October 21, 2014

Saturday Open Thread: Black Pirates

This week’s open thread theme focus on the very little known history of  black pirates and their role in adventures on the high seas. Concluding this series, I will talk about one the most notorious pirates  that ever existed, Diego Grillo or in many incarnations Diego El Mulatto.

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Diego el Mulato is the name given to several pirates who were active in the Caribbean during the 1600s. 

A mulatto named Diego Grillo was born in Havana in 1557. He was captured by the English privateer Francis Drake in 1572, became a member of his crew, and was taken back to England by Drake.

On 15 May 1584 four privateer ships, two frigates and three pinnaces commanded by William Parker of Plymouth and Jérémie Raymond of Cherbourg intercepted the dispatch vessel of Francisco Rodriguez near Trujillo, Honduras. They learned from it that the nearby port of Puerto Caballos (Puerto Cortés) was vulnerable. A young slave named Diego el Mulato from the Spanish ship offered to help the privateers, and two days later guided a landing party that successfully took the town.

Diego el Mulato Martín was a former slave from Havana who terrorized the Gulf of Mexico in the 1630s. He escaped from Havana in 1629 and took up the pirate’s trade. He was esteemed highly enough by his Dutch companions that within eight years he had become captain of a ship. In the early 1630s Daniel Elfrith invited Diego el Mulato to make his base on Providence Island, home of the puritan Providence Island colony. A force of ten or eleven ships and two sloops under the Dutch pirate Cornelis Jol and Diego el Mulato Martín attacked Campeche on 11 August 1633. The total force was 500 men. When the defenders of the city claimed that they did not have the money to pay the ransom, the pirates burned it down.

Thomas Gage, an English Dominican priest, wrote an account that mentions Diego el mulato. Gage arrived in Mexico in 1625, where he decided to abandon the religious life. He traveled in the region and accumulated wealth. Diego el mulato seized the ship that was carrying him back to England. Gage was unharmed and was allowed to keep some books and paintings, but lost all his other valuables. This robbery occurred in 1637. Gage said of him:

This mulatto, for some wrongs which had been offered unto him from some commanding Spaniards in Havana, ventured himself desperately in a boat out to sea, where were some Holland ships waiting for a prize. With God’s help getting unto them, he yielded himself to their mercy, which he esteemed far better than that of his own countrymen, promising to serve them faithfully against his own nation, which had most injuriously and wrongfully abused, yea, and whipped him in Havana…

The Spanish officials in Havana received a letter from Diego Martín in 1638 in which he said he greatly wanted to serve as a “valiant soldier of the king, our lord.” He said that he would guard the coasts of Cuba against the Dutch or any other ships, saying, “especially knowing that I am here very few would dare pass on to the Indies, for they certainly fear me.” The officials in Havana forwarded the offer to Spain, and recommended a royal pardon and the same salary as an admiral for Martín. Eventually he was given a royal commission so that he would turn his attention to the enemies of Spain.

Diego de los Reyes, known as Diego el Mulato Lucifer, was a native of Campeche. In 1642 he sacked Bacalar and Campeche on the Yucatán coast, where he “undressed [altar] images, chopped them to pieces with axes, and dressed up in mockery.” Some sources identify Diego de los Reyes with the Diego el Mulato described by Thomas Gage.

According to Diego López de Cogolludo, in his Historia de Yucatán, the attack on Campeche led to the viceroy of New Spain replacing General Fernando Centeno, governor of Yucatán. Centeno left for Mexico to complain about the decision, but died not far from Campeche. His wife, Doña Isabel de Caraveo, decided to continue on to Mexico. Her ship was captured by Diego’s forces, but when he found who she was, Diego gave doña Isabel an escort back to Campeche.

There are relatively few historical records of Diego el mulato Grillo, and they are not all consistent. Most sources agree that he was a mulatto from Havana. He made his base on Tortuga. In an engagement in the Old Bahama Channel he defeated three armed ships that attempted to capture him and killed all the Spaniards in the crew. He was captured and executed in 1673.

Diego el mulato was the subject of a novel by Justo Sierra O’Reilly, El filibustero, published in 1842. José Antonio Cisneros wrote a verse drama in three acts called Diego el Mulato that premiered on 2 June 1846 in the Teatro San Carlos in Mérida, Yucatán.

 

***Information courtesy of Wikipedia.org***

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  • crazycanuck

    Good Morning everyone. I’m up early to start the day with my workout. First food lol.

    • goldenstar

      Good Morning!

    • rikyrah

      Morning, cc

    • Alma98

      Morning cc.

  • crazycanuck

    Kindle or Kobo?

