Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Enjoy, we all need a little bit of this at such a busy time of year!


Friday, November 9, 2012


Yesterday I took a walk over at the park.  I decided it would be better to walk during lunch than it would be to go and eat something unhealthy.  Not that I am much of a health nut because I am not.  But I am always up for a little serenity in my life.  The park does it to me.  A place called “The Garden” is always kept so pristine.misc Nov 2013 121







Colors were vivid in the garden.

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I was the only one there.




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I found a beautifully carved metal box at the entrance of the park which held information about the park and the different vegetation.





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Then I found serenity

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and I stopped to reflect on what I have to be thankful for

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Only a few hundred feet from the park along the walkway it opened up into the local cemetery.  The colors were even more vibrant.  I walked along the path and saw many names that meant nothing to me but had a lot of meaning for someone else.  It took my breath away and I knew that in a few more weeks this same place will be adorned with colors of Christmas.  I will want to come back.

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As I was leaving the sun broke through the clouds for just an instant and I took a deep breath.

The day was unusually warm.  The sky was dark and very cloudy and on my way home I  was chasing the storm. 

As soon as I walked in the door, the love of my life greeted me with a big hug and smile and asked how my day had gone.  It just can’t get any better than that.  No matter what storm I was chasing…or what my day had been like, I knew I had come home to serenity.

My strong sweetheart is healing.  Not as quickly as he would like, but he is healing.

I am grateful for his calm serenity.  All the storms he has faced and trials he has gone through; he is such an inspiration to me.  He is a man of honor, integrity and courage.

He is my serenity

Bob Marine Veteran

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Monday, November 5, 2012

Here I am

It has been brought to my attention…that I have been neglecting my blog.  Not only have a few friends noticed but one of my 3 children mentioned it to me.  Yes, I haven’t been blogging.  I don’t have a very good reason, just that I haven’t been.  Summer came and went, then came back again.  Yes the weather in my part of the country is warm VERY WARM.  I was all ready to pull out what few items of winter clothing I had and had to put them back up on the shelf!  I took some amazing photos of my Northern grandies in August.  I will share a few of those photos and also a few fun facts about Thanksgiving….which I didn’t know!  These little turkeys will be visiting for Thanksgiving this year.  We will have a  house full…I like it that way….

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For some reason Lauren was so serious this little photo session, I think she was modeling for me LOL

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There are many of her but these were a couple of my favorites.


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Owen also had a serious side during this photo session

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Pure sweetness!





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It is hard for Ryan to sit still long enough for me to take his picture so I am thankful for anything I can get!


Well have you all had enough? Well don’t fret….they is a lot more to come….just not today! 

This one is for you BARB! LOL


Thanksgiving Fun Facts

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Fun Facts about the First Thanksgiving

  • The Plymouth Pilgrims were the first to celebrate the Thanksgiving.
  • The Pilgrims sailed across the Atlantic Ocean to reach North America.
  • They sailed on the ship, which was known by the name of 'Mayflower'.
  • They celebrated the first Thanksgiving Day at Plymouth, Massachusetts.
  • The Wampanoag Indians were the people who taught the Pilgrims how to cultivate the land.
  • The Pilgrim leader, Governor William Bradford, had organized the first Thanksgiving feast in 1621. He invited the neighboring Wampanoag Indians to the feast.
  • The first Thanksgiving celebration lasted three days.
  • Mashed potatoes, pumpkin pies, popcorn, milk, corn on the cob, and cranberries were not foods present on the first Thanksgiving's feast table.
  • Lobster, rabbit, chicken, fish, squashes, beans, chestnuts, hickory nuts, onions, leeks, dried fruits, maple syrup and honey, radishes, cabbage, carrots, eggs, and goat cheese are thought to have made up the first Thanksgiving feast.
  • The pilgrims didn't use forks; they ate with spoons, knives, and their fingers.

    Thanksgiving Facts throughout History

  • Benjamin Franklin wanted the turkey to be the national bird of the United States.
  • Sarah Josepha Hale, an American magazine editor, persuaded Abraham Lincoln to declare Thanksgiving a national holiday. She is also the author of the popular nursery rhyme "Mary Had a Little Lamb"
  • Abraham Lincoln issued a 'Thanksgiving Proclamation' on third October 1863 and officially set aside the last Thursday of November as the national day for Thanksgiving.
  • The annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade tradition began in the 1920's.
  • In 1939, President Roosevelt proclaimed that Thanksgiving would take place on November 23rd, not November 30th, as a way to spur economic growth and extend the Christmas shopping season.
  • Congress to passed a law on December 26, 1941, ensuring that all Americans would celebrate a unified Thanksgiving on the fourth Thursday of November every year.
  • Since 1947, the National Turkey Federation has presented a live turkey and two dressed turkeys to the President. The President does not eat the live turkey. He "pardons" it and allows it to live out its days on a historical farm.

    Fun Facts about Thanksgiving Today

  • In the US, about 280 million turkeys are sold for the Thanksgiving celebrations.
  • Each year, the average American eats somewhere between 16 - 18 pounds of turkey.
  • Californians are the largest consumers of turkey in the United States.
  • Thanksgiving Day is celebrated on the fourth Thursday in November in the United States.
  • Although, Thanksgiving is widely considered an American holiday, it is also celebrated on the second Monday in October in Canada.
  • Black Friday is the Friday after Thanksgiving in the United States, where it is the beginning of the traditional Christmas shopping season.

    Fun Turkey Facts

  • The average weight of a turkey purchased at Thanksgiving is 15 pounds.
  • The heaviest turkey ever raised was 86 pounds, about the size of a large dog.
  • A 15 pound turkey usually has about 70 percent white meat and 30 percent dark meat.
  • The five most popular ways to serve leftover turkey is as a sandwich, in stew, chili or soup, casseroles and as a burger.
  • Turkey has more protein than chicken or beef.
  • Turkeys will have 3,500 feathers at maturity.
  • Male turkeys gobble. Hens do not. They make a clucking noise.
  • Commercially raised turkeys cannot fly.
  • Turkeys have heart attacks. The United States Air Force was doing test runs and breaking the sound barrier. Nearby turkeys dropped dead with heart attacks.
  • A large group of turkeys is called a flock.
  • Turkeys have poor night vision.
  • It takes 75-80 pounds of feed to raise a 30 pound tom turkey.
  • A 16-week-old turkey is called a fryer. A five to seven month old turkey is called a young roaster.