in the early morning, on the river

July 8, 2020

picture of the day

White birch and Fog On The River
taken July 6, 2020
f-stop: f/7.1; exposure time; 1/200sec; ISO 400
focal length 70mm
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Life is simple
Just add water

If you’re lucky enough to be on the river
you’re lucky enough

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“Watch it, she’s a hooker!”

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Fables: The Fox and the Grapes

July 7, 2020

I’ve finished the book Ghosts and Legends of Frederick County by Cannon and Whitmore. So, to take a little break before moving on to other legends, here’s one of Aesop’s Fables called The Fox and the Grapes.

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“A fox one day spied a beautiful bunch of ripe grapes hanging from a vine up in the branches of a tree. The grapes seemed ready to burst with sweet juice. The fox’s mouth watered as he gazed longingly at them.”

The sweet looking bunch of grapes hung high up in the tree, causing the fox to have to jump for them. The first time he jumped, he was way off the mark. The second time he jumped, he took a running jump. He still missed. Each time he jumped, he missed the grapes.

“What a fool I am,” said the fox. “Here I am wearing myself out to get a bunch of grapes. They are not worth my effort. I am sure they are sour.”

He walked off with his nose in the air.

~ There are many who belittle what they cannot get ~

or

~ There are many who pretend to despise
and belittle
that which is beyond their reach ~

  • a classic collection of children’s fables
  • to read some Frederick County legends, click here

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Woodstove

July 7, 2020

I’m reposting this, so at some point I can link this with the post about having no air conditioning…basically to make it easier to find. At the moment, I can’t find it but that’s okay. That just means, when I do find it, I will also have to update this – again. I also wanted to repost so I can put it on my page titled “My Rustic Life”. Have I published that one yet? Hmmm…right now I’m not sure. At the end, I have posted a new picture, which I will comment on. Everything in bold letters is new to the post.

all is good!

originally posted April 8, 2019

New woodstove aka dryer!

We had the wood stove installed in January (2019). It was supposed to be installed before Christmas, but there were delays. For one, we didn’t have a hearth. We thought it was included, but when the guys came with the stove to install it, we realized that there was no hearth. After a phone call or two, it was confirmed that the hearth was not included! Time to freak out!

We ended up driving up to Smithsburg (MD) to get the hearth! It’s hard to believe that there are no companies in Frederick that sell hearths, but that’s what we found. We could’ve built our own, but that would’ve been way too expensive, and would have taken time. I believe I could’ve done it – with all the work/projects I’ve helped my dad with. But… We opted for the prefab. It looks nice and I’m happy with it.

The chimney

Didn’t need an old fashioned chimney either. It took most of the day to have the stove/chimney installed but it was worth it! Most of the time spent was on the wood stove, the chimney didn’t take long at all!

Keeps us nice and warm
Woodstove galaxy cat

One thing I learned, if you place a box fan in front of the wood stove, it acts like a convection and pushes the heat out into the house.

We absolutely love our wood stove! It’s a Quadrafire…worth every penny!!

Below, is the newest shelf we have installed.

The bottom shelf is the new one. The toy truck was my grandfathers. All the photos are of my Great Grandfather Cecil Shaffer, who worked on the railroad for a time – he was the boss! The painting near the top, left, is the house my Great Great Grandmother, Rachel Baker, lived. I think it was Rachel Bakers house…I have to take the painting down to make sure. The lamp fixture on the right came from my great grandmothers house in Baltimore . I called her Grandma Fredda, but she was my great grandmother. It is not hooked up, just for show at the moment. All I need to do is rewire it, but my boyfriend and I disagree on how to do it. I say, just rewire it to be plugged in, he says to hard wire it.
For now, I’ll tell you that the reason we don’t have air conditioning is because the furnace went bust last winter and I’m still paying for the wood stove. It costs somewhere around $7000 to replace the unit, the wood stove cost $4000. So, once I get the wood stove paid off, I will be purchasing a furnace. All of this is in the post that I can’t find.

