Jul 032015
 

1973

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the royal yacht brittania

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” hello ma’am! “

britannia

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it was july 4th 1973.

i had flown to upstate new york to visit my darling mother the week before.

she thought it would be fun to drive to kingston ontario on the 4th!  it was fairly near our village.

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we sauntered through the beautiful town.  had tea at a little place called “the wee blink bonnie.”

yes! THAT’S where i found the name for my little cottage that i would eventually own after bob died.

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we wound up at dusk with a lovely picnic lunch on a huge grassy bank by the great st. lawrence seaway.

people were starting to gather around us.  and yet there was a cool breeze and room for all.

i usually don’t enjoy great crowds.  but everyone was friendly and relaxed and it was lovely.

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suddenly on the near horizon a beautiful ship came into view.  blue and white with red trim.

it swooshed quietly and slowly through the waters.  little boats of all kinds circled gaily around it.

those probably couldn’t happen or wouldn’t even be allowed today.  the world has changed.

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its flag was waving merrily.  mother and i had no idea when we left that day that we would be seeing

a part of history!  even if it wasn’t our own!  and on the 4th of july yet!

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 queen elizabeth II and the duke of edinburgh . . . prince phillip . . . stood waving to all of us on shore . . .

just like this picture below.

X673 LP3D 27/07/1990 The Queen and Prince Philip review the QE2 from onboard the Britannia at Southampton.

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The Queen and Prince Philip review the QE2 from onboard the Britannia at Southampton.

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at one point she waved a little white handkerchief.  people cheered!  we joined in!  LOLOL!!!

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just think . . .  we would have been considered TRAITORS in an age past. HANGED!!! or SHOT!!!

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wars are so senseless really.  i think they’re all about ‘time’ in the end.  just a point in time.

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rev war

enemies finally become friends and supporters . . .  over and over it happens.

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all of our nations in this old world.  each with their own pride and flags.  and yet

we’re all just people too. simply people. we want to live and eat and sleep and love our children.

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so many wars that often result in steadfast friends later on!

how can that be?  but i’m so happy that it is. at least in the end . . . that way.

the flag

so you have to wonder what everybody had to die for! why can’t they just figure it out?

at least i wonder that. when will we all learn? not to hate?  but then i’m a pollyanna. i confess.

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i just want everybody to get along!  and don’t bother to tell me how silly that is old bean.  i already know!

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it’s far more complicated than how i see it. but in the end. the results usually seem the same.

and the passage of time has the answers.

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that magical night over the water . . . there were fireworks.

the most magnificent i’ve ever seen since!  mother and i sat there on our quilt in sweaters . . .

sipping white wine and eating cheese and crackers.  and it was a feast!  how i loved that lady.

how lucky i was to have her in my life.  to be my mother. to have this memory with her even now.

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we oohed and awwwed !!!

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over watercourtesy:marinemax.wordpress.com

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we found out later that queen elizabeth and prince phillip  were there to visit the tercentenary of kingston

and the centennial of the royal canadian mounted police.

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magicalcourtesy:universailhub.com

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it was a beautiful happy 4th of july for two americans who shared it with their old enemies!

LOLOL!

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happy fourth everybody!  have a wonderful safe and colorful holiday!!! keep your cool!!!

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til soon old bean.

til soon!

Jun 292015
 

 ”  i’d love to but i’m so busy!  “

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we’ve all heard it.  we’ve all said it.

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but i’ve discovered a lovely thing.

if you live long enough and stay healthy enough and then retire . . .

you don’t have to say it anymore!  unless you just want to be too busy!

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calm in your heart

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” our lives are frittered away by detail “

~ henry david thoreau

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if it was true in the 1800’s . . . how much more so today!

urban rush hour

urban rush hour

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 i  always worked under constant DEADLINES.

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what a strange word.  would we die if we didn’t meet the dead line? would we be dead?

  i always met the daily deadline. come hell or high water. sometimes working through lunch.

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i had no idea i was under such stress because i really loved my job.  my body itself had to tell me.

it raised my blood pressure to dangerous even life threatening levels.

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every day i made the deadline.  but at what cost? what cost to me? silly really.

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i’m so thankful to finally be retired.  i think of each of you still who are working those hours.

crazy hours. some like my dear cindi . . . who has no decent help at work right now.

and in her job . . . lives depend upon her BEING THERE and doing her job. and so she does.

  being a manager with the ultimate responsibility all on your own shoulders!

