Every year, we are lucky enough to have the Summerfest family festival explode in our front yard. This year’s theme was Cruisin’ Back to the 50’s. Booth owners (non-prof) all try to outdo each other with their themed decorations.


My husband and I were asked by the lady running the show to help hang ten original concert posters in a storefront window. And he to stage manage Friday night at the main stage. We’d do anything for Sue.

There’s fire engine rides and bouncy rides and pony rides. Three different stages, a sand sculpture and play area, and plenty of food and political parties hawking their candidates. Plus cool old cars and fireworks to cap off the end of the festivities Saturday night. All of which I can hear and see from my house here on the Green.


The weather was so incredibly mild this year that the attendance was actually down. And on Sunday, Ms. Sue comes knocking on our door for a cup of Joe and retrieves my child. It’s his yearly job to destroy the sand sculpture before the backhoe gets there. And we got fresh free sand for the sandbox.

So on Sunday, Fiona and Eamon and I hung out on the now emptied Green and played with sidewalk chalk and climbed trees. It was a lovely weekend in the neighborhood. It was Summerfestive.

A Stroll in Pictures

Fiona and I often take strolls about town.

We go for the air, to drop off a library movie that will be late in ten minutes, or go for our weekend box o’ Wine.

When I intentionally take my camera, I often feel like I’m on a picture-taking safari.

Here’s my pictures of our little town of Denton, Maryland on a recent stroll.

The library movie drop off stroll looking for an Instagram challenge picture for the prompt morning.

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Private Parking Only from

downtown Denton from

The Goldborough House from

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Harry's carrieage house parking curbs from

Harry's horse from


Joviality barn in shadow

St. Luke's graveyard in #Denton,MD from

old lady's garden in #Denton,MD from

Fiona and the Ford Fairlane from

Our town has a summer festival called Caroline Summerfest every August and it’s this weekend.

The theme this year is Cruisin’ Back to the 50’s and there was a promotional shoot going on in front of the courthouse.

Puts me in mind to watch Back to the Future with the boy. Fave.

cruisin cars courthouse on Shalavee

  The festival happens right on the courthouse green in our front yard so it’s all very exciting with bands we can hear even with our windows closed and fireworks we can see from our porch. Dinner will always include a funnel cake. And it’s all Non-profit beneficial.

Weather promises to be lovely. So grateful today.

Architecture Shots


I have a fascination for architecture. When I used to ride the public transportation to my downtown job and back, I loved laying my head against the window and staring up at all the gargoyles on the old Baltimore buildings. So much texture and history and diversity in the buildings we see. Here’s a smidge of the pictures I’ve taken of buildings I’ve seen in Easton and Denton, Maryland.
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The skylight in the soda fountain restaurant at Hill’s drugstore in Easton, Maryland.

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A farm outbuilding in Denton, Maryland.

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A garage in Denton, Maryland.

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The Talbot Bank in Easton, Maryland.

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An abandoned house in Denton, Maryland.

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A house being renovated in Denton, Maryland.

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A Shop building in Easton, Maryland.

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When I attended the Chesapeake Culinary Center in Denton, Maryland’s ribbon cutting

and  my new logo design was on the cookies! Have a lovely weekend


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And Then It’s Done

As a child, I can remember feeling such an incredible feeling of grief and let down when the last present was opened.

All that savored anticipation had come to an end. Fin. Final. No finale.

In my adulthood, I feel differently. I am glad to be off. Off work. Off the stage. On switched to off. There’s that feeling of relief that I did it again. There’s something comical about the fanfare now.

I spotted a few amusing sites on our way back from getting Eamon his new glasses today in Easton.


Baby Jesus and his crew have left the house.


I’d say Donner and Blitzen had a misunderstanding.


This is the happiest holiday house on the Denton/Easton Road.

My lovely readers, I can not tell you how happy I am to have you as my audience and my muses. Your care and interest makes this all possible.

Keep celebrating the off-ness of it all. See you on Monday with Post-Christmas posts of Christmas decoration pictures.

Small Business Saturday Y’all

I know the joy of opening and the sorrow of closing my own small business. She was named Bally Eden and I loved her like a child.

People coming in and looking around meant the world to me.

And when they bought something?

I was thrilled. So when I say “Shop local”, it comes from my heart.

Last year, we took a break from the usual, Thanksgivinged in Ocean City, Maryland and traveled to Rehoboth, Delaware

for some intentional shopping on Small Business Saturday at Bella Luna’s.

This shop is a schmorgusborg of wonderful and whimsical gifts and decorative items. I found many lovely items for my girls and for me.

I may have to take a road trip in December to revisit Rehoboth and see what trouble I can get into. I like Bella Luna’s kind of trouble.

The feeling of decorating inspiration and decided shopping accomplishment is so satisfying.

Remember that before I had my shop, I worked for Pama at Moonvine? I visit her regularly and her inventory is amazing.

From jewelry to smelly stuff to picture perfect little props and flowers, she’s worth the visit if you’re in Easton, Maryland.

She’s my incredibly talented mentor.

Didn’t know diddle about florals until I met her.

And then, here in little old Denton, Maryland, there’s Joviality. Abby and Mary have been hard at work filling their space with affordable

Christmas gifts and décor. I visited recently and picked up a fabulous item for myself, as well as stuff for other people of course.

Each and every one of these establishments has hard-working women behind the counters considering carefully how the displays look, if their items are affordable, and if they have enough of anything to make it look full. Pleasing everyone is hard work. Make an equal effort to shop from your local shop owners this Christmas. I hope you find something better there than where you may have otherwise gone.

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