Here I'm talking about my Navajo friends. I wish I was more eloquent in writing, then I will know how to write so many things about this friends, and I hope that when I said that I have very, very good memories of their friendship you let your mind wonder and imagine good things of what I'm talking about.
Since then, I have been trying to learn more about them. I heard about a movie called Wind Talkers. It's about the Navajo boys and men, that were recruited to help with communications in battle against the Japanese in World War II. But because there was a time when my little ones will follow me every where I went, and the movie is rated R, I never had the chance to rent it and watch it.
I found this book in the library, in the kids section. This was one of those days when the children were reading over and over, one book I'm not so happy about. And I was in a hurry to get going. So, since my kids are in to codes, hieroglyphics, and another languages I checked it out. I'm so glad I got a hold of this book! Its beautiful illustrated with paints of the canyons, and the Navajo territory, by Julia Miner.
It is the story of a boy that has to leave the reservation, because his mom has married someone from another state. The boy is very sad to leave his home. One of the things he is scared about is that, outside the reservation people won't speak Navajo to him. Or that he will forget it. That is when his grandfather, a Navajo Code Talker from World War II, tells him he will be all right, for he has something very special to take with him, the unbreakable code that saved the lives of thousands of Americans in the Pacific during World War II, invented using the unwritten Navajo language.
This is a true story, but don't be surprised if your children question it. It is too exciting and interesting! And be prepare, you might choke up at the time you read why the grandfather had to leave the Navajo Reservation.
And that is not all about this book! At the end of it, the very clever book's author, Sara Hoagland Hunter, has included the alphabet code, the Navajo Unbreakable Code, the same one used in battle in the World War II!
This story should not be unknown! Here is a link where you can read It. If you don't get a chance to put this book in your hands and your kids, like my kids, are into codes, hieroglyphics, and languages, you can go to the Unbreakable Navajo Code site and take a look at the codes words they used in World War II.
- Don't get cocky! I think we got so excited from the first day turn out. The second day we sold only one item!
- If it looks like trash, it might be trash! I keep a lot of stuff, because "I can do something with it" but, don't expect other people to think the same way. I was trying to sale really funny old stuff, and nobody gave any pennies for it!
Well, that is all for today. See you on the next post on tips for YARD SALE!!
First post about YARD SALE!!
Beware! The cold weather can really whack your brain!
But I found out this place called The Arthur and Phyllis Kaplan Orchid Conservatory in Old Dominion University, in Norfolk. They have many Orchids. I visited it, to get away from the brown view. The kids are not into seeing a bunch of flowers. For them It was a learning field trip.
Here are some pictures of these beautiful Flowers.
The kids liked to watch the frogs. And someone took them to a room where they have more frogs. In order to go in the back, we needed to make an appointment, we didn't have one, but this nice person took us, we went through it quickly, so pictures of my other colorful friends are not so good.
The kids got an idea of what it takes to cultivate these plants. Once in awhile their computer system will spread some type of fog. So, I think they learned something, And I enjoyed the colorful flowers. It was good for me, Now, I know, for sure, that I'm a citizen of Virginia!
Here is an article from the Daily Press. If you want to learn more about this place.
I read Tidewater Gardener blog, and that is how I found out about the conservatory. At the end of his post about it, there is a link to flicker, if you would like to see more pictures of orchids.
It is open free for the public from 10 A.M. to 2 P.M. But, if you go, make sure you get a visitor parking permit, before anything else! If someone goes to the University they learn something. Down there, everything is all about parking spaces. That is what I learned from ODU.
Take the stuff out.
That's it! Once stuff is in the yard/drive way, people comes and buys it! In the picture above, it was early, the things in the boxes were not priced yet, but I had a like two custumers that came and bought something.
I must tell you that we did want to make some money, but most of it, we wanted to get rid of the stuff, so we priced it really low. Oops there is that thing you gave me!!
As I was talking with my friend Nishel, about yard sales. She told me something I didn't know, at all. We needed a yard sale permit! Here in Virginia is $5.00.
We also found out that it is Illegal to place signs advertising the yard sale on any property other that my own. And how come I seen many, many of them, on poles all over the place, in the weekends? And if I wanted to be a law breaker and they caught me, I would have to pay $100.00. I live in a busy street and for once I was soo happy about it!
I'm amazed how the times have changed. Ten years ago a friend and I used to go and pick up stuff that people put on the curb as trash. Then I wouldn't be talking about it, because "you don't pick stuff from the trash" was the saying. But now it's cool to do it "we need to recycle, we need to reuse" is the saying of today. And I'm glad of it. I picked these two things from the curb, they were useful for awhile, I don't need them any more. One was sold for $1, and the other for $2.
Other things to consider. Put your guard dog in the leash!! Oreo spend the whole day barking with her back hair all sticking out.
Don't worries about the cat! He was so happy about all the attractions.
I have some things that I don't want to throw away,but I have no idea how much to price it. It might be useful for some one. I just need them to be gone. we put this sing on them.
Both of them like to read Archeology, History or books that speak of the way people communicated long ago. They have also made some time of scroll looking thing, but I kept it for memories, in a very safe place that I can't even remember.
Fritzy is for F, why? is for y. Remember Indiana Jones and The Last Crusade, how professor Jones said that X never marks the spot and at the end X did marked the X spot? Well here in this high sophisticated alphabet X is for X too. Very interesting!
We found some cool sites about Hieroglyphics. This one has other languages to look to. And this one lets you translate what ever is in your mind to hieroglyphics.
And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose. Romans 8:28
We never thought that it will learn to twist and push the little door of its cage.
Some how she pulled the door in, sorry I missed that shot.Look at that!Shes out! Somebody stop her!And as I'm here typing this news, the hamster-owner/hamster-expert came to inform me that hamsters are escape artists. I can see that lady!