Tuesday, June 30, 2009
The First Sergeant had taken most of the existing landscaping up earlier this Spring, it was old and tired looking.
Our intentions were to replenish before the warm weather came along, unfortunately, that did not happen.
It's not a good choice to plant new shrubs in the heat of Summer, but we have to start somewhere, and finding these lovely Emerald Green Arborvitae at Lowes for a fraction of the cost, we took that step.
They are suppose to "screen" and grow to a height of fifteen feet, perfect !
The Creeping Jenny is taking over the rocks around the pond. This will be the third time I have pruned it back so far this Summer.
The Butterfly Bush continues to bloom, it's alive with the bees and their getting naughty....
No Rain in the forecast, maybe a 20% chance this weekend, we need it.
Monday, June 29, 2009
Born Ernest Jennings Ford in Bristol, Tennessee, to Clarence Thomas Ford and Maud Long, Ford began his radio career as an announcer at station WOPI in Bristol.
In 1939, he left the station to pursue classical music and voice at the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music in Ohio. First Lieutenant Ford served in World War II as the bombardier on a B-29 Superfortress flying missions over Japan.
After the war, Ford worked at radio stations in San Bernardino and Pasadena, California. In San Bernardino, Ford was hired as a radio announcer. He was assigned to host an early morning country music disc jockey program titled "Bar Nothin' Ranch Time." To differentiate himself, he created the personality of "Tennessee Ernie," a wild, madcap exaggerated hillbilly. He became popular in the area and was soon hired away by Pasadena's KXLA radio.
Ford's musical career later included a multitude of numerous hits, a tv show, and worldwide recognition for his talents.
Over the years, Ford was awarded three stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, for radio, records, and television. He was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1984, and was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1990.
This video stars Tennessee Ernie and his son Brian, together with a multitude of other entertainers, as they sang a well-loved gospel song during a Christmas special.
"Children Go Where I Send Thee"....
Brian could not contain his enthusisam, and upstaged his father.
Video shared with me courtesy of a dear friend.
Video credit: bobbysprayer
Information: Wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tennessee_Ernie_Ford
Sunday, June 28, 2009
It has a "tin" roof and so whenever it rains, it's the place of choice , especially if you enjoy listening to the falling raindrops on the tin.
At the end of the day, this is where I unwind, with a nice cup of tea, and dreaming about putting the world to rights.....
Saturday, June 27, 2009
Friday, June 26, 2009
This is the dried -wreath's " home."
Hanging from the door of the sharecropper's pantry-cabinet.
The cabinet is unique, in the fact that it has hinged side panels, which allow the cabinet to fold flat. The top lifts off, and the drawer pulls out, enabling it to be transported by horse and wagon to the next farm, or place of employment in the fields.
The sharecroppers used it to store their pantry goods, and carried it to each new location.
Today the Butterfly Bush is in bloom, and buzzing with bees and butterflies, oh and the odd hornet.
Thursday, June 25, 2009
Wednesday, June 24, 2009
Over the years I have collected several of these timeless treasures, albeit reprints and not originals.
I could spend hours wandering around an art exhibit of Old Masters, and greatly admire the talent and dedication it takes to create such a Masterpiece.
Several years ago The Walter Langley exhibit was on display in my hometown. I spent all afternoon amidst the paintings, studying those faces of English working-class people doing what they did so naturally.........living, and working.
The Rosy Idle of Her Solitude : William Langley
Guarding The Kittens: Sir Thomas Valentine Garland
Tuesday, June 23, 2009
In keeping with the "green" technology and spending many hours of comparing specs, her choice was...........
Installation Requirements : A comfortable seating platform.
Energy resource : Solar / Kibble
Approximate energy cost : 120.00/ per annum
Features : Self-Cleaning. Night Vision Mode. Uninvited Critter Disposal.
Friday, June 19, 2009
" It's 94 degrees outside today, the humidity unbearable. You've been sick for the past two weeks, and you're wanting to mow in the midday heat?"
I wondered where he was going with the umbrella ?
First Sergeant's "Overcoming Objections" reasoning:
"I've taken care of that problem"..........
I immediately thought of the Jeff Foxworthy "Here's your sign" quote.....
Thursday, June 18, 2009
Playing outside until late in the evening, sitting on the front porch eating ice-cold watermelon slices, listening to the crickets chirp, and the tree frogs sing.
Remember catching Fireflies and keeping them in a Mason jar ? They glowed beside you all night long sitting on your night table......
Innocence and childhood going hand in hand.
We cannot recapture our childhood, but we can still enjoy the magic of the Fireflies, nature's living lanterns............
Despite having the feeders filled and ready for the "scouts" this Spring, we have yet to see our first Hummingbird. Most unusual since previous years they have been so prolific in numbers.
I have dedicatedly washed the feeder, and filled with new "elixir" every three days, but no takers !
The Rose of Sharon shrubs are bursting with blooms, and are usually bustling with feeding Hummingbirds......yet nary a one has come visiting.
Are there any fellow bird-lovers out there, experiencing this same degree of "no-shows" ?
Curiouser and curiouser...
Wednesday, June 17, 2009
Passing the AT &T Building (formerly the Bellsouth Building, fondly known as the "Batman Building" )
Broadway Avenue Downtown
The "world renown" Tootsies Orchid Lounge
Welcome Home......Guess who's going to be busy ?
Tuesday, June 16, 2009
Like a red morn that ever yet betokened,
Wreck to the seaman, tempest to the field,
Sorrow to the shepherds, woe unto the birds,
Gusts and foul flaws to herdmen and to herds
~ Shakespeare : Venus and Adonis
Monday, June 15, 2009
It is in fact the Smart ForTwo just 106 inches long, more than 3 feet shorter than a Mini Cooper. Park it perpendicular to a Ford Expedition, and its rear end extends just 14.3 inches beyond the Expedition’s side mirrors.
In a world of super sized value meals, this one’s a small fry.
Under the auspices of DaimlerChrysler and car dealership mogul Roger Penske, Smart has been available in the US market since 2008.
To show the Smart off at this year’s Detroit auto show, the company simply parallel parked a ForTwo — again and again — between two closely spaced limousines.
Powered by a 71-hp, 1.0-liter three-cylinder, the ForTwo starts at less than $15,000. It should get around 40 mpg in combined city and highway driving on regular gasoline, but it can only go 90 mph. There is also a bevy of standard safety features, including four airbags, anti lock brakes and an electronic stability system.
Hmm takers anyone ?
Photo credit: Info credit: Cars.com
Sunday, June 14, 2009
Saturday, June 13, 2009
Marking the Queen's official 83rd birthday, today the BBC released archive footage showing Her Majesty as a young women, before she took the throne.
This is Princess Elizabeth's first Trooping the Colour in 1951, taking the place of her father, who was ill.
Happy Birthday Your Majesty !
Video credit: BBC
Wednesday, June 10, 2009
Known as Nashville's Storyteller, Tom T. Hall (born May 25, 1936 in Olive Hill, Kentucky) is an American country balladeer, songwriter, and country singer. He has written 11 #1 hit songs, with 26 more that reached the Top 10, including the pop crossover hit "I Love", which reached #12 on the Billboard Hot 100.
On February 12th, 2008, Hall was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame .
For those of us that love the simpler things in life, this video speaks volumes.......Hope you enjoy.
( Be sure to scroll down on the rightside of the sidebar and stop the Realplayer music by clicking the large button)
Video credit: webwriter3000
Tuesday, June 9, 2009
Want one of these......
A beautiful old farmhouse , I can imagine living here....
Glimpse through the gate.....