Monday, November 30, 2015

Random

I had to share this video...funniest one I've seen in a long time. You dog lovers are going to want to train your dog to do this!





Please enjoy this article about the cannabis farm just outside my little home town of Delavan, IL on acreage where my nephew farms. My nephew is the new manager of the facility, and his dad is my younger brother. Two of my nephews and many of the people from my home town were very involved in bringing the facility to the area, and it will mean some additional jobs. My son has also gone to work there as the heating and air conditioning manager. Pretty exciting possibilities in medicine.

Had a lovely Thanksgiving Day and weekend. Since the roof of the building is blue, I'll link in to Blue Monday with Sally and all.

Linda Kay


Friday, November 27, 2015

Friday at Wurstfest

In keeping with the Friday Fives..I have some entries to share with you today. Joining in with Willy Nilly Friday 5 and Five on Friday. Thanks for hosting, ladies.

1. The community of New Braunfels celebrates each year for two weekends and they call it Wurstfest. The town was originated by German families relocating to Texas, and the festival is all about the German heritage. However, one of the challenges each year is to find the craziest hat you can find to wear to the festival. All of these lovely people posed for me graciously.

We noshed on porkchops on a stick, potato pancakes and German chocolate cakes, while we enjoyed the Oompah band.
video

2. My daughter found this picture on Facebook, so she sent me the picture with her baby picture in the corner. She had such huge blue eyes, and still does, but the similarity to the other photo is too cute.

3. Here's a chuckle for you:

4. Imagine being a hunter in Colorado or other places north and coming home to find this in your driveway!

5. And here's one for all you "crafty" ladies out there with small children or grandchildren. Pretty clever.

That's it for my Friday post. Having fun with my friends in person and on Facebook. Have a fabulous weekend. Hope you had a blessed Thanksgiving.

Linda Kay

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Giving Thanks

Here's a chance to practice writing skills, my faithful readers, by joining me in posting a story with a picture for Wednesday Wit and Wisdom.  The challenge is to post a picture on your blog, then write a short story or a poem about the picture as a writing exercise. When your blog us ready, link up for others to read. Feel free to also add your picture and story to another link of your choice. The link up is on my WWW page here. This is #45!



It's Thanksgiving Day tomorrow. 

The turkey is roasting
Stuffed with dressing
Basted every hour
To keep the skin moist.

Corn casserole baking
And pies in the making
Potatoes and yams
To finish the feast.

It is a time to give thanks
For the bounty of food
While many are hungry
Even in our home towns.

Do a good deed
To show your gratitude
For all that you have
While others have none.

Now it's your turn. Have a blessed Thanksgiving Day, and while you offer thanks for our meal, be sure to pray for world peace and the safety of our troops who are not home for the Holidays.

Linda Kay

Monday, November 23, 2015

Lighthouse #7 - Franklin Light

On our lighthouse tour, we were able to see this lighthouse from the sea, not usually visible from anywhere on land. This is the Franklin Island Light.


If you click on the link there is more history from the earlier days of the lighthouse, and it would appear that life there was miserable for the keepers.

In 1933, the light on Franklin Island was converted to an automated acetylene gas apparatus, and the station was destaffed. All the structures on the island save the tower and oil house were burned. The fourth-order Fresnel lens was later removed from the lighthouse and placed on display at Coast Guard Station Boothbay Harbor.

Keeper Pottle would likely be pleased that his island home was transferred to the U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service in 1973 and is now Franklin Island National Wildlife Refuge, supporting nesting gulls, eiders, herons, and petrels. As such, the island is closed to the public during the nesting season that runs from April 1 to August 31.
Keepers:

  • Head: William Blaisdell (1849 - 1853), Peter Williams, Jr. (1853 - 1858), William Watts (1858 - 1861), J.W. Farrow (1861 - 1871), Charles A. Dolliver (1871 - 1883), Frank H. Whitney (1883 - 1888), George D. Pottle (1888 - 1900), Edward T. Spurling (1900 - 1911), Eugene N. Larrabee (1911), Almon Mitchell (1911 - at least 1912), Roscoe Chandler (1919 - 1924), George E. Woodward (1924 - 1926).
This is probably my last lighthouse post from our trip to Maine, so I will have to come up with something else for next Monday. Linking in today with Sally for Blue Monday.

