Thursday, June 30, 2011


Even though it was a quick trip, we managed to squeeze in a visit to my cousin
(if you could bottle my cousin and uncle's genes and sell them (cousin 60 and uncle 90) the fountain of youth would be discovered! My mother standing beside them with little to no make up at age 76 is looking like a spring chicken too....maybe I am just getting older. Hmmmmmmmm

 my ninety year old uncle who can still drive a car and...

A four wheeler ~ always a man with an amazing amount of "get up an go", he  can even mow his own lawn!  This man was in the air-force in World War 2 and flew many missions back and forth to Japan.  We have an actual Japanese hibachi that he brought my mother  that was the prototype for the popular "Great Green Egg".  My mother uses it all the time and it cooks meat to perfection.

My mother and I ~ enjoying her back is beautiful

Always fretting over her roses ~ and her mother always fretted over her roses.  My grandmother had no less than a hundred rosebushes in her yard.   I never think of her without the scent of roses drifting through my mind.   Her roses were everywhere - they were beautiful and unlike most roses of today...they had fragrance.....oh my, did they have fragrance.

My highschool friends - I rarely get to go home and it is a treat to catch up with them.  

They introduced us to a new hobby ~ Geocaching!  We have heard about it but never tried it.  Now that I have a new IPhone, we downloaded the app and headed off for our first geocache search!  For those of you that are novices, you need to join in the friend Delaine, is the expert.  (She is the one with the brown shirt and black pants on)  Her father is 101 years old...thats right...over 100 years old and her mother is around 80? They recently had health issues that landed them in a rehab facililty and Delaine just didn't have too much she could actually do with them besides go out and eat.  There is just so much going to eat and then you need another activity!  So, she hit upon geocaching.  She loads her parents in the car, turns her IPhone on and starts driving.  It gives a 101 year old man some kind of an adventure to "hunt for treasure" and a sense of reward when he finds it.  Not to mention something he can do that is outside, with his daughter, but doesn't require a lot of activity.  As she says...just what do you do with a a 101 year old man???? As far as I am concerned, my friend is a bona fide saint. We had a ball and have been finding treasures ever since....if you have an IPhone, just download the app, and away you go...they are everywhere ~ right under your nose!

Here  we are closing in on one at the park near my Mother's house

 Just punch in your address and they are all around you!!!!

You will find all types of geocaches - most are small, well hidden and tucked away.  All are signed and dated by the treasure hunters who have previously discovered  them.  The ones we found were several years old and had been found many times....modern day treasure hunting!

And after a long, hot day of geocaching, there was a delightful sound that wafted through the that we don't hear in of an ice cream truck!  You can see by the picture above that the girls wasted no time in running in the direction from which it came ~ back to the park!

The Pay Off was big! Don't know why we don't have these where we live but it is a nice
 treat when we visit!

Ellen went for frozen lemonade. 

The girls needed cooling off because our next project was to tackle this Sara has been dying to check out Gram's attic and see what treasure (not geocache treasures) that it holds.  It did not disappoint!

 They found the doll and doll clothes my Aunt Martha made for me when I was very young - clothes fit for a queen...but for a doll.  For girls that know how to sew ~ it was quite impressive!

What doll has a fur lined wool coat?????

Every trashbag held a treasure

Ellen is wearing a Flamenco costume that my parents bought me in Spain and Sara is wearing a 

This is one of my grandmother's suits ~ which dates it back to the beginning of the 1900s...the clothes were so elegant.  My mother saved just a few things of my grandmothers and some unbelievable dresses that my Aunt Martha made (same women who made the doll dresses above).  They are long dresses  that are made of handmade lace!  I didn't get a pic as I wasn't really thinking about blogging 
 but they were impressive! 

One of my Formals ~ So Eighties!!!!!  It looks so good on Sara!

Sara's big score.. a bona fide Mexican dress that I bought in Mexico when I was 13.  My father had just died of cancer and that scrappy lady you see there hugging my daughter decided that instead of spending a summer pining away for my Dad in a small Southern town, we were going to have an adventure.  And have an adventure we did!  We got in our brown and white striped van (remember those), and drove - yes drove ~ to Guanajuato, Mexico and spent the entire summer there -  that dress does have some memories!

When the Moon hits the sky

Like a big "Pizza"


Thats AMORE!!!!
Not sure how that goes with the Mexican Dress, but hey, the pizza was amazing!

And now I must say Good Night ~ there is one more interesting day left but I just don't have the energy to include it in this will have to come later.  Stay tuned for one more exciting day in TN.....I discovered something there that I did not know existed after 47 years and 
I am going to share it with you tomorrow!

Tune In Tomorrow...same bat time....same bat channel!


  1. I'll keep it short(er) this time...

    Love the Mexican dress! I didn't know that you were 13, or that your mom loaded you all up for a trip. What an amazing woman; amazing mother. I'm sure that digging through the attic brought up a lot of fun memories! And the clothes are fabulous-- particularly that green formal gown!! Ah, the 80's...

    I'm up in the middle of the night with my gal. I can't wait to take her places and do fun things- to drive to La and dig through GranE's attic. Not that the boys wouldn't love it, too, but they wouldn't look nearly as cute in my old formals... lol.

    Looking forward to tomorrow's post!

  2. There were so many cool things in that attic - I wasn't really thinking about blogging so didn't do a great job of photographing....hard to carry the camera in hot, dusty, dark, small quarters - now I am regretting it! Oh well - maybe on the next trip. Glad we can be of some entertainment to you and Miss Maggie during your late night adventures, but tell her, Aunt Layne said it is time to start sleeping through the night! No more 1:16 AM comments!

  3. I'll be sure to pass your sleep comments along to my gal! I mean, she's 5 weeks now... time to get it together! haha!

    Jack's birthday is on Sunday. When did my baby boy get so old? I can't believe that 2 years have passed... Party with family tomorrow, and friends next Saturday! So fun...

    Charlie made his first official lap around our long block on his "big-boy-2 wheeler-bike"! Talk about time passing quickly!

    Just looked at that picture of Sara in the green dress again. She looks too pretty!


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