nothing special on a saturday in december

Dec 7, 2019

Just thought I’d share some photos! Really nothing special, kind of a lazy day. I’ve spent the day taking photos and working on them, watching two movies (Beauty and the Beast – 2014, not the cartoon, and Who Framed Roger Rabbit) with my son.

coal buckets and some ashes/coal

This is Santa’s “just in case” supply of coal! He stops by and picks it up, if he needs it! In return, leaves us a sense of humor 🙂

When we empty out the wood stove of ashes twice a week, we always make sure to put them out with water…it takes about a gallon. And I don’t dump it until I know for sure that the fire is completely out. Usually later in the day.

One of the wood piles, covered with a tarp. It started to rain yesterday, so my son and I covered it. My boyfriend and I brought some wood in the house, but left it covered because it’s supposed to rain. One of these days, we’ll get a real roof or covering for the wood. For now, this works.

That’s blood – my blood. Yesterday, when I was putting the tarp up, I busted my thumb! Try as I might, I can’t get a good photo of my bruised thumb. It hurts, especially when I use it, but I will survive.

under the deck…it’s not as bad as it used to be! I’ve actually pulled a lot of 2 by 4’s or 6’s to use for shelving. Used to be a lot worse!

a star in the garden…

my cat smelling me… I don’t know what he smelled, if anything. I guess he wanted to make sure I am still his human!

staring at the wall…what is it that cats hear in the wall? I can find him in almost any room, staring at the wall! Even the bathroom!!

I love watching the wood burn! The other day it was burning blue and purple but I couldn’t get a picture of it 😦

It’s been a good day!

Hope you’re having a good day as well! And that the rest of the day, night or evening is even better!!

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“Every day is a good day. There is something to learn, care, and celebrate.”

~ Amit Ray

Tomorrow is Pretend to be a Time Traveler Day and National Brownie Day.

purple sunset

Dec 7, 2019

the possibilities are endless
(Cape Hatteras North Carolina, early 1990’s)

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always believe!

boats on the creek

Dec 7, 2019

Sailing Through the Winter Solstice

The other week, when my son and I went down to the library, it was a nice day, so we decided to take a walk along the creek. We had no idea there were boats on the creek!

Here are a few of the pics I took November 26, 2019.

  • a fundraising opportunity for Friends of Carroll Creek Urban Park
  • the primary purpose is to provide some light and joy along the creek during the dark winter months, after the beauty of the water garden has faded
  • stay on the creek for ten weeks
Snallygaster has landed!

There is a local legend about the Snallygaster. It is a monster that snatches up children and makes things disappear. (I was going to link to that post, but I can’t find it so there’s a pretty good chance I’ll have to redo it.) The story goes all the way back to pre-colonial times.

a boat painted to look like the Maryland flag

I love the reflections these boats cast on the creek. Sometime, I’ll have to take a trip at night down to the creek so I can get pics of them all lit up!

Just a fun fact:

  • The Joseph Dill Baker carillon in Frederick’s Baker Park is the largest musical instrument in Maryland.

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under the Christmas lights

Dec 7, 2019

Picture of the Week

He never gets under the tree! So, of course I had to take photos!

image taken December 3, 2019

“Tree decorating with cats. O Christmas Tree, O Christmas Tree, your ornaments are history.”

~ Courtney VanSickle

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good tidings

two coal buckets

Dec 7, 2019

Picture of the Day

image taken November 19, 2019

“Cold! If the thermometer had been an inch longer we’d have frozen to death.” 

~ Mark Twain

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Joy to the World

Reporting for Duty

Dec 6, 2019

Two ducks

standing at the ready

willing to take action

when the call comes

or maybe they are just asleep

~ HCMorris

Tomorrow is National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day, National Illinois Day, National Rhubarb Vodka Day, Skywarn Recognition Day, and National Cotton Candy Day.

