Friendly Fill-Ins, Week 67

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1. If someone were visiting my area, I would recommend a visit to the North Carolina Aquarium.  It is not real big, but it is a wonderful aquarium.  They are part of the rescue system in North Carolina.  The aquarium is located at Fort Fisher right on the water.  

2. My favorite room in my home is my quilting room.  It’s where I create my art in the form of quilts.  I spend hours a day in that room.  Of all the things and rooms I have in my home, this is one I could not do without.

3. Back-to-school time makes me think of when I was a child shopping for school supplies and clothes and also when my children were in school getting them ready for school.  We would make a day of it to shop then have lunch then shop some more.  It was great fun.

4. My favorite year of school was 5th grade because my best friend and I were chosen to help the Sisters at the convent at my school.  It was a special honor that not everyone was given.  I even went to the convent on Saturdays sometimes.  Those Sisters were so good to me and I believe because of them I was able to survive my alcoholic mother’s abuse.  I will never forget them and the support and love they gave to me.

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Wanda.

 

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Flower of the Day – Thursday

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These roses are in the Mary, Queen of the Universe Shrine’s Rosary garden.  They were at the end of blooming but I just love the shades of pink.

Wanda

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One Word Photo Challenge: Hummingbird

One Word Photo Challenge: Hummingbird, August 13, 2017

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Limpkins, these are really cool birds.

Wanda

 

 

 

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The Ibis

One Liner Wednesday

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The Ibis coasted to his post to keep watch over his domain as the rest of the flock landed on the shore of the pond.

Wanda

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My Home

Daily Prompt:  Unfurl

Durning the summer when we celebrate our independence on the 4th of  July,  I often think of the many men who gave so much for us to be free.  I also wonder what it was like the first time our flag was unfurled and the feelings it evoked.  I can only imagine the feelings of relief that the struggle was over and the pride in a country that was new and had so much history to be written.

In the beginning, God played a large part of our lives and Christian beliefs fed our Constitution and laws.  This country was blessed with many natural resources which gave way to industry and wealth. As in all countries, our road to freedom for all has not always been easy or paved evenly across all of our citizens.  Race, religion, ethnicity have been sources of prejudice during our struggle to become a leading nation in the world. Our treatment of Native Americans was atrocious.  Slavery was evil.

Today things are far from how they should be.  Sadly prejudice remains.  We still have poor in our country.  We have veterans who do without after risking everything for our continued freedom.  God is being placed in the background of our governments, schools, and neighborhoods.  Abuse of natural resources continues.  Rudeness, selfishness, and disregard for the property of others are the norm.  Our elderly can barely exist on social security that has been raped by politicians in the past and the new word for it has become an entitlement.  Big business continues to rip off the American public.  This saddens me.

Our country needs to come together.  It needs to stop the waste of money over politics.  It needs to take care of the citizens who elected our leaders.   The worst waste of money in recent history is the nonsense going on in our government fighting the election of President Trump.  He won.  Move on and stop this outrageous spending to prove otherwise.  In four years there will be another election.  I believe our congressmen and senators would be less anxious to spend our money if they received the same benefits as we do in insurance and retirement and didn’t have the luxury of voting themselves a raise each year.

The worst invention in our recent past is cable TV which has opened the door to 24 hours a day news programming.  Unfortunately, to fill the time news is created and defined for us rather than reported.  So much for journalistic integrity.

If we wish to remain a leader in the world, we need to act like a leader.  We need to remain the USA and not an off shoot of other countries.  We need to expect and demand assimilation to our country, not force our citizenship to assimilate to immigrants ways. Never in history has this been the way immigration has been handled.  Immigrants were welcomed legally with a specific set of requirements.  In my mind, this is not an unreasonable requirement.

When the Stars and Stripes are unfurled and hoisted up the flagpole it is a symbol of the United States.  It is what we pledge our allegiance to under God.  It is my home and I am tired of people showing it disrespect.

Wanda

 

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Thursday Doors

Thursday Doors – August 17, 2017

Today I am sharing the doors of Cinderella’s Castle at Magic Kingdom in Disney World in Orlando, FL.  I was there the other day and thought this would be a good Thursday Doors entry.  I haven’t seen many doors while in Florida that were worthy of taking a photo of.

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I really love this one.  The murals are really pretty.

Wanda

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Pictures

Daily Prompt:  Grainy

When my grandmother died I found a large box of pictures.  It was so sad to me because most of the pictures were grainy and I couldn’t tell who was in the pictures.  What a shame that part of my history was lost as most of them, I am sure were old family pictures.

When Mom(I called my grandmother Mom) was alive, we did go through some pictures she had kept willy-nilly in a box and of course, there was nothing written on the back of them to identify who was in them.  I am so grateful that we took the time to go through that box of pictures then.  Even she had trouble remembering some of the people from her past.

In an age when pictures are taken so often to memorialize events, it is a shame that we don’t take the time to make notations about the subject matter and the date taken.  Today we are fortunate enough to have digital photography.  The benefit of it is that we don’t have to have the film developed.  But, we become even laxer about notations on our photos.

I have already taken pictures of my grandchildren and if I do not upload them to my computer in individual files I lose details about the events.  I have been working really hard to correct this.  For one thing, I have set my camera to keep the date for each photo but not put it on the photo itself.  I  have found this to be a great help.  Then I just rename the file on my computer to whatever the event was.  It works for me.

I realize that many of you out in Blogsville already knew this, but since I have just figured it out I thought maybe someone else was having the same issue.

Wanda

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