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A Snowy Day in Georgia

Georgia has officially been declared as a state of emergency. My family and I have lived in the south for well over 20 years now and even though we’ve had snow here before, I can honestly say I’ve NEVER seen conditions get this bad.

I knew it wasn’t a good sign as I was driving into work this a.m. and the rain was freezing as it hit my windshield.

Stupid schools and businesses who didn’t take the weather warnings seriously! The problem started when everyone was sent home around the same time today, which was approximately 12 noon.

Sure, snow is pretty to look at but not to drive in! I’m just glad I listened to my instincts and sent my students home 2 hours earlier than everyone else. Come hell or high-water I wasn’t about to fall victim to black ice. Been there, done that…but that’s another story.

It’s after midnight now and there is still gridlock traffic on the interstate. Unfortunately kids have been stuck inside their school bus in this traffic for hours upon hours. No food, no bathroom breaks. What a nightmare it must be for them. Other kids are having to stay the night inside their schools.

I’m sure they’ll be a made for T.V. movie about this in the future.

The news has been reporting that people have abandoned their cars in order to seek shelter, that or they’ve run out of gas.  Most people they’ve seen walking are ‘not’ even dressed for this kind of weather.

As for me, once I arrived home safe and sound I grabbed my phone and shot this video just as the snow was starting to fall. Mind you, this isn’t something I would normally think to do. Yeah, I’ve posted a few videos in the past but it’s really not my thing. But I’m open to change. <big grin>

Luckily I was home way before the traffic gridlock that locked down the city started to happen. I’m so glad I listened to my gut and headed home hours before the college finally decided to close.  Then again…snow in Georgia is anything but normal.

I will never know what possessed me to take this video and then to post it on YouTube. Guess I was just in an exceptionally silly mood ~or~ maybe I was just giddy that I was home safe on this crazy snowy day in Georgia!

I have to end by sharing the running joke here in the south. It happens every time there is even the slightest hint we might get snow.  The joke is…”you better get to the store fast and stock up on bread, milk, and eggs or you’ll be S.O.L.” but in truth it’s really not a joke…I’ve lived to witness seeing shelves completely out of these items.

Randomly Rare Photo’s

Miss America 1924

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Helen Keller Meeting Charlie Chaplin

Phoebe Mozee (aka: Annie Oakley). Famed for her marksmanship by 12 years old, she once shot the ashes off of Kaiser Wihelm II’s cigarette at his invitation. When she outshot famed exhibition marksman Frank Butler, he fell in love with her and they married. They remained married the rest of their lives. (such a distinguished jawbone…I bet she was one tough cookie in her day)

Very Young Lucy Lucille Ball around 1930 (she was a beautiful young woman but I have the hardest time picturing her in this photo and not associating her as the whiney comedian from ‘I Love Lucy’. A sitcom my brother loved yet I despised!)

Two Victorian sideshow performers boxing – the fat man and the thin man. (This is just freaky)

Amy Johnson, English aviator 1903-1941 One of the first women to gain a pilot’s license, Johnson won fame when she flew solo from Britain to Australia in 1930. Her dangerous flight took 17 days. Later she flew solo to India and Japan and became the first woman to fly across the Atlantic East to West, she volunteered to fly for The Women’s Auxiliary Air Force in WW2, but her plane was shot down over the River Thames and she was killed.

Amelia Earhart

Prison Garb 1924. Belva Annan murderess whose trial records became the musical ” Chicago .”

Female photojournalist Jessie Tarbox on the street with her camera, 1900s.

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Roald Amundsen was the first person to reach the South Pole. At approximately 3pm on December 14, 1911, Amundsen raised the flag of Norway at the South Pole and named the spot Polheim — “Pole Home.”

John Fitzgerald Kennedy

Wedding day photograph of Abraham and Mary taken November 4, 1842 in Springfield , Illinois after three years of a stormy courtship and a broken engagement. Their love had endured. (I heard on the radio just the other day that Mary Lincoln could take an award for being a NAG! Goes to show what a patient man Lincoln must have been.)

Emily Todd was Mary Todd Lincoln’s half-sister. In 1856 she married Benjamin Helm, a Confederate general. After Helm’s death in 1863 Emily Helm passed through Union Lines to visit her sister in the White House. This caused great consternation in the Northern newspapers. Emily Helm took an oath of loyalty to the Union and was granted amnesty.

Leather gloves worn by Lincoln to Ford’s Theater on the night of his assassination. Blood stains are visible at the cuffs.

