Wednesday, October 29, 2014

This morning, a tree frog was peeping in the window of the storm door at me. At first, I thought it was a leaf but then I took a closer look. They are so cute. Occasionally, they are on the doors and windows of my house. Sometimes on the deck railing.

I took Sparky to the groomers this morning. He put his brakes on while walking across the parking lot. He does not like to be groomed or to get a bath. I don't know if he is afraid or just doesn't like it. He looks so cute when he is done but he'd rather be left unkempt.

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Sunday, October 26, 2014


Me, my niece, Cheryl, and Joanne, Cheryl's mother-in-law enjoying a day on the Bohemia River. Photo was taken by Cheryl's husband, Ed with Ethan in his lap.

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Steeple Chasin'


This church is located on the road to my niece, Tina's last Christmas. It may be in northern Maryland or in Pennsylvania.

Yesterday, I did some yard work and after lunch, my niece, Cheryl called and asked me to go out with them on their boat. We wanted to see the fall foliage reflected in the water. The sugar maples had already dropped their leaves and the other trees were not ready yet. It was, however, a nice relaxing day on the river. Afterward, we went to dinner at Schaefer's.

We all had a nice time.

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Friday, October 24, 2014

Friday Flower Bloggin'


My hydrangeas have bloomed all summer. They started out light pink and as the weather turned to fall, they are a dark rose. They actually are supposed to be blue but when I put my concrete driveway in, the lime leaches out of the concrete and changed the ph so now, they are pink. I planted a blue one out further in the yard away from the driveway. I hope it is getting enough light and that it will bloom blue in the spring.

My neighbor could not get her car started to take her kids to school. They are still going to school in DE. I took them this morning. Danielle goes to the high school and Ryan goes to a middle school out in the middle of nowhere. I don't know why she didn't put them in school here. They could get the bus at the corner. I thought they were going to a Christian School but they are public schools. Her ex husband lives in DE so I guess she kept them there.

She usually takes them to get the bus just over the state line but because of her car trouble, they missed the bus. I don't mind taking them as she dog sits for me.

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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

My mother-in-law called this morning and said she could not get onto my blog. I tried and I couldn't get on either. I called my Dotster as I was unable to log on to their web page. The young man helped me through the problems. It seems I missed updating my info. after I moved. When someone tried to contact me, they used the old email and old address. When they got no response, they suspended my web page. Anyway, they young man was able to get me back up but it took most of the morning.

I had to run to the grocery store to get a dessert to take to the get together of the Trinity Methodist Women. I needed a few other things, too. I got junior pumpkin rolls to take to the get together. When I got home, I took out Sparky. It had rained all day and I had to a different sweater or coat on him each time I took him out as they got soaked. If not from the rain then from the grass we wondered into. I told him to keep out of the grass but he didn't listen to me. He hates being dried off. You might think I was torturing him. He lifts his paws so I can dry them but he growls the whole time.

Last night, at 2am, I awoke to Sparky standing on my chest licking my face. They when he knew I was awake, he jumped down and ran into the living room, by the time I got up, he was standing by the kitchen door wagging his tail. He wanted to go out. I put my rain coat over my pajamas and put on my boots. He made haste for the back yard and did his business. I hope he sleeps through tonight; I am tired.

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Sunday, October 19, 2014

Steeple Chasin'


This church is located on the way to Sea Girt, NJ. I took the photo when I did the NJ Lighthouse Challenge a few years ago.

Yesterday, I did a lot of yard work. I put mulch around my azaleas and rhododendrons to get them ready for winter. I did two loads of wash and hung them out on the line. It was windy so they dried quickly. I did a little weeding as I mulched. It's amazing how fast the weeds grow. We had a couple good rains and I have to keep weeding all year it seems. I have some weeds that grow straight through the winter.

Raking the leaves will start soon. The maples are coming down and so are the oaks. The oaks seem to be early. Usually, they don't come down until December. We are expecting a N'oreaster so that will bring them down.

It is very windy today and I heard a limb come down out back but don't see anything. It may be on the other side of the stream.

