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“My Thoughts Exactly, Maeve!”

View from Ashford Castle, Cong, Ireland

View from Ashford Castle, Cong, Ireland

Today I thought I would post something for my favorite author ever, Maeve Binchy. She was the most popular Irish woman writer of all time and wrote books about the interactions of everyday people; just real people in real life. Maeve had advice about writing that I never forgot. Maeve passed away on July 30, 2012, but every year on St Patrick’s Day I write her a little something. 

Maeve’s advice on writing.

Write like you talk, it is your voice.

She also wrote scenes in her books that were conversations she had overheard. One day she was so engulfed in a conversation by two women on a bus that she actually got off the bus, where they did, and followed them so she could hear the end of the conversation!

She was an excellent listener.

I have been going through my emails and letters to file for family history and came across this email I sent to my sister on Wednesday, September 8th, 2010 at 5:31pm. I thought Maeve would enjoy it too.

J, the November date is good.  Will you be here a week? 

This weekend I made hamburger and hotdog buns, because we grilled out, cooked 21 servings of chili to put up and made two batches of pizza dough, because we ate pizza on Monday, and put up 20 more pounds of tomatoes.  I am trying to get ready for winter.

I slaved over the chili, soaking beans all night before hand and I have come to the conclusion that I don’t know beans about beans.  After soaking all night they were still hard, but I thought no problem because the six pounds of meat, with onions, green peppers, chili powder, paprika, tomato sauce and tomatoes will all cook down in the pressure cooker and the beans will soften up too. Wrong, I pressured the chili and it smelled so good, then when that was done I added the beans and just cooked them down like the recipe said.  For some reason because of the gas from the beans the recipe stated NOT to put them in the pressure cooker with the other ingredients.  The chili cooked down to nothing and those beans were as hard as ever.  SO then SB and I spent the rest of the day picking 3 pounds of cooked hard beans out of the chili!!!!!!!!!!!

I guess from now on I will use CANNED BEANS.  BUMMER!!!!!!,

The news of the day: Ghost hunters every year on the anniversary of a train accident in the 1860’s near Statesville, NC meet up at 430am on the train trestle where the train went over the trestle and killed 35 people.  Supposedly after the train accident a train conductor could be found on the track at this time of morning on the anniversary day, waving his lantern looking for the derailed train.  So ghost hunters have been showing up for years to see the train’s conductor.

This year was no exception.  A group of ghost hunters started walking the track one day last week at 430am.  Suddenly a real train came around the bend and since there is not a stop or anything else there, the conductor did not blow a whistle that the train was coming, nor was he looking for people on the track.  The ghost hunters were caught off guard and were running for their lives on the trestle.  Several jumped off the trestle when the train caught up to them and one man was run over by the train. He pushed his girlfriend off the trestle telling her “he loved her”  and then was ran over.  The others that jumped from the trestle are in intensive care with critical injuries, including the girl.  Now for several days there have been stories in the newspaper about how this episode will now become one of the ghost hunters legends too and they will be looking for the guy that got ran over.  Can you believe it? !!!!!!!!! 

The book for our book club meeting this month is “Serena” and I have never read a book that from the first page git-go, I disliked the main character. A new first!

The relationship among the characters is not believable either.  I am learning about the Smoky Mountain National Park developers versus the timber industry. The mountain families were run off their land or became lumber jacks making little to no money to timber the trees.  The depression was going on and they lived horrible lives because they could so easily be replaced.  I hope it gets better, although I am half way through it and so far I am not impressed.  It is a chore to read and I have to have it read by next Wednesday.

How is K feeling?  S’s wrist/arm has held up in the cast. Today was the back surgery on SB’s mom.  She is in intensive care and in pain, following the surgery and he is on his way to see her.  HMMMM…..  If you are in pain in intensive care when you are so doped up I say you are in a pickle.  Just my two cents worth.  More later. c

Well Maeve, I hope this email has given you a good laugh and something to write about today, because I know you are still writing and the stories up there might be a little too goodie-two-shoes for you! And, you might have a buzz in your head trying to strain to hear all the conversations down here! So I am making it easy for you!

PS I also am sending you a photo I took at Ashford Castle in Cong, Ireland. It is still the greenest country in the world!

Sincerely, Cady

Color Your World: 120 Days of Crayola; Desert Sand

Local at Great Pyramid of Cheops, Cairo, Egypt

Local at Great Pyramid of Cheops, Cairo, Egypt

Desert Sand was added to the Crayola line in 1998. In the “State Crayon Collection” it is known as Tater Tan, the color for Idaho.

