Friday, October 10, 2014

New York 26 of 50*






My very first visit to the State of New York was in the early '70's.  I went to New York City and attended a Seminar on International Banking at Chase Manhattan Bank...right at the tip of Manhattan.  








I flew in during the day and my first sight of the city was from the airplane.  It took my breath away.  I got the same feeling when I looked over the rim of the Grand Canyon.  Pictures do not do it justice.  New York City should be on every one's 'Bucket List'.  

My next trip to New York was in 2006 to the Naples, New York, in the Finger Lake District. I flew into Rochester to send a few days with three of my lifelong friends.  One of those friends lives there and invited us to come see her. It was a mini-reunion. 


Scenic View 2006



What a great time in a wonderful part of New York State.
Lucky me!  I got to go back to New York in 2013 on our way home from Maine. 
We stayed on night in Schenectady with my cousin and his family.
Now and Then-------

2013-Mac and Me in Schenectady

ca.1955 Mac on left Me on right!

2013 - Same Scenic View

Then, one night with my friend in Naples.  The scenery was just as beautiful as I remember it.  The weather was perfect and the hospitality exceptional. 







Don't know if we'll get back or not.  A Canadian Rail Trip is on our 'Bucket List'.  My Naples friend has said she would take us to the train. We'll see!

*For "new to my blog" friends...on May 17, 2010, I visited Wisconsin.
I can now say that I have been in, to or through all 50 United States.
I am committed to make an Artist Trading Card "ATC" for each of
the 50 States. 

Monday, September 1, 2014

New Mexico No. 28 of 50*

#28 "ATC" (Artist Trading Card)
Only 22 more to go!
I have been through

New Mexico at least six times


on the way to California 


and Arizona.  I have never 


actually spent much time 


there.  





A picture I received from
 my Grandmother McLean, who
went to Sante Fe on vacation.
The snow always amazed me.






I do have a personal 

connection to New 

Mexico. 

In the early 

1940's mGrandmother 

pulled up stakes after 

my Grandfather died  

and moved from 

Oklahoma to Los Alamos. 


Traveling Route 66, I spent one night in Tucumcari, New Mexico. We had a vapor lock and the car stopped. Okay, I was driving at 2am! We were going to drive through from Little Rock to San Bernardino, California.  It was not to be. Thank goodness. I got to wash my hair and get a little sleep before the car started and we were on our way again.

I was also lucky :) enough to turn south off of I-40 at Santa Rosa and go to Fort Sumner and the site of Billy the Kid's grave.  

Now aren't you jealous!
The New Mexico desert landscape is not my favorite. You don't get much scenery when you are traveling the main highways.  However, New Mexico will always be special to me because a significant part of my Grandmother's life was spent there.





*For "new to my blog" friends...on May 17, 2010, I visited Wisconsin.
 I can now say that I have been in, to or through all 50 United States.
 I am committed to make an Artist Trading Card "ATC" for each of
 the 50 States. 

Sunday, August 31, 2014

SONG FOR SUNDAY AUGUST 31 2014

Three Bells
(The Jimmy Brown Song)
The Brown's
Jim Ed, Maxine, Bonnie
(Now and Then)

There's a village hidden deep in the valley
Among the pine trees half forlorn
And there on a sunny morning
Little Jimmy Brown was born





All the chapel bells were ringing in the little valley town
And the song that they were singing was for baby Jimmy Brown
Then the little congregation prayed for guidance from above
Lead us not into temptation
Bless this hour of meditation
Guide him with eternal love

There's a village hidden deep in the valley
Beneath the mountains high above
And there twenty years thereafter
Jimmy was to meet his love

All the chapel bells were ringing in the little valley town
And the song that they were was for baby Jimmy Brown
Then the little congregation prayed for guidance from above
Lead us not into temptation
Bless Oh Lord this celebration
May their lives be filled with love

From the village hidden deep in the valley
One rainy morning dark and grey
A soul winged its way to heaven
Jimmy Brown had passed away

All the chapel bells were ringing in the little valley town
And the song that they were singing was for baby Jimmy Brown
Then the little congregation prayed for guidance from above
Lead us not into temptation
May his soul find the salvation
Of Thy great eternal love