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Snowy Saturday

Icy roads of winter

 

 

A snowny winter scene complete with icy roads
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The Frosty beat goes on…

Good morning my friends in WP land. It is another blustery day in our usually warm southern parts.

It is a cold 17 degrees this morning. The precipitation instantly freezes to become the deadly black ice.

Travel is slow and quite dangerous. Texans are not accustomed to these circumstances and motor vehicle accidents become the order of the day.

The next few days are slated to be even colder.  The dangers of black ice increases during the night hours.

Safe Driving on Black Ice

Perfect examples of Black Ice
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Black ice is like regular ice and is an icy glaze that forms on surfaces of basically anything. This is especially true of roads, sidewalks, and driveways,  due to precipitation or light rain or the melting and re-freezing of snow, water, or ice on surfaces.

Because it tends to look like the rest of the pavement on the road, although in reality, it’s actually clear, you can usually see it really well at the edges where the road and sidewalk meet. Black ice forms without creating bubbles, which allows it to blend in with any surface it forms over.

Black ice can be perceived as “glossy” darkness that mimics the surface upon which it is formed and it is dangerous precisely because can be difficult to see.

Black ice usually forms just about the freezing point. Sometimes in frigid temperatures on highways, black ice will form as a result of the heat of tires
on the road together with freezing temperatures. Be alert and keep your eyes on the weather and the roadways.

  • Black ice is most common at night and in the early hours of the morning before the flow of traffic increases.
  • Black ice is more prevalent along roadways without access to sunlight or traffic, eg., tunnels, shaded walkways, etc.
  • Black ice forms readily on bridges, overpasses, and the road beneath overpasses. Due to the fact that the cold air is able to circulate at both the top and under the bridge or overpass, causing any precipitation to freeze faster.
  • Drive slowly, remember there is practically no traction due to the black ice and you will not be able to stop by sharply applying your brakes.
  • Remain in the center lane as much as is possible, and stay a safe distance behind other travelers giving yourself ample time to come to a stop.
  • If you encounter black ice, just take your foot off the gas, do not try to brake, keep your vehicle straight as you slow down. (This is why it is important to allow for space in front of you and that you drive slowly).
  • Remain alert and stay off those cell phones.

These are just a few points on how to drive safely in snow and black ice. Read more thorough pointers here.

Tentative plans for the weekend.

We have been asked to remain and sleep in the hospital this weekend. I have not yet decided if I will remain here as it does not exactly make for a restful night.

You wonder if your co-workers can hear you snoring, you wonder if you talk in your sleep or perform any other unsavory annoyances that you would not want to be made public, lol.

Seriously, for me sleeping in circumstances outside of my norm does not contribute to a restful state.

How is the weather in your neck of the woods?

Stay safe, stay warm and be well.

 

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Plucking My Grandma’s Grey Hairs.

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Growing up my grandmother was a relatively young one. She was in her early fifties by the time I was a young teenager. So as time passed my grandma began having some grey hairs show up, not a lot as memory serves. Even when she died a few months shy of her eighty sixth birthday her head was still black and white.

Displaying some womanly vanity, she would employ the then young eyes of my sister and I to pluck the grey hairs from her head. To reward us for a job well done, she would give us pocket change. With our earnings we would buy snacks including the fruit of the season.

The place where we grew up we were truly raised by a community, we really did not buy much, as just asking would get you the fruits for free anyway.

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There were of course the oddball “frugal” ones who would rather their fruit fall to the ground, but those are tales for another day.

So my grandma would sit on the patio and we would stand around her chair plucking at her grey hairs. She would then count the hairs and pay us based on the quantity plucked. Well my sister and I quickly figured out that we could earn way more money if we snapped the longer hairs in two and so that’s what we did.

I was telling my daughter yesterday how naughty we had been in tricking our poor grandmother by snapping one long strand of hair and being paid for two.

Dishonesty at its finest … 

and my grandma never knew what we did …

or did she…?

It was all in good childhood fun!

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One Year On WordPress — Whoohoo!!!

Happy Anniversary with WordPress.com! You registered on WordPress.com one year ago.

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One year ago I took tentative baby steps towards a forever journey. I came to WP and found a wonderfully supportive family.

A year ago I made my first post and hit the publish button, not having a clue as to what I was doing, but you kind and generous people decided to read, befriend and journey along with my fledgling self …

So here’s to you!!!

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On this platform I discovered literary giants, from whom I can learn and grow and I am so grateful.

So here’s to you my WP family, I am grateful, I appreciate you ALL. Let’s continue to grow together!

I love you ALL!!!

Be safe, be well, be blessed!

JustPene’

 

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A Trip to an Outdoor Reserve

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Last week the children and I decided to take a drive to Fossil Rim Wildlife Center  in Texas … it was a lot of fun. It was drive through and not too many persons about.

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A natural habitat.

