Friday, February 27, 2015

Friday Flower Bloggin'


This photo was taken February 26, 2012. Today, the spot is covered with snow and the leaves have not popped out of the frozen ground yet.

I was planning to go to Redner's Supermarket first thing this morning but when I looked out on the deck it was once again covered with snow and it was snowing. Yesterday, there was no snow in the forecast. Everyone one is so sick of this stuff. I saw a post on Facebook that said, "I feel like I'm living in a snow globe and someone keeps shaking it." That about sums it up.

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Thursday, February 26, 2015

I didn't feel well on Monday. I think it was side effects to that pneumonia shot I got on Friday. I looked it up and I didn't have rash or swelling at the site but the next thing was fatigue. That's what I had, extreme fatigue. I laid around all day and went to bed early. I felt a little better in the morning. I rested up Tuesday and went to choral practice in the evening. It was canceled last week and we don't have much time until our concert.

Wednesday, I went to the church and did some work in the office. We had no church on
Sunday so there was no offering. I had to make sure we had enough to pay our bills.

Wednesday night, our church hosted the Lenten super and service. We had about 10 kinds of homemade soup to choose from. I got the Maryland Crab and the chicken corn chowder. The crab was good but the chicken had too many minced onions in it. It was served with Italian bread. For dessert, Chris offered samples of her homemade Easter Eggs. They are an annual fund raiser for our pre-school.

I saw there was no one to light the candles so I grabbed the thing that lights them and my friend Sandy stood up and met me at the back of the church. The guest pastor was Pastor Dana from the AME Church. She is a very dynamic speaker.

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Sunday, February 22, 2015

Sunday, February 22, 2015


Remembering my dear husband, Ted. This photo was taken at Pennypack Park, Philadelphia in 1971. They were happy times.

Church was canceled today. We had 8 inches of snow and then it rained. My road is a sheet of ice. It's almost ten AM and not a creature is stirring. I took Sparky out the front door as there was some snow on the steps and hadn't iced over. We walked out to the driveway, took a look at the ice then headed for the back yard. He had to hop like a bunny but was able to do his business.

I guess I'll bake a cherry pie in honor of George Washington.

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Saturday, February 21, 2015

Saturday, February 21, 2015

I have been lax again with my posting. Facebook takes up so much time going through it that I have to leave the computer and get some things done.

The cold weather continues. We had more snow on Tuesday. The roads got cleared up right away but Chorale was canceled. I liked getting a break but I really need the practice as our concert is coming up soon on March 22. St. Rose's has a Mardi Gras and Pancake Tuesday dinner that I was able to enjoy without rushing off to practice.

Wednesday afternoon, my niece, Cheryl, her husband, Ed and son, Ethan and I went to Glasgow Park in Delaware where they have a big hill that is great for sledding. What a disappointment to see the hill bare. Evidently, they didn't get as much snow as we. It is only a 15 minute drive from here. Most I guess got sledded off on Tuesday. We were able to sled down the north side but there was very little snow there and it was a shorter run. What made it really bad is that the snow cover was so thin that the goose droppings came through and were all over the place. Getting up out of the toboggan was a challenge. As was climbing back up the hill.

Wednesday night, I went to the Lenten Soup and Ash Wednesday Service at the Ebenezer AME. It is located way out in the sticks on a lane that looks like a driveway to a horse farm. The entrance to the drive is easy to miss especially in the dark.

The temperature has been hovering around zero the past few mornings, dipping to -2 at sunrise with a windchill of -15. It's been horrid.

I don't remember much of Thursday. On Friday, I had to see the doctor. I was not sick but needed my prescription refilled. I haven't been to see her for 8 months so she wanted me to come in. I didn't like going in with all the people who have the flu and the germs were probably all over the office. She gave me the new pneumonia shot and had some blood work done to make sure my medication didn't have any side effects. All was well. She also scheduled some routine tests and it's been 2 years since they were done. UG!

Now, I am awaiting another storm this afternoon. We're expecting 3 to 5 inches and then 2 to 3 inches of sleet turning to rain on Sunday. What a mess that will be. I wonder if we'll be having church.

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Sunday, February 15, 2015

Sunday, February 15, 2015

I woke up late, it was 7:15 and 4 degrees with a wind chill below zero. I took Sparky out, ate, got ready for church, brushed off the car and drove down the road. I parked in front of the church as I figured not many would be there. The choir didn't sing as there were not enough of us. There were only about 15 people there.

