Help Me Save My Mother’s House

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A Barbarian in Gentlemen's Clothing

Greetings Barbarians! Long days and pleasa…. (Who am I kidding?)

Friends, today, I come to you, not as Mr. A but as Arnie, your run of the mill blogger who is trying his best to live life. While many of you know Mr. A as a confident and strong person, I’m afraid he is the other half of me. You see, the other half of me has his anxieties, troubles, and worries. There are moments where I seemed to question everything. I find myself asking why can’t I get a break. There are moments where everything seemed so hopeless and I am so lost. I always believed that men make their fortune, but there are moments when I can’t help but ask why am I so damn unlucky?

In case you’ve been wondering where the hell I’ve been, I have suffered a series of anxiety attacks and took a step…

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Bodycam for Work Bitter Friday Giftures

love this! We all need a laugh sometimes 🙂

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I get a lot of ideas and inspiration from Scott Adams (creator of Dilbert), who is actually a pretty brilliant guy, with a good sense of humor.  I’m much like him, except for his brilliance and sense of humor.

Anyway, recently he had a series of Dilberts where Dilbert wore a work bodycam so he could keep track of how many times the pointy-haired boss contradicted himself throughout the day. I know that bodycams aren’t a common thing in workplaces yet, but maybe they could be. I mean, even if they weren’t used for keeping bosses in check, they could me mined for comedy effect. Have you seen some of the ridiculous things your co-workers have done and just wished you could record them just to prove that this is real to your family and friends? I know I would have some gems I could have mined.

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reality, in the abstract

August 10, 2020

or is it, abstract reality
I have no idea

fun with words

“Nothing is more abstract than reality.”
~ Giorgio Morandi

if you lose a sock in the dryer, it comes back as a Tupperware lid that doesn’t fit any of your containers

If you mouth the word colorful to someone, it looks like you’re saying “I love you”
~ The Weird World of Words by Mitchel Symons

F-hole: the S-shaped hole in a violin
~ The Weird World of Words by Mitchel Symons

Spoonerism: a spoonerism is an error in speech in which corresponding letters are switched between tow words in a phrase. It is named after the Rev. William Archibald Spooner (1844-1930), the Warden of New College, Oxford, who was notoriously prone to this mistake.

Some examples:

A blushing crow
Is the bean dizzy?
The cat popped on its drawers

~ The Weird World of Words by Mitchel Symons

Down by the Bay

down by the bay
where the watermelons grow
back to my home
I dare not go
’cause if I do
My mother would say
“did you ever see a bear combing his hair?
down by the bay

Down by the bay
where the watermelons grow
back to my home
I dare not go
’cause if I do
my mother would say
“did you ever see a goose kissing a moose
down by the bay

Down by the bay
where the watermelons grow
back to my home
I dare not go
’cause if I do
my mother would say
“Did you ever see a whale with a polka dot tail?
down by the bay

Collywobbles Meaning, Pronunciation and Use #WordoftheDay
word of the day


noun [kol-ee-wob-uh lz]

meaning: butterflies in the stomach
use: The thought of 15 lakh in my account gives me the collywobbles
task: What gives you collywobbles?

lakh = A lakh is a unit in the Indian numbering system equal to one hundred thousand. (wikipedia)

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My mind isn't as sharp as it used to be for certain...I tend to talk to myself a lot, which isn't so bad since I am alone a lot.

I may not have lost all my marbles yet,
but there is a small hole in the bag somewhere

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eye contact

August 10, 2020

picture of the day

I wonder what I look like in your eyes

butterfly eyes
taken July 23, 2020
f-stop: f/9; exposure time: 1/125sec; ISO 3200
focal length 55mm

“Just like the butterfly
I too
will awaken in my own time”
~ vintage

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I listened to my dragonflies
and they whispered
“Have faith”

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little things

August 9, 2020

Sunday’s Inspiration

“The little things?
The little moments?
They aren’t little.”
~ John Kabat-Zinn

“Sometimes the little things
in life are enough.”
~ Angie Welland-Crosby

“Take life day by day
and be grateful for the little things.
Don’t get stressed
over what you can’t control.”
~ life quotes

“Conquer the devil
with a little thing called love”
~ Bob Marley

(not my image)


[fee-ka], Swedish
a moment to slow down and
appreciate the good things in life

“And it’s just a box of rain
I don’t know who put it there
Believe it if you need it
Or leave it if you dare
And it’s just a box of rain
Or a ribbon for your hair
Such a long long time to be gone
And a short time to be there

~ Box of Rain
Grateful Dead

“It’s the little things
that will get us through”
~ HCMorris

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And from the cressy brook’s green side
“Forget-me-not,” a small voice cried.