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then there is the busyness of commuting on a busy highway. the busyness of simply getting to the busyness

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TRAFFIC MM -- Traffic backed up all over the area this morning like this westbound traffic on Interstate 195 westbound. It was backed up onto the ramp from the South Shore Expressway and into Seekonk on 195 at 8 a.m. Heavy morning traffic all over the area for 9to5 blog

courtesy: unboxedthoughts.com

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i look at that now and don’t know how i did it for so long. a totally ridiculous way to live.

terrible for mankind AND the environment.  and yet i did it.

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all i knew was . . . i had to keep working.  to have any kind of retirement at all.

and jumping around from job to job was just not an option.

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it took me almost an hour just to get to work.  then the same back home.  horrible traffic.

twenty years of it!  the close calls.  the numbness of it. the constant construction it seemed.

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when did our lives become like that?  why do we allow it?  so we can buy more stuff?

a bigger house?  another new car? new furniture? a boat? bigger and better and more toys?

surely not!  i hope not!

 because the american way of always BUYING EVEN MORE STUFF is just not worth it old bean!

there is SO much more to life than that!

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HOWEVER

for most of us . . .  it’s simply our livelihood and we have to pay the bills. we have to live.

we have to pay for our children’s education . . . or we are paying for our own retirement as i did.

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but what about the down time? the time for you. the time to just be you and relax.

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what is your down time like?  do you even have any down time?  do your children?

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i worked once with a really neat lady.  i liked her very much. she was funny and smart and likable.

 she had two young sons.

she had them enrolled in everything under the sun.  they were going to something or other every single day.

every single weekend.  very busy.  not even counting all the school activities!

they both played an instrument.  they both were in many sports with constant practices and playoffs.

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all sportscourtesy:panamericanworld.com

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they were active in their church youth groups.  all wonderful activities in their own right. but . . .

they always ate on the run.  and she was their taxi driver as well as working full time.

i don’t know how she did it.  she once admitted to being “hyper ”  . . .  and said she got bored easily.

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one day her youngest son simply said to her

” mom. when am i gonna just get to stay home? “

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she laughed when she told me that and i laughed along with her to be friendly.

but on the inside . . . i was thinking . . .

how sad.

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there are SO MANY fascinating things to learn about and explore!  we never need to be bored.

so much fun just discovering simple things. and one of the best things to discover is oneself.

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i’m not sure if that can be done on the run!!!    unless you discover how tired you are!

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there should always be time to just chill.  and simply  remember that . . .

life is good.

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a beautiful day

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til soon old bean.

til soon.

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happy monday!

Jun 272015
 

you know how i love classic movies old bean.

and of course you recognize rogers and astaire!

telephonecourtesy:makingniceinthemidwest.com

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that’s a still from one of their movies.  a fun romp. just as they all were.

see that thing on the desk?

it’s a telephone! yup! with CORDS!   LOLOLOL!

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i’m not a fan of ALL musicals in the musical genre. i like many though.

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and i especially love his.  they make me feel good.  it’s the carefree elegance i love.

he carried that unassuming personal elegance into everything he did . . . until his dying day.

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an elegant old gentleman . . .  he died at the age of 88 with pneumonia.

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he had more grace and athletic ability than any one man should have.

such simple unaffected style . . .  right to the end.

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gentleman fredcourtesy:rubylane.com

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at the age above . . . i’ve read he had two favorite things for lunch every day.

a smoked turkey sandwich and a bowl of homemade vegetable soup!

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i like knowing that for some reason.

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but let’s turn back the clock.

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yes. elegant always.  almost english in his sensibilites.

he once said actually that he felt most at home in england. he loved it there.

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he and his sister adele were the darlings of the stage in london.

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adele astaire was known to be utterly charming. obviously beautiful. and with a very wickedly

naughty mouth!  she LOVED bawdy jokes. he adored her of course. and . . . the english loved her!

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 she married lord cavendish and lived happily there  . . . thus  breaking up the brother and sister act.

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sister adelecourtesy:rounddancing.net

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and so he became our famous favorite man in top hat and tails . . .

though in real life it is said he hated formal attire and considered those his “work clothes!”

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with rita

with rita

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with ginger

with ginger

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ultimate sophistication!

again with ginger

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and there were so many other lucky ladies of film that got to dance with him.

