Here's a new mystery photo.
And here is yesterday's full picture. gawdess and karin were on the right track. It is a kitchen implement and it is the screen in the door of Marianne's coffee warmer. (We also cook other food in it too). For the record I used zoom to get the effect instead of cropping.
Wednesday, July 30, 2008
Tuesday, July 29, 2008
Monday, July 28, 2008
Today Chris and I went to Antietam Battlefield at Sharpsburg, MD. Chris became interested in the Civil War several years ago when it was covered in his school. He has been to Gettysburg several times, but this first time for both of us to visit Antietam. The battle here between McClellan's and Lee's Armies was the bloodiest one-day battle in US history, with about 23,000 killed, wounded or missing. Six generals were killed (3 on each side). We listened to one of the Park Rangers talk about the battle at the visitor center with a view of much of the battlefield through the windows. The battlefield is still much the same as it was in 1862. Monuments to both Union and Confederate units and individuals appear across the battlefield (above are the Maryland and New York state monuments). Cannons also dot the landscape and the Park Service has restored many of the fences to be as they were in 1862. The battle began at dawn in a cornfield at the northern end of the battle field and continued along a road in the middle that became known as "bloody lane".
Today we broke the cycle of Wii, Uno, Sorry, Yahtzee, and Monopoly. We loaded the boys and their bikes in the van and headed to Carroll Creek in downtown Frederick and strolled along both sides of the creek in the business district. Along the way, I spotted the little bird above. To better understand what his bird is, see my posts of March 3 and February 15. We then drove to the lake in Baker Park. The lake is popular place for ducks, mostly mallards, but with a few other birds for variety. One family with a toddler was feeding the ducks and this little one got his snack and was being chased by a larger one.
Chris later slowly herded the ducks back towards the water.
Saturday, July 26, 2008
Friday, July 25, 2008
Thursday, July 24, 2008
Wednesday, July 23, 2008
Tuesday, July 22, 2008
Monday, July 21, 2008
Sunday, July 20, 2008
The dining room table (there's the furniture theme) has become the game board. As in years past, these two have enjoyed games and puzzles with their Mommaw. At 13 and 16 they still do. After a late pancake breakfast, it was Uno, Sorry and then this puzzle. The puzzle comes with a mystery story and after completing the puzzle; you try to solve the mystery based on clues in the puzzle. So far, we know it involves jewelry and a coffee shop.
Saturday, July 19, 2008
While discussing various topics with our 16 year old grandson and waiting for the usual apperance of Marianne's humming bird, I took a few shots out the window. Marianne has a delightful way of discussing any topic with our grandkids. Sixteen is still a tough time to deal with all of the changes of growing up and becoming independent, but she gave him the understanding that he would get through okay. (The humming bird never showed for its late afternoon snack).
Friday, July 18, 2008
Today we made the 540 mile round trip to southern Virginia to get 2 of our grandsons for a visit (Their Dad meet us halfway from South Carolina). We have been doing this exchange for a while now. At first, it was stuffed animals, hot wheels and legos. Now it is bicycles, playstation, Wii, ipods (and a few clothes) that fill up our van.
Thursday, July 17, 2008
Wednesday, July 16, 2008
Tuesday, July 15, 2008
The strip along the fence of the farmer's field doesn't get planted, so the weeds grow well when we have rain. Yesterday I tackled about half the strip. Behind the shed, some of the weeds are 6 feet tall and I went after them today. Made progress but still some more to go.
Monday, July 14, 2008
Sunday, July 13, 2008
This farm implement company is on the road into Frederick that I take often. When I moved here, farms surrounded it. Now there is housing behind and beside it and shopping center, gas stations, Blockbuster, Wal-Mart, etc across the road. Below is the back end of a spreader similar to the one in my post on July 1-st.
You don't want to follow too closely when it is working!
Friday, July 11, 2008
Up until about 15 years ago, I played in the company softball league - a few very good players, some average and the rest of us. We had a couple of hours of fun, got a little exercise and enjoyed a couple of beers after work. The blue hat and can holder (for soda these days) I still use for working in the yard (and painting). The glove has been stashed away in the basement, except for a few times playing catch with the older grandsons.
Wednesday, July 9, 2008
The exterior of a shopping center "up the road a piece" is being slowly remodeled. The old roof over the covered walkway has been covered by blue tarps most of this spring. Slowly, new colors are replacing the blue. The yellow is being covered by white so I don't know what the final color scheme will be.
Tuesday, July 8, 2008
Sunday, July 6, 2008
Winston delighted us this 4-th of July weekend with his happy approach to most everything. He especially responded to Marianne. She taught him the "itsy, bitsy spider" song, which he had down pretty well. He also learned some new phrases like "cool beans".
Saturday, July 5, 2008
Our youngest grandson (along with his parents) are visiting for the weekend. He will be 2 in August, but is talking up a storm and picking up new words quickly. He is a delight to have around. Photography and blogging is taking a backseat for a few days.
Wednesday, July 2, 2008
Tuesday, July 1, 2008
The wheat has been harvested and now the straw is being baled. This baler (red machine behind the tractor) throws the bales into the wagon and as the wagon gets full, occasionally one bounces over the side. While one farmer is baling, another has begun applying "natural" fertilizer. While I was waiting for the spreader to get closer, there was a grinding noise and he stopped to investigate. Apparently something broke, as he drove tractor and spreader back toward the barns.