Saturday, June 11, 2016


Friday Flower Bloggin'


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It's lily time. My beautiful Asiatic Lily is bloom and so are my yellow Stella d'Ora lilies. I brought them with me from Vineland. There are more with buds on them that will be blooming soon.

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Monday, June 6, 2016

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I spent Saturday afternoon at my neighbor, Natalie's 11 birthday party.


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The children had a wonderful time on the water slide. Natalie is in the center ready to go down the slide. Her brother is on the left with the water gun.

Natalie's mom, Delores made most of the food. A guest named Susan, said it was the best Mexican Food she ever tasted. I enjoyed her rice and her sister-in-law’s Mexican spaghetti

Natalie's dad, Juan, was the master chef, specializing in roasted pork and chicken which were excellent.

Natalie's Aunt made a cake. It was a colorful confetti cake and someone else made
Another cake, a white cake with a creamy pineapple - coconut filling between the layers.

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Sunday, May 29, 2016

Today would have been our 45th Anniversary. We had 35 wonderful years together.


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Thursday, May 26, 2016

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This is a photo of my mother's cousin's husband, Dewey. It was probably taken in the 1930's at my great aunt and uncle's farm in Landenberg, PA. The family went there every summer holiday until Aunt Fanny died. I believe 6 generations of the family had been there at one time or another. We now refer to ourselves at the "Small Family". My grandmother's maiden name was Small. She had 5 sisters and 3 brothers. They all came with their children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. Also, their parents and great uncle.


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I got a couple projects done today. I primed and painted the patch in the drywall in the laundry room. The electrician had to cut a hole in the wall to replace the wiring from the switch to the outdoor light. It buzzed when I turned on the light. He replaced the switch but that didn't fix the problem. I got a new fixture and some new wire and another new switch. He replaced everything. The wire was only 2 feet long but it had been stapled to the 2x4. Anyway, it's all fixed now. Just have to wait for the paint to dry to put everything back in place.

The temp says 90 degrees out there. Sparky is on the deck. The awning is out but I guess he is basking in the warmth. I will take him for a walk around the yard as it's too hot to take him around the block. We can do that this evening when it cools off.

I also got a couple dozen daffodils planted. Some had dug them up and thew them out on the road. I don't know if they'll bloom next year because the leaves may not have stored up enough energy. They will bloom the following year though.

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Monday, May 23, 2016

The McConnell Family in the Race for Recovery

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We all gathered at East Goshen Park to support my cousin, Tom, and The Redmed organization, where Tom is a patient. I was a beautiful day and it was wonderful to spend the day with my cousins. Don is on the left and I am on the right with my cousins all in the middle.

Don, Shawn, Kristina's mom, Kennedy, Kristina, Tom, Donna, and Gianna, Judy, Dee, Scott, Shannon holding Ella, and Karol with Tom and his caretaker in front.


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Friday, May 13, 2016


Friday Flower Bloggin'

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My Peony is blooming. The weather has been cool and rainy. The flowers are lasting longer this year. The peony has just started and the irises are lining the walk. The weeds are growing wild. Is hard to keep up with the grass cutting because of all the wet weather.

Tomorrow, I go to Don's and then we are going in a run/walk to support my cousin's Brain Injury Foundation. It will be good to see all my cousins. With our parents gone, we don't see each other enough.

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Tuesday, May 10, 2016


Yesterday, I went to the church thinking I only had a few things to do and would be done quickly. Wrong. I was there all morning. I had planned to go to the home depot but wasn't able to. When I got home, I walked Sparky and got some lunch. Then I was too tired to go to the store.

I will be going back to the church this morning to get some more things done. But even if I get finished early, it is raining and I don't won't to get the mulch when it is wet and raining.

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Mother's Day, 1952

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Moma, Grandmom, and Uncle Bud. I love the hats and corsages. I looked around in church and no one had corsages. It used to be a custom to buy mother's a corsage. Moma would send me on the bus to Darby to get the corsages at the florist in the bus terminal. The church would give out carnations; a white one if your mother was deceased and a pink one if your mother was living. My church here gives our carnations but all one color. Past years, they have been white with red centers. This year they were all pink. I guess traditions have been forgotten but the memories haven't. I remember taking this photo with my Kodak Brownie Camera that I had gotten for Christmas.

