My Name is Max: Funny Stories (1)

April 1, 2020

The year is 2017, the day – April 1st . . . dad passed away on March 17. The funeral was behind us, my son and I had celebrated my 40th birthday – quietly.

We were sitting in the living room, talking about dad and all the fun times we had, the laughter, and the jokes. All the April fools jokes that had been played, all in fun…

After a while, my son decided to go downstairs and play on his xbox.

A few minutes later, he came back upstairs…

“Can you tell me why there’s a mouse in the toilet?”

“You’re pulling my leg,” I said.

“I’m serious!” said my son

“I’m not falling for it,” I said. “It is April fools day, after all!”

“”I’m not joking!”

So, while laughing, I grab the fish net which I ended up throwing away and the camera. Hey, if there’s really a mouse in the toilet, I need to document it. Who would believe me? A mouse in the toilet? On April Fool’s Day? Yeah right!

a mouse in the toilet!

Lo, and behold…there was a mouse in the toilet!

“I know that was you dad!”
I said while laughing, tears streaming down my cheeks.
Taking pictures
And fishing him – or her –
out of the toilet!

April Fools’!

  • in all probability, it was more than likely my cat was playing with the mouse, flipping up into the air, and it landed in the toilet, drowning because it couldn’t get out! But maybe? My dad playing one last joke on us?

Who knows…

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What do you call cheese that’s not yours?

Nacho cheese

12 Easy & Harmless April Fool's Pranks - KiSS 91.7
not my image

What if April Fools’ is just an April Fools’ Joke

If you have anything important to tell me,
tell me tomorrow
’cause I won’t believe you today!

Take care
Stay safe
Much love

to read my dad’s story from the beginning, click here

click here to read Hunting Stories (my dad’s story)

keep moving forward

April 1, 2020

Picture of the Day

A Slug In The Garden
taken March 12, 2020
f-stop: f/9; exposure time: 1/160sec; ISO 200
focal length 55mm
CANON EOS Rebel T6
AMAZON: Native American Gardening

“Accept yourself
love yourself
and keep moving forward.
If you want to fly
you have to
give up what
weighs you down.”

~ unknown

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linked to Amazon: Native American Gardening by Michael J. Caduto and Joseph Bruchac; available as a paperback book; 176 pages, published by Fulcrum Publishing (March 1, 1996); “Readers will learn about the relationships between people and the gardens of Earth, seed preservation, Native diets and meals, natural pest control, and the importance of the Circle of Life.” (AMAZON) I am an Amazon Associate and may make money with qualified purchases. Thank You!

“It is during our darkest moments
that we must focus to see the light.”
~ Aritotle

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Today is a Good Day! 15 inspiring Quotes to help you live in the present. #inspiringquotes #inspirationalquotes #quotes #liveinthemoment #liveinthepresent #dalailamaquote
“What day is it?”
“It’s today,” squeaked Piglet
“My favorite day,” said Pooh
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a hole in the wall

March 31,2020

Like I promised, here is my photo of the hole I cut in the wall.

this allows plenty of access to the plumbing, if need be! The plumber didn’t come today, so I need to call him again tomorrow. All I did was use a straight edge (level) to mark a straight line, then used an exacto knife to cut the section off. I know it doesn’t look straight, but I assure you it is!

My boyfriend kept telling me to be careful..he obviously doesn’t know me very well! LOL!!! I’ve been using an exacto knife to cut board for art projects and photos for years. Rarely ever cut myself. I’m more dangerous with a pair of scissors or nail clippers…

Anyway, it’s been a dreary day and spent most of the day inside. I even took a nap! Talked to a couple of friends on the phone and now, I’m here. Dinner will be ready soon. Spaghetti is for dinner tonight!

