Readers, Welcome to my blog (formerly Birds, Blooms, Books, etc). I'm entering a new decade - my 70th and taking on the challenge of moving from Maryland after living there 46 years and learning about my new home here in New England in the Live Free or Die state - New Hampshire. Join me as a write this new chapter of my life.

Monday, February 29, 2016

A Sunday Walk

Columbia, Maryland is a planned community dating back to the 1970s.  It's downtown is centered around Lake Kittamaqundi - a manmade lake.
Sunday was a lovely day so after church we had a slice of pizza at Whole Foods and then walked around the lake.

Here's a view from the Whole Foods eating area.


The symbol of Columbia is the people tree.



The lake was brown from runoff.


Lots of restaurants border the lake on the westside.


Looking toward the east side as a woman tried to photograph the seagulls.


There were some surprising signs of spring.




From the eastside looking west.



Below is the former Rouse Building.  James Rouse was the developer/visionary for Columbia.  Eventually the Rouse Company was bought out by another company or two and headquarters no longer needed in Columbia.  It sat vacant for many years until Whole Foods bought it.


The store occupies one floor and there are other endeavors in the rest of the space.


It was a nice walk and reconnection to Columbia where we lived for 30+years before building this house in the woods.

Saturday, February 27, 2016

Friday, February 26, 2016

Signs of Spring 2016

I took a walk to the bottom of the driveway on Thursday morning.  

There are signs that Spring is coming!


Down at the bottom of the driveway the snow is melting more slowly but green is appearing where daffodils are pushing up.


The wetlands doesn't get much sun but the snow is retreating there.


Looking from the bottom of the driveway across the wetlands the driveway going up the hill is clear of snow.


The moss and grass are greening.


The ferns stand out in contrast to the drab brown of the earth.


Something is there along the edge of the creek.


First signs of the skunk cabbage.


Here's the same creek looking east as it enters the wetlands.


The woods are filled with young beech trees.  
These trees hold their old leaves until the new ones start appearing.


When the pale beige beech leaves start floating through the air, spring will be here.


Thursday, February 25, 2016

No Takers for the Owl House

In the Fall of 2013 I purchased an owl nesting box. [Read about that here.]

In November I had someone put it up in the sycamore tree that borders our driveway. [Read about that here.] 
I thought it was well sited for owls, but I've had no occupants.


It sits vacant.  Not even evidence of a squirrel taken up residence.


No chance it can be moved.  It will be there until it falls apart and tumbles to the ground.

Monday, February 22, 2016

Tuesday's Treasures #6

These sets of old photographs are treasures in this house.

They are arranged together on a wall in my front hall.


The two on the left are from my family and the two on the right from my husband's family.


On the right is my father, his parents in the center, my grandparents, and my father's maternal grandparents on the far left.

Now if you are familiar with the author Beverly Lewis who writes novels about the Amish, these are the grandparents we share.  Our grandmother was not Amish and neither were our great grandparents.  My father frequently argued this point with my cousin Beverly.

I have no memories of my paternal grandmother because she died while we were in the Philippines in the early 1950s.  I have a memory of that occasion because it was rare for us to get a phone call from the States.  My mother took the call and was crying from hearing the news of the death.



Here is my mother's family with her parents on the left.

My first memory of my grandmother was in 1957 after we returned from the Philippine Islands where my parents were missionaries.  By this time my grandmother was paralyzed from the waist down.  This is the grandmother whose photo I featured in Tuesday Treasure #4.




No one in the above photo is alive any longer.  My Uncle Paul, the young boy on the right died at the age of 102 in November 2015.


These are the Browns.  Dan's paternal grandfather is the man seated, great grandparents are the two standing photos and great great grandparents with offspring on the right. 


Dan's mother is seated there on the right, her parents married the day after the big stock market crash in 1929.  There they are seated on a jalopy and Dan's grandfather stands there with his short tie that was the fashion.  Dan's paternal great grandparents are the couple on the left.

I've been doing some genealogy on Dan's ancestors.  I started this back in the late 70s but have just gotten back to it with the advantage of the digital age.  I find myself with the same puzzle: who was the mother of Dan's great-grandfather?  I hope to solve the puzzle.






Friday, February 19, 2016

What's This? (14)

These are some of the stuffed animals on display at the Rays Town Lake Corps of Engineers Visitor Center.  We stopped in there one cold December day to find out more about the lake.






These critters are native to this Pennsylvania region.

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Out of Hibernation Already?

Look who I spied out from its winter quarters under my deck!


It's the resident ground hog!


Scurrying across the snow in the perennial garden.


Ducking behind the far wall.

It looks pretty fat for a critter that's been hibernating.

Does this mean spring is here?

Sorry for the quality of the photos but it was moving too fast.

I guess this means a start to my ground hog war!


Monday, February 15, 2016

Another Snowy Day

A Presidents' Day snow fall here today.  A good day for it since lots of folks have the day off.  We are in no hurry to clear our driveway since the forecast is for it to change to ice as it comes to an end tonight.



The birds are thankful I filled the feeders on Saturday.













It's interesting to note that the usual ground feeders like the junco above left and the sparrow below are going to the feeders today.  I haven't seen that before.


The mounting dove knows it just too big to do it.  As birds go I think these are on the not so bright side.  All the other birds had flown when some alarm was called but this one stayed under the feeder.  No wonder they are more likely to be hawk food.


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