Bringing back last year’s  witch to wish you a Happy Halloween!

She must have been texting!

Wandering Witch Off Course #1

Wandering Witch Off Course

I was driving along when I saw this evidence of the humor that abounds in my rural county in Viginia.

I kept thinking of the Wizard of Oz and humming “Ding Dong The Wicked Witch is Dead!”

I think she may have been texting.


A Farming Horizon

Farm Horizons 2


Farm Horizons 1


Daily Prompt:  Mouths Wide Shut 

Are you a picky eater? 

Share some of your favorite food quirks with us

(the more exotic, the better!). 

I am an unbiased food lover because  if it’s edible, I will eat it.


This Daily Prompt prompted me to analyze some odd habits:

  1.  I won’t eat mushy stuff  like mashed bananas. Wonder what to do when I’m old with no teeth
  2. I will not eat most of the white part of an egg because it’s sort of mushy and slimy unless the egg is scrambled or in an omelet. but even then, if there is any white stuff showing, I will leave that portion untouched.
  3.  I will not eat Okra at all because it is slimy, mushy, and dribbly.  It used to dribble down my father’s chin, so I never liked the looks of it.
  4.  I will not drink milk unless it is little sips of goat’s milk.  Even on cereal the whole effect is “mushy” right?  Mom used to trick me by adding chocolate to cow’s milk or offering chocolate pudding but that never really worked.  I still hate milk and now convinced I ‘m lactose intolerant.
  5.  I am against smoothies because they are sort of mushy you know, and you can’t pick out the different fruits.

Like I said, “I am an unbiased food lover and if it’s edible I will eat it.”

P.S.  My husband may have been attracted because of our unbiased love of  all food.  He will not eat cheese in any way except on pizza.




Shadow Horse n Buggy Team


A Week of Random Ramblings

One night Bill and I went to see Wuthering Heights performed at our local university theater of the arts.  Occasionally we get out at night like that.  I should have taken “night” pictures but forgot in the excitement over seeing city lights and other real people.

B w Kendall 9-24-14 B'dayGirl for  Lunch

They have Cream Cheese Jalapeno Burgers here!

On Wednesday we drove to Harrisonburg to take our grandgirl out for lunch and a stop at Costco!  At her suggestion, we dined at Jack’s local hamburger joint where oddly enough, that’s all Jack served – hamburgers.

Bill ordered a plain one in spite of a wide variety of options including a “Peanut Butter Burger!”  And  Kendall and I got Cream Cheese and Jalapeno Jelly Burgers!  Costco is always fun too but seems Enormous to us country bumpkins.

Thursday was dedicated to Getting-Ready-for-Winter.

At our house that means moving out summer clothes and moving in winter.   Somehow sandals don’t work well anymore in these cooler Fall temps.  But I am loathe to store away the new sparkly ones that make my feet look 17 years old.  The object today was to accommodate cooler weather, but the object remained elusive and the sandals still sparkle in the closet.

I did manage to go Monday and Friday to the gym!  And now increasing “footage” (walking), though nowhere near goal.  Today, due to the energy giving qualities of a new vitamin, and the usual self imposed mental delusion  that I am an energetic 17 year old, I set out in earnest.  Never made it to the gym, but…..

Hoping to find apples, there was a farmer’s market at the Virginia Horse Center.  No apples, but lots of honey!  Honey is my next recommendation for hoarding.  And as long as I was there, I did a little walking around the horse center and watched young people jumping things and a very graceful horse and buggy team.  Lovely!

Beautiful Horse and Rider 1


I have determined that walking is a good thing.  You never know what you will stumble on.

Late as usual but this was a week of random ramblings gone by and it was a good week after all.

How to Stay Young

The Big Black Book

The Big Black Book

I have a Big Black Book at home, of things that are deemed “important”.

And no, it’s not the “hoarding” book!  That one is brown.  This one is black and holds vital information like old notes from Mom advising me never to leave home without a dime for a phone call.

On rare occasions I look through The Book’s pages to delete what may have become unimportant.

This morning, in the Big Black Book,  I re-discovered a list of Things to Do to Stay Young!

Now that list stays and is worth a periodic review.

And of course I must share it with you too so we can all cling to youth together and blog into the happily-ever-after.

*Note:  Notes in italics are Dor’s current reactions.


