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.

Tuesday, July 14, 2020


Today the packers come!

Tomorrow the movers!

Goodbye to Maryland where we lived for almost 46 years.

On to New Hampshire and the start of a new chapter!

I'll be in touch hopefully with a new blog look once we're settled.

Prayers needed that all goes very smoothly!  Thank you in advance for those.

Wednesday, July 8, 2020

Our European Vacation

I'm going back in time to repost blogs from my past. 
This one appeared four years ago today.

Part I: Helsinki, Finland

On June 1st we left the USA for Europe.  First stop - Helsinki, Finland.  My sister in law is from there and she and my brother arrived several days before us to stay in a Flip Key rental apartment.  We joined them on the morning of the 2nd after arriving by Icelandair.  To make sure we adjusted to the time change we set off to see the city right away.

Here are some highlights from the first day.

Starting off on our walk.  My sister in law in the brown, her brother and sister in law in front of her, my brother looking back at me, and my husband, Dan in the striped shirt.

The apartment we rented is in that yellow building on the second floor overlooking the street.

Access to the apartment was by this circular stairs or this elevator.  Dan loved using it.

Walking to the downtown was very easy from the apartment.  We walked past this park every time which commemorated the deaths of victims of the plague.

The city is a mix of old and new.

This window display of succulents and cacti was really striking.

The promenade was in the heart of the city and always filled with people.  We brought warm weather and being so far north days were very long.

The birds fought over this perch on top of this statue.

Never seen this sort of store in the states.

More to come.  Stop by again.

Monday, July 6, 2020

Out of Quarantine!

We have completed our two week quarantine required here at Vantage Point after we visited family in Buffalo in June.  I"m glad I was gone for two weeks there rather than the originally planned 4 days.  The quarantine would have been brutal without having a longer time with granddaughter.

Counting down the days now until our move to New Hampshire on July 15th!  Lots of little tasks to do to prepare for packers on the 14th and then movers on the 15th.

Here's a funny someone sent me.

Postscript - While in quarantine I did a lot of reading.  I just updated my sidebar listing.  Looking for something good to read look at #s 37, 38 & 40.  Others were so so.

Saturday, July 4, 2020

Fourth of July 2015

I'm going back in time to repost blogs from my past. 
This one appeared five years ago today.

I went looking in my iPhoto collection for a photo to post on this 4th of July and came upon this one of our national bird, perched no less than on our colors: red, white and blue.  With its mouth open, you have to wonder what is it trying to say to us?  Or is it reciting the Declaration of Independence?

"We hold these truths to be self evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness."

Happy 4th to you!

Thursday, July 2, 2020

Some Trivia - State Mottos

Mental Floss has an article about state mottos here.  You can enlarge the map they have there.

I thought I'd check to be sure I did know New Hampshire's where we're moving to in less than 2 weeks.  Yep, "Live Free or Die".  What I didn't know was Maryland's where I've lived for 45 years and taught Maryland history to 4th graders: "Strong Deeds, Gentle Words".

Check out your state's motto.

Anyone else having trouble with Blogger loading the sidebar? Both in Safari and Chrome it takes time to load the sidebar while the post section appears fine.  I don't have problems loading your blogs but only my own so far.
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