I also got a take out dinner at the Presbyterian Church on the north side of the canal. They had a delicious turkey dinner. I didn't get done half of it before I was full. I can eat it today if I don't hear from my niece. Her mother-in-law is staying with them for a couple weeks and we usually go out to dinner when she is here.

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Saturday, October 18, 2014

Friday Flower Bloggin'


My beautiful impatiens taken in Vineland, October 2007. I haven't had very good luck with impatiens here in Chesapeake City. They take a lot of water. Ted had a soaker hose hooked up along the flower gardens in Vineland. They were watered twice a day. We not allowed to do that here. We weren't allowed to use the hose at all this year. Next year, I will have my neighbor hook up a sump pump in the stream out back and I can water all I want. I tried using a rain barrel this year but I had to fill up the jugs and lug the water around the flower beds and I have a lot of them. We have been getting a lot of rain this Oct. so I had to dump the rain barrel a couple times to make room for the next rainfall. Plus, I have the jugs lined up on the steps. It's a pain. I am going to transplant some trees so after I water them, I will dump the rain barrel and put it away. The jugs will get tossed.

I haven't done much this week. I had a sore throat so didn't go to choir practice. It was gone the next day so I guess it was allergies.

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Friday, October 10, 2014

Friday Flower Bloggin'


The photo is of the gardens at Hereford Lighthouse in North Wildwood, NJ. This was taken in October of 2012. The gardens are always so lovely.

I wanted to start my exercise class this week but I had to do some work in the church office. My helper didn't show up. I don't know if there was a misunderstanding or what. I feel disappointed. She was really good with accounting and the computer.

I worked on getting my house plants in. I hosed them down and put some potting soil is the ones that needed it. I had to repot one and when I took it out of its pot, ants ran up my arm and bit me under my watch. I have two welts one my wrist and one near the inside of my elbow. They itch like crazy.

I am very worried about my friend Ruth. I don't know if she is reading this but prayers are being sent your way and I hope your are OK. I miss reading your comments. You were always so uplifting and comforting.

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Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Yesterday, I went to the church to meet with Tucker for a few minutes. He arrived about an hour late and then went around fixing things in the church before he met with me. He needed some financial information. Tucker is the head of the Trustees. I finally got home around lunch time and had to take Sparky out. I hosed off some of my plants and put them in the laundry room to dry. I had to prepare a space to put them. Most are quite large. After doing that, I baked my winter squash and had some ham and 3 bean salad with it.

I was still tired out from the bridge walk and the top of my feet was sore and it went on up my lower shins. It was from the incline of the bridge.

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Monday, October 6, 2014

Sunday Steeple Chasin"


This church was somewhere along the road between here and Brookhaven, PA. It was taken last year so I don't remember where it was.

I was tired out from my bridge walk yesterday. The town had a Bridge Run/Walk Challenge. My friend Sandy and I did the walk for 3.1 miles up over the bridge and out along the canal and then to the ball field where we registered. It had rained and Bethel Road was flooded. I was a car coming through in the opposite direction and it looked passable. It was only misting and I didn't think we got that much rain to cause the flooding. Someone at the ball field said it was high tide. Anyway, while standing in line to get my number and my shirt, it started pouring and I got wet I looked around and rain under the PNC Bank tent while I waited for the bus to take me over the bridge. I first went to my car and got a trash bag to make a raincoat out of. it kept me dry and warm. Sandy and I stepped over the finish line together. We finished 24th out of 88 for the walk.

After I got home and walked the dog, Sandy called and invited me to dinner. She lives over near my nephew, Rick in Delaware. She had an excellent dinner with homemade pasta sauce. She also had cream of asparagus soup and a nice fresh salad. For desert, she had a chocolate mouse with coconut sprinkled on it. I do not like coconut but I first woofed the part with the coconut down and then enjoyed the rest.

I had a nice time. Sandy sings in the choir with me and she goes to some of the exercise classes. I am happy to have found a friend my age who is active like me.

