Sunday, May 29, 2016


Yesterday Joe and I headed for my sister's house in northern New Jersey for her annual Memorial Day cookout.  We left at noon which was later than I wanted to leave but it worked out great because the traffic was so light.  We got to Elaine's house around 2 p.m.  Lunch was just about ready, so we joined the others in the yard.

Joe and our friend Rich
Everything was so delicious.  I piled my plate with all my favorites.  I made the potato salad and Joe made the deviled eggs.  I also had a burger and some honey glazed wings.  I was so full.

Besides Elaine, Joe and I, our friends Marion, her husband Rich, and Frank were there.

Elaine is a great cook and also great on the grill.

This is Frank's dog, Sydney.  He kept barking and barking at me.  I have no idea why because he never did that before.

After awhile my allergies were really bothering me so I went inside for awhile.  The guys were already inside talking.

Look at this pretty red, white and blue wreath my sister has on her door.

We were celebrating three birthdays:  Joe, Marion and Frank.  Elaine had cakes for them.

Here's my sweet sister, Elaine, and our friend Marion.

We sang "Happy Birthday" and they blew out the candles.


And of course eating the cake and the opening of the gifts.

We all hung out for awhile.

Frank with Elaine's dog, Cody, and his dog, Sydney.

Then it was time to go.

We left at 8:00 p.m. and pulled up in front of our house at exactly 10:00 p.m.  It was an uneventful drive for which I was thankful.

It was a wonderful day.  Thank you, Elaine, for letting me use some of your pictures even if I didn't ask you first.


Friday, May 27, 2016


Time for another glimpse of Philly.

Well, they aren't Beagles.

This is scrapple.  A Philadelphia delicacy.  Mostly it's fried like this and served at breakfast.  It is called scrapple because it is made from -- well, uh, scraps left over from other pork products.  Like...  well, ears, snout, etc.  You either love it or hate it.  I'm not fond of it although I eat it, but Joe and my sister love it.  It doesn't taste bad at all.  I just don't like the texture.

Let's end with something a little prettier -- downtown Philly.  It really is a pretty city.

And that's it for this time.


Thursday, May 26, 2016


OK.  I'm doubling up again.  But I just had to show you my garden.  It's so lovely.

Today it went up to 90*F. (32*C.).  It is 8:30 p.m. and still warm.  The weather forecasts say this is the beginning of a 3 day heat wave.  I guess summer is really here.  Well... unofficially of course.

Before I show you my garden I want to show you the front of my neighbor's house.  They always do it up so beautifully.  They may not have a front lawn, but that does not stop them.  And they are lovely people too.

So, anyway, here's the photos I took of my garden this evening.

My new garden flag for June.  I put it up a little early.  Isn't it cute?

The tomatoes are up.  Hooray!

My pot of Dusty Miller and Marigolds are growing like crazy.

My pink rosebush is blooming profusely.  So pretty.

My neighbor put lights up along his fence.  It makes our garden look so pretty too.

Here's the hosta.  It has gotten huge!

A close-up of the pink roses.

Only one iris bloomed this year.  I think they are overcrowded.

Chive flowers.

We just got a new back door and a new awning.

It's so pretty at twilight, although I did get a couple of insect bites.  I'm trying hard not to scratch them.
 Early morning and early evening are the best times to be out there.  Otherwise it is just too hot.

Here's the end of a beautiful day.  Hope your evening is wonderful!