Tuesday, December 31, 2013

The Book of Me Written By You~Prompt 15~Snow

I am participating in Julie Goucher's activity:

This week’s prompt ~ Prompt 15 ~ Snow

Do you live in area where you routinely have snow?
How old were you when you first saw snow?
Do you remember it?
Did you make snowmen?
Throw Snowballs
Sledge Rides
What is the image that first came to mind when you read snow?
What does snow
feel like,
smell like
how do you see snow?


I was twelve years old when I saw snow for the very first time. If I saw snow before that, I do not remember. I was in the seventh grade. The church group had a weekend trip to a cabin. I don't remember where the cabin actually was. I do remember seeing photos my friend had, but unfortunately I do not have any myself.

Living in central California, we do not typically get snow, at least at sea level, where I live. Up in the surrounding mountains you will see snow on occasion and once every several decades we may have a surprise bit of snow around the yard.

These photos I took in 2009 of the snow in our surrounding hills/mountains.

 The photo above was taken as we were heading towards the country, out of town.

You will notice how dry our hills are in December. This year is much the same, I do not ever remember needing to water plants on New Year's Day, but that is the case this year unless we have a sudden burst of rain within the next 24 hours.

This view is more from the country area of town.

And this is maybe 10 minutes from my house, in the hills, with the windmills.

When I think of snow, of course I think wet and cold. That is how it felt too the first time I was in it, cold and wet. I am grateful I do not live where it snows all the time. I do not want to shovel or live where it snows. I think the novelty would wear off real fast. The beauty of living in California is that, you can travel to snow within an hour when the time is right and if you so wish. Or, you can travel to the beach and ocean within an hour from most places in central California.

I remember making snowballs and riding in a sled when I first played in snow. I seem to remember that I preferred to stay in the cabin also, where it was warmer. My ideas of snow don't seem to have changed much over the years. I LOVE looking at it, especially at a distance, it is beautiful. I just prefer not to be in it.

Here are a few more photos I took in December 2009. We do get some beautiful views. Just as I like it, views!

 Driving through town.

Also from town.

In town also, but the mountains are more distant, and the trees are still a bit red.

Don't think we will see snow this year, we need to at least have rain first!

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 Copyright © 2013 Cheryl Palmer All Rights Reserved

Monday, December 30, 2013

The Book of Me Written By You~Prompt 14~Special People

I am participating in Julie Goucher's activity:

This week’s prompt ~ Prompt 14 ~ Special People

If you had to hold a dinner party and could invite a maximum of 12 people who would you invite?

This week you CAN include family.

What meals would you serve and why?

Perhaps include the recipe or a photo if you decided to actually cook the items!


This time I get to invite family to my special dinner for twelve! Yes! I have decided to have a casual dinner outside on a California summer evening. We may even actually have dinner at the beach…at sunset.

The very first person I would invite would be my Dad. He is by far, the first and foremost family member invited to attend any family functions I have. He has a very special place in my heart and I am most grateful to have him in my life!

The next person I would invite to dinner would be my cousin, Jan Lundberg, in Sweden. I am so fortunate that he replied to one of my blog posts, which has brought our two world's together. 

The third person I would invite would be my paternal grandfather, Erik Hjalmer Lundberg. Life has ways of evolving, so much so that I, unfortunately, didn't spend any real time with him when I was growing up. I would like some of that time back to get to really know him as a person.

My maternal great-grandmother, Dagny Dulin would be the next person invited. I never knew her, but I have many questions for her. The main question, why did she came to the United States…I have a difficult time understanding this as she came from a fairly well to do family in Norway. Things yet undiscovered!

I would also invite my great-grandmother Marta Brita Lundberg. I would love to hear the stories that have failed to be told. Who was my grandfather's father? Did his sister have the same father? 

Another great-grandmother, Laura Hohimer would also be on my invitation list. I never met her, but feel a need to know her. I met my great grandfather, but never her.

I think great-grandfather Raney McGuire would also be on the invitation list. I know there are some good stories behind this man that may never have been told. 