    • rikyrah

      Kindle HDX, 64GB

      • crazycanuck
        • rikyrah

          Yep.

          That size fits perfectly in the purse, and isn’t ‘too’ heavy. And, I don’t care about having wifi built into the Kindle, so that’s also another reason I didn’t suggest the larger one.

          • crazycanuck

            Thanks rikyrah

          • rikyrah

            I would suggest that you get the Amazon Prime Membership, if offered to Canadians…though I don’t know how that works (the streaming of stuff in Canada) , I enjoy the series and movies that I can get through prime – free because of the membership.

            I also suggest getting the charger…saves a ton of recharging time.

          • crazycanuck

            Thanks again, I’ll do some research of the membership an ask around.

    • Aquagranny911

      Hola CC! We have a Kindle. We like it. My Grandson will be setting us up this weekend so we can stream stuff since we gave up cable TV a few weeks ago.

      Definitely get the Amazon Prime membership if you can.

  • rikyrah

    Good Morning, Everyone :)

    • Alma98

      Good morning rikyrah :)

    • Aquagranny911

      Hola Riky!

  • crazycanuck

    I find this creepy lol

    Natalie Thomas ‏@NatalieTWN 38m

    Panda cupcakes for Earth Hour! @WWFCanada Find out how to make them today on the @weathernetwork pic.twitter.com/nUj19d6bvs

    • isonprize

      It’s the eyes. odd… but then I’ve never liked clowns…

  • Miranda

    Analysis: Some evidence seems to contradict Mastro report’s findings on Christie
    FRIDAY, MARCH 28, 2014, 11:48 PM
    BY JOHN REITMEYER STATE HOUSE BUREAU

    In more than 300 pages, the attorneys hired by Governor Christie make their case for why they cleared him of any involvement in the lane closures at the George Washington Bridge, a scandal that threatens to derail his presidential potential.

    But in the thousands of pages of footnotes and exhibits released Thursday, many documents appear to lend at least some credence to allegations against Christie that the report plainly said can’t be true.The explosive e-mails and text messages, obtained and first reported by The Record, sparked a political firestorm that extended far beyond New Jersey and Fort Lee.

    And they include some of the harshest language yet disclosed in the bridge scandal: “I could claw his eyes out, pour gasoline in the sockets and light him up,” Christie’s press secretary wrote about a friend and key figure in the scandal.

    – See more at: http://www.northjersey.com/news/analysis-some-evidence-seems-to-contradict-mastro-report-s-findings-on-christie-1.753711#sthash.2DoZRXlr.dpuf

  • Miranda

    people voted for him…..scaryKremlin Finds a Defender in Congress
    By JONATHAN WEISMAN MARCH 28, 2014

    WASHINGTON — It is a lonely pursuit these days, defending Russia in Congress as outrage over Kremlin aggression grows louder. But Representative Dana Rohrabacher speaks up for Moscow with pride.

    He is, he says, a bit frosted with the Russian government in one respect.

    “I kind of wish I would get some sort of word back,” Mr. Rohrabacher, a California Republican, said Thursday shortly before the House voted 399 to 19 to offer aid to Ukraine and impose sanctions on Russia. “But I haven’t even gotten so much as a thank you.”
    The 13-term congressman has had a long, strange journey from fierce Cold Warrior to apologist for President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia. In 1966 when Ronald Reagan was running for governor of California, Mr. Rohrabacher camped out in the candidate’s backyard, pleading for an audience to prevent the disbanding of his Youth for Reagan group in favor of a rival’s. By last year, Mr. Rohrabacher was accompanying the action star Steven Seagal to Russia in search of a broader Islamist plot behind the Boston Marathon bombing. The actor and the congressman had often discussed “thwarting radical Islamic terrorism,” he explained.

    Then came Russia’s takeover of Crimea, and Mr. Rohrabacher had to draw the line — in favor of Mr. Putin.more here: http://www.nytimes.com/2014/03/29/us/politics/kremlin-finds-a-defender-in-congress.html?smid=tw-share&_r=0

    • jds09

      At the recent CA democratic convention, the party stated their intention to clean out the red pockets in CA. Rohrabacher is a reason why. Embarrassing.

    • Kennymack1971

      This is our Congress. Caping for Putin to spite the President. Trifling.

    • Aquagranny911

      Sweet blushing baby Jesus! Get out the Planter’s can!

      • crazycanuck

        LMAO

  • Miranda

    SMH…….next they’ll act out how they think the passengers reacted when they realized the last moments of their lives were upon them.CNN Wanted To Rent A 777 For Their Missing Plane Coverage
    IGOR BOBIC – MARCH 28, 2014, 3:36 PM EDTThe news network that has dedicated practically every hour of the day to the hunt for missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 has pulled out all the stops to supplement its coverage, including virtual cockpits, model planes, and sophisticated graphics, but that wasn’t enough.