In 1908 Binney & Smith redesigned their 8-color assortment to use the “Gold Medal” label and design. They also introduced their Rainbow line of crayons and Spectra, a pastel crayon line.

This post is just one of many in the Color Your World: 120 Days of Crayola Challenge! Enjoy!

IPhriday Photo Challenge: Winter is Making a Presence

Winter is Making a Presence

Winter is Making a Presence

 

Painted in Waterlogue

Painted in Waterlogue

 

Painted in Brushstroke

Painted in Brushstroke

Winter is making a presence, and the leaves are hanging on. We don’t do winter here in the South. This week we had snow and worse, ICE. The day after the storm it was back up to the 50’s and should be back into the 60’s by the weekend. This is my idea of winter!

The extra photos are painted in the IPhone Apps, Waterlogue and Brushstroke.

Enjoy the IPhriday Photo Challenge! Post a photo taken with your Phone on Fridays!

Color Your World: 120 Days of Crayola; Chestnut

Virginia Woolf's Mantel at Monk's House

Virginia Woolf’s Mantel at Monk’s House, UK

 

Doorbells on Wood Beam, Monk's House, UK

Doorbells on Wood Beam, Monk’s House, UK

In 1999, Crayola renamed its reddish-brown crayon to avoid misunderstandings over the color’s origin.  After going through more than 250,000 suggested names, the color Indian Red, which Crayola said was based on the reddish-brown pigment commonly found near India, was dropped from the collection because teachers complained students thought it described the skin color of American Indians. The new name would be Chestnut.

I took these pictures at Virginia Woolf’s home, Monk’s House, in Rodmell. The wood may not be Chestnut, but the color looks right to me! Also, in the photo is the front and back door doorbells! A time gone by!

In the “State Crayon Collection,” Chestnut is known as Maple Syrup, the color for the state of Vermont in the Crayola Series.

This post is just one of many in the Color Your World: 120 Days of Crayola Challenge! Enjoy!

Color Your World: 120 Days of Crayola; Cerulean

The Lake at Hever Castle, Kent, UK

The Lake at Hever Castle, Kent, UK

 

Scarlet Pimpernel Crayola Crayons

Scarlet Pimpernel Crayola Crayons

Cerulean has been in the Crayola lineup since 1990. It is known in Mexico as Aqua Blue and also as Magaruite Celulean in the special Crayola collection called Scarlet Pimpernel.

“They seek him here,
they seek him there,
those Frenchies seek him everywhere.
Is he in heaven or is he in hell?
That damned elusive Pimpernel.”

The Scarlet Pimpernel is an adventure and historical book written by Baroness Emma Orczy in 1905. The book is set in Paris during the French Revolution. Read all about the Pimpernel HERE!

The Scarlet Pimpernel play, was given at the Roseland Ballroom in New York on January 27, 1998, as a benefit. For the opening of the benefit play, Crayola created four new colors and put them into a generic four color box to hand out at the performance. Wouldn’t you like to have those crayons? WOW!

This post is just one of many in the Color Your World: 120 Days of Crayola Challenge! Enjoy!

 

Color Your World: 120 Days of Crayola; Caribbean Green and Carnation Pink

 

Charleston House, Home of Vanessa Bell

Charleston House, Home of Vanessa Bell

I found two colors today in one picture from the garden of Vanessa Bell’s home, Charleston House, seven miles east of Lewes, UK. What a beautiful and bountiful garden. For more pictures, look HERE!

Caribbean Green has been in Crayola Collection since 1997. Carnation Pink is the name given to Rose Pink since 1958. It was known as Flamingo Pink in the second “So Big” set of crayons, 1988-1992. It was Pink in the Mexico collection since 1990, Cherry Blossom in the “Colors of Washington, DC series, 2002-2006 and Paler Pink in the special “Color of Binney & Smith” set, 2003.

So Carnation Pink has been on the radar with Crayola a long time and seen many makeovers!

This post is just one of many in the Color Your World: 120 Days of Crayola Challenge! Enjoy!

Color Your World: 120 Days of Crayola; Cadet Blue

 

Budapest Lights

Budapest Lights

 

Cadet Blue Crayola

Cadet Blue Crayola

 

Crayola’s Cadet Blue looks to be on the violet side to me. Here is a photo that I took in Budapest, Hungary. I think these lamp posts look like Heart Angels, don’t you? And don’t the lights on the chain look like thuribles that hold the incense in church? I can just see the thuriblers swinging them! The lamp posts are very tall, as you can see, because the hanging plant basket, that is barely in the picture at the bottom, was six feet off the ground. The multi-colored blue sky really shows them off!

