I’ve Been Outside Recently

So I have been working on our yard this year.  I’m doing a small Victory Garden.

Yes, I said Victory Garden.  I was raised with parents who grew up in the depression and survived WWII.  I use language like Victory Garden, Cat’s Meow and gams.  I also enjoy the styling of Benny Goodman, lol.

Last year we had a really bad mosquito problem.  It was our first year in the house so I had no idea what to expect until it happened. The mosquitoes were just awful and made it difficult to enjoy the deck and yard.  This year I’ve planted mosquito repelling plants like Citronella, Rosemary and Marigolds.  I’m also going to spray the yard with lemon juice.  This should kill off a bunch of those critters in a healthy way.  The dogs share the space with us so I have to stay away from things like pesticides.  Wish me luck!

Last night a very nasty and vivacious storm blew through our part of town.  The clouds were amazing and the subsequent rainbows (not caught on picture) were just incredible.

The rain was torrential and we missed getting any hail.  The thunder and lightning were just like the storms we sometimes get in July.  Very cool.

All in all, too bad.  The storms didn’t deter me from voting.  Got it done and the storm made it so I didn’t have to water the garden….Win Win!

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St. Katharine Drexel

We were attending a Craft Fair on the campus of the St. Katharine Drexel Shrine this past Saturday.  We decided to take the tour of the Shrine after hearing of its impending closure in January.  It seems they’ve sold the campus and are moving St. Katharine to somewhere in Philadelphia.

The campus is beautiful and the tributes to St. Katharine are amazing.

So much history and good works.

St. Katharine gave hope to the poor, Native Americans and African-Americans.  Providing healthcare and education to the poorest Americans.

I found this block in the walkway inspirational 🙂

To top it off they had a photo op with the Pope in the lobby.  How could is this place?  Um…VERY!  It’s sad that they campus is closing.  I’m glad I got to visit before that happened.  St. Katharine is an inspiration and gives me hope that not all rich people are greedy and soulless.  In today’s climate I wasn’t so sure about them.

On A Hot Autumn Day

Today has been another hot day in the neighborhood.  It was colder in August than it is now.  I want it to be cold or cooler, not 85 degrees!

I haven’t been outside much in the last 5 days because of the heat and humidity.  Today I forced myself to go out to the farm for some Autumn cheer even if it was 85 degrees.

Things are starting to turn brownish.  Very Harvest looking which is wonderful!  The farm is preparing for the winter and sowing the crops.  I love having this place near me.  Suburbia isn’t the same as wide open farmland.  To have this to look at everyday is soul cleansing.  It gave me the boost I needed today.  Now Mother Nature is done with Hurricanes and Heatwaves we can get on with Autumn, thank you. 🙂

2017 Summer Vacation – The People of the Beach

Vacations are a time for people to relax.  A time to share each others lives and sometimes it’s a time to just be still.  Here are some of those moments.

I give you The People of the Crest Beach.

I can’t help it…I love it in Wildwood Crest.  I can’t wait until next year to see some of these same faces and maybe some new ones.

Until then…I will be dreaming of seeing this sign as I enter my Happy Place away from home.