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Feb 16 2013

Veterans Day

Veterans Day

In America Veterans Day is an annual holiday honoring military veterans. Both a federal holiday and a state holiday in all states, it is usually observed on November 11th. However, if it occurs on a Sunday then the following Monday is designated for holiday leave, and if it occurs Saturday then either Saturday or Friday may be so designated.Veterans Day is also celebrated as Armistice Day or Remembrance Day in other parts of the world.

Nashville National Cemetery

Nashville National Cemetery

© 2013 photo courtesy L Watts

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Mar 27 2009

Mama’s Mama – poem from 1953 by Anna Rees Henton

Mamma’s Mamma

by: Anna Rees Henton
born: 1868

Mamma’s Mamma

by: Anna Rees Henton

Mama’s Mama, on a winter’s day,
Milked the cows and fed them hay,
Slopped the hogs, saddled the mule,
And got the children off to school.

Did a washing, mopped the floors,
Washed the windows and did some chores.
Cooked a dish of home-dried fruit,
Pressed her husband’s Sunday suit,
Swept the parlor, made the bed,
Baked a dozen loaves of bread.

Split some wood and lugged it in,
Enough to fill the kitchen bin,
Cleaned the lamps and put in oil,
Stewed some apples she thought might spoil,
Churned the butter, baked a cake,
Then exclaimed: “For Mercy’s sake,
The calves have got out of the pen!”
Went out and chased them in again.

Gathered the eggs and locked the stable,
Returned to the house and set the table,
Cooked a supper that was delicious,
And afterwards washed all the dishes,
Fed the cat, sprinkled the clothes,
Mended a basket full of hose,
Then opened the organ and began to play,
“When You Come to the End of a Perfect Day.”

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Nov 17 2008

Indian Blanket Flower

Indian Blanket Flower

‘Gaillardia pulchella’

The Indian Blanket Flower also known as the Firewheel or the Sundance flower, is the official state wild flower of the State of Oklahoma. It blooms practically year-round in some warm areas, but more typically in summer to early fall. Legend states; the blanket flower was once all yellow and was a favorite of the Aztec Indians, years ago, young Aztec women would decorate their hair with crowns of the golden flowers. When Cortez came to their land and killed those who were living there peacefully, the much loved flower “caught the blood of the innocents as they fell”…..and to this day the red stains remain on the flower.

indian blanket flower in bloom

indian blanket flower in bloom

© 2007 photo courtesy L Watts

Blanket flowers are easy to grow from seed. The seeds can be sewed in early Spring and will bloom that same Summer. These hearty flowers thrive in much of central United States, all the way from northern Mexico to southern Canada. From the daisy family, the blanket flower petals are exquisite, each petal in itself is a flower, the colors are vivid and there are several color varieties available. The beauty of each individual flower is timeless, but a large patch of Indian Blanket flowers is a sight to behold.

© 2008 oodles of infOrmation

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