Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Photos. Updike Poem. The Flintstones.


by John Updike

The sun rides higher
Every trip.
The sidewalk shoes
Icicles drip.
A snowstorm come,
And cars are stuck,
Though road salt flies
From the old town truck.
The chickadees
Grow plump on seed
That Mother pours
Where they can feed,
And snipping, snipping
Scissors run
To cut out hearts
For everyone.




Wind making the light jump around.

What interesting lyrics for a cartoon.  
Of course, I only knew the chorus...until this morning.

This is what I was watching after school when I was Katie's age...this and Gilligan's Island.

My tastes have changes a bit.

Thank you for your delightful comments over the past few days.

Lots of love,


  1. Your pictures are so poetic, Donna. I just love them.

    1. You are exactly right, Axelle - the photos say so much. Beautiful.

  2. Ginny is licking her lips for some pancakes, yes?

    I remember my Mom wouldn't let me watch Scooby do because it was always too spooky! Yet she would let me see the Roadrunner get flattened by an anvil :-)

    LOVE the Updike Poem.

    Blessed Wednesday to you.

  3. I just love your pics....

  4. They didn't really play that song on the Flintstones, right? It's an old song just dubbed over clips, right? I'm pretty sure that song is from Hair...

    1. That's a different Let the Sunshine In. We had the Hair 8-track when I was young.

  5. No! Pebbles and Bamm Bamm had a group and they sang it!!!

  6. So Yes. From the show. I remember it!

  7. Oh man. Flashback. How I remember this episode! The one from 'hair' is called 'let the sunshine in' but it's a different tune and text. Go pebbles!!!

  8. I so remember that episode. My sister and I would stay at home alone a few hours every afternoon, so Daddy would serve us an early supper on a TV tray and head to work. My sister and I would watch TV until Mama got home. Lost in Space, The Flintstones, Gilligan's Island and The Brady Bunch were favorites.

    1. Lost in Space! O that brings back memories! Danger Will Robinson :-)

  9. Katie is such a beautiful young lady! Ginny is pretty darn cute, too. The song is inspiring.I, too, watched the Flintstones but I don't remember this episode. Unfortunately,they wouldn't put a song like this on today's cartoons

  10. Anonymous10:57 AM

    You can tell that Ginny is happy and proud in that first picture. Gosh, that picture of Katie is so pretty....stripes, wavy hair, eyelashes...its precious. She's growing up, but your pictures of her still capture that little girl in her.
    Thanks for the loveliness today!
    Sarah P. from Iowa

  11. Love the B/W picture up top. I've really been drawn to B/W lately.

    Katie is such a beautiful girl...oh, her hair! Looks like she and Ginny were all over Fat Tuesday ;)

    Gilligan's Island, Brady Bunch, Partridge Family. Yes, that was my life too.

  12. Anonymous11:35 AM

    As Axelle says, "Poetic Pictures," TV memories and happy music. At church camp we sang the song and the words were written, "Let the Son shine in" which makes me smile! I think I still have the music sheets somewhere. ;-)
    love and prayers, jep
    PS Early Happy Valentine's Day to you Donna and all the QL commenters in case I don't get to come read tomorrow.

    1. Anonymous1:35 PM

      jep, I sang the song as "Let the Son Shine In", too, in Good News Club as a kid (Child Evangelism Fellowship). I had no idea it originated on the Flintstones! Brings back sweet childhood memories.
      Debbie Z.

    2. Anonymous2:55 PM

      :-) jep

  13. The photos are beautiful, as always. Katie... amazing! February has never been my favorite month, but Updike's poem makes it a bit more lovely.
    Pebbles and Bam-Bam had a band? How did I not know this?

    I spent much of yesterday, or at least more than I should have wondering what I will be watching after Sunday. Oh, I am not looking forward to it being over.

    I have so many thoughts on this past week's show, I will go back and post there, I suppose.

  14. I just now took the time to listen to the clip, since I was in the middle of watching some winter sports here (my favorite, Biathlon).

    What a sweet memory this brings :-)

    My Grandma had Joy Clubs in her neighborhood, and was the best lady in Sunday school that I ever knew. She didn't sing the verses, but I can hear her singing this chorus loud and clear.

    Her name was Zelma and she was one in a million.

    Thanks for the memory!

    1. Anonymous2:54 PM

      Zelma, what an unusual and lovely name! I had a dear friend in college named Thelma. Both of my grandmothers were named Pearl and both loved to sing hymns. Good memories! jep

    2. Anonymous3:04 PM

      There was a lady that used to come to our church named Zelma. She had bright red hair. :)
      Sarah P. from Iowa

    3. My Grandma had red hair - Zelma Rounds - but I don't think she was in Iowa :-)

      Jep, both my great grandma's were named Maude - one was Lulu Maude!

    4. Anonymous6:12 PM

      This just keeps getting better...Lulu Maude sounds like a fun lady! I have a dear friend in Wyoming who is related to Lucy Maud Montgomery, the author of the Anne of Green Gables books. Lucy Maud or L.M. as she was also known was called Maud by her family. We have gone down a rabbit trail as Miz Boo is often saying...I so enjoy it, too! jep

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  15. LOVE LOVE LOVE the photo of Katie looking down!

  16. Pretty photos!
    I used to watch the same thing after school, Donna. Now, my 3-year old grandson asks to watch the Flintstones! (Good 'ol PBS) :-)

  17. I so enjoy coming here. Another gorgeous group of photos. Love that Ginny.

  18. Anonymous4:58 PM

    LOVE the picture of Ginny's tongue in action! The hat is perfectly tipped, and the beads are precisely draped. Linda

  19. Anonymous7:34 PM

    Oh my gosh, I totally remember Pebbles and Bam Bam singing that song. Yes, it is odd in a childrens cartoon to be singing about the Devil at your door.

    Also, on a side note since I was unable to comment yesterday, I think you were born in the wrong time and the wrong country. You should have been British and all that goes along with it, the accent, the dress and the proper manners...............not to mention your wealth of knowledge regarding the Royal family! Karen F.

    1. I think so too Karen :)
      But then I wouldn't know you...
      So I will stay in the present :)

  20. I love your "around the house" photos! Wishing my home had such great light coming in!

    Off topic, but I found myself wondering how your daughter-in-law was doing. I just lurk here mostly, but I'm 28 weeks pregnant with a boy (our second) that we have decided to name Asher, and I know she has a boy with that same name. Hope she is doing well!

    1. Melinda is feeling pregnant. She is well....but she feels big and uncomfortable. I think you are about the same weeks as she is.
      Congrats to you!

  21. Anonymous10:52 PM

    Beauty in all your pictures and what a wonderful trip down memory lane! I remember seeing Pebbles and Bamm Bamm sing that song! Oh, how I loved the Flintstones! There was one particular episode where Barney was going to be laid off, but didn't know it yet. All I remember is him sitting on a stool at Fred's house with his lunchbox on his lap, swinging his short little legs, unaware of what was going to happen. It was too much for little me and I burst into tears. My siblings tease me about that to this day. :)

    Mary Z

  22. That is such a cute story Mary!


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