Linda Kay

Friday, November 20, 2015

Friday, November 20 Already!

It's Friday already, and only a few more days to Thanksgiving. Here are some random thoughts for a Friday, linking to Willy Nilly Friday 5 and Five on Friday.

1. Polly got a hair cut and bath at the doggie spa. It made her so sleepy, she can hardly hold her eyes open!

2. This picture appeared somewhere of Peoria Lake (which is a lake near Peoria, IL formed from the waters of the Illinois River. Fall is so beautiful in Peoria.

3. If you follow me, you know I live in Texas. This appeared one day to demonstrate the size of Texas as compared to the countries in Europe.

4. We went to the theater this week to see Spectre, the new James Bond installment. I am not a huge fan of Daniel Craig as Jams Bond, would prefer Pierce Brosnan, but it was very exciting and entertaining. Love Ralph Feines.

5. Speaking of size, there is Dallas, Texas. This photo is of a major interchange of highways in Dallas. Let's just say, you never want to drive through this area during the rush hours.



Have a wonderful weekend, and stay off the major intersections in the big cities.

Linda Kay

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

The Slip



Here's a chance to practice writing skills, my faithful readers, by joining me in posting a story with a picture for Wednesday Wit and Wisdom.  The challenge is to post a picture on your blog, then write a short story or a poem about the picture as a writing exercise. When your blog us ready, link up for others to read. Feel free to also add your picture and story to another link of your choice. The link up is on my WWW page here. This is #44!


Petticoats
                We used to wear petticoats. Maybe we called them slips. Some were full body length with thin straps at the shoulders. With changes in fashion, we began to wear half-slips and felt so free to wear these under our skirts and dresses. The problem with the half-slip was the elastic. No matter how you put it on, it had to go over your head or up over the hips, stretching the elastic and weakening the waistline. Usually just one area of the elastic would begin to unravel. We lived with safety pins.
                Since I worked in banking, we were always dressed impeccably. Men wore suits and ties, and the women always wore a dress, skirt and blouse and those awful stockings. Pantyhose at least unburdened us from the garters, and there were no longer any seams to straighten on the back of the legs. Keep in mind, however, the pantyhose provided a slicker surface on which the half-slip resided.
                In my workplace area, a long walkway ran the distance of the elevators and the hallway to the women’s restroom on our floor. This walkway was visible from all the desks. Whether or not it was true, employees always felt all eyes were on them.
                On one particular day, a friend of mine made her way back from the women’s restroom to her desk, strolling the walkway. I am guessing her half-slip had seen its better day. The half-slip fell to the floor as she was walking. Without missing a step, she swooped down, picked up the slip and carried on as if nothing had happened. In today’s age of technology, a video of this performance would have gone viral. 

No it's your turn! Find a picture, write a story about the picture, and post it to your blog. Then link back here to share with others. It's a fun writing exercise for those of us who like to write. 

Linda Kay

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Tuesday Reminder

It's Tuesday! That means you have just one day to put together a blog post with a picture and a story for Wednesday Wit and Wisdom. I'd love to have you join this writing exercise.



Linda Kay

Monday, November 16, 2015

Lighthouse #6 - Dice Head Light

Happy Monday to you all. Today's Lighthouse installment is Dice Head Light. Linking to Blue Monday and Smiling Sally.


Click on the "history" tab on this one, and you will see that Jacob Shelburne was the first lighthouse keeper and he wrote this little poem.

I always rise before the sun
And up the winding stairs I run
Put out the light, when that is done
Another day is just begun.

So pass my time from day to day
While months and years do roll away
And when the evening doth return
Behold the lamps begin to burn

Both bright & clear
To show the vessels how to steer
And if they steer well to the right
They’ll clear the shoal above the light.

The light should be on the other side
Where the channel is both deep and wide
But some Castine men or ginus [genius] bright
Said we will petition for a light.

They owned the Head, the rocks and land
Is a fact we understand
That was the reason why they said
It shall be built on Dice’s Head


Have a great week!

