beautiful shrines and interesting format. I was struck with the rebuilding so as to always stay at once ancient and also new and that they used no nails.
It is also interesting that the Imperial family still plays a part even though not as through as in the past. In the Shinto religion, there are special pools to rinse your hands and mouth for symbolic purification. In the Episcopal religion, we rinse our fingers for the same reason in the font before using the stairs to the alter.
Shirley, if your email is the same as in your profile, I will send you a Google list of Alaska cams.
Jean, I am a half block to the right of Golden Heart Plaza, which is the closest of the river parks to me and I live on a higher floor so I can only see parts of the river's looping as well as the top of the carillon, situated in back, between the two red top trash cans.The carillon plays bell tones on the hour, a short tune on the half hour and on the quarter hour, a short medley of bell tones.
The church that you see is on the historical register and is now called "Our Lady of Perpetual Sorrows," for the statue of Mary on the building's front. "The See of Fairbanks was established from the Prefecture Apostolic of Alaska on July 27, 1894, which was created from the Diocese of Vancouver Island. It was elevated to an apostolic vicariate on December 22, 1916. The Diocese of Juneau was carved out of the apostolic vicariate on June 23, 1951. On August 8, 1962, the apostolic vicariate was elevated to a diocese.
The first seven bishops of Fairbanks were missionaries of the Society of Jesus. On June 7, 2002, Pope John Paul II appointed Donald Joseph Kettler as the first non-Jesuit bishop of Fairbanks."
I just wish "that beautiful scene," was filled with sunshine!
Licking whipped cream from the bowl
Bubble, would like to have joined him. Hope he did not empty that large bowl.
Bubble, Aviv certainly has grown. I forget his age, but he's not too old yet. Nice looking boy.
Oh, Bubble. What a good looking young man ! I bet he will be breaking some hearts when he gets older. He has beautiful hair.
Bubble, love those eye and smile.
Yes. He is going to be a Heartbreaker when he gets older. I don't remember if we have seen a Photo of his father ever. Now is he also a handsome man? I know his mum very pretty. Such Hair. A girl would love it. I remember mine being same colour and curly. I wanted it straight.
Bubble, Aviv has lost that baby look and now has the look of a boy, very good looking as you know and he seems to have a sweet personality from his photos.
I also noticed a very nice looking rug as well! Its good to see Aviv again.
Turn off the news and find a spot like this to sit on a park bench and enjoy the silence and beauty. Taken this evening.
Jack, that is such a peaceful place.
I agree, MaryAnn!
Jack, this is like a spot in the Garden of Eden! I wish I could be there!
Want to see if Aviv looks like his dad? Here are pictures of Rafi's birthday in May. With his birthday present...
Bubble, I think the "good looks" runs in the family.
Bubble, Joy has it right, good looking family.
Patricia, MaryAnn and Bubble thanks. I do have my little Garden of Eden and a companion to share it with.
Bubble - Happy photos of your family. Rafi is a handsome man, and Aviv looks just like him!
Jack - When I first looked at your photos, I thought the deer were statues! Beautiful, graceful animals.
Jack, I agree turn of the news. I wish I had that Garden of Eden here in our park. Thanks of posting.
Bubble,Aviv looks like his Dad. What a lovely family.
Bubbles, your grandson is adorable.
Jack, Such good photos---very peaceful. We've been looking at a lot of Netflix lately!
Bubbles. Yes, a handsome man. Now is he Son or SIL?
Jack does live close to what I would think of Garden of Eden. I imagine it is Cooler later in the day. Have to keep your clothes on there Bubble. Would not let you and Don jumping around in their Pool.
Even the UK. France, Germany all up in the 90+ deg. right now. Most with no A/C . World weather is really changing.
Someone came up with a idea of people just being able to drive their cars to work and back and only allowed to use them so many hours a week. Thinks auto's the problem.
JeanneP sorry for the bit I add to the warming. When the walls close in I get in the car and drive. Once or twice a week I drive to a favorite cafeteria, that is 10 miles from my home. That is 20 miles round trip so less than a gallon of gas and added to the price of the meal is still a bargain. I also drive to the park almost daily. Long time since I had a long drive from work and was stuck in traffic.
Jack. the food must be good there if you drive 20 miles to eat it. I have to get out of the house every day also. (Not doing it until late in day right now) Just to hot.
I maybe do about 10 miles a day only. Use to drive to friends a lot about 35 miles away almost 4 times a week. Just don't seem to do it often now.
Even my area is just bumper to bumper cars anymore. Also have 2 main Interstates surround me. But looks like more would come from all the planes in the air. When you realize about how many thousands fly out of airports daily. I often wonder where all the people go now. Both driving and flying. Remember when people just left town a couple times a year. That was us. Twice a year. On vacation, to see family at Christmas. Things have changed. Now people have to be on the go all the time. Think nothing of just getting into their cars and driving hundreds of miles. We have them here just drive up to ball games and things in Chicago. (137 miles) like they are going to the corner shop. I think it would be a help if they kept the price of gas higher. Its like in UK where there a Gal of gas never seems to get less than $5. They don't waste it. Here they will complain but never stops them from going. Think in town now I saw it for $1.72 a gal. But then I saw cigarettes being asked for also in the gas station at $5.15 a pack. So go figure. Crazy place.
Bubble, your family looks warm, interesting and gorgous! Great family photos!
Bubble, I love watching Aviv grow up.... I'm sure we compared ages with him & my GREAT-gr-son, Jace, who just turned 6. (I thought he was going to be 7.) Jace has straight black hair like his father... and his mother is almost white-blond. They have another baby girl due in the next 7 days, Amelia, his sister, was 2 first of June. Thanks for taking time to size & post Aviv's photos.... is his father or mother your "baby"? Good looking parents & nice they live close. Rafi looks a lot like my oldest son & my son-in-law. My son has the least hair... my father and later brothers, lost their hair early as did most of my nephews, don't get to pick the genes!
Aw, Jack, what beautiful shots of those babies. I agree with all the comments, that is a spot of Heaven.
JeanneP, gas was rationed (Suez Crisis) when we were in England. Not sure if it was rationed or just expensive the first year or so (mid-'50s). My husband needed the car to get back & for to the base so I didn't drive often. Besides, they drove on the wrong side of the road! :2funny:
It is miserable hot here.... over 100 today & much worse because of the humidity. Everything is wilted, even the cats. They prefer being outside to the AC. I didn't even walk down to the river today....
Bubble, what a pretty Avi is! I hoped he did not get a stomach out of order. Enjoyed your photos very much!
Jack, what a splendid place! It is quiet and peaceful. Those photos are beautiful.
Thank you, thank you for admiring Aviv and his dad. Yes they are wonderful to watch when together: the little one admiration for his dad and the careful attention from the adult to this precocious child. Aviv was four in May.
Illy is my elder, Tany the youngest of my two. Tany lives in UK these last three years.
Terribly hot here too. I am lucky to have some sea breeze getting in from the main big window.
I can see the resemblance but he has moms hair.... ;)
I bet little Aviv had no trouble blowing out those candles, bless him...
Vanilla-Jackie, thank you very much beautiful card for my birthday!
I went to our vegetables garden to pick vegetables for the dinner of my birthday with my husband this morning.
Great picture Sachiko. I think I recognize corn in the background. Is the ground plant zucchini?
Bubble, It is pumpkin.
These are parts of today's crops.
Ha ha ha your eggplant looks like a duck!
Ha ha, yes agree, shape of a duck.....Just doesn't everything look so ripe and healthy....Sachiko you have a very healthy lifestyle....
Sachiko, I am not familiar with Edamame beans, nor knew of boiled soy bean...
I have to remark on how pretty you look in your ( Birthday ) morning summer dress, you look very well and relaxed....I have never seen you without a smile, which is always a pleasure... :)
Sachiko. You are looking so well.have a good day.
Boiled edamames match beer well.
There are many kinds of vegetables in Japan. The vegetables which my husband cultivates are several kinds of those. He brings up vegetables as his hobby.
And there is the long eggplant. .
junee, thank you very much for the card on my birthdayf! I am restoring my health.
Happy Birthday, Sachiko. I hope you have a very special day. So happy that you are looking so well again. Enjoy many happy birthdays in the years ahead.
Happy birthday Sachiko. You look great in both photos.
Bubble I agree on the duck, and did you notice the beaks on the eggplants. Lots of wild life in that garden. :)
Sachiko, Happy Birthday. You look very good in that lovely dress. I hope you are progressing in getting well.
Your vegetables look so good, very inviting.
Sachiko, you are looking very rested and healthy in your photos! You have wonderful, glossy looking vegetables as well and yes even an eggplant, "duck!" ;D
I hope you are having a very happy and wonderful birthday!
Sachiko, what a lovely picture.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY :hb2: :cheer:
Vegestables look so goodOur Veg. stands here, have to grow what they sell Cannot bring any from another market.
:hb3: and hope you have many more.
Sachiko. You have a great birthday. With all those veg. picked today you husband will make you a great dinner I am sure. Now will he be baking a cake? Doesn't that one that Angel posted look tempting?
Joy, bubble, Jack, Mary Ann, angelface, Lindancer, Jean, JeanneP,
Thank you very much for your words and the wonderful card which were full of your heart. Last night, my bedtime passed and was not able to write thanks. I express sincere appreciation.
You are very welcome, Sachiko. I know we all hope that you had a wonderful birthday and a most enjoyable day.
Joy, thank you very much for your warm words!
I thank for having been able to spend very splendid birthday. Particularly, I was able to celebrate my birthday with your tender words and your wonderful cards and with a few steaks and the vegetables which my husband made.
My husband made all the vegetables except small mushroom.
Sachiko, from the looks of the food pictured, I think many of us would like to have eaten with you. The food looks delicious. I am happy that you had a nice birthday.
Sachiko, the birthday dinner your husband prepared looks delicious.
There are people swimming in Lake Michigan at 8:45 pm. The water is unusually warm - 74 degrees with a 77 degree air temperature.
Mary Ann, Jean, thank you very much. I appreciate your comments.
JeanneP, my husband cooks, but does not bake the cake.
And I did not also bake my birthday cake this time, and the dessert was commercial ice cream with a lot of strawberries.
Beautiful setting, delicious food and strawberries are a treat after a substantial meal. I wish I was nearer!
I am glad you had a great day Sachiko - and such an attentive husband :)
Sachiko, good to see you having a good appetite after your hospital stay.....I am also happy you have a caring hubby who is taking care of your vegetable growing produce.....
bubble, Vanilla-Jackie, thank you very much for your comments! I thought of my birthday that I spent happily and thanked the warm consideration that you gave to me and spent today.
Sachiko, Yum! One of my favorite desserts.
Sachiko. On! that meal looks Delicious. Hope you ate it all. Time now for you to start putting some weight back on. The Healthy way.
I saw your Ice cream and got up to my freezer to get me a "Weight Watchers English Toffee bar Ice Cream". They are really quite good. Never had before but will buy again.
JackBeing it is so hot, thought I would put a picture in of our pool
mu backyard in summer
Gloria D, although I don't swim, the pool looks very inviting. I love your back yard and the flowers. We don't have a pool but we do have a pond and sometimes we have ducks and geese on the pond. The ducks are welcome but the geese are not.
There are loads of people in the water at Lake Michigan/Grand Haven and also lots of boats. A couple of boats were going up the channel toward Spring Lake where the marinas are. Norm had his boat at North Shore Marina and we went up and down the channel many times. Those were fun times.
Gloria, an impressive pool, but I no longer swim. I have to see the dermatologist quarterly and try to stay out of the sun. Agree with Mary Ann, a lovely yard with lots of decorations, probably takes a lot of work.
Thanks, my husband use to love to work in the yard. I have one of the large yards in the park.
jack I hope you do not mind, I post to you, as that is how my neighbor taught me to send pictures.
Gloria I do not mind, but the two photos had different codes. I clicked on the garden and it was large, not the same with the pool. The good thing is that you keep posting. 95 and humid here, doubt there will be a late walk in the park.
Gloria, your backyard looks pretty and that pool looks inviting.
Jack, what happened to your temp icon. I can see others but not yours.
Marry Ann, JeanneP, thank you very much for your comments.
This ice cream which strawberries and cream matched was very delicious.
JeanneP, I would like to taste your ice cream "Weight Watchers English Toffee bar Ice Cream".
Gloria D, Fukuyama is very hot, too. I would like to swim in your pool!
Your backyard is large and is gorgeous.
Sachiko. Now I thought that you had Weight Watchers over in your area also. They seem to be sort of like MacDonalds shoot up Everywhere. If so Try them. very small. Few Cal. and good.
Jean I have not had the temp gadget since I came to the new site. Do not know the routine and never tried to do. Our temp is now 85, we had a storm pass, did not get the rain. Headed for the park. Knew Jessie wanted it (me too) When I would leave her out during the day she did her thing and wanted right back in instead of taking some time in the yard.
JeanneP, I was much busier and am sorry not to be able to access here.
Even if I have many calories the food, I do not mind the calorie. Because even if I eat slightly a lot, I am a person getting thinner immediately.
I bought one bowl of ï½‡eranium 50 years ago. And I cut a branch of geranium and planted a cutting and increased bowls of geranium.
There were many geraniums in my garden in Yokohama, but brought only one bowl to my house in Fukuyama.
I want to increase these geraniums with a cutting.
Lovely! and that blue entices the red of the blooms.
bubble, thank you very much for your comment at once. I had the pink geranium, but it becomes refined and is only this now.
MaryPage, who posts in Norm's Boat & Tackle, has several pink geraniums in blue bowls, similar to your red geraniums, Sachiko. I had one red geranium that I kept over several winters and Norm and his wife gave me a pink geranium that I have kept over a few winters. The red one died, so I bought another one last year. Mine are not in colorful pots, sorry to say. Your geraniums are so pretty and dainty.
Several, says Mary Ann! I have a total of TWENTY (20) large blue pots full of geraniums! Mine are mostly a deep salmon pink. I have a passion, yes, a passion for blue pots. A blue pot standing all alone, plantless, is a thing of great beauty to me, and can send me into a reverie.
So I congratulate you on yours, Sachiko. They are quite beautiful and I know they give you a great deal of peaceful pleasurefulness.
Thank you, MaryPage!
Beautiful geraniums, Sachiko.
Sachiko, I agree with Jean and the others! Your vegtables and your geraiums show a health and beauty and your photos show them off well!
Well enough with healthy :) I had a flash drive I wanted to deliver to my niece in Pittsburgh, and met with her and my sister. They wanted to meet me at Sarris Chocolate, a business just outside of Pittsburgh, in Canonsburg, (the home of Bobby Vinton and Perry Como)
I am posting several photos of the shop, they also have a large old fashioned Ice Cream Parlor serving nothing healthy. I had two scoops of Irish Cream ice cream, then added peanuts and a Dark Chocolate Hard top. That is their melted chocolate poured on the ice cream and it hardens. That was then covered in whipped cream. Did not take a photo of the sundae, I just dug right in.
Large castle made of chocolate.
One more (https://www.seniorsandfriends.org/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi191.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fz28%2FJackwv%2FSarris%2520re_zpskiiuwces.jpg&hash=5e90ff875578639b2a6c57747639dcb5)
Mary Ann, MaryPage, Jean, angelface, thank you very much for your comments.
I was looking for the photo of the geranium in my garden in Yokohama, but was not found so far for the moment. I will be found soon. I will increase these geraniums.
Jack, your will power flew right out the front door, didn't it?
Oh! I love the stuffed animals, especially the big cats and the rhino! Thanks Jack!
Jack, It is gorgeous, splendid ice cream. I do not think to be it with the ice cream.
I would like to taste the 1 part of the Large castle made of chocolate.
Beautiful red geranium Sachiko3. Am hoping my geraniums all come good when the warmer weather comes.
junee, thank you very much for your comment.
I hope so that your geraniums bloom beautifully.
Mary Ann, Patricia, and Sachiko thanks, when my two were young that was a regular trip.
Jack, what a neat looking candy and ice cream shop. I can just imagine how good that ice cream sundae was. Glad you treated yourself. You just have to break down once in a while and do something "wicked". LOL
Glad you enjoyed it.
Love your photos, Jack. That Sundae sounds delicious.
Joy and Jean, I gave up diets years ago, just try to maintain my weight and not add more. I once eliminated sugar, but now treat myself.
Jack, I would like to see that store, love all the large animals
That sundae you had, had me drulling. Sounded so delicious
Bet that ice cream shop favourite place to hold children's birthday parties.
I don't miss ice cream but just love chocolate. I can't follow a diet either. Just eat what I want to but in small amounts. Been same weight now 15 years. Diets don't change it.
Jeanne, speaking as one who recently retired from 49 years in retail/hospitality, I can tell you that even the thought of organized childrens mayhem would have the staff running, screaming for the hills!
Angel. I agree, some people find that everything their children do is CUTE. They run around in a Restaurant. Go wild in the Grocery Store. Schools. Even the library. Do notice that one never sees the children of the Asian People who live in my town. We have thousands of them. Teachers in The schools just enjoy teaching them. So well behaved and their parents take so much more interest in how their children are doing. Some of the US parents do not even answer the notes the children take home from them and if they do come to school to talk the don't take the problems serious. No wonder now that so many schools insist that many children take a medication. One friend is a school nurse and say a large percent are on that Pill. She has to go to 4 different schools a day to make sure the take one.
There is the photo of the original geranium which I used for the cutting of the geranium.
It is the geranium which became big in the flower bed in front of the entrance of my house in Yokohama. This is the photo which is precious for me.
Sachiko, absolutley glorious color, it would make anyone feel great!
Not sure how I've missed being in here & missing so much.... so many photos to catch up with~~~
Sachiko, sorry to have missed your birthday but looks like it was a spectacular day! Many more Happy Birthdays to you ... to share with us! :hb3: :hb2: :happybday:
Jack, three cheers for chocolate & ice cream! My mouth is watering & think I have one more ice cream bar in the freezer.... been addicted to them this summer.
Better get moving, need to walk the cats down to the river. The fish were happy to see me again. I was surprised they remembered where I live but soon as I whistled they were flipping around at my feet. The heat index was still about 100 last I checked... really humid, putting off the walk as long as possible but sun is going down.
angelface, Shirley, thank you very much for your comments.
This geranium was valid with my life.
Shirley, thank you very much for the celebration to my birthday! It was spiritually rich, and I was able to spend time with the dishes which my husband cooked.
Life has been busy around here... I'd like you to meet my 5 great grands, the newest came home from the hospital today.
Here are Jace (6), Amelia (2), baby Kate Elizabeth (2 days old) and Dad, soon to be 40 (my oldest gr-son).
My little red head is 3, starting ballet, meet Hadley.
And Cole's first day hiking Mt. Rainier
Shirley, thanks for sharing those beautiful great-grandchildren. You sure don't look like you could have a "Grandson" who is almost 40.
Shirley, dont you just want to keep them at this age? :smitten:
Shirley, how wonderful to have those beautiful great grands, and your grandson is a young looking 40. He has so much to be proud of.
Shirley they all have such personal charm, even that bundle of a baby. The little ballerina is adorable. Thanks for sharing with us.
Thanks, Joy, Jackie, Jack & Bubble..... I see I forgot to mention that Cole just turned one. The kids birthdays are all summer, so current.... my grands had a run on November birthdays.
Joy, I have so many wrinkles I told my mother years ago that "I'm afraid to look down & smile, my face may crack and fall on the ground!" My mother didn't have wrinkles when she died at 84, got those from my father's side, but we don't get to pick the genes, do we? Between wind in KS & the hard water, not easy keeping the skin soft. I don't think about it 'cause not worth wasting time when you can't change facts. But thank you for the nice words.
Jack, I think "Dad" is still in shock, 3 to keep up with now. He does equal "care giving" as Mommy does as both have worked up till now. Not sure what plans are since they couldn't find a nanny. Both have jobs that take them all over the world at times, so she/they may decide time out!
Jackie, I'm having trouble keeping up with all these kids "multiplying" .... the little ballerina will have a new baby brother in November.
Bubble, I think our 6 year olds are about the same age, not sure how he will react having to share time with another little girl. Amelia has been such a scene steal-er it was hard on him (as the first gr-grand he got lots of attention).
Better get busy, maybe a nap later in the day....
Shirley, such beautiful children. I hope to meet Norm's great-granddaughter Sunday - if Tom feels up to it; he is nursing a chest cold, something he does not need!
Shirley, beautiful grandchildren and goodlooking grandson!
Shirley, what a lovely cute looking family. Their dad is good looking too,
Shirley, such a beautiful family. The great grands are just precious. (From another proud grandma and great grandma :thumbup:)
Thanks, Jean, Linedancer, Patricia & Mary Ann.... I think the greats are more fun to see which family genes they show up with. I did some baby sitting with the greats but don't offer with the gr-greats, no way could I keep up~
Mary Ann, hope you get to see Norm's great and that she looks just like you did when little. Surprising how we pick certain features out that ... like the blue eyes of the little red head... are just like my mother's twin sisters. I look into her eyes & see them and honestly, think she feels some connection as well. Hope Tom feels better, any chance it is allergy related? My sinus infection turned into a cough that sounds like it is coming from my toes... but only after getting meds for it.... and the cough kept getting worse so a trip in for X-ray showed no pneumonia. Read side effects of the 'script & "having a cough" is one. Just what I needed!
This gr-son is about 6'4" (at least), got those long legs from my husband.... our daughter got my short legs but she has 2 very tall daughters (like my husband's mother & Cas) & this lanky son, her other son is built husky like his father. Jean, do you have grands or greats that live near?
Don't know what it is today but I am wiped out & half asleep. Think it may be lack of sleep night before when I stayed up to do laundry. That's the last time I do that, black out or brown out, laundry gets done during the day!
Shirley, Dot thinks Avery looks like her grandfather, my nephew Tim who died 1 1/2 years ago. I have some pictures of me as a baby so I'll have to compare. I did think she has my ears, which protrude a bit which is the reason I've always wanted my ears to be covered by my hair. Since this little girl lives in Eaton Rapids, I know I won't see her often so I want to get at least the one chance.
I smile when you mention "tall" because all of my cousins (all six of them) are/were tall. Norm and I were the only short ones, me especially. I think my parents were of normal height for their times, but whatever short genes they had, they passed them to Norm and me!
Erin, Terry and Jan's daughter, is up from Indianapolis. Her job contract ended so she is at loose ends until she finds another job, preferably in Indy because she has grown to like the city. The city has a lot of culture and I was exposed to much of it when I would visit Joan and Jim.
Tom doesn't think he should go Sunday, nor is Dot going, so I have asked Terry if I can ride with them. It is a bit out of his way, but I live close to I-96 which takes us toward Lansing and Eaton Rapids. I wonder, too, about allergy for Tom. It is the grass season and soon will be hay fever season and since the seasons have all been cockeyed, who knows what bothers anyone.
Grand Haven water temperature is 76 degrees which is like bath water. Air temp is 77 degrees, which is what my indoor/outdoor thermometer reads.
Shirley, you and Cas did great work. All are beautiful, especially the little red head in her ballerina costume. What would we do (and what those without big families are missing) if we didn't have our broods. They all soon grow up.
Quote from: Mary Ann on July 29, 2016, 05:03:19 pmMaryAnn, must be rugged folk up there in Michigan. :) I would go to my sons to swim when the water got above 85. 77 sounds cold to me. Had to look it up and found this. Like the word tepid, my mom would use that term when we were running low on hot water. They are calling 90 degrees lukewarm. A hot bath would be close to body temp.
Grand Haven water temperature is 76 degrees which is like bath water. Air temp is 77 degrees, which is what my indoor/outdoor thermometer reads.
