hang 10

Feb 21, 2020

Strange Facts

~ All facts come from the fact site…

  • the term “hang ten” is surfer slang, meaning having all ten toes over your board’s edge while riding a wave
  • there was a Pterodactyl with a wing span bigger than a fighter jet
    -remains found in Romania, the beast stood as tall as a giraffe, is believed to have weighed half a ton
  • in the South Pacific Ocean, there is a spacecraft graveyard
    -it is known as Point Nemo and is home to over 300 spacecraft
  • armadillos have shells so hard they can deflect bullets
  • the Eiffel Tower grows in the summer, up to six inches, due to heat expansion
  • the smallest dinosaur ever discovered was only 16 inches long
  • the letter “E” is the most common letter in the English language
    – I just used it 10 times in the last sentence!
  • an ant can’t die from falling
  • you’re more likely to be bitten by a person than a shark

I’m not the only one…?

“Sometimes when I close my eyes I can’t see.”

“Pay attention to things that make no sense.”

“Roses are red
My name is not Dave
🙂
this makes no sense
microwave”

“It takes real skills
to choke on air,
fall up the stairs
and trip over nothing.
I have those skills.”

Hope you have a great day!
Thanks for stopping by!!

The Book of Unusual Knowledge on Amazon… by Publications International, LTD; 704 pages; “crammed with a cornucopia of information some useful, others not so much but all of it completely captivating” (AMAZON) I am an Amazon Associate and may make money with qualifying purchases.

“I’m gonna go stand outside,
so if anyone asks
you can just say

I’m outstanding!

LOL! Make it a great one!
Until next time…
🙂

white

Feb 21, 2020

Picture of the Day

white flower
taken January 19, 2010
f-stop: f/5.6; Exposure Time: 1/25sec; ISO 100
focal length 55mm
CANON EOS Rebel T6
(AMAZON: Milk and Honey)

“Simplicity is the keynote of all true elegance.” ~ Coco Chanel

Hope you have a great day!
Thanks for stopping by!!

to see what photos I have available click on any link below

picfair
pixels
pinterest
shutterstock

youtube

Linked to Amazon: Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur; available as Kindle, audiobook, hardcover, paperback, and audio cd; 208 pages, published by Andrews McMeel Publishing; Reprint edition; “Milk and Honey takes readers through a journey of the most bitter moments in life and finds sweetness in them because there is sweetness everywhere if you are just willing to look.” (AMAZON) I am an Amazon Affiliate and may make money with qualifying purchases. Thank You!!

Good
Things
Are
Going
To
Happen
!!!

Upside Down

Feb 20, 2020

taken November 11, 2019
(Amazon: I Saw You As A Flower: A Poetry Collection)

Everything may be upside down
Gone topsy turvy
And nothing seems right
But I’m still here
Still the same
Still me
~ HCMorris ~

Tomorrow is…

National Caregivers Day
National Sticky Buns Day
National Grain Free Day

Hope you have a great day, night or evening
where ever you may be!
Thanks for stopping by!!

Linked to amazon: I Saw You As A Flower: A Poetry Collection by Ellen Allbrey Everett; available on kindle and paperback; 202 pagws, published by Ellen Everett; 1 edition; “There is a time for everything— a time to wither, a time to grow, and a time to blossom. I Saw You As A Flower is a poetry collection that encompasses heartbreak, growth, and finding love.” (AMAZON) I am an Amazon Associate and may make money with qualifying purchases. Thank You!!

to see what photos I have available, click on any link below…

picfair
pixels
pinterest
shutterstock
free images

and youtube

click here to see more “Words by HCMorris

Since there is only one of me,
does that make me limited edition?

November Yellow

Feb 20, 2020

Taken November 1, 2019
(AMAZON: Fine Art Nature Photography)

Trying to stand out
In the November color fest
A yellow Hosta Leaf
~ HCMorris ~

Hope you have a great day!
Thanks for stopping by!!

