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, January 24, 2020

Foto Friday

Oneida Lake north of Syracuse, NY. where we vacationed as a family last summer and will return to in August.

Tuesday, January 21, 2020


I don't take many panoramic photos.  These three I took in Spain.

The Picasso Museum

Administration Building of St. Peter and St. Paul Hospital

On the street in Terragona.

Here's a video from on top of a tower in Terragona, Spain.  I hope it works.

Sunday, January 19, 2020

Most Checked Out Books

Recently came across this article in Mental Floss:

New York Public Library's 10 Most Checked Out Books of All Times.

  1. The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats // 485,583
  1. The Cat in the Hat by Dr. Seuss // 469,650
  1. 1984 by George Orwell // 441,770
  1. Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak // 436,016
  1. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee // 422,912
  1. Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White // 337,948
  1. Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury // 316,404
  1. How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie // 284,524
  1. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling // 231,022
The library is celebrating their 125th anniversary and this compilation is the post popular books that have been checked out of their system.  When I first read the article I was not even thinking that children's books would dominate the list, but they do.

How many of these books have you read?  I must admit I haven't read Ray Bradbury's "Fahrenheit 451".  May just have to do that.

Friday, January 17, 2020

Foto Friday

 The  Photography group here at Vantage Point asked me to share photos of Barcelona in December.  I knew I couldn't show all the photos so focused on ones that had arches.

Here are a few from the Barcelona Cathedral.

Tuesday, January 14, 2020

New Playground

Here in Columbia, MD a new park is being constructed next to the Whole Foods which occupies the former Rouse Building.  

After a tea break at Whole Foods one afternoon we watched the construction going on but had no idea what was being built.  Once we departed Whole Foods we went to take a closer look.

We were surprised to see the name of one of the centenarians here at Vantage Point, the retirement community where we live.  Millie will be 102 on her next birthday.

And we look forward to completion of the playground which looks really neat.

Monday, January 13, 2020

"Not Your B Flat Grilled Cheese"

Above is the exact quote from my husband when I served him one of these grilled cheese on Saturday evening.

The reason it's extraordinary is because besides sharp cheddar cheese, I smeared cream cheese with chives and onion on each slice of bread and included bacon between the cheese slices.

I agree with him.  Something about the cream cheese makes it really good.

I use Dave's whole grain bread.  Dan's plate has an extra quarter of a sandwich cut from mine.  He's bigger than me so I figure he should eat more.

Postscript:  I was telling my husband, Dan about this post and how I titled it.  His reaction: "No one will know what B flat means."  He said he got that expression for "ordinary" from someone who played in one of the armed forces bands.  B flat is the tuning note for bands thus just an ordinary note, nothing special.  Now you know if you didn't before.

Thursday, January 9, 2020

Foto Friday

So when we were in Barcelona we learned that sorting your trash is important.  Our resource person, Edlira, told us she has 6 trash cans in her kitchen: paper, glass, plastic, compost, trash, and one other which now escapes me.

There are these huge trash cans on the street to put everything in.  The lid opens on the one below which I think was compost by stepping on the lever at the bottom.

Across the street were 5 other bins.  Every street has these.  We'd hear the different trucks come to collect from them, too.

Recycling is taken more seriously in Spain than here in Maryland.  We did our best to follow their example and recycle while we were there.

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