Tomorrow is…

April 1
April Fool’s Day
National One Cent Day
National Sourdough Bread Day
National Walking Day
Childhelp National Day of Hope

A hole has been found in the nudist camp wall.
The police are looking into it…

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Nature Canvas Print featuring the photograph western Maryland mountains by Holly Morris
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“The secret to staying young
is to live honestly
eat slowly
and lie about your age.”
~ Lucille Ball

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Stay safe
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Ghosts Aplenty

March 31, 2020

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

Hope you enjoy!

“”First I thought I needed my head examined, but when other people started hearing the noises I decided maybe there was something to this. There really is a man, about fifty from the way he walks, two ladies who trip delicately, and a baby who cries that haunt that house,” says Elaine Gates.

Church Street, Looking East from Market Street Frederick, MD ...
Church Street, Looking East from Market Street
Frederick, MD
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The house described was built in 1810 on East Church Street. It is a three-story brick house, with a handsome antique gas-lit carriage lamp gracing the wall, a side yard that is covered with ivy and shaded by old, gnarled trees. Inside the iron gates there is a handcrafted, surrealistic sculpture that peeks at passersby.

The Gates’ – who owned the house at the time, were teachers and artists. Elaine, the wife, noticed that painting tools would disappear from the room she used as a studio, only to be returned a few days later. Exactly where they were supposed to be.

They had a “ghost” that first appeared one Christmas, and around the same time they could smell lilies of the valley so strong it was as if they had just been picked. When the man appeared, they could feel a cold draft… He likes to go to a specific guest room and anyone who stays in that room would hear him. In the morning, guests would ask if the owners heard anything during the night. The guests would say that they heard someone walk up to the bedroom door and stop. This person never knocked or anything. Several times they heard a baby crying in the front room. It would echo so loud that it sounded like it was right in the same room.

after doing research, the Gates’ found that the people who put the addition on the house were named Bopst. They had two daughters, one of which never married. The father died in the room where the man comes to. They were Catholic, the wake being held in that room.

Chanting has been heard at night… it was Latin, the mournful sounds grew and grew.

There was a doctor, an optometrist, who believed the house was cursed. He said that everyone who has owned that house, has died in it, some of them mysteriously. The daughter of the family that never married, fell on hard times and started renting out the rooms in the forties. One girl, who rented out a room on the third floor, was pregnant, not married and didn’t have any money. This doctor – the optometrist – was called to deliver the baby. The baby didn’t live long and shortly after, the girl hung herself in the stairwell on the top floor of the house. The baby that died is probably the one they hear crying.

Whenever the Gates’ would have a party, doors would open and slam by themselves. If the guests would ask about the noises, they would usually say it was nothing. During the holidays – Christmas and Thanksgiving – there seemed to be more activity, more things would disappear.

One winter, Elaine was alone in the house, reading in the kitchen. The cat was sleeping in her lap, the dog laying at her feet. She heard a loud crash…thinking it was a car that had skidded into a street sign, she went and checked but nothing was amiss. When her husband got home he went to the front of the house and came rushing back, asking what had happened. She followed him to the living room and stood in the doorway – speechless. Someone had tried to destroy everything on the mantle. A huge, three and a half foot Italian candlestick was in the middle of the floor, broken, a life size head was broken, rugs were overturned, a set of slave manacles were halfway across the room.

First public exhibit of slavery shackles at the Hay Library ...
slave manacles

The Gates’ owned a beach house, and apparently the ghosts followed them there. While guests were sleeping, they were awakened by loud stomping in the attic. When Elaine went up to check, she found the attic undisturbed.

Elaine says the ghosts are fine, but wishes they would break valuable antiques and scare guests away.

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The Big Book of Maryland Ghost Stories (Big Book of Ghost Stories) by [Okonowicz, Ed]
The Big Book of Maryland Ghost Stories

linked to Amazon: The Big Book of Maryland Ghost Stories by Ed Okonowicz; available on kindle (2461 KB) , hardcover and paperback; 444 pages, published by Stackpole Books; Reprint edition (August 16, 2010); “Turn these pages and enter the world of the paranormal, where ghosts and ghouls alike creep just out of sight. Author Ed Okonowicz shines a light in the dark corners of Maryland and scares those spirits out of hiding in this thrilling collection.” (AMAZON) I am an Amazon Associate and may make money with qualified purchases. thank you!