Billie Holiday at two years old, in 1917

Washington, D.C., circa 1919. ” Walter Reed Hospital flu ward.” One of the very few images in Washington-area photo archives documenting the influenza contagion of 1918-1919, which killed over 500,000 Americans and tens of millions around the globe. Most victims succumbed to bacterial pneumonia following influenza virus infection.

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Filming the MGM Logo

Bea Arthur (née Bernice Frankel) (1922-2009) SSgt. USMC 1943-45 WW II. Enlisted and assigned as typist at Marine HQ in Wash DC, then air stations in VA and NC. Best remembered for her title role in the TV series “Maude” and as Dorothy in “Golden Girls”. (and I care about this becuz?)

In 1911, Bobby Leach survived a plunge over Niagara Falls in a steel barrel. Fourteen years later, in New Zealand , he slipped on an orange peel and died.

Three days before his 19th birthday, George H.W. Bush became the youngest aviator in the US Navy.

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Market Street, San Francisco after the earthquake, 1906.

All-American Girls Baseball, 1940s

Sacajawea. Stolen, held captive, sold, eventually reunited the Shoshone Indians. She was an interpreter and guide for Lewis and Clark in 1805-1806 with her husband Toussaint Charbonneau. She navigated carrying her son, Jean Baptiste, on her back. She traveled thousands of miles from the Dakotas the Pacific Ocean . The explorers, said she was cheerful, never complained, and proved to be invaluable. She served as an advisor, caretaker, and is legendary for her perseverance and resourcefulness.

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A Confederate and Union soldier shake hands during a celebration at Gettysburg in 1913. Image from the Library of Congress. July 1-3, 2013 marks the 150th Anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg.

Vintage Baked Potato Cart. A legitimate fast food lunch option back in the day.

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Cyclists ride in the first running of the Tour de France, in 1903.

Sergeant Stubby (1916 or 1917 – April 4, 1926), was the most decorated war dog of World War I and the only dog to be promoted to sergeant through combat. America’s first war dog, Stubby, served 18 months ‘over there’ and participated in seventeen battles on the Western Front. He saved his regiment from surprise mustard gas attacks, found and comforted the wounded, and even once caught a German spy by the seat of his pants (holding him there till American Soldiers found him).

Nightwitches – Female Russian bombers who bombed Germany during WW2. They had old, noisy planes & the engines used to conk out halfway through their missions, so they had to climb out on the wings mid-flight to restart the props. To stop Germans from hearing them & starting up the anti aircraft guns, they’d climb to a certain height, coast down to German positions, drop their bombs, restart their engines in midair & get the hell out of dodge. Their leader flew 200+ missions & was never captured.

Chief Petty Officer Graham Jackson plays “Going Home” as FDR’s body is borne past in Warm Springs , GA , where the President was scheduled to attend a barbecue on the day he died. April, 1945.

Zelda Boden, circus performer, ca. 1910.

The extraordinary life of Maud Allen: Seductive US dancing girl who was sued for being too lewd, ousted as a lesbian, and fled London after being branded a German spy who was sleeping with the prime minister’s wife. (Now this one is interesting…I say ‘You Go Girl’! And where can I get a dress like that?)

Mae Questel ca. 1930’s, the voice of Betty Boop and Olive Oyl, Minnie Mouse, Felix the Cat (for three shorts by the Van Beuren Studios), Little Lulu, Little Audrey and Casper , the Friendly Ghost (would have loved to have met her)

Geraldine Doyle, who was the inspiration behind the famous Rosie the Riveter poster. (Would have loved to have met her too!)

Marilyn Monroe meets Queen Elizabeth II, London , 1956 Both women are 30 years old. (Undoubtedly Marilyn would have aged just as well as the Queen if not better)

Family Phone Trees

Today marks a turning point in the life of my family as we’ve known it.  With the loss of my last living brother on Canadian soil we will now have a phone tree in place for any future tragedies.

Facebook is no longer going to be the major from of communication when it comes to this type of news.

It’s amazing to me how this has happened. Facebook really can be a great tool for families facing trying times, especially when you have members that span the globe. But nothing really compares to the human touch of a real phone call. May this be a lesson to all of us.

The courtesy phone call has not lost it’s place! Don’t forget. Private groups can be set up to share updates with family trauma but the courtesy phone tree should ALWAYS come first.

10 Ways to Keep Your Home Safe While You’re Traveling

Great article provided by Houzz if you’re traveling this Holiday Season…or anytime you’re going to be away from home for that matter. 