 ~Author Unknown

  • Throw out nonessential numbers like Age or Weight.  You should let the doctor worry about those things.   I do love this one.  My doctor is getting old though so he has his own worries.
  • Keep only cheerful friends. Grouches will pull you down.  Ahh! And you should also stay cheerful so your friends will not perceive you as a grouch!
  • Keep learning. Uh oh!  I have just taken a vow to stop learning!
  • Learn about the computer! (Are they kidding? That’s all I do!).
  • Never let the brain be idle Drat!  I was looking forward to an idle brain with no learning challenges.
  • Enjoy all the simple things. Is lounging in a deck chair simple enough?
  • Laugh often, long and loud. Laugh until you gasp for breath O.K., I do type “LOL” on blogger pals’ very funny blog posts, and my son makes me laugh so hard I cry (and have to change slacks).
  • Love yourself.  The only person with you for your entire life is you.  (Me? As my own lifelong companion?).
  • Surround yourself with what you love, family, pets, keepsakes, music, plants, hobbies, whatever. Your home is your refuge.  Family and pets are good but would chocolate be all right? The doctor could take care of the weight!
  • Cherish your health. If it is good, preserve it.  If it is unstable, improve it.  If it is beyond what you can improve, get help.  I am in the preservation mode verging on unstable and heading toward unimproved so cherishing is a good idea.
  • Don’t take guilt trips. Take a trip to the mall, to the next county, to a foreign country, but NOT to where the guilt is. Give me a break!  Guilt has been my ultimate destination since childhood!  
  • Tell the people you love that you love them at every opportunity. I tried that once but Bill began to question all the attention!

Do you have any tips that make sense to add to this list?  I am not quite sure it will work on its own.

Maybe we can create a manual that would substitute for the Fountain of Youth and bury it somewhere to be found in 10,000 years.

We might even be around to verify its authenticity.

A deck-side view holds me still and admiring

a waning Shenandoah summer.

Is it really time to take the umbrella down?

One more day.  One more day.

Fading Summer

Books n Pamphlets

Riddle:  What Numbs Pain, Kills Germs, Helps Time Go By and Lasts Forever? 

*Answer to follow after general ramblings.

I am not certain when I began to think about hoarding for some unknown crisis.  Maybe it was when Mom stocked up for oncoming hurricanes.  We lived in Florida.

Or maybe it was the time Bill and I in younger days, carried everything we owned in an old Chevy (2 knives, 2 spoons, 2 plates, etc.).  Could this have triggered a deprivation syndrome?

Then there was the pandemic threat – avian flu you know – and anyway, my favorite books were (and still are) “doomsdayers” like about the plague, the Great Influenza, the Perfect Storm,  the devastating 1900 hurricane in Texas, etc.

I am not a survivalist, so forgeddabout collecting guns or building a bunker (although such thoughts tend to drift in and out from time to time).

Instead I began collecting reams of ideas on What to do IF.  It’s all about “storing” (hoarding is such a negative word isn’t it?) and the ideas are filling up a big notebook.  I am not an actual hoarder either – but some things just make sense, like the notebook of course and knowing WHAT to hoard when it seems necessary.

Having experienced jocular ridicule, this notebook is only shown to serious visitors who promise not to laugh, and of course now sharing it with you, in short spurts (for impact) with no guarantees re your reactions either

There is a big section in the book about Food Hoarding Storage though!  And at least one of you INTELLIGENT bloggers has asked for more info about that.

Store Indefinitely

Food Item #1 if you may recall, was FRUITCAKE.  Do plan to stock up on edible tinned fruitcakes this winter since they are supposed to last forever!  Never mind shellacking them for doorstops.

Today’s Thought is re Item #2 for Practical Hoarding (remember the Riddle above?):

*What Numbs Pain, Kills Germs, Helps Time Go By and Lasts Forever?   


I heard (but have no real proof of course) that HARD LIQUOR will keep forever!  But it is said that all distilled spirits such as vodka, rum, whiskey, gin and tequila are “ever-afters!”  

I, myself, am not a regular drinker, but can see why one might turn to Southern Comfort in certain terrifying conditions. Think “Hurricane Parties!”

In addition to having potential nutritional value, there have been movies where alcoholic beverages served as antiseptics as well as superb pain relievers (anesthesias) for mortally wounded film heroes, to say nothing of mind altering drunkenness in the face of impending amputations.

Thus, from a rather sober point of view, hard liquors may definitely be construed as  hard working multi-taskers with endless longevity – the perfect items for hoarding.

Now I hope you will stay tuned for more Practical Hoarding tips.  You might be surprised.

And I can’t wait to tell you all the things you can do about WATER!


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