Friday, October 24, 2014


Several weeks ago I upgraded my IPad to 8.0...

Since then I have had major problems with anything Blog related.
I'm not getting my "follow by email" blogs.
To do anything, I must first sign in to Google.
Here's the typical scenario when I want to leave a comment.
1. write my comment
2. get a prompt to sign in to Google.

3.sign in to Google
4. REWRITE my comment..then publish !!!

Today, added to that, is word verification to prove I'm not a robot.

Sorry friends, but I'm not doing all that.
Even when I do, my comments sometimes don't go thru.
This problem is only with my IPad..generally my PC is OK.

I was very happy that I was able to dictate my comments.
It saves my arthritic hands.

I've tried several things to remedy this with no results.
Blogger and Bloglovin don't let you sign in anonymously so that won't work. They also prompt  me to "sign in" to Google.
Too much hassle.

My two tech Gurus know nothing about blogging so they're no help.
 I blame upgrading my IOS.
My tech guy and I spent 3 hrs talking to Apple yesterday and he said he never upgrades until they get up to 8. 4,5,6.
By then all the kinks should be worked out. 

My IPad didn't recognize my printer after the upgrade but I installed the HP app and it's OK.
Through this I learned that HP doesn't make computers anymore and is expected to go out of business in the near future.

If anyone has any suggestions, I'd be happy to give them a try.
Meanwhile, I'll go back to the computer for blogging.

So, if you find my correspondence sketchy or missing..
I'm sorry, I'm doing the best I can not to miss anyone,
 but I have to rely on my memory which isn't always the best. 

Right now, I'm on technology overload.
Who invented all this stuff anyway?

Hope you're having a tech free day if that's possible these days.
Have a fun, relaxing weekend..

Wednesday, October 22, 2014


It was leftover night !!
Leftover pork tenderloin done on the grill.
Sliced home grown tomato (not my home).
Home grown lettuce (farmers market).
Bacon and hard boiled egg.
Hot bacon dressing. 

Hot Bacon Dressing
1/2 C. Mayo
1/2 C. sugar
3 Tbs. Vinegar
3 Tbs. Bacon drippings

Mix mayo and sugar..well
Add Vinegar
Add hot bacon drippings..stir well
Use immediately.

lettuce or spinach
 broken bacon
hard boiled egg sliced
Enjoy !!!

Monday, October 20, 2014


While walking past my door the other day, I  looked out
 to see if there were any Hummingbirds.
Look how I hung this hook!!
It's been like that for two days..
I couldn't have done that again if I tried.

This is more like it !!!

My friend and neighbor does a lot of handiwork that includes, among other things, beautiful knitting.
A lot of her knitting is donated to our fairs to sell.
Recently she knitted a baby blanket and the person that bought it
asked her to knit a matching sweater and cap.
Isn't it adorable ?

From my kitchen the other day, I noticed this under my couch.
From a distance it didn't look anything like kitty feet 
but that's what it turned out to be.
Max strikes again.

My brother in law has been spending a lot of time in the wood shop
making these beautiful bowls from wood by "turning" on a lathe.
This was going to be a goblet but the stem came off.
I said that I could find a use for it.

Tillandsias, Bromeliad or Air Fern
(no water necessary )

I guess there are two sides to every story.
This is the one and only Hydrangea blossom I had this year.
It was blue and huge. I finally decided to cut it. 
As you can see, it is two faced !!

Happy Monday !!

Friday, October 17, 2014


A group of us went to an old inn that is located 
in the Blue Mountains of Perry County, Landisburg, Pa.
It is situated along Shermans Creek
 that in this particular area includes 6 warm springs 
the largest of which is nearby.
It was first warranted in 1793, destroyed by fire and rebuilt 
just after the Civil War. 