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later . . . a glorious movie in color with the enchanting audrey hepburn . . .  set in paris . . .

talk about elegance!

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funny face

funny face

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 in real life early in his career . . . he married a lovely lady not in the film industry.

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his first wife phyllis . . .  beloved by him for many years until her death from cancer.

phyllis had a little speech impediment.  she couldn’t pronounce her R’s.

she called him

fwed.

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it was endearing. to him and to all who knew her. she was his sweetheart.

and the mother of his children.

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wife and soncourtesy:thetimes.co.uk

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i dearly love ALL his movies. and many are favorites. especially those with ginger.

but . . .

one of my best favorites of his movies is holiday inn. with his friend bing crosby.

it’s always how i start the christmas season.  i put up my little tree. i pop some corn and

i sit entranced once again . . . at the holiday inn.

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astaire movie hi

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how wonderful that we can still see his grace and person . . . as real as if he were still here.

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he was a gentleman.

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manners today

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good bye dear fwed.  and thank you for all your hard work and grace. we love you.

  for just being fwed.

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fred gif

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til soon old bean.

til soon!

Jun 232015
 

OH MY GOSH!

does it get any more adorable than this?

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watch again and look at his feet!

LOLOL!

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oh little fellow . . . i love you!

and . . . you’re waking up your darling little sister!

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adorable ducklingcourtesy: content in a cottage … my friend rosemary’s wonderful blog!

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life is good.

even for tiny little wings and big feet!

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til soon old bean

til soon!

Jun 212015
 

daddy's hand

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you were stern.  i don’t remember you smiling all that much.

i was in total awe of you.  your strength.  your voice.  your respect.

i wanted to earn it at a very young age.

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i knew you better after you died.  because i became best friends with my mother… your wife.

she told me all about you.  she loved you so.

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and you loved all of us . . .  her . . . the marine . . . and me.

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you left such a huge hole when you died so young.

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the marine and i are both way older than you were then.

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i think you’d be pleased how we turned out.

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especially the marine.  he’s so much like you.

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we both learned to work hard.  to be honest with our words. to be loyal.

to ” buck up ” as you used to tell us!  that alone has served me well.

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perhaps you told us that so much because you knew you would have to leave early.

and we would need resilience and courage and a sense of inner strength.

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i’m glad i knew you for the short time we had. i had even a little longer than the marine.

i’m an old woman now.  well. the press calls my age old!  though i don’t feel it!

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but to me . . . you will always be the childhood name i called you . . .

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happy father’s day daddy!

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i miss you to this very day.  and on this day i wanted to honor your memory.

oh the talks we would have now that i’m an adult!  it would be such fun!

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thank you for being in my life.  every girl should have a daddy like you.

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til soon jim.

til soon!

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and to all my wonderful peanut readers . . .

if you have never read jim’s story yet and would like to . . .

it’s full of courage and proof of the man himself.  he’s worth knowing indeed.

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you’ll find him on the side bar of past posts  ‘ the good ones . . . jim reed ‘

i’m off to re~read it myself right now.

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AND

i wish all of you the best father’s day ever!

Jun 192015
 

this is a beautiful man.

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leo bcourtesy:prolificliving.com

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a fellow minimalist.  a father of six. a happy husband long standing.

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it’s simply a pleasure to know him.  to know OF him.

he almost looks like a teen ager doesn’t he?  he’s not.

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his blog is zen habits.

 i discovered it years ago when he had just started it.

now he has millions of followers of his writing . . . from all over the world.

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i’m sure many of you may already know him.

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he’s one of the most inspiring people you’ll ever meet.

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worth a visit!  especially if you’re feeling frazzled or wondering what your life has become . . .

if you’re over stressed and over worked and just looking for some peace.  and quiet.

even a little moment of it.  visit leo.

you can google it as zen habits.  or it’s on my side bar of friends.

only i would google it.  just type in zen habits.

and click on the words that say ‘start here’

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there are a handful of his very best posts at your fingertips!

and a perfect place to start.

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and final thoughts . . . by another wonderful leo.

the late doctor leo buscaglia.

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leo quote

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he also said this . . .

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a single rose

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til soon old bean!

til soon.

Jun 162015
 

poor little guy.  he’s movin’ to higher ground!!!

