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[New Post] Gone, But Not Forgotten

The daily post submitted a challenge entitled ‘Gone, but not forgotten. I immediately thought of my oldest brother. So today, The Orples and I are paying tribute to my big brother, Chuck, may he RIP. Although he died in 2005, he will always be in my heart, especially at Christmas. There were 21 years age difference in the two of us. He was the oldest child, I was the youngest, and there were five more siblings sandwiched in between us. In spite of our age difference, the two of us were extremely close as adults, although as a child, I barely knew him, since he was grown and gone by the time I was born.

My oldest brother, Chuck and me. Christmas 2004. Our last Christmas together.
My oldest brother, Chuck, and me. Christmas 2004. Our last Christmas together.

This was the last photo of the two of us, taken Christmas, 2004. Chuck did not live to see Christmas 2005. So with teary eyes, I pay tribute to my big brother who may be gone, but he will never be forgotten.

The Orples Talk To Trees

It truly is Another Day in Paradise as the orples take a break to swim through Sylvia’s blog.

A talking tree? Just ask the orples. They'll tell you, it is true.
A talking tree? Just ask the orples. They’ll tell you, it is true.

I suspect the orples will be talking to that wise old tree for awhile, so we may as well visit the neighbors while we’re waiting for Oscar and Olivia to finish up their conversation. :)

The Orples Go To Lima

Today, Oscar and Olivia are planning their day around Madhu’s schedule, gazing out from one of the salvaged balconies in Lima. Madhu does get the Urge to Wander. If you go to her place, Madhu has taken some beautiful photographs to accompany a wonderful article she has written about Lima’s historical wooden balconies. These beauties have only survived because a hand full of people cared enough to try to save them from demolition.

The Orples are looking out into the street below, taking in the sights.
The Orples are looking out into the street below from inside one of Lima’s enclosed balconies.

While the orples are trying to decide where to start for the day, the rest of us can visit the neighborhood. If you care to join us. Feel free to peruse our previous posts and find out what is going on.  All are welcome to be added to my list of participants in the Orple’s Adventures.

The Orples Take Up Gardening

Recently, Meg visited Charlottesville, where they had a raised garden. Oscar thought the veggies looked pretty yummy. Olivia seemed to be more interested in harvesting them than eating. No matter, I am sure she will eat when she is ready.


While the orples are raiding Meg’s garden, let’s the rest of us go visit the neighbors. :)  While we are walking, I hope to find some gardening tools of our own.  Soon it will be time to  set a few veggies ourselves.

The Orples Go Horseback Riding

I was looking for something else entirely, and got sidetracked looking through old photos of Magi. Imagine that. One look, and the orples were ready to go horseback riding with my grandson, Jacob, who was about five in this photo. Magi doesn’t appear to be real happy about toting three riders at once, but I guess he figures if Jacob can get his head up, he’ll cooperate. Anyone who hasn’t yet met Magi is welcome to reminisce the past with me in Photos of Days Gone By.

Kick'm in the sides and yell, 'gitty up'. I'm sure he'll go then. :)
Kick’m in the sides and yell, ‘gitty up’. I’m sure he’ll go then. :)

If you’d like to join the neighborhood please let me know. Basically, I pull a screen shot from YOUR blog, invite the orples along, then relink back to you, giving you credit for your work, and introducing new people to your blog. In return, I love it when you re-blog or ping-back, giving me a little recognition, too, on your stomping grounds. Olivia really would love to be famous one day, you know. :) For more information, and a potential spot in a projected coffee-table book (with credit given per your specifications on any shots used), feel free to peruse the articles from past posts when you visit the neighbors.

The Orples First Snow

Jackie, whose blog is knitting with heart, invited us to come play with her. The orples saw snow for the first time, and just had to stop and play in it. Actually, I think Oscar is loving it. Olivia is too busy protecting her bow to really have fun. Too bad for Olivia. Sometimes you just gotta say to hell with vanity and let the snowballs fly.

Olivia needs to learn to lighten up and have fun.
Olivia needs to learn to lighten up and have fun.