    CNN desired the crème de la crème: its own 777 airliner, the Associated Press reports:

    CNN initially sought to rent a real 777 airplane for its coverage, but found it impossible. Individual airlines were also reluctant to make their simulators available. So CNN arranged time with the company uFly, from Mississauga, Ontario, near the Toronto airport, which has a simulator that is the same model of the plane lost in Asia.more here: http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/cnn-missing-plane-777

    • jds09

      All three of the CNN audience must have been glued to their TV sets.

    • goldenstar

      CNN, cable’s tabloid news network.

      • Admiral_Komack

        Fuck CNN.
        I’ve started checking out Al Jazeera America.

  • GreenLadyHere

    – ☺http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e0TInLOJuUM&feature=related – -GOOD SATURDAY MORNTIN’ PBOMB♥/POU FAM♥ – -***BIG HUG*** —-:>) – –
    — –REAL QUICK: —Jus’ checked in on msnbc –annnd guess who’s back —with the SAME AGENDA!!?? – -geesh!! –Annnd I axed myself -this question – –only 2 find this tweet:

    — – ‏@adept2u[THANK U VERY MUCH♥] :>)
    I dare you to put on someone who will defend the administration and it’s position with no criticism on your panels you discuss PBO #nerdland
    - – –***BIG fist bump***!!! —
    — –She – –WILL NOT LEARN —UNTIL — —she makes that terminating –“STEP IN IT!” —Waitin’. . . .
    — -Now lemme HONOR —this series. :>)

    • Kennymack1971

      Any credibility she had to Monday Morning Quarterback this President was shot when the RW made her have a “Toby” moment on her own show. Sorry I just can’t take her critiques seriously.

      • GreenLadyHere

        Good MornTin’ Kennymack1971. ***BIG♥HUG** :>)
        – —- ***BIG fist bump*** —But I think that my “anti-MH-P” moment has been of longer standing. —
        [Just cain't remember NOW] :>)
        —In the “beginning’ —2 thangs:
        — —☺ Her “cutsy-by-half” mannerisms -allow her 2 “cut” like a knife –while pretending -NOT 2.
        – —-☺She was “spawned”/supported by rachul.- –
        I have “tried” —BUT I cant hear –the “slavish-like tone” in her delivery. Yet I believe that she has enough input into her show that she could B – –“FAIR annnd BALANCED”.- —NOT enuff!! – – -IMMA STOP. —

        Good 2 C U Kennymack1971. :>) B BLESSED/SAFE/WARM♥ –[Again' luvin' your tweets. :>)]

      • Admiral_Komack

        WORD.

  • GreenLadyHere

    PBOMB♥/POU FAM♥ – – – -MR. PRESIDENT♥ – –:>)

    – — -☺@NerdyWonka[THANK U♥] :>)
    President Obama is escorted by the Governor of Riyadh to AF1 before his departure from Saudi Arabia back to D.C. pic.twitter.com/ZrHZm91ZM9

    – – –☺President Obama waves before boarding AF1 back to D.C. at King Khalid International airport in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. pic.twitter.com/KXIgZN53Ik
    – – —-NOTING his rather “controlled wave” — -He truly KNOWS how 2 position himself — -emotionally. —ADMIRABLE. :>) – -BLESS U SIR♥

  • http://pragmaticobotsunite.blogspot.com/ Sepia

    On the real, I’m mad I didn’t think of this!

    @SugaSheen16: I’m done. RT @MsBonnieBaBi: They. Have. A WEAVE. Vending. Machine! http://t.co/7Fylti9tYV

    • Miranda

      *logs in….sees this…..logging off*

    • rikyrah

      where is GLH’s Old Lady gif, because that’s what came to mind reading this.

  • jds09

    Good Morning POU Fam!

    • GreenLadyHere

      Good Saturday MornTin’ jds09. ***BIG – -Cali — HUG*** :>)
      —-RESPECTFULLY —-did U experience the EQ? – – –
      — Good 2 C U. :>) — B BLESSED/SAFE♥ – –:>)

      • jds09

        Good Morning GLH! What earthquake? Must have been a small one.

        • GreenLadyHere

          :>) jds09 — -Good 2 hear. :>) – -It was a 5.1 –but I di-nt feel that level. —-My daughter did. :>)

          • Aquagranny911

            Isn’t this the second one you all had in the last couple of weeks. I’m worried. Stay safe.

