Fun With Words

Oct 21, 2019

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“The best time for new beginnings is now.” ~ unknown

Any house with at least one feline member has no need for an alarm clock.”
~ Louise A. Belcher

“In a cats eye, all things belong to cats” ~ unknown

“Be brave to stand for what you believe in even if you stand alone.”
~ Roy T. Bennett, The Light in the Heart

” Let the rain wash away,

all the pain from yesterday.”

~ ?

“The best thing about the future is that it comes one day at a time.”

~ Abraham Lincoln

Tomorrow is National Boston Creme Pie Day, National IPOD Day, National Mole Day, and National TV Talk Show Host Day.

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Color

Oct 22, 2019

Sorry it’s taken me longer than normal to get this to you, my cat let me sleep in – til 430am!!

Since today is National Color Day, I thought I’d share some “color” with you! Color surrounds us, color is expressive, color is health…color is reflective. I won’t get into the science of color, it’s way to early for that. So… here is some color for you…

Hope you enjoy!!

Green:  Good Taste – Envy – Relaxation

Blue:  Corporate – High Quality

Red:  Excitement – Love – Strength

Yellow:  Competence – Happiness

Violet/Purple:  Authority – Power

Pink: Sophistication – Sincerity

Black:  Grief – Fear

White: Happiness – Purity

Brown:  Ruggedness

What’s your favorite color? Mine is blue!

And I am so happy I have finally planted some flowers in my garden(s) that are blue!

“Color is a power which directly influences the soul”

~ Wassily Kandinsky

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(If you would like, comment with your favorite color and I will repost later with an image of your favorite color!)

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Picture of the Day

Oct 22, 2019

With words

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Just a photo share

Oct 21, 2019

Something old, something new,

something borrowed, something blue

I know I should be doing this, that or the other thing, but it’s been a rough day…so, I’m sharing some photos with you.

Hope you enjoy!!

me in my mom’s convertible

My mom drove that thing into the ground…she loved it! And I loved riding in it. She bought it in the early 1960’s and drove it into the mid to late 80’s, if I remember correctly. I remember being hit by a tractor trailer while driving down I-70 towards Baltimore to visit my grandparents. My mom knew we were about to get hit, and told me to get on the floor.

This was back in the day when kids didn’t have to be strapped in a car seat until they’re 9 years old. My sister was in a bucket baby carrier, strapped in, of course! This car only had two seat belts, one for the driver and one for the passenger, front seat. I was sitting in between my sister and my mom when she told me to get on the floor. We were hit by one tractor trailer, boxed in by three others.

Miraculously, we survived and so did the car! Witnesses said they could see daylight under all four tires. My mom, until they day she died said God had his hand on the car. They way it was described, we should’ve rolled and being in a convertible…things could’ve been a lot worse than they were.

Gato, my favorite cat so far

Don’t get me wrong, I love Kalimba (my strange tuxedo cat)! But no cat will ever replace this one. He was a year older than me, died in 1995 (?). He was 19 years old! So, I grew up with him and he (and his mother) let me and my sister do things to them no other cat probably would. I cut his whiskers off once, dumped him and his mother in the pool, put Mr. Potato Head glasses on him (I have a photo!) and pushed him around in a baby stroller…and he sat there and took it…like a cat!

a goose on the barn

What else can I say? It’s funny and boy did he make a racket when landing! And taking off, as well.

my dad and his great grandparents grave stones

It took us for ever to find this cemetery! When he got down on all fours and started cleaning the headstones, I just had to snap a picture! As you can imagine, it’s out in the middle of nowhere, in Pennsylvania. The curch and the cemetery sit on top a hill.

blue cupcakes

Yummy!! These are actually “soda” cakes. The recipe calls for a box of cake mix and a can of soda. I made these from scratch. (I haven’t touched cake mixes since I found out there are chemicals in the mix – added as a preservative, that is also used in yoga mats. Supposedly, the chemical is no longer added, but I don’t trust them. More on that at a later date) Anyway, mix all the dry ingredients together, stir in the soda (any soda – I used Mountain Dew for this batch) and bake according to the directions.

So, that’s about all I have for today! Hope you enjoyed!! Can you tell which is old? New? Borrowed? The blue is a give away…I think!

Tomorrow is going to be a better day!

Tomorrow is National Color Day (red? blue? yellow? green?), National Nut Day (I’m an acorn, small and round, lying on the cold, cold ground!), and national Make A Dog’s Day (Snoopy says hi!)!

“Happiness is not something your postpone for the future, it’s something you design for the present.”

~ Jim Rohn

Have a great rest of the day, where ever you may be!

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Back When: Cape Hatteras

Oct 21, 2019

Through the years

I said I was going to post this, so here it is. Sorry it took so long. Other things came up!

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me and my dad
posing in a shipwreck

All throughout my childhood, we went to Cape Hatteras, North Carolina. Every year, since I was a baby up until and including 1991.

