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, 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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Tuesday, July 7, 2015


While walking along the canal last week, Alice and I saw this hot air balloon flying down along the canal. It started coming down and we thought it was going to land in the water. It must have been no more the two inches from it. Lucky, it was right in front of the Coast Guard Station if they had need help. It was a nice walk that day. We saw boats and the Bald Eagle flying over the water. We often see eagles; sometimes they dive down to the water and catch a fish. It is an awesome sight.

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Saturday, July 4, 2015

July 4, 2015


This is my grand aunt Fannie with my brother, Rick. The photo was taken around 1937 at Aunt Fannies farm. Most of my youth was spent at the farm every Memorial Day, Forth of July and Labor Day. Aunt Fannie invited all her brothers and sisters and their families. They stopped during WWII when all the young men were away. They resumed after the war. Everyone would bring their favorite dish and we all enjoyed the good food and spending time with family. We never had to wonder what we were going to do as we always went to the farm. We played softball and quoits and hide and seek. We went hiking and swimming. I miss the good old times and my family who has passed away. I spent today alone. I think it was the first Forth of July I spent alone. it's a bummer. It was a cloudy, rainy day which made it seem more dreary.

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Sunday, June 28, 2015

Saturday, June 27, 2015

My friend, Alice and I walked in the Chesapeake City Canal Run/Walk. I was a drizzly day but cool. Many time in June, it is very hot and humid. The north side of the canal was recently paved with asphalt with benches and shrubs along the way. Restrooms were also along the way but we only did a 5k and didn't go far enough to see them. It was the opening for the walkway along the canal that goes from Chesapeake City to Delaware City. I don't know if it is completed all the way or not. It is for walking, biking and horseback riding. I'll have to ride my bike along it to check it out.

I feel like June has been Monsoon weather. Looks like we got 2 1/2 inches of rain. The Army Corp of Engineers has had the flood gates open all week. The spillway is running high. It should be a trickle this time of year.

Went to dinner with my niece and her family. We had to dash out in the rain to get in and out of the car. I had to take Sparky out in the rain between downpours. Danny would go on the nearest bush to the steps but not Sparky, he has to go out front and then out back. He hates getting wet and he hates even more to be dried off with a towel. I almost always have to dry off his feet ever time I take him out which is 3 or 4 times a day. You would think he'd be used to it by now. He groans and growls but sticks up his paws for me to dry them. He's a funny dog.

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Friday, June 26, 2015

Friday Flower Bloggin'


My beautiful Asiatic Lily. The lilies did very well this year except for the rain knocking them down. My Stella D'Ora are doing well I have yellow ones and a red one. I would like to get some more.

I am very blessed to have several neighbors who offered to take me and Sparky in when my air conditioner was broken. The thunderstorm cooled the air outside and I used a window fan to bring the cool air in but it was so humid I could hardly breath. So I spent the night with my next door neighbor, Robin. What a blessing she is. The repair man came on Thursday and got the air conditioner up and running but it is in need of more parts and would cost almost as much as a new one so I opted for a new one. This one is 16 years old and they usually last 10 years. I didn't want to have to go through it breaking down again. It was 90 degrees in here. The fans only cooled it down to 83. They come to install the new system on July 8th.

I take my car to the body shop on June 27. It will be there 4 days. The other lady's insurance if paying for it and for a rental car.

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Wednesday, June 24, 2015

"When the Sky is a Bright Canary Yellow"


After the thunder storm passed through last evening, I was sitting on the sofa and a golden light came flooding in the east side windows as if it were sunrise. I looked out and the sky was all yellow. I got my camera and took this photo out the west side. I never saw the entire sky a bright yellow and it was about 8:30pm. It was really cool.

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Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Wouldn't you know it, my air-conditioner broke down on the hottest day of the year. It was nearly 100 degrees and it got up to 89 in the house with ceiling fans and the window fan going. A thunderstorm came through and cooled it off outside but I could only get the house cooled done to 83. I had taken Sparky over the my neighbor, Robin's and at 9:45, I gave up on trying to get the house cooled down. I called Robin and asked if I could sleep on her sofa. She took me in for the night. Pumping in the outside air is full of humidity and makes it difficult to breath.

Alice called and said she was not walking this morning. She wasn't feeling well and the wind damaged her Sunsetter awning. She has a wind sensor on hers but Thunderstorms came blow in quickly and can have winds of 60 mile and hour. My Sunsetter doesn't have the wind sensor so I keep it up when not using it. I put it down in the afternoon around 1pm when the sun gets over the trees and heats up the west side.

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Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Tuesday, June 23. 2015

May was very warm this year with lots of rain. I had an invasion of small sugar ants. I had to have the exterminator twice. The neighbors did, too. There used to be a sawmill on this property so I guess it's a haven for ants.

Alice and I have started walking along the canal in the mornings. It's a nice pleasant walk. We go at 6:30 to avoid the heat. She drives a school bus so is not able to walk during the school year. She has to be at work at 6am.

