I think that generosity is the essence of friendship” ~ Oscar Wilde

April 8, 2021

picture of the day

red cardinal in the snow
taken February 2, 2021
f-stop: f/5.6; exposure time: 1/100sec; ISO 400
focal length 300mm
CANON EOS Rebel xt
edited in PhotoShop
available at Picfair

“A friend is someone who gives you total freedom
to be yourself”
~ Jim Morrison
(The Doors)

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Spring Magic

The World is very old;
But year by year
It groweth new again
When buds appear.

The World is very old,
And sometimes sad;
But when the daisies come
The World is glad.

The World is very old;
But every spring
It groweth young again,
And fairies sing.

~ unknown


“Things are never quite as scary when you’ve got a best friend.”

~ Dr. Seuss


I think I think too much.


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“Anyone who takes the time
to be kind is beautiful”
~ Richelle E. Goodrich

life is full of blessings

April 7, 2021

picture of the day

beautiful bluejay
taken February 2, 2021
f-stop: f/5; exposure time: 1/200sec; ISO 400
focal length 200mm
CANON EOS Rebel xt
edited in PhotoShop
available at Picfair

“Nature can bring you to stillness
that is a gift to you”

~ Eckhart Tolle

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Blue Jay

Stands for intelligence, determination, patience, clarity, and loyalty
As a Spirit Animal
You are powerful, intelligent, and determined with considerable endurance
In Dreams
May urge you to maintain a balanced approach in life, or warn you of a danger


Already happened this spring...

Dirt tired:

a condition that occurs after spending all day in the garden

From Scratch
(life on the homestead)



birth flower



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stay safe
much love

In case you missed it, my son and I decided to escape to the mountains yesterday… if you would like to see the photo tour, you can click here. On the way home, we stopped at Wal-Mart so I could get a USB to USB port/cable, computer glasses to help protect my eyes and windshield wipers. I’ll be posting about my new purchases soon – well, the new cable and glasses anyway! At the moment, I don’t need prescription glasses and with as much time as I spend on the computer, I thought I should try and protect my eyes.


“What kind of bulbs did you say you planted?”

Charcoal trail photo tour, Catoctin mountains

April 6, 2021

Charcoal Trail

Today, my son and I decided to go for a hike in the Catoctin Mountains. The trail was short, only about a half mile loop…somehow we managed to be gone for 3 hours. With a half hour drive, one way, I didn’t expect to be gone so long.

Anyway, here are some of the photos I took…I plan on doing a longer post with more detail in the very near future. But not today.

I’m publishing from my cell phone, so the layout is a bit different.

Hope you enjoy the little sneak peak…

Trail head
Haulers wagon, or what’s left of it

Wood haulers would use wagons and a pair of work horses or mules to haul half a chord of wood at a time to the designated area(s), called a hearth. The next step would be burning it in “chimneys”.

Up two trees
Woodpecker damage
Colliers hut

A Collier was part watchman, firefighter and manufacturer. He could light as many as seven fires at a time…this is where he “lived” while keeping an eye on the fire. He got very little sleep when working with the fires.

At the end of the trail

The charcoal produced on the mountain, would be sent to the iron furnace, on the outskirts of Thurmont. Here the charcoal would be ignited so the iron could be separated from hematite iron ore. It was a big business back in the day.

Country road

This is the main road through the park…as you can see, it twists and turns, goes up and down. The road at the other end of the park was closed for a reason unknown to me. I don’t think the president is visiting Camp David and the weather is awesome right now…those are the two main reasons why they close roads in the park.

We couldn’t find the trail I originally wanted to take, so we opted for the charcoal trail.

