Sunday, August 30, 2009

2nd Encounter with an Historic Ghost


Back in December of 2007, Tom and I and his parents visited the Marietta House in Glenn Dale, Maryland. The Marietta House was the plantation home of Gabriel Duvall, who was an associate justice on the Supreme Court in 1811.
On our visit then, I confirmed the ghost's location when I entered the upstairs guest room. The guide explained how the room was used at the time Duvall and his family lived there. I told Tom that when I entered I immediately felt really anxious and uncomfortable in that room. I also developed a pain in the center of my chest, like a heart attack. I sensed that the ghost was telling me how he passed (I sensed it was an older man that died in that room) from a heart ailment.
Yesterday, August 29, 2009, we drove back to the mansion to get a photo of it for my book on ghosts and spirits. Again, I encountered that male ghost but I was OUTSIDE the mansion. It was the same man that died of a heart attack that I sensed in 2007, because while taking the photo, the ghost came to me and made me feel that burning chest pain again. Once I took the picture of the house, and heard him in my head say, "get away from my home." Of course, after getting the picture ... I did!

Saturday, August 29, 2009

DC Comics storms the film world!

(IMAGE: Green Lantern and the Flash- topics of 2 superhero movies in progress!)
DC Comics storms the film world
Among the projects on front burners:
=- "The Losers," an action-adventure drama starring Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Zoe Saldana and Chris Evans, begins principal photography this week in Puerto Rico.
-- "Jonah Hex," a supernatural Western starring Josh Brolin, Megan Fox and John Malkovich, recently wrapped production in Louisiana.
TO SEE VIDEO INTERVIEW ABOUT JONAH HEX:
-- "The Green Lantern," Warners' next big superhero tentpole, is set to star Ryan Reynolds after a long search.
-- Fox has picked up the TV series "Human Target," starring Mark Valley, for the fall.
Meanwhile, other superhero projects are moving forward at Warners.
The studio is taking pitches on sci-fi hero Adam Strange and the underwater-breathing hero "Aquaman," to be produced by Leonardo DiCaprio.
Also in the pipeline: "Bizarro Superman" being developed by "Galaxy Quest" team Dean Parisot and Robert Gordon; a sequel to "Constantine," with Goldsman, Lauren Shuler Donner and Erwin Stoff producing; two concurrent Green Arrow projects, an origin story and a prison-set one titled "Super Max"; and "Shazam," which was set up at New Line but has moved to Warners, with Pete Segal attached to direct. One animated straight-to-DVD title is "Superman/Batman: Public Enemies" in production for a Sept. 29 release.
Finally, comic book writer Geoff Johns worked up a new treatment for a "Flash" script, being written by Dan Mazeau; Johns will act in a producer capacity on the project, which has not attached a director. SOURCE: SuperheroHype.com

Thursday, August 27, 2009

GOOD BOOK - The Secret Lives of Dogs: The Real Reasons Behind 52 Mysterious Canine Behaviors


I'm almost done reading a great book on dog behavior. It's called "The Secret Lives of Dogs: The Real Reasons Behind 52 Mysterious Canine Behaviors" by Jana Murphy, editor of Pets Magazine.
It gives GREAT info... like why dogs like their ears scratched, tip their heads while listening to you; sleep on their backs; bury bones; chew shoes; dislike having their feet touched (they have LOTS of nerve endings on top of their paws); digging; humping legs; raiding the trash; jumping up; howling at sirens and SOOOO much more. The book tells you WHY they do it, the offers suggestions to correct the behavior and even offers FAST FIXES. EXCELLENT BOOK!
- I also learned that sticks from fruit trees have a level of toxicity to them, and should NOT be given to dogs. Other trees to avoid:black walnut; black cherry; red oak; black locust; yew and red maple. They each contain a substantial amount of poison to a dog!!
You can take a look inside on Amazon.com:
http://www.amazon.com/Secret-Lives-Dogs-Mysterious-Behaviors/dp/157954312X#reader

