Showing posts from March, 2012

Legend of the Dogwood

     Have you ever examined a Dogwood tree blossom closely?      We had a huge, old one in our yard. With a large, thick trunk and sturdy branches we could easily climb into and sit on. I can't imagine how old it was--I read they can live up to 80 years.      They grow wild throughout North America and Europe and I observed tons of young ones dotting the woods with white on the drive home all the way through to southern Alabama. (I took the above photo at a rest stop in Alabama.) In Florida, you see them typically planted in yards, having been purchased, but in fall they are thick with clusters of red seeds and I suspect squirrels and birds seed they easily, so they escape quickly into the wild.      There white outer leaves from a cross-like shape, with two being longer and two shorter and on each there is a rusty-reddish spot. The crown at the center is the actual flower.      I remember my mother showing me a blossom and explaining that it symbolized the crucifixion of J

Mama Kat Prompt: The Case of the Misplaced Reservation

      The lucky Mama Kat Blog Prompt for today is #5: "Write about the last time you stayed in a hotel."Since we just came back from our trip and did stay at a hotel, this is perfect!        There was a time when we used a tent and a State Park for a hotel on our various journeys, but that fell out of preference with tides and time. When we did camp, we used a tent we could stand in and a air-mattress we could blow up with a portable blower that could be plugged into the car's cigarette lighter. However, eventually we just reached the age where ground-level sleeping, having a little A/C and a bathroom we didn't to hike to were all preferable.        So now we hotel---motel really--on our journeys. You might wonder what the difference is between a "hotel" and a "motel"?  The distinction is hotels are considered larger, have more ambiance and are generally located in cities. Sheraton would an example of a well know line of hotel. Motels are small