Thursday, November 6, 2014

Rambles and joining in with GOOD FENCES, SKYWATCH FRIDAY AND WILLY-NILLY FRIDAY FIVE


Taken near Manassas in September and my first two photos are for Good Fences and SkyWatch Friday, links below this post.


I am also joining in Tanya's Willy Nilly Friday Five.  My 5 usually take place in order of events during our week and fair warning, I can ramble, says I with a smile.

1) Another Halloween come and gone.  We had almost 40 kids on our doorstep, probably because Halloween was on a Friday night this year, with no school the next day of course.  This is a big number for us as it had been dwindling over the last few years.  There were a few older ones this time, maybe the last one for them, a foot still left in childhood before moving on.  Bananas were a popular costume this year as three of them appeared at one time, as well as one very huge ear of corn.  My favorite trick-o-treater of the night was a sweet little girl about seven years old. Her black hair was in pig tails and she was wearing a dark blue 40's style cardigan over a blue and white gingham dress.  She also wore white socks a couple of inches higher than her glittery red ruby slippers, which twinkled and sparkled in the porch light.  I loved those red ruby slippers and "Dorothy" was adorable!  I wanted to give her the whole bucket of candy.  Every child or group of children were accompanied by a parent standing on the sidewalk at the bottom of our driveway.

2) Our son came over one morning for a visit.  If he has a day off during the week he will stop by to say hello.  Sometimes these visits are spontaneous, the phone will go and he will say hey, I was thinking of coming over, okay?  Gregg will start cooking bacon, eggs and tomatoes, which is one of son's favorites, and I will fix the grits and toast.  Grits has also been a favorite of his since he was little.  He had stopped off at Starbucks and bought us coffee, always a nice treat.  



When he arrives everything is on the table within half an hour and then it's a fun time catching up. Here he is showing me a trailer to a new movie that is coming out.  Brad and I have similar tastes in movies most of the time.  I love a good action movie. I think this came from my Dad who loved Westerns. He and I used to enjoy them all and it started with Saturday Matinees watching Hopalong Cassidy when I was seven years years old.  My Mother also enjoyed movies. She and I used to go to them often, especially if Rod Taylor was in it.  Mum was a big Rod Taylor fan.

3)  This is a great site, it shows places of interest in the United States and I thought I would pass it on.  You can click on this link to open and then click on "start exploring".


4) Is anyone using 'wunderlist'?  I have this app on my iphone and among other things we use it for our shopping list.  Gregg finds some great apps he likes to try.  This one stops us overbuying way too many repeat items before we need them.  For instance, before downloading this app, we might have three bottles of mayo or whatever waiting to be used up.  No big deal, everything gets used eventually but you kind of run out of room.  

Six months ago Gregg discovered 'wunderlist' and we both now have this app on our phones.  When either of us buy an item we delete it off our list, and because we are both on that same list, that deleted item also gets deleted on the others list. We always know we have been shopping if we are in two different locations, there is a ping when that item is deleted, and yes you can turn the sound off.  Anyhoo, It's a neat little app because you can use it for all kinds of things, not just for shopping.  If you like making lists you might want to check it out at this link.



5)  I voted!  We drove up to our local high school and cast our vote for Congressman and Senator.  I am always very proud to vote, especially as I have only had my citizenship for a few years and consider it a real honor.  My first vote was for the Presidential Elections six years ago, when the chap at the Immigration Office literally ran me down the hallway, flapping my folder this way and that, herding me along at break-neck speed (to the point I was worried I was going to sprain an ankle) so that he could add my name to the list of those who would be sworn in that afternoon.  We made it by seconds. It was a bit of a shock, overwhelmingly emotional and that in itself took me by surprise, an amazing experience.  

The night we voted for a new President a couple of months later, Gregg was still working and he and I waited in a long line, with a good three hundred people or more who had stopped by on their way home.  Gregg was so proud of me, telling everyone around us that this was my first vote as an American Citizen. Yes I am sure they all needed to hear that, but to tell you the truth we were both excited about it.  Now that he is retired we went up to the same school during the day and there was no one ahead of us.  We were in and out in a few minutes.  Definitely a little more low key these days but I am still thrilled when I walk in.  Let's face it, for a woman to be able to vote wasn't always the case.  We all owe a great debt to those brave Suffragettes who made incredible sacrifices, and went through a lot of unimaginable abuse and hostility so we could do just that. 

