Blizzard January 3, 4th and 5th of 2018 in Salisbury, MD

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If you do not live on Delmarva or along the east coast of the mid Atlantic and New England you may not have heard about our blizzard. The last blizzard I remember here on Delmarva was when I was in high school in the 1960’s. It is a rare event. My mom and I are snowed in until Monday when the temperature come out of the single digits and into the 40’s. It snowed 15″ in my backyard. We have had big snow before but I never remember it being so cold and so difficult to dig out. It took 3 men and a plow to open up my driveway and walks today. All I did was go to the mailbox. I know people are driving but I use a minivan and it is not equipped for this kind of snow. I think I will play it safe and wait for some melting to happen. I thought I would show you some pictures taken by the local news using their helicopter. I love the shots of cars that are stuck in the snow, one is of the pile of cars waiting to dig the stuck car out. I have been in that situation where you slide uncontrolled into a snow bank. I think the news was trying to send a message.

As far as I am concerned, we have had plenty of snow this winter.  Jenny

 

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Thanksgiving for 2017

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What am I thankful for? My health, my family, my mom, my sewing skills, and my special friends make me thankful. This year I joined Weight Watchers and I am also thankful to all my new friends there and the special support they have given me.  On my birthday I celebrated a loss of 50 pounds. I am grateful for the chance to improve my health and am looking forward to the continuing weight loss to go in 2018. It is a new life style and a new path for me to stay focused on.

Here is a family picture of our family at my sister-in-laws home in Easton, MD. The day was beautiful and a little cold in the 30’s and 40’s. Picture includes from left to right my nephew Andrew, his son Joshua and wife Valerie, Me, my Mom, my nephew Michael and his wife Shalini, My sister in law Sue, Grand nephew Nolan, my niece Laura and her by friend GM, GM’s mom Barbara, Sue’s mom Janet, Sue’s brother Mark and his father Roy. The second row is my brother Jim and his girl friend Carol.  Missing is my nephew Jason and his girl friend Penny. Missing in our hearts is my Dad Gray and my brother Gerald.

To stay on my smart points I prepared some Thanksgiving treats to take with me. I made the Fruit Turkey, a special crustless pumpkin pie and I took steamed carrots. I had to show you the turkey. Hope you had a wonderful day and enjoyed friends and family.

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Crepe Myrtle Paradise in Salisbury, MD

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Come to Salisbury, MD right now and you will see beautiful Crepe myrtles blossoms everywhere. These flowering trees are found in Red, Pink, Lavender, Purple and Rose, are chiefly known for their colorful and long-lasting flowers which occur in summer. I want to share pictures of these lovely trees that make a hot, hot summer bearable. 

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Spring Day in Salisbury, MD

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My mom is modeling the beautiful Spring day and the lovely flowers. This picture was taken May 2nd and the roses are lovely. The hydrangea are budding and the rhododendron are blooming. The weather has been lovely this week except for the wind. We are in for a big storm this weekend so I wanted to share the lovely flowers before they were tormented by the storm. If only Spring could last!

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Mom’s 95th birthday tea party

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Today, February 24th 2017 was a perfect 74 degree day for mom’s birthday party. I had a tea party for her.  We started with champagne. Chamber music was provided by Jim Ressegger.

We had cucumber and cream cheese sandwiches,  chicken salad , deviled eggs, scones, clotted creme, lemon curd, strawberry jam, cherry cheese cakes, Amaretto Cake, pickles and olives and hot tea. It was a feast and there were no diets today. After a chocolate birthday cake, Mom got a year’s worth of Chick filet gift cards and could not be happier. Here are the pictures for you to enjoy.

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Year of the Rooster

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It is the year of the Rooster in the Chinese calendar. One of my vendors sent me a lovely Chinese calendar which I have displayed proudly and of course my new Mahjong card is also marked with the year of the Rooster. I am looking forward to all good things this year. I copied the following internet explaination about the year of the Rooster. Enjoy!

“According to the Chinese calendar, we are entering the Year of the Rooster in 2017. Here are five things to know about the zodiac sign:

Each year, the Chinese calendar assigns an animal from a rotating zodiac of 12 animals. The 12 animals cycle through rat, ox, tiger, rabbit, dragon, snake, horse, goat, monkey, rooster, dog and pig. 2016 was the Year of the Monkey. Apart from 2017, the Year of the Rooster includes the years 1933, 1945, 1957, 1969, 1981, 1993, 2005 and 2029.

2017 is a Fire Rooster Year. According to Chinese astrology, each year is associated with one of five elements as well as an animal, including gold (metal), wood, water, fire or Earth. The element, combined with the zodiac animal, set the astrology for the year. This year is a fire year, and so those born in 2017 are Fire Roosters. The last Fire Rooster Year was 1957.

Famous Roosters include Beyoncé, Bob Marley, Jennifer Lopez, Britney Spears and Jennifer Aniston. Famous Fire Roosters include Stephen Fry, Steve Buscemi and Hans Zimmer.

Roosters are characterized as observant and hardworking. Active and talkative, Roosters tend to enjoy social events and being in the center of attention, according to Chinese astrology. They also typically enjoy sports, according to traits set by the astrology.

2017 is set to be unlucky for Roosters, according to Chinese astrology, because being in the year of one’s birth sign does not bode well. Chinese astrology dictates that Roosters will have to monitor their money and health extra carefully. However, when it comes to love, Roosters truly in love are advised to get married. Those in dead-end relationships should consider breaking up, according to the astrology.”

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Planning a luncheon Tea at Jenny’s

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The Tea Party idea all started when I visited a friend of mine and she had a beautiful teapot collection.  I said wouldn’t it be nice to have a luncheon tea for my mom’s 95th birthday party! The idea was born and I have been planning ever since. I started a tea party Pinterest folder to hold the ideas I find.

The day to have the tea was a given so I planned the invitation first.  I will invite 12 including my mom and me. I asked everyone to wear the Sunday best and explained it was an adult only occasion. Yes, we will serve alcohol. I picked a champagne cooler to make everyone feel good right away. 

The food is almost as important as the tea. My friends and I have decided on cream cheese, dill, lemon and cucumber sandwiches. I am also going to have chicken salad. A friend is making a birthday cake to celebrate 95 years.  Along with various nuts, chocolates, mints, pickles, olives, cheeses I think we will have a nice lunch. Everyone will be seated at the decorated table.

The tea I am going to serve will be 100% natural orange pekoe and pekoe cut black tea. I will pour hot tea. Each person can flavor with sugar and cream and lemon.  Guests will also have 2-3 tea choices to brew. The picture shows the organdy bags that hold the flavored tea that has been decorated as favors for each guest.

After we serve the cake and sing Happy Birthday, I though we would move to the living room to open presents and play a few games. I have a special door prize for a few lucky guests. I am going to make some pocket tea carriers for the purse similar to those on my blog. If I am lucky I will have my friend play his viola too.

The party will be fun and something mom can remember.

 

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Missing Joan Hook

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In late October 2016 Joan Hook passed away. Joan was a great quilter, a great sewer, wonderful past employee and friend. She will be missed. She shared many of her skills and crafts with the community and was always a cheery face at Jenny’s Sewing Studio in the 1990’s and 2000’s. Joan always tried hard to please. I remember her making a sample cow doll for me in the shop and I can hear her now,  laughing about how awful the pattern was, but she put her best efforts forward.  Joan visited us often and taught many quilters in the area. I will miss you Joan.

 

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