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, November 29, 2016

Sackler Gallery

Another trip with Vantage House.  This time to the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery.
Arthur Sackler donated his collection of Asian art to the Smithsonian Institution with the stipulation that a museum be built.  This one is attached to the Freer Gallery of Art but unlike that gallery that is above ground this one goes down several stories from the initial ground floor.

We came to see the exhibit called Turquoise Mountain.  I'll share that in my next post.

We also spent some time in the exhibit on the Art of the Quran but no photos were allowed in there.

In the center stairwell is this monkey sculpture.

Each section represents the word monkey in a different language.

It based upon the story of a monkey that looked down into a pond and saw the moon.  He got his monkey friends to make a long  chain but when the last one reached the pond and tried to pick up the moon it disappeared.

The English version looks more like monkeys that the word.

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Season Change

We have a shelf outside our apartment door.  Rather than leave the same thing up all the time I've opted to try to change it seasonally.

So yesterday the house blessing that my Mom painted years ago came down in favor of a wreath I made 42 years ago.

The pumpkins and turkey are put away for next year.

The partridge in a pear tree wreath I made the first year of our marriage looks nice there.

I downsized my Christmas decorations considerably when we moved.  I have two bins only now.  I'll be decorating for Christmas this week including the new pencil Christmas tree I bought in October.

Happy Holidays!

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Turkey Anyone?

After our visit to the Historical Society of Cornish we walked down the road to the farm stand to buy meat.

I suppose we could have ordered a turkey but the ones across the street were rather large.

Some had been selected for processing that morning.  We didn't stick around to watch what would happen first.

Enjoy your Thanksgiving Feast.
We had a preThanksgiving dinner Saturday night with the family then headed home.
We will be celebrating with the other daughter, son in law, and some of Dan's family on Thursday. I will be bringing the pumpkin pies.

Monday, November 21, 2016

Tuesday Treasure #27 - Cornish Historical Society

I have returned home from my sojourn in Cornish Flat, NH helping out my daughter and her family for the last three weeks.  My husband joined me there on Thursday last and we drove home in two stages Saturday night and Sunday morning arriving shortly after 2 o'clock.

Saturday morning we were fortunate to be in Cornish in time to visit the Cornish Historical Society that is open very irregular hours.  In the years Emily has lived there this was her first visit to it.

Joining Tuesday Treasures because the small building was filled with them.

The story we were told was that the safe that kept all the township records was quite heavy and the three elected selectman for the township got tired of toting it from place to place, so this brick building was built to hold the safe.  Later the addition you see in the back was put on to serve as the township jail.

The building now houses quite a mix of things, from books about Cornish to books written by Cornish authors (J.D. Salinger of Catcher in the Rye was one of them) to all sorts of historical mementoes donated by residents.  This is one such donation.
D.H. Hilliard was a gunsmith in the 1900s.

One of the prize possessions at the Historical Society is this musket fired in the battle at Concord, MA as the beginning of the Revolutionary War.

Dan is holding it and he is 6'3" so you can see how tall it is.  He said it was quite heavy too.

Here's the Historical Society member putting it away.  He didn't show us the other rifles in that closet.

Here's the uniform of a Civil War officer, last name Chase.

I think he was a relative of the gentlemen below.

Lots of medals.

A Civil War canteen or so the card says.

An unknown soldier of the Civil War.

The Historical Society has their stuff stashed in various places in the township.  When I asked about old photos that may show my daughter's house long ago he said there was an exhibit in the township offices.  Of course those offices were not open that day.  Save that for another trip to Cornish, NH.

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Food as Art

Look closely at these pictures from the Visionary Art Museum.  Do you see they are made of bread, crackers, bagels and other grain based foods?

This sculpture is made of Peeps - a marshmallow treat popular at Easter.

Friday, November 11, 2016

Salute to Veterans

Veterans' Day 2016

Here's to the men and women who have given their lives in all the conflicts our country has faced.

Photos from Cornish Flat, NH in August.

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

I'm sharing what my husband wrote today about the election results.  I wish I could share his optimism.  Maybe later.
Wednesday, November 9 2016 – The Day After
All the pundits, pollsters and press were wrong.  The greater of two evils won the election.  I suspected this could happen.  It was disappointing to my half of the country’s population, to say the least, that such a shallow man with questionable intellect and more than questionable values could convince half of us that he’s the best candidate to be the face of America.  It’s kind of embarrassing.
What I worry about the most is the impact of him following through on his vapid, simplistic solutions for our nation’s complex problems.  What will that do to the nation’s debt, the world’s environment and the advancement of civilization?
The fortunate thing is there are checks and balances – even within a one party government.  And there are probably a few level heads somewhere that will mitigate the worst possible mistakes.  But, just as with the election, no one knows the future.  So all we can do is live each day to the fullest and look for opportunities to make the world a little better right where we are.
Meanwhile, I’ve moved from despair and disappointment to distancing.  The good things are that (1) with this choice, the country didn’t break down into mobs and (2) the damn election is over.  Even with Trump, can we move forward to a better country and world?  I’m ever the optimist as I think most Americans are.

Something good may yet come out of this.   The truth is no one knows what it means for the future.


I am totally aghast at the results of our Presidential Election.

It's as though truth and facts don't matter.

Supporters of Trump must not have heard or read what I did.  
Or they just ignored the facts of this man.

We are a country sorely divided.

We have elected a charlatan, a con artist, a liar to our highest office.

I am deeply afraid as to what the future holds for us as a nation.

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

A Walk Around Cornish, NH

Still here in Cornish, NH helping my daughter.  Sunday afternoon I took a walk after lunch while daughter and granddaughter napped.

Sharing at Tuesday Treasures

The sky was a mix of sun and clouds.  Now as I type this several hours later its all clouds and snowshowers are in the forecast.

Many of the clapboard houses are colored with white trim.

Many homes have barns in the back.  The one below is unpainted and has weathered to a lovely mis of brown.

Here's the old meeting house I've featured before.

I passed cows at the trough as I headed down the road.

Then passed donkeys,

and alpacas.

As I headed back I had a full view of area called The Flat.

Turkeys for sale for Thanksgiving.

Here's the three bay fire station across the field on another road.

Throughout NH you see the old stone walls and

the old granite posts used for fencing. 

Back passed the meeting house where a Civil War soldier stands to honor the fallen.

Going up School Street is this lovely yellow house and below the Cornish Historical Society.
I've never found it to be open when I've visited here.

The Flat Cemetery is on the left hand side.

I always read the headstones when I can and try to get a sense of the lives buried there,

In reading the one below I wondered what "teen hours" amounted to.

This set of tombstones tells a sad family story of death year after year starting in 1813 of offspring in their teens and early twenties. What disease kept striking this family down?

As I head back here's the library open M/T/F 4-6pm only.

Across the green is the General Store.  It was for sale for many years until it was purchased by J.D. Salinger's widow who has leased it to someone to run.  Not reopened yet though.

The local witch's house.

Daughter's home.

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