I would invite my cousin in Norway, Cecilie (Dulin). I have had contact with her and we tried to meet once, but it didn't quite work out. I think it is high time we met!

Another cousin I haven't met but have had communication with for a few years now would also be invited to dinner. My Cousin Betty who lives in Montana. She has been a hugh help to me with my paternal mother's family and their family history. I owe her more than a few hugs, and more than a few dinners also!

I have a first Cousin Steve, that I have not seen since I was just a couple years old. He lives in Florida. We made online contact about a year ago. I think he needs to be invited so we can get reacquainted and I can eventually meet the rest of his family.

I have another first cousin who lives in the same state as I do, California, which I haven't seen since I was a child, Cousin David. We have tried a couple of times to hook up, but so far it hasn't worked out. Maybe dinner this time would!

I have many more cousins I could invite to this dinner, but I certainly can not invite them all. I think the twelfth
 person I would invite would be my second great-grandfather Erik Andersson Lundberg. I think he would love to hear what I have been up to in order to learn more about our family.

For dinner we would have a barbecue. Several meats, hamburgers, chicken, steak and fish. Roast some corn on the cob and other veggies, a pasta salad as well as a fruit salad and call it good. Lots of snacks and appetizers, with some beer and wine for those who wish to partake. I hear the stories flowing now...

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Sunday, December 29, 2013

The Book of Me Written By You~Prompt 13~Who's Coming to Dinner?

I am participating in Julie Goucher's activity:

This week’s prompt ~ Prompt 13 ~ Who's Coming to Dinner?

If you had to hold a dinner party and could invite a maximum of 12 special people, who would you invite?

You can not include family in this-the special people could be famous or historical people.

What meals would you serve and why?

Perhaps include a recipe or photo if you decided to actually cook the items.


These are the people I would invite to my dinner party! We are gathering to have fun and learn more about one another. We will have a large round table set elegantly, but fun too, where we can all visit together.

I would invite Neil Armstrong. I remember as a child when he went to the moon. My dad and I made a BIG scroll paper (maybe for a school project?) with newspaper articles and photos, etc. of the whole event. I would ask many questions about the preparation and trip he made. I would love to hear about his feelings, and emotions throughout the whole process.

I would also invite Julie Andrews. I have actually met her at a book signing, such a lady! She is one of my all time favorite actresses and singers. One of the two first movies I fell in love with was Sound of Music. I recently watched the new remake, live on stage with Carrie Underwood, and I liked it. So many people didn't like it, but I did. It was different and should never ever be expected to rate or be the same as the first version. Julie Andrew's gave her blessing for the remake, and I enjoyed it.

I would invite John F. Kennedy. He is the first president I really remember anything about. I am not sure if it is because he was assassinated, but I am sure it has a lot to do with it. He was young and good looking and I had heard so many things about him after he died. Being a child, I was influenced so much with all the talk around me, on the TV and in person.

Clark Gable would be amazing to have visit for dinner, although he may make me speechless. My other favorite movie is Gone with the Wind. I would have to have someone take a photo of the two of us together for sure.

I think I need someone from the music field. I would choose The Beatles, but, that is more than one person, so I will pick John Lennon. The Beatle's became a hit during my childhood. What a career and life John Lennon has had. What don't I know about him, that I want to know? What would I ask him? To sing of course!

A comedian, yes I need one of those. Let's see, how about…Lucille Ball! Yes, she will do. I once sat in front of her house with my family for what seemed like hours in hopes that we would see her. We watched as a delivery person brought them food. Great sense of humor she had, and I understand she lived with a lot of physical pain throughout her live also.

Ok, half way there, I have 6 people. I would like to have equal men and women so it looks like I need to have more women in this next section. Equality and all you know.


So, next I will choose Oprah Winfrey. She has done so many different things in her life, I could sit for hours and listen to all she has learned and accomplished over the years.

I am very intrigued by architect Antoni Gaudi's buildings. He is right up my alley with the way I think, DIFFERENT. I love the work I have seen from him in Barcelona, because it is all so different! I could pick his mind!

