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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Random Thoughts Tuesday

Finally, a day off, actually two! This six day stretch of work kicked my butt, the last two especially.For us the last weekend of the month is always the busiest as far as things that need to be done in the store, besides customer service!

We had a break in at our store on Saturday night. He could not get into the pharmacy, and I suppose he figured he was running out of time before the cops arrived, so he We had a great opportunity in our community this past week, The Moving Wall, a replica of The Vietnam Wall. You can see my post here.

Tara;s friend Justin continues to heal. He of course is still experiencing pain She may (or may not) be heading down to Brigantine on Friday to visit for a couple of days.

Summer TV is shaping up to be great. Big Brother, Under the Dome, the last season of Dexter, and I am sure I am forgetting some! I love when Tara and I have TV shows that we enjoy together. BB, Under the Dome, and Dexter are three that we probably will watch. She’s also into Maury and Jerry Springer! LOL, I find myself sitting and watching that crazy trash with her. Shaking my head! Could some of these women really have slept with THAT many men during one ovulation that they can’t figure out who the Baby Daddy is?

Cleaning up the clutter that has accumulated over the past few days.I hate clutter, but it seems inevitable! Doing laundry too. I’ve had an aversion to laundry lately. I don’t have ENOUGH clothes to have an aversion to laundry!

Tara is asleep. She is still having terrible problems with insomnia. The Dr. gave her one medication that helped for a short time, but it no longer helps. Melatonin helps her fall asleep, but not stay asleep.

Speaking of sleep, for the first time in a long time, I actually slept for EIGHT hours! I was that tired from this week at work. I can honestly say I don’t recall waking up, and I know I didn’t get up for a “bio” break!

My question of the day is “How hard is it for Dunkin Donut’s to NOT toast a bagel?” Numerous time at the same DD, we have ordered and had that order confirmed as NOT toasted bagel, only to get the bagel and it be toasted! I mean really, they have to take an EXTRA step to toast it, and when they repeat the order back to you when they give it to you, the bag is usually a little warm!!!




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The Vietnam Moving Wall – Hatfield, PA

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Our community had the unique opportunity to have replica of the Vietnam Wall, The Moving Wall, on display at American Legion Post 933 this past week. This project took months of preparation and fund raising. The Moving Wall is required to be open to the public 24 hours/day, so you can imagine the amount of volunteer time just to staff this undertaking for the 4 1/2 days.

Maybe to some, this does not seem like a big deal, but I grew up during Vietnam, and my brother was killed in Vietnam. If you have read my blog over the past month, you know that I have been sharing letters and pictures that Robin sent home during his tour in Vietnam. This “project” was spurred on in anticipation of The Moving Wall’s arrival.

In research I have done while sharing these letters, I realize that over 40 years later there is still much pain, physical for some and emotional for most, endured each day for the veterans from this era. It was an unpopular war and these brave fighting boys and men, were not welcomed home by parades and yellows ribbons, more so they arrived home to protests and picket signs.

I have actually been to to visit four times. I am not sure if I will get back there today before it closes and moves on to it’s next destination as I have to work and it is a rainy morning.

During my visits, there were of course couples and families (I was so thankful to see many families with children who for them the war is just history), but also lone men. Many wearing caps depicting them as Vietnam vets, some in their motorcycle leathers with patches that identified them as a vet, and some who just stood and stared at one panel in particular for a long time in silence. Surely remembering a comrade, friend or family member.

I visited with my mother on Friday evening, my sister, mother and I went on Saturday evening to see it in the dark with the lights illuminating it, I went for a quiet solo visit Sunday morning and I took Tara yesterday evening. I used to visit The Wall in Washington DC weekly during the five years I lived nearby, and my mother and sister have seen it as well. All though this is a scale replica, the emotions are still the same. It is quite overwhelming to see all of the names etched on the wall.

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My sincere thanks go out to all the members of American Legion Post 933 in Hatfield, PA, and other local veteran groups, and everyone who volunteered their time. Also those who helped in fund raising and helped by financially sponsoring this event. I had hoped to be be able to help in some way, and regret that the craziness that has been my life the past couple months did not allow me to attend a planning meeting.





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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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Late Randomness

Picture-56I feel like I am behind on everything right now! Not to keep bringing it up, but ever since Justin’s accident things have continued to be a little “off” around here. I don’t think either Tara or I have totally recovered emotionally. Our issues aside, he continues to heal and is doing as well as anyone can expect! It will be good when we can see him again.