Whenever we have gone up to the school there are always volunteers.  The first we passed were those handing out political leaflets.  Then there was the bake sale and a couple of ladies selling White House ornaments.  The bake sale was for the high school choir, the ornaments were for the drama club.  The bake sale had two tables full of goodies with five high-schoolers managing each table.  No shortage of volunteers there, all young girls and one young boy who seemed not to be quite sure what his purpose was and was standing with hands in pockets, which made me smile.  I wondered which young lady was his girlfriend.  We put a donation into the can and picked up a couple of doughnuts which was our breakfast on the run.  We were also given a couple of brownies saved for dessert later on.



The two ladies selling the ornaments looked like mother and daughter.  All volunteers were friendly and chit-chatty.  I bought a White House ornament to add to the others I have bought over several years to hang on our Christmas tree.  This year it is in two parts, a train engine and train car.  It is in honor of the 29th President of the United States, Warren G. Harding,  who as a young boy dreamed of being a locomotive engineer.


The following are photos of the school mascot out front.





Thank you to all our hosts of the three memes I am participating in today.  Their buttons are on my side-bar.





52 comments:

  1. Denise, it is so nice that your son visits you like that! I love your photos, and it sounds as if you have a great time and a great breakfast, too! And a nice cup of coffee is always good.

    That website you are sharing on exploring the U.S. is fascinating!

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  2. I have never heard of this app. It is wonderful that you have such a great relationship with your son! You had LOTS of Trick-Or-Treaters! We had about four! Yup, we voted. I got mixed up about which button to push, and my friend got all tangled up in the curtain! Just another day for us seniors...

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  3. You have had an interesting week. It must be lovely to have your son call in now and then. I'm surprised that you only became a citizen a few years ago. It is nice to hear how proud you are to vote.

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  4. Lovely that you son visited. Very special time for you. Love the weathered fence.

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  5. A lovely post, full of interesting subjects. I too always vote, and since I hate all our slimy politicians and no-good political parties I do it because of the Suffragettes.

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  6. I always admire your meme packed posts. Love that fence - and that your boy visits you so often.
    And yay for the Suffragettes. All of them. Brave women who went through a lot.

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  7. Great, chatty, post, lovely images. Weren't there a couple of battles at/near Manassas? EVERYONE should vote. Turnout at UK elections is abysmal - I suspect, mainly, because so many are disillusioned with our uninspiring and/or inept politicians. I'm sure they mean well, though.

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  8. I was interested to hear about your citizenship since the subject has been the topic of conversation here ever since our daughter became a fully-fledged Australian. She was so excited and proud... and so were we that she had done so much with her life.

    My shopping list was devised when I first had the computer. It is an A4 size list (folded into quarters) with everything I'm ever likely to buy at the store. It is also a checklist. You should see me going round all the cupboards with the clipboard!!

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  9. Hello Denise, I love the fences and sky shots.. And the cute train ornaments. It is nice to have your son stop by for a visit. Thanks for sharing the link, I will check it out.. Have a happy day!

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  10. Please tell me it's not actually Friday today and that I've missed a day?

    Lovely post with loads of really useful info. It must have taken you ages! xx

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  11. Lovely split rail fence! I really enjoyed the photo of you and your son together having a wonderful visit. Have a lovely day!

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  12. I really like that mascot.. very talented artist to create it.

    it is wonderful your son can stop by now and then... and i love grits and toast.. we even have that for dinner once and a while with cheese in the grits..

    i can feel your excitement in the post when you became a citizen, thanks for sharing that story with us.

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  13. what a thoughtful son you have raised...that app sounds interesting, will have to check it out...i used to collect white house ornaments but for some reason got out of the habit...i should really catch my collection back up! beautiful pictures and thank you for linking :) have a great weekend!! off to check out that link now!

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  14. I love the mascot!
    So glad the election is over. The ads were horrible!
    Lovely photos.
    (ツ) from Cottage Country Ontario , ON, Canada!

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  15. What a great group of photos, and so fun to catch up with your day to day stuff. Our Halloween tradition is surviving well in many neighborhoods here too, and I too got to have my say in voting! WooHoo, I was happy with how my state did. Great good fences post, and I like the mascot photos too.

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  16. Your sky/fence photos are beautiful! I love that blue sky. We've had gray ones here for a few days.
    I liked reading your Friday Five. We vote in a school too but nothing goes on except the voting. I could have used a donut. :)

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  17. love those split rails! and i love that your son stops in spontaneously! how very nice!

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  18. Love the beautiful split rail fence. Great photos! Also loved seeing that bronze cougar. What a great mascot for the school! I love the visit you have with your son. very sweet. And I'm so happy you are able to vote and have such pride in the privilege! So glad you are here in the States!

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  19. What a great post! I'm visiting from Good Fences today and I really like the fence you shared. I'll click on that link after I finish up with my comment. I'm always a chicken to try new apps on my phone but that one sounds great...

