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Going to Granny’s (pt. 2)

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Going to Granny’s (pt. 2)

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I’m continuing my remembrances of the summer time visits to my Granny’s house. Part one is here

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These are just a couple:

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My Grand-dad was a big fan of horse racing. We didn’t have them here in our town, so he’d travel by bus to Ruidoso New Mexico, which I guess was the nearest track. I have no idea if he ever put down a bet, or won anything.

What I remember is him bringing home the paper racing form he’d gotten. He’d give it to me, because he knew I loved horses, too. Most times they were printed on pink paper – I don’t know why – and it showed the horses in each race, their name, and statistics.

I think that’s one reason I decided to make my own list of horse names. All the race horses had interesting names, I thought. Anyway, I made up a long list of my own made up horse names, and would sometimes use a real race horse’s name in my list, too.

I kept that list in my scrapbook, and blogged about it before. The list, along with some horse drawings by me can be found here

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When I wasn’t out playing with the neighborhood kids, I’d stay inside with Granny. Sometimes after lunch, she’d sit in the swivel rocking chair working crossword puzzles. She had books of them, a crossword dictionary, and also worked the ones in the daily newspapers. She had two pairs of glasses – one for regular seeing, and one for reading from, which she put on while working the puzzles. I thought that was neat that she had two pairs. I’m thinking I’d be reading a book or something while she was doing that.

A little later, she’d turn on the TV to watch her ‘stories’ – soap operas. The only one I remember, though there may have been more, was called, “The Doctors”.

I don’t remember if they had an air conditioner or not, but I do remember the front door and the back door would be open with only a screen door, so the breeze could come through the house.

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So … I made a separate list of all I could think of about these little remembrances of going to my Granny’s house in the summer time. There are quite a few, so I plan on sharing a couple on here each day, until I run out. 🙂

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Thanks for visiting! Peace ☮️

© 2019 BS

Back in Town

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Back in Town

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Well, we are back at home, here in town, after our little vacation. It’s fun to go places, but nice to be back home to our regular day to day stuff. Today is a chill out day, getting unpacked, doing laundry, giving Cricket lots of petting and attention, because she’s glad we’re back.

Spent Saturday, through Wednesday in Kansas City, Missouri, visiting our daughter, son-in-law, and grandson. We were busy doing fun things, and going places the whole time.

Family fun included lots of laughing, hugging, talking, & eating, cooking out steaks, and also playing with and petting Maynard Wayne, their dog, and Floyd, their cat.

We played lots of video games, and several actual board games, including our annual traditional Scrabble board game. I made the huge score of 90, and lost! haha

For sightseeing, we went to the zoo, aquarium, and the National WW1 Museum and Memorial. We also went up to the top of the tower, where we could walk around the top looking at a 360 degree view of Kansas City.

  

Interesting tidbits…We got drenched with buckets of rain as we left the zoo, and were actually pleasantly refreshed after it being so hot and humid. … I saw an opossum in the yard, and watched lots of fireflies (which we don’t have here), so that was all fun. At the aquarium I wasn’t too  scared of the fish, except once when I thought the fish were coming out at me, so I screamed a little. We also got to pet some stingrays as they glided by. Amazing creatures!

Anyway, we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves, and I’m sure I’ll be posting a few more photos here and there when different challenges come up where I can use them, like lots of different flowers, and animals.

Being that there were lots of weather & maintenance delays at the airports, going there and coming back home, we had to stay over an extra day, which was a bonus. They’d taken us to the airport, then had to come back to get us, after we found out we’d not be able to leave until the next day, or spend overnight in the Houston airport. We went back to the house, of course. Then, when we went back to the airport on Wednesday morning, my grandson told us, good-bye…maybe! haha 🙂

Hope you liked hearing about my little get-away. Now, back to normal around here.

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Thanks for visiting! Peace ☮️

© 2018 BS

 

 

RANDOM POST # 10 – DIRTY LAUNDRY

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RANDOM POST # 10 – DIRTY LAUNDRY

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Well, here I am again with the continuing list of jobs I’ve had in the past.

This one was at a laundry service company called “National Linen Service”. It was here in town, and was in the 70s.

My job was in the office, processing invoices, using a calculator to add up totals, things like that. In the back was where they did the massive amounts of laundry, both private, and commercial. There were huge machines that washed, dried, and ironed all kinds of linens, like sheets. Well, I can’t remember what all they did, but I would think hospitals, hotels/motels, restaurants, and all would send in their dirty laundry to be done. I didn’t go back there often.

I worked there awhile, and kept getting into trouble. It wasn’t my fault, I promise! Week after week, when the totals on the invoices would not balance, or come out right, I’d get blamed. Finally, they had the calculator (it was a huge one, not a small hand-held one) checked out. Turns out something was askew in the innards of the thing, so it wouldn’t add/subtract right at all. So, they got it fixed or got another machine, I don’t remember. What I do remember is I got no apology, whatsoever, about it.

I never did get fired from this job, but I did just up and quit. Well, I never told them I was quitting, either. I just never showed up again. In fact, my husband, another couple, and I all went down to Juarez Mexico for a vacation. We had a wonderful time. When we got back, I think I got a letter or phone call, not sure which, from the company asking for their key back. I think it was a key to the desk drawer? After awhile, I finally took it back, but I made them wait for it. Still no thank you or apologies. Oh well…

The only other thing I remember about this job was that it was around Easter time, and everyone at work was eating chocolate candy rabbits. I ate so many of them I never wanted to eat one ever again!