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Friday, October 3, 2014

Friday Flower Bloggin'


This is a photo of my mother-in-law's beautiful asters taken at the house where she used to live. I have been busy this week with church finances. I am training a helper. She is very knowledgeable with the computer and finances.

We had choir practice last night but the organist wasn't there. She flies around the country a lot and her plane was delayed at Chicago because of the heavy volume of passengers due to the problems at the airport there. We did our best to sing without the piano. I hope she was able to get home last night.

Please pray for my good friend, Carol. She has cancer and I just got a note from her sister asking for prayer because Carol is things are not going so well for her. Carol and I grew up together. She lived across the street from me. Also, pray for my good friend, Ruth. I haven't heard from her for a long time. She is having health problems. She used to comment on my blog almost daily. I hope she is OK.

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Monday, September 29, 2014

I didn't do much today. I went to the church to sort through some bills to get them ready to train my new helper tomorrow. It was a cloudy miserable day. I walked Sparky a few times and did some housework. It was to damp to work outside. It rained a bit this afternoon.

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Sunday September 28, 2014

Steeple Chasin'


This is the Episcopal Church in Ridley Park, PA. All decked out with a pumpkin patch. I wonder if it was a fundraiser? It would be a good idea.

I went to church and sang in the choir. There were only a few of us in the choir but the hymn went well. We had trouble with it at practice but it turned out fine.

After church, I went to Redner's Supermarket to pick up a few things. I needed to take a dish to my nephew's for my brother's birthday. Their dog passed away a couple months ago so I decided to take Sparky for the kids to play with. My niece, Michelle said that my nephew, Sean was bringing their new dog. I was horrified when I saw their big German Shepard, Bubba, walking in and Sparky ran right up to him. Luckily, Bubba was raised with little dogs so he was friendly to Sparky. Sparky followed Bubba all around want to play with him. Sparky had a great time running around the yard chasing the children and other dogs. The little hot dog, Bentley chased after Sparky. Bubba was laying on the deck and Sparky jumped on his back and fell over the edge of the deck into a bramble of tomato plants. The deck was only about 18 inches where he fell off and the tomato plants broke his fall so he wasn't hurt. He was able to thread his way out of the tomato plants and proceeded to chase the dogs and children around the yard. Next, he came up on the deck and was licking up something someone spilled. The children yelled, "That's beer." Michelle pushed him away. Sparky reminds me of "Pecks Bad Boy" always getting into things. I have to follow him around to make sure he is behaving. Bentley likes to chase and catch balls. Sparky likes to chase anything that runs. The ball went into the pool and we thought Bentley was going to jump in after it. He is still a pup and Tina didn't know if he could swim or not. Anyway, Bentley was able to grab the ball from the side and didn't have to go into the water. Hot dogs have webbed feet so generally like to swim. Although Sparky is part poodle, he doesn't have webbed feet and doesn't care for the water.

We all had a nice time and Sparky was one tired dog when we got home.

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Friday, September 26, 2014

Friday Flower Bloggin'


This gladiola blooms in September. I cut it off to bring in the house before the rainstorm came and beat it into the ground. It is a real beauty.

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Thursday, September 25, 2014

I went to my aunt Peg's funeral yesterday. It was a lovely service and it was good to see my cousins. It was sad that only three of us from Uncle Ray's side of the family were there. Aunt Peg had knitted lots and lots of winter hats with matching scarfs and so everyone was invited to take one of her hats. Aunt Peg had given me one the last time she came to visit. It was a rust color that matched my ski parka. I got a cream one this time to go with my cream coat and it will go with my red coat, too. It will go with anything, really. They are gifts I will treasure. My brother, Don, got a brown one. Paul Dripps was the other member of our family who attended the funeral. He and cousin Lew are very close cousins.

Aunt Peg's children had a nice luncheon at the Old Stone Barn near Kennett Square, the mushroom capital of the world. Of course the soup was cream of mushroom.

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Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Monday, September 22, 2014

I went to the church to do some checks but the printer/copier was still down. The repair man was there but it seemed to need more fixin' then he thought. I entered the deposits and got the bills together that need to be paid. Hopefully the man will get the thing fixed so I can do my check run tomorrow.