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be a bright spot in others lives

August 8, 2020

picture of the week

fledgling cardinal
Taken August 6, 2020
f-stop: f/5.6; exposure time: 1/60sec; ISO 400
focal length 300

“Be strong, but not rude
Be kind, but not weak
Be humble, but not timid
Be proud, but not arrogant.”
~ unknown

is this a male, or female? I can’t tell. Can you tell at this point in their lives?
It may not look all that pretty, but I think it’s beautiful…

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1930's Bird Children Illustration Print w Verse by M T Ross, Cardinal


Cardinal Bird wears vivid red
He’s very amiable, ’tis said
He likes fresh fruits and seeds to eat
And has a song that’s very sweet

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Happy To See You

August 7, 2020

picture of the day

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

happy to see you
in abstract
[God creating praying mantis]
God: make an insect that does karate
Angel: Ok
God: Now make it bite her husband’s head off
Angel: Dude, we need to talk

here is the original…

“Never let your enemy get to your head.”
~ Mantis
(Kung Fu Panda)

and side by side…

seeing these two photos side by side, I might have to make it available like that as well.

Praying Mantis’ are closely related to cockroaches and termites

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Mama Stacey thinks there was a saying similar to this in the film "The Fifth Element" ;)


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Praying mantis on a Natural Bicycle | Funny Pictures, Quotes, Pics ...
not my image

Had to share this.
Found it when I was searching the web!

Through the Lead Window

August 6, 2020

my thoughts for today

thought I’d take a minute and give you an update…

You may or may not remember that I said something a week or so ago about trusting your gut and maybe getting the corona virus test, just to make sure. It looks like, in Frederick – where I live – testing is only available if you have symptoms. I thought testing had opened up, but I was wrong. So I got on the CDC website and answered the questions, I don’t need to be tested at this time. As I really don’t have any symptoms.

Yeah, I’m tired, have allergy like symptoms and I am achy…but nothing really abnormal for me. With the “attack” I had a couple weeks ago, I think it just took me some time to recoup. Considering I don’t have air conditioning, I knew I needed to take it especially easy for a while.

Yesterday, my throat started hurting. Again, it could be allergies…especially since my ears were hurting a little. This could mean that my sinus’ are acting up, and my throat is/was irritated from post nasal drip. I started gargling with salt water, taking allergy medicine, saline nasal wash (home made). Last night, before bed, I also took some NYQUIL…just to make sure, if I’m starting to get a cold or something, this will help knock it out. I slept like a baby!

So far, this morning, I feel pretty good.

The recipe for the home made nasal wash is…

1 tsp sea salt (no iodine)
1 tsp baking soda
16 oz of distilled water (tap water can be used, but boil it first to sterilize it)

store in a closeable container in a cool, dark place

This recipe works for me. And it worked for my dad when he couldn’t get rid of a sinus infection several years ago. The doctor’s told him after many office visits and prescribing him the strongest stuff they could that he was going to have to have an operation. He said “no operation” and started looking for alternatives. He found this recipe, started using it. When he went back to the doctor’s for a check up, the sinus infection was gone.

I prefer homemade, you know exactly what it is that you are ingesting, or putting in your body. Three simple ingredients…as opposed to store bought. According to ” Nasal decongestant sprays contain such ingredients as oxymetazoline (e.g., Afrin), phenylephrine (e.g., Neo-Synephrine), or naphazoline (limited availability)”. If you don’t need that, why put it in your body? This home made recipe is a nasal wash, as opposed to an allergy nasal spray, which I use as well – when needed. You can use the nasal wash almost as much as you want, but not right after using an allergy spray. It will wash out the effectiveness of the allergy nasal spray.

In no way am I advising you not to heed your doctor’s advice, just letting you know what works for me. Options are always good, right? When searching for information on the web, be cautious, and if need be, ask your doctor’s advice. A good doctor will advise you to what is safe.

By now, you probably know I really don’t like doctors and will do what I need to, to keep away from them. Especially now, with the corona virus. Save the doctor’s office for when you really do need them.

