Alphabe-Thursday – G is for George

Happy Birthday USA!
Happy 4th of July!
I hope everyone has a safe and happy day!
I will be at work.

We also celebrate my mother’s 89th birthday today.

I’m s-t-r-e-t-c-h-i-n-g today, going with some quotes by George Washington. I share his birthday. Funny that my mother and I both have “patriotic” birthdays!

“Be courteous to all, but intimate with few, and let those few be well tried before you give them your confidence.”

“Associate with men of good quality if you esteem your own reputation; for it is better to be alone than in bad company.”

“I hope I shall possess firmness and virtue enough to maintain what I consider the most enviable of all titles, the character of an honest man.”

“Friendship is a plant of slow growth and must undergo and withstand the shocks of adversity before it is entitled to the appellation.”
Liberty Bell – Philadelphia, PA
Valley Forge Chapel – Stained glass depicting George Washington praying – Valley Forge, PA

Jenny Matlock

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Alphabe-Thursday – F is for Flowers

Jenny Matlock
I was having trouble coming up with something for “F” for this week, so I’m going with something everyone loves – FLOWERS. Hopefully they will brighten your day!
Red, yellow, white, pink
Blossoms to brighten the day
Mother Natures gifts

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Alphabe-Thursday – E is for EPCOT

Jenny MatlockI’m late, I’m late for a very important date! I’m too late to officially link up to Alphabe-Thursday, but I’m still going to do my “E” post. I really really want to get through the alphabet with this one!

One of these weeks I will come up with a theme for the letter and get out and take the pictures in that current week, but so far that has not happened!

When we lived in Orlando, EPCOT was pretty much our favorite Disney Park. I originally thought that at 6 years old when we arrived in Orlando that the park would not have for Tara, but I was very wrong!

Of course the first thing you see when you enter EPCOT is Spaceship Earth. (This picture is from 2006, the hand was removed in 2007). We always loved this ride. It too changed over the years from being sponsored by AT&T (my former employer) to Siemens who will sponsor until 2017. Unless the line was really long this was most times our first stop!

EPCOT hosts the Flower and Garden Expo every spring and the Food and Wine Festival every fall.
I always loved the topiaries at EPCOT.

The World Showcase was my favorite part of EPCOT. It was like taking a quick trip around the world, being able to experience a little bit of a several different cultures without leaving Florida!

This has always been one of my favorite photos! I don’t often get sentimental about Tara growing up (she is 16 now!) but when I look back at our Disney photos I do. Those six years we lived there were a very special time for us!

We made some really wonderful memories at EPCOT. This was the one park that I would also steal away for an occasional day by myself while Tara was in school!

The holidays were always beautiful at EPCOT (as well as all of Disney property). You could experience Christmas Around the World.

Some days we would ride the Monorail from Magic Kingdom to EPCOT and back without getting off!

Sometimes not everyone was happy about getting their photo taken! This was after a very trying Mother’s Day at EPCOT. My mother and great nephew Tyler were visiting, and the day did not turn out as special as I had hoped. NO ONE was in a good mood! One of those days were I set my expectations too high!

EPCOT has some pretty amazing fireworks each night. We did not make it to them often unless we had out of town guests!

Good Night EPCOT!

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Alphabe-Thursday – D is for Dad

Jenny Matlock

Good Morning, I had some other things in mind for “D” however, this week got away from me, but that’s a story for another post! As opened up my blog to start this post, I thought that DAD would be a perfect post for this Thursday before Father’s Day.

Father’s Day is one of those holidays that we don’t really celebrate. My father passed away in 1986 and Tara’s father was gone from her life by the time she was 8 months old and he passed away in 2009.

I will share some memories of my Dad – William Miller.

  1. My dad William Alfred Miller, was born on October 21, 1923. They lived on Poplar St, Norristown, PA
  2. He was the oldest of four, 1 brother, 2 sisters.
  3. My father graduated from Norristown High School with the class of 1942.
  4. He joined the Navy and served on a ship in the South Pacific.
  5. On Dec 8, 1946, he married my mother.
  6. My dad worked for Bell of Pennsylvania for 40+ years.
  7. My dad loved to be outside. He kept an immaculate lawn and for several years tended a pretty substantial garden.
  8. In 1968, our family started camping. This was something my father LOVED. it got him away from home and the telephone on vacations and weekends! (Remember no cell phones back then!)
  9. My dad was also obsessive about clean cars. Car washing in the driveway was a weekly event when the weather was warm enough!
  10. He loved peanuts and ice cream.
  11. He loved photography! I was just getting into photography myself when he passed. I wish we could have shared that hobby!
  12. He was the father to two sons and two daughters. At the time he passed he was the grandfather to a granddaughter and two grandsons.
  13. My dad passed away on January 2, 1986.

Fort Bragg, NC – Dec 1967 Dad and Robin

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Alphabe-Thursday – Cats

Jenny Matlock

In our house “C” is for CATS! Who doesn’t love cats? Through the years our cats have brought us great joy and happiness, and wonderful memories!