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

A fun joke for your Wednesday

It's always good to have a smile to get you through the week, and this is little joke came from Mom F in Maine (she has funny stuff). Enjoy! :)
AN ITALIAN BOY'S CONFESSION
'Bless me Father, for I have sinned. I have been with a loose girl'.
The priest asks, 'Is that you, little Joey Pagano ?'
'Yes, Father, it is.'
'And who was the girl you were with?'
'I can't tell you, Father.. I don't want to ruin her reputation'.
"Well, Joey, I'm sure to find out her name sooner or later so you may as well tell me now. Was it Tina Minetti?'
'I cannot say.'
'Was it Teresa Mazzarelli?'
'I'll never tell.'
'Was it Nina Capelli?'
'I'm sorry, but I cannot name her.'
'Was it Cathy Piriano?'
'My lips are sealed.'
'Was it Rosa DiAngelo, then?'
'Please, Father, I cannot tell you.'
The priest sighs in frustration. 'You're very tight lipped, and I admire that..But you've sinned and have to atone.You cannot be an altar boy now for 4 months. Now you go and behave yourself.'
Joey walks back to his pew, and his friend Franco slides over and whispers, 'What'd you get?'
'Four months vacation and five good leads.'

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

What is it About Mondays? / a Good Movie

We had a good weekend, despite being so busy around the house...we also got to visit our friends Mike and Heidi for a couple of hours. They were having a "Japanese food-fest" and we enjoyed the company.
Sunday night, after a long weekend of a LOT of cleaning up after the contractors working on our house - there was construction dust on everything upstairs so we had to wash everything, scrub the floors, windows, etc. It took about 5 hours. We ended the weekend watching a good movie we bought for my nephews. (See below).
MONDAYS - What is it about Mondays that make it a challenge to start the week? I was ready to work from home knowing the contractors in the house (they're working in the room that houses our computer) would be working around me. However, they needed to really work around me... and were installing a doorway into the attic (hammering, sawing, etc.) and were going to paint the ceiling of the room I work in. So, at 9:30am after 2+ hours of work, I dressed for work, drove the dogs to daycare and went to the office. The Internet connection there was DEAD. Email was DEAD. In my job, you need both. So, after 1 frustrating hour trying to get computer/IT assistance I returned home to work around the contractors. That worked until 2pm, then I had to go back to the office to get out of the way. Needless to say, I felt like the Mark Chesnutt country song goes "It sure is Monday."
GOOD FAMILY MOVIE: Far from Home: The Adventures of Yellow Dog - On Sunday night, we relaxed and watched a movie we bought for my nephews. It's from 1995, and it was really good. Of course, waiting in the last 5 minutes for a happy ending was driving me crazy. Anyway,here's the synopsis of the story: Teenager Angus adopts a stray dog and names him Yellow. Several days later, while travelling along the coast of British Columbia with Angus's father, John, the boy and dog become stranded when turbulent waters capsize their boat. Angus's parents relentlessly badger rescue teams. Angus, schooled by his father in wilderness survival skills, and assisted by the intelligent Yellow Dog, tries to attract rescuers.

Saturday, August 22, 2009

Inside Dormer Done!! / Dogs Happy


Franklin is pretty happy now that the inside work on our three window dormer is completed!!

Dolly and Franklin got very comfortable on their bed once we cleaned up all the construction dust from the room where the new dormer was installed. There was a LOT of construction dust, and after our great contractor and his assistant finished the inside of it today (Saturday), we dusted everything off, vaccuumed, washed the floors and moved everything back.

This is a photo taken early this morning before the paint was applied to the walls of the new dormer. Notice the new flooring was installed.

