Photo Friday: Hummingbird

Our little hummingbird friend is back! Or maybe it’s a different hummingbird. In fact, I think I saw two different hummingbirds today, though I can’t be sure. We’ve had at least one hummingbird in our yard for the past two summers. We’ve been wondering if we’d see any at all this summer, but going backContinue reading “Photo Friday: Hummingbird”

Photo Friday: Cock of the Walk

As we walked back from the beach on Tangier Island last week, I spotted this magnificent rooster. He sat on the front porch railing of a small white house, watching the road as if he owned it. Suddenly, he fluffed out his feathers in a rather disturbing way. After another minute, he crowed, letting usContinue reading “Photo Friday: Cock of the Walk”

Back to the Mainland

We are home! We left town Wednesday, way later than planned, and spent the weekend on an island in the middle of the Chesapeake Bay. In the past four days we faced a tropical storm, car trouble, shuttered restaurants, speeding golf carts, really bad wifi and cell service, and a deplorable lack of vegetables. WeContinue reading “Back to the Mainland”

Throwback Thursday: Ransom Fire

For this week’s Throwback Thursday, I present a photo I found online, of a fire in May 1947 at a Pennsylvania state institution for the indigent. (It was also an asylum for the mentally ill at some point in its history.) I did not choose this photo at random. In fact, finding it really blewContinue reading “Throwback Thursday: Ransom Fire”

I Knew There was a Table in There Somewhere…

For months, our dining room has been full of boxes and piles of stuff. We had some dampness in the basement last fall and had to clear some things out so that the workers could rip out the wet carpeting and fix the damaged bits of drywall. We stuck the displaced stuff in the diningContinue reading “I Knew There was a Table in There Somewhere…”

Photo Friday: Stormy Weather

(Technically, it’s now Saturday. Oh, well.) It was a dark and stormy night. It was also a dark and stormy afternoon. In fact, I took this photo on Thursday, a few minutes before 3 p.m, i.n the parking lot of Panera. As we waited inside for our takeout order a few minutes later, the windContinue reading “Photo Friday: Stormy Weather”

Throwback Thursday: Foamhenge

I just came across this old photo of my son, taken in 2007 when he was five years old. You can see the mysterious ancient standing stones of Stonehenge behind him…. No, not really. I took this photo in Natural Bridge, Virginia. The Stonehenge you see is actually made of Styrofoam. So, inevitably, it isContinue reading “Throwback Thursday: Foamhenge”