Category Archives: I recommend

Some fun new spots on the web


I have discovered a few new areas around the web that I am enjoying. The first is I shot it, a photography site. You can enter the money winning contest for $10 a photo or try your luck at the freebie contest where you can win a t-shirt. I haven’t tried the money one yet, but may soon. I’m going through my many Flickr photos to add the best of my almost 11k photos!
Here is a screen capture of some of my photos:

Then a few days ago my friend Jenn pointed to is a link to me, my boards are near the bottom). It’s neat, especially if you like to look for decorating ideas. You have a Pin it link on your tool bar and if you see a lamp you like, you click on it and past it on a board you have at Pinterest. Pretty neat.
I’m off to the thrift shop in a few hours to consign some things. You can do 15 a week. I have 15, but should go down the basement and grab a few more things as maybe they won’t take everything. I think what I’m bringing is nice though. Wish me luck!
Blooming:Shasta daisies, butterfly bush, hydrangea and lilies. All my seeds are coming up-flowers and veggies!

Just something I found while adding to my food diary. I’m really trying hard to loss that first 5-6 pounds too.

Will beat 126,000 times, pump 1,848 gallons of blood, and push that blood nearly 13,653 miles throughout my body!

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I want to recommend the above link as I’ve gotten more into reading this last year. I’m trying to remember all the books I’ve enjoyed over the years and am up to 45 or so. I know I’ve read lots more. You can link to your friends and see what they are reading and bookmark some you want to read. Pretty neat. I’ve read almost every book by Amy Tan, John Irving and Nicholas Sparks. : )
We had really gorgeous weather this week-not too hot or cold. Today was really the first day it was a bit cloudy and it took the sun forever to peek out in the afternoon. I’ve been doing a little of this and that. I was inside more today with the clothes sorting business-that twice a year drudgery! I make myself fill up a trash bag to donate. I seem to get ‘pets’ clothes I keep for many, many years. I finally stuck an old gray sweater in the donate bag. I have 5 Hefty storage bags of just tops and a few sweaters. I pack lightly, whereas Sean jams his bags full. Bri never does his clothes without help and his armoire is a sight-jammed packed. I have lots of tops in mine, but they are mostly color coordinated and nicely folded. I have the pants and jammies to do. The whole house suffers when big mama is digging in the flower beds!
We have a luncheon for a baby christening to attend on Sunday which is about an hour away. I asked the mom if we could skip the christening itself. When Sean was baptized all those years ago, we had a luncheon and lots of people just went to that. I am still waiting on the address to the place as the invite got lost in the mail. I got little Eleanor (Nora) Rosemarie some cute outfits and I did take photos to share. I also have outside photos to share too. It’s suppose to rain off and on over the weekend.
Two-toned Wallflowers!
New Glazing Ball and Fuchsia Millions of Bells
New Glazing Ball and Millions of Bells

Snooping around the Brandywine Valley


Dianne and Miss Gratz the Cow, originally uploaded by DianthusMoon.

Sean and I were going to Winterthur in Delaware to see the azaleas in full bloom yesterday (actually he was just going to take me, he is kind that way). We get to the gate and the gardens are closed for maintenance on Mondays! We were disappointed and headed down Route 1. I asked him to stop at the Brandywine River museum so I could take some photos as I had toted along the camera. We had a nice time looking at the statues, wildflowers and river! Here are a few shots. This is me with Miss Gratz the cow. There is also Helen the pig and a 9 foot statue out front called ‘Boy with Hawk’.
Sean and Helen
Back view of boy with hawk
Wildflowers love this area
Foam Flowers
Lush tree at the museum
The Brandywine on a lovely spring day
View of the Brandywine River museum