          • GreenLadyHere

            –☺http://files.shroomery.org/files/06-19/709142654-waving-cactus.gif GOOD SATURDAY MORNTIN’ –Aquagranny911. :>) —***BIG HUG*** :>)
            —YES!- –Annnnd THAT was the second 1 that evening. There was a 3.6 one —an hour B4.

            — -“Motha Nature” – – -is “sharin’ her – – “stock” — – -[putting it midly] :>)

            Thank U 4 your concern. :>) — -B BLESSED/SAFE/RESTED♥ —:>)

    • Aquagranny911

      Hola JD! Have an excellent day.

    • Alma98

      Morning jds!

  • GreenLadyHere

    PBOMB♥/POU FAM♥ – – – —A CELEBRATION –With HONORS :>)
    – —National Mom and Pop Business Owners Day: Black female entrepreneurs represent – –
    – – — Whether it was for your last meal or your last paycheck, chances are that you come into contact with a small business at some point in your day.

    Small businesses, those with fewer than 500 employees, play a vital role in the American economy. They generate roughly 70 percent of all new jobs and 30 percent of all U.S. payroll according to data from the U.S. Census Bureau.

    As a show of appreciation, every year on March 29, National Mom and Pop Business Owners Day celebrates the hard work of the 27 million companies that now employ over 50 percent of the American workforce.

    Despite odds such as tighter lending requirements, disappearing Small Business Association (SBA) loan programs, and a widening wealth gap between blacks and whites, businesses owned by black women are now the fastest-growing segment of all women-owned enterprises. As of 2012, there were over 900,000 companies owned by black women, with revenue of almost $37 billion.

    Here are five black women who have stepped out independently to address the specific needs and tastes of their respective communities.
    THERE IS MORE – – – — –

    – – –CONGRATULATIONS — –BLAH WOMAN POWER! :>)

    Let’s continue 2 SUPPORT THESE annnd OTHER businesses –BY US. :>)

    — –Jus’ a thought — -Gon ALWAYS SUPPORT — -THESE: –:>)

    – – – -☺http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oMK-U79UR2M

  • BarbinAtlSouth

    Good morning POU family.
    I can’t tell you how much I love this site and the posters.
    Have a great day everybody!

    • GreenLadyHere

      GOOD Saturday MornTin’ BarbinAtlSouth. :>) ***BIG♥HUG*** :>)
      – —***BIG fist bump*** –AGREED. :>)
      Good 2 C U. :>) B BLESSED/SAFE/WARM♥ :>)

      • BarbinAtlSouth

        Hey GLH – all good things to you on this lovely day. (Its raining here but I’m breathing so its lovely.)

        I need to check in with my brothers over there on the left coast.

        • GreenLadyHere

          Awwww -Barb♥ – — -THANK U 4 your KINDNESS. :>) — –***BIG fist bump** on the “breathing*** —COUNT ALL BLESSINGS. :>)

          – – -Please let us know about your brother. Hope he is OK. :>) – –***HUG*** :>)

    • Lisa M

      Same to you!!

      • BarbinAtlSouth

        (Waving)

    • Aquagranny911

      Hola Barb! Enjoy your day.

    • Alma98

      Morning Barb, have a great weekend.

  • crazycanuck

    This is ridiculous

    Bette Midler ‏@BetteMidler 42s

    Measles is back; parents are refusing 2 vaccinate their kids.Is science just a matter of opinion? Who wants to hear mine?

    • jds09

      I’m just waiting for a parent(s) to sue a school to make them disclose vaccination records. If my kid was young, I’d want to know how many disease carriers were in his classroom.

      • goldenstar

        There used to be rules about which vaccinations students needed to attend school. What happened?

        • Aquagranny911

          Some states & school districts have been giving some parents a pass on that for years due to religious reasons etc. The anti-vac folks have really taken advantage of that.

          If you think I can get on my rants, you should hear my Daughter#1 get hers on about this issue. She’s a Doc & has worked with CDC. She thinks parents who won’t vaccinate should be jailed for child abuse & public endangerment!

          • jds09

            Yep, those waivers are literally killing people. Does your daughter think the home-schoolers are adding to the problem?

          • Aquagranny911

            Si, on that & she also thinks that most home schoolers are muy loco!

            The biggest problema is that “herd immunity” once protected the very few kiddos who were not immunized but we are rapidly losing this because too many of the “herd” are not being immunized. Thus, we had that terrible outbreak of whooping cough in Washington state recently that killed some children & even a few adults.

            She’s been tracking disease outbreaks like this for quite a while even though it is not her particular field of research. I have heard plenty from her on this subject.

          • goldenstar

            Unbelievable.

