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It Was the Best of Times...it was the BEST of Times

In my youth, each summer when it was getting close to Labor Day and soon, back to school for the young ones, my family [paternal side] would always hold a family reunion in the park. And there were a lot of those that attended each year as you can see by all the cars in the background...a very large family. I've often wondered since becoming an adult, if they really knew what caused all those kids! From grandparents, to the youngest sibling or cousin. The food was always something to behold set up on many many picnic tables. Fried Chicken, Hot dogs, potato salad, baked beans, breads and corn bread, lemonade, beer, root beer, fruit salads, pies, cakes...all topped off with a huge gathering at the end of the day with someone at the crank, making home-made ice cream.   My dad would always hide one "Dad's Root Beer" for me when the ice cream was made, and always made me a root beer float as he knew I really liked them.  But, while someone was manning the ice cream machine, the adult women would gather around grouped-up tables and play games or just chit-chat. The men would gather around and have a grand ol' B S session or some would even go off to the lake and try their luck at fishing, or even have a very challenging [and noisy] game of horseshoes. The older kids would roam around, making up games of their own, away from the pestering little ones who tried to keep up with them. We younger ones would play kick the can, gunnysack races, tag, mother may I and such. It was simpler times, and lives were happy but not less stressful than we have today. Their stressors were different from today, but all too similar. Budgets, putting food on the table, family issues, wars, etc. etc.

I found this image on the laptop in a "save" folder and thought...why not?  Share some happy times!!

My two older siblings [Darrel and Gene] were nearing adult-hood [a family of 5 siblings], but we three were close in ages...


Left to right:
My sister, Sharon.  In the middle is my brother, Lary [one 'R'] and of course me, all sunshine and smiles and mischievous as all get-out.


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I also checked out, for fun, the mirror avatar gizzywich that Sandra has been sharing the past few days.  I made a few, played with it, changed my blog profile to one I made to a 'birder' after I sent it to myself and took off some of the clipart and added birds.  But, I will probably change it back in the future to the 'real me'.  Anyway, after I dubbed around, making them, I realized that the app really drained the battery on the phone.  It went from 98% to 20% within such a short period of time.  Needless to say, I saved some and put them on the laptop for safe keeping [I'll share some more soon]...but the app has since then, been uninstalled off my phone!!  Too much power is being wasted. It, I'm sure, can become addictive.  I have notifications enabled, and while playing with the avatars "app mirror avatar is draining your battery, put it to sleep?" I'd much rather view blogs and use Google Search during the day with power left over for the next day's usage....on my phone!  I don't want to be charging  2-3 times a day, even if it IS fun and creative.  

44 comments :

  1. Well, you sure were creative and artistic with your birdwatching avatar! I have not tried it yet, and probably won't after reading this! The picture of you and your sibs is just adorable! Your reunions sound like they were sO perfect, Norman Rockwell moments to always cherish. And you have, too.

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    1. Each summer when it gets close to labor day I think of those reunions

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  2. I love your avatar, it's so cute! Thank you for sharing your family memories. :)

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    1. Fond memories. Certainly a thing of the past when our family members lived in or near one community...now, spread all over the globe.

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  3. Oh my gosh, look at you in that picture. How cute you are.I like your avatar. Your comment on my blog about your avatar looking like indiana jones cracked me up. I never thought about editing one to change it up a bit. Now I know how I can use my procrastination time today

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    1. After saving some, I thought changing them a bit would make 'em more "me".

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  4. Hello,
    Cute photo of you and your siblings. I love the new birder avatar. Enjoy your weekend!

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  5. I went in and saved the whole bunch of them into Google photos and then deleted them all off the phone and I can have access to them when I want to and also play with them to edit like you did. Every word you wrote here was exactly my life from the reunions to what we ate to what we did and the men went to one room and the women to the other and I always went with the men and I would sit by my daddy and listen to him and his five brothers as they told tell after Tales of living in the early part of the 19 hundreds but their lives were storybook Tales to me and I love to hear them over and over and over. I love your birding Avatar. So far mine has not drained my battery but I'll pay more attention to it

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    1. ya, I am curious. but, since I uninstalled it, I'm not getting any app notifications from my OTHER apps, so it had to be mirror only taking up the power.

