Sunday, February 26, 2017

First Crocus

We usually see these tiny crocus blossoms through the snow.


Musing Along - 26 February 2017

A timeless verse

Female Red-winged Blackbird

The return of the red-winged blackbirds
is normally a sure sign of spring in our area.


Resting My Eyes

Lately I've been absorbed by my other hobby, genealogy.
One morning earlier this week as I turned my head
away from the computer screen in an attempt to rest my eyes,
 I caught the warