Thursday, November 16, 2017

Thanksgiving Cactus

One week from today is THANKSGIVING, 2017.
I hope you and your family have a thankful-grateful day.
"For the wonder of each hour,
Of the day and of the night,
Hill and vale and tree and flower,
Sun and moon and stars of light."















As I was doing my usual Cinderella duties today, I peeked out the window to our greenhouse.
This Thanksgiving Cactus is in FULL BLOOM. We have propagated this from stem cuttings, and have managed to save it for many years. It's a good thing they are easy to grow, because summer neglect was its only care.

















The magnificent Schlumbergera truncate is known for its November Brilliance!
Yes, there is a distinct difference in the November Cactus, and a Christmas Cactus.
Take some time to read this link, and impress your friends with your tidbits of knowledge.,
Hint: Look closely at the edges of the leaf segments. Click here to read →  DIFFERENCE .

















"For the beauty of the earth,
For the glory of the skies,
For the love which from our birth
Over and around us lies"

























Today, I am thankful for my Thanksgiving Cactus.

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Kids Square Museum




















A dream come true!
15,000 square-feet of entertainment, educational, and multi-sensory activities, all centered around ADULTS CHILDREN! (from toddler to age 10).
Wouldn't you LOVE to know what he is thinking? 

















The KIDS SQUARE, in downtown Roanoke,Virginia, officially opened in mid-August. 
The Don and Barbara Smith Children's Museum is located on the 3rd floor of the  CENTER IN THE SQUARE 
Saturday, Nov 11, 2017 was my second visit.
I will go again, 
and again, 
and again.
The ADULTS CHILDREN, can be entertained for hours.
He is ready to enter the museum. Can you tell?

























Mom's excited as well!



















































There is an annual membership, or pay at the door.
I was so impressed that I  joined ..... for the GRANNY CARD!!! (which allows as many visits as I can possibly use within a year)
"Many of the exhibits are connected by a miniature road, making its way through the museum" ...beep beep..
Go Fast, Go Fast. Go Fast.






































WATCH OUT for the traffic!
Stopping long enough to some gasoline.



















Check HERE to see more about the museum.
One can shop for groceries...


























ADULTS CHILDREN can pay for the food and prepare a quick dinner.

























The world is waiting for you to explore, imagine, build, climb, and enjoy!






































Kids Square is on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
Check it out to see how much fun the ADULTS CHILDREN are having!
There is a communication center, a party room for rent, an enchanted forest and more.















































Are you tired yet??
HA!












Hungry?
Next to the museum is the Roanoke Weiner Stand... best hot dogs in America.
The hot dog king was established in 1916.
If you know......... you go!












































It didn't take long for  2 ADULTS  this CHILD to look like this!






































I'd say our trip to the Kids Square Museum was 100% successful.





Saturday, November 11, 2017

Veterans Day, Saturday November 11, 2017

My favorite Veteran, my Dad my hero
Today I thank him for instilling in me a keen sense of patriotism.
Carl Cannaday Hamilton (1917-2001)


























We gathered in downtown Roanoke, Virginia for Virginia's Veterans Parade, honoring our military service personnel. The parade began at 11:00AM.
What a treat!
A time was held to personally meet and greet our Veterans.
I was honored.
I was humbled.
I was filled with pride.This, my fellow Americans, is PRIDE.
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Opening ceremonies....


























Military cadets.....


















Flag waving, and curiosity....












































Speeches, tributes, and salutations....

























High school marching bands...

















Flags, flags, more flags, and people watching from many vantage points.

It has been a sobering, thought-provoking week for me. 
From a flag in the Walmart parking lot,
to a near-by cemetery, I've stopped to give thanks.




