How I Framed Hal and Manny

#WP Photo Challenge Frame

I’m on my way on Thursday to visit Philadelphia and Delaware to see my mother’s only cousin, Hal. He’s 91 now, and he’s planning our trip to Harper’s Ferry. He’s also anxious that I bring Manny. Hmmmm?

Treed Hal2r

Last time I was there I framed him along with Manny. It wasn’t Manny’s fault he likes to climb trees and Hal had to hold him up to keep him from falling out. Hal acted like he did not object to being framed.

Do you think he wants revenge?

Old Swede Hal1r

Framed again! hahaha, Hal.

Oops, I’d better be careful. He may be older than I am, but he’s a lot bigger – and degrees smarter, but that’s another story.

Since I’m leaving my neck of the woods, I’d love to meet any East Coast friends – who are willing to come somewhere near DE or PA. Any bloggers in the neighborhood? I’d love to meet you.

A friend of mine also told me I need to look up Ben Franklin in Philly while I’m there. Last time I looked up an old relative, Robert Morris. I was too late, He was buried at Christ’s Church. The tour guides let me ring the sister to the liberty bell, though. Very cool.

If you know me, you know I love museums, so I’m sure there are a few of those around.

I’m flying into Philadelphia on September 1st.

I participate in WordPress' Weekly Photo Challenge 2016
I participate in WordPress’ Weekly Photo Challenge 2016

 

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Yellow or Orange Flowers

Justin Beaver and Manny spent a week together in Maui, Hawaii. They exchanged gifts each buying the other a frangipani, as plumeria are known in Australia where Justin lives with Mr. and Mrs. Eternal Traveler.  Justin will probably model his frangipani on his own blog, The Adventures of Justin Beaver. Manny writes intermittently on his blog, Manny’s Blog, and when his mood strikes. He tends to be a little jealous of Justin, but not so jealous that he didn’t wear his frangipani everywhere. I haven’t been able to take it from him yet, and it’s getting rather bent due to all his rambunctiousness.Manny's FrangipaniA year ago I drove home from Three Rivers, CA, rounded the corner and these pieces of California’s Gold, thousands of poppies shimmering in the mid-morning sun nearly stopped my heart. I passed them, stopped the car, and walked back along the highway to take their pictures. Yellow poppy2The poppy is the state flower, and they grow wild. We have them  growing in our driveway. They do not seemed bothered that we drive over them. Yellow poppyThese poppies seemed immune to the drought.Yellow RoseI’m pretty sure these are roses, but they are tiny. They grow along our fence wildly abundant in the early spring. Soon they dry up and look ugly and unkept.  There are so many blossoms, it’s hard to pick them all off.Yellow flower3I close with this flower from Kauai, I think is a daffodil. I liked its translucence even though I think it is a little blurry.

Thanks, Cee, for a chance to show off a few of my yellow flower pictures. For more pictures visit Cee.

Have a wonderful week.

Cees Fun Foto Challenge 2016

WordPress Photo Challenge: Letters

The Pennsylvania Railroad Museum didn’t bother to post their rules in any language but English.  That may have been their downfall.

Manny can't read

Sometimes the letters aren’t right when you take a picture, and you have to make some changes.

Fugitive Manny2

For more stories and pictures about letters click on the WP image.

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Boston with Eunice

Eunice’s mother asked her why she was going to meet a “perfect stranger.”

Eunice and Marsha

Eunice answered that I wasn’t a stranger, and I added that I’m not perfect either.  We had so much fun getting better acquainted.  She picked me up at the Kennedy Presidential Library where Manny and I spent a couple of wonderful hours browsing at our own rate through the exhibits.

Manny at JFK Library
Boy did Mom make me watch a lot of movies in there!

From there we dropped her boyfriend off at a park where he could search for hidden treasures.  He found a cross.

Ron's hunting gear

I threw the stick for JT.

JT and her stick
That’s what I’m talking about!

Manny tried to ride her, but JT thought he was her toy.

JT meets Manny
Yeah, put him down here. (hehe)

She didn’t bite Manny, but it was clear that she would rather have Eunice throw him so she could play fetch than have him ride on her back.

JT and Manny2
Really, he’s not a toy? What good is he then?

JT finally got a little disgusted at having to pretend to be friends with Manny, but don’t tell Manny that.  He was a little amazed that someone didn’t immediately think he was better than opening day of clam season in Boston.

JT and Manny3
Come ON, Mom. Do I have to be nice to this bear?

We had a wonderful lunch at Chili’s near Braintree, MA, then picked Ron back up at the park by the JFK Library.

Manny visits the USS Constitution She suggested that I start my Freedom Trail hike at the USS Constitution, so after some parting pictures, we went our separate ways.  Thank you Eunice for such a wonderful adventure.  It was a great treasure meeting my second blogger friend in person.  🙂  See you in November!  🙂

 

Manny’s Writing Challenge

Hi everyone! As though I didn’t already have enough to do, Manny has come up with this idea of a writing challenge.  Actually, it was Vince’s idea first.  He’s the marketing guy of the family.  Manny needs your help getting the to kids that might want to write a story.  To view Manny’s site click here.

Justin Beaver (JB) and I are friends.   I live in California, and JB lives in Australia.  We write blogs and talk to each other almost every day.  We decided to write stories about our travels, but there are so many ways to write a story.  We got confused.  Would you help us write a story?

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Story requirements:

  • 500 words or less
  • use at least one picture
  • Title:   Manny’s Writing Challenge:  Friends in Frankfurt
  • Topic:  Stuffed animals, Manny and Justin Beaver travel to Frankfurt, Germany.
  • Plot:  Manny and Justin have a whole city to explore and don’t know where to go.
  • Genre:  You might write a fractured fairy tale, poetry, story of noises, naughty behavior, or even non-fiction, or something else if you like
  • Your story should have a theme.
    • Is this a story about character traits, like honesty or manners?
    • Are Justin and I developing self-esteem and growing up as they travel?
    • Did we have an argument?
    • Did something scary happen and we act bravely?

Please use these pictures taken by Justin’s mom, Mrs. Eternal Traveler.  If you want to add more pictures you can.  Make sure you give credit for them.

Publish your story on your blog, or send it to my mom, tchistorygal@gmail.com., or post it in the comment section, if you want.

Please link back to my blog so that other people can read your story.  I can’t wait to read YOUR stories about ME!

You can use my widget.  I made them in several sizes, and you can post them on your website. Be sure to link back to my website in the URL of the picture so that others can join the writing challenge.

http://mannystravels.wordpress.com/

Manny's Writing Challenge

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Manny's Writing Challenge Widget

I will try to create a new challenge for you each week on Sunday.