blue November

Dec 10, 2019

taken Nov 15, 2009
edited…sometime after that!

blue leaves

on a November day

reach out

hoping for spring

~ HCMorris ~

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Teachers' Pets

Dec 9, 2019

This story, once again, comes from Spirits of Frederick by Alyce T. Weinberg. None of the photos are mine…

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There is a limestone mansion in Buckeystown Maryland, built in 1754, on 17,000 acres. It was built for Charles Carroll, a signer of the Declaration of Independence. There is also a chapel, as well as many farm buildings – enough to accommodate 500 slaves and tenant farmers.

The Manor house appears much as it did then, but is no longer visible from Manor Woods Road. the little chapel of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church has been in use ever since it was first constructed, though it has been rebuilt and enlarged to serve the growing Catholic population.

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St. Joseph’s Catholic Church

Carroll and Tricia Kreps lived in the mansion as caretakers, in 1977. They loved having all that space, plus a swimming pool and a fish pond. Every night, after they went to bed, dishes would begin to rattle and they would hear conversations in the kitchen below them. They said it was like a party in progress.

Their fathers came to visit at different times, both saying that they heard noises. Both got up when they heard the commotion and went to join the midnight icebox raiders. But all was quiet by the time they reached the kitchen.

When they moved in, they were told that the church was haunted by a ghost named Charlie…they thought it was exciting! They never expected to have a ghost of their own.

Some facts about Carrollton Manor:

  • Carrollton Manor extended from the Potomac River on the south, Catoctin Mountain to the west, the Monocacy River to the east, and Ballenger Creek to the north. It included the towns of Lime Kiln, Buckeystown, Adamstown, Doubs, Licksville, Tuscarora, and Point of Rocks.
  • the walls are 24 inches thick, the floors are oak, and many doors still have the original latches
window latch

may be known as a keeper or a strike

door latch
  • was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1997
  • In the 1950s, the Renns sold the farm to Eastalco, which erected a large aluminum plant on the farm. Tuscarora (Carrollton Manor) is still standing and is used by Eastalco’s successor owner, Alcoa, as guest house and meeting center.
  • (wikipedia)

Try as I might I can’t find any info on whether or not it’s open to the public…probably not! It would be cool to stop by the place! But there are plenty of other places in and around Frederick!

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abstract yellow

Dec 10, 2019

Picture of the Day

taken November 13, 2019
edited in Photoshop
f-stop: f/5.6; exposure time: 1/250sec; ISO: 640
no flash, handheld, manual exposure time

“The most wasted of all days is one without laughter.” ~ E.E. Cummings

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A Walnut Is A Squirrels Best Friend

Something to brighten the day

Dec 9, 2019

A Bee And A Wasp

Yes, many pictures, one bee and one wasp…now that they are gone, I miss them so. And the flowers too! But that’s how is goes where I live…seasons!

“Bees do have a smell, you know, and if they don’t they should, for their feet are dusted with spices from a million flowers.”

~ Ray Bradbury


“If we die, we’re taking you with us.”
~ The Bees


“We come from the earth, we return to the earth, and in between we garden.”

~ Unknown


“The busy bee has no time for sorrow.”

~ William Blake

“Words are like bees – some create honey and others leave a sting.”

~ Unknown


“When the bee comes to your house, let her have beer; you may want to visit the bee’s house some day.”

~ Congo Proverb


For bees, the flower is the fountain of life

For flowers, the bee is the messenger of love.
~ Kahlil Gibran


“If the bee disappeared off the face of the earth, man would only have four years left to live.”
~ Maurice Maeterlinck


“The only reason for being a bee that I know of is to make honey…. And the only reason for making honey, is so as I can eat it.”

~ Winnie the Pooh


“After you get stung, you can’t get unstung
no matter how much you whine about it.”

~ Sue Monk Kidd

“At what point is a wasp ever going to have a chat with a spider?”

~ Karl Pilkington


“The serpent, the king, the tiger, the stinging wasp, the small child, the dog owned by other people, and the fool; these seven ought not to be awakened from sleep.”

~ Chanakya

“Serpent-breath was famous…wasp-sting, short and lethal.”

~ Bernard Cornwell

Tomorrow is National Lager Day, Dewey Decimal System Day, Human Rights Day, and Nobel Prize Day.