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  6. Love the old photo and reading about the reunion. I always think those were simpler times but like you said, I suppose not better just different. Love the Avatar you made. I like the Bitmoji app for avatars (it's what the young folks use) and I've had no problem with it draining my battery :)

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    1. I will check the other bitmoji out!

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  7. You are adorable today (and the avatar is wonderful) and you sure were a cutie as a little'un. Thanks for sharing these sweet memories, and today's version of Anni. :-)

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    1. I'M still a cute whippersnapper! (jk)

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  8. You haven't change much. Still cute and impish. I remember those great reunions. My family didn't have them for we were too spread out but my best friend always included me in her family reunion. Most of them thought I was a cousin.
    Cute avatar.

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    1. ya...we don't have reunions any longer for the same reason now.

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  9. What a sweet lookin' lil thang you were! There is a large imp behind that face! NOW it all comes out! I love old photos. No large family reunions in ours but many backyard picnics with a few relatives and neighbors and friends at a time. Simple times.

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    1. siblings of mine would probably agree.

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  10. Love your Avatar but wow, it sure drained your battery fast...don't think I will use it on my old phone.
    Family picnics sound like fun. Since growing up I had no siblings or relatives in my state..our get-togethers were with close friends that were like family and then there way the annual church picnic with the bounty of food and all the crazy games. Such fun memories.
    Thanks for sharing
    Sue

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    1. church picnics (mine anyway) were a lot like reunions...family-like

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  11. Those family reunions sound wonderful. We never really had any that big when I was little. Now my paternal side of the family tries to get together each year, but we are not going to this year. I love having family together, and the food is always wonderful! Thanks for sharing your memories. They are "precious memories".

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    1. ...and for us, it's impossible with everyone now all across the globe.

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  12. Returning the visit from your visit on my blog! Ha did that make sense? :D Awww, look how cute you are in that photo! I do believe I see a mischievous side showing lol. (I'm sure you're still cute in an adult way, I'm only guessing since I've not seen a real life photo of you lol. Wait, how deep did I just dig that hole? Ha!) Your avatar is AWESOME! I like the birder look! I grew up going to many a LARGE family reunion also (my dad's side, they were a family of ten kids, then multiply that by marriage and those kids, etc etc.) Reunions were soooo much fun. My grandma made the best zwiebak (yep, Mennonite/German heritage). And us cousins playing games or into the mulberry trees, or whatnot. Such fun memories! Thank you for sharing with us!

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    1. I'm really happy that you came over!

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  13. Those family gatherings of years gone by sure were happy times. As children, I am sure we didn't know all the stresses the adults had to face.

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    1. I was aware of some things, but still I had a very happy childhood!

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  14. What a wonderful memory!! I love all the details, really was a special time, wasn't it? Than you for sharing it with us. Loved it!
    Nancy

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    1. I'm glad you enjoyed my trip back in time.

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  15. They must have been some fun times and so nice that you have happy memories. Cute picture of the three of you.
    Great job on your avatar!

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    1. ...very happy days for me growing up.

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  16. You were such a cute little girl Anni, and those were fun memories to read, thank you for sharing those. I liked your avatar.

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  17. Such sweet memories, and I love your birdwatching avatar.

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  18. I LOVED reading about your reunions!! That was one of my good memories, too and I LOVED writing the chapter on that in my book. I still need to finish it! I loved seeing the old photograph too.
    Good times!

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  19. I would guess quite a few family reunions aren't happening in 2020. My mom side usual have them the full weekend after the 4th

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  20. This was su h a fun read...you were a cutie. I do think times are just always stressful...we just trade one stress for another.

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  21. We'd picnic in the park (Washingon Park, Denver) just before the start of school. Just as you did the family would gather and just have a wonderful time! Thank YOU for the memories! Happy day to you and I enjoyed your avatar!

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  22. You look so cute when you were kid.....
    glad to read your family gathering story....wonderful.

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