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Friday, May 6, 2016


Friday Flower Bloggin'

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This was taken 2 years ago but is blooming now and a little bigger. I had to remover the vine from the fence as the center post need replacing. I am training it to cover up the old satellite dish that I never used. The company never removes them. It has been a gloomy week, with rain, mist, clouds and cold. Sparky and I got soaked this morning. I tried to tell him he didn't really want to go out but he insisted.

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Thursday, May 5, 2016

It's Throw-back-Thursday. Here we have Ted, Grandfather Cutler, Kathy, Grandmother Cutler and Tom. Also with dog, Jack.


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Today, I am going with my friend, Alice to her doctor in Belair, MD and this evening, I will be singing with my church friends at the National Day of Prayer. Due to the lousy weather, it will be held at Trinity UMC. It is an ecumenical event and was scheduled for outdoors in the park.

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Monday, May 2, 2016


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My azaleas and irises are blooming. It was rainy today but the sun has come out in the late afternoon. The weatherman never seems to get it right.

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Chesapeake City Ecumenical Association Gala

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The CCEA held a fundraising Gala April 2nd. The theme was Blast From the Past with music from the 50's and 60's. We were decked out in our poodle skirts. Some dressed as hippies and some were elegantly dressed in the style our mother's wore with lovely dresses, hats and gloves. We were doing the Cha-Cha in this photo.

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Friday, March 11, 2016


Spring has sprung!

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Yes, the daffodils are blooming along with the crocuses, snow drops and scrilla. My neighbor's star magnolia is blooming. When I drove past the nursery yesterday, I saw peach trees blooming in the middle of the nursery. At first I thought they were cherry trees but it's too early for them. Peach trees do bloom in March. It's a bit early. If we have a freeze, it will do them in. Yesterday, it was 80 degrees and it is 68 now.

The peepers are in full chorus at night.

We have our dress rehearsal for our concert tonight with concerts on Sunday and Tuesday.

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Friday, March 4, 2016


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Yesterday it was Spring. Look at today.

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Thursday, March 3, 2016

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Remembering Ted on his birthday. I believe he is with his grandmother.

Last night, I felt there was a poor turnout at the Lenten Service. I know several people were sick but there is usually a large turnout at the Presbyterian Church. One year, they ran out of soup. Some of us had 4 bowls and there was a lot left.

Yesterday, I brought a cookie home from Bible study. I had it wrapped in a napkin and tucked into the pouch of my pocket book. When I got home, I put in on a chair and went into the kitchen. When I came back, Spark had my cookie out on the floor licking it. It was a peanut butter cookie and he loves peanut butter. I scolded him. He was so frightened, he didn't know what to do. I hardly ever scold him. He's very spoiled.

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Wednesday, March 2, 2016


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Snow Drops blooming all around the house along with the crocuses. It's been very windy and colder today. I did some work at the church and then went to Bible Study. It was about the Prodigal Son. I delivered some posters for the Choral Society but have some more to do.

I pumped the air up in my tires. The pressure had been low. It does that when it gets cold. It comes back up when it gets warm but this time it didn't. I lent my air compressor and air mattresses to my neighbor's daughter. She and her 4 children had been living with there mother next door and when they got their house, it was just after the blizzard and they couldn't get their things out of storage. The beds were all the way in the back of the unit and she didn't want to put the things out in the snow.

Tonight, the Lenten Service will be at the Presbyterian Church. I have to get Sparky out and get going. One year, they ran out of soup so I want to get there early.

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Saturday, February 27, 2016


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Some of the trees that came down in the back yard.


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I came home from the Lenten Service Wednesday night. I took out Sparky and found at least three trees down in the back yard. No damage other than the trees and the clean up that needs to be done. One was from the other side of the stream making a bridge across it. One was lying along the stream and the other across the back yard that took down another. Branches and monkey balls blown all over the place. A part of my skirting was blown off the top track. My neighbors skirting was blown off the bottom track. Other neighbors had there's blown off laying on the ground. My neighbor said she heard things banging on her roof and found it was the monkey balls aka gum tree seed pods.

