8 March 2014
Remembering the women in my life…
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. 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 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.
Information about International Women’s Day – Wikipedia.
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.
A green quote* for you on a rainy Florida Thursday,
*Quote found at: brainyquote.com
photos are © Out Of My Mind Images 2014
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
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.
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…
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!
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,
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.
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…
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!
And while we’re seeing and thinking green…perhaps you’ll think about frogs and the
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,
I’ve been taking photos of her since she was born and adopted (almost 7 years) so she doesn’t mind having me snap.snap.snapping in her face. Sometimes I take 50 (or more) shots before I get that one that’s Yaya perfect…this was that one
looks like a lot of FUN
(most of) my family and me
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,
Hearts and flowers were the theme of the day on Tumblr yesterday, on my blog as well as thousands of others. Even though I was sad (5 Valentine’s Days since Don died) I did my best to enter in to the spirit of the occasion…
I went to the beach!
Love of the sand and the surf was something Don and I shared, so I went to the beach and looked for a little sandy, surfy love!
perfect sandy hearts
a couple so very obviously in LOVE…
and remembered, happily, when it was Don and I…
enjoy your Saturday,