Tuesday, December 29, 2015

As we Say Goodbye to 2015 ~ Some Greetings, Humor and Vintage Cards for the New Year

As 2015 gets ready to fade from our calendars....
a few greetings and wishes for you.

This is a wonderful way to look at things
as we begin a new chapter of life.

Vintage greetings for New Years Eve...

Saturday, December 26, 2015

Happy National Candy Cane Day (December 26th)

What better way to celebrate the day after Christmas than by learning the facts about candy canes? The iconic red and white striped candies were first made around 1900. The best-known flavor of course is peppermint but now you can enjoy tastes such as jalapeƱo, bubble gum, cherry cola, various fruits and more. 

Did you know that more than 1.76 billion candy canes are made each year? The biggest candy cane ever made was 51 feet long, when a chef from Geneva, IL broke the Guinness world record in September, 2012. His creation was made from a whopping 900 pounds of sugar.

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

"22 Miles to Raise Awareness for Veterans Stuggling with PTSD"

Seaford, Delaware 12/20/15 Operation Yellow Spear held another event to raise awareness for veterans issues. Suicide claims the lives of many soldier' each day due to PTSD, traumatic brain injuries, depression and substance abuse. OYS has been working to bring such topics to the public and encourage people to get involved and reaching out to those who are in need. 


On Sunday, December 20th, Richard K. Pope and Jeremy Dulis launched on a 22 mile journey from Millsboro, DE to Seaford, DE. Leaving at 5:45 AM they arrived at Gateway Park around 3:15 PM. During their walk, local reporter from ABC 47 (WMDT) Julian Sadur caught up with them and took a selfie. Link to the facebook post and Julian's selfie here

You can find his page at https://www.facebook.com/juliansadurtv

Friday, December 18, 2015

Christmas Movies: Best Scenes, Quotes and Sayings!

Elf. Lampoons Christmas Vacation. The Grinch. Four Christmasas. The Christmas Story.
What am I forgetting??

".....the Griswald Family Christmas Tree"

Thursday, December 17, 2015

"Firehouses of Delmarva" on Maryland's Eastern Shore

These photos are featuring vehicles, departments and apparatus from eastern shore departments. The Delmarva Peninsula includes eight counties in Maryland and some of these were taken at shows or events, or just stopping at a fire house. You can see all the albums for local fire, rescue and emergency equipment on Flickr.

  • Princess Anne Volunteer Fire Department
  • (Somerset County)
  • Website

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Maryland's Eastern Shore Towns: Snow Hill (Worcester County, MD)

Midway between Berlin and Pocomoke, just off Route 113 and situated along the banks of the Pocomoke River, sits the town of Snow Hill. It's a lovely little town, a wonderful place for an afternoon visit or day trip from nearby Ocean City, MD (about 35 minutes north). There are small and distintive shops, eateries, antique stores and more. If you go, you simply must take some time to just look at the historic buildings along the main streets with their architectural details and beautiful brickwork. Check out the links at the bottom of this post for more info on this town!

Monday, December 14, 2015

Christmas Greetings (the cute, the funny and the silly)

Christmas fun....because it's the happiest time of the year, right? RIGHT. Forget the traffic jams at the mall.....forget the relatives, one and all. Focus on what matters instead....focus on decorations in red. And these. :)



Thursday, December 10, 2015

"A Beautiful Light Has Gone Out In Our World"

On Monday the news arrived just after 9PM. First a text, which I missed initially, leaving me to read the words we thought wouldn't come quite so soon on facebook. We messaged and shared the sad update, felt the loss across our laptops, states, groups and hearts, and we grieved for her husband.

I'm not sure how one person was ever able to light up a room with such joy and laughter, but I know I'm better for having witnessed it. There should have been more time and too many things were left unsaid; the fault is mine for not having taken the chances to do so. But what do you say when a life is preparing to depart and as a friend says "I'm ready to go"? And yet I wish I'd said more....

Fly high, dear friend. I'm hurting over this loss tonight as I just posted your obituary and schedule of events for the coming weekend. We'll all be there but I'm not going to sugarcoat it - it's going to be really difficult to keep our composure. You took a big piece of our hearts when you left and that's going to be even more painfully obvious standing there to honor you on Sunday.

These are some pictures from Sunday when we visited the funeral home to pay our respects. It was very moving to see so many people come to honor Marlene and to to offer support to her husband.

 "Life on Delmarva" • #delmarvausa
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Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Dispatch from Hell: Return to the Craft Fair Circuit

After a long time of not being on the show scene, today I plunged back in. It's been a decade since I've done these types of events and over a year since leaving the world of retail. Earlier in the day I attempted a tongue in cheek list of things I would do and not do, since setting goals seemed reasonable, right?

1. I will not

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

"Live Well" | About Friendship and Respect

Friends may appear in many different forms. It may not always be what you think someone is, but rather who they turn out to be.

It's often during the cloudy or stormy times in life that the true friends shine through the darkness.

It's not all about who are you are related to.
Sometimes, you will find your family in the people who
you turn to and who you are there for.

December is "Write to a Friend Month" | Why you may want to get back into Letter Writing

Did you know? December is "Write to a Friend" month, which encourages all of us to reach out to someone and send a card, letter or note. 

Creative writing can offer so many ways to express thoughts and emotions, record life experiences and travels, create a journal for the next generation or a book of inspiration for a family member.


This site offers a few suggestions to get you going - and I love the first one the best: "Writing letters to those who need it." Check out "How to help kids write letters of encouragement" http://writeshop.com/letters-encouragement/

Who will you write to this month? 

11 ways to celebrate Write to a Friend month   

Some great ideas for letter writing this month!  

How to help kids write letters of encouragement  http://writeshop.com/letters-encouragement/

A Christmas Story Writing Prompt Printable