They’re actually a chain of islands they call barrier islands, the Outer Banks – 200 miles long according to wikipedia. I loved the ocean – still do!

not my image

some areas of the chain of islands are very narrow

my mom, grandfather and me
feeding the seagulls

My mom was teased often when she was pregnant with me…”If you’re not careful, that baby is going to be born with sand on its feet!” Needless to say, I love the beach, the ocean, the wind blowing through my hair – but I can’t stand having sand stuck to my feet!

My parents would tell me, later – when I was older, that I would cry whenever I was taken out of the water.

I know they say nowadays that you shouldn’t feed the birds…but it’s so much fun! We always made sure we had some bread to feed them whenever we rode the ferry to Okracoke (pronounced like the vegetable and the soft drink) Island. I’ll be sure to post more info on the islands, our trips there, later. I’ve got a lot to share.

my dad
taking a break from fishing
my grandfather
aka – “Poppy Dear”

My grandparents (mom’s parents) went camping with us up until…well, I guess the year we got stuck down there with the hurricane (keep reading). They weren’t with us that year.

hunkering down for the Hurricane

The last year we went camping on Hatteras Island, we got stuck down there. We had driven the 9 hours, pulling the camper with a one ton truck, and dad was setting the camper up when he heard that a hurricane was approaching! By the time he heard this they had stopped all tractor trailers from crossing – which meant we couldn’t bring the camper if we left. My mom and dad discussed it and decided to stay. The campground also had a motel (along with a marina), so during the hurricane that’s where we stayed. It was an experience, I’ll tell you that!! Birds flying backwards, picnic tables upside down, floating across the parking lot.

The camper was ruined! I’m sure we stayed in the hotel for a few nights, as the beds were soaked! (All the windows had been blown open from the force of the wind.) We couldn’t leave the island for a while, I do remember that.

The camper you see in some of my photos? It’s the same one…used for storage now. The only way to get it outta here is by trailer. The axles are bent, tires are rotten (I’m sure)…

Like I said earlier, I will be posting more info as I come across more photos!

Blackbeard made his name here.

The infamous Pirate Blackbeard made the Outer Banks his resting grounds and picked off merchant ships looking to pass through the inlets to reach inland ports. Blackbeard was eventually surrounded on November 22, 1718 just off Ocracoke by Royal Navy Lieutenant Robert Maynard. A fierce battle ensued, and Blackbeard’s run of terror came to end. (It’s said that his ghost roams Okracoke Island, looking for his head!)

That’s about all I have for now!

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Picture of the Day: Where Things Grow

Oct 21, 2019

Even Now

Ivy Leaves
taken Sept 6, 2019

I found these leaves growing through an opening in the mower shed.

“Be sure to go

Where wild things grow.”

~ ?

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No Damage Done!It could’ve been worse!

Oct 20, 2019

I was sitting here, getting ready to do the Carefree Saturday post when I felt a thump and heard a crash! I asked my son if that was thunder, he said yeah.

Just as this happened, my boyfriend had walked outside…he said he heard the crash and at first thought it was an accident on the interstate – a tractor trailer or something. (We live that close! The house has actually shook when a tractor trailer has blown a tire.) When he looked, he saw the leaves on top of the house – and came and got me!

So, you remember the tree that came down in the wind storm/straight wind we had the other day? (You can read about that by clicking here.) Of course, I had to grab the camera! I grabbed both of them.

We really thought we had a little bit of time before we had to take the rest of the tree down. I mean, the first part broke just the other day. On the 17, which was Thursday! Maybe the weight of the rain helped bring it down! There’s a little bit of a breeze, but…when a tree is damaged, it doesn’t take much!

Luckily, we’ve got a new roof and most of the weight of the tree is away from the house.It could’ve been so much worse!

I’d actually been thinking about adding some windows (2) to that end of the house, to allow for more air flow. Now I’m glad we haven’t! Or I didn’t, or how ever that goes.

Mt boyfriend’s gonna go up on the roof – after it’s done raining – and take some pics and cut the branches away. And we’re gonna have to get some one out to cut the rest of the tree down.

You don’t know how thankful I am right now!

  • It could be so much worse! It could’ve actually done damage. We could’ve been outside, under the tree when it came down. (If it hadn’t been raining, my boyfriend was going to mow.)
  • No one was hurt! Like I just stated…we could’ve been out there when it came down!

So, I’m not really gonna do my Carefree Saturday today like I usually do. But I will add the photos!

I don’t know what the flowers are, but they’re still blooming!

It didn’t take us very long to get all the branches picked up from the wind storm the other day.

Tulip poplar, Silver Maple Tree and leaves

It’s been so dry that the leaves aren’t as vibrant as they should be! The rain we’re getting now will certainly help!

We cleaned out the chimney! It actually wasn’t that bad!

Well, we looked at it – the brush I got is too big. so I need to take it back and get a smaller one.

What a weekend it has been! And I’m still able to laugh, no tears – things could be so much worse!

“A thankful heart is a happy heart!” ~ unknown

Tomorrow is National Clean Your Virtual Desktop Day, National Reptile Awareness Day, and National Pumpkin Cheesecake Day!

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No damage done

October 20, 2019

We thought we had more time! More to come in a little bit – need to get the images off my camera!

Back in a bit!

