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20 Finds!


A few days ago, Brian and I were ‘hiking’ in a lovely park near my hometown. As with most geocaching adventures, the coords took us into a pretty wooded area. I’ve been to Rose Tree Park many times, yet not that far into it. We actually found two caches that day! The first was an aspirin type bottle just lying under a tree. I think it was ‘muggled’, meaning non-geocachers got their paws on it. I signed the log and hide it in the tree a bit better.

Here is Brian with the larger cache. I am going to find some more goodies to add to these containers as most are kind of pathetic. I just hope whoever finds it, leaves stuff for the next seeker.

I think this was a challenge to take your photo near the old lifesaving station in Virginia Beach. Easy enough.

This was my first micro-film canister size I found Saturday. It was lying on the ground like the one from the other day! I didn’t have a pen to sign it! I know where I put it, but alas, someone came along and may have moved it! That would mean I have to hunt for it again to sign it.

The above was found in a park near an old 1700 Grist Mill. It’s so pretty there. My brother Ken and Colleen had some of their wedding photos taken here. I also went looking for a ammo box all by myself. I felt safe as I saw other people walking the paths, but the hide was up a hill on a 45 degree angle. I should have had someone with me or at least a walking stick! I really was huffing and puffing when I got up to the fallen tree! I guess the ticker is working good. ; ) Getting down was a bit harder-no not again will I go solo in the woods.

This is near cache and the path is way down-I was crazy!

Pretty park

We had my mom here from Saturday to Monday. We took her to my father-in-law’s on Saturday. You read what happened there. We went to Carraba’s for dinner. The next day, we went up to Lancaster county. There’s a place up there called Flower & Craft Warehouse and everything in the store was 50% off, even marked down things. It was a bit overwhelming. The previously marked down things were outside in a red and white tent without proper lighting. I mean I could see enough to buy a few items. I got a big metal watering can for $5 and spray paint in a pretty green for $2-so I painted the watering can! It was white with ‘brush strokes’ of tan-kind of ugly. I wanted to get some summer like flowers for a big antique blue Ball jar I bought in Chincoteague. I got exactly what I wanted and will share the arrangement when I put it together.

After we went shopping we went to a diner a few miles down the road. It was shipped on three tractor trailers from Texas a few years ago. They did a great job restoring it! The food was good, could have been a little better. I got a turkey club and it was ‘half’ the size of the one I got in Atlantic City for about the same price!

So on the way home I mentioned geocaching. My mom got all excited as I’ve been telling her about it. I got my phone out and lo and behold, there was one in a town nearby. We had a little run-around until I looked at the map and there was the church. I found it within a few minutes and took the box over to her. It had decent ‘swag’ (goodies) in it and we took two things and left a few. Mom snagged a pen.

The next one was in a Lowes parking lot. That was closed and the GPS lead us near a cart return area. Now how could it be there? It had to be around the lamp post. Now from the help of another cacher for a  ‘not find’ near a lamp post, I learned you can lift those ‘skirts’ at the bottom. I mentioned this to Brian and he went over, pulled it up and there was the cache container! : )

So knowing this…there are a few I (we) have looked for and someone did tell me that one was indeed inside the skirt area (near wires) and then one near a grocery store was probably in the same kind of  location. It sure is a learning experience.

So we went back to one of the first areas we tried to find one as now I had clues from the logs and another geocacher that a stick was indeed a sign of where the cache was. There was a big electric box and Bri took the stick and stuck it under the box and felt something-a cache! Yay!

This was a bit damp.

We had looked near a lamp post in our town and it was full of old wasp nests! When I got home and read the logs and people seemed to say it was near there, but there was also one of the big metal electric boxes again-so thinking it’s under that.

Thinking I was on a roll, we stopped near the one near our house. I got out briefly and looked around. I’m not sure what I’m looking for. People said it was easy, but now I’m thinking it’s across the  street inside a guard rail. I think I’ll message the cache owner to see what it is.  That’s the most frustrating one so far!

I am at the stage of this hobby where I want to now hide some caches. I thought I had the perfect spot and called the Land Conservancy of my area. Seems of all the areas they sponsor and fund, the spot I picked is private land. The woman was so nice and said next month, they are making a trail a bit further down the road from the ‘mystery cache’ and I can surely hid one there-yay!

Yesterday and today are perfect, low humidity days. I did a fair amount of weeding, but I so need to mulch. My herbs look awful. Maybe we will do a run to Lowes after I do grocery shopping! : )

Tomorrow-summer blooms around the yard.

Helpful Hint


I don’t have a ‘decent’ blog post, but I do have a helpful hint. I am again suffering off and on with sinus issues (not sure if it’s the heat going on again or the flu shot), but I found this idea on the web and it seems to help-no medicine needed!
-For mild congestion, lay two fingers (middle and index) flat across one cheek (pointing up toward your eye). Close the nostril on the opposite side and then blow. While blowing, roll your fingers toward your nose like you’re squeezing a tube of tooth paste. This will help move the deep congestion toward the nasal passage where it can be blown out.

Artichokes and Persimmons


I am learning so much from the Rachael Ray show! Yesterday a doctor was on and talked of the benefits of the above foods for your cholesterol. I like artichoke hearts the best. My dinner last night had a few in it. I have a triglycerides issue and fish oil repeats on me. Now I don’t think I’ve ever had persimmons. I bet there is persimmons jam? Do you believe the average American eats 156 pounds of sugar a year! Wow-that is terrible. It’s hidden in so many foods.

I changed my blog style as I was looking for one with tabs at the top for addition pages. I think this style is even more organized. Wish my house was that way-everything where it should be or in see-through plastic boxes stacked alphabetically and labeled. I was in ‘the room’ that I want to craft in-OMG what a disaster. I have so much to go through. I have to sanitize the room as it’s the one that gets water in it when we have too much rain. I think I’ll get Brian to the Home Depot to get a new light fixture to start off with. At the same time he can get a new toilet to replace the 47 yr old ‘water waster’ we have upstairs. Wish me luck!

Dust mite or dust mate?


I stole the title from a webpage as it was just too perfect. Rachael Ray had a lady on today talking about the dust mite. Now she said to replace your bed every 5-7 years because they just get so ‘into’ the mattress, especially loading it with their droppings! Ugh! She also said pillows should be replaced every 1-3 years. She weighed one that was 3 yrs old and compared it to a new one-the old one weighed 8 ounces more.

I thought you should replace your mattress every 10 yrs, which we try to do. Some people never buy a new one! So come on-just imagine all the  dust mite poo you are sleeping on top of!  Ugh! At least enclose your mattress in plastic as that should help. 


Get yourself a wish list


That’s all I need to say. For the whiners (oh husband, mom, son, siggie other, daughter, you name them!) who say-“I don’t know what to give you for your birthday or Christmas!” Well go to Amazon and type in my email address (i.e.) and viola! There’s a list there if you are inclined to add things to a list, which I do (I do buy things once in a while too). And most things are at a discount! I showed Brian this months ago. Can we say short attention span?