Thursday, January 15, 2015

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Wednesday Hodge Podge

1. What's your best piece of advice for a newly married couple? I'm asking for a friend.

Lots of hugs and hand holding, learn the art of compromise, remember mean spirited words cannot be taken back, talk to each other, be best friends, and remember to laugh—a lot! 

Punky Doodle and Critter

2. Before we're too far into the new year I wanted to post a question Teresa submitted during the December giveaway. Teresa blogs over at Being Refined As Silver, so everyone go say hi.
Teresa asks, "What were you doing on December 31st, 1999?"and "Did you or your family make preparations for Y2K?"

I was still living in Dallas. I stayed home, opened a bottle of wine, and watched the ball drop on TV. I didn't make any Y2K preparations. I had faith the greedy businesses and industries would find a way to keep those computer systems working.

3. According to Global Language Monitor, the most used word of 2014 isn't a word. It's the heart emoji. Huh? How can something that's not a word be the most used word, but I digress. What do you think was your most used word in 2014?

Funny. When someone tells a story they think is amusing, I always say, "That's funny" whether it was or not. 

4. Speaking of words, it's that time again. Time for Lake Superior University to present a list of words they'd like to see banished (for over-use, mis-use, and general uselessness) in 2015. You can read more about the decision making process here, but this year's top vote getters are-

bae (before anyone else), polar vortex, hack, skill set, swag, foodie, curate/curated, friend-raising, enhanced interrogation, cra-cra (as in crazy), takeaway, and -nation (a suffering sports suffix).

Which of these words/phrases would you most like to see banished from everyday speech and why? Is there a word not on the list you'd like to add?

Let them all go! But I'm especially disgusted by cra-cra!

5.  January is National Hot Tea month? Are you a fan? Do you like flavored teas? How do you take your tea? Have a favorite cup or teapot? How many cups of tea do you consume in a given day? 

I am a fan of tea. I don't drink it everyday, but in the winter, I often have a cup of decaf in the evening. I usually drink green tea. I do have a teapot with matching cups. When I lived closer to daughter, we used to watch Gilmore Girls and have tea together. I miss that.

6. Whatever happened to my diamond?  I was at my Uncle's visitation when I happened to notice my one carat marquis diamond setting was missing. Poor Uncle was practically abandoned while everyone searched the more than busy carpet pattern for my diamond. Sadly, it was never found.

7. What is one book on your must-read list this winter? 

It was Gray Mountain by John Grisham. I already read it. 

8. Insert your own random thought here. 

Mostly what I'm thinking's cold. 15° right now. It's supposed to be 44° Saturday. Heat wave!!!!

My one and only granddaughter turned 15 yesterday. I'm trying to think of something special to do for her 16th. Any suggestions?

Monday, January 12, 2015

Rubbish Tuesday #34

Fort Pickens is a pentagonal historic United States military fort on Santa Rosa Island in the Pensacola, Florida area. It is named after American Revolutionary War hero Andrew Pickens. The fort was completed in 1834 and remained in use
until 1947.
After the War of 1812, the United States decided to fortify all of its major ports. French engineer Simon Bernard was appointed to design Fort Pickens. Construction of the fort lasted from 1829 to 1834, with 21.5 million bricks being used to build it. Much of the construction was done by enslaved African Americans. Its construction was supervised by Colonel William H. Chase of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. During the American Civil War, he joined the Confederacy and was appointed to command Florida troops.
Fort Pickens was the largest of a group of forts designed to fortify Pensacola Harbor. It supplemented Fort Barrancas, Fort McRee, and the Navy Yard. Located at the western tip of Santa Rosa Island, just offshore from the mainland, Pickens guarded the island and the entrance to the harbor.
By the time of the American Civil War, Fort Pickens had not been occupied since the Mexican-American War. Despite its dilapidated condition, Lieutenant Adam J. Slemmer, in charge of United States forces at Fort Barrancas, determined that Pickens was the most defensible of the posts in the area.
Captives from Indian Wars in the West were transported to the East Coast to be held as prisoners. From October 1886 to May 1887, Geronimo, a noted Apache war chief, was imprisoned in Fort Pickens, along with several of his warriors. Their families were held at Fort Marion in St. Augustine.

~Photos courtesy Sonny Boy
~Words courtesty of Wikipedia


Thanks for stopping by. I hope you will join in the fun.

My idea was to have a place to post 'old things'. Anything old
and/or deteriorating such as, but not limited to, old houses, barns, outbuildings, old cars, rusty things, antiques, interesting junk, or it can be something in pristine condition, but just old. 

1. Link to a post featuring photos of something old.
2. Link back to Rubbish by Roan in your post.
3. As time allows, visit other participants and comment on their posts.