"Give a tepid sponge bath by washing the body using a sponge and lukewarm water between 90 and 95 degrees Fahrenheit, advises WebMD. A tepid sponge bath is used to clean newborns; reduce fever and rash in children; and care for ill adults and the elderly, according to Mayo Clinic."
Shirley, what a lovely cute children! Their dad is good looking too.
My daughter comes to Fukuyama from Tokyo today and stays for 3 days.
Jack, it's been so long since I was in Lake Michigan and I have no idea what the temp was then, but I and a lot of other kids and adults were in that water and stayed in it for some time. Since we're north of West Virginia maybe we are more used to cooler temps.
For the record, I put a toe in Lake Superior one time. Now that was COLD!
Jack, you wouldn't like Alaskan rivers, lakes, and streams. Many of those are glacial fed, and the temperatures hover at around 45 to 32 degrees. But that has never stopped any of us from swimming or cavorting!
Mary Ann, hope you take those pictures with you & get some photos with the baby insome of the same positions to compare. I think she would be thrilled to inherit your genes. My father had one brother about same size, typical short French, but his other 2 brothers were a head taller. My mother & her twin sisters were at least 3 or 4 inches taller than me and I was taller than my sister, but her brothers were all fairly tall and her older sister was a very tall woman. My brothers were fairly short, maybe 5'10", so it was okay to be any size in my family. I only had 6 cousins on Dad's side but 50 some on Mother's side.
Jack, I do a lot of adjusting when getting the shower to suit me.... my body is always warmer than the normal 98.6. They kept my mother in the hospital 3 extra days trying to get her temp down and gave up when she explained "she'd have to go home to get it down". When I sit in the sun in the car, my temp will keep going up... have to drive with the sun shades as much as possible. I get this problem from both parents. Only last few years has the body objected to cold water, I can still take cold & snow easier than heat. When I am extremely hot I can stick my feet in cold water & recover fast.
Patricia, I had friends that always broke the ice to swim on New Year's Day....(if it was frozen) but I never pushed those extremes. I don't like to swim if everything is perfect! Those water temps sound warm to me, but I have no idea what water should be. I can't tolerate the hot springs water in CO, takes my breath away. They use the hot springs water in the public showers & last time I came out with "I know what a lobster feels like now!" Had the same hot temps at the private campground, the Aquatic Center & the park showers. The little towns cater to campers, their main income, I think.
Thanks, Hal & Sachiko, families are what it's all about, I agree. Sachiko, know you will enjoy the 3 days with your daughter. I expect she has been very concerned about your health.
Time to give cats a chance to eat again before I go to bed. Son is coming in the morning to find why one sprinkler zone doesn't work automatically... I can manually turn it on but it's supposed to go all around on it's own. We discovered a control box in the yard that should have one wire not doing it's job (he has a degree in Ele Engineering & all the testers to work with.) Got to get up & out before it gets too hot. Sweet Dreams to all....
Patricia I would love to visit and see your lakes and streams, but would not step in the water.
Shirley I would not like a hot tub but like my showers warm, not hot. Never took a cold shower but have soaked my feet in cold water.
Sorry no photos :)
Rain on and off all day. Sky cleared late and temp dropped to 72. Too late for photos but a nice walk. Posting this photo taken earlier in the day of a rainbow. Taken from a parking lot, fortunate to have the iPhone.
Took two photos in the evening. The one with mist in the trees following the rain and the other late sunset (Missed the sun)
Wow, what a vivid rainbow, Jack! Usually ours are so faded it is hard to see them in a photo. You can't get a bad shot of that view, but always wonder why they don't have some kind of vines growing across the "arbor". My grandmother's grapes grew on an arbor like that, always felt so cool walking under & loved watching the grapes grow and ripen. Dad said they had 3 kinds for making wine, but by the time I came along they didn't make wine anymore. I'm still wondering why the mist.... we don't see that often here but I recall we did in MO. Beautiful photos, thanks!
Jack, you do have an artist eye for great pictures! I really enjoyed these, thanks!
Shirley and Bubble thanks. I did crop the rainbow photo. It ended just about at the upper left, and did not go back down. I cropped out the tops of a number of buildings in the shopping lot. I may just pose that question about vines on the arbor.
Bubble. When I see something I like and want to share I try to capture only what is worth showing. Sometimes I take possibly 20 photos and keep only a few. Love digital cameras, and iPhone, a far cry from when we had to buy film and pay to develop. Large family, poor times growing up, and have very few photos until I was in my mid 20's and wanted to capture my young ones growing up.
Lovely photos, Jack. It has been so hot this summer we haven't gotten out and about as much. Looking forward to some fall weather.
Jackwv, I love to see a rainbow, just not too many about....Now I have to ask, did you find that " pot of gold " at the end of it?
Jack, you always take such nice photos! My grandparents and older sister had similar trellis with grapes or bean vines growing across.
We have a lot of mist, fog, what have you here as it has been steadily raining since April and now we are under a flood watch until Tuesday. We've had the low-lying areas between two rivers overflowing, always wonder why they keep building in that area? It is along the road to one of the military bases, but still, a little reasoning? And a couple of villages that have evacuated.
Jean, Jackie and Patricia thanks I enjoy taking and sharing photos from my walks. Did not see the end of the rainbow but took the photo from a parking lot outside a WalMart, did not spot the pot of gold.
Pleasant afternoon with my son at a local pub. His wife is out of town. Have to clear my mind after a few craft beers then head off with Jessie for an evening walk. Heavy rains and some flooding but none in my immediate area.
Took just one photo this evening. Lot's of deer out. I had to stop on the road for half a dozen to slowly cross. There were more on this field, but took a long shot from the window of the car.
Jack, great pics, and I love the rainbow. The mist picture is different than most.
Jack, that is such a neat photo.... the dark contrast of trees behind the deer shows the outline of their body better than any I've ever seen. If you were tracing their outline it would be so easy to see their shapes! As Sophia would say, "picture it!"
Up to the park late last night to avoid the heat. It was getting dark when I put Jessie in the SUV. That worked out well since they turned the lights on at the little fountain. It is surrounded by trellis and hanging baskets. Brilliant colors but I did not adjust a thing on the photo.
Beautiful picture Jack!
Jack, I agree with Sandy, gorgous photo!
Sandy and Patricia thanks. Was pleased the photo turned out so well, not good at night time shots and would not use the flash.
Jack, I agree, it is a beautiful photo. I wasn't aware that night pictures could turn out so well.
Its been years since I have seen a Rainbow in this part of the country. wonder why.
Jack, I agree with Bubble you do have and artist eye. The night picture in the park are lovely. such bright colors. My husband gave me a digital camer, the year he passed. We have a lot of mist on here on eastern LI, we are between the LI Sound and the ocean. Plus a lot of bays.
Shirley we had a very large grape arbor the kitchen section of our house, when I was growing up
Jack wv, stunning photo, strong and vibrant night-time colours.....
Beautiful picture, Jack. Love the colors the way it turned out.
Gloria, Jackie, Mary Ann and Joy thank you. Not so sure I have any more of an artists eye than each of you viewing. We all know beauty when we see it, and I often stop to take a photo and share. Cameras have come such a long way and I simply point and shoot. Never learned how to handle manual settings and at this point doubt I will ever try to learn.
I posted a slide show of the fountains taken over the last few years, check it out in the slide show discussion.
Jack, with my old film cameras, I got so I could use the light meter to get my pictures and I also had a few filters. Now, I can't remember a thing about using either.
MaryAnn I never used a light meter. Too slow to try to find out how.
Bit of a disappointment last night. There is a touring Glenn Miller Band, formed in 1956 and quite popular. They were scheduled several weeks ago and postponed due to weather. They moved it to Thursday night in the outdoor amphitheater and I planned a late walk and to watch. Due to scattered rain they moved the show inside Wilson Lodge. I still went up to the park with Jessie, and did not intend to leave her in the car for even a few minutes to check it out. She is number 1. Here is a youtube of the group (not last nights performance) I am sure it is familiar. (If you are in the mood)
I Went to a concert that he gave in Manchester just before he took off 2 days later and never seen again. I also have his music on Vinyl. That kind of music was what people danced to back then. Great.
OH!YES!!!! My feet are flying under the desk! JeanneP, we were stationed at High Wycombe.... and it was that base where he left from when his plane went down.... so must have been "barn storming" all over. In the movie it showed Wycombe Abbey.... the girls school that joined the base. Before Cas died he found the Google view of the base... nothing left but some concrete pads where the buildings & quonset huts were. Most of the base was underground in the mid '50s.
We were still dancing to his music in the early '50s.... my last years of high school. Got the music playing in the background.... love it!
Gorgeous photo, Jack, amazing colors & such a beautiful spot.
Shirley. My mum spent winters in a place she had down in High Wycombe. I loved it there. Now the US had a large Base up in my Area. Called Buttonwood Air base. Such as Bob Hope and different people would come there. Amazing how many US stars I met in UK. Johnny Mathis a favourite. Lena Horn. Mae West. So many. I knew the owner of the big Palace Theatre and Got to meet some when they played there.
Now last time home I drove out by Buttonwood area. Going to Wales I believe. Now main motorways going through the area. I had been to the Base for a Christmas party one year. It was massive. Must have closed in the late 60s. The plan was to use lots of the paved roads and some building left but all turned into a modern big town. All new homes, Schools, Tall offices. Would not know that a Air Base had been there .
Shirley. Were you still doing the Jitterbug dance. I remember how some of the Airmen that came to our Dance hall had learned to do it. I loved it. entered contest with some of them. Lots of American Bands use to play at this big Dance hall. It was a private one on Sunday and I remember the US service men would be outside and ask if we would take them in on our Member card. I never missed a Sunday there in 5 years. Place still there but not as classy now.
Jeanne, it was Burtonwood.
I think the airfield you are thinking of is Twinwood where Glen Miller took his fateful last flight from......Twinwood is in ( Clapham ) Bedfordshire, not too far from where we used to live...We once went there to one of their Glen Miller Band concerts....This is a link to his last flight orders.....
Jack, I played around with your photo to get the blue cast out.
Patricia thanks. I am a bit colorblind so have to be careful when I edit.
This one was taken last year at the park. Did not tamper with the color (lots of it) I zoomed a bit to catch this chipmunk keeping and eye on Jessie.
That is a terrific, sharp photo, Jack! We do not have chipmunks here at all for some reason, two types of squirrels plus nocturnal flying squrrels but thats it.
Jeanne & Hal, I didn't get out much when we lived in England, gas was rationed & at first we lived in Marlow (on the Thames, Buckinghamshire)... last year+ we lived in High Wycombe, so Cas needed the gas to get back & forth to the base & those once a month trips to South Ruislip for medical check ups for me... our baby was born at the base hospital in Jan of '56, just a week after I turned 21. Boy, back in those days that was the only phone call made back to the states during the whole time we were there! Did some growing up fast!
Jeanne, the jitterbug we did in the early '50s was not like you see done during WWII.... we didn't do the flip over the hip or under, but my favorite partner for dancing & I could jitterbug back to back without missing a step, won a few awards & since we were both cheerleaders & traveled to towns all over MO, we often stayed after games & attended their dances so did a little showing off our style along the way. More often than not we would look up & everyone else had quit dancing & we were ringed with people watching. That's when we would quit & head back home. We both married, only saw each other at a few class reunions, he died about 25 years ago. Started first grade together so always good friends.
My husband couldn't hear the beat of music, nothing he could do about that, he knew the steps... like an engineer... Not many things he could not do, but dancing is all about the beat & he just didn't hear it, not an ounce of rhythm in him. We used to laugh that we worked well together but didn't play nice with each other. He hated camping & I wouldn't have gone out in the sun to play golf for a million dollars. We made it work, he liked to give orders & I didn't object to taking them. Honest! We had our "discussions" now and then, we were both strong enough to know our limits & had to clear the air. :tickedoff: :2funny:
Well, I've listened to the music again, over & over... lots of memories. Getting out & helping clean up that Allis Chalmer tractor also brought back a lot of memories today. Kind of mellow tonight so better shut up! Cats are all fed & out for the night so better see if those zzzzzzzzzzzz are waiting for me. Sweet dreams to all.
Cute photo of the chipmunk, Jack. We have some at the park near by, they are used to people bringing them peanuts. Don't know why they aren't anywhere else. We have squirrels around everywhere. We didn't see hardly any camping in CO this year. Really concerned about that.
Patricia, one time in CO we saw a black squirrel.. fascinated me & I kept getting shots of it ... back in 35mm times.... I guess there was a family of them but I had never seen one before. When we lived in the KC area we had gray squirrels.... not really flying ones but they could go from one end of our acre of ground to the other .... in the trees. When we had the storm that snapped off tops of trees one squirrel lay on it's tummy on the stump of a limb one whole day & yelled about it. I thought it was hurt but when I put food out it came on down to eat. We had a big deck out the back & the squirrels would come to the sliding door if I didn't have food in the bowl for them. Had to quit because the neighbor's dog discovered the food & I caught him standing on the bench seat that ringed the deck, to eat out of the heavy ash tray on the rail that I put the food in. A big dog & always one step ahead of his owner.
Shirley, back when I was stationed at South Ruislip the place only had six buildings and later they added the buildings where they had their medical service. When I first got there in 1950 the building that we were in (workwise) had the hospital, weather service and communications. Our teleconference room was also used for the well baby clinic, conference table doubled as an exam table. Oh, also the dental clinic was there, two chairs. We drove by there some years ago and not a trace of he old base. Buildings are all commercial buildings with different businesses. The school they built across the street, in a wheat field, is still there.
If you remember there was a railroad at the back of the base and a underpass that led to a baseball diamond and open area for sports. I spent some time at Bushy Park also. The billeted us there and we had to take a bus to South Ruislip and back to work. I rotated back to states 1953. Candy was just being taken off ration, so we could get some at the movies.
Hal, High Wycombe was a satellite base ... parent base was South Ruislip. Cas got there first part of Oct & I got there Dec of '54. We had to go to Ruislip for any American foods.... had a PX at Wycombe but no food. We got back to the States in '57. I don't remember any of the buildings but we bought a Bell & Howell 8mm movie camera & last trip to Ruislip we took a video of outside the hospital, for the little baby born there.
I think West Drayton was another of the bases in the area, 3 bases, including Ruislip? My US driver's license let me drive the first year but I didn't bother taking the test later, gas rationing ruled out fun runs, easier to ride the bus. No base housing so my friends were the locals.
Well, this isn't for talk so back to Photos.... we didn't have a camera in the old days. Friend of Cas' gave him an instamatic for staying with us. Always planned to go back someday to take pics..... didn't happen. A friend of Pat Scott's (that posts in her other site) lived in Marlow, photographer, and posted photos after he researched to find the house we lived in those first years. Had a link to a video of Marlow and a link to the house after it had been remodeled in the late '90s. ... Our landlord had converted the mansion into 3 houses, sold 2 huge sections as stand alone houses & made 5 flats out of the other end. A couple "out" buildings were sold off as houses, we met the people that owned the closest. Before it was chopped up, the mansion was said to have been the meeting place for the ex-king & Wallis Simpson.
Hal. You are Right. It was Burtonwood. There was a very big base about 8 miles north of me. Here In Illinois. I formed a British Womans club back in 1966 and still had young women marrying Airmen and coming to it. Was Called Chanute Field. One of the largest in the US they said. It closed down. Lot of years ago now. Almost made a ghost town for Rantoul after they left.
Still have lots of the Officer Housing which were made into Condo's . Lots of Seniors live in them now.
Shirley. Are you watching TV at the moment. Lawrance Welk show on doing the Swing Band time. Glen Miller Music right now. In The Mood. Before your time.
Yep, Jeanne, watching Lawrence Welk right now. My parents loved that show, wouldn't miss it & knew every person & their history. I was born Jan. 1935.... teachers always called our class "depression babies". I think growing up during WWII years we just accepted what ever was offered.... including music.
Early night tonight.... have not been getting a lot of sleep the last couple weeks, mainly just staying up too late playing solitaire on the computer after I get out of here!
Very hot days continue in Japan.
The rose of Sharon in my garden bloomed so much.
Sachiko, very pretty, and very healthy green....now is this an actual " rose? " If so, not you usual rose to look at....far less petals...
I had a very short message from Sato. He said to tell all his friends in the forum that he is still in the hospital. He had a second stroke. I'm posting this also in the video forum.
I certainly do miss my friend Sato being here and showing us his lovely photos and videos.
Sachiko, that is a beautiful Rose of Sharon bush. Many years ago when we lived in the state of Virginia, we had three Rose of Sharon bushes in a corner of the yard. They have such beautiful blooms.
Sato, get well soon. Hope there are no lingering problems.
Sachiko, lovely flowers.
Jean thanks for the update and Sato prayers for your recovery and your joining us again with your photos.
Sato sending get well wishes from Jackie in UK...
Sachiko, at the house where I grew up, we had a Rose of Sharon, the same color pink as your picture. I loved it.
Sato, please get well soon; we miss you. Thanks, Jean, for the message.
Beautiful flowers again, Sachiko! I love seeing photos of your garden!
Jean, I saw your post in the Soda Shoppe and hope that Sato feels and gets better! I miss his posts and videos!
Sachiko, you bush is beautiful. I have one not as large as you. A neighbor brougt over and planted in my yard, when we first moved in here. 32 years ago
Sato, thought are with you for a quick recovery. We need to see more of your photos
Sachiko, love your photos (they are beautiful) of the Rose of Sharon.... always one of my mother's favorites. I have a neighbor that has a bush blooming right now and enjoy it as I drive past. Hope you are feeling stronger every day.
Sorry about the news, Jean, but thank you for letting us know. Prayers that Sato recovers completely and will join us with more gorgeous photos very soon.
Jackie, I always thought the Rose of Sharon blooms looked more like holly hocks than anything else, only a bush instead of a single stalk.
Sorry to hear the News on Sato. Was thinking he was out and home by now.
Seems so funny that people will get a Stroke when in a Hospital. They seen watch you close. Still I have had 2 people I know where it happened to them in the hospital just this year. So Strange. But better he did it there than at home.
Good morning! Fukuyama is very hot today from morning.
Vanila-Jackie, Jean, halkel, Jack, Mary Ann, angelface, Lindancer, Shirley, thank you very much for your comments!
Vanila-Jackie, the Japanese name of this flower is "Fuyou", but I do not know why it is called Rose. This flower does not resemble the rose. These flowers open in the morning, but wither away in the afternoon.
Jean, thank you very much about the news of Sato.
Sato was writing in my Line at my smartphone. But he did not write in it after July 2. I called his wife, because it passed till when as there was not a note. Still there was not his note in my Line, but there was a note "to be still my hospital." on August 7.
A lily grew in my garden.
On August 7, there was a mantis to the lily.
In the afternoon, the mantis disappeared, and the lily bloomed so much.
Clever Lily, it was waiting for the Mantis to go, before it opened itself to the public.... :)
Vanila-Jackie, thank you, thank you very much for your appropriate impression!
Sachiko, what a clever lily! Pretty, too.
I liked Jackie's response.
Sachiko, what a clever lily that was and you are quite a story teller! Thank you.
Mary Ann, angelface, thank you very much for your comments.This lily is made dignified and blooms during the trees in my garden.
Beautiful photos of the lily, Sachiko, shows so well against the dark background. The last shot has so many different lines and textures.... very interesting.
I enjoyed the links to your home town, Jeanne.... we have a little town north of Wichita that is basically Swedish background and has a lot of street dancing & holidays. I've never gotten there to watch but get
a view of it on the local news.
Shirley, thank you very much for your comment.
The house of My husband was built approximately 160 years ago. Various flowers bloom in this garden in sequence throughout the year. And they have been planted from generation to generation. I have not yet grasped all.
Sachiko, very interesting about the age of the home and garden. Love the photo of the one lone lily.
Jack, I have to tell you someone stole my g.daughter's golden Sat. night. She got this house about 8 months ago as it had a high enclosed fences back yard. She lives in Tenn. As she lives alone alone so Charlie was her companion. He was 10wks. old when she got him.
Gloria, that is really sad. Hope the dog is chipped for identification and that she is able to get local help in locating.
My Angel has landed :smitten:
Don, that picture is lovely. Also looks like a beautiful day.
Nothing like true happiness .... at ANY age! Hugs to you both and I know God has already blessed you. Enjoy the time together and please share with us. I'm smiling at the monitor & a little water squeezing up in the eyes~ Shirley :cheer: :couple: :love:
Wonderful to see you together, and hope to see more photos.
Quote from: Radioman34 on August 09, 2016, 01:14:04 pmPerfect !!!!
My Angel has landed :smitten:
What a happy reunion!
Such a happy photo of two people showing so much warmth and friendship, so good to see.....
Don, Bubble, what can I say that hasn't been said. Just plain happy for both of you.
Don and Bubble, it's so good to see a picture of the two of you together in Canada. Best wishes to you both.
I love this picture of you both, Bubble and Don. Your happiness makes me feel good, too.
Don and Bubble, what a nice picture. My best wishes for a wonderful vacation together. You both look so happy.
What a nice photo of the two of you!
Don and Bubble, what a nice photo! To see your photo, I found happiness to me.
Great picture. Good wishes for the future.
DON and BUBBLE - Indeed, the photo of both of you is really delightful! Thanks for sharing it as it makes all of us HAPPY for you both! I even tool a bite of Chocolate in your Honor! ;)
And she looks so good Don. looks rested now. So both Enjoy . Have you already got thing plans for the whole time. Hope not as hot as it is here. Tell Bubble. Love her in that dress colour...
DON & BUBBLE you both look so happy. So good to see two people I like get together.
LoðŸ'žE your picture together, Bubble and Don! Looking at it makes my ðŸ'™ smile!
SHIRLEY, loved seeing your grandson and the great grand's. They are all beautiful children.
I am very sorry to read about your health issues, Sato. I do hope you are feeling much better now. Than you, JEAN, for sharing this news.
SACHIKO, your flowers are beautiful. Lilies are one of my very favorite, so I did love seeing yours. I have a plant that looks just like your "Fuyou", and I will remember the name of it shortly....I hope. The blossom is identical and the beautiful little flower does indeed Bly last one day. I always enjoy your pictures that you share.
I agree with many of you that you, JACK, have a special eye when it comes to taking pictures. One of my sons is the same....there is just something special about the one you and he take.
I love reading the comments about the bases in England. When we were over there in 2012 I could not believe how much everything had changed in the Greenham Commons area. NOTHING was recognizeable. The base was no longer there and the land was a game reserve of sorts..... We were not able to find any of the places that we lived in.....a shopping center had been built in the area of a bed and breakfast that we stayed in. We even drove into the area where you lived, SHIRLEY, and nothing was recognizeable. When we lived in England, you could drive all over London, and now you can not drive into the city with out a permit. We were there 10 years after you were, Shirley. It was a wonderful time to be in Europe. We were actually stationed in Bitburg Germany, but Bob was chosen for this special project and we spent 5 months in England.
Please keep.sharing your beautiful pictures.
Jenny, thank you very much for your warm words. I am moved deeply.
Jenny, thank you for your kind comments. Would like to see more photos posted and love reading the comments from the group of you on your shared interest in a bit of England. Recall doing a google map on the area Shirley mentioned, when on the old site. I was in the Army only 2 years and served most of it at Ft. Meade Maryland. That was in 1954 and when I returned several years ago so much had changed. I stayed in a 3 story brick building and when I visited they had scaffold up. I asked what they were doing and they said repairing the offices. They claimed the building was always offices, but I assured them it was once home to a company of the 4th Army. There is no longer a 4th Army and much of Ft Mead is now the Federal Government, even the CIA.
Jack, my brother was stationed in Maryland in '53... regular army- 2 years. Then he got transferred to Alaska so bought an Airstream trailer & pulled it up so he could have his wife & baby daughter with him. All I remember they talked about Maryland was an officer that was such a bully with his wife & kids... Young today don't have a clue what it was like during "the draft" and war years, we did what we had to do, right?