Anyway, it was a nice service at the Ukrainian Orthodox Church. My pastor gave the message. Our choir sang "In the Garden." Before the service, the ladies of the church served homemade soup and bread. Their specialty was Borsht, a soup made of beets along with their bread.

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Monday, February 22, 2016


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Yes, they are blooming. They finally popped out Saturday. They buds have been ready for a couple weeks but it snowed and got cold so they waited for warmer weather. So nice to see them.

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Remembering my dear husband, Ted. 03/03/1945 - 02/22/2007
It's hard to believe he's been gone 9 years. I miss him so much. I miss the life we shared together. February is such a difficult month for me. My mother died 02/09/1991, my father died 02/19/1997 and Ted died 02/22/2007. I'll be glad when this day is over and I can move on to happier days. My brother's birthday is Thursday and my sister-in-law's birthday is March 2nd. And it's time for spring.

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Tuesday, February 16, 2016


Wow! I didn't realize how long it's been since I blogged. I spend so much time on facebook that I don't get to my blog. I will try to be more faithful. One problem is posting photos takes several steps. With facebook, I can just pull the photo from my files. With the blog, I have to resize it and save it for the blog and then post it. Sometimes, I have to use Photoshop and then save it for the blog.

Sparky and I got back from our walk just in time before the downpour. I will be going with my friend, Alice to her doctor appointment in Belair, MD, then to lunch there and then to Havre de Grace, MD to get our clocks from the clock repair shop. I had my coo coo clock repaired. The last time, I had it done at a place in DE and it came back worse then when I took it in. They also screwed up my watch when they put in a new battery and did nothing to fix my anniversary clock. I was afraid to take them back as their work was so poor.

One never knows when one will get back when going out with Alice. I hope I get back in time to take Sparky out. I don't like to ask Robin to take him out in a rain storm. It's supposed to rain hard today with high wind.

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Friday, January 1, 2016


The first New Year's Eve that I remember is when I was about 4 or 5. My brother, Rick, woke me up and told me it was New Year's. I didn't know what he was talking about or why he woke me up. I went back to sleep. He was 12 or 13 and was babysitting. I think he wanted someone to celebrate with and wish a Happy New Year.

When I was about 11, Dad had to work so Moma, Don and I walked over to the movie theater and saw Brigadoon. On the way home, some guys beeped their horn and gave a wolf whistle. Moma wondered if it was meant for her or me. Don said, "It must have been for Karol; they must have seen your old face." We had a big laugh over that.

When I go older, I went to parties at our neighbors and we played games and welcomed in the New Year. We did that for many years. Another neighbor would ring her sleigh bells - real sleigh bells. Gun shots and fireworks would go off. We would watch the ball drop and do the count down and Guy Lombardo would play "Alde Lang Zyne" There was someone else before Dick Clark but I don't remember who it was. Champagne would be served.

One New Year's Eve, Ted and I spent with our friends, Al and Ruthie. We played Michigan Rummy and stayed the night. Mostly we watched a movie and went to bed. I would hear the fireworks at midnight.

When we attended the Vineland Nazarene Church, they had a New Year's Eve Party for the year 2000. It was really cool. We watched on the big screen New Year's happening all over the world - Australia, Paris, London, and finally the ball drop in NYC. Balloons were in a big new above the hall and came floating down at midnight.

New Year's Eve. 2007, I laid awake most of the night crying because I knew Ted wasn't going to make it. He had a bad report and was getting weaker and weaker. Ted passed in February.

A more recent New Year's Eve was spent with Don and his friend, Evelyn. We went to Sam's Club. I don't recall if my cousin, Scott was singing that night or not. We had a fun time with party hats and noise makers, dinner, dancing and champagne after watching the ball drop on the TV. We did the mummer's strut and few times before calling it a night.

Since then, it's been movies in my jammies and going to bed. Last night, I fell asleep watching a movie.

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