Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Dull November Blows In

Dull November brings the blast
Then the leaves are whirling fast...


October 31st was a very Novembery Day. It looked like November and it felt like November. Brrrrr...





It was my day to visit my dad except that my sister had an unexpected low census day so she didn't need me after all. Well, she couldn't get rid of me that easily. I had told my father that I would dress up for the day; I had forgotten my iPad adapter there last week; and I wanted a free lunch, not to mention that I had another bag of personal papers requiring burning.
 

So I arrived dressed as a Trump supporter to find Sis and her husband on the roof. 





My dad grinned to see me so that was fun. After a delicious lunch of  BLTs, my sister suggested one of our favorite things...








Yes, this family enjoys a good cemetery. We were looking for some of our Pilgrim descendant relatives. No luck today. Perhaps we found yours.






There's Mr. J. Crumett whose epitaph reads:
 

Behold the place where I now lie
          As you are now so once was I
As I am now so you must be


Very cheery, Mr. Crumett.  Doesn't he sound like a Dicken's character?






A sad stone with a sad story. I hope that they get around to repairing this one soon before any more damage happens or any information is lost: Sylva Bishop daughter of Abial and Dorcas Bishop. Sylva has been gone for 182 years.
 

After a little while, I took my leave as I had errands to run and a big job to work on. I stopped at Lowe's on my way home and found a leaf blower I thought I could handle. That means electric and lightweight. I couldn't wait to get home to rev it up. I also bought ear protection because the drone of those blowers in the fall has always been intense. 


A couple of hours later, I had the driveway cleared of leaves, the deck swept  blown off, and the path between the garage and deck clean as a whistle. It was all pretty painless so I was pleased. 


And just in time for my early evening guests... someone named Harry and an Old Man who looks a little like Charlie Chaplin.






The old man there says that he is not going to wear a mustache when he grows up. I suggested that his father seems to enjoy one. Old man said that it is way too itchy. His mother said that most men don't grow their mustaches into their noses. Apparently this one was going in the wrong direction. Ha! 


Thus we head into November already and so soon...
Hope that yours is a blessed one.



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42 comments:

  1. What a great way to trace your history, at cemeteries. Our family were dotted all over so that method would not be effective.

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    1. We, at least, know that our family lived in this town about two hundred years ago. In fact, they helped settle it and are named in the history of the town. We don't search willy~nilly in graveyards, though I appreciate any graveyard for the history of such a place. We found Revolutionary War soldiers and the War of 1812 soldiers buried in this one. Fascinating.

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    2. Wow. That's amazing...that your family has lived in your town for two hundred years. We are old-timers in our town and my dad arrived in the forties!

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  2. I remember traveling thru the countryside visiting cemeteries with my brother locating ancestors. I love the Trick or Treaters and that mustache! Wishing you a very nice first day of Nov.

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  3. Vee, My daughter and I liked the graveyards around Charleston S.C. they are all around the church yards. Your tricksters were cute. Glad to got to visit your father. Blessings, xoxo, Susie

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  4. Graveyard exploring seems like an appropriate Hallowe'en thing to do - lol! Mr. Crumett says it like it is - yikes! Your little grandsons are just so cute and growing so fast. Glad you got to see your dad and bring him a smile. Hugs ...

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  5. I also like going to graveyards although I find them a bit sad. These people were alive, laughing, crying, living life and now they are no more on this earth. I look at each tombstone and wonder who they were and what they were like. Oh if I only could know, really know, each one of them. (I probably would not like them all.)

    Glad you got to see your dad. Happy November. That first picture just looks like November to me.

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  6. When you said that your dad grinned to see you, that made me smile too, thinking of how the Lord has restored your relationship. What a beautiful picture of grace!!

    I'll bet you grinned to see those handsome grandboys! So funny about the moustache! :D

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  7. I loved this Vee...just loved it. Happy November!

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  8. Well, just look at those cute grandsons of yours :) Delightful post, dear Vee. I could help but laugh at Mr. Crumett's headstone.

    Happy November, dear one. Hugs!

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  9. Thanks for the giggles about 'stashes! LOL! Too cute!

    I love to visit old cemeteries too. Some think it morbid, I find the history fascinating!

    Hugs and love to you, Vee. ♥

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  10. Your trick-or-treaters are too cute! ~ What a great thing to do on or near Halloween...visit a cemetery. Actually, I enjoy visiting them, too. Back East you have much more history than here. I've not found a grave stone of someone who died 182 years ago. We love all the trees in this yard, but weren't at all expecting the onslaught of leaves from over a hundred trees. K had to buy a bigger, more powerful leaf blower/mulcher than the one we had.

