Friday, March 11, 2016

Spring has sprung!


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


Yesterday it was Spring. Look at today.

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Thursday, March 3, 2016


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


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


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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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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