Wye? Wye Not? But Wye!

Maryland’s State Tree is the White Oak. It was symbolized by the Wye Oak that stood at Wye Mills on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. The Wye Oak had been a landmark in Talbot County, Maryland, since the first settlers in the 1600s. It was more than 100 feet high, had a branch spread of 165 feet and a circumference of 31 feet, 10 inches.

 It was one of the largest in the world until on June 7, 2002, it was felled by powerful thunderstorms that also downed power lines throughout the area.

After the storm

 In 1973 the former owners (I have removed their names from the reproduction below) of The Glade acquired a seedling of the Wye Oak with an official certificate and planted it in the back yard.

Wye Oak Seedling Certificate

A mere 38 years later, here’s how it looks.

Wye Oak at The Glade

 And here’s a close-up of the leaves.

Leaves of the Wye Oak

 This large and lovely tree reminds me of the poem “Trees” by Joyce Kilmer which I have not heard for many years.


I THINK that I shall never see  
A poem lovely as a tree.  
A tree whose hungry mouth is prest  
Against the sweet earth’s flowing breast;  
A tree that looks at God all day,          5
And lifts her leafy arms to pray;  
A tree that may in summer wear  
A nest of robins in her hair;  
Upon whose bosom snow has lain;  
Who intimately lives with rain.   10
Poems are made by fools like me,  
But only God can make a tree.
Wye Oak in the afternoon sun

What’s your state tree?  Does it have a story (or a poem)? If you can’t grow the tree, can you preserve a leaf?

Revival – Everyone Welcome!

Linthicum Baptist Church is hosting a 5-service Revival starting Sunday, May 1st at 11 am featuring Refuge Ministries. You’re welcome at one or all of the services.

Linthicum Baptist, Easy to miss while you're driving


The full schedule is as follows:

  • Sunday, May 1 at 11 am
  • Sunday, May 1 at 6 pm
  • Monday, May 2 at 7 pm
  • Tuesday May 3 at 7 pm
  • Wednesday, May 4 at 7 pm

 A revival service can help your spiritual walk by allowing you to focus on an area of your life or situation that needs prayer and support from God, other Christians, and your own actualization of Christian precepts.   

Presenting the revival is Refuge, a vocal quartet of 2 husband and wife teams (John and Karen Harrington and David and Beverly England), who sing Southern gospel style songs of praise and encouragement inspired by God.

Refuge Ministries


John Harrington brings an exciting word of revival through the Lord Jesus Christ.

Won’t you lay your burdens down and join us?

Whimsey on the Royal Wedding Day

Yes, I rose at 5 a.m. to be part of the Royal Wedding, but that’s not about which this post is. (Either that last sentence is verrry propah or makes no sense at all.)

You have seen our woodshed in different shots from time to time.

Woodshed half full

 Or more recently.


How about these transformations that I snagged on Pinterest. (You can see my entire pin board by clicking on the Pinterest link at the right side of the blog.) Below is a toally cottage-cozy, glammed-out woodshed.


Then I’ve been considering where to put an outdoor chapel.  Is this not our woodshed reconceived as a beautiful chapel?


Have you got a dream or vision that others just can’t get?  Love it, work on it, it’ll come.  After all, a commoner became a royal princess today.

The Big One

On Saturday and Sunday this weekend April 30th and May 1st is a Giant Yard Sale (and Bake Sale) at Marley Station Mall. That’s MARLEY STATION MALL PARKING LOT near the former Boscov’s store. Last year more than 70,000 people attended. Hope it’s a beautiful day and you can make it.  Charlie and I are planning to have a table.  Come look us up.

We have a few things left from our former yard sale here, here and here.

Oooo, Old Silver Stuff
Aaaah, More Silver and Precious Stuff
Mmmm, Cool Clothes

 Hope I sell more than I buy!  What’s the chance of that?!!

Clutter Update

The Multiple Sclerosis Society (MS) called last week to see if we had anything to donate.  So here’s what we set out for them today!

MS Donation for Pick-up

The full impact.

6 speakers, skis, 2 boxes, VCRs, tuner


 This is only a dent! Have you dented your clutteration? (Perfectly good word.  I’m pretty sure I just coined it.)


OK, I’m Started

I finally took the first bite step to starting a project. I chose the color for the little bedroom ceiling and bought 2 quarts (one at a time just in case the color was horrible) of “White Sage” by Glidden in a flat interior paint sold at Home Depot.  The paint isn’t really all that flat, it appears to have a sheen to it like an eggshell finish would have, but I edged and rolled two coats on and here’s the result. In the photo below you’re seeing “White Sage” next to the current yellow wall color (in the lower right hand corner) that will soon change to “Head Over Heels” pink.

"White Sage" on Ceiling

 Yea, something is started!  Have you started something recently?

My next step is to fill the holes in the wall with spackle, sand, then paint the walls “Head Over Heels” pink.