Thursday, July 28, 2011

Eagle On Headstone

My friend sent this to me and I was so moved by the photo I thought I would share.  WITH WHO!!   hehehehe  I think two people read my blog!  LOL  Anyway, it is a very moving photo!!

One of the most emotion-evoking photos I've ever seen. Taken at the
National Cemetery in Minneapolis on a June morning as it appeared in the Minneapolis Star/Tribune.

Talk about a picture being worth a thousand words!!! It says everything without a single word. This should become an official Memorial Day, 4th of July and/or Veterans Day remembrance photo; Our symbol standing guard.

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Hot Days

It has been so HOT in upstate New York that even the Ice Cream trucks are having problems!!

Friday, July 22, 2011

In Memory of Jodi

On this Angel Anniversary, I seek the spirit of Jodi who lives so deep within my heart to help me through this day~

~ If I had a single flower for every time I think about you Jodi I could walk forever in my garden.

~ We miss you so much

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Just Stuff

My son-in-law was at the launching of Atlantis a few weeks back and toke this clip!  When I worked for IBM I had the opportunity to attend one of these launches as their guest, but could not afford the expensive at the time!  It must be an awesome thing to actually be there!

A friend of mine posted this little vese on Facebook and thought it was excellent!

 I have been to a lot of places, but I've never been in Cahoots. Apparently you can't go alone. You have to be in Cahoots with someone. I've also never been in Cognito, either. I hear no one recognizes you there. I have, however, been in Sane. They don't have an airport, you have to be driven there. I have made several trips thanks to my friends and family! ;-)

My daughter is in Iceland and sent me this fantastic photo!!

Got a new point and shoot and was trying it out and caught this picture of my cat Seamus (Shay-mus) ... he is my little red haired Irish boy!!  I think he is eyeing the bird up in the tree!!

AND who is into "testing"??  Well they have some new codes for seniors - have you seen them? 

Since more and more Seniors are texting and tweeting, there appears to be a need for an STC (Senior Texting Code). I know that none of us qualifies as a "Senior" so just pass this along to your "older" friends.

ATD: At The Doctor's
BTW: Bring The Wheelchair
BYOT: Bring Your Own Teeth
CBM: Covered By Medicare
CUATSC: See You At The Senior Center
DWI: Driving While Incontinent
FWB: Friend With Beta Blockers
FWIW: Forgot Where I Was
FYI: Found Your Insulin
GGPBL: Gotta Go, Pacemaker Battery Low!
GHA: Got Heartburn Again
HGBM: Had Good Bowel Movement
IMHO: Is My Hearing-Aid On?
LMDO: Laughing My Dentures Out
LOL: Living On Lipitor
LWO: Lawrence Welk's On
OMMR: On My Massage Recliner
OMSG: Oh My! Sorry, Gas
ROFL... CGU: Rolling On The Floor Laughing... And Can't Get Up
SGGP: Sorry, Gotta Go Poop
TTYL: Talk To You Louder
WAITT: Who Am I Talking To?
WTFA: Wet The Furniture Again
WTP: Where's The Prunes?
WWNO: Walker Wheels Need Oil
GLKI (Gotta Go, Laxative Kicking In)


Monday, July 11, 2011

A HobNob!!

Today I had thoughts of HobNobs!!   What is a HobNob you ask!!   It is cookie/biscuit that began in the UK. Here is a little description.
If you’re an oat-aholic, then McVitie's HobNobs are your biscuits.  First launched in the UK in 1985, they were later followed by the Milk Chocolate alternative in 1987.  

While in Ireland and Scotland I got hooked on these things, I could eat a whole sleeve of biscuits myself every day!!   Non-sweet, great tasting cookie.  Send your taste buds soaring with the mouth watering oat and wheat HobNob biscuits.  The initial crunch followed by the gentle melt leaves you wanting more.    I must say they are most addictive, these knobbly golden delights will leave you with just one difficult problem - to share or not to share?  NOT!!!

 While in NYC babysitting my grandson in early June I stopped in one of the markets and low and behold there they were on the supermarket shelf, I was like an old junkie, I started to shake, and place every last one into my cart ... price,  did I check to see what it was, NO, it was HobNobs, I had not had them in years!!   I have to say once I got to the checkout though I was not prepared for the total ... those little morsels were almost as much as gold ... well not quite, but almost!!   BUT it is also a market in NYC, on Broadway, so I expect some price increase but $4.99 a small box!   WHOA!!   Well I bit the bullet (and the cookie) and purchased my HobNobs and was in full glory walking back to my daughters place as I munched on HobNobs and dreamed of being back in the UK!!!  Guess where I am going the next time I visit my daughter!!!  YUP .... back to the market!!!

Sunday, July 10, 2011

NYC Pool

My daughter who lives in NYC posted this, I think it is a fantastic idea!!
Check out these three very inventive young men and their amazing idea.

+Pool from GYLo on Vimeo.

Here is the website:

OH, and congrats to the US Woman's Soccer team for their advancement to the World Cup Semi Finals!! Way to go!!

