When I was young, my cousin Barbara Baker and I would spend time with our Aunt Rose and Uncle Bob at their mountain cabin in near Blue Ridge Georgia. I remember singing this song in the car as we rode over the mountain roads to get there. It was quite the adventure, the cabin had a fabulous all the way around porch, no indoor plumbing just an actual two hole outhouse. We got water from a well and boiled it in one of those huge black cauldron's (like they picture with witches at Halloween) first went in the whites, to wash, then colors, which we hung on the line to dry after wringing them out in the wringer. Finally, Uncle Bob would wedge the cauldron off the fire and Barbara and I would bathe in the left over water. I do cherish the memories of those simple times and fun with my cousin.
Last night Ron, put the left over ham bone in a stock pot along with other secret ingredients. Couple of hours later into the crock pot with bean mixture, chopped onion and tomato… to stew for 24 hours. Tonight we had the best home made soup ever… I'm so lucky to have a husband that loves to cook.
We spent most of the day today participating in the Toys for Tots motorcycle rally sponsored by ABATE. It was a lot of fun, we found out the weak points in our cold weather riding gear. My knees got very cold, so Ron bought me some leather chaps for Christmas. I got him some good leather gloves and a new pair of boots. We have a teddy bear toss coming soon at the hockey game and our Christmas dinner cruise next week, more toys for kids. Happy times.
That's Me with Mickie and Minnie Mouse riding on Ron's Harley parked beside my Honda Silver Wing.
Another shot of Ron, we were there early, but ended up in the middle back of the pack… the line of motorcycles moving down the road was awesome… wish I could have gotten a picture of everyone… I need a helmet camera… maybe Santa will get me one, already have chaps on my list, my knees REALLY got cold today.
Ron below with Minnie and Mickie Mouse who rode on his Harley during the ride.
Rudolf the Red Nosed Harly
Some people went all out decorating their bikes for the Toy for Tots ride today.
If you've ever wondered about ordering pens from http://jetpens.com let my last order be an example. I ordered the Zig markers along with some white gel pens on Tuesday evening, Wednesday morning I got the notice my order was shipping… today my order arrived. I could not ask for faster service especially since I did not pay extra for expedited shipping. I LOVE the uniball Signo white gel pen… nice rich white. I also tried the cheaper Sakura gelly roll white pen… it is ok… but the uni-ball is definitely worth the extra money.
We avoided the stores and any place too close to a mall today. I don't like crowds and reports of fights in a local Wal-Mart over some music CD was enough to keep me home today. It has warmed up a little, but is still cold here. We need to buy some toys for toys for tots events we are attending… so tomorrow we'll shop a little, hopefully the frenzy will be over by then.
The only thing missing today was the smell of turkey roasting in the oven. I do love the smell of a turkey. The ham was good, and we'll enjoy it, but I do believe I'll be cooking a turkey in a few weeks for Christmas. Got birthday gifts ordered for JeAnna and the grand daughters… finally, been bugging them for weeks to decide.
Taking the easy way this Thanksgiving, having a ham, I'll bake potatoes and make some vegetables, and pop a pecan pie in the oven and we'll call it dinner. We haven't both had this much time off at the same time, since we got married… and we have absolutely nothing planned.
Beau is the oldest at 16, his son Jeb is next oldest at 13 years old, then Gracie is now 11 years old and Dixie… the Lab who showed up pregnant in our yard January 2008 is probably 7 or 8 years old now. Someone recently asked me when I was going to get a puppy, and while I'd love to have a puppy… no way I'm bringing a puppy into this house full of incontinent old dogs. How can I housebreak a puppy when all the old dogs have forgotten their training? So no puppies for me for a while… a very long while I hope. I'm thankful for my old dogs, we've had many fine years together. I'm thankful for my husband who indulges my need for dogs, lots of dogs.
Cartoon dogs are NOT SUPPOSED to die, Pluto and Marmaduke are over 40 years old and so is Snoopy… so this killing of Brian is shocking. Maybe I'm overly sensitive about this because my real life breathing dogs are all over 10 years old and the oldest Beau is 16… real dogs die, but cartoon dogs can live forever… so WHY would anyone kill a cartoon dog? It's just wrong on so many levels… and while the producers probably won't miss me one bit, I will NEVER watch the show again.
Ever have one of those days that just flies by, and you sit down to catch your breath and realize it's time to make coffee and go to bed. Winter always seems more frantic to me, with the darkness falling so early in the evening… I feel like the day is over and I've gotten nothing accomplished. BOOM… it is COLD… below freezing tonight, turned the ceramic heater on for the bird and may pull another blanket out of the closet… that's what I get for bragging to my daughter in Chicago about our 80 degree weather… at least it won't snow and this will be over in a day or so (I hope). Gotta find my wool pants to wear to work tomorrow.
Assignment in my new book 'Drawing from Within', is to draw hands, pages and pages of hands. I must admit I haven't done the first assignment which was to draw people, I'm not around people much as I work at home alone with my dogs rarely leave the house except to get the mail. I am really enjoying reading this book and the hand exercise is easy… well I can draw my own hand, not very well but the book's premise is that if I do it enough I'll get better at it.. I know it's been slow, but I do see that my little daily drawings have gotten better over the years. Granted I can still turn out a stinker on any given day.
Another continuous line drawing, this time of my left hand, and my wedding ring. I still love our wedding rings, with sailboats on the ocean cast in the gold.
All week tv has been full of shows about President Kennedy's assassination, I was in the 7th grade in the library when the principal came in to tell us the President had been shot and they were sending us all home. My mother came and picked me up from school and we drove to Northside High School to pick up my older brother Gene, I remember it was a Friday and all the church bells in Atlanta were ringing, it was very spooky and quiet. We were glued to the tv, which stayed on the news for 3 days. Back then there were only the 3 networks ABC, NBC, and CBS… no cable, no CNN, no 24 hour coverage… but they covered this non stop. The entire nation mourned Kennedy's passing much as they mourned the people killed in the twin towers on 9/11/2001/. Sad that the only time we can mend our differences is when tragedy strikes.