Thanks for the comments about the kids, Jenny.... I am way ahead of you with grands & great grands! Shocking how fast they multiply from only 3 kids.
My daughter worried about me and came from Tokyo. I got well with that alone.
Sachiko, what a nice photo of the two of you together! Other than a differance in height, you two look just like each other! Hiw nice to have a caring family!
Sachiko. You are looking so much better now. Keep it up.
Jenny . So true. Every time I go back to UK the places have changed so much. Usually go every 2 to 3 years. I hate some of what they have done.
Now I visited Bitburg about 10 years back. Liked the area. I had always wanted to visit Trier and managed to stay there also. My friends were stationed there. Loved Luxembourg. Her husband was in charge of the US Military Cemetery there. Patten was buried in it. Very well looked after.
I am not going to complain about our weather . Maybe its hot but just watched the weather report and what a mess Louisiana is having again. What was it 13 ft. of Rain again. Came down fast. All the flooding again. They are promising us up maybe 3 inches over the weekend. It could happen as it is the Start of the State Fair and it is known for getting rain that week. Rain will feel good. Everything is so dusty. No rain for almost a month now. Just to hot for me to be out cleaning up outside. My grass gets cut weekly still. Usually he lets it go much longer this time of year. Surprising it is not dead. However the sad thing is the town has to have over 700 ASH tree taken down. Some disease has hit. We are know all over as having the best town for Trees. Beautiful over in the University area. No way can they be saved. I think they were planted just 5 years ago. Cost of Millions. Now again Millions to cut them down and replace. Going to have to take a look and see what is happening as three of mine have some problem. Although mine are 50 years old. Not sure what kind.
Sachiko a lovely photo of the two of you. Know it gave you a lift to have her visit.
Sachiko, what a nice picture of you and your daughter. I can believe you felt better by having her visit from Tokyo. You two do look alike.
Love the photo of you & your daughter, Sachiko.... Tell her I will be searching for a blouse like she has on, my favorite kind of shirt! I like the nice long look. You look so neat & trim with your blouse tucked in. You both have the same smile. Daughters are good medicine, aren't they?
Jeanne, I guess trees go through stages of dying out.... doesn't seem very long ago the elms died and now I have them popping up everywhere and have huge ones down along the river bank... what my father used to call "scrub elm". In Colorado lots of the pines are dying.... most are already gone around here. I am trying to protect a small mimosa tree that sprouted last fall. We used to have a large one in that spot but my husband thought it shaded the little Rialta & caused mildew on it's top, so cut it down. I park this RV on the other side of the driveway.
I love the long tops also now. Specially with skirts. Love the one that Sachiko has on. I have a new top that would just be perfect with it.
Shirley. Only thing is this is going to really change the Architecture of some old neighborhoods. Specially on Compus area where all the homes are beautiful Old Victorian. So proud of these areas. But has to be done.
Jack. GD was home and I was talking about your park and how beautiful you park is and I have to see it. Now she says that your town is where they always stop and stay overnight when they drive from their Home In New Canaan. Connecticut and Danville Illinois. it is about the half way stop. I have to keep that in mind if I drive.
Sachiko, such a lovely photo of you and your daughter. So good to see you looking healthy.
Sato, if you are able to look into forum, we want you to know we are missing you and your lovely videos.
Angelface, JeanneP, Jack, Mary Ann, Shirley, Jean, thank you very much for your warm words!
She is a doctor of science and is the professor of University. And she is married, but, unfortunately, there is no child. She stayed in my home for four days, and she just prepared meals. We spent very happy four days.
Jean, I'm wishing Sato gets back about me sincerely.
...you must be very proud of your daughter.......yes agree on the parent - child similarities, you definitely share the same permanent facial smile....
Sachiko, I can see where you would be proud of your daughter! And of you and your husband in raising such a wonderful daughter!
Vanilla-Jackie, angelface, thank you very much for your warm words!
As my daughter was very busy, it was a custom to see her when I went to Tokyo. As my body recovered considerably, I intend to see her in Tokyo in September.
My first attempt at posting from the gallery with the new software.........Also now have Windows 10 ( :( ) and PSP8X. The picture is of poor quality as my husband took it with his phone through the kitchen window and screen. Sorry about the size. I'll get used to the different PSP.
He's beautiful but I don't welcome seeing him in the birdbath looking for lunch!
I've been here nearly every day looking at your photos......Sorry I haven't taken the time to comment.
Sachiko - I do have to say what a nice picture of you and your daughter!
I'm buzzing through on my way to bed.... but afraid I'll forget to tell you, that is a super shot through the window & with a phone! You know, Beverly, you could always put an uncooked hamburger out for him/it if it shows up again. That's how I get hooked on critters. I'm stuffing these feral cats so they don't go after the birds.... but they do bring their river creatures & sometimes a rabbit to the back door to share with me...YUCK~ Don't know what it is about the hawks or eagles or even the egrets & herons, but the fact they are free & so rare in our world anymore, I get a thrill when they show up. Tell your husband his photo was appreciated!
Beverly, agree with Shirley, that is a great shot. I just have deer, squirrels, rabbits and chipmunks.
Bevarly, wonderful photo!
My PC which I used now revised that it was Windoew 7 to Windows 8.1, and I revised it in Windows 10 in August, 2015. And I use it smoothly.
And, thank you very much about the photo of my and my daughter.
Beverly, great catch and a really good photo!
Beverly. I can't make out the breed of the bird. Now to me it looks like a young Cockatiel parrot. Hope not someones missing pet. See if you can see some yellow on its head and orange on cheek
Jeanne, the bird is a hawk.
Such a little one. I pictured hawk's s big birds. Can't remember seeing any here.
Sachiko, a lovely picture with your daughter.
Beverly, nice photo. I see hawks flying over, but never landing.
Unfortunatly in some ways, hawks and owls are very common here and go after small animals and birds. They or an eagle will go after a small cat or dog, and there is always a shocked or angry letter to the editor about an eagle, hawk or owl taking someone's small dog or cat, and they are always so surprised to see that. Even with the news about birds being very typical, folks somehow believe it will not happen to them.
SACHIKO, what a lovely mother / daughter photo. How nice that she was able to and check on you. You are both pretty ladies.
Very pretty garden photo, BEVERLY, even though it was taken with a phone and through a screen. That would s a good looking hawk. We have a couple of families of Hawks here and enjoy watching them....but they are can eat rabbits without any problem at all.
JACK, I would love to post some photos of some of our trips, however, I have to admit that I really do not know how to do it!
JEANNE, we used to spend quite a bit of time in Louxembourg, as it was, as you know, an easy drive from Bitburg. It is a wonderful city with so much history. We also would fly in and out of the airport there due to the convient drive, as did my parents. The last time we visited Bitburg and Trier the changes we unbelievable. One thing, both places had turned the main shopping street into walking malls. Our favorite restaurant in Trier was still there, but the food was nothing like it used to be...they said the Germans do not cook anymore they are Asians. Not sure if this is true, but we were very disappointed. I was pleased that you mentioned the three places that mean a lot to me.
One other side light....our German born son, we named Kurt. 40 years later he married his wife Heidi. Her great-grandfather was the mayor of Trier at one time. Small world.
I love to read and see the photos so much in this form. Always a joy to come in and visit.
Have a great day.
Thanks for the comments on "our" hawk. We estimate he was at least 14 inches from his head to his tail. They show up in our yard occasionally. I saw one dive bombing a bird one day and managed to scare him off. I know they have to eat, but please, not in my yard! :shakehead:. It's funny, but for some reason more birds like the pan on the ground better than the tall birdbath.
Shirley - I would give him a hamburger but don't want to encourage him to return! Our houses are close together and the neighbors might not appreciate that! ::)
Jenny - The knock-out roses are in sad shape lately. They do better when it's cooler.
Denver. When you where in Lux. do you remember seeing a Bar that had the Front of A Airaplane coming out of it up high. It was called the Cockpit. Owned by the friend of the friend I was staying with. He had been a Airline Pilot with LuxAir and wife was from US.
I used the airport their also. Would go from UK to Lux and then on to my home city of Manchester UK. Loved that route.
Hate to think of Trier changing. Although I do remember being shocked at seeing a McDonald on the Square. Beautiful church there. it is one of the Oldest cities in Germany.
Rain most of the day but stopped in time for a short walk. Took the camera, glad I did. Would not have been able to get this close up of our wild life :)
Jack, those are gorgeous, glad you took your camera, too.... We don't see that type butterfly here anymore... we are on the migration path for Monarchs but see fewer & fewer every year. I don't have much blooming to attract butterflies. Would love some of your rain, we need a soaker 'cause our trees are looking dry, yellow leaves are falling from the sweet gum tree already.
Beverly, I have a photo of a young Cooper's hawk on my wrist... I picked it up inside the pool area. We think it must have dived down to snatch old LaurenKat, she looks like a rabbit except for the short ears. The Lexan (sort of Plexiglass) enclosure was bad for birds running into it but is getting cloudy now so doesn't happen as often. I was a little nervous about scooping it up with my wrist but it didn't make any attempt to bite & it's toe nails/claws didn't leave a mark. After I took a bunch of photos of it on my arm & it looked okay, I gave it a "lift" to fly into a small tree. It sat there for a long time... I didn't have any raw meat but offered it some sausage & it wasn't interested. Sent e-mail/photo to the city naturalist who identified for me.
Jenny, I got to London only 3 times while in England.... never did get to France or Germany.... or to see very much of England. One couple asked us to go to Windsor Castle with them, was a very neat trip. We couldn't go in the castle but got a wonderful tour of the church. Not sure of the title, but was told "head of the church", took me around (think he thought I was somebody's lost kid.... I was 20, I thought I looked grown up), Cas was not pleased as he took me off to show the sword in the stone & explained where the various kings were buried along the aisles.
Lovely capture, Jack! Glad you took your camera with you! ;)
Nice photos, Jack. Love the lavender color. The butterflies look like the ones we have in this area.
Neat picture Jack, we don't see any butterflies like that here, either, unless we go to Meijer Gardens in April where they have a display for a month.
Pat, it's good to see you posting; I hope you're feeling better.
Thanks for the comments. The photos were taken seconds apart, think I prefer the one with the columns in the background. The flowers are in large concrete pots, as usual I am unable to identify them.
I agree with you, Jack, prefer the ones with the columns in the back.... gives it more depth.... but the other is really impressive with detail in each little part of the flower "head".
So good to see you, Pat, keep hoping you will show up with some of your beautiful photos. You inspired me from the first when I discovered Senior Net.
Thanks Shirley, and sorry I gave a simple thanks and did not mention names. Always pleased with Jean and MaryAnn's comments and should have acknowledged your post Pat. So good to see you in here and hope things are going well for you.
I have not seen a butterfly around here all year. fact for past few years. Love them. One garden shop and also over at the University they have a Butterfly room sort of thing. Some beauties.
That was a great shot Jack. Bet you see quite a few in that park area. Although most States are say they are getting few and far between. Same with our bird. Not on Cardinal this year. And it is our State bird.
Things changing. No cows in the fields. Lots of dear seem to be shot in season but see very few when driving around. Why even the fishing is bad now in Illinois and what lakes have them people told not to eat the fish.
Jack I really enjoyed seeing your photos, The plants seemed made for the butterfly and it will probably help to make more of them.
We had our usual small butterflies this year, but I haven't got out enough to look for more. Jeanne, we never had Cardinals, too far north for them. However, two or three years ago, one was seen here in the fall and also at the Christmas bird count. Now they are seen occasionally here all year around.
We are finding more and more trees, small insects and small animals such as birds and others these past few years. We have had coyotes and prairie dogs here for the previous two years. It is surprising to me as I thought the wolves would have objected as it is their territory.
The state is doing a good job of keeping alien flowers and trees out, but it is a losing proposition or seems that way to me. You can not sell flower seeds grown elsewhere but from someone in the state and they are meticulous about spraying or cutting down alien trees or plant growth. For centuries, the cold in winters kept many animals and vegetation out, but we no longer have the snow or cold weather here or further into the Arctic.
JeanneP and Patricia, not seeing as many butterflys, they have a butterfly garden but seldom see activity. I do get the cardinals.
Years back we lost most of the Elm Trees. Neighbors lost Bradford Pear Trees, understand the wood is soft and the split trunks weaken and break with high winds. Daughter said their University campus had a long line of the Bradford Pears, beautiful, but have cut them all down.
The state recently announced that so many animals, birds, reptiles. and vegetation are moving north that in only ten years, it will be totally new and different from the weather, trees and on down. You can already see it happening.
Patricia, 30 years ago when we moved back to Wichita from the KC area we found that in the 2 years we were gone the egrets & herons started wintering here. A few years before we moved to KC we were thrilled to see the Canada Geese stop over on their way south or north.... and all photographers would shout where to see them. They started wintering here when the herons & egrets did, all along the river behind us. We would have hundreds of them just in our neighborhood & thousands all over town. Developers got rid of the nesting grounds and wildlife people convinced the geese to leave the city, we see a few, none that come to eat like years ago.
I believe it's just the world constantly changing.... otherwise, why do we have the "Painted Desert & Petrified Forest?".... and all the changes we have history of ..... I remember hearing that "all the elm trees were dying".... and now I have elms on top of elms popping up everywhere, flower beds & sidewalk cracks. The elms down along the river band that I called "scrub elm"... are getting big leaves this year like what we used to call American Elm. I've decided after all these years I won't waste my worrying on things I can't change, and climate control is out of my reach..... I love hearing about the changes, I didn't realize Alaska was changing so fast. I've lived in KS since Dec of 1960 and we never had humidity like this summer... so it is changing here as well.
Jack, how's the weather been in your area this year? I haven't heard from my cousin that lives not far from you since last year, not sure if she will make the trip back to MO this year since her youngest brother died. She still has a sister & brother living there & we try to get everyone on that side together... so many have died in the last few years, only her brother & sister and my brother & sister left on our fathers side.
I'm off to bed.... had a stomach ache for 4 days (lost track of time), think a bug caught when we had the gathering to meet the new great-grandbaby, Kate.... turned out a bunch of us caught something & since the little kids didn't eat what the rest of us did, and also got sick.... it was a bug. With the young ones going to pre-school and day care, they pass germs around constantly. I'm having trouble kicking this one. I managed to get down some fast food today, not like normal but at least got something down. Been falling asleep when I sit down so hope I can sleep sound all night. Besides all this, I learned today that WE have chiggers here in KS and I never knew it. I thought maybe I was getting bites from sand fleas down by the river but had no idea why the cats have been scratching all the time. They had their monthly dose of flea & tick stuff on the back of their necks but guess it doesn't work for chiggers. Any suggestions?
Everyone is entitled to their own opinion, Shirley. But when the University and state scientists here in conjunction with Asian, Scandinavian and European Universities and scientists get together and publish, you can't ignore facts about agriculture, farming, land use, climate, animal changes and a myriad of other changes and problems, worldwide.
It became late,
Denvel, thank you very much for your comment to my photo.
Jack, they are beautiful photos. And the beautiful butterfly is wonderful!!
Pat, I am very glad I can see you here.
A dragonfly that wings were black stopped on the tree of azalea in my backyard. And it sometimes opened those wings.
It is Calopteryx atrata and native to Asia, where it is widespread in China, Korea, and Japan.
I think it is slightly incomprehensible.
....it is almost camouflaged, I can see how it gets away with almost not being spotted, with its dark leaf shaped wings.....
Vanilla-Jackie, thanks a lot for your comment. I was anxious about me whether you found the dragonfly in the photo.
Great capture of the dragonfly, Sachiko. We see them here quite a bit but difficult to get a clear photo. You must have trailed that one around to get it so clear against the azalea leaves that are much the same shape. My son was standing on the top of the river bank (level with the house) late one evening and was delighted to see so many dragon flies darting all around, all the way down to the river.... dozens & dozens darting back & forth for no apparent reason. I see them dart down for a drink in the swimming pool all the time. I've never checked to see what they eat (but will now).
Oh, Patricia, I don't disagree with you that changes are being made, I just think it is "out of my hands" as far as doing anything about it. I've been changing to LED lights in my house and don't leave them on all over like I see some houses. You know how I love the outdoors so am a moderate about everything. Last night I did a Google about chiggers and discovered this humidity is why they are so bad this year, plus we didn't have any extended hard freezes during the winter, so lots of bugs survived to torment. The web sites recommend not letting cats out but it would be more humane to have these put to sleep than deny them freedom. Keeping up with the cats (and house) is my worry and I am losing control with them & it.
Most interesting (to me)..http://www.dragonfly-site.com/what-do-dragonflies-eat.html (http://www.dragonfly-site.com/what-do-dragonflies-eat.html)
Bubble and I attended our official Engagement party on Sunday attended by my sons and spouses, my grandchildren and spouses (where applicable) and my great-grandchildren.
PS. I couldn't rotate the picture; can somebody do it for me?
Got you right side up! :smitten:
Did anyone ever see a happier couple? :thumbup:
Wonderful photo of the two of you!
Don, ET, your happiness is so obvious and it is also infectious, you cant help but smile with you. Congratulations.
Shirley, thanks a lot for your comment. The back of our washroom is our hill at the back. The dragonfly perched on an azalea planted in our hill at the back . Therefore I opened the window calmly and photographed it. In fact, I wanted to take the movie, but it was too slow and was not able to photograph the chance that the dragonfly opened the wings.
What a lovely photo of you both.
I'm so excited as I'm hoping to see you both tomorrow. Just so happy that my niece will have the day off to drive me to London, Ontario and we're going to go out for supper together!!!
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Pat. Glad to see you posting. Seems like its been awhile. Great you will be meeting Don. and Ethy tomorrow. She has the perfect name in here. "Bubbles" Look at that smile on their faces. You take a photo for us also.
Bubble and Don. Have a great day. Sounds like you party was great. Good all family could attend.
Bubble, Don, Congratulations! What wonderful photo of the two of you!
Bubble and Don, what a nice picture. I am sure your party was a great celebration. How nice that Pat can meet with you too.
Missed the reminders then found out that with my update I lost connection and had to log in.
Sachiko, a great photo and yes the Dragonfly tried to hide but your photo caught him.
Bubble and Don that is a great photo, bet you had a wonderful day and good to know Pat will be meeting you tomorrow.
Yes, Jeanne, for sure I'm taking my camera--my Nikon D7100 and a little point and shoot and my cell phone! So, I'll get some photos!
Going to bed early tonight so I'll be able to make this trip. It's been a long drawn out illness time for me and I'm beginning to feel like a captive inside my house!!! So will look forward so much to tomorrow.
Wonderful day in Photos! So happy to see you posting, Pat, and a big "Welcome Back" to Jeanne Lee.
Then to make the day even better, a beautiful photo of Bubble and Don! You both look wonderful and so happy!
Pat - Hope you are feeling a little better......been too long since we've talked.
Jack - Love those flowers. We have butterflies here once in awhile. I saw a black swallowtail one day but no picture....By the time I get my camera they are gone.
Sachiko - I had no problem seeing the dragonfly. The ones we have here aren't so delicate looking.
Shirley - When we lived in Bristow. OK we were in the path of the migrating monarchs. What a sight to see when you look up at the sky and there are swarms of them. Unfortunately a lot of them stop to rest and end up hit by cars on the roads. They land on the cars and the pavement. :(
JEANNE, I am sorry to say we have not seen the bar you speak of with the plane coming out the front, but we both have a memory of hearing about it.
I just found this book that tells about the bar we are speaking of. Maybe you can check it out.
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We were also sad to see the McDonalds in Trier, as well as one at the end of our street in Bitburg. They just looked out of place! The history in Trier is amazing.
SACHIKO, we have dragon flies here in Colorado but they are a iridescent green in color, not dark like yours are.
DON and BUBBLE, your picture taken at your engagement party is wonderful. Just so happy for both of you.
JACK, I just read your email and appreciate your offer to help me out. I hope I can get some time in the near future to find some photos that you might work with. Thank you so much.
SHIRLEY, although we did get to see many sights while in Europe, most of them were associated to Bob's job. We retreated not seeing more than we did but his career field did not allow him to use leave as much as we would have liked to have.
PAT, I am so excited to know that you will be seeing Don and Bubble tomorrow.....I KNOW well how good you are at taking pictures, so know for sure we will see some. Hope the trip will not wear you out too much.
SHIRLEY, the Canadian Geese stay here year round and have for many years. Wow, glad you were able to help the hawk without getting hurt.
Heading off to bed. Pleasant dreams to all.
Such a treat to see your smiling faces, Bubble & Don....wishing you both health & years of happiness for your future..... and safe travels as you commute between families! Life is as fun as you want to make it... :thumbup: :smitten:
DON and BUBBLE....
....Such a delightful and happy photo of the two of you, I am also assuming Bubbles family were also there enjoying the official celebration engagement party, along with your, ( Dons ) family....just that they hadn't been mentioned, and I know some travelled with her.......
How lovely that Pat will be out there soon to meet up with the pair of you....
Personally I think the two of you are the perfect match, for a start, you both share a passion for " The Arts and The Classics...." ;)
Wonderful picture of Bubble and Don! So happy for you both. Congratulations !!!
Nice to see Pat back and so nice that you will get to visit with Bubble and Don. Will look for some great pictures. So happy that you are feeling better.
I loved seeing those happy faces when I opened this forum this morning, Bubble and Don! I just couldn't be happier and more pleased that you two are finding a life together. My most heart felt best wishes to you both.
Great photo of happiness and best wishes to both of y ou.
Bubble and Don, you make my heart happy, and my face is smiling with yours. Have a joyful party dear friends.
Pat, I am so thankful you will be able to get "out" and have some happiness in change of scenery. You have been "incarcerated" by illness for too long a time. This will be good for you dear.
Jack, Beverly, Denver, thak you very much for your comments.
Both the butterfly and the dragonfly flew in my garden, but I uploaded the photos of rare Calopteryx atrata.
Do not know what the plant is, but tonight two butterfly's
Jack, very beautiful butterflies!
Very nice photos, Jack. The second butterfly looks a little different with that red section
My husband is deciphering the ancient documents about Fukuyama castle in Fukuyama castle. There is a lady who became 88 years old in the member. She made a fruitcake and Jelly and delivered them as her greeting to me yesterday.
These were beautiful and very good!
Sachiko, what a beautiful dessert cake. Are they peaches on the top?
What a nice and thoughtful gift. I know you will really enjoy it. Looks too pretty to eat.
What a treat to go with your coffee this morning.
Sachiko, those cakes are beautiful and you did say they were delicious.
SACHIKO..... that looks like a lemon cheesecake, hm, my favourite..... :happydance: .... How sweet of your neighbour to think of you and bring over a pleasant surprise, just not something we in UK seem to do....Oh well, somebody mentioned peaches,...... peaches, lemon, doesn't matter, as long as it is in cheescake......
I do love your table setting....
Sachiko, what a nice gesture from the lady. It is a lovely and delicious looking cake.
My first thought about the cheesecake was orange, but now I'm confused - what are those fruits, Sachiko?
Absolutely gorgeous looking cake, Sachiko, and of course your china pieces! You do have a wonderful sense of style!
Sachiko and Jean thanks I just take photos, do not know the different varieties.
Sachiko that is a good, and talented neighbor. It is a piece of art, shame you had to cut it, but bet it was wonderful.
a work of art. What patience it must have taken to make it. Like Jack said, it was almost sinful to cut it.
Joy, Mary Ann, Vanilla-Jackie, Jean, angelface, Jack, halkel, thank you very very much for your comments.
The fruit used in this cake is mango. And it is canned food of the mango, and the syrup is also used.
