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…
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.
At a different location there was an old barn in remarkably good condition, along with a cellar.
From the Inside
Hiking on an Early Sunday Morning
View of the Valley
Ready to Go Home
Flitting off in Shenandoah
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.
Get Slim. Get Sober.
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.
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
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.
At the North Beach several people were stand-up paddle boarding, which made for some interesting pictures.
In the Distance
Getting there early enough to see the animals was another benefit of waking up early, even though I was tired.
With the Waves
Surveying the Scene
I went to the clam digging spot and found some wild horses off of the road.
Clam Digging Site
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
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
Along the Shore
We had lunch at a Tex-Mex restaurant and there was a rather large spider hanging out near us.
Good Man Appears to Be Planning Something
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.
I thought this photo looked a bit like a Monet, especially up close.
Near Water’s Edge
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
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.
Three Seed Pods Floating in the Air
When we went back to Minnesota for Grandpa’s funeral, we spent a day hiking (if it could be called that) at Wild River State Park. We didn’t like being back for a funeral, but it was nice to get to spend more time with the kids.
Off We Go
A Boy and His Uncle
A Girl and Her Mother
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