Sunday, July 5, 2015


“You are old, Father William,” the young man said,
“And your hair has become very white;
And yet you incessantly stand on your head –
Do you think, at your age, it is right?”
"When I was young," replied the Sage
"And hadn't the wisdom that comes with age
I thought indeed that I stood on my head
But now I know the world's inverted instead."

This is a snapshot of the house where I was born.  I took the picture about thirteen years ago. (West side and south side, or back of house.)

I recently found this much earlier picture of the house.  This was taken closer to the time I was born.  (North side or front of the house.)  This was the home of my Grandparents Morrell until they moved to California about 1939.

I thought it interesting that I remember Chinese elms on the property when I was a child and I found there were still Chinese elms there in 2002.

*Through absolutely no fault of my own, but rather via a fluke of unbidden circumstances, this moniker was applied to me.  Fortunately, it did not stick as a permanent nickname though I was reminded about once a year, usually on July 5.

And then
BBBH did this

 And this which I suspect suggests that I am a prickly old thing.


Jim Grey said...

When one sails north of 80, he is entitled to some prickliness. Happy birthday!

Secondary Roads said...

She does have a sense of humor! HBD

Grace said...


KC Bob said...

Happy Birthday Fizzle! Wish you the best of days and a year filled with fun!

vanilla said...

Jim, thank you. I hope I am not overly prickly. For my age.

Chuck, thanks. She is funny.

Grace, thank you. My eighty-second year is going well indeed. So far.

Bob, a year filled with fun might be a bit much for this old heart, but thank you. I would be pleased with a year filled with contentment.

Lin said...

Well...I don't think you are prickly. But...I also don't live with you. ;)

Happy Birthday, my friend! I hope you had a wonderful birthday and lots of cake!

vanilla said...

Lin, I do try to be civil.

Thank you. Yes, I probably have had a bit more cake than is really necessary.

Vee said...

A special place where a special guy was born.

vanilla said...

Vee, how kind of you to say so.