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small steps, every day

April 6, 2021

picture of the day

take it easy
taken January 11, 2021
f-stop: f/2.4; exposure time: 1/120 sec; ISO 50
focal length 3mm
LG – M257 cell phone camera
edited in PhotoShop
available at Picfair

Life is good
one day at a time

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Things we didn’t do:
start the fire
(Billy Joel)
shoot the deputy
(Eric Clapton)
Things we did:
– Tried to fight it
– Shot the sheriff
Built this city on rock and roll

Things we will do:
Rock you
Things we won’t do:
Get fooled again
(The Who)
Back down
(Tom Petty)

Some of the song phrases (above and below) are linked to different songs on youtube

Social distancing violation:
call the police

“Don’t stand, don’t stand so,
don’t stand so close to me


They’re not going to make yardsticks any longer


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The razor blade is sharp but
can’t cut a tree; the axe is
strong but can’t the hair.
Everyone is important
according to his/her own
unique purpose…
Never look down on anyone
unless you are admiring their shoes…

false hopes are more dangerous than fears ~ J. R. R. Tolkien

April 5, 2021

picture of the day

in the night sky
available at Pixels


(n) – The state of relaxation and wonderment
experienced while gazing upon the stars

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“Horse sense is the thing a horse has which keeps it from betting on people.”

~ W. C. Fields


“May we think of freedom, not as the right to do as we please, but as the opportunity to do what is right.”

~ Peter Marshall



songbirds’ joyful music
and the
early springtime flowers
colorful umbrellas
opened wide for April Showers
days are brighter
hearts are lighter
promise fills the air
the gifts of April bring us
Special Happiness to share

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American flag | Tumblr
I am for…
(linked to pin/video on pinterest
with the Star Spangled Banner playing…I really liked it and wanted to share, but couldn’t figure out how to copy it over here)

you were born to be real, not perfect

April 4, 2021

Sunday’s Inspiration

Embrace Your Weirdness

it’s okay to live a life others don’t understand

Take What you Need

laughterpeace of mind

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You were born an original
Don’t die a copy

~ John Mason


The very first Easter taught us this:

That life never ends and love never dies”

~ Kate McGahan


Gemstone: Diamond
Dog: Pomeranian
Flower: Daisy
Scent: Pink Lemonade



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Bunny kisses
and Easter wishes

curiousity often leads to trouble

April 3, 2021

You are now entering a stress free zone

at least I hope so!

I’m doing things a little differently today…with the complications of moving photos around, things are a little topsy turvy. Not only am I in the process of moving photos from one computer to another, but I’m also transferring photos from my cell phone. The storage available on my phone is extremely low….so, today I will be showing you a memory.

picture of the week

taken April 4, 2015
with my SGH-T999L (Samsung cell phone)

Find me where the wild things are

I should be outside doing something, but it’s too cold! Currently 46F (7.77C). It’s supposed to get into the 50’s or 60’s (10-20C) later, so maybe I will get outside for a bit. I’ve been trying to get outside and do things more and more… it’s just good for the soul. Plus, I’ve got high cholesterol, so my diet and exercise is changing. I got my lab results back the other day… everything else is fine/normal. I wasn’t too surprised, as I normally go into a state of “dormancy” in the winter and I hadn’t been paying too much attention to my diet. It’s not like I gorge myself or anything, everything in moderation, but I kinda let my eating habits slide. Not anymore… I really don’t want to go on any meds if I can help it, so I will be doing things differently – like I used to. That’s something I will get into in the near future, as a post. As the weather warms and I get more active and I pay more attention to my eating habits, the cholesterol numbers should drop. I have to do a follow up in three months.

It’s hard to tell in the photo, but the sink has ice in it, so does the seashell. I’m using the sink as a birdbath – hopefully. I originally had it out underneath the elm tree, but it was too hard to keep clean. So I moved it here, I just hope the birds find it…I think they will. It’s beside the hummingbird feeder…
I’m trying to figure out what the tree is that has the white flowers… the flowers in my hand blew off in the wind. It’s not a dogwood, crabapple or any other similar fruit bearing tree. It’s about 30 feet tall, give or take, and the bark is rough – more like a locust or walnut. It’s the only tree on my property that I don’t know what it is, for the most part. I will share more photos when I can.
We should pretty much be done with firewood and the tarps should be down… But not this year. The pool is still closed, we’ve been burning wood around the clock for since Wednesday! The last couple of days have been bitter cold, with high’s only in the 20’sF (-6.6C)… and as you can tell the tarps are still up.

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Thank You
for following me down
the rabbit hole to my


If you see anything other than a mushroom, you are in serious need of therapy


There was an old woman
Lived under a hill
And if she’s not gone
She lives there still

~ nursery rhyme ~


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