Saturday, December 3, 2016

Stella and the Lizard

Stella is no stranger to lizards. There are plenty at her home in NC, but they are outside lizards.  Here in Florida they are apt to find their way inside. With that in mind I wanted to do an end run on the surprise and tell Stella about our 'good lizards'. I asked her to tell me when she saw one.

"Grandpa, I know where one is!" She said as she came running into my play-house.

So I caught it for her:
very small dude and very cooperative

She was hesitant at first but finally took the lizard.

Then she had Janie lie down and got her in the act. Janie did not mind the lizard.

She had to let her mommy and grandma see her hold and play with a lizard.  When we turned the little dude loose he stayed around for a little petting then ran off.

Then it was back to exploring our little back yard.  She is a climber, our Great grand Stella. I could not find a good angle for the shot.
On Friday Paw paw Mark, Sherece, Stella and Grandma Darnell  made a trip to 'Disney Springs'.  That area used to be 'Downtown Disney', name changed this year Imma thinking.  It is an area of shops and eating places and also some great places for kids and there is not entrance fee. There is random entertainment. That day it was the annual tree lighting.

They are due to head north soon.

Nite Shipslog

Luxury cars that time forgot.
Napier  1900-1924  British

Friday, December 2, 2016

When did you start your adult life?
I was a Marine, 17 years old. I thought I was adult enough to ask Sherry to marry me, and bless her heart she said yes. She was 18, working in a Hosiery Mill. Maybe I thought SHE was adult enough for both of us. LOL

 This year has been her 60th HS reunion and our 60th wedding anniversary.  We smile at each other and still say, “It has been a great ride.”  OH, but were we adults?  Not by a long shot, but we grew up together. In the beginning WE knew we needed a budget to make it work, so I found a cigar box, we sat down and made little envelopes and labeled them.  We vowed to TRY to stay within that budget.  We were adult enough to do that. LOL

This is two of our first friends after marriage. Marian and Dallas, from PA. (Then and now, still friends)

I read that today most marriages fail due to financial troubles. The couple rough periods in this marriage was never about finances. Usually my jealousy or stupidity was the root of the arguments.

WE budgeted for most of our lives.  Savings has always been part of our budget, no matter how small.  Even when we did not divide the weeks/month’s pay up in small envelopes we still knew we could not spend more than we earned.  WE have been a team, a good one. We spend now (She says jack SPENDs, and we both can laugh), but in remodeling she knows the receipts from Lowes are for the both of us.

I know there are readers out there older than I.  We all know that each year has 365(366) days, they are all the same length, but as we have aged they do seem to roll faster, sorta like a roll of toilet paper towards the end! I want to enjoy this life until the end of the roll and then use the core!!

Nite Shipslog

PS: There was a time I did not think about living to 60 years of age, much less being married over 60 years. WE have seen happy and unhappy marriages, and I understand them both. But I will never stop thinking how sweet it is to have made the right decision at 16. That is when I set my sights on Sherry Harris.

Friend Dallas had a green Olds about this year. He once changed the engine using vice grips, adjustable wrench and a screw driver. I wasn't that mechanical.

Thursday, December 1, 2016

WE have company

Grand loves Sherece and Luke brought Stella down for a couple days.  Their dad came over from Port Richey and brought Stella a bike to ride.  They went to see the Manatees at Blue Springs then over to Daytona for today.  Sherry had a big breakfast like she used to cook our family every morning. Then for supper she and I collaborated and made country style steak in gravy with real mashed potatoes and green beans.

WE cooked in the motor home (except her biscuits) BUT we did eat in OUR new house for supper. Breakfast was in the Motorhome.

For some reason I am beat, I cannot stay wake again, I think it is the fact that Sherry is getting older.  :-O  I did eat too much.

I am probably tired because I was assigned the job of baby sitting Kayla and Dalmatian (Dal) for short.  I had a diaper bag and all the trimmings. BUT I didn't have to change one diaper!

Life is good.  Stella came in excited, saying she  saw an Alligator at Blue Springs.

Thanks for stopping by the Shipslog.

Nite Shipslog

Luxury cars time forgot
Isotta 2

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

New York City

I once did a week of children's programs in NYC or Long Island?  Are they the same? At other times we drove thru NYC a couple times once by accident.  But the place scares and amazes me.