National Rhubarb Vodka Day: Rhubarb Vodka was originally introduced in the United States of America in 2010 by Maple River Distillery in historic downtown Casselton, North Dakota. Rhubarb grows locally and gardeners love it. The idea grew to infuse Rhubarb into Vodka.  The results were an instant hit and the distilled beverage enjoys popular enjoyment across the USA. I think I’ll take my White Russians, please!

Skywarn Recognition Day: acknowledges the contributions of public service volunteers who provide essential weather information as it’s happening.

National Cotton Candy Day: dates back to the 1400s; also called candy floss or fairy floss; during the 18th century, cotton candy (spun sugar) was first recorded in Europe. At that time, it was very expensive and labor-intensive. Generally, the average person could not afford to purchase cotton candy. Then in 1897, Dentist William Morrison and confectioner John C. Wharton invented machine-spun cotton candy. Their invention introduced cotton candy to a wider audience at the 1904 World’s Fair as Fairy Floss. Fair goers loved it and bought over 68,000 boxes for 25¢ a box. (

“The image of a person completely covered in cotton candy made me laugh the most.”

~ Unknown

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the sky’s the limit

  • been a busy girl today…first I put tarps up on the deck, by myself I might add! My boyfriend is hunting and my son was asleep. I got it done in less than two hours, and that includes busting up my thumb and bleeding all over the place. Then, my son and I moved the mattress that was on the guest bed down to his bed. I was going to get him a new mattress for Christmas, but he seemed concerned about money. Now, we just have to get a new mattress in the spring, or when ever. We do have a sofa bed, so if anyone does spend the night there is an extra bed. No one ever spends the night, so it’s not like we need to do something immediately! My sons bed was more important!
  • I’ll have pics for you sometime soon!

Have an incredible rest of your day, night or evening!

clothes dryer

Dec 6, 2019

As you may know – or maybe not – we don’t have an electric clothes dryer in the house! We got rid of the one we had a few years ago. I couldn’t tell you now if it was before or after my dad went blind, but it’s been a few years! Anyway, it was old…older than dirt, as some would say. The door wouldn’t stay shut (Had to prop something against it!), the chord that held the door from flopping all the way to the ground had broken, so you needed to have something to prop it up and… wait for it!, the timer didn’t work! So, you had to stick around and hopefully not forget that you had clothes in the dryer! Oh, and the knob wouldn’t always catch to start the dryer so you had to listen and keep turning the knob until you heard it catch!

Oh the joy…

So what do I do? Drying racks! I actually have two. One – the wooden one you see in the pic below – came from my grandmother. The red, plastic one – which you can’t see – was one my mom had when we were little. It’s smaller than the wooden one, but it works!

Towels and bed sheets get hung over doors – which ever doors I can use (Inside doors, of course!). During the winter, the wood stove helps dry the clothes that much quicker. They can be dry in a few hours, depending on what has been washed.

Tee shirts, sweatshirts and anything that goes on a hanger, goes on said hanger and gets hung in the window to dry. The curtain rods come in handy!

I want to take the ladder apart and hang it from the ceiling where the wood stove is, but my boyfriend won’t have it. I think it could be used to hang sheets on! Or towels! So, until the time comes, hanging these things over the door will have to work.

During the summer, I do the same thing! (Drying racks! In the house!) I used to hang clothes outside on the clothes line, but we have had such a problem with stink bugs in the last few years, it’s just better to keep the clothes inside. Plus, a tree took out the clothes line a couple of years ago and I haven’t replaced it…because of the stink bugs!

There is nothing worse than stink bugs in your clean clothes! They get in EVERYTHING! And I learned, you have to take each individual piece of clothing/towel/sheets – whatever – shake it out, turn it inside out and shake it, check it and take it in the house. Then repeat, with every single item! One item at a time. That, tales a lot of time and patience, much more than just hanging everything in the house. The stink bugs aren’t as bad as they used to be, so maybe, within the next year or two, we can replace the old clothes line and start hanging stuff outside again!

winter time clothes dryer
just don’t stick the clothes INSIDE, please!

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Sometimes it takes me all day to get nothing done!

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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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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