This cake was really delicious! And I who did not cook a cake for years anymore wanted to make a cake.
Sachiko, that cake looks so delicious, I feel like I could reach out and tast it.
Pat, good to see you posting, and how nice you will get to see Don and Bubble. such a lovely picture, also that for posting it.
JeanneLee, good to see your post, hope you are feeling better.
Jack beautiful picture of buttefly and flowers.
This is just a very short post.
Had my wonderful visit yesterday with Don and Bubble, cried when I said "Cheerio" to Bubble but guess I overdid things and today is a bad day "health-wise" but I got a few photos and promise to put them in here asap.
Now, back to lie down.
Pat. I bet that Bubbles was just like we all think she is. Bubbly and a great person. Lucky you got to meet her. We all would have loved to.
Sorry the trip took a little out of you. Get all rested up and well soon. We miss you in here.
Lindancel, thank you very much for your comment.
That cake was beautiful and was really delicious.
.....I am glad your recent health problem allowed you that breathing space to take your trip to meet up with Don and Bubble....I can understand the emotions that flowed when time to separate and go on your way.....Pat, in your own time, no hurry, rest yourself, then I will look forwards to seeing your photos....
Visit to London, Ontario to see Don and Ethy (Radioman and Bubble) Part 1
I'm so happy that I was able to make the journey with my niece, Heather, to meet Bubble for the first time. We've been online friends for so many years and I just never thought I'd be honoured enough to actually meet her face to face.
I'm so glad that I did!!!!
As we got nearer and nearer to London, Ontario, my excitement grew! Here we are only 24 km away and it won't be long now!
I started to wonder...
I wondered secretly if we'd see the two of them jumping into a river scarcely dressed and wondered what I'd say to them!!!! :)
When we arrived at Don's lovely apartment, I took a photo of him right away. Please note! He's all dressed! Phewwww....
See that smile? He has it permanently on his face now!
Don's daughter-in-law took a couple of lovely photos and I tried taking photos of the photo. Not very good quality but you'll get the idea.
This is Ethy's daughter, son-in-law, and grandson along with Ethy and Don
We decided to go to the Swiss Chalet for our evening meal and on the way into the restaurant, it was so sunny! But I thought we could get some photos anyway.
"I'm not too short, Don! I'm nearly as tall as you!!"
"I can nearly reach you..."
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"See? We can do this just fine!!"
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"Yes, he's 'My Man' "
Heather was standing in the shade too much but I'm so happy that she made the trip to London to pick something up and I was able to tag along to see Bubble and Don
Pat, thank you so much for those pictures of Don and Ethy (or ET and Bubble, names I know her by). Everyone looks so genuinely happy and I could not help but smile looking at the pictures.
Thanks Mary Ann... There will be a few more--not many--but they will wait till tomorrow or the next day. With this crazy condition I now have, I will have to learn to "take it easy" and even though I'm having a good day, I must not overdo it. I did overdo it and have been having to rest since coming home on Thursday evening.
Also, I took my fantastic Nikon D7100 and when we arrived in London, here I had left my battery charging back in Guelph! :( So my photos were taken with my little "Point and Shoot".
I can't imagine that photos from your Nikon could have been better than the point and shoot!
Of course, it might just be the subjects that make every shot glow! :smitten:
Thank You Pat. Wonderful pictures of two beautiful people.
Okay, my face is sore from grinning at the monitor ..... you win the prize for happiest photos of the year, Pat! What a joy to scroll down and see the joy on all the faces. I'm sure for "our person of many names".... she was doubly happy to bring that gr-son along to share this special occasion with him (nice of the kids to come, too).
Pat, I'm so sorry you are dragged down with health issues now. When I first joined Senior Net you were sharing the treatments Jack was going through with everyone. I was impressed with the photos and the story behind, and in awe of your straight forward dealing with one of the nightmare parts of life. My admiration for you goes on and at the same time, just want to tell you, you are also one of the best photographers I've ever known. You compose with the camera & no matter which camera you use, the photos look like they've been produced by a professional with top of the line equipment! (Sincere compliment) I will continue prayers for your improved health.
Don & Bubble, I guess all of us are as delighted with your love story as if we were right there with you. I will pray for years of traveling and making each other happy, and sharing this special time of YOUR lives with those of us enjoying your adventure. Really like the photo of the jump into the pond~
Sachiko, you are a master of taking pics of food! Nice gift from your friend and beautiful photos showing the delicious cake. I've never thought of or tasted cake made with mango. You bring something new to us all the time. My thanks!
The mystery of my RV tires was concluded today but I will wait until tomorrow to explain. I was so relieved when I got home from the Ford dealer today about noon, that I fell asleep until I had to rush & feed cats to let them go out for the evening. They are being neglected today but will make up to them tomorrow, I promised them.... they did not go hungry.
Pat, Thank you ! The pictures are just wonderful. I felt like I was with you all. You are such a vital personality Pat, I am so sorry this illness is lingering on, and I pray God will heal you completely.
Bubble, Don and Pat, thank you so much for the photos and allowing us to be along for a portion of the trip!
Well its 6.30am UK time, and the first thing I come into to see are these lovely smiling, happy photos of Don and Bubble, puttng a happy smile on my half asleep early morning face....what a fantastic wake up call you pair have given me....thank you Pat and your " point and shoot " camera ( those are the best at taking pictures, ) trust me, I am an expert...
Oh and I am so so glad you wasn't confronted by " Adam and Eve.." :o
Great pictures of you all, Pat!!
As Jackie said, what an eye-opener for the morning. I loved all the photos but I love the subjects and the photographer more! You are all special people! I'm proud to say you are my friends!
Thanks for these wonderful pictures of Bubble, Don, and the family. To see their happiness makes me happy, too.
Pat so great to have you back when you are up to it. That was a great group of photos, all with smiling faces. Enjoy your rest and happy dreams.
Pat, your point-and-shoot camera did just fine. What we wanted were pictures of Don and Bubble and anyone else who wanted to get in the picture - and we got them.
I'm sorry your illness is keeping you down and we're always glad to hear from you when you feel able.
I went through the photo's in one of the other forums. They are great. Everyone looks so happy. Glad that pat got to see them all and take these Photos.
On going through them again. Did take notice that Don has the best looking legs for a man. I would exchange with him any day. Then I would wear shorts.
Bubble. Did GS get to go into the Radio Studio? I got in 10 min late so missed you. Don says you did say something.
You say GS has picked up a little English. If only he could be around Don longer and pick it up. Would speak perfect. Really be able to charm the girls later. With his looks will do that anyway.
Shuch nice pictcures of the happy couple/
Bubble you have a nice looking family
Good morning! Its 8.05am Japan time.
Pat, thank you very much for the photos of Don and Bubble.
Even I see these photos, and become very happy!!
Shirley, thank you very much for your comment!
That cake with the mango canned food was really delicious.
Pat - Thanks for posting those pictures of Bubble and Don! Happiest looking couple I've seen in a long time!
During my walk last night I took this photo of a hanging basket. They have 16 around the fountain. Wonder if they would miss one ;) ;)
.....now would you be able to carry it home? ;D
Wow 16, wonder how much money these all cost, and the upkeep of looking after them all....or maybe they are on a hired basis......they are stunning of course...
Soon they will be removing those hanging baskets. Getting ready for next seasons show. Maybe you could just ask if you can have one as you admire their work every days. I often wonder what these parks do with the plants that they take down when still looking so nice. Hope not like the cemeteries that within 2 days remover from new graves and toss into a dumping area.
Taken to a hot house I would bet. Really beautiful. They have some really great gardeners there. Would like to know how much they feed and with what.
Yes they have full time employees that care for the grounds, and a hot house to grow and keep their plants.
Jackw. beautiful picture of the basket. they are also to healthy looking. Mine are beginng to look like the end of summer.
Bet they don't have the Weed problem I am having this summer. That darn Creeping Charlie. Nothing will kill it but the frost.
Met a gent this evening that works in the greenhouse. He said they toss out the plants from the baskets and start new ones each year.
This has been a tough year for weeds, Creeping Charlie bring along the crab grass and other spreading weeds. Sorry to say summer about over and love fall but not what follows.
Absolutely gorgeous hanging basket, Jack. I love them. Many of the city ones here go to the huge University of Guelph's greenhouses.
Beautiful hanging baskets, Jack! Here they have streetlights that look as if they were victorian gas lights along the sidewalks in wrought iron with very similar smaller baskets. The roadside street lights rest upon round concrete stands and the poles themselves look brown or coppery. About twelve feet up, there is a wrought iron looking horizontal bar that holds two larger flower hanging baskets.
The city Public Works Department maintains both street light types and the Fairbanks Garden Club, College Women's Garden Club, and the Pioneer Women's Garden Club donate time effort, seedlings and plants to the effort. They also maintain flower boxes along all city bridges and flower gardens in all the parks and parks along the river walks.
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Bet they don't have the Weed problem I am having this summer. That darn Creeping Charlie. Nothing will kill it but the frost.
Google "Creeping Charlie (or ground ivy). Lots of hits on getting rid of it. My neighbor is loaded with it and Oxalis (and a couple of other unidentified weeds). I use "chemicals" when necessary. Weed-Be-Gone works fairly well.
Jack, gorgeous hanging basket! And flowers are beautiful!
A drought continues at Fukuyama and it doesn't rain at all for 1 month. Therefore the eggplants my husband is bringing up don't become big.
Green peppers and tomatoes are small as expected.
The eggplants harvested in June were so big.
Pumpkin could be harvested so much.
Sachiko, these look so good, even if smaller. This summer is our third wettest summer on record with rain continuously since April. Minor flooding is everywhere!
angelface, thank you very much for your comment.
A typhoon is approaching Japan now, and it is raining after a long time.
Pat thanks and look for the day you are able to get in here with your fine photos.
Patricia, we only have a few poles in town that are decorated. Love the old time lamp posts.
Sachiko the three photos are like works of art, shame they will be used, but bet they are as good as they look.
When I lived in Del Rio, Texas the local garden club did lots of civic work and one of their projects was spraying trees for a very nominal fee for pest. Every year I got them to do mine. When I first bought the house the trees were full of insects including some kind of worm that hung from a long thread of silk. They weren't web worms but some other kind of varmit.
Sachiko3 beautiful veggies. Your husband does a great job of growing things. And you do a wonderful job of displaying them. I am sure you also do a wonderful job of cooking and serving them.
Jack, you didn't ask the gardener what they fed the plants......
Hal no I did not ask. I grow only bushes and my Golden's ate everything else. :) I do see the workers going around in carts with long poles feeding or watering.
Jack. I figured that they tossed those plants away after taking them down. They wouldnt have time to take care of them and without care they would die fast.
Our grocery store have nice flowers for sale but same thing. As the get older and no one buys they toss them out. (Never think to put on Sale).
Everything is a throw away item in the world now.
Now here they can no long have plants and flowers delivered to the hospitals or Nursing homes. People use to send but didn't figure no one to take care of them.
Now we have a big nursery here that put theirs to on side of the building outside with a big. "Free" sign. I took some everygreens plants few years back and they are great looking now.
Did you ask him if you could have a couple. Chances are you could have kept them going until first frost.
This was taken yesterday. Joined my son for a few beers, but just 2 high alcohol craft beers were enough. Told him to enjoy another and join me a block away on the riverfront. Nice view of the Ohio River and I sat in one of the chairs till he arrived. (look - no weeds) The city maintains the park.
Jack, halkel, thanks a lot for your comments.
This morning, it rains in 1 month after, and vegetables will be also to be relieved.
Jack, it might be enjoyed with your son. And its scenery seems cool and is wonderful.
Jack. Oh! those two chairs look perfect to be sitting and relaxing. I would have brought a bottle of beer and lasted there the whole day.
If 2 of the US. High Content beers get to you here then you could never do the English beer. Much Higher Alcohol there.
We went down town Champaign here last Friday as it is like New Orleans on Friday. Lots of Bands and Entertainment. They are getting some big places making their beers now. Bartender let us try about 4 Intl. Ones (small glass). I swear I could feel it and so never bought a big glass.
I am out in the country a couple miles and now a large one just opened by me. Big Sports bar along side if the brewery. Got to check it out. See if they give samples. I did find one I liked . A Irish mild stout. Not as strong as Guiness.
People always said that I got Tipsy just from the SMELL OF THE BARTENDERS APRON. its true.
Jack that hanging basket photo is gorgeous! Not much success with them here (because of wind).... but at least they can't get smothered out by the Bermuda grass & that creeping Charlie.... that I've always heard called "ground ivy". My yard is almost nothing but that now (okay, I exaggerate a little).... & it is as bad as the Bermuda runners for taking over flower beds & smothering out the fescue grass.
Rick, a year or so before Cas died he had a company spray with the guarantee they could get rid of the ground ivy.... after a few treatments without ANY improvement, he paid them off & canceled their treatments. They didn't argue, think they were glad he paid (it was a multi-treatment). Cas loved working in the yard, his therapy. I never heard it called creeping Charlie so Googled. That's what I have! We talked to several spraying companies and they acted like they didn't know the name so we just kept calling it ground ivy. I'm surprised, they only called it "broad leaf".
We had neighbors that had a lawn full & didn't make any attempt to get rid, so is a losing battle. Besides, the river bank is full of all kinds of weeds including a native runner grass that looks like Bermuda to me. As far as the Bermuda, it can grow & take over as long as I can keep a few spots for flowers. I am wicked with my little Black & Decker weed whip, it will cut into the ground to trim those runners! The berm is waiting for me to attack again, it is a disgrace. Some things I want to save so can't just kill everything.... and it's such a worry with the cats all using the berm as a playground.... besides what it does to contaminate the bugs that the birds eat. I have a whole RubberMaid storage unit holding every kind of weed & bug killer that #2 son knows how to use from his college days of grounds work at the golf course, but I hold off with cats & birds that will die from it.
Sachiko, so sad the veggies didn't get to grow as large as normal, but they are beautiful and from what I've always heard, they are still packed with vitamins no matter the size. Hopefully they will help you get stronger, faster! I've never seen pumpkin that color! Thanks for sharing the photos.
Hal, when we lived in the KC area we had a couple huge, old Bradford pear trees in the front yard.... that gave me the creeps. They had what looked like silk spider strings hanging down all over, with worms dangling on them. We only lived there 2 years & got to admit, I had forgotten all the different types of bugs liveing in that damper climate. A maple tree that hung over the driveway by the garage door (4 level house with driveway that opened on 3rd level down).... icky-sticky stuff fell all over a car parked under, even for a short while. Local nursery explained it was mites or something like that, to spray with some bug killer & add a squirt of dish washing liquid to make the spray stick to the leaves. It worked.
Jack, that is a beautiful scene with the chairs, lush lawn & bridge in the distance.... and that is what a river should look like. My Arkansas River is more like what we called a "creek" back in MO.
Sachiko, JeanneP and Shirley thanks. I enjoy my little trips. Owe a visit to my daughters in Virginia but will wait till fall. It seems this time of the year the weeds want to take over and I do not like to spray. Just will have to survive another winter and the lawn always looks great in the spring. We have had decent rain but the hot weather has been tough on the lawn and that is when the weeds pop up.
Shirley, Jack, I have a theory about lawns and weeds, especially since the drought that we had for four years. If it's green and grows, leave it alone. Just cut it and enjoy. ;) I have found over the years once things get back to normal and you get the normal rains that weeds don't like to be cuddled. The grass comes back and weeds get crowded out, well most of them... ;) with regular care.
And I only grown flowers in small flower beds (or did) or containers.
These were taken at the engagement party that Don organized for his and my families.
Ready for the Party
Bubble can only say Wonderful! and great to see Pat
Radioman at the X studio for the Classical Music Program
Bubble, Oh! it is wonderful to see two such happy people. It makes the day to see such happeness.
Oh, what wonderful photos. Great family gatherings. I'm so glad you got a couple of Pat, and also at least one of Heather! Memories now for all of us.!
How wonderful to see you, your family, Don at the studio and Pat! Thank you Bubble! Is Aviv now bilingual? ;)
Bubble. Such great pictures of you all. I am sad now knowing that you have left. KNow you had a great time though. Traveling is hard now but well worth it. I am sure that grandson feels like Don is his Grandfather. He was quite young when Ben Past so most probably doesn't remember much.
Let hope there will be a way for you all to get together again.
Good to see photo of Pat. Hate to hear she is having some Med problems these days. We have all know each other for many years now. Hard to see the changes as the come. But Accept them.
Don one can tell just loves doing that Program on a Sunday. They will not want him to end doing it. Many listeners also. He is good at what he does. Should have taken it up as a Career years ago. Would have been great. Has a beautiful speaking voice.
(I forget that every one can read what is written here). O.K though, Don know we are proud of him.
Wonderful pictures, Bubble. Thanks so much for sharing. Great that Pat and her niece could meet up with you and have lunch.
Thanks for sharing those wonderful photos. Hope Bubble has a restful few days recovering from the long flight home. Avi is a handsome fellow!
Don and Bubbles looking so happy and making some precious memories.
Those are quite wonderful pictures! Don and Bubble seem very happy.
It is 7.40am UK time and what a wonderful start to my morning.....Not everyday I can come into S & Fs and see the most happiest, and most comfortableness, ( when in each others company, ) than of Don and Ethy...( Bubble )
Pat, I have also smiles for you, and know that it wasnt an easy journey for you to make, re, your illness, but so good to see you enjoying what I can only call..." excellent company..." and leaving with you, long lasting memories...
Oh, and Don and Bubble, not forgetting, " making sweet music together..." re, your studio...wink wink...
I love seeing those happy smiling faces! Thanks, Bubble and Don, for including us in your joy.
Aviv in Canada- August16
Aviv looks like he is hard at work and the pup likes it.
Adults, strangers, animals. all love Aviv at first sight. He is so sociable, not shy at all. That's a great quality.
On the last two days he even became friend with a Japanese boy "Yoo" the same age but looking so small next to him. How they manages without a common language was a wonder.
Bubble and I attended a cabaret show called the Hank and Patsy show. These were two famous Country Music stars from the 1950s. The two performers sang the songs we grew up listening to and after the show we had great chat with "Hank Williams" and a
great photo shot as well.
My kind of memories! :thumbup:
Jeanne Lee even though my specialty is classical music I still retain my fondest memories of the Country Music stars from back then. I still have an extensive record collection of them.
I always start with the last post & go back to what I've read before.... this time the same only I'm in a rush & don't want to wait to thank you for the fantastic photos of "The Trip" ..... and for letting us all share in your joy. Great photos of all of you! (Okay, Bubble, without trying, your little Aviv is a scene stealer!).
I know Don has visited Bubble when Ben was alive & since, but is this the first time for Bubble to visit Don & family in his back yard? I think y'all need to write a book~
Oh, Gloria, hope they end up sending you a whole new computer! Wish I could send this RV back.... but I did that once & after a month & 2,000 miles later got the same piece of junk back. :tissue: At least I can still come in here & whine & you are muzzled with no way to scream.... want me to scream for you? :banghead: :bash:
Better get busy, son called & on his way to put the re-designed door back on the frig in the RV. He found a site online last night where many others complained about the same 'frig & problem, got some new ideas.
Happy Day to all........Shirley
Bubble. Now Avi will be wanting a dog of his own.
Yes. it is stange how children can meet and play with others. I remember we use to take my girls to the South of France when we went back to UK. Youngest about 5 at one time and she use to play with a little French boy on the Beach all day long. Neither on speaking the same language. Yet in a hurry next day to get back with him again. I use to watch them and they would just laugh away and chatter. Use their hands a lot. I still do that and it does work for me here with the Mexican people we now have many of.
Even people I know make fun of me as my hands always going. Say people would think me doing sign language
Jack - That park looks like a lovely place to sit on a summer afternoon. The hanging basket is beautiful. Can't have them down here in summer because it's too hot, but in the fall they do well. I find that periwinkle (vinca) will bloom beautifully nearly year round. It's very hardy in the heat.
Sachiko - The vegetables from your garden look delicious. I like eggplant and recently found a recipe for "eggplant pizzas" which I plan to make.
Bubble and Don - I love all the pictures! Thanks for sharing your visit with us. The Hank Williams imitator looks very much like him. I loved country music and the only radio station I could get at night while growing up was WWVA, Wheeling, West Virginia.
Pat - I know the trip was hard on you, but not surprised that you didn't let the opportunity to visit Don and Bubble get away!
Bubble - So cute of Aviv with the dog. Boys and dogs just go together! :) When I was small, relatives of some friends used to visit each summer from Quebec, Canada. The children only spoke French and we spoke English. Language was never a barrier. We would jabber away together and somehow knew what the other one was saying. Children are naturals at communicating.
Beverly, several years ago I planted five vinca plants in front of my kitchen window. They wintered and multiplied. I did not know they wintered and I did not know they spread along the roots. I have vincas growing out of my ears! This summer with the extreme heat my little garden was overtaken by bindweed and crabgrass/quackgrass. We have a woman in our complex who likes to garden for the Association so she has been rearranging things for me, some that I like, some I do not like (she doesn't listen for what I like!) so it is mostly what she likes. However, I do not have to do the work because I cannot do the work. Beggars cannot be choosers!
But I have plenty of vinca!!!
Beverly I came to Wheeling from Pittsburgh with a friend that loved hillbilly music (was not Country at the time) I was not a fan. We drove for almost 2 hours to the Virginia Theatre (torn down years ago) We sat in the balcony, on a hot night, with cow bells, hooting and hollering. Told him on the way home that was my last trip to Wheeling. Little did I know that I would be transferred here in 1960, and lived here since (love it) WWVA still broadcasts but the Jamboree in the Hills is 20 miles west in Ohio.
Did like Hank Williams Remember https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jg2oR91_r5I
Bubble, Those are quite wonderful photos! You seem very happy.
My convalescent celebration was being sent from my daughter. She went to Sapporo for her academic meeting and was sending two melons which are local specialties there.
I cut the melon big, and we enjoyed that. It was fragrant, was very sweet and tasted good.
Sachiko3 that melon is what we call a Cantaloupe. Very popular here in Texas.
Out in the Wild West (Pecos, Texas) they were famous for their Cantaloupe's but they are hard to find anymore. My Mother loved to take half of a Cantaloupe and place a scoop of ice cream in it to eat and enjoy.
It will take me a while to get the hang of
my new google smart phone.
But this is a start:
This is my second year with these orchids.
Cut them back in the Fall and up they
popped again in the Spring.
Beautiful melons, Sachiko!
Sandy, I'm so envious of those gorgeous orchids. I tried several times to have orchids and only succeeded in killing each and every one. <sigh>
Sachiko, like Hal, they look like our cantaloupes that I always preferred to Water Melon. They look tasty.
Sandy a pretty photo and from a phone.
No one was more surprised
then I was when my cut back orchids
popped up again the next year.
Now to see just how long I can keep them.
I used a litttle orchid fertilizer and set them in
a North/East window, and I think that they liked
that. While they were hybernating I set them
under a table and only watered them occaisionally.
Miracles of miracles! They lived to bloom again!
Sandy, what a beautiful picture of your orchids !!! And, such a clear picture with your new phone. Almost makes me want to get one of those kind of phones. My phone is just one of the Jitterbugs and it is just a phone. I hardly ever use it, which is why I am hesitant to put the money into one of the smart phones. I don't usually go out by myself and whoever I am with always has their phone. Mine is mainly for an emergency. But, after seeing the picture it takes, there are times when I would like to take some pictures of my own.
A perfect picture. Thanks for sharing.
Thanks Joy! I have so much to learn, that I
can spend hours on the phone right now..... and not making
phone calls or texting. I won't be able to do that until
after the beginning of the month.... (my choice of when to
start up service) ...
So now I am spending time learning how to use the
fabulous camera, Instagram, play games and go
onto Facebook and Twitter.