Linda Kay

Friday, November 13, 2015

Friday at Random

I'm going to join in with the Friday memes today with an assortment of thoughts to share with you. Thanks to Willy Nilly Friday Five and Five on Friday.

1. Our Sunday School class wanted to do something special for a person in need, so we set out to take care of a yard that had overgrown and needed some serious trimming. 
Before
After

2. Hubby's shop building is under construction.


3. The following article was posted in my home town paper, the Delavan Times. I don't remember this building at all. The article is from November 23, 1882. 

"Mr. John Warne, the genial proprietor of the Delavan House, now has things running under a full head of steam and starts out with a good run of business. The Delavan House has been fitted up in good style with new furniture and other fixtures and Mr. Warne promises to keep the best caravansary that the town of Delavan ever had."
I had to look up the word 'caravansary'....it describes a hotel or inn. Such interesting use of words in 1882!
Another excerpt from the paper: "It is (Mr. Warne's) his aim to furnish his tables with the very best the market affords, and believing in the principle that money expended for the comfort and enjoyment of his patrons will be more than returned to him by the increasing patronage to the hotel, is determined to keep the house up as first-class in everything."

4. Found on the back of a tanker truck.  What do you think?


Not sure I'd be interested in "crude drivers".


5. This appeared on my Facebook feed this week, and I hope you enjoy. It takes a few minutes to play, but Josh Groban and Kelly Clarkson sing a duet from Phantom of the Opera: All I Ask of You. This will be on TV - PBS Channel in December. Gives me chills, so beautiful.
Have a fabulous weekend!

Linda Kay

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Reformation

Here's a chance to practice writing skills, my faithful readers, by joining me in posting a story with a picture for Wednesday Wit and Wisdom.  The challenge is to post a picture on your blog, then write a short story or a poem about the picture as a writing exercise. When your blog us ready, link up for others to read. Feel free to also add your picture and story to another link of your choice. The link up is on my WWW page here. This is #43!


Our church (Lutheran) recently celebrated Reformation Sunday...the 499th year since Martin Luther and supporters took a different direction from Rome.


Martin Luther also translated the Bible into German for his countrymen. My older brother, who is a Lutheran Minister, does Luther sermons dressed as Martin Luther may have dressed in his day. Many of these quotes are inspirational yet today:
  • Even if I knew that tomorrow the world would go to pieces, I would still plant my apple tree. Martin Luther
  • God writes the Gospel not in the Bible alone, but also on trees, and in the flowers and clouds and stars. Martin Luther
  • I have held many things in my hands, and I have lost them all; but whatever I have placed in God's hands, that I still possess. Martin Luther
  • Read more at http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/quotes/m/martinluth390009.html#kOWCBqp5rEkZAL35.99
It's your turn. We took this picture of the church in Whittenburg (Lutherstaad in Germany), where Luther's theses are on the wall, and he is buried there. Find a picture of meaning to you, write a story and post it on your blog...then come back and join in. I'd enjoy reading your thoughts.

Linda Kay

Monday, November 9, 2015

Lighthouse #5 - Marshall Point

I really hope you don't tire of lighthouse pictures. I love sharing these with you. My lighthouse for today is Marshall Point. Wikipedia has a good description of the lighthouse and its history. 

Remember we had a three hour boat tour to see lighthouses, so this one is from the sea.


This is the view from the house looking out at the lighthouse. Note that Wikipedia says the lighthouse was featured in Forrest Gump! Joining in with Sally today for Blue Monday....more water!


Do you have your Chocolates? What an actor...Tom Hanks. Be sure to see his new movie Bridge of Spies. It's well done. For those of us with vivid memories of the 60s and 70s..this is a must see.


Linda Kay

Friday, November 6, 2015

Lasagna for Dinner

My first dinner party in my new home! The table is set up for eight using a blue and yellow theme.

It was fun for me to use some cute little plates I found in a shop in Boerne. They look like china but are actually like the Melamine dishes used back in the 70s. 

If you are interested, I found the manufacturer, One Hundred Eighty Degrees, on Amazon under the kitchen supplies. The company is a gift wholesaler, but a list of the stores that carry it might be available. You can't access the company website without a tax ID#. The dishes come in a huge variety of designs, and the store in Boerne carries several of them.