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  20. Awesome sky above that wonderful fence. And that kitty's jowls remind me of a squirrel's packed with nuts.

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  21. I have a nice photo for Skywatch, but never remember to post it on time. I am often behind, posting my kids in costumes on Halloween today. Yes voting is important. You are a good citizen.

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  22. I voted, too!

    I remember seeing those split rail fences when my mom used to take us to Civil War sites like Manassas, Gettysburg, and Monocacy. Takes me back...
    ~

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  23. I am glad you voted. We did too, via absentee ballot.
    Nice that your son visits so often.

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  24. Great that you voted. Too many people didn't. Your week was busy and makes for a good story.

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  25. I love these type of rustic fences.

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  26. I love those old fences very common in Appalachia. I've been to the battleground in Manassas and found it quite haunting.

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  27. Great post. Visiting today from Good Fences - I'll comment again on WNF5 tomorrow.
    Loved your fence shots, those kind of fences are really cool.

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  28. Lovely photos! I must check out that app!

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  29. That school mascot certainly stands out!

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  30. Our weather was so bad on Halloween this year, I'm sure that most kids didn't go out at all... I felt sorry for them.

    I know how much you enjoy seeing your son --when you can... Sounds like you have a relationship with him like I have with my middle son... We have so much in common, and obviously you and your son do too.

    We don't have Wunderlink --but will check it out. We do have a great app called Reminders... When I need to remember something, I can put it on the computer/iPhone and it will remind me (by sound and/or note). Example is something simple like putting my clothes in the dryer... Love it.

    Hugs,
    Betsy


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  31. Voting thrills me too, D. Lovely post.




    ALOHA from Honolulu
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  32. Beautiful sequence of shots. Great having your son visit.

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  33. I like those fences, we see one here, occasionally. Our oldest granddaughter voted for her first time Tuesday.

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  34. Wow, I love those old fences! Cool that your son drops by often, too.

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  35. Our forefathers were certainly inventive fence builders with what was at hand. Isn't it lovely when the children, in my case grandchildren, drop in?
    I am glad you are responsible people who vote. Here it is mandatory but a lot of people vote informally.
    How can we have change if the people don't respond, unfortunately in our case it is quite a problem since both parties are impossible to vote for so we vote against the worse one.

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  36. A wonderful post with nice images!

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  37. One of these days I intend to get to Manassas and see the sights. Great pics.

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  38. Great set of images, I like how you presented various subjects with pics and matter.

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  39. Almost anything that looks 'country' is attractive in my books. And what a lovely sky!

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  40. Your voting story is wonderful -- something we take for granted and need someone like you to remind us of what an honor and privilege it is to get to vote. Thank you.


    Loved everything about the post, but that was my favorite part.

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  41. Wonderful fence, fabulous photos and a fascinating blog post , what more could you want.

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  42. Beautiful fence pictures! Very nice of your son visiting you often, what a blessing! I wonder if when those citizen were at that long line, all tired an may be thinking of just going home, when they heard the excitement of your first time voting, they got encourage! I will check out that list app. The school's mascot is impressive!

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  43. What a wonderful post...so full of news and good happy things!! Love the statuary and your commentary...but most of all I find that having your son so close by and paying you a visit on his day off is just a beautiful fact of life.

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  44. Beautiful photos of the split rail fence.

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  45. Great fence, and beautiful skies!

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  46. I loved this newsy slice of YOUR life post Denise. I do hope you will participate in the Gratitude Quilt this year it is simple to do and will make your heart happy when you see the love unfurl on Nov 27th. Instructions at the top of my blog, if I've already asked you I apologize for being annoying :-)

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  47. Back again. We had around 30 kids this year for Halloween, up a little from last year but still not what we use to have years ago. Of course here in town the downtown merchants host an event where the kids all go door to door and get candy in a safe environment. Popular costume for girls this year, Elsa from Frozen.
    What a nice visit you had with your son, I am so not a fan of "grits" though.
    Will check out #3 as I enjoy seeing new stuff.
    Don't have a phone that you can add apps to, just make calls.
    What a great post about your voting. I must say I've been (turned off) a little about voting in recent years due to bad experiences in my state with election results being changed until a certain party won. Plus our state is controlled by the larger population on the other side of the state so basically our votes really don't count.

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  48. I enjoyed this post very much as it gives so much insight into your life. It must be lovely to have your son come around and that you share interests. I wonder if there would be a bigger turnout at the voting venues in the UK if there were refreshments on hand? It's good to be proud of one's citizenship and ability to vote in a democratic system isn't it, Denise? Lovely statue in the grounds and an interesting fence that you feature.

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