Linked to Amazon: Fine Art Nature Photography: Advanced Techniques and the Creative Process by Tony Sweet; 112 pages, published by Stackpole Books; 2 edition; available as paperback; “With stunning landscapes and close-ups, all annotated by the author, and many taken within a few miles of his home, this guide offers how-to information for the beginner or advanced photographer. It’s filled with practical advice and inspiring work from a master.” (AMAZON) I am an Amazon Affiliate and may make money with qualifying purchases. Thank You!!

to see what photos I have available, click on either link below

picfair
pixels
pinterest
shutterstock
free images

and youtube

click on the following link to read other “Words by HCMorris

What ever you do
make it great!

feeling blue…

Feb 20, 2020

(AMAZON: The Secret Art of Doctor Seuss)

“If you’re feeling blue
try painting yourself a different color”
~ unknown ~

“Learn from the mistakes of others
You can never live long enough
To make them all yourself.”
~ Groucho Marx

Hope you have a great day!
Thanks for stopping by!!

Linked to Amazon: The Secret Art of Dr. Seuss, by Theodor Geisel (illustartor) and Maurice Sendak (intro); available as paperback and hardcover; 95 pages, published by Random House; 1st edition; “These fabulous, whimsical paintings, created for his own pleasure and never shown to the public, show Geisel (a.k.a. Dr. Seuss) in a whole new light.” (AMAZON); I am an Amazon Associate and may make money with qualifying purchases. Thank You!!

To see what photos I have available, click on any link below…

picfair
pixels
pinterest
shutterstock
free images

and youtube

What the day brings
hope it’s a great one!!

Spider Web

Feb 20, 2020

Picture of the Day

taken Jan 4, 2020
f-stop: f/5.6; Exposure Time: 1/50sec; ISO 3200
focal length29mm
CANON EOS Rebel T6
(Amazon: Spiders: 101 Fun Facts & Amazing Pictures)

“Each of us is a unique strand in the intricate web of life and here to make a difference.” ~ Deepak Chopra

Hope you have a great day!
Thanks for stopping by!!

Linked to Amazon (photo): Spiders: 101 Fun Facts & Amazing Pictures by Janet Evans; available on kindle and paperback; 26 pages, published by Speedy Publishing LLC; “This book depicts the wonder of the world of Spiders in all its glory.” (AMAZON) I am an Amazon Affiliate and may make money with qualifying purchases. Just click on the photo, above, the green link above, or the link to the right. Thank You!!

to see what photos I have available, click on any link below…

picfair
pinterest
pixels
shutterstock
free images

and youtube

What ever you do
make it a great one!!

I Ran Out Of Bleach!

Feb 19, 2020

The other day, I ran out of bleach! And I had already loaded the machine with whites/stuff that needed to be bleached. So… what to do?!?

I couldn’t “undo” what I had already started, so I finished filling with hot water and let the clothes soak while I looked up bleach alternatives. This is what I found…

(unusual Uses for ordinary things book)

Hydrogen Peroxide and Lemon juice!

The recipe actually calls for baking soda and lemon essential oil as well as hydrogen peroxide and lemon juice, but those are just additives, in my opinion.

The recipe is…

3/4 cup 3% hydrogen peroxide
1/4 cup lemon juice
10-15 drops of lemon essential oil
3/4 cups baking soda
7 cups water

If you try to go to the website, it comes back as service unavailable (it wasn’t like this the other day). So, hmm… so, using my brain, I decided that the oil was really only an additive (I don’t typically keep essential oils in the house, although I should) and the baking soda? I already use that as a laundry detergent, so I don’t need to add more. As of right now, I use 3/4 cup hydrogen peroxide and 1/4 cup lemon juice and just add it to the wash as a bleach. The 7 cups of water, is added if you plan on storing the recipe. If you want to do that, the container needs to be in a amber colored jar (or darker). This is to help preserve the effectiveness of the peroxide and lemon juice.

This recipe is much better than using bleach…

  • it isn’t as harmful as bleach to the environment or your clothes
  • it’s safer for the septic
  • hydrogen peroxide and lemon juice are common household ingredients in most households, so they can be used for other purposes as well (I had already been using lemon juice with my wash as part of a fabric softener recipe)

What ever you do, don’t mix vinegar, baking soda and lemon juice – unless you want to let your kids experiment, as it will explode!! Well, maybe not explode, but it will definitely fizz and you will have a mess to clean up! But on the bright side, things will be clean!!!

The clothes actually came out smelling fresher than the usually do!

Tomorrow is…

National Cherry Pie Day
National Love Your Pet Day

Hope you have a great day, night or evening
where ever you may be!
Thanks for stopping by!!

