This That and the Other Thing

Oct 14, 2019

Local Maryland Legends and Folklore


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The info in this post comes from the book Monsters of Maryland by Ed Okonowicz. If you pick up any book about Maryland folklore, you will find the story of the snallygaster!

  • The prime domain of this rarely glimpsed predator is centralized in western mountains of Maryland (Cumberland, Hagerstown, Frederick).
  • Large number of sightings occuring around Frederick County (Maryland), but sightings have also been reported in Carroll, Baltimore and Cecil Counties.
  • possibly has German origins… “schnell geist” or “schnellergeist”, roughly translated “fast” or “quick” ghost.
  • it can move objects, create threatening or unexplained noises and even eminate harsh, unexplained smells
  • its main claim to fame: eating small children, terrifying travelers, provides night time story matter
  • today it is described as a combination of a dragon and a fast moving invisible spirit
  • other details are derived from American Indians, Pennsylvania Dutch; isolated mountain lore

In 1735 is the year the creature is believed to have migrated, along with German settlers (it also happens to be the same year as the reported birth of the Jersey Devil).

Jan 1909, a man saw a creature he claimed look like a cross between a vampire and a tiger and was responsible for the blood sucking death of an African American man. Other sightings at the same time occurred in/near Sharpsburg, Cumberland and Hagerstown, at Lover’s Leag near Gapland, near Burkittsville. There were also reports during that time of a whistle-screeching sound in parts of West Virginia, Ohio and Massachusetts.

In 1932, a Snallygaster was reported to have swooped over the Middletown valley area. The creatures cries had caused a local politician to fall dead.

It was sighted near Rockville, where they claim it had a nest. One witness reported that the beast was observed in the sky wearing water wings and riding a bicycle. (This made me chuckle! Sounds to me like he was really drunk or on some drugs or something.)

In 1934, several loud explosions near Middletown were (reported) to be the sound of several hatching eggs. An infant Snallygaster was shot five times. It was five feet tall, had speckled feathers, and had 4 inch claws.

In the 1940’s, Manchester and Hampstead (2 Carroll County towns) became involved in a feud as to which locale the beast preferred to terrorize.

In the 1960’s a man apparantly fought with a baby Snallygaster in his backyard, bordering Gambrill State Park; told officers it was a “Dwayyo” (a baby Snallygaster). It walked on 2 legs, had fur and the face of a wolf. Some say it is the offspring, others say it is the enemy.

To date (2012) it has never been captured, photographed, killed or placed on display. And then there’s this photo…but then there’s this article from 1909.

Middletown Valley Register, February 1909.
Middletown Valley Register, February 1909.

I have never heard or seen the Snallygaster, but the legend is there.

“It’s a great winged beast, with scales like a reptile and the wings and talons of a great bird. No. It’s half bird, half wildcat with yellow and black stripes. No. It’s a sable-eyed muskrat with a tuxedo front.” – from the Middletown Valley Register, 1909

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Way Back When and Even Now

Oct. 14, 2019

Way Back When

Picture of the Day

old time photo

I have no idea who these people are in this photo, but I’m guessing they are related…on my mom’s side. All things considered…probably in Baltimore (MD), around the turn of the century (1900).

“Lost time is never found again.”      

Ben Franklin (1706-1790)

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Carefree Saturday

Oct. 13, 2019

Yesterday wasn’t a very good day for me. I’m just completely worn out…I have no energy, having a really hard time staying positive, and have been getting sick more often (some of the signs of burnout). I know, grab the camera and head outdoors…usually that works, but not yesterday. So…

I called out of work this morning. I was supposed to work, but I was feeling so bad yesterday afternoon that I called out. I’m experiencing what is called Caregiver Burnout and I will explain it later in the post. My work knows this and they also know that I’m looking for a new job.

But first, some photos…

good enough to eat

What goes with bread for dinner? Just about anything! LOL…we had spaghetti! And of course, I didn’t take any photos! I placed the bread on the plate and made the comment that it looked like I should take a photo – so I did.

I took these photos early this morning! Somewhere around 3am. The moon was so bright and the clouds were just right at that moment.

The October moon is called the Hunter’s Moon. It has also been called the Travel Moon and the Dying Moon. It is the time for hunting.

The moon is the earth’s only natural satellite and was formed 4.6 billion years ago, according to

The same side of the moon is always facing earth, this is called synchronous rotation. (

The dark side of the moon is a myth.
In reality both sides of the Moon see the same amount of sunlight however only one face of the Moon is ever seen from Earth. (

Yesterday was a blah day and I wasn’t feeling very motivated to do much of anything. Same goes for today – but here I am. I did take a nap today, not very long, but a little something to get me through til bed time. I feel like I could almost sleep all the time…

which leads me to…

What is caregiver burnout?

