Reflections of Today

Nov 20, 2019

It’s been a busy day. Taking the time now to reflect on today, yesterday and maybe even the future. It all started because my cat let me sleep til 530, which is highly unusual! And when that happens, everything else falls out of place. Meaning, everything is later than it normally would be!

My boyfriend and I were downtown today, which is why I decided to include the pics that I did. Nothing seemed to go as planned, but, at the same time we got everything done that we needed to do!

So glad I am feeling better than I was! I got a little winded while dragging branches away…but I took my time and now I get to rest. The reason why I am late – besides the fact that I got to sleep in – was/is because my boyfriend was cutting up the branches that were left from when part of a tree fell on the roof. (To read about that, click here.) And of course, I helped, being the outdoorsy woman that I am!

All photos were taken October 24, 2019, Carroll Creek, downtown Frederick Maryland. I think I will just let the photos speak for themselves!


So glad I get to relax now! And enjoy the rest of the evening!

“If I speak of myself in different ways, that is because I look at myself in different ways.”

~ Michel de Montaigne

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Gone is today

with the wind

with the setting sun

always marching on

to tomorrow

I Love You!

~ HCMorris


Benefits of Burning Wood

Nov 20, 2019

To be more specific, burning wood to heat the home.

As many of you know, we have a wood stove which is our only source of heat at the moment. When I bought the wood stove, I knew that the furnace we had was on its last leg. But I had no idea that it would would go up as soon as it did. It is/was original with the house, which was built in 1986. As one of the guys who came to look at it said, it’s “ancient”.

So, I thought I’d share some of the benefits of burning wood to heat the home!

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Many people see using wood to heat as an evil, even though it has been a source of heating and cooking fuel for forever! Many people are starting to burn wood again to reduce their dependence on fossil fuels, and save money on energy bills. There are many benefits to wood heat as a primary or secondary heating source. There is also annual maintenance to be done on the system.

All info comes from, if not my own words.

a load of wood
  • Wood is renewable. Trees keep on growing, but they need to be harvested sustainably to keep a woodlot or forest producing for decades. A home woodlot should have ½ cord removed per year to be sustainable. (A chord of wood is 4x4x8.) Many national forests (outside of California) will allow people living in that county – local citizens – to come in and take dead wood for a small fee.
some kindling
  • Newer wood stoves are very energy efficient, and they release few emissions. Any pollution they do create is offset by the CO2 that is captured by the planet’s forests. Which is why, for every tree my boyfriend cuts down – either dead or mostly dead – I plant a baby. I do try to leave some dead standing for the critters. I know that it takes a while for the baby to get big enough to fully replace the dead tree but something is better than nothing. Even dead trees are good for the environment, which is for another post.
green wood
not ready to burn
  • Firewood is a local product that creates jobs. The money stays in the community as income for wood sellers, property taxes for woodlots, and permits for cutting on public land.
more kindling and odds and ends
  • Burning firewood is a buffer against unexpected fuel increases over the winter. A wood stove is excellent back-up heat during power outages, and it provides ambience. Who doesn’t like to cozy up to a fire during a snowstorm and a blackout? There is nothing in the world that can beat radiant heat, which is what fires are. It feels oh so much better than electric heat on achy bones.
  • Wood stoves are versatile household items. You can cook on a wood stove, heat water for domestic use, hang laundry to dry, and spread the ashes in the garden to raise the pH of acidic soils. Splitting and hauling wood is good exercise, too! The old saying goes, wood warms you twice – once when you split it, and once when you burn it. In other woods, very good exercise!
  • Connected to nature. You are living with the planet when you heat with wood. Each year, your wood fire shows you what the weather is doing. In the fall and spring, you build a small fire to take the chill off the mornings. In the coldest spells, you can’t seem to keep enough wood in the stove to stay warm. It’s easy to see the cycles of the seasons. If you collect your own wood, you are out in the forest day after day, working with the elements, and enjoying the scenery and wildlife. You are unplugged and connected to nature.

At the moment, it is 77 degrees in the house and 49 degrees outside. Most days, if I can help it, shorts and a sleeveless tee are my normal dress. Even during the winter. This wood stove is very efficient – most days I only have to put a new log in the stove every few hours. Load it up at night before bed (around 830pm) and it’s good to go until morning. Of course, someone is usually up around 330am.

