Chocolate and Cherries

Dec 6, 2019

Picture of the Day

image taken 2012

“Life is sweet with cherries on top!”

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dreaming of a chocolate Christmas!

call me crazy…

Dec 5, 2019

a space saver?
or is it space savor?
(Not my photo!)
bright eyes
but not bushy tailed
a piece of work
pink headed
or rather bull headed

but don’t call me late for dinner!

Tomorrow is national miner’s day, national gazpacho day, national bartender day, national microwave oven day, faux fur Friday, national pawnbrokers day, and St. Nicholas day.

sorry I didn’t do any bathtub photos for you today 😦 but…

  • In Arizona, donkeys are not allowed to sleep in bathtubs.
  • in Kentucky, a historic law required citizens to take a bath at least once a year
  • Marilyn Monroe was known for bathing in champagne. 350 bottles were needed to fill the bathtub to her liking. Now that’s one way to live luxuriously!
  • once, a Monopoly game played in the bathtub lasted nearly 99 hours!
  • It wasn’t until the sixth president of the United States, John Quincy Adams, took office that the first bathtub appeared in the White House – but there was no running water, so bathing was a bit tricky!

Some new bathtub facts for you to enjoy!

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wherever you may be!

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where it's safe and dry

Dec 5, 2019

image taken May 11, 2010

let me rest here awhile

where it’s safe

and dry

not a raindrop

can ruffle

these pretty little feathers

~ HCMorris

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good tidings to you!

At the library

Dec 5, 2019

As many of you know, my son and I take a weekly excursion to the local library. It was so cold and windy that day (Tuesday), that we didn’t do our usual walk around. But, I did find a few books that might be interesting to read and share with you.

  • Frederick: The First 250 years 1745-1995 by Timothy L. Cannon, Tom Gorsline and Nancy F. Whitmore
  • Haunted Hikes: Spine Tingling Tales and Trails from North America’s National Parks by Andrea Lankford
  • Your Maryland by Ric Cottom
  • Looking Back: True Stories of Mountain Maryland by James Rada, Jr.,
  • Frederick County Characters: Innovators, pioneers and patriots of Western Maryland by John W. Ashbury

Don’t worry, I won’t bore you with this! If I find something interesting enough to share, I will. But it won’t be the only thing I focus on, either.

So, on the way home, we had to take a detour. Traffic was so backed up on the road we would normally take (I think a trash truck was blocking the road and slowing things down) that we went a different way. Which took us by the old armory in Frederick. It’s not the best picture, but it will do for now.

Sometime in the near future, when we’re downtown, I will get a better picture from the cross street, which is actually South Bentz Street. Maybe even venture into the park…

Frederick Armory
  • built in 1913 for the Maryland National Guard
  • originally built for Company A, 1st regiment of the Maryland National Guard
  • This unit traces their roots back to a band of Frederick rifleman led by Michael Cresap who fought in the Revolutionary War
  • In 2001 the old Armory building was converted into use as a community and meeting center for the City of Frederick Recreation Department – William R. Talley Recreation Center. You can read his obituary here
just a lady bug on me!
taken Nov 20, 2019

“Do not allow children to play in the dishwasher!”

~ A Dishwasher

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a sense of humor: priceless

a little bit of yellow

Dec 5, 2019

Picture of the Day

taken June 5, 2019
Siberian Elm Tree Leaves

“And the leaves were telling secrets to the wind.”

~ Peter Mulvey

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deck the halls

and the trees

Like Birds and Water

Dec 4, 2019

Just a quick photo share…some photos I have left over from Carroll Creek and Culler Lake, downtown Frederick.

Hope you enjoy!!

Carroll Creek…

Culler Lake…

Don’t worry, I have plenty more to show you! 🙂

Tomorrow is International Ninja Day, National Sacher Torte Day, National Repeal Day, and Bathtub Party Day!

“A simple hello could lead to a million things.”

~ unknown

  • Sacher Torte, also known as Sachertorte, is a unique type of chocolate cake. Austrian, Franz Sacher, invented it in 1832. Vienna considers the Sachertorte one of their most famous culinary specialties.
  • Maybe you should be on the lookout for some kinda bathtub photos tomorrow…? After all, it is bathtub party day! 

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night or evening,

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‘Tis the Season!