 

Leaving for the holidays? Even if your trip prep list is a mile long, taking the time to go through a few extra steps to ensure that your house is well cared for can bring a lot of peace of mind. Installing a home security system may be the first thing you think of, but there are plenty of smaller steps you can take that are just as (or even more) effective in deterring theft.

Here are 10 things you can do to make sure that your home is safe and sound, and you can enjoy your trip without worry.

1. Tell neighbors you’ll be away. Even if you rarely speak with your neighbors, it is important to give them a heads-up when you are leaving town for a week or more. If you have a good relationship with a neighbor, consider leaving a copy of your key in case of emergency — or at least your contact info while you’re away and the phone number of someone locally who has a key.
Think twice, however, before sharing specific details about your trip on social media or through a blog. I know plenty of people do, and nothing comes of it, but file this under “Better safe than sorry.”

2. Use light timers and motion sensors. Giving the impression that your home is occupied is one of the surest ways to deter theft. Pick up a basic light timer at the hardware store and program your interior lights to flick on for several hours each evening — you can even set the TV to turn on as well.
If you don’t already have motion-sensitive lights outdoors (front, back and side), consider installing them before you leave. If you already have them, make sure the bulbs work before you go.

3. Hire a pet sitter or house sitter. Even better than creating the appearance of someone staying in the house is someone actually staying in the house. Hiring a pet sitter to stop by once or twice each day is a smart choice. Not only will your pet be happier at home than in a kennel, but your house will be looked after as well — most pet sitters will gladly bring in the mail and water a few plants.
No pets? Consider doing a swap with a friend or family member in the area — he or she watches your house this time, and you return the favor later on. Or hire a professional house sitter.

4. Lock up. It sounds almost too simple to mention. But really, it’s all too easy to forget to latch all of those less frequently used windows and doors in the rush to catch a plane. Write a big note and stick it near your car keys as a reminder to do a thorough lockup before leaving.

5. Secure sliding glass. Sliding glass windows and doors require special care to be really secure. Luckily the fix is a simple one; just cut a wooden pole or thick dowel to fit in the groove of the tracks when the door is shut, and lay it in before you leave. This won’t stop someone from shattering the glass, but it will make your home a less desirable target.

6. Keep up the appearance of routines. If you will be away for more than a week, see if one of your neighbors can bring your garbage and recycling bins out for you and back in the next day.
Also, don’t let mail pile up on the porch; have the postal service hold your mail for up to 30 days instead. You can fill out
the form online here, so you don’t even need to step foot in the post office during this busy time. Likewise for newspapers — contact your newspaper carrier to suspend service while you are away.

7. Keep trees and shrubs trimmed for visibility. Make it more difficult for someone to break in unnoticed by keeping trees and hedges trimmed back. Ideally, all windows and doors should be visible, with little room for a person to duck down and hide.

8. Keep that snow or lawn service coming. Not only will it be a relief to come home to a neatly shoveled path and tidy yard, but maintaining a normal level of care will help give your house a lived-in look while you are gone.

9. Move valuables away from windows. You may want to leave a few shades open, since it can look rather odd to see a house all closed up if that is not your norm. However, do be aware of what is visible from those open shades when someone is peering in from the outside. Laptops, flat-screen TVs and other pricey gear within reach of a window make an easy mark for a smash-and-grab-type burglar.

10. Ask someone to check in every now and then. If you don’t have a house sitter (or especially conscientious neighbors), ask someone you know to at least drive by every now and again to make sure everything is OK. Give this friend a key so he or she can toss any packages or flyers from your porch inside the door. Remember, even if you have the postal service hold your mail, you may still receive packages from other carriers.
And if you live in a cold area, it is wise to have a friend come by to flush toilets and run the faucets every now and again to check for and prevent freezing pipes.

Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel And Spa Easy Apple Crisp Recipe From Napa Rose

I saw this on the Disney blog and wanted to share it with you. Nothing makes it feel more like fall than the enticing smell of apple crisp, this is a great recipe to share.