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  11. That must have been surprising to see your sister on the roof, or maybe not. Love an old cemetery, my dad dragged us to many when he was doing our family genealogy study. A nickel for every relative we found that he had not already. We didn't make much but he always hoped to find one more. I'm glad you got a leaf blower you can use. Happy November! (here it's still sumer).

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    1. Sis is a great helpmeet to her husband. There is nothing that she won't do, including crawling under a car or helping with a roof.

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  12. I have not been to a cemetery for many years. Good for you getting a leaf blower!!

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  13. Mr. Sweet loves going to olden cemeteries...I'd rather just sit in the car, listen to music and take a tiny nap.
    Like you, I am stunned that this is Nov....we are still in shorts and tee shirts..it was 79, maybe 80, degrees yesterday and the sun is shining bright this morning.

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  14. loved reading your post , you can get more done in a day then I could.
    -I got spam -

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  15. Love your evening guests! Where's the photo of 'the Donald' who went to visit your dad? I would like to see that! How nice that you two are enjoying each other's company these days!!!

    We were just discussing leaf blowers here...and then I read your post and your endorsement of an electric one. Good tools make the job so much easier! I'm wondering where our leaves have landed this past week. I'll find out tomorrow!

    May November be so much better than you ever imagined!

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  16. I wonder if hubby would consider cemetery visiting some time? You always make it look like an engaging outing and I'm sure there's historical significance somewhere along the way.
    Haha, love your grandsons dressed for trick or treating. Our Sam had a huge dinosaur costume on with a fan inside to keep it blown up....I hardly ever bought costumes when our girls were little, we rummaged in the house and used our imagination. Times have changed.

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  17. Your day sounds great with a dressed up you to dressed up grands! The children look cute and I love the mustached one. So cute! We had a total of two trick or treaters and now have a huge bag of candy! Oh no!
    I used an electric leaf blower this morning and I really like it. Our old gas one bit the dust. I prefer it as it's not as heavy. Enjoy your afternoon, Vee. ♥

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  18. Cemetery visiting is always so interesting. We enjoy strolling through them and reading the inscriptions. I grew up around old cemeteries and my parents were always hearing of more of them to show us. Mr. T's dad also enjoyed cemeteries -- it's probably safe to say he should have had a bumper sticker reading "I brake for old cemeteries."

    Your "Old Man" character there looks rather curmudgeonly!

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  19. Hi dear Vee - Would have liked to have seen your costume as a Trump supporter. Were you carrying a sign? Glad you got a little cemetery hunting in AND the leaves blown, all in one day. The boys are adorable of course (you don't have to tell them I said that). Nice to see you posting. ~ Abby

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  20. Glad you had a good day! Your visitors look like fun company!

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  21. I thought I might be the only one who found cemeteries fascinating. I don't look for old relatives, but I enjoy looking at the old stones and statues. It was a cold one here for Oct. 31, high of 51 and cold blowing and rainy. The Fall trifecta of nasty weather. On the other hand, Nov. 1 has blown in with temps of 73, sunshine and autumnal perfection. Go figure. Your visitors look very distinguished. I hope they were amply rewarded with candy >)

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  22. Vee, you would fit right into our family with the cemetery visits. When my precious motherinlove was alive for many years after our Thanksgiving dinner that was our outing. She always wanted to go to the cemetery. She would also try to bribe us with "After all that dinner y'all need to walk it off". And of course we went. It is so interesting to walk among the tombstones and talk about those we knew and some that we thought we knew and those that we wondered about. Matter of fact I feel a cemetery visit coming on soon. Love the pictures of the grands. Hope your dad is doing well. Hugs and blessings, Cindy

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  23. Your into November shots are quite nice. We have been blue sky challenged. I do enjoy poking around old cemeteries. Harry and Old man are looking good. I'm with Old man about the mustache. Glad to hear your dad grinned at seeing you! Now I want a BLT! Ach...me and food. Happy November!

