Monday, June 30, 2014


Sunset at Pistol River State Park, southern Oregon coast.

Goodbye June 2014

Sunday, June 29, 2014


Lo, children are an heritage of the LORD; and the fruit of the womb is his reward.
                         Psalm 127:3

Before the Throne of God Above  (a new hymn I'm learning and already one of my favorites).

Saturday, June 28, 2014


On Thursday when I got to work everyone was looking up at the ceiling in the non-fiction room.  I couldn't figure out why.  But soon found out that a bird, a starling to be precise, had found its way into the library, but couldn't find its way out.  The guard opened the side doors and we figured that it would find itself outside in no time.

But that was not to be.  All day the poor bird flew from the light fixture, to the window, and back again.  Jerry opened a window for it to get some air, but our windows have grates over them and it couldn't get through.

By the end of the day the poor little bird had worn itself out.  I'm sure it was hot.  Diane told Jerry to put out some water, which he did, but put it down low and the bird wouldn't leave the ceiling.

Can you see the bird in the window?

The bird is sitting in the light fixture.  You can see his shadow on the ceiling.

Another picture of it in the window.

Here is a short video of the bird flying around the library.

I was on the front desk and feeling so badly for the bird.  I prayed that God who created it would show the bird the way out.  I had to wait on some people and the next thing I knew everyone was saying, "where did the bird go?".  I didn't see it leave, but it was gone.  Thank you, Lord.  I should have prayed earlier!


Thursday, June 26, 2014


First of all I want to apologize for all the changes to the comments section that I have made.  I had to delete a post that the anonymous comments targeted.  I was OK for a few days and then they started on another post.  Since I put on comment moderation they have stopped.  For how long, I don't know but for now it's good.  I even thought about giving up blogging because I was getting 20 anonymous comments a day!  All on this one post.  It's very annoying.

But on to other things.  I thought I would show you the new kitchen floor.

The old floor had seen better days.

Even though I liked this tile, it was time to go.

This is what it looked like on Monday morning.

When I came home from work on Monday afternoon, the floor was down to the first layer.

Tuesday the subfloor was put down.

The new floor was done when I came home on Tuesday.

I think it is beautiful and I love it.

I like the brown/beige that matches the cabinets and the gray that matches the back door and the countertops.

I like the pattern too.  Even though it is one piece of linoleum it looks like a stone puzzle.

I am very happy with the floor.  The installer still has to finish up the trim and (I hope) clean up after himself. 

I am not very happy with the installer.  He was sloppy, left lots of stuff laying around, ruined some things (such as food he took out of the fridge and left on the counter -- we didn't know).  My ironing board is out in the yard.  I left a plastic tarp over it, but he took it off to bring in the table and chairs and now it is pouring rain.  I hope the board is not ruined.

And now for the winner of the giveaway.  I wrote all the names on slips of paper, folded them up and threw them in a bowl.  After I drew one I found that the winner is...

Becky of Grandma Becky L.
Congratulations Becky!  Please email me your address and I will get the things off to you.  That is if I can find them in the mess that used to be my kitchen.  Everything is in the dining room right now.  Don't worry, I'll get them to you in a few days.  Enjoy!  Hope you like your gifts.


Sunday, June 22, 2014


I have been so busy lately that blog writing has fallen by the wayside.  So let me catch you up a little bit with pictures.

We have been having some beautiful sunsets.  I just stand at the window and look at them instead of making dinner.

On Tuesday I came home from work to find Joe making hamburgers and french fries for dinner.  What a treat to not have to make dinner.

On Thursday we kicked off the Summer Reading program with a magic show put on by the librarian, Jerry, and our new guard, Julien.  The kids LOVED it.

Here is Jerry introducing Julien, the guard, who turns into...

... Magic Man!

The theme of the program was "Science vs. Magic".

Is it magic or science that makes a remote control helicopter fly?

Jerry can make a penny turn into two quarters.  I like that.

Jerry can make a rubber band move across his fingers by passing his hand over the band.

I have spent most of this week cleaning the house and cleaning out the kitchen because tomorrow is the beginning of having our old floor taken out and a new floor put in.  It will take about a week.  I am not good with renovations.  I don't like going through them.  But I know I will like it in the end.  Pictures coming.

Today Pastor Justin and his wife Cherie dedicated Miss A.  In our church we have adult baptism, but dedicate our children to the Lord and promise to raise them in such a way that they will love Him and in a time of understanding accept Christ as their savior.  Miss A was so good.  Her grandfather, who is one of our elders, lead the dedication.  All the grandparents stood with the parents for the dedication.

Miss A is now five months old and gets cuter all the time.

So on that note, it's off to bed I go.  Tomorrow is another busy day.  I have to get up early to finish taking all the furniture out of the kitchen, Joe has a doctor's appointment, and it's just Bob and me at work since Diane is on vacation and Marquita has Jury Duty.  I will be glad when this is all over.

