24 June 2010


is this?

I thought 
that I knew a few plants.....
apparently I know at least one less than I thought.

Is it a Thistle?

I rarely see Thistles....
and the few times I have...
well, let's just say I keep my distance.

But this plant was in a rose garden that I visited 
and so I snapped a shot
and thought I would simply look it up in one of 
my gardening books...

no photo of this to be found....
can you help?

20 June 2010

My Pop....

This is my dad....
when he was a young guy.

He grew up in the coal mining towns of
West Virginia.

His family was fun and provided 
love and support.

He joined the Army,
when he was halfway through 
his college education.

Afterward, he went back to school,
at West Virginia University,
and met my mother.

They married,
and had two wonderful children,
well....at least one wonderful one...smiles...

This is the wonderful one,
with her dad, grandmother and 
her grandfather holding her,
or pinching her, I can't tell which...

This is the one that is probably 
wonderful too...smiles.

It's just that he steals cars and impersonates 
cowboys too....so you never know...

My dad and I used to go to the steeplechase races
and drink champagne
and wear silly sunglasses...
and ties.....
(it was the eighties)

Now we simply marvel at the fact that we 
have lived this long and still love each 
other to pieces.....
Happy Father's Day, Pop!
Love you bunches