From Wikipedia:
The Brandywine River Museum is a museum of regional and American art located on U.S. Route 1 in Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania on the banks of the Brandywine River. The museum showcases the art of Andrew Wyeth a major American realist painter, and his family: his father, N.C. Wyeth illustrator of many children’s classics, and his son, Jamie Wyeth a contemporary American realist painter.
Housed in a converted nineteenth century gristmill, the museum’s permanent collection features American illustration, still life works, and landscape painting by Jasper Francis Cropsey, Harvey Dunn, Peter Hurd, Maxfield Parrish, Howard Pyle, William Trost Richards, and Jessie Willcox Smith. The glass-wall lobby overlooks Brandywine Creek and rolling countryside that inspired the Brandywine School earlier in the early 20th century.
The museum also owns and operates tours of the nearlby N. C. Wyeth House and Studio, as well as the Kuerner Farm, inspiration for nearly 1,000 works of art by Andrew Wyeth from the 1930s until his death in 2009. Outside the museum are beautifully maintained Wildflower and Native Plant Gardens.
The museum was founded in 1971 as part of the Brandywine Conservancy thru the efforts of “Frolic” Weymouth. He has been on the board since its founding.
(I see a few places here I haven’t been to!)

Roses and Spookiness


Happy Memorial Day. A day to reflect and remember the brave soldiers and those who gave up their lives for our freedom.

Yellow rose bush with 17 buds, originally uploaded by DianthusMoon.

Yes, and they all have bloomed except one or two. My other roses, though not as big, are blooming nicely also.

Here’s a pink one:
Deep pink rosebud
The guys are both home today. Not planning to do too much.

We decided to take a vacation to Ocean City, MD this year as Brian’s dad hasn’t been well and it’s not a plane trip away like a Carribean trip would be. Plus, the prices are better and I told Sean we can stay right on the beach if we could find a reasonably priced place. We pinpointed a place through Ex*pedia, but he has to see when he can take 3-4 days off.
Yesterday I had the entire afternoon to myself. I read, I sat a spell, I cleaned lawn furniture and I planted the last of my herbs. The bugs are coming out, so I need to buy mulch. My flowers in the front garden are much happier and productive being mulched.
Saturday I planted some perennials in my round bush edged garden where I have mainly irises. My pretty irises did not like the 4 feet of snow and only 7 out of 15 varieties made a show this spring. I then went and planted flowers in the pond garden and Brian edged it for me. It looks so much better.
I’m reading a young adult fiction by a lady also named Dianne (K. Salerni)
Sean and I were in a bookstore a few weeks ago and he saw her name on the cover and pointed out that she spells her name like I do! I then remembered she was the daughter of prominent church members and that there was an article in the paper about her writing ‘We Hear the Dead’-so I bought it. It’s based on a true story about the Fox sisters from the middle 1800s who were said to start seances. There are yet other coincidences besides our first name. In the first 30 pages of the book, there are two names of people with the same first and last names as people I know or have known. The doctor’s name is my maiden name of Knowles and they have an older brother David! Spooky. I plan to have Dianne autograph her book for my niece and I will pass it on to her in a year or so. I found Dianne on Facebook and we friended each other there.

Family get together


Dianne and niece closer up, originally uploaded by DianthusMoon.

Yesterday was the first day I ventured out in the van since Tuesday as we were invited to a 14th birthday celebration for my nephew. We arrived to lots of yummy food from burgers on the grill (first for us of the year) to homemade mac and cheese. Mom brought a new game suggested by my middle brother called Apples to Apples. Bri, Sean, Mom, T and I played and it was fun. The link let’s you try it out online. T was a bit younger than recommended, but she did well.
Saw my one relative for the first time in 8 months and we hugged and talked. That was good. I hate grudges.
My dear niece always poses with me and I wanted to share this sweet shot Sean took. My hair use to be in the same color range of hers. She has blue eyes and mine look green here but are actually hazel.  She’ll be 11 on the 11th of April! She showed us the display board she made for her Elvis*Presley research paper. They could pick anything/anyone and she picked him. She may have been influenced to pick him as her dad and Elvis share the same January 8th birthday.
Ok, time to get moving and enjoy the last day in the 70s we’ll have for a while. It’s been absolutely gorgeous this weekend.

