Tuesday, May 26, 2020


Hello, Hello, Hello!

How are you?  Did you have a nice Memorial Day weekend?  There were a bunch of fireworks that were set off near us - Saturday, Sunday & Monday.  Luckily they didn't go too late at night.

Our weekend was pretty quiet.  Fletch did some gardening and I puttered around.  I did (finally) go through my closet and brought out summer clothes and put the wollens away.  I also ended up with 4 Trader Joe's shopping bags full of clothing and shoes to donate.  Those were taken to one of those clothing & shoe drop boxes on Saturday (before I could change my mind about donating it all - lol).

Sunday Colin & Mailing suggested we come over for a walk and then stay for dinner.  We ended up walking just over 3.5 miles and went to a different park that Colin had discovered.  It is in Lansdale and called Stony Creek Park.  There is a nice pond where people were fishing (all practicing distancing).  We saw a turtle and even a tiny baby turtle.  Off one of the trails was a bit of chalk art:

Someone did a very nice job!!  It was really cool.  There was also a labrynth that we walked as well as a nature trail that went through some fields, some woods and some wetlands.  We came across an amazing grouping of phlox:

So many!  We also saw some kind of growth on leaves and some interesting/beautiful shelf fungus on a tree.

By the time we got back to Colin & Mailing's house, it was feeling pretty steamy and humid.  But, it didn't take long for it to cool down.  Colin grilled some faux hot Italian sausage (Beyond Meat brand) that was pretty good.  Mailing sauteed some peppers and onions.  She had also made Italian rolls to go with the sausage.  Colin made some home-made pesto to go on pasta with artichokes and calamata olives.  So freakin' good!!  But, so much food!!

Yesterday I did a little baking.  I made Basil Lime Shortbread.  Oh my!

Shortbread is not one of Fletcher's favorite things...oh well!

Our PA Primary has been delayed until June 2nd.  Fletch and I both applied for mail-in ballots and gosh!  It took FOREVER for those to be delivered by the post office.  Long enough that we could not/did not want to chance mailing in our ballots.  So yesterday we drove to one of the drop off places which, fortunately, was open from 9-12 on a holiday!  Glad to have that task finished.  I even received an email confirming receipt last night.

Some knitting and crochet was accomplished.  My brother's sock is now at the toe decrease.

I should finish this up tonight and hopefully start on #2.  I managed to make three more granny squares, but forgot to take a picture.

And that brings us to today.  I'm actually at work (I think there are 4 of us in the office!) and budget meetings are starting.  The hawks are still in residence.

And (obviously) there is still a lot of bird poop around!  The entrance has been cleaned up a little bit - most likely it was thoroughly cleaned, but several days ago.  You have to be careful going into or out of the building that nothing comes down on you!!

Finally, I noticed that the parking lot for the River Trail in Valley Forge is finally open.  Funny though as all the other parking lots that I drove by in the park are still roped off.  I probably won't have a chance to walk until Friday (when it is supposed to rain).  Pretty sure I will be here at the office today, tomorrow and Thursday.  I'm not used to this.....


  1. I think what you saw on the leaves is leaf gall. https://www.thespruce.com/dealing-with-leaf-galls-1402697

    That shortbread sounds delicious. Glad you had a good weekend.

  2. Sounds like a good weekend!
    Love those hawks!

  3. That shortbread sounds terrific! I am a shortbread fiend, whether it be sweet or savory.

    I'm glad you had time with Colin and Mailing. It surely was a highlight of your weekend.

  4. That park sounds like a very nice one, and the chalk art is lovely! I'm glad you could have such a nice dinner with Colin and Mailing. We had pizza served from the tailgate of John's truck with John's brother yesterday, but it sure feels strange not to hug family. Take care during your extended office days!

  5. Bird poop is not fun to have to deal with (especially at an entrance point), but those hawks are freaking awesome!!! Thanks for sharing the picture! It sounds like you had a great weekend, Vera, with a good mix of "productive" and "fun!" XO

  6. Oh my goodness how fun to be able to see the hawks up close (except for poop of course). Glad you could spend time with your family and that you had a good walk. I first read 'fox' instead of 'phlox' and was so excited for you to see a fox!

  7. Hello,

    Neat shot of the hawk's and nest. I guess a good hard rain could wash off some of that poo. Love the wildflowers! The walk and dinner with your family sounds really nice. we had a quiet weekend at home, just took some local walks. Enjoy your day, have a great week ahead.

  8. We all got ballots mailed to us a few weeks ago which was a surprise. Our governor might have dropped the ball on opening the beaches too soon but he did manage to let us vote safely.

  9. Love the sidewalk art! Going back to the office to work would be odd after such a long time away. I hope the week goes by quickly for you.

  10. The chalk art is beautiful. Someone went to a lot of effort on it. I'm glad you had a good weekend and were able to spend time with Colin and Mailing. The meal sounds absolutely wonderful. I'm guessing being at work is very different for you but I enjoyed seeing the hawks today.

  11. I am amazed at the chalk art, reminded me of one of those painted rocks using dots of color. Good job on the sock. I'm glad you're able to do things with his son and fiance. We have decided to ease our restrictions and spend time with our son and his family as they have been being very careful, too. ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

  12. I love the surprise of the chalk art! How nice to get to walk and enjoy a beautiful weekend and visit. Good for you!

  13. What a full and fun weekend! That chalk art! Wow!! (and I am just in love with those birds, poop and all!) lol

  14. my mail in ballot came quickly and I might do mail in forever just because of the ease. Love that you were with your kids :)

  15. Oh wow. Shortbread is one of MY favorite things, along with basil & lime! I think those cookies have my name written all over them!! Haha!

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