So much to learn (a little at a time).
So I am very excited!
Yummy melon! That is one of my favorite fruit.
Sachiko, do you make a drink from its seeds? Here we clean and dry them, then grind them in a food processor.
You put the coarse powder in a loosely tied cheese cloth (or a man's handkerchief!) and plunge in a bowl of water. "massage" that tied parcel and the water will turn milky.
Leave it to soak about 15 minutes and squeeze of the seeds.
You can add a little sugar if you want. Cold it is a very refreshing drink.
Beautiful orchids. I never had luck with this plant :(
Bubble, do you use hot water to soak them? Also do you drink it hot or cold?
Have you tried it cold, with ice?
Mary Ann - I'm wondering if what you have is the ground cover, vinca. They do spread! Mine are supposed to be an annual but here in Florida I cut them back when they get real "leggy" and it works like pruning a plant. They grow quite big with beautiful blooms. I like the dark pink/red ones best. I copied this photo off the net to give you an idea of the type I have. They don't spread but will reseed themselves.
Sachiko - Lovely juicy melon! A darker orange than the cantaloupes we have. We can get several types of exotic melons at our grocery store but I haven't tried some of them.
Hal - That's an interesting link about the Pecos cantaloupes.
Sandy - Beautiful orchids. I had two of them on my lanai and they would bloom every March. The blooms last several months. Not sure what happened but they both died. I'm tempted to get another one.
Sandy, they are beautiful orchids. I've had no luck with growing orchids. I'm always tempted to try again when I go through Lowe's or Home Depot garden shop.
Sachiko, the melon looks delicious!
Beverly, my vincas could very well be ground cover vincas. Mine are blue or periwinkle, but I have seen then in pink. I am just trying to contain them, if possible. By this time of the year they get quite tall, however, in Spring when things are first coming up, my little blue flowers are visible. The little blue flowers are of several varieties but all about the same size. I also have snow drops in among them.
Your vinca is pretty; I wonder if our nursery carries them. Maybe next year!
Those melons in Japan look much better than the ones I have been buying her. So ripe looking and the skins are not a thick of ours it seems. I had one the other day that was so hard to cut the peel. Was good once I was done peeling
Sachilk That melon looks like I could grab it through the tub. In the summer we can get field melons, only off the farm stands, they are on the soft side and I like them.
Beverly, I have never planted Vinca plant, most of the time I can safely plant impatients as my back yard is all shade.
JeanneP, your children are well traveled, travel is such and education.
Shirley, glad your son can fix your ref. door
Bubble, thanks for the picture of Aivi, he looks like such a happy child
Sandy, I was given and orchid, when I was in the hospital, keep it until summer. Put it out in the florida room in back of a chair, did not think of it any more till I found iit frozen, after our first winter freeze. Last year.
Don, I just played thatr Hank W. track and loved it. I love old country music. Not what they call country now. When I lived in Charleston durning THE WAR, we went to a lot of Grand Old Opery traveling shows. Saw all the big country stars. About 20 years ago spent a few days in Nashville and of course I went to Grand Old Opery.
So many wonderful photos!
Beverly, MaryAnn, etc. I thought I had seen vinca here but when I googled, the sources were talking about the plant doing well in hot and dry zones. So I thought it must be another similar plant. I Googled vinca in Fairbanks and yes they do grow here! https://frostdate.com/ak/fairbanks/vinca-vine.htm
Sachiko, as always your photos are crisp and beautifully styled! You have an artistic soul! I really enjoy different melons but prefer different cheeses with them rather than a sweet.My sister will eat slices of cantaloupe with bacon slices for breakfast! You are lucky to have such a caring daughter although much of that is from you and your husband I suspect in raising her right.
Sandy, such a sharp photo, especially from a phone, yet dreamy in how you positioned the photo. You are quite a photographer! I Googled your phone as my sister loves her iphone and it's camera and I am getting more and more intrigued by these phones. However, I rarely call and do more texting or use my computer and post to phone numbers or phone email. I think I'm more curious about having a new toy I really don't need.
I really enjoy this site and all the photos people post here!
halkel, phyllis, Jack, bubble, Beverly, Jean, JeanneP, Lindancer, angelface,
Thank you very much for your comments.
There are also a lot of olive green melons in Japan. But this melon is really delicious!
Bubble and Don what wonderful photos of both families. I enjoyed see all y'all having such a wonderful time.
I thought I could remember the photos but had to pull up WordPad to take notes... y'all have been busy (& I'm listening to Hank singing, "Your Cheating Heart"... few of those old songs I heard enough to remember the words~).
Sachiko, those melons do look delicious! We have variations of canteloupe and my favorite looks just like that. Beautiful photos!
Sandy, every time I scroll past your orchids I stop & admire the quality of the photo. Great shot.
Beverly, I didn't know that vinca came in any color other than the soft lavender & white. It grew under the deck in the house we had in Leawood (KC area) so was what we saw out the windows on the 4th level. I tried growing it here in Wichita but it didn't take. Yours is so pretty. My vinca must have been ground cover, thick & green year around. I wouldn't get under the deck for any reason, it was high enough that my husband enclosed one section & could park his riding mower under & had a door to close & lock. I got a brown spider bite shortly after we move there & called every exterminator in KC & was told "nothing guaranteed getting rid of spiders".... so I was always on guard where spiders could hide. The vinca spread all over that section of ground so my husband just "mowed into it" to keep it under control.
Patricia, just think of the phone as another camera.... but I don't understand manuals so still can't get the photos off except by e-mailing them.... and then I have to have someone reminding me the process. Mine will use an SD card but I never checked the manual how to install one.... no slot like the computers & cameras, think I have to take the back off & too much trouble. I am determined to put in all the phone numbers so I can text.... can't remember how my son showed me & embarrassed to ask again.
Thanks Shirley (et al) !
I am just beginning to start to use the camera
on my new smart phone.... I have a lot to learn
about it, but I think that I am going to be
very satisfied with the quality of pictures that
I can take with it. But I still have
a whole lot to learn .
I am getting to love that Monkey Face....
I hesitate to put this in because the area is looking pretty ragged and unkempt, (I'll blame it on not working outside in the heat :) ) but this is my vinca. It's getting very "leggy" and drying up. It needs to be cut back. Earlier this summer it was lush and full of blooms.
Mary Ann - I'll bet you can find hanging plants of it in the Spring. It's very easy to take care of. Once a week watering should do it........ Not to be confused with impatiens, which are quite delicate and not fond of sun. The blooms do resemble each other.
Beverly, my periwinkles or vinca as it's also sometimes called grows like this all the time. I never cut it back. I have a variegated pink/white, blue and solid pink
Does that Plant spread a lot. I have seen them in Hanging planters and they seem to have to cut them back a lot.. That red and green looks so nice against you white siding.
MaryTX - It's the only flower I can keep alive in the summer. :) I've tried marigolds, etc. but the sandy soil dries out so fast.
I see you live in Texas. I was a "neighbor" for 7 years and lived near Tulsa, OK. Traveled to your area near Dallas a lot with my husband for his work.
Jeanne P. - In a planter they will grow down over the planter's side.
Jeanne, I guess they do spread as when they are planted, they are small. I made the mistake of planting them too close together one time and ended up with a mass of flowers. They did look pretty. Since I can't bend over anymore, my daughter plants one of each color in the front bed. My gardening now is reduced to planters on the patio. I did have periwinkles in a hanging basket one time and did have to keep them trimmed as we kept hitting our heads,
Beverly, I was a "closer neighbor" to you as we're from Sulphur, OK (south central) :). The kids lived here in Arlington so we moved down here in 2000 when Claude had a stroke.
Fi at Four Months...
Summer is over so this
should be the last of
roly poly Fi !!!
What a great smile. Beautiful.
Fi is just darling, Sandy..... and I remember photos of you long ago.... she does look like you, don't you think? Have you pulled out any of your baby photos to compare?
Beverly, I had no idea vinca could look like that. For sure mine was ground cover, it never got that tall. I did a Google & so many different types, found some that the leaves looked like mine, was a long time ago, about 30 years. ::) Pretty red you have.
.....not sure she would appreciate being called a " roly-poly..... ;D
but she sure is a happy one, bless her little heart...
That is one happy little girl!
That is a huggable, kissable Fi! :)
Am sure Fi brings a smile to all of our faces. Great photo.
Sandy, as someone else said, "what a smile". She's a little darling. My now 7-month old 2xgreat niece is a good smiler too. They're so cute at those ages.
Sandy, she is such a cutie.
Thank you all so much!
It has been many many years since we had
a baby in the family.. over 13!
I think that she does resemble my side of the
family, but of course, she is at the age when
looks really begin to change rapidly.
There is nothing like having a baby in the home to
make people smile and start to communicate
with one another, again ..
All is well here and Autumn is on the way.
For Mary Ann Tock........a trip down memory lane!
Hope Pat doesn't mind that I "snitched" this off her Facebook "Memories".
What a wonderful picture! Oh so many memories of old...
So many are missed now. what a nice photo to share with us!
Beverly, that is you in the yellow, isnt it? who is the lady in the blue, I am assuming that is Norm Tocks lady wife, or is that MaryAnn?.....Of course I immediately recognise both Norm and our Pat...what a lovely warming photograph of a place in happier times...sadly there is now one place missing, but he is very much close, in everyone's hearts....
Quote from: Beverly on September 04, 2016, 10:00:57 pm
For Mary Ann Tock........a trip down memory lane!
Hope Pat doesn't mind that I "snitched" this off her Facebook "Memories".
In this picture is Norm, Mary Ann (Norm's s Sister), Pat Scott Halbeck, and Dorothy, (Norm's Wife)
SANDY, thank you for naming them.....BEVERLY, I was so sure that was you.... :-[
I just named the participants.. I don't know who sent the picture..
Glad all is well ...
What a shock to see that picture. I remember Pat and Paul visiting Norm and Dot but I don't remember the picture being taken. I am sure it is a picture taken by Paul. It was a good visit and I'm glad N&D had me up to their place to visit too.
Now you can see how short I am, compared to others!
Tom and I are going to be with Dot in a little while and we will have barbecued pulled pork to eat.
Thanks for posting that picture.
Here you go Mary Ann:
A spoof about "Short People" ....
I love YOU!
Mary Ann - Hoped you would like it! At 5' 2" I'm usually the shortest one in the group. I used to be nearly 5' 4". (Love these golden years!)
Jackie - Not me! I've never been blonde. :) Dot Tock is such a nice lady. Unfortunately, I've never met Mary Ann but I've met the others several times. Lovely people!
Great photo of memories. Mary Ann have not met you,but that does not mean I do not know you . It was a special day in Grand Rapids when I met Norm and Dot and Pat. We all store these memories.
Sandy, my mother used to tell me, "good things come in small packages". So there! I have heard that "Short People" song many times. Thanks for playing it.
Beverly, if I was 5 feet tall in my prime, I'm stretching it and the last time I was measured, I was 4 feet 9 1/2 inches tall. I have to have any clothing altered, always have about six inches taken off the bottom.
The thing is that no one else in my family is as short as I am, at least after they are fully grown. I had only six first cousins and the men are/were well over six feet. The Harton brothers are 6'5". Even the women are/were about 5'8" at least. I think my mother told me I had a milk problem as a baby and I was given barley water. Nothing I can do about it now!
Nothing wrong with being short! My husband is short and I like him just fine that way! :thumbup: My 20 year old grandson is short but he's good looking, popular and one of the nicest kids I know. Men do seem to see being short as a problem. :(
Mary Ann - Having to have clothing altered is a nuisance. Petite sizes in pants are still too long for me sometimes.
I'm getting off topic here! Anyone with some photos?
Beverly, yes I have some photos....now for a complete change of subject....wine....or rather our grape vines....This was left behind from previous owners and were just bare twigs when we moved in here five months ago....The grapes are smaller than they look but, hoping we still get another month of sun so we can at least get to sample a few....They are growing in the position of where our sun reaches the best....
Jackie - How wonderful to have grapes on your property.
Beverly, nice photo but I think someone crashed beforehand! ;)
Angel. Looks like those grape vines are doing well. You going to try making some wine. Not hard to do. Will not be enough for you to put in a barrel and Stomp them. Always thought would like to do that.
Jackie how wonderful to have a grape vine in your own yard. I would not try to make wine but just pick and eat them, hope they grow larger and sweeter.
....yes its not everyday one has their own little vineyard....
I like your tree, also....
....those grapes belong to me, NOT Angel, but I would be willing to share....
....thank you, yes if we are lucky enough for them to grow a tad bigger, so that we can eat them, there will be two of us in the queue waiting....We are both quite surprised at just how many bunches there are, the vines run along the top of our blue and purple decking fence above some seating down below, if we choose, we could sit there, and just reach up and pick them....just hope our warm-weather lasts another month, be a shame too see the grapes reach this far, then drop off and die...
Want to see old friends, go down memory lane?
Sorry Jackie. I suppose that grape vines will grow down in the area of Uk where you are. Doubt would in Lancashire. Don't know though as lots of Blackberry and gooseberry bushes did well up there.
Never had a grape pie. Try them. should be almost like a sweeter Gooseberry. That was my favourite.
Jackie, good looking grapes, nice picture. My old homestead, had a large grape arbor, that cover the whole kitchen part of the house.
MaryAnn, not only age, but I was 4 11, now 4 10 or shorter, i could reach the 2nd kitchen shelf in my closets, but now just the 1st one. My husband was 6ft., we look like a perfec10, he tall and thin and me? My grandmother and my g.father were also like Cyriel and I When shopping I am always looking for someone to get a package off the top shelf.
I was 5 6, now down to 5 3 was always the shortest boy in the class. Fortunately was about eye to eye with Shirley at 5 5 and she would not wear high heels.
Sorry to say, fall is just around the corner and understand from the hot summer it will not be a pretty fall. Will just have to take in all the fading beauty now, like this evening.
That is a lovely scene, Jack. I need to take some photos before I forget how to use my camera. Oglebay will be planting their mums soon, I guess. That's a scene to look forward to!
Gloria de, I can reach the fronts of the second shelves. Anything behind what is in front is lost to me.
Where I grew up at one time was a fruit farm. We had a cherry tree, plum and peach trees in our yard, others had apples, more cherries. There still was a farm from our house down to a main street and on the farm were grape vines. We played in the vines and I have no recollection of collecting them. I know my mother made grape juice but I think she bought the grapes at the Farmer's Market.
Pretty scene, Jack. I didn't realize you were short. I guess we don't see your picture with other men. When I would say that someone was taller than I, Norm would say, "every one is taller than you!"
Beautiful photo, Jack. Heard today that KS had more than normal rain so maybe it will be a pretty fall here.
Jackie, great shots of your grapes! My father had taken cuttings from some that he had gotten from his "home place". The vines were planted on the original farm in MO after the family came from France. When they built the house in town they brought along some of the vines. Dad said they had Tokay, Concord & the green grapes to make good wine. They also made their own vinegar. He had a bucket full of cuttings for me but I didn't get to visit soon enough so he gave them to a niece and I never did get any. Keep us posted on how yours do!
I took a ride over on the link & thoroughly enjoyed seen a lot of photos of old friends! Now I must go take a shower & wash off the bug spray so I can get to bed. I cleaned out some weeds in a little flower bed tonight.
Thank you all for your comments re, our grape vines......yes when we moved in all you could see were intertwined thin sticks part running along the top of our blue painted decking fence, completely bare...strange to imagine those sticks coming so much to life, given a few months and strong sunshine....and produce something so wonderful as bunches of pure fresh grapes....Isn't nature marvellous...Of course we haven't sampled them yet.... ;)
...I so envy you your Oglebay resort, and on top of your front door, or just a short doggy ride away....I know how much it is your favourite dog walking spot...It really does look a magnificent park that changes colours with the seasons....so the park will never look the same on any two days...
Ahh yes, our " Short Listing Club " my height too has gone down a tad from 5ft 2 & a half - 5ft 3... to... 5 ft 1& a half..of course I blame it on my MS......ok, well age might also have something to do with it...they do say we shrink as we get older... :yes:
Mary Ann, Shirley, Jean and Jackie thanks. I forgot about the mums that are due shortly and was surprised I had no photo of them from prior years.
Jack, love the colors and shadow in your photo
My sons blamed me for their height. they wanted to be as tall as their father, but were a little shorter.
How I hated being short growing up. Tried all kinds of things to make me grow. Then for 32 years only wore 4 inch heels. (Can't stand them now). Would only date men who were over 6 ft. Husband was 6ft 2. I am 5ft 1. the doctor says now.
if men were shorter I would have them meet me where I didn't have to walk with them. I would meet them later in life and was so sorry. All such nice men.
Stores do not cater to us short women. Even when checking out the CC machines are hard to see the readings. Always put what I need up high. And buying slacks. They even think of the Petite size as 5ft. 3 ins. Have to look for P short. Thank goodness I don't put weight on or would look like a little butter ball.
Look at my only granddaughter who is over 6 ft. and wonder where it came from and her poor brother came up being about 5ft 6'. Life not fair.
I am 6ft tall and my wife was 4ft, 9 inches. For most of her life she bought her shoes in the children's department, which was good because there was no tax on children's shoes
Don. Did they always call you and Wife. " Mutt and Jeff" was it.. We women were small but could sure handle the tall men. People use to say that small women were more bossy. Not true. we were sweeter. That was really short for your wife. Usually English women taller. The men seem to be the short ones. Did she wear the real tall shoes? Who did your children take after? All mine and the Grands are tall.
It seems Don likes them in small packages :2funny:
I always wished I could be taller. Now in a chair I am even more shorter.
It does seem like tall men like small women. See it so often.. The ones that don't match to me are the very small skinny women with the great big heavy husbands. or Heavy women with very small skinny men. Surprising how people choose. Did you Bubble stop growing when you got the Polio . How old were you?
What topics to post in a Photo Forum. wonder where everyone is. Most other than
The Soda Shop are so quiet.
Jack - That's a lovely area. Sad to hear the foliage season may not be good. For the first time in many years we will be in Vermont in time for the foliage season and I am so hoping for it to be a good one. We usually make the trip up there in summer.
I'm here, read at least once a day but am too tired to talk tonight~ I was forced to cut down some tall cane that grew unexpectedly in a little piece of ground where yucca plant and a park like light fixture with 4 lights stands, at the end of the sidewalk from the porch where it joins the driveway. The cane was twice as tall as the pampas grass & zebra ornamental grass and the blooms were full so rain bent them over so they covered the entire driveway behind my car in the garage. Have another spot where it started this year, guess thanks to the birds? Quite a job cutting it down & tying the canes together in 4' lengths so the trash people will haul them off. Had to take a shower & wash my hair 'cause I was dripping wet from working so hard. Got the pool taken care of yesterday so spent a little time cleaning around it again today (nobody swims in it, like a flower garden, it's just there). Even cleaned the sink drain in my bathroom, job I hate but vinegar & baking soda did the trick.
Been raining off & on since about 5:00 pm.... more thunder & lightning & flash flood warning until Sat. Cats don't know what to do with themselves. :o I'm a little over 5'1" & my husband was 6'2"... Mutt & Jeff... My favorite dance partners in high school were short guys.... jitterbuggers.... Good night, all..........
Quote from: JeanneP on September 08, 2016, 06:13:22 pmI was two years old. No I did not stop growing but then muscles and bones were less developed.
Did you Bubble stop growing when you got the Polio . How old were you?
Bubble. Now I thought you got it at a much later time in life. 2 years, so young. But I suppose you don't remember any other way of being. You seem to have had a full life and been a cheerful person. Bet your parents let you be very independent.
I have 2 people I know that were born with. Spina Biffita . I can't even spell it. Both grown now to be in their late 20s. One is in every world Olympics. She was adopted from A Russian Orphanage at the age of 3 by a couple who were Professors here at the Univ. Of Ill. She Won 4 Gold medals in past year. Teaches at the University here. the other now a Lawyer and getting ready to marry. Again came with birth. Always seem to be so cheerful.
You have a great family and now Don to add to it.
I still like the saying I always knew. (Just To Blessed, to be Depressed.)
Understand we may not have pretty fall foliage this year. Hope they are wrong but hard to match past falls at Oglebay.
On the first photo that is not a lake but early morning mist.
At 5years old, the first time I saw a beach and the ocean in South Africa-Durban.
How Cute you all are !!!!
I agree, what a happy bunch of kids and you were certainly taking everything in, Bubble!
Caught up reading and viewing here in this wonderful folder, once again.
Thank you, BUBBLE, for the link to Gatherings and meeting friends. So many wonderful friends that are no longer with us. Loved looking at all the pictures.
JACKIE, the grapes are beautiful and I know you will really enjoy them when they are ready to pick. Feel so blessed to have met you and Richard....a very fond memory from that day will always remain in my mind.
Thank you all for all the nice posts and pictures.
Jack. Now is that Photo this years?. Trees turning already. Looks like a lake to me. It seems like I have seen that Photo before. So Beautiful. Would be great if nature stayed looking just like that.
Bubble. You were a real cutey as they use to say. Sort of flirty also.
Now after the war ended and about 1947 my best girlfriend went out to Durban. South Africa to live with her brother. had no other relatives. Often wonder how her life went. Also had some of my Family living in Rhodesia from about the late 50s until they had to leave about 1978 . Loved the life they had out there. She didn't have servants when back in UK. All seem to have been in the Mining business.
Storms are now back here. Really hard. Was going to leave but no longer. In for the night
Friday nights are when all the High School football games are in town. Will be rained out. Same happened last Friday night. Some teams come from far away also. Such a shame. Maybe they get word on the Buses before they make the long trip.
JeanneP no the photos are from prior years, no foliage change so far this year. That is not a lake, but fog rising in the morning. Raining now, hope it stops soon, need my evening walk.
Jack, as always, your photos of Oglebay delight! Here you always see the mist rising from the waters in the fall. The air is warmer than the water so it mists.
I have had so many folks wanting me to lose the gray and go back to my more natural red. So, here is what I did today, a cut and color.
Jack - Even if the colors are subdued it will be nice to have the change. The way it stands now I'm not sure we will be making the trip north. I hope we can as there is going to be a big family get-together with both my husband's side of the family and mine, plus our children and grands.
Bubble - That's an adorable picture!
Angelface - Your hair looks very nice. I'd love to have thick hair like that!
Angel, color just right for autumn! The cut looks nice and neat.
Jack, don't you wish the trees would turn to match Angel's head? lol
Bubble, you never lost that grin and sparkle.
Patricia, great head of hair and color.
Beverly, for me it is now a small family, miss the old gatherings.
Jack, I love those photos! Oglebay is gorgeous any time of the year and thanks to your photos, we've all been able to enjoy it. I really do look forward to the changing seasons there. I've been driving when seeing a fog like that.... never thought to turn around & get a photo, we are lucky you do take the time!
Bubble, you still look the same, that same "bubbly" personality. Do you remember when we posted photos of different ones when very young to see if people could guess who it was??? That was fun, long time ago.
Great hair do, Patricia. Nice cut & pretty color. You look SO young. I dyed my hair for years but gave up when I had to do the job every 10 days.
We had another round of rain last night, I had drained the pool back to it's normal level yesterday and it is running over again this morning. Nice & cool so don't mind getting out... think it said upper 50s. Lots of flooding, river is up but it has been higher, that is no comfort to the people with water in their basements. Our trees were needing a deep watering but enough is enough. :cloud: :surrender:
This is a 46 year old photo of my family. There were 6 girls and 4 boys. My Shirley lined us up for the photo, the only one I have of all of us in a group. I was around 40 (and thin) at the time. Now sorry to say I am the oldest, at 85, of the remaining two brothers and one sister. Happy memories (the ones to keep)
What a great family Jack! Makes me wonder what it would be to have brothers or sisters... Neat photo too.