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Through the Hole

Dec 9, 2019

Looking through the hole

What will you see

Today, a farm

Tomorrow, who knows

– HCMorris –

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Catnip, wide open spaces, and riches

Dec 9, 2019

Fun With Words

The time has come to bring out the catnip!!
I will sit here and stare until you let me out!
“the riches that are in the heart cannot be stolen” ` Russian Proverb

~ I know it looks like the words in the photo above aren’t straight, but I can guarantee that they are! Optical illusion!

I just had to throw one in from yesterday! Couldn’t help it!! Actually, it didn’t get moved into the used file and I forgot that I had used it already! I blame it on the lack of sleep 🙂

happiness is sunshine on a cold day
give me some land
peaceful and green
with wide open spaces
and an old country church

~ I drink coffee for your protection ~

~ What is a bookshelf other than a treasure chest for a curious mind? ~

~ Have some fun… call in sick to places you don’t work ~

~ sugar is sweet lemons are tart I love you more than a unicorn fart ~

~ How many Lowe’s could Rob Lowe rob if Rob Lowe could rob Lowe’s? ~

~ Pick up the book closest to you. Turn to page 206. The first sentence explains your love life ~

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Dec 9, 2019

Picture of the Day

time is standing still
but I know which way I am going
~ HCMorris ~

f-stop: f/5.6; exposure time: 1/125sec; ISO: 200 I do have to tell you…all of my photos go through Photoshop before they are available for your eyes 🙂 even if just to do the copyright. Some don’t need any adjustments, some do. I don’t think this one needed any adjustments.

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~ the glass on the clock part of the pocket watch(? – is that what it is, I’m not sure?) is broken and cut my finger when I was digging in my purse for something. You can see a little piece of glass still attached at the bottom between 10 and 11. The compass still works, or should I say worked, as I threw it in the trash.

It’s half past a freckle and I must go!

See you again soon!!

Wicked eyes

December 8, 2019

Taken with my cell phone camera
Today ☺

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2 hours!

Dec 8, 2019

That’s how much sleep I got last night! I didn’t get to bed last night until 11pm, which is extremely late for me, and then I tossed and turned until after 1am. AND…my darn cat started meowing at 430, like normal. And try as I might, I can’t sleep more that 15 minutes!

So, here shortly I will be drinking some warm milk and honey and try again!

Beaver Moon

November 10, 2019 6:27 pm
f/5.6; exposure time: 1/15 sec; ISO: 3200
November 10, 2019; 6:29 pm
f/5.6; exposure time: 1/10 sec; ISO: 1250

The complete full moon in November was actually Nov 12, but close enough

moon through the trees
November 11, 2019 7:06 pm
F-Stop: f/5.6; exposure time: 1/6 sec; ISO: 3200
November 23, 2019 7:44am
F-Stop: f/5.6; exposure time: 1/40 sec; ISO: 3200
sun rise/moon rise
November 23, 2019 7:45 am
F-Stop: f/5.6; exposure time: 1/60; ISO: 2000

Tomorrow is National Weary Willie Day and National Pastry Day!

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“Time keeps on slippin’, slippin’, slippin’ into the future.”

~ Steve Miller Band

6 years ago today

December 8, 2019

Ice and snow storm

Dec 8, 2013

Mostly snow

Doesn’t look all that bad and we’ve had worse. I think we ended up getting about 6 inches with that storm. Which meant that the neighbor had to plow us out, more than likely. The first photo was taken when we could still get out!

We’ve been stuck back here for up to 5 days.

How do we handle such a situation? We deal with it, and stock up on the essentials, and take lots of pictures! When you can’t go anywhere for any amount of time you make sure that there’s plenty of books to read, puzzles to work on and movies to watch. As long as the power doesn’t go out, which we are lucky because we live on the main power line that goes up to Braddock Heights.

My boyfriend’s never been stuck back here, or anywhere as far as I know. So it will be interesting to see how he handles it when it does happen…and we’re due for a storm! The last major storm we had was 2014/15. And it was a blizzard!

But for now, things are calm, no snow…just frost on the ground.

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Dec 8, 2019

“In all things of nature there is something of the marvelous.”

~ Aristotle

“Life at best is bittersweet.” ~ Jack Kirby

“My riches consist not in the extent of my possessions but in the fewness of my wants”

“It is up to you to see the beauty of everyday things”

“Sometimes all you can do is be there”

“The riches that are in the heart cannot be stolen” ~ Russian Proverb

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white and green

Dec 8, 2019

image taken November 27, 2019

~ simply beautiful ~

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