Friday, May 22, 2015


Friday Flower Bloggin'


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My beautiful irises blooming all along my sidewalk.

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Friday Flower Bloggin'


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Thursday, May 21, 2015


Thursday, May 21, 2015


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Remembering Ted on what would have been our 44th Anniversary.

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Saturday, May 16, 2015


Saturday, May 16, 2015


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A beautiful photo of the sunset over the Chesapeake Inn Marina and the Chesapeake City Bridge over the C&D Canal

The photo was taken by my niece's husband, Ed.

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Thursday, May 14, 2015

Thursday, May 14, 2015


I seem to keep busy with church meetings and office work. Tuesday, I went to exercise class and then to the line dancing class. Monday night their was a Finance Meeting. Wednesday, I went early to do some office work and then to Bible Study. In the evening, I went to the Trustees Meeting.

Tomorrow, I go for my cardiogram and stress test. I hope and pray everything is OK and that my problem is from allergies to the high level of pollen this year. Everyone is complaining about it. The oak trees are done, Thank the Lord. I had oak flowers all over. Tuesday night, I thought it was raining. I could hear it hitting the roof. I now think the wind came up and blew all the maple tree seeds off and they showered the roof. They are all over the place. I swept them from the deck, steps and sidewalks but they are still on the driveway. I never saw such an abundance of tree seeds.

They weeds have gotten ahead of me. I can't keep up with them. Either the pollen gets me or it is too hot. Now I am afraid we have an over abundance of mosquitoes. I saw some small bugs swarming around last night. I hope they were knats. They swarm around like knats.

Juan is coming this morning to put a new light fixture for outside my back door. I bought one that you can change the bulb through the bottom. The ones I have now, I have to climb up on a step stool, unscrew the tiny screws (and hope I don't drop them), take off the top and try to fit my hand in to change the bulb. Then I have to put it back together. It's a real pain. I'll have to get one for the front, too, but Juan is so busy with his job at the plumbing company, his work for a local farmer, his work around the trailer park, and his grass cutting business. I'll wait until late fall to do the front one. The back one is broken so needs to be done now.

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Monday, May 11, 2015


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My bleeding heart plants I brought from Vineland. They are blooming above the bank of the stream.

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Sunday, May 10, 2015


I went to church for the 9am service and then home to walk Sparky and get my dish ready to take to my nephew's. It was the first time I spent Mother's Day at a pool party with people swimming in the water. It was warm enough but it still seems early to me. We had a nice time with family honoring all the mother's.

I called Ted's mother when I got home and was glad her son, Tom and his wife Mary were spending the day with her.

We had Mother's Day dinner early so I had a little supper and relaxed in the evening.

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Saturday, May 9, 2015


Saturday, May 9, 2015


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Spring has come to Chesapeake City. My flowers are beautiful and the weeds have gotten ahead of me. I haven't been feeling well for over a week. I am coughing but don't have a cold and get out of breath easily. Went to the doctors and been having all kinds of tests. I think I've been to the doctors, lab, and hospital everyday this week for tests. I still have a couple more to do on Friday. EKG, oxygen, and chest x-ray were all normal. Cholesterol is up. I think my problem is all the pollen in the air. It has been extremely high the past couple weeks. Oak trees are pollinating and I am surrounded by them. Their flowers are all over everything. Sparky decided to roll in the grass and he got them all over his fur. What a mess he was. He is coughing and sneezing, too. I am feeling better than I did last week but it is tough to go outside. I had the windows open last week so all the pollen got into the house. This week, it's been hot enough for the air conditioner to go on so I was able to keep the windows shut. Pete from church recommended I wear a mask outside. It sounds like a good idea. Showers are predicted for today but they were last week and never came. I hope it rains, everything is dry and the rain will wash the pollen out of the air and hopefully off my car.

