Posted in 2017, A Photo A Week Challenge, Rambling thoughts, Travel, Yes

A Photo A Week Challenge: Recreation

This is for the Nancy Merrill weekly challenge.

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My family has discovered and embraced lake life.  From hanging out on the beach in summer to ice fishing in winter it is a very large part of their lives.  Getting home from work often means driving past the lake and seeing what it looks like today, checking the radar to see can we get some time in on the boat.  From early spring to late fall it is all about the boat.

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The lake they live near is a nice size private lake that is over 200 acres large.  At the deepest part it is about 40 feet deep. There are a couple of large beaches for residents and quite a few small beaches for private use only.  The lake supports about a dozen different types of fish as well as a fair amount of migratory water fowl.

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All summer long there are events on the waterfront for boaters and non boaters.  Summer camp for children is at the beach and lessons are offered in sailing and boating. All sorts of water craft take advantage of the mostly calm waters from kayaks to paddle boards to canoes and jet ski’s.

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I think we are quite lucky that the lake has become an important part of so many lives.  It gives family a ready event to get out on the lake and watch 4th of July fireworks or a quiet concert on a weeknight. Not to mention the winter of boat repair and prep that has become the new normal.

 

 

 

 

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Posted in 2017, A Photo A Week Challenge, Aging, Food, Rambling thoughts, Yes

A Photo A Week Challenge: Literary Reference

This is the Nancy Marrill weekly chalenge for this week.

What a delightful and difficult challenge.  Somehow I instantly thought of the cats as subjects for this challenge ( I have no idea why).  Then I found the book I was looking for.  Next step try hearding cats.  Well, I got 2 out of 3 to cooperate, sort of. I hope you enjoy this as much as I did trying to have the lions behave.

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Posted in 2017, Aging, Rambling thoughts, Travel, Yes

Maritime Museum on Amelia Island

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I was lucky enough to have a friend staying on this island for a while, and following my theory to say “Yes” whenever possible I wound up here.  More posts will follow about the wonderful things here, but this was  one of the most delightful experiences there.  A few of us felt the need to explore and happened on this museum.  It is located on 2nd Street in Fernandina Beach, FL.

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This is a non-profit, and is owned and operated by U.S. veterans.  There is a small fee ($5.00, at this time) to tour the facility and it is a work in progress.  They have been open for only a short period of time and it would seem only good things will  come of this.  Make sure to add this to your list of places to visit.

The displays are well done and cover a great deal of  time.  Some of the early items are things recovered from the ocean floor.  Among the coins, silver, anchors, tools and dishes, one of my favorites was a 40+ carat rough cut emerald.  That alone could lead to many stories of how it came to be there.

This goes from the early days of merchant ships to more current maritime activity.  On display are the uniforms of brothers  and a father and son who are all from the island and served in the military.

We were very lucky to have another visitor come and join our tour. There is a special display that is still being set up and this gentleman gave a portion of the display for exhibit here.  It is an actual large piece of metal from the Arizona that  sunk in Pearl Harbor.  He was in Hawaii about 20 years ago and was in the right place at the right time to have been able to have a piece he took off the ship in his personal collection.

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I can hardly wait until I have an opportunity to be in this part of Florida again in the near future.  This will be one of my first stops when I arrive.

Posted in 2017, A Photo A Week Challenge, Quilts, Rambling thoughts, Sewing, Yes

A Photo A Week Challenge: Off-Center

I rather think this is my life.  I do believe some people are meant to be symmetrical and some are not.  I am in the latter group.

I find things more pleasing to my eye if they are just a little bit off-center.

While the bird is centered in this photo, the branches , being off-center almost act as a frame for the bird.

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I have the people off-center here which give them more importance in the picture.

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I know that when it comes to hanging paintings on the wall or creating art, I again go for the off-center.  When making quilts I find that I like the change it gives to what might be a traditional quilt.  So I have added a quilt that is off-center.

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Posted in 2017, Aging, Rambling thoughts, Sewing, Travel, Yes

Today Is My Birthday, Again

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Funny how that birthday thing happens about the same time each year, only the numbers change.  This year I am 71 , so I can say I am in my 70’s and not feel silly for using that phrase.  Hey, I am old enough I can use any phrase and not feel silly for saying it until maybe a month later when I hear it repeated back to me.

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My past year had so many glorious moments I can’t even list them all.  I had several bucket list items crossed off the list and a few added.  I made some new friends and reconnected with old friends. As is the usual in our lives, I also had some devastating events.   I lost some good friends that should not have left this earth yet.

