Tuesday, August 14, 2018

T Stands for the Greenville Drive

Himself is a fan of the baseball team, the Boston Red Sox. The Boston Red Sox has a farm league (minor league) team, the Greenville Drive in Greenville, South Carolina. The team had a home game while we were visiting so Moopa got tickets for us to go to a night game.

At the entrance to Fluor Field the logo for the Boston Red Sox 

and the logo for the Greenville Drive

A statue to Greenville favorite son, Shoeless Joe Jackson. As a teen, Jackson was a textile mill worker and played for the mill's baseball team. He got his nickname Shoeless Joe when he removed his cleats because of blisters and played a game in his socks. Jackson is best remembered for his alleged association with the Black Sox Scandal when members of the Chicago White Sox fixed the outcome of the 1919 World Series. As result, Jackson was banned from baseball for life.

Fluor Field has a replica of Fenway Park's Green Monster.

Green Monster at Fenway Park, Home Field of the Boston Red Sox, Boston, Massachusetts
Photo By Aidan Siegel - From en.wikipedia; description page is (was) here, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=1155838

Moopa got us great seats behind third base and across from the Jumbo-tron. 

The Drive was playing the Rome Braves another A-league team for the Atlanta Braves. A Rome Brave player warms up before the game.

Players and fans stand for the National Anthem at the start of the game.

"And the home of the brave....Play ball!" (The last line of the National Anthem =^,.^=)

The score was tied 0 - 0. The Drive had 2 runners on base when fierce lighting and rain halted the game.The grounds crew scrambled to roll out the tarp to protect the infield.

Pouring rain and bolts of lightning come closer and closer. We were under an awning, but had to seek cover inside as the rain blew in. So what do you do?

You get a hot dog and a soda from the concession stand. I was too lazy to go get mustard and relish.

The storm passed and the grounds crew removed the tarp and mopped lakes of water off the field.

Back at our seats which miraculously stayed dry. Eye to the sky

Waiting for the grounds crew to finish

Ominous skies and storms on the horizon poised to roll through the area.

After an hour and a half debate of whether to play the game or not, the game was called because of the severe weather in the area. A make up game was schedule for the following afternoon. Fans could bring their tickets to gain admission to see the game. 

Sadly, we were headed back to Ohio to pick up the Young One so weren't able to go. Moopa texted us that the Drive, pretty near the bottom of their division, won the game against the Braves with a score of 4 to 1. Moopa thought our presence in the field must have brought the team luck.

Monday, August 13, 2018

Mooma's Stained Glass

Mooma's fused glass creations. The happy chicken makes me smile.

This stained glass piece looks like a quilt square and hangs in the foyer

Mooma said this piece is almost done. She had a glass dragonfly (I think) she had made that needs to be appliqued onto the piece. She was thinking of placing the dragonfly on the white daisy in the middle. This piece was supposed to represent the farm. The blue for the mountains, Mooma's flowers, and a stream (I think ).

Sunday, August 12, 2018

How Does Moopa and Mooma's Garden Grow?

After leaving Ohio, we traveled to South Carolina to visit Himself's college roommate and family. Twenty years ago we made the trip when the girlies were little. Since then, Moopa and Mooma built a beautiful log house on 10 acres where they have a small farm.

We know we are close when we see the water tower that looks like a peach though up close it looks more like a butt.

Everywhere we traveled in South Carolina we could see these trees with pretty pink flowers. Mooma and Moopa had one. Tree is a Pink Myrtle

Some Brown-Eyed Susans and Zinnia (I think)

The porch swing

The Cement Pond

More flowers

Rose of Sharon (I think)

Mooma's chickens. The two in the foreground lay colored eggs and the stripey chickens lay regular eggs.  The hens weren't mature enough to begin laying eggs. To help them learn sitting technique, golf balls are in their nesting area.

Mooma let me feed the chickens sunflower seeds from my hand. The brown and white hen was very gentle with her pecking. The stripey ones, not so much. The chickens have names. One was Hei Hei from the Disney movie, Moana. I don't remember the names of the others.

Sadly, a week or so after we left, Moopa told us two of the chickens were lost to a ground predator. (fox or coyote)

Moopa had grabbed a bucket of cow chow and a broom handle to bang on the bucket. He banged the bucket and called, "Shook, Shook, Shook" and the cows came running.

The cows are how Mooma got her nickname. Mooma and Moopa's daughter had her own daughter. Moopa thought Mooma needed a hipper name then Grandma or Nana. A friend of Mooma's started calling her Mooma around the baby. When the baby began to talk, she called her grandma Mooma. 

