Friday, April 13, 2018

Old School Made New Again

Call me crazy (and some people in my family do),
but I absolutely LOVE school buildings.
I have spent a great deal of time in
school buildings since I was 6 years old,
and without revealing my age, just let me 
tell you that is a VERY long time.

So imagine my delight, when just a couple
of blocks from my doctor's office
is a school building that was closed
down several years ago and
has now been revitalized into
shops, bakeries, restaurants, and offices.

I stopped by today for a visit.

This was the front of the school.
Lincoln Elementary School
Established in 1948.
Before I was born.
This is the second Lincoln
Elementary so probably not quite
that old.

The playground is still there behind a chain link fence.

I'm not sure if this is a new addition or even
exactly what this is.  Help anyone?

Check out the "classroom" door with double
glass windows.  That's so the first
grader's mom can peek in to
be sure her child has stopped crying.

There is a beautiful mural on the outside of the
school.  Again, I had to take a picture
through the chain link fence.

This could be just about any school picture
taken years ago.
I wonder what these educators
and children are doing now.

The old water fountain is still there.
I didn't try it out.  I should have.

A nice view of the outside of the school.

And of course, every school proudly flies the
Stars and Stripes.
I remember the Flag Patrol from my Elementary
School, A. B. Freeman Elementary.
They were the special few who
had the privilege of raising and
lowering the flag each day.

This picture, in the hallway, was the first school
on the site.  Notice the "school bus"
in front of the school.

There are places to sit and relax in the original hallway.

Another view of the Hallway.
I wish there had been Fit-Bits
back in my schooldays.
I could have racked up a lot of steps.

Another closer view of the front of the school.

I wonder who rode this great bicycle to school.
Thanks Lincoln Leopards for
helping me to walk down Memory Lane today.
School houses do not teach themselves - piles of brick and mortar and machinery do not send out men. It is the trained, living human soul, cultivated and strengthened by long study and thought, that breathes the real breath of life into boys and girls and makes them human, whether they be black or white, Greek, Russian or American.

W. E. B. Du Bois

Monday, February 19, 2018

Paris Trip 2018

Our Fearless Leader, Jeana, found some very inexpensive tickets to Paris on Iceland Air.
Three of us answered her call to 
adventure and began planning our trip.
Really, Jeana planned our trip, and 
we were along for the ride of a lifetime. 
No, this is not Paris, but our stop in Iceland.
When we went to retrieve our rental car,
Sylvia, our new friend, advised us that
a blizzard would arrive at 12:00 noon.
So we took off adventuring after a night of flying
and very little sleep.
And, yes, we did get stuck in a huge snowstorm, but our intrepid
(Montana) driver, Jeana maneuvered us through the storm
and even managed to get us out of a snowdrift.
We experience the beautiful snow-covered landscape of Iceland.
I would love to go back in the summer.

Following are just a few highlights of the Paris trip.

The Catacombs of Paris were fascinating.
Imagine seeing some 6 million bones from
an early Parisian cemetery and learning how
this most unusual Tourist attraction evolved.  
One of my favorite stops was the Musee d'Orsay.
This museum used to be a train station,
 and it is absolutely beautiful.
If I am not mistaken, this is the station where the book/movie
The Invention of Hugo Cabret was set.

We were fortunate to be there for a Degas exhibit.

We ate very well, and Macarons were definitely on the menu.  

This is the kitchen of the cute apartment that
we stayed in.  The building was built in the
late 1800's and was very comfortable.
We referred to it as "home"
as we ended each day with tired
feet and happy hearts.

These are my very special adventurers.
We had one woman in her 30's, one in her 40's,
one in her 50's, and one in her 60's.
You can guess where we all fall.
However, we don't want to hear your guesses.
We had so much fun being together.

Notre Dame was one of our first stops.
Yes, we climbed to the very top, all 300 plus steps.

Although we missed going up in the Eiffel Tower
because our flight out of Iceland was cancelled (that's
another story entirely), we did get to enjoy it from the ground.
This was our only sunny day of the trip.

On our last night in the City of Lights, we
saw the Eiffel Tower in all it's glory.

We enjoyed MANY Metro rides.

This is the Hall of Mirrors in Versailles.
This was one of my favorite places we visited.
I cannot imagine how crowded it must be in the summer
tourist season.
We enjoyed many delicious meals on our trip.
These are the famous Laduree Macarons.
I just noticed that I have included two
pictures of these delicious treats.
French foods do not disappoint.

A special thanks to Jeana, Lela and Caryllee for
a wonderful adventure that I will not soon

Saturday, July 29, 2017

Yellowstone--Just Us

David and I have been married for 45 years on August 14th. I used to think only "old" people were married that long. It was fun experiencing Yellowstone and the Tetons with my best friend. 

At a thermal area. 

By a beautiful waterfall. 

See the steam from the thermals rising behind us?

He can always make me laugh. 

Another waterfall. 
Perhaps my favorite sights on the trip. 
Except the bear. 😜 🐻 

Yellowstone Nature

The wildflowers were beautiful. 

The waterfalls were amazing. 

The thermal areas made you feel you were on another planet. 

The rivers were gorgeous. 

The Prismatic Springs were like nothing I've ever imagined. 
God's handiwork is amazing. 

Yellowstone Landmarks

It's a must to have your picture taken in front of the Yellowstone National Park sign. 

Beautiful Mammoth Springs
One of my favorite stops. 

The original gate in Montana. 

We had dinner in the Yellowstone Inn one night. 

Another evening, we had dinner in the majestic Old Faithful Lodge. The tour of the lodge was fascinating. It has withstood fires and an earthquake. 

Yellowstone and Family

My brother Lynn. 

My brother Terry. 
His middle name is Norris so 
we had to go to the Norris geyser. 

Terry Girl as we like to call her to differentiate from brother Terry. 

All of us. 
We missed Kim and Randy on the trip but they were busy enjoying meeting their first grand baby. 

Terry and Gail
Terry and Lynn 
Beautiful scenery and beautiful people. 

Yellowstone Animals

The wildlife sightings in Yellowstone were amazing. 
Of course, our bear sighting was the most exciting. 
It fulfilled one of my LIFE LIST goals. 
My sweet husband was prepared to drive out of our way to BEAR WORLD in Idaho if we hadn't seen one in Yellowstone. 

We saw hundreds of Bison in a trip we took to Lamar Valley. 
Our craziest wildlife encounter came one evening when we were driving after dark. A bison ran, yes they can run, within inches of our front bumper. 

It's crazy how the animals think they own the highways. And I guess they do. 

Not pictured is a wolf we saw running along the highway as we were driving. We were glad we had the windows rolled up.