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Wednesday, December 30, 2015

One Last "Happy Holidays"

       
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As 2015 comes to an end let me wish you one last "Happy Holidays".

My hope is that you have had a wonderful time these past few weeks, whether you have a little or a lot. Me? I have little in material things but I have much in family and a few friends. At times like this it is family, and my faith in God, that gets me through and what few friends that I have make me glad for what I have.

So, as we are starting a New Year I pray that you will have many happy holidays in the coming year and begin to realize that it is not in the material things where you can find happiness but it is in the people that you have in your life. I would rather have a couple of close, loving and honest friends than many people around all of the time because of what I have, and not for who I am.

It is by my family and my faith in God where I find true happiness, and it is my hope, wish and prayer that you may find this kind of happiness and contentment as well.

Having said this I do wish you all a most wonderful end to your "Happy Holidays" and the beginning of a most wonderful and happy New Year... :-)


Monday, December 28, 2015

Color Of Winter At Christmas

       

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At Christmas, here in Western MD, it is usually in the 20's or 30's with snow but this year the weather has been so nice with warm temperatures that have ranged from the 40's to the 60's.

On Christmas day, even though it was overcast, the weather was warm. There are Fall leaves still hanging on some trees, and on the hillside at the back of the yard there were colors of Reds and Greens for Christmas mixed in with bright colors of Yellow and Orange of Fall still hanging around.

Two days later the temperature hit 70 on the back porch. Ummm, with just five days left until the New Year, I hope that we do get some days down in the 20's with some snow thrown in, not too much, just so I won't have to go out and cut the grass in January. That would be a first if that is something that I have to do...


Friday, December 25, 2015

Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays

       
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My Friends, if you celebrate Christmas then I wish you a very Merry Christmas. If you do not celebrate Christmas then I wish you a joyous Happy Holidays. Either way may this time of the year bring you some joy no matter where you are what is your situation. We all need some peace and love and may the season bring these into your life...



Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Three On A Bench

       
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Look at the shoes. There are actually three people on this bench. With that said, you can look at the photo and see if you can figure it out... :-)


Monday, December 21, 2015

Happy Holidays At The Embassy Theatre

       
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The Embassy opened in 1931 and for many years operated as a movie theater. Years later it had been turned into retail space. Eventually it was remodeled into a live performance theater and allied arts venue and is still in use to this day...


Sunday, December 20, 2015

A Trace But It Is Something

       
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Yeah, that bit of white stuff is the result of our first snow of the season as of December 19. It is not much but by this time of the year we have already had several inches or a foot or more of snow.

Here is a link to a photo that I posted last year that was dated December 3, 2014 that shows what a typical snow time is like in my neighborhood. You can compare it to the photo above and see why even this little amount starts to get me excited about Winter; which will officially arrive this coming week.

Problem is, starting Monday the temperatures are supposed to rise and by Christmas Eve the temp will be in the upper 60's. Ugh, no White Christmas this year, and that is a bummer...



Friday, December 18, 2015

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Faces In A Railcar's Windows

       
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Children riding the railroad cars of the Western Maryland Scenic Railroad being pulled by Mountain Thunder...

A color version of Mountain Thunder can be found here...



Monday, December 14, 2015

Friday, December 11, 2015

Buttercup

       
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Not that long ago the yard was full of these little Buttercups. Now none can be found anywhere but, if the weather continues with this warm spell any longer they just might start popping back up... :-)

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Dueling Photographers

       
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I was on the Mall when I noticed these two women walking my way. Suddenly one said, "I think I am going to photograph this." The other one said, "OK, while you are doing that I will photograph this way." At the same time I raised my camera and caught them both looking as if they were photographing each other. Sometimes you can capture life as it is at just the right time.

Did someone just say, "Decisive Moment?"... :-)



Monday, December 7, 2015

Vintage Christmas Decorations

       
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One large room out front and three smaller rooms in the back, that is what you will find at Baltimore Street Collectibles. Right now, pretty much all of these rooms are full of vintage, some collectible, Christmas decorations. My wife has already purchased a couple of items and prices really were not bad at all.

Baltimore Street Collectibles is an eclectic mix of vintage collectibles and unique home furnishings. Choose from their selection of beautiful glassware, costume jewelry, furniture, books, records...and right now Christmas items galore.

They are located at 43 Baltimore St. Cumberland, MD...

No, I have no connections with this business, only as a customer, but I think this place offers quite a lot of vintage and collectible items all year round at prices you will appreciate. If you are ever in Cumberland stop by and look around. Even if you just visit you will enjoy it... 



Friday, December 4, 2015

Friday Favorite..... White Horse

       
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Just a memory from one of my old "Road Trips"...


Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Memories From Days of Yore

      
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Mountain Thunder heading West to Frostburg, MD. Looking as it might have when it traversed the rails in the past...