Thursday, July 30, 2015

New Project in the Works...

I just had 150 of my favorite flower photos printed and will mount them on blanks to attempt to sell.  This is something I've not done before, because I always made my cards from scratch using card stock of various colors, tapes, stickers, fancy scissors, etc. The old fingers have really lost nimbleness and flexibility so this might be the way to go now. 
Floral Notecards For Sale:

Notecards are blank inside so you can write your own personal message. They are great for any occasion, thank you, or just to drop someone a line to let them know you’re thinking of them.

Original photographs, taken by Gere Reed, are printed 4” x 6” in a matte finish and each is set in a 5” x 6-7/8” white fancy embossed 80 lb. paper acid free frame.  All cards come with 80 lb. 5-1/4” x 7-1/4” envelopes.

These showcase cards provide the rich feel and expensive aura of high quality cards. They are a perfect presentation of Gere’s photography artwork.

Input welcome.......

I have made 390 cards (from scratch) in the past 5 years and sold all.

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

My Country Specials

We went on a 10 mile trip down the road to pick up some excellent meat products this morning. I won't tell you what all we bought - you will have to guess. It's all good! We watched a hanging beef being washed while we were being served in the shop! Tuesdays and Wednesdays are the days for hogs and beef to be slaughtered on site. Neat stuff!

Northeast PA's Custom Butcher Shop since the 1920's. Serving farmers, hunters and families throughout NEPA, the Endless Mountains Region of Pennsylvania and the Southern Tier of New York for four generations, Stepniak Beef offers professional butchering services with exceptional personalized service.

Inside Stepniak's retail store you will find fresh sausage, smoked products, and delicious cheese.

After arriving near home I was able to take some pictures of our nearby scenery.

Large crabapple tree on the left.
Love the sky today!
The lake is hidden from view from the upper road to home
I see it way out there!
There it is - I see our cabin!
Look at that sky! Coming across the dam now...
Almost to the cabin...

Mom used to call these "scrambled eggs"
Volunteers in the old rock garden..

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Monday, July 27, 2015

A Mixed Bag

Who knew there would be so many valves, switches, piping???
The Generac man is coming to fire her up today. That will validate the warranty and cover all components for two years.
I "might" offer him a slice of my freshly baked lemon cake.
All birds roost here
The Bald Eagle flies over and the Great Blue Heron goes fishing this morning.
The Joe Pye Weed at the lake's edge is blooming very early this year. It was late August in 2014 before it opened in its full splendor.
And the wet grass is full of bees pollenating small flowers.
Sometimes I forget to look both high and low! Straight ahead and left and right views aren't all there are. I'm surrounded by nature's wild beauty.
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Joe Pye Weed Info. LINK

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Early Bird

One of the 5 great blue herons that we know live nearby was sitting on our dock this morning at 6:30 am. I took the pictures through the kitchen window(s). They aren't clear because the pane on the storm window is very wavy. I tried to avoid the waviness. 

We know that there at least 5 living here because the other morning there were 4 roosting in the dying tree on our beachfront. When another flew in to join, the four flew away!

When it flew away today, one of the bald eagles passed over him, going in the other direction!

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Back at It...

Just playing around on a Saturday afternoon. Oh the possibilities!
Angels Bright
Blue Fairy
Dark Fairy
Pink Fairy
Pretty in Pink
Untouched original - by Jenyfra - Taken  through a window and screen at a restaurant.
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Friday, July 24, 2015

Forgotten Treasures

Wanna see my 4 leaf clovers? O.K. I just came across them when cleaning out a junk drawer. There are also two 5 leaf clovers and more encased in a resin thingy that I made to hang outdoors. It has gone scruffy now, but you can still see them. 24 fours and 2 fives. That otta be significant in some way, don'tcha think? I used to carry them all in my wallet. The "mountings" are permanent. 

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Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Write Your Own....

This is mine - Written in 2011.

The Obit

 The Obit - Support your local undertaker - drop dead.
Geneveva Molly Rideout of Uphill, died suddenly on Someday, Montha 99, 2016 in bed.
Born March 25, 1936 in Hungover, she was the daughter of the late GNN and PFN (D).
She loved working with craft materials, reading, baking, playing on her computer, and doing research projects. She was an exceptional horsewoman and lover of all of nature's creations. She was overly critical and excessive in her opinions, with a somewhat bold attitude. She surrounded herself with an invisible barrier of protection from emotional hurt. Her injuries were severe and long lasting and she never recovered from them.

The family would like to thank all of her friends for their compassion and understanding of her cantankerous nature and obsessive behaviors.

Survivors include her longtime husband, De Deer of Hungover, daughters and sons-in law LLR and RK of Busyville NJ, SLC and ESS of Italyville, NJ, and MLCR and SDB of Hungover, PA, her sons and daughters-in-law LMC and SDH of Stoutville, PA, EGR and PPP of Scratchton, PA; 10 grandchildren; 6 great grandchildren; sister, JCNE of Uphill, PA; and brother, PMN of Painlessville, PA.

Besides her parents, she was predeceased by her son, CGG in 1994 and sister, JCNC in 2004.

There will be no visitations and no services. Forget the flowers, music, donations, tributes and eulogies. She wants you to just share anything and everything you have with others so you will fulfill her dream of understanding others and being understood.  She came, she propagated, she shared, she left.

Interment is no one's business, but you might be interested in her epitaph which will read this way:

“I told you I was sick!”

Published in the local blab rags.

by GMR 12/17/11

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Bloomin' Beautiful

I showed you a few of our daughter's flowers previously.  We took a ride there today and saw some more different ones in bloom. 

Today the visit was more personal as she had another back surgery on July 7 and is just now getting around a bit. A short walk with her showing the latest blooms was very enjoyable. 
Here are a few of many.
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To review the June post go to this link:
Missy's flowers in June

Monday, July 20, 2015

Corn and Cake

We are livin' it up!
 Corn for supper - the first this year. Bought from our local farm stand in town from Lancaster PA .
 Who says it's too hot to bake a cake? Not here.
I added some fine crumbs that I made in the food processor from dried out cherry chocolate brownies, to the glaze.
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Friday, July 17, 2015


I have a difficult time pulling myself up into the passenger seat in the truck and getting down as well since my shoulder break in May of 2012. I haven't ever driven it since we bought it in 2006. I had a small car and that did fine until we needed to pull in our "extras" when times got rough. We sold it to our son and that was a good thing. Now every time I need to go somewhere the Mister is my chauffeur. He never complains. He drives me to the dentist and doctor appointments, to the grocery store, to the laundromat, for a sight-seeing drive, to Target or Walmart - everywhere! We no longer need the truck. It has been good to us, driving back and forth to SC, three times a year, the past nine years! It was time to make a change before it had a severe mechanical breakdown or rusted away. Updating and downsizing was the plan.

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