Saturday, May 24, 2008


In my last post I asked for help moving my favorites list around. I didn't mean on my blog. I meant 'my favorites list' on my sidebar.....not anything to do with my blog. Some of you thought I meant my blog list. I know how to do that one. Now I know how to move my favorites list too, thanks to Jim!! Just drag them around to move them. You would think I could have figured that one out on my own, but I'm always afraid to try too many things with my computer for fear that all my info will suddenly vanish before my very eyes never to be found again.

I had posted back in January about this year being the year that the cicadas are supposed to be around for their 17 year visit. Today I noticed that quite a few have arrived here. I noticed a bunch of the empty shells around the back side of the house and on the back of the outside building and on the trees. There was also several of the cicada's sitting around too. Here is a picture of one of the shells and one of the cicada's sitting at the very bottom of our back drain pipe right next to the ground. They have big eyes don't they!


I do hope everyone has a wonderful Memorial Day and enjoy some time relaxing or visiting with family. Let us not forget the ones who have died so that we can be free.

Whenever I See A Soldier Boy
by Sam Miller 1942

Whenever I see a soldier boy
No matter where it be
I give him salutation
for he means so much to me

He's not the boy we used to know
In store, at desk or plow
He's a defender of our faith
He's in the service now

He keeps Old Glory flying
on land and air and sea
He lives to make our homes secure
He dies to keep us free.

all gave some.......some gave all..........


Blogger Ralph said...

That there might be the best poem I have ever read. Your Sunday sign is good but that poem is GREAT. Thanks Rachel.

6:55 PM  
Anonymous Linda in Erie said...

Those Cicadas are ugly! I love the poem and the sign.

8:00 PM  
Blogger Diane J. said...

We have both the red eyed 17 year cicadas and the common cicadas here, but I haven't heard or seen any of either yet this year. When I hear them Summer will have officially arrived.

That is a great poem, Rachel.

Hope you're having a wonderful Memorial Day weekend. :o)

Love and hugs,


9:22 PM  
Blogger Lucy Stern said...

Beautiful poem about our soldiers......WE owe them a great gratitude.....Love the church sign. The Lord wants is everyday, not just on Sundays....

That bug looks like a Locus to me. Do they make loud noises on hot days?

9:53 PM  
Blogger Jim said...

Hi Merle, I like your church song, I like your poem.

Those Cicadas are pretty bugs aren't they? I will have to look for some for my June Bug in June.
I have a dead June Bug (brown) laying on his back on the 'morning after' but yours are prettier bugs.

I hope you have a good Memorial Day too!
Oh yes, I drag a lot of things, not just red wagons along the Yellow Brick Road.

And Rachel, don't let loose of what you are dragging until you get it where you want it.
It could get lost along the way if you let loose!

10:05 PM  
Blogger Abandoned in Pasadena said...

That has got to be one of your best church signs ever.

There are some of those cicada's in Richmond, but I haven't seen any of those here yet.

Love that soldier poem. God Bless our Troops.

2:16 PM  
Blogger Sonia A. Mascaro said...

Beautiful poem, Rachel!

Those cicadas are amazing! I saw many times ago a documentary on tv about them! Just amazing!

Have a nice week ahead!

5:51 PM  
Blogger OldOldLady Of The Hills said...

Lovely Memorial Day post, Rachel....! It is a solemn Holiday and one I have always found very moving.

The Cidada's are back already...! Oh My. It will be interesting Rachwl if these predictions come true.

Wonderful Church Sign, my dear.

2:24 AM  
Blogger possum said...

What I have not ever figured out is how to make a list of links on my sidebar. Someone told me, I followed the instructions to a T and ended up losing one edit me and gaining NOTHING! So I gave up! I have tried a number of different times, but I guess I am just too stupid to get it together. sigh. But if I ever do, you will be right there!

6:38 AM  
Blogger JunieRose2005 said...


That poem is just sooo good!

