Thursday, May 31, 2012

Hatfields & McCoys

Last night we finished watching the Hatfields & McCoys special on the History channel.

They sure were a violent bunch.  And while I'm from the south and have been told it is quite evident from my accent, I will say these hillbillies were difficult to understand - like they had a mouthful of marbles.

I did a little family tree searching on the McCoys because Ted's grandmother's maiden name was McCoy.  They came from the same neck of the woods - West Virginia area.

The patriarch of the feuding McCoys was named William.  I was able to trace Ted's family back to a William McCoy who came from Ireland and was born in 1746.  However, it wasn't the same William.  It was interesting to see how many of the family members married two or three times, and had a lot of children.

Did you watch the show?  What did you think about it?


Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Got a Clue?

The lizards around my backyard are so fun to watch!  I've decided to name them after the characters from the game Clue!

The first one below is Colonel Mustard.  Be sure to click on each picture to see it full sized.  These guys have some tough sun-baked skin!

This one is Mr. Green. He has a greenish hue to his scales.  He is a desert spiny lizard.

Can you spot Mr. Green in the picture below?

Here we have Mrs. White.  She might look like a dinosaur in this picture, but she is really quite petite!  I think she needs a day at the spa getting those claws trimmed!

I'm still on the lookout for Professor Plum, Miss Scarlett, and Mrs. Peacock!

Monday, May 28, 2012


Click on the letter to see it full sized.

This is my husband's Uncle Leo.  He was 19 years old and was one of the first Marines to go to Iwo Jima to fight during WWII.  He was part of a war dog platoon and had a dog named Rusty.

He was killed in action on March 5, 1945.  The letter above was probably the last letter he wrote to his parents before leaving Hawaii to go to Iwo Jima.  You'll notice the letter was not dated and said, Somewhere in the South Pacific.  They were not allowed to reveal their location.  The return address on the envelope was division headquarters, and they all used that address when writing home.

Leo was Ted's Dad's brother.  Ted's father was also fighting on Iwo Jima, but didn't know his own brother had been killed until he got injured and was being treated for a gunshot wound.  The Red Cross asked if there was anything they could do for Ted's Dad.  He asked if they could find out the status of his brother, Leo, and they were unable to find out any information.

Another Marine living in the same town as Ted's Dad found out about Leo's death because his family had mailed him the obituary.  He showed it to Ted's father and that is how he found out about his brother.

He was buried on Iwo Jima in the 4th Marine Division Cemetery, and two years later his body was moved to Punchbowl Cemetery in Oahu, Hawaii.  Ted and I have visited his gravesite in Hawaii.

Remembering all the men, women, and dogs that have served our country over the years ~

Sunday, May 27, 2012

Speechless Sunday

(be sure to click to see full sized!)


Sunday, May 13, 2012

Speechless Sunday

Wishing all who are called Mom a Happy Mother's Day.

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Time Stood Still

Does anybody really know what time it is?

Even if you walk down my hallway, you still won't know the time of day based on these vintage pocket watches!   I had a collection of pocket watches from various relatives, and they were stashed away never to be seen.  Some of them are very pretty with inscriptions and dainty designs, so I thought it would make a nice display.

We brought the coat rack with us from Kentucky - Ted made it, and I really like it and wanted to use it somewhere in the house, but I didn't want it for hats or coats.  I knew it would be perfect for my pocket watch collection!  There is one compass in the mix, and a small tie clasp that belonged to my Dad.

I think it is a fun way to display some pieces from the past!  What goodies do you have in your closets and drawers that would double as home decor?

Monday, May 7, 2012

Be Kind to Animals Week

Gleek would like to remind you that yesterday started Be Kind to Animals Week

We have a magnet on our refrigerator from Best Friends Animal Sanctuary that reads:

Kindness to animals builds a better world for all of us.

I couldn't agree more!

Sunday, May 6, 2012

Saturday, May 5, 2012

Happy Kentucky Derby Day!

Here is a flashback to the '50s at Churchill Downs on this 138th Kentucky Derby!

The lady on the left was my Aunt Laura.  Here she is with a couple of friends in the stable area.  Times have changed a lot - they don't allow this any more!

This are was called the Gardens, and it will be packed with ladies in hats today!

Here are my grandparents and a few friends enjoying Derby Day back in 1950!  My grandmother is sporting a stylish hat that I wish I had!  She is on the far right.  My grandfather is on the left in the back.

The one thing that hasn't changed is the tradition for women to wear spectacular hats!  I'll be standing with my hand over my heart and crying during the playing of My Old Kentucky Home . . . . . that is a tradition too!


Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Auction Time!

I'm having an auction with all proceeds going to my Avon Walk for Breast Cancer $1,800 goal.  You can find the auction here, and there is also a link on the right side of this blog - click on the bidder!

Currently, there are 35 items in the auction, and a few more things will be added later this week!  Bids are placed in the comment section of the item you're interested in.  All rules and instructions are on the left side of the Bucks 4 Boobies blog!

Thanks for checking it out, and happy bidding!