International Women’s Day…

8 March 2014

Remembering the women in my life…

grandma B.

grandma B.

Grandma B. worked as a school teacher before she married.  After she married, she reared nine children, often caring for them by herself, as my granddaddy was frequently absent with his job as a postman on the railroad.

grandma M.

grandma M.

Grandma M. worked as a secretary before marrying.  She reared seven children, losing one to “summer complaint” when he was a boy.  She assisted my granddaddy with family finances by working as an elocution teacher and a typist.

Mom

Mom

Mom worked as a secretary before marrying.  When my sister and I were young, we moved to rural Virginia so Mom could care for her three elderly aunts.  For five years she took care of her two children and her three aunts pretty much by herself, as my Dad was only home on weekends.  Over the years she worked as a PTA volunteer, a census taker, a secretary, a volunteer with local Senior Citizen Centers.

These three women took care of their families first…I know (because they told me) that at least two of them would have liked to pursue a career outside the home or even instead of the home.  Between the 1890s and the 1930s their families and society itself expected/demanded that these women become stay-at-home wives and mothers.  These women weren’t trend setters, they acquiesced.

Beyond their families these three women were concerned about their fellow human beings…I honor them for their contributions to life.

Theanne

Information about International Women’s Day – Wikipedia.

shades of…

green

green

green

green

green

green

green

green

green

green

green

green

green

green

For anyone who wanders by and wonders why I’m going on about GREEN, I refer you to this post…dated 2 March 2014…APOLOGIES (second paragraph).  You will find that GREEN is the chosen theme for the month of March (the theme for February was LOVE), partly because St Patrick’s Day is celebrated during this month but more because spring has arrived or is on the horizon for many countries in the world.

Green, in some of it’s shades, is considered to have a calming effect, over the years it’s been used often, as the paint of choice, in hospitals.

See Wikipedia’s Shades of Green here.

A green quote* for you on a rainy Florida Thursday,

Theanne

green quote

green quote

*Quote found at:  brainyquote.com

photos are © Out Of My Mind Images 2014

are ALIENS…

green?

After all the “Flying Purple People Eater” was purple and “The Little Blue Man” was, well, blue… BUT…

somewhere along the way most aliens were thought of and depicted as being green…Wikipedia’s info. on “little green men” can be found here.

Since I grew up with little green men insinuating themselves into my imagination…here’s mine…though he doesn’t appear so little :)

my green alien

my green alien

I first drew him in 2012, during the time that Out Of My Mind Images was born.  So, recently, after I found myself in possession of a fantastic Moleskine (my first), I was very leery of drawing in it and messing it up.  I went to my old lined notebooks for some inspiration and found my somewhat green alien friend.

original alien

original alien

His expression appears to be one of immense surprise, I’m sure he must have been quite shocked to find a human (an alien in his world) standing before him…a very non-green alien.  What I’m hoping is, is that those hands aren’t electrified and the head tentacles aren’t there to vacuum out brains.

Finally, there’s my head “shot” of a somewhat more scary green creature, I’ve apparently labeled him a MONSTER…

green monster

green monster

My what big teeth you have little green man, maybe you’re not an alien at all!  I’m really loving your orange eyes, purple tongue and blue hair…but the teeth…not so much!

spaceship bound for earth

spaceship bound for earth

I think it’s time to leave…let’s make a run for it…want to catch that last spaceship bound for earth…

Bye, bye little green, possibly, alien men…see you soon,

Theanne

enjoying a little mystery where I find it…

When I first noticed this green light, while looking at the house I later bought, it never occurred to me to ask someone what on earth it was for.

green light

green light

It’s located to the right of the electrical panel box in the garage and, I’ve since discovered, it burns 24 hours a day.

After I moved in, I had two or three power company men come out (at different times) to check my house for various things, such as energy efficiency. Did I remember to ask them about the green light, of course not.  I could still ask, but why bother, someday when it stops burning I’ll ask.  Right now I love the mystery of it…not knowing exactly what it’s for, trying to imagine what rational, mundane task it performs.

I Googled “green light quote” and found this,

“a single green light, minute and faraway, that might have been the end of a dock.” - F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby, Ch. 1  

So now I’m imagining my green light as “minute and faraway” seen through billows of nighttime fog, perhaps stationary, perhaps moving, the running light on a small boat…

Theanne

Apologies…

for deleting my last 2 or 3 posts.  Apparently some of the coding in one of the posts was causing what appears on the left side of each post to shoot down to the bottom of the page.  I tried WordPress Help and Support and received little help or support (other than being sent to a forum where I couldn’t find my question) and being unable to figure out what I needed to change, I decided my only recourse was to delete the (possibly) offending posts.  Voila!  Success!  On my computer everything is appearing back where it’s meant to be.

So moving on, here we are already over into March and I’ve set no theme for the month…I believe I’ll go with the color green…which ties in nicely with St Patrick’s Day,  celebrated later this month.  My header is blue and yellow (which when mixed together makes…green) and frogs are usually thought of as green (even though they come in many different colors). So a green theme it is!

ripples in the sun

ripples in the sun

garden ornament

garden ornament

reflection in the jungle

reflection in the jungle

And while we’re seeing and thinking green…perhaps you’ll think about frogs and the

Save the Frogs!®

organization…they’re having an art contest which runs from 15 January 2014 to 15 October 2014.  Check it out…it might be something you’d like to do!

I love frogs (even though there is at least one Bufo toad, who was living in my yard in the fall, who is poisonous to my K9).  Now I’ve had to look up the differences and similarities between frogs and toads :)  If you’re interested try here.

More green…coming up,

Theanne

 

love…of family

Peter Pan, Tinker Bell, Wendy, John, Captain Hook

Peter Pan, Tinker Bell, Wendy, John, Captain Hook

(most of) my family and me

my grandson and his girlfriend

my grandson and his girlfriend

my oldest grandson, who is living back with his Dad and Mom2

(the young lady is grandson’s girlfriend)

(the furry family member is Dora)

what a joy to have family to love and be loved by

viva la familia

*****

have a pleasurable President’s Day,

Theanne