December 31, 2009

The end of the line.

We've reached the end of the line this year. Have a safe, content Happy New Year. I hope you all find happiness just around the bend.
We will open the book.
Its pages are blank.
We are going to put words on them ourselves.
The book is called "Opportunity"
and its first chapter is New Year's Day.
Edith Lovejoy Pierce

December 30, 2009

The Whole sha-bam


Christmas has come and gone. It has been a whirlwind beyond my own imagination this year. I've gotten less done and am just now ready to enjoy and it's over! How did that happen? It was a great time spending some much needed family time together. My son was home and I got to see my nieces and nephews. (see ya tomorrow Cortney and Lexi!) Thanks to my parents and my Mother-in-law we all were spoiled. I'm so grateful for all my family and as most of you -- I fail to say it enough. Chrismas Eve was spent with my extended family of cousins, Aunt, and Uncles along with a few added friends. I think sometimes we take for grantit our good fortune of being able to get together. It gets harder as we all get older. We've been blessed mightly as a family. To all this -- credit can only be given to God above.

'For to us a child is born
to us a son is given,
and the government will
be on his shoulders.
And he will be called
Wonderful Counselor,
Mighty God,
Everlasting Father,
Prince of Peace.
'Isa 9:6

December 28, 2009

House on the hill

I'm thinking about a nice little villa on the hillside with a red roof..... Over looking the most spectacular harbor I've come across.
These are the things you think of when it's blowing with gusts over 30 mph and the temperature is a measly 30 degrees.

December 24, 2009

Merry Christmas to all!

A peaceful hush falls over the world…
When this holiday rush is through…
It’s time to reflect on family and friends…
And so I think of you…
It’s a time to send our greetings…
To those who are far and near…
To wish you the blessings of the season…
Not just today but throughout the year…
We pause and think of this special time…
A time that is set apart…
For thinking of those who are dear…
Who hold a special place in our heart…
Believe in the magic of the season…
May the love of God warm your hearts…
May you forever cherish the memory …
And what this season imparts…
It is not the gifts that are wrapped…
And placed under the Christmas Tree…
But the Christmas that lives within our hearts…
That is special to you and me…For unto us a child was born…
He is our Savior and King…
It’s the time we celebrate the day of his birth…
And the blessings his love does bring…
For unto us a child was born…
He is our Savior and King…
It’s the time we celebrate the day of his birth…
And the blessings his love does bring…

December 23, 2009

December 20, 2009

The Drive by shooting

Yet another discovery in the midst of The Berkshires in Massachusetts. I need to go back! I love that no matter that the reds, oranges, and golds are gone the green remains through all the seasons. As we drove there was a lake here a lake there a lake everywhere! I can imagine it now.... After a great day on a boat in the sunshine we're sitting by a campfire telling the usual lies and stories with a smooth drink and of course roasted marshmallows! If you're really quiet you can hear a wolf howlllllll.

December 13, 2009

On the road again? Post 2

Can I get my mojo back? Will my new owner shine me up? Ouch my roof is now missing!!! I'm thinking a lot more than a spit and shine is needed to get this ole truck road worthy. I was hoping that the restoration would take years but knowing my husband we'll be lucky with months. It does have a certain character all it's own. The engine starts with the turn of the key but most everything else is lacking. One of my favorite sayings is ..... If you give a pig a pancake from a great kids book. (look it up - read it- to find out what I mean) Well my husband just got his pancake and now the syrup is on the way along with a bubble bath and a soft towel...... What I mean is one thing leads to another.... A new saw to remove the roof, a sand blaster, an upgrade to the welding equipment, a bigger air compressor..... I love it when someone finds a passion!

December 10, 2009


It's all in the details.
My 100+ year old piano somehow just makes me happy. When I play -- the unnecessary stress from the day melts away and I have a song in my head, my heart, and my step for hours.

December 8, 2009


Pardon the interruption of the impending snow/ice storm.......

