Throwback Thursday #15 – Fascinating Things

Maggie is hosting our Throwback Thursday prompt today. If you’d like to review the rules or how to participate, please go over to her site. It’s my turn next week. Maggie has a great topic to get our memories flowing.
Some of us, myself included, have seen quite a few life changing things happen. No matter what your age though, I have no doubt that you have witnessed some fascinating things.
Maggie shares:
“This may seem like a strange topic but this idea came out of a conversation I had with my son. We live in a time when nothing seems impossible which is unlike the time in which I grew up. It’s even hard for me to imagine something truly fascinating or amazing or unbelievable.”

To help guide your writing:
Do you remember experiencing things that were hard for you to believe? Did you have a hero who you found fascinating – someone you wanted to emulate? Did technology amaze you as it was introduced? What sparked your curiosity? What made you say things like “Wow! No way!” What did you see that you either found hard to believe or could not figure how it was done?       Extra points if you can describe something in today’s world that would be hard for you to believe or imagine.

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I was totally fascinated by man walking on the moon. (Yes, I do believe it happened.) The idea that people could go into outer space, land on the moon, and return safely gave me goose bumps. 

Home computers seemed like a fantasy when they first came out. It seemed impossible that what originally was stored in an entire room could now be on a table in your class or work was fascinating to me. In my 6th year of teaching, I moved from the elementary school to the middle school. We had one computer in the staff lounge for the entire school to use. It was fascinating to see what everyone used it for. Years later, we were told we would have a computer lab for each pod of 4 classrooms. Each teacher was required to take the students in the pod one day a week. Friday was an open day. The students were fascinated every time they went into the “pod.” As time progressed we had a computer cart for each pod that would allow 40 students to be online at the same time. I spent many an hour being fascinated by all the curriculum I could design for my students. WebQuest’s became an important part of my weekly lessons. 

I remember when the first phones came out that could be used in the car. It seemed like something exclusively for the rich and famous. When it became the norm for everyone to have cell phones I was fascinated by the need to be in contact 24/7. 

Self driving cars fascinate me to no end. I think of them much like the first cell phones, unnecessary and exclusively for the rich and famous. 

I am old enough to remember the first microwave ovens. A neighbor had the first one on the block. It was constantly shorting out the entire neighborhood with electrical problems. I was fascinated at the prospect of cooking a potato in five minutes. It seemed like an impossibility.   

I am in awe of the cars being developed that not only drive themselves, but have no people in them.  According to one of my docs, these are in operation right now.  It is fascinating that we are on the cusp of such a development.

The thing I believe would be the most fascinating would be moving from place to place A La Star Trek. I would not be a volunteer for the first trials, but it would be awesome to pop over to North Carolina or Vermont in just five minutes.   

I look forward to more fascinating things in my lifetime. Thanks for the great topic Maggie.

4th Night of Hanukkah

Hanukkah 2020 I wrote about all the various ways Chanukah can be spelled. Hanukkah 2018 I wrote about sharing matzo ball soup with my staff.

I was planning on making blintzes today. It turned out I was missing some key ingredients. As I try to stay home as much as possible these days, I changed my plans. I received a reminder text for an acupuncture and chiropractic appointment tomorrow morning.  I will purchase the needed ingredients tomorrow after my medical visit. 

I’ve been achy today, which I am sure is from the machines PT had me do. I know it is all for my best chance at reduced pain levels. I even do the required drills at home.  I didn’t do anything strenuous today. Annie and I even took a nap outside on the swing. The weather is warm and the winds are not too strong which makes my yard a happy place.   

I am missing the grandkids and I look forward to seeing them on the weekend. I don’t want to overdo anything this week, to assure that I can make the long drive to see them.   

I will be cooking my holiday foods tomorrow. I can hardly wait. I have no will power when it comes to consuming latkes and blintzes. I don’t even pretend to to try anymore. 

Tonight, I lit one of my older menorahs. It reminds me of my mom being here lighting candles with me. I am grateful for having wonderful memories. I hope when my grands grow up, they fondly remember lighting candles with me.


Beautiful photos from the internet.

Dozens of hanukkiahs lit for the 4th night of Hanukkah.

Truthful Tuesday – Nov. 30

Truthful Tuesday
Frank is our host for Truthful Tuesday. He asks:
Whatever holidays you may celebrate this time of year, how ready for them are you?
Hanukkah has already started. My holiday began at sundown on Sunday night. I am ready and celebrating. My decorations have been reduced greatly this year. We will be seeing the grandkids at their house instead of them coming here.  I am not done wrapping and bagging all of their presents yet. I think I have everything so it’s time to sort it all out. I might have a little sewing to do still.   We will be getting together on Saturday. 
I have candles and menorahs ready for each night. I hope to make blintzes tomorrow and latkes on Thursday. I love making homemade applesauce to go with my latkes. 
It is nice having my holiday early this year. The school break will come and we will have time to do a lot of nothing. Christmas day will probably mean Chinese food, as is our tradition. 


5 Leisurely Breakfasts or Brunches

Dr. Tanya asks us to write about our five favorite leisurely breakfasts or brunches.  I am not much of a breakfast person. On a normal day, I don’t eat breakfast. There were those days, pre Covid, when I would enjoy a leisurely special brunch. 

I am thinking back to my favorite things to order.
Not many places make a good blintz, but when I find it, it is a go to.
A corned beef omelet with cheese is heavenly. I just have to make sure it is never made with canned corned beef hash. That is just wrong.

Chocolate chip pancakes are such a special delight. There is a place nearby that has the best ratio of chips to pancakes. I have to remember to order nothing but the pancakes though. They are very filling.
Belgian waffles with lots of berries are also a wonderful brunch treat.
Avocado, cream cheese, sprouts, and tomato on a bagel is always a special treat. Now I feel like going to the kitchen and making something for a late night snack.