Monday, November 7, 2011

Photo's from Dad's - What are THESE???

There are a collection of these on the rail of the deck at the family homestead. Can any of you guess what they are?



After just a few days here, Dad is looking better. The nasty wound he got on his arm when he fell, is healing. The doctor couldn't find any organic reason for his getting dizzy, but adjusted his meds, which has seemed to help. My brother R. and I put up rails in the tub and in the bath so he has a little help if he needs it. Another brother helped with a rail by the front porch. (The boys live within a couple hours of Dad). Still he's much more alert, out walking the dog and still looking anything but 91.


My room hasn't changed. The rainbow? (there's a full sized one on the other walls). I was a preteen and bored. I wanted to paint the walls. Dad said I could, but I could ONLY use the leftover paint in the garage. That's why I have rainbows made out of 1970's aqua, hot pink, orange and gold. Dad refused to paint over them.


My toys are still on display. (low light, not the best photo)


The family room has a wall of pride for each sibling. Here's one from my big brother R. Mine just has some airplane stuff and some diploma things and ribbon stuff, nothing much to see . The brother's Submarine wall itself, is pretty impressive and there's an Air Force wall up as well.


Time for dinner. Dad is pretty much Mr. "Meat and Potatoes". I don't think I had Mexican Food until I was 19. "Exotic" was spaghetti with garlic bread. For him tonight, roasted pork tenderloin, steamed veggies tossed with butter and a few dried cranberries and of course, garlic cheese bread and a PBR. Gourmet he's not, and will never apologize for not being trendy. Game, fish he caught himself, vegetables from his garden, bread his family members baked. That's all he needs to be happy.


Mom's needlepoint, still all around the house.


Ash, (short for Ashley) retired fire truck dog, sleeps. She won't be more than 10 feet away from Dad, for just about anything. At 11, she's slowing down, but so is Dad. Fast friends, they are. Ash belonged to a family member. With a new baby in the house, they didn't have the time a senior dog needed. Dad had TOO much time. It was a perfect fit.


Afternoon chores, the garage needs some tidying up. In the wooden cabinets that Dad built by hand, a catch of memories. The tear came unbidden, as did the big smile.


After the chores are done, time for a little snack for all. A hand tossed pizza crust sprinkled with roasted garlic, Tillamook cheese, basil and rosemary and than baked with spicy marinara to dip it in.


You can't have snacks without a rousing game of cribbage. Dad, with referee Ash, won. Didn't just win every game He SKUNKED me on the last round. Of course, he then calls my brothers to tell them.


What kind of thing is that, rubbing it in that you are the king of the game board. No one else in the family would do such a thing!


I certainly wouldn't :-)

81 comments:

North said...

Good to see 'Dad' doing so well!

Thanks for the morning laugh!

Stephen said...

They appear to be old insulators.

Evan said...

Items on fence are...line/halyard/rope-handling cleats and guides for sailing vessels from the age of canvas?

TXGunGeek said...

Those would be power line insulators. Look at any power transmission line where it crosses a pole for more examples.

Evan said...

Items on fence are.... line/halyard/rope handling fixtures for sailing vessels from the Age of Canvas??

Tango Juliet said...

I must say, "Yahtzee Queen", your modesty is an inspiration to us all.

You are spoiling your Dad.

Good!

ProudHillbilly said...

Ceramic "cable lifters".

Vic & Dave said...

I think those things on the deck are ceramic insulators. The small one looks like a phone wire insulator, and I would guess the others are from power lines.

Vic303

The Big Guy said...

Glad he doing so well...
Looks like a good time on Memory Lane.

Love the spotty dog- reminds me of our dearly departed Maggie Mae (Magnolia Maybelline - The Woman has such whimsy when naming animals.)

BTW- Those items on the deck look like old school High Voltage Insulators?

Stay well, travel safe-

TBG

LES said...

power line insulators.......

Brighid said...

Glad that your dad is doing well. It's goood that he has his kids to keep him up to snuff, or is it the other way round...

Brighid said...

Glad that your dad is doing well. it's great that he has his kids to keep him up to snuff...or is it the other way round...

Guffaw in AZ said...

Glad your Dad is doing better - obviously it's the company and being fed Brigidfare (tm)!
I love the look of the pork dinner!
And, those are insulators!

