Welcome reader to my blog - a mixture of this and that. Now that we are living in a retirement community in downtown Columbia, MD my personal gardening activities are somewhat curtailed. I still enjoy visiting gardens, reading, watching wildlife on my walks, traveling, and occasional food commentary. Please leave a comment if you feel inspired to do so. I read every one of them.

Friday, August 3, 2018

Family Vacation

Starting Sunday we are on vacation for a week at a lovely chalet in West Virginia.


[photos from VRBO website]

Looking forward to quality time with daughters, sons in law, and granddaughters.  We haven't all been together since an afternoon at Christmas time.


The end of the week we will join a larger gathering with my 5 siblings and various nieces, nephews, etc.  It won't be at Three Otters as we did the last two years.  Didn't get enough to sign up for three nights of camping.  It will be a one day gathering for most and a weekend for others of us.

With that said, I'm taking a break from posting for a bit.  Typing one handed is still a chore.  Going to  let myself heal, do the exercises necessary twice a day and see the occupational therapist twice a week when I return from WV .

Have a good month of August.


Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Seward House

At the end of April we visited Auburn,  NY on our way to NH. 


There is an excellent docent led tour of the home that was built for Seward's father in law and became  Seward's upon his marriage.


The house was doubled in size in Seward's lifetime.


Descendants of Seward kept everything so the house is filled with the family's belongings.  Here's a tour in photos.





















Seward did a lot of traveling.  The upstairs hall is filled with photos of the people he visited.




One room is an exhibit on the night Lincoln was assassinated.  That night Seward was also attacked in his bed where he had been recovering from an accident.  His attacker was one of Booth's accomplices.




Seward's wife was active in the Underground Railroad despite her husband being Secretary of State.  She hid runaways in this cellar.










If you visit Auburn, make sure to stop here for the tour.

Joining Tom's meme.

Monday, July 30, 2018

update

I got the wrappings/cast off my hand last Friday.  

Worst part was the removal of stitches!  5 incisions, one which had 4 stitches, the others 2 each.

Then I got wrapped in a temporary cast and today will get a removable one so I can take it off when I shower.

My physical therapy begins Tuesday morning with an occupational therapist.

Still typing one-handed but looking forward to using the left again.

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Good Bye Plastic Straws - sharing a petition

First Starbucks, now Marriott, and several cities including Paris, San Francisco, and Miami are all considering or committed to phasing out plastic straw use. Two 10-year-old girls think that as one of the largest fast food companies in the world, Dunkin' Donuts should be next. Sign if you agree.
Dunkin' Donuts: Ban plastic straws!
Petition by Sophia and Amanda
Massachusetts, USA
 111,433 
Supporters
Our names are Amanda and Sophia. One day in science class, we came upon an article on plastic straws. The article stated that Americans use more than 500 million straws a day- and throw them away. That is equivalent to 125 school buses filled with plastic straws. We also learned that by 2050, there will be more plastic in the ocean than fish.

Those numbers concern us. So when we joined the Earth Club at our school, the leader suggested using change.org, which is how we came upon this website. All 500 million of these plastic straws end up in a landfill or worse, the ocean. When plastic straws get into the ocean, the fish mistake it for food, eat it, and get sick or die. In fact, science shows that when you eat fish, you might as well be eating plastic!

We both think that Dunkin Donuts is a very tasty and an influential company. By choosing this business, we hope to make them take this issue very seriously. These shops have a lot of people coming in every day, almost all of them getting cold beverages containing plastic straws. However, those straws add up to landfill and get into the ocean. Dunkin' Donuts is a very successful company, so if they start banning straws, won’t others follow their lead?

So please sign this petition and share it with your friends to help the environment, and the world we all live in.


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