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I am still learning about myself and this world, so that is a good thing.  I am mostly making forward progress and that is a positive thing. I am consciously working at improving my health and taking positive steps in that direction.

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It’s a good day.

Posted in 2017, Aging, Airplane, Quilts, Rambling thoughts, Sewing, Travel, Yes

Smithsonian Museums, A Quick Trip

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We managed to sneak in a quick side trip to Washington DC for a few hours between cities.  We knew it would be a short trip and only planned on one museum, but we got 2 in.  DC, if you are on the east coast is a great quick trip for travelers of all ages and much of it is free.

The 2 we visited today were American History and Natural History, and as usual both were very busy.  It is wonderful to see school children from the area and around the country at these museums.  Our tax dollars keep them running and started them in the beginning, so what a good use of dollars.

Since we had a short time available, we could only have a quick trip to see some of the iconic items on display.  The good part is, my teenage travel companions both loved them.  We now have made plans to come and visit again!

The above are Natural History next is American History and they liked both for different reasons.

 

Looks like we found a quilt, but it is individual canvases.  Very interesting.

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Posted in 2017, Aging, Rambling thoughts, Yes

Happy Father’s Day

My own father has been gone for more than 40 years and I still miss him and talk to him all the time.  So today I was just wanting to wish all fathers a happy day.   While I was doing some research on the origins and days of celebration I came across this poem.  I hope you enjoy it and have a very happy Father’s Day.

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“Father!
My father knows the proper way
The nation should be run;
He tells us children every day
Just what should now be done.
He knows the way to fix the trusts,
He has a simple plan;
But if the furnace needs repairs,
We have to hire a man.
My father, in a day or two
Could land big thieves in jail;
There’s nothing that he cannot do,
He knows no word like “fail.”
“Our confidence” he would restore,
Of that there is no doubt;
But if there is a chair to mend,
We have to send it out.

All public questions that arise,
He settles on the spot;
He waits not till the tumult dies,
But grabs it while it’s hot.
In matters of finance he can
Tell Congress what to do;
But, O, he finds it hard to meet
His bills as they fall due.

It almost makes him sick to read
The things law-makers say;
Why, father’s just the man they need,
He never goes astray.
All wars he’d very quickly end,
As fast as I can write it;
But when a neighbor starts a fuss,
‘Tis mother has to fight it.

In conversation father can
Do many wondrous things;
He’s built upon a wiser plan
Than presidents or kings.
He knows the ins and outs of each
And every deep transaction;
We look to him for theories,
But look to ma for action”
― Edgar A. Guest

Posted in 2017, motorcycles, Rambling thoughts, Travel, Yes

Small Local Bike Show

My  daughters sil works at a small beer and burger place and wanted to sponsor a bike show as a fun thing to do on a weekend.  So she asked  a few patrons and a few family member for ideas and set a date. A few posts went out on Facebook pages and were shared.  A sign went up in front of the restaurant and the show was on.

About 45 bikes showed up, and the place was busy all Sunday afternoon. There were 3 different categories of bikes, vintage, custom and stock.  No rule book to decide what category restrictions were, like how old vintage was, just up to the rider what category they wanted to be in.

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This really turned out to be a fun way to spend a hot Sunday afternoon.  Prizes were awarded based on popular vote, everyone in the place could vote. So if you are looking for a fun event, maybe look at your local motorcycle shop to team up with.

Posted in 2017, Aging, Quilts, Rambling thoughts, Senior Salon, Sewing, Yes

Who Changed My Socks

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Or maybe I should ask when did my socks change. We now have socks that make a statement, or support a cause, or may change lives.  I used to be concerned that mine kept my feet warm and dry, but they are so much more now. The only time socks made a difference earlier was Donny Osmond’s purple socks.

Today socks are stripes or polka dots or both and celebrate holidays. It is also OK if they don’t match your outfit or each other.  This is a whole new world. This is true for men, women and children.

My favorite socks of all time, sadly I don’t have a  photo of them.  They have Halloween colors of purple and black and say ” Trick or treat, smell my feet.” I do wear them year round and they are pretty worn, but I am sure I will keep wearing them until I find a replacement.

As with most things I relate to quilts, I was not sure how that would be possible, other than a quilted Christmas Stocking.  Recently I found a quilt made from those socks that have had half the pair eaten by the washer or dryer. Simply cut the sock in half lengthwise and stitch it to the top of a quilt.  Amazing how clever people are.

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