Saturday, June 05, 2010

A drive — Six Word Saturday — ending?

Do I take too many pictures?

That may be. Some say that I do. Here are a few of my 'driving pictures.' You can figure out what I was thinking and when I stopped taking the pictures. If you can't then my comments may have to do.
Left -- I liked the white clouds.
(click on them for larger size)
Right -- We call these guys 'turtles.' Why?

I'd like to have a motorcycle. It wouldn't be orange.
Right -- Got stopped at the light.
Our freeway is doubling in lanes, from six to twelve.
This is the one that got plugged with the Hurricane Ike evacuation (Sep 2008).
People died here because of the heat, just sitting in their stopped cars.

Left -- I'm at the drive thru lane at McDonalds.
Center -- I parked at the lake by the McDonalds/Shell marina pump.
Right -- I could have eaten in one of the shelters.
But why, I had the top down on my Mustang?

Have a nice day. I didn't take any more pictures after I ate my McDouble and took my meds with the free water I got.

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Friday, June 04, 2010

Flashback Friday # 3 ~ My Sister, Lois

This is # 11 for Linda but only # 3 for me. You see I will never catch up.

Lois 'baby' sits dogs for her son and grandchildren. She has never said yes to my request for her to 'baby' sit Adi. Probably she thought I wasn't being serious.

Linda from Mocha With Linda has started a new meme! This one's going to be fun. Each week she will ask us a question, and we post our answer! It will be something to bring about a memory of some sort to share!

We are supposed to answer the following questions: (you might like to join in with this one or see others' posts, just click on the button on the right.)

It got a little long this week. I couldn't possible write about all this:

Do you have siblings? (If not, keep reading - I'll get to you.) How many and are they boys or girls? Where do you fall in the birth order? How did you view your "spot" in the family compared with the others? If you are the oldest, did you resent the things the youngest got to do that you didn't? If the youngest, what did you want to do like the older ones? And if you are more of a middle child, how did that impact you? How do you think your birth order shaped your personality? Did you and your siblings like each other growing up or did you fight all the time? Are you close now? Or at least friends with each other?! What memories stand out about you and your siblings?

If you are an only child, how did you like that? Were you glad to have all the attention or did you want to have a brother or sister? What advantages were there to being an only child? What disadvantages? Which side of the fence is greener?!

For everyone, did your sibling experiences (or lack thereof!) affect your decision to have kids or to have a certain number?

So here goes:

Yes, she is named Lois.

I am the older of two, Lois is the younger.

I loved being the older and didn't resent anything Lois got that I didn't. Most things we shared. Like our bike. Or Dad's horse, Minnie. I did get to ride Minnie to high school and Lois didn't. They tore the school down before she got that old.

We also shared Dad's pickup to drive to school. We drove it to the town high school. The country high school was only through the tenth grade.

Any time we shared you must keep in mind that Lois was five years younger. That meant I had use of whatever five years before she got old enough most times.

One thing that didn't work out very good was the bedroom. Our house only had two bedrooms so when Lois was ready for her own room apart from the folks' that meant I was ousted to the front porch. Grandpa and Dad screened and glassed it in. But there wasn't any heat. In the cold winter mornings there would be frost on my blankets.

I think we both are like the middle children. I don't know what happened to those on the outside.

And fight? We fought a lot in a friendly manner. I teased a lot and still do. About three years ago she got on to me about being too rough on her because of all the Midwest tornadoes. We don't have those down here along the coast. Ours are very small mild ones if and when we have any. I would tell her I couldn't come up to Iowa to visit because of those tornadoes.

I think she remembers best how I taught her to avoid smoking cigarettes. By some illicit means known only to me I had acquired a pack. We went down to the creek and 'smoked.' I think Lois smoked two.

She claims they made her sick. I only remember a lot of coughing and meaningless words from her. To this day I can't recall how I ever convinced her to 'smoke' the second.

My other favorite memory is teaching her to drive Dad's pickup. I taught a lot of girls and women to drive, maybe even ten. My kids count for two of them. Lois was always a bad driver. Once on the way home from school she ran over a neighbor's mailbox. Another time later in life she ran right into someone and totaled out a very nice Oldsmobile she and hubby, Jim. W, owned.

Lois had had no effect on me having five kids. This is the most I had written keeping on subject for a meme in ages. So I will quit. Go read the others by clicking on the logo above to find them at Linda's. Or click here.
You will find more about Lois at the sister label below. Click it and read.

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Tuesday, June 01, 2010

My Unknown Red Flowers — Ruby (Red) Tuesday

Have a nice Memorial Day!

Adi says "Hi!"

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[Adi's picture doesn't work that way.]
Adi's meme link

I really don't know what kind of flower this is. It just comes up every spring around June 1. I am not sure I even planted it.

It was red when it started blooming, and tulip shaped. But when it opened up it was light violet colored or what ever this one is.
Several blooms came out and opened very nicely. The bed they are growing in is a mess. Please (nice word for Susie) click on the right hand picture and see what I mean.
Originally this bed had a river rock drainage ditch in front of it. That was to keep our water from running into the neighbor's yard and swimming pool. Too much muddy water over there and they might cut off our swimming privileges.
The bed itself had nice azaleas planted for about thirty-five feet in a row from the end of the drive way towards the back property line. I put in the large leafed plant afterwards because it also grew wildly at our former home.
Next is Mrs. Jim's red bud tree. We planted it several years back. It won't grow any taller or larger in this bed because it is shielded by the neighbors ligustrum hedge. That hedge is taller than I would ever allow mine to grow.
If you think there might be a wild berry growing in that top picture too, in amongst the weeds, you are right. The blooming sequence is first the white berries, then the red bud, followed by the azaleas, then this mystery plant, and finally the large plant with the large leaves. If I remember right it blooms in red also.

Click the Ruby Tuesday button for Mary's Ruby Tuesday post list
of other interesting RED finds today.
Mary is in charge there, you can see more or post your own from there

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