Monday, February 20, 2017

Cracker Trail Part 1

30th Annual Cracker Trail Ride the ride commemorates the 19th century cross-state cattle drives between Bradenton and Fort Pierce. (for details of the ride, use the link above)

“The Cracker Trail follows an east/west route across the state of Florida that has existed since approximately 1850. This trail was used by Florida’s early settlers to traverse the state,”

Read more here:

The name Cracker Trail came from the sound of many whips Snapping!

Saturday I was at the starting point at Manatee Historical Village.

they came in the gate at 10 AM  rode through the village

The Man on the horse above if our friend Robert, his wife Kathy is in front of the wagon and her dad Jim is driving the wagon. We have know Jim and Kathy for 50 years now. In a later post I will show them and the wagon.
They were  out the gate at 10:08. And as the police escort stopped the heavy traffic, the rode out onto State Road 64 on the Trail to the other side of our state.

The most fun filled 8 minutes ever!

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Brighten Someones Day

In the right light, at the right time, everything is extraordinary.  ~Aaron Rose

Dare to reach out your hand into the darkness,
to pull another hand into the light.  ~Norman B. Rice

We cannot hold a torch to light another path without brightening our own.  ~Ben Sweetland

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Avon Art Deco from the 70's

Using PIP camera to place a heart around this 1970's Avon necklace
Aunt Helen, my Dad's sister and my  2nd Mom,was the aunt that bought me school clothes and shoes in highschool and  bought my boys school clothes every year.

She gave me her charge card at Christmas to buy for my sons.

At the age of 15 I worked summers in her day care on the playground with my Cousin Andrea who is the same age as I am. I worked for her from 1959 to 1972 when my children were both in school. From the time they were 2 and 4 I took them to her daycare free. My paycheck often included a 50 dollar bill and sometimes a 100 dollar bill in the envelope with my paycheck.

When I look at this I remember her love for me and mine and how much joy she put in our lives. She held my family in her heart until the day she died of Melanoma cancer in 1984.


Another funny and fond memory is this resin ring with flowers inside. One of my sons bought it for a  quarter at a neighbors yard sale and brought it home to me. That was in the early 70's also. I think it is a Vintage Lucite 60s MidCentury Mod Ring. see HERE.. and HERE