Here's the brand new room, with all of the furniture (and TV) moved in, and of course, the dog bed. Wow. It's so incredible to be able to see outside from the second floor, looking at the street (and seeing the direction all the storms come from). We are really excited about it. Now work continues on the outside of the dormer.
DOLLY RECOVERING- Dolly is feeling a lot better after a vet visit. She was given metronazidole, and is also on Pepcid twice a day. Her small intestine is producing too much bile (likely from something she ate), and had been giving her serious liquid poo problems. After the first dose of that medication, that all stopped. Wow. She's feeling better, and we are too, knowing she's not as sick as she was this week.

Friday, August 21, 2009

Dolly is doing better today...


(PHOTO: Dolly and Franklin laying around today while Dolly recovers. Franklin hasn't left her side for a minute, and lets her use him as a pillow!)
Dolly is doing better. went to the vet, she's on an anti-inflammatory (Metroinazole) for her lower intestine. It was having fits (likely from something she ate). She's also on Pepcid twice a day to reduce the acid the small intestine is generating.
Before she took the anti-inflammatory, she still had 5 bouts of diarrhea this morning... and of course, one right outside the front door of the Vet's office!
As for finally sleeping, fortunately, Doggy Daycare gave her Imodium yesterday, which helped quell her symptoms overnight, so she slept last night. She's sluggish today (likely because I'm working at home and had no lunch break to walk her and Franklin). - but at least not running outside. Poor doggy. She should be closer to normal in 3 days or so... we hope!

Thursday, August 20, 2009

A Sick Dog Day



Dolly Sick All Night -
Last night Tom picked Dolly and Franklin up at doggy day care, and Dolly had apparently eaten something on the ground and developed serious diarrhea. She immediately needed a bath when she got home (Tom said it was a pungent ride home)- so I gave her and Franklin baths. Despite a good appetite, she had 4 more episodes through the night... which meant Rob getting up to let her out (She's such a good girl and lets us know when she has to go out). She's now on rice and boiled chicken, and will get an Imodium. Fortunately, the day care will separate her with little Franklin (the dachshund) into their own run today.
Speaking of doggy illnesses, the following appeared yesterday in USA TODAY:
Aug. 18, 2009 -- Canine influenza, the potentially deadly H3N8 virus commonly known as dog flu, is spreading.
So far the virus has led to the death of one dog last week, closed down the kennel at Virginia's Fairfax County Animal Shelter, and, according to experts, is now affecting dogs in at least four other states: Colorado, New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania.
Symptoms in dogs can include fever, lethargy, loss of appetite and a respiratory infection that may last a few weeks. One to five percent of victims die from related hemorrhagic pneumonia. Although 30 states have reported cases over the past five years, Dubovi said outbreaks are "usually sporadic and then die out."

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Day 7: Major Home Renovation -Drywall and Covering

Yesterday, August 18th brought some good progress to our window dormer renovation! Our contractors finished installing the drywall on the sides of the dormer. Here's a photo of Dolly, holding her stuffed duck toy (it's a toy, not a taxidermied duck!) while posing for the camera in front of the new drywall.

Meanwhile, on the outside, the contractor put up the covering / insulation / vapor barrier - Tom could tell you exactly what it is, and he's not writing this, so you'll have to go with my explanation. We had some strong thunderstorms last night, and more expected tonight, so this is getting a good workout.

Riding with the Dogs!

One of the dogs' favorite things to do is take a ride with us- and we love to accommodate them. In fact, our pickup truck is an extended cab, and the entire back seat of it is filled with pillows and comforters so they can ride in complete comfort, including treats, and chew toys. Here's a picture of Dolly and Franklin settling into the truck with Tom in the passenger seat. We were getting to do a run to the landfill, with trash generated from the construction of our big dormer window. We seem to love going to the landfill.

Franklin (Left) the dachshund and Dolly (right) the Weimaraner always try to vie for front snooting priviledges. We always watch to see who out-snoots who. Usually though, Dolly gives in and lets Franklin take the middle between the two seats as he fits there perfectly. She opts for lounging in the back, nibbling on a bone or "dental dinosaur!"