A Tuesday Afternoon


So I was thinking what else I could do beside clean-lol-well at least do something constructive. Things are still not set up the way I want them and I seem to be missing a box of knick knacks which I’ll probably find in July! : )
I have had a crick in my neck or is it the bottom of my head, on the right. It’s probably a pinched nerve, nothing new-an ache a day I call it! It was my right shoulder blade area yesterday.
I tossed in a pot some stew meat, carrots, Yukon potatoes, onions, celery, a turnip and a few cut Brussel sprouts (!) to make this:

My ‘secret ingredient’ is a small can of V8 juice as stew meat isn’t known to be the most tender meat. It really helps. And so does cooking it for at least 3-4 hours.
I also decided that what I would do to tidy a bit is to clip Rachael*Ray magazines. They are great magazines, but between hers and the other few I get, I needed to do some clipping. This is what I did:

I’ve only clipped two magazines so far. I cut out the recipe and wrote the name of the recipe on the front of a file folder. If I try it and like it, I can either write a comment about it right on the folder or start up a notebook with the tried ones. Now I can look at a glance at what looks good and find the recipe easily. I could go further and separate them by appetizer, main dish, pasta, beverage too. One folder probably won’t be enough. I am also writing hints on the bottom corner-use coarse salt in a paste to clean cast iron skillets or the best chicken noodle soup is Camp*bells. There is also a pull out 7 day planner that I just kept intact.
I have my ‘lost recipe’ cookbook open to try some cheddar cheese biscuits, so I think they will go well with the stew. I’ll make them shortly.
Bon Appetit!
Mrs. Jean Biden’s funeral was a stone’s throw from here today. I heard if you got in, they took away your purse, etc. for security reasons. President and Mrs. Obama attended as did Prez. Clinton and Nancy Pelosi.
The noon news had a live feed in the church and it showed V.P. Biden wiping his eyes. He had his mom a long time.
Sean’s at Wally World interviewing for a PT job. He is also going to take a test on Friday for census work which pays really well. So hopefully something will happen for him soon.

Winner of Thread board and a little I Recommend


Sunday, I was busy getting things ready to mail for the Flickr swaps I am in. I also wrote out a card for a little boy named Devin from ‘Make A Child Smile‘. Alex, the web mistress, is only adding a new child as they get approved, and they’ll be up for 30 days. Justine was just added Sunday.
I only had 3 stitchers interested in the thread board, so I asked Brian to pick from the letters I gave him, and he picked ‘L’-congrats Lisa! Please send me your address and I’ll mail off your prize shortly.
My recommend for the day-definitely get yourself some kind of ‘paint’ program for your computer other then what came with it. I use Paint Shop Pro 7 and Adobe Photoshop and have so much fun with them. There are free online places that don’t do as much as these, but I recommend Picnik which is an affiliate program of Flickr. A link appears above your photo on Flickr, so you edit your photos there. It has helped me with so many of my photos-mostly the exposure and color saturation.
Here is an example of my collages:
Paint shop programs really bring out your creativity-and as I say in my sidebar-use the right side of your brain.

Sunday’s ‘I Recommend’


Welcome to the nineth (full) edition of ‘I recommend’. As the name implies, this is a share to recommend just about anything you like or have tried. It can be a book, drink, food, movie, music CD-anything.

cflBrian started to switch out our old standard lightbulbs last year to the ‘piggy tail’ Compact fluorescent lightbulbs. (This is a guy you could tell lived through the Energy crisis of the 70s as he is always turning lights off).They are recommended by Energy Star-