This post is just one of many in the Color Your World: 120 Days of Crayola Challenge! Enjoy!

Keeping Up With the Joneses

Blah Blah Blah

Blah Blah Blah

To keep my promise this year of “keeping up” I’ve been looking at my statistics again. Statistics are a wonderful tool, you gain a lot of information, and see what works for you and your blog. The key, and the kicker, is to follow up with the information.

I like the stat that showed the piece I wrote ( An Adventure in the Gardens of Kent ) that had the most comments. There weren’t hundreds of comments, but more than usual. It was also part of a series of posts that I wrote about the UK.  I loved writing the “What I Learned Series,” because I did learn a lot and I wanted to pass it along. Now this got me to thinking about how I have traveled as a Tourist…….then as a Traveler…… and now as a Traveler, who likes to keep up with the Joneses. I no longer am all that interested in seeing famous sites, maybe because I have seen the ones I really wanted to. I don’t like crowds or waiting in lines any more either. Over the years I became a traveler, staying longer in one place and soaking up the scenery, the people, their history. Last year, during my stay in the UK, I found myself investing in “Keeping up with the Joneses.” I found the time to really talk to the people I met. Of course, it helps when you are in a country where the majority of the people speak the same language you do. OK, so I like to talk.  In other countries, I have talked to people that I could only remotely converse with, but still we talked. I call this “Keeping up with the Joneses.” I like learning about their country and I always ask, for those who have been to the US, what they liked about it. I met a wonderful woman on the train in the UK, who was going to a garden luncheon with the Queen, because she was being honored for her local charity work. I felt like I had met royalty!  She had only recently returned from the Southwest, United States where she had met up with a school friend that had moved there.  You know what she liked the most about the US? Drive-thru windows!  Drive-thru fast food, drive-thru bank windows, drive-thru liquor stores, etc….. The availability of  drive thru!  She couldn’t believe how we drive everywhere and then don’t get out of the car! I have never given it one thought! Another woman, who had never been to the US responded, when I asked where she would go first, replied, “to see Elvis Presley’s home!” She loved Elvis Presley!

So, see what I mean about “Keeping up with the Joneses”? I like talking to the people, who are just like me, just regular folks. I am going back to the UK again this year, on a long run; to drive down the country lanes, hang out in the pubs, look at the beautiful gardens, meet and talk with the folks in the small parish church………talk with the Joneses. I can’t wait. I would love to talk to a woman, who is a long time member of the W.I. (Woman’s Institute) The folks probably think I’m odd for loving such things! Such mundane routines for them and absolutely fabulous to me!

So, here is a list of Joneses who have kept in touch with me, through my blog. Although I have never met any of them, they have been the bloggers who continued to chat with me on a regular basis. They wanted to know about me and I wanted to know more about them. It’s a two way street. Have you talked with the Joneses lately?  

My best blogging buddies, who comment, and their blogs;

Diana at Italy Translated. Diana is an American, who is married to an Italian. They live in Italy. I learn a lot about Italian life from her.  I love hearing about her family, and reading her recipes!

Joy at JoyLovesTravel. Joy and I share many interests! It’s uncanny how we think so much alike! We have traveled to many of the same countries and had similar experiences.

Christine at Cristine R. Christine was one of my first Australian friends. She is writing a book and has introduced me to many online courses, which I love. She shows pictures of flowers I have never seen before and lots of bee and insect photos!

Sylvia at Another Day2paradise. Sylvia and I have many travel experiences in common! I love her sense of humor!

Doug at Doug Warren. Doug Warren introduced me to Spotify. I learn more about music from him than from any other person I know! We also realized we are related way, way, way down the line!

How are your Joneses? Enjoy your week in blogging!

PS I come from a long line of Joneses (in my family tree) in real life too!

Remembrance: For ALL Who Protect Us

Remembrance: In Times of Conflict Since the Second World War. Remembering and Praying for Police and Medical Staff too! Remember Them: Today, Tomorrow, Forever!

Remembrance

Remembrance

Wordless Wednesday: The Spring Garden 2015

Bloom Time! Enjoy!

Spring Garden 2015

Spring Garden 2015

Spring Garden 2015

Spring Garden 2015

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