Saturday, March 31, 2012
So peaceful, scenic ... such charm!
I've been down with a kidney infection you do NOT EVER want to have ... &
I had eye surgery on Friday. Been a
Our precious Little Miss M is now 6 mns. Oh, where has the time gone so quickly ...
And the winner is ... send me your addresses ladies
1st ... Anni @ HootinAnnis
2nd ... Nezzy @ cowpattysurprise
3rd ... Deb @ dragonflytreasures
Thursday, March 29, 2012
Once upon a time we were a young enlisted USN military family. We counted pennies, oh, yes we did! But no matter how lean our
circumstances, we always 'gave' to others when needed to help
them thru the rough spots of life ... & we smiled. This continues
for us even today. It didn't matter that we would only have a
can of chili & noodles for dinner ... actually it turned out pretty
good sprinkled w/a spot of cheese on top ... what a treat it was to go out for a juicy cheeseburger.
We are joining Donna @ Brynwood Needleworks for
Memory Lane Monday
Love Is... ladies are ~
Life has been good to us over the years, tho our lifestyle of giving has never changed.
To celebrate our 3rd year blog-a-versary
we are having (3) giveaways this week.
RULES ~ None, leave (1) comment.
All these goodies in the first (4) pictures
are the grand prize. The drawing will
be FRIDAY 3/30 for these gifts.
This includes ~
the pastel tea candles
raspberry gourmet tea
vintage tea strainer
(2) vintage linen doily coasters w/lace trim
cameo lady teacup & saucer
First draw ~ You will receive this adorable vintage door knob redesigned vase with clay flowers which can be removed to place real posies.
- Celeste's shop is filled with wonderful items
- She creates the most awesome roses ever!
- These are a mere few of her exquisite creations.
Second draw ~ A beautifully created mug mat by Donna @ Brynwood Needleworks. Donna sews divine fabric creations.
Please visit Donna's shop to view these gorgeous creations. You will love her workmanship on her designs.
Thank you for being a part of my life, a wonderful friend & for the joys of friendship you have given to me. I am VERY blessed & love you all.
Thursday, March 22, 2012
Germantown Then & Now: A Lone Gravestone at St. Rose of Lima
Germantown didn’t see any major battles during the Civil War, but many troops moved through here. Though they didn’t stay for long, their presence was remembered.
This article was written ... By Susan Soderberg.
- May 8, 2011
Imagine 20,000 soldiers marching north on Rt. 355, with 2,000 mounted cavalry racing up the road toward Clarksburg. Picture 5,000 men camped along Brink Road between Seneca Creek and Goshen Road with cannons placed on the high ground above the creek. This is just what you would have seen if you had been in Germantown from Sept. 6 through Sept. 10, 1862.
Germantown may not have experienced any major battles, but a whole lot of troops moved through here during the American Civil War, filling the roads and mucking up the streams. They didn’t stay for long, but they were not soon forgotten.
The Confederate army had crossed the Potomac River into Maryland from Sept. 4 through 6, 1862, at White's Ford, a few miles below the Monocacy River, and had moved on to Frederick with cavalry fanning out to camp as close as Hyattstown. The invasion would be stopped at the Battle of Antietam on Sept. 17, but Gen. George McClellan, in command of the Union Army of the Potomac, did not know that at the time. Fearing the invading rebel army was intent on attacking the nation’s capitol, he immediately sent troops north to defend the major roads and bridges that the enemy might use.
The main north-south road in Montgomery County at that time was Frederick Road (Rt. 355), and the main east-west road was the Baltimore Road, now West Old Baltimore Road and Brink Road. Major bridge crossings were over Seneca Creek at Frederick Road and at the Baltimore Road (now Brink Road). On Sept. 6, the 1stU.S. Cavalry was sent to defend these bridges, going on to Clarksburg on Sept. 8 when the IX Corps under Gen. Ambrose Burnside reached Seneca Bridge from Brookeville and camped between the bridge and Goshen until Sept. 10, when they went on to Damascus. Meanwhile, the II Corps under Gen. Edwin Sumner and the XII Corps under Gen. Alpheus Williams --- each corps numbering about 10,000 men --- marched up Rt. 355 from Rockville and camped at Middlebrook on Sept. 9 before moving north.
