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Sunday, November 29, 2015


This is a  throw back but maybe from the archives:)

I shot in the World Fast Draw Association with my hubby for 35 years. I would not say I was the best but I won my share of titles and championships and met a great group of people around the world.
This is called  "double balloons".  The black thing on the top is a light that is hooked up to a clock that starts when the light comes on and shuts of at the sound of the shot. In double balloons you shoot the first target and then turn and shoot the second target (balloon). If you look close you will see there is some smoke from the first shot and I haven't fired the second one yet. The "bullet" is actually black power that is propelled by a shot gun primer. It won't kill you but it can do a lot of damage up close. A good trusting friend took this picture:)
As I look at this picture what amazes me is not only being thin but my dark hair! Seems I have been grey forever ha.
Note to young never know what that old lady did in her past!

This is another post about fast draw if you are interested.


Saturday, November 21, 2015

Coin tidbits

Ridged coins


According to the United States mint, ridged or "reeded" edges serve two purposes.

Originally, reeded edges made coins harder to counterfeit, they also prevented people from filing down or "clipping" the coins.

In 1793, the first U.S. coins were linked to a silver standard. A half dollar contained half as much silver as a silver dollar, a quarter contained one-fourth, and so on. The ridged edges prevented people from skimming the coins' edges for extra silver. Over a short time they would have a pile of silver or gold shavings and the coins returned to circulation would be light, but still, usually accepted at face value.

While coins these days aren't made of precious metals, the government decided to keep the reeded edges on certain coins to help the visually impaired. The dime and the penny, for example, are roughly the same size, so the ridges help people distinguish them.
Bonus fact: The movie cliche of biting a gold coin is not to verify that it is real gold. Gold coins are tooth-breakingly hard. The practice was to check for another nasty gold-thieving technique of hollowing out coins. If a coin collapsed when bit, you knew it had been emptied of it's core values.


Monday, November 16, 2015

Did you know?

Knock knock! Who's there? (Macbeth)
In a pickle (The Tempest)
Heart of gold (Henry V)
Faint hearted (I Henry VI)
Wear my heart upon my sleeve (Othello)
Break the ice (The Taming of the Shrew)
Come what come may ("come what may") (Macbeth)
Wear my heart upon my sleeve (Othello)
and many, many more.

William Shakespeare was an English poet, playwright, and actor, widely regarded as the greatest writer in the English language and the world's pre-eminent dramatist. He is often called England's national poet.
 April 1564- April 23, 1616


Saturday, November 7, 2015


Hubby and I went to the State fair and it was such a pretty day, not to hot and not cold. Couldn't ask for more!
Nope didn't ride
Nope didn't eat
So what did we do?........Just looked and looked and walked and walked.
My favorite part was watching the little ones with their eyes so big at the wonder of it all and we ran into our granddaughter with some of her friends so got a bit hug to top the day.
The weather her has really been wonderful the last few days and when I walked out back I found these blooming...
We suffer with the heat in the summer but few can pick roses in Nov.