Anyways, here’s the link to the post where I share what happened that hot July day…what started out good. I haven’t updated as of yet, but I think what happened that day was my body was so stressed that it led to [the start of] an asthma attack. Should I have gone to the hospital? Maybe. Did I? No. If I hadn’t been able to cool down and get my breathing under control, yeah, the paramedics would have had to been called.

now, something a little more lighthearted…

originally posted Dec 4, 2019

Picture of the Day

life is so much brighter when we focus on what truly matters
taken September 18, 2010
Fort Frederick, Maryland
“It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see.”
~ Henry David Thoreau

I tried looking at the bright side of life
but it hurt my eyes

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alice in wonderland - See this image on Photobucket.

“I wonder if the snow
loves the trees and fields,
that it kisses them so gently?
And perhaps it says,
“Go to sleep, darlings,
till the summer comes again.”
~ Through the Looking Glass

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a path to new worlds

August 6, 2020

picture of the day

taken July 27, 2020
f-stop: f/9; exposure time: 1/640; ISO 640
focal length 55mm
CANON EOS rebel T6
available at Pixels

Do not wish to be anything
but what you are
and do that perfectly

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Delightful August Birthstone Bracelet



success – health
happiness – positivity
luck – joy
your birthstone brings good luck
positive energy and protection
to your daily life

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saty safe
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my name is Max: 1937

August 5, 2020

So, for today’s post I thought I’d share a little from what was going on in 1937, the year my dad was born. Images are not mine…

Hope you enjoy!

Vintage Made In 1937 I Broke The Mold: Mens Alternative Birthday ...

Made In 1937
I Broke the Mold

1937 Plymouth 4 Door Sedan | Classic Auto Mall
1937 Plymouth
4 door sedan

Average Cost of new house $4,100.00
Average wages per year $1,780.00
Cost of a gallon of Gas 10 cents
Average Cost for house rent $26.00 per month
A loaf of Bread 9 cents
A LB of Hamburger Meat 12 cents
Average Price for new car $760.00
Toothpaste 35 cents
Couple of examples of houses advertised for sale:
Port Authur, Texas — 5 room Cottage home and bath in town center $2,250
Mansfield, Ohio —- Colonial Brick Home 6 modern rooms and bath with open fireplace in living room $6,000

1937 Fashion, Clothing Styles
1937 fashion
1930s Men's Suits- History in Pictures | Mens fashion classic ...


Amelia Earhart disappears: over the Pacific Ocean during a circumnavigation flight

July 2, 1937: Earhart Vanishes Over the Pacific | WIRED
Amelia Earhart

Snow White and the Seven Dwarves premiers: on December 21st at the Carthay Circle Theater in Los Angeles, California.

Looking Back: Snow White's Premiere | The Saturday Evening Post

Daffy Duck premiers: The popular Looney Tunes character Daffy Duck appears for the first time in April in the animated short “Porky’s Duck Hunt.”

Almanac: Daffy Duck - CBS News

Hindenburg bursts into flames: The German airship Hindenburg bursts into flames while attempting to moor at Lakehurst, New Jersey, May 6.

Eyewitness Account of Hindenburg Disaster - HISTORY

Battle of Shanghai: began in August and was one of the first and costliest battles of the Second Sino-Japanese War.
The Hobbit Published: byJ.R.R. Tolkien
First Blood Bank Opens in Chicago
Duke of Windsor Marries Wallis Simpson:
France, June 3

Inside Wallis Simpson's Wedding to the Duke of Windsor
Duke of Windsor and Wallis Simpson

Actor and future U.S. President Ronald Reagan makes his film debut in “Love Is on the Air.”: played the lead role of “Andy McCaine” opposite June Travis.

Love Is on the Air (1937) - Rotten Tomatoes

Golden Gate Bridge officially opens in May: construction began in 1933

Golden Gate Bridge's 1937 debut: An awe-inspiring archive find for ...
Golden Gate Bridge Premier

National Basketball League (NBL) was created: by three corporations: General Electric, Firestone and Goodyear.

Old Age Insurance Benefits: On January 1st One percent of wages Deductions from US employers and Employees to provide Old Age Insurance Benefits (Old Age Pensions)

Born This Year: (good or bad, all a part of history)

Jackie Collins October 4th
Bobby Charlton October 11th
Anthony Hopkins December 31
Shirley Bassey January 8th
Loretta Swit November 4th
Madeleine Albright May 15th — Prague, Czechoslovakia
Warren Beatty March 30th — Richmond, Virginia, U.S
Peter Cook November 19th — Torquay, Devon, England
Bill Cosby July 12th — Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Jane Fonda December 21st — New York City, New York, U.S.
Morgan Freeman June 1st — Memphis, Tennessee, U.S.
Susan Hampshire May 12th — London, England
Dustin Hoffman August 8th — Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Jack Nicholson April 22nd — New York City, New York, U.S.
Roger Penske February 20th — Shaker Heights, Ohio, U.S.
Colin Powell April 5th — Harlam, New York , U.S.
Vanessa Redgrave January 30th — London, England
Tom Stoppard July 3rd — Zlín, Czechoslovakia
Max Morris June 7 – Hyndman, PA

