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Back Where I Come From – Day 30

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Back Where I Come From – Day 30

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This is the final day of the September Challenge – Back Where I Come From – Day 30.

I’d like to thank Suzanne for hosting this challenge for the 2nd year. I have enjoyed reading and answering the questions.

It is always fun to think back on our memories of growing up, and our hometown.

I hope everyone who visited here this past month, has enjoyed reading. Thank you so much!

Now, I’m already looking forward to next year’s challenge, and questions from Suzanne. πŸ™‚

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Β© 2017 BS

Back Where I Come From – Day 29

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Back Where I Come From – Day 29

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Thanks so much, Suzanne, for hosting this most interesting challenge for the month of September! πŸ™‚

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Question # 29

29. Does your hometown have a newspaper? Β Does it come out daily, bi-weekly, weekly, or some other frequency? Does your hometown have its own radio station?

My Answer:

We do have a hometown newspaper, called the Lubbock Avalanche Journal. It was founded in 1900, and is a daily. There used to be a morning and an evening edition, but then was only issued for the morning.Β  In 1997 they launched the digital newspaper, called LubbockOnline.com. So now we have a choice of how we read the newspaper.

We used to take the home delivery of the paper, but stopped a few years ago, as we get most local and national news from the TV.

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For radio stations, I saw a list someone made that said there are approximately 35 FM radio stations, and 14 AM stations here and the area. They cover all formats, from music, of all types, sports, news, and talk radio. I have my favorites, which are the oldies music stations, and the rock stations.

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Back Where I Come From – Day 26

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Back Where I Come From – Day 26

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Thank you, Suzanne, for hosting this wonderful challenge! It’s been fun to answer the questions. πŸ™‚

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Question # 26

26. Does your hometown experience all four seasons? If not, which ones does it skip over?

My Answer:

We have all 4 seasons here.

Summer time feels like the longest one, as it is very hot.

Winter time gets cold, and we get snow, but it doesn’t last very long.

Spring time seems short, as we have a few nice days, then we are hot again. Early spring we usually have sand storms.

Fall days are great, but again, they don’t last long. We go from a few wonderful days, then it gets too cold.

To explain about the winter days here, some may think it’s strange. We have some below freezing days, but then the next day will be nice and warm. It’s like a roller coaster around here during the winter. It can snow one day, then the next will be bar-be-que outdoors weather.

The spring is the same kind of strange. We’ll have just right temperatures, then it will turn freezing again, sometimes in the same day. This will happen with the sand storms, too. One will blow through, then be nice again, withing a few hours.

Awhile back, our weather people announced we had won some kind of award for the hardest weather of anywhere to forecast.

Needless to say, the weather is a main topic of conversation people talk about everywhere here. πŸ™‚

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Β© 2017 BS

Back Where I Come From – Day 25

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Back Where I Come From – Day 25

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Thanks for hosting the September Challenge, Suzanne!

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Question # 25

25. What is your hometown known for? In other words, what makes it special?

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My answer:

What makes my hometown of Lubbock TX special and known for, would be different for everyone you asked. Here’s a few that come to mind, for me.

  • Hometown of Buddy Holly, music legend. Buddy Holly Museum, statue, and gravesite
  • Cotton producing region
  • Ranching Heritage Center
  • Wine production
  • Friendly people
  • Texas Tech University (Red Raiders)
  • Prairie Dog Town
  • UFOs – Lubbock Lights…documented sightings

I’m know there are many more interesting things to see and do around here, but for me these are some of the highlights of our city.

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Β© 2017 BS

Back Where I Come From – Day 24

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Back Where I Come From – Day 24

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Thanks, Suzanne, for hosting the challenge this year! πŸ™‚

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Question # 24

24. Does your hometown have a website? Please share the link.

My Answer:

Here’s the link to the hometown newspaper, “Lubbock Avalanche Journal”.

http://lubbockonline.com/

Here is a link to some nice information about Lubbock: Visit Lubbock

http://www.visitlubbock.org/#

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Β© 2017 BS

Back Where I Come From – Day 23

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Back Where I Come From – Day 23

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Thanks for the questions, Suzanne! πŸ™‚

Question # 23

23.Β  Are you ever homesick for your hometown?

My Answer:

No, since we live here in our hometown. There have been times, though. We were away from our hometown for many years, and I would want to go back. Mostly because my extended family lived here. It was always exciting to get back into town, after being away.

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Β© 2017 BS

Back Where I Come From – Day 22

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Back Where I Come From – Day 22

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Thanks for all the questions this month, Suzanne!