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Stay safe
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deer have been active

March 31, 2020

Picture of the Day

deer damaged azalea
taken February 4, 2020
F-stop: f/5.6; exposure time: 1/80sec; ISO 500
focal length 55mm
CANON EOS Rebel T6
AMAZON: The Lost Art of Reading Nature’s Signs

“Hope is a force
that carries you through
life’s dark twists and turns.”
~ Angie Weiland-Crosby

~ if you need to cry, cry
~ if you need to sleep, sleep
~ if you need to laugh, laugh

Yes, the deer have been visiting! Usually, you wouldn’t know that they’ve been around – unless you really look for signs. Footprints, droppings, rubs, and azalea damage. I’m glad the bushes are as big as they are…you can barely tell.

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linked to amazon The Lost Art of Reading Nature’s Signs by Tristan Gooley; available on kindle (15153 KB) , audiobook, hardcover, paperback, audio cd; 416 pages, published by The Experiment; Reprint edition (August 26, 2015); “Turn Every Walk into a Game of Detection” (AMAZON) I am an Amazon Associate and may make money with qualified purchases. Thank You!

I think I should do this..
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Something funny…

I don’t think anyone expected
that when we changed the clocks earlier this month
we’d go from standard time
to twilight zone…

and twilight zone
it does feel like

Take care
Stay safe
Much love

A Walk In The Garden

March 30, 2020

Monday’s Cell Phone Pictures

Just two of my gardens…

wild violet
bleeding heart
bleeding heart
hyacinth

It was a beautiful day today! In the low 70’s, which I will take. About an hour ago it clouded over, but that’s ok! We got plenty of fresh air and sunshine.

I also cut a hole in the wall! Yup! You read that right! I cut an access hole in the wall – which I will show you later, maybe tomorrow – so we can get to the bathtub/shower plumbing if need be. I finally talked to the plumber and he should be coming over to fix the leaky faucet, hopefully tomorrow. Of course, our governor in this great state of Maryland just issued a mandatory stay at home order, it goes into effect tonight (March 30th) at 8pm…so we shall see what happens. He should still be able to come over and work on the plumbing, as the leak has gotten pretty bad. As long as he doesn’t have a fever and isn’t showing any signs of being sick. Of course, it also depends on if and when he’s able to get the faucet to replace the old one.

The access hole is hidden in the linen closet.

Tomorrow is…

March 31
National Tater Day
National Prom Day
National Crayon Day
National Bunsen Burner Day
National Clams On The Half Shell Day
National Equal Pay Day

Some news from Maryland…

  • The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has granted D.C. a major disaster declaration in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Violation of the stay at home order is a misdemeanor and punishable by a $5,000 and 90 days in jail, Bowser’s (D.C, Mayer) office said.
  • Md. Gov. Larry Hogan: ‘We are no longer asking’
  • Among the essential activities listed in the order include traveling for work that has been deemed essential (which includes restaurant delivery and pickup) and traveling to care for a family member, friend or even pet at another household or location.
  • Also allowed is engaging in outdoor exercise activities, such as walking, hiking, running or biking. However, people exercising outdoors should maintain social distancing practices and, even outdoors, gatherings of 10 or more people are prohibited.
  • Failure to comply with the order is a misdemeanor punishable by up to a year in jail or a $5,000 fine or both, Hogan said.
  • a curfew is already in place, I do believe
  • info from…wtop.com

“I see a time of seven generations
when all the colors of mankind
will gather under
the Sacred Tree of Life
and the whole Earth
will become one circle again.”
~ Crazy Horse

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“Where there’s still life
there’s still hope.”
~ Louis Zamperini

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time to play

March 30, 2020

The sun has come
after many days
of hiding behind
clouds
fog
and cold

drizzly
sometimes hard

rain

And now I must play!
~ HCMorris ~

See you again real soon
like, this afternoon!
And like always…
Take care
Stay safe
And oh so much
Love

attitude

March 30, 2020

Fun With Words

Attitude Is Everything
AMAZON: The Wisdom of the Native Americans

“My goal is not to be better than anyone else
but to be better than I used to be.”

