The Real Neat Blog Award

Feb 12, 2020

The Real Neat Blog Award

Hello one and all!! Hope everyone is having a great day so far!! Today, I am extremely excited because Prajjidna Daliman, owner of The Alkana nominated me for the Real Neat Blog Award. Feel free to visit his site and read his stories. They are awesome. Thank you so much for the nomination!

The rules for this award:

  • Thank the blogger who nominated you.
  • Answer the questions from the blogger who nominated you.
  • Nominate 5 bloggers.
  • Give 10 questions for them to answer.
  • Let them know they have been nominated.

So here are the questions from Benjamin for me to answer.

10 Questions For Me To Answer…
here we go, shall we?

questions and answers
  • What is your favorite thing to do at the weekend? My favorite thing to do on the weekend is… hiking, fishing, exploring! But that could be any day pretty much right now!! The weekend’s are also a time I allow myself to de-stress, so it’s also a time to relax.
  • Do you plan to monetize your site? My site is already monetized!
  • Have you ever considered to become a freelance? I’m pretty much freelancing now! It’s fun, but also a lot of work. I love it!!
  • How will you spend your money if you get $10,000 at once? I would pay off the wood stove and new fridge I had to buy, get rid of all the junk laying around and extend my deck! After that, save it!
  • What is your favorite food? This is a hard one… if I had to pick one food, it would be burgers – with all the fixings and french fries!
  • What is your plan at the end of this year? Do I need to think that far ahead? Well… my only wish is that everyone is happy, safe, and well.
  • Is there any place you want to visit? If yes, why? The whole world!!! Why? Because we live in an amazing place, with amazing sites, and amazing people! But realistically? The Grand Canyon, Yellowstone National Park, Machu Picchu, and The Canadian Rockies (by train). Is that too much to hope for?
  • Which do you prefer between the old songs and these days’ songs? I definitely prefer classic rock and country!
  • Which kind of company do you want to work in? My own company sounds dreamy 🙂 Anything where I get to work outdoors and with a camera! Got to have the camera!!
  • How will you spend your life when you are 50 years old? Hopefully, I can spend my days when I’m 50 doing what makes me happy! That’s only 7 years away for me! Oh no, I’m getting old!!

My Questions For You!!

  1. If you could live in any time period, which would you pick?
  2. Country? Or City?
  3. Are you a dog person or a cat person?
  4. When was the last time you laughed out loud?
  5. If you were in a circus, which character would you be?
  6. Did you have an imaginary friend as a child? What was his/her name?
  7. If you could have dinner with anyone, living or not, who would it be and why?
  8. When was the last time you laughed so hard you cried?
  9. How long can you go without checking your phone?
  10. If you could have tea or coffee with a fictional character, who would it be?

My Nominees for The Real Neat Blog Award

  • Anyone who wants to participate may nominate themselves for this award.

Conclusion

The Real Neat Blog Award is a great way to connect bloggers and know each other. Thanks for reading this post and visiting! I wish you a great and blessed day. I’ll see you again real soon

🙂

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The Battle of Ball's Bluff

Feb 12, 2020

This story comes from the book Spirit’s of Frederick by Alyce T. Weinberg. The images are not my mine…

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Ball’s Bluff Battlefield and Cemetery

“After the embarrassment of Battle of Bull run, in mid-October of 1861, a series of unrelated and poorly coordinated events brought the Northern and Southern forces together just a few miles outside of Leesburg, VA., at Ball’s Bluff.”

The Battle of Ball’s Bluff is a little known battle of the American Civil War…

A 1985 graduate of Hood college (Frederick, MD) did research on the battle for a history class. It is believed that Col. Edward Dickinson Baker still roams around the fields. Back in 1861, it was thought that a main Federal attack would occur.

According to the research done, Baker started his career in Illinois, where he and Abe Lincoln were law partners and representatives in the state legislature. Lincoln named his second son after Baker – Edward Baker Lincoln. It is said that Baker dined at Annington on the night before the battle and is supposed to have said, “Tomorrow night, I will dine in Leesburg or in Hell.” His fate was not the former. He took a turn at loading the cannon, which he knew nothing about, and was shot to death by a tall, burly, red-headed sharpshooter while cheering on his men.

The untried Federal (Union) troops were easy prey. They took off their fancy gray coats with bright red linings and hung them in the trees, making them perfect targets. Screams of pain and terror filled the air and the cliff was worn smooth by fleeing troops. The (Potomac) river ran red. Dying soldiers lay in the field, struggling.