“In the woods we return to reason and faith.”     

~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

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In the truck

Nov 20, 2019

in the truck
I stand and look
wanting to play in the water
wanting to feel the sand between my toes
please, let me out!
~ HCMorris
photo taken September 1978
Cape Hatteras North Carolina

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Happiness is a sunny day at the beach

Upside Down

Nov 20, 2019

Picture of the Day

Upside Down Praying Mantis
taken Sept 28, 2019

“The unexpected and the incredible belong in this world. Only then is life whole.”

~ Carl Jung

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A Good Night’s Rest

Nov 19, 2019

As the goose flies

to find

a field

for a good night’s rest

so do I

~ HCMorris

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It’s been a rather good day today! I am feeling much better and actually sleeping through the night again! YAY!! Still taking it easy and taking medicine, as I don’t want to go right back to being sick again. But it does feel good!!

Tomorrow will be even better!!

Disappearing Acts of Rose Hill Manor

Nov 19, 2019

I know I haven’t done anything like this recently, as I have been sick. And for that, I sincerely apologize. I knew, that while being sick, it wouldn’t be conducive on my part to try and post something like this. As it takes time and energy, both of which I had very little of. Again, I apologize! But now, that I’m feeling better…the stories, lore and history will continue!

so, on we go…

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Today’s Frederick County Legend and Folklore story comes from Spirits of Frederick by Alyce T Weinberg (1992).

map of Frederick County, Maryland

Rose Hill Manor, in Frederick MD, was built in the mid-18th century and was home to Thomas Jefferson, the first Maryland governor (not to be confused with Thomas Jefferson, the third U.S. President). On the map above, Rose Hill Manor is located near the star, close to center.

Thomas Johnson (governor).jpeg
(November 4, 1732 – October 26, 1819) was an 18th-century American judge and politician. He participated in several ventures to support the Revolutionary War. Johnson was the first (non-colonial) governor of Maryland, a delegate to the Continental Congress, and an associate justice of the Supreme Court. Johnson suffered from a myriad of health issues. He was the first person appointed to the court after its original organization and staffing with six justices. Johnson’s tenure on the Supreme Court lasted only 163 days, which makes him the shortest-serving justice in U.S. history.

Rose Hill Manor was Thomas Jefferson’s home for the last twenty years of life. It is now owned by Parks and Recreation Commission and is a children’s museum. Many volunteers, who are there day after day, in old fashioned clothes demonstrating life in early American life, will admit that they hear voices and sounds which they can not account for.

the people of the county considered it a hard luck house where crops failed, marriages fell apart and unhappiness prevailed

The old blue dog…

There is a story that there is an old blue dog that lurks in the shadows at night and roams the grounds of Rose Hill Manor. “If you can follow the dog until it barks it will lead you to buried gold”, rumor has it. But the dog always disappears.

A replica of the ghost dog, a blue ceramic Great Dane made by Mrs. William B. Lebherz for Rose Hill, disappears as well. When it is found – on the property, in an unlikely place, it disappears again.

The stories of the disappearing dog was so intriguing, that Rose Hill decided to make samplers patterned after the dog. Five copies of the designers print were let out (sent) to be worked on. When they came back, three of the dogs were blue…no one had told the workers what color to make the dog! And none of the workers, they say, had heard the stories.

There is a story told of a wealthy man who lived on the estate many years ago with only his dog for company. Not one to trust in banks, he buried all his money somewhere on the property. In his will, he left directions where to find it, presumably six feet from an old oak tree. After he died, many people searched the estate for the buried treasure, but no one has been successful.

The mystery woman…

One night, while doing a tour, a woman disappeared. The tour started with seven guests, but only six finished the tour. They turned on all the lights and searched the grounds. They revisited the attic, the cellar and barns, the old spring house with slits for shotguns and a secret trap door. But to no avail.

The woman who had disappeared had whispered to others about a young girl who had fallen in love with a young soldier boy who had gone missing and killed herself by jumping out a window. There is – supposedly – a patch of white on the lawn that looked like crumpled crinolines and nothing will grow there. Is the woman who was on the tour the woman who killed herself?

