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Saturday, April 7, 2018

2018 A - Z Challenge - G

G          Things We Appreciate

Among my favorite things to see is the color Green of grass and leaves, emerald stones and peas – and grapes - though the reds taste so much sweeter.
We have both of the two leading producers of Greeting Cards in the world right here in the United States. Cards are some of my favorite things to shop for. Have you ever laughed out loud in a card aisle?

Goldfinches, when gathered in numbers are called a Charm, which I think is fitting since they sing the sweetest song. By the amount of Golden Crownbeards I see popping up around the property, I’d say spring is indeed upon us, here in the Sonoran desert. But I do declare these yellow flowers are much more attractive along roadsides on my way to my latest Ghost Town adventure.

Gleeson Jail
On the south side of the Dragoon Mountains lie the ruins of a town called Gleeson. Indians first prospected the area for turquoise. But in 1900, an industrious miner by the name of John Gleeson discovered there were also large deposits of copper to be had. It wasn’t long before more miners flooded the area and Gleeson became a bustling town of 500 people. A post office opened within a matter of months and actually lasted longer than the old settlement did. Today there are more remains of buildings than there are residents, including a Saloon, a store, a hospital, a jail, and the remnants of an old school.

The small ceremonial mallet, most often called a Gavel, was used by VP John Adams to call the very first US Senate to order in 1789. Auctioneers use them when finalizing a sale. Rapping a gavel also signifies the closing of proceedings, and in some cases, they’re used to keep order during events where they are used. There are actually rules for Gavel usage, the knowledge of which would have come in handy for another VP who broke one during a heated debate in 1954. The replacement of that gavel proved to be quite a task since it was made of solid ivory.

German Chocolate cake was created by an Englishman, Samuel German, who worked at Baker Chocolate Company; the first American chocolate factory, located in Massachusetts. Who knew?

Any thoughts? Can you add to the list of things we appreciate that begin with the letter G?


  1. Green grass 'round my window
    Young leaves that the wind blows
    Yes, it's springtime, golden sunshine
    And we're glad, my little love and I
    Now that summertime is nigh

    - Gary Lewis & The Playboys

    Hi, diedre!

    Green is my favorite color, my signature color. This weekend I will be shopping for a birthday card for my brother. Over the years he and I have exchanged humorous cards, and yes, I have laughed out loud many times when opening cards or browsing the aisle to find just the right one for him.

    It does seem fitting to call them a "charm" of goldfinches. It has been quite a long time since your Pensive Pen has taken us on a mystery trip to a ghost town. Thanks for telling us about Gleeson, once a mecca for turquoise and copper miners.

    I certainly did not know that German Chocolate cake was created by and is named after an Englishman named German. You reminded me that I was raised in a part of Pennsylvania a short distance from where Milton S. Hershey plied his trade.

    Thank you very much, dear friend diedre, and have a wonderful weekend!

    1. Hi Shady!

      Emerald is my birthstone,but I would love the color anyway ;-)
      It's a birthday weekend here, too.
      Seems like most of our ghost towns began and ended with mining. I enjoy historic glimpses into what happened in between.
      Did you ever tour the Hershey plant? What a treat it would have been!
      Happy weekend!

    2. Yes, diedre, many years ago I took the riding tour of the Hershey Chocolate plant. It was interesting and educational... and the aroma! :)

      Have a great week, dear friend!

    3. Oh my gosh! I'm afraid I'd have been like that girl in Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, and not been able to help myself ;-)

  2. Old ghost towns are fun to explore. Even as they are a little sad. We visited many when I lived in Arizona as a kid.

    1. Hi Alex!

      I'm fascinated by ghost towns, can't seem to pass one without stopping in ;-) How interesting that you lived in Arizona. I hope you were able to enjoy both the desert and the high country.

  3. Hi Diedre - Gardens in all their glorious glory as Spring comes and turns into Summer - cheers Hilary

    1. Hi Hilary!

      Such a lovely sentiment! And a perfect bouquet of Gs ;-)

  4. Green is my wife's favorite color so we have a lot of green in our house. Gleeson sounds like a neat place to check out--maybe someday I can.

    Arlee Bird
    Tossing It Out

    1. Hi Lee!

      There can never be too much green in my world ;-)
      If you do go to Gleeson, I recommend the schoolhouse, where many things were left just as they had been. I dug up a bottle behind the old jail ;-)

  5. Lot's of fascinating facts here! Right now I'm off to get myself my favourite G - a glass of gin and tonic!

    A-Z tales about My Friend Rosey

    1. Hi Keith!

      Good to see you! Now there's a G I've yet to try, but a good one for the list, just the same ;-)


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