Why should people use CFLs?
Switching from traditional light bulbs (called incandescent) to CFLs is an effective, simple change everyone in America can make right now. Making this change will help to use less electricity at home and prevent greenhouse gas emissions that lead to global climate change. Lighting accounts for close to 20 percent of the average home’s electric bill. ENERGY STAR qualified CFLs use up to 75 percent less energy (electricity) than incandescent light bulbs, last up to 10 times longer, cost little up front, and provide a quick return on investment.
If every home in America replaced just one incandescent light bulb with an ENERGY STAR qualified CFL, in one year it would save enough energy to light more than 3 million homes. That would prevent the release of greenhouse gas emissions equal to that of about 800,000 cars.
Do CFLs contain mercury?
CFLs contain a very small amount of mercury sealed within the glass tubing – an average of 4 milligrams. By comparison, older thermometers contain about 500 milligrams of mercury – an amount equal to the mercury in 125 CFLs. Mercury is an essential part of CFLs; it allows the bulb to be an efficient light source. No mercury is released when the bulbs are intact (not broken) or in use.
Most makers of light bulbs have reduced mercury in their fluorescent lighting products. Thanks to technology advances and a commitment from members of the National Electrical Manufacturers Association, the average mercury content in CFLs has dropped at least 20 percent in the past year.

They really are energy savers. We saw our electric bill dip below $100 for the first time in years. They come in a cool blue and a more yellow,I prefer the yellowish myself. I guess they call these other names.
When we remodeled our kitchen, going on 3 years ago, we chose Energy Star appliances too-the dishwasher and frig.
Have a great Sunday and if you are off, a restful Martin Luther King’s Day.


An Eagle fan photo:


A little ‘I recommend’


Not having the best 12 hours-I was sitting here around 10:45 last night and a huge piece of my tooth on the top right broke off. I think it started breaking off at dinner, as I felt something sharp in my mouth. It doesn’t hurt as it had a root canal done on it, but it’s a bit annoying and I have to eat all on the left side. I called and left a message at the office last night, hoping I’d have first dibs on the Monday appointments. Crossing fingers.

My ‘I recommend’ is to try home remedies for simple cures. Yesterday my eyes were puffy and I remembered reading about teabags helping reduce that. I got my used teabag out of the kitchen and kept changing it from eye to eye for about 15 minutes. Lo and behold, it helped! I use zinc oxide on the slight eczema caused by the nose piece on my glasses. Vaseline is good for taking off make-up. A tiny dab up each nostril helps in the wintertime (I use to get terrible nosebleeds when I was little). If my tummy is off, I chew an acidolphilus tablet or eat the Activa yogurt to build up the good bacteria there.

Dr. Phil’s wife Robin was on Rachael Ray and puts eggs whites on her face to tighten it up-eek-but if it works!
Do you have any you swear by?

Could you keep my mom in your thoughts as she sounds like she is getting a doozie of a cold. She just got up to make herself breakfast and her friend is coming over, but her being by herself makes me nervous.

We didn’t get any snow, just some sleet. It’s warming up a bit to the higher 30s today. According to my Farmer’s Almanac calendar, last night was the Full Wolf Moon, it was too overcast here to see.
Here’s an ATC I made yesterday:

I Recommend for Sunday-#8


Welcome to the eighth (full) edition of ‘I recommend’. As the name implies, this is a share to recommend just about anything you like or have tried. It can be a book, drink, food, movie, music CD-anything. Mister Linky will open to another page (that’s how it works on WordPress). Please add your link there and don’t forget to leave me a comment here.

Amaryllis blooming, originally uploaded by DianthusMoon.

During the winter, many of us gardeners miss the joy in seeing their outdoor flower gardens blooming and need some kind of cheery ‘fix’.  I try and save some of my garden flowers, but many have gone kaput by January or February. I recommend forcing bulbs such as the amaryllis I have pictured. Brian gave me this for my November birthday and I saw that it had opened over the weekend.
I also love African violets.
My African violets
They come in all colors from white to the darkest purple. Their leaves can be variegated too. They put up with a lot of neglect most of the time. I keep a bottle of AV plant food handy when I remember to water them and they perk up and give me a massive show of blooms.


So I finally got around to reading Philadelphia magazine’s 1oo year anniversary issue.  Since I’ve lived around this city for almost half that, I was interested to read their top 100 things that made Philly stand out. Since you probably don’t have a copy of it, #1 was Philly cheesesteaks. I was curious to know if my readers have had one? I make them once in a while and found some good steak meat that wasn’t a Minute Steak or Steak-ums-more flavor, a little more money. Gee, I think I want one soon! My tummy is definitely better.
It’s your turn: