Sunday, May 31, 2009

Mellow Yellow Monday -- Sunny blooms

MellowYellowMondayBadge Welcome to another week of Mellow Yellow Monday. What better way to start a week then with some sunny yellow post. While running my errands this week I happen to capture the following yellow blooms as I went about my business.

These yellow Zinna's in bright yellow pots on the walk in front of Lowes had me wishing i had an empty bed to plant them in.

I happen to notice this yellow posy decorating a large front porch.

This iron railing was guarding the first blooming roses of summer and yellow besides.

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Saturday, May 30, 2009

Color Carnival---- La Mesa

I recently discovered a new meme devoted to photographs of colorful items. While I need to be adding a new meme to my roster like I need to have the shingles. I could not resist because it seemed the best place to post some very colorful photo's that I took in a Mexican restaurant we visited while visiting my sister in Omaha recently. I hope that you enjoy them as much as I enjoyed being in this colorful place. And the food was excellent so it was a win win all the way around.

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Shadow Shot Sunday #54

Between computer problems, illness and vacation it has been a while since I have been able to post to Shadow Shot Sunday. I have sure missed everyone and hope that I will not be absent again for a while.

My shots for today were taken during my recent trip to Omaha to visit my sister. Her children's school just happen to be having their annual Fun and Field Day events during our visit and so we made time each day to visit my three niece's (ages 6-9 and 11) classes to observe their competition in every thing from water balloon tossing to doing the Hokey Pokey.

In the event you had a problem figuring out what made these shadows here is the source. The two differ types of basket ball hoops photographed from many different angles is the culprit. Bt the way the ladies in this shot include me (in pink), my sister (in shorts w/ back to camera) and my mother (between us) along with two of my niece's teachers.

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Round Robin Photo Challenge --- Growing

Growing is the theme for this weeks Round Robin Photo Challenge. I did not have to go any farther then my own yard to find plants in bloom. But, I would rather share with you my sister and brother-in-law's vegetable garden. They plant a garden that is larger then our whole yard. Anything in excess of what is needed for their own use is distributed to many lucky friends, family and needy in the area.

These shots were taken two weeks apart with the first taken two weeks ago and the others yesterday. Everything is definitely growing in this garden.

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Saturday Photo Hunters---- Books

This week the theme for Photo Hunters is Books. Now I could have chosen to discuss my love of reading. I might have provided a list of my all time favorite authors. I could have just shown you the inside of our public library. Instead, I decided to share with you one of the adventures we had during our recent vacation.

One of my sisters lives in Omaha which is the headquarters of Scholastic Books. Any parent certainly is familiar with the many programs Scholastic Books offer. Everything from reading awards, book clubs and school book fairs. This year our visit happened to coincide with Scholastic Books annual end of the school year book sale to clear out their warehouses of damaged or discontinued products. My sister works for Scholastic Books and gets a generous discount on the items they sell. We spent a very enjoyable afternoon browsing among the many books offered and came home with a box full of bargains.

The above photo is what remains of the box of books that the Old Salt and I purchased during our trip. June is a big month for birthdays in our family so I had already packed and mailed three boxes of books to our grandchildren celebrating birthdays before taking this picture. The remaining books are earmarked for special occasions through the end of the year.

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Thursday, May 28, 2009

Theme Thursday ---suitcase

We have returned from our vacation and I have hundreds of new snapshots. Now I just need the right time and place to use them. Regrettably, no were in all those shots or my archives was a photo of a suitcase. So I had to dig out the one I am writing about. I did a web search and found a copy of an original ad from 1951 that appears to be the same set that I owned. So I have included it as well.

Merriam Webster defines a train case as a small boxlike piece of luggage used especially for toilet articles. These cases were most popular between the 1920’s and the early 1950’s. Mine was made sometime around 1950 and is the sole survivor from what was once a four piece set of snow white, hard-sided luggage made by Samsonite.

As the daughter of an auctioneer, who ran several auction barns and resale shops, it was not unusual for a gift to have had a past life. My parents presented me with a gently used set of luggage, as my high school graduation gift. In 1964 luggage was a traditional graduation gift and my parents were nothing if not traditional, when they knew that others would make comparisons. The small fact that my gift was secondhand would, of course, never be revealed.

My lonely train case is now aged to a soft yellow and covered in scuffmarks. The once gold trim has long since worn away. It sits on the top shelf of my closet and holds what few keepsakes I have left from my youth.

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Saturday, May 16, 2009

See You Soon

Hello Everyone. We will be off line and enjoying our vacation for the next ten days.

Will resume regular posting on Wednesday May 27th.

Please take a minute and check out some of the older post that you may have missed while i am on vacation.

See ya soon.

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Theme Thursday ---Whoops

Welcome to and interesting theme for Theme Thursday. I believe that you will really enjoy visiting the other participates this week. I really had to go dig deep into my archives this week to come up with my entry. This picture was taken by my niece of my great-nephew. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.

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Thursday Photo Challenge --- Big

Welcome to the Thursday Photo Challenge. Todays theme is "Big." I had to go to my archives for my entries this week. First we have my nephew blowing the biggest bubble gum bubble at the county fair a few years ago. I believe that everyone will recognize my second photo. The tallest Monument in my area, The Gateway Arch in St. Louis. Last we have the life size statue of the once tallest man in the Guinness Book of World Records, Robert Wadlow of Alton, Ill.

The man in the picture is and average size relative, but he is internet shy so I promised to blank out his face. Robert Wadlow was a man who, to this day, is the tallest person in medical history for whom there is irrefutable evidence. He is often known as the "Alton Giant" because of his Alton, Illinois hometown.
Wadlow reached 8 feet 11.1 inches (2.72 m)[1][2] in height and weighed 490 pounds (220 kg) at his death.

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Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Ruby Tuesday---- Rusting away

Is rust a color and is that color part of the red family? I hope so because my subject for this Ruby Tuesday is some rusty old trailers that I found out on the edge of town. They are all parked in what must surely be the trailer grave yard for the business next door.

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Monday, May 11, 2009

Mellow Yellow Monday --- The Flag

MellowYellowMondayBadge Welcome to another edition of Mellow Yellow Monday.

The owner of this vehicle was an attractive grey haired man who appeared to be about fifty. We had a nice chat and this is what I learned about the paint job on this Jeep. The gentleman said that in his younger days he did a lot of auto racing but gave up the sport when he realized that the only way he would ever get the checkered flag was to buy one. Years later he reached the point where he could afford to satisfy an old desire. He had his Jeep painted to look like it had just raced through a checkered flag, ripping the flag and pressing it against the vehicle.

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Sunday, May 10, 2009

Shadow Shot Sunday # 51

Yesterday, I attended a graduation party and happened to get the following shadow shots as well.

In case you had a problem figuring out the above shadow here is the source.

These two young ladies are both forgein exchange students about to finish their school term and return to their homes. One is from Germany and the other from Denmark. We have sure enjoyed having them in the family for the last year.

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Photo Friday Challenge--- Wildlife

The photo Friday theme for May 8th was wildlife. I captured this little critter making breakfast of my hanging basket.

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