camping, clear lake iowa

Staring into the glow of a campfire
will ignite your soul

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some unusual wood stoves, found on pinterest

I have to start searching on eBay for unexploded sea mines. Shipping might be an issue.
I Thought My House Was Awesome Until I Saw These 43 Epic Things. Now It Feels So…

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mephobia

July 7, 2020

picture of the day

black and white twirl
available at Pixels

mephobia…
the fear of becoming so awesome
that the human race can’t handle it
and everyone dies

Here is the original…

reflection in a raindrop
taken July 1, 2020
f-stop: f/9; exposure time: 1/500sec; ISO 3200
focal length 55mm

Not the best picture, I know, but it works. Turning it abstract, was a really good idea – in my humble opinion. It has been a while since I have gotten up this early, at least a month. I couldn’t sleep, so I decided to get up, take a quick dip in the pool and get the coffee going. Probably will be taking a nap later…we shall see!

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(pinterest)

Me?
Weird?
Always!

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hot enough to melt

July 6, 2020

fun with words

When I worked on this photo, I had a totally different plan, than what you see below…
It is what it is.

I have no idea what’s going on here!!!!
This is absolutely crazy! Half of this is showing up on top of the photo, so I have to actually preview before publishing! Sooo….

Yeah!

It is so incredibly hot! My indoor/outdoor thermometer says it’s 94 degrees (34.4C) outside, but it feels much warmer. It is 84 degrees in the house…no air conditioning. I have three ceiling fans and a box fan going, plus a fan in the bathroom. I am in the basement at the moment, where it is 78 degrees (25.5C).

Plus, all the lights are off…

keeping it cooler

The shades are drawn…
Windows open

keeping it cooler
and not so hot
or balmy
humid
but
rather
comfortable
the old fashioned way

Life is like a hot tub
the longer you stay
the more wrinkled you get

Happiness is…

a glass of cold water
after a walk home
in hot weather

air conditioning
on a hot summer night

To everyone that complained in the winter
that is was too cold…
are you happy now?

25 Hot Weather Quotes to Help You Relax - EnkiQuotes
(pinterest)

I say…
It’s so hot!
The hens are picking up
worms with potholders!

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one, alone

July 6, 2020

picture of the day

green and white
taken May 14, 2020
f-stop: f/9; exposure time: 1/400sec; ISO 1000
focal length 55mm
CANON EOS Rebel T6
available at Pixels

“Stand up for what you believe in
even if you stand alone.”
~ unknown

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Morning is a little child
waking from a dream
Noontime is a yellow cat
licking yellow cream
Afternoon’s a bumblebee
on a honey quest
Evening is a soft gray dove
winging home to nest.
~ unknown

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three things

July 5, 2020

1420 PHOTOS: Picture of the Day
originally posted July 5, 2019

Who knew things would change so much in a year? Back in the day when I used to count how many photos I had taken…must’ve been crazy!!

The photo below more than likely was taken the month before, which means sometime in June! I’ll have to look and see if I can find it on my hard drive, so i can add the stats to it.

I didn’t change anything, just added to it… I could’ve taken the next sentence out, but I didn’t. I think it shows just how much I’ve grown/changed in the last year.

Three

I forgot to mention that the 1420 photos doesn’t include cell phone pictures. It’s probably closer to 1500, but who’s counting?