I had made pasta on Sunday so I have some for a couple more meals. I added some fresh tomatoes that my neighbor, Rex, gave me along with the fresh mushrooms, onions, and green peppers I had added to the sauce.

My friend, Tina, gave me a quart of vegetable beef soup on Sunday so I had that for lunch.

I called my cousin, Joy, and told her about Aunt Peg passing away. I also asked her about how Uncle Melvin got his nick name of The Squire. She didn't know. She is my mother's cousin and she is the only one left that might have know. She did say that Uncle Ceese gave him that name. I had asked my mother one time but she didn't know either.

I did some more weeding in the flower beds. I still a little more to do around the patio area and then I move on to the west side of the shed and the round flower bed on the east side of the house. It used to have a dogwood in the center of the bed but hurricane Sandy took it out. I planted what I thought was a little dogwood but it appears to be some sort of a wild tree. I'd like to plant a flowering peach there in the spring. The flower bed is overgrown with grass and weeds especially mixed in with the carnations. It will be hard to get it out without tearing out the flowers.

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Sunday, September 21, 2014

Steeple Chasin"


The Church of the Holy Spirit Episcopal Church is in Ocean City, MD. My brother took me on a lighthouse tour in Delaware and Maryland a couple years ago.

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Saturday, September 20, 2014

I went to the Chesapeake City Ecumenical Assoc. to see if they had any sheets I could use. I cover my bed with a sheet to keep the dog from getting the covers all dirty. They were having a Free Clothing Give Away. They are overstocked on clothing. I stayed to help my friend, Carol sort through the new donations of clothes. I had told my neighbor, Robbie about it. He has 4 children and was able to get several outfits for them and some work jeans for himself. He also got a nice pair of western boots. I found a pair of corduroy jeans for the winter. Corduroy pants are hard to find.

I did some weeding when I got home. It took longer than I thought to do that section because of the zoysa grass that was growing in between my irises. I hate that stuff. It really got a good hold. It's roots were intertwined with the iris roots and it was hard to get out.

My neighbors down the street invited me to their son's birthday party. They are Mexican and wanted me to try their Mexican Food. Juan cooked up about 10 pounds of pork in a large copper kettle over a cooker he had made. He used what looked like a canoe paddle to stir it. He had brought the kettle and paddle from Mexico. Not many of their friends and family spoke English. I just smiled a lot. When I arrived, the children were watching a movie on TV even that was in Spanish. The children explained what was going on. They are all very nice people. Some of the men were dressed in western outfits. I asked if the area they came from in Mexico was like our west. They said, Yes. One man's father had a ranch and all wore western apparel. One guest, Maria, said that they were western style in the country but not in the cities. I see Juan wearing a cowboy hat sometimes. One time I asked him what area he was from but I am not very familiar with Mexico except for the tourist destinations. I have a stereotype image of Mexicans wearing sombreros.

Juan's wife, Deloris, made a rice dish and a bean dish. It served myself some rice and she offered me the beans which I saw jalapenos floating in it. She said it mas mildly spicy so I tried it. It had beans, pork, and slices of hot dog in it. It was good and the pork was served with tortias to wrap it in. I tried some salad that looked sort of like cole slaw. Momma Mia, that was spicy hot. Maria had brought another salad she said was mild. Momma Mia on that one too.
Although, they mostly spoke Spanish, they sang Happy Birthday in English. A custom of theirs is to push the birthday person's face into the cake. I hope that piece was served to young Juan. My piece seemed intact. It was served with what looked like a jello chiffon dish. It looked yummy. It looked like lime jello but it tasted like coconut and coconut is one of the few things I do not like. All in all, I had a nice time. They are all very nice people.

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Friday, September 19, 2014

Friday Flower Bloggin'


My cyclamen is blooming. The flowers come up first and the leaves come up later and stay until next summer. It is a nice fall bloomer.

