Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Wednesday Medley: Road Tripping

It is Wednesday so time to join other "Medleyers" to answer Terri's questions revolving around a National Day.  Today's topic happens to be one of favorites.

Click HERE to join the discussion about road tripping.


NATIONAL ROAD TRIP DAY – Friday Before Memorial Day

National Road Trip Day - Friday Before Memorial Day

1.  Have you ever done a spur-of-the-moment road trip?  Where did it take you?
Interesting you should ask because my Monday blog post was about a spontaneous road trip to the historic town of Jefferson, Texas.
Read all about it HERE!
2.  If time and money wasn't an issue, what roads would you choose to travel and how long would you be gone?
Our first choice right now would be up the Blue Ridge Parkway into the northeastern states. 
Another trip on our bucket list is out west into Arizona and surrounding states. 
We would also love to go back to California and travel Hwy 1 along the coast and go up north from there.  Several weeks should take care of each of my dream road trips.
3.  When you go on a long road trip, what snacks and beverages do you take?
Our favorite snack for road trips is cheese and grapes.  We also take lots of nuts.  The only beverage we take is water, but Dick loves to stop for coffee along the way.
  Do you pack a picnic?
If we plan to travel straight thru to a destination then yes, we do pack a picnic to eat in the car.
 Does the back seat turn into a nest? 
You have evidently seen our back seat.
If it is just a short road trip, then no, the back seat stays neat and tidy other than the necessities.
However, if it is an extended trip like when we go to our son's home in Indiana for a couple weeks, we will have an overflowing back seat.  Neat but overflowing.  We have an Avalon so the trunk, though large is always full of luggage and stuff; the back seat holds our hanging clothes, chill bag and/or ice chest, camera, laptop, etc.  We truly look like the Clampetts!
4.  Please tell us about something interesting or strange you have seen on the side of the road.
Other than the occasional piece of furniture or someone's garbage I can't think of anything specific.
5.  Who does the driving when you head out in the car?  Do you stop in the rest areas along our Interstate highways when you have to use the facilities, or do you choose a fast-food restaurant or gas station instead?  Not TMI... inquiring minds want to know!
When we first strike out, Dick always drives.  When we do stop either at a truck stop or Interstate Rest Stop, I usually take over.  I do the majority of the driving on long trips.  We kid and say only one of us has to drive at a time that way.
6.  Please share something with us about your week so far.
My weekend in Dallas was so much fun.  I was able to see Granddaughter Ava Grace do an amazing job on an acting audition Saturday morning, and then ride out the terrible afternoon storms at home before going to the dance competition that afternoon and evening.  She and friend Chandler did so well.

Sunday, we celebrated Granddaughter Cassidy's upcoming 23rd birthday with lunch together before I started my 3-hour road trip home.

This week will consist of morning trips to the gym and then days spent on whatever projects I can find.
Friday night we plan to go to the Little Theater to see "Legally Blonde."
I am also reading a book I bought Sunday entitled "2 Chairs" by Bob Beaudine.  Bob spoke in church at Prestonwood Baptist Church about the book and I bought a copy for all three of the men in my family.  I decided to read it before Dick could get to it.
Bob stresses the importance of making one-on-one time with God every day.  Not study or meditation time, but a real sit-down, let's visit kind of meeting time.  I look forward to implementing this.
May you have a great rest of your week.

Monday, May 20, 2019

Sunday Trip to Jefferson

A few Sundays ago Dick suggested we take a road trip after church and lunch with friends.  He didn't have to ask twice.

We decided on the small town of Jefferson in East Texas, which is only an hour away.  It had been years since we had been there and really didn't remember anything about it.

Along the way we found this interesting sight.

We weren't sure of the significance of all the old bikes but assume there is an intriguing story there somewhere.

We also saw this relic of a school house.  We found the stonework of interest and later saw several homes in Jefferson made of the same material, so it must be a local stone.

A sign of desertion.  I hope that last piece of mail got picked up.

Little did we know that the re-enactment of The Andrews Raid was wrapping up that day.  Our late arrival had meant we missed the final battle.  We hoped the right side won.

I did learn something about this battle though.  Evidently, it was the Civil War's most gripping railroad story and took place aboard a live steam train and is called "The Train Battle of Port Jefferson."

We did get to see the dismantling of the two camps and enjoyed seeing some still in costume walking around the village.

The first attraction upon entering Jefferson from the south is the 

"1879 Howe Truss Lighted Bridge".  Of course we didn't get to see it lighted but I'm sure it is a sight at night when lite.