On June 7, 1937:

  • Benito Mussolini and Galeazzo Ciano became the first recipients of the Order of the German Eagle.
  • Curly Howard, of Three Stooges fame, marries Elaine Ackerman
  • Jean Harlow [Harlean Carpentier], American actress and 1930s’ sex goddess (Dinner at 8, Bombshell), dies from gallbladder infection at 26
  • Was on a Monday, 83 yeaars, 1 month and 28 days ago (as of today), was not a leap year
  • Known as the silent generation
  • Is an ox in Chinese zodiac
  • Star sign is Gemini
  • Time magazine publishes the second of the only two known photos taken of the United States Supreme Court in session
One of two photos ever taken of the United States Supreme Court in session
image of the U.S. Supreme court in 1937
Angel Number 1937 Meaning | SunSigns.Org
Angel 1937 wants you to know
that you are doing a great job
at following the right path
and right choices

to read more of my dad’s story, click here

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gunpowder treason and plot

August 5, 2020

picture of the day

available at Pixels

“Every moment in life
is an explosion
worth celebrating.”
~ Douglas Ross

here is the original, also available at Pixels…
shown as a throw pillow, click on the image to be taken to this item at Pixels

Nature Throw Pillow featuring the photograph White And Blue by Holly Morris
“white and blue” 14″x14″ throw pillow

the stats for the original photo are…
f-stop: f/9; exposure time: 1/250sec; ISO 1600; focal length 35mm, CANON EOS Rebel T6

Gunpowder treason and plot”

I picked the title because I liked it, no other reason. But, I wanted to know more about it before “just using it”, so I included the nursery rhyme

Remember, remember the fifth of November,
Gunpowder treason and plot.
We see no reason
Why gunpowder treason
Should ever be forgot!
Guy Fawkes, guy, t’was his intent
To blow up king and parliament.
Three score barrels were laid below
To prove old England’s overthrow.
By god’s mercy he was catch’d
With a darkened lantern and burning match.
So, holler boys, holler boys, Let the bells ring.
Holler boys, holler boys, God save the king.
And what shall we do with him?
Burn him!

… according to the “Guy Fawkes and Bonfire” Site, “Immortalized in this nursery rhyme, the Gunpowder Plot is introduced early into the young minds of children throughout the United Kingdom.”

“In 1605, thirteen young men planned to blow up
the Houses of Parliament. Among them was
Guy Fawkes, Britain’s most notorious traitor.”

Anybody want to tell me more?

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39 New Funny Quotes You're Going To Love
To the people who lose one shoe on the side of the highway:
Please tell me what the rest of your life is like

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Years ago, when my son was still young, we went to Ocean City, MD and celebrated Easter there. I’ll just tell you…it was one of those weekends…the Easter Bunny came and brought him a sand bucket full of sand toys and candy. It was a blast, blowing bubbles from the fourth floor and watching them float around, people on the street enjoying the bubbles as well. Well, it came time for us to leave, packed everything up, and left. We left behind 1 of my son’s sandals and a bag of candy. I’m sure housekeeping finds stuff like that – or worse – all the time. But we rarely ever leave anything behind!

Sorry this is so late this morning…

ride an elephant to catch a grasshopper

August 3, 2020

I took this photo today with my cell phone…I was going to close the window because it was raining when I noticed him. By the time I finished photographing him, it had stopped raining.

“Now climb, young grasshopper, so your Kung Fu won’t be weak.”

~ Ilona Andrews

A grasshopper in the mouth is worth two in the grass.     

~ Road Runner

and a close up crop…

ride an elephant to catch a grasshopper
~ Thai Proverb

Tomorrow is Aug 5…

National Work Like a Dog Day
National Underwear Day
National Oyster Day

On August 5, 910, the last major Viking army to raid England is defeated at the Battle of Tettenhall by the allied forces of Mercia and Wessex, led by King Edward and Earl Aethelred (
On August 5, 1301 Edmund of Woodstock, 1st Earl of Kent, English politician (d. 1330) (

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#Quotable ...a little mid week reminder from Jiminy Cricket!

Always let your conscience be your guide
~ Jiminy Cricket

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stay safe
much love

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