Caregiver burnout is a state of physical, emotional, and mental exhaustion that may be accompanied by a change in attitude — from positive and caring to negative and unconcerned.

Caregivers who are “burned out” may experience fatigue, stress, anxiety, and depression. I am feeling all of this. I have cut my hours back to about 15 hrs a week, which isn’t much – barely pays the bills, done what I can to take care of myself (including saying no). I was hoping that doing this would help me get back to myself, but it hasn’t. I’m just at the point where I need to move on. So, that’s what I have to do, even if that means I don’t have a job for a (little) while. I’ll be fine and have what I need to get through until then. I need to do what I need to do to take care of myself and my son.

Just a quick bit of info.

I will go into more detail at a later date.

That’s about all I have for now. I promise to give more details about caregiver burnout…soon. Do know that I am doing what I need to to get through at the moment and that I will be here tomorrow. With a smile on my face – even if it it forced!

“We ran as if to meet the moon.”
~ Robert Frost

Tomorrow is Be Bald and Be Free Day, National Dessert Day, National Kick Butt Day and National Native American Day.

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Happy Birthday, Navy!

Oct. 13, 2019

Since today is the U.S. Navy’s 244th birthday, I figured I’d share some pictures of my mom from her navy days and some history.

My mom was a wave in the navy back in the day. I have other photos, but I can’t find them, so this will have to do!

And some facts/history…

  • The U.S. Navy was established October 13, 1775.

Pirate Problem

The United States Navy originated over 240 years ago as the Continental Navy. The then Continental Congress authorized 2 armed vessels to search for ships supplying the British army with weapons and ammunition during the American Revolutionary War (1775–1783).

When the war ended, the Continental Navy was dismantled, but pirate threats to American merchant shipping led President George Washington to establish the Naval Act of 1794, creating a permanent standing US Navy.

Naval Celebration

The day is mainly celebrated by personnel, veterans, or other people related to the navy. Usually, it is marked with a Navy Birthday Ball with a formal dinner, birthday cake, and entertainment.

Some things you may not know…

All submariners are volunteers.

Most attack submarines in the U.S. Navy are 33-feet wide and about the length of a football field. Ballistic missile submarines are the length of the Washington Monument. Submarines stay submerged for months at a time. There are no windows, there is no night and day, you have fifteen square feet of living space and no privacy—and there’s a nuclear reactor right behind you. They don’t just let anyone in a submarine. All submariners are volunteers, and have passed rigorous psychological and physical tests. Claustrophobics need not apply. Those serving on submarines are among the most highly trained personnel in the military.

How does the Navy name its ships?

In 1819, the United States Congress placed the Secretary of the Navy in charge of naming ships—a power he or she still enjoys. Generally, names are compiled by the Naval Historical Center based on the suggestions from the public, sailors, and retirees, and from naval history. The Chief of Naval Operations formally signs and recommends the list to the Secretary. Ships named for individuals are christened by “the eldest living female descendent” of that individual. Commissioned ships are prefixed with USS, which stands for United States Ship. Though the convention had been in use since the late eighteenth century, it was not standardized or formalized until 1907, by Teddy Roosevelt.

The Navy SEAL Trident is sometimes called the “Budweiser.”

The trident worn on the uniforms of Navy SEALs is officially designated as the “Special Warfare Insignia,” but it is sometimes called the “Budweiser,” named in part for the Basic Underwater Demolition/SEAL (BUD/S) course, the grueling twenty-five week special warfare school. The trident also has an uncanny resemblance to the Anheuser-Busch logo.

You’ve heard of a few people who know the words to Anchors Aweigh.

• Neil Armstrong flew armed reconnaissance as a Naval aviator during the Korean War. In 1951, he landed on Korean soil after his plane was hit by anti-aircraft fire and he had to eject. Eighteen years later, he landed on a more famous patch of ground.

• There’s a good argument to be made that Robert Heinlein’s literary universe was influenced by his time at the United States Naval Academy, from which he graduated, and his time on the USS Lexington and USS Roper.

• Humphrey Bogart enlisted in the Navy in 1918 and served on the USS Leviathan and USS Santa Olivia.

• Before he was MC Hammer, he was AK3 Stanley Burrell (short for Petty Officer Third Class Aviation Storekeeper).

• Bob Barker’s time as a Navy fighter pilot means he’s familiar with more means of transportation than just a new car!

