Saturday, April 30, 2022

Every Time

Memorable Automobiles from The Past:


Dean Martin with his French Facel Vega HK500, 1961

For today:

It never fails, once this coach gets on a highway whether 50 or 500 miles I look over at my favorite traveling companion and say, “I love this!”

While I was settling-up “John” came over to introduce himself and talk. He had just parked also. “I am only here for a week then heading for New York.”

Local village Festival in Rondout Valley!

Every time I hear that, I have to tell myself, ‘they did not say New York City!’ WE have a membership park in Rondout Valley, NY.  It is amazing how much country is in New York, and most folks (especially southerners) think NY is all skyscrapers and people.


A view of Rondout Valley, NY

I was pleasantly surprised at the friendliness and 'country' that NY has. You know ‘Woody’ here in the blogisphere, He & his Honey have also introduced a nice part of NY.  We like to get our mail ‘general Delivery’ and have met some wonderful folk in those one-person Post Offices in Rural NY.

BUT there is NO Place like the Midwest to drive a motor home. When we get past the Mississippi and before we reach the California state line, is the  choice of ‘great’ for scenery, beauty and great driving.

A Rancher's idea of fun, a giant Pronghorn or Antelope?!

Our Sons in the Badlands of the South Dakota:

Well there is also Sturgis, it is on the way. LOL

Of course today the traffic here in Florida was nice and ‘relaxful’.  We eat out most moving days. Sherry said “What about Pizza for supper?”  Sounds good to me. I enjoy most Pizza places, but my girl has an opinion that Pizza Hut is THE place, and that is okay with me.



PS:  Quotes that ring: Nothing is impossible, the word itself says 'I'm possible'! ………..Audrey Hepburn

Friday, April 29, 2022


Memorable Automobiles from The Past:

1931 Buick


For today:

Growing up much of the fruit I ate was wild. Blackberries, plumbs, muskadines(?), cranberries, and some peaches and apples in the woods.

When I have walked the woods with sister Kat and Sherry in past years they looked for Persimmon trees. Persimmons are squishy fruit, to slick for me. I never was crazy about figs either, the girls were.

Blackberries every year brought about families going picking. It always took me a long time to cover the bottom of my bucket because I ate so many.  We also seemed to get ‘chigger’ bites that itched like crazy. BUT mama’s BB jelly and BB pies were worth it.

I don’t even remember hearing about ‘blue berries’ they definitely weren’t part of my childhood. BUT my girl has become a Maine Wild Blue Berry lover. She has them with her cereal in the mornings.  We have met some wonderful people traveling, Al & Judy from Milbridge, ME are two. They came to Florida every winter, but in the summer they ran the ‘Brown Box’ pie company. Their specialty was blueberry pie. I even loved those.

MA on her blog mentioned BB the other day and I thought of Al & Judy. Blueberries are grown on low bushes in Maine. Al and Judy said they ‘raked’ all their Blue berries, I asked, Raked????  “Yes” they said, “Up here we rake them we do not pick them. Below is some examples of harvesting Blue berries.

 Above is the tall BB bushes of Florida where they are picked one or two at a time.

Above and below are BB rakes used on the low lying bushes of Maine. We saw many of these bushes along the roads wild.. I am sure MA said Maine produces 25% of our countries BBs.
I just thought this was interesting when Judy said  "We rake all our Blue berries!"  I have never asked, I wonder if the low bushes will not grow in Florida. 


PS:  Quotes that sing:

Faith in God includes faith in God's timing.    Neal A. Maxwell

I have noticed….

I noticed this girl and this car:

Both beautiful, both born the same year....  1937

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(Sorry Betty, 👿 I stole the idea of flooding. When you mentioned it I couldn't help but remember seeing that when we wintered near Yuma once.)
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For today Remembering:

Most of my adult life I have noticed that wind usually lays in the evenings, BUT lately here in Florida the wind has picked up at night?  WHY???

I like a clean car, sadly even in our home area I let it slide.  But believe it or not, I have noticed here in Florida that is tougher than the upper East Coast. This dusty sand blows and is sneaky, you do not notice it accumulating.

I really enjoy a good tomato by itself with salt, on a sandwich or in a salad, BUT lately I have noticed that they do not taste as good as they once did.  I miss the great big juicy tomatoes my mama raised!

I noticed the price of GAS***! I am beginning to miss ‘affordable’ gasoline. I paid $4.17 this week.  Don’t get me wrong, we in the USA have always paid less per gallon than MOST countries of this world. (Ref TT's post lately about coons and gas, theft)

I have noticed new shades of Green on cars and trucks lately.  I still lean to Grey, silver or bluish colors for cars.

