Friday, June 24, 2011

Flashback Friday

The Swing

by Robert Louis Stevenson

How do you like to go up in a swing,
Up in the air so blue?
Oh, I do think it the pleasantest thing
Ever a child can do! 

Up in the air and over the wall,
Till I can see so wide,
River and trees and cattle and all
Over the countryside- 
Till I look down on the garden green,
Down on the roof so brown-
Up in the air I go flying again,
Up in the air and down!

I used to love to swing.  Every recess I would fly out to the playground to be first on the swings.  We had some swings with the same type of seat in the picture but most of the swings had wooden seats. I had heard that if you swung high enough that you could go over the bars, which I tried to do on numerous occasions.  One time when I was trying to go over the bars I fell out of the swing and knocked myself silly.  A girl helped me up to the restroom where I passed out, I had a goose egg on the side of my head where I had landed. I think I was in the 5th grade.  My sisters and I took turns pushing each other until my dad showed us you could stand up and bending your knees just right you could go quite high, and of course got him out of pushing us.  

It was also fun to bail out of the swing before it stopped swinging, and a challenge to see how high you could bail out without getting hurt.

I was sad the day that when I started to swing I got dizzy.  Swinging has never been the same. I still try when I see a swing; sometimes I just sit and think and dream of youth gone by.

Monday, June 20, 2011

Our Three day week-end

We flew to Russellville Alabama Friday on a little business trip.  This was a first for us in many ways.  We usually stay with people we know and they drive us around.  This time I booked a hotel room and rented a car on the internet.  Both were learning experiences.  I didn't know you had to have a credit card for the rental car but they worked with me, maybe because I'm a senior citizen and they took pity on me and we got our car.

 We left  home Friday at 6 am and ate at the airport and then flew out at 10 am.  We were hungry when we landed and on the way to Russellville saw this Sonic and decided to stop.  Yummy.

We checked into our Hotel room and then went over to the company to meet the man that Sid was meeting  for the first time.

The first picture is the trucking and brokerage firm.  The others are of Sid and Greg Trapp working on the cell on a truck. Just making a few adjustments.

Their smoked chicken was delicious. 

I don't know if you can tell, but at Wal*Mart's the parking was on a angle.  So much easier to park than this straight parking we have here.

Never heard of Bojangles' but it was in walking distance of the Hotel. I didn't like it.  To much like Popeyes' and I don't really like Popeyes'.
Then Sunday morning we got up a 3 am, drove to the airport and came home.  It felt sooo good to be back in our own bed.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Funny Dog

I noticed every time I trim the geraniums on the deck and throw them down, Bubbles comes over and grabs one in her mouth and then runs around.  The first time Bubbles did it I thought maybe she thought it was food.  Mel just gives her a funny look, like you sure are dumb, that isn't food.

Monday, June 13, 2011

Tall Hollyhocks

Grandma Young always had hollyhocks.  I couldn't seem to grow them in Abraham.  Here in Maryland they grow so tall and they are taking over my rose tree.

Grandma's hollyhocks weren't this tall but she had hundreds of them.  I started with two plants last year.  I didn't realize they would take over.   I need to find some brighter colors and plant them somewhere else.

Saturday, June 11, 2011

Finally Got Around To It.

In December we went to Oregon for Christmas.  While we were there I bought an apron book and copied some of the patterns that Lora had enlarged.  I told myself, self, you can't make an apron until you have finished some quilt blocks.  Well I finished the quilt blocks, now to buy some material to finish the quilt.
Well yesterday I was bored, so I found the book and the patterns and decided to use some material that Trudy gave me.  I looked at the pattern and thought to myself, self, you can have that apron done in a couple of hours.

I didn't have any bias tape so I thought I can make that.  Cutting it out was easy, the first ironing was easy, four or five hours later I wondered what I was still doing standing at the iron board still ironing.  As I wrapped the tape on cardboard, I thought, WOW that looks almost  as good as store bought .

Makes me look fat, but I finished the apron this morning and Baxter was over talking to Gramps so I had him take my picture.  

Saturday, June 4, 2011

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Swaying Daffodils

I wish you could have heard me play this piece when I was younger.  I played it  in my last recital that I lived in Oregon.  Then I played it off and on during the years until now.  I started taking piano lessons again, this time from my daughter Tina, and she wanted to know if I wanted to try and play it again.  I love this piece and wish that I could have been more at ease in front of the camera, but here it is.

Swaying Daffodils

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Musical Birds

I love to hear the birds sing.  This morning, as Sid and I were walking, the air was alive with birds singing.  I always love to wake up in the morning to the birds being so happy with their songs. It starts my day off right.
But this greeted Sid and I when we opened the trunk of our car to put groceries in yesterday.

I didn't know that birds were that musical!!!!