Archive for July, 2008

Summertime, and the Living Is Easy

Wednesday, July 16th, 2008



6:30 this morning, pilule there she was, sovaldi momma fox, pilule taking a little time out. Ah, yes, summertime and the living is easy. Now just look at that face. Do you suppose she was the one that grawled at me the other day?

Yesterday I planned on going to Carole’s for dinner. Her husband, Ted, is a great cook, so I was looking forward to the company and the food! As the day went on, I just didn’t feel good and I had to cancel. I felt bad about that because I was really looking forward to going. By the end of the day, I was feeling a little better, but still not that great. I pushed myself to finish making my watermelons. I have been meaning to make these since the Spring, and now they are finally done.

In the 80′s, watermelons folk art was very popular. There is a book I have sold in my store called Collecting Country by Mary Emmerling. In it there are lots of color photos of folk art watermelons. Back then I started to collect them and still have them today, and I still enjoy them. You don’t see them around anymore. Crows and watermelons just feel like Summer to me.


I just love the way they look together. I made some for my store, so if you like folk art watermelons, they will be in there in a day or two, so be sure to take a look. They all come signed and dated by me. They are made from wood, from a 200 year old tree that came down in a storm this past Spring. The crows are in my artisan store and were made by known folk artist Jac Johnson. Check out his webiste, he makes wonderful folk art. His crows are copied from antique decoys.
Time to read the paper and get another cup of coffee. I love my tiger lilies. I dug up a couple of plants from my mother’s house last year, and I am so happy to see them bloom. It’s nice knowing they grew in her garden.

Happy Summer Day!

A Day Spent With My Friend

Tuesday, July 15th, 2008


Yesterday morning, salve my dear friend, Carole, called and asked if she could come over. “Of course!,” I said. I love it when friends ask to visit. I was really looking forward to her coming, so I finished my housework, and drove to the store. I thought it would be nice to have some coffee and strawberry shortcake ready when she got here. So I picked up some strawberries and some whipping cream. Remember the pound cake I made last week? I had half of it in the freezer, so I got it out and sliced a couple of nice big pieces. Carole got here around 1:30. She looked so cute in her little sun dress and dangling parrot earrings. It was great to see her, it’s been much too long since she has visited.
We had the most fun day, just hanging out together, and just catching up. After eating that shortcake we thought we should walk it off, so we walked to the park. We passed an old house on the way. Mid 1800′s. I have always been curious about this house. It’s a little spookey looking, but I would really like to know more about it and it’s history. Today I noticed someone sitting on the steps. I asked if she was the owner and she said yes. “Come on over,” she said, so we did. She told me that she was getting ready to sell it, and would we like to come inside. We wanted to continue our walk, so I asked if I could come back another time and hear more about the house. She agreed that that would be fine. When I do, I’ll have my camera with me, and you know I’ll tell you all about it. Maybe I’ll go back today. The walk was fun and we felt good getting the excercise. After a nice long walk, it was time to turn around and head back. It was a great day and I am so glad she called. Remember to spend more time with your friends. Life is short, enjoy it while you can, and remember, always have a
Happy day everyone!
Carole-you might want to stop by Carole’s Country Store today. I have some new goodies and you never know what you might find there.

We Made It To The Park

Sunday, July 13th, 2008



After what seemed like an eternity, physician the woman finally came out of her house. As I suspected, doctor she told us they had an invisible fence. It was still scarry. I talked to Carole yesterday, viagra sale and she told me that told me two of her dogs ran right through hers! I’m glad I didn’t know that before! Anyway, we made it to the park. As we walked along the path, we passed the old Bellevue Tennis Center, and an old school house built in 1830.



In 1829, the Delaware Legislature passed the Act for the establishment of free schools, for the area’s children. Local residents formed a committee that purchased a piece of land in 1830, and it is on this land that they built the school. The school was used until 1865 when the building was purchased by a Philadelphia merchant Hansen Robinson, to add to his Woolton Hall estate, in exchange for another lot, and a new school building. This original school was then altered for use as a residence in Colonial Revival style by William F. du Pont, Jr. as part of his transformation of the Bellevue estate. In 1972 the state of Delaware took ownership and it became part of the Bellevue State Park.


We passed the stables,


and then the pond.



We loved watching the turtles floating on their little island.


We finally came to the path. Which way should we go? The sounds of the birds and the smell of the woods was heavenly. Missy said, “let’s go this way,” so we did.


