Jack’s Adoption Anniversary

There is Nothing White on my Fangs

I Didn’t Do It

It Wasn’t Me

A year ago today, we adopted Black Jack (né Trouble). I think Good Man would agree that our life is richer with this kooky geriatric cat around.

I’m So Handsome

Don’t You Agree?

And Now I’m Bored

Ahhhh, life with a cat…

Shenandoah National Park Hiking

Last month, before the shut down and near my birthday, Good Man and I went hiking at Shenandoah National Park. Most traces of the previous families who lived on the land was erased when the park was formed, but there are some signs that indicate the park was not all wild land. We focused on that area near the northern entrance to the park.

Rock Wall

Grave

Infant’s Grave

At a different location there was an old barn in remarkably good condition, along with a cellar.

Barn

Cellar

From the Inside

Hiking on an Early Sunday Morning

View of the Valley

Snead Farw?

Ready to Go Home

Blooming

Flitting off in Shenandoah

Drinking for Men and Women

So Good Man and I bought some tea. On the left we have corn silk tea, and on the right, raisin tea.

The corn silk tea also says “V-line face,” meaning it will make your face into an attractive V shape. This is never translated into English. And one of the ingredients is “etc.”

The Korean on the raisin tea is translated into English. As you can see, “it’s for men” and great as a hangover cure.

Gendered Tea

Get Slim. Get Sober.

Happy Bee

Went for a walk yesterday. As we walked past our neighbor’s house, I saw this bee digging around in the sunflowers. The bee was still there when we returned, so I grabbed my camera and took some photos. I like how this little gal is just covered in pollen.

Assateague National Seashore and Ocean City Sunrise

On Sunday, Mark’s Lover, a friend of his, and I went to Ocean City to watch the sunrise on the beach. Unfortunately, it was more a sky lightening than a sunrise, but it was still nice to watch.

Sunrise in Ocean City

At the Shore

Waves

Final Minutes

I dropped off Mark’s Lover and his friend and then headed to Assateague by myself to take some early morning photos. I played around with my new camera’s HDR setting. I thought maybe that would help me learn to like it.

Nope. Still dislike HDR.

Without HDR

With HDR

At the North Beach several people were stand-up paddle boarding, which made for some interesting pictures.

Coming In

Silhouetted

Spray

In the Distance

Waiting

Getting there early enough to see the animals was another benefit of waking up early, even though I was tired.

Skittering Along

With the Waves

Strutting

Surveying the Scene

Raspberries

I went to the clam digging spot and found some wild horses off of the road.

Clam Digging Site

Assateague Ponies

More HDR. Still Don’t Like It.

I then did the short hike along the Life of the Dunes trail. It was hard because of the sand. It was also starting to get hotter, but the trail was deserted and interesting. Along the trail was bits and pieces of an old road, which was taken out by a storm in the early 60s. According to the interpretive sign, the storm basically took out the community living on the shore and that was the basis for founding the National Shore.

Life of the Dunes Trail

Road to Nowhere

Assateague National Seashore

Good Man, Mark, Mark’s Lover and I all went to Assateague National Seashore this weekend. The weather was perfect, and really sunny (I wore sunscreen and am still sunburnt). It was a first visit for each of us.

We arrived late Friday night (traffic was terrible) and spent Saturday walking along the shore.

Crossing the Bay Bridge

Footprints

Along the Shore

Feeding

Dunes

His Turf

Remains

We had lunch at a Tex-Mex restaurant and there was a rather large spider hanging out near us.

Close Up

Feeding

Hanging Out

Caught

Good Man Appears to Be Planning Something

Prince William National Forest

We went to Prince William National Forest this weekend. It was a nice hike, but my heel started acting up, so we had to cut it short.

I found this on the bathroom wall.

Bathroom Wall Worries

As best as I can decipher, it says:

I’ve never written on a bathroom
wall before but I feel the [need?]
to reach out to you…
I am booked to go to Thailand,
and I am scared and don’t
want to go (my trip is alone).
My [siblings?] hate me for it and
all I was trying to do is find
my self and happiness… I am
going to cancel my ticket and [run?]
[away?] from them. My [family?]…
I leave you with this:
In any decision you
choose, do it for your
self and your self only.
Doubt will kill your hopes and dreams.

Reaching

Lazy River

I thought this photo looked a bit like a Monet, especially up close.

Water

Watercolor

Near Water’s Edge

Skittering Along

Mushroom

Harper’s Ferry National (Historical) Park

A few days ago, we went hiking with Diana’s family at Harper’s Ferry. “Hiking” might be a stretch. It was more like a leisurely nature walk because there’s only so fast you can go with a toddler. As has been my experience everywhere else, as soon as we got a bit away from the parking lots, we were the only ones on the trail.

Even though it wasn’t the hikiest of hikes, we really enjoyed the company and the walk.

(We also bought an annual pass ($80) and this park cost $10, so if we spend $70 more in the year, it was worth the cost.0

Harper’s Ferry

We took the shuttle down to the Lower Town and then walked back to the visitor’s center. Can you see the sign behind the C&O Canal trail?

View from Lower Town

Apparently it was painted sometimes between 1903 and 1906 and reads Mennen’s Borated Talcum Toilet Powder. The NPS site says they tried removing it in the early 60s but it reappeared four years later.

I like the idea of just leaving it. Don’t remove it, don’t restore it, just let it fade naturally.

Sign Detail

Neon Green

Flitting Away

Swallowtail

Bark

Three Seed Pods Floating in the Air

Feeding

Sunning

Tiny Streams

Ferns

Fabric Shelf Covers

I store my fabric in the living room. I know that light can be really detrimental to fabric, and it would be better stored away from light, but I like being able to see all of the fabric. (Had I seen Gertie’s sewing room, I would have completely stolen her idea. I could still get the boxes and use them on my shelves, but at this point, that’s not going to happen.)

I decided to fashion some curtains to cover three sides of my shelves. The backs are uncovered and light can still leak in through the corners and edges, but I am pretty happy with how things turned out!

I used up 5 yards of a heavy weight cotton fabric for this, as well as some cotton ribbon. The fabric buckles a bit in the middle. I need more ribbon to make more ties down the front, but I had already spent an obscene amount on the trim, and my measuring twice cutting once had failed somehow. So I’d yanked out the side seams of the center panels (that’s why the corners aren’t perfect). It took forever to do that, and I was frustrated. I decided perfect was the enemy of good and put the curtains up.

I like how much lighter the shelves feel with the covers on them!

Tall Shelf Curtains

Short Shelf Curtains