Friday, April 18, 2014

Friday, April 18, 2014

Still not feeling up to par. I have a lingering cough from the URI I had. I think the pollen adds to it. My neighbor cut my grass for me. There was a lot of onion grass and the air smelled like onions after the grass was cut. There were patches that were very long and other spots that were bare. It looks nice now that it's all even.

I didn't feel up to going to the Holy Thursday service last night. I hope to go to the Good Friday Service today. I feel OK in the morning but as the day wears on, I feel tired out. I hung out the wash this morning and was exhausted afterward. It's not easy to hang the clothes with gloves on.

I posted a lot of flowers yesterday so I won't post any today.

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Thursday, April 17, 2014

Look What's Blooming!


What a lovely surprise to see my bleeding heart in bloom already. It leaped out of the ground when we had a few warm days.

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Look What's Blooming


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Look What's Blooming!


Star of Bethlehem blooming in my backyard.

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Look What's blooming!


The forsythia usually blooms in March but is late this year. This photo was taken in Vineland. I don't have one here but my neighbors do.

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Look What's blooming!


This photo was take last year of a star magnolia in the town of Chesapeake City. My neighbor has one but trimmed it back last year and cut all the buds off except for a few. flowering tress and shrubs set their bloom for the following year soon after they bloom for the current season so they must be trimmed before the buds are set.

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Thursday, April 10, 2014

Thursday, April 10, 2014

I have been sick for a week. I went to the Dr. last Thursday and she said it would take two weeks to recover from this virus and I would start to feel better in a week. She was right. I didn't start to feel better until yesterday. I missed my concert on Sunday and so did a lot of others. The girls who did the cantra were both sick and of 15 sopranos, only three were there to sing.

I missed going to church, Lenten Services, and everything else. The only thing I did was take the dog out and I had to drag myself out to do that. I dragged myself to the church on Tuesday to check on the bills. I ran off a check and when I was done, the bills came in. I guess I'll have to go in today to enter them in the computer.

I filed my taxes yesterday. I wanted to do them last week but wasn't up to it. It all went well and it's done.

Although the flowers are blooming and spring is in the air, there is still frost on the rooftops in the morning. The afternoons go up to 70 but still a cool wind.

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Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

I went to the church to do some computer work to get ready to run my month end reports. It went well. I didn't go to exercise class because my arm was hurting me. I have tendinitis in my upper right arm and last Thursday the exercise made it feel worse even though I tried not to move it much.

The other ladies were not able to get there because there was an accident on the bridge and the traffic couldn't get through. The parents were not able to get their children to the pre-school.

I spent the rest of the day arranging my trip to my brother-in-law's wedding. I called Ted's mother to make sure I could stay with her and someone could pick me up at the airport. Then I went on line to make a plane reservation. I entered all the information but I had troubled getting it to go through. I had to call and get some help. There was a section to buy extra stuff and I had skipped it but I had to check the 'NO" box to get it to go through.

After getting all that arranged, I signed my brother and myself to walk in an event to support my cousin, Tom whose has a brain injury. I had to do that twice as it only let me register one at a time. When I went back it, it told me I was already registered so I had to change my sign in information to register my brother. What a pain. What if some wanted to register a family of 4 or 6. They would have to do it from the beginning 4 or 6 times and change the sign in information each time.

That done, I had to make arrangements for Sparky when I go on my trip. I went to my next door neighbor but she didn't answer the door. I figured she must be in the shower or maybe taking a nap. Anyway, I took my shower to get ready for my concert and she came to the door. She was glad to dog sit Sparky. She said her kids keep asking her to get a dog so this will be a good test for them. She'll take Sparky into her house and the kids can play with him and he will be able to sleep with one of them. I am so glad because I hate putting him in the kennel. I think he was frightened when I left him there last year. When I went to get him, he wanted to make a beeline for the door. He was trying to jump out of my arms. I couldn't get his leash on. I had to hold him while my brother put on the leash. He, he was out of there.

I finished getting ready for my concert and had a little dinner of a chicken leg and some veggies.

