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.

Thursday, May 23, 2019

Wear Orange Weekend


Go to this link to find out more. 


Here's the t-shirt I'll be wearing.

Will you join me in speaking up to stop gun violence?

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

More Scenes from New Hampshire

Just love the stone walls that you see as you drive through this state and most of New England.


I quick shot of the cemetery as we passed by.


A covered bridge capture before and after we traveled through.



This is the flat in the name Cornish Flat.  


It's the valley between the mountains with fertile soil for farming.


Daughter's property benefits from the flat.


The house across the street from my daughter's is a wonder on a rainy day.


Headed to the post office means a chance to splash in the puddles.  Granddaughters dress special in order to do that.




Oh to be young again and splash in puddles!


Monday, May 20, 2019

From the Files - 14

This is an occasional posting to savor the moments from past travels.

Munich June 2016












Saturday, May 18, 2019

New Hampshire Hike

Last Saturday was a blue sky morning, perfect for a hike.

Daughter Emily directed us to an access point for French's Ledges in Plainfield Township where the climb was not as long and more gradual so that granddaughters could hike it.

We set out bundled up because it was a chilly morning.




We soon came to some vernal pools but didn't see any life there.  The trail skirted it so we didn't get wet feet.



Ferns were just unfurling in the woods.


Moss greening up.


Leaves slowly showing.






Here was one outcropping but not our destination.


The girls had wonderful sun hats.



We were on the right trail


and made it to the top.









We decided to go down another way.  Unfortunately the trail turned in the wrong direction and wasn't connecting to our trail in.  We ended up bushwhacking through the woods to find the original trail very thankful for the iPhone compass and access to the map.


Thursday, May 16, 2019

Graduation Card

My son in law is receiving his MBA from the University of Maryland next week.


Made this card in the Maryland colors, which are the state flag colors.

He has a job in Buffalo so the family will be moving very soon.

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Back from New Hampshire

We arrived home before the dinner hour yesterday making record time traveling almost 500 miles.

More on our visit there in days to come but here was the scene outside when we woke up on Tuesday morning.



Friday, May 10, 2019

Traveling Again

In April Dan spent two weeks in Puerto Rico with Church of the Brethren Disaster Assistance rebuilding homes damaged by the hurricane in 2017.  I spent that time in Arizona visiting my brother.  

Today we are headed north to New Hampshire to visit daughter Emily, her husband and our two granddaughters.  We haven't seen them since the Christmas holidays.

We will experience early spring again up there which we both missed here when we were away in early April.  

We will get some quality time with granddaughters #1 & #2, ages 5 and 2.5 years.

The nice thing about where we live now is we can just lock up and go.  We do tell the concierge of our days away so they don't worry about where we are. We don't worry about the security of our home or trees falling across the driveway or whether the house looks deserted or stopping the mail.  You know what I mean.

Our home used to be called Vantage House.  It has a new name now: The Residences at Vantage Point.  It has a new website too.

It is a really nice place to live but visiting family is especially nice too.
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