What was I thinking…? I don’t count my photos anymore…might be obvious! “Picture of the Day” doesn’t even have to necessarily be from last month…but, I know it can’t be from tomorrow, or next year 🙂

“Three things cannot be hidden long
the sun
the moon
the truth”
~ Buddha

“It takes three years to become an overnight success, sometimes more.”
~ Seth Godin

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photos are also linked…

picfair (birds)

Nature Throw Pillow featuring the photograph Brown Flower by Holly Morris
Brown flower throw pillow
Pixels
yellow and black butterfly on thistle with background in black and white
yellow and black butterfly on thistle
Shutterstock

Happiness is a butterfly

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counting rhymes 3 | Flickr - Photo Sharing!
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Three little kittens
wear their mittens
when they go out to play

Three little kittens
wear their mittens
every single day
~ Nursery Rhyme

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dream, live, hope, every day

July 5, 2020

Sunday’s Inspiration

“Each sunrise brings a new day
with new hopes for a new beginning”
~ unknown

“Silence is a great source of strength.”
~ Lao Tzu

Give Yourself Time

“Beautiful things don’t ask for attention.” ~ unknown
You don’t have to go fast
You don’t have to go far
You just have to go

Enjoy the little things

Sometimes
life is about risking everything
for a dream no one can see but you

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Attitude is a little thing
that makes a big difference.”

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~ All images are mine, unless otherwise noted ~

have you kissed a frog today?

July 4, 2020

picture of the week

frog eyes
taken July 1, 2020
f-stop: f/9; exposure time: 1/400sec; ISO 3200
focal length 55mm
taken with macro lenses attached
CANON EOS Rebel T6

Have you kissed a frog today? Well? Have ya?

“Close your eyes
open your mind
listen to your heart”
~ unknown

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FLOWER LORE

July: Larkspur
poisonous if ingested
but despite its toxic properties
Larkspur is commonly associated with
Lightheartedness and youth

Toxicity. All parts of these plants are considered toxic to humans, especially the younger parts, causing severe digestive discomfort if ingested, and skin irritation. Larkspur, especially tall larkspur, is a significant cause of cattle poisoning on range lands in the western United States. (wikipedia)

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and ghosts return

July 3, 2020

picture of the day

ghosts
abstracted image
available at Pixels

“The lawn is pressed by unseen feet
and ghosts return
gently at twilight
gently go at dawn
the sad intangible
who grieve and yearn.”
~ T. S. Eliot

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JULY
Ruby

your birthstone brings good luck,
positive energy and protection
to your daily life
good luck
enthusiasm
love
success
nobility
wisdom

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my name is max: footstep on the roof

July 2, 2020

Footsteps on the roof

Ever since I could walk, I could climb. It didn’t matter what I used to get up there, as long as I accomplished the goal. I rarely ever used a ladder, never liked them. My mom probably instilled that fear in me. One day, she was in the kitchen, washing dishes, and noticed me coming down the steps and out the kitchen door. Then, she’d see me again…down the steps and out the kitchen door. She didn’t remember me coming back in, so she followed me. She watched as I climbed the ladder, between my dads’ legs and then climb in through the window. Dad was doing some repair work. She proceeded to yell at him, for letting me do this. He didn’t think it was a problem…all mom could see was the distance between me and the ground – and the electrical wire not that far from the ladder. I was probably only about 18 months old…
Ever since then, I was a climber. (Not so much recently!)
If I wanted something from the countertop, or from one of the upper cabinets, I’d pull the cabinet drawers out and use them as steps. A rocking horse or a chair would suffice to get me to a tree branch that I couldn’t reach. And, for the most part, my sister followed in my footsteps…
But, those aren’t the stories I wanted to tell you about…I wanted to tell you about the time my sister got stuck on the garage roof.
riding the new pony
This photo was taken a few years after my sister got stuck on the roof, but I wanted to give you a visual of the garage that I used to climb up on. You can see the pile of bricks piled up at the back of the garage… I used them to climb up on the roof. I’d never go out on the barn roof, which was attached to the garage. It was rusted and had holes in it, wasn’t very sturdy . I loved going up there and just thinking, getting away from everyone. Not that I had any particular reason to get away, just the fact that I could made it a special place for me.
So, when I was a little bit older, my sister was a couple years old, I boosted her up onto the garage roof. She saw me up there, and wanted to be up there with me. I used to climb up there all the time, knew what I was doing, and I’m sure my parents had gotten used to me climbing by this point. They used to say, “If you can’t find Holly, look up in a tree.”
What I didn’t realize, or really didn’t care, was that dad was working in the garage. He heard footsteps up there and came out to see what was going on. He looked up, two little girls were looking down at him.
“Get down from there,” dad commanded.
So I did.
A few minutes later he heard someone (my sister) still walking around on the roof and crying.
“I thought I told you to get down.”
“I can’t,” my sister said, in between sobs.
“Get down the way you got up there.”
“I can’t. Holly boosted me up here.” Those may not be the exact words she used, as she was probably only two or three years old, but you get the idea. She couldn’t get down, because I had helped her up onto the roof.
So, dad had to help her down from on top of the roof, and I was in trouble. It wasn’t the first, or the last time, I would get in trouble for “doing something to my sister”.