I took Sparky out again when I got home. He had trouble getting the snow stuck in his feet. I had to brush his paws off so he could walk. Other than that, he just loves being out. His new coat fits well and doesn't come off like the other did.

It only got up to 15 today and is very sunny. I didn't wear my dark glasses so when I came in, I could only see green. It helped to put the light on.

I had a nice time with my niece and her family at dinner last night. It was snowing when we came out and the roads were starting to slick up. Delaware doesn't salt or plow their roads so one must be careful.

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Saturday, February 14, 2015

Saturday, February 14, 2015


Remembering Moma and Dad on their Anniversary. 1936 - 1990

I've been doing a lot of running around. Choir practice on Thursday. Friday, I went to Middletown. I had to take the microwave back again. It's the fifth time I had to return it for the same problem. The motor doesn't shut off. It is under warranty. I hope they send me a new one. I'm tired of hauling it back and forth. I had a neighbor, Juan, carry it to the car for me. It is heavy to carry that far. The store man carried it in for me.

Next, I went to Lowe's to get the water filter for the frig. and then to the Dollar Store to get a few things.

This morning, I ran to Elkton to get gas for the car at $2.119 and then the Acme for some groceries. I went early before I had eaten breakfast as I wanted to get back before the storm. I needn't had worried about it as it was only a dusting and most has melted.

I will be going to dinner with my niece and her family and maybe my nephew and his family. We're going to the Chinese place in Middletown.

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Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Wednesday February 11, 2015


Remembering Moma on her birthday. I miss her so much. February was her month. It was her birthday and her and Dad's anniversary on Valentine;s Day. We used to go to dinner and hope we didn't have a blizzard on that day. When I was a teenager, we would go to a Chinese Restaurant in West Philadelphia. One time we went to the Kona Kai on City Line Ave. It snowed while we were having dinner but we got home all right.

I can't believe it's been so long since I posted. I spend so much time on facebook that I don't get to my blog.

Now February is such a depressing month. Moma died on February 9th, Dad died on February 19th and Ted died on February 22nd. It's gets harder every year to get through February.

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Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Wednesday, January 28, 2015


Today is Sparky's birthday. He is 4 years old. I adopted him 2 years ago. He's been a good little companion. When I first got him, his bark sounded like a cough. The Vet said he may be hoarse from being in the Humane Society Kennel for two month. It took a couple weeks for him to get his voice back. He now has a nice deep bark and sounds like a much bigger dog. I'm glad he's not yappy like one of my neighbor's little dog.

We only got a dusting out of the storm Juno. 5 to 8 inches was forecast. It's a good thing because our Choral practice would have been canceled and the music is very hard this time. We need all the practice we can get. It is very cold though with a nasty wind.

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Tuesday, January 27, 2015

I had a sinus headache for several days. It finally cleared up. Saturday night, I went to the Chesapeake City Ecumenical Assoc.'s Gala held at Schaefer's Restaurant. I hadn't felt well all day but paid $40.00 for my ticket so I rested up all day and went. It was a very nice occasion celebrating 23 years of service to the community. It was very festive and the food was delicious. They had a good turnout. I left early because of my headache.

We didn't get much snow from Juno. Maybe a half inch on the ground. The bank called so I had to go out yesterday morning to see what was wrong with the deposit. I messed up the amount of cash deposited so fixed it at the bank. Then the amount of the check wasn't correct so had the teller fix that. When I got back to the church, I looked at the copies of the checks and found that I was correct. I went back to the bank and after calculating them on the adding machine, they had the same total as I had. The machine read a $500.00 check as $50.00. I have to wait until today for the main office to make the adjustment. It took awhile to get that straightened out.

Then, I had to run out around 3:30 to get my niece's husband and son as his truck broke down at Redner's Supermarket. I'll glad the roads were clear and I had cleaned off my car in the morning. The tow truck was there when I got there and Ed put Ethan's car seat in my car and put Ethan in it. I saw Ethan was shivering so I put a blanket over him. He seemed glad I did and watched the truck being cranked up onto the tow truck. Ed said it was the first time he ever had to have a vehicle towed. It was taken to his house. Ed was an auto mechanic so will fix it himself.

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Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

I got out early and went to the hardware store, the grocery store, and the pet store. I wanted to get my chores done before the storm. I had plenty of time as the storm didn't come until around 2pm. We got a couple inches. A neighbor boy, Garrett, came and shoveled my walks, drive and deck. It's good that the kids want to earn some money and it saves me from getting out there and doing it.