If not for the Navy, James T. Kirk would have been captain of the USS Yorktown.

In the original pitch for Star Trek, the ship we know as the USS Enterprise was called the USS Yorktown. Gene Roddenberry renamed it in part for the first nuclear-powered aircraft carrier whose maiden voyage was in 1962. The seafaring Enterprise was (and remains) the longest vessel in the U.S. Navy. Roddenberry felt that the starship at the heart of his series would have had a similar standing as the aircraft carrier, and a new Enterprise was christened.

In the Navy, there are no walls or bathrooms.

The Navy has a rich lexicon established by millennia of naval tradition. Ships don’t have walls, they have bulkheads. The mess deck is where you eat food, the deck is where you walk. The head is where you’ll find a toilet. The rack is where you sleep. Birds take off from the bird farm or, rather, planes take off from an aircraft carrier.

The first admiral in the Navy was David Farragut.

Even if you’ve never heard the name, you know his words, allegedly spoken at the Battle of Mobile Bay: “Damn the torpedoes! Full speed ahead!” (It’s unknown whether he spoke those exact words—different accounts give slight variations.) He was commissioned into the U.S. Navy at age nine. His adoptive father, Captain David Porter, probably had some hand in this. At age twelve, Farragut fought in the War of 1812. Though he was born in Tennessee, he remained steadfastly loyal to the Union during the Civil War, and after he seized the city of New Orleans, was promoted to Rear Admiral—a rank created specially for him by Congress. President Lincoln later promoted him to Vice Admiral (Farragut would later be a pallbearer at Lincoln’s funeral). Following the war, he was made the first Admiral of the Navy. (I only used 7)

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(I called out of work today…I’ll explain later, but I’m not feeling well today!)

Sunday’s Inspiration and Something Funny

Oct 13, 2019

“Raise your words, not your voice. It is rain that grows flowers, not thunder.”

~ Rumi

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Way Back When and Even Now

Oct 13, 2019

Even Now

Picture of the Day

(and some info)

wheel bug

The wheel bug is a species of large assassin bug in the assassin and kissing bug family Reduviidae. The species is one of the largest terrestrial true bugs in North America, reaching up to 1.5 inches in length in their adult stage. They are sexually dimorphic, in that males are somewhat smaller than the females. Wikipedia

According to The Wheel Bug website… at first sight wheel bugs appear to be a dangerous insect because of their size and weird appearance. But it is not aggressive and will try to avoid contact. However, if handled the wheel bug will try to bite. The author notes that the bite is painful, with the sensation lasting several minutes.

  • has a stout beak that it uses to feed
  • feed on caterpillars, moths, and other soft bodied insects
  • are considered beneficial in the garden and wooded areas, as they reduce the numbers of some insect pests
  • In the fall, the female wheel bug lays her eggs on small twigs of shrubs and trees. There are several dozen of these barrel-shaped eggs in a cluster. In the early spring, the eggs hatch and small red and black nymphs with long legs disperse onto surrounding trees and shrubs. Homeowners may see these on various trees or landscape shrubs
Wheel bug Nymph
photo from The Wheel Bug web page

A deaf insect hears words in the belly of a bird ~ English Proverb

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Some leftovers

Oct 12,2019

Here are some leftovers I took in August! Tree frogs and flowers. As well as some strange but useful (or maybe not so useful?) facts about flowers and frogs! Hope you enjoy!!

Get Your Zzzs With Gerbera Daisies

If you want to get a better night’s sleep tonight, try placing gerbera daisies next to your bed. Gerberas emit oxygen and absorb carbon monoxide and toxins at night, this was said to be especially helpful for anyone suffering from sleep apnea.

Roses Are Related To Fruit & Almonds

Roses share a relation with almonds, apples, raspberries, cherries, peaches, plums, nectarines, and pears. Roses have what’s called rose hips which are a berry fruit in some roses.  Rose hips are used to make jellies or teas as they are loaded with Vitamin C.

The Glass Frog (Centrolenella colymbiphyllum) has skin so translucent that you can watch its heart beating. (Carl C. Hansen, Smithsonian Institution)

One gram of the toxin produced by the skin of the golden poison dart frog could kill 100,000 people.

A frog completely sheds its skin about once a week. After it pulls off the old, dead skin, the frog usually eats it.

“I’d rather be ignored as a frog than eaten as a human.”

E.D. Baker

“To plant a garden is to believe in tomorrow.”

~ Audrey Hepburn

Tomorrow is National Yorkshire Pudding Day (yum!), National No Bra Day (I thought every day was no bra day…oops!), and National Train Your Brain Day!

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