Sunday’s Words

Oct 20, 2019

Usually, this is inspirational…I guess it still is, but there’s other “words” mixed in.

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“We may encounter many defeats but we must not be defeated.”

~ Maya Angelou

The man who has confidence in himself gains the confidence of others.”

~ Hasidic Proverb

“Do not be afraid of that which should be afraid of you”
~ Constance Friday

“The art of being wise is the art of knowing what to overlook.”

~ William James

“There are new words now that excuse everybody. Give me the good old days of heroes and villains, the people you can bravo or hiss. There was a truth to them that all the slick credulity of today cannot touch.”

~ Bette Davis

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Just some photos with words from the past

Picture of the Day

Oct 20, 2019

Abstract

Contrasting Colors

“Be crazy, be stupid, be silly, be weird, be whatever,

because life is too short to be anything but happy.”

~ unknown

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All My Troubles Seemed So Far Away

Oct 19, 2019

It’s been a good day so far! Been getting things done outside…it’s supposed to rain tomorrow.

I figured since I shared some of my memories with you earlier today, I’d share some of the photos I have from way back when. Some of the photos aren’t perfect, but they’re good enough. I kinda like the “old” feeling. Most of the pictures are from my dad’s side of the family.

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I haven’t been able to identify this man yet

I have no idea who this man is, but the photo was in with my grandfather’s stuff.

Benjamin Morris
my great grandfather

Benjamin was born in 1879 in Pennsylvania, died in 1953 in Pennsylvania. His wife was Margaret “Lovey” Divelbiss. Her mother’s name was also Margaret, which is how we believe she got the nickname.

Joe and Martha Divelbiss
my great grandmother’s step brother

Joe was born in 1866. I don’t know when he died, but it was after my dad was born (1937) – we have pictures of my dad with Joe. His great great great great grandfather settled in Frederick. I found it very interesting that my fifth great grandfather settled in Frederick and my dad ended up moving here in the 60’s – not knowing any of this. (We didn’t know much of anything about the Morris’ until a couple of years ago.)

Frederick County Farm
circa 1920’s

My grandfather on my mom’s side – I believe – took this photo. I was told, growing up, that my grandfather and his family would come up to Frederick/Braddock Heights during the summer. Braddock Heights was originally founded as a summer resort, which included several hotels, a community pool, a roller/skating rink, amusement park, scenic overlooks, nature trails and until 1890 a small ski resort. There was a trolly that ran from Frederick to Braddock Heights, it ran right in front of our house. I’ll be sure to post more about Braddock at a future date (Braddock Heights was named after British General Edward Braddock), as it is basically in my back yard and I used to go roller skating up there all the time.

I have yet to determine exactly where the photo was taken – I know it was along 340 somewhere (it is written on the back).

my dad
7 years old

I have a photo of my dad where he looks like Alfalfa from The Little Rascals. I will find it for you.

Lost time is never found again.”      

~ Ben Franklin (1706-1790)

Tomorrow is National Bittersweet Chocolate with Almonds Day, National Brandied Fruit Day, and National Youth Confidence Day.

That’s about all I have for you at this time.

I hope you enjoyed!!

Have a great day, night or evening – where ever you may be!!

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Memories: 2010 part 1

Oct 19, 2019

I’m not doing a HOW TO post today. I’ve got stuff for it, but it’s just not ready. So, instead, I’m doing memories. This one will be 2010. I was going through photos, trying to figure out what to post, and came across these photos.

I’m still working on the rest of the photos. So, here are a few of the memories I have to share with you…

Hope you enjoy!

taken June 23, 2010

Somewhere in Pennsylvania… during this time we were cemetery hopping with my dad – trying to find old graves of family. We found some, but it took us a couple of years and a lot of photos.

My dad’s family settled in Pennsylvania. Some came from France (DeVore), Germany (Shaffer/Divelbiss), England (Mason), and Wales (Morris), among other places if you go back far enough.

You will see pics of tombstones, especially ones that I found interesting. Like the one below…

infant graves – 2011

Of course, I don’t have any info about them… I just found them interesting. And sad. If my memory serves, they were siblings.

Sandy Point Beach
Chesapeake Bay
August 14, 2010

We did a lot of traveling back then.

On this trip…there were a lot of jelly fish. So we didn’t do a lot of swimming. My sister and I both got stung, my son didn’t. It was still fun!

Assateague Island
September 4, 2010

If you would like to see the story about the ponies taking our spot on the beach, click here. It was quite an experience! If I can find some other photos worth sharing, I will.

December 10, 2010
First snow fall of the season

I was attending Shepherd University in West Virginia at this time. I headed out, like I normally would…it took me an hour to go maybe two miles. Everywhere I went, the roads were either too treacherous or blocked by accidents. (I wouldn’t have even tried to go to school that day, but I had a portfolio due.) I walked back in the door and my dad asked me what I was doing home. So, I told him about the roads and called my professor. By this time, my professors knew I commuted to school and stated (often) that they would rather have us safe.

This photo is looking towards Frederick, MD – Middletown is behind me.

So, that’s what I have for now and there will be more to come!

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Have a great day!

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“The best thing about memories is making them.”

~ ?

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