History tidbit: Presidents and Booze

Shaken not stirred…cheap verses expensive…straight up or on the rocks…abstain or indulge…Presidents had and still have favorites when imbibing. ¬†Brief nugget here on the first 5 presidents and their drink of choice:

George Washington – Dark Porter Beer…even though he distilled whisky and sold it, making huge profits…George was a beer drinker.

John Adams – Hard Cider…liked it so much he had it with breakfast.

Thomas Jefferson – French Wines…expensive ones filled his cellar.

James Madison – Champagne…although the bubbles could give him a headache.

James Monroe – French Red Wine…liked them so much that he ordered 1,200 bottles of French Burgundy and Champagnes…charged them to furnishings for the White House.

More on the favorite adult beverage of each president.




The natural world Haiku: tiny water

Butterflies have needs
Oasis serves survival
A nourishing find

Haiku by PamelaWLucas 7/30/17

Inspirational photo by PamelaWLucas 7/30/17

Uncomplicated thoughts: Humble places

“Blessed are they that see beautiful things in humble places
Where other people see nothing…” Pissarro

Camille Pissarro (July 10, 1830 – November 13, 1903) was a French Impressionist painter. His importance resides not only in his visual contributions to Impressionism and Post-Impressionism, but also in his patriarchal standing among his colleagues, particularly Paul Cezanne and Paul Gauguin.

Inspirational photo taken by Addie Myrick Lucas in Bluemont, VA 7/17

Haiku: Floor of the desert

Monsoons came last night

Sunrise welcomed a coolness

Rain opens beauty

Saguaro cactus in bloom after a monsoon rain
Saguaro cactus in bloom after a monsoon rain

Haiku by PamelaWLucas 7/28/17



Brodie barks fire, fire save animals from fire

My golden self is always looking to share self-less moments…yeah…golden stuff…when folks set-up to help others in need…in harms-way…helping humans and yes, animals.

We’ll let’s paws (pause) and place a golden thank you spotlight on the firemen and women who put themselves in harms way…giving of themselves…devoting their training and skills to saving lives…of the four-legged.

Pinterest photo

Haiku: Nature’s beginning

Tiny of tiny
Egg stage for 3-4 days
Hopeful butterfly

Tiny Monarch Butterfly egg on underside of a milkweed leaf
Tiny Monarch Butterfly egg on underside of a milkweed leaf

Haiku by PamelaWLucas 7/26/17

Inspirational photo by Tara McLaughlin taken in her butterfly garden 7/17

Monarch butterfly eggs

Haiku: Common yet not

The Common Milkweed
Host to Monarch Butterflies
Plant for Migration

Stalk of Common milkweed
Stalk of Common Milkweed

Haiku by PamelaWLucas 7/25/17

Inspirational photo taken in Veronica Sanchez’s garden by PamelaWLucas 7/17

Create Habitat for Monarchs

Haiku: It’s a Boy

First show in season
Home is butterfly garden
Flutter and nectar

Same first male feasting on a zinnia

Haiku by PamelaWLucas 7/24/17

Inspirational photo by Tara McLaughlin 7/23/17

How do you distinguish a male from a female monarch butterfly?