Linked to Amazon: Unusual Uses for Ordinary Things: 250 Alternative Ways to Use Everyday Items by instructables.com; 144 pages, published by Skyhorse; 1 edition; “hundreds of inventive and surprising ways to use common household materials to improve day-to-day life.” (AMAZON) I am an Amazon Affiliate and may make money with qualifying purchases. Thank you!!

click on any link below to see what photos I have available…

picfair
pixels
pinterest
shutterstock

and youtube

Make it a great one!!

Mr. Cat

Feb 19, 2020

Taken Feb 18, 2020
with my LG cell phone
(Amazon: My Life in the Cat House: True Tales of Love, Laughter, and Living with Five Felines)

You’re a strange one
Mr. Cat

Hope you have a great day!
Thanks for stopping by!!

Linked on Amazon: My Life in the Cat House: True Tales of Love, Laughter, and Living with Five Felines by Gwen Cooper; Available on Kindle, paperback, hardcover, audio book, MP3 cd; 288 pages, published by BenBella Books; Reprint edition; “Sure to be treasured by cat lovers everywhere, My Life in a Cat House will leave you laughing out loud, shedding an occasional tear, and hugging your own cat a little bit closer.  Read and rejoice!” (AMAZON) I ama an Amazon Affiliate and may make money on qualifying purchases

To read other cat stories, click here

to see what photos/artwork I have available, click on any link below…

Picfair
Pixels
Pinterest
Shutterstock
free images

and youtube

my dads story – teen years

Feb 19, 2020

to read from the beginning, click here

Teen Years / Young Adult

1954-1968

In 1954, my family moved to Hyattsville, MD. This would’ve been my senior year at Ridgeley High School. I graduated from Western High School in 1955. I have always considered myself a Ridgeley Nighthawk, going to reunions until I couldn’t attend anymore.

I went from a class size of about 35 students in WV, to over 300 in MD. What a shock! In West Virginia, we never had algebra…in MD, when I went to sign up for classes, there wasn’t any room left for me to enroll in Algebra. So I asked for Geometry, but, they said I couldn’t take it since I hadn’t had algebra. I couldn’t go with out a math class, so I told them to either find room for me to take algebra or give me geometry. They ended up giving me geometry, saying that I would fail the class. I finished as the number two student in the class, me and another girl switching places throughout the year. I also helped the teacher help the other students after I’d gotten my work done. I never did take an Algebra class, as that was my senior year.

After high school, I went to college for one semester, working in construction to help pay for college.  I dropped out of college after failing algebra…which is surprising since math was one of my strongest subjects. I worked at a gas station for a while, earning me the nickname Maxi. All the guys that worked at the station had names ending in “y”. So, being the only one with an odd name, they added a y to my name. (I’m sure he was teased about it!!)

I spent time at Aunt Margaret and Uncle Paul’s house.  I did this to shorten my commute to and from work.  I’d help out where ever I could. Aunt Margaret was one of my mothers older sisters. They had two daughters, Louella and Paulette.

me and my cousin Paulette
with one of Louella’s boys

In 1957, I married Beatrice Ann Berry, known as Babs.  She was still in high school when we married and she had to sign papers agreeing not to talk about her married life with the other students.  It lasted for ten years and no children were born from this union.

me and Babs
my first wife
at Little Brook Farm

At some point during this time, Larry (my brother) came to me and asked if I’d be willing to adopt Bonnie (Larry’s daughter).  Larry and his first wife were going through a divorce.  I said I would, but I’d have to ask Babs.  She said no.  At this point, I knew she wasn’t the girl/woman I thought she was, but still tried to work things out with her.

The Morris Men
me, Larry, my dad and Keith
Bonnie up front

Things kept happening that put doubts and questions in my head.  One thing was, she kept lying to me about where she was. She’d tell me she was going shopping with one of her girlfriends, but in reality, she was out drinking. She’d take her wedding band off and leave it in the car. One of her girlfriends’ husbands had gotten suspicious about her goings on, so he followed her. While they were inside the bar, he got in the car and found “mementos” from each girl in the group. My wife’s wedding ring was one such memento. When I asked her about her wedding ring a few days later, she said she had lost it. I took it out of my pocket and gave it back to her. She wanted to know where I found it, I told her not to worry about it. We separated shortly afterwards.