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© 2017 BS

*photo found on Pixabay

 

FAST FOOD FLY IN

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Hey everyone! I just got back last night from a week’s vacation, and I think I’m still a bit jet lagged, or something. I was in the foreign climes of Missouri. Yep, it was wonderful seeing all the greenery of the tall trees and plants there. It is always quite a change from dry, dusty west Texas. We love it!

Can’t seem to get my thinking cap on today, to write something new, so thought y’all might enjoy reading this. It is the very first post I ever did on my very first blog. (not counting the ranting ones about ‘how do you do this blog stuff, anyway!’. So, here ya go…and I will be back to normal soon…or at least my version of normal! 😉

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FAST FOOD FLY IN

It just occured to me that I own a fast food franchise.   It is open 24/7, but most of my customers show up for their meals early in the morning and late afternoon.   It is a specialized type of business, being that my clientel do not walk in or drive up to the take-out window.   They all fly in for their fast food.   This is convenient for them, as they are always in a hurry.   There is no landing strip or runways or beacon lights, but they are able to hover at will.    They are not picky about the menu, as there is only one item offered daily.    They will get a bit testy and give me dirty looks if the food is late in being served.   They will peer into the windows or sit on the fence surrounding the business and discuss amongst themselves the situation and what to do about it.   I can hear them…..I know they are planning a revolt.    I do try to keep food in stock, but occasionally will run out and have to make a run to the supplier for more.

Most of my customers run in gangs. They are gang members.   For the most part they come in separately, but once in awhile two or more gangs will meet up in the parking lot.   There is occasional squabbling, poking, loud insults, chases, shoving, and even standing upon one another in their bid for the best place at the table.   Sometimes it is the larger gang members dressed in their gray uniforms that win the rumble.   Other times it will be the smaller stature, brown uniformed ones that will claim victory.   The losers will retreat for awhile, regrouping and making another charge.   There is another gang from down the way that will occasionally come to mount a seige against the regulars.   This is the even larger, noiser gang who are dressed all in black.   When they show up everyone else gives way, retreating to a safe distance.  No one wants to accept their challenge.   They don’t stay long, just taking what food they want and are back on the streets and in the air looking for more places to conquor.

A couple of times a year the mama’s and the papa’s will bring their young ones to the fast food free for all.   They are very good at instructing the little ones in how to act when out in public.  They feed them at first, but then must learn to feed themselves.    They learn fast how to eat on their own, and also to watch out for trouble, which can come at any time.   In time these small ones will be bringing their own offspring to my fast food joint.

I do not charge for the food, at least in the normal way of paying.   All I ask is that they entertain me….and they certainly do that.   Through all the seasons, I enjoy watching the dynamics and antics of my feathered friends!

My franchise is my bird feeder in the back yard!

Thank you to all the doves, sparrows, and grackles, plus all the other kinds of birds I see daily and enjoy watching!

Peace, Love, & Tweets!

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10/10/13 © BS

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© 2016 BS

DEAR DIARY … JULY 12, 1961

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DEAR DIARY … JULY 12, 1961

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Dear Diary,

We came home.

I went to bed.

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We had a wonderful trip/vacation to visit our relatives in Boise, Idaho. I don’t really remember the travelling coming back home, except the last little bit, or the last few miles. I remember it was night time when we got back to Texas. We had fun, but there is just some kind of feeling you get when you get close to home. I don’t know if it is this way for others, but I’ve always been aware of what they call Texas Pride.

It doesn’t matter where you’d been, or for how long you were away, but the moment you cross into Texas, you get this surge of, I don’t know…relief…maybe, that you’re back where you belong. Anyway, it was dark night, the stars were shining brilliantly, and we were going down the highway, singing all the songs about Texas that we could think of. Then, as we got closer to our home town, we could see the city lights spread out in front of us. Such a wonderful feeling.

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DEAR DIARY … JULY 6 & 7, 1961

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DEAR DIARY …JULY 6 & 7, 1961

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Dear Diary,

I played.

We ate outside.

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I played.

We ate outside.

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Well, looks like I wrote the same thing both days. I’m sure we had fun playing, but I wish I’d written what it was. And, I don’t remember eating outside, but guess we did. I do remember one thing we ate while we were at one of my aunt’s houses (there were two sets of aunts, uncles, and cousins living in Boise, Idaho). What we were served for breakfast was a cantelope melon. Now, I’d had this before, but not like this time. My aunt just cut several of them in half, giving each person their own half to scoop out the melon pieces, and they did not peel it. Before, I’d always had them peeled and cut into slices. Also, I think this was the first time I’d had one for the breakfast meal. We’d only had them as a dessert after supper. So, this was an entirely new experience, for me…and I loved it!

I did try to look at my old VHS family movie films…but for some reason the VCR wouldn’t work. I was going to take a screen shot of something to add on here, but… maybe I can figure out how to play it later on.

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DEAR DIARY … JULY 2, 1961

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DEAR DIARY … JULY 2, 1961

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Dear Diary,

We went through some towns.

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Well…yes, we did. Some towns. Evidently my uncle got back with another car, and we continued the trip. I didn’t write what towns we went through, but I do remember some highlights from on the road. Guess I was too busy looking at the sights to write much. Let’s see…from Texas, going toward Idaho, I know we went through New Mexico, Colorado, and Utah. I do have some old movie films from the trip (now on VHS) so I should watch them to refresh my memory of the things we saw, and where we stopped. I’ll do that, but leave you with one funny episode. Can’t remember which town in NM it was, but we stopped at a funny looking restaurant…it was shaped like an igloo! What was funny was it advertised their special as hot chili 🙂 We all had a good laugh over that one.

Stay tuned here, for more travelling fun!

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