On Sunday, we visited our friends Richard and Hil and their spunky, lovable dog Amy. They live in Washington, DC - so it's always interesting navigating into the city -but it's always a fun time. It was a nice day on Sunday, too, partly sunny and 93F.

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Day 6: Major Home Renovation - Slow Progress

There's a lot of things that go into such a renovation as the one we're having done on our roof- moving all of the electrical outlets and cable outlets, and adding some of them in addition to switches takes a lot of work. Here's what the dormer looks like on the outside, currently:

Meanwhile, in the inside, the contractor has installed the drywall in the ceiling - which we've decided to make it into a Cathedral ceiling - and it adds a LOT of space!! It was a last minute decision, too, because the contractor didn't get a chance to frame the lower ceiling before we came home - and we both thought "This would make a great Cathedral ceiling!"

See the Video: Twilight: The Parody (Book by our friend Steve)

The first parody novel of Twilight published in April 2009 gets its first parody video! Our friends Steve Jenner (who wrote it) and Lynn gave Rob the thrill of being the narrator for this You Tube promotional video. The book is REALLY FUNNY and a must-read. Both Rob and Tom read it, and you should, too! For information, go to the website: http://www.twilightparody.com

Monday, August 17, 2009

Missing any Big Events?

On Monday, WPOC-FM was asking if you as a parent, or if your parents ever missed a big event for a member of the family. I'd be curious to hear if you've experienced that.
- My mom and dad didn't fly out to my graduation in Kentucky in 1997 (it was my 3rd degree- the one in meteorology) because my mom is afraid to fly. The compromise was that my younger brother was getting his Master's degree in a couple of weeks after, so I flew to Boston to celebrate both events with the family. If it wasn't for my friends Kerry and Ryun in Kentucky, it would have been a pretty empty celebration. Ryun and his family invited me to dinner (he graduated with me); and Kerry decorated the inside of the house where I was renting a room.
- Recently, my mother didn't go to our wedding either. Flying wasn't the issue, as my brother arranged to drive her. Why she didn't go- it's still a mystery as she loves Tom and I. Perhaps because she's in her early 80s she didn't want to drive 6 hours round trip? I'll never know- but again, there was an empty space there. I know that if my Dad were still alive, he would've been there and brought my mother, too.
Unfortunately, I'll always remember those missed events, but it's just in a disappointment sense.
HAVE YOU MISSED ANY BIG EVENT FOR SOMEONE IN THE FAMILY? I'm curious to hear.

Friday, August 14, 2009

Day 5: Major Home Renovation / Rob's New Office Space/ Great Comicbook Series!


Day 5 of the new window dormer renovation in the house only involved the placement of insulation in the walls, and not much else that we could see - but it's progress! It means that it's coming along- and hopefully, the contractor will be putting up the drywall in the next couple of days...

Here's a photo of Rob's new "cubicle" at work. Notice that one of the first things that went up were all the photos of Tom and the dogs, Dolly and Franklin; and the coffeemaker. :) At least the cubicle faces a big glass window and door - so I can see what's going on outside - weatherwise. I just need to buy headphones to listen to the radio while I work.
WEEKEND PLANS - Tom has lined up a whole host of weekend chores- from working on the patio roof to painting to trimming shrubs. There's also oil changes for the vehicles, dog baths, dog walks, and hopefully the gym. Whew! We need 3-day weekends.
ONE OF THE BEST COMIC BOOK STORY LINES EVER: BLACKEST NIGHT - Rob is a big fan of the superhero The GREEN LANTERN - as you know, Rob dressed up like him this past Halloween. In Rob's opinion, DC Comics should have thrown out the "Final Crisis" storyline and just kept "Blackest Night"- It's awesome!!
Blackest Night is a crossover story arc published by DC Comics about how a counterpart to the Green Lantern's Central Power Battery is found and accidentally activated. Dead superheroes, killed in recent years are brought back to life via the use of black power rings issued by the Green Lantern villain, Black Hand at the behest of Nekron. The Blackest Night series of interconnected stories will be published for eight months via a limited series of the same name as well as in both Green Lantern and Green Lantern Corps comic titles.