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Annington House

Annington house is a Federal style brick manor house, built in 1800 on the north side of a sweeping bend in the river by David Trundle for his daughter, Ann. It has a demanding view of the countryside…13 rooms, seven fireplaces and three chimneys. There is a tenant house which was probably formerly slave quarters, an elaborate gazebo and basically nothing has changed except the removal of the front porch because of rot. This is where, Col. Baker dined his last dinner.

The current residents believe Baker’s ghost roams the halls. Pictures get turned towards the walls, dogs and cats act strange at times, and small items get switched around. There is a feeling of someone in the room, when no one else is there, doors open and close by themselves, and an attic window has fallen out and down three floors to the ground where it did not break. A construction worker claimed once that he saw a man in a battered uniform riding a horse across the property.

There is a bend on the C & O Canal called Haunted House Bend (lock #25?) …workers of the canal, back in the day, said they wouldn’t tie up their boats or mules here, the mules wouldn’t eat their grain… “The ghosts of the unknown soldiers rise up. they float through the air, the mules won’t eat their grain, they are that scared.” (excerpt from the book ‘Hey-Eg-Eg-Eg-Lock’ by Morris Fradin)

Image result for Haunted House Bend on the C & O canal

Every year, the stories get revived by the local newspapers, or at least they used to back in the day…

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seeds of happiness

Feb 12, 2020

Picture of the Day

taken January 9, 2020
f-stop: f/5.6; exposure time: 1/100; ISO 100
focal length: 55mm
CANON EOS Rebel T6
(Trees: A Rooted History book)

“Plant seeds of happiness, hope, success and love;
It will come back to you in abundance.
This is the law of nature.”
~ Steve Maraboli

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An American Legend?

Feb 11, 2020

Indian Prayer
Grant That
I May Not
Criticize My
Neighbor
Until I Have
Walked
A Mile In
His
Moccasins

A Legend
I am not


Or am I?
the story
of dreams
of love
of family
and friends

of hope
of perseverance

and not giving up
~ HCMorris ~

I don’t have a Frederick legend today, I worked today and just got home from grocery shopping. So tomorrow…

Tomorrow is

National Plum Pudding Day

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Making Tracks

Feb 11, 2020

Where will the tracks take me?
The beach
the mountains
across town
or
just around the bend
where ever they go
I have little choice
but to follow
or walk away
~ HCMorris ~

The Phoblography

MAKING TRACKS. Taken on 21st February 2013 in Dungeness, Kent, UK.

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I can reach

Feb 11, 2020

Reach for the sky
the underside of the bridge
what ever you choose
Please make sure it’s clean!
~ HCMorris ~

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Nature's Song

Feb 11, 2020

Picture of the Day

a robin
Taken January 28, 2020
F-Stop: f/5.6; Exposure time 1/100sec; ISO 160
focal length 55mm
CANON EOS Rebel T6
(squirrel proof bird feeder)

“Those who wish to sing
always find a song”
~ Swedish Proverb

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missing the sun

Feb 10, 2020

when will it stop raining?
I’d really like to know
the raindrops
and
the teardrops
mix together as one
~ HCMorris ~

Seriously, it’s supposed to rain here through at least Wednesday if not all week long. Makes it really depressing…

Do I miss the sun?
its happy rays
and golden smile
that help melt away
the feelings of dismay
sorrow
loss
and pain

Well, it’s not supposed to rain continuously, but enough that we will definitely be water logged, turn the house into a boat (house boat, anyone?), and maybe grow webbed feet.

All is well
with my soul
my weeping eyes
the smile
the laughter
is still here
just hiding
🙂

The sun did show its pretty face most of the day yesterday 🙂

Tomorrow is…

Safer Internet Day US
National Make A Friend Day
National Peppermint Patty Day
National Shut-In Visitation Day
National White Shirt Day/White T-Shirt Day
National Don’t Cry Over Spilled Milk Day
National Inventors’ Day

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Where I grew up

Feb 10, 2020

(The Complete Do It Yourself Manual)

Where I grew up
Memories were made
The old house
On that country lane
~ HCMorris ~

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“A good laugh and a long sleep are the two best cures for anything.”
~ Irish Proverb

It's Only A Dream…

Feb 10, 2020

Fun With Words

The info in this post comes from The Weird World Of Words by Mitchell Symons.

Enjoy…!

“It’s only a dream” ~ Alice

Obdormition: when an arm or leg goes to ‘sleep’ as a result of numbness caused by pressure on a nerve

“If life is a gift, can we get a refund on the lousy ones?”

