Happy 45th Sesame Street!

GEDSC DIGITAL CAMERAThis morning on Good Morning America, they announced that Sesame Street is celebrating its 45th season on television!  Yeah! This has been one of my favorite shows for many, many years! I was one of the first children to watch this fabulous show.  I loved learning the letters and numbers and all of the fun that the characters had.

To me the people were always as fun as the muppets. People I liked were Bob, Gordon, Maria, Luis, Mr. Hooper, and now Alan. Bob has been on the show since its debut on November 10, 1969.  He was my absolute favorite for a while.

This photo is of all of the Sesame Street characters in Ian’s collection.  From left are: Grover, Elmo, Big Bird (on Elmo’s head), Bert, Ernie, and Cookie Monster.  As far as the muppets, in addition to the ones in Ian’s collection, I liked Mr. Snuffleupagus and Oscar The Grouch. My favorites were and still are Bert and Ernie, Cookie Monster, and The Count.

Ian was never as big a fan of the show as I was.  For a few years, I was more excited to watch it then he was.  I suppose since it took me back to my childhood and how fun and new the show was when I was a young child. A few great characters have been added since I was little — Elmo, Abby Caddaby, and Murray among them. I still enjoy watching the show.

One of my favorite clips recently was of Murray and Benedict Cumberbatch.  Murray had a hard time understanding that Benedict wasn’t actually Sherlock Holmes.  Instead, that he plays the character of Sherlock on PBS’s Sherlock. I cracked up since it was such a clever skit.  Another fun skit was the Law and Order Special Letters Unit.  The detectives are hunting for the missing Letter M.  The bum-bum sound they are famous for was included and really bothered the Letter M.

Other things I really liked were how much The Count loved numbers.  It was great seeing him play his organ and see all of the numbers pop up.  He helped me appreciate numbers more than I would have.  I have always been a word person.  Oscar The Grouch was a lovable complainer.  He did care about his friends but had an odd way to show it at times.  And, I loved the friendship of Bert and Ernie and Bert’s love of pigeons and Ernie’s love of his rubber ducky.

Thanks to PBS for keeping Sesame Street on the air as long as its been. Several generations of families have been able to enjoy and learn from this wonderful program.  Thanks also to the amazing cast and crew for continuing to entertain us.  And thanks to my parents for introducing me to this show.

This blog has been brought to you by the letters H and B for Happy Birthday and by the number 45.  Happy 45th to all at Sesame Street.  Thanks for all that you taught me.

Flashback Friday – Cousins At The Beach

Nov7_2014_FF.beachHi and Happy Friday.  It is hard to believe that it’s the first Friday of November already.  This year has flown by!  Since I missed Throwback Thursday yesterday, I decided to post my photo today.

It is of Ian and his cousin Aiden a few years ago at the beach.  They were walking and talking and having a great time. They were in front of the lifeguard tower in the background on the left.  I like the shadows too and that they are in action.

These are two of my parent’s five grandchildren.  On Kirk’s side of the family, there are 10 including Ian and now some great-grandkids.  Ian also has second cousins who we regularly along with his first cousins.  I too have a lot of cousins — 14 first cousins and even more second cousins.

I remember many years of fun at the beach with my cousins and now I am glad that Ian has that with his cousins too.  Our cousins are dear and precious friends and we love them dearly.

Today I am thankful for:

  • Boys enjoying walks in the sand
  • Cousins who have a blast together
  • Cousins who often get together
  • Small toes in the sand
  • Walks with loved ones
  • Weekend fun and adventure
  • Heaters and blankets as the weather gets cooler
  • A windy walk home from school yesterday with Ian

I wonder when we will be at the beach again with our cousins?  I am hoping next summer!  Should be fun, as always!!

Photo 101 – Water

SANYO DIGITAL CAMERAHi and Happy Wednesday.  For the month of November, Word Press is doing a series of photo prompts for Photography 101.  Yesterday’s word was Water.  I decided this would be fun to try since I am always looking for new ideas for blogs and photos.

This photo was taken at sunset in July 2012 of the Pacific Ocean.  I love the reflection of the sun on the water, the movement of the waves, and the massive ocean which goes all the way to the horizon. I have always loved sunset pictures over the ocean.  I also like sunrises over bodies of water, but often am not early enough to capture them.  So, the majority of my water photos are the ocean.

Water is important and vital for life.  We need fresh water to drink and cook.  We also need water to bathe, wash, and safely dispose of waste.  Water is also used in baptisms.  Until we see on the news that water is restricted, we forget how much we need it.  There are groups working to bring fresh potable water into parts of the world that don’t have it. I applaud them.