Jack - What a great family picture! I have only one brother and always wished for more. My two best friends each came from a family of six and I loved being at their houses. I always wanted six children but stopped at four. :)
We have eight grandchildren, two step-grands (some with spouses) and five great-grands plus one step-g-grand. Makes for a lively bunch when we get together.
Thanks Bubble and Beverly. My father worked for a stock broker and was one of the first to be hit by the big depression. We lived in a tenement over a bar and had very little. For a short time he worked for a government provided job. We had little to eat, but the toughest, for me, was our having one bathroom and six sisters. ;) Do not have photos, I was the first to buy a camera and that was 1956 when I wanted to capture our first years of marriage. Even then took very few, no money for film and development.
Here is a photo I posted on our previous site. It was a double wedding in 1918 with my Father and Mother on the left in the photo and the other bride was my Aunt. My mother had 10 children, her sister none.
Interesting photos Jack! My father who died in 1995 was born in 1918. He was a Missouri farm boy, one of sixteen and my mother was born in Kansas in 1923, one of twelve. Out of those two generations, the only remaining is the oldest in my father's family, 106 last January.
There were three girls in my family. Jody and I barely two years apart, soon after their marrying and Becky surprising everyone 12 years later. We were and are still it seems, the only side of the family not farming. I think both parents wanted a fresh start.
I've had some here asking why I stopped being red after posting my S&F avatar, but it took meeting an old working acquaintance who had moved here last week to decide to change. The first thing she said to me was, "What happened to all that red?" The gray was taking over.
Jack. Great pictures to have. Lots of Children to have at that time for your mum and dad but Oh! I bet it was fun. I just was not use to large family. In my mothers side even though Grandmother had 3 husbands there were just 4 children. Son killed in war One aunt had one son and the other 2 no children. I only ever remember having one cousin.
In the Wedding 2 of the women look so stern and the other just smiling away.
I am happy to be with you all today. What a storm we went through yesterday. About 6pm and then at 9pm. Tornado warning and Sirens going. 4 tornados came to ground. Went over my town but hit in 2 of the villages 10 miles east. Everyone O.K and just damaged a few building but did completely destroy one Farm Home and all the buildings and also a Motor Home where the people had just driven in from Alaska. Shame on the farm house as it had been in the same family for 137 years. Built by GGF. Seems they lost their dog and 2 cats. Area was lucky though as the Tornados went over 2 big camp grounds with lots of people camping. Lots of trailers there.
We are pretty much farm land close to the interstate. Think that the reason that these Tornado seem to come down on land with not a lot of building. Although 3 years ago one did take down half of the town 9 miles south of me. And about 12 years ago another larger town 14 miles east. Again only 2 people died in those. You sure feel good though when the all clear goes. They happen so fast.
JeanneP we are in an area with very few storms. Since 1950 we have had only 21. Your area had 182 and Shirley in Kansas 233.
You can find everything on google. Here is the link I checked and any city and state can be inserted.
The bride with the big smile was my aunt and she always looked that way. Do believe people tended not to show a big smile on wedding photos back then.
I love your Red Had, Paticia!
...a family line up photo to treasure....
Yes agree, it was usual to see prim and proper, serious looking faces, rather than the smiling faces we now associate with...I can well remember an old black and white photo of our family members wedding sitting on my grans walls, cant remember who's wedding, but my mother and gran were in a fur coat, so it must have been a winter wedding, again no one seemed to have any smile on their faces...I wonder what happened to that photo, hope it is still in the family, just one aunt left now.....
..that is a neat haircut....
Patricia, I LOVE your new hair color and the hair cut. I wish I could get the girl who cuts my hair to cut it like yours. I try to tell her, but she just cuts it her way. It turns out ok, but just not the way I would like it.
I am sure we all are happy that you didn't have any damage and your are able to be here. It must have been a scary night. Glad you are ok.
Enjoy the photos. Hope you are blessed with some more beautiful fall colors this year, Jack. Hoping we have more autumn colors here in northwest Florida, but we are still having hot summer days presently.
Angel, love your hair color and style.
JeanneP, glad you weathered the storm OK
Jack. That true. On the TV it seems most areas have something. Either. tornado, Earthquakes. Floods. I don't ever remember reading anything about your area.
Think I will move there. Its time for me to make a change and keep putting it off.
Need to start doing a little more traveling again and pick a place. Ones I have like I couldn't afford.
Patricia, your hair is beautiful, and so thick and lush. I would be happy to have some of yours. Mine is very fine, straight, grey and other ugly shades mixed in. But it's mine and I am thankful for that.
Thank you, everyone.
Sandy, you were one of the first to ask where all the red went.
Joy, I take photos with my phone of magazines or posters. I took in three and we selected some of each.
As you can see from my avatar, my hair has always been red but darker and it had gone to a partial iron gray because I never colored it. There was a woman I had worked with and saw recently who encouraged me to do something. The first words out of her mouth were, "What happened to your hair!" ;D :thumbup:
>:( We don't see much red outside either, just yellow falling leaves, the wind, and mist. You can see the surrounding hills are turning yellow with more fog/mist rolling up over the foothills.
First is the cam photo from Golden Heart Park, and the rest are looking out over my balcony.
The roofs belong to a small Headstart facility below me.
Patricia, quite a screenshot, of a beautiful area. Like your view of things from your balcony. Way ahead of us with the fall color.
Patricia - I had a strong feeling of deja vu, when I looked at the photos taken from your balcony! I have never been to Alaska, but there was something, oh so familiar, in that view. I enjoyed the pictures and the feeling. :)
Great photos Angel! They would make good paintings too, in misty aquarelles
Patricia, Beautiful fall pictures. Lots of varied activities outside your little window on the world.
As Jack told you, your area is way ahead of where I live also. Our foliage has not started to turn yet.
I do like fall, but I am one of the ones who still loves the summertime. I am not looking forward to winter.
I guess I shouldn't be surprised at the fall colors, Patricia, since our migrating birds are all gone now. The sweet gum tree in my front yard has a slight yellow tint to the leaves but I was thinking probably roots not getting enough water.... also dropping some leaves. Had enough water the last week but temps are still HOT for next week after a couple days on pleasantly cool. Love your photos, you have the best of both worlds, right in the middle of activity and yet can see "wild" life in the distance.
On this flat land we get to see sun rise or sun set, think that's what I enjoy when driving through the Flint Hills.... you can see forever. I have created a monster with all the trees growing along the river & in the river bed. I can't see the water from my house anymore and can't see across the river. May have to cut down some trees instead of letting them take over.
I notice some taller buildings, bet they are earthquake safe.... you do get your share there? I know when we've had one close enough to move pictures as I walk around the house, some we feel but most we don't. The world is shifting.... and was thinking about walking through Yellowstone & how near those bubbling pots are to the surface, I'd be even more fearful now than years ago when there.
Jack, you are so smart with those videos, wish you were near to "show" us. It doesn't soak in watching the help ones online, I need more help than that. I ran across a morph I did when Glenn Curtis was with us... the Animation Shop is still on the old Vista computer downstairs but not sure I could remember how anymore. I checked & the instructions he had online are no longer there (I had it bookmarked).
Better get on with my day, have not checked on cats. By the time I get them all fed it will be lunch time & I haven't had breakfast. Thanks for the photos, Patricia!
Enjoyed your photos, Patricia. You have a nice view from your balcony. The yellow foliage reminded me of our trip through Colorado with their many Aspen trees that turn yellow in the fall. I love that cam photo of the park. It would make a beautiful painting.
Today is misty and rainy. One more day of dog sitting. They are well behaved but the oldest one is kind of "bossy". He is used to a certain routine and when it is his meal time or time to go to bed he stands in front of you and gives a bark to let you know it's that time. He keeps us on schedule. :thumbup:
Flajean that is funny, his name wouldn't be Sarge? :thumbup: Farrah will sit and stare at you, and if that doesn't work, she will begin tapping you. She has gone from that very frightened cat in May to one who understands your place in life, and that is to serve her! :)
Thank you all for the lovely comments! We are just over the edge of the line demarcation between arctic and near-arctic so that we will be slightly ahead of you southern folks. I know we are four hours behind Michigan and 2,904 physical miles for an example.
Also, this summer has been horrible with constant rain and cooler temperatures so I'm just as glad to see it ending, albeit a month earlier. We have had three chilly and rainy summers in a row although this was by far the worst of the trio and I'm hoping it is not setting a trend!
Jack, thank you. There are the trees and the river to the right, just out of sight. So we are close to the edge of town, the tall building is a federal courthouse, and most of the others are small businesses. Across the river are the Catholic schools, homes for some nuns and priests and a few smaller neighborhoods before another loop of the river and the industrial area.
We have two Catholic areas with churches, home, and schools, bracketing the town on the south and northern sides, along with industrial zones. The other types of churches and neighborhoods are in the center with the west side having several car lots, and the east side has the railroad yards and another river winding through that. Shopping is on the east and west sides of town although teenagers and military bemoan our lack of huge malls.
Fairbanks is a blue collar town that mainly deals in freight to and from the Arctic, interior and smaller villages and towns. It is a working class town with a lot of railroads, plane and trucking businesses.
Anchorage is the lovely town with a Scandinavian appeal with mountains close on its heels and the sea directly in front of it. The rainforest climate keeps it fresh and green. Fairbanks is a desert with sagebrush, an arboreal forest and several rivers, hot springs and other lakes, stream, and sloughs. Two very different climates. It is river country.
Anchorage is on the cusp of the mountains. We are on the mountain's other side in a valley.
Earthquakes? Oh yes, we have earthquakes, a 5. earthquake is a ho-hum around this area, and we have volcanos, glaciers, and forests. So along with those earthquakes, we get fires and floods. Anchorage has the San Andreas fault running right down Fourth Avenue, and we are only about 400 miles north of that. Between the glaciers, fires, floods, volcanos, etc. Alaska is a land constantly reinventing itself.
Bubble, I had to look up aquarelles, thanks!
Patricia, what a beautiful view from your balcony. They are saying we will not have much color this year, because of the drought and very hot summer. By the way while I am trying to write this Taffy is setting in front of the computer. the red cars really show up.
Angelface - Enjoyed your photos! The leaves have turned yellow.......Are they aspens?
Was wondering the same, Beverly.... aspen or cottonwood maybe? The cottonwood turns first here in KS & in CO, but we don't have aspen either state & know in CO that both types turn about the same time. I am so angry that "our government" leased out the National Forest campgrounds that we stay in, to private companies and the companies close them... cross bars & chains to the entrances.... early September, long before the aspen turn! I have a lot of photos from years ago when I did go out "to see the colors". They used to keep the campgrounds open all winter so the hunters could use them, no services but outhouses and picnic tables & fire rings to use. I am getting "Fall Fever", wanting to take off & see the world as it changes seasons.
Beverly & Shirley, Those trees that are losing their leaves are not Aspens. We also have cottonwoods but they are very different. These trees are white or paper birch.
The trees you will see in this area are white birch, commonly called paper birch; cottonwoods, mountain hemlock, balsam poplar, mountain alder, tamarack, fir and blue or black or white spruce. There is an aspen found here called a quaking aspen, but we're told it is not a real aspen, just a name given to it.
Pine trees, western hemlock, and Sitka spruce, are further southeast.
"Paper Birch is one of the most easily distinguished trees with a narrow, open crown of slightly drooping to nearly horizontal branches, and conspicuous white bark. Paper Birch is sometimes found as a shrub. In Alaska, there are 3 geographical varieties of Paper Birch in Alaska, and they hybridize with each other wherever their ranges meet.
Native Americans used the Paper Birch for the making of canoes and many types of containers. The bark should never be peeled from a live tree, as this leaves permanent, ugly black scars. Birch trees produce a bitter tasting chemical known as salicin (similar to aspirin), to deter moose and other animals from browsing on their branches."
Angelface - The northeast, including Vermont, has many of the same trees you mentioned. Clumps of white birches are much desired on large lawns. My son had a beautiful clump of birches until a bad ice storm last year. :( Part of it survived.
Shirley - Northwest Oklahoma has lots of cottonwoods, too. We lived in Woodward for awhile and then down near Tulsa.
Beverly, he should move to Alaska's Interior! We have millions of white birch, its our most common tree! :thumbup: :)
Carole, two words Beautiful and Wow
I second that WOW! , Carole..... gorgeous spring flowers and I did a Google for the Godwits, not familiar with them. Amazing birds, so glad you posted the photo.... fascinating! Besides, great photos~ :thumbup:
I can't say it any better.....WOW!
I had to look up Godwits......beautiful bird.
Angelface - This is the clump of birches on my son's lawn.
A closer view with my granddaughter and her Dad.
Beverly, love the stand of white birch, and great family photo.
Thank you, Jack.
I give up! I've made myself dizzy trying to resize that picture with the new PSP 8. If it's too large I will delete it.
Even though I paid $$ for it, I am thinking about trying something else.
Those spring flowers are lovely and so are the birch trees. Nice photo, Beverly.
Beverly, that's a nice group of birches. In a way, they look better singled out.
Carole, the godwits spend the summer in Fairbanks's Creamer's Field, a wildlife and bird sanctuary before returning to you. Carolyn in NZ. and I used to ponder the long trips they made twice a year.
All lovely photos!
Beverly, try this for photo resizing; try optimizing on 20.
I do have Corel's version 8, but I normally use PSP12Ultimate for the majority of my PSP.
Beverly, when I worked as a tour guide at the Great Alaskan Bowl Company, I learned so much about wood. A few notes for your son on birch. The white or paper birch has been one of the earliest and most-used trees in the new world. The Vikings, Indians, and White settlers all used it and many of those uses have survived to this present day.
You can use the wood to make a shelter, row boat, or a canoe. You can use the bark to cover that canoe, make a dish or platter out of birch bark, brew the young leaves for a tea to cure a headache or stomach upset, or peel off the bark and eat the first inner layer if you are lost and unable to make it back. It won't taste like beef wellington, but you can survive until help comes or you get that canoe finished and launched!
This is the place of the Burches.
A Forest Hymn
The groves were man's first temples.
Ere man learned
To hew the shaft, and lay the architrave,
And spread the roof above them ere he framed
The lofty vault to gather and roll back
The sounds of anthems in the darkling wood.
Amidst the cool and silence, he knelt down
And offered to the mightiest solemn thanks
Very interesting info Patricia!
I don't think we have that kind of tree here, but it looks very regal.
Great picture, Jack. Is that location near you? It looks a lot like a West Virginia hillside to me.
Jack, that will make a great jigsaw!
Good afternoon. Carol lovely Spring flowers, thanks for posting.
Beverly, like the picture of the birch trees, and your nicelooking family
Jack, that is such a peacefull looking scene.
Patricia, so interesting about the birch trees. I had three white birch trees in my baclk yard, until we had hurricane Gloria, years ago, took them all down.
That is a great photo, Jack, of a lovely, serene setting.
I have to ask since you are in the south, is your river water a green or greenish hue? I wonder because ours is such a blue color and when I went to GA, KY, and TN, their water was green. Now I know it has a lot to do with minerals. Here it is hard rock country, granite, iron, gold, quartz, etc., but I wondered.
Patricia, way up your way I guess we are south. I am in the northern part of WV near Pittsburgh. The photo was taken way south and close to Kentucky and part of Virginia.
The Ohio river is usually a murky green. Understand it still has lots of pollution. For years steel mills lined the river from Pittsburgh to south of Wheeling. Looks good to me but would not swim in it.
Sue that is close to Beckly and the New River Bridge.
Gloria thanks, and Bubble there are probably puzzels now with it. The photo is on Calendars and all over the state.
Most of the views the same, I stood in the water to take mine. Get a look at some professional shots.
Jack, I'll take your shot.
Jack, most of the ones shown in your link have that greenish tinge. I often thought it might be moss or something similar. I also like your photo as MaryAnn said.
Thanks MaryAnn. Patricia, again that is way south and not the Ohio River.
Jack, as I am further than 3,915.5 miles from you, (Distance between Fairbanks & Pittsburg); everything is southern. However, I was commenting on the photos in your link. One of our larger of the five rivers bisecting our town, the Chena, is 3,779.6 miles from the Ohio river, (Isn't Google, grand?).
The Ohio River at Cario is brown in the photos and one of Pittsburgh, showing the Ohio River meeting with the Allegheny River and the Monongahela River has that green tinge. And yes I know they are cleaning up pollution, but I wonder if the color has as much to do with minerals besides any pollution.
I wanted to find an online map of the US showing states and rivers, but each one showed a tiny Alaska and tiny Hawaii, somehow migrated to the Gulf of Mexico....... When I looked at US rivers, none were shown in Alaska.
The Tanana river, bisecting the south side of town is muddy with no real visibility due to glacial silt. I am showing a photo from a cam, not mine.
The following is one of the Chena from[attachimg=2] the northeast and center of town. You can see that both rivers are cutting into the banks and toppling trees which causes under water hazards.
Jack - Your picture of the mill looks professional to me. Beautiful!
Angelface - Your second photo is reminiscent of scenes in northern New England, especially Maine.
Beverly thanks, I owe it all to a good point and shoot camera.
Angelface - I never thought of the color of rivers.........Where I lived most of the rivers reflected the sky color at the time. Mostly the water is clear and you can see the rocks at the bottom unless it's really deep. The larger rivers can be muddy looking after a rain. Unfortunately, Hurricane Irene had a devastating effect on our smaller rivers in Vermont. For the second time since the 1927 flood the path of the White River has changed.
A brook, not a river, but I like the photo.
Part of the White River near where I lived, before the flood.
Jack. I love seeing that photo of the Old Mill and the wheel. Been awile since I made pictures by copying the ones I like. Should do this one. Need to change a couple hanging in the bathroom. Had the LIght houses on for a while. I may do this one.
Beverly, your photos are very close to what we have here. Your photo of the White River looks very similar to the Chena River.
Many of our local rivers are older. I have forgotten the scientific name for that, but the banks are eroding. Folks put rocks, old cars, logs and other items to reinforce the banks, but it is a serious issue here. Several small area villages are actually moving their entire towns back away from the waters.
All five local rivers change channels many times. Two of our local lakes are almost empty because of the water draining out and going elsewhere. Twice in the last ten years, they have had to re-dredge and re-do the highways as the river changed and made new channels through the roads.
I do not access here for a long time, and I'm sorry very much.
I have cardiomyopathy, and it is seven months.
I went to my hospital on September 15, and my heart seems to recover smoothly, and my dactor said the trip seems to be OK, too.
It will be the result that it regarded as too much important for these seven months that my body is a somehow heavy feeling.
And, as for the one which is thankful for, physical; there is the paralysis nowhere.
I stroll in my garden as ever, but my rose of Sharon and my cotton rose get closer to the end, and Aster ageratoides is in full blossom.
Sachiko, love the photos, but even more so it is so great to have you back with us. Think about you and Sato and remember you in my prayers. Did not want to impose in you, but again great to have you here.
Sachiko, it is so good to hear from you again and I'm sorry you have such a serious illness. I am glad that you can walk in your garden and we appreciate it when you are able to send pictures of your garden. Most of all, take care of yourself and check in with us when you are able
Sachiko, its is so good to see you posting again!
Sachiko, I hope and pray your health starts to improve soon. Your photo's as usual are beautiful.
Sachiko, so happy to see your sweet smiling face. I, too, hope you will be feeling lots better soon. Glad to see you out in your garden. I know how much you have missed being able to do that. You and your beautiful flower pictures have been missed.
Sachiko, have been thinking of you and Sato. Glad you are so much better. We haven't heard from Sato in many weeks.
I enjoy the photos of your lovely garden.
SACHIKO and SATO....
...You are both very special people who I/we are happy to have on our forum.... I like many, have both loved and enjoyed seeing your home photos and your past video clips...but aware that life changes can now prohibit what we once, was capable of doing.....However your smile and your garden photos lighten up my day....I am so happy for you that your garden brings you such pleasure and joy, even though you may not be able to manage it in the way, as before your illness and hospital stay...
Jack, Mary Ann, angerface, halkei, Joy, Jean, Vanilla-Jackie, Thank you very much for your comments!
I am very glad of your gentle words. I will recover these little by little. And I will be to send my photo again.
Hurray! Sachiko is back :) It is great to admire your photos again and to see you on the mend. Take care!
So P Bubble, thank you very much for your warm words.
As for me, it was not yet gone out in the distance, but I came to be able to take the photo of the flowers in my garden.
I found that cluster amaryllises bloomed in my backyard today. The cluster amaryllis blooms by all means in the Autumnal Equinox Day.
I would never have guessed these to be amaryllis. They look more like lilies, and the leaves are different from the usual plant.
Thanks for introducing them to me :D
Sachiko, those flowers are a lovely bright red. They are very similar to what we call "spider plants" in our area.
Earlier I posted a photo of the Grist Mill at Babcock state park. Patricia commented on rivers and believe you will find this interesting. The Mill is on Glade Creek that flows into the New River.
The New River flows north to the Kanawa and is one of the oldest rivers in the world. get this comment that it was prior to the existence of the Atlantic Ocean.
The age of a river is difficult to determine. Generally, the age is estimated based primarily upon the age of any mountains it dissects; the age of the sea or ocean to which it eventually outflows can be irrelevant; for example, several rivers of the east side of the Appalachian Mountains are older than the existence of the Atlantic Ocean, which did not exist 130 million years ago.[If a river fully dissects a mountain range, then this generally indicates that the river existed at least at the time that the mountain range rose.
Sachiko, lovely flowers and yes, not what I would expect of an amaryllis.
Jack that is fascinating, and I would have thought the ocean came first. In thinking it over, rivers are probably, mainly rain water, so it makes sense. That is another interesting thought, especially here with volcanoes in the southeast and in the polar state regions and several mountain ranges here locally.
I tried Googling to see if any Alaskan rivers were older than any of our three bordering oceans, but no real answers. I did learn that we have 3 million lakes and ponds and an uncounted variety of rivers, they stopped after 12 million. While we have the third largest lake in the US, it was at one time, larger than the state of Michigan.
"Lake Iliamna in Alaska is the third largest lake in the United States. Lake Michigan has the #1 spot on the list of biggest lakes in the United States. The other Great Lakes are each bigger than Iliamna."
" 86,051 square miles of Alaska are covered by water. The largest, Lake Iliamna, encompasses over 1,000 square miles. Many of Alaska's lakes are only reachable by air or boat."
But none said to be older than the oceans, which probably has to due with all the earthquakes an seismic activity.
Good evening, Sachiko, I join all the others in saying so good to see you posting. You really do have a lovely garden, and take beautiful photos of it. thanks for shareing
Sachiko. Your gardens still look so healthy and colourful. You don't need to go far to walk to find beauty. You are looking much better and sure you will be able to get back to what you love doing soon. It takes time to get strength back.
We all look forward to Sato getting back to us soon. You both are missed when we don't hear from you.
Bubble, Jean, Jack, angelface, Lindancer, JeanneP, thank you very much for your comments.
The English name of â€Higanbanaâ€ was â€œred spider lilyâ€.
I became considerably fine.
Hope that Sato has gotten to go Home and he is getting settled in. He will get back to us soon I think. Been a long hospital stay for him.
Jane. I will send a e-m to Jeanne and have her take my email address out. As we can use the MESSAGE then I don't think we need EMail in.
Today I was watching a PBS TV show about Japan. I thought I saw Sato's name as someone shown/covered. I'm positive I saw SATO, but not sure about his first name (it looked the same).
JeanneP, if you are talking about the message part of this Seniors and Friends website, it uses your email.
The cosmos in my backyard bloomed. There is no cosmos of the dark red this year.
There is no flower of the color though I planted a cosmos of the dark red last year.
Sachiko, you always show us such lovely flowers, thank you!
angelface, thank you very much for your comment.