Another legend of Frederick County, or rather two. I searched for images of the blue ghost dog and the ceramic dog, but turned up nothing. During the Civil War and the Battle of Gettysburg, the Army of the Potomac’s large Artillery Reserve occupied Rose Hill Manors grounds.

Photograph of Rose Hill Manor from the Marker image. Click for full size.
Rose Hill Manor as it looked in the 19th Century

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Red October Rose

Nov 19, 2019

A Red October Rose
Shining As A Star
On A Cool October Day
No Other Rose
Shines So Bright
~ HCMorris

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Happiness is a red rose

blooming in October

Raindrops Are the Perfect Lullaby

Nov 19, 2019

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“Everything has its beauty, but not everyone sees it.” ~ Confucius

“By thinking of the cloud, I thirsted for the raindrop.” ~ Matt Haig

The Drop

Be the drop that freely falls and becomes one with the water

You might not be able to perceive the ripples

you have created right away

But water will allow you to feel

how their love comes back to you again and again

~ unknown

Dance in the rain

“I see pictures all the time. I could stay for hours and watch a raindrop.”

~ Alfred Eisenstaedt

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Happiness is watching raindrops on a window to which on wins

A Little Bit Blue

November 19, 2019

Picture of the Day

Taken October 23, 2019

“May your life be like a wildflower

growing freely in the beauty

and joy of each day.”

~ Native American Proverb

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Life Happens!


Nov 18, 2019

All things yellow!

yellow Rose of Sharon Leaves

Look at the stars
Look how they shine for you
And everything you do
Yeah they were all yellow

~ Coldplay

Hydrangea leaf
yellow, green and brown
  • the opposite of yellow is purple
  • According to surveys in Europe, Canada, and the United States, yellow is the color people most often associate with amusement, gentleness, humor, and spontaneity, but also with duplicity, envy, jealousy, avarice, and, in the U.S., with cowardice
  • In Iran it has connotations of pallor/sickness, but also wisdom and connection. In China and many Asian countries, it is seen as the color of happiness, glory, harmony and wisdom.
  • The word yellow comes from the Old English geolu, geolwe
and a spot of red
  • In Ancient Egypt, yellow was associated with gold, which was considered to be imperishable, eternal and indestructible. The skin and bones of the gods were believed to be made of gold. The Egyptians used yellow extensively in tomb paintings; they usually used either yellow ochre or the brilliant orpiment, though it was made of arsenic and was highly toxic. A small paintbox with orpiment pigment was found in the tomb of King Tutankhamun. Men were always shown with brown faces, women with yellow ochre or gold faces.
  • The ancient Romans used yellow in their paintings to represent gold and also in skin tones. It is found frequently in the murals of Pompeii.
yellow ivy
on a green cedar tree
  • According to color psychology, people with the yellow personality are perfectionists; they have high expectations and big plans. … The yellow personality type is fun and exciting to be around. Their sophisticated manners combined with a great sense of humor makes them an excellent company. (wikipedia)
yellow and red maple
stuck to
a maple tree?

“How wonderful the color yellow is. It stands for the sun.”

~ Vincent Van Gogh


– more sunshine

– more lemons

– more sunsets

– more bananas

– more sunflowers

– more yellow

– more happiness

~ Unknown


“And the yellow sunflower by the brook,

in autumn beauty stood.”

~ William Cullen Bryant

Tomorrow is National Carbonated Beverage With Caffeine Day.

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It’s been a good day! I am feeling much better, but not 100% yet. Within the next few days I will be back to my old self and be able to smell/taste things like a normal human being! Love, love, love the new washer – much quieter than the old one (the old one was one of the first HE (high efficiency) washers. The delivery guy told me that they put concrete blocks in the first machines to help stabilize. I can believe it ’cause when that thing spun, it made quite a racket!!

All that’s yellow is not gold

and all white things are not eggs

~ Scottish Gaelic Proverb

Bugs and Things From Yesterday

November 18, 2019

Here’s some photos of the last of the seasons butterflies and a praying mantis as well as some October facts that you may or may not have known.

