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 angel.com

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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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not my image

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 usparmacist.com ” 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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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

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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 (onthisday.com)
On August 5, 1301 Edmund of Woodstock, 1st Earl of Kent, English politician (d. 1330) (onthisday.com)

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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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American Legends: George Washington at Valley Forge

August 4, 2020

This story comes from American Folklore and Legends by Reader’s Digest. According to the book, the winter of 1777-78 was a mild one, but the army was so ill prepared that approximately 2500 soldiers died and left a memory in the snow.
The story appeared approximately 100 years later, so 19th-century literary style is used. This story is separate from George Washington’s Prayer at Valley Forge, which was a prayer for help, guidance,

…”The British took Philadelphia, and we took to the woods, into winter quarters at Valley Forge. We had dreamed of the winter in Philadelphia, of snug houses, warm clothing, full rations and sich [such], but General Howe had shut the door and we were turned out into the cold, the bare ground for our beds, the naked sky for a covering, and as for feathers for our beds, they came down presently, in the form of snowflakes.”

235 Years Ago, Washington's Troops Made Camp at Valley Forge - HISTORY
George Washington at Valley Forge

The ground was the soldiers frozen bed until the log huts were roofed in. They never took their frozen clothes off, whether wet or dry, and were frozen so stiff that the men often rattled around in them as they walked around. Many would gather together, build a fire, cook their mess, spread out straw, and snuggle up close together. “One night the snow came swooping in whirlwinds. It stung like birdshot; the sentinels had to be relieved every fifteen minutes so they would not freeze to death. When daylight came, some of the soldiers who slept in tents were under a foot of snow.These storms blocked roads, and rations were cut down. For seven days the army was without a speck of meat. A thousand well-fed countrymen with old fashioned flails could have thrashed the whole of us easy.”

General Green agreed to see what could be done by appealing to the local Dutch farmers. The collections that were gathered kept the army from disbanding. A committee had been set up, to see what could be done, knowing that the officers weren’t much better off.

Some imagine that General Washington was living off the fat of the land, while his men starved. This just isn’t so. “Sir,” his cook said one day, “we have nothing to eat but the rations.” “Well then, cook the rations,” was Washington’s reply.

Washington often came over to visit with the men, who were really having a rough time of it. Their feet were frostbitten, dressed in ragged clothes and many with no shoes. The wind was fierce, about two feet of snow lay on the ground suffered as they continued their duties, pacing in front of the huts. The men loved Washington “as if he had been their father, and would rather have died with him than lived in luxury with the red coats.”

One day, Washington came to visit with his men. One day, he visited the hut of Josiah Jones, who lay dying on a bed of straw. He knew he was dying and wanted someone to pray for him. The soldiers loved him as a brother but when it came to praying, none of them knew what to do. In walked George Washington. The commander-in-chief may have been justified for being angry that the ill were not being properly cared for, but instead, he knelt down beside Josiah and prayed. Before Washington had finished praying, Josiah’s soul had fled.

“He had the love and confidence of the men on account of his character as a man.”

George Washington's Prayer at Valley Forge - MeetAmerica
George Washington’s Prayer at Valley Forge
via Wikipedia, painting by Arnold Friberg

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life is a delicate balance of holding on and letting go

August 4, 2020

picture of the day

taken April 5, 2020
f-stop: f/9; exposure time: 1/400sec; ISO 3200
focal length 55mm
available at Pixels

“Accept both compliments and criticism
It takes both sun and rain for a flower to grow.”
~ unknown

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AUGUST - The Bumper Book; "A bumper crop of good stories and poems to grow on" Illustrated by Eulalie Edited by Watty Piper 1946


August brings the sheaves of corn
Then the harvest home is borne.

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where the path leads

August 3, 2020

my thoughts for today

“It would be so nice
if something made sense for a change?”
~ Alice in Wonderland

We’ve got a hurricane/tropical depression coming through the area right now. Actually, it hasn’t even reached us yet. It looks like it’s still in the Carolina’s at the moment. It’s raining right now, with the worst of it hitting us tomorrow.

It’s really not unusual to have hurricanes or tropical depressions come through here. We’re far enough inland that it has a minor effect on us. Knocking on wood, we haven’t had any major damage from any of these storms. A few years ago, a tent was destroyed that I had set up in the back yard. Most damage comes from straight winds, ice storms, or snow.

It has been such a strange year, hardly anything would surprise me.

Murder Hornets
Joe Biden is running for president
weather patterns have been weird
seeds from China
riots – on the verge of anarchy
did I miss anything?
And it’s only August

But that is for another post.

things will start
to make sense
once again

But I have a feeling things will probably get worse before they get better…I’m talking generally, here in the U.S. But I’m not ready to delve further into that quite yet. I will say this though, the election coming up will determine if the United States remains free or falls. Very depressing thought, but I believe this is real.

So, on a lighter note…

What if you wake up one morning
and you were a chicken nugget?

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I’ve decided I’m not old.
I’m 25, plus shipping
and handling

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