Sparky likes running around in it. He likes eating it, too.

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Tuesday, January 20, 2015

I went to the church and got my helper, Laura started and was able to get in some of the exercise class. I walked Sparky several times today. I'm getting ready to go to Choral practice.

I got a new perm yesterday afternoon. It came out nice and curly. I hope it lasts for awhile. Uh oh! Pink sky out there. Storm is coming. I hope it holds off until I get home tonight. Time to get some dinner and get Sparky out before I go.

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Monday, January 19, 2015

I did some work at the church this morning. I walked Sparky several times and that was about it for today.

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Monday, January 19, 2015

Sunday, January 18, 2015

I got Sparky out just before the rain came. It was freezing as it hit the ground. Icy conditions were on the road so I decided to go to 11:00 service. I was a little late as the girl I take to church went back to bed and was late getting ready. We sat all the way in the back. It's the Contemporary Service and I just didn't feel like I was at a worship service. Children were crying, standing on the pews, shaking their bodies, running around, and so forth.

One kid pulled the page marker out of the Hymnal and was twirling it around like a cheerleader's pompom. At Communion time, the kid's mother asked if she wanted bread. The kid had no idea what Communion was about. One mother stood her kid on the top of the pew in front of her while the kid danced to the music. I was taught to be reverent in church. I guess I'm becoming an old Bitty.

I had ordered a sub from the church fundraiser. I ordered ham with no onions. When I got it home, an onion fell out. I tried to pick them out but they were in with the shredded lettuce and it was hard to get them all. I bit into one and couldn't get the taste out of my mouth all day. Yuk! The taste of the onion went through the whole sub. All in all, I was disappointed with the whole day.

It poured rain. We got almost 2 inches and it was a cold rain. I had to take Sparky out in it. We both would get soaked. I'm glad I got new rain boots for Christmas. They really come in handy. I wore them to church.

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Saturday, January 17, 2015

Saturday, January 17, 2015

It's been a while since my last post. I spent my mornings at the church getting reports ready for the Finance meeting and getting things together for the Trustee's meeting. I also had to do the regular stuff.

I wondered why my microwave was taking so long to be repaired so I called and found it was ready Dec. 11th. I said," No one called me." It turns out they send out a computerized call and there is a long silence before the computer voice comes on. I probably thought it was a telemarketing call and hung up. Dumb! Anyway, I went to Middletown to get the microwave. That was Tuesday.

Wednesday, it was off to the vet with Sparky. He was so happy to be going "Bye Bye" in the car until I made the right turn one mile down the road and he knew where he was going. He whinned and cried all the way there. I usually go straight at that intersection and up to the express way to go to my brothers. He needed his heartworm test and his lime disease vaccine. I also had the Dr. examine the scabs on his back. I had no idea where they came from. At first, they felt like warts but they scabbed over. I didn't know if he bit them, or scratched them or if he go caught by the storm door a couple times and it scratched him or if he had some disease as they were taking too long to heal. It turned out to be warts that were seeping. While he was there, I had his nails clipped and his glands done. I haven't taken him to the groomer since November because they shave him bare and it's too cold for that. I let his fur grow out in the winter and bathe him myself.

Thursday I don't remember what I did except to go the choir in the evening.

Friday, I cleaned in the morning and in the afternoon, I went to do some errands. First stop was the county office where I got Sparky's dog license. On the same road, was Aldi's Market. They were having a sale on ground beef. Next was the gas station at WaWa where the price was $2.059. Last stop was Home Depot. I needed a new bulb for my fiber optic tree and a long hose for my 2nd bathroom shower. That room is warmer than the master bath so I want to give the dog his bath there. It is a smaller room so he can't run away from the hair dryer or the towels. I hope to be able to get him dry before he rubs himself all over the bed and sofa.

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Friday, January 9, 2015

No Flower Bloggin' today


This is a photo of the snow last year. We only got 1.5 inches with the storm the other day but the cold temps. have kept the snow cover on the ground. Nothing is blooming this time of year except for a couple of my house plants. The snowdrops will be coming along soon. I have over 8000 photos on my computer so I hesitate to put more on. It was snowing when I took Sparky out this morning. A dusting was on the sidewalk. It's only supposed to be snow showers so it won't amount to anything. The wind is blowing. My pinwheel looked like it was about to take of. Sometimes, I find it on the other side of Bethel Road which is in the photo.

