Sunday, August 17, 2014

Steeple Chasin'


This little church is located along the road between North East, MD and Charlestown, MD. I didn't get the name as it is a drive by photo.

Yesterday, I went to Middletown, got some gas for $3.329 and then to Lowe's. My phone rang several times while driving down the road. I didn't answer it until I got to Lowes parking lot. I don't know who the first two were from . Someone wanted to donate things for the Church Bazaar in Nov. and I was the only person she could think of to open the church. The other call was from my niece inviting me to go out on their boat. When I got home, the lady who wanted to donate things called again and said she sold all her stuff at the yard sale so I didn't have to meet her at the church. I walked Sparky and threw my stuff in my beach bag and went to Cheryl's. We had a nice day out on the boat. Cheryl's cousin on her mother's side, anchored along side us and the children played in the sand on the beach. The air was cool so I decided not to go in the water. I should have laid down and let the boat rock me to sleep for a nice nap. I enjoyed watching the boats, ducks, and other birds along the river. Cheryl's mother-in-law was there, too. It was a beautiful day with low humidity and felt a little fall-like. The summer will soon be over. Sad to see it come to an end. The children start back to school this Thursday.

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Friday, August 15, 2014

Friday Flower Bloggin'


I have a butterfly bush on each side of my sidewalk. I feel like I walk through a rainbow of butterflies.

Yesterday, I went shopping with my neighbor, Alice. We had lunch at the Chinese Buffet and then went to Boscov's. It's not that far but I dread going there with all the traffic. I wasn't too bad yesterday. I found some king size pillow cases which were on sale and a few other items. We went in Bath and Body but I found their prices way higher than Boscov's. The pillow cases were twice as much. They ranged from thirty dollars to seventy dollars.

Alice had a 20% discount coupon at Boscov's that she let me use so I got the discount and the sale price. Boscov's is great that way.

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Wednesday, August 13, 2014

We had lots of rain yesterday. It started a drizzle in the morning and then it poured and poured all day. It changed from pouring hard to pouring harder. For a while, it was as my friend Marge puts it, "A real toad stabber."

When it let up slightly, I donned Sparky and myself in our raincoats and ventured out into the rain. He got soaked because he would shake and his raincoat would blow up toward his head and his back would get wet.

During the toad stabber, the rain came gushing off the roof where the gable is and shot out past the rain barrel. The rain barrel was already overflowing after the first five minutes of when the rain started.

I was able to do my work at the church and go to the CCEA with my food donation. I browed around the thrift store and got 3 pair of jeans and two king size pillow cases. They are hard to find. Even some king size sheet sets have regular size pillow cases. I got a couple really nice sheets from them at their spring yard sale but no pillow cases to go with them. They either didn't have them at the time or I didn't see them. Anyway, I washed them yesterday and have changed the sheets today. The bottom sheet is red, white, and blue stripe and the top sheet is navy. The pillow cases are navy. My walls are neutral so I can us any color for my bed.

got a lot of my ironing done during the afternoon.

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Sunday, August 10, 2014



This is a photo of the 10th Presbyterian Church in Philadelphia, PA. I used to listen to their Pastor, James Montgomery Boyce, on the radio but he passed away about 10 years ago. I was intrigued by the name 10th Presbyterian Church. Many communities have First Presbyterian Churches but they are the only Presbyterian Church in the community. I know Philadelphia had a First but it was a colonial church and no longer exists. There is a colonial 3rd Presbyterian Church that I saw one time but was not open to go in when I was there.

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Friday, August 8, 2014

Friday Flower Bloggin'


My hydrangea's did well this year but they are supposed to be blue. They look pretty in pink but I can't seem to put enough Hollytone on them to make them blue. Ever since I had my concrete driveway put in, they have turned pink. I think lime leaches out of the concrete into the flowerbed.

My friend, Marlene came over this morning and helped me paint my deck. The man came to powerwash it on Wednesday. I thought he wasn't going to come for such a small job. I had my colonoscopy done Wednesday morning so I rested in the afternoon. The anesthesia made me sleepy. All went well with it.

Yesterday, I worked at the church office and I also worked there this morning.

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Monday, August 4, 2014


Sunrise over the water on the C&D canal. All summer, my friends, Alice and Sue, and I have been walking along the canal at 6am. This photo was taken in Delaware. We start very close to the Delaware - Maryland line. We sometimes walk east into Delaware passing this fishing pier and sometimes we walk west to Chesapeake City.