When they were gone, local residents picked up the trash and got on with their lives, thanking God that the Confederate army had not come south to attack Washington, and that a battle had not been fought here.
A year and a half later, however, the Confederate army did march south down Rt. 355 intent on attacking Washington. Not as strong as before, and with only about 14,000 troops instead of 35,000, they still posed an enormous threat to the undefended capital, and still managed to create havoc among the local citizenry.
After getting a $200,000 ransom from the City of Frederick, sending the main body of cavalry off toward Baltimore to destroy railroad bridges and telegraph lines, and fighting a battle at the Monocacy River on July 9, 1864, Gen.Jubal Early led his army down Rt. 355 toward Washington. They would camp at Rockville on July 10, menace the capital at Fort Stevens on July 11 and 12, and retreat across White’s Ford on July 14.
A lone gravestone sits in front of St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church on Clopper Road like a sentinel, a reminder of this final invasion. Pvt. William Scott of Company D, 14th Virginia Cavalry, was riding with his unit in front of the advancing Confederate army when they skirmished with a retreating federal cavalry unit. Scott was wounded and he made his way to the nearest farmhouse, which was owned by Francis C. Clopper (where the visitor center for Seneca Creek State Park is now). The Clopper daughters, being kind of heart, nursed the injured soldier, sending for a doctor from the Confederate army passing by, but nothing could be done to save him.
As he lay dying they sent for a priest and the young man converted to the Catholic faith. They did not want it to be known that they had helped an enemy. Many of their friends and neighbors had been arrested for such acts. So they buried him under the hedge in front of the church in the middle of the night, making sure that he rested in hallowed ground, undisturbed. Many years later a stone was erected to mark the grave.
Wednesday, March 21, 2012
Sunday, March 18, 2012
The birds are nesting, the ants are marching, the bees are buzzing. The flowers are all at least 2 weeks ahead of schedule, the cherry blossoms in Wash., DC will peak mid-week which is very early for them here. Such a sight to see.
The first thing we do when spring arrives is
pull out the lawn furniture & crank up the bbq.
I walk thru my gardens to see each bud as
We are having a record breaking warm streak here in Maryland ... feels like June. Doors flung open to greet the warmth of the day, sleeping like a baby with the windows open all night ... absolutely awesome.
There is a magic about seeing the buds
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Saturday, March 17, 2012
Happy St. Patrick's Day to you! May the angels shower you with love, may you have shamrocks beneath your feet ...
VERY TOUCHING AND GOOD FOR US ALL TO REMEMBER!Each year I am hired to go to Washington , DC , with the eighth grade class from Clinton , WI where I grew up, to videotape their trip. I greatly enjoy visiting our nation’s capital, and each year I take some special memories back with me. This fall's trip was especially memorable.
On the last night of our trip, we stopped at the Iwo Jima memorial. This memorial is the largest bronze statue in the world and depicts one of the most famous photographs in history -- that of the six brave soldiers raising the American Flag at the top of a rocky hill on the island of Iwo Jima, Japan, during WW II
Over one hundred students and chaperones piled off the buses and headed towards the memorial. I noticed a solitary figure at the base of the statue, and as I got closer he asked, 'Where are you guys from?'
I told him that we were from Wisconsin . 'Hey, I'm a cheese head, too! Come gather around, Cheese heads, and I will tell you a story.'
(It was James Bradley who just happened to be in Washington , DC , to speak at the memorial the following day. He was there that night to say good night to his dad, who had passed away. He was just about to leave when he saw the buses pull up. I videotaped him as he spoke to us, and received his permission to share what he said from my videotape. It is one thing to tour the incredible monuments filled with history in Washington , DC , but it is quite another to get the kind of insight we received that night.)
When all had gathered around, he reverently began to speak. (Here are his words that night.)
'My name is James Bradley and I'm from Antigo, Wisconsin . My dad is on that statue, and I wrote a book called 'Flags of Our Fathers'. It is the story of the six boys you see behind me.
