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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Saturday, December 12, 2015

The Presbyterian Church is having a cookie sale today starting at 9am. I want to get there early to get the best choice. I don't do much baking since I'm alone. I also don't need the calories. I want to give them as gifts to some of my neighbors. Robin, next door, who dog sits for me; Alice, my friend who lives down the street, and just had back surgery; and Juan, who lives next to Alice, my landscaper and handy man. Us widows and older ladies don't know what we would do without Juan. He and his wife, Deloris,are well known in Chesapeake City.

Tonight is the Candlelight House Tour in Chesapeake City. The houses are all decorated for Christmas. I will be helping to greet people at the Church. The choir used to sing other years but I think the Bell Choir is performing tonight.

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Sparky and I with Santa Claus at the Trinity Methodist Church Bazaar. It was right after the pet parade. Santa, aka, John Redding, a member of our church.


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Saturday, December 5, 2015


My Alberta Spruce tree decorated in green.

We had our 1st concert last night at the Calvert Nursing Home near Rising Sun, MD. It was just for the patients there. Today, I will be caroling around Chesapeake City from 2 to 5. I think it's for the Chamber of Commerce. I got an email saying they needed carolers.

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Friday, December 4, 2015

Friday Flower Bloggin'


The Amarillo was a gift for Ted, either from my mother or his grandmother. They both gave him one at different times but I don't remember which is which now.

Concert tonight at the Calvert Nursing Home. I can't believe it's concert time already. It seems we just started to practice.

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Wednesday, December 2, 2015


The Chesapeake City Festival of Lights is quite beautiful with the lights reflecting in the water. The serpent is named "Chessie."

Another rainy gloomy day. I went to Bible Study this morning and did some vacuuming and rearranging the furniture to get the room ready for the tree. I have some boxes sitting in the kitchen waiting for the rain to stop so I can put them in the shed and get out the rest of the decorations.

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Tuesday, December 1, 2015


My grandnephew, Ethan telling Santa his wish list. We were at the park listening to the middle school children singing when I heard very loud jingle bells. I said to Ethan, "Listen, what do I hear?" He said, "Jingle bells." I said, "Someone is coming," just as we heard a hardy "Ho! Ho! Ho!. Ethan said, "Santa Claus." We were stand next to the road where Santa came riding in a wagon drawn by the Clydsdale horses. Ethan started shouting his wish list to Santa. Santa recognized me in my red coat from the pet parade and said, "Hello Mrs Claus."
All the while, the school children were singing, "Here Comes Santa Claus." Santa turned on the lights for the town's Winter Festival.
We got in line for Ethan to sit on Santa's lap and give his wish list to Santa again. How wonderful it was to see the joy in the eyes of the children.

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Thursday, November 26, 2015


Ted took this photo a lake on route 49, south of Millville, NJ in November of 2005. It's hard to believe it was 10 years ago. It was around the time he was diagnosed with cancer. He enjoyed taking photographs with his camera. We would either walk around Vineland or take a drive to take photos of the fall foliage or photos of the ocean.

I finally had my asthma test yesterday and tested positive for asthma. I don't know if there are degrees of asthma as it took until the end of the test for it to show up. I went through a lot of tests on my heart to see if that was the problem but my heart is in excellent condition. I don't know what the next step will be. I guess the doctor will call me on Friday and let me know.

Last night, I went to the Ecumenical Thanksgiving Service at the Bohemian Wesleyan Church. Four of us from our choir sang "Come Ye Thankful People Come." We were supposed to sing "We Gather Together" but it wasn't in their Hymnal. We did it on the fly with no accompaniment. Somehow, it came out OK. I wish we could have some practice before singing for events like this. I don't know who was responsible for organizing this.

The Wesleyan Church has a new pastor, Shane Dickinson. He was an excellent speaker and is a wonderful addition to our Ecumenical Association. They had a nice fellowship afterwards with lots of homemade cookies and cakes.

I got the Christmas lights on my two little trees and my neighbor, Juan hung my Star of Bethlehem on the peak of my house. I was going to run the extension cords and timers yesterday but fell asleep after lunch. I guess that test took a lot out of me. Anyway, I was too tired and it was too cold to do it. I'll do it this morning after I make my Waldorf Salad. I like to see the lights when I come home after Thanksgiving Dinner. I also like the candles in the windows but I forgot to set the timers. Now, I won't be able to do that until Friday night. I hope I don't forget. I have to line them up on the counter and turn them on at the time I want them to go on and then they automatically go on at that time for 5 hours. They have new batteries and are lined up on the counter ready to go.