RussianBear said...

Brigid, those look like ceramic isolators from utility poles. Some look like they're from electricity poles..others look like they're from telephone poles. Found a lot of those in rural Kentucky as a kid.

Basinah said...

re: photo|: Hydro line insulators?

Glad your dad is doing well. I too get unexplained dizzy spells; partly due to scar tissue on my brain, but helped immensely by vitamin D supplements. Even though I am in the "normal" range on blood work, my doc's gut told him since I worked outside for many years, my body needs a higher base line to function - and it works.

Argonel said...

The third item back on the rail I recognize as a glass insulator for a powerline. Therefore I will assume that the other three item are also glass or ceramic insulators. The larger size would indicate that they are for higher voltage lines.

jon spencer said...

Do you mean the power line insulators?

Mr.B said...

Insulators.
We have, like, 50 in a box in the garage right next to the Magic Beverage Refrigerator.

Aggie said...

To answer you question YOUNG girl (you're not OLD ENOUGH to know these thangs! ;>) ) Those are electrical insulators that used to, and still do, reside on telegraph, telephone and even power poles. The smaller ones are for telephone &/or telegraph lines and the big ones are for various higher voltage power lines.

Glad to hear you dad is doing better. Be safe!

cliff said...

Insulators

TheUnpaidBill said...

If I'm not mistaken those are ceramic insulators. The big ones are probably high-voltage distribution types, and the small one is an old phone line style.

Brighid said...

Those things are powerline insulators...I have a collection of the glass ones...

Eric said...

Insulators!

Joanna said...

I would guess, based on the smaller device further down the rail, that they are ceramic insulators for power/phone lines. But that's just a guess.

fastbike said...

They look like ceramic insulators that were used for power and telephone lines.

Duke said...

They look like some sort of electric wire insulator for high voltage wires.

Crustyrusty said...

Those thingies on the rail look like some form of ceramic insulators...

Steve_in_CA said...

Hi,
They are insulators from power lines.

Steve_in_CA said...

They are power insulators.

Maura said...

I can't tell if anyone else has recognized them - but those are electrical line glass insulators - very collectible now since they aren't used anymore and electrical folks just threw them away when they reworked the lines in the modern style.

Don said...

Brigid,

The things on the porch rail are power line insulators. From the look of it, the three big ones are high tension line insulators while the small one is a distribution line (power line beside the road) insulator.

Don

BobG said...

Cool. Where did your dad get the ceramic insulators? The telephone used to use those years ago.

Mrs. S. said...

Guess on the first pic:
Are they giant electrical insulators?

Glad to hear your dad is healing well.

So who wore the Yatzee tiara last?

Professor Hale said...

ceramic insulators for power lines.

Play in the dirt said...

I'm thinking those look like the insulators that go on the railroad telegraph poles...

Glad your father is doing well!

RJ said...

Items in the first photo are insulators from power lines. they kept the 'live' wires off the wood/metal supports on the the pole. the smallest ones could be found on old telephone lines.

Matthew Wennerlund said...

The porch things look like they might be wire insulators.

RJ said...

Not sure if the previous comment went through or not, But again:
Tose items in the first photo are insulators. They are used to keep power and/or communication lines insulated from the support arm on the poles. Some are ceramic, some are glass. Old ones used on original telegraph and telephone lines are collectors items.

poliwog said...

power / telephone line insulators

poliwog said...

That is a collection of insulators.

Chip said...

Cool those are wire insulators probably from a telegraph line. I've never seen such pretty ones before though.

Paladin said...

I laughed out loud at the Yahtze Queen crown... very regal :) Your Dad looks great. Glad you're having a good visit.

Oh... and those are ceramic insulators on the deck rail :)

Anne said...

Just found your blog and am loving it so far. My grandfather had a similar collection of objects after year working for Bell South. If I'm right, those are old glass insulators from electric lines/poles.

Cap'n Jan said...

Brigid, I love your posts. I find comfort in them and return to my favorites from time to time. Thank you for sharing with the 'larger' community. Your love for your parents is so evident... and your love for the beautiful and loyal Barkley! You can tell a lot about a person by the way people treat their loved ones. All of them.