I love the cosmos which makes flowers bloom every year very much.
Sachiko, the cosmos are a favorite of mine.
Sachiko, I also like seeing the photos of your yard. I've never grown Cosmos and enjoyed seeing yours.
Mary Ann, Jean, thank you very much for your comments.
In my garden in Fukuyama, autumn flowers bloom in profusion.
We had a "pair" of birch trees in the circle garden in the pool area but the original owner let someone rent the place for a year before we bought & they neglected to water or something, the trees were dead so we had to cut them out. Your son's yard is gorgeous & your son & gr-daughter are also beautiful standing there! She looks a lot like him.... do they look like you, Beverly?
Jack, that is the "most paintable" photo... absolutely spectacular! I know you took some of it years ago & even close ups of detail... and sent me. I still hope to paint it "someday". I probably won't ever get to take my own photos but as long as I have your permission to use yours.... it's legal!
Patricia, those photos look like fall & cold not far behind! Beautiful world you live in. Can really tell the difference in the water.... no reflection of the sky in the first. What are the white squares on the near bank?
Beverly, we call that a "creek" in MO & KS.... don't you love 'em? The ones in CO are moving much faster than what we see in KS & MO. White river is nice size water.... I crossed the Arkansas River (same as behind my house)...at least 5 times going to Salida, CO... and even with the rains we've had in western KS this year, some crossings there wasn't any water above ground. So strange that it can flow so full in places & bone dry in others.
Sachiko, your flowers are gorgeous & you look fantastic! You didn't ever say what health problems you had, but I had 3 by-passes and a new aortic valve put in about 3 & 1/2 years ago and I am just now feeling more normal. Even the leg they took the vein out of (from ankle to knee) is finally okay to touch without cringing..... all this time the skin/nerves were as sensitive as an open sore. Good that you keep busy to take your mind off. Best wishes. Oh, I love your cosmos, I did not have any this year, so thanks for sharing yours!
Rick, I wouldn't doubt that Sato's works would show up, before he got sick he was very active. Hope he is getting stronger & will "report in" one of these days.
Sorry about the length... been gone since last Friday.... drove to CO to test the tires on the RV. They did okay, hope I don't go out & find one flat this morning. :-\
Shirley, the first photo is a cam shot of the Nenana River. The concrete barriers in front are to keep folks from driving too far forward and into the river. The Nenana runs through a series of glaciers so it is always muddy, filled with silt and is dangerous with trees and other hazards swept along underneath.
The Chena runs along the Nenana and the Tanana rivers for several feet before joining all three emptying into the Yukon River. It's called the marriage of the waters because it seems as if they do not mix. However, they are mixing from the bottom up, so it is an illusion.
Here is a photo of the Chena with a small boat just before it enters town proper.[attachimg=1]
Angel. I didn't realize that. You mean can only use it here in S and F if both you and the other person have a E-M address listed here.. Learn something every day.
Shirley, thank you very much for your warm comment. I feel that I can live my normal life in my house happily. And autumn flowers bloom in profusion now in my garden. They cheer it up for me.
angelface, the scenery of the river is splendid!
The aroma of the fragrant olive wafted on the wind.
Fragrant olives planted in the west of my garden are in full blossom.
Thank you for the river comment, Sachiko. I wish we had olives that could grow here. I love olives!
Very interesting Sachiko. I had never heard of that plant.
Would it grow in containers you think?
angelface, bubble, thank you very much for your comments.
As for the name of this flower, Japanese is "Kinmokusei".
It is "Fragrant olive" when I check the Japanese name in English translation dictionary, but is "Fragrant orange-colored olive" in Wikipedia.
I have not heard of them either. Now I don't like to eat olives. Could this be a editable one or more into a flowering plant for decoration in a garden. I know there are apples that way. Pretty plant but not for eating. Same with a lemon I think.
JeanneP, We cannot eat the fruit of the fragrant olive. We enjoy the flowers and the fragrance.
JeanneP, you still can use it:
Osmanthus fragrans has a long history of use in herbal medicine, and is used in perfumery and as a flavouring. The flowers are used to make a scented jam and tea (hence its common name, tea olive), and in traditional herbal medicine a decoction of the stem bark is used to treat boils and carbuncles. The essential oil has insect-repelling properties.
I didn't know it was called, commonly tree oil, Bubble. I use it and have a small bottle now that I buy locally. Its good for cat ear infections and repels earmites, fleas and ticks although we have no fleas or ticks in Alaska.
Bubble. I think if in the US they were look a little more into Herbs and Plants etc. instead of spending Billions of dollars making all these pills that the charge a fortune for. I think that people knew more about what nature put out there. Seems the Asian countries do quite well using natural things. I remember my grandmother use to always have something steeping away. Children here now have been on so many antibiotics by the time they are 5 years old that they will never be able to take anything in years to come that will work on them. Never had my girls to Dr. nor did they with theirs and never sick. But my GD out east seems to have her to doctor for least little thing.
I've been in Vermont for a week and arrived home late last night. We decided to stay only a week so I am going to miss the best of the foliage. :( My son said he would send me a photo of his trees when they are at peak color. Had a wonderful family reunion while we were there. Would you believe I forgot to take my camera to the reunion? :'(
Lots of nice photos since I was here.
Shirley - My granddaughter's father was my former son-in-law. Sadly and tragically he took his own life about 6 months later.
Clouds at Sunset in Vermont
My daughter-in-law's giant Mum
Beverly, everything is green, neat, tidy and bucolic! Wonderful!
My Table Garden
I received this beautiful arrangement for the New Year, complete with apple and honey.
Beverly and Bubble, thank you for the beautiful pictures to start the week. Thanks.
Bubble - Nice table garden complete with "flowers" on the tree! Beautiful floral arrangement....L'shanah tovah!
Beverly and Bubble, great photos. Loved the farm and sunset Beverly, and your handiwork Bubble.
Bubble, a really nice table garden, I'm envious! And such a thoughtful New year's gift!
Beverly. Now that is a Farm I could live on. Beautiful. Looks peaceful. Even has cows. Bet some chickens some place.
Bubbles. I never got my table garden to look that good. Nice ideas to put the photo's on it. I even tried A Cacti one. Just don't have a green thumb.Allergic to all flowers and never could work on outdoor garden so think may that is the reason. Just have to work with Silk ones.
Nice with the Apple and honey plant.
Beverly. Vermont and Maine areas are about the only states I have not been. Always planned to drive up there. Only thing now can't find anyone who wants to go. Maybe in Spring I will just get into my car and drive up.
Jeanne, Bob's first duty station when he finished flight school in Corpus Christi was Brunswick, Maine. We drove up there with our 9 month old son at the end of May. There was still 3 feet of snow packed under windows and it was raining. He had to leave in a week to join his squadron on deployment in Sicily. We quickly bought a small house and I moved in. The snow began to melt, but it was still VERY CHILLY! We finally got used to it, but oh boy, did it start snowing again in late October and all winter long! When a storm was coming, I parked our car down at the end of the driveway so that I didn't have to shovel the whole drive if I needed to get out. Shoveling is NOT an easy job!
So if you plan to go up there, be sure to go in July, August, or September! It is really beautiful up there, even with the snow and the people are friendly. And we developed a great love for lobster which at the time we could get from the lobstermen for about $1 each.
These days, May through the end of October are pretty mild.... June thru September are beautiful times of the year.... The prettiest of course, being the end of September thru Halloween.
But, by the time I get through New Years Day,
(With the Holidays etc making the end of the
year very festive), I am looking forward to
and early Spring. Which sometimes comes as
early as April Fools Day...
I don't like the heavy Winter Months of January,
February and March... but to each his own,
and many people do love playing in the snow
Any time there is ice on the ground,
especially covered by snow, is hazardous
for the elderly and disabled to get around.
So I believe that the best time to come to
Maine is Late May thru Halloween..
(Of course, it is all in what you get used
to and how much "change" one can
endure, through out the Seasons!)
Jeanne - Most of the farms are dairy farms. This is one of the prettiest I've seen. I can remember a time when Vermont boasted more cows than people. My daughter has chickens for the eggs and for awhile she had sheep. My granddaughter and her husband raise chickens for meat and eggs, a pig and usually a beef cow.
I love Spring in Vermont but it can be unpredictable. May is usually beautiful. My favorite part is the lilacs. If you want to make the drive there, the best time is late September. By October the foliage is beautiful!
SFSue - As you said, snow can come as soon as late October. The long winters are what drove us to move to Florida. I loved it when we could go snowmobiling, etc.
Where we lived in VT and our reason for moving here. :) It's beautiful but as we grew older our winters seemed longer!
No posts today.......I think I scared everyone off with my snow picture. ;)
LOL. I like a "little" snow, particularly when I am inside looking out :)
Well I did post in Gatherings and Meeting Friends~Old and New...
Bubble - And I just replied! :) I wonder how many people have found that discussion. It's kind of "out of the way".
MaryTX - I like snow for about two weeks! :)
Beverly. Oh! I love to see snow like that. Just for one week. We use to get them here in Illinois. For the past 4 years hardly had any. Last 2 didn't even have to have my driveway cleared. I miss them.
What I miss most is seeing the Ocean. People tell me that up there would remind me of my HOme area in UK. Just have to get up there. (1st thing on my 2017 Bucket list)
I love a nice snowfall, particularly on a sunny day. Looking for a photo of mine in the snow and found one, but first wanted to post my old home as it was in 1964, and now with a few improvements. Jessie joins me in the family room and seldom visit my 2nd floor. Hate to think of ever leaving, it is home.
Now here is a photo following a nice snowfall.
Jack. I love the style of your home. Looks like you just added that room on the side. It adds to the style of the house. Hope you can get to stay in it for a long time yet.
Sent you a photo using my Yahoo. mail. did you get it?
We were in New England for two weeks several years ago in late September. The weather was great and the fall colors beautiful. That is one of the things we miss here in Florida, but we sure don't miss driving in the snow.
JeanneP, sorry, no email.
Several years ago I looked at a unit in a close by high rise. No pets at the time, now will permit small, but not sweet golden that never barks. The unit was about the size of my family room addition. Posting a photo of part of the room. It has a full bath, and the front of the room (not shown) is a large bay window, day bed, two recliners and large tv. Have mentioned in the past my down sizing and hate clutter, enough in my mind. This it the back of the room, the bathroom on the left and my :) work space, with a large door to my patio. Like being alone, but could easily rent out the home and live in the family room.
Very cosy with all that nice wood.
If you were renting the house, you would have no kitchen!
Like you Jack. I will have a hard time changing living places. Daughter on my almost daily about moving to Texas. I know its hard here being 1100 miles away but I love my life here. Don't think I could live in a Condo, Assisted Living. To private a person. Been alone now 50 years and was raised almost like a only child. Health has got a lot to do with how one lives I think. Right now I feel as good as years ago. go out daily, drive a lot. Lots of things go on in this University town. Still love cooking, fixing things around the house. I would be content in that kind of a space that you added on. But mine only 940 sq ft. But don't care about perfect house cleaning now. Think I need a cleaner in about every other week. Think we will know when we need to make big change. Your dogs have kept you active. Don't ever rent out space to anyone. We are not use to people close. Only thing is with me I have traveled all these years all over. I would like to have someone who is still wanting to travel now. Afraid the friends I have left now can't do it.
Bubble if I ever decided, just need an apartment size refrig. and small sink, have a hot plate
and microwave. Really doubt I would ever do, want to sell to a young family like we were when we moved in.
Jeanne, sounds like we both are fortunate, like living alone and can drive to the park or daughters when I want.
Beverly, your winter photo looks just like what we used to have in the sixties. Now we rarely have enough snow as Jeanne says, not even close to the snows that Jack showed in his photo. The trees are bare, and we have early morning frost, but sunny skies and crisp fall days. We were almost guaranteed snow from September 23rd on but instead, the rain stopped and the sun came out. We are about forty degrees cooler, however.
Jack, you've shown those photos before, a very nice house!
Dad offered me and my sisters, our childhood home but no takers. One sister helped to build her own, another moved south and I didn't want to return to where my daughter was so ill before she died. So, he sold it.
JeanneP, living in a condo like mine is like living in a house but without outside work. Being close to your neighbors depends on the neighbors and you. I used to say I did not want to move because I had such good neighbors. We did not go back and forth, but visited in the good weather months. Then my neighbors left; actually one couple died a year apart and the other one went to TN when her son and granddaughter moved there. Both present neighbors work and I wouldn't know one if I met her on the street. The other works night shift so see her very seldom. I would like more room, but I really am where I should be!
Five month old "Fi",
teething on some celery... (at lunch today)..
Growing like a weed! What a joy!
The sweater that she is wearing
was hand made by the Grand Mother of an
exchange student named Erhan, who came
to live with my daughters family for a year
as and exchange student from Switzerland.
His Grand Mother lives in Turkey.
Sandy. She is so cute. I don't have any little ones anymore. They came. Bang,Bang but now all growing up. Goes fast.
Jack, it looks nice and comfortable. We downsized into a smaller house which we really love. Nice neighbors and quiet neighborhood and just a few blocks from our youngest daughter. We've been told that there are plenty of kids (although we've only seen a few) so we got two big bags of candy to be ready for Halloween. In Ocala we never had any kids come around as they all went to the mall for parties.
Sandy, what a precious little girl. I wish our little great grands were closer. Our family is spread out from East to West and even Canada.
Sandy, she is adorable!
I thought there was a new Challenge starting Called "Clocks"
Sandy, what a beauty.
JeanneP look under photos then photo challenges.
Jack. Thanks . Found it. Some great one showing up. Thanks
Jack - I love the style of your house and your addition looks cozy.
Sandy - Your g-granddaughter is adorable. That's a beautiful sweater.
Something a little more seasonal.....My son just e-mailed this picture of his back yard. The colors are changing and we left a few days too soon. :(
I made it a little too wide so you have to scroll to see the whole picture. By the way, that teepee like structure is a bonfire waiting for some nice night!
Beverly, lots of color. Little early for us. Was at the park tonight and just one photo of pretty blossoms on a potted plant. Will let one of you identify.
Jack, it is a hibiscus. I've never seen one that color; beautiful.
Beautiful back yard, Bev !!!
Riding lawnmower, I presume !!
That hibiscus is lovely, Jack!!
New England in the fall is extraordinary!!
But way too short.
Being outside today felt so good.
"Sweater weather" at it's best !
Jack - That's a beautiful hibiscus.
Sandy - I guess you could call it a riding mower! ;) He has 10 acres, a lot of it wooded.
That sure does a beautiful job....
amazing, from the size of it...
Does that bale hay too and plow snow?
I am not familiar with farm equipment,
(obviously), but that sure looks like it could
handle just about anything!
Beautiful flower Jack and very nice yard Beverly, that your son has!
Up to this past summer, we had been in a drought since 2003 and bonfires, and burn barrels have been a thing of the past. I would think that might have changed after this past summer with waters still running high and some flooding. I have heard, somewhere, tho, that it has to do with the snowfall in the mountains as to our coming out of the drought.
Sandy - It's a full size tractor and does it all! He plows snow but doesn't need a hay baler.
Beverly, from your White River's resemblance to our Chena River to your snow covered photo of what resembles part of St. Mattew's Episcopal Church, there are so many similarities between Vermont and Alaska Did you know that FDR re- settled the majority of the Dust Bowl refugees here? We have hundreds of farms and farming exports as well as timber, fish, oil, and gold.
You and others might enjoy this short video.
This link is my region.
I have been in & reading all the posts & admiring the photos but too tired to talk. Still don't have all the stuff put away from the RV..... taking back to back trips with uncertain weather (so have to take summer & winter clothes).... always too much food & everything else. I am half asleep now & must shut down & go to bed. We had a dozie of a storm earlier, some areas got hit hard with winds blowing trees over & fences down... power out & hail. We didn't get the bad stuff so can sleep in peace, I hope.
Love all the photos, beautiful flowers, darling baby, gorgeous yard & equipment to care for it... and you have a homey type house, Jack, best to just live each day & enjoy until life makes the decision for you.
I am having computer problems so looking online at what is best for what I want to do. My favorite brand (Toshiba) is in the middle of being sold so not recommended for buying with "warranty iffy". Will think about it tomorrow.
Patricia, only regret is that I didn't get my trip to Alaska when I was young enough to stay a few years. I still think I would have been a good pioneer & loved the land. I will check out the links later. Thanks.
JeanneP, I have the same problem with nobody (of my old friends) in good enough shape to travel, none.... I would love to have a friend with their own RV to be able to meet places & enjoy sights & even share meals... but not be in the same RV. I do like my own space.
Must check on cats & get some sleep.
Beverly, would love to play with that toy (tractor)
Thanks all for telling me that was a Hibiscus.
Patricia viewed the three tours, beautiful area can understand why so many visit.
Shirley you wear me out with your work. Get a good computer and relax.
Cooler weather today so some yard work (just a postage stamp size, do not need a tractor)
Fall comes to the Interior
These were all taken the last of September and you can see the fog and mists rolling up and over the foothills. Now the trees have no leaves and it has turned crisp and sunny after a summer of soggy disdain!
A few of Farrah, killing her felt mouse, getting food out of her toy tube and generally relaxing, even in some odd places...
Patricia, it is obvious Farrah has found a great home and many ways to play, and rest.
Thanks Jack. The other earlier photos show how fast fall happened here than in other states.
Angelface - Some of your trees are already bare! Farrah looks very trusting with her belly up. She has certainly found her safe place. She's a pretty cat.
Patricia, the picture poses look familiar because Kendrick does the same things. I am interested in the ring; what kind of food do you put in it? I don't have any trouble with Kendrick eating, but it would be something more to interest him. He came to me at 10 pm to let me know it was time for treat but I wanted to go online to see how the Atlantic coast people are faring.
Amy, both you and your husband will be in my thoughts and prayers tonight and tomorrow. I know that three hours will seem like eternity. You will be on tired lady. On the humorous side, your hubby gets to sleep all the way through it. ::)
Go ahead you can hit me.
Patricia, beautiful animal (and pictures) I like that park. It has a small town feel to me.
Thank you for all the comments! Beverly, those photos were taken from 9/23 through the end of the month. While it is sunny out now, all the deciduous trees are bare of their leaves. Only spruce and fir are still covered in needles.
Beverly, cats usually do not lay on their backs or with their stomachs exposed unless they feel safe. I knew the first time Farrah lay on her back, that she was going to be okay. I tried to get a photo of her sleeping on her back, however, just reaching for the camera, woke her. My favorite photo is the one with her paw over her eyes!
Shirley, feral cats in the wild, do not play once out of kittenhood due to the necessity of staying alerted for danger. Feral cats seldom learn to play and ones like yours, outdoors, probably would never feel that safe.
MaryAnn, Petsmart, an offshoot of Websmart, said cats have an active, curious streak and high prey instinct. They don't, according to the vet's article, do well with food left out or easy to reach. They said it tends to lead to obesity.
The report recommends having them work for their food for optimum health and to stay in shape. I feed Farrah a 3-ounce can of wet food with a bowl of 2 to 3 ounces of dry kibble alternating every other day.
She was not too enthused over the ring until I put her dry, never wet food, in it. It took her a day to figure out how to get to her food, but now she is an old pro. Maybe I'll start hiding the dry kibble in some of my wooden bowls and steins to keep her interested
Hal, thank you. Fairbanks is small, just a little over 100,000 residents! The park, "Golden Heart Park," (its fountain is off for the season); is one of several set up along the Chena River's winding way through town. They have brick walkways and bicycle paths joining together the series of parks with old time style light poles, and the fences have Alaskan figures and scenes welded into them
It is a project spanning some years, and they are practically finished with it.
Shirley and Hal; were a couple of those comments meant for the Soda Shop?
I'm not sure what I'm doing tonight, Patricia.... I discovered my post missing over in the Soda Shoppe & found it here. Yes, I started it on WordPat over there & not sure how I ended up in here but it's missing again. I'm working on 2 computers so not helping my scrambled brain.
This computer has not worked for a couple weeks & I managed to do something right last night & the monitor (external) came back on. I had tried everything my sons recommended but nothing worked. No clue what kicked in last night but was hoping to get a photo in here that I had wanted to use for the "sky" challenge. Hey.... I know it's over! Just a test run to see if I can get something into the Gallery. I do have a watch/clock but no sense taking the photo if I can't post.
So here's my challenge, to see if the photo actually went into my Gallery & will work. I don't see an option to post from my gallery in here, only from my own computer. What am I doing wrong?
I'm going to bed.... this is stressful~ :'(
By the way, I notice my clock in here is also wrong. How can it be tomorrow when it's before midnight tonight? Even my cell phone was wrong last week end.... it was CO time zone the week before & forgot to change back to central. Sure messed up my week end since I set the RV microwave clock by the cell phone because my FitBit watch had died the day before. Talk about being confused. :crazy2:
Wanted to show you my sons new 8 week old Leonberger Pup. Showing a photo of him, one with my Jessie to show his present size. In a year he will grow to 175 pounds, a giant but gentle breed. My third photo is of their 2 year old.
Jack, it is darling :). Is their two year old one of the parents? I have never heard of that breed before.
They are cute, but I will always be partial to Jessie and my Goldens :).
Good morning, waiting for friend to take me shoppin
Jack, that is such a cute puppy.
Patricia, thanks for posting all those pictures, beautiful town. Farrah, is sure a fun cat. Taffy, has been getting into trouble all morning, and keeping in my way, running up and down the hall, jumping on the bed off again, then down the hall. She has been on the dresser, playing with my makeup, and jewerly. She does not play with toys, and she is not a feral cat. My ride is here I have to go
Good morning, Jack. Beautiful large dogs! I remember you posting about the first one your son had. The puppy almost looks like a stuffed toy!
Morning Gloria, hope your day out shopping is nice. I guess Taffy is determined to be the exception to the rule. :thumbup: She sounds as if her day has been full of energy!
Farrah is most active early in the morning. She has taken to waking me by purring and walking circles around and around my prone body in bed to have me get up and fetch her breakfast!
Shirley - I see your photo of clouds/sky in the Gallery. You should be able to post from there. You can't post it directly into the reply box on Photos but if you copy the Gallery photo BB code and then paste it into the Reply box, it will work. Clear as mud?
Jack - Beautiful dogs and such a cute puppy!
Thanks for the comments. The Pup is from another blood line, but he and the older one may someday start a new litter with the breeder. The older one is a beautiful specimen but they want to be sure no health issues prior to breeding. The Leonbergers are from Leonberger Germany and several years back were recognized by the AKC.
Here is a fun video of playing with the 3 pups, he is the only male, with the blue collar.
Jack, did a Google on Leonberger and found this. Think I will pass.
You son must have lots of energy (and money). They are a beautiful dog.
...Lovely puppy but afraid too large for me when it becomes adult....My favourite still has to be your Jessie....
Jack, nice puppies. It is hard to imagine them at their present size that they will get to be so large.
Jackie I have had 3 Goldens for over a period of almost 40 years. Know Jessie will not be with me much longer, do not know if I would get another. I love most breeds but think the next, if I would get one, would be another Golden. Doubt I can handle another pup with their energy.
Hal the list was no problem with my sons big boy. His wife did most of the training and he loves people, never jumps and the kids think he is a big bear.
Jack, I've never seen a dog sit on it's tail like the middle photo..... that is SO cute! How is the other little guy doing with 2 monsters in the house now? Wonder if it knows how big this one will get.... to be extra nice to it while this size. ;) I remember when our German Shepherd was a pup & a Siamese across the street loved to hide behind a bush & run out to scratch the pup when I took her for a walk. By the time Dede was 6 months old she realized she was bigger than the cat & every time she escaped the yard I would find her on that cat's porch, waiting for it to come out so she could chase it~!