December 7, 2009

Tannery Bridge near Otis, Mass and Farmington River

On our small adventure weekend I only acquired two decent pictures. I knew before I opted to tag along that it would be a fast and furious trip so I can't even complain that I couldn't get good shots going 70 mph! One of my favorite things is to investigate maps. Find new ways to get there from here to over there again. Of course that does not aleviate the fact that many U-turns will occur. My goal isn't to alway find the shortest or fastest route but rather to discover everything within a 25 mile radius of the intended route. In doing this I've come to realize this world has so much to discover that I don't think I'll ever be finished! Even if our treks consist of major roads to deliver our new (very old) truck safely in tow we did take a wrong turn and got to discover the beautiful mountains in Western Massachusetts! ( or was it a wrong turn.....) That wrong turn gave me the two shots of my weekend. This unique covered bridge spanning the Farmington River near Otis, MA and the Farmington River (western branch) itself. I confess the river scene has been tangeled with in my computer. Besides the edging I made the picture sepia and kept only the color of the river natural. The blue of the river was spectacular as it rapidly swept by the bland forest. I really was wishing that I could experience the colors of this forest two months ago but then I would have missed just how blue and clean and sparkling the river really is. Kinda makes you a little thirsty! ---------------Check out some other really great shots from around the world at

December 6, 2009

1962 Willy Post 1

We are officially a Willy owner. After years of admiring the Jeep Willy's and the Willy truck my husband has tracked one down. He spent considerable time searching the web making phone calls and educating himself. We've owned a jeep for many years and have enjoyed going to 'camp jeep' and having fun as a family on trails. I've blogged about how my daughter has admired a Willy several times. I do believe she was born in the wrong decade. She should've been a 1960's girl. Anyway the adventure has begun for my husband to turn this 1962 Willy's truck into a road worthy vehicle. We travelled to the Berkshires in Massachusetts into the small village of Blandsford to bring the truck home. Thankfully without too much fuss we arrived home safely during our first snowfall of the season. Because of the snow we cut our trip short so I need to go back through the Catskills and Berkshires because it's a photographers paradise. My husband just completed a 1998 Jeep Loredo and I think he was afraid of being bored! I'm proud of all his hard work. I'm sure it may be quite some time before this all comes together because of course the holidays are arriving and directly behind that brings baseball and softball and the world of golf. It'll occupy his time for a few years but stay tuned for updates! (The biggest decision of all will be --what color to make it!!) ........................Goodnight John-Boy!

Willy blogs......

December 1, 2009

The 'Hope' in the Nativity

“This will be a sign for you. You will find a baby wrapped in swaddling
cloths and lying in a manger.”
-Thurmont, MD
Kudos to all who display The Nativity this blessed season. Our country seems to be over ran with that one person here and that one person there who seems to think they are speaking for the rest of us saying to remove the nativity displays due to separation of church and state. I still believe the majority want to see these displays and to remember the hope that is possible with Christ in our world.
Check out this YouTube video . It's a great Christmas song for this year!

November 30, 2009

Silo questing

The barn and silo I knew while growing up.... It's sad to see this ole barn and silo slowly melting away. As I was growing up it was well kept and my brother even earned a living keeping it painted. Alfred and Nancy Watson lived here and farmed the surrounding land. We had many adventures through the years on the farm. What fond memories. Calves being born, making butter from cream, milking cows, shoveling poop, eating from the garden, exploring fascinating antiques, the tractor burning. We were 'organic' way before it was the politically correct thing to be. "Oh, the good ole days."The typical well maintained barn and silos in the area today are usually owned by the Amish or Mennonite communities. I wonder sometimes if they know a secret that the rest of us have forgotten slow down and enjoy the moments and the land.
I'm still on my silo quest. I've seen many interesting silos but either didn't have my camera or I was not in a prime pull over spot along the road. I've seen old wooden silos, short and tall silos, blue silos, concrete silos, metal silos, and on and on. Maybe I'll get lucky and eventually get some shots inside a silo. There's an adventure waiting to happen!

November 22, 2009

November 19, 2009

A moment in time...

I pass this mural each day along my travels. It just makes me smile.

November 18, 2009

Barn Pride

It's great to see an old barn kept in such great shape. Somebody obviously cares for this old building. Do we live in a great little part of the world?!!! Yep!

November 16, 2009

SILO in the country

One Singular Sensation

-click on pic to enlarge
Here in South Central Pennsylvania you cannot help but see a silo when you're out and about. For some time I have driven my daughter nuts while driving around the countryside. We have to stop along the side of the road for a quick snap because I've seen a silo like I haven't seen before. She says 'WHY', I say 'because they are part of my landscape'. I've chosen a few to show today but now what do I do with all the other pics? I will ponder that.... If you see an unusual silo that's a must see let me know and until then I'll keep collecting pictures of those things we all see everyday and take for granite. The bottom left silo is a favorite and I actually played with it and have it over processed but I like the effect.
Check out scenes from around the world by going to

Country livin

One of my favorite shots.

November 15, 2009


Bringing in the Sheaves...........
-hooked on farms week

November 14, 2009

November 12, 2009

November 11, 2009

Thanks Vetrans!!

