Today is National Farmer’s Day

National Farmer’s Day used  to be called Old  Farm Day.

National Farmer’s Day on October 12th offers much-deserved praise to the hard-working farmers across the nation.  In the midst of harvest-season, the day pays tribute to the men, women, and family who put food in the grocery stores and on our tables every day.

Since today is a Saturday, it would be a great day to visit a farmer’s market, check out a corn maze, visit a pumpkin patch, or take a ride in the country.  In Virginia, it is also Wine month where Virginia has many farm wineries.

Additional products and areas that rely on agriculture include:

  • leather
  • apparel
  • restaurants
  • beverages
  • textiles
  • trucking
  • railroad
  • forestry
  • pharmaceuticals
  • transportation
Glen Manor is a family farm that is now being farmed by the 5th generation.  It  has evolved from animals and vegetables through fruit tress and now as a vineyard.  This picture is looking east to the Skylne drive.   It is near Front Royal, Virginia.


Caromount Farm in Eastmount near Schuyler, Virginia is a goat farm.  They have several types of goats.  The owne, Gail Hobb Page, makes several type of gourmet goat cheese from the milk.


Cattle staring at visitors waiting to tour the Big Sur Light Station at Pt  Sur along the Pacifc Coast  Highway south of Carmel and north of Big Sur Village.



Kiss the Pain

In honor of October is National Physical Therapy Month!

The first 2-1/2  months of  my knee replacement were a painful torture.  During that period, my physical therapist was one of my staunchest supporters to make my life as pain free as possible.  Now that the worst of the pain has subsided we are resuming a more ambitious routine with weights, stretches, balancing exercises and a contraption called New Step which is a combination exercise bike with moving arms.  Tara likes to do a stretch or a flexion until it “kisses the pain”,  but does not cause injury or raise the pain level.

Is your physical therapist
Actually a physical terroist?
Does she say no pain, no gain
And give you a reason to complain?
When your pain is at 10
Does she smile with “Let’s begin!”

A good therapist will observe and ask
For signs of pain behind the mask
Of stoicism on your face
As you try your darndest to maintain the pace
When she makes you flex and stretch in vain
She only wants you to kiss the pain

When it  hurts it  is time to pause,
Is what you’re doing part of the cause?
Would it be better in another position
Less pain will improve your disposition.
Working together to make rehab better
Is like getting a check inside your letter

Reblog: Janine Strange: Thanks to a Vietnam Vet

…and now for MISSION 38: Send Welcome Home love and Birthday wishes to Sgt Dennis Degnan USMC, Ret.

Like so many of our Vietnam Veterans, Dennis did not receive a warm welcome home. Not until 30 years after he returned from Vietnam, did someone welcome him home and thank him for his service. His wife sent this:

Dennis joined the Marine Corps at age 17 to  pay for college. Then after boot camp, he agreed to go to Vietnam  because they told him it would shorten his enlistment period. They  also told him he would be a typist, which was originally true. So he agreed. Upon arrival in the Danang airport, his orders were changed from typist to sniper and he found himself in the jungle a couple of days later. About 10 months later, he was shot 3 times and airlifted out. He spent 9 months in Bethesda Naval Hospital and was medically retired as a Sergeant, earning a purple heart.

Dennis turns 69 on October 29th.  Let’s send him birthday and welcome home wishes and make up for the 30 years that his sacrifice and service were not recognized.

…and if you also happen to be a Vietnam Veteran – thank YOU and Welcome Home!! I’m sure he would LOVE to hear from you!

DEADLINE: OCT 29, 2019
Mail your cards to:
Key Realty
attn: Amy
546 Weatherfield C-3
Maumee OH 43537

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Bathroom Signs IV

Baja Beach Cafe, Pacific Beach, San Diego, CA

Sign from  inside the Surfer Girl bathroom to Surfers who use the S’Girl room

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From the Barefoot Bar on Paradise Island in Mission Bay, San Diego where you can buy Swimmy Snacks to feed the fish and Quack Snacks to fed the ducks

Harry’s Coffee Shop has been an institution in La Jolla, CA since Harry relocated it from Brooklyn  in 1961.  Originally the Women’s room was inside the restaurant and the Men’s room was around back.  Now both (one-holers) are unisex.

China Chicano is a Peruvian-Asian fusion restaurant in the Penn Square section of Washington, DC.

Bathroom China Chilcano-leading into towards the bathrooms

Sign leading to the bathrooms at China Chilcano

Women’s and Men’s Room signs

Big Sam’s, a Dive Bar in Virginia Beach on Rudee’s Inlet

Old fashioned looking signs from the Depot Grill in Staunton, Virginia.  It matches the decor of this restaurant at the end of the old Train Station.

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Peter Chang’s Restaurant, Charlottesville, VA

Outhouses at the Greenwood Market along 250 in Greenwood, VA

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Heads are bathrooms on boats or ships.  This Head sign is from the William B. Tennyson, a 120  year old Bugeye that is run by the Calvert  Marine Museum in Solomons, MD.

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Honor Flights

Honor Flight Network

Honor Flight Network is a non-profit organization created solely to honor America’s veterans for all their sacrifices. We transport our heroes to Washington, D.C. to visit and reflect at their memorials. Top priority is given to the senior veterans – World War II survivors, along with those other veterans who may be terminally ill.

Of all of the wars in recent memory, it was World War II that truly threatened our very existence as a nation—and as a culturally diverse, free society. According to the Department of Veterans Affairs, an estimated 640 WWII veterans die each day. Our time to express our thanks to these brave men and women is running out.


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Joan, Nancy, Hal, Bonnie, and Martha aka Hal and the Halettes, show off the back of the Midway sweatshirts

My friend and Midway Shipmate, Hal Simmons, spent this past weekend on an Honor Flight from San Diego. Hal is a Korean War veteran and was selected as an honor flight recipient.  Hal has agreed to be interviewed for a future blog post.  Before he left for his trip, he shared his action packed itinerary with us.


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Reblog: Pacific Paratrooper Book Library – YTD

Pacific Paratrooper logo-the image of Everett Smith, GP's father.GP Cox is the owner of Pacific Paratrooper, a blog focusing on WWII in the Pacific.  The blog is in honor of his father, Everett Smith who served in the Pacific theater of operations.  GP  has an extensive personal library on World War II.  This includes some of the books of his via Pacific Paratrooper Book Library – YTD

Today is 10/4 Everything should be A-OK.

For those of us old enough to remember the CB radio craze of the 1970s, 10-4 was heard on the radio, Citizen Band radio, and in the hit song, Convoy.

10-4 means ok.

From the CB Chatter that precedes the lyrics:

[CB Radio Chatter]
Yeah, breaker one-nine
This here’s the Rubber Duck
You got a copy on me Pig Pen, c’mon?

Uh, yeah, Ten-Four Pig Pen, fer sure, fer sure
By golly it’s clean clear to Flag Town, c’mon
Yeah, its a big Ten-Four there, Pig Pen
Yeah, we definitely got the front door, Good Buddy
Mercy sakes alive, looks like we’ve got us a convoy