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My World 11

December 29, 2008

To day I want to share a small, but very important part of my world — our home in the Glade.  It’s not a very big or fancy house, but we sure do like it.

We saw the house for the first time in August, 2002.  The picture below shows us what sold us that first time — the great room.  If you click to make the picture bigger you’ll see that there is a fireplace (which gets a lot of use in cool weather) and the doors opening out onto the wrap-around back deck.  There is a third patio door to the right of the pictures.  The three doors provide wonderful ventilation in the summer.

The picture below shows the front of the house on the day we closed.  We were so excited — he had a retirement home!  We used the house as a weekend hideaway until July, 2003, when we moved up here full time.

Since then, we’ve made some changes — mostly on the outside of the house.  This next picture was taken this year, and shows some of the changes we’ve made.  As you can see, we’ve added a flagpole, three circular flower beds (only two are visible) and the rose beds on either side of the driveway.

This last picture is of the larger of the two rose beds.  I’ve included it because I like roses and because I am already thinking about Spring (don’t tell Betsy!).

I hope you enjoyed the tour of my little corner of the world.  To see more of the world, click HERE or on the logo below.


What Is She Trying to Tell Me?

December 27, 2008


As I’ve mentioned before, Betsy and I give each other Christmas ornaments at Christmas.  The ornaments usually commemorate a major event during the year or convey a special message.

This year Betsy gave me a very cute ‘Honey-Do List’ Santa.  As you can see in the picture above, Santa is carrying a ladder and holding a very long list of things that need to be done.

My first reaction when I opened the present was “Isn’t this a cute ornament”.  My second thought was “What is she trying to tell me?”.

On Christmas morning Betsy told me to stop being paranoid and enjoy the day.  After some hesitation I took her advice and we had a marvelous day.

Ah, but the day after Christmas arrived.  And what did I do?

1.  Replace the large wind chime torn apart by last week’s storms.
2.  Repair the three wind chimes less badly  damaged in those same storms.
3.  Replace a roof shingle we found in the back yard.
4.  Remove the leaves that Betsy raked from the front yard.
5.  Remove a blooming dandelion Betsy found while raking leaves.
6.  Replace the lanyard on the flag pole in front of the house.
7.  Repair and reinforce a small retaining wall that had fallen down.

Honey, can you please find me a sleeping Santa ornament for next year?

My World 10

December 22, 2008

The rain and then the cold have kept me inside most of this past week, so my world has been pretty much our house and preparations for Christmas.  That’s what I want to share with you.

Our Christmas tree is a memory tree.  Many of the ornaments commemorate significant events in our life together (such as our first Christmas or new home) or souvenirs from our travels (such as ornaments from Williamsburg.

Although the tree is the largest of our decorations, we do try to remember the true meaning of Christmas.  Christmas is so much more than shopping, presents or parties.


We have a fireplace, but it doesn’t have a mantel, so our stockings are hung on the bookcase with care.  I hope Santa will find them and that he will decide that we’ve been good enough to fill them.  You don’t think those stockings are too large, do you?

You can see the nicest feature of our great room (at least in winter) on the left of this last picture.  A fireplace was one of Betsy’s requirements for a house and we both certainly love this one.  It gets a lot use in cold weather.  Not only does it help provide heat, but it gives us a wonderful place to enjoy a relaxing cup of tea.

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My World

December 15, 2008


This is the first time I’ve joined the My World meme.  To see pictures of our world from many different places, click  on the  logo or above or click HERE.

I thought I would share an after dark view of Christmas here in the Glade.  I think this is a beautiful area any time of the year, but it becomes magical at Christmas with all the lights.

The Glade sends a bright welcome as you enter.


Some homes have elaborate displays.

Homes on Lake Canterbury give a double display of lights.

Another lake-front home decorated for the season.


This is our house.  It’s not as fancy as some, but the Spirit of Christmas is alive and well here.


Additional pictures of Christmas in the Glade can be found HERE.

New Neighbors

October 30, 2008
Bluebirds checking out a new house.  October 29, 2008.

Bluebirds checking out a new house. October 29, 2008.

If you read Betsy’s blog, you know that she has become fascinated with ‘her’ birds.  We now have several feeders and keep them stocked with several different types of bird seed.  Betsy keeps a pair of binoculars near her chair in the living room so she can get a good look at her feathered friends.

Yesterday I was splitting some wood when I noticed bluebirds on the bluebird house in our backyard.  I told Betsy about them so she could keep watch on their activities.  I also got the picture above.

Although there are only two bluebirds in the picture, there were at least three flitting around.  At one point we watched two emerge from the house while the male was on the top.  I wonder if they’re moving in?  If so, I hope they like the neighborhood.