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Sunday, August 3, 2014



This is the Holmes Presbyterian Church where I grew up and where Ted and I were married.

Yesterday, I went to People's Plaza in Glasgow, DE to do some shopping. I went in the DollarTree to get a few things. I bought a bunch of items for the church's back to school mission and a few things I needed for the house. I always get more than I went in for.

Next, I went in the pet store to get Sparky's dog food. Then it was the Home Depot. I need some top soil to fill in a big hole where I dug out the Pompas grass. I planted a butterfly bush in there. My neighbor gave it to me but I fear it is a white one and I'd rather have a purple one.

Next to Walgreen's to pick up some medicine and school back packs for the church mission.

From there, I went to the Acme to get some food.

This morning, I went to church early to cut a check to give to someone. I should have done it on Friday but I wasn't sure what I needed to do. After the service, I counted the offering and went to a gift store across from the church. I bought a toy John Deer tractor set for my grand nephew's birthday. It will be coming up soon.

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Friday, August 1, 2014

Friday Flower Bloggin'


My portulacas with a couple ageratums along the road and vincas along the driveway.

It has started to rain and it's coming down hard. I was able to get some yard work done this morning and get to the church to see what needed to be paid. When I got home, I had some lunch and took Sparky out. I hope we get a break in the rain when it's time to take him out again.

Tuesday, I went to my friend, Ella's with a group of ladies from the church. She has a summer cottage on the North East River near Charlestown, MD. She invites our group every summer. Everyone brings a dish and we have a variety of food for our lunch. After lunch, we play a game that is similar to Dominoes but with numbers on the tiles rather than dots. We had a very nice time.

Monday and Wednesday, I did more yard work and other jobs around the house. The weeding has to be done continuously and I am just getting my mulch put down. It's starting to shape up.

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Sunday, July 27, 2014

Steeple Chasin'


This is the Belmont Baptist Church. I don't remember where it is. I took it awhile ago.

I didn't do much yesterday. I did a load of wash, hung it out on the line and wondered what was dripping on me. The forecast was for partly cloudy. A cloud had moved in right over my house and it was raining. I took the clothes off the line and into the house. I was on my computer for awhile and then went to my neighbor's yard sale over at the Valero station. They had some nice things but I didn't need any. I need to get rid of my stuff not buy more. I always take a look to see if perhaps there is something that I have missing from my set of dishes or something I could use. I need some picture frames that are 4 feet x 8 feet. They are expensive to buy new so I keep on the look out for them.

I drove down the road to get some corn but the lady wasn't there. I thought that was odd so I went a little farther to see if there was another stand. It wasn't open either. I browsed in a little gift shop on the corner. They had some neat stuff but expensive. On the way back home, the lady had her farm stand open and I realized I had been too early. They needed time to pick the corn. I stopped in the Library to get a movie as it's suppose to rain today but the sun is shinning. Go figure. They predict sun and it rains and they predict rain and the sun is out.

I walked Sparky when I got home and we had the other half of my sub from Friday night. I had the corn for dinner.

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Friday, July 25, 2014

Friday Flower Bloggin'


My beautiful lily is blooming, however, this photo was taken by Ted when we lived in Vineland. I dug the lily up and brought it with me.

I went for my walk along the canal this morning. It was rather cool at 58 degrees. We walked on the Delaware side. There was not much bird activity this morning. I guess because I brought my camera this time. I did get some photos of the sun coming up over the canal and boats going through the canal.

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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Our early morning walks have gotten longer. We started parking down by the canal and walk 20 minutes one way and then turn around. Monday, we walked all the way to town and came back by way of the road. It was at least 3 miles maybe 4.

I was beat. This week has been hot and humid. The mornings are cool but the humidity is high. It is nice walking along the canal. Yesterday, we walked in the direction of Delaware. It is only a quarter mile to the east. We walked along the canal and there was no sign of civilization. No houses were visible from the canal. It was quiet and peaceful. Today, we walked toward Chesapeake City and Bald Eagles were fishing in the canal. We saw them diving for fish and flying around. I tried to get a photo but the glare from the sun was so bad I couldn't see what I was taking. I got an empty sky. I should have put it on video but my phone camera is not convenient for taking photos. There are too many levels of buttons to push and sort through. Then I have to save it and if I forget, I lose the photo. I have to save and then shot another. My regular camera can click, click, click to get several photos. I haven't been bring it because, I like to travel light while walking.