I had a busy week. Choral practice started for our Christmas program and choir practice has started. I had a finance meeting at the church on Monday. I have been doing a lot of weeding; I'm getting my shrubs and plants ready for winter. Have much more to do. I miss my morning walks. Alice drives a school bus and has a very busy schedule this year. She has the kindergarten kids so has to pick them up at noon and then go back to get the middle and high school at 2:30 and then the elementary kids at 3:30. She starts to pick them up at 7:00 and 8:00. It makes for a long day. One of the drivers is in the hospital and the others have to cover for him.

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Monday, September 15, 2014

Steeple Chasin'


This little church is somewhere in or near Mauricetown, NJ. It was taken when Don and I were on the NJ Lighthouse tour.

I stayed at Don's overnight as we got home from the concert late. I went to the Holmes Presbyterian Church and talked with many of my mother's friends. The church has their library dedicated and named after my mother. I was sitting under a large photo of my mother and a man said, "My goodness, you look a lot like your Mother."

After church, Don and I took Sparky for a long walk around the Holmes area. The town has changed since I was a kid. Many of the big, grand old houses are gone and replaced by either apartments or duplexes. It made me feel sad because I remember the people who used to live in them. Even the old railroad station has apartments on the land next to the tracks. They remind me of the song, "The railroad comes thru the middle of the house." When the freight trains come roaring through, it must feel like that. I don't know who would want to live there.

In the late afternoon, we went to see my cousin, Scott. He and his friend, Joe were performing at a little place at the Ridley Twp. Marina on the Darby Creek Scott and Joe dedicated "Sweet Caroline" to me. We had a nice time. The place is called A Taste of Key West. It is mostly outdoors next to the water. It has a sandy beach floor and tables with colorful umbrellas. A statue of Humphey Bogart greets you at the door.

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I went to see the British Invasion Concert.

L to R: Jeremy, Chad, a band member, Terry Sylvester, Denny Lane, and Billy J. Kramer. The photo was taken by my brother, Don. I haven't downloaded mine yet.

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Friday, September 12, 2014

Friday Flower Bloggin'


Friday already. I had a busy week. I had a meeting at the church with the Finance Committee on Monday, a covered dish dinner with the Choral Society on Tuesday, and choir practice at the church on Thursday. I have been weeding my flower gardens. It seems that chore never ends.

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Monday, September 8, 2014

Sunday, September 7. 2014

I went to church this morning. My young friend, Britney sang a solo for the special. She did an excellent job.

I was getting ready to make my lunch when my niece called and invited me to go out on their boat. It had been windy earlier so they decided to go at the last minute. It was a beautiful day on the water. Cheryl got some subs and off we went. It was low tide and the water was very shallow. We couldn't get very close to the shore and where we did anchor the back of the pontoons were resting on the sand. We had to push the boat to deeper water which wasn't much deeper. We floated around on floats in knee deep water. I think the rain storm on Saturday washed sand from the bank into the river. All the boats anchored in the cove had to push their boats into deeper water.

The water was a very warm 83 degrees. Cheryl put her beach chair in the water and could sit in it. Ethan was able to stand in the water which he liked after he figured out he could touch the bottom. He was able to walk around in the water and walk to the beach where he built sand castles and enjoyed knocking them down.

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Sunday, September 7, 2014

Sunday Steeple Chasin"


I took this photo of the North Wildwood United Methodist Church when I stayed in Wildwood Crest for the Small Family Reunion in 2012. The Crest also had a Methodist Church that was two blocks from the motel I was staying at. My cousin and I went to the WW Crest UMC.

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Saturday, September 6, 2014

I didn't do much today. I awoke to the dog throwing up on the bed at 4:10am. I had to wash the covers and get them out on the line. It was terribly hot and I just stayed in the air conditioned house. Thunderstorms came in the afternoon. My family was trying to call me but it seems my land line is out. They were able to get through on my cell phone. I have the phone through the cable company so will have to call them on Monday. The cable seems OK as I have the use of my computer and TV. Perhaps a mouse or something got under the house and chewed the wires.

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