We celebrated Father's Day on Saturday because the weather forecast called for rain on Sunday. Well, it rained Saturday and was sunny on Sunday. It didn't rain until late afternoon so we were able to enjoy the pool.

Sparky is ready to go out.

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Monday, June 15, 2015

Sunday, June 14, 2015

We had a guest speaker at church this morning. She was promoting a youth program to be presented next spring. She had hardly gotten started when I thought she needed a course in public speaking. She used a lot of "and ah" and "um's". I used to judge speech contests and it was painful to have to listen to her. I don't remember a thing she said. She went on and on. We had some visitors this morning and I thought if I were a first time visitor to this church, I would never come back. I felt instead of promoting her program, I was turned off. She appealed for money to finance it but it was a poor presentation. I know she was committed to her cause but she didn't come across well. At least not for me. The service ran over and the people for the second service where waiting in the back to get in.

When I got home, it was already too hot to do any yard work. I had to walk the dog in the shade in the back yard. He wanted to go around the block but it was too hot. He can't take the heat. He gets half way around the block and plops down in the shade to rest. He also gets ticks if the neighbor's grass is not cut. One of my friends who allows me to cut through her yard hasn't cut her grass all year. Some stole her mower. I offered to lend her mine but her boyfriend said he would bring his riding mower. So far, he hasn't done that. I had to stop taking Sparky through there, as he got ticks every time. He don't like staying out on the road and with this hot weather, the asphalt is too hot for his feet.

I stayed in the air conditioning all day.

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Saturday, June 13, 2015

I went to my cousin Cookie's son's fiancé's bridal shower. It was held at my cousin Rosemary's house in Chatham, PA. It was a lovely festive occasion. Francesca, from Italy, was overwhelmed. She never got so many gifts in her life. They do not have showers in Italy. She had tears of joy in her eyes. She is a very sweet, lovely young woman. It was wonderful to get together with my cousins. They are a lot of fun.

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Thursday, June 11, 2015


TBT (Throw Back Thursday) On Facebook, people post old photos on Thursday.

This photo was taken by me on one of our long weekends in Wildwood Crest, NJ. It was around 1993. Ted, Don and I took a cruise on a tall ship out of Two Mile Landing. Dad had gone with us but didn't go on the ship. Ted had disappeared for awhile and when he came up from below deck, I said, "Ted, they are serving lunch." He, looking rather green said, "NO Thank you." We were going through the inlet at Cape May and the waves are rather large and rough there. You can see the tilt of the ship. My brother, Don, having been in the Navy has seen rougher seas.

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Monday, June 8, 2015

I always get behind on my blogging. I spend so much time on the computer that I just don't get to it. I have been giving my gardening top priority. The weeds have gotten out of hand. I was going to tear the mint out of my west flowerbed and saw the garter snake sunning him or herself in a bare spot. It is probably the same one as last year. I have to carefully look under all the hostas and outer plants to make sure I or it doesn't get surprised.

My next door neighbor had a huge snapping turtle in her back yard. It is probably the same one that was in my yard last year. The come out of the water in the spring to lay their eggs. I thought good lay them in her yard, not mine. Well, the turtle disappeared and I was weeding a section of the flower beds on the west side. When I got done the section I had planned on doing, I looked up and there she was, by the silver maple tree, watching me and waiting for me to get done so she could lay her eggs in my flower bed. Only, she didn't pick the same area as last year, She kept trying to dig under the metal post for my electric meter. She must have given up as she disappeared and left the ground undisturbed except for a couple flowers she had knocked over. Juan came to cut the grass and I had to run out and tell him about the turtle so he could give her a wide birth and not disturb her or get bitten by her. Maybe the noise of the mower was too much for her and she moved on. I hope no one picked her up to make turtle soup out of her. Last year, I looked up on the internet and found that they lay their eggs in the spring and they hatch out in early fall and run straight for the water. I was hoping to see them but they either hatched in the middle of the night or a snake got them.

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Thursday, June 4, 2015

Throw Back Thursday.


Oh Those Wildwood Days. Don, me, and Moma at the Homestead around 1956. We stayed there several summers on our vacation to Wildwood. The place is a mess today. I think the owner's son has a modern motel in Wildwood. The old neighborhoods in Wildwood are run down. Nice neighborhoods are in the Crest and North Wildwood. Boardwalk and beaches are still wonderful.

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Wednesday, June 3, 2015

I went to visit one of my friends from church who is not always able to attend. Ursula was the treasurer whom I assisted. Her husband became very ill and she had to stay at home to care for him and then her own health had declined. Her husband passed away last year. She has a beautiful home on the Elk River. Her livingroom, kitchen, and family room all have large windows overlooking the river. Her home has been for sale for about a year. The economy is such that homes are not moving unless you practically give them away.

It is always nice to get together with my church friends. It is wonderful that they have included me in their group as they have all known each other for many years and I am "the new kid on the block."

It rained hard for 2 days. Their is over 2 inches in the rain gauge that we very much needed. I could have filled my rain barrel twice, maybe more. Too bad I don't have another barrel. I will probably need it in a couple weeks when it warms up again and we het another hot dry spell.

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