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.

Monday, November 19, 2018

A Lovely Weekend

We had our youngest granddaughter here this past weekend.

16 months old and learning to walk.

She knows right where the toys and the books are.

She likes to play "Hoot Owl" with us.

Looking forward to having the other two granddaughters visit after Christmas along with daughter and son in law.

Saturday, November 17, 2018


It's that time of year when lots of baking happens.

We have a granddaughter here this weekend so I knew that baking would be out of the question.  I baked these two apple pies on Wednesday and delivered them to friends on Thursday.  Dan was the driver for me because of the snow.

I was going to bake another pie today, Saturday, but realized that I better plan to take cookies to the church Thanksgiving potluck instead. 

Baked these oatmeal almond chocolate chip cookies on Wednesday as well.

Next week I'll be making two pumpkin pies to take to the family Thanksgiving gathering on Thursday.

Then it's on to baking cookies for Christmas!

Friday, November 16, 2018


... with Blogger.

Now the problem is that I can't see my sidebar unless I sign out of Blogger and sign back in.

What gives?

11/17 - Issue seems to have resolved itself.

Thursday, November 15, 2018

Late Fall And Early Winter

We had our first snow today.  We have had no fall to speak of.  Why is winter coming on so fast?

First snowflakes.

It was supposed be a dusting on the grass and raised surfaces with nothing accumulating on the roads.

Well the weather proved the forecast wrong.  Not sure of the accumulation but roads were a mess. 

Schools canceled after first delaying opening.

It's mid November!  Is this a taste of the winter we are to have?

Below before 8 am.

Below at 10 am through the bedroom window.  Sorry for the screen.

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