I think Betsy Ross is also invited. She has such creative talent, a marvelous seamstress, we see it all around our great country. Craft person that I am, we would hit it off I am sure.

My invitation list includes Betty White. She loves her job and continues to work. She loves animals. Her personality is most appealing as she seems happy all the time. She is the grandma we all want to have, rock on Betty!

I need to invite one more woman and one more man. Who shall they be?

Amelia Earhart. You are invited to this special dinner of twelve. Tell us what it felt like to cross the Atlantic in a plane? I wonder how it compares to flying to the moon?

United States Army General Norman Schwarzkopf, Jr. would round out my list of twelve for dinner. His life was committed to service for the United States. Along with picking his brain, I more than anything want him to come and share in the fun with the rest of us!

Sports players, scientists, developers, artists, authors etc., there are so many people I would love to meet. I would need to have many, many dinners. I couldn't just keep it to these 12.

The menu ~ I would research each person to find out their favorite food. I would hire a chef(s) (with all of my millions of dollars) to cook each of those meals. I am not into the cooking, I prefer to plan the entertaining, and wow, it would be fun!

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 Copyright © 2013 Cheryl Palmer All Rights Reserved

Thursday, December 5, 2013

The Book of Me Written By You~Prompt 12~The Year I Was Born

I am participating in Julie Goucher's activity:

This week’s prompt ~ Prompt 12 ~ The Year I was Born

What happened....
Historical - international, national and local
Family events

The first thing that comes to my mind about the year I was born is that it was also the year Disneyland opened! 

Here are a few more things happened that year ~ Can you guess what year it was?


January 2nd ~ Panamanian president Jose Antonio Remon is 

January 17 ~ Submarine Nautilus begins 1st nuclear-powered test 

January 19th ~ 1st presidential news conference filmed for TV

January 19th ~ "Scrabble" debuts on board game 

January 20th ~ 1st atomic sub, USS Nautilus, launched at Groton


January 22nd ~ Norwegian government of Einar Gerhardsen 

January 25  US and Panama sign canal treaty


February 2nd ~ 1st presidential news conference on network TV-
Eisenhower on ABC

February 9th ~ US federations of trade unions merge 
into AFL/CIO

February 12th President Eisenhower sends 1st US advisors to 

 February 12th ~ McGuire Sisters' "Sincerely" single goes to #1 
and stays #1 for 10 weeks

 February 15th ~ 1st pilot plant to produce man-made diamonds announced

February 26th ~ "Peter Pan" closes at Winter Garden Theater 
NYC after 149 performances


March 3rd ~ Elvis Presley made his 1st TV appearance

March 7th ~ 7th Emmy Awards: Make Room for Daddy, 
Danny Thomas and Loretta Young

March 7th ~ Mary Martin as "Peter Pan" televised

March 15th ~ US Air Force unveils self-guided missile

March 16th ~ President Eisenhower upheld the use of atomic 
weapons in case of war

March 24th ~ 1st seagoing oil drill rig placed in service

March 24th ~ Tennessee Williams, "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof" 
opens for 694 performances

March 26th ~ "Ballad of Davy Crockett," becomes the 
#1 record in US

March 27th ~ Steve McQueen makes his network TV 
debut (Goodyear Playhouse)

March 30th ~ 27th Academy Awards - "On the 
Waterfront," Brando and Grace Kelly win

March 31st ~ US Assay Office in Seattle, Washington closes 
Chase National (3rd largest bank) and Bank of the Manhattan 
Company (15th largest bank) merge to form Chase Manhattan


April 5th ~ Winston Churchill resigns as British PM, 
Anthony Eden succeeds him

April 6th ~ US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test 

April 9th ~ US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test 

April 10th ~ Dr Jonas Salk successfully tests Polio 

April 12th ~ Salk polio vaccine safe and effective; 4 
billion dimes marched

April 14th ~ Elston Howard becomes the 1st black to 
wear the Yankee uniform

April 15th ~ Ray Kroc starts McDonald's chain of fast 
food restaurants (Illinois)