I noticed on Betty’s Blog her 'W'  post concerned water. She brought up the practice of controlled flooding for irrigation. Example: They flood a park near her to water the grass. That reminded us of the flooding we noticed around Yuma while traveling. On certain days The ditches are filled with water and homes in those areas have little gates they open to flood their yards to feed their grass water. WE were amazed seeing that.

Normal irrigation for us on the East coast:


Examples of flooding to provide water for plants/grass. 


 Fields of veggies flooded in the Yuma area.

I could find a picture from Yuma, but above is a pic from the net of a Phoenix home yard flooded to water the grass.

Nite Shipslog

PSa: ***You will really notice the price of fuel when you  fill the 100 gal tank on an RV!

PS: Attributed to Lord Chesterfield:   

Be wiser than other people, if you can; but do not tell them so!

Wednesday, April 27, 2022

I am older than Public TV

 Memorable vehicles from The Past:


For today:

Since I never heard of TV until about 1948, for many years I thought that is when it started.  Just the other day I answered a ‘Trivia Question’ that asked: Who was the first president of the USA to appear on TV?

The answers I remember were:

H. Hoover….. 1931

FDR…..        1939

H Truman…   1948

Ike……         1953

What do you think?   I guessed Truman since that was  near the time I heard of TV.  BUT it was FDR in 1939, I had no idea that TV even existed at that time. I had to look it up! I was sure I was years older than TV. LOL I am not as old as I thought.

Electronic television was first successfully demonstrated in San Francisco on Sept. 7, 1927. The system was designed by Philo Taylor Farnsworth, ...  Colleges and a few other places had what was called ‘mechanical TV’ until 1939.



 The National Broadcasting Corporation (NBC) was RCA's broadcasting wing. It began regular U.S. television broadcasting on April 30, 1939, with a telecast of President Franklin D. Roosevelt opening the New York World's Fair.


So I reckon if Public TV was born that April in 1939, I AM 3 ½ months older, LOL  But I did not actually see a Television set until about 1950 at a Fire Station in Albemarle, NC.


PS:  Quotes that sing:

What you do and say lives on in the hearts and minds of others, to some degree, with a definite result or consequence.

Charles F. Stanley


 Memorable Automobiles from The Past:

 The 'SEAT-600' built 1957 in Spain, Looks a lot like the Fiat

For today:

Well I am sure you guys are tired of my history, so today is an up to date health report. I feel pretty good now. I finished the meds for infection, I will probably never finish that bottle of mouth wash since it is at 3 drops a day! LOL

My last dental appt. has been delayed now a total of 3 weeks. Last date given is Apr. 3rd.  We have a reservation at the Wildwood RV Park scheduled, so we will be closer to the office.

I guess I was too aware of a possible dry socket and got one. (Is that possible???) In the past I have had a few teeth pulled and was NEVER warned nor even concerned about the dry socket.

That infection did cause a lot of pain and irritation and I should have went back to the Dentist, but I thought it was normal to hurt after that digging in my gun for broken pieces. LOL

Anyway I am now just waiting for the gum to close up so they can make an impression for the bridge.  If I hadn’t already paid for the bridge, I would probably forget it. That sneaky dentist must have looked into my future and read my mind.  LOL

Anyway I do feel much better. Thanks for all your thoughts and prayers and also for stopping by to read this STUFF!



Pain can change you, but that doesn't mean it has to be a bad change. Take that pain and turn it into wisdom

 Daila Lama

Okay, Daila, I’m thinking, thinking…… trying…. Got it! LOL


Monday, April 25, 2022

Men and Women of my time… (6)

Today’s automobile:

 Mystery car. I get photos from folk who see an out of the ordinary car. This one from Grandson Josh.  I like it!   I tried to ID it,  from the profile it looks like the  'Brat' by Subaru. Any suggestions?

 Some thoughts for today:

During my youth in the late 1940s early 50s there was an outbreak of the terrible disease Poliomyelitis. The disease had been around a long time, there were hundreds of thousands of cases.  You have heard of the Iron Lung that kept people alive, but terribly confined.

We were all scared. Schools were closed children were kept inside because we were more susceptible. Even daring kids who were afraid of nothing, stayed inside.

Dr. Jonas Salk and his crew in Pittsburg developed a vaccine.  The disease Polio was a crippler. There were 15,000 per year in the 1950s, but with the vaccine, in the 1960s it was 100 per yr, then the 1970s down to 10 per yr. If you remember President Franklin D Roosevelt was a victim. He was 39 yrs old when it hit him in 1921; he still became a great president.

