Inside Firehouse Subs

Here is an iPhone photo of a painting inside a local Firehouse Subs restaurant, taken again about two years ago. I love their subs but I don’t like the higher blood pressure because of the sodium content! So irritating. That’s why we have blood pressure medications these days, thank God. My mother seriously loved Firehouse Subs! We miss you, momma.

Childless

I took a quick jaunt around the area to get the heck out of the house for a while today. Had a nice chat with my dad while parked in this little park. I feel a bit childless like this playground regarding the damned virus. I so want to see my children and the rest of my family but it’s not possible. The fence around the playground is like the virus, a fence that keeps families apart.

A sad sight

Star Shots

These are admittedly not good photos, but I don’t do night photography. There have been zero clouds at sunset the last few days, hence no new sunsets. I have zero plans for the upcoming holiday, do you? This holiday will be very different for many Americans. Myself? No difference really but there will be no trips to Michigan this summer either. John is not a happy camper…

Family Heirlooms

In this photo, the first three items in the little windowsill are my mothers regardless of her passing. The little donkey belongs to my grandparents regardless of them passing in 1979 and 1983. There is so much love here. πŸ₯° Love, the most powerful thing in this universe.

The Girls

Pepper the Shepard and Blondie are so missed! I actually feel a bit angry that It’s not safe and possible for me (or anyone) to travel to Michigan. I really miss my family and these sweet girls. Sadness once again sets in. On a bright note, all of my ceiling fans are being replaced today, and two Sago Palms are being planted in the backyard. Still a good day!

Pepper Dog!

OK, I am digging really deep in the archives this morning for these photos. I spoke with my father the other day up in Michigan, just catching up on things with him. Pepper is doing well, gladly, her hindquarters haven’t become more painful for her as she’s a senior dog these days.

Blondie is well to, she’s much younger. I miss these babies! It totally sucks that I can’t make my summer journey home to see my family. It’s so good for the soul to be with those you love so much. A tiny tear comes to my eye…

Black and White Day

Actually, it’s a very good day, the photos almost demand the title. I had several stops to make today hence I haven’t uploaded anything until now. Our real, actual lives come first since blogging is for me an avocation.

Yesterday, my new chrome wheels were installed on my truck, and I very much like the look! No photos yet, nobody probably cares to see it anyway. Driving around today taking care of business, it came to me that I have come full-circle.

Back in the day, back in the late 1970s and early 1980s, my father and I traveled quite a bit to race his 1/4 mile drag boat. We were in several states over the three years we did this and it was an experience that I am very lucky to have had and I am so grateful for those days.

During those years, I was totally blown away by the beauty of the desert southwest in Arizona where we raced several times. I wanted to stay there. Fast-forward to 2013 and the now-ex and I moving to Las Vegas.

As I’ve said here before, I just didn’t want to move back home to Michigan and the gray skies, and cold dank weather most of the year. I made the correct decision in staying here! I am where I wanted to be those many years ago. I’ve now come full-circle!

The firetruck was moving, I clicked the camera very quickly for those photos

Runway 26L

Just above and to the left of the warning sign is the threshold of runway 26L at McCarran International. I’ve touched down many times on that runway, it’s so interesting to be landing when I look out the window and recognise the roads and sidestreets.

It’s always so nice to be landing back at home but this summer I’ll not likely make the usual jaunt to Michigan because of this damned virus.

I am not a happy camper! I had a nice chat with my dad on the phone this morning for Fathers Day of course, and spoke with my daughter too.

I miss my family so much, but I don’t regret the decision to put down root here in Las Vegas, I’m not so sure that I could handle living in Michigan again after seven years here in the wonderful weather we have. Well, it’s very nice most of the time anyway!

The distant mountains are very much higher than they appear!

Swirly Glass

These photos are of a large decorative glass bowl that belonged to my mother. Now it and other items of hers live here with me in the desert. I miss you, Mom.

The Bridge

The Bridge is on my folks’ property back home in Michigan. I’ve painted that bridge as needed over the years, rode quads and snowmobiles over it so many times.

An Old Potbelly Stove Tool

Gosh dang if I can remember or find the actual name of this tool! Funny thing is I remember using them back in the 1960’s as a kid with the family, deep in the Michigan wood. We were at the deer hunting camp on the 120 acres we owned back then, fun memories!

All bunk beds, a picnic table and a very minimal kitchen. And of course your basic outhouse behind the cabin which was near the old fashion hand pump that pulled water from the ground.

I can still remember that water too, it was the coldest, clearest and most delicious water ever! The pump was on the very edge of a cedar swamp at the base of a hill. Wonderful memories, great days in the 1960’s!! Lord, I miss my family members so much.

Pretty Girls!

My father’s dogs haven’t made an appearance in this space for a while so here are some old photos of them. I miss these dogs so much and my human family too of course! This will pass!

Pepper is the first photo, Blondie below!

The Barns

Memories of wonderful days gone by in Michigan. I’ve been on the blower with my family this afternoon, calling around and checking in. Thank the good Lord they are all well. I wish the same for each of you. πŸ™πŸ»πŸ™‚

Less Than 100

Less than 100 horsepower is made by this old timer power plant but it’s plenty enough to push the old girl up to 45mph or so, plenty fast enough considering the steering gear and other antique components! But the sound of the engine, the wind blowing around makes the ride seem a little less creepy to me. I never feel safe in anything unless I’m in control!

Country Roads and Mom’s Yard Decor

Three photos from I don’t know when actually when but they are all iPhone photos. Mom had a wonder sense of design both indoor and out. She passed in 2012 yet her indoor and out decor is still unchanged. As it should be. πŸ™πŸ»

This is where I am actually from, not the Mojave Desert 😎

More Antiques

Here are four more iPhone photos from 2015 on the old car tour. Are ya tired of these yet? I hope not because I have plenty more to upload! I hope you and yours are all well this day.

Behind the Wheel: 1914 Pierce Arrow

Again from 2015, here’s an iPhone photo of my dad and I rolling along in the old timer. He’s driving, I would never ask to drive this car as it takes time to learn and he never offered! 😎

The steering wheel is on the right side…