I can actually hear myself think on days like this - I could never really do that in Delaware County.
It is a good Friday!
I love mornings like this - everything is silent except my fingers on the keyboard. The cats are asleep; Michael is asleep; the day care center is closed today so everything is silent save the sounds of the traffic all the way out on Route 61.
I can actually hear myself think on days like this - I could never really do that in Delaware County.
It is a good Friday!
Just down the road from Windy Knolls, is the Eden Farm Equine Sanctuary.
Horses have been in the periphery of my life - our Amish friends have plenty of horses & mules, we had ponies one summer as kids, etc. but I was never aware of how long a horse lives! What a surprise to learn that horses can live to over 30 years old!
What I did know was something my grandfather used to say to my mom "horses always have their heads down" - meaning they are always eating which translates into expensive.
But what my parents always taught us was if you can't afford to own a pet (or a work animal) - and owning includes food, shelter and medical care - then you shouldn't own a pet (or work animal).
Our TVs are filled with commercials by the ASPCA and yes, it is a worthy group, but we never hear or better yet - see the stories of abused horses. I can't decide which is more disgusting - starving & withholding medical treatment to these animals, or SELLING THEM OFF TO BE EATEN. And no - I'm not kidding about that last part.
Eden has lots of stories on their website about their residents - how they came to live at Eden and the stories will hurt your heart - even if you aren't a horse lover. I drove past Eden a few days ago and the pasture was filled with horses - their coats were shiny and they were happily munching on the new grass pushing up in the field. It was a beautiful site.
Eden is always in need of donations - please have a look at their website and help these lovely animals - or any of the other creatures who they have rescued - if you can!
I recently took a trip to Arlington, Virginia on personal business. Yes - it was just before the blizzard of 2016, but I didn't get stuck in it due to luck and paying attention to my gut and the advice of my trucker dad!
But on my way down, I passed through the Gettysburg area. Everybody has to know something about Gettysburg - even if it is only the via the ghost hunting programs on TV. However, major war and death happened here - many lives were lost, men, civilians and animals. In a way, it is sacred ground. And there are just some things you don't do on sacred ground.
Like open an outlet mall.
Granted - I'm sure the mall isn't on top of the former battlefield, but its close enough. I was stuck speechless. How can this be? What is the justification? I'm sure the tourism folks thought it was a great idea - give the folks who aren't history buffs something to do while the rest of their group is off touring the battlefields, but there is just something so very wrong about this!
Sure - it was over 150 years ago - why should we care now? Because 51,000 people died here - isn't that reason enough for respect? Have we sunk so low as a society that a cheap handbag is more memorable or important then the souls of 51,000 people? Please - don't answer that question for it might break too many hearts.
I lived in my last apartment for 15 years. It was while I was packing and moving that I remembered WHY I lived there for 15 years. It's because I loathe moving.
Actually - it's the packing and moving I hate. The unpacking and decorating is the fun part! There is such an insanity that goes with Moving - the planing, the cost, the trying to get help, the advice! The whole darn thing is just really stressful.
Of course being a complete weirdo, I decided to move in December - because there is nothing easier then moving between Thanksgiving and Christmas (insert sarcasm here.....).
Anyway - with the treasured help from some family and friends and UHaul, we managed it and still kept most of our sanity! Even our kitties did ok, although they really didn't appreciate their first car ride and 15 years......
We are super thrilled with our new place! It is a townhouse created in a retired catholic church built in the 1850's! In the interior ceiling and walls that have remained untouched, there is pressed tin ceiling and wall coverings! And best of all - I have a stained glass window in my downstairs bathroom!
Every day I say to Michael - 'how did we fit all this stuff in our old tiny place!' and he just shakes his head. We really were more then terribly cramped in the old place but it was the shelter in our storm for many years and I am not complaining. It's just that this place feels like a whole new beginning and I am quite peaceful and content here - despite the stress of moving!
Thanks again to all our wonderful helpers! We could not have done it without you!!
I have been living in Havertown for 15 years. In the same apartment. It is a cozy 1 bedroom and while it is perfect for 1 person who doesn't have a lot of hobbies, it is way too small for two people who work at home and one of them has a lot of hobbies. So we decided to move.
But - we figured that if we were going to move, we wanted a lot more space that was affordable and we found it...87 miles away in Schuylkill county.
The new place is so cool!! It is an old church built in the 1800's that was first turned into student housing and is now apartment/townhouses. Our new place is so much larger - we will actually be able to have friends over for the weekend! It isn't like we didn't do that before - its just that since we started working from home, there isn't any room for sleepovers.....
Anyway. Moving. 15 years is a lot of time to acquire a lot of sh...stuff and I have a lot of stuff. Michael travels light, so 99% of all this crap is mine. And its not as if I haven't been getting rid of stuff - We just did a flea market in September and took two car loads of stuff out of there (only 2 small boxes came back) and I have been taken loads of stuff to the Goodwill - but I swear - I think in dark and quiet of night - it procreates and makes more of itself because I can't seem to get ahead of it! So I keep packing away and tossing away and hoping for the best!
Moving is also expensive whether or not you hire a mover. I'm so freaked out by other people's moving stories that I ditched the idea of movers and instead have been relying on the kindness of friends and family as well as becoming good friends with the U-Haul fellas. This is why the move is taking 2 weeks instead of one trip. But it's all good - it helps me get rid of stuff (at least that is what I keep telling myself.....)
