We’ve lived here on the Eastern Shore of Maryland since 2000. This is a wonderful place to raise
children. And many of my favorite Eastern Shore Experiences about which I’ve blogged, had to do with
activities done with my children.
I’ve also been lucky enough to contribute a couple articles to Mindie Burgoyne’s site,The Travel Hag.
Her site is a jackpot of interesting articles on exploring the Eastern Shore.
Articles for Mindie included a piece entitled
This tourist destination happens to be right across the street from me and really, well, neat.
Another piece I wrote for Travel Hag was on the Foundry, the Arts Council’s headquarters and the encompassed art gallery all contained in Denton’s Arts Council House. Called ‘Denton Foundry is an Art-full Dollhouse’ , the house is also located in downtown Denton, MD.
Our Fellowship fundraiser this year happened in the middle of February (since when does February get so busy?). But the Trivia night activity had me stumped and grumped for a visual theme for a trivia fundraiser. I like to make one big visual statement with each event. The anchor applique for the Anchors Away fundraiser last year. The huge bandana for the Hoe Down fundraiser. But this theme had no visuals for me to work with, other than heads with gears. So I just went with colorful and cheesy. I had to have the silver tinsel curtains,...read more
When asked why I hadn’t gone to any effort to wear an ugly sweater to our neighbor’s party, I answered, this is not my realm of effort. I use every drop of my holiday creativity to decorate my tree. My tree is for me and it kicks everyone else’s tree’s butt. Plus at my age, you don’t want to waste an opportunity to look good at a party. Please. I usually don’t like to start decorating too early, as in right after Thanksgiving. Because, if I only have a month’s worth of joy for holiday decorations, I...read more
I realize that you may or may not know how much I love to cook. I do take pictures sometimes of what I make but I even more seldomly am posting them. I don’t know why. Well maybe it’s because there’s a lot that goes into being a food blogger. Except who doesn’t like oggling the pictures. And we all need some inspiration to be in the mood for food to make. So I’ve decided to give you a food porn picture-athon for today only. Enjoy! Homegrown garden tomatoes went into gazpacho (recipe here) and homemade tomatoes...read more
After our teeth cleanings, I moaned to Penny behind the desk at the Dentist’s office, “I’m done with Summer. I am just so done.” I’d begun to chew rigorously on the inside of my lip from the stress of the two bickering in the back seat on the way to the appointment. I was glad that the dental hygienist hadn’t mentioned the damages during my teeth cleaning. Knowing that school is a mere 5 days away, I can almost let my breath out. The Summer played out like the swim test my son took and passed. Started out confidently,...read more
At the beginning of the year, I say to Mark,” We got this notice in the mail about switching to an ethical electrical supplier. What do you think?” He says, “Well it’ll cost a little more. It’s up to you.” I say, “Well it seems a good idea let me just do it and be willing to pay a little more.” How I wished my husband hadn’t been so easygoing that day. That he’d been a cheapskate and said for me to forget being ethical this time around. But he didn’t proclaim “change is bad” like any other control freaking out...read more
In case you missed this announcement, as my blog may not have sent out my post correctly yesterday, I will be offering some of my work for sale at my friend Pama’s shop called Moonvine this weekend. I will be hanging out for part of the day so come just say hi! Moonvine’s First Annual Spring Open House Saturday April 30, 1026 10 am – 4 pm 21 N. Harrison Street Easton, Maryland To see the post with all the pretty pictures, go here. And If you enjoyed what you read, subscribe, via the subscription box in the sidebar, to my thrice...read more
Here’s the story of how Moonvine’s owner Pama and I became friends. 15 years ago, My sister and I were walking around Easton, Maryland one day and she spotted a funky little shop across the street. It was between the ice cream parlor and the coffee shop on Goldsborough Street. And she insisted we go in even though I didn’t really want to. Just didn’t seem to be my kinda place. Inside there were cute little fairies everywhere and flowers. And Michelle spotted a picture she really like. I think she bought it. We got to...read more
This past weekend, my husband and I had the pleasure of creating the “special” for the special event service auction fundraiser at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship at Easton to which we belong. This may have been the fifth special event I’ve decorated here plus various potlucks through the years. A service auction is where community members donate goods or services and these are then auctioned off with the profits going to the church. I donated Help For the Hapless Hostess. Mark donated a round of golf. Many throw dinner parties,...read more
When we were kids, snowday meant a day off from school, more TV than usual, and maybe some rice crispy treats. Playing in the snow was a special added plus. I’m all grown up now with my own children and I can earnestly say that for Mommys, snowdays are a dreadful hell on earth. Add a sick child and they’re a more special hell but still a hell. No matter how much I prepared and shopped and cleaned, the actual “being trapped in the house” snowday meant perpetual messes and no time alone for myself unless I was cooking. It meant a...read more
Last year, we got word that our neighboring house had been bought. The rumor was that these young gentlemen would be starting a bed and breakfast. One was a baker. “Cool” we thought. Our suppositions of the coolness paled in comparison to what has happened since. Rob and Steve are extraordinarily nice people. They have helped us immensely by being the kind of neighbors who can meet our kid’s bus when we suddenly can’t. They work tirelessly to create business opportunities and provide the same for the other businesses...read more