We parked near this bridge and started our walking tour through the old downtown and so enjoyed seeing the business district with its historic buildings.

The original County Courthouse is definitely a historical landmark.  The bikers were out on this gorgeous day.

The Main Street is lined with old buildings and because this is a tourist town, most still contain some sort of business although few were open on Sunday.

This store has served East Texas as a hardware Store and a General Store since the 1870's and the inside is still authentic.

This building with the flower garden balcony reminded us of New Orleans.  Wrought iron balconies are a common sight here in Jefferson also.

If we had not already eaten, this might have been temping.  It is an 1880's building and the history behind the Cornbread Sandwich can be found HERE.

The building which now contains the Jefferson Historical Society Museum was constructed in 1888 - 1890 as a Federal Courthouse and Post Office.

Jefferson is home to more state registered historic structures than anywhere else in Texas, many of which are also listed on The National Registry of Historic Places.

One of these is the The Excelsior House.  It has been in continuous operation longer than any other hotel in the whole state of Texas.  That says a lot.  If you like antiques and southern charm, this is the place for you. 

Right across the street is the Historic Jefferson Hotel.  It was built in 1851 but is currently closed for renovations.

Another historic building boasts the town's Golden Era Mural.

Evidently the Garden Club of Jefferson provided personal tours for the weekend, or just maybe a fancy mode of conveyance.

There is only a block that separates the business section from the residential.  This stature serves as the line of demarcation.

The Stearns Fountain was given to the City of Jefferson by the children of Jacob and Ernestine Sterne in 1912.  Cast of pure bronze, it is the statue of Hebe, the Greek goddess of youth.  It is still used as a water source for horses, cows, dogs, cats, and people.

On the right side corner of the fountain is the Carnegie Library.

Built in 1907, it is one of four libraries in Texas, from the original 34, to currently operate as a library.  Some early fascinating facts can be found HERE

The following pictures are of the many historic homes we were able to see from our self-guided tour.  I have learned since that there is so much more to see of Jefferson, and that calls for another road trip.

One must take care walking on the sidewalks because of the tree roots tearing up what appears to be very ancient concrete.  But, it was such a lovely walk.

The Schluter House is a lovely Colonial-style home and was built in 1856 by F. A. Schluter, who was one of the first six settlers in Jefferson.  This private residence sits atop a small hill at the end of a main street and overlooks one of the towns small parks.  There is also a Schluter Building on Main Street.

There are over 26 Bed & Breakfasts in Jefferson and each is unique.

We found the old walls and steps to some of the homes very interesting and doubt they see much use.  But oh the tales they could probably tell.

I hope you enjoyed seeing Jefferson, Texas as much as we did and I will let you know when we make a return trip.

Saturday, May 18, 2019

Saturday 9: Doris Day's Secret Love

This day finds me in Dallas with our daughter and her family.  I can't wait to see our youngest dance tonight in her solo competition.  She has done so well this year.

Doris Day was mine and America's favorite actress.  She lived a very productive life and I'm sure died a very gracious woman, just as she had lived.

Sam writes the questions around a popular song, and we answer them.  I hope you will hop over to her site and see how the other bloggers answered these nine questions.

Secret Love

Secret Love (1953)

Unfamiliar with this week's song. Hear it here.

Rest in peace, Doris Day (1922-2019)

1) In this song Doris admits she's spoken to the stars, "the way dreamers often do." Do you often daydream?

I don't think I'd call it daydreaming, but my mind will often take flight while I'm trying to go to sleep.  Not a good thing.

2) What's the last secret you kept? (It doesn't have to be romantic.)

It's still a secret!

3) While "Secret Love" was one of Miss Day's best-selling records, and the song won an Oscar, she did not perform it at the Academy Awards Ceremony. She said she was just too nervous to sing it live before an international television audience and an auditorium full of entertainment professionals. When did you last suffer an attack of nerves?

Probably our helicopter ride over the Grand Canyon.  The nerves didn't last long but I was a bit shaky to begin with.

4) Doris' well-publicized attack of Oscar stage fright was unexpected because she began her career as a band singer, performing before live audiences every night. But she reportedly did develop more phobias over the years, including a fear of flying. Is there anything that scares you now, as an adult, that didn't frighten you as a child?

Getting old?  No, I'm already there age wise, and it hasn't been scary at all.  I really can't think of anything that frightens me now.  I know Who holds my tomorrows.

 5) Doris Day made 39 movies between 1948 and 1968. She said one of her favorite things about film making was working with costume designers on her wardrobe. Do you enjoy shopping for clothes?