For dinner, I found a new recipe in the grocery ad, of all places, for a wonderful lasagna. It was a huge hit, so here is the recipe.

Luscious Rosa Lasagna, serve 8, Prep Time 10 minutes, Cook time, 70 minutes.

Ingredients:
2 containers (15 oz ea.) ricotta cheese
2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese, divided
2 eggs
1 jar Bertolli Tomato & Basil Sauce
1 jar Bertolli Alfredo Sauce
12 uncooked lasagna noodles

Directions:
  • Preheat oven to 375. Combine ricotta cheese, mozzarella cheese, 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese and eggs in large bowl; set aside.
  • Combine Sauces in medium bowl.(with meat, see note below)
  • Spread 1 cup sauce mixture in 13 x 9 inch baking dish. Layer 4 uncooked lasagna noodles, then 1 cup sauce mixture and 1/2 of the ricotta mixture; repeat. Top with remaining 4 noodles, then sauce mixture and remaining 1/4 cup Parm. cheese.
  • Cover with aluminum foil and bake 1 hour. Remove foil and bake 10 minutes. Let stand 10 minutes (or more) before serving.
Tip: Try adding 1 lb cooked. crumbled ground beef or Italian sausage or 4 cups of your favorite cooked vegetables evenly divided between each layer.

The lasagna came out of the pan perfectly for serving and there were rave reviews. We served steamed broccoli and an apple fruit salad with the dinner.

For dessert we had a Marie Calendar Turtle Pie and Godiva White Chocolate Liqueur. Yummy and we were all stuffed.

Enjoy a wonderful weekend. We have plans to attend the Wurtzfest in New Braunfels tomorrow with friends.

Linda Kay

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Fog at Sea

Here's a chance to practice writing skills, my faithful readers, by joining me in posting a story with a picture for Wednesday Wit and Wisdom.  The challenge is to post a picture on your blog, then write a short story or a poem about the picture as a writing exercise. When your blog us ready, link up for others to read. Feel free to also add your picture and story to another link of your choice. The link up is on my WWW page here. This is #42!



Morning fog settled
No ships could sail forth today
Until it lifted.

Silence filled the air
Shrouding mysteries in boats
Waiting to move out.

Stories could be told
From each boat anchored there
Of sea adventures.

Today is quiet.
No yarns to spin adventure
Tales of days gone by.

What yarns can you spin? Got a picture with story? Join in with a writing exercise today. It's your turn!

Linda Kay


Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Trick or Treaters.

Halloween was fun. Just a couple of pictures to share with you....


Carson (right) and his friend Michael Mack (left) chose characters from Harry Potter. I lost count of the kiddos who came to my door, but I went through three large bags of candy before turning my lights out at 7:30. All very friendly and courteous kids, many accompanied by parents or other adults. So cute. The most popular costumes were "The Scream" mask or the Ninja Turtle outfits, or characters from "Frozen".

Linda Kay

Tuesday reminder

It's Tuesday! That means you have just one day to put together a blog post with a picture and a story for Wednesday Wit and Wisdom. I'd love to have you join this writing exercise.


Linda Kay

Monday, November 2, 2015

Lighthouse #4-Breakwater Light

One of the more unusual lighthouses in Maine is the Breakwater Light at Rockland Harbor.


Here's a short excerpt from the link above. Click on the link for more information on this very interesting and delightful lighthouse. Joining in today with Sally for Blue Monday.


The original plan for a short breakwater changed to two breakwaters, before ending up as a single, 7/8-mile-long, twenty-foot-wide breakwater completed on November 24, 1899. Severe storms that winter, however, showed that the breakwater needed to be taller, and a four-foot-tall cap, which included a forty-three-foot wide pad on its end for a lighthouse, was completed in 1901. Both the total cost of and the amount of stone needed for the breakwater greatly exceeded the 1856 estimates of $156,742 and 94,307 tons of granite. The final tallies were $880,093 and 768,774 tons.

Can you believe it's November? Did you survive the time change? Have a special Monday.

Linda Kay
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