Well actually, many folks don’t care for felines! I was one of them growing up, never thought I cared for cats until I was in my 20s.

I got a kitten for my niece, and fell in love! Then my sister and her kids came to live with us for a short time, and the cat came along, when they left, so did Sheena.


Shortly after I adopted Ebony. Ebony was a long haired black cat. Not long after I adopted her, I was transferred from PA to VA, and thankfully I had Ebony to move with me on my new adventure. I knew NO ONE in VA, and was moving there on my own!

Ebony 1987 – She was leash trained, she would walk on the leash and I would put her outside in the yard!

Next came Portia, I adopted her in 1988 from an Animal Shelter in Virginia. I wanted Ebony to have company when I was at work and out for long hours. Portia had trust issues with humans from the time I brought her home. I accepted that she would never be that cuddly cat and we loved her none the less. She and Ebony got along well. In fact, when Ebony died, Portia only wanted to be outside, and died a few months later.

Portia – she loved boxes!

I know I have better pictures of the two of them, but apparently I’ve never scanned them!

My daughter was 4 by this time, and she wanted another cat. Instead of one we got two. Sisters… Emmie and Cassie. They came to live with us in 2001.
Cassie – 2001 – 2012
Emmie and Cassie were awesome cats. First time I ever had two kittens at once! It was a great experience! They moved with us to Florida in 2003. They loved the freedom they had to go out by the screened in pool. (we had a kitty “window” that was left open enough for the cats to go in and out.

When we moved back to PA in 2009, we had to downsize our pets as we had a limit of two. Emmie and Cassie went to live with the Stewarts, friends of my mother’s where there were very happy. Cassie died of kidney failure in October. Emmie is still living happy and healthy. I still miss her, but am forever  grateful that the Stewart’s took them in together. I don’t think I could have given them up any other way!

In 2004, (in FL), we were in Petsmart one day, talking to them woman that ran the rescue that we adopted our dog from. They had SOOO many kittens, she asked if we would take one! Of course Tara, jumped at that opportunity, and Daphne came to live with us! 

She was a trouble maker and an escape artist. She would claw through screens or just push them out! She liked to hunt lizards, and one time even caught a frog and brought it in the house in the middle of the night! She was also very lovable, playful and affectionate! She escaped one time before we had a chance to have her spayed…….

and a few months later…. there were FIVE more!

Having 5 kittens, 3 adult cats and two dogs was a house full! 

We kept them all until they were 12 weeks old, and took the three females back to the rescue their mother came from…. they gave us one and got three back! They were however adopted with in the first day there, two of them to the same family! It was very hard giving them away. I wanted to keep them all!

Sarabi – she was my favorite
Nala – sweet sweet girl!

Kiara- she was the most timid, but still very lovable!
The two boys, Simba and Kovu, had bonded the most with Tara, so they stayed with us. 
Simba – he took lessons from his Mom and was an escape artist. He unfortunatly got out one night and never returned. He was 9 mos old at the time.

Kovu – aka Bubba – He is still living with us. He LOVES Tara. He is scared of strangers and generally a bit timid. He got out once when a friend left a door open, and was gone for 18 days!

Just this past February after our dog Princess passed away, we added Jack to the family! Jack come from the SPCA! We’ve made full circle back to having a black cat in the family! He is 9 months old and the funniest cat. He “talks” all the time. Kovu took a little time to get adjusted to having a little brother again, but they love each other. They run and play and keep each other entertained

Wow, when I put them all in one place that’s really a LOT of cats, and even dozen that have been part of our family!

Do you have a cat? 

Jenny Matlock

I threw in a current picture of Kovu to make it a bakers dozen… so I can participate in Thursday Thirteen 

and also Share the Joy – as having cats in the house brings me joy!

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Alphabe-Thursday – Beaches

Jenny Matlock

At the beach, life is different. Time doesn’t move hour to hour but mood to moment. We live by the currents, plan by the tides, and follow the sun.” – Unknown

Ocean City, NJ & Cocoa Beach, FL

Some beach somewhere
There’s a big umbrella casting shade over an empty chair
Palm trees are growin’ and a warm breezes a blowing
I picture myself right there
On Some beach, somewhere
(Blake Shelton – Some Beach)
Cocoa Beach, Florida

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A is for Assateague

Jenny Matlock

What luck! Looking for a Thursday meme to participate in, I came across Alphabe-Thursdsay and this week is the beginning of Round 7 and LETTER A!  Going forward, I am hoping I can share new and timely photos for each letter, but as it is 2:38am, I think this week I will use something from my archives! Ah, ARCHIVES starts with A!

I am choosing Assateague National Seashore, in Maryland. Tara (my daughter) and I took an impromptu trip two years ago to Ocean City, MD, and totally enjoyed visiting Assateague Island. It is a very beautiful spot! If I was a tent camping type of girl, this would be a great place to camp on the beach among the wild ponies! 

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I found a great site, Meme-Aholics that captures a variety of daily memes to select from for participation. This site seems to be fairly updated, another I had visited before had many non active memes!

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