To regress, I was in Philadelphia, Something about the USN Intelligence Community (DIA) I was in an advisory position. I came back to the hotel early one day and my girl said, "WE have never been to NYC. You promised me once you would take me to New York City.  We are pretty close."

I said okay let's go. Not knowing a thing about BIG cities. We happened to arrive at the Holland Tunnel at 4:30 in the afternoon.  I had been around the world, but I was still a country boy. I AIN'T seen this many cars in my life.  Lines in the streets mean nothing. It is how many cars you can drive abreast. I had horns blow at me when I stopped at a red light, or when I ran the red light. It didn't make any difference.

I WAS FORCED into a road that said, "Stanton Island Ferry", I don't  want to go there! Somehow I got out of that line (NO GPS back then), my girl is sight seeing and I am seeing CARS, TRUCKS AND BUSES.

Is that the Empire State Building? 
 Where is the Statue of Liberty? etc.

 "I have no idea, but if I EVER get out of here, I will never return unless it is 2AM. There are horns blowing at me, men and boys wanting to wash my windshield, people wanting to cross the street, I stop!  HORNS BLOW!!!

Now I ask you.  Looking at this picture below, WHAT UNDER HEAVEN DO ALL THE PEOPLE IN THESE BUILDINGS DO?????????

When I was in NYC for the kids, someone else drove. It wasn't so bad. The kids were great. WE (me and the kids) had a ball.  No matter the program,  the kids want more and more. I used up a week’s programs the first night. I had to work to come up with more, but as always, with children it was great.

There were times, when I used chalk. I turned on the black lights to bring out the hidden picture, the kids would scream, jump up and down, brake dance (or break dance), one even stood on his head. NYC kids are crazy fun.  

Going to NYC? I suggest 2 or 3 AM. LOL

Nite Shipslog

At times the place looked like a yellow cab parking lot. I think half the cars in NYC are Yellow cabs.

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Flag and Feathers: F & F (I mentioned Stella and the feathers in another blog)

The morning we left Belmont to head south, I pulled the curtains at the windshield (our picture window) and I saw feathers all along the road in front. I KNEW what had happened my sweet friend, Mrs. Rhode Island Red, had met a car.  She was dead in the ditch.  I really felt bad for her. She did not understand cars, she just clucked and pecked.  It is her owners who bear the blame for not keeping her safe.  I know it was a feeling of freedom for the chicken, she wandered over the property of several of the neighbors.  Now she will lay eggs for no one.  I will miss her when we return. I had several talks with her, among them was advice about the road.
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Now to another thing. If you are an American, PLEASE, PLEASE DO NOT DISRESPECT OUR FLAG, or NATIONAL ANTHEM.  Too many people have died serving the country that the Flag and Song represents.  In the last many years EVERY person who wore a uniform has been a volunteer. IED’s do not differentiate between Black, White, Red or Yellow they kill and maim ALL COLORS.

Find some other way to protest.  I just read of a Petty Officer 2nd class in the USNR who refused to salute or stand at ‘colors’She knows there are regulations requiring her to honor the flag she serves. If my Navy does not back its regulations I will be VERY UPSET.

When an athlete refused to honor the flag that is his ‘ignorant’ (IMO) prerogative. I have some very deep feelings along this line, I have proudly stood with my hand over my heart for the flag and anthem since childhood.  I love that flag and my country with all its warts and faults. 

Race relations?  If you do not know that race relations have improved 500% since the 1930-40’s you were not raised during segregation.

 Sure we have prejudice in this country, but much less than many countries. NO ONE, NO PARTY no entity can ‘order personal feelings (no matter how ignorant).

FACT:  You cannot legislate morality.  

Nite Shipslog

                           Luxury cars time forgot
Lasalle, '27-40 GM

Monday, November 28, 2016

Uncle Irvin and 'Play Purties'

Growing up 'going to town' was always a treat. We lived in the country once but mostly in town. But the phrase 'We are going to town', meant someone was going downtown where the Dime Store, A&P, Western Auto, Sears or Penny's were.  There was no shopping centers, no 7/11 type stores.  In the country or outskirts there were small Grocery and General Stores.   