'Six boys raised the flag. The first guy putting the pole in the ground is Harlon Block. Harlon was an all-state football player. He enlisted in the Marine Corps with all the senior members of his football team.. They were off to play another type of game. A game called 'War.' But it didn't turn out to be a game. Harlon, at the age of 21, died with his intestines in his hands. I don't say that to gross you out, I say that because there are people who stand in front of this statue and talk about the glory of war. You guys need to know that most of the boys in Iwo Jima were 17, 18, and 19 years old - and it was so hard that the ones who did make it home never even would talk to their families about it.
(He pointed to the statue) 'You see this next guy? That's Rene Gagnon from New Hampshire. If you took Rene's helmet off at the moment this photo was taken and looked in the webbing of that helmet, you would find a photograph...a photograph of his girlfriend Rene put that in there for protection because he was scared. He was 18 years old. It was just boys who won the battle of Iwo Jima . Boys. Not old men.
'The next guy here, the third guy in this tableau, was Sergeant Mike Strank. Mike is my hero. He was the hero of all these guys. They called him the 'old man' because he was so old. He was already 24. When Mike would motivate his boys in training camp, he didn't say, 'Let's go kill some Japanese' or 'Let's die for our country' He knew he was talking to little boys.. Instead he would say, 'You do what I say, and I'll get you home to your mothers.'
'The last guy on this side of the statue is Ira Hayes, a Pima Indian from Arizona . Ira Hayes was one of them who lived to walk off Iwo Jima . He went into the White House with my dad. President Truman told him, 'You're a hero' He told reporters, 'How can I feel like a hero when 250 of my buddies hit the island with me and only 27 of us walked off alive?'
So you take your class at school, 250 of you spending a year together having fun, doing everything together. Then all 250 of you hit the beach, but only 27 of your classmates walk off alive. That was Ira Hayes. He had images of horror in his mind. Ira Hayes carried the pain home with him and eventually died dead drunk, face down, drowned in a very shallow puddle, at the age of 32 (ten years after this picture was taken).
'The next guy, going around the statue, is Franklin Sousley from Hilltop, Kentucky . A fun-lovin' hillbilly boy. His best friend, who is now 70, told me, 'Yeah, you know, we took two cows up on the porch of the Hilltop General Store. Then we strung wire across the stairs so the cows couldn't get down. Then we fed them Epsom salts. Those cows crapped all night.' Yes, he was a fun-lovin' hillbilly boy. Franklin died on Iwo Jima at the age of 19. When the telegram came to tell his mother that he was dead, it went to the Hilltop General Store. A barefoot boy ran that telegram up to his mother's farm. The neighbors could hear her scream all night and into the morning. Those neighbors lived a quarter of a mile away.
'The next guy, as we continue to go around the statue, is my dad, John Bradley, from Antigo, Wisconsin, where I was raised. My dad lived until 1994, but he would never give interviews. When Walter Cronkite's producers or the New York Times would call, we were trained as little kids to say 'No, I'm sorry, sir, my dad's not here. He is in Canada fishing. No, there is no phone there, sir. No, we don't know when he is coming back.' My dad never fished or even went to Canada. Usually, he was sitting there right at the table eating his Campbell's soup. But we had to tell the press that he was out fishing. He didn't want to talk to the press.
'You see, like Ira Hayes, my dad didn't see himself as a hero. Everyone thinks these guys are heroes, 'cause they are in a photo and on a monument. My dad knew better. He was a medic. John Bradley from Wisconsin was a combat caregiver. On Iwo Jima he probably held over 200 boys as they died. And when boys died on Iwo Jima, they writhed and screamed, without any medication or help with the pain.
'When I was a little boy, my third grade teacher told me that my dad was a hero. When I went home and told my dad that, he looked at me and said, 'I want you always to remember that the heroes of Iwo Jima are the guys who did not come back. Did NOT come back.'
'So that's the story about six nice young boys.. Three died on Iwo Jima , and three came back as national heroes. Overall, 7,000 boys died on Iwo Jima in the worst battle in the history of the Marine Corps. My voice is giving out, so I will end here. Thank you for your time.'
Suddenly, the monument wasn't just a big old piece of metal with a flag sticking out of the top. It came to life before our eyes with the heartfelt words of a son who did indeed have a father who was a hero. Maybe not a hero for the reasons most people would believe, but a hero nonetheless.