Wide Open Spaces

Dec 4, 2019

give me some land

peaceful and green

with wide open spaces

and an old country church

~ HCMorris

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Fort Frederick and the Appalachian Trail

Dec 4, 2019

I thought I had pulled more photos from our Fort Frederick trip, but obviously I didn’t. The Appalachian Trail runs alongside the fort, so I’ve included those photos.

This means that here in the near future, I will do another post on Fort Frederick, but for now, here are some quick facts about the fort and the Appalachian Trail.

Hope you enjoy!

Fort Frederick:

  • public recreation and historic area on the Potomac River, near the town of Big Pool, Maryland
  • a stone fort active in the French and Indian War and American Revolution
  • the Chesapeake and Ohio (C & O Canal) runs through the park
  • designated a National Historic Landmark in 1973
  • 585 acres

Things to do:

  • boating
  • camping
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • re-enactments

The Appalachian Trail and the Potomac River:

the Potomac River
  • the Appalachian Trail (A.T.) is 2,168 mile long footpath that runs from Georgia to Maine
  • almost 40 miles runs through Maryland, most of which runs along the ridge line of South Mountain
  • trail became a reality in 1937
  • it can take 4 to 5 months to do a “thru hike” – hiking the trail from beginning to end! (I would love to do this one day, it’s been on my bucket list for some time now!)
  • the entire length of the A.T. in Maryland can be done in 4 or 5 days
  • trail shelters and backpackers campgrounds are conveniently spaced about a days’ hike apart
nasty water
  • Annapolis Rock, Washington Monument, and Weverton Cliffs, are popular destinations along the Appalachian Trail (We did the A.T. trail once, when my son was young, to Washington Monument. By the time we got there, we had to call my parents to come get us because if we had hiked back to the car, we would’ve gotten stuck in the dark.)

I know these water photos aren’t actually part of the Potomac River, but an outcropping. After walking along the trail a little ways (no more than an hour) we had to turn back because of the fowl smell coming from the water.

I’ve got more photos of the park, so I will be pulling them and next week, I’m hoping, I will be able to share more about it. The last time we went up to the park, they were doing a French and Indian re-enactment.

Hope you enjoyed the little bit of info I was able to share!

Have a great day!

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Through the Lead Window

Dec 4, 2019

Picture of the Day

taken September 18, 2010
Fort Frederick, Maryland

“It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see.”

~ Henry David Thoreau

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this house

runs on



Blue Abstract

Dec 3, 2019

a blue rose abstract
taken/edited Nov 1, 2019

Tomorrow is national dice day, national sock day, national cookie day, national package protection day.

Celery is 95% water and 100% not pizza!

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all is well

Magic Flutist

Dec 3, 2019

Folklore from Frederick County, Maryland

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

This story is about Larry and his magic flute and is retold every Christmas locally in the foothills of the blue mountains (Thurmont/Emmitsburg), although I had never heard the story til I read the book.

Larry (Lawrence) was born in the mountains, his father was from Frankfort-on-the-Main, Germany. The father, Dr. Henry Casper Dielman, was a noted musician and composer in his native land and was appointed Professor of Music at Mount Saint Mary’s College. There he wrote the special music for the elaborate inaugural ball of President Martin van Buren in 1837. Larry grew up with music in his heart, he could play several musical instruments but the flute was his father’s favorite.

With Glory Lit the Midnight Air was Larry’s best loved melody. It was a Christmas hymn written by his father and has become part of the repertoire at Mount St. Mary’s.

Larry’s father died in 1882 and was buried in saint Anthony’s cemetery in Emmitsburg. As the years went by, Larry grew old and gaunt. But every Christmas, for forty years, he climbed the steep hill to his fathers grave site to play the flute. Many of the townsfolk followed him to the graveyard. the music floated over the glistening, snow-covered mountains as if it were coming from another world.

One Christmas morning the flute was silent. The people went looking for Larry and found him sitting on his fathers grave, too tired and weak to play. They tenderly put him on a child’s sled and pulled him down the hill to his cottage where he died of pneumonia at the age of 76.

That was in 1923… None of the people of the area have said they have seen Larry’s ghost but many have said that they still hear his flute in the crisp, cold air of the mountains near Emmitsburg at Christmastime.

Get that mouse, mom!

Dec 3, 2019

Picture of the Day!

image taken January 26, 2018

“Cats can work out mathematically the exact place to sit that will cause the most inconvenience.”

~ Pam Brown

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