I am proud to be an American.
I am grateful for all who have made it possible to be here today.
Thank You!
Tomorrow will be another day.
But you can still...... HUG A VET










Thursday, November 2, 2017

November 2, 2017.....Election Day Coming Soon





















I am a registered voter.
I believe voting is a privilege, a right, and a responsibility.
I am BLESSED to be able to vote.
Don't know the issues?
DO YOUR HOMEWORK.
Oh wait.....you want to be spoon-fed? SMH




















Find your OWN answers. 
Don't expect to find the answers on .Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, TV, newspapers.
Don't allow other people to make decisions for you!
Even your close friends/relatives can misguide you.
What is right for others, may not be right for YOU.
That is OK.
What is important is to RESPECT OTHER PEOPLE'S OPINIONS.














Do you need a ride to the voting precinct? CALL SOMEONE.
Earlier this week, I posted a statement on social media.
I've been so fed up with the negativity lately.... to the extent that the media (of all ridiculous things)  almost convinced me to choose NOT TO VOTE.
I'm disgusted will the mudslinging. By the way, here is a little bit of history U.S. campaign mudslinging (click on highlight)
I don't care what you think.
Don't tell me how to think or vote.
Here is what I said:
Truth..."I'd like to say that I won't be voting for any candidate that has trashed his/her opponent, but there would be nobody left to elect."
I was surprised that many of my friends (Democrat, Republican, Independent ) agreed.
Here is a sample ballot for Tuesday, November 7, 2017 City of Roanoke General Election:


There are many reasons as to WHY you can vote early!
All are listed on the required form that must be filled out before early voting is done.
In Virginia, Absentee excuse is required.
I did my homework.
I made a decision.
Today.......... I voted!
Now it is YOUR TURN!
BE BLESSED!
PS. This post is not a political endorsement.


Wednesday, November 1, 2017

November 1, 2017











They say that LIFE is like a roll of toilet paper.........
"The closer to the end of the roll of toilet paper, the faster it goes."
2017 will go on record as being the fastest year of my life.
(I'll fill you in with the nitty gritty in future blogs, sometime soon)
Today...
I am walking,
breathing,
seeing,
hearing,
smelling,
tasting,
and  I am THANKFUL for LIFE!
AND, as of this morning, I have clean TEETH! (NO CAVITIES)
Thanks Dr. Greg








































Today's adventures also included some family business in downtown Roanoke.
The outdoor temperature was perfect for walking around.
I love my hometown.


Green Memorial Methodist Church















We dined at Roanoke's Millionaire's Club for lunch.
Nothing seems to change there..... ever!
The TEXAS TAVERN seats 1000 people......10 at a time!
Other than a slight amount of indigestion, the cheesy western was worth every penny!
Photo by "Nathan"















Next stop was MELODY HAVEN.  Sue Rowe, President,  has been in this music store for MANY years. It was a pleasure to see her again.  There is something about touching and feeling the piano sheet music... before the purchase! ahhhhhhhhh
OUCH! Looks like I've got a bucket load of practice coming up!


















Happy 1st day of NOVEMBER!
I am THANKFUL!

Friday, June 23, 2017

Sea Urchins, Sand, Sunscreen, Shells and Siestas June 2017


June 2017
*3 families, 9 people and ample room to find a niche for solitude*
















RALPH'S SUMMER IGLOO



























Destination HOLDEN BEACH, NC.





















































*Laid-back, easy going, unhurried, and uncluttered*
(I was so lazy, I didn't get my big-girl camera out of the bag, except for a few photos.)
Most of the sea urchins were found the first day on the beach.






































The other urchins were unable to be here, but were frequently and fondly remembered:



















Sand, Sunscreen, Shells and Silliness filled the days.































































We dug holes to the center of the earth.










































Did I mention siestas?????
HAHAHAHA
While you were sleeping.........

What a congenial group!
We read, and then read some more!
We ate.












































We cooked.


We laughed...........a lot.






































We played games





















We watched movies.







































*RELAXATION AND REJUVENATION ACCOMPLISHED!*











Until next time....
I guess we will go home the way we came!