  • GreenLadyHere

    PBOMB♥/POU FAM♥ — – –Meant 2 HONOR him —:>)[He gave back]
    – – –Michael B. Jordan mentors 6 filmmakers at CinemaCon – –
    – – – -Actor Michael B. Jordan understands that if you want to go far in your career, you must be willing to pay it back.
    Jordan was chosen as the 2014 Sprite Films mentor to its student filmmaker finalists at CinemaCon in Las Vegas this week.

    Six promising filmmakers were chosen by Sprite to make a name for
    themselves in the film industry with the unique opportunity to craft a
    short film from script-to-screen.

    The Green Ribbon Panel Award winner’s short film will run in movie theaters across the country in August. Viewing and voting is now live at Sprite.com/films.

    Sprite is providing a nationwide platform to shine a light on the aspiring filmmakers, and has introduced the student to Michael B. Jordan who offered advice based on his first-hand experience working in Hollywood.
    ——-SNIP — —

    TheGrio caught up Jordan to discuss the importance of mentor ship in film and his upcoming role as the Human Torch.
    THERE IS MORE — – –
    -CONGRATULATIONS♥ –PROUD of U♥

  • GreenLadyHere

    PBOMB♥/POU FAM♥ — – -VP Joe —WEEKLY ADDRESS –:>) —

    – —-Weekly Address: Raise The Minimum Wage – It’s The Right Thing To Do For Hardworking Americans – –

    – – –In this week’s address, Vice President Biden discusses the
    importance of raising the federal minimum wage. It’s good for workers,
    it’s good for business, and it would help close the gender pay gap, as
    women make up more than half of the workers who stand to benefit from a raise.
    And as the Vice President highlights, Congress should boost the federal minimum wage because it is what a majority of the American people want.

    – –THANK U –VP Joe.♥ :>)

    • BarbinAtlSouth

      Ride or die Joe getting ready for 2016.

      I’m ready for it.

      • GreenLadyHere

        HEEY Barb. – – -I’m enthusiastic 4 an ALTERNATIVE 2 hillary. – —Annnd VP Joe has the CREDS! – -:>)

        Though —I wish that the “field” could B widened. :>) – –
        —Just don’t know –who. :>) —
        – – –Still thinkin’. . . :>)

  • GreenLadyHere

    GOOD MORNTIN’ PBOMB♥ — -HONORING Your SERIES. :>)- –
    – – – – –☻Whoa! —A TRUE “CAPTAIN PIRATE”: — Diego el Mulato Martín
    – – – – – – – – -☺He was esteemed highly enough by his Dutch companions that within eight years he had become captain of a ship.
    – – —- ———☺Diego el mulato was the subject of a novel by Justo Sierra O’Reilly, El filibustero, published in 1842
    — — ——- ☺http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-LrVy2BUwk8[Hope this is correct. :>)]

    -AGAIN – – -THANK U PBOMB♥ – – -Learned sooo MUCH. :>)

    – – -☻ENJOY♥ – – – -http://sherwoodhills.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/06/dining_breakfast1-923×1024.jpeg

    – – –B BLESSED/SAFE/WARM♥ – – – -:>)

    • Alma98

      Morning GLH, I hope you’re having a great Saturday.
      Blessings to you, (((HUGS))).

      • GreenLadyHere

        GOOD MornTin’ Alma98. :>) ***BIG HUG*** :>)
        THANK U♥ — -Trynta REST afta that —“EQ”. :>)
        – —Thank u 4 the –ALWAYS needed BLESSINGS. :>) U 2. :>)

  • Alma98

    Good morning everyone.

    • goldenstar

      Good Morning, Alma. Your sun is so inviting. It’s cold and gray today.

      • Alma98

        Hey goldenstar. We have some sun today but it’s still cold, to me anyway lol.

    • GreenLadyHere

      - —GOOD MORNTIN’ Alma. ***BIG HUG*** – – – -Wheeeee! –Here Comes the SUN – –ALL DRESSED IN Greeeeeen. :>)
      — -Am I SMILIN’? :>)- – – -YESsssss! :>)http://itsaboutthemoney.net/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2013/03/smiling-sun-14365971.jpg
      Woo! Hoo! :>) THANK U♥ :>)
      :>)
      –Have a BLESSED DAY —U♥/Family♥—

      • Alma98

        Glad you like GLH lol.
        You be careful out there with those earthquakes ok.

        • GreenLadyHere

          Alma — -Ohhh YES. :>) Thank U♥ – –I’ve made some preparations- – 2 whateva extent they may werk. :>)

    • Aquagranny911

      Hola Alma! I feel sad. Discuss is figging with me because I can’t see your sun. I’m going to refresh & try again. Have a great day!

      • Alma98

        Hola AG! I have to refresh whenever people put up pics or cc puts up art. Disqus won’t show them I don’t know what’s up with that.

