A big hug at the meeting before Deb moves to Washington this coming Sunday.
I’m not going to tell you how many photos I took trying to get a photo where one or the other of my lady friends didn’t have their eyes closed. I stopped trying after I took this last photo. I couldn’t believe it when I looked at the LCD screen and saw that they both had their eyes closed. Try as they did to keep their eyes open, it just wasn’t going to happen.
This came in the mail the other day from Leo. Until I posted this photo I couldn’t tell what Leo had written at the bottom under the coin. Cheap card by Leo!
Before Leo moved back to Oklahoma a couple of months ago, he had always gifted “his friends” with a celebratory coin on their birthdays. He prides himself in the uniqueness of this coin giving tradition. I can’t remember, but I think Leo bought about 500 of these coins.
When Leo found out that Ray’s birthday was upcoming he told me he’d mail Ray off his 30 year coin. The tradition still lives on even though Leo moved away. Yeah.
I’m so proud of my family, I wanted you to see them. Here is a 3 minute video I shot with my little Canon Powershot A640 as my brother, Don, was carving the turkey. Everyone was quite patient while I was video taping them.
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My brother Don’s Piper, Meridian airplane he flew back to a small airport not far from my where we stayed at Ginny and Walid’s home for Thanksgiving.
Ginny and Walid’s home called Pop Castle.
I spent all day yesterday trying to make sense of the tons of photos I took over Thanksgiving while back east in Virginia at my sister Ginny and Walid’s home. Hope you check out some photos I posted on Flickr. Click on the bottom link (not the photos)- where it says Gottagolinda’s photos – to be taken to all my albums I now keep on Flickr. Click below the 3 featured photos where the text says: More of gottagolinda’s photos – to be taken directly to my online albums.
I thought it would be fun for you to see the very short movie I asked Colleen to take of us following Thanksgiving dinner.
How the house got its name.
A union gunboat fired on Pop Castle in 1861 when pursuing Confederate troops on the house’s grounds. It is believed that when one of the Union boats fired upon the house one of the canyon balls entered through the upstairs bedroom. It was then a sailor on deck shouted, “We popped the Castle.”
Current view of home from dock.
While touring the Steamboat Era Museum in Irvinton, Virgina – 5 minutes from their home, I took this photo of Ginny and Walid standing in front of “The Bay At War” exhibit. This is THEIR home in the exhibit. www.steamboateramuseum.org
Artifacts in Ginny and Walid’s garage that were discovered in a dig on their property and passed on down with each owner of Pop Castle.(see the canonball?)
We leave in a couple of hours for Thanksgiving back east.
Here is a checklist of all I am carrying with me on the plane….and will never be out of my sight:
Entertainment items ((the just-in-case items:):
photo transfer flash drive
· Small waist camera
· Larger camera
· Extra lens
· Extra batteries
· Extra camera cards
· Recovering A Journal by May Sarton
· The Magic of Digital Photography book by Rob Sheppard
· Eat, Pray, and Love by Elizabeth Gilbert
· My journal
Some things never change.
The extended Dorothy and Saul Sher Family.
Top row- left to right: Linda Sher Jeffers, Don Sher, Colleen Huff (Don’s wife), Ramsey Ramadan, Ginny Sher Ramadan, Walid Ramadan, Lena Ramadan.
Middle row- left to right: Lane Ahern (my son), Ray Jeffers, Leila Sher Ellliott, Dennis Elliott, Brett Elliott.
Bottom row- left to right: Josh Jeffers, Zane Ramadan, Jessica Elliott, Dean Ramadan, Matthew Elliott.
I have the best family anyone could ever want. I can’t wait to see everyone. It’s embarrassing but, off the top of my head, I don’t remember how long it has been since we have all been together. I could go look it up but I’m tired and want to finish this blog entry.
My sons, Lane and Josh, unfortunately will not be with us this Thanksgiving. I just received an email from Lane tonight. Here is what Lane says about where he is and where he is going:
I hope all is well with you and Ray. Everything is great here. We’ve been seeing lots of old friends and becoming quite adept at getting around Bangkok. Soon we’ll begin our new travels. We’re off to a part of Thailand we’ve yet to see, Nong Ki on the Mekong, and then back to Cambodia, and perhaps our first trip to Vietnam, before we come back to Bangkok to meet Nicole……..”
Josh is in the Navy and last week took off on his first active tour of duty. Josh has probably arrived off the coast of Iraq. He’ll be there for 7 months.
I miss my Mom and Dad. I know they would be thrilled to know their kids and grandkids are planning to spend Thanksgiving together. They wanted us to stay close together.
Every Thanksgiving, and this one is no exception, Mom and Dad head the list when it comes to my gratitude. Thank you , thank you Mom and Dad. For EVERYTHING.
This is Susan.
Susan is a wonderful artist. I hope you visit her brand new BLOG. I hope she will post lots of her art. But for your pleasure, here is a sneak preview of some photos I have of her work.