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Saturday, November 21, 2015

Sparky and I won the Santa Claus Prize in the Chesapeake City Pet Parade today.


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Wednesday, November 11, 2015


My neighbor's sassafras trees. They were a brilliant red this year. This was taken in late October. The leaves are down now except for the oak trees.

When I was walking Sparky early Saturday morning, my neighbor, Alice, came running out saying "Boscov's is having a sale on shoes today. Buy one pair and get another for $1.99." So off we went to Boscov's. People were waiting to get in before 9am. Everyone was there for the shoe sale. I thought it would be ciaos but Boscov's had it well organized. One line was to take the shoe you'd like to try on. The were many salespeople to take you name and size. Then you were directed to another line and almost as soon as you got there, they had your shoes ready for you. I found a check out counter with no one in line so I could check out quickly. They gave Alice the wrong size so I took it back for her and got the right size. She is having back problems so I told her to wait in the chair.

I got a pair of brown boots and a pair of black sneekers. I put them away for Christmas. I buy myself presents for under the tree. I also found a gift for my sister-in-law, Sylvia.

Monday, I went to my brother's. I left Sparky at his house and went to my cousin, Jan's. We went to lunch and then to visit my Aunt Jean in the Assisted Living Place. She was well but Jan had some concerns. She had a perm that did not turn out. It looked like nothing was done so Jan had to straighten that out.

Tuesday, I took Don to the surgery center for his check up. Everything turned out to be fine and I thank the Lord for that. It was a miserable, rainy day. I made good time driving home and rested in the afternoon. I went to Choral practice at night. It was still dark, dreary and drizzly. Sparky's sweaters and harnesses are hanging in the laundry room to dry.

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Friday, November 6, 2015

Friday Flower Bloggin'


My hydrangeas were a delight all summer and now into fall. They started out as green buds and the a lovely light pink. In September, the turned a dark rusty rose and haven't turned brown yet.

I have been lax in bloggin'. I spend so much time on the computer with emails and facebook that I have to get moving to get my other things done. I still have yard work to do to get ready for winter. The maple trees leaves are down but the oaks hold on until December. The foliage has been very brilliant this year. I'll post some of the trees later.

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Friday, October 9, 2015

Friday Flower Bloggin'


Beautiful mums and asters at the local Amish Market. Photo taken last year.

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Friday, October 9, 2015

I haven't blogged for a while. I used to do it at night but I am too tired at night so I started doing it in the morning but sometimes, I get too busy or I have to take the dog out. I don't seem to be able to keep up with all that has to be done. I guess I'll have to hire someone to help with the cleaning. I have someone to do the yard work. This getting old is the pits.

I have two big projects to do. One is to go though and clean out this office and the other is to do the same with the shed.

I have a busy weekend ahead. Tomorrow is my brother's 50th Anniversary and Sunday, I go with my other brother to see the Zombies. I'll stay overnight there and go to my cousin's funeral on Monday. Louise has been in a nursing home for a few years. I wanted to visit her but never seemed to get there. The Presbyterian Home is near the cemetery where Ted and my parents are buried. I thought I could go to see Louise after visiting the cemetery but I went with my brothers and they had other plans.

I'd better get something on so I'll be ready when Sparky gets up. I have to get him to the groomers. I think it's safe now. There was a highly contagious respiratory infection going around. The vet sent an email about it. He was having 20 cases a day and the last I heard it was down to 5 cases. I better look it up to see if it has run its course. Dogs can get it at dog parks, groomers and even the vet office or around the neighborhood where dogs are walked.

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Friday, September 18, 2015

Friday, September 18, 2015

Yesterday, I did some weeding and a few loads of clothes. In the evening, I went to Choir practice.

Today, I washed up Sparky's towels. I gave him a bath yesterday. I got ready and went with Alice and her friend, Linda, to run some errands. I got some LED light bulbs at Home Depot. My back door light burned out and I didn't have any 60 watt bulbs. I put a 40 watt in for last night. I also had one of the little globe lights in the bathroom burn out. I found some LED lights that were dimmable. The other kind of bulbs are not dimmable. I found that out when I got some bulbs for my ceiling fan. I had to look around to find them. They were more expensive so I hope they last longer. They're supposed to last 10 years. We shall see. I did get LED for my motion light out back. They should save some money on electric.