FDR's Plymouth using levers to work the pedals he did drive.***

Jonas Salk and President FDR were in my life time. I smile because up to the 50-60 time most mill workers were Democrats, BUT my Father in Law was a dedicated Republican, however, he sure liked FDR.

Oh yes, two more people important in my life were my in-laws, Wiley and Susie Harris. From poor beginnings and as life-long cotton mill workers they succeeded in building and paying for, three houses on mill workers pay. (Susie even nursed her babies on breaks at the mill)  They did that while raising 7 kids and living on a ‘Mill Hill’. Two houses they built were rented out until retirement and one was for a brother who had been disabled in a motorcycle accident. I would bet they were in the top 1% in handling finances. Their wages started (1914) at $8 each a week and ended at $36 (after taxes) a week (1958).

Salk & FDR made international news while some heroes are never seen outside families.


PS:  wise quote: Each of us experiences defeats in life. We can transform defeat into victory if we learn from life’s whuppings.   Les Brown.

*** Really! Once Sherry and I caught a ride from the Appalachian Trial during our hike. The driver had no use of his legs and actually managed the brakes and accelerator with his  walking cane.


Sunday, April 24, 2022

Men and Women of my time (5)

Memorable Pictures from The Past:

 From the LA times awhile back after a hurricane.  Not how you want to find your car (nor your boat of course)

For today:

In 1952 Dad pastored a Church in Valdese, NC. I mentioned before, it was a church filled with people who held their politics high. About half the people were Dems the other half Repubs. They were friends, Brothers and Sisters in Christ. They ribbed each other good naturally. 


Stephenson against Ike, Eisenhower was elected as you know. I remember hearing “We need to end the “Korean Conflict!”. Also heard we needed a do nothing President so we elected Ike!  ;-) … I had heard also that ‘as soon as that General is in office he will extend this a war to WWIII.’  Well Ike did do something, He brought an end to the Korean War. HE also sponsored and signed the Federal Aid Highway Act of 1956 and we know it as the Interstate system.

He also: Sponsored & signed the Civil Rights Bill of 1957.

We did stay at peace during the Cold War. Oh YES, not to be Forgotten was the fact that he & his administration balanced the budget Three times.

TV was just becoming popular in lower income homes. I saw Senator Joseph McCarthy and I did not like him. As a kid I wished Ike had knocked the props out from under him.


PS:  Ike, quotes that ring:

…What counts is not necessarily the size of the dog in the fight - it's the size of the fight in the dog.

…An intellectual is a man who takes more words than necessary to tell more than he knows.

…If you want total security, go to prison. There you're fed, clothed, given medical care and so on. The only thing lacking... is freedom.

 Dwight D. Eisenhower

Saturday, April 23, 2022

Men and Women of Note in My Lifetime (7)

 That Car:

(And just minutes later.........)

For today Remembering:

Abraham Lincoln….April 14, 1865

James Garfield…..July 2, 1881

William McKinley…Sept 6, 1901

John F Kennedy….Nov 22, 1963

There have been very sad times in the USA. Four of our Presidents have been assassinated.  Sadly, one of them in my life time. Many of you will remember that time vividly.

Most people can remember where they were at moments like that.  I was driving my car headed to the grocery store, it came as a flash over the car radio:


That is the time, if you have a heart, politics are forgotten. We have had two presidents known simply by their initials: FDR and JFK. Both from wealthy families, very high profile but different. JFK had been a war hero. There are many photos of his son, John-John, in the Oval Office. First lady, ‘Jackie’ was also youthful and high profile. Photos' that made us know a family was there. JFK’s death was a real SHOCK to our country.

Sadness followed the family. His brother RFK, was also assassinated. His son, John Jr., Killed in a plane crash. And the one that was a Kennedy DISGRACE and a Tragedy was Edward Kennedy and his Chappaquiddick incident in which Mary Jo Kopechne drowned.

Many people speculate that had Robert and Edward lived that our country would have had a Kennedy Dynasty in the White House.  BUT WE ALL KNOW, hindsight and past speculating makes a good story, but does not change the past one little bit.  It has been said by wise and not-so, we cannot recall even one second on the clock of life.

Much more is listed of the Kennedys’ stories, but the above I remember. I did not vote for JFK, BUT had he lived I think he would have left an even greater legacy.

Do I believe all the ‘theories’ that contradict the news of JFK’s death, absolutely NOT!  I believe that history as it is written, but that is me.

Nite Shipslog

 PS: Attributed to George Orwell: Every generation imagines itself to be more intelligent than the one that went before it, and wiser than the one that comes after it.