 When we divorced, she split everything 50/50, going so far as to split the Mr. and Mrs. Towels (she took the Mrs. I kept the Mr.) 

In 1957 to 1958, I went to the local clubs, where American Bandstand was shot, or at least locally.  One time, Neil Diamond or Neil Sedatka (?) was the main attraction. I’m sure if you look it up, you will be able to find the video on the internet….and very likely see me dancing.

In the late 50’s, I started doing sound for The Virginians, a local bluegrass music group. Through them I met Seldom Scene, Sonny and Bob Osborne, Bill Monroe, Little Jimmy Dickens, Bill Harold, George Harold, George Jones, Ricky Skaggs, Jimmy C. Newman, the Johnson Mt Boys, and Loretta Lynn – all before they were famous.  Most of the people mentioned spent time in my slide on camper.  I was the only one, at that time, that had a vehicle that could house the Virginian’s equipment. Between sets, we’d hang out in the camper (if I had known, I would’ve gotten people to sign the camper…I would’ve gotten more money for it when I sold it).  This was how I met most of the people – they would be invited to the camper, either by my self or by the Virginians. I shook Loretta Lynn’s hand at a barn dance. I also traveled a lot, with the band.    

On one occasion, I decided to let George Jones drive my truck. Me and the band were in the back…he took a turn way too fast and almost tipped the truck and camper over. I wasn’t very happy and he never drove the truck again.

In 1968, I met Charlotte Patricia Ningard in Ocean City, MD. At first, Charlotte wouldn’t have anything to do with me. But I wouldn’t stop, so finally she said she would go out with me, but she got to pick the place.  She picked one of the more expensive restaurants in Baltimore.  At that point, she knew I was the one (so she always said).  So did Mother Dear and Poppy Dear (Charlottes parents – Mary (Holly) and Winfield Ningard).

 My divorce from Babs wasn’t final until a couple of weeks before I married Charlotte. I know Char (her nickname) was worried we were going to have to postpone the wedding, as was I, but the judge finally signed the papers and we were married April 26, 1969.

More to come

**I have a pic of my mom at Ocean City, when she met my dad, but I can’t find it at the moment…I will be on the search for it!

Hope you have a great day!
Thanks for stopping by!!

to read from the beginning, click here

on a cold, cold morning

Feb 19, 2020

Picture of the Day

taken January 18, 2020
f-stop: f/5.6; exposure time: 1/6sec; ISO800
focal length: 27mm with flash
CANON EOS Rebel T6
(Amazon: Approaching Ice: Poems)

“As cold as ice
As quiet as a mouse
She treads the path
Fearless eagle she is
with purpose of a lioness.”
~ Rudrakshi

Hope you have a great day!
Thanks for stopping by!!

Linked on Amazon: Approaching Ice: Poems by Elizabeth Bradfield: 112 pages, published by Persea; available as paperback; “portrays the gripping history of polar exploration by channeling its most notable figures ― Symmes, Mawson, Scott, Cherry-Garrard, Byrd, and Shackleton among them.” I am an Amazon Affiliate and may make money with qualifying purchases. Thank You!

to see photos I have available for sale, click any link below…

picfair
pixels
pinterest
free images

and youtube

Make it a great one!!


Another Road Trip

Feb 18, 2020

And unfortunately, that means another funeral…

heading west
on this dreary day

My dad’s cousin, John, who lived and farmed in Hyndman PA passed away over the weekend. I only found out about it last night, but still managed to show my condolences. At least it’s not freezing cold out with lots of snow on the ground.

small town library
Hyndman, PA

only in a small town like this, will you find the library located next door to the Funeral Home… the actual library is off camera to the right. And it’s tiny! I should’ve taken a pic, but you know how it goes. I’ll be back in the area in June, so maybe then.

Comps Cemetery

When we were heading here, after the funeral services, I realized where exactly we were heading… The two headstones, center and center right are my great great great great grandparents, Levi and Rachel (Baker) Shaffer.

A closer image of it is below…

I came out here with my dad a few years ago, but we had no idea where we were going and it took us for ever to find it…

this is where I was today,
this photo was taken a few years ago…
Image result for comps church cemetery
Find a grave/internet image

I just liked the fact that the cedar tree was let to grow in the cemetery…kind of like a protection.