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Day 4: Major Home Renovation / Doggy Daycare Prep

On Wednesday, August 12, the electrician was brought into the house to install new plugs and light switches in the new, expanded area of the house - the 11 foot wide dormer windows on the 2nd floor. We're also planning to install a ceiling fan, too. - Because of the construction, Rob hasn't been able to work at home his average 3 days, and have been going to the office. So, Dolly and Franklin (our dogs) are driven to doggy day care in the morning by Rob, and Tom picks them up on his way home. They love day care and always get very excited about it. Whenever I say "Doggy Daycare," tails wag, and the dogs give us kisses- as Dolly gave me this morning in this picture. They're so cute when they get excited for day care!

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Day 3: Major Home Renovation:New Window Dormer/Heat/Phones


Tuesday was Day #3 of the major home renovation on the house, and the 3 windows were installed! It's coming together very well- and our contractor is Amazing! If you want a great contractor, just drop us a note and we'll give you his contact info. Even our weimaraner Dolly loved it, so she wanted to pose in front of it.
HEAT WAVE OVER - Our 3 day heatwave of highs in the 90s is over. I know it's nothing compared to south Texas' 45+ days over 100F, but that's why we live in Maryland! :)
CELL PHONE SHOPPING - My Motorola razor phone keeps turning off on it's own now, and I can't explain it. I took it to T-Mobile last night, and one of the Cust. Service Reps said the phone got wet. I don't ever remember the phone getting wet (Tom thinks it was coffee). Anyway, I'm looking for a decent, cheap phone. I don't text, and don't use internet. I use the phone only to talk to people... imagine that! :) Yeah, I'm old.

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Day 2: Major Home Renovation: a New Window Dormer


Construction has re-started on our 3-window dormer on the 2nd floor. Yesterday, the contractors cut through the roof and framed the area to expand the 2nd floor.Fortunately, they secured a large blue tarp over it, because our "Isolated thunderstorms" happened to ISOLATE right over our house last night at 10:30pm and rain like heck. In fact, the lightning was frequent and I'm sure I heard hail - so those were pretty powerful thunderstorms.This is a photo of the house from the outside with the tarp over the addition.

Here's a look at the inside of the room- the wall has been knocked down, and the frame has been built. We love the newly raised roof area, and we're thinking it would be great to keep it as a cathedral ceiling area.

Monday, August 10, 2009

Busy Weekend!

With the big renovation of a 3-window dormer in progress on the 2nd floor of the house, our computer has been disabled, so I have to find other means to blog! - Anyway, it was a nice weekend - but busy. For some reason, we haven't been able to sit and watch a movie for over 2 months! Friday night, our friends Craig and Jim came over and we enjoyed Mexican food with them - Jim swims alot and just did another big swim event. Last month he swam across the Chesapeake Bay! Craig's a great photographer (his blog is linked to ours) and has a great Mastiff and 2 cats, full of adventures. It was great to see them!
ATTIC INSULATION REPLACEMENT



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On Saturday, we took advantage of the open wall in our upstairs from the construction and replaced ALL of the insulation in the front of the house. It was nasty, dirty, messy and cramped!! I crawled into the attic crawlspace (because I'm shorter and can crawl around like Spiderman). The masks we used didn't filter out the dust and dirt from the old, crumbling insulation. After finishing, we both had to immediately wash our clothes and take showers. - Then we got to walk the dogs 1 1/2 miles! - After that, it was time to PAINT THE PATIOS! - Tom and I picked out paint that would match the outside of the house (a light green) and Tom Painted both the back and front patios while I brought the old insulation to the dump and then went grocery shopping! We ended the evening with dinner with Tom's folks at IHOP, and we were both exhausted!
BEFORE:
AFTER:
SUNDAY - It was a HOT day here... reached 93F... so we walked the dogs on a 2 mile jaunt early to the local Farmer's Market, then Rob cooked - as our friend Ron V. came over. We haven't seen him for 1 1/2 years- so it was way past time. We sat outside and got some sun in the backyard despite the heat. After Ron's visit it was back to laundry, cleaning, etc. Where do weekends go?

