Wondering about wild grapes

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Wondering About Blue Leaves, etc.

The other day as I was walking around my driveway, I noticed a couple of small trees.  Yes, I know there are a lot small, medium, and large trees on my place. but these were a little bit different; they had blue leaves!!  I have always enjoyed the Autumn colors especially when I lived up north in the hardwood forests of western Pennsylvania.  Yes, the leaves do change colors here in East Texas but they don't change all at once like they do up north.  The only thing is, this is the first time I have seen blue leaves.  No, I don't think I am color blind and yes, I did take pictures.

There are a lot of natural things that are the color blue, the sky for instance and there are some that are artificial, like the Blue Man Group, remember them:

But leaves turning blue?  If someone had said that they had just seen some trees whose leaves turned blue, I would ask them what they were drinking or were they wearing blue tinted glasses.  But the fact is, there are a couple of small tress or bushes beside my driveway that have blue leaves.  OK, here are some pictures:
 See, I told you they were blue.  Do you know what kind of tree it is?
I am thinking that it is a small sweet gum tree, what do you think?
The last picture, I believe, shows the true color the best, or does the first picture show it the best?  Actually all three show the true color and the reason that there are some slight differences in color is that they were taken of different small trees.  Now, I sure don't want you all to have a blue day, but rather, have a great day, you hear?

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Wondering About the Republic of Fredonia.

How many of you have heard of the Republic of Fredonia?  On this day in 1826, Benjamin Edwards rode into the Mexican-controlled Nacogdoches, Texas, and proclaimed himself ruler of the Republic of Fredonia.  He enlisted help from a local Indian tribe and tried to take the town from the Mexicans.  (This was the first of many rebellions against Mexico and it all ended about ten years later at the Alamo.)

I have driven around the west side of Nacogdoches many times on highway 59 when heading north or northeast on trips.  It proclaims itself as the oldest town in Texas.  It is also a college town and is home to the Stephen F. Austin University.

There are many beautiful old homes in that town.  I guess one of these days, instead of just driving through or around that town, I will have to stop and explore a bit.  Although I much prefer to be out exploring nature's wonders, I still appreciate our history.  Now, don't have any rebellions at your place and have a glorious day, you hear? 

Monday, December 15, 2014

Wondering, Does My Spearmint Lose Its Flavor. . .

I wonder if any of you out there are old enough to remembering that song, "Does The Spearmint Lose Its Flavor On The Bedpost Overnight?  I sure do.  It was popular back in 1950, but I always remembered it, maybe not all the verses, but most of them.  Just to get you started and maybe to let that tune bounce back and forth in your head all day, here are a couple of the many verses:

Oh me, oh my, oh you, I don't know what to do
Hallelujah, the question is peculiar
It's got me on the go, I'd give a lot of dough
If someone here would tell me, is it yes or is it no?
Does the spearmint lose its flavor on the bedpost overnight?
If you chew it in the morning, will it be too hard to bite?
Can't you see I'm going crazy, won't somebody put me right?
Does the spearmint lose its flavor on the bedpost overnight?

Ok, do you remember it now?

This, and the song "Dead Skunk in the Middle of the Road,
always seem to keep playing in my head.

Now, you all have a great day, you hear?

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Wondering About Ice.

It is just so very cold here this morning, it is only 72 degrees here now and I think it got down to around 69 degrees this morning, so naturally, I started thinking about ice.  Yep, you know, the solid state of water.  Most things have three states, solid, liquid, and gas, but there are a few that skip a state here and there.  Some just sublime from a solid to a gas.  Now, I wonder why it is called "sublime"?  It must make the solid feel good if doing it is so sublime. . .

The clouds just came over and the temperature dropped a degree to 71.  See:

OK, I can take weather like this.  I wonder if it will last all month.  I remember other Decembers when it did.  It is supposed to be warm all week.    Of course, January is usually the coldest month here and that is yet to come.  I guess I could let you know if it gets unusually cold or hot. . . if I think about it.

I assume that you have guessed that I don't have much of anything outstanding to tell you, but since I didn't post yesterday, I figured I better post something today so that you know I am still around.  Now, you all have a great day, you hear? 

Friday, December 12, 2014

Wondering About Carrot Juice.