Then we went and saw my great great great something grandfathers tombstones… Cornelius Devore and his wife, Elizabeth.He fought in the Revolutionary War and received 1000 acres when he mustered out. If you look in the background, you can see the outline of a house… he built that house.

So…that’s where I’ve been all day. Sorry for being absent…I knew this was something I needed to do, there was nothing I could do. And, I don’t like posting from my phone as it is weird sometimes.

Tomorrow is…

National Chocolate Mint Day
National Lash Day
National Vet Girls Rise Day

Hope you have a great day, night, or evening
where ever you may be!
Thanks for stopping by!

I’m beat!!

"Miss Effie"

Feb 18, 2020

This story comes from Spirits of Frederick by Alyce T. Weinberg.

Hope you enjoy!

“‘I used to believe but I’m too old now,’ says Miss Effie Spurrier, 94. ‘Years ago my husband I lived with his family in a house across the road from Worman’s Mill. Indians had lived on that end of Frederick, and people would come digging and find pipes and bowls and arrow heads. I had a collection once myself but it got away.'”

“Miss Effie, reflecting”
(Amazon: Mysteries and Lore of Western Maryland)

The house they lived in was haunted… they would hear people walking upstairs, had a room where they couldn’t keep the covers on the bed, and furniture would move and rattle on its own. They would keep a light (candle) burning all night, and the covers would stay on.

A bell would ring every ten or fifteen minutes in the kitchen, but, it sounded like it was coming from the chimney. She says it sounded like an alarm clock. The men used to play cards in a room adjoining the kitchen and were always busy searching for the bell.

A light could be seen in the woods near the barn, going round and round. The men would stop their game and go out in search of the wanderer. They would find nothing. She states that one night, a ball of fire traveled around the room until it found an open window.

Miss Effie lived at Yellow Springs as well. “There’s ghosts there too.” On a dreary day, she saw a diaphanous figure come out of Brook Hill Church and sit on a big rock. She says it looked “ashed”. “It was spooky lookin’. I didn’t look long. I run.”

“A big fat woman ran a store near us up there. I saw her go in and out of that store after she died. We all said she must have hid money somewhere and came back to protect it.” The dog that hung around the store would see her and be so scared that he’s lay down and tremble.

When Effie was a child, she states that her mother heard a noise outside one night after they had gone to bed. Effie ran to the window and saw a woman in a flowing white gown riding a white horse. She told her mother that was a bad omen. A daughter died soon after.

Effie comes from a family that believes in ghosts (or did). Everyone believes.

“I believe God sends people back to warn other people to do better.” says Effie

Hope you have a great day!
Thanks for stopping by!!

To see what photos I have available, click on any link below…

Picfair
Pixels
Pinterest
free images

and youtube

Make it a great one!!

Linked on Amazon: Mysteries and Lore of Western Maryland: Snallygasters, Dogmen, and other Mountain Tales (American Legends) – available on Kindle, Hardcover and paperback; 128 pages published by The History Press. I am an Amazon Affiliate and may make money with qualifying purchases.

To read more stories and legends, click here

Music Politics Sports

Music Politics Sports

The Chiddicks Family Tree

Every Family has a story to tell..........Welcome to mine

thelifeandtimesofstevieboy

Spiritual Guidance, Service To Spirit Spiritual Awareness, Poetry, Diabetes Diet,

Paper Life Painting

Visual works of Wayne Wolfson

read on

open your mind to a growth mindset and new perspectives

Ms. Elaine Kneeous

mis·cel·la·ne·ous –adjective 1. Consisting of members or elements of different kinds; of mixed character 2. Having various qualities, aspects, or subjects

Site Title

Grab a coat, leave a note and run away with me!!

ZENTEL

Being vegetarian and eating greens and salads out is always a risk, it s hard to be 100% sure all you eat is absolutely safe, so take it twice a year to guarantee your body is free from unwanted organism

AmodSinghaniya

Think Belive Do Achieve

Successful life

Successfullife.com

Midnight Harmony

Searching for harmony in the real world. WELCOME!

Freddie Mercury Online

Dedicated to Freddie Mercury

A Better Man

Make a Start

blankpagesofmine

Pages are always blank before the words get laid out.

THE MIND OF RD REVILO

Conscious Thought: Driven by Intelligent Awareness