Monday, October 12, 2015

Back in Time - Initiation

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Freshman Initiation Dress Requirements
Pavillion High School
Pavillion, WY
Fall 1965
Freshman Initiation was a common activity in the 1960s, and in the Fall of 1965, I was a lowly freshman. The senior class was composed of nearly all boys (if I remember, there was one or two girls in the class).

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Initiations were usually held in the Fall during Homecoming Week, so I don't know why the informational sheet had a December date on it. As shown above, I crossed out the December date and wrote in October 25.

Here's the crazy speech we had to memorize and recite whenever we encountered a senior:

    Almight and glorious seniors of ’66 we the lowest scum that have ever walked the face of the earth fall prostrate at they feet and beg for they gracious, glorified, and wise indulgence.

    We comprehend that we, who are so wanton, grotesque, insulate, and lugubrious in our unscrupulous and invalid acts, are unwarrantable of they great and valuable insight.

    But we in our infinitesimal insignificance ask that you overlook our suodilaepxecitsiligarficalrepus and allow us to lie prone in the light of thy insight and power.

Karen H., Cathy R., Leslie D., and Janice R.
October 1965
Pavillion High School
Pavillion, WY

This is the only photo I have of that crazy day: it was taken in Study Hall.

In addition to the crazy dress day and the speech, the seniors held a Kangaroo Court in the evening. It was a fun activity: no one got carried away, and no one was hurt.

Did your school allow Freshman Initiation?

Friday, October 9, 2015

Foreign Friday

along hiking trail to Lake Towada
Northern Japan
Autumn 1979
The trails to Lake Towada were gorgeous when the trees were showing some color. Some previous posts about this area can be seen here.

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Snow Fence

Windward side of wood snow fence
near Casper, WY
September 2015
It's no secret that the wind blows and even howls sometimes in Wyoming, especially in the Winter. When there is snow on the ground (even minute bits) it blows and drifts across roads, causing hazardous driving conditions.

wooden snow fence near Casper, WY
September 2015
In an attempt to control the drifting snow, the highway department places snow fences in those areas. Sometimes the fences run for miles and in other places they can be parallel to each other. The snow passes through the fence and forms a huge drift on the leeward side of the fence.
Aluminum snow fence on South Pass
note the rows of fencing in this high wind area
September 2015
In the past, most snow fences were made of wood, but now, many are aluminum. One area of South Pass has a unique rock snow fence. I can't imagine the effort that it took to build that fence.

Along Interstate 25 in southeast Wyoming north of Chugwater and north of Cheyenne, the highway department, several years ago, planted trees near the wooden and aluminum snow fences. As the trees grew the regular fencing was removed and now the trees act as a "natural" snow fence.
Rock snow fence
South Pass
September 2015

Snow fences are useful and necessary during a windy Wyoming winter.

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Disappearing Nine-Patch

Disappearing Nine-Patch
Quilt of Valor
58 x 72

Disappearing Nine-Patch was made from 5-inch squares of fabric from previous Quilts of Valor. It is QOV #75 - a complete list of quilts made for this program can be seen here.

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

How Sweet

Frame filled with honey and sealed with wax
A few weeks ago, I went to Doug and Sheila's house to watch the honey extraction process. Doug is a  hobby bee-keeper with a few hives.

super with frames filled with honey
Before I arrived, Doug had removed a super from one of his hives. The super holds eight frames that the bees fill with honeycombs and then with honey. The tool on the top right is used to pry the frames out of the super.
Doug uses a heated knife to trim the wax off of the
honey-filled frame
As shown in the photo at the top of this post, the frames are sealed with a layer of wax that needs to be trimmed before the honey can be extracted. Doug has a heated knife that he uses to slice the wax off of the frame. The wax is saved and given to a local individual who uses it to make other products.

trimmed frames are placed in a spinner. 
As Doug turns the handle on the spinner, the centrifugal force pulls the honey
 from the frame. A drain at the bottom of the spinner is opened, and the honey
is then filtered to remove any foreign matter. 
Doug said that commercial bee-keepers have large electric spinners that spin numerous frames at one time.

Pure golden honey 

The honey from the Wind River Valley is a light, golden color with a mild flavor.

Obviously, I wasn't the only one observing the extraction process
We ventured out to Doug's Bee-yard, too. . .

The hives were active and humming
Doug explained that the queen is located in the bottom box of each hive. The boxes on top (supers) contain the honey that each hive is making and storing. See the short hive right of center with the different shaped top? It is a new design that Doug is trying.

Want a closer look?

We walked behind the hives, and Doug removed the back panel to check the progress of the hive. From the short time he's had this particular hive, Doug said he was not impressed with the amount of honey inside. The new feature on this hive is that the honey can be extracted directly without spinning.

Seeing the extraction process again was fascinating. Thank you Doug for allowing me to watch you extract the honey and for allowing me to take photos of the process for this post. It was a "sweet" afternoon.

Yes, I came home with some fresh honey, and it is delicious!

Monday, October 5, 2015

Loose Change

Loose Change
Quilt of Valor
57 x 72
Loose Change was made from "coin" strips and scraps from previous Quilts of Valor, and the navy-blue floral border is yardage purchased at the Kansas Troubles shop in Bennington, KS where we stopped on the August road trip.

The process of making "coins" can be seen here.  You may remember that I made another coin quilt recently:  E pluribus unum.

Loose Change is Quilt of Valor #74.

Friday, October 2, 2015

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