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Look at those antlers.

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Looking for pellets.

 

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We were advised to feed the giraffes by hand which the children did and loved it … they do slobber a lot. I was chicken and did not feed them, lol.

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They are tall, graceful and beautiful creatures.

I am not the best videographer, I will have to do better in this regard.

The park was lovely in its natural state and we enjoyed the trip very much.

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The deers munching.

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The day was sunny and the views awesome.

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A nice look out area.

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God’s own country.

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I found this old tree very interesting.

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My little Snooky

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My Snooky and I. The gift shop area was open but not many customers around.

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The views were awesome.

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The Cheetahs were not paying any attention to us and just laying under the trees.

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Hippos

 

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The layers of the soil.

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The view.

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All in all we had a great day with lots of fun. My daughter and her friend were along for the ride, but did not want their faces on the blog, so no pics of them.

Have a blessed and safe day everyone.

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Memories of New York

Things lost in relocation — A nostalgic look back!

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I arrived in N.Y. from South America several decades ago. It was a February day, cold and snowing. Matter of fact my trip began in the Caribbean island of Antigua and I recall the coldness that permeated the aircraft as we entered the northern hemisphere. We touched down at JFK airport and my soul came home — I fell in love! This is where I was born to be!

It was a glorious February day and a boon to a person who had spent their young days always sweating profusely. I did not know what the ailment was called at that time (hyperhidrosis). I just knew I was always hot and sweating when others were dry and seemed perfectly comfortable.

I began visiting Texas since I had family her, but the heat was always a big problem for me. After my first visit I learned that if I were to survive here I had better visit during the winters. And for many years that’s just what I did.

Then in 2010 some life changes were happening and I decided to change my status from visitor to resident. So I trekked on over with bits of my life leaving the bulk of it, both literally and figuratively behind.

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                                     Our first day as Texas residents …

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Gee and I began working at a large hospital with a super busy ER. I needed to get outside to take a break or just to breathe sometimes. The sun hitting the back of my neck as I walked to my car convinced me I could not live here.

The heat!!! Dear God the heat! I was convinced hell was housed in the south.

But I rallied on and some 10 years later here I remain. My recent trip to NY…my   one- time stomping grounds did fill me with some nostalgia.

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Things I feel I lost:

1. Shopping …nothing beats N.Y. fashion (and I was a fashionable girl).

2. The cold … I love the cold! It is currently summer here in New York but I recall how much I loved winters here, my favorite time of year. The magic and mystery of it all.

3. The FOOD — the best cuisines from every single culture is offered in its authentic self in N.Y. The competition is steep and your presentation and taste has to be on point to even make the cut as there are so many others to choose from.

4. The sounds  — N.Y. is not a quiet city. It rumbles, shouts and rages in a continuous circle…the city never sleeps after all.

5. The people and the fashion — new Yorkers live a life on their own terms.

6. The air of excitement and the busy air of passers by. New Yorkers always seem so busy living life. 

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New Yorkers dance to the beat of their own drums, I envy that, a little. They conform to and for no one. Their fashion tastes are their own and they make no apologies for their choices. I was once one of those New Yorkers with my own sense of fashion complete with the colored hair. 

I realize you lose things in relocation. Texas is now my home but I will always be a New York kinda girl!

This nostalgic trip down memory lane does not mean I am planning to relocate … I just mourn (more like just a little cry) for things I lost that I once had.

May God continue to watch over us all! Be safe!

 

 

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Author’s Recognition Award

It is my absolute pleasure to accept this nomination for “Author’s Recognition Award”. I was very happy to receive this nomination from Beverly of becomingtheoilandwine.com/2020/08/01/the-authors-recognition-award!

Purpose of the Award (Background)

This Award was created by Beverley at Becoming the Oil and the Wine Blog to support fellow bloggers who have written and published books or who are in the process of writing a book. You are free to write as much as you’d like about your book and/or the reasons why you decided to write one

I am so happy and so grateful to receive such an award from my sister blogger who is an accomplished blogger and published author.

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Ms Beverly (the creator) in her generosity, always takes time out to celebrate other bloggers and authors, please see her links here (Celebrating and Supporting our fellow writers). Please visit, you will find a plethora of wisdom and information.

I am currently working on a book about my life and the ways I see God’s love and protection around me, it is not yet titled but I await the Holy Spirit’s prompting on the perfect name.

Nominate at least five bloggers who have published a book or who are thinking about writing a book. I am unaware of the published authors so this nomination is open to all published and prospective authors.

Here is another copy to a link to check out the books written by our fellow bloggers. Please check them out.

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This nomination is open to any blogger who would love to participate. I would like to mention two very wise and gifted young bloggers whose posts I always seek out;

  1. https://inhisserviceandlovingit.wordpress.com/blog/
  2. http://saania2806.wordpress.com/

Please go check out their blogs as well, you may never leave…