Sunday, December 8, 2019

How Does Your Garden Grow?


Last weekend, a two day, snow storm event was predicted. I thought if I went through the storm prep routines, we wouldn't lose electricity (and we didn't). Himself bought me new, blue buckets that coordinate with the bathroom. With buckets filled with water to flush the toilets, lanterns and flashlights put in each room, batteries checked, the portable charger for cellphone and iPad charged, the Cauldryn Fyre Mobile Smart Mug charged to heat water for tea, there's was nothing further to do but wait.


And snow it began. The bird feeders had been filled earlier in the week and as it began to snow


the snowbirds and nuthatches began to come in like planes to an airport.



It seemed like a good time to put the pre-decorated wreath up Himself bought along with the Nutcracker and the garden flag.


Monday morning after the first wave, a peek out front showed the mailbox survive. The first helping of snow dumped around 8 inches.



After the next round on Tuesday, the mailbox lay battered and bruised. We got another four or so inches for a total of 12 inches. I supposed it's wishful thinking that this will be all the snow we get for the season.


The Young People we hired to shovel and snow blow the driveway, cleared the snow, and righted the mailbox. They even cleared the snow off of both cars.


With the weather cleared, I put the garden flag outside where it belongs


On Saturday, I saw the cardinal pair, but was only able to get a photo of the female.


Someone coming in for a landing



Mrs. Cardinal and friends


The Bunny Trail. Not sure if it starts or stops under the sun room


Front steps of the Dollhouse decorated


Wreaths in the windows


The tree holding on to the moon.

How does your garden grow?

Saturday, December 7, 2019

Saturday Afternoon at the Movies

This idea came from a Facebook meme:
Over 10 days, post your 10 all time favorite films. What movie has really made an impact on you or what films can you watch over and over and never tire of? Post either the movie poster, DVD cover or even a screenshot on your timeline. No need to explain.

Only I had a hard time picking out just 10 movies so my favorites over the next few hundred Saturdays 😸 in semi-alphabetical order:me favorite films. What movie has really made an impact on you or what films can you watch over and over and never tire of? Post either the movie poster, DVD cover or even a screenshot on your timeline. No need to explain.

Only I had a hard time picking out just 10 movies so my favorites over the next few hundred Saturdays 😸 in semi-alphabetical order:


Mister Roberts (1955) Henry Fonda, James Cagney

and the sequel

Ensign Pulver (1964) Robert Walker, Jr, Burl Ives

If you haven't seen either of these films, you might be able to find them for free on YouTube.

Friday, December 6, 2019

The Friday Five Good Things

Five good things that happened this week.

1. We took the annual trip to the cemetery to put a Christmas wreath at my parent's grave and stopped for breakfast on the way home at Cracker Barrel

2. Himself bought me new buckets for storm prep that match the bathroom.

3. Spent the weekend preparing for the storm and putting the Christmas curtains up.

4. Himself''s college cancelled day classes for the second snowstorm.

5. Being housebound because of the weather was the perfect excuse to decorate the house for Christmas.

How was your week?

Thursday, December 5, 2019

Happy Mail


Blog buddy, Bastelmania, told me she was sending a package from Germany. She said she thought I would like it. The package arrived marked "documents" What could that be?


Inside, one of her delicious tags made with her hand-carved apple stamp and a cute scratch pad. 
The documents were old legal documents written in round hand on vellum. Vellum is animal skin usually sheep, calf, or goat. Parchment is pig skin, just in case you are on the game show, Jeopardy.


An 1880 mortgage and 1896 transfer of mortgage


The document was so large I had to spread it out on the floor.


a seal


Oops, I'm not the only one that spills ink.



This document sewed together with a pamphlet stitch


This one secured the pages in the corner



An embossed seal

Vielen dank, Valerie. The documents are interesting to peruse and will make a good show and tell in class for students studying Copperplate.

Tuesday, December 3, 2019

T Stands for Lancaster Afternoon

After lunch for us and breakfast or brunch for the Young One, we decided what we would do for the day. There was a 3 hour bus tour to go look for Moose, or we could take a 3 hour ride up Mt. Washington on the cog railway, or drive an hour or so up Mt. Washington, the highest peak in the Northeast United States,  to get a bumper sticker: This car climbed Mt. Washington. The Young One has some issues with motion sickness and she was feeling the effects from the long ride to New Hampshire. Neither of us liked the idea of driving up the narrow mountain road without guard rails. I also wanted to go to Clark's Trading Post to see the Forest Puppies. As the afternoon was a bit overcast with a chance of rain, we decided we would save the trip to Clark's for the following day and spend the afternoon showing the Young One a bit of Lancaster.


One of the landmark features in town was the old wooden, covered bridge on Mechanic Street



that spans the Israels River.


A lone daisy clinging to the last bit of Summer. For the last weekend in September, the weather was unusually warm for this area. Like the daisy, I didn't mind.


The covered bridge was built in 1862 and is on the National Register of Historic Places.


We took the Young One to see the Lancaster Fair grounds and then headed into Vermont to turn around.


Crossing the Connecticut River




Coming back to Lancaster and



since Lancaster is not far from the Canadian border, a welcome to New Hampshire in French. 


Traffic jam around the Lancaster Rotary




Scenic turnout near Mount Prospect


on the way to


the farm and Martin Meadow Pond






We spent some time skipping stones. I got 3 skips

Himself got 6 or 7




For dinner we headed to the next town over in Whitefield to a small diner called Grandma's Kitchen. Himself had a Coke, I had unsweetened ice tea with lemon


For dinner, I had a bacon cheeseburger with fries. Himself had steak tips


The Young One had a strawberry lemonade and a bacon cheeseburger without lettuce and tomato, and a bag of chips.

Drop by hosts, Bleubeard and Elizabeth's blog to find out what the rest of the T Stands For gang is up to. If you want to play, include in your Tuesday post a beverage or container for a beverage. Don't forget to link your blog to Bleubeard and Elizabeth's page.