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his mama didn’t raise no fool !!!

going for higher groundcourtesy:imgion.com

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he probably lives in texas.  or oklahoma.

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thanks to a large tropical storm in the gulf right now . . . moving slowly . . .

we’re to get more heavy rains very soon.

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texas is already saturated from may’s rains.  and i suppose we are too.

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we were just finishing a horrible four year drought when all this started.

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it’s always feast or famine here on the prairie. harsh. excessive. unrelenting.

whatever the season.  tornadoes. straighline winds. hail. ice storms. extreme heat.

and now apparently

monsoons!

LOLOL!!!

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time to get our pioneer spirit in gear old bean.

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only.  i don’t really have any.  i just love the rain. always do.

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i have to be very quiet about it now though. people here are sick of it.

not me old bean.  i love it.

i grew up loving the rain.

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and thanks to some magnificent photographers who share their work . . .

just enjoy with me . . .  all these beautiful images of what i love.

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everybody needs a frog umbrella!  LOLOL!

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frog umbrellacourtesy:onextrapixel.com

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i’ve never cared for jewelry to wear.  who would when you can have these?

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www.allwallpapersfree.org

www.allwallpapersfree.org

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oh to be here on a day like this . . .

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magical!

trolley in raincourtesy:forum.rjeem.com jpg.339573

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aqua rain!

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aqua raincourtesy:pixhark.com

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golden rain!

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yup. that would be me.

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golden raincourtesy:onextrapixel.com

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dusk in the rain

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i love this picture. it has a timeless quality.

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the golden hour. car lights reflecting in the wet streets.

i’m walking there.

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dusk in raincourtesy:ishy26.deviantart.com

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cool evening rain . . .

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cool evening raincourtesy:sluphojo.up.com  khamil13

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as beautiful as any church’s stained glass window . . .

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give me nature.  every time.

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rain glasscourtesy:ice-nancy.com

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do you like haiku?

i do.

i like its simplicity.

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here’s my own homage to the rain.

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rain falling grey sky

sitting still like a buddha

rain inside my heart.

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chakra healingcourtesy:chakrahealing.com

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well. i’m so sorry for all the expected flooding. nothing is worse. sad. and dangerous.

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but

here in my dry and cozy little wren house in the tree tops. . .

think of me just still loving the rain.  life is good.

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til soon old bean.

til soon!

Jun 142015
 

i cannot tell a lie.

i’m a romantic.

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not a sentimentalist.  but a romantic.

or… if you prefer… romanticist.

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the camelot threecourtesy:always-On.blogspot.com

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and this old bean . . .

is one romantic movie.  the story itself is romance.

the movie is visually stunning in every sense of the word.

the musical score alone was worth the ticket.

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i came of age in the days of women’s lib.  and yet this movie came out in the midst of it.

and it was a winner.

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the film

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the handsome knight on the white charger.  the silver armor. the queen. the king. the round table.

oh!  what is not to love!

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her knight

her knight

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his lady

his ladycourtesy:netwerk24.com

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this film was made in 1967. starring vanessa redgrave. richard harris. and franco nero.

. . . from a broadway hit play with richard burton and julie andrews in 1960.

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the story of king arthur and queen guinevere and sir lancelot.

and the beginning of chivalry and the legendary round table.

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i had only been married to my own knight for just a short time.

it all resonated in this young bride’s heart!

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vanessa and franco were married to others.  but they fell deeply in love during filming.

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1967 --- Original caption: Vanessa Redgrave and Franco Nero in waterfall love scene from the movie Camelot. --- Image by © Bettmann/CORBIS

1967 — Original caption: Vanessa Redgrave and Franco Nero in waterfall love scene from the movie Camelot. — Image by © Bettmann/CORBIS

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they parted ways when the film ended.  years later . . .  they rekindled that love.

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and now.

they’re together again.  and living out their golden years in their very own camelot.

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and todaycourtesy:refinery.29.com

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age has not dulled the luster of this exquisite and passionate couple.

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i think they’re both even more beautiful now.

having each lived a rich full life . . . not exempt from personal tragedies and pain.

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real camelot

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the more recent film they made together . . .

‘ letters to juliet’ is also one of my favorites.

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if perchance you haven’t seen it  . . .  you should!

it’s absolutely charming.

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filmed in the gorgeous wine country of italy . . .

and it almost mirrors their own true life story!