        • Aquagranny911

          That worked! I can see it now. It’s almost like looking up at the sun from under the sea. Cool!

          • Alma98

            I like that description AG!

        • goldenstar

          Me, too! I thought it had to do with my Mac OS. Maybe it’s just Disqus in general.

          • Alma98

            It’s been happening every since they switched formats. I wish they would pick a format and stick with it lol.

    • rikyrah

      Good Afternoon, Alma.

      Ran all my errands :)

      • Alma98

        Good afternoon rikyrah.
        I’m lazing around today, my daughter is at a friend’s wedding in VA.

  • GreenLadyHere

    PBOMB♥ – –Woo! Hoo! – – –HE’s — -ON HIS WAY – -:>)

    — — -☺@NerdyWonka[THANK U♥] :>)
    President Obama is greeted by Frank Gorenc, USAF Europe Commander & Brig. Gen. Patrick Mordente at Ramsteim Air Base. pic.twitter.com/aY6w5Ji4Zi

    – – – -☺President Obama uses an AF1 refueling stop to visit wounded U.S. troops in Ramsteim Air Base in Ramstein-Miesenbach. pic.twitter.com/qGkNIbSRca

    – – – -HOW KIND annnd COMPASSIONATE of him♥ :>)- –

  • Aquagranny911

    Hola POU! Our tree guy was here early this AM & we got some bad news. One of our best orange trees is dying. He estimates it to be close to 50 years old or more which is really ancient for an orange tree. I’m so sad about this.

    We will plant another one but it will never take the place of the old one who has given us hundreds of pounds of the sweetest oranges every year for the past 14 years. I know it is kind of weird to be grieving over a tree but I can’t help myself.

    • Alma98

      Sorry about your tree AG. If I could have a fruit tree I would like a peach one.

      • Aquagranny911

        I would love a peach tree but our part of AZ won’t let them grow here. Not enough winter chill hours necessary to set the fruit. They can grow them in Southeast AZ where the elevation is higher & the winters colder.

        I use to be off peaches because I worked at picking them for a grower when I was a kiddo. Just the smell of them would get to me but the years have softened me for them again. I love a good peach cobbler.

        • Alma98

          That’s the only thing I miss about visiting relatives in FL and AL when I was a kid, the fruit and nut trees. Our neighbor had a kiwi tree when I was a kid but we didn’t know what they were then lol. We used to throw them at each other lol.

          • Aquagranny911

            LOL!

    • GreenLadyHere

      HEEY Aquagranny. —-Sympathising with U. – -YES trees so ‘4 US” – –annnd become apart of our “emotional existence”. – :>)

      – —☺SENDIN’ THIS — -your way :>) – -http://uconnladybug.files.wordpress.com/2011/03/orange-tree.jpg
      — — Lemme SHARE: LOL —
      — –About 10 years ago —I planted 2 separate trees —Orange –LEMON.- – -After about 5 years – -The “Lemon [yellow] skins had an ORANGE PULP! :>) annnd the ORANGE[skins] —had a LEMON pulp! :>)

      Soooo I just started calling them — -CITRUS! :>) —
      – –B COMFORTED. :>) –***HUG*** :>)

      • Aquagranny911

        I ♥ you Great Green Lady! This is a wonderful share. They cross pollinated. So much fun because bees are always equal opportunity! I learned all this a long time ago when Hubby & I planted cantalope next to cucumbers & we got a similar result.

        • GreenLadyHere

          LOL – –☺http://files.shroomery.org/files/06-19/709142654-waving-cactus.gif

          — — LOL – –YEP! — I thought that those trees –were –CREEPIN’ –at NIGHT! LOL

          –4 U :>) – — -EAT UP/DRANK UP. :>)

          – – –☺http://www.walterreeves.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/06/melon-cross-pollination-1-e1308076845382-500×303.jpg

          -☺http://freshveggiesinthedesert.files.wordpress.com/2012/07/dsc_0008.jpg

          — —-☺http://www.rebootwithjoe.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/08/Cucumber-Melon-Smoothie.jpg
          – – –B BLESSED♥ :>)

    • goldenstar

      Ohhhh, reminds me of the book, The Giving Tree by Silverstein.

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Giving_Tree

      • Aquagranny911

        Love that book! That orange tree is so much a “giving tree” we are trying to think of some way to honor it. I can’t bear the thought of just cutting it down & discarding or burning the wood. I know that probably sounds loco but it feels like we are losing a member of the familia.