“Your attitude is like a price tag
it shows how valuable you are.”

Attitude: noun: attitude; plural noun: attitudes

  • a settled way of thinking or feeling about someone or something, typically one that is reflected in a person’s behavior. (dictionary.com)

Antonyms: evolution, exercise, bearing, deportment, movement, gesticulation, manoeuvre, gesture
Synonyms: posture, position, situation, standing, composition, collocation, aspect, pose, lie. https://www.synonyms.com/antonyms/attitude

Books with Attitude in the title:

Attitude by Robin Stevenson
“When Cassie comes to Vancouver from Australia for an intensive summer program at a prestigious ballet school, she finds it …
Paperback · Fiction · Children’s Books · 137 pages”
(linked to Amazon: kindle and paperback)
Poetry With An Attitude by Ionia Gunn (A.K.A. Iona)
“This book is an inspirational poem book, filled with a variety of different poems. Some of these poems reflect my life before I met God, some may reflect your live now or what your life use to be like. They all have a special meaning to me. The title of the book is Poetry With An Attitude, because our attitude has to do with how we perceive things, and how we treat one another.” 77 pages
(Linked to Amazon: kindle, hardcover and paperback)

“The soul that sees beauty may sometimes walk alone.” ~ Goethe

“Healing doesn’t mean the damage never existed.
It means the damage no longer controls our lives.
~ unknown

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linked to Amazon: The Wisdom of the Native Americans by Kent Nerburn; available on kindle, audiobook, hardcover, audio cd; 216 pages, published by New World Library; 1st edition (March 3, 1999); “These thought-provoking teachings from respected Native American leaders and thinkers provide a connection with the land, the environment, and the simple beauties of life. This collection of writings from revered Native Americans offers timeless, meaningful lessons on living and learning.” (AMAZON) I am an Amazon Associate and may make money with qualified purchases. Thank You!

“Silence is the absolute poise
or balance
of body, mind, and spirit.”
~ Ohiyesa

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Stay safe
Much love

surrounded with love

March 30, 2020

Picture of the Day

mourning dove
taken February 13, 2020
f-stop: f/5.6; exposure time: 1/250sec; ISO400
focal length 300mm
CANON EOS Rebel T6
AMAZON: Killers of the Flower Moon

Mourning Dove Totem

If a mourning dove arrive unexpectedly
you are receiving a message to relax.
The solution to your problem will find you
You are surrounded with love.

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linked to Amazon: Killers of the Flower Moon by David Grann; available on kindle (92096 KB) , audiobook, hardcover, paperback, audio cd; 347 pages, published by Vintage (April 18, 2017); ” In Killers of the Flower Moon, David Grann revisits a shocking series of crimes in which dozens of people were murdered in cold blood. Based on years of research and startling new evidence, the book is a masterpiece of narrative nonfiction, as each step in the investigation reveals a series of sinister secrets and reversals. But more than that, it is a searing indictment of the callousness and prejudice toward American Indians that allowed the murderers to operate with impunity for so long. Killers of the Flower Moon is utterly compelling, but also emotionally devastating.” (AMAZON) I am an Amazon Associate and may make money with qualified purchases. Thank You!

“She left a lingering smudge of smoke
on the sky
and two vanishing trails of foam
on the water.”
~ Joseph Conrad

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Stay safe
Much love

A Gloomy Day In Isolation

March 29, 2020

Sunday’s Cell Phone Pictures

So I wasn’t able to get out and work in my garden like I had hoped. I went out and took pictures anyway! Glad I did…

I usually don’t have any trouble getting out and taking pictures. When it’s gloomy out it just takes a little more to get motivated.

