Thursday, November 11, 2010

Veterans Day

 I grabbed a few photos I have from my Mom and Dad's collection of old photos today to talk about Veteran's Day.  I don't like war.  I wish we didn't have wars in our current day.. or in all of our history.  But we do.  And most likely always will.  For the men who have served for our freedom....that service changed their lives forever.  For the ones that came back with their bodies physically unharmed, I am sure that most were  left with emotional scars that never healed.    My family members who served never talked about the wars...in front of me anyway.  So I know very little about their experiences.  The photo above is my Grandpa (mother's father) who served in World War I.
 This photo is my Dad with his Medic team.  He is man with his arms folded on the left.
 This is my Dad and my Uncle (his brother) during WWII.
 This was a photo of the 788th battalion.  I don't know why this photo is in with their photos.  It only had 788th on the back on the photo.    Look at those huge bombs in the corner.
 When I was a little girl I thought one of these ladies was my Mom.  I knew that she had gone to Seattle to work for Boeing when my Dad was overseas.  I later realized it was a postcard for the American Red Cross.

 My Dad with a friend that he met overseas that was from the same area he grew up in Missouri.
I have a lot of photos of people that I don't know who they were.  I sure wish that I had asked my parents when they were still living.  They do reflect a story about our history.  The clothing that was worn and the way photos were taken, etc.  I found a photo of a man wearing a gas mask.  Someday I may try and put them all together and see if I can find out a little more about them.
So...as much as I wish we did not have wars...I do appreciate the sacrifices that our men and women made for us.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Unusually Warm Weather Here In Missouri


Our weather here has been very strange for November this week.  Beautiful!   It has reached 70 degrees with a low of 48.  We have had our windows open and the fresh air feels wonderful.  I hope I will be able to get down to our Zoo to see the new baby giraffe that was born in September.  His name is Desi and he was 6 feet tall and weighed 136 pounds.  Male giraffes reach 16 to 18 feet so he stills has some growing to do.  Many of our fall colors are just now starting to glow.  Normally our peak time is the 3rd week of October.  I have an enormous amount of dusting to do the next couple of days with the windows open.  We have a lot of books on shelves that I only get around to dusting maybe every other year if I am lucky.  Bob took one off the shelve last weekend and I was reminded that I can't put it off any longer.  I hope I can get it all done in one day so that I can have a fun outdoor play day on Friday!

Monday, November 8, 2010

Holiday Shopping

This year I am getting an early start with my Holiday Shopping.  With two little grand daughters to buy for it is so much fun.  They are still at an age where they don't really understand the meaning of Christmas and I am not sure if Maddie even remembers last Christmas.  But right after Thanksgiving I plan on having the family over for a meal and a Christmas tree decoration Sunday.  I am thinking about trying to make some of those old fashioned tree decorations with Maddie like paper chains and cut out snowflakes.

I know she won't be able to use scissors or do much more than paste the chains together.  But maybe she will enjoy doing something fun with the tree.  I will have to give it some more thought.  I already know one dish I have been having a craving for that I hope to make.  Cheesecake.  Should I make regular served with fruit or pumpkin cheesecake.  Maybe both...

Clifford 1994 to 2009

Clifford   1994 to 2009
The Best Dog Ever