The Inn has a very interesting history that I was going to share
 but it is lengthy and copywrited.
 If you want to read about it, 
"Google" "Warm Springs Lodge Sherman Creek".
You won't be dissapointed.
The history includes lovers duels with swords and pistols, indians, 
and it's transition to it's present state.
It was first opened as a Spa. 

I believe this was a porch that has since been enclosed.
The history includes many old pictures
 depicting the changes it has undergone.
The area has a lot of wildlife for hunting and fishing.
Rare birds have been seen here 
making it a favorite haunt of  Audubon Society members.

You can see Shermans Creek in the background.
It's much more impressive further down.
The ride up was beautiful with all the colors of Autumn.

It's a beautiful area with a lot of wildlife for hunting and fishing.
Rare birds have been seen here 
making it a favorite haunt of  Audubon Society members. 

Food was served family style
 with a salad bar and Apple Pie for dessert.
I don't think anyone left hungry. 

Wednesday, October 15, 2014


Monday morning I made four trips to the groomers.
Two for Max and two for Mollie.

Max had become horribly matted over the past few months.
Try as I would I was losing the battle.


The groomer said that once they start, they just keep multiplying.
It seemed that combing them made it worse.
No fur here??
Actually they were bad on his back and rump.

So at the ripe old age of 15?, he was shaved for the first time.
He looks so any other cat.


He was pretty good until the THREE of us flipped him on his back.
The big objection came when she shaved his "privates".
Not that he has anyhow...

Mollie had just had her bath and was waiting to be clipped.
She watched the whole procedure from her crate.
She's not too sure about this new look..
That makes two of us ..Probably three...

She sure gave him the once over when she got home..

 There's the look I've come to love..
He spent a lot of time grooming his new self when we got home.

 I think he misses the blanket of fur he used to carry around.
He always slept on his side in this chair..

He looks so small..I wonder if he's cold?


All is right with the world..Nap time..I may join them.


Some  leftover moon shots from last week...


Monday, October 13, 2014


I have a tree just outside my "den" window.
Most of the time when I look out,
there is a squirrel sitting just like this.

I have had my windows open most days of late.
I love this time of year and the crisp, fall air.
Lately it has come with quite a bit of chatter,
usually because of an intruder on the ground.

 After all. it is HIS tree...


Friday, October 10, 2014


My neighbors daughter, Ann was here the other day. 
 As I was walking her out,
 I noticed that the top of my artificial tree was leaning.
When I went to straighten it I saw this very unusual bug.  

 Look at the "sprocket" on his back..
I wonder if he is chain driven.

Ann thought he was a very unusual "tree topper".
Good one Ann.

A fellow blogger said it was a "wheel bug."

From Wikipedia..................

The wheel bug (Arilus cristatus), in the family Reduviidae, is one of the largest terrestrial true bugs in North America, being up to 1.5 inches (38 mm) in length. A characteristic structure is the wheel-shaped pronotal armor. They are predators upon soft-bodied insects such as caterpillars, Japanese beetles, etc., which they pierce with their beak to inject salivary fluids that dissolve soft tissue. Because most of their prey are pests, wheel bugs are considered beneficial insects, although they can inflict a painful bite if handled carelessly. Wheel bugs are common in eastern North America, although many people in the region have never seen them. They are camouflaged and very shy, hiding whenever possible. They have membranous wings, allowing for clumsy, noisy flight which can easily be mistaken for the flight of a large grasshopper. The adult is gray to brownish gray in color and black shortly after molting, but the nymphs (which do not yet have the wheel-shaped structure) have bright red or orange abdomens.
Wheel bugs are highly regarded by organic gardeners because they consume a variety of insects and their presence indicates a healthy, pesticide-free ecosystem. "They’re the lion or the eagle of your food web,” Dr. Michael J. Raupp, an entomologist at the University of Maryland, notes. “They sit on top. When you have these big, ferocious predators in your landscape, that tells me that this is a very healthy landscape, because all these other levels in your food web are intact.”[1]

Of course, I knew that..Thanks, Diane

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