In our family there was a unique marriage. One of Mama's sisters had a son, Irvin O'Shields.  He married one of Daddy's Sisters, Bertha.  Irvin was my cousin and Bert was my aunt.  BUT it was always Uncle Irvin.  Uncle Irvin was a bigger than life man, I never met anyone who did not love the big red headed guy and Aunt Bert.  They were successful in their own right. Like many hard working entrepreneurs they were very successful, raising cattle and running a neat General store (Red’s Place) and service station.  
Me at the Wheel Bobby being cute in Mildred's 1948 ford convertible.

I cannot remember the name of the community, but it was outside Laurens, SC.  NO MEMBER OF OUR FAMILY refused a trip to Uncle Irvin’s. He would give you anything in the store!  At night he would shoot firecrackers for you by the hundreds. There were three first-cousins, Charles, Bobby and Mildred.  We were double kin. Bobby was my age and we actually looked alike. Mildred (called Sister) was Shirl’s buddy.  I got to spend a week with them several summers. What a treat.
 Bobby and me

Sherry and I stopped by ‘Red’s Place’ once in 1957 to visit, not long after we were married. (The O'Shields lived in the back of the store).  Uncle Irvin gave us $5, that was a lot of money almost a day’s wages.  

Bobby is the only alive now, we see him only at funerals.  He is a great guy and still at 77 years of age works 40+ hrs a week.

One of Irvin’s  lines: Jackie you go in the store and get you a ‘Play Purty’.  If you are not familiar with that term,  when I was growing up, that was a toy. Imma guessing that was s’posed to be ‘Play Pretty’.

I was in the USAF when Irvin died. I immediately went into the First Shirt’s office and asked for emergency leave. First SGT laughed, “Airman, no one gets emergency leave for an uncle, only immediate family qualifies.”

When I left his office he knew Irvin was immediate family and I had an emergency leave.  Do you have kin that is as close as immediate family?

Nite Shipslog


Cousin Charles was a sailor home on leave when he was killed in a wreck single car accident in his dad’s 48 Buick

When I see one of these I often think of Charles.

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Local Celebs and a Christmas Gift

Daily my girl looks at the hometown papers. She checks the local headlines and Obits in the Gazette and Observer.

"Lisa made the paper!" was Sherry's exclamation this morning as she browsed the headlines. That is Lisa of 'Life away from the Office Chair' Lisa.

Bloggers who read her blog have read the story.  She is seen  nationally, featured on 'Nutrisystem's advertisements.  She is a beautiful lady who lost weight thru the 'system' and had her families' support. I know hubby N is proud of her.


It is a strange thing about our gypsy lives, we have visited museums and sites thousands of miles away from home and have missed some locally, in Gastonia and Charlotte.  It is the same with Bloggers, we have met many of the wonderful folk we meet here in Bloggersville who live in Michigan, Wisconsin, Alabama, Texas, Tennessee, North Carolina and Kentucky.  Lisa lives in the town I was born in and I last lived permanently in the town she was born in, both ten miles apart. We have never met, but we must remedy that this spring. We don't know many celebrities, I need some bragging rights! 

On Lisa's blog awhile back she displayed a Shrug she had made. I heard my girl say, "I would love to have one of those!"  Since she NEVER asks for anything I could not resist.

Before I show Sherry's Christmas present let me say that I misunderstood Lisa's blog when she displayed the 'Shrug'. I thought she it was in her store, so I ordered one. She returned the e-mail saying it was not in the store, but she would gladly make one for Sherry.  WOW.

It is Sherry's Christmas present, and she has it early.  She and I sometimes exchange cards at Christmas and have a dinner out, that is about it. Always when I ask what she wants for Christmas I get, "Let's go to Red Lobster."
 This is much larger than I thought. It takes over $20 in yarn.
 Labor is probably close to 5-6 hours.
 Her stitch design is beautiful.
I noticed the postage on the package, Express mail cost was $10. 
Sherry Loves it. 
(Confidentially she never is happy with her pictures, but she is lovely, and yep, I am prejudiced, but she is)
Yes, we are still in the Motor home. We may move into our house soon. But for now, it is just as cozy as that Shrug.

Thanks for stopping by the Shipslog, I appreciate you taking the time.
Nite Shipslog

PS: Sherry also got a matching cap with the Shrug

Luxury Cars time forgot
 The Chrysler Imperial of the 1950's