April 15th ~ US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test 

April 18th ~ 1st "Walk"/"Don't Walk" lighted street 
signals installed

April 19th ~ 59th Boston Marathon won by Hideo Hamamura of Japan in 2:18:22

April 22nd ~ Congress orders all US coins bear motto 
"In God We Trust"

April 29th ~ G Gronchi elected president of Italy

April 30th ~ West German unions protest for 40-hour 
work week and more wages


May 2nd ~ Pulitzer prize awarded Tennessee Williams 
for (Cat on Hot Tin Roof)

May 5th ~ "Damn Yankees" opens at 46th St Theater 
NYC for 1022 performances

May 5th ~ Indies parliament accept hindu-divorce

May 5th ~ US performs nuclear test at Nevada test 

May 6th ~ West Germany joins NATO

May 7th ~ 81st Kentucky Derby: Bill Shoemaker aboard Swaps wins in 2:01.8

May 7th ~ USSR signs peace treaty with France and 

May 13th ~ Mickey Mantle hits 3 consecutive HRs of 
at least 463'

May 14th ~ US performs nuclear test at Pacific Ocean

May 15th ~ US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site

May 15th ~ Vienna Treaty: Brit, France, US and USSR 
restores Austria's independence

May 16th ~ Rocky Marciano TKOs Don Cockell in 9 
for heavyweight boxing title

May 21st ~ 1st transcontinental round-trip solo 
flight-sunrise to sunset

May 22nd ~ Oldest man to drive in the Grand Prix 
(aged 55) finishes 6th

May 25th ~ Series of 19 twisters destroy Udall Kansas and most of Blackwell Oklahoma

May 27th ~ Red Buttons Show, last airs on NBC-TV


          June 4th ~ "Mickey Rooney Show," TV comedy last airs on NBC

June 5th ~ NY Yankee Mickey Mantle hits 550' HR off Chicago 
Billy Pierce

          June 6th ~ Bill Haley and The Comets, "Rock Around the Clock" hits #1
June 7th ~ "$64,000 Question" premieres on CBS TV

June 7th ~ 1st President to appear on color TV (Eisenhower)

June 8th ~ Dodgers option Tommy Lasorda to make room on roster for Sandy Koufax

June 9th ~ 100°F - Hottest day in Seattle Washington

June 10th ~ 1st separation of virus into component parts reported

June 11th ~ 1st magnesium jet airplane flies

June 11th ~ 87th Belmont: Eddie Arcaro aboard Nashua wins in 

June 11th ~ Le Mans race car accident kills 83 spectators (race 


June 12th ~ Monitor (full weekend program) begins on NBC radio network

June 15th ~ The Eisenhower administration stages the first annual
"Operation Alert" (OPAL) exercise, an attempt to assess the 
USA's preparations for a nuclear attack.

June 19th ~ Mickey Mantle hits career HR # 100

June 23rd ~ Walt Disney's "Lady and the Tramp" released

June 24th ~ Harmon Killebrew hits his 1st HR (off Billy Hoeff)

June 27th ~ 1st automobile seat belt legislation enacted (Illinois)

June 30th ~ "Johnny Carson Show," debuts on CBS-TV


July 2nd ~ "Lawrence Welk Show" premieres on ABC

July 9th ~ Bill Haley and The Comets' "Rock Around the Clock" tops billboards chart

July 9th ~ First black executive on White House staff (E Frederic 

July 11th ~ Congress authorizes all US currency to say "In God We Trust"

July 12th ~ 22nd All Star Baseball Game: NL wins 6-5 in 12 at 
County Stad, Milw

July 17th ~ Disneyland opens its doors in rural Orange County

July 17th ~ Arco Idaho becomes 1st US city lit by nuclear power

July 17th ~ Disneyland televises its grand opening in Anaheim, 

July 18th 1st electric power generated from atomic energy sold 

July 29th ~ USSR performs nuclear Test


August 2nd ~ USSR performs nuclear test

August 3rd ~ Automobile Association of America ends support of 
auto racing

August 3rd ~ Hurricane Connie begins pounding US for 11 days

August 4th ~ Eisenhower authorizes $46 million for construction of 
CIA headquarters

August 7th ~ Tokyo Telecommunications Engineering, the precursor 
to Sony, begins selling its first transistor radios in Japan.

