June 14, 2024


 This handrail in Winchester has a fancy ending.

June 13, 2024

The Sky at 9 PM

I didn't feel like going back outside tonight, but Charlie insisted. I think he wanted to see if any of his dog friends were out there, but they weren't, although we heard a dog barking in somebody’s backyard.

There was still a touch of blue in the sky. The weather has been warm this week, but not unbearably hot. Next week is supposed to be much hotter. We haven’t had rain all week, so I told the man who was going to cut my grass tomorrow not to come, because the grass has not grown since he cut it last time.


Nineteen Years of Blogging

Blog Post #8741

I began blogging on this day in 2005. That was a long time ago and it feels like it. Since then, I have moved four times and gotten divorced. I have also gotten a lot older.

When I started this blog, we were living in Glebe Harbor in a rambler facing a cove. I could watch birds from the deck, but that was the main thing the place had going for it. The internet connection was horrible because it was over an aging phone line, and pictures took forever to load. For that reason. I only posted occasionally and I shrunk my photos before posting them.  Often I composed a post offline and drove to the library to upload it. 

We were also a considerable distance from any real shopping. I had to drive over an hour to buy dog food because one of my dogs was allergic to chicken and the other was sensitive to grains. By the end of the summer, we were ready to move back to our smaller home in the mountains.

Some of the pictures I posted in 2005 were modified in Photo Deluxe, a predecessor to Photoshop Elements. Here are a few, small in size due to the slow speed in uploading and downloading pictures. 

Thank you to everyone who follows this blog and takes the time to comment. I love hearing from you.

June 12, 2024

Another Eagle Flies Free

A young bald eagle was released last week at Seven Bends State Park. Staff from the Wildlife Center of Virginia brought her here after rehabilitating her. She is a juvenile bald eagle who was rescued when she was found unable to fly.


I was excited to go even though I attended a similar event last year. Unfortunately I had left my old Nikon turned on and the battery was too low, so I took another camera that does not do as well with bird photos. Add that to my continuing vision problems and the pictures are not as sharp as I'd like, or at least not to me. I'm not sure I can tell though!

Note that juvenile bald eagles do not have the distinctive white feathers on their heads. 

She did not go very far at first. She flew across the road to a fence and stayed there for a while. When a small bird started dive-bombing her, she flew over to the cornfield and disappeared.

Look above her in the final picture to see the bird that was harassing her.  I guess size does not matter as much as sass. 

June 11, 2024

June 10, 2024

Bonnie Blue Pig

Winchester, VA

The Bonnie Blue Bakery is well-known in Winchester. When I stopped to take a picture of the mural, the sun was really bright. I dialed down the contrast for the second picture using the Photos app in hopes of making it easier to view the painting.

Monday Murals


June 9, 2024

My Backyard Garden

The previous owner of my house maintained a vegetable garden in this space. I have no talent for growing vegetables, so I scattered a bunch of flower seeds.


We had plenty of rain in early spring, so the flowers did well. Now we are in a dry spell so I need to get out there and water the gardens. 
Floral / Sunday Best

June 8, 2024

Leaving Charlie for an Art Tour

Yesterday I went on a studio tour in Loudoun County so I left Charlie in day boarding at the veterinary. He does not like me to leave him, and he knows that if he goes there, I will be gone for hours. He doesn't like staying at home alone either, and if it's for very long, he starts scratching the paint off the door.

We had to wait a little while for Miss Kayla to come get him, so he jumped up in his favorite chair.  He let everyone know that he was sad. He was fine after she took him back to the dog area, and he got to play and eat a bowl of food.

It took me an hour to reach the first stop. After that, I ate a snack next to a pond.

My main reason for journeying there was to visit Judith Thompson’s home studio. I bought something there last year, and I really like that her work is distinctive. Like many artists, she lives in a scenic spot.

So does this cat. I was warned not to pet him, although he rubbed against me. 

 I took pictures of him. I lightened one and then filtered it in the ArtCard app.

The artist and her husband also have a couple of dogs.

In the backyard are the sale pictures, marked down because she has too many paintings. I bought one of a woman with a dog.

June 7, 2024

June 6, 2024

Update, Friends of the North Fork

On Sunday, there was an event at Muse Vineyards. Laura Bennett was introduced as the new Executive Director of Friends of the North Fork.

The Friends of the North Fork of the Shenandoah River is dedicated to keeping our river clean, healthy, and beautiful through advocacy, stewardship, education and science. It is the parent organization of Friends of Seven Bends State Park.

Here is a photo of the North Fork of the Shenandoah. 

Skywatch / H2O Thursday

P.S. Yesterday was World Environment Day. I just found out.

June 5, 2024

Mourning Dove, Robin

Mourning doves have been visiting my deck so much that I suspect they have a nest nearby.

These are just cell phone pictures. Although my phone does a great job on scenic views, it does not zoom in well enough to get detailed pictures of birds. Still, it’s usually nearby so I can grab it and take a picture quickly.

A robin was sitting on a fence post at the dog park today. Charlie did not seem to notice. He had been playing happily with Ryleigh, a dog who is about the same size.


Searching Your Own Blog

 Blog Post #8732

I’m at the point where finding a particular post on my blog can be challenging. If there is a unique word that I used in a post, I can usually find it using that. But using a combination of labels and words is more complicated. Here is a page showing what Blogger says to do: https://support.google.com/blogger/answer/9675453

I am mainly posting this so that I can find it again. But maybe someone else needs it too. I have also searched using Google Advanced search. 

June 3, 2024

New Mosaics

Woodstock, VA

A mosaic is being built for the play area at Seven Bends State Park. I went to an event in which artists and people involved with the park came together to work on the project

The Community Art Collaborative (CAC) is managing this project with support from park staff and the Friends of Seven Bends State Park. Three previous mosaics were done and mounted on a wall downtown. 

I have previously posted pictures of the 2021 and 2022 projects. Here is the completed 2023 mosaic. Like the others, it imagines scenes on the Shenandoah River.

I photographed a few of my favorite details from that mosaic.

Mosaic Monday / Murals