I think we should go visit the neighborhood while Olivia and Oscar play in the white stuff. Maybe Jackie will save Olivia from Oscar. I just hope he doesn’t start picking on her, too. :)


Early next week, Monday (?)—I hope, I will be switching my current wordpress blog address to a private address: orples.net. I am hoping, with my son’s help, I will be able to transfer all of my blog contents without any problems. I am not sure how my existing links are going to be effected, and/or if I will be able to transfer them. Since I’ve purchased my new domain name, I’ve been looking into the necessary steps to try to maintain my established links, coming, and going. Please keep your fingers crossed that I don’t end up losing the relationships that I’ve built to date. Should that be the case, please try to re-link to me, as I will you.

The Orples and I are getting ready to make some changes. :)
The Orples and I are getting ready to make some changes. :)

Sadly, I’m not sure how any of this is going to work, so I am hoping you guys will bear with me while Olivia, Oscar, and I are in transition. ‘The ‘Orple Adventures‘, aka, ‘Visiting the Neighbors’, have blossomed into a fun way to communicate with my friends, here, on wordpress, and I think ‘our games’ will be the focus of this blog, from here(*), on out. I will leave my archive posts as is, although I may re-categorize the existing content to try to alleviate redundancy wherever possible. While some of my categories have little to do with orples for the most part, they really don’t interfere with the orples, and I think those posts add a little more variety for those visitors who might like to check out Maymont Park, or perhaps some of my other ‘earlier’ topics, posted before I finally found direction with this blog.

Please accept my apologies now for any unforeseen problems. You know what they say, “Expect the worse, and hope for the best.”—thus the reason I am making this announcement ahead of time—just in case. I treasure my followers and the relationships we’ve built up since I first began THIS blog. I hope you do, too, and will stick with me if we are temporarily parted.

(*) here, being once I have completed setting orples.net up and have it running. I will make an announcement once I’ve made the change. In the meantime, I should be making one post a day, so if you don’t continue to see posts after Monday, you’ll know why. Please type in my address if you cease to get my ‘post notifications’ and we can re-link if need be.

Thank you for your understanding and patience. ;) The orples and I have are just beginning, so PLEASE STAY POSTED!

Hugs to all, Marcy, Olivia and Oscar

The Orples Visit Leed’s Waterfront

Today, the orples find themselves ready to cruise the waterways with RestlessJo.  I do hope she didn’t think she was going to get away with visiting the waterfront with out them.  If you’ve not been there yet, then you really must check out the spectacular group of photographs Jo snapped off.

Olivia and Oscar hanging out with Jo on the waterfront.
Olivia and Oscar hanging out with Jo on the waterfront.

While Jo and the orples are out boating, come take a stroll to visit the neighbors, and if you’d like to share ‘your’ posts, pray tell. I’ll add your name to our list and give you a link back to your blog with  credit for the shot. I also appreciate re-blogs and ping-backs, since Olivia is such a little glutton for attention.  Now that she’s free from her tree, she wants the world to know it. Imagine that! ;)

The Orples Visit Rome

 Meg Travels and she was kind enough to let the orples tag along with her today. That tiled wall with its lovely hues, and intricate craftsmanship has captured Olivia and Oscar’s attention. It might take them a minute or two to examine the workmanship incorporated to create the illusion of depth.

The Orples admiring the workmanship of ancient tiles.
The Orples admiring the workmanship of some of the intricate tile work at St. Peter’s Basilica.

While they check out this beautiful wall, feel free to stroll through the neighborhood to see what else these two little world travelers have been up to.

The Orples and the Scorpion

In blog cruising, as the orples and I often do, we came across this soon to be ‘new momma’ on Dolly’s blog. If you’ve never seen it happen, here’s your chance to see how scorpions hatch their babies. BOYS not allowed to look.

To see how a scorpion gives birth go see Dolly. (Link above).
To see how a scorpion gives birth go see Dolly. (Link above).

While Olivia and Mrs. Scorpion are hatching babies, the rest of us can stroll on ahead and visit the neighborhood to meet new friends. Come walk with us, and leave me a comment if you, too, would like to become a part of the neighborhood. I’ll add your name to my list.