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DF-08905courtesy:filmreviewonline.com

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and . . .

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LOLOL!!!

just so you know . . . .

francocourtesy:imgsoup.com

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i’m so glad it wasn’t too late for them.  or for any of us really.

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i’m no longer the young bride i was.

but in my heart i am.  we are what we are in our hearts.

and mine is missing my own knight even to this day.

and yet i’m very happy old bean!     life is good.

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AND . . . well . . .

i’ve just always loved mushy happy endings!

even if they belong to other people!

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til soon old bean.

til soon!

Jun 122015
 

 it was one of those years.

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i was seven.

my teeth were new and felt too big for my little face.

my legs were long.  i was taking ballet even then.

so i was a rather graceful small colt of a girl.

and very shy.

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canon streetcourtesy:uncovercolorado.com . . . canon city colorado today.

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we had moved from another state.  another promotion for my father. another new school for me.  and to make matters a bit harder . . . starting in mid year.

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but see that town?  those mountains surrounding it?    oh!  i fell in love at first sight!!!

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the colorado rockies.

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our beautiful neighborly attraction close by was the great royal gorge of colorado.

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royal gorge skydivecourtesy:royalgorgeskydive.com

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and the amazing feat of mankind who built the world’s highest or longest suspension bridge.

at least it was at that time. there are many others in the world now no doubt.

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can you imagine such a feat?

across such a deep chasm . . . with the river running below?

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the royal gorge

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washington elementary school today is pictured below.

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i liked a little boy named steve.   and gwyneth was my best friend.

and a girl named violet peed at her desk one day and made a huge ocean.

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poor little violet.

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hometown canon citycourtesy:hometowncanoncity.com

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every morning in assembly . . . before anyone went to class … the entire elementary school gathered in the auditorium.  we listened to the principal and were quiet good children.  then we said the pledge of allegiance.

then we all stood and sang the song that i still know by heart and love to sing . . .

” when it’s springtime in the rockies “

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we only lived there for another year.  half of second and all of my third grade year.

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but my new york grandmother . . . gram . . . loved it at first sight too. and bought herself a house there.

so for many summers we got to go back to the place i loved so much.

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those were the days when families only had one car.  at least ours did.  and daddy took it to work.

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i walked eleven and a half blocks four times a day. in ALL kinds of weather.  it was wonderful!

i lived just half a block under one mile. and that was the ‘cutoff’ for allowing you to eat lunch at school.

such an odd rule. yet nobody questioned it then.   i can’t see children doing that today! especially at seven years old and alone. of course now it’s not safe for many reasons.

i remember i got lost the first morning i walked it. my poor sense of direction started early! LOLOL.

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but i didn’t mind walking to school and then home to eat lunch and then back to school

and then finally back home at the end of the day!  it was an adventure.

 i passed a field with a scarecrow in it.  i remember being afraid to walk by it. so i would gather up my courage and run HARD and FAST past it. such a silly thing to think a scarecrow is real.  but little children think such things.  and i had to walk by it four times each day.

i’ve often thought that scare crow might have helped me to build the courage i’d need to face real scare crows in my life later on.

and i used to try to step on my shadow in the afternoons coming home! got there in no time that way!

did you know that you can never catch your shadow and step on it?  you just can’t old bean!

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 it’s the first time in my life i was in love with a PLACE.  and you know . . .

it’s very like being in love with a person!

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the source of heating then was coal and wood or propane. so the crisp mountain air had a smell like none other.  it’s not often i get to smell it. but every now and then on a very cold morning in the winter time . . .

. . . a fireplace wafts wood smoke into the air and it comes tumbling back.

and  just for a moment i’m there again.  in that valley. surrounded by the foothills of the great rocky mountains.

i loved it!  and that coal . . . bad as it was for the environment we know now. but then . . .

oh . . . i can still smell that wonderful scent of coal smoke mingled with wood fires.

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behind our house was a huge old half hollowed out cottonwood tree.  it was by a stream and many aspens.

i used to sit in that tree and listen to the leaves of the aspens all around that blew music into the wind.

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richard kingcourtesy:richardkingphoto.com

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that’s another sound i love to this very day. the sound that aspen leaves make when blowing in the wind.

whether they’re green or gold . . .

it always takes me back.

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to that small girl and that valley.

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til soon old bean.

til soon!