My sister stopped following me up onto the roof after that, but not up into trees. Not until she fell out of a tree and possibly had a concussion, did she stop climbing trees. We were much older by this point… Mom was doing laundry and dad was mowing, on the other side of the field. He saw her fall, but couldn’t get there fast enough to catch her. I couldn’t try to catch her, as I was higher up in the tree than she was and would have possibly fallen out of the tree as well. Or she would have pulled me with her. The doctor was called, he told my parents not to let her sleep for more than an hour or so at a time. Of course, I apologized profusely, but my parents knew it wasn’t my fault.

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HORNETS NEST

July 2, 2020

This is one of the first posts I made…with few changes made to update it. This “ordeal” took place during the summer of 2018, having preserved it and hung it in the house by that fall.


originally posted March 24, 2019

Huge hornets nest

Yes! That’s a hornets nest and yes it’s in my house! Don’t worry, it’s a dead nest and it has been preserved.

It was quite an ordeal to get it in the house!

When I first noticed it by the pool, it was only about the size of a softball. The hornets weren’t bothering me, over the weekend I’d take care of it. Get some hornet spray and I’d be done with it. No big deal!

Well, time got away from me. I got busy with work and life.

Hornet’s nest hanging in the tree

Weeks go by…after all, they weren’t bothering me or anyone else. So let it be…

We weren’t able to kill the nest on the first try. All the spray did was irritate the hornets! They were mad, but still no stings.

can barely see the nest, it’s near the top right corner. No wonder we didn’t notice it at first…

We, again, had to go out and get some more – stronger – spray. And of coarse, the best time to spray is at dusk or night!

So, some time goes by but now we’re ready! My boyfriend and I are armed and ready! I wish I had been able to get some pics or a video of this event, but, we were fully loaded with spray and weren’t really thinking about taking photos.

So, we start spraying! Now, you have to use you’re imagination here…two people, getting ready to spray a nest that’s huge! Hundreds if not thousands of hornets. This could get nasty. We have the spot light on so we can see.

At first, no big deal. They were buzzing around, upset, but not angry… yet! Then, boom, just like that, with a click of the fingers, they’re angry! I was the first to go inside. A minute later, my boyfriend. Only one hornet got in, I found it dead in my dresser the next day.

We left the light on for a couple of minutes to watch them attack the light. Even with the door closed, we could here them attacking the light.

The best part…? No one got stung! Absolutely amazing!!

Then next morning there were thousands of dead hornets on the ground. There were still some buzzing around…it took a couple of days, but the nest was finally dead.

The nest is finally dead!!

When we cut it down so I could preserve it, some dead hornets fell out.

Preserving it was the easy part. I used appoxy to preserve it. I even preserved some hornets and stuck them on the nest.

So, that’s my story of the hornets nest and how it got in the house! (During the summer, it goes on the deck.)

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abstract image of hornets nest with beware words

Beware the hornets nest

the following images I pulled from pinterest…

Alabamians, Beware the Wasp ‘Super Nest’ | Smart News | Smithsonian
Hornet Nest 2015 - End
hornets nest | ... Pesty Neighbors from stealing fruit with a Decoy Hornet's Nest

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hornets nests
or any nests

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