Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Nothing like a bit of red, white and blue

It is that time of year, here in the good ole USA!

But it doesn’t necessarily take a holiday for residents to get out the grill and fire it up to cook hamburgers, hotdogs or barbecue ribs. Or add a little watermelon to the outing.

But I digress. 

Next Monday, we will be celebrating our Independence Day on July 4. That's the date on which the papers were signed by our Continental Congress in Philadelphia in 1776.

It is amazing at what the country has evolved into having to go though so much. We have been through a lot. One can refer to it as the good, bad, and ugly but we manage to keep on going.

Depending on what side of the political isle one is, we may be going in the right direction, or not.  All I know is that we just keep on going.

But nevertheless, for better or worse, a lot of people consider the United States the place to be.

And as the day approaches next Monday, we just want to wish everyone a Happy Fourth of July!

Just be careful around all those fireworks.

Next post: July 12, 2016

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Two lanes or four, it's good to have a choice

If I had a choice and time was not an issue, I prefer to not have to take the interstate.

Unfortunately, interstates are boring. To me, that is. But they do allow one to get there faster
Just these past three days, I drove a total of right at 500 miles on two different trips.

The first was on Sunday to a funeral about 100 miles a way. Half of the trip, both going and returning home, was on four-lane highways, a little on an interstate and then a US highway that was not an interstate.

But we got off the four lane and hit a two-laner for about 50 miles.

I like going over those hills and around tighter curves. It was a challenge which I enjoyed. We had to slow down to go through small towns. It was seeing Americana. The way it should be seen.

Two days later we set off on another journey, this time about 150 miles away. There were time constraints. Therefore it was the interstate. We pointed our van down the highway, set cruise control and we're on our way. But then there was the heavy traffic, numerous 18-wheelers and drivers in more of a hurry than I was.

On two different days, for two different events, we could take the roads that suited our desires. That's a nice choice to have.

Next post: June 28, 2016

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Summertime: When the living is easy

Do to the easy living in the South during the summer, and the fact that we can pick and choose to do or not do things when we reach that certain age, there will not be a post this week. 

Just not up to it.

Please check back next week.

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

I know, it's too early, but what the heck

Times, decorations to be different as we move to another house

For some reason, I put on two of my favorite Christmas albums and listened to them earlier this week.

I guess I was in a melancholic mood. Maybe it was because we haven’t planned any major trips this year.

I told my wife the music was easier to listen to that what was on the radio or on the cable channels at the time.

The holiday season, still six months away, is already on my mind.

Decorations won’t be the same this year. We’ll be in another house.

And we won’t see the decorations from our across-the-street neighbor. He passed on.

I’ve got to start thinking about what I am going to do.

I have lots of examples from visiting places such as Bellingrath Gardens in Alabama and Calloway Gardens in Georgia.

Neighbor's house will be different this year
With a number of trees in our yard between the house and street, it won’t be hard doing some of the same things with them.

And although we like to travel, it seems that we’ll be home for most of December, enjoying the holidays and family coming to visit.

Usually, there are “Christmas in July” promotions next month, but I beat them to the punch. 

Well, I think I did. One never knows when the stores will start promoting the birthday of Christ.

Nest post: June 14, 2016