Thursday, August 6, 2009

APA Report / Construction on Hold

Today is a rainy day in Baltimore/Washington, so the construction on our Window dormer is on hold until next week... when the sun and Scorching temperatures in the mid 90s return...
Meanwhile - there was an interesting report form the APA today about foolish churches and right-wing groups trying to "change gay people into straight people." I can tell you that I Personally know people who went through that stupid, stupid, useless "therapy" and it drove them to the brink of suicide, just as the report indicates. People are born gay or straight. They don't choose it, and can't change it. How foolish. Would a straight person choose to be gay (and deal with all of the hatred, intolerance, prejudice and unequal rights? Of course not). One friend's parents even had a church "exorcism" performed on him to make him "straight" and put him under therapy. Of course it didn't work. How would it make you feel if your parents put you through all that stupidity? I'm happy to report he's still with us and doing well now. He's also an incredibly loving and forgiving guy, and forgave his parents for the religious hell they put him through. I'm just glad to see the APA finally did a comprehensive report.
People are who they are. After all, Did you ever try to get an old Italian mother to not hold a Grudge? Yeah, good luck with that, too. - Rob
Programs to change gays to straights don't work, report says
• American Psychological Association: Trying to change orientation can be harmful
• Group urges mental health professionals not to advocate changing orientation
• Homosexuality de-listed as mental disorder in '75, but some programs still treat it
"Contrary to claims of sexual orientation change advocates and practitioners, there is insufficient evidence to support the use of psychological interventions to change sexual orientation," said Judith M. Glassgold, chairwoman of the task force that presented the report at the group's annual meeting in Toronto, Canada. The Washington-based association represents more than 150,000 members.
FULL STORY: http://www.cnn.com/2009/HEALTH/08/05/gay.to.straight/index.html

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Day 1: Major Home Renovation: a New Window Dormer

We decided some months ago that we wanted to install a new, wide dormer (containing 3 windows) on the 2nd floor of the house. We hired a contractor that installed dormers in another house in the neighborhood - as we run into a lot of folks walking the dogs each night. Last week, all the lumber was dropped off into the driveway (seen here). On Monday night, Tom and I moved all of the furniture, computer and TV away from the front wall of the house. Inside on Tuesday, August 4, the inside front wall of the upstairs "TV room/office" was torn out. On Day 2, the contractor is going to open up the roof...although there's a slight risk for severe thunderstorms in the evening...

Monday, August 3, 2009

Remembering My Dad, One Year Later

It was one year ago today, August 2, 2008 that I received the call that my Dad passed away. It was surreal to say the least, and shocking.
Today, one year later, my mom is still struggling to come to terms with it. Dad did a lot of things that Mom never did, like write checks and pay bills, take care of the cars, grocery shop, and more. Mom has been learning all of these things with the help of my younger brother Doug and older brother Steve, both of whom live in Massachusetts (and they have their own families). It's been a challenge at times, and my mother's emotional state has been up and down. I call her every day, and oftentimes she repeats the same things 3 and 4 times.
(PHOTO: One of my favorite pics of Dad and Mom, where Dad was laughing at something during opening presents at Christmas)
I miss my Dad every day. I miss the letters he would write me every couple of weeks, filled with newspaper clippings, a superhero comic book or two that he would go out of his way to surprise me with, or other little things. His letters were filled with what he and Mom have done, who they met, where they went out to shop or eat, or how they were fixing the house. Dad always wrote about what was happening in my hometown in Mass., or talk about the weather, ask about Tom and the dogs, or tell me about the latest book he was reading and how good it was. I'm now reading many of his books, and that's how I'm remembering him on this day.
I've been fortunate enough to communicate with my dad AFTER he passed, and many times. Dad's helped me find things, given me signs to calm my mother and shown me what life is like after our time on Earth. He's always here if I need him- all I have to do is call him, and that's a blessing. I think of dad in every comic book I read, every book I read, and every time I write something. He inspired me to read and write. It has been a year since he moved onto the next life, and I miss talking with him and getting his letters, but his memory lives forever. I love you, Dad.