It’s hardly noticeable that I’ve been in isolation for the most part since early March. I only listen to the news for a couple hours a day…the rest of the day I’m either outside or listening to music. There have been 1239 reported cases in Maryland, 24 cases in Frederick County, and 301 cases in Montgomery County (the highest in the state), 10 deaths overall in the state. CDC update at 10am this morning. The further west you go, the fewer cases there seem to be, with most of the cases centered around Washington, D.C. – about an hour away.

I am in self isolation due to asthma type allergies. I have had pneumonia eleven times in my life, bronchitis a handful of times and the flu once. No one is going anywhere, accept my boyfriend to the store and to go to the river to fish.

My neighbor let the goats out to roam for a while. They came over to say hi!

“Hello!”

…the sun did come out, just in time for dinner!

Tomorrow is…

March 30
National Turkey Neck Soup Day
National Take a Walk In The Park Day
National Pencil Day
National Doctors Day
National I Am In Control Day
National Virtual Vacation Day

~ I will send you a handwritten note written by pencil from my virtual vacation spot!

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a bright moon with a quote by Scott Stabile
Don’t worry if you’re making waves
simply by being yourself.
The moon does it all the time.
~ Scott Stable
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enjoy the little things

March 29, 2020

Sunday’s Inspiration

enjoy the little things
AMAZON: Where the Sidewalk Ends

“There is a calmness
to a life lived in gratitude
a quiet joy.”
~ Ralph H. Blum

“When it hurts, observe. Life is trying to teach you something.” ~ unknown

“Patience is Power” ~ unknown

“When life puts you in a difficult situation
don’t say
“Why me?”
say
“Try me.”

~ unknown ~

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linked to amazon: Where the Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein; available on kindle, paperback, hardcover, audio cd; 176 pages, published by HarperCollins; 1st edition (February 18, 2014); “Shel Silverstein, the New York Times bestselling author of The Giving Tree, A Light in the Attic, Falling Up, and Every Thing On It, has created a poetry collection that is outrageously funny and deeply profound. Come in . . . for where the sidewalk ends, Shel Silverstein’s world begins.” (AMAZON) I am an Amazon Associate and may make money with qualified purchases. Thank you!

Lone Wolf Tip
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nature’s peace

March 29, 2020

Picture of the Day

green azalea leaves
taken February 4, 2020
F-Stop: f/5.6; exposure time: 1/80sec; ISO 500
focal length 55mm
CANON EOS Rebel T6
Amazon: The Lost Art of Reading Nature’s Signs

“Allow nature’s peace to flow into you
as sunshine flows into trees.”
~ John Muir

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linked to Amazon: The Lost Art of Reading Nature’s Signs by Tristan Gooley; available on kindle (15153 KB) , audiobook, paperback, hardcover, audio cd; 416 pages, published by The Experiment; Reprint edition (August 26, 2015); “When writer and navigator Tristan Gooley journeys outside, he sees a natural world filled with clues. The roots of a tree indicate the sun’s direction; the Big Dipper tells the time; a passing butterfly hints at the weather; a sand dune reveals prevailing wind; the scent of cinnamon suggests altitude; a budding flower points south. To help you understand nature as he does, Gooley shares more than 850 tips for forecasting, tracking, and more, gathered from decades spent walking the landscape around his home and around the world. Whether you’re walking in the country or city, along a coastline, or by night, this is the ultimate resource on what the land, sun, moon, stars, plants, animals, and clouds can reveal—if you only know how to look!” (AMAZON) I am an Amazon Associate and may make money with qualified purchases. Thank You!

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FB Let the Wolves run free
“Enjoy the little things in life
for one day
you’ll look back
and realize
they were the big things.”
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