But this isn't all doom and gloom - I've been having fun deciding where things should go and comparing notes with Mike to see where he thinks things should go, deciding how to set up my office, ordering the new bed and deciding where and how to decorate for Christmas - because I want to be partially unpacked and feel christmasy by the 24th! S0 much fun is being had by all! :)
Check back in a few weeks for more photos and stories from the move - starting with how I hurt my back basically before we even got started..... ::facepalm::
This past Saturday, Mike and I took a drive to Berks County to run some errands, including some non-historic site seeing and stops at Hornings - Bethel and Myerstown! And surprise of all surprises - we didn't visit the farm!
There was some spectacular weather on Saturday:
We spent a lot of time in the car - something we haven't done since the last vacation week took together (which I think was in 1999?) and we got on each other's nerves after awhile. Luckily he took a nap on the drive home and that helped.
On the way home we stopped for gas and I saw the biggest firetruck I have ever seen! The one that took me to the hospital after my motorcycle accident wasn't this big and that was a city truck! See for yourself!
I couldn't get the whole truck in the photo! It was super clean, too!
It wasn't the most exciting of days, but it did result in some pretty funny moments and laughter is always a plus! The KFC for dinner after wasn't bad either!
AQuiet Saturday late afternoon. My honey is playing his usual shoot 'em up games on his lap top and I'm watching a documentary on Netflix. I made a pot of chili earlier and I'm thinking I should get up and make either some rice or corn bread to go with it. Quiet. Serene. Pleasant.
As I was getting up from watching the telly, I heard a beeping sound and it was annoying. I kept asking Blaise about it but he kept saying he didn't hear it. But as I was putting together the rice to put on the stove - the beeping fire alarm started in our building.
I don't panic when the fire alarm goes off in my building. I have lived here for 15 years and the fire alarm goes off at least once a year.... usually in the late evening on either a cold and/or rainy night. Statistically speaking, it is usually nothing - someone down at the other end of the T (our building is shaped like a big T - we are all the way at the bottom/back) doing something - so I don't worry about it. Also - every other time in the 15 years that the alarm has gone off - I have gone outside, so this isn't typical behavior for me.
Our fire alarm is hardwired to the fire house and my section of the building is basically behind the fire house, do.... Anyway - I suggested that Blaise take this opportunity to go outside and have a cig and get the gossip. I stayed inside - I had 2 candles burning and a pot of rice on the stove! I also have two geriatric cats that would need rounding up if there was a fire so better to stay in then run out. Ok - I'll admit it - I was still in my PJs and I wasn't going out there unless there was a damn good reason.
Then the alarm at the firehouse went off. So I snuffed the candles and put on something I could go outside wearing (it pays to be prepared) and then took this neat photo of the fire truck when it pulled up outside my end of the building (first time in 15 years!! Usually they pull up at the T).
So there was some running in and out of the building by fireman, but the alarm had gone off and I never saw or smelled any smoke or fire. It was all over in about 10 minutes!
Blaise came back in but didn't have much in the way of gossip. Disappointing.
Either way - everyone is ok and I don't think there was any property damaged. I'm still not sure if anything actually happened!
But at this point, I want to take a moment to thank our local Fire Department. Where we live, we depend on volunteer fire departments - so its our neighbors who don their gear and come out to look after us. I'm very glad this was pretty much nothing and none of them were put in a dangerous position.
If you live in an area that depends on volunteer fire departments - don't pass up the opportunity to say things by participating in one of their fund raisers. Its how they keep geared up for our safety!
Well - the rice is finished - so time for dinner!
Have a good evening everyone!
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My honey shared my Da's garden this year. Between the two of them they grew 3 kinds of tomatoes, cucumbers, 2 kinds of bell peppers, squash, watermelon, 3 kinds of chili peppers, Indian corn (for decoration) and a small selection of herbs. My contribution was the flowers to entice the pollinating insects and birds. It was a wonderful experience! I'll let the photographs speak for themselves!
So as I mentioned in a previous post, we are going to take up my Da's offer and grow something at Windy Knolls. I had gotten a lot of different kinds of seeds for Michael and in anticipation of the growing season, he started making seedlings!
Here we have tomatoes and zucchini but he also sprouted some of all the chili seeds got him from Sandia Seed (see previous post). Everything looks so beautiful and healthy.
I am hoping to get some herbs from the nursery but I have the feeling that by the time the ground has been prepared and I'm not away on a business trip, the nursery will be sold out.
However - I did get some Rue from Etsy sellers because it isn't something you are going to find at the local nursery or garden center (same for patchouli plants....yes the ones they use to make that 60's smelling oil but patchouli PLANTS smell wonderful!). Here they are happily growing away. One of the larger plants (in the dannon container) died but the nursery is replacing it for me which is lovely!
Rue is poisonous if ingested but it looks very pretty (it is a blue/gray green plant with lacy leaves and a tiny yellow flowers) and I love the smell!
We also have a good quantity of pollinating insect flower seeds to feed the bees and other pollinating bugs. These will also look pretty and my Mom will be able to have cut flowers whenever she wants them.
Da has the ground plowed but it needs tilling and they haven't had much rain up there. Of course they have had a LOT of rain there this week so now the ground is too muddy and Da is temporarily out of action with a seriously shi**y cold. I'm hoping that when I get back from this next business trip Michael and I will be able to plant things (fingers are crossed!!) but if not - Michael will just keep putting everything into bigger pots until the time is right (and I can stop tripping over the empty plastic containers he has saved for just such a purpose)!
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