We need to remember that God created this vast and glorious world for us to live in, freely, but also at great sacrifice
Let us never forget from the Revolutionary War to the current War on Terrorism and all the wars in-between that sacrifice was made for our freedom...please pray for our troops.
Remember to pray praises for this great country of ours and also ...please pray for our troops still in murderous places around the world.
STOP and thank God for being alive and being free due to someone else's sacrifice.
God Bless You and God Bless America .
REMINDER: Every day that you can wake up free, it's going to be a great day.
One thing I learned while on tour with my 8th grade students in DC that is not mentioned here is . . that if you look at the statue very closely and count the number of 'hands' raising the flag, there are 13. When the man who made the statue was asked why there were 13, he simply said the 13th hand was the hand of God.
SHABBY APPLE WINNER IS ~~~~ DOGMOM DIVA ~~~~~
Wednesday, March 14, 2012
Shannon, age 4, has brain cancer & will be joining Jesus soon.
Anne @ annesphamily blog has asked me to help her spread the request to assist her in making a quilt remembrance for Shannon's family. Please contact Anne @ annesphamily.
Please pray for this precious child & her family.
I have offered fabric for a quilter to use for this project, since I can't sew.
Thank you all for helping another precious child & family.
Suzanne is now pulling together this effort, please go to her blog for details & contact.
GIVEAWAY ENDS 3/15 for Shabby Apple necklace
Sunday, March 11, 2012
When I was a little girl, there was nothing more fun than dressing up in Mother's fur stoles, hats, heels &
dresses. Ahhh! Those magical moments of fantasy!
I was about 4 yrs. old. We lived on 5th St. in Chehalis, WA
My sister, Carolyn & I, used to play tea party on this
front porch ... what treasured moments of our
~ Read about precious Angel Dawn in previous post ~
There is nothing cuter than little girls dresses, so full of
ruffles & sweet designs.
This darling tangerine fabric & style so reminds me of vintage dresses in my childhood. Many were made of feedsack fabrics.
When we grow up, we still love to dress up & go to tea ~
this gorgeous hat, fabulous purple romantic dress & elegant jewelry are a part of Shabby Apple exquisite creations.
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Sunday, March 4, 2012
W are truly blessed with our guardian angels.
If you are not familiar with Angel Dawn's story, you may read
here, & in my previous post. She has been sick again with her
I am overwhelmed by all who have responded with my call for our precious Angel Dawn. They will bring a warm touch to her heart & smile to her precious face.
You each have lifted me ... from the bottom of my heart, THANK YOU!!
If you would like to share a wee Love Is... with her, write me
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Friday, March 2, 2012
Angel Dawn suffers from a malignant tumor at the base of her brain stem. Her smile will melt your heart.
About 18 months ago you may remember our efforts for this precious child of God, to bring her support & joy. She is surrounded by many angels & our God almighty.
Angel Dawn, now 13, has been thru many rounds of chemo & radiation.
Recently she collapsed in school, not knowing who she was or where she was.
Our fellow blogger, Nezzy @ cowpattysurprise keeps me posted of Angel Dawn's progress. It just tears at my heart not to be able to SNAP my fingers & WIGGLE my nose to make her healed. Prayers lift constantly, ever most on my mind.
I am asking each of you to consider lifting her in prayer, sending her a card or small gift to brighten her days for Easter. If you wish to do so, write me directly for the mailing address ~
Thank you for your consideration & my heart felt love to each of you.
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Thursday, March 1, 2012
In January I shared this fabulous cookie recipe (link below) that is knocking the socks off everyone who tries it. Well, I got this superb frosting to top them with now. In the recipe ONLY use vanilla for the cookies.
~ Maple Bar Cookie Frosting ~
6 Tbsp. of melted butter (have to use real butter)
1/2 c. of carnation evaporated milk
1 tsp. maple extract
blend them well together.
Then add about 5 c. powdered sugar, 1 cup at a time, blending well. I like mine just short of stiff, this way you can really pile it on.
THEN smother those fabulous cookies. You'll never have a need for another maple bar. 2D4
Gorgeous teacup mat created by Donna @ Brynwood Needleworks. Love it, Donna. TY