Just wanted to mention that if your Dad is taking 'blood pressure' meds, that could be the reason he got dizzy.

Many docs are coming around on this blood pressure thing for the elderly. My Mum had the same issues at 90. She would stand and practically fall over until her heart could kick in and push enough blood upstairs to keep her alert. I talked to the doc and he agreed that we should stop the Lopressor and voila! No more dizzy spells. Certainly her blood pressure went up, but it was far more important that she didn't fall down than the slightly elevated risk of.. whatever. Quality of life is sometimes being able to be independent.

Dave H said...

I believe those are electrical pole insulators on the rail. The one says "LAPP," which is a German insulator manufacturer still crunching them out 80 years later. Those look like glazed ceramic, which I've never seen before. I've only ever seen glass and porcelain.

Tam said...

Good to know things are going well...

I'm going to guess at some kind of high-voltage insulators?

Giraffe said...

As for the collected items, they look like insulators to hold the wires on the top of a power pole.

Hotel1 said...

Pole insulators.
From the size I would say very high voltage.

Kirk A said...

One looks like an old electrical insulator; three look like curling stones missing rope handles.

The Farmer said...

Glad to hear your dad is doing well. As far as what your mystery collection is, they are electrical insulators, from either power poles, transformers, or old phone lines.

Dave said...

Those are some amazing insulators. Glad to see you taking such good care of your Dad. I lost my last Grandmother (grand parent) at Easter. It is important to the heart to know they are being taken care of.

If you ever want to visit the Gorge, I live in it.

Res Ipsa said...

They are telephone/telegraph insulators, they might possibly be for early low volt electricity as well, its hard to say without seeing them.

JohnMXL said...

It may have been a rhetorical question, but in case it wasn't, those are power line insulators.

My folks have a small collection of them, too.

CLC said...

I knew I couldn't be the only one to collect wire insulators. I have a few of the various glass ones, but I've only seen the ceramic ones in use, never discarded. Neat!

NYEMT said...

Your "What are these"-es look like insulators for telegraph or railroad signal lines. Some of those are neat - unusually shaped. :)

CLC said...

I knew I couldn't be the only one to collect power line wire insulators. I have a few of the various glass ones, but I've only seen the ceramic ones in use, never discarded. Neat!

Mike said...

Brigid,

Yahtzee Queen? Interesting. I will be able to use that...somehow...sometime...when you least expect it. :)

SWModel66

TwoDogs said...

THOSE are powerline insulators. Different sizes for different applications. The littlest ones might be from old railroad telegraph lines.

LauraB said...

The ceramic insulators are pretty in the rain...and Ash in the background...

I am so glad your Dad is feeling better. So many times our elders are given meds that aren't mixing well with others, or just too much and they are NOT the kind to complain, are they?

He is looking quite hale - must be your great cooking. Be sure to set his freezer up with your fine victuals! (And give him a hug from me...)

New Jovian Thunderbolt said...

The trains motif give you a hint on the mystery item.

Carol said...

Type of electrical insulators?

Carol said...

Type of electrical insulators?

Larry said...

Are those the Readers Digest Hi Speed trains? I used to have almost the entire set, but they have been lost along the way.
Glad that the Colonel is doing well, looks like you are having a good visit.

Keads said...

Good to hear your Dad is on the mend! I have no idea what the things are on the railing.

USS Halibut? Didn't it do some secret stuff? It had the Batcave right? Operation Ivy Bells? That boat and the crews have got to have some amazing stories!

kx59 said...

my WAG for the first pic is ceramic insulators for electrical or telephone lines.

Six said...

Ceramic power line insulators. Lu has a collection of her own.

Your Dad certainly doesn't look 91 years old. It gives me hope :)

Please pass along my respects.

Unknown said...

High tension line insulators? Improvised curling stones?

LB @ Bullets And Biscuits said...

Ohhh...Ohhh...ohhhh **waving hand** ...those are telephone insulators! I have a bunch but are the green / blue clear glass ones.

Sounds like you had a good visit with Dad and good to hear he's on the mend

Brigid said...

