Wednesday, February 24, 2010

A Flower from Afar... More Sonny

When you have a problem my belief that the world has some great folks in it, comes alive. Friends here and from the internet have expressed their sympathy. We apprecdiate them and especially yor attitudes. Wonderful and feeling they were. Again THANKS SO VERY MUCH.

(Photo taken at Aunt Nee's BD party. I snatched this from Glenda's facebook via Vickies I think, mine didn't do great!)

Glenda Hulbert, Harry Conrad, Eileen Conrad, Claude Pinder, David Luke (down front), Irma Lee Pinder, with Juanelle Conrad Blyler above her.Vickie Conrad, Mary Conrad Gilbert and Irma Conrad Brumfield, lower right.

(Missing Kenneth, the daddy rabbit, Kenny, Robert and Lil.) What a Family!

Yesterday Shirl called and said come and see this beautiful flower. Glenda, from Okee, my speaking rep for the Conrad family, had sent a beautiful plant in memory of Sonny. We have never had a plant with a plaited trunk, this is pretty. Thanks Glenda and all the Conrads.

(This is the Birthday girl a week or so ago, Irma Lee Pinder aka aunt Nee)(90)

I have mentioned this family many times, other than my family and kin we feel closer to them. They are real Missouri folks. A farm family of loving, caring and sharing people.

(Irma's little sister, Eileen Pinder Conrad, the Mama Rabbit of the Conrad Clan)
I learned a lot from the daddy rabbit of the clan, Kenneth Conrad. While living in Missouri. Today the memory of his wonderful life and family has been stolen by Alzheimer’s. His beautiful wife is missing that part of him. The family is joining hands and working like a team. God bless ‘em all. That is one tough bunch.

Sherry and Shirl displaying the Flower we recieved.

I am sure I will get off the subject of Sonny in a while, but for now he is fresh on my mind. We shared a trip to Pike’s Peak. We went up into the St. Louis Arch, stood at Wild Bill Hickok and Calamity Jane’s graves together. Went into the last house that Pa Ingals built, and climbed to the top of the little rise where the little house on the prairie sat. We stood under the cotton woods that Pa had planted.

We walked down into the Badlands. We got lost together in Wall Drug . We stopped to shed a tear at the site of the Oklahoma City Bombing. We shared our thoughts of the Alamo (Where Sonny argued with the museum personnel about why we couldn’t take a picture inside. LOL) Then we went to the River walk there in San Antonio. We saw the Petrified Forest and some big meteor crater close by there. Ahh, and Yosemite together. Oh yes, we went to the Devil’s tower together, Sonny refused to try to climb it. Of all the places we shared, probably the Grand Canyon was the most impressive. He and Colette loved it.

Yes, we went and enjoyed some great parts of this great country. Oh, yes, we saw Niagara Falls and on to Nova Scotia and the Bay of Fundy. There was the Mayflower at Plymouth and the Great Cape Cod Bay.
Enough, thanks for sharing my ramblings,
Nite Shipslog
PS: Speaking of the River Walk.

There's this blonde out for a walk. She comes to a river and sees another blonde on the opposite bank 'Yoo-hoo!' she shouts, 'How can I get to the other side?'
The second blonde looks up the river then down the river and shouts back, 'You ARE on the other side.'


Lucy said...

Beautiful flower. Sonny is really remembered with love and that is so important. We all need some time at this time to remember happy times. To the entire family, my sympathies. Makes us feel our own mortality.

Glenda said...

you know what was so cool, after Jackie, Jr gave
me an address for Shirl, I yellow paged the Florists -- my first call got a guy named Ronnie who was so nice -- he said "I know Jack & Sherry, I bought a tractor from him, great guy";
"YEP, you're the BEST." There is a world of people whose lives have been touched in a positive way by having met you two; either face
to face, walking up a trail, or thru the journal.

Shirl 72 said...

The flower looks beautiful, and I know Sonny
would approve. It will go in my Garden where
the beauty will be admired everyday. I have
a memorial live plant for Jim and one for Kat and now Sonny. They will live on in our hearts.
The plants will remind us of their beautiful life.


Paula said...

Did you know they drain the river at the riverwalk once a year to clean out all the "stuff" that gets thrown or dropped in the river through out the year? They did it recently and it may still be drained, not sure how long it takes.

That corgi :) said...

that is a beautiful colorful plant. I think it is good to share memories of Sonny, Jack. He will be missed and it is good to remember the good times as you mourn that he is not there close by to talk with you. I always think it is part of the healing process to talk about our loved ones

you guys did get around! lots of fun travels it sounds like


Sheila said...

That is a beautiful plant, looks like a rhododendron, maybe a dwarf one. We had some in our front yard in Washington state, and it looks like a smaller version. I can imagine all the good times that were had on your travels. We love hearing about your travels and the fun. Take care, Sheila

Ally Lifewithally said...

That really is a beautiful plant and such a lovely colour ~
I too enjoy hearing about your travels and hearing stories about Sonny I hope you have some more to share with us ~ Ally x

Dar said...

Keep the memories coming. Nothing heals the heart faster than fond memories that no one can take from us.
Your flower is an azalea, also known as a rhododendron...same family but as Sheila says, a smaller version. If planted proper, it will last forever and become quite the impressive bush, tho it is already putting on quite the show.
I missed your last entry so will comment here, my great aunt had one of those old cars, similar to the Buick you had,...then it was Mom's, and it met its waterloo letting a few of us kids drive, we took pride in driving her around, but she just got tired by then. I used to hawl a canoe on top of her, (her name was ClaraBelle) and put in and out of the river many times. Most, I used her to get back and forth from work....thanks for the and Sherry have sparked quite a few lately for me. You're good folks.
God Bless You Both