Sunshine on the wine and the plant

We have a philodendron living on our wine rack. The sunlight shining through the window caught my eye one morning. The above image is the result. Hope you enjoy it…

Beautiful day at the sale

This is our set up for Saturday at the highway 40 yard sale. Today it is sunny not a cloud in the sky temperature will only barely reach 80° and a light breeze. Perfect! 

It is 9:30 and we already have a very nice size crowd. We are looking forward to sales and having a successful Saturday.

Wednesday sunset

The off and on rainfall this evening did lead however to a very beautiful sunset. We have finished our first day of selling at the US Highway 40 yard sale. We will have more pictures coming as we will be here through this coming Sunday.

Camping in the Monongahela National Forest in West Virginia

A fun trip we took a few years ago.


The Monongahela National Forest is a national forest with over 920,000 acres located in the Allegheny Mountains of eastern West Virginia. We recently camped at the Horseshoe Recreation Area in the forest. The campground is at the extreme northern end of the Forest, surprisingly close to not only Maryland, but also Pennsylvania as well.

We drove from the Columbus, Ohio area after meeting up with one of our sons a and couple of grand kids. I must say it was quite the adventure driving the narrow, nearly one lane roads as we approached the Horseshoe campground. We got to the campground mid afternoon. The camp host was very friendly and delivered our purchased firewood right to our site.

Large campsite: I am standing in front of the tent

Starting out on a leisurely hike

Our site was huge! The asphalt pad for our Four Winds RV was long enough for…

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New Orleans’ famed above ground tombs in St Louis Cemetery No. 1

We consider our trip to New Orleans one of, if not the favorite place we have visited during our travels. It was four years ago, but the memories are still fresh. Hope you enjoy our photos of the famed above ground tombs.


St. Louis Cemetery No. 1 was established via a Royal Spanish Land Grant in 1789. It was originally outside the city limits, and was at least twice its current size. The Archdiocese of New Orleans now has control of this cemetery. Currently the only way you can get into the cemetery is with a licensed tour guide. Unfortunately vandalism has forced this action.

Multiple designs for the tombs, some fancy and some plain

The famed above ground tombs and wall tombs are designed for use by generation after generation. Many of the tombs are owned by individual families. Some of the very large tombs are known as society tombs where several families or groups have combined resources.  The laws dictate that a year and a day passes before an additional burial is permitted. As you would expect, there are many well-known, famous and infamous people whose tombs are located in…

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The magnificent Saguaro cactus of the Sonoran Desert

The Sonoran Desert in Arizona is one of our favorite locations to visit. There is just something about the giant saguaro cactus and the other incredible plants and animals of this environment.


IMG_3777The Saguaro National Park is unique in that it is actually in two different parts: The Tucson Mountain District and the Rincon Mountain District. One section is west of Tucson, the other is east of town. First designated as a National Monument in 1933, the monument was officially made a National Park in 1994.

Sher and I went to the Rincon Mountain District one afternoon when we were checking out some antique and art stores on the far est side of Tucson. We stopped at the Visitor Center to pick up some information brochures and a map of the park. We did not have to pay the entrance fee because we have the America the Beautiful Senior Pass.

Fish hook barrel cactus Fish hook barrel cactus

The beauty of the desert The beauty of the desert

The scenic loop drive is an 8 mile one way paved road that winds through a portion of the huge park. This will…

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Historic Convent in Oldenburg Indiana

Remembering our trip to a historic convent in southeast Indiana


On our recent RV day trip Sher and I spent a most enjoyable time viewing an Indiana treasure: The Immaculate Conception Convent, which is the Motherhouse of the Sisters of the Third Order of St. Francis.  The Sisters of St. Francis continue to serve the people of Indiana. Learn details at their Website Here including the fascinating history of the Order.

Motherhouse, right and church, left. Parking lot is for the Holy Family Catholic Church, out of view on left

Chapel and portion of the cemetery for Sisters

Beautiful Shrine overlooks the cemetery grounds

Not only is there beautiful architecture on the campus but peaceful cemeteries, shrines, a school and a  farm. Oldenburg is known as “The City of Spires” due to the many church spires visible on the skyline of this quaint Indiana town.

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Two years later

Taken on June 20, 2020

Taken on June 25, 2021

Taken on May 26, 2022

This Black Cherry was one we got free from the Conservation Service and Indiana DNR. The first picture was taken on June 20, 2020 shortly after being planted. The sapling was then in a cage for protection, and the top visible rung on the cage is less than 2 feet high. The second picture was taken on June 25, 2021. Then the tree was a little over 6 feet tall. The tree has reached a little over 12 feet in height now. It’s amazing how quickly this Black Cherry has grown.