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Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

We had our first Choral Practice last night. It went well. We went over our new music for Christmas. I went to Bible Study this morning. We also learn so much and have such wonderful discussions. I gave Sparky a bath this afternoon. I was going to take him to the groomer but I got an email from my Vet saying there is a highly contagious respiratory infection going around and dogs can get it at dog parks, groomers, and even the Vet's offices. Even dogs with K9 Flu Vaccine and Kennel Cough are getting it. What a bummer. I hope he doesn't have to go to the Vet until they come up with a vaccine for it. The Vet said they are working on it.

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Monday, September 14, 2015

9/11 Memorial Service at Pell Gardens, Chesapeake City, MD


Betty, Karol, Sandy and Tina singing "The Star Spangled Banner.

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Sunday, September 13, 2015

Sunday, September 13, 2013

Choir sang in church this morning. First of the season. Was good to be back. It's cooler today. Mostly cloudy all day until about a half hour ago. Air just went on a few minutes ago. I do have some more photos of churches that I have to download. I took them on the way back from Ocean City last week. I was glad to see my friend, Frances, back in church today. She had a stroke and has been out for a couple months. So glad she is doing better.

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Friday, September 11, 2015

Friday, September 11, 2015

I seem to blog less and less often. I spend hours on the computer and don't seem to have the time to blog. I feel bad as I am not keeping Ted's blog going. I haven't been well all summer. I've had all kinds of tests on my heart and lungs and they all come out normal. I have one more test for asthma and if that's normal then I got to a cardiac specialist. I hope I can get this resolved. When I have one of my breathing spells, it takes a couple days to recover.

Tonight, I sing at the 9/11 Memorial for the victims of the World Trade Center, the flight over Pennsylvania, and the Pentagon. I will be singing with my friends from the Church Choir, Sandy, Betty, and Tina. We will sing the Star Spangled Banner, God Bless America, The Battle Hymn of the Republic, and America the Beautiful. I hope it goes well as we have not practiced except for a couple of songs last night. Two of my friends, held the note for Free, too high and too long. ("Land of the Free") It was screechy and I felt ruined the song. It was like some of those awful renditions you hear at ball games. I hope when we practice tonight before the show that it can be ironed out.

Last Saturday, I went to Ocean City, NJ with my friend, Sandy. We was a beautiful day and just perfect for the beach and boardwalk. We arrived at 9:15a, and walked along the edge of the water. The water temp was quite warm but what's a walk along the water's edge without a big wave rolling in and splashing all the up to my hips. There was a nice breeze so we dried off quickly. We went up on the boardwalk at the Music Pier where they have a spigot to wash the sand off the feet. We brought towels to dry our feet so we could put on our shoes. We used the restroom there and continued our walk to the end of the boardwalk. We turned around and walked back. It was 10:45 and the Hula Grill didn't open until 11:00 so we walked back to the Music Pier where they had a craft show. We looked around and I bought a nice painted clam shell with an Ocean City Beach scene. My master bath is decorated with a nautical theme.

We had a nice lunch at the Hula Grill and then continued our walk down the boardwalk visiting the little shops along the way. We finished at out starting point of 17th Street. On the way home, we stopped at a Bar B Que stand and got some ribs to take home to dinner.

Robin, next door dog sat Sparky for the day. He stayed over night on Friday with her and her children. They love playing with Sparky and he enjoys their company.

I want to visit my friend, Phyllis, tomorrow. She and her husband, Len have a motor home and travel all over the country. They will be at her daughter's until the 14th but it is a two hour drive and I don't feel like driving by myself. I should have checked with my brother and my friend, Dottie to see if they'd like to go and then with Robin to see if she would be available for Sparky. Everything seems to be such a hassle anymore.

My niece and her son are sick. He started pre-school and some kid came to school sick and now many of the other kids and their parents are sick. It will probably be that way all year.

I was hoping to go on a vacation this year but with this respiratory problem I've been having, I just wasn't up to going anywhere. I hope it's resolved soon.

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Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

I have been busy doing yard work that I wasn't able to do all summer. I have had some respiratory problems. So far, all my tests have come back normal except my cholesterol is up. I have one more test tomorrow.

The weeds have gotten out of control. We had a lot of rain until the last few weeks. Now it is bone dry and I lost 2 rhododendrons and 3 azaleas. We are not allowed to water with the hose so I have to tote gallon bottles of water around to water them. My rain barrel is empty. I bottle the water from my shower. It is so far away from the hot water heater that I fill up a gallon bottle before the water warms up. I use this on my house plants but now use it on the out door plants.