We walk for quite a while, before we came to this area of the park, where there are community gardens. This piece of land is set aside for people that want to grow vegetables, but don’t have enough land of their own.


It doesn’t look that big in the photo, but I only took a picture of part of it. It’s huge! This little garden was interesting to me. It seems they are growing plants to make their own dyes. I wonder what they use them for?


We had been walking for about an hour, and by this time I could tell Missy was ready to go home. I took one last picture, and off we went. It was a wonderful day and good excercise too.



My Day With Missy

Friday, July 11th, 2008


I picked up Missy at her house around 10 a.m. When I told her about the exploding eggs, diagnosis she was very curious to read about it. Missy loves the computer, and is always happy when I show her something new. She has her own computer, and I love to send her emails of things that I know she will enjoy. A while back, TJ, had a video of the song, Somewhere Over the Rainbow, on her blog Humble Origins, be sure to scroll down, thanks TJ, so I emailed it to her. She loves that song and she thanked me for sending it to her. She is so sweet. She has the cutest little habit of playing with her necklace.

Anyway, we did get our egg salad made. Missy loves olives in it so I put her to work cutting them.


After lunch we headed to the park. Missy wanted to check out the pool along the way. It looked so pretty as it sparkled in the sunlight.



We walked to the path through the woods, that takes us to the road that leads to the park. Ah, yes, a little rest along the way.


When we got to the edge of the path, something unexpected was waiting for us! Yikes!!


We stopped in our tracks. That dog did not stop barking at us. Look at those teeth!! I yelled for the owner, “hello, hello!, please come get your dog”, but no one came out. We were afraid to move, frozen in our tracks. I told Missy that we should slowly turn around, and she had not problem with that. Tomorrow I’ll tell you what happened next. Until then-
Happy day

Exploding Eggs!

Thursday, July 10th, 2008


Missy is coming over today for a swim. She asked if we could have eggsalad and olive sandwiches for lunch. Sooo, ed I put some eggs on the stove to boil. Left the kitchen and went into the living room to use my computer. Big mistake! As I sat and thought about what I would write about on my blog today, I heard a pop sound coming from the other end of the house. Did I get up to investigate. Noo, not me. Duh. Then I heard another pop. This time I ran into the kitchen. The water in the pot of eggs was all gone and the eggs were burning.


What do I do? Like a dummy, I pour water into the pot of eggs! Bam!!!, exploding eggs everywhere! Not smart huh? What a mess, not to mention the smell.

So, I’ll start all over again, but this time I am NOT leaving my kitchen.



Photos From Australia Again

Wednesday, July 9th, 2008



Yesterday, stuff I received 2 packages from Australia. They are from a Carole’s Country Store customer, viagra that turned into a dear friend. I wrote about her before, viagra and I just had to write about her again. Her little packages always look so wonderful, I almost hate to open them. She uses wonderful stationary made by Katie of Sparrowscottage, and the daughter of Christine Crocker, who makes the wonderful dolls for the “Country Collection” in my artisans store. Rachel wrote me two lovely letters, and was kind enough to share her part of her world with me, and I wanted to share it with you. Thank you so much Rachel! It was so sweet of you to think of me again.

These are two beautiful brick homes in Australia.



The first thing I noticed about them, was that the brick pattern was done in Flemish Bond, the same style that was done on my brick house. Bric was also commonly used in the building of houses in America, in the latter part of the 18th century.

I am sure you have heard of the Australian Bush country. I thought these photos were amazing, so hauntingly beautiful. I have provided this link if you would like to read more about it.


What a world we live in.


One more photo I want to share is this one of an old tombstone. This photo was also sent to me by Rachel.


If you have been reading my blog for a while, you know how much I love the really old tombstones. Isn’t this absolutley wonderful! Now there’s an idea for a hooked rug, right Louise? Punchneedle too.

I know I have said this before, but I have to say it again. I just have the nicest customers and blog readers in the world. I hear from so many of you through email and cards. You have said such kind things, and it’s make me so happy knowing that my blog brings such happiness to so many. So thank you,dear friends, for always being there. I appreciate that so much, and I will do my very best to put a smile on your faces. What a world, what a country. Isn’t the internet amazing. How did we ever get along without it! Oh, wait, I forgot this photo. I know how much you love seeing old textiles. Look at this little coat, and that lady’s hat looks wonderful.

Happy day everyone.

