Fiddle Playing Frogs…

friendly frogsAre strewn within the Botanical garden in Amarillo. I can only read about them being there. But those of you who live in the area could probably have your picture taken with them if you went to visit the Botanical Garden. They look fairly friendly from the pictures I have seen. If you have never seen these fiddle playing reptiles, I  invite you to do so.  Yes they are part of the reptilian family! A nice little factoid I picked up in my research!

Being aware of the attractions in your area is extremely important. i know this first hand. I grew up in Salem Massachussetts  where the  House Of Seven Gables is set in a back lot of  a back street. As kids growing up, the house seemed dark and gloomy. It is after all a large black house that is dimly lit in the evenings. Most of my friends and I knew little of the house. Some of us knew that Nathaniel Hawthorne had written a book about the home. And he lived there for quite some time.

I became very aware of the importance of the House and some of the other attractions when my relatives from New Jersey would come to visit us every summer. There we were in the middle of the hottest day of the summer walking through a house without air conditioning. I do not believe they have heat either.  What an education I got from each of these visits.

Unlike my friends I got an up close look at what the living conditions were like for the early settlers in this part of the country. Every room is kept exactly to period standards. There are still the heating pots that were placed underneath the beds to keep people warm overnight. The original cook ware is in the kitchen, placed strategically in the hearth where everything was made over an open fire. The most fascinating tool was the toaster. It is a long piece of metal that holds one piece of bread at the end. The person would hold it over the fire until it was toasted.

I remember, it was about the fifth year in a row we went into the house for a visit. That was the year I could recite verbatim every word our guide was saying. As taxing as these visits were becoming, I was the envy of my friends. Most of whom had never entered the house and did not appreciate its significance.  To this day, I know of many people who have never entered any of the attractions in Salem and wish they had done so.

There is no time like the present to begin to DISCOVER what is around you!  One of these days I am going to have my picture taken ( if permissible) with one of those fiddle playing frogs!

Making New Friends…

friendsAAYC Is  easier than ever now that we all can connect through social media. That is how I met Matt Hite from AAYC last week. I had written a blog on WordPress and he left a comment. I was intrigued by this organization. When I asked him how I could help out, he asked me to write a few blogs.

I am glad to be of service to the AAYC! My name is Jacqui Senn and I live 20 minutes north of Boston,Massachussetts. I am a single mother of two children, a motivational blogger and speaker. I thank Matt for the invitation to write and hope all of you reading will find some inspiration in my posts.

Jacqui Senn