Wednesday, July 28, 2010

A Little of This, A Little of That

     I am writing this sitting in my garage (it is hot) so that I can "borrow" an internet connection from someone in the neighborhood. I took my computer somewhere last night and left the power cord in my husband's car, so I'm stuck with the cord that plugs into the lighter in my this dedication to my blog or what? Yesterday, I couldn't get online at all...I hope that new modem shows up soon!

     I’ve been going through some of my pictures from my weeks in Florida and I realized that there are a few I want to share, but they don’t really deserve a blog post of their own. For example there was the view from our balcony at the Orlando Renaissance Hotel. We were so close to Sea World that we not only watched the 4th of July Fireworks in our jammies, we could hear the music and the announcer.

     Of course the night before, we watched the 4th Fireworks Spectacular over the Magic Kingdom from the rooftop of Disney’s Wilderness Lodge Hotel. That is what we call a perk of having a daughter who works for Disney. There were about 12 of us on the rooftop, no crowds, no screaming kids and a breathtaking view.

     There was the picture I took of my husband’s sandwich at a little Cuban restaurant in Winter Park, FL. It was a Cuban hamburger. A hamburger patty topped with ham, bacon, cheese, lettuce, tomato and a FRIED EGG! He loved it, but can you imagine if I’d made this for him at home? You think he would have eaten this? Talk about a heart attack in a sandwich!

     I also just had to show you a few more pictures that I found in my mother’s things. The first photo is of my mother’s parents. I never knew my grandfather with hair, or my grandmother with dark hair. Isn’t this just the perfect 20’s photo?

     I also found this photo of my mother and her older sister. What was so exciting about finding this photo, is that mom’s sister was always a mystery to us. She died when she was 6 as a result of having her tonsils out. The only thing I know is that the hospital gave her too much ether and killed her. My grandparents never mentioned her and my mom was only 4 when she died and had very little memory of her.

     I’ll leave you with a little bit of table top. This is the table that is behind our loveseat. It is the frame in the middle that is special to me. When my mom was first sick, my husband brought it home as a surprise one evening. The Jim Croce song was special to us when we were dating, the beach theme is perfect for my house and yes, that is a picture of us when we were dating. He had hair and I was blonde, we’ve come a long way baby!

    I am going to work backwards and link this to Table Top Tuesday with our hostess Marty @ A Stroll Thru Life. I'm also linking to Susan @ A Southern Daydreamer for Outdoor Wednesday.   



The Quintessential Magpie said...

Sue, I enjoyed these so much. Loved the firework shots. I know what you mean about being away from the madding crowd. We are blessed not to have to leave our house to see the fireworks in St. Augustine.

That shot of your grandparents is wonderful, and so is the one of your mother and her sister in the little cart. How tragic about the hospital killing her sister! My mother lost a younger brother as the result of a tragic accident, and he was rarely mentioned, either. But both of my grandparents' hair turned white practically overnight from the stress and grief. Or so it was said.

I loved seeing you and your husband, too. Great pic!


Sheila :-)

dee dee said...

What beautiful pictures and "memory" pictures! It is neat to watch how your history came alive with the photos your found!
Dee Dee

Anita@Theycallmejammi said...

The fireworks pictures are great and looks like you had a premium spot to view from. Love the family pictures. It's always good to see our relatives in a differant light.

Red Couch Recipes said...

Sue, I love that picture of the sheep cart! So quaint and cute. Your fireworks pics are spectacular...I have never been able to get great shots of fireworks! Joni

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Great post. I love your pictures of the fireworks. They are really spectacular. Your family photos are all so precious and your family history is such a treasure to know. I love the pic of you and DH and the card. They is so special. Thanks so much for joining TTT. Hugs, Marty

Glenda/MidSouth said...

Thanks for sharing your trip to Florida, and your family pictures. When I lived in Florida, I ate Cuban Midnight sandwiches for lunch many times and loved them. Got one at a sandwich shop here a while back and it did not taste even close to the real thing. The Cuban hamburger does look and sound like a heart attack! :) Hope your modem shows up soon.

Blondie's Journal said...

You took fabulous pictures of the fireworks. Mine were just a blur. I wonder if I needed the night setting on my camera.

Love your old pictures. They remind me so much of a picture my mom had of herself and her older sister who died in surgery when she was only 12. I'm glad that I was born in a time when medical miracles are always happening.