The concert was in Elkton this time. Baker's Restaurant is where I meet Joan when going to Elkton and they are usually closed on Tuesday. Tonight, they were having a special dinner as a fundraiser for one of their waitress who has cancer. I was going to take a donation inside but the parking lot was crowded. Cars kept driving around waiting for someone to come out so they could put in. I decided to go on down to Joan's house and saw her coming out of her driveway. I pulled in a space across from her lane and told her what was going on. She had to back up her driveway so I could park my car.

The concert went well and we got a standing ovation. The church had a pipe organ and Kevin our director played the special music at the intermission time. It was wonderful to hear the organ belting out the music.

The ladies of the church served refreshments afterward. I hadn't had any sugar treats all day so I piled up my plate.

Home again, Home again. Baker's still had a lot of cars in their lot. I'm glad they had a successful fund raiser.

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Monday, March 31, 2014

I went to the church to enter things in the computer and take a look at what needed to be paid.

I washed two loads of towels earlier and hung them out on the line. I hadn't been able to hang anything out all winter because it was too cold. It was very windy so they dried quickly. When I took them down, I put them in the dryer on low for 20 minutes. The towels are think so I wanted to be sure they were dry all the way through.

I did some much needed vacuuming.

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Sunday, March 30, 2014

I went to church at the 9am service and then counted the offering afterward. I didn't go to the 11 o'clock service because I had to get ready for my concert. It was rainy and when it let up, I took Sparky out only to be caught in a downpour. I tried twice and both times, we got soaking wet. My raincoat was soaked through. We had to be at the concert by 2:30 so I met Joan at 2pm at the Library. She drove us to the Church in Kennedyville which is near the SPCA where I got Sparky. It is a little church that sits way back from the road. I wondered why and Joan said it was because in Colonial times, people traveled by boat and the Chester River is in back of the church. Oh, I thought, it makes sense. The river flows into the Chesapeake.

It was a wonderful concert in spite of the rain, the church was full. They served a sit-down dinner afterward. I was thankful for that as I was hungry. You're not supposed to eat much before a concert. No milk and no sugar. The social hall was in a separate building so we had to run or walk in the pouring rain. We left our coats in the hall so we got wet and it was a cold rain.

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Friday, March 28, 2014

Friday Flower Bloggin"


This mini Dutch Iris was taken last year on March 17. The leaves have not even peeked out of the ground this year. It is 65 degrees today so I hope it will speed the flowers along.

I didn't go to Zumba. My arm was aching from the weights last time. I should have known better than to use the weights. They were only 1 pound but using weights even that light give me tendinitis. It bothered me at exercise class yesterday and I didn't do anything with the arm.

I will be off to dress rehearsal tonight for the Choral Society. We have out concerts starting this Sunday.

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Thursday, March 27, 2014

I went to exercise class this morning and then home. I went to the dermatologist this afternoon. he had taken a biopsy of something on my leg. I thought I had a mosquito bite last June and it would keep flaring up itching. He had put a stitch in it and I had to get it removed and have him look at it. It turned out to be a wart and scar from me scratching it.

I didn't go to choir practice. We are not singing Sunday so I decided to skip. I was really tired so after I took Sparky out I decided to go watch Doc Martin in my bed.

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Thursday, March 27, 2014

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

I went to Bible Study. It was windy and cold. The wind has been so strong that it blew apart one of my pinwheels. One was found outback down the embankment of the stream. I put them in the trunk of the car until the wind dies down.

I went to the Lenten Service at the Presbyterian Church. They had a variety of soups and bread/rolls for the meal. Our Pastor gave the message and our choir sang the special. Pastor Mark likes our choir to sing when it's his turn for the message. It is a combined service with all the churches in Chesapeake City taking turns. I had to chuckle when Pastor Rich led the Lord's Prayer. Presbyterians say, debts and debtors while most other denominations say trespasses and trespass. I was raised in the Presbyterian Church so I was prepared. Everyone else was caught off guard. I learned both ways as in school, we said trespasses.