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Wednesday, April 29, 2015


Wednesday, April 29, 2015

I spent my birthday by myself. Half my family was sick and some were away. Monday, my good friend, Frances took Sandy and I to lunch at Baker's Restaurant. Sandy's birthday was yesterday. It was very nice of Frances. She visits the shut-ins regularly and organizes a group to visit them. Yesterday, we went to Midge and Jim's. They have a waterfront home on the Bohemia River. It is sad, though as Midge is blind and unable to see the river. She can see shapes. She used to be able to see with a monocular but that isn't working for her anymore. She was so happy when she got that as she could see people's faces. Now she has to recognize them by their voice. Both she and Jim are in their 90's. Jim had a stoke and gets around OK but cannot drive anymore. They have to depend on someone to take them places. Roxanne was taking them to church but Roxanne has moved away. Roxanne still does cleaning for them but has given her notice. The church misses Roxanne and her husband, Dave. They did so much for the church. Dave did the lawn and much of the handy work in the church.

Spring is coming on slowly. They trees and flowers are about a month behind. The azaleas are starting. The bleeding hearts are in full bloom and so are the tulips. I don't have many tulips so I'll have to get more. I could use more daffodils, too. Much yard work needs to be done. I can't rake the leaves out next to the house for another week as the exterminator but bate down for the ants. They were horrid this year.

I keep covers over my comforter in case Sparky throws up. I might as well not bother as he always manages to find a spot on the comforter that is not protected. I have to take the king size comforter to the triple washer at the laundry mat. It cost about ten bucks to wash and partially dry it. It will fit in my dryer but I want to get it a little dryer before I bring it home. He did it again this morning. I had flipped back the covers when I got up this morning and had not made the bed yet. I heard him heaving but got there too late. he threw up a second time but I was able to get a scrub rag under him. He doesn't like me to put something under him; he keeps moving to try to hit the comforter. I don't know what he ate that made him sick. He was eating grass yesterday. He sometimes picks things up off the street and eats them before I can get it out of his mouth. Last night, he ate something on the sidewalk and in the dark, I couldn't see what it was or what was in his mouth. He clamps his mouth shut like a pit bull or swallows it whole.

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Saturday, April 25, 2015


Saturday, April 25, 2015

Winter has returned. There was frost this morning. Thursday, I had the exterminator come to get rid of the ants. They were really bad this year. I would get rid of them in one area and they would come out in another. They were in my house plants. I soaked them with Dawn dish detergent mixed with water. It kills them but they came back in another area. I put all the plants out on the deck so the exterminator could get to the windows. Now they are all packed into the laundry room. I hope the weather warms up so I can put them back out.

The pollen count is extremely high as everything is blooming at once. Trees that bloom in early March were delayed but the cold and snow and now the trees that bloom in April are also blooming. Purple leaf plum and crab apple are blooming together. Forsythia is in full bloom as well as pear and apple trees. Flowers blooming are daffodils, and tulips are blooming together. Daffodils normally bloom in late Feb or early March. They ground was still frozen then.

The frozen ground didn't stop the weeds that grow all winter. I was out weeding Wednesday and Thursday and then spent yesterday sick with allergies.

I took my winter coat to the cleaners on Wednesday and needed it yesterday and today. I wore my long down coat that I call my storm coat. After weeding on Thursday, I couldn't get warm until I went to bed and turned on the electric blanket. I hope it warms up soon.

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Wednesday, April 22, 2015


Wednesday, April 22, 2015

I got up at the crack of dawn. I had to get my house plants out and clean up because the exterminator was coming. I had an invasion of ants. They were living in some of my house plants. The rooms are nice and spacious with out them. I will have to cover them up as it is going down to 40 degrees according to the weather channel. I have seen it frost here when they say 40 degrees. Tomorrow night its going down to 36 so it probably will frost. Maybe I can put them under my house. I hope I don't have to bring them back in.

It turned out that the man grew up with my cousins. When he said he came from Manoa, I said, "Oh, my aunt lived there; Her name was McGarvey." You should have seen the look on his face as he recognized the name. Funny how it can be a small world.