Neat link, Hal, & I do think probably true of any big dog. Early on ours decided that Cas was boss & I was her equal...... even when I blew my top, she weighed what I wanted her to do against what she wanted. At the time we were each about 100 pounds & for sure she was the strongest. At this stage I don't think a giant of a dog is what I need or can handle, but I do want one that is protective & will convince the bad guys they do not want to deal with her. When I make up my mind I am ready to deal with cats rebelling & a young pup, I will just visit the Humane Society & look until I meet one I can't live without.
Patricia, Tiger is the one that loves to lay on my face if she stays in the bedroom at night.... but Lauren is the one that gets to watch all night at my face when in the RV. Tom just gives into the girls.... he is my gentle giant... lover. He rubs against everything & purrs so loud you can hear him across the room.
Hope all's well on the coast. My niece stayed in their home so will call my brother after while to make sure they are safe. I have 2 big pot roasts in the oven.... can smell them already, only been in about an hour & half so long way to go. I will clean a pound of those little carrots to dump in both Dutch ovens but think I will skip the potatoes.... maybe one to eat tonight. Will add the vinegar & sugar when I put carrots in (French gr-mother's way, vinegar to tenderize & sugar makes flavor pop out). Already have a couple cloves of garlic & several bay leaves in. I will cut some meat & gravy up & put in single serve ZipLoc tubs for travel. Funny how good home cooking tastes after a couple days of eating out on the road. Better go check on those smells~
Jack, I don't think you'd be happy without a Golden and know both of your kids would give it a good home if you ever needed them to. On the other hand, you might leave your name with the Golden group to take in someone else's baby or old lady if they needed a good home for it. Foster home sort of.
Jack I cant picture you without a golden. They are such a gentle animal, although my daughters could be frustrating when it would get in her pool without permission and then go roll in the yard and get back into the pool. And stand there with that goofy look on her face.
She also, along with her black lab, didn't like being left alone and would scatter the trash all over the house. Both have now passed on.
Hal and Shirley you are right, my number one is a Golden but the Labs the same personality and love people. I meet so many different breeds when walking, and all are great. When Jessie was in Agility we would be out with 125 to 150 competing and most of them, regardless of breed, would make a great pet.
Shirley you mentioned the little girl and know it is a Miniature Dachshund. They got her for my DILs mother but in a home now and they kept. She is the boss and will probably be with the new one, but now must know he is a pup and plays a bit with him. Here is a photo of the little one with the big one, they play but when she gets out of line he will tap her with a paw almost as big as her and she settles down.
Jack. Those dogs are beautiful as puppies but fantastic once grown. I would like to have one if just stayed like a puppy. Like big dogs but don't know if I could handle walking with theirs. Now do they have it well trained already?
I think you could handle a new puppy just the breed you have always had. Maybe your son could keep it and train for the first 6 weeks. After that would be fine. Hope it will be awhile yet for Jessie to be with you.
Sorry to mention but my friend sent a E-M yesterday to say that her Corki just had a stroke and passed. it was 16. Lived next door to me for a long time and them across the street. Great dog. He did well to the end. Was walking 2 days prior. never had to much go wrong with him in 16 years.
Hope they get another one.
Jack - That's a wonderful picture of the two dogs! Consider entering it in a photo contest. A Miniature Dachshund and a Leonberger, playing together, has to be an unusual sight!
JeanneP the corgi is another wonderful breed. They have a genetic problem with their rear legs, neighbor just lost hers.
Marilyne that is my sons photo, and a great one. The little one even will take food out of the big boys mouth.
Jack, I know this is probably something you or your son has heard before, but that photo of the larger two-year-old and the miniature dachshund, actually reminded me, especially with dachshund head shape; of the lion and the lamb.
My middle sister breeds dalmatians, my mother bred Pomeranians and my older sister for a time was breeding Lhasa apsos. My dad didn't breed various types of bird dogs, labs, retrievers and Weimaraners, and the like. However, as a side line, he trained a few champions for folks and worked with those deemed impossible. We also had a couple of miniature schnauzers and wirehaired or fox terriers as pets, extremely smart dogs too.
If you want an active, intelligent companion, go for poms, mini schnauzers or terriers, but they are active, intelligent and energetic, sometimes a bad combination. Terriers like huskies, need a purpose, a job daily to keep them out of trouble. If you want a good midrange dog, may I suggest looking into basset hounds? Beagles tend to get into trouble, chase other dogs, birds and animals and have a very doggy odor. pugs and bulldogs are cute, funny and enjoy being babied. Yet they have a very short lifespan.
Cocker Spaniels are another lovely breed of dog...I have had two, one past, one present...of course they tend to need a lot of expert grooming every couple of months...apart from that a popular breed here in UK....But Labradors and Golden Retrievers have to be the top choices...
Jackie, at one time I had a dog, Toby, an English cocker.My daughter adored him but unfortunately he had hip dysplasia and had to be put to sleep. I learned a valuable lesson about breeders through that experience. I think I prefer the English breed or version over the American one. Many people don't realize there is difference.
....you do know our remaining English Cocker Spaniel is a Toby too?...
You know I never connected that Jackie. Our Toby was born and bred in Knoxville Tennessee and in 1980, I purchased him, seeing his parents and siblings, thinking all was well and four months later he became ill and the breeders had pulled up shop. You get so attached to these little furry ones and it hurts to lose them at 8 months and have to explain to a nine-year-old child why her beloved pet isn't going to make it.
He was all black and of course larger and a different type of hair than the American, especially around the ankles. We had an old red rawbone mule and he would chase poor Toby back into his yard each and every time he ventured out.
Jack, every morning I do a puzzle from AllStar Puzzles and today's puzzle is the Glade Creek Grist Mill. It isn't quite the same angle as your picture. I'm not going to suggest you go to the site because you'd have to do the puzzle to solve it.
I just looked at the Grand Haven site and there are a lot of whitecaps.
MaryAnn I had looked in to Grand Haven yesterday afternoon and no one on the beach. I see now there are several flying kites, but with the waves and temp doubt anyone will go into the water.
Interesting about the puzzle, but know the scene is often used.
Interesting posts on dog breeds. My niece that handled Jessie, trains for obedience, agility, Therapy Dog etc. She handles all breeds. She has never had a Golden but said she hates to compete with the Goldens in obedience, they are so eager to please. Jessie never had obedience training but was a Therapy Dog when younger.
These Labadoodles that my Daughter in Texas has been breeding now I have sort of fallen in love with. Specially the Choc. Brown one she has bred. Very popular now. Don't shed and good for people with Allergies. Hers are always spoken for before they are even born. Will have some just in time for Christmas and already has 15 names down for them. Some even in Canada. All her last of 14 went within 2 weeks. I see some in town here now.
My sister's dalmatians are like that and really expensive! One of her dogs that won repeatedly and twice at the Madison Square Gardens Dog Show was retired and bred every two years. That dog has nine people who purchased shares in her and her profits from breeding just like they do with race horses. It's big business anymore. I wouldn't recommend dalmatians however as they tend to be gassy and have several bad traits of the hound breeds.
Patricia, don't they also have eye problems?
Hal, I only know they are gassy and rambunctious. So I googled.
A good Dalmatian is a dependable, dignified gentleman, yet high-spirited and playful. A good Dalmatian.
However, there are lot of poorly-bred Dalmatians around, and these dogs can have serious temperament flaws. In addition, even a good Dalmatian needs plenty of exercise and companionship. Too much confinement (especially without the companionship of his family) and too little mental stimulation lead to boredom, hyperactivity, and destructive behaviors.
This athletic, vigorous dog has great endurance and a working heritage and should be taken jogging, hiking, or biking on a regular basis, or otherwise allowed to romp in a safe, enclosed area.
Challenging canine activities such as advanced obedience and agility (obstacle course) are also highly recommended.
Some Dalmatians greet strangers with enthusiastic jumping, while others are politely reserved. Some have mild protective instincts. Unfortunately, skittishness and/or aggression are seen in some lines, and plenty of socialization is required to promote a stable temperament.
Usually good with other family pets, the Dalmatian is especially fond of horses.
This breed is an independent thinker, but in the right hands is capable of learning and doing anything. Owners who don't understand the necessity of leadership or training will find him an impossible handful.
If you want a dog who...
Is medium to large and built like a sleek athlete
Has a short easy-to-brush coat
Thrives on vigorous exercise and interactive family activities
Is usually polite with everyone
A Dalmatian may be right for you.
If you don't want to deal with...
An extra careful search to avoid neurotic individuals
Vigorous exercise requirements
Rowdiness and exuberant jumping, especially when young or not exercised enough
Destructiveness and barking when left alone too much
Aggression or fearfulness in some lines, or when not socialized enough
Stubborness, requiring a confident owner who can take charge
Constant shedding -- 365 days a year!
Serious health issues
A Dalmatian may not be right for you.
But you can avoid or minimize some negative traits by
choosing the RIGHT breeder and the RIGHT puppy
or choosing an ADULT dog from your animal shelter or rescue group â€" a dog who has already proven that he doesn't have negative traits
training your dog to respect you
More traits and characteristics of the Dalmatian
If I was considering a Dalmatian, I would be most concerned about...
Unstable temperaments. Because of the movie "101 Dalmatians," Dalmatians became a fad breed in the 1990s. Unknowledgeable people tried to cash in on the breed's popularity by breeding every Dalmatian they could get their hands on, including individuals with bad temperaments. The result is LOTS of Dalmatians with neurotic temperaments, including biting, wild hyperactivity, and extreme stubbornness.
Providing enough exercise and mental stimulation. Dalmatians MUST have regular opportunities to vent their energy and do interesting things. Otherwise they will become rambunctious and bored -- which they usually express by barking and destructive chewing. Bored Dalmatians can make a shambles of your house and yard.
Bounciness. Young Dalmatians (up to about two years old) romp and jump with great vigor, and things can go flying, including people.
Stubbornness. Dalmatians are not Golden Retrievers. The best Dalmatians are versatile working dogs, capable of learning a great deal, but they have an independent mind of their own and are not pushovers to raise and train. They can be manipulative, and some are willful, obstinate, and dominant (they want to be the boss) and will make you prove that you can make them do things. You must show them, through absolute consistency, that you mean what you say
To teach your Dalmatian to listen to you, "Respect Training" is mandatory.
Constant heavy shedding. Dalmatians shed only once a year -- for 365 days. In other words, they shed constantly and their coarse white hairs cling tenaciously to your clothing, upholstery, and carpeting.
Serious health problems. Dalmatians have an unusual urinary system that is genetically prone to forming dangerous urinary stones. Thus, they require lifelong monitoring of their diet and urination habits. In addition, one-third of all Dalmatians cannot hear, or can hear in only one ear. Other health problems are also common.
I guess I don't want a dalmation. :D Or, actually, any pet. :)
Jeanne Lee, may I suggest a battery operated stuffed toy? 8)
I have a battery operated poodle who barks, flips and nods his head. I never have to feed, water or clean up after him and not only does he not shed, but he has an off switch! :smitten:
I've known people whose Dalmatians were deaf, so did a search and found that they have a genetic predisposition to deafness, as well as eye problems. They are beautiful dogs, but apparently have numerous problems.
Jeanne Lee - So good to see you posting and hope you continue to feel better!
A good Sunday HELLO to all.
I so enjoy reading and seeing the pictures of the wonderful pets that you all have.
ANGELFACE, your Farrah sure has settled in well and seems to realize she has a wonderful home with you.
JEANNEP, I did not realize your daughter breeds Labradoodle's. I have two Australian Labradoodle Grand doggies. One lives here close to me, and the new little guy that we are going to see this week lives in Austin. My son very well may have talked to your daughter, as he checked out the Texas Labradoodle's but decided to get one from the same breeder in Oregon that our other doggie came from. They are a delightful breed. The one is Texas is a chocolate guy and the one here is white and cream colored girlie.
ANGELFACE, your suggestion to JEANNE LEE is a good one.....your kind of doggie really is maintenance free! Sadly, we do not have any pets right now, but when the time is right I WILL have another kitty to enjoy. The "doodles" are nice but they cost a good bundle of money!
off to get things done before I settle in and watch my Broncos this afternoon.
My daughter started out breeding Dalmatians first. Back in the 80s. Went well for a few years .nothing like her Golden Doodles and labadoodles. Do now. Very expensive. Now deafness. Was common in the Dalmatians. I think the movie made them so popular. She did very well with Siberian huskeys also. Got out of the Horse breeding. That got to be bad few years ago when to many Droughts hit Texas. Happened all over theStates. All of it is hard work. Harder than farming. Says she will stop at age 65. Loves it though.
When I lived in the house where I grew up, the neighbor behind us on the next street had a Dalmation. He was a one-family dog and ignored everyone else. That is, until his family went on vacation and I took care of him. He was very friendly to me and as I recall, I had no incidents with him. But as soon as his family returned, I was totally ignored.
It's like: When I'm not near the ones I love, I love the one whose near! (song)
Joan, Dot still drives and I do not. As we live in the same condo complex, she picks me up to go to church. Afterward, we go to a hamburger place and we alternate paying for the food. We each usually get a hamburger (Dot's is an olive burger) and we share a sweet roll. Sometimes we go "off the wagon" and each get a piece of pie.
Posting for Jenny ( Denver )....
Jenny, what cute dogs.
Thank you so much, JACKIE for posting the picture of my grand "doodles"! Lola's family kept her name, but Brian wanted McGuire to be named Oliver, so he is known as Oliver McGuire...
Lola is a small "doodle". She only weighs 14#'s, and about 12". Oliver will be larger weighing something less than 30 #'s and up to 17".
Our oldest son has two Royal Standard Poodles. They are wonderful doggies as well, but quite large. Maybe sometime you can post a picture of them for me too, JACKIE, if you do not mind?
All of my son's have had Labradors over the years, but they have all passed now. I have always â¤ï¸ labs.
Again, I thank you Jackie. Appreciate you doing this for me.
I agree Jenny, such cute dogs but Oliver looks a bit serious in his photos.
He does for sure, ANGELFACE, but he is a very layed back dog. He is not easily upset at all and is proving to be a very good dog.
Jackie, thanks for posting for Jenny and Jenny, love them all - beautiful pets.
Thank you, JACK. All of us can and do appreciate all of these wonderful pets that we see and talk about in this forum. We are all certainly blessed to have the wonderful pets that we have and most of all our pets are lucky to have owners that take good care of them.
Such beautiful dogs. Makes me want one. Think a little to old now. Main thing is no friends that we use to share Pet Sitting with. Even my Parrot has me tied down to much. I do have to have a animal in the house though. Birds are the easiest I think.
I had to get a new password, now I have to find all the forums I am in.
Thanks Jackie, for Jenny, those are very cute dogs. I would love to have a dog, but you have to take more care of them, and I cannot walk outside anymore. I need a cane or walker.
Taffy, is easy to take care of, and she does meet me at the door, if I have been out.
Jenny - Your "grand-dogs" are so cute! They look so cuddly. :)
....thank you, glad I done justice to showing your photos....yes they are such cuties even " grumps " pup Lola with the pink ribbon, who has a look on her face that I see in our Toby....
I cant think of my life without dogs, I can still do all it takes in looking after a dog in the proper fashion but, the one think I cant do is walk the dog...but dogs give us so much in return for what we give....Jenny you are going to have so much fun...but are you ready to play tug- pulley or run-around the room playing chase... :D
Well its now 5.30am UK time, been up half an hour to let our Benji out, now sitting at the computer with first cup of tea in hand...debating whether to go back to bed for an hour or two....
If you see this...welcome back, :) you have been missed....I hope you are well recovered from your hospital stay....
Jack, I just copied the photo of the giant & tiny doxie to send my friend, I was telling her about them yesterday & couldn't think of the name of the breed but kept sounding out "Lamborghini".... (her 40 something year old son wanted a Lamborghini when maybe 10 years old & I didn't know at the time what they were). I expect a single Leonburger would eat more than all 5 of these cats at every meal..... they are on a red meat kick right now & want it raw. Of course they get a little of everything each day but won't touch the eggs this week.
Jenny, your grand-dogs are darling. I have never seen them before but heard a lot about them. KS & MO are so notorious for the "puppy mills" and seems that is one type they find very often when raiding them. Good that the kids check out breeders before buying. Lola & Oliver McGuire look so serious & bet they are such happy little pups most of the time. Sitting still for photos is not playtime, right?
I'd better go feed all my kids, Mama Callie stayed in the garage last night, she decides for herself when she comes for her "midnight snack".... slept out most of the summer, will go for days without wanting to stay inside so I let her decide. Tonight we have T-storms on the menu so plan for all to be inside. Love seeing everyone's babies, thanks.
I am sorry not to come for a long time.
My Japanese site reached the establishment 20th anniversary and spent time busily.
http://www.fuchu.or.jp/~sachiko3/ (Japanese site)
I was planting roses at my garden in Yokohama.
I'd like also to bring up roses at my garden in Fukuyama, and had my husband make me a flower bed for roses.
There was only a mini rose yet, and I planted pansies.
Sachiko, thank you, your garden still looks very green, and I bet you cant wait for your pansies to open, shouldnt be too long now....I had to smile over your one lonesome rose, I love roses, left ours behind, guess I could have uprooted some and brought them with us...What flowers will you plant behind your pansies? or maybe you will leave the centre empty as not easy to reach the centre, or is that where you have planted more mini roses?
Sachiko, so good to see you post. Looks like a great arrangement for the roses, and that is a good photo of you.
How sweet of your husband to create the rose garden for you, Sachiko, and I understand planting the pansies in the meantime. They are beautiful.... as are you! That is a neat border around the garden, what is it made of? Another flower that I enjoy where the pansies fit in (low and colorful) are nasturtiums. My problem is that weeds and the Bermuda grass grows faster than flowers and I am not a good "weeder". Right now I am doing battle with Bermuda grass that has invaded the berm and totally covered all the rocks and yucca plants that gave it character. I don't like using chemicals because of the birds, cats and other wildlife. Good for you "getting the job done" and hope you will show us again, when the flowers grow bigger.
Sachiko, I really enjoy seeing your garden and photos of you and your life! Thank you!
Sachiko. That flower garden will look beautiful once you get you roses planted. Pansies so nice for now. Be easy for you to take care of. Your own little area.
You are looking so much better now. Keep it up. I also love long skirts and you have such pretty ones. I just have 2 wool ones for the Winter but lots for summer.
Still not much color, but frost the last few evenings so may see some change. Three taken today. The first shows some color, the yellow marker lower left was to keep people out of the firework area, they are now taking down. The second photo are a few Turkey Buzzards hovering above and the third does not show the fall color, but a pretty scene.
Beautiful photos, Jack, I see so many of the turkey buzzards in central MO when I camp at the Lake, but am seeing them around here now. They look so graceful in the sky and so ugly up close. Love the shot of the water reflecting everything above..... like glass. We rarely see water so still. Are those "cattails" at the far end? I had some behind the house in the river bed for a while and they disappeared as sudden as the came. A much older lady friend commented one time that "you must cut & bring in the cattails before the 4th of July or they will explode when they dry". We used to see them in drainage ditches all around town but don't think I've seen any for years. Our trees aren't quite that far along. Thanks....
Vanilla-Jackie, Jack, Shirley, Angelface, JeanneP,
Thank you very much for your comments. I am very glad of your kind comments.
But I'm sorry I cannot write thanks immediately!
This is a photo in my garden in Yokohama 40 years ago. I planted so many roses, but, unfortunately, do not take the photo only for roses.
Jack, your photos are beautiful!
Autumn colors begin soon in Fukuyama.
Shirley thanks, I believe that would be cattails, just in that part of the little lake the last few years. Agree with you on the Turkey Vultures, so graceful but so ugly up close.
Sachiko thanks, and that is a great photo of you from years back. Hope we are all seeing more color this fall.
Shirley, you reminded me that although I have seen cattails and pussy willows here in the past, but no sightings of either one recently.
Jack, those are some nice pictures! We have Golden Eagles, Bald Eagles, numerous hawks and owls that can get quite large, but I have never seen any type of buzzard other than the movies or photos. They must be a southern bird.
Sachiko, lovely roses and such a lovely photo of you!
Jack, angelface, thank you very much!
There is a vine rose called Princess Margaret in my garden, but I did not transplant this because this too grew up too much.
Jack. I was out driving today and our leaf colours are about like yours. None falling yet. Going to be in the 80 over the weekend and after that much colder. Then we will see big changes.
Think I am ready for winter. Got the insulation done. company out today and took care of checking, cleans all the heating system and Thermostats, Ceiling fire alarms. Just found one thing to replace . Says that the Auto Pilot could maybe last for the winter but could go so went ahead and put new in. Maybe change a few curtains to heavy drapes and that will be it. Hope we all have a mild winter.
Sachiko. I always like the Princess Margaret Rose. Never could get near to them though. Beautiful photo of You. No big change in 40 years. Same weight. I managed to stay so slim until about 60 but put a little on since then. Now I can see that I was way to thin back then. 97 lbs. Happy with it now. Feel good.
JeanneP, thank you very much for your comment.
Because of heart failure, as for me, the weight has less now than 40 years ago.
And, it seems to have to no longer gain my weight for my heart.
Sachiko. Sounds like you have good doctors taking care of you. I am sure you eat the right foods that will not have you gain any weight. I try and after putting a few pounds on 20 years ago it goes no higher but also does not go down other that maybe a couple of pounds. But as I feel well I am happy with it. Size of clothing never seems to change.
This photo here was just 4 months ago. Don't know why they gray that is now on my hair doesn't show. It is about like yours and yours shows up a little. mine is there.... And soon this next week I am picking up a pair of new glasses that may try to wear all the time and not for just reading.
My Doctor wants me to try them out.
I told him. Men don't make passes at girls who wear glasses. But he says let just see.
Have enjoyed the photos here so much. Today we went out to lunch at a small local restaurant here in Niceville. Such a beautiful day so we ate outside and enjoyed the view.
Sato, I've been worried about you and so good to hear some news from you.
JeanneP, I surely have a good doctor. And I'm glad that I recovered until I can take photos now. I will upload rare photos here from now on.
Jean, the view is nice and is a splendid photo!
Jean a wonderful view, love that name Niceville.
Sachiko - I know you will enjoy your rose garden. You are looking well and I enjoyed seeing the photo of you from 40 years ago.
Jack - Nice photos....I especially like the one of the lake. We have the turkey buzzards here also.
Jean - Lovely spot for lunch! I also like the name Niceville. :)
Sachiko's photo taken 40 years ago has prompted me to post one of myself. I found this from 37 years ago. I think it would be fun if we all posted an old photo of "the way we were".
(Apologies to my hubby who is cropped out of this photo! ;))
Jean, no wonder your area is called Niceville! I'm quite envious!
Beverly, what a nice photo!
I have photos of me as a child, sixty to sixty-five years ago and photos of me within the last fifteen years but nothing else on this computer or on hand. Sorry.
Beverly, from a different folder, I see you have something red in the picture. Ha!
You're just as pretty today as you were 37 years ago.
Following a discussion on how slim most of you were, and older photos, I pulled this one up. This was 1952 at Ft. Bliss Texas. Long time ago, 64 years ( that is also about the extra pounds I put on since then :)). Not posting a current photo, too many pixels. :-[ Nice thing with my present weight, very few wrinkles.
Here I am at 34, on vacation,
shortly after my last child Erin was
born. You can see the top of her
head in the portable crib...
Ah, for the good ole days!!!
Beverly, what a nice photo!
Jack, what handsome!
Sandy, I could see the top of Edinâ€™s head in the portable crib.
Then I will also post my photo 57 years ago.
This was the year when I graduated from my university, and I sewed this dress.
My department was Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences.
My face is perfectly round. But my waist is thin.
This is a photo from 1987.