TMJ Overdone = Locked Jaw

Two weeks ago I blogged about the misfortune I had with a root canal in one tooth, that
triggered an abscess in a molar 4 teeth down from the root canal. The abscess was pulled.
Both of those events combined resulted in keeping my mouth open for about 2 hours in the
same week. That's a lot when you have Temporomandibular joint disorder ( TMJ).
TMJ is an umbrella term covering
acute or chronic inflammation of the temporomandibular joint, which connects the mandible to the skull. The disorder and resultant dysfunction can result in significant pain and impairment.
Well, there was pain, and there was (and still is) impairment. "Lock jaw." In fact, since then, I've only been able to open my mouth about 1" without pain. My chiropractor has been treating it, too (yes, Chiropractors treat TMJ!) and helping a lot. Maybe by the end of August, I'll be able to eat a sandwich without squashing it flat. Meanwhile, I'm hoping to stay away from dental issues... (PHOTO: Rob trying to smile with TMJ?)

Sunday, August 2, 2009

Weekend Stuff

Another weekend is here, and today (Sunday) is an unusual weather day - showers and thunderstorms all day long! Here in Maryland, it was a pretty dry July so today's all day rains on and off are welcome. We even have a flood watch up this afternoon because of heavy rains from powerful thunderstorms (associated with a very wet cold front sweeping through).
PANERA BREAD TIME: We enjoyed our typical coffee/tea and bagel breakfast Saturday and and today. Today we were joined by friends Steve and Jane for an early breakfast, so it was fun!
BEACH DAY /GHOST BOOK PROGRESS!: On Saturday afternoon, we went to the Chesapeake Bay Pride Festival. This year it was at Mayo Beach in Edgewater, Maryland- so it was more appealing. The highlight for me were the two dog rescues- German Shepherd Rescue and Maryland Dog Rescue - so we made little donations. The number of dogs needing homes around the Baltimore/Washington area is unbelievable. On a happier note, Tom loves the beach, so going to the festival was a big treat. It was really wonderful to sit on the beach for an hour in the sun. Tom read a book and I edited my book on ghosts and spirits. I finished my first big round of edits, so I'm going to have our friend Jane edit it next. Anyway, it was a nice way to spend the afternoon, and I got a sunburn! Mayo Beach is a nice little beach, located on the Chesapeake Bay, about 20 minutes south of Annapolis. We plan on going back.

Gift/Memorial Suggestions

Several of our friends have lost loved ones (human and pets) and we found that one of the best ways to honor their memory is to give to an animal charity.
What better way to recognize a life of love, than by giving another life a chance for love?
We donate to many animal rescues, but because we volunteer with
DC Weimaraner Rescue and Coast-to-Coast Dachshund Rescue, those are our 2 favorites.
Consider giving the chance of life to a dog or cat.

Great Books by our friends

Great Books by our friends
Check out these great books (yeah, Rob's are in there, too)

About us

We're two married guys who enjoy the simple things in life, especially our dogs. We volunteer for dog rescues, enjoy splitting dinners, exercising, blogging, helping friends and neighbors, ghost investigations, coffee and tea, Tudor history, weather, superheroes, comic books, mystery novels, traveling, 70s and 80s music, classic country, piano, gardening, writing books on ghosts and spirits, architecture, keeping a clean house, cooking simply, and keeping in shape. You'll find tidbits of all of these things on this blog and more.

Tom and Rob Thinking Hard!

Tom and Rob Thinking Hard!
Wondering what home project to do next

Podcast of Rob's 50 min. interview on Paranormal Filler Radio 7/13/14