We’re Ready for Winter

October 22, 2008
Our woodpile.  October 21, 2008.

Our woodpile. October 21, 2008.

Betsy is looking forward to a harsh winter.  All the old-timey weather signs (especially the heavy mast crop this year) say we’re going to have a harsh winter.  Betsy hopes that means lots of snow, but it could mean just lots of cold weather.

Either way, I guess we’re about as prepared as it’s possible to be.  The picture above shows our wood pile, so hopefully we’ll be able to stay warm regardless of how harsh the winter is.

Actually, we hope that pile will last for two winters, but as I said, it looks as if we’re ready for winter.

A Perfect Autumn Day

October 19, 2008
Our first fire of the season.  October 17, 2008.

Our first fire of the season. October 17, 2008.

Saturday was an absolutely gorgeous autumn day.  It started with our usual Saturday omelets, which we were able to enjoy in front of a fire in the fireplace.  The temperature has finally dropped and we had a fire Friday night (when the picture above was taken) and another Saturday morning.

Later in the morning I went out to work in the yard.  There was a slight breeze blowing and when I was in one part of the yard I could smell the wood smoke, but in another part I could smell the roses.  A day can’t get much better than that.

I was able to get some tulips planted in our big flower bed on the side of the house and even got some of our new wood stacked.  All in all it was a wonderful day.

No Rest For The Weary

October 16, 2008
Wood to be stacked in our yard.  October 15, 2008.

Wood to be stacked in our yard. October 15, 2008.

There is no rest for the weary.  Tuesday I finished up the three flower beds in our front yard.  All three now have pansies and daffodils and the largest also has lilies in it.

I was able to enjoy the feeling of a job accomplished for perhaps two hours.  (During that time I had to mow the front yard, but that’s a routine job that is never finished!).  But about the time I finished mowing I got another job to do.  I’m tired just thinking about it.

One of the requirements my beautiful bride had when we were looking for a house was that we had to have a fireplace.  Betsy just loves a fire in the fireplace on a chilly evening.

The only problem with that is that in order to have a fire we need wood.  We don’t go out and cut down trees, but we do buy firewood.  It’s delivered by truck and dumped in our side yard.

My job is to stack the wood (Betsy helps).  It sometimes takes longer than I would like, but there are some advantages to the stacking job.  If the weather turns cold while I’m stacking, the wood warms me twice — once while I’m stacking the wood and again when we burn it.

You’ll notice a wood stack behind the pile of wood in the picture above.  The stack contains the wood we’ll burn this year.  The wood pile is the wood we’ll burn next year.

We Fly the Battle Flag

October 15, 2008
The Battle Flag at half mast.  October 12, 2008.

The Battle Flag at half mast. October 12, 2008.

We fly the Confederate Battle Flag twice each year.  As the picture above shows we fly it a half-mast on October 12 and we fly it at full-mast on January 19.

Robert E. Lee died on October 12, 1870, in Lexington, Virginia (he was born January 19, 1807).  At the time he was  president of Washington College, which is now Washington and Lee University.

I’ve admired Lee for just about as long as I can remember, and that is getting to be a long time!  When I was in the third grade I asked Santa for an encyclopedia, which he brought.  I found a painting of Lee at the Battle of Chancellorsville in the encyclopedia which absolutely fascinated me.  The painting showed Lee on Traveler with the burning Chancellor mansion in the background.  Confederate troops were cheering Lee, but in the lower right hand corner was a wounded Union soldier who was also raising his hat to Lee.  What kind of man could cause an enemy to cheer him?

I know Lee fought for the ‘wrong’ side, but he did so, honorably, for what he thought were the right reasons.  But what I most admire is that Robert E. Lee was a gentleman in the best sense of the word.

So we’ll continue to fly that battle flag twice a year.

A Visitor to Our Feeder

October 8, 2008
A red-bellied woodpecker enjoying our feeder.  October 10, 2008.

A red-bellied woodpecker enjoying our feeder. October 10, 2008.

Since Betsy is down in Georgia with her childhood girlfriends, I have been given the responsibility of taking care of her birds.  My main responsibility is to put out the feeders each morning, bring them in each evening (we have too many critters to keep the open feeders out at night), and to keep the bird bath clean.

I’ll admit that none of those jobs is particularly onerous, but if the feeders aren’t out at first light, the birds get very impatient and very loud.  They make a most effective and annoying alarm clock.

But rewards often come along with increased responsibility.  Perhaps because I am responsible for the feeders this week I have been keeping a closer eye on them.  Yesterday morning I spotted the red-bellied woodpecker shown above in the feeder.  I spotted him as he was shooing away a cardinal — evidently the woodpecker didn’t want to share.  And evidently this woodpecker has a reputation because the cardinal kept it’s distance until the woodpecker left.