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  • October is the tenth month in the Gregorian calendar, received its name from the Latin numeral octo meaning “eight”, because in the original Roman calendar it was the eighth month.
  • October Gemstone: Opal
  • October Flower: Calendula
  • The Zodiac signs for October are Libra or Scorpio (October 23 -31)
  • Hawaii has a special October event called “the Aloha Festival,” sometimes described as the “Mardi Gras of the Pacific.”
  • Germany’s Oktoberfest originally began on October 17, 1810, the wedding day of King Ludwig I.

Some important or maybe not so important dates in October:

  • October 1, 331 BC – Alexander the Great defeated Darius III of Persia in the Battle of Gaugamela, bringing about the fall of the Persian Empire.
  • October 2, 1950 – Peanuts by Charles M. Schulz was first published.
  • October 3, 1849 – Edgar Allan Poe was found delirious in a gutter in Baltimore under mysterious circumstances. It was the last time he is seen in public before his death.
  • October 4, 1941 – Norman Rockwell’s Willie Gillis character debuted on the cover of The Saturday Evening Post.
  • October 14, 1926 – Winnie the Pooh, by A. A. Milne, was first published.
  • October 20, 1720 – Caribbean pirate Calico Jack Rackham, one of the first pirates to use the “Jolly Roger”, was captured by the Royal Navy.
  • October 26, 1861 – The Pony Express officially closed.
  • October 30,1938 – Orson Welles broadcast his radio play of H. G. Wells’s The War of the Worlds.
  • October 31, 2011 – Today is the date that there were 7 billion people living on Earth.

And some quotes…

“Just before the death of flowers, and before they are buried in snow,
There comes a festival season when nature is all aglow.”
– unknown

“Rain in October means wind in December.” – Farmer saying

When birds and badgers are fat in October, expect a cold winter.
When berries are many in October beware a hard winter.”
– unknown proverb

“All things on earth point home in old October: sailors to sea, travellers to walls and fences, hunters to field and hollow and the long voice of the hounds, the lover to the love he has forsaken.”
– Thomas Wolfe

“October. This is one of the peculiarly dangerous months to speculate in stocks in. The others are July, January, September, April, November, May, March, June, December, August, and February.”
-Mark Twain

Isn’t great knowing all this stuff…after the fact? Ah…better late than never, right? That’s the way it goes…now you know it for next year! And, actually, all these photos were taken in September, so it makes this so much better!!

And this, my friends, is what happens when you do something when you’re sick!! And life goes on!

“If ducks do slide at Hallowtide,
At Christmas they will swim;
If ducks do swim at Hallowtide
At Christmas they will slide.”
– unknown

And a September quote for good measure…

“By all these lovely tokens September days are here
With summer’s best of weather and autumn’s best of cheer.”

All info comes from (and September too, where applicable)!

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New washing machine installed!

Now, time to hang and dry!!

Fun with Words

Nov 18, 2019

Attempted Murder

A group of at least three crows is called a murder

Osage Orange

Osage Orange:

  • Maclura pomifera, commonly known as the Osage orange, hedge, or hedge apple tree is a small deciduous tree or large shrub, typically growing to 8 to 15 metres tall.
  • Archers consider the wood of the Osage-orange to be the world’s finest wood for bows
  • it is a member of the mulberry family
  • has been known by a variety of common names in addition to Osage orange, including hedge apple, horse apple, bois d’arc, bodark, monkey ball, bow-wood, yellow-wood and mock orange (wikipedia)
Kissed by the Sun

Word of the Day: Nittles – the punctuation marks designed to denote swear words in comics (The Weird World of Words)

Joy is not in things; it is in us

Original meanings: BULLY – originally meant ‘darling’ or ‘sweatheart’

the warmth of the sun on a cold November morning

Origins of Expressions: A PIG’S EAR – This phrase derives from the old proverb ‘you can’t make a silk purse out os a sow’s ear’, which dates from the sixteenth century. In other words, no matter how skilled you are, if the material you’re working with is no good, you won’t be able to do very much with it. So if you make a pig’s ear of a job or task then you’ve done it badly.

– The Weird World Of Words by Mitchell Symons

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New washing machine comes today!!

Oh Happy Day!!


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