Sunday, February 12, 2017

Bessie's Annual Bath

Bessie got her annual bath today. She had many patches of mossy green on her and her flowers had blown away some time ago, so she was ready! Of course I'm always a day late and a dollar short. The entire family was here last month but admired Bessie anyway in her mossy pathetic state with only her bell around her neck. She can be easily seen from the street now because I sold the truck last summer. It annoyed me that the best place, the only place really to park it was in an opening in the woods right in front of her. So you could glimpse her from the road briefly but only I saw her in all her glory from the carport. From my front window I occasionally see cars slowing down to get a better look or show the kids. She is worth her weight in gold! Since she is solid cement that would be quite a chunk. When I move back to Ohio she is going with me. She is quite the traveler. She Originally lived in Kentucky, then Ohio and now Florida.   She has logged quite a few miles on the road, since she has belonged to me, these past six years and only recently has she been christened Bessie. I have no idea why, I just started thinking of her as Bessie instead of the purple cow.

Friday, February 3, 2017

Old Concord


Strolling down memory lane!  

My Son Billy (and Ruby) are moving out to a city very near Concord California and my daughter Dianne with my grandson Ryan in tow, went along to help drive the second vehicle out there.

Billy had never seen Concord but Dianne was born nearby and lived in Concord for her first six weeks at my parents home.  We moved to Pittsburg and then later at about six months old, she and I moved back to an apartment in Concord for a year while her dad was overseas on a tour of duty.  We moved to the midwest when she was 21 months old and we only went back once.

She and Billy went to visit yesterday and sent unrecognizable photos.  

Where is the Concord that I grew up in?  

I scoured the internet and came up with these photos.

Oh how many frosted mugs were ordered at the local 
A&W!!  10 cents for small, 15 cents for a large mug.

This one on Market Street near Downtown is exactly like the one 
on Clayton Road that we used to hang out.
In fact, It's where my husband took me on our first "date"! 

It's not Concord...but the old El Rey theater in Walnut Creek was a hot date spot too!  

Yes, we saw movies at our local drive in.  I had forgotten it was called the 
Auto Movies...really?

Our first mall, a strip mall called Park and Shop
I spent many hours here!
It's interesting to hear from the comment Patty made, the sign is still there!

And look at that pink car!

Jolly Burgers!  
I worked here in high school.  
They also had a boysenberry dessert.
You dipped hot boysenberries in a sauce into a cup and
put a crust on top to serve it.  It was great a la mode! 

The library!  
We spent many hours here, ultra modern and fascinating.  I loved the adult reading
room with leather swivel reading chairs.  

Inside, clean lines, quiet hushed tones and glass walls. 

Mt Diablo could be seen in the center of our front window!
I never appreciated the view until later.
What luck! 

The Park and shop sign! 

Concord had it's rural areas too,
this was behind the high school.

Oops....More Park and Shop photos! 
Mom had an account at Rhodes so we shopped often there. 

The hills behind Concord High School
They look like green velvet to me
In the summer they were brown velvet

The Enean Theater

This is where I first met Bill when I picked him and Larry up.  
Larry and Bill rode the bus from the ship.  Larry was showing off
the Selleck family to Bill.  

How many Saturdays and Sundays did we spend in this theater?
I remember the ticket to a movie was
25 cents and we were given 10 cents to spend
You could buy two 5 cent candy bars or one 10 cent one
I don't remember what Popcorn was I never bought it or  Ice Cream.  They were more than I could spend...still the same today!  The ice cream was called Bon Bons!  I do remember buying them one time just to quench the longing I always had. 

We got a real mall when I was in high school, across from White Front  
I loved the Worlds Fare restaurant!
I also worked at the theater in the mall for 
a few months. 

Dianne and Billy in front of 4013 Joyce Drive
So altered now it doesn't look at all like our house. 
The trees are the same ones though.  Much thicker and apparently trimmed
within an inch of their lives.  I spent many hours in the one next to Dianne.  It was the 
best climbing tree.  

This is an old building in Concord but I don't remember it.....I'm going to say it was definitely there when I lived there.  

And so that's it but as I run across old photos, I'll add them.I'm sure in Mom's albums there are some that can be put in here! 

For other pictures of Pink Things...go here!  Pink Saturday!