August 12th ~ Pres Eisenhower raises minimum wage from 75 cents 
to $1 an hour

August 19th ~ Hurricane Diane kills 200 and 1st billion dollars damage storm (N.E. US)

August 20th ~ 1st airplane to exceed 1800 mph (2897 kph)-HA 
Hanes, Palmdale Ca

August 26th ~ 1st color telecast (NBC) of a tennis match (Davis Cup)

August 27th ~ "Guinness Book of World Records" 1st published

August 31st ~ 1st microwave TV station operated (Lufkin, Tx)

 August 31st ~ 1st sun-powered automobile demonstrated, Chicago, Illinois


September 5th ~ Fred Kaps becomes world champion magician

September 9th ~ Don Zimmer, hits 4,000th Dodger home run    

September 9th ~ Elvis Presley's 1st appearance on Ed Sullivan's Show

September 10th ~ "Gunsmoke" premieres on CBS TV

September 18th ~ Willie Mays hits record tying 9th HR at Ebbets 
Field (ties Joe Adcock)

September 20th ~ Willie Mays (Giants) homers off Vern Law 
(Pirates) in both ends of DH

September 20th ~ Willie Mays is 7th player to reach 50 HRS in a 


September 21st ~ Rocky Marciano KOs Archie Moore in 9 for 
heavyweight boxing title

September 24th ~ President Eisenhower suffers a heart attack on vacation in Denver

September 26th ~ NY Stock Exchange worst price decline since 

September 28th ~ 1st World Series color TV broadcast on NBC-
TV (Yanks beat Dodgers)

September 30 ~ James Dean died in a car accident in California. 


October 1st ~ "Honeymooners" premieres

October 2nd ~ "Alfred Hitchcock Presents" premieres

October 3rd ~ "Captain Kangaroo" premieres on CBS-TV, Good 
Morning, Captain!

October 3rd ~ "Mickey Mouse Club" premieres

October 8th ~ World's most powerful aircraft carrier, USS 
Saratoga, launched

October 17th ~ Lee Merriwether joins Today Show panel

October 20th ~ Harry Belafonte records "Day-O" (Banana Boat Song)

October 25th ~ Tappan sells 1st microwave oven


November 5th ~ Date returned to in "Back to the Future" by Marty McFly

November 6th ~ USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern 
Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR

November 7th ~ Supreme Court of Baltimore bans segregation in 
public recreational areas

November 9th ~ UN disapproves of South Africa's apartheid 

November 16th ~ 1st speed-boat to exceed 200 mph (322 kph) 
(Donald Campbell)

November 16th ~ Johnny Cash made his 1st chart appearance with 
"Cry Cry Cry"

November 18th ~ Bell X-2 rocket plane taken up for 1st powered 

November 22nd ~ USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern 
Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR

November 22nd ~ RCA Victor's best investment paying $25,000 to Sun Records and Sam Philips for rights to Elvis Presley, a truck 
driver from Tupelo Miss

November 25th ~ Race segregation forbidden on trains and buses between US states


December 1st ~ Rosa Parks (black) arrested for refusing to move 
to the back of bus

December 5th ~ AFL and CIO merge, with George Meany as 

December 5th ~ Historic bus boycott begins in Montgomery 
Alabama by Rosa Park

December 6th ~ NY psychologist Joyce Brothers won "$64,000 
Question" on boxing

December 8th ~ Brooklyn catcher Roy Campanella wins his 3rd 
MVP Award

December 19th ~ Carl Perkins records "Blue Suede Shoes"

December 29th ~ Barbra Streisand's 1st recording "You'll Never 
Know" at age 13

December 31st ~ The General Motors Corporation becomes the 
first U.S. corporation to make over $1 billion USD in a year.

Popular Books

Cat on a Hot Tin Roof- Tennessee Williams
Moonraker (James Bond #3)-
 Ian Fleming
Hickory Dickory Dock (Hercule Poirot #30)- Agatha Christie

The year was…1955

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