Hope you have a wonderful week.


Mimi said...

Great pictures of the fireworks!
Love the old pictures of your family, love the old sepia shots.

JUST ME said...

Great pictures...the one with you and your husband is so cute! Even with my heart all broken up, I can still know happiness and love when I see it. :)

Also - aren't Disney resorts KNOWN for feeding people incredibly artery-clogging stuff? All part of the magic, I guess...

Traci said...

I adore Disney World!! How fabulous to be able to have a special place to watch the fireworks! What wonderful pictures of your family!

jlshall said...

What a great post! Loved all the fireworks photos - I've never been able to take good shots of fireworks, so I'm really amazed. And the family photos are so lovely and sweet!

Happy Outdoor Wednesday! from Joy @ Joysweb

nannykim said...

I love love the old photos. Such a sad story about your mom's sis! Wow!! We had a kid die here in our town a few years back from the same thing--hard to believe is it not? His stitches broke in the middle of the night and he bled to death at home in his bathroom. His parents found him the next morning. No minor surgery is really minor. Yes, that sandwich looks deadly!!!

Sherry said...

Don't you love Wilderness Lodge! Wonderful view. The sandwich is a hoot! thanks for stopping by.

Cindy (Applestone Cottage) said...

Very nice pics Sue! I love the fireworks and the view you had was amazing! I love the old pics the best and the one of your Mom's sister is so sweet and yet the story is so sad.
Take Care,

Marydon said...

Sue, the pics are so wonderful from yore! I so love looking thru them, whether mine or yours. Sad story of the sister, tho.

The other pics are really lovely, too. Glad you had such a lovely time.

I couldn't do the egg on that sandwich, at all.
Have a lovely summer's eve ~
TTFN ~ Marydon

FrugalMom said...

What a wonderful post full of memories and family love.

Maria said...

Oh my goodness Sue, I'm laughing out loud at your perseverance getting online... I would be the SAME WAY... trust me!
You're lucky that someone in your neighborhood doesn't have good security on their wireless!
That's hard to find these days :D

I love your pics from the past!
The one of your mom and her sister when they were little especially struck me... So sad that she died due to a tonsillectomy!

Isn't it great to find these photographic treasures!?!

Your fireworks pics are great too... I just found out this past 4th that my daughter's camera has a fireworks setting!

My sister and I are traveling for a couple of days to visit our father... He'll be 86 in a few months... We really enjoy our sister time... and of course Dad's awesome pancakes!

Thanks for your visits and great comments Sue!
Wishing you a wonderful weekend!
Take care! ~Maria

My name means Wisdom said...

So glad that I am online again and can keep up with you. The second picture from your mom is such a keepsake.

Parsley said...

I'm a 'sorrority sister' and dropped by to say hello. My blog door is always open so stop by anytime. Help yourself to some tea and cookies.

God Bless.

Mid-Atlantic Martha said...

Oh what wonderful memories attached to your photos. Thanks for your recent visits to my Greek vacation posts -- It was a great vacation and I've loved sharing -- keep watching there will be more!

koralee said...

Thank you for sharing today..such wonderful memories. Make sure you have a great day today. xoxoo

Gypsy Heart said...

I love the photo of you & your husband! Lots of beautiful memories. I am a nut about fireworks! Always makes me happy and excited to see them so thanks for sharing those photos too.

I so hope your computer is fixed soon! Take good care ~


Natasha said...

First let me congratulate you on your services to blogging-you are truly dedicated!

Thanks also for sharing these beautiful memories. I loved seeing these wonderful pictures that you found.

Best wishes for a wonderful weekend,

DUTA said...

I never cease to use the cliche "a picture's worth a thousand words".
The picture of the sandwich - indeed, a heart attack is hidden in that huge hamburger sandwich.
Your grandparents - what a nice-looking couple!
The twin sisters - twins are always a mystery and here mystery became tragedy when one of the twins died at the age of six.
The stunning pictures of the fireworks give us moments of something glamorous,irreal happening.

Jenny said...

I love this picture of your Mom and her sister. I'm glad you found so many wonderful treasures to keep her close to your heart!

I love that Jim Croce song!

Angie said...

I just love fireworks - sounds like you were doubly spoiled! Plus, VIP treatment for one set :)

What a cute picture and frame from your husband.