Word that changed its meaning over time: Bimbo – from bambino – Italian word for ‘little child’, it once meant ‘fellow’ or ‘one of the boys’…

This Seat Is Mine

By Hook or By Crook

This phrase goes all the way back to medieval times, desperate for wood to use as fuel, were allowed to take branches and twigs that had fallen to the ground – even if it was on land owned by the ruling class. If a farmer had a reaper – which looked like a hook – or a shepherd using a crook (shepherd’s staff), they’d use these tools to gather as much wood as possible. In other woods, “by hook or by crook”.

Three’s Company

Genuine Names for Flowers and Plants

Love-In-Idleness
Dog’s-Tooth-Grass
Old Man’s Beard
Jack-go-To-Bed-At-Noon
None So Pretty
Witches’-Butter
Gill-Over-The Ground
Devil’s Snuffbox
Elephant’s-Ears

Don’t grow up
It’s a trap
  • The shortest English word that contains the letters A, B, C, D, E, and F is feedback
  • SOS doesn’t stand for ‘Save Our Souls’, it was chosen during a 1908 international conference on Morse Code because the letters ‘S’ and ‘O’ were easy to remember. ‘S’ is dot dot dot, O is dash dash dash.
  • Resign has two opposed meanings depending on its pronunciation: ‘to quit’ or ‘to sign again’.

Some funny headlines:

Police Discover Crack in Australia
Man Recovering After Fatal Accident
Shell Found on Beach

“The beginning of wisdom is the definition of terms.” ~ Socrates

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what's meant to be…

Feb 10, 2020

Picture of the Day

taken January 16, 2020
F-Stop: f/5.6; Exposure Time: 1/80sec; ISO 800
focal length 55mm
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“What’s meant to be will always find a way.” ~ unknown

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Snow Moon and Abstract Photos

Feb 9, 2020

I figured that since I didn’t get to do CELL PHONE SATURDAY yesterday, I’d do kinda the same thing today. Only today, I used my CANON instead of my cell phone. And I had enough time to edit – so here we go!

mysterious moon

Not sure if this a full moon, but it’s pretty close. I couldn’t tell for sure because of the trees. Of course, I could’ve walked out into the yard and taken photos. But I really didn’t feel like it, so I didn’t.

I only did enough editing for today in the photo above and most of the photos below. I will more than likely do more at a later date… but I like the way they are, for now anyway.

Did you know…

  • that every 19 years, February doesn’t have a full moon? Instead, January and March have two full moons, known as or creating a double blue moon. This last happened in 2018 in most time zones.When February doesn’t have a full moon it is known as a Black Moon.
  • February’s full moon is Snow Moon and is named so after the snow on the ground… also known as the Hunger Moon, Storm Moon.
  • According to timeanddate.com, today (Feb 9) is this years full moon. Next month – March – is Worm Moon.
Jack Frost visited last night…

This was pretty much the only patch of glass that you can see… I will be doing more with this, but for now, nothing but 🙂 from this gal!

pretty in the sun

It’s so good to see the sun…so far it’s been a sunny day! This plant – above – might be bee balm, but I didn’t check it to see. I just thought it looked very happy in the sun and took a picture!

And I liked the designs and patterns the ice made in the photos above and below… I can and probably will crop these some more and play. But to show you the photos I took today, I think this works.

new growth

It’s either a Daffodil or Hyacinth, above . . . not sure at the moment. It’s not unusual for either to start growing at this time. I’ve got pics floating around somewhere of Daffodils in snow!

“lightly frosted”

Most of the frost around front of the house had melted as the front of the house faces south. I managed to photograph this little bit of frost before it melted. The plant is wild strawberry, not edible (actually is bitter and if you eat enough can be poisonous, but more on this plant later), and is growing everywhere. It is considered invasive.

Two more photos of one of my azalea bushes. We have about fifteen, give or take! Most are pink or salmon colored – or a variety thereof, with one white. This one that I photographed today is behind the house, by the deck and is absolutely huge!

And now…

The photo above I played with… and got the photos below by cropping and putting it through different filters in photoshop. This is the reason I didn’t include it with the first photo. I actually took four or five photos of the moon this morning, but only edited and played with these two!

I know it’s bright…but have patience. I might play with this some more as well, but what I got – below – makes it worth dealing with the brightness!

see the spider?
Or something?

It really looks like an orb – or something – being held by something impossible…

And I just played…

So… what did you think? Of my little (?) Sunday photo tour? I could honestly do this all day…but, I’ve got a life to live. Or something like that!

“Warning, going to sleep on Sunday will cause Monday.”

“Don’t forget Sunday is a day of rest…
The rest of the laundry
The rest of the housework
and the rest of all the other stuff
we can’t be bothered with on Saturday”

“A Sunday well spent
brings a week of content”

Tomorrow is…

National Home warranty Day
National Cream Cheese Brownie Day
National Umbrella Day
National Clean Out Your Computer Day

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