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Sunday, July 20, 2014

Steeple Chasin'


St. Mary Anne's Church North Elk Parish in North East, MD. The congregation was formed in 1706 and this building was built in 1742. It is the oldest church in Cecil County.

We went to the fireworks on July 6th in North East, MD. I went with my niece, Cheryl, her husband, Ed and their son, Ethan.

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Friday, July 18, 2014

Friday Flower Bloggin'


Oh my, I haven't blogged for a week. I have been busy with yard work in the morning and then vegetating in the afternoon. I also am busy running to the church to do some computer work. The first part of the week it was hazy, hot, and humid. By afternoon, I stay in the air conditioning. The past couple days, it has been cool with low humidity. Sparky doesn't like the heat either. When he gets back from his walk, he lays down and sleeps.

I also spend time on the computer with my photos. Scanning in old photos. I post them on facebook. Thursday is Throw Back Thursday and people post their old photos. I like to post the old farm photos for my cousins to enjoy.

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Friday, July 11, 2014

Friday Flower Bloggin'


Portulacas are doing well and so are the hydrangeas. Juan came yesterday to look at the hot water heater. When the connection leaked, it ran down into the electrical system and scorched the insulation. The insulation was soaked and the electrical parts had some of the plastic melted. He was going to see if he could replace the parts but I wondered what other damage the water had done inside and we both agreed it would be wiser to get a new one. He got one a Lowe's last night and will put it in today after he gets home from work.

He has been extremely helpful to me. He works for a plumber, does farm work for a farmer and various odd jobs for the neighbors. His wife works as a maid for one of the Bed and Breakfast. They are good hardworking people and have two lovely children.

The awning people are coming tomorrow to do the installation. I will be glad to get my awning up and my house put back together. All the dishes and glasses from the china closet are on the kitchen table and counters.

I also did some church financial work yesterday. I had to cut a check for the roof repair and now we find that the bell tower is in terrible shape. It will need a lot of work. The workmen put the rope for ringing the bell up high so no one could reach it. We don't want to bell to come crashing down on anyone.

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Thursday, July 10, 2014

Oh Bummer! the awning people had problems with the installation so said they would be back today with different tools they needed to install it. After getting a hose replaced on my hot water heater, the element has burned out. Last night I smelled something burning. I had the doors open to let the cool air come in so I went out the east side to sniff the air and smelled nothing, I went out the west side and smelled noting in the air there. I sniffed around to the hot water heater and it was coming from there. I turned off the water to it and the electric. Now I have to wait for my plumber to look at it and I'll have to buy a new one. It has a five year warranty and I've had it five years last May.

I have been weeding the flower beds early in the morning after my two mile walk. When the sun get up over the trees, it is too hot to work outside.

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Sunday, July 6, 2014

Steeple Chasin'


Middletown Presbyterian Church. I believe this is in Middletown, DE, but I don't recognize it. It may be some other Middletown. I'll have to have another look in my photo album to see what's with it.

It's been a busy weekend. I'll try to download my video of the fireworks later.

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Sunday, June 29, 2014

Steeple Chasin'


St. John's Methodist Church. I believe this church is near North East, MD. It was among photos I took while visiting my friend's who have a place on the North East River.

I'm still trying to get used to my new program. Resizing for the web is different than my old program. I hope I have it this time.

Yesterday, I weeded the section in front of my fence, painted the picnic benches, and the landscaping timbers in front of the flowerbed to keep cars from running over my flowers. I put marble chips in front of the timbers but will have to add more. It looks nice with the white marble against the redwood timbers and the flowers in front of the fence. I'll have to get a photo of that.

My friend, Marlene helped me carry the picnic table down to the patio. I want to paint the deck on both sides of the house. I hope I can get the back deck done before the awning comes. I should have gotten the awning to extend over my kitchen windows. The sun shinning in there is brutal and keeps the air conditioner running all day until around 8pn. Sometimes longer.