Sparky has been sick with digestive problems. He was on a chicken and rice diet. I finally was able to put him on his regular dog food but he threw up on the sofa. Luckily, I had it covered with a mattress pad and sheet. He seem to be OK yesterday. I have to literally pry his mouth open and shove the pill down his throat, hold his mouth shut and rub his throat until he swallows it. If I don't get it back far enough, he spits it out and I have to try again. I give him a piece of chicken afterward. Such fun.

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Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

I took my friend Alice to her doctor yesterday. She has back pain and need some kind of shot. She had anesthesia so needed someone to drive her. Sparky was sick with diarrhea. He had a flea on him the other day and I gave him a pill I had for Danny when he go fleas. It's in addition to his Advantix Plus. I covered it in peanut butter. One of them made him sick; either the pill or I gave him too much peanut butter. He is not used to it even though he likes it. He took the pill. Danny would have licked off the peanut butter and spit the pill out.

When I was at the church doing my accounting work, Sparky had an accident in the house. I was supposed to go to a meeting last night but didn't want to leave him. I had to get him out when he needed to go. He got me up at 4:30 to go out this morning. It looks like he is getting better but I'll have to keep a watch on him. If he's not better, he'll have to go to the vet. He hates going there.

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Monday, August 17, 2015

Monday, August 16, 2015

It's hard to believe it's the middle of August. The children in this area go back to school on Wednesday. The temps are in the 90's and some of the school buses are not air-conditioned. I wonder if the school is. I always went back to school after Labor Day. The school has 2 weeks off at Christmas. We only had one.

Even though we've had rain, it dries out quickly. I lost two Rhododendrons out back and it looks like an azalea on the west side. I lost over half of it two years ago do to dry conditions. The remainder was doing well but it doesn't look good for this year. We are not allowed to use our garden hose to water. I have a rain barrel but have to lug the water around to water things. I haven't been able to keep up with it. I have a lot of plants.

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Friday, August 7, 2015

Friday Flower Bloggin"


My deck overlooks a rainbow of butterflies covering my butterfly bushes. I have this white one and three purple ones in different parts of the yard.

My friend, Alice and I went for a walk along the canal yesterday for the first time in weeks. She was busy with her doctor and dentist appointments. We had planned to go today but I went to bed with a sore throat and she called this morning saying she didn't get to sleep until 2am. She was going to feed her cats and go back to bed.

The other day, I saw a deer's white flag of a tail high tailing it down the embankment in the back yard, and heard it crashing through the woods on the other side. I saw where it had a tasty lunch on my hosta plants. I have seen their tracks next to the driveway but have never seen them in the yard before. There is a herd of them in the field on the other side of the woods. I heard the owner mowing over there so I guess they have to move out and find food elsewhere. Hostas are their favorite.

It's been cooler this week and the humidity is down. I should be out weeding but with this sore throat, I don't fancy sitting in the wet grass. I have a mat but the water goes through it. It rained last night and the night before so things are pretty wet. It is cloudy today so I don't think it will dry up.

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Friday Flower Bloggin"


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Friday, July 17, 2015

Friday Flower Bloggin'


My beautiful yellow lilies are in full bloom. New air-conditioner and heater being installed today. They had a devil of a time getting the heater in the small cramped space but its in. The air shouldn't be so hard. Hope its in before it heats up out there.

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Wednesday, July 15, 2015

I was not feeling well last week. I have a virus, high BP, allergy cough, trouble breathing, and threw my back out weeding and trans-planting some flowers. I went to the Chiropractor in the morning and the doctor in the afternoon. I felt so terrible, I asked my friend, Alice to take me. All my tests came back normal except my cholesterol was up. I have been on a low fat diet and lost 10 pounds. That was good. I needed to shed some pounds. Alice was having back trouble, too so we haven't been walking along the canal. Friday, I could hardly walk the dog. Robin and her daughter walked him for me in the afternoon. Saturday, I felt a little better but Sunday my back hurt again. I went to the Chiropractor on Monday for another treatment and that fixed the problem. I am feeling much better and would like to walk but it rained. Alice has to go to her son's today and tomorrow she has to take her cat to the vet in the morning and then go to her doctor in the afternoon.

Tomorrow should be nice. Maybe I'll walk around town. I don't want to walk along the canal by myself. It is too isolated. The doctor prescribed an inhaler for me if I need it. I don't want to have a breathing problem somewhere along the canal. In town, there are people around.

I think we have had so much rain that the air is filled with mold and mildew spores. One of my neighbor's is having the same problem that I am.

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