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My Christmas Gifts For You

I made this Christmas card using Picnik. My 2008 Christmas Card, was originally uploaded by barneykin. It is posted here from Barneykin’s FLICKR account.

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Remembering warmer days on the beach at Assateague Island, whilst hoping for warmer days to return again. Remembering days that will never come again, whilst I “shed a bitter tear.”

A Picture from Edna

The sea was wet as wet could be,

The sands were dry as dry.

You could not see a cloud, because

No cloud was in the sky:

No birds were flying over head—

There were no birds to fly.

The Walrus and the Carpenter

Were walking close at hand;

They wept like anything to see

Such quantities of sand:

If this were only cleared away,”

They said, “it WOULD be grand!

If seven maids with seven mops

Swept it for half a year,

Do you suppose,” the Walrus said,

That they could get it clear?

I doubt it,” said the Carpenter,

And shed a bitter tear.

(“The Walrus and the Carpenter” from “Through the Looking Glass” by Lewis Carroll)

The image, Assateague Island, was originally uploaded by barneykin. It is posted here from Barneykin’s Flickr account.

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A Picture from Edna

We saw Kooza at Cirque do Soleil last night. Here am I the morning after. It was a wonderful show. I am so happy that I was not the lady whose seat popped up in the air during the show. She looked like she was about to have a heart attack. I think I would have. We did get popcorn, confetti, water spray and every other harmless thing you can think of sprayed upon us. We were in the second row in front of the stage. Actually, I found it somewhat frightening being so close – in case any of their acts were to fall or structures collapse. But it didn’t happen, so we had a good time.

We drove over to National Harbor at Fort Washington, Maryland. Although the Wilson Bridge was to be mostly closed off at 9 pm, we avoided that pending disaster by going over the bridge in the other direction. Next weekend we must remember to not go over the bridge towards Virginia anytime after 9 pm on Friday night.

The image, Kooza from Cirque du Soleil, was originally uploaded by barneykin. It is posted here from Barneykin’s flickr account.

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Last week when I was at Arlington Cemetery and the Women In Military Service For America Memorial (known locally as WIMSA), I found my long-time friend Geri Nyman on their computer in their museum. It was thrilling to see her on the big screen, as she deserves to be honored and remembered for her incredible service during World War II, first as a flight instructor training military pilots and then as a ferry pilot, flying brand new “untested” airplanes from the factories to the military airfields. I wrote about her at “Geri Was a WASP.”

The image, Women In Military Service For America Memorial, was originally uploaded by barneykin. It is posted here from Barneykin’s flickr account.

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A Picture from Edna

This is from my Cream Abundance rose bush that I ordered from Oregon last Spring. It is growing in a big pot. Here is the story: https://barneykin.wordpress.com/2008/05/15/my-thornbury-castle/

I edited the picture with the new Picasa 3 software that has just become available. I was wary of downloading it because I already had Picasa 2 on my computer, but I finally took the plunge today. There was no problem, as it just updated the Picasa 2.

It seems to be working quite well. I have already made a fancey collage, which is much better than the old software, as I can move the pictures about. I really like the ability to place a watermark on the image.

If you want to try Picasa 3, I heartily recommend it. It is free and very easy to use. Here is a video that explains it:

The image, White Rose of September, was originally uploaded by barneykin. It is posted here from Barneykin’s flickr account.

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I wonder how many women are still alive who remember the Sparkle Plenty baby and the doll that was made of her back in the 1940s.

I was seven years old and I was writing a letter to my two girl cousins in Baltimore City. I was so excited about my new doll, Sparkle Plenty, and I wanted cousins Tootsie and Carolyn Via to know. The two cousins were the same age as I was; Carolyn, the younger cousin, has been dead now for eleven years. My cousins’ mother, Aunt Gertie, saved the letter and more than fifty years later sent it to me one Christmas. What a surprise it was. The paper is extremely thin and brittle, but fortunately I can preserve it for posterity with my digital camera and a scanner.

The ultimate question remains; is there any posterity who would ever be interested in these “vanishing memories” and long ago, faded scriblings of a little girl growing up on the shores of tidewater Maryland.

The image, Letter to Tootsie, was originally uploaded by barneykin. It is posted here from Barneykin’s flickr account.

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Red Hat Hard Hats


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Last summer, before I began my journey along Route 66, our Red Hat group was given a tour of the “under construction” Fairfax County courthouse by one of our own DARling Dames who is the project engineer. For that event, the husband of DARling Dame Mary, Bill Wells, sent along two custom-made red hard hats, to make some of us appear extra stylish in the photographs.

A year later finds Bill and Mary Wells having spent almost the entire summer in hospital trying to get Bill recovered from an abdominal wound caused when a feeding tube was inserted into the small intestine during a medical procedure.

Yesterday was a wonderful day of accomplishment for Bill, as he was finally removed from the ventilator and is now breathing on his own. It is also a day of gratitude to God for His help in answer to all the prayers that were offered for Bill. Here is the Caring Bridge web site where we have been able to follow Bill and Mary’s travails: http://www.caringbridge.org/visit/billwells

The image, Red Hat Hard Hats, was originally uploaded by barneykin. It is posted here from Barneykin’s flickr account.

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Highway 66 led me to Salt Lake City, Utah in August. I have been there a number of times before in the distant past.

Mormon pioneers began building this granite Salt Lake City temple in 1853. It was completed in 1893 and has become a beautiful symbol of Mormonism. That is why I was surprised that the Salt Lake City powers-that-be allowed a tall, totally utilitarian modern office building to overwhelm the once stately temple and the grounds of Temple Square. I was even more surprised to learn that the uninspiring newer building was the Mormon Church’s own office building. Maybe if I had taken the tour offered of the “Church Office Building” I would have a different attitude. However, I doubt that my impression of it would change much. The Chrysler Building it isn’t.

The image, Salt Lake City, was originally uploaded by barneykin. It is posted here from Barneykin’s flickr account.

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My Twitter


Isn’t this amazing? I uploaded this photograph to the Internet from my iPod, which was connected to nothing. There was just WiFi floating about somewhere in the air. Now the photo is posted at http://twitpic.com/7omj — What a World!

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We were in Tremonton, Utah and saw signs to Promontory Summit – thirty miles. It sounded like an enticing drive for two visitors from the East, remembering history of the Wild West. Those old-timers could not possibly have planned to have the transcontinental tracks meet at the top of a mountain. If they had planned it, they would have preferred the level land of the Salt Lake Basin below that spreads for miles and miles.

However, after blasting through solid rock mountains, at times only eighteen inches a day, they met here at the peak of this mountain, and the rest is history. It was an unbelievable race between two rail companies and an incredible accomplishment for those early Americans. These are replicas of the original engines that met. We saw a wonderful reenactment of the original “Golden Spike Ceremony” on 2 August 2008.

The image, Promontory Summit , Utah , was originally uploaded by barneykin. It is posted here from Barneykin’s flickr account.

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