Archive for July, 2020

As we headed to our place in Lewes, DE, I texted my sister that we were on the road again, heading to the beach house.

“Have fun!” she said.

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Well, I knew there would be lots of work involved–at least for my hubby as he would be installing new flooring–but was sure we’d work in some fun as well.

We arrived late that afternoon, went for the necessary groceries, settled in, and had a good dinner. After dinner, Lee decided to remove a little of the old carpet in a hall closet that backs up to the laundry room.

That’s when the fun began.

I don’t recall his exact words, but it was something like, “Uh-oh!” Much of the floor under the carpet was black–not good. It was obvious there was water damage, and further investigation revealed water had been leaking, probably for years before we purchased the property, and this was not going to be an easy fix.

Our water damage

The next day was a nightmare that began with Lee having to rip out large sections of both the floor and walls in the closet, laundry room, and even a small area of the living room. The more he dug into the problem, the more he saw how much needed to be done to rectify it.

After a trip to Home Depot (which would be the first of many), he began work on fixing the leaks–replacing things like pipe, elbows, couplings, shut-off valves, etc. Step one – Shut off the water. Done!

And the water nightmare began!

With the water SHUT OFF, it continued to flow out of the pipes he was working on. How could that be you say? We were told later that we must have a faulty shut-off valve.


So meanwhile, Lee was faced with the dilemma of repairing, replacing, etc. while water continued to flow. There was much hurried switching and emptying buckets and bowls of water from down under the floor as my husband problem solved and somehow got it done. This was at least two to three hours of craziness.

But my superman husband got it done!


Friday was at least a twelve-hour work day, then finally sitting down to a late dinner and bed about an hour earlier than would be typical for us.

The next morning, I awoke to the sound of hammering at 6:20 a.m.

Lee had been up for hours, and work began early and continued for another twelve plus hour day. “Are we having fun yet?” I asked at one point. He said yes, and we both had to laugh. It amazes me the good humor my husband has kept through all this back breaking work. But thank goodness I am married to a Jack-of-all-trades (I swear, he can figure out how to fix anything), and things are looking up.

The floor and walls are almost all rebuilt, and the real work of laying the new luxury vinyl tile flooring will begin today. This will be so much nicer and easier to keep clean than carpet in the beach house. And who knows…

Maybe we’ll even get to the beach one day soon!


So, how’s your weekend going? I’d love to hear.


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We have always had birds in our backyard of course, but this summer we have had a wider variety and closer encounters than in the past.

My hubby, Lee, put the birdfeeders closer to the house and keeps them filled and the birds happy. Well not just the birds…

So yes, we have these bushy-tailed guys stealing our birdies’ food every chance they get, but we also have lots of our feathered friends.

The red wing blackbird


Photography by Lee Bostic

The red wing blackbird is one of my new favorites. This guy is one of the most abundant and widely distributed birds in North America and is easily recognized by its black body with a conical red shoulder patch surrounded by yellow in most species. He is quite vocal, and I love his voice.

The bluebird


Photography by Lee Bostic

One of almost everyone’s favorites is the bluebird. They prefer platformed birdfeeders containing mealworms, but we have enjoyed this beautiful visitor who stops by our feeders from time to time.

The downy woodpecker

Female Downy Woodpecker

Photography by Lee Bostic


Male Downy Woodpecker

Photography by Lee Bostic


My husband captured these pictures of a female and a male downy woodpecker. I had never seen this smallest of the woodpeckers before–well I am a city-girl after all–until Lee put this feeder in our yard. I love watching them.

The Cardinal

It’s so pleasant to look up from my writing and see the bright red cardinal, too. His lady friend, though more subdued, is also lovely. Did you know that the colonists named this a cardinal because the red crest reminded them of the Catholic cardinal’s biretta?

There are times when I try very hard to keep my attention on my writing, but then all of a sudden…


I am convinced I’m keeping my neighbors entertained with my squirrel chasing, but what can I say? They can be real little squirrel pigs! And apparently, the word is out because they’re coming in groups now. So I make frequent visits to the door… or out to the deck… or sometimes all the way out in the yard to shoo them away. They no longer scamper away as soon as they see me. As a matter of fact, they sometimes give me a look that says,


“Seriously lady, if you don’t want us to eat it, then why’d you put it here?”

But at this rate, in a few more months he and his friends will probably look like this…


And I don’t want to be responsible for an increase in obesity among the squirrel population.  So I’ll continue in my role as “The Squirrel Chaser” to try to give our birds more opportunities to eat and to pose for my photographer husband and me.

What kind of entertainment are you finding in your backyard this summer? I’d love to hear about it.


Bird tag




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God Bless the USA


God Bless America - Irving Berlin

God bless America, land that I love
Stand beside her and guide her
Through the night with the light from above
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From the mountains
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to the prairies
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To the oceans white with foam
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God bless America, my home sweet home!
Please pray for our country!

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