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Tuesday, April 21, 2015


It's been awhile since I've been on my blog. I have been busy with yard work and other work around the house. Juan came and fixed my shed door. The wood was cracked and damaged where the hinge was attached and it wouldn't hold the screws. It had to be taken off and the hinge had to be moved to another location where the wood was good. He cut my grass the other day. It was the first cutting of the season. Everything is leaping out of the ground. I have been weeding the flower beds. I got one done by the front fence. It is the first thing people see when they come into the development.

The problem with being outside, it the pollen count is very high. Everything is blooming at once. Things that bloom early in Feb or March are blooming now and so are the things that bloom in April. Besides the sneezing and coughing, it makes me feel exhausted.

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Monday, April 13, 2015


Sunrise Service


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Chesapeake City Ecumenical Assoc. held Easter Sunrise Service at Pell Gardens next to the C&D Canal at the town dock. It was a beautiful site to see sun come up over the water as Pastor Pete preached the message. I took the photo with my phone so it didn't come very well.

It has been a busy week and I haven't had much time to spend on my computer. I had to do a lot of work at the church office. I had to get the March reports ready for the finance committee meeting. I also had to do quarterly stuff. It rained most all week so I didn't get any yard work done. I did some yesterday but haven't been able to get into my shed to get my tools. The door was frozen shut and my neighbor in her efforts to help me, yanked the door off the bottom hinge and bent the top one. I could hardly get it back shut and If I open it again, I know I won't be able to close it. Juan will be coming to put new hinges on. The wood has rotted at the bottom hinge so it can't just be screwed back on. I has to be moved and door hanging it tricky. Juan does a lot of handy work around the mobile home park.

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Thursday, April 2, 2015


Wednesday, April 1, 2015

I went out early to Lowe's and Walmart in Middletown. I needed a variety of things. I got a new light for my fish tank. It's an LED so will be more economical. At Lowe's, I got a variety of things that I needed for the house. I saw where Walmart had mulch for $1.80 ad bag so will have to go back and get some.

Spring is really late this year. I never saw it so late. The daffodils bare have buds on them and they usually bloom in late Feb. or March. The crocuses are blooming but that's about it. The flowering trees show no signs of blooming.

In the afternoon, I went to the Acme Supermarket to get some groceries. I got a ham for Easter and some asparagus. They were on sale. I still need to go to Redner's to get the bottles water and dog food.

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Monday, March 30, 2015


Monday, March 30, 2015


It was raining this morning when I took Sparky out. Halfway down the block, I saw something white fly in front of my face. Then a few more white things. The rain was mixing with snow. Boo! We're all sick of winter weather. It warms up in the afternoon but the mornings are still cold and it cools off quickly at sundown.

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Sunday, March 29, 2015


I was looking forward to Rita playing "The Palms". It didn't happen. I was disappointed in the service. John sang "The Holy City" which was beautiful, however, he sang it 8 minutes before 9am. The church was half empty. I feel if they are going to start the service early than instead of advertising a 9am service they should say 8:45. If I were John, I would be very unhappy. Next, the bell choir played. Announcements had been given at 8:55, again, before people arrived. Now, they have been done away with. We were told to read the announcements in the bulletin. There were no Palm Sunday Hymns sung. The choir sang their traditional "Lift up your Gates" which has been nicknamed, "The Donkey Song:. They feel the rhythm is like riding in on a donkey. The choir has dwindled to about 8 people. The leader hasn't shown up at practice several times and I guess the people are discouraged. Anyway, this blog is where I can vent my disappointment.

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Saturday, March 28, 2015


Saturday, March 28, 2015


I did a few things around the house yesterday. I cleaned the fish tank. I have a moma and papa fish and one big baby, six small babies and I did have a couple dozen tiny babies but I think most of them made nice treats for the bigger fish. I saw four yesterday and two today but they are hard to spot because they are so tiny and hide in the foliage and under the rocks.

I cleaned up here and there but the whole house needs spring cleaning. I have some plastic crates that need to go into the shed but I have to get new hinges. Once I open the door, I'm not going to be able to get it closed again until I fix the hinges. I have pasted to bottom one together with wood filler but that didn't hold. The top one bent from the door swinging out with only that one hinge holding it. They both need to be replaced but the bottom one needs to go in a new location as the wood where it attaches to the frame is disintegrated. It also has the wrong kind of screws. They rounded tops and don't fit into the holes of the hinge properly. I am waiting for a nice day to do that chore.

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Thursday, March 26, 2015


Thursday, March 26, 2015


Last week was a busy week. I was out every night for 7 nights. I can hardly stand going out 3 nights in one week. Sunday, I went to dinner with my niece and her family, Monday, we had practice with the Choral Society. It was a make-up date for snow cancellation. Tuesday, we had our regular practice. Wednesday, I went to the Lenten Service, Thursday, was choir practice. Friday was dress rehearsal for the Choral Society. Saturday, was my grand nephew's birthday. Sunday, was the Choral Society concert. I thought I could rest on Monday but someone called me at 8:30 am and wanted me to cut a check for the Easter Egg supplies she had purchased with her own credit card. I got ready and went to the church at 9:30 and waited until noon. She never showed up so I went home. She called me after I had taken Sparky out and I told her I just took out the dog and was eating my lunch. I had to go back in the afternoon.

We had another concert Tuesday night. The concerts went very well but I am exhausted. I'm glad they're over until September. I went to the Lenten Service last night. The Ecumenical Association has them. Last night it was at St. Basil's Ukrainian Catholic Church. The ladies of the church prepared 8 different kinds of soup and several loaves of homemade bread for our dinner. I tried the Borsch. I figured I might as well sample the Ukrainian fare. It had beets and carrots. It was OK. The big hit was the Loaded Potato Soup. It was excellent. The service started with the Stations of the Cross. Father Vladimir, stopped at each station in the sanctuary while we all recited prayers at that station. The priest from St. Joseph's RC church gave the sermon. I thought he did an excellent job. He spoke of how we were at the cross when Jesus was crucified. The service ended with us singing, "Were You There When They Crucified My Lord."

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Monday, March 16, 2015


March 166, 2015

Wow, it's been awhile. I have been busy with church and Choral practice. The snow is finally gone and I have started raking and cleaning up the yard. The crocuses are starting to bloom and the snow drops were blooming as the snow melted. I am on the list for the church burglar alarm. I've had three false alarms. I think too many people have the code and don't know how to use it. They enter the wrong code and go into the church. The alarm goes off and they quick put in the proper code thinking that fixes it. Once the alarm goes off, the call goes to the alarm company and they call the church. The office is locked and they think they can't answer it. I tell them there is a phone in the kitchen. I think we're going to have to have some alarm training before giving out the code. I think the problem is that people authorized to have the code are giving it to someone else when they are unable to make it to the church for some reason. The new person doesn't know how to enter the code. One day, I had to go out in a snowstorm. I had to clean 4 inches of snow off my car. Luckily, the roads had been cleared. When I got to the church, I saw the men shoveling the walks. The police had already been there, saw them shoveling and drove on by. Last Thursday, it was someone preparing food for the homeless shelter. Once a year, we host the homeless shelter. All the churches in the area take a turn or two for a week in the winter. Friday, it was pouring down rain. I had settled on the sofa with my blanket and my book when I got the call. I didn't see any lights on in the church so I waited for the police. They never came. I saw a lady with a child come out so I asked if she set off the alarm. She said no but there are people in the sanctuary. I went in and the band was practicing for their concert on Sunday night. They didn't seem to care that I had to run out in the rain. They just kept on practicing. I was ticked. The other two people apologized.

I got a gift certificate for Maria's restaurant from the church for Christmas. It was in appreciation for doing the office work. My niece texted me to see if I wanted to go to dinner somewhere cheap. I texted back and said I had the gift cert. and would treat them as Ed had shoveled my walk a couple times in Feb. So we had dinner at Maria's. I got a small cheese steak. It was huge. I said, "is this the small?" The waitress said. "Believe it or not, it is." The large must have been 3 feet long. This one was at least a foot long.

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Friday, February 27, 2015

Friday Flower Bloggin'

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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


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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


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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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