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Friday, June 27, 2014

Friday Flower Bloggin'


My daisies are blooming. This one was taken in June of 2012. I have thousands of photos so I hesitate to take more. My daisies have multiplied and now have two clumps. One in front of the fence and one in back. I have lots of weeding to do and lots of yardwork. I need to get a yard cart. I threw my wheel barrow out. A lady down the street took it. The wood frame was rotted and although they sell frames, The bolts are rusted and there is a layer of concrete in the barrow. It was extremely heavy and hard to manage. I have borrowed my neighbor's yard cart and it is a lot easier to handle. Now, to find one on sale.

To all my friends following my blog, please pray for my friend, Ruth, who recently lost her husband.

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Thursday, June 26, 2014

Hot and humid. Had a thunderstorm last night and got an inch of rain. My flowers and bushes needed it. The rain buckets are full again but I need to get a regular rain barrel with a spigot to connect a hose. My buckets are only hold enough for one watering and that doesn't get all the plants. My handyman, Juan, said he would put a sump pump in the stream out back and I can water all the flowers I want. I have a pump so I'll have to have him do that.

It was warm and the air was heavy for our walk this morning. I take Sparky out before and after. He pokes around sniffing everything after it rains. I guess everything smells different after the rain.

I can't keep ahead of the weeds and the mint. I keep pulling it out by the roots and it has grown about six inches. I'll plant it out by the shed. I had planted it before I had my sidewalk put in on the west side. After the sidewalk was put in, I planted flowers and the mint keeps trying to take over.

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Tuesday, June 24, 2014

I went to the Doctor's yesterday. I had something wrong with my eye. I didn't know if it was an allergic reaction to a weed, an insect bite, or a stye. I had been weeding and my eye itched. I rubbed it with the back of my leather glove that looked clean but one never knows. It wasn't getting any better so I went to the Dr's. It is a stye but not in the eyelash area. It is higher on the eyelid.

Still struggling with this new computer. Why can't they just leave things alone. I liked Windows XP.

I have more weeding to do and I want to get my deck stained before my awning comes. I need to do both the deck and the front steps. I also need to do the landscaping timbers. I better get to work before it gets too hot.

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Friday, June 20, 2014

Friday Flower Bloggin'


Lilies are blooming.

I have been walking with my neighbors, Alice and Sue, along Bethel Church Road. Bethel Church is no longer there as it was taken down the last time the canal was widened. The cemetery is still there but many of the grave had to be moved and many were unmarked. They have a monument for the unmarked graves. They may date back a couple hundred years.

Alice had a man come out to get a quote on a Sunsetter Awning. I had him stop by and give me a qupte. I decided to get it as the deck get over 100 degrees in the afternoon. I got all the bells and whistles with the remote motor, electric outlet to the outside from the kitchen, a hood to keep it in when not in use, and so forth. He gave me all the discounts that were available. It should be here in a couple weeks.

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Wednesday, June 18, 2014

It's been hot, yesterday and today. Yesterday it was 102 in the sun and 97 in the shade. In the afternoon, I just take Sparky in the back yard in the shade. Too hot to walk him around the neighborhood. This morning, I went with neighbors, Sue and Alice to walk down Bethel Church Road to the canal. It is 1.8 miles so we walked along the canal to make it two miles. It was already 80 degrees at 6am. I walked Sparky before and after. I went to Blble Study. When I got home, it had clouded over so I walked Sparky around the block. A neighbor girl, Brittany came to pull the weeds. She doesn't do as great a job as I would like but she comes from a poor family and needs the money so I don't mind.

I'm still trying to figure out how to load my files from Carbonite. It's a job.

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Monday, June 16, 2014

Busy morning. Started downloading my files from Carbonite. Did some wash and hung it out on the line. Put out my sun tea first on the east side and then on the west. Did some computer work at the church and then went to the post office and the bank. I pulled out some of my flowers that had taken over and was covering my air conditioner and choking out my yellow lilies. I spray painted my mosquito trap, the dogs tray for his food bowls, and the bald eagle I hang on the west side of the house. I had some lunch and now feel exhausted. It's 87 degrees and the heat got to me so I'm relaxing inside with the air on.

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Sunday, June 15, 2014

Looks like I picked the uncropped photo. Still getting used to new computer and new photshop software.

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Remembering my Dad on Father's Day. The Photo was taken with my brother Rick, Jr. at Aunt Fannie's Farm around 1948.

It has been raining and storming almost all last week with the power going on and off so I haven't been on the computer.

Getting ready to go to my friend's 60th Anniversary and her 80th birthday.

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