I took Sparky out when I got home and watched Burn Notice. They were having a marathon which I didn't realize and they story was continuous and went well into the night and possibly early morning. I gave up and went to bed.

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Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Tuesday, March 26, 2014

I went to exercise class this morning and then to JoJo's. Liz and Betty got breakfast and I got a sticky bun. I had already had my breakfast at home. It started flurrying when we came out of exercise class and flurried all day. I had my dinner and took Sparky out and when I got back, the snow started sticking on the deck. I saw that Joan had called so I called her back. We felt that the roads could be bad when we got out at 9pm so decided not to go. I have heard horror stories about cars sliding sideways down the bridge when it go icy. It's only 2 lanes wide and no shoulder so one could slide into on coming traffic. No Thanks!

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Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Monday, March 24, 2014

I went to the church this morning to pay some bills. Brigitte, a new lady on our finance committee, came to help me with the filing and some computer work. I was grateful for the help. Everything went smoothly. I walked Sparky when I got home and made some chicken soup for lunch and dinner for the next couple days. It's supposed to snow tomorrow so the soup will be good.

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Sunday, March 23, 2014

I was the lay reader at church this morning. I wore my yellow wool blazer with a yellow and white striped blouse with a gray wool skirt. I wore my yellow straw hat. I felt like brightening up the winter dulldrums. I practiced with the praise band and then went to the second service. My neighbor, walked Sparky when she got home from church. I stayed to practice Easter songs with the praise band. I am feeling discouraged about singing with the band. They are all altos, tenors and bass and they don't seem to like my soprano voice. When there are high notes, I am asked to sing an octive lower which is hard for me to do. I find it hard to sing the songs as they do not have piano notes but guitar chords which I have no clue. They are not written as notes but in letters such as C or E. Sometimes, I sneak a few high notes in when I can.

I gave Sparky a hair cut this afternoon. He was getting scragily looking. He loves to go outside so I keep his fur long in the winter. It is still cold out so I have to put on his sweater or coat.

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Saturday, March 23, 2014

I went to the grocery store this morning and then did some yard work. The mower repair man's wife brought my mower back. It had been in the shop since January. I guess he was busy working on snow blowers and such. I got busy mulching up the big piles of leaves I had raked up in December. The leaves were packed down and wet underneath so I'll have to go over them again. I swept up the loose stones that the snowplow scraped up and brushed them in front of my driveway. It was getting to be a mud hole.

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Friday Flower Bloggin'


Because of the cold weather, I only have crocuses and snowdrops in bloom. One of my neighbors has mini Dutch ireses bloom but she has a southern exposure. My friend, Joan, has her witch hazel blooming. The witch hazels cause a lot of allergy problems for me. They are early bloomers sometimes blooming in February. We used to have three of them outside our office windows. One time I walked out of the office and wondered what that sweet flowery fragrance was. I was sneezing my head off. I followed the scent to what looked like a dead bush and found it was the witch hazels.

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Thursday, March 20, 2014

Thursday, March 20, 2014


Remembering my grandmother on the 125th anniversary of her birthday. I remember walking to the train station when I was a kid. We would take to train to Grandmom's to celebrate her birthday. Sometimes, the magnolias would be blooming but not this year. I did see my friend's forsythia starting to bloom.

I went to exercise class this morning. I felt tired. I always do when the time changes. From there, I went to the Acme Super Market. They had chicken on sale for $.99/lb. I got two packs to bake and freeze. I next went to the pet store to get Sparky some food and dental bones.

I stopped at my friend, Joan's greenhouse, to get some hardy primroses. Most looked past their prime but I did find two purple ones that looked nice. It's hard for the greenhouse to know when the right time will be for the plants. It has been too cold to plant them outside. I set them out on the ground but will have to keep a watch on the forecast in case I have to bring them in.

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Wednesday, March 19, 2014

What a miserable rainy day. I took the dog out twice and we both got soaking wet. My raincoat was soaked through. I also got soaked when I went to the Lenten Service at St. Roses. They had a nice dinner of soup and rolls. There were several kinds of soup. It was a nice Vesper Service. The Ukrainian Priest was the guest speaker for the homily. Each week it is held at a different church with a pastor from a different church as guest speaker.