I have been told that carrot juice is good for you.  Way back when I got my first job, there was a fellow there that we all thought was a health nut.  He very seldom wore a jacket and always took a swim every day of the year, and at that time, I was living and working in western Pennsylvania and the winters were really cold!!  So, with all the bodies of water frozen over, how did he go swimming everyday?  Well, he first tried to swim in creeks and ponds and such, but got really tired of breaking the ice every day.  So, he had his own private swimming pool put in.  In one corner, he mounted a heat lamp which prevented the ice from forming in that corner and that was enough to give him access to the water, in which he would swim every morning before coming to work.

This man also drank carrot juice. Not just a glass now and then through the week, but he practically lived on it.  In fact, he started to turn orange and smelled like carrots.  I don't know, but I would imagine that he drank other vegetable juices, but maybe not.  I have no idea how long he lived, since I lost contact with him when I took a salaried position.

I found this next paragraph on line at:

"A lot of people are obsessed with eating healthy and exercising, in the hopes that they can put off the inevitable a bit longer. But in some cases such dedication can be just as deadly as sitting on the couch all day eating potato chips. In 1974, Englishman Basil Brown died of an overdose of carrot juice. Brown, whose healthy eating regime involved drinking one gallon of the stuff a day, had had an orange tint to his skin for some time. But drinking one gallon of almost anything other than water a day isn’t great for your liver, and after years of the practice it finally shut down."

If there is a moral to this story I guess it would be not to do anything in excess.  In fact, that is a good motto to live by.  Now, you all have a great day, you hear?

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Wondering About Joe DiMaggio.

 On this date in 1951, Joe DiMaggio announces his retirement from baseball.  I am old enough to remember him playing for the Yankees.  I also remember that they used to call him Jump'n Joe DiMaggio.  Why?  I have no idea and can't find any info on it.  Now, someone, please tell me I am not loosing my mind and that he did have that nickname!!  Maybe he could leap high and catch fly balls???

His pictures remind me of a big, fun loving kid.  Well, I was a kid when he was playing ball.  Here is a picture of him:

And another picture.  Was this one an old baseball card?

I am sure you all remember that Joe married Marilyn MonroeThat was a very publicized affair but it sure didn't last long, only about a year.

My grandma was quite a baseball fan and always listened to the games when they were on radio.  She was a Pittsburgh Pirates fan.  I have never been interested in watching baseball on TV, since to me, it is a slow, drawn out affair, unlike football or basketball or hockey or. . . . but when I was a kid back in the '50s, I got to go to a Pirates game.  My Dad worked for H.J. Heinz Co. and they had a box right at first base.  So my Dad would take customers to the baseball game now and then.  Once, one guy couldn't make it, so I got to go along.  I could reach over the fence and touch the grass on Forbes Field.

Oh to be a kid again. . . oh yes, that's right, I am plenty old enough to go through my second childhood. . . if only, I wish.  Now, you all have a great day, you hear?

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Wondering About Garbage Pick-up and Christmas Lights.

I bet you are wondering what the connections are between garbage pick-up and Christmas lights.  Well, I will tell you.  Yesterday was my regular scheduled garbage pick-up day, so in the morning, I carried a couple of full garbage cans down to the road for pick-up.  That is about an eighth of a mile from my house.  Then last night, I went down to retrieve them, but they were not empty, but when I got down there, I was very impressed with the neighbors' Christmas light displays.  So, I walked back to the house and got my camera and went back down to the road, took two pictures, and came back and put the camera chip into my computer and looked at the pictures.

Dang, I must have the palsy or something.  Those pictures were really blurry.  But, since that is all I have I am going to post them anyway.  After seeing the blog at http://littlelottajoy.blogspot.com/, I decided if she posted those shaky pictures I could post mine, too.  So try not to get too dizzy.

And one more:

See, I told you that they were blurry.  The problem was, that since it was so dark, the camera kept the shutter open for a fairly long time.  If I had known that at the time, I would have braced the camera against a fence post, but then I wouldn't have been able to get that last picture of the lights on the fence.  Oh well, you get the idea.  Now, if you don't like them, blame Lottajoy. . .Now, have a great day, you hear?