I can imagine how much fun that must have been for Doris Day.  She wore the most beautiful outfits in all of her movies.  No, I don't enjoy shopping for clothes.  When I shop, I much prefer online or the small boutiques rather than a large department store.

6) Doris confessed that when she had to lose weight for a role, she gave up ice cream. If we checked your freezer, would we find any ice cream?


7) In 1985 she hosted a cable show called Doris Day's Best Friends. She used the show as a platform to promote pet adoptions and animal welfare. Most of the guests were  celebrity friends who reportedly donated their salaries for appearing on the show to Doris' pet foundation. Did you more recently ask a friend for a favor, or perform a favor for a friend?

I most recently did some things for my sister who is also my best friend.  They weren't favors but things that needed to be done and I could do them.  Besides, I love doing things for her.

8) For more than 20 years, Doris co-owned the Cypress Inn in Carmel, CA. The Inn expects to continue on without her, and maintain the pet-friendly policies she introduced. Have you ever traveled with your dog or cat?

Before I had children, I used to take our Siamese cat with me when I visited my parents.  But, she hated the trip and I would have to sedate her to keep from killing her.

9) Random question: What's the last thing you complained about?

After downloading a particular security system on my new laptop, I got a notice that my own blog address was not secure and therefore a high risk.  I did complain about this sudden notice that my blog was an unsafe site to no avail.  So, I just unblocked it and so far my computer hasn't crashed.  It was just an over zealous scan I suppose.

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Wednesday Medley: Dad, Sisters, Cookies & Stockings?

Today would be our dad's 100th birthday.  He died in 1994 and not a day passes that we don't miss him.

Happy Heavenly Birthday Daddy!

For you pet lovers, I must show you Miss Ellie, my sister's gorgeous Persian Cat.

She is a very serious feline but loves to pose for the camera.

As far as National Days go, this is a really strange one.  Who wears stockings these days anyway?  But, Terri has come up with fun questions for us to answer and I hope you will join us.


National Nylon Stocking Day May 15

If you are interested in knowing more about this crazy national day, check out Terri's post


1.  Do you (men don't have to answer) ever wear stockings today?

Absolutely NOT!
2.  Terri can remember her mom wearing hose with the seam in the back.  Do you have any memories of those?

Yes, I remember my mother wearing stockings with seams and I wore them as well a few times.  I can recall how terribly difficult it was to get those seams straight on my skinny little legs, especially in the hot days of summer.  But did I ever feel grown up while wearing them.

FastDollFineVintage Vintage 1950s 50s 50's Pinup Pink Satin Nylon ...

We wore garter belt girdles back in the day to hold up our stockings.  I never needed a girdle back then, but that's what a young lady did regardless.

  During the war, when stockings were scarce, women would draw a line on their legs to simulate wearing stockings!  How far would you go to superficially fake something today?

I'm not exactly sure what you mean by this question, but I have had eyeliner tattooed on to fake the real thing.  I do remember my mother telling me about drawing the line on her leg to simulate hosiery when she couldn't afford a pair.  I suppose we all do certain things to enhance what is now lacking or slacking.
3.  Women actually rioted after WWII because Dupont couldn't keep up with the demand for nylon stockings!  Is there anything today you would riot for if the supply dried up (other than basic food and water needs)?

Gasoline!  I must be able to reach my family.  And what would I do without being able to take an occasional road trip?
4.  Pantyhose were first called Panty Legs.  I'm sure we all have worn pantyhose at one time or another (again, men don't have to answer). Do you still have a pair or three in a drawer?  Do you wear them?

I have worn a pair of pantyhose only once in the past two to three years or longer.  I still have a couple pair in my lingerie drawer, but they are probably dry rotted.
5.  This is also National Chocolate Chip Day.  Perhaps chocolate is something to riot for if we ran out?  Joe's favorite cookie is chocolate chip.  What is yours?

Neiman Marcus Cookie Being broken apart
I'm not a huge cookie fan but I do like an occasional Neiman Marcus Cookie if someone offers me one.  Click HERE for the recipe and history behind the cookie.

6.  Please share something with us about your week.
We had a wonderful Mother's Day weekend in South Louisiana which you can read about on my Monday blog post HERE.

Sister Time

On Monday I had a regular every 
6-month doctor visit in Baton Rouge.  Always grateful for another good report.

Today, Tuesday Dick and I are going to see the movie "Poms."

The rest of the week will be spent with routine matters.

On Saturday, I will drive to Dallas to see our youngest granddaughter, Ava Grace, dance in her solo competition.  It's time for some daughter/granddaughter together time.

Enjoy your week!