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Question # 22

22. Did you have chores when you were a kid? What were they? What did you think about having chores? What was your least favorite chore? Is it still?

My Answer:

I don’t really remember doing many chores back then. I do remember one, which I didn’t like at all. That was floors. We had linoleum in the kitchen, and hardwood in the living room. My mom wanted those floors waxed, and when my sister and I were old enough we had to help do this. First on hands & knees, then we had an electric buffer machine. That machine was crazy! We couldn’t handle it very well, so it went all over the place with us trying to hang on. I loved the smell of the Johnson’s Floor Wax, but sure didn’t enjoy the chore of doing the floors. I still hate doing floors, and do it as little as possible, and never have waxed anything again.

I think we probably were supposed to keep our bedrooms uncluttered, but it wasn’t strictly adhered to. I was a slob then, and still am.

Now, I did love doing the dishes! It wasn’t an every day thing, but I liked doing them. You have your nice hot, soapy water, some neat washing brushes, sponges, and things, and I’d make a game out of it. I still like doing dishes by hand. We’ve had dishwashers before, but I don’t much like them. We haven’t had a working one in years, and I don’t miss it. I’ve joked with people that I’d do all their dishes, thousands of them, if they’d come do my floors once in awhile. I didn’t get anyone to agree to it, though.

I think we may have had to dust the furniture sometimes. We had a big old-fashioned, upright,piano (that nobody knew how to play), and I remember dusting it with furniture polish.

That’s all the chores I remember. πŸ™‚

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Β© 2017 BS

Back Where I Come From – Day 21

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Back Where I Come From – Day 21

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Thanks for hosting the September Challenge, Suzanne! πŸ™‚

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Question # 21

21. Were there any flowers growing in your yard back home? What kind? Were you or your parents good gardeners?

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My Answer:

We always had flowers growing in the front yard and the back yard. My mom was very good at growing things (not like me), so whatever she planted did real well. I can’t remember all the kinds that were out there, but I know there were beautiful irises and chrysanthemums, and carnations. Larkspurs, morning glories, and trumpet vines were some of my favorites that grew out there, too.

Wherever she went, she’d find some seeds from some plant or other, bring them home, and plant them. This was for flowers and trees.

There was a big garden area out back, with lots of tomatoes, carrots, peas, beans, okra, and sometimes corn. My dad did some organic gardening, and sometimes grew vegetables, and also flowers in bales of hay. Looked weird, but they did good. Well, I could name off pretty much any flower and vegetable, and it would be grown out there.

They didn’t have a rototiller, so had to do it all by shovel, to get the garden ready each year. One time my mom got my boyfriend (now husband) to dig it up. πŸ™‚

One year, right before a hard freeze, I went out there and gathered up all the still green tomatoes from the vines. We wrapped them in newspapers, put them in the cellar for the winter, and they ripened a little at a time. We had fresh tomatoes all winter long.

I sure wish I had a green thumb, but guess I didn’t inherit that bit of talent.

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Β© 2017 BS

Back Where I Come From – Day 20

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Back Where I Come From – Day 20

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Thanks for the September Challenge, Suzanne!

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Question # 20

20. Did you have a neighborhood park/playground? Β Did you play there?

My Answer:

We didn’t have any sort of park or playground in our neighborhood. We didn’t even have any playground equipment on the elementary school grounds. Mostly we just roamed around the area visiting friends. We rode our bikes all over the place. There was a place though, a couple of empty lots, where we made lots of dirt trails to ride our bikes on. All the kids used it. I think we called it something, but I forget what it was, maybe we just said we were going to the trails. πŸ™‚

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Back Where I Come From – Day 19

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Back Where I Come From – Day 19

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Thanks for hosting the challenge, Suzanne, and the interesting questions!

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Question # 19

19. Did you have any pets in your childhood home? If so, please tell me about them. If you have a photograph of any of your childhood pets, please share.

My Answer:

We always had a dog. There were a lot of them over the years, but we only had one at a time, I think.

We had parakeets a time or two, also.

We had the occasional gold fish. Then, after that one kept jumping out of his bowl all the time, I got scared of fish, so we didn’t have any more in the house. That started my fish phobia.

We couldn’t have cats, as my mom was afraid of them.

I have thought about writing up a post about each pet I’ve had over the years. I’m pretty sure I remember them all (and may have a photo of most, but will have to look for them). We’ll see if I do that someday. πŸ™‚

Here’s a photo of a couple of our (my) dogs.

Dusty

Stormy (and me)

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