Back Home For A Few Days

Tuesday, July 8th, 2008


Hi everyone. Well, sick Bill and I left Rehoboth Beach yesterday, sick and headed for home. I have to tell you that it wasn’t easy to do. The hardest part is walking out the door. Once you get in the car, physician and start heading out, it’s ok. I have things to do at home, so here I am. It’s going to be a hot and humid day today. 90 degrees. I have tons of laundry to do, lots of my quilts from the beach, and I want to bake a pound cake before it’s too hot to turn the oven on. I do not have my air on, it’s too expensive to run, so I am trying to cut back. Oh, here’s something that really got to me. Did you hear on the news about giving cholesterol drugs to 8 year olds! Come on, give me a break, and now they are going to start checking 2 month olds babies for it!! l don’t know, maybe I am wrong, but good grief, don’t you feel like every time you turn around there is another reason why people need to take more drugs. I think we give too many to children. They say to give children low fat or skim milk, but I’m thinking that parents are going to cut out too much fat in children’s diets. I don’t know if that’s a good thing or not. Don’t they need fat? Plus, we don’t have a clue how this will effect these children down the road, as they get older. My mother-in-law passed away when she was 88. Never sick. Never saw a doctor. Her chlesterol was 378. Yes, that’ s right, 378! I know what your thinking. That’s crazy high. Yes, it is, but she had NO heart problems, ever!! I am not saying that high cholesterol is a good thing, but I still wonder if they know all there is to know about it.
Now I better go bake that cake, chlesterol free of course.
Happy day

Good Morning

Saturday, July 5th, 2008


I hope you had a wonderful 4th of July, drugstore no matter if you were home in your own back yard, clinic or away somewhere. Last night we ate out with our friends, Don and Janet, at a new restaurant here in town, that we have never tried before. We had a great meal and good conversation. We could see some fireworks from where we sat, and could hear the sounds and see the flashes of light. It felt festive. I love the 4th of July. Right after the grand finale of all the fireworks, the rain came, and so did the thunder and lightening. When we got home, I sat on my balcony and enjoyed the storm. Thunderstorms are always more exciting at the beach. I love sitting on my balcony and watching them.

Today is Wimbledon and it has already started. I never miss it, so I am going to get comfy and watch.

Happy day

Potpourri of Flags

Friday, July 4th, 2008



This is the original flag that flew during the British attack in the war of 1812 at the Baltimore Harbor. It stayed in one family for most of it’s life and until fairly recently is in the process of preserving it. It can be seen in the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, click D.C. As I am sure you know, this flag was the inspiration for the poem written by Francis Scott Key, that later became our national anthem. Here is a link where you can read more about that. link


Be sure and visit my website especially if you have high speed internet for a little video on my homepage. Just put your mouse on the photo.

After 9-11 there were lots of American flag pins being made. The large one in the center is my favorite. On the back is the inscription United We Stand Remember 9-11-2001. I love the hat and eagel pin too. The Nixon pin is special to me, and I would imagine it’s a collectable today. My mother in law was very involved in politics, back in her day.This Nixon pin belonged to her. She wore it proudly, especially after his second victory, a landslide victory, in 1972. A couple of the other flag pins belonged to my mother. I just thought you would like to see them on this 4th of July. I wore most of them often back in 2002, when I campaigned with my husband. What an experience that was!

Since I am at Rehoboth Beach, I thought you might like to see the flag, made of shells, that my friend Janet made for in front of her shop, Early Attic.


Happy Independance day-one more thing. I wanted to say thank you to everyone that left congrads on our wedding anniversary yesterday. We very much appreciated that.

Today’s Our Wedding Anniversary

Thursday, July 3rd, 2008


The justice of the peace asked Bill, case “is this girl worth a dozen dollors to ya? Can you take $10., Bill said?” We were so young, and we were in love, so we ran away to Elkton, MD. to get married. Two of our good friends came with us, Gral and Joan. I remember afterwards we stopped at a diner to get something to eat. Gral told the waitress that we just got married. We must have looked liked babies, I guess we were! We were 18. That was 46 years ago today, and we are still together, through thick and thin. We have had a wonderful life together. I’m not saying it’s all been perfect. We have had plenty of ups and downs, but we got through it all, and here we are, still together and still happy. Since then we have had two special children, Billy and Melissa. Our son, Billy, has given us a lovely granddaughter, Emily. Life is good. Happy Anniversary honeybaby!