You just made my Dad's day with all the comments on his little collection. His favorite brother worked as a youngster for the phone company (before dying in a fishing boat accident) and another family member worked for the rail lines. Not sure where they all came from but they are just too cool and in great shape. Dad gives his best to you all. We're at the store picking out a chicken to roast for dinner (oh look, beer fell into our cart!) There's chocolate chip cookies AND brownies at home (I've been the little cooking tornado this week) and corned beef and cabbage and Irish stew to go into the freezer for later. We ate dinner in front of the TV last night while football was on. Dad was saying grace (the TV is loud with his hearing) and the prayer went something like this "bless us Oh Lord for this thy bounty which, first and ten!, we are about to . . . .

And since someone asked. My niece Meghan was the last to wear the Yahtzee crown. :-)

Love - B.

Brigid said...

Keads - I forgot. Big Bro was part of Operation Ivy Bells. I think that was the SeaWolf though, another boat he was on. He works for General Dynamnics/Electric Boat now (being squirrel runs in the family)

North said...

This whole exchange made me laugh out loud!

My family used to have a bunch of the glass insulators. If you put the glass ones in an oven and warm them for 20 minutes or so, then put them in water, they will fracture, but not shatter. Then you have an interesting fractured glass item. Fun to look at the light through them.

I held off on telling this story, as I thought there would be a few guesses before I could post my "answer". Funny that there were 65 right answers.

You have a smart audience, Brigid.

el chupacabra said...

Porcelin and glass high line insulators. I think they stopped making glass ones in the 60's.

Have your dad evaluated by a competent gerentologist or someone whose pleasure (maybe better) is caring for older folks, although they may not be board certified. Even some meds used for treating syncope- may cause syncope etc. in older people.

No- he doesn't look nearly 100 years.

Hat Trick said...

Glad to hear your Dad is doing well.

The local phone company was still using the glass insulators when I was a young'un. Yes they were slow in upgrading.

MauserMedic said...

I'm the only one who notice the pizza?

Perhaps I'm starting to think like my Golden.

PPPP said...

Well, I was pretty sure I posted an answer this morning when there were only 13 comments showing, but I don't see it so, oh well. At least it appears my answer was correct, though not nearly with as many fancy words (electrical insulators - end of answer IIRC).

Glad to hear your dad is doing better, and that you are enjoying your visit. Meat and potatoes was the norm when I was a kid. I'm pretty sure every day, EVERY SINGLE DAY, at my grandparents' house involved mashed potatoes for lunch. My grandfather peeled them, and my grandmother cooked them. Every day. (Mind you, I'm not complaining. I love mashed potatoes, though back then we only visited occasionally, so I never got sick and tired of them.)

Cond0010 said...

"What kind of thing is that, rubbing it in that you are the king of the game board. No one else in the family would do such a thing!"

Gloating is half the fun, Brigid. I made it a point to be as annoying as possible. Makes it all the sweeter for the 'Luser' when s(he) wins the next game. Sure there was weeping and wailing when I was a kid (The old Monopoly game had a very wrinkled 'get out of jail free card' because of one such episode), but eventualy everyone remembered that we ARE fighting over a piece of 'Real Estate' about the size of a card table (sometimes bigger) and now its 'Dance in the end-zone' fun at every opportunity (Too bad I don't play anymore. Hmmm.... mebbeee I should...)

*sigh* Ahhh... memories...

Brigid said...

PPPP - never saw the other comment. Bloggers eats the occassional comment and then they show up 3-4 months later. No idea why.

I waited to post the comments to give everyone time to guess, I was not surprised there were so many correct answers. The folks that visit here are all smarter than the average bear.

immagikman said...

You bring back so many memories for me, thank you for writing and sharing and bringing back wonderful memories.

Heh, you write about your life but it could have been mine or many of the people I know.

Laura Beaver said...

Love your blog. I am a regular visitor. Keep up the great work!

God, Gals, Guns, Grub said...

Brigid...

...those "items" are some of the targets of my youth as we walked old, abandoned railroad lines and power company right-of-ways... plinking them off old utility poles with our .22s...

I have a greater appreciation for them now, particularly the glass insulators, although we have a few ceramic ones like your dad's in our collection...

Dann in Ohio

Brigid said...

Thank you Laura - and welcome.

Dann - next time I get over that way I look forward to seeing those. My best to your wife and daughter.