  • crazycanuck

    COME ON SERENA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • GreenLadyHere

      Good MornTin’ crazycanuck. ***BIG HUG** :>) –

      -Watchin!. .:>)
      — —**Luvin’ her outfit. — -Chewin’ my nails*** LOL

      Good 2 C U. :>) B BLESSED/SAFE/WARM♥ — -[BTW: How is your weather? :>) - - -Prayin 4 U:>)]

      • crazycanuck

        Keep me informed, I watching scores online, but even that is driving me crazy lol.

        • GreenLadyHere

          LOL – – “crazy with U”. :>) I was gon ax’ U 2 watch 4 me. LOL
          —Serena should B able 2 “take” her. —CONCENTRATE.[RESPECTFULLY♥]

          • crazycanuck

            I have everything crossed. I think we need Alma, she watches lol.

          • GreenLadyHere

            LOL – – – -Me –2! :>)
            Ooooo-Kaaaaay — –Alllllmaaaaa♥ — -Yoo! Woo! :>)

            – –SERENA — -jus broke her serve. Woo! Hoo!
            – –C’MON!♥- –:>)

          • crazycanuck

            I had to take a peak at the score online lol. Come on, Serena you can do this.

          • GreenLadyHere

            cc — -YEP – – -4 Serena – –5 –her. LOL –

          • crazycanuck

            COME ON, COME ON! DIG DEEP

          • GreenLadyHere

            LOL – – – -She’s DIGGIN’! :>) — – — – –C’MON!♥

          • crazycanuck

            Yes! come on Serena!

          • GreenLadyHere
          • Alma98

            I couldn’t watch cc I’m eating lunch and Serena wreaks havoc on my stomach lol. I’m watching the score online now and I see she broke back. Now she needs to hold and get a break.

          • crazycanuck

            We are all wimps lol

          • Alma98

            LOL

  • Aquagranny911

    Hola PBomb! I enjoyed your series this week but I must say that the name “Diego de los Reyes” really gave me a bit of a jolt. We have a “de los Reyes” on our familia tree somewhere but I think his first name was Jose. I will have to ask Sis because tracing Fam is her thing. De los Reyes is not an uncommon Spanish name. It just means “of the kings or belonging to the kings” in English.

    We also have a Dutch seaman on our Mama’s side which Sis has been unable to trace beyond when he jumped ship in Veracruz. She thinks he lied a whole lot about his name & origins.

    Anyway, this has been fun & informative, Gracias!

  • GreenLadyHere

    PBOMB♥ — -Just watched THIS again. —Sooo POWERFUL! :>)
    — -63 Black Harvard Students Share Their Experiences In A Powerful Photo Project

    The “I, Too, Am Harvard” photo campaign explores the diverse experience that black students at Harvard have to face. Here are 21 of the images. — –
    — –KUDOS annnd BLESSINGS 2 ALL.♥ :>)

    — –***waves @ MR. PRESIDENT♥** :>)
    – – –☺http://www.davidfeldmanblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/08/obama-harvard-law-review.jpg

    • crazycanuck

      Love this, some of those quotes, SMH.

      • GreenLadyHere

        CC – –***BIG fist bump*** — -BEYOND POWERFUL. :>)

        – –Hope THIS spreads 2 OTHER/SIMILAR campuses. :>)

    • rikyrah

      • GreenLadyHere

        HEEY rikyrah. ***BIG HUG** :>)- – -Thank U♥ —

        – —-Kudos 2 these –GIFTED –BLAH YOUNG people. :>)

        – –Good 2 C U. :>) B BLESSED/SAFE/WARM♥- –

  • GreenLadyHere

    PBOMB♥ —-THIS- – A MEETING of the –HANDS —HEARTS♥ – –MINDS :>) – – -Sooo ENDEARING♥ :>)

    – – – — ☺@metaquest
    RWNJs/MSM expected POTUS to have tense meeting with the Pope over social issues. They got this instead. #HopeandPope pic.twitter.com/UrbmiIM3g1

    • goldenstar

      I love that #hopeandpope!

      • GreenLadyHere

        GOOD MORNTIN’ —☺http://sean-norris.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/02/gif-gold-glitter-stars_21.gif ***BIG HUG*** :>)

        – – -Just TOUCHES my HEART♥ — -:>)

        —Good 2 C U. :>) B BLESSED/SAFE/WARM♥ —

  • Alma98

    Alright now Serena finish her!

    • crazycanuck

      CRUSH HER

      • Alma98

        Yes lol.

  • GreenLadyHere

    — —-YAAAA! – – -SERENA! – – -☺http://25.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_m88qecuTsn1qzr81io1_500.gif

    – –***BIG fist bump – – -CC/Alma♥ :>) —WE did it! :>)

    • crazycanuck

      She felt our power lol

      • GreenLadyHere

        LOL – -cc /Alma- –WE GOT IT –
        – — — LIKE THIS – -☺http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_BRv9wGf5pk

  • crazycanuck

    Serena finish this off so I can go wash my hair lol. You are holding up production.