A 15 year old civil war drummer. Thanks
Revolutionary fighters. Thanks.

Present Day heroes. Thanks
Thanks to all the American soldiers who have sacraficed their time and lives for our country. Say a prayer for vetrans and their families along with a prayer that our contry can continue to thrive thanks to them.

November 9, 2009

Rails to Trails, Cumberland Valley

Along the trail............. I love the mountains..I love the rolling hills...
Walk, Run, Bike, Hoseback, Sit.

Lots of scenery.
Cumberland Valley Rails to Trails at the Newville Head.
I finally was able to take some time this past Friday and again on Sunday to visit the trail. I did a little walking, my version of jogging, and some biking. I love being outdoors and seeing the beautiful Cumberland Valley squeezed between some great mountains. The trail was pretty busy after finally getting to experience some grat Fall weather. Get out there!

November 8, 2009


Found a challenge. - Restore this photo. I could probably spend more time on this and have already spent considerable time. It was bent, folded, and tucked away for years. Most of the people on here are my Aunts and Uncles from their younger years.

Mid, Judy, Kenny, Edgar, Ginny, Elva, Charles, Maryanne, and Vivian

I do not know where or when or why this was taken but it does appear that a good time was had by all!!!

November 7, 2009

Wooly Wooly

I keep hearing 'bad winter' coming..... It appears the wooly worm has a different take on the situation. I hope he's correct!
Wooly worm Winter detection
Step 1
Look for wooly worms under rocks and inside hollow logs. (or making an escape across a pathway)
Step 2
Examine the wooly worm, pay attention to its bands of colors. The wooly worm will curl into a ball when touched or threatened. When they crawl, they can crawl very quickly!
Step 3
Wooly worm forecasters say that the size of the brown band of color will tell you what kind of winter is coming. Legend says that the thinner the brownish red bands, the harsher the winter will be. If the wooly worm is mostly brownish red in the middle, winter will be mild.
Step 4
Wooly worm enthusiasts claim an 85 percent success rate over the last few decades. Scientists tend to disagree and say wooly worm weather prediction is as unscientific as using groundhogs to predict winter weather. The groundhogs likely side with the wooly worms.

November 4, 2009

Toland Tech

Toland Tech. Like every parent I want to keep my baby girl close to home as she grows older. Her Grandparents have found the perfect location for her higher education. It sits nestled in a small village of homes that belonged to a local quarry at one time in the middle of the mountains. It's just a few miles (as the crow flies -over the mountain) from our home. I believe it has limited courses but I'm happy to report they may have a sports team for her at the nearby lake.
Many elite colleges offer a crew team especially to girls. Well we found the lake we found the boat and we even found a yellow one to boot!! Now all we need is to purchase some really rad oars and she's ready.

November 3, 2009

Sights along my way

The French market, New Orleans, LA
Every time I've had the opportunity to go to the French market in New Olreans everyone is starting to pack up and start closing their wares. I still was able to find the unusual and bizarre. This is to be the oldest City market in the U.S. operating since 1791 in the same location. It has withstood hurricanes, floods, pirates, and modern day humans along the way. It reminds me of the market in Charleston, SC. Everyone is ready to do some bargaining. French Market.

These quaint homes catch your eye first with their color and then with their price tags. They sit in prime real estate location in the French quarter in New Orleans and for a cool $850,000 one of them could be yours.
The Pontalba buildings or apartments, NOLA.
The rumor is these are the first apratment buildings in the U.S. built by female entrepreneur, Baroness Pontalba in 1845 their walls could tell many interesting stories of the artists that occupy this area of the city. Another idential building graces the opposing street on the other side of Jackson square.

November 1, 2009

Homecoming 2009

Ready for dinner and a night of dancing.
A majority of the Freshman class.
What a whirlwind of a weekend. After a week long celebration at school from 3 on 3 basketball, powderpuff football game, Dodge ball tournament, crazy dress up, nerd or jock dress up , and Spirit Day it ends in a magical way. These beautiful ladies took all day to make sure the nails and hair and dress and shoes were just right. We were off to dinner and a pre-party and then the Homecoming celebration. After all of the exhaustion an all night sleep over was had with the mandatory smoothies and Whales on the kitchen floor in a circle. The next morning also holds a tradition of stuffed french toast. It's time now for the big let down and a big sleep! I'm sure all the dreams of 'that' cute guy or the gossip has just begun till the next celebration. aaaaaah High School..............