Thanks for putting it here for us all to read!

And the church sign is a good one, for sure!



10:29 AM  
Blogger Mountain Mama said...

I have always wondered about cicada's. We don't have them here. I guess I need to research them a bit.

The poem is sweet and says it all, just as the sign does.
I hope you are having a good Memorial Day.

12:46 PM  
Blogger Doug Bagley said...

Love the Sunday Sign. Good reminder. Can't say I dig the Cicadas, lol.
I'm so thankful for our armed forces. Whether or not one agrees with the reasoning for war or how a war is being conducted , all armed service people and their familes deserve our utmost respect. God bless them all.

2:37 PM  
Blogger PEA said...

I'm still drooling over your birthday cake! lol Happy Memorial Day to you and yours, dear Rachel. I do hope you've been enjoying a wonderful long weekend!!

Oh yuck, those cicadas are not the prettiest things, are they! I've never seen those before so I don't think we even have them over here...will have to ask around. I don't like any kind of all!!! Brrrrr they give me the willies! lol

Love the Sunday sign!! xoxo

3:38 PM  
Blogger Merle said...

Dear Rachel ~~ Thank you so much for coming over from Pea's blog to wish me Happy Birthday _ I really do
appreciate it. Like everyone else, I loved the Church song and the lovely poem for the serviceman and women.
Take care Rachel, Cheers, Merle.

9:13 AM  
Blogger Fred said...

Hope you had a great holiday, Rachel.

The bugs. Ew.

3:32 PM  
Blogger Scarlet said...

The sign is fantastic! The poem says it all. I love your last line..."all gave some, some gave all." Very touching.

6:45 PM  
Blogger Cheyenne said...

We had an invasion of them years ago (a 17 year cycle) but it wasn't too bad in our neighborhood. I don't like bugs of any kind, but when I was a kid I remember raising one in a jar. I watched it come out of its shell and left it go.

10:26 PM  
Blogger Judy said...

Hi Rachel, Thanks for stopping by my blog. The cicadas are taking over my yard. I have 22 large oak trees they seem to have made their home! If you do the poem let me know so I can read it. What part of Ky.are you from?

11:51 AM  
Blogger Janell said...

Beautiful poem, Rachel.

Aren't cicadas the ones that make that buzzing racket? They are awfully small to be able to make such a big sound. I remember learning about the 17 year cycle when I was about 10 years old. 17 years seemed like forever to me back then. Now it goes by more like the blink of an eye.

12:07 PM  
Blogger Jamie Dawn said...

That's a wonderful poem.
I do very much appreciate the sacrifice of all those who've served on our behalf. So many have died, and they deserve to be remembered and honored.

I'm glad you got your favorites all sorted out. I know what you mean about being nervous about messing up stuff on your computer. I'm the same way.

I'll have to keep my eyes out for cicadas.
The chorus of bugs has started here. Each night it sounds like a bug choir.

1:16 PM  
Blogger LZ Blogger said...

My wife uncle lives in Virginia and they have those too. When those things stat making noise (by the thousands) the noise can feel almost deafening! CICADA'S are no fun! ~ jb///

7:06 AM  
Blogger nora said...

I'm playing hooky this afternoon and hanging out at my favorite newsstand eating a grilled cheese sandwich. The photos of the bugs grossed everyone at the counter.
Great poem and sign.
I'm excited to have the afternoon to catch up on reading blogs.

12:03 PM  
Blogger Jerry said...

Cicadas are ugly and loud!

9:36 PM  
Blogger Jim said...

Rachel, thanks for your nice visit this morning. I am sorry you read it first on my blog, it was sooooo late last night I shut down after posting and telling Terry.

So, formally, I am giving you an award ~~ "5 blogs that make my day." Thank you very much Rachel, for doing that.

You can copy the logo for you side bar or where ever from my blog. About the only directions are that you are to pass it along to five others.

Again, thank you very much for making my day!

7:56 AM  

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