Until later...

Sunday's weather
Partly cloudy
High:  82 degrees
Low:  64 degrees
Sunrise:  5:32 a.m.
Sunset:  8:33 p.m.
15 hours and 1 minute of daylight  

Friday, June 20, 2014


I live in the Bridesburg neighborhood of Philadelphia.  Just as New York City has Queens, Manhattan, Brooklyn, etc., so does Philadelphia.  The neighborhoods were once little towns that got swallowed up by the big city.  Bridesburg started out being an Irish/German settlement.  Then it was mostly Polish immigrants.  Now it's just a mixture of everyone.

The people in the Burg (as we call it) are very proud of their homes and keep them looking so nice.  I thought for today I would show you one of my neighbors.  This house was sold about three years ago and the new owners put a lot of work into fixing it up.  New walls, new entry, new lights and especially new landscaping.  Although they don't have a front yard, they made it look beautiful by putting all these potted plants out front.  I'm always telling them how much I enjoy looking at their house.

Isn't it pretty?  I think so.  I have a couple more houses on the street that I want to take pictures of and show you.  I REALLY have to get working on my house.

Have a lovely day!

P.S.  There is still time to enter my give away.  I will be drawing the winner on Tuesday morning.  Just leave a comment saying you want to enter.


Monday, June 16, 2014


What a day it has been.  We were so busy.  I never got a chance to sit down until this afternoon.  I did have all my books shelved until the doors opened at 10:00 a.m.  Today was the beginning of the summer reading program for the kids.  Summer is always a busy time for us.  And strange people with strange problems were in.  There was a girl who told us she was 11 but I swear she was 41 and a lawyer the way she questioned us.

Sheila was back with us today.  Surprise!  The librarian who was supposed to come to us in her place now isn't.  There is a big mixup going on.  So Sheila is with us until things are settled.  I'm glad she is back, but all her things are at Fishtown where she was transferred to, so she has nothing to work with.  Oh how lovely the business world is!

I meant to show you this the other day.  On Friday I made an apple pie.  It turned out just lovely.  I haven't made a pie is so long.

And I want to show you the pictures I took of a storm rolling in.  I love the way the clouds turned out.

I'm off to make dinner.  Crab cakes, sauteed zucchini and mushrooms, and tater tots.  So until later...

Don't forget to enter my giveaway.  It's open until June 23th.  I think I forgot to say that yesterday.  Just leave a comment on any of my posts until that time and tell me you want to enter.

Monday's weather
High:  90 degrees
Low:  69 degrees
Sunrise:  5:31 a.m.
Sunset:  8:31 p.m.
15 hours of daylight! 

Sunday, June 15, 2014


It's been raining this past week.  Every day.  Day after day.  You know what happens when it rains don't you?  The grass grows.  And grows and grows.

I got out the weed whacker and an hour later it looked like this:

I still have to pull up the weeds around the gazing ball and there is a LOT of work to do to get everything cleaned up, but it's a start.  I can do only a little at a time because of the pinched nerves in my back.  But it will get there.  And you will go on the journey with me in pictures.

But there are some flowers in the yard.  My lilies have bloomed and they are beautiful.

And there are still a few roses.  There would be more if I pruned them.  *Sigh*

Joe's son, DJ, just called to wish him a Happy Father's Day.  That is so nice of him since he is so busy with work and a sick wife.  He's a good son to Joe.

The last time I saw my dad alive and awake was on Father's Day 1999.  Four days later he died of liver cancer.  Father's Day is not a happy day for me.

Well, anyway my post on Thursday was my 1,000th post.  Can you believe it?  I sure can't.  I had no idea I would still be blogging years later.  So in honor of my 1,000 posts I am having a give away.  What am I giving away?  I'm so glad you asked.

These two summer plates with crabs and coral.  So cute!

Watermelon scented candles (smells so good) and a fish shaped candle holder.  Just right for the summer.

And a daffodil flower pot.  Isn't this pretty?
 How do you win all this you ask?  I'm so glad you did!  All you have to do is leave a comment saying you want to be entered in the contest.  If you don't want to enter, that's fine too.  Just leave your comment and say "don't enter me."  But I hope you will enter because I would love to send these things to one of my friends.

I hope you had a wonderful weekend.  It's the beginning of another week at work and this week we start with our new summer hours.  No more Fishtown Fridays and no more working Saturdays until September.  Nice!

I made a special dinner for Joe:  barbecued chicken, rice and asparagus.  So good.

Well, I'm going to go for now.  Bedtime calls.  Until later....

Sunday's weather:
High:  83 degrees
Low:  64 degrees
Sunrise:  5:31 a.m.
Sunset:  8:31 p.m.
15 hours of daylight!