I totally need a coupe of “mental health” days for myself. Time ALONE, doing what ever I want or don’t want to do. You know, get a hotel room for a night and just be there alone! I had a couple nights alone the other week, but I was not able to enjoy them with all the other worries.

On Saturday, one of my days off this week, I helped my mom with a “booth” at a church flea market. We were trying to sell some stuff. We made only about $40, but it prompted the purging of some toys, games, and such that have been packed away since we moved from Florida. Most of the things of Tara’s and mine that did not sell, I took directly to the Salvation Army. My mother is holding on to a few things for the church rummage sale in the fall. It was a pretty day, but on the hot side to be sitting on a black top parking lot with no shade! I am not accustomed to being in the sun like that anymore and it really wiped me out! Luckily Tara had a friend over for the night and I was able to just crash!

Today was another day off, my last for six days. I did not accomplish much of anything, but we did go out to lunch for an early birthday celebration for my mom. She turns 89 on July 4th, so I figure we can celebrate a week or two! My sister, brother-in-law, and  friends Bobbie and Denny were there as well. Bobbie made a very patriotic cake for Mom. It tasted as good as it looks!

Any of you watch the HBO series, Big Love? I just finished watching all five seasons on HBO on the Go on my IPad. It was on from 2006-2011. It was a very good show. I really enjoyed it. It is the story of a polygomist family living in Utah trying to keep their lifestyle a secret will still trying to be out in the community. Imagine three wives, each with their own home side by side with a large shared back yard! The main characters were played by Bill Paxton and Jean Tripplehorn.  I like having a series such as this to watch when there is nothing else on TV to watch.

Speaking of TV, BIG BROTHER starts tomorrow night! I can’t wait! Summer is really here when Big Brother comes on! There are some new shows, and several other shows with season premieres coming up! I am also excited for Dexter!

If you are a working mom, don’t you sometimes wish that you had summer’s off with your kids? I’ve only ever had one summer off in Tara’s life, and one other I worked part time, I totally enjoyed those casual laid back days (and nights). I like staying up late watching movies and TV shows with Tara, but when I have to be at work at 8am, I can’t always pull off staying up too late. It sucks getting old!

It’s gotten hot again this week. I broke down and turned on the A/C. We made it through 24 days of June! My goal was until July 1st. I love that time when you don’t need the heat nor the A/C, and the money savings!

Looking forward to the Vietnam Moving Wall – The Wall that Heals arriving in Hatfield on Thursday!

Well, I think that’s enough randomness for this week!


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Ruby Tuesday II – Red, White and Blue Birthday

Today we started celebrating my mother’s 89th birthday a few days early!
When you are about to be 89, you deserve a multi-day celebration.
My sister, brother-in-law, mother, myself and friends Bobbie and Denny had a nice lunch at Via Marconi Smokehouse Tavern. This is a relatively new restaurant at Station Square on Church Rd, Lansdale, right near the Pennbrook Train station.  
The bar/pub area is very open, with lots of windows and natural light. Many TVs give you the opportunity to keep up with your favorite sport, and if you so like, there is a dart board! One of these visits I’m going to throw some darts!
This is the second time I have been here, and once again the food did not disappoint. I had your basic cheeseburger today. It was very good on a great roll. It came with a pickle and chips. I considered upgrading to their awesome sweet potato fries today, but stuck to the basics! 
All were in agreement that their sandwiches are HUGE. Bobbie, Mom and Larry all brought 1/2 of their sandwiches home. 
As if the sandwiches were not enough, Bobbie baked and decorated a cake for Mom! Bobbie has made several cakes for family functions and she never fails to outdo herself! This great patriotic themed cake was just perfect for Mom. A delicious yellow butter cake with yummy icing

Looking good for nine days short of 89!

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Monday Mellow Yellow Mosaic – CHOP Mural

It takes just one thing (in this case, as big thing, Justin’s accident) to derail me from regular blogging. I needed some “down time”.  Justin is home and healing. Tara is in contact with him daily. He had an appointment today at CHOP and things are progressing.

My blogs and photography are my only real creative outlet, so when I procrastinate, I get upset with myself!

Time moves so quickly
Good intentions, time wasted
New week a new chance
When I took Tara to visit Justin at CHOP on Saturday, we were there for much of the day to allow his mother time at home to prepare for his homecoming. I was asked to vacate the room so they could visit alone! 
I had no problem with this. CHOP has many welcoming comfortable areas for families and visitors to get away from the patient rooms when needed. I did not explore too much of the hospital as I found a very comfortable corner right on the 4th floor with a view of the street below and this wonderful mosaic mural! 
Give me free WIFI, my IPad and people to watch and I’m good for a few hours!

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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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