Why do ships and aircraft use 'mayday' as their call for help? See *** at the end.
First.. WE are in NC for Sherry's class reunion, not in our house in Deltona. Son Mark just drove down to day headed for Port Richie, he stopped by our house, sent us a picture, no damage yet, oh wait,...... it is not there yet! ;-)
But Lisa (@ Away fromthe Office chair) and we have a mutual friend , Robin, she is in the Dominican Republic, Right in Harms way! NOW!
When you have a home in harm’s way, you pay attention. So of course we are following the latest one hitting the Caribbean Islands now and is headed to the coasts of Florida.
(Picture from the internet)
That brings up water. Son Mark tells me that there is no bottled water left from Orlando south in Florida according to the news. This honestly amazes an old man. I think Sherry and I, along with son-Mark, are the only ones in our family that do not drink bottled water.
I am shocked that someone cannot plan on a few days of tap water during an emergency. We always just fill some buckets or jugs with water. Some folk will not let their children drink from a water cooler. I guess I am too old to change, but I see folk that seem to think that tap water is snake venom, come on. I have known folks who have lived to the ripe old age of 55 (and 100) drinking tap and well water.
Now to a more pleasant subject, APPLES. From my earliest childhood I have loved apples. From green, the size of a quarter, until ripe. I break all the rules on salt, I’m sorry to offend, but my apples are best enjoyed with salt, especially the green ones. I carried some salt in wax-paper in my bib overalls or pockets, most of my childhood. It is hard to eat raw veggies (turnips, tomatoes, potatoes, green beans) and APPLES without salt.
Okay, what brought up the apples? I was raised on NC mountain apples. I do not know the names, but I favored what mama called ‘cooking’ apples because they seemed to be tart. Perfect with salt. If someone allowed me to pull green apples I never asked what kind.
Traveling in NY in our first small camper I bought some apples on the side of the road, they were Empires. WOW when I tasted the first one I was hooked. I seldom see them in stores, but just a few days ago I found some in those little paper buckets at the grocery store. The Empire is tart and juicy. I am enjoying them down to the core, and sometime I eat the core, seeds and all. The red delicious seems to be the only other apple that is consistent in its taste, and I do love them also.
MAYDAY comes from the French word m'aidez - meaning 'help me' - and is pronounced, approximately, 'mayday.'
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