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Thursday, February 25, 2010

Happy Birthday Lynn

Today is Lynn (my sister's ) birthday.   My grandson thinks she turned 30, she brainwashed him when he came to visit, we all know how old she really is.   Hopefully she can come for dinner later.  I took her a cake this morning to where she works and snapped this shot.
I like the smiling one better.

Monday, February 22, 2010

Rainy Monday

Rainy and staying inside getting laundry done.  I am glad I don't have to throw it over the balcony to dry.

  When I visited my daughter in Germany,  several of her neighbors would air out their comforters or quilts from the night on the ledge of their windows, or balconies if they had one. 

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I checked out a book from the library called -" Williamsburg, decorating with style" there  is a part that speaks about floor cloths.   I have wanted to make one for some time,  so I am thinking about making one for my foyer.  There is slate on the floor and I do not want to rip it up so I will try the floor cloth for a change.   I will have to check the garage to see if I have  a piece of canvas that may work.   This will definitely not be an overnight project.
will have to post on my progress.
I don't think either one of these patterns will do.    I'll come up with something probably similar.  

Well, back to work.

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Happy Saint Valentines Day

My husband brought these beautiful flowers home to me.
He very carefully put them down so he would not spill any water out of the vase,  pretending they were real.

 little trivia I was reading about Valentines day in the United States, one is that Esther Howland is given credit for sending the first Valentines Day cards.   In the 1800's the first commercial valentines were introduced.
Many opinions concerning how Valentines day came about...
  Some say it came about from a Roman, "Saint Valentine" who was martyred for refusing to give up Christianity, his death February 14, 269 A.D... a note left for the jailers daughter as legend has it, who became his friend, was signed "from your Valentine".  Other aspects of the story about St. Valentine serving as a Priest at the temple during Emperor Claudius time. Valentine was jailed for defying him and in 496 A.D.  Pope Gelasius set aside February 14th to honor St. Valentine.

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Tangier pics 2

This restaurant we had dinner in was featured in Southern living magazine 2005
Best crab cales ever

I paid a dollar for recipes typed on paper and pinned to a  fence, just get the recipe and leave my money in a box.  I did of course.   One recipe here to try is the "Hot Crab Dip".
1 lb Crabmeat  
2 pkg 8 oz Cream  Cheese
1/2 pint Sour Cream
 1/2 sm Onion
4 Tbs Salad Dressing
1 Tbs Worcestershire Sauce
1 tsp Lemon Juice
1/2 Cup Milk
1 tsp dry Mustard
1 tsp Old Bay Seasoning
1/2 Cup Grated Cheese ( to be put on top)
Mis ingredients except for Crabmeat and Cheese.  Add Crabmeat and put in a large casserole dish.  Sprinkle with Cheese. Bake at 350 for 30 mins. or until golden brown.
I will have to post a few more here in the future

We would sit out at night and watch the sunset from this deck at Bay View Inn

Views from beach


if you click on picture you should be able to read
Library goes by honor system.

view leaving island

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Tangier Island

I love the snow, lately have been thinking about the beach and sand between my toes.  I want to go back to Tangier this summer and spend a night or two.  We last visited in 2006, so now it's time for another visit and eat some really great seafood.  The best crab cakes ever.   Can't wait to visit back and stay a night.  I wanted to share some pictures of it.

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Steve and I boarded a boat in Reedville Va. and took about a 2 hr. ride to the Charming Island.
After we got there we took a 20 minute tour of the island and listed to some history in a golf cart. We rented bikes to take around the island and beach.
There is a nice little beach on Tangier Island.  Last time I was there we practically had it to ourselves..
Never have I seen such beautiful sunsets.
 Gorgeous little island that sits in the middle of the Chesapeake Bay, and is only accessable by boat or plane..  The size is about 1 mile wide and 3 miles long.   Tangier was visited by Capt. John Smith in 1608, and in the year 1620, settlers arrived from Cornwall, England.   I did pay attention to the locals converse with one another in their dialect  which I understood to be Elizabethan English.    I really couldn't understand to much of what they were saying. 
 There is one school for kindergarden through 12th grade, a post office and two grocery stores.   I remember the vegetables being so fresh and prices reasonable.
 We saw about 3 vehicles on the island,  no need for them really.   People are riding around in their golf cart, or bike.  I saw locals pull their golf carts up to this little landing at their property where they would charge the batteries.
Good food at several restaurants on the island.  A couple gft shops.  There is a museum that explains the island life and Tangiers role in the War of 1812.  
Tangier Island is "dry",  you can bring alcohol for personal use, but use discretion.  

school for K thru 12
we stayed here

The Methodist church on the island

I believe this is where we were getting ready to cross the bridge on our bikes, which we were told was the highest point on the island.

graves are in homeowners yards, not too many places to bury them.

yards and homes are kept neat.

will have to show some pics of the beautiful sunset tomorrow

Monday, February 8, 2010

Let it Snow - and more on it's way

I must say I do love it!   Gods beautiful work.    I took a walk around the house and woods so I could take some pictures Saturday and Sunday.
  So far this is what it looks like for this week- 80% chance of precipitation on tuesday of ice pellets and wednesday 40% chance of snow.  Not bad if one doesn't have to get out in it.  I for one, have to tomorrow.

dogwood tree covered in ice and snow

looking toward azaleas and dogwoods

creek rising
got home just in time before it got any worse

views from our bedroom window  - nice waking up to the sunshine and pretty icicles hanging from roof.

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