Last week when I did a post about the critters that we’d spotted while we were in Florida, I realized I had done another blog post using the same title. I checked back to see just what that post was about, and it turned out that it was written just about the same time of year, but all the way across the country in Arizona. So, since it’s about time I did one of those “Mondays are for Memories” posts, here you go!
April 19, 2010 – Prescott Pines Conference Center, Prescott, AZ
Being parked in the forest (more or less) has brought lots of opportunities to observe the local critters. 🙂
We’ve seen a lovely selection of birds –
Acorn Woodpecker (love his eyes!)
And even though this wasn’t in our backyard (it was at one of those little lakes we visited over the weekend)-
A Blue Heron in a tree!
But we also enjoyed the occasional mule deer wandering around –
And even though we see squirrels just about everywhere, we really had never seen any that looked like this –
Catch those ears! Turns out this is a Abert Squirrel. You wanted to know, right?
Just today I spotted this little guy –
A Greater Short Horned Lizard.
And trust me, if he hadn’t moved, I wouldn’t have spotted him! He stayed pretty still and without hardly moving snagged an ant that walked just a little too close. Ah, nature in action!
We certainly have enjoyed our backyard this month!
Thanks for coming along for this little memory!
Today’s memory is from long before any of us had even heard of the word “Blogging” – probably before even the internet. It was the year that, unbeknownst to me, I was on the cutting edge of culinary deliciousness when I introduced a “new” vegetable to the Thanksgiving menu.
What Thanksgiving Means to Me
Abigail Fitzpatrick, age 10
To me, Thanksgiving is a really special day when we all thank God, the creator, for everything we have and all the blessings that he has given us.
One year I went to my aunt and uncle’s house for Thanksgiving. My Gramma was there too. So was my other aunt and uncle. We could all smell the yummy food cooking and being made and taken out of the oven.
Then we saw it – the horror of our lifetimes! Brussels sprouts!
“Acckk!” we all thought to ourselves.
“Do we have to eat that?” asked my 9 year old cousin Jos.
“Yes, you must each have one,” said my Aunt Stephanie.
My cousin Tim, age 13, tried to give his to Cricket, my aunt’s dog, but the dog was smart too.
So we ate the rest of the yummy food and tried to bear the horrid taste of the Brussels sprouts.
In spite of the Brussels sprouts, Thanksgiving really means a lot to me.
Abigail Joie Fitzpatrick, 10
Abby is now the mom to five sweet kiddos, and while I cannot attest to whether or not Brussels sprouts are ever on her kids plates, I do know that kale makes regular appearances. I must not have done too much damage!
Happy Thanksgiving Week, everyone!
Christmas Stockings made and delivered
Baby quilts finished and being loved
Monthly SOWER newsletter done and sent (you can see it HERE!)
Sewing projects organized and ready to begin quilting next week
Now to sort through, organize and choose a representative group of pictures from the 4187 pictures I took last year to make them into a “Year 16” Book.
Could be a while before that box is checked!!
Early in our SOWER adventure we met Jim and Lillie Walker. They were a tad bit older than us, and had years more experience! We pretty much fell in love with them at first glance! Lillie was as sweet as could be and Jim – well, Jim was his own special brand of crazy fun! We worked with them several times (and loved each one) and shared many wonderful memories, on and off SOWER projects.
We have so many more memories than pictures with this dear couple, and through the years we’ve managed to stay connected even as their time as active SOWERS slowed down. They’ve been retired for several years now (maybe even 10?), but even just last winter we were talking about the Christian Motorcyclist Association (yes, he’s still a biker!) with some new SOWERS, and their name came up. With great fondness, might I add!
Jim and Lillie settled in at their property in Western Maryland and a couple of years ago, due to her failing health, Lillie moved into a nearby care facility. When we realized we’d be going close by their location on our way to Ohio from West VA, we couldn’t resist stopping for a visit. Needless to say, given Jim’s love of All Things Fast, we were not surprised when he met us in a stunning candy apple red, souped up 2015 Mustang convertible!
Oh, Jim – you are still so crazy fun!
(No – I did not drive this. This photo is for demonstration purposes only!)
We loved our day with Jim! We got to visit with Lillie, though with COVID restrictions we could only visit through the glass door. We spent the night snugly tucked in on his property
and were so very thankful to have been able to connect with this dear, dear friend!
People often ask us what’s the Best Part of this adventure we’re on. Oh, there are so many wonderful things, but as we were reminded so vividly recently, the friends we’ve made along the way and the memories we’ve made with them will always rise to the top of the list!
Instead of looking back into the archives for a Memories post, it only seemed fitting to look back to just this past weekend where there was a lot of walking down memory lane! There is something very special about spending time with someone who shares your growing-up memories, and this past weekend was no exception!
We started the weekend by going through lots of old family pictures
…and giggling at the stylin’ folks we were!
(Please note our pet squirrel, Pierre, on my oldest sister’s arm. One of those favorite family memories!)
Little girls in their PJ’s –
And except for the degraded photo problem, this is a pretty sweet family photo – circa 1962 +/-.
We could’ve spent hours going through them, but there were other items on the agenda!
When we were downsizing into our RV, Joie took ownership of this folding screen that we’d had in our living room. And before we had it, it had been in my grandmother’s bedroom. We’d learned that my grandmother had done the crewel work and my grandfather had built the frame, so even though it was in pretty bad shape (though not as bad as the picture shows!) it was still precious to us. Joie was delighted when one of her granddaughters discovered this family treasure and asked if there was some way it could be redone so she could use it in her apartment. The two of them began hatching a plan, and then this weekend Joie and I took the plunge and actually cut into the almost 100 year old fabric.
While I can’t reveal all of details of the plan (oh, that we had all those details!), I can certainly share some of the beautiful crewel work that we’re trying to preserve –
I’d have loved to have stayed longer to help with the actual construction, but that was not to be this time. I’ll be sure to share the finished product once it’s completed and been gifted!
Of course, no sisters weekend would’ve been complete without a little bit of time with ALL the sisters, so we made sure to have a nice long video call with Elna. Besides, she was a huge help with identifying folks in all those old photos!
It was such a lovely weekend – it brought back so many wonderful memories and we made some new ones to boot! The older we get the more we value, no – treasure, each and every moment we get to be together. And the fact we had ice cream for lunch one day didn’t hurt one little bit!
Thanks for coming along as I walked down my memory lane…..