    • Alma98

      LOL

      • crazycanuck

        score? YES! 41 go serena go serena

        • Alma98

          4-1 Serena.

        • GreenLadyHere

          –BREAK POINT – -comin’ up!! :>)

          • crazycanuck

            YES!

    • GreenLadyHere

      CC – – —LOL —WE KNOW –HUH? :>)

  • GreenLadyHere

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    Folks in Houston #GettingCoveredNow
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    pic.twitter.com/IQU8DQYvJP
    – – – – – -☺http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f1lYUrhxM8o Woo! Hoo!

    – – — -☺ ‏@HealthCareTara[THANK U♥] —
    Who says Americans don’t want health care? Check out people ready to get covered in this photo from Vegas. – – -pic.twitter.com/p3MjNAZiFt

    – – – –Exchange QHP Projection, 10/1/13 – 3/31/14: 6.58M-

    – —☺ -https://d555kv4p2mtwa.cloudfront.net/whywater/images/icon_graph.gif- – – –Woo! Hoo! :>)

    – – – – -☺http://gifrific.gifrific.netdna-cdn.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/04/Barack-Obama-Clapping-in-Front-of-American-Flags.gif
    – – –THANK U SIR♥ —:>)

  • GreenLadyHere

    :>) -crazycanuck/Alma —5 -1 –SERENA serving 4 the MATCH! :>)
    – – —***breathe*** :>)

    – – –☺http://25.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_m88qecuTsn1qzr81io1_500.gif – – -YAAAA!

    • crazycanuck

      CRUSH HER, CRUSH HER INTO LITTLE ITTY BITTY PIECES. OK , Maybe that is going to far lol.

      • GreenLadyHere

        cc – –LOL – – -DONE!!! – – -☺http://25.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_m88qecuTsn1qzr81io1_500.gif

        • GreenLadyHere

          - -***UP – -HIGH —CC♥/Alma♥*** — -http://fc01.deviantart.net/fs70/f/2012/131/d/5/strawberry_awesome_high_five___gif_by_hnrat-d4ze9e5.gif

  • Alma98

    Yes Serena!

    • GreenLadyHere

      Alma♥ — -***UP –HIGH***☺http://fc01.deviantart.net/fs70/f/2012/131/d/5/strawberry_awesome_high_five___gif_by_hnrat-d4ze9e5.gif

    • crazycanuck

      Happy Dance, Happy Dance

      • GreenLadyHere

        CC♥ — -***UP —HUGH*** –☺http://fc01.deviantart.net/fs70/f/2012/131/d/5/strawberry_awesome_high_five___gif_by_hnrat-d4ze9e5.gif

      • Aquagranny911

        I want that gif!!! How did you do that? I can “Snoopy Dance of Joy” with the best of them but I can’t do the gifs.

        I will be so kind to you, for at least a little while, if you tell me how to do this ♥

        • crazycanuck

          AG, it’s just saving the gif to your desktop or wherever and using the upload image icon. Is the pic moving? because it’s not on my comp.

          • Aquagranny911

            Not moving for me but I still love it! Discuss doesn’t like me at all so I just move on.

          • crazycanuck

            In case you don’t see it

    • rikyrah

      YEAH

  • crazycanuck

    I have got to get Serena’s mind set

    “I have so many friends here, and it’s the worst when you lose in front of your friends and they give you like a sympathy hug,” Williams said. “I just don’t want the sympathy. I have only one choice, and that’s to win.”

    • GreenLadyHere

      - – – -crazycanuck! — -YA MEAN — -LIKE THIS? – – -WIN! -X 6! :>)
      — -☺http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MRhNltgrNq0 HAH! :>) – — -☺http://www.andhrafriends.com/public/style_emoticons/default/you-go-girl.gif

      — —Good philosophy. :>)

  • GreenLadyHere

    - – -Crazycanuck♥/Alma♥ :>) – -☺THANK U 4 a FUN MORNTIN http://www.graphics99.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/07/thank-you-flower-graphic-for-fb-share.gif

    – – — -☺Ms. SERENA♥ is SIMPLY the BEST!!♥ —PROUD of HER♥ :>)

    – – -B BLESSED –4 the REST – –of the day. :>)

    • Alma98

      It was fun GLH!

      • crazycanuck

        Yes it was

        • GreenLadyHere

          crazycanuck —***HUGS*** :>)

      • GreenLadyHere

        —Alma —***HUGS** :>)