Salt water is also important.  One of my favorite quotes about water is by Isak Dinesen — “The cure of anything is salt water — sweat, tears, or the sea.” I totally agree with him.  We sweat when we exercise, which is vital for good health.  I am working now on exercising more. Tears flow when we are sad, happy, or just need a good cry.  Or, if you are like me, you see a touching ad on the television and start to cry.

And the sea!  I LOVE the sea/ocean.  I love to feel the waves on my toes, I love to listen to and watch the waves break, I love the smell of the salt water, and the breeze in my hair, and I love to look at the ocean that goes all the way to the horizon. When I am at the edge of the ocean, I am calm and at peace. It is an amazing feeling that I have had for many years.

LeeAnn Womack has a great line in her song, “I Hope You Dance.”  It says, “I hope you still feel small when you stand beside the ocean.” We are small compared to the vastness of the ocean.

May we take care of our water — the lakes, streams, oceans, and other bodies of water. May we keep pollution out of it.  And, may we realize how important water is for us and our health.

A few quotes about water:

  • “We never know the worth of water until the well runs dry.” ~ Thomas Fuller
  • “Pure water is the world’s first and foremost medicine.” ~ Slovakian Proverb
  • “A lake is the landscape’s most beautiful and expressive feature. It is earth’s eye; looking into which the beholder measures the depth of his own nature.” ~ Henry David Thoreau
  • “Every time we walk along a beach some ancient urge disturbs us so that we find ourselves shedding shoes and garments or scavenging among seaweed and whitened timbers like the homesick refugees of a long war.” ~ Loren Eiseley
  • “For whatever we lose (like a you or a me),It’s always our self we find in the sea.” ~ e.e. cummings
  • “The cure for anything is salt water — sweat, tears, or the sea.” ~ Isak Dinesen

I wonder when I will see the vastness of the ocean again.  I hope it is soon!  I am so ready to breathe in that salt air and watch the rhythm of the waves.

I Voted! Have You?

Voting0003Happy Election Day!  Today is Tuesday, November 4, and it is the day to get out and vote, if you haven’t already.

We voted last Thursday on the final day of early voting.  We waited in line for nearly 45 minutes, but it was well worth it. I got this sticker after I finished voting.  I thought it would be fun to use as the image for today’s blog.

We as citizens of the United States help elect those who govern us and help decide other issues.  We also have the opportunity to vote on amendments as well.

To me the right to vote is extremely important.  It is something that I am very thankful for since for many, many years, women weren’t allowed a voice in politics.  Then in the 1920s, brave women and men fought for and won the right for women to vote.

Ian went into the voting booth with me and helped me push the button after all of my decisions were made.  So, he said, “we went to vote.”  I will continue to take him with me and teach him the importance of voting.  And as a benefit, this will also help him with Cub Scouts.

I don’t agree with some of my friends and family members on all of the issues or the candidates, but that is okay.  It is just as important for them to vote as it is for me to vote.  I truly hope that people on both sides of the issues and officials will go to the polls and cast their ballots.

One of my favorite classes in school was 9th grade Civics.  This was a United States History class that came to life.  We the students did everything in our textbook — elections, becoming citizens of the U.S., arguing before the Supreme Court, and paying taxes.  The Election Day was fun and exciting.

Here are a few quotes about voting and election day:

  • “If the World Series runs until election day, the networks will run the first one-half inning and project the winner.”  ~ Lindsey Nelson
  • “A citizen of America will cross the ocean to fight for democracy, but won’t cross the street to vote in a national election.”  ~ Bill Vaughan
  • “It’s not the voting that’s democracy; it’s the counting.”  ~ Tom Stoppard
  • “Bad officials are elected by good citizens who do not vote.”  ~ George Jean Nathan
  • “Democracy is the only system that persists in asking the powers that be whether they are the powers that ought to be.”  ~ Sydney J. Harris
  • “How come we choose from just two people to run for president and 50 for Miss America?”  ~ Author Unknown
  • “There are always too many Democratic congressmen, too many Republican congressmen, and never enough U.S. congressmen.”  ~ Author Unknown
  • “People often say that, in a democracy, decisions are made by a majority of the people.  Of course, that is not true.  Decisions are made by a majority of those who make themselves heard and who vote – a very different thing.”  ~ Walter H. Judd

So long as you have registered, are of voting age, and have ID to prove you are you, you can vote.  It does not matter if you in your early 20s or are 95 years old, or whether you are a man or woman, you can vote.

Voting is also open to people of all races, educational levels, and religions.  And, no matter how much money you earn or have or who you love, you are able to vote.  I  just hope that you do.