The forecast is for rain overnight, not a measurable amount but we take what we can get and are thankful for it here in Southern California.
This tiny blue flower, not quite the size of a dime, seems to be watching, waiting, ready for whatever rain falls before morning.
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Thanks again for all the time Yogi, Sylvia and Sandy put into keeping Skywatch Friday going strong!
No, not the Beatles song but a Raccoon made of Rock and sand….a cement critter!
I found this little fellow at a local antique fair near the end of the day, the weather had become windy and vendors were packing their goods swiftly to avoid damage. I have a fondness for small vintage yard statuary so I bargained for the little Raccoon and he came home with me for $4.
I have to admit he has startled me a few times as I looked out the kitchen window in the morning and he is on the driveway work table looking back.
I thought I might give Rocky a new coat of paint but the longer he is with me the more I like him just the way he is…creepy with age!
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After a horrific crash at Englishtown NJ raceway took the life of Scott Kalitta in 2008, NHRA Drag Racing has shortened the Top Fuel and Funny Car distance to 1000 feet, 320 feet short of the traditional Quarter mile of Drag Racing. They stated at the time in July of 2008 it might be a temporary condition but for these two classes 1000 feet of track remains their finish line as of the 2013 season.
The new rule was made for good reasons with safety as the number one priority as it should be with the Top Fuel and Funny Cars of today reaching and surpassing 300mph.
Nostalgia Drag Racing is still a Quarter mile finish line since these are vintage 1950s- 1980s Top fuel and Funny cars. They are, in my opinion, the best kind of drag racing to watch. When attending a Nostalgia Drag event Fans and Racers alike are transported to a time of racing that did not have huge franchises, 3-5 car “teams” in the same class and there drivers who still wrenched on their own cars after driving to the track in their pick-up hauling their trailered race car.
You can find lots of Nostalgia drag footage (and all kinds of cool drag racing and car show news) here: http://bangshift.com/
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This photo was taken near sunset yesterday, May 1st and bodes no good for Southern California.
The tanker plane is coming in for the evening from a brush fire in Banning CA, 40 miles East of here over 3000 acres burned so far and we have hot, dry, windy conditions today, might be contained by Saturday.
There is another larger brush fire burning North of Los Angeles near Camarillo. Another much smaller one in Jurupa, 15 miles Northeast.
This is VERY early for fire season but here we are after a dry Winter and not nearly enough rainfall to keep the hillsides from becoming crunchy tinder.
Fire season normally ends around Thanksgiving, this is going to be a long Summer.
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Letter “P” is for Postcards! The Photo shows Three random Postacrds of different types destined for my etsy shop at some Point.
The large building is a geographic Postcard depicting a Place like a City,Building or Monument. This one shows the Capitol Hotel in Topeka Kansas circa 1927.
The flowery one is a Birthday greeting with verse from approx. 1910
The last Postcard is a linen card which is noted by the Painterly colors and beige border, these are very sturdy cards and have held up well over the decades.
The scene is of Orange Groves in Southern California in the 1930s/40s.
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This garage was damaged by a vehicle meets stucco moment last week but they made the wait for repairs better for the entire neighborhood with their artwork on the patch for the garage door…they Put a Bird on it! Two birds really but I just wanted to go all Portlandia there while I shared.
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Thanks to Yogi, Sylvia and Sandy for maintaining and supporting the Skywatch page!
Old photos are treasure. Each one is a frozen moment in time with a story to go along with that moment and all the moments leading up to it and all those that will follow. Old photos are like a random paragraph from the center of a book.
Their true original tale may have been lost to time as the photos changed hands through generations of family members who may or may not remember the stories attached to each face looking out from snapshots of picnics and weddings long ago. Photos that have lost their families and found their way to estates sales and antique markets will inspire entirely new background stories by those who gather them in and bring them back to life as artwork and collections pieces.
This photo in this post is of my great-aunt Bea in her Red Cross uniform under and Old Oak with Old Glory waving above her head held by my future Mother who was in Jr. High at the time this was taken on Bremerton Island WA during WWII. The little Boston terrier was known to one and all as Suzie.
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Nestled among the sewing Notions of Ric-Rac, Bias Tape and Buttons you will find a couple Needle books.
Given away by Grocery stores, Dime Stores like Woolworth and Insurance agents, the Needle book was a simple cardboard folder filled with an assortment of sewing Needles. This household item was used for a lengthy time period and not a quick throw away like a book of matches. I am sure merchants felt it was a good return on their marketing funds. Some Needle books had more then one sponsor with the cost and benefit shared by all. The blue National Life Insurance Needle book in the photo also has advertisement for Dix and Rand Needles and The Grand Ole Opry on WSM radio!
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This ABC Wednesday I offer Mid-Century Modern for the letter “M”.
The term is used to describe the Modern style Movement from approximately 1945 to 1965. Think split level tiered Medallion homes and Jetsonesque poured concrete slab walls with geometric designs embossed into them. MCM is not just for those amazing airport terminals and homes of the 50s & 60s…it is descriptive of furniture and accessories of the era too. Think Season 1 of Mad Men, Danish Modern, Eames Chairs, Molded fiberglass and coated wire with hairpin legs for the patio.
Freestanding Danish fireplaces of bright orange or avocado green metal, atomic everything from Sputnik lamps to atom burst wall clocks.
Bark cloth with bold geometric designs were popular as drapery and upholstery fabrics.
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This was our sky over inland So Cal on Wednesday this week. High winds aloft pulled the Springtime clouds into bits of fluff.
If you look closely there is a passenger jet and contrail winging southward.
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