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  24. Oh I enjoy a look around the cemetery too.
    There is a stone that has a similar saying on it that I see here. Can't think of how it goes exactly. I'll have to go and check it out. It isn't in the two I walk around but in a smaller one along the Farm Loop.
    Glad you got a leaf blower that you could handle. I tried using one once and all I did was blow the leaves all over the place. : )

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  25. What a fun trip to visit your dad. Sure wish we could see you in your 'supporter role'. lol
    I love old cemeteries. There was one right next to my house where I grew up and my aunt was kind of the unofficial caretaker of it...so I spent a lot of time up there with her. Amazing what you can find out in an old cemetery.

    Love your little tricksters..they are so cute.

    Hope you have a great night. It was in the 60s here today. Pretty sure we broke all kinds of records. xo Diana

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  26. We have a very old cemetery about 2 blocks out of our back door. My Mom is buried there and I so enjoy walking through it and seeing all the old tombstones. So interesting! Great pictures!

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  27. It is not Novembery here at all! 75 degrees today! I don't know how to dress these days! My husband is thinking about getting one of those leaf blowers; sounds like an easier way to deal with leaves. Most of which, by the way, are still on the trees here. I think old cemeteries are fascinating. I always think how sad to see how many children died young back in the day. And the little poems and sayings are so interesting. Blessings to you Vee. Deborah

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  28. I'm happy you and your dad are having good visits now. My dad was a gruff old rasca and I miss him and would love to be able to talk to him again, but I know he is happier where he is now. One thing I know, if I went to visit him dressed as a Trump supporter, he would have run me off. Or tried to! He was a diehard Dem. lol!
    Your grandsons are the cutest, love the mustache story.

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  29. Those mustache comments were especially good. Hugs.

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  30. October 31st WAS rather Novemberish here, but November 1st is not....It was sunny and 77degrees! Tomorrow will be warm, too, but then the cool weather returns. I love visiting old cemeteries. And I remember a story about a grave with an epitaph rather like Mr. Crumett's. Someone had scratched below it, "to follow you, I'm not content.......Until I know which way you went".
    Poor Mr. Mustachio! He may change his mind someday! I have been surprised by the facial hair, mustaches and beards, on some of the ball players in the world series. When I was young (shortly after the earth cooled) they were all clean shaven.

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    1. LOL! That long ago...

      Oh I hope that we get some warmer days...send it east.

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  31. I'm very into our family history and I love hearing stories of others who are as well. It's fascinating. Love the costumes and good for you on getting the leaves under control!

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  32. Now....where is the picture of you dressed up!! :) I love the graveyard photos and enjoy visiting them as well. Those are old stones! One wonders at their lives and how they passed. Cute pics of the boys. November is dull, cloudy, damp and dreary two days in already. Oh well, the white stuff will change all that one of these days! Have a good afternoon Vee.

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  33. So nice that you are bringing smiles to your Dad. I would enjoy seeing your representation of a Trump supporter.
    The mustache story cracked me up.
    It is, indeed, looking Novemberish in your area.

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  34. Your grands are the cutest! I wish we could see you dressed up and making your dad grin! I'm certain it was good!

    I'm glad you found a blower that you can handle. Its great to be able to handle these kinds of chores easily.

    Tim and I love old cemeteries especially, haven't been to one in years. I enjoyed the cemeteries in Scotland. The stones are full of history - they literally have their families listed on them....

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  35. What a neat post. First of all, the dull Novembery day you depicted here looks exactly like my kind of day...blustery, grayish skies, leaves swirling...yep, my kind of day alright. Tomorrow it is to be 80 degrees again and I would swap days with you in a heartbeat. Like you, I also enjoy a good stroll through an old graveyard. Oh...if only these old tombstones could talk, what stories they could tell! I hate to see these old cemeteries vandalized...it breaks my heart. You certainly have two cute little trick-or-treaters alright....I didn't have a one :(

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  36. I don't like to see the arrival of November for surely winter will follow. However I do appreciate the changing seasons so we must tolerate dull dreary cold November! Mr. Crumett sure does sound like someone right out of a Dickens story! Your two little guys are so cute. I laughed out loud at the upside down moustache!

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  37. What a fun post. I found the tombstones interesting and wonder what people are thinking sometimes when writing their epitaph (or writing one for their family member!) If it seems too cool where you are, you are welcome to send that weather south! Love the little men in your life. Such distinguished gents. ;) Thanks for the beautiful pictures, and it really does seem you always get a chuckle out of me with your writing.

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  38. Oh Vee, you are something else! I so admire your determination to do what needs to be done. If something happens to Terry I can't even imagine dealing with all our leaves. Hugs to you my friend.

    Such cute boys!

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