Monday, July 4, 2011

Happy Birthday America!!

July 4, 1776, a celebrated in the United States to commemorate the adoption of the Declaration of Independence.  Independance from England!!  Don't get me wrong, I love England!!  In fact there are days when I wish I was back there, but I love the USA!

I found this story this morning on Yahoo and thought I would share it!

There are a lot of stories surrounding the Declaration of Independence. One of the most famous concerns John Hancock and his comically large signature. According to legend, the founding father signed his name bigger than everyone else's because he wanted to make sure "fat old King George" could read it without his spectacles.

It's a neat story about American brashness, but it isn't very accurate. The truth is a tad less dramatic. explains that Hancock, president of the Continental Congress, gave a super-sized signature not because he was itching for a fight with the king, but because, among other things, he happened to be the first person to sign the document.

Because Hancock was the first to sign, he did the sensible thing and put his name front and center. He was the leader of the Congress, after all. He didn't know his fellow patriots would sign their names on a smaller scale.

So, why are some of the other signatures high and to the left while others are down and to the right? The National Archives explains, "In accordance with prevailing custom, the other delegates began to sign at the right below the text, their signatures arranged according to the geographic location of the states they represented. New Hampshire, the northernmost state, began the list, and Georgia, the southernmost, ended it."

And it's worth remembering that signing one's name to the Declaration of Independence was no small thing. Those who signed the document were sure to be hanged for treason should they be caught.

Another popular story says that the members of Congress were inspired to lend their own names to the document after seeing Hancock's epic autograph and the bravery it signified. Neat, but not true. Not only was Hancock the first to sign the Declaration, he did it weeks before anybody else. The National Archives explains, "One of the most widely held misconceptions about the Declaration is that it was signed on July 4, 1776, by all the delegates in attendance."

In reality, Hancock signed it in the presence of just one man, Charles Thomson, the secretary of Congress.  National Geographic explains, "no one actually signed the Declaration of Independence at any time during July 1776. Signing began on August 2, with John Hancock's famously bold scribble, and wasn't completed until late November."
That famous painting of all the founding fathers gathered around, signing the document was a case of artistic license!!

This flag was flown over the United States Capitol in Washington, DC on Jan. 15, 2000 and then sent to me. I only bring it out on very few occasions.

ALL said ... Happy Birthday America!!

Saturday, July 2, 2011

Camera Ramblings

WOW twice in the same week!! Can you believe it!!!

Went out today searching for a new "point and shoot" camera! Sadly my trusty old point and shoot Cannon has captured it's last likeness of anything. This camera toke some AMAZING photos for me and I am deeply sadden that she will not be accompany me on anymore ventures. Here are a few snaps she had saved for me .... I think you can click on the picture to see them larger, at least you use to be able to, so many things have changed since I have been away!!  *smile*   Enjoy the pics!
seagulls on Long Island ... they were looking for food!

This was taken at sunrise in North Wildwood, New Jersey, a lone fisherman.

Some very busy bees hard at work, taken in Gettysburg, PA

This is one of my favorite entertainers and fiddle players, Ms. Eileen Ivers.  I try to catch at least one of her shows at least once a year, she is amazing!!

This is my rescue boy Darby, named after my great-great grandfather in Ireland.

AND this is my red haired Irish boy named Seamus, he too is a rescue, his mom died when he was only three days old, so he thinks humans are his mom!  He is a very sweet boy!

This was taken in the spring at Green Wood Cemetery in Brooklyn, NY, my great-great- grandparents are buried there as well as my great grandparents and other aunts and uncles.

This was also taken at Green Wood Cemetery, I liked the color contrast.

Another butterfly shot, this was taken at Robert Frost summer home in the mountains of
New Hampshire  (a female monarch)

One of my many whale shots, not bad for a point and shoot huh!!  This was taken off the coast of New England.  We saw so many whales that day.  This was a Humpback Whale.

Also a Humpback Whale.  The way they "ID" the whales is by the underside of their tail.  Each whale has a distinct imprint, just as a human has fingerprints.

This is a little blurry, the horse was trotting along, but look at the little boy looking out the window at me!   This was taken in Intercourse, PA.  (no wise cracks)

Taken in Portsmouth Harbor, New Hampshire
This was taken in Dingle, Ireland

OK, the same morning I was walking the beach at sunrise in North Wildwood I came across this girl taking pictures of a pumpkin on the beach.  OF COURSE I had to ask her why!!!  She was taking a photography class and the teacher told them they had to find a pumpkin (it was late Sept.) and take it someplace unusual and photograph it.  I though she was pretty clever.  Love the seagulls hanging around ready to attack the pumpkin!

You can actually see her furry back, this is a female Monarch, taken in Sugar Hill, New Hampshire
This was taken in Vancouver, British Columbia, loved the rocks, water and snow covered mountains in the distance.

WELL now all I have to do is find myself a new point and shoot, I have spent hours reading reveiws and I am undecided between two cameras.  I have only been at the store half dozen times, check each one out, get confused and leave again!!  Maybe tomorrow!!