Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Orange Jack O Lantern

What does October bring?  Orange colors everywhere including my Jack O Lantern on my front porch.



Here's a cute vintage jack o lantern card I have in my collection.



I prefer my jack o lanterns to have smiling faces and not scary ones.




A cute poem I found on google

THE PUMPKIN

Oh--fruit loved of boyhood! - the old days calling.

When wood-grapes were purpling and brown nuts were falling!

When wild, ugly faces were carved into its skin,

Glaring out through the dark with a candle within!!
 written by John Greenleaf Whitter in 1807.


From Wickipedia:
The custom of making Jack O Lanterns at Halloween began in Ireland.  Many gourds could be used to make lanterns. The lanterns were variously said to represent the spirits or supernatural beings or were used to ward off evil spirits. Also it was suggested that jack-o-lanterns originally represented Christian souls in pergatory.

Regardless of the origin it's just fun to carve out faces and let them shine bright on your doorstep.

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Ann

Saturday, October 14, 2017

The Gangs All Here

We were driving in a different neighborhood this week taking our car into the shop. YUK on that.
I noticed this darling display and the homeowner was actually outside. I told him how much I adored all the characters and could I take a picture. I think he was proud and delighted.


It just makes me smile seeing all the cute among the spookie!! He shared that his baby granddaughter loves it too and said "come back at Christmas and see what I have".



I love the "little boo's".

October is well under way and I love this season!!

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Ann

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Navajo Code

This past Sunday our nation lost David Patterson, one of the Navajo Code Talkers from WW11.  He lived in Rio Rancho, New Mexico and was 94.



During  WWII he served with a group of around 400 other Navajo's who signaled soldiers in the field with a secret code. They radioed over 800 messages using Navajo language  The code was NEVER deciphered by the enemy.  He enlisted in 1943 and was discharged in 1945.  He received a congregational silver medal of honor.

Major Howard Conner, signal officer said in November 6, 2008 "If were not the Navajo's the marines would have never taken Iwo Jima".

He is one of my hero's for sure--proud of his service.

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Ann



Saturday, October 7, 2017

Apron

One of my rituals, I don't cook without an apron--ruined many a frock.

This is a new one I bought at WalMart a few weeks ago. They also have matching prints in salt & pepper shakers and bowls.

Getting the breakfast on and onto a sewing project. Church tomorrow and two parties. Busy and I like it that way.

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Ann

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

M is for Marv

Out driving to get a soft drink today I passed this place I've been by many times in my neighborhood.

Marv's is local owned barbershop, I really don't see many of them nowadays.  The parking lot was full. On the porch sat two rocking chairs - midwest flair.




I really thought the pole signified the patriotism of the U.S.A. but after researching on WIKI I was really mistaken.

In the middle ages the poles were erected outside the Barbers office but the barber performed bloodletting--hence the red color.  The white designated bandages use.  Gruesome I think.


Blue was added later but the reason is not known, perhaps a homage to the U.S.A. Well Marv is really a patriot, he flies his American, POW and Honor our Troops flags with pride.

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Ann

Monday, October 2, 2017

Stained glass

It's been too long since I've been to Blue Monday.  A few months our Red Hat group visited the United Methodist Campus in Overland Park, Ks.

This new campus features a 3,500 seating auditorium and a gorgeous 35 x 100 stained glass window depicting many beautiful bible stories.










What a wonderful atmosphere to experience the love of our Savior.

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Ann

Saturday, September 9, 2017

Cool pinks

With the cooler weather some of my pink plants are looking really pretty.

This little bush came alive the last few weeks.




Rust, Sedum and butterflies, nothing better in my mind.

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Ann

Monday, August 28, 2017

Heart of Gold

It's been three weeks ago yesterday that I lost my closest friend. I met her 12 years ago at our church and she has been such a treasure to our family.

Nancy Joy was born 5-7-1947, just 70 years old and exactly 6 months older than me.

She had suffered from heart disease for several years, open heart surgery and pace makers, this episode they could not pull her out of  it.  I went to visit her the day before she entered the Lord's presence, I will always be thankful I made that visit to the hospital.

She was not only my friend but a close friend to my Mom and my sis Katy who passed away 2 years ago.  Katy and Nancy were thrift shop buddies, Nancy would pick her up when they were in Kansas City and shopped until they dropped literally. Even though Katy had learning issues, Nancy treated her as an equal, never any different.

She helped many young person in our choir with needs even though she didn't have the funds to take care of many of her own. She had a HEART OF GOLD.

Here's a few snapshots I took of her. Most of these are church programs--this one at the "Easter Old Time Event".

Third from the left
Center stage

She loved to sing and give praises!!!

With her daughter, granddaughter and great-granddaughters.

Our choir sang at her Celebration of Life and this bouquet stood in her regular spot. Nancy you see was a tenor and the group was always known as "The Tenors and Nancy".




Nancy Joy was with me during my sis Katy's mastectomy, her heart surgery, and ultimately her death.  She was my over-the-road traveling buddy too and I will truly miss her sweet spirit.  See you some day dear friend.

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Ann

Saturday, August 5, 2017

Simplicity

Well I adore all my flower beds but I also enjoy just a little school house chair made into a flower pot.  All I needed was a miniature poppy that contrasts in color.


Hope you all are enjoying your August weather and stretching those plants to last a few more weeks.

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Ann

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Dinner Theater

I'm sure each of the cities you live in probably have several dinner theaters.  We have several but we have season tickets to one in particular.

Our 51st Wedding Anniversary was celebrated seeing the Million Dollar Quartet. Just up our alley because these entertainers became famous during our teenage years. Elvis, Carl Perkins, Jerry Lee Lewis and Johnny Cash, such a fun show.

They were posing for shots after the performance. Jerry Lee put on a great rendition--I love his antics.

51 Years and counting.

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Ann

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Norfolk River

On vacation this past week we visited the Norfolk River in Arkansas where we went boating and swimming.

I caught this gorgeous photo off the pontoon.


I plan to enlarge and frame this photo for our home.

Spent the week with my double cousin Rick and his wife Shirley. Here we had a great dinner at Freddy's Fish Shack in Mountain Home Arkansas.

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Ann

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Bird Nests

I think birds like letters as much as we contributors of ABC Wednesday.

While on vacation this past week I caught sight of several bird nests in letters!!


Give me an a:




Give me an E:



Finally an S.  They seem to like a variety--and made it fun to find them.

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Ann


Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Apropo

This is the time to begin a new journey for ABC WEDNESDAY.  So it is apropo that I wish everyone connected good luck!!

It is the appropriate time and very apt  that everyone give a big round of applause.  

ABC Wednesday keeps us aware of all the new words coming our way so we can add them to our vocabulary.

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Ann

Saturday, July 8, 2017

S mores and smoke

S mores and smoke filled our yard on this Independence Day.  We had 14 over for dinner, s mores and fireworks. Ages 4 and up were celebrating.


We had an assembly line going with all the yummy ingredients.





The new smoke bombs don't have to be lit, just pull a tab and out comes these deep, long lasting colors. No chance of little fingers getting burned!!!!!



Relaxing time with sister and bil.


Just a few sprinkles, but it didn't stop any of the fun!!!!!!
Hope you all had a great celebration too.





Ann
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