AND, She Glows in the Dark!

19 Jun

I found this picture in a box when The Squire and I were cleaning off the picnic table on the patio. We were married in November 1974, and this was taken sometime shortly afterward.  I bought that red coat right after he proposed to me, as a celebration of my new life. I’d never owned anything quite that wild, and it expressed my joy and elation.

I wore it until it fell apart!



Well, It Sounded Good

18 Jun

This morning The Squire announced that we were going to clean off the picnic table on the patio, so he can put it on Freecycle.  Now, cleaning it off is a good idea, but I am not too crazy about getting rid of it.  It would be lovely to be able to sit out there in the evening and watch the foxes play in the Back 40, or just enjoy a cuppa and a good book.

We dragged over the trash can and the recycling bin, and had at it. It really didn’t take too long to get most of the junk off there, and we found quite a few things that were either MIA or would come in handy.

And then, yours truly began the sneaky process of piling it up again! Back when grandson Matthew was about five, he and I collaborated on putting together a McKinley doll house.   After it was finished, we decided to work on a lighthouse, but that project somehow died a-borning, so the kit went into the barn. Recently, Eldest Daughter, who is in the process of moving the South Carolina, offered one of my nephews a roll-top desk and chair that had belonged to my mum. He accepted and we brought the desk here, as it would be a lot more convenient for him to pick it up. Besides, he can collect his kids’ Christmas gifts while he’s at it. And by the way, would your sons want to build a lighthouse? The Squire and I spread out and checked out all of the pieces that are in that kit, and wrapped it back up.

“You know, with this table cleared I could bring Matthew’s McKinley down here and work on it here on the patio.” The Squire was not pleased with that suggestion, but the patio is cooler in the evening than the workshop, and I really do need to get on with this project. We shall see. It’s been sitting around, first in their basement, then in our barn, and now up it the workshop, and if I’m going to get it finished before Austin graduates from college, I need to hustle. he’s pushing two, already!

We also went through several of my parents boxes that had been stashed here and there.  Lawsy, the stuff my mum kept! A quart zip bag full of keys. A bunch of receipts for donations to every cockamamie organization in the world. A huge bag of L’eggs eggs – which are probably worth a fortune on eBay.

And books! Another of my nephews is giving serious consideration to following in his grandfather’s footsteps and going to seminary, so I pulled all of the books I figured he could use and packed them up. He’s going to have to come get them, as mailing this thing is going to be very pricey.

All in all, it really looks good out there. It may not be obvious to the untrained eye, but we filled two trash bags and two recycling bins – and we’re not really finished yet!




Baltimore Sun, June 10 2017

10 Jun


It Worked!

7 Jun

Last night, I trundled the wheelie bin out to the road, and put it carefully beside the mailbox. I lowered the handle so the lid wasn’t locked in place and moseyed back to the house in the dark.

When I opened the shades this morning I was annoyed to find the bin was exactly where I’d left it last night. Either the recycling crew hadn’t been around yet (they normally come through about half past four) or they were in a snit and had passed us by. The latter more likely than the former, frankly.

Mea culpa, and all that jazz. The bin had been emptied, and was positioned – upright and with the lid on – a few feet further up on the lawn. Maybe the expression “over my dead body” really meant something. I’ll have to leave them a box of cookies or something next week.

So Far Out I’m In

6 Jun

A few weeks ago I wrote about an article I’d read that listed the things that made your house look dated.

I had all of them except shag rugs.

One of the blogs I follow (http:/ had a list of things we all had ten years ago that are obsolete. Among them are bookshelves (say what?), drip coffee makers, alarm clocks, file cabinets, desktop computers, printers, printed phone books, answering machines, fax machines, paper shredders, a Rolodex, CD racks, CD burners, china cabinets, home phones, entertainment consoles, DVD players, calculators, takeout menus, incandescent light bulbs, and cable TV.

Well, now. We still, obviously, have our bookshelves, an alarm clock, file cabinets (four of them!), two desktop computers, a printer,  and a couple of old paper phone books. I guess the part of the home phone that takes messages is an answering machine; that’s what I call it, anyway.  Where will I put my dishes, if not in a china closet?  A calculator sits in the corner of the desk; it’s plugged into the same “octopus”  as the paper shredder. The takeout menu is on the side of the fridge; I can read it and call the number faster than looking up the restaurant online, if only because I can never remember the name of the place.  And of course, we have cable TV. I guess you could say “The Squire has cable TV” as I don’t particularly like TV and he does.

I’m so far behind I think I’m way out in front!

It Figures

5 Jun

The weather has been really hot for the last few weeks, so I took the winter spread off the bed and replaced it with a lighter summer weight cover.

Last night, the overnight temps were in the 50s. I had to go get a blanket.

All Grown Up!

3 Jun

Eldest Daughter has gone south to help her daughter and son-in-law get moved into their new house.  We were all really concerned that the little ones would have a hard time settling into their new “digs”. From this shot, it seems things are going quite smoothly, thank you.

And all of a sudden, the baby of the family is a young man! (And I wish I could figure out how to resize this picture!)

Wyatt- chair