Apple Crisp
Serves 6

Apple Filling
1 1/2 pounds crisp apples, such as Fuji or Braeburn
3 tablespoons unsalted butter
3/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
2 tablespoons Calvados (apple brandy)
2 teaspoons cornstarch

Crumble Topping
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup oats
1/4 cup chopped pecans
1/4 cup shredded coconut
3 tablespoons unsalted butter

For apple filling:

  1. Peel apples and cut into 1/4-inch dice. Set aside.
  2. Melt butter in a large sauté pan over medium heat; add sugar, and stir about 2 minutes or until sugar melts.
  3. Add diced apples, and cook about 3 minutes or until apples just begin to soften. Combine lemon juice, Calvados, and cornstarch in a small bowl; stir until cornstarch is dissolved.
  4. Add lemon juice mixture to the pan, and cook about 4 minutes, stirring, until juices thicken. Serve warm.

For crumble topping:

  1. Preheat oven to 350˚F.
  2. Combine flour, sugar, brown sugar, oats, pecans, and coconut in a large bowl; stir until well combined. In a microwave-safe bowl, melt butter. Slowly add melted butter to the bowl, stirring to incorporate.
  3. Pour mixture onto an un-greased cookie sheet, breaking up large clumps with your fingers. Bake 10 to 14 minutes, or until golden brown. Set aside to cool slightly; break up any remaining big pieces to achieve a crumbly consistency.

Each Anniversary is Another Milestone!

Recently my husband and I celebrated our 38th anniversary. We were both very young when we were married, I was only 17 and my husband was 18. The best advice given to me was from my soon to be mother-in-law. I’ll never forget her words…she said, “if you’re getting married with a back door policy then you have no business getting married.” Through all the ups and downs we’ve shared ~ having a back door policy was never an option. I’m so proud of the man I married. He has given me a love that I cherish everyday and I know without a shadow of doubt just how lucky I am. I just can’t help lovin that man of mine!!!
Most Hollywood couples don’t make it but somehow Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward managed to stay together. I don’t know whether or not it’s really true that he wrote the following letter to his wife on their wedding day…but does it really matter? It’s still a beautiful and profound message just the same. 
Paul Newman’s letter to his wife on their wedding day

“Happiness in marriage is not something that just happens. A good marriage must be created. In the Art of Marriage, the little things are the big things. It is never being too old to hold hands. It is remembering to say ‘I love you’ at least once a day. It is never going to sleep angry. It is at no time taking the other for granted; the courtship should not end with the honeymoon; it should continue through all the years. It is having a mutual sense of values and common objectives. It is standing together facing the world. It is forming a circle of love that gathers in the whole family. It is doing things for each other, not in the attitude of duty or sacrifice, but in the spirit of joy. It is speaking words of appreciation and demonstrating gratitude in thoughtful ways. It is not expecting the husband to wear a halo or the wife to have the wings of an angel. It is not looking for perfection in each other. It is cultivating flexibility, patience, understanding and a sense of humor. It is having the capacity to forgive and forget. It is giving each other an atmosphere in which each can grow. It is finding rooms for things of the spirit. It is a common search for the good and the beautiful. It is establishing a relationship in which the independence is equal, dependence is mutual and obligation is reciprocal. It is not only marrying the right partner, it is being the right partner.”

Sylvia~A Country Icon from the 80’s

I have close to 8000 songs uploaded on my computer and as I was listening to my iTunes today I heard one of my favorite songs by Sylvia Hutton, a country artist that was pretty big in the early 80’s. I was a HUGE fan of hers back in the day. In fact if it wasn’t for her and Alabama I may have never started listening to country music. She was the first female country star that I remember taking our family of 3 to see at the annual county fare in Salt Lake City, UT.

With the release of her second RCA album, JUST SYLVIA, the single NOBODY sold two million copies and was #1 on all country music charts.

“Nobody was a big hit all over the world. It was #1 Country Music Hit on 8/21/1982 and #15 hit on the Pop Chart at the same time.
Never My Love ~ a great song sung beautifully by Sylvia
Snapshot ~ another favorite tune from Sylvia.
Not familiar with this tune but Sylvia is gorgeous and talented!

Please join "Fans of Sylvia Hutton" on Facebook. Sylvia herself is in the group!

Here Comes That Rainy Day Feel’n

It’s been an extremely wet week here in Georgia, which promises to also be a wet 4th of July. I found some of these pix on pinterest and others from around the net. They are all here to express the joy of a summer rain fall and to serve as a reminder of how good it feels to play in the rain. There is joy, laughter, dance, and romance…everything to make you feel bubbly or butterflies…take your pick.

Disclaimer: Nothing here is intended to infringe on anyone’s copyright. Some pix contain a link-back to its original website. However I couldn’t always find the original sours. If you are the original owner and would like your photo removed, please send me a gentle email and it will be removed no questions asked.