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Friday, January 9, 2015

It's been a cold few days. Tuesday, it snowed. I didn't go out except to walk Sparky. Wednesday, it was 19 degrees but the wind chill made it awful. We got about 1.5 inches of snow. Bethel road was clear but my road is private and they don't do anything about it unless there's at least 4 inches. The cars pack the snow down and it becomes icy and slippery. I walk along the edge where the cars have not driven but poor Sparky runs out onto the ice. He slipped a couple times. One time I heard his head clunk on the ground. He didn't yelp and he seemed to be OK. I wish they would salt or sand. I'm glad I live near the entrance and don't have to drive far on the ice. I went to the church to do some work in the office. It seems to never end. I'm tired of spending so much of my time there.

Yesterday, it was 8 degrees but there was no wind so it wasn't too bad. Sparky seems to love it out in the cold and snow. I got him a new coat for Christmas and I finally found one that fits him. It is a black and white herringbone with a black velvet collar. It doesn't pop off when I tug on his leash. That was a problem with his other coat. The strap around his neck wasn't long enough.

I didn't go out yesterday because after bundling up for the cold a couple time to take Sparky out, I had no desire to go out.

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Sunday, January 4, 2015

Sunday Steeple Chasin'


The interior of the First Presbyterian Church in Chesapeake City.

I went to church this morning. I did the Advent Reading for the Epiphany Service. My young friend came with me and she helped by lighting the candles as I read about the coming of the Magi.

It is a dark miserable day. It was almost pitch black when I took Sparky out at 7am. There was no sign of the sun coming up. It is warmer today but the cold is coming after this rain passes through.

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Saturday, January 3, 2015

Saturday, January 3, 2015

I was awake but not up when I heard a noise out front. I looked out the window and saw a car parked on the corner. Two guys were standing next to it and took a canoe off the top and crossed to the hunting grounds. I thought it was odd that they didn't go down the road to the entrance rather than try to bushwhack up the hill and through the brush. It seems they were dumping it there as they left. It was to dark to identify them or their car.

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Friday Flower Bloggin'


I had a pleasant surprise when leaving the church I saw mums blooming. They were at a shop across from the church. This is not the mums I saw but a photo I took earlier in October.

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Friday, January 2, 2015

I went to the church this morning to look over the year end stuff and get prepared to do my reports for the finance and trustees meeting.

Another cold and windy day for walking Sparky.

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Thursday, January 1, 2015


I started the year by walking in the Chesapeake City 5k Run/Walk. I walked the course which ran through Chesapeake City and along the C&D Canal and back through Chesapeake City. My time was 46:38.

This is a photo of my neighbor, Danielle running along the canal. I didn't know she was in the race. I found the photo on facebook. It was a good race with 141 people participating in the run/walk.

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Wednesday, December 31, 2014

It's been cold the last few days with the wind making it worse. It's not so bad if you don't have to go walking outside. Sparky doesn't seem to mind. It looks like it will be a quiet New Year's Eve. I did some more work at the church and went to Redner's Supermarket to get some groceries.

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Tuesday, December 30, 2014

I spent the whole morning at the church entering the deposits, paying bills and getting the finances ready for the end of the year. It's hard to believe 2014 is coming to an end.

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Monday, December 29, 2014


Carol as my bridesmaid May 29, 1971

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Monday, December 29, 2014

I packed up Sparky and drove to my brother, Don's. I got him settled at Don's house and went to my friend, Carol's funeral. It was a lovely service Celebrating Carol's life. Carol was the organizer of Philadelphia German American Parade for many years. Philadelphia has a sister city in Germany who came to the parades. Three gentlemen from Germany came and spoke at Carol's service. I was deeply touched by this. The men ended their speech by facing Carol and saying "Auf Wieder Shein" (not sure of spelling) but means "Until we meet again"

I said a few words of our childhood together. I had to cut it short as I was too choked up to go on. I met Carol when I was 4 years old when my family moved to Holmes. We did a lot of childhood things together; played with dolls, doll houses, paper dolls, checkers, rode bikes and roller skated. We went all through school together. Carol was one of my bride's maids in my wedding. She will be missed by all who knew her.

Two of our friends, twins, were there, Rosie and Dottie. Rosie didn't stay for the service but Dottie did and I took her home. First I picked up Sparky and then dropped off a plate from Christmas dinner to my other brother and we went to McDonald's for lunch. We had to go to a drive in because I didn't want to leave Sparky in the car.

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