Humpback Whales

I'd love to see these giant creatures up close like this!

Fresh Tomatoes for Tomato Sauce

Picked from the Garden

This was the best year yet for growing our tomatoes. 
I'm looking forward to dinner!

Idea for Photo ACEO (from watching JFM's artwork)


Instead of painting miniature works of art the way my friend Jan (JFM) does; I'm going to try to make miniatures of some of my photos.
 Here's her blog link

I don't think I have her artistic painting abilities but photos may work for me.
It's all just for fun! 

Artist Trading Cards (or ATCs) are miniature works of art about the same size as modern baseball cards, or 2 ½ X 3 ½ inches (63 mm X 89 mm), small enough to fit inside standard card-collector pockets, sleeves or sheets. ...

    Wallet sized prints are about the same size.

Young Cypress Vine

Just Beginning 


It was a beautiful day. 

Elephant Love

Found on:

A Brief Visit to Blandy State Arboretum Of Virginia

Here I am with my daughter. She came down from Brooklyn to visit us in Virginia and stayed for the weekend.

Only Seasonal and Mold Allergies

  During this past month I've suffered from severe allergy symptoms.  It's never been this bad.  It's not just the pollen. I have a moldy basement due to water coming in when hurricane Sandy passed through my area.

I have a constantly runny nose and itchy eyes. I feel like ripping my eyes from my face. I feel like my eardrums will pop leaving me deaf.  Sleep is difficult. I'm tired.

I hired a contractor to clean up.  He's going to wash the walls with bleach to kill the mold.  Then he's going to use waterproof paint to seal the walls to keep the area dry.

Everything in the basement must be removed so he get to the bare walls.  I put them into the finished off area of the basement. But when the unfinished part is disinfected, painted and sealed I must move everything into the unfinished area.
In the finished area the wall paneling and carpet must be removed before he can work on it. The ceiling has to be tested too. I'm not sure about the furniture.

Luckily we have flood insurance so a good part of the expense will be paid for but not all of it.

For my allergies :
~I bought an air purifier for my bedroom.  Then I returned it when it did not help.

~I tried several antihistamines (Claritin, Allegra, Zyrtec) all helped but only a little.

~I tried Sudaphed decongestant.  It seemed to help at first. But then it made me feel much worse.

Finally I saw a doctor. His prescription:
-anti-inflammatory steroid nasal spray
-keep taking zyrtec anthisamine.
-and eye drops which are not covered by my health insurance $160!  I did not buy them.
--Instead I bought over the counter  eye drops.  They were by prescription only a few years ago.
---I also bought a better filter for my heating/cooling system.

The first night I slept well.
The second night I woke up with a severe "hangover".
Hopefully tonight will be better (without the Sudaphed decongestant tablets)

Oh well, it could be worse.

My First Tomato of 2013

It looks so inviting!

On the vine.

But when I turned it over it had a black spot.  Inside, most of it was also black.  I cut away the small good area to have a taste.  It was delicious!

I've read that this could be due to a calcium deficiency but the timed released vegetable fertilizer contains calcium. Maybe it's due to being pressed against the nearby vine. 

Hopefully the next tomato that ripens will turn out better. 


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