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Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

I went to exercise class this morning. It is nice and sunny but the sun is blinding on the snow. It is melting quickly. I spent a couple hours in the church office doing bills and researching one bill that had a duplicate charge on it. That took an hour. I just did the computer bills. I'll have to do some checks tomorrow. I also have to balance the checkbook. That's always a trip.

I have choral practice tonight and another one on Friday to make up for the snow day we had in January. It is almost concert time. I don't feel like I am ready. Our 1st concert is on the 30th and one on 4/1 and the last one on 4/6. we have been invited to sing with the Newark, DE Orchestra in May. So there will be more rehearsals.

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Monday, March 17, 2014

1 to 3 inches my foot. That was the forecast. There is 6 inches of snow on my deck and on my car. I stayed in all day except for taking out Sparky. He loves the snow but he get snowballs tangled in his fur. I was going to watch a DVD I got from the library but it was all garbled. I tried cleaning it but to no avail. The one I watched last night was fine. So many at the library are like that and it wasn't even a kid's movie. I guess they all get a lot of abuse. I did some wash and I had the leftover ham and cabbage I got from the church.

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Sunday, March 16, 2014

Sunday, March 16, 2014

I went to church early this morning. I wanted to make a copy of one of the songs for the second service and had some things I wanted to do. Choir practice was at 8:30 and then the service at 9am. I made sure my helpers would take care of the offering and then went to Praise Band practice. My back was bothering me so I ran out as soon as the service was over.

I have two things to do this afternoon and don't feel like doing either. I have to take my nephew, Joey, his birthday present and then dinner with my niece's mother-in-law for her birthday.

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Saturday, March 15. 2014


I bent over to pick up my socks and my back went out. I took my pie to the church and called the Chiropractor and headed for his office. When I got back, I walked Sparky and went to the St. Patrick's Day Parade in Chesapeake City. Above is the Church's float with some of the youth on it. It was lead by a bagpiper, followed by floats, three high school bands, a string band, Someone dressed as St. Patrick and someone dressed as Darth Vador. Someone was dressed as a goose, several people dressed their dogs in green, and of course, the politians, and fire engines. There was a big turn out for the parade. The streets were crowded with people dressed in green. The Pub Crawl may have had something to do with the big turn out.

People were throwing candy and beads from their vehicles. Much of the candy was landing on my side of the road so I threw some across the street to where my neighbor children were standing.

After the parade, I went to the church to get my ham and cabbage dinner. I had my neighbor, Marlene with me so I just picked up my dinner and took it home.

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Saturday, March 15, 2014

Friday Flower Bloggin"


Crocuces and snowdrops are the only things blooming so far and they are sparse. Something must be polenating in the area because the spring hayfever is starting. It starts when the crocuses bloom. It's most like witch hazel even tho I haven't seen any my nose knows it's here.

I went to my Zumba lesson this morning and I baked a pie in the afternoon. The church is having a Ham and Cabbage Dinner tomorrow and I was asked to bring a dessert. I haven't made anything since Ted's passing. Being alone, I would have to eat the whole thing. I guess I could eat a whole pie in a couple days. I baked an apple pie that Marie Callender made. They are quite good. It had a package of caramel sauce to drip over it. I guess I put it on too thick as the whole top is covered with it. My brother bakes them so I figured I could.

I did a few things around the yard. I bought some bright yellow pinwheels and put them at the edge of my flowerbed hoping the cars would see them and not park or drive over it.

I dug up some snowdrops that were growing in the grass outside of one of the flowerbeds. I have wanted to do that for a couple years. I wanted to wait until fall but by then, they either disappeared or were run over by the mower. I dug up large clumps of dirt with them so I hope they will be OK.

I scraped up some stones the snowplow had scraped up and put them in front of my driveway. I'll have to buy some more and put them along there and around the perimeter of the house.

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