Thursday, July 31, 2014

At the Beach...1955

My Mother, Aunt and Me
on the beach in Ocean City, Maryland.
Summer of 1955

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Chances are...

 We are always thinking about something different to offer on our website...

We have the cutter, fondly named "The Doohickey Machine",
for cutting stencils and vinyl for our signs. 
There are many uses for vinyl words and lettering and
we are now working on some new products for the website.

 Chances are Coffee Mugs and several other mug designs are now available.
Lettering is high quality exterior vinyl
We recommend only hand washing with
a mild dish soap and air dry
We'll be adding more mugs and glassware soon.
Custom designs available.

Monday, July 28, 2014

Monday Morning Visitor...

A Monday morning visitor...Clear Wing Hummingbird Moth.
Interesting little guy, don't you think?

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Sunday Breakfast...

 The last of the blueberries picked and shared by the
grand littles earlier this week.

 Made blueberry pancakes on the old griddle that my Dad
used to cook pancakes for my brother, sister and me
when we were children.

A wonderful breakfast on the porch.

Wishing all a lovely Sunday...

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Queen Anne's Lace

Queen Anne's Lace...
The legend is Queen Anne, the wife of King James I, was challenged by friends to create lace as beautiful as a flower. While making the lace, she pricked her finger, and it’s said that the burgundy-red flower in the center of Queen Anne’s Lace represents a drop of her blood. Also called Wild Carrot, since Queen Anne’s Lace is the wild progenitor of today’s carrot, Bishop’s Lace or Bird’s Nest, for the nest like appearance of the bright white and round flower in full bloom.  In the language of flowers, Queen Anne’s Lace represents sanctuary.

Friday, July 25, 2014

Fungus Friday

Over 3 days

 these 3 mushrooms went from this


 to this...

to this.
It's a Fungus Amongus Friday

Thursday, July 24, 2014


 I can't seem to attract these tiny beauties with a feeder but it seems
I must have the right flowers because they have
been visiting regularly this week

At the Hot Lips Sage...

 and the Turk's-Cap Lilies.

I am thrilled they find my garden so inviting.

Monday, July 21, 2014

Berry Pickin'

 Received a call on Saturday morning asking if I would like to join the daughters and grandlittles to pick berries at a local berry farm.  


 It's the end of blueberry season and the raspberries and blackberries
were just starting to ripen and any ripe berries were picked
much earlier than when we arrived at the farm that morning.

 We were able to gather enough blueberries
to come back to our house and make a nice large batch
of blueberry pancakes
for the hungry, berry picking crew.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Garden Sharing

Beautiful Morning in Maryland...
These lovely cone flowers were a share from my dear friend's garden
when she separated the large bunches she had.
I can look around the yard and see so many plants that have been
shared from friends and family gardens
or were gifts from some of my favorite people.
How many of you have a plant in your garden
that reminds you of someone special?

Sunday, July 13, 2014



 after thinking my nasturtiums would never bloom,
I had a surprise one morning this week.  
These lovely Empress of India blossoms appeared.

Wishing you a beautiful Sunday.

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Sprinkler Days

It's typical Summertime in Maryland...
Hot and Humid.
Grand dog beats the heat by running through the sprinkler.

and of course, the Grand Littles also had to join in...

Loving this summer of sprinkler days with dogs and kiddos.

Friday, July 4, 2014

Happy Independence Day

Celebrate America! 
Have a wonderful 4th of July.

...and remember to cut back your petunias...
my Grandmother Elsie told me to always trim them back around the 4th so that they don't get too leggy.

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Oh No...

Catastrophe in the kitchen this morning.
My old Cuisinart coffeemaker died a quiet death.
Had to run up to the shop and get my little ruby coffeepot.
Will be shopping on Amazon later.

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Can you see me?

Grand Little asking, "Can you see me?"