Now, I don't think Moopa is too thrilled when I call him Moopa. I just think they should be a matched set. The granddaughter calls him Papa. She's 3 years old now so the entire time I was with her, I got her to call him Moopa. The nickname didn't stick, but I still call him Moopa.

The Black Angus cows have names, too. I think this is Thelma with her daughter Louise. Named because they manage to run away on adventures.

Are you looking at me?


Running for treats.

This is Moose. He's Daisy's seeing eye dog.

View of the Blue Mountains. I think there are some wild turkeys running through the field.

Some of the bounty from the garden.

Guinea hens

This old gal is Daisy. She's deaf and blind, but Moose helps her get into trouble and get where she needs to go.

How does your garden grow?

Saturday, August 11, 2018

Saturday Afternoon at the Movies

This idea came from a Facebook meme:

Over 10 days, post your 10 all time favorite films. What movie has really made an impact on you or what films can you watch over and over and never tire of? Post either the movie poster, DVD cover or even a screenshot on your timeline. No need to explain.

Only I had a hard time picking out just 10 movies so my favorites over the next few hundred Saturdays 😸 in semi-alphabetical order:

Beowulf , 2007, Anthony Hopkins, Angelina Jolie

If you haven't seen this movie you can watch it paid on YouTube or "free" if you have an Amazon Prime membership 

If this movie isn't your cup of tea, see what Kathy in the Ozarks recommends.

Friday, August 10, 2018

The Friday Five Good Things

Five good things that happened this week.

1. Had breakfast with 2 of the moms I met when The Young One was in elementary school. We meet up a couple of times a year to catch up.

2. The tornado passed 2 towns away from us.

3. The Leaf Lady put up a nice, new fence.

4. Had an AHA moment how to flourish 2 birds with the same pen

5. Took the car in for a recall service and went to IHOP for breakfast 🥞

How was your week?

Thursday, August 9, 2018

Thursday - The Notebooks

To clear up some confusion, the Notebook passages posted on Throwback Thursday were written by my father and found by me after he passed away. They were his attempt to tell the family history. He was in his late 80s or early 90s when he wrote them. Today's chapter:

The other thing was that now the camping was mine and one morning I ran into Jim White who chatted with me. He ran the camp ground for a religious not for profit organization. The exact name slips my mind. He said that he liked the way I worked and handled things and looked after the boys, etc. He also said that he had an opening for a secretary, that was what they called their executives. The salary was $2500.00 [ed: a year] That was a lot of money in those days. I could afford an apartment, wife, child, and save money.

But he couldn't hire me because I was Catholic. Like Doris, he said they would have to make changes  to their attitude. I didn't feel good about the requirements for those people.

My Monday morning attendance at college with three courses was going well for me. My grades were right up there and I had two young ladies looking at me with eyes that indicated that they would like to be with me. But I had Betty. And we were getting to be a twosome. She loved me and I loved her. We became lovebirds.

Doris had doubts about my sleeping in the bed. All the other beds were messed mine looked like it had not been slept in.

She also saw me come in from the camp nights, dragged in I would shave shower and have lunch and she said food seems to spark you up. I said I guess so. Because I would show that I wasn't tired..

I kept a pretty pace up and was doing well with my studies and also added courses during the summer into fall and winter.

One night I was early and went up to my room. to find gifts I gave Betty on my bed. I went downstairs and Doris said I'm sorry about that but you shot right upstairs before I could say anything to you.

I felt heartbroken. I wondered what I did and why I was treated like that.

A couple of weeks went by and I was still upset. And Charlie told me that Betty's parents had spoken to him. They wanted to know how long it would take me to graduate from college etc. Because Betty evidently was  all set to marry or wait she had friends that were married and the parents were worried that in the end the same thing would happen to her that happened to their older daughter. So they decided she should break up and not see me anymore. He said that that is Charlie, only if she kept away. But if she did come to me they should stay out of our life.

One night I was closing the Club down and I heard a knocking on the cellar door. I was down there at the time and I went to the door and saw Betty. I opened the door and she threw her arms around me and kissed. This kept up for a while. She would work nights and come to meet me at the Club. She was close by up a side street. And I would walk with her up a block away from her house. And go home.

In Feb. we had a good snowstorm. And the next night she called and I waited for her. She did not show up and I figured that since the streets were still some bad shape that her parents picked her up. i did not see her again after that. Except years later after WWII, in the rapid transit in East Boston area. She sat across from me and your mother as I was married. She was with some girlfriends and they got out to get the Orient Heights trolley. She smiled at me but I did not acknowledge. We went our separate ways.