Walking in the rainCopenhagen rain (by Frans Peter Verheyen)Dancing in the rainMagicA sad goodbye!Kiss me in the pouring rain♥Big StrideRainCute Rainy Day WeddingLong walks in the rain... ♥Don't rain on my paradeGreat picture!Glee

Tips on how to care for your skin

This is something I received in a newsletter. If I knew who the original author was I’d surely give them credit.

Our skin plays an important role in our health; it’s actually our body’s largest organ. Skin helps keep body temperature even, protects our organs and provides a pretty package for our body parts. Unfortunately much of the time we don’t take care of our skin the way we should, especially during the winter months, when skin can become dried out, itchy and uncomfortable. Here are some tips on keeping your skin healthy, feeling and looking great.

Exfoliating1. Exfoliate 2-3 times a week

Before stepping into the shower, brush your dry skin with your loofah, body brush or exfoliating gloves to help remove the loose skin and prepare your skin for the exfoliating process. Begin with the soles of your feet. working your way up your body. While in the shower, scrub your body in a circular motion with a natural exfoliate made from sea salt or sugar. You can purchase this, or make it yourself. When you reach the bikini area, don’t scrub too hard because the skin is very sensitive in this area. You can use a body brush to exfoliate your back and other hard-to-reach places. Be gentle on your face, particularly around your eyes and mouth, use an exfoliating product especially formulated for the face. Don’t forget about your hands and feet, you want them to look and feel soft and smooth too! Rinse your body with lukewarm water; follow by the coldest water you can stand.

Facial Hydrating2. Moisturize every day

After stepping out of the shower, apply a moisturizing body lotion all over. Make sure that its free of chemicals and dyes and if its scented make sure its from a natural source. Better yet, buy unscented and put a few drops of your favorite essential oil in it to personalize your scent. Keep the lotion out on your counter to encourage use whenever you feel you need it. If you’re worried about aesthetics, find a pretty decanter to keep it in.

Facial Cleansing3. Wash your face at night

All day long our face is exposed to dirt, toxins, and oils from the air, telephones, fingers, etc. Even if you don’t wear makeup, be kind to your face and wash it before bed. As we sleep our skin repairs itself, washing and moisturizing provides a perfect pallet for renewal. You will notice a difference in the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines just by making sure your face is clean at night.

drinking-water4. Drink plenty of water

Water is an essential part of eliminating toxins from your body, without enough of it toxins can build up in our skin causing breakouts and other skin problems.

5. Eat a healthy dietEating_Healthy

The old adage “you are what you eat” not only applies to our overall health and nutrition, but how our skin looks and feels as well. As the largest organ in the body, our skin can benefit from the good nutrition.

6. Exercise regularly

By increasing blood flow, exercise helps nourish skin cells and keep them vital. Blood carries oxygen and nutrients to working cells throughout the body, including the skin. In addition to providing oxygen, blood flow also helps carry away waste products, including free radicals, from working cells in the skin.

Spring is an eExercisingxcellent time of year to take a walk or a hike, smell the fresh air and take in all the colors as they bloom. Exercise will help to relax you and the fresh air will give you energy. Also, the rhythm and repetition of walking has a tranquilizing effect on your brain, and it decrease anxiety and improves sleep.

aroma therapy body scrub

ingredients

  • 2 C sea salt or granulated sugar DIY-brown-sugar-body-scrub
  • 1 C sweet almond oil, grape seed oil, coconut oil, or olive oil
  • 8 to 10 drops of your favorite essential oil

instructions

Add salts or sugar to a bowl and slowly begin stirring in the oil until mixture is smooth, but not goopy. (You may not need the full cup of oil.) Add essential oil and any other fun additions. Mix well, Spoon into a decorative container or jar with a tight fitting lid.

All I Need To Know I Learned From The Easter Bunny

 

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Don’t put all your eggs in one basket.

 

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Walk softly and carry a big carrot.

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Everyone needs a friend who is all ears.

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There’s no such thing as too much candy.

 

 

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All work and no play can make you a basket case.

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A cute little tail attracts a lot of attention.

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Everyone is entitled to a bad hare day.

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Let happy thoughts multiply Like rabbits.

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Some body parts should be floppy.

 

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Keep your paws off other people’s jellybeans.

 

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Good things come in small-sugarcoated packages.

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The grass is greener in someone else’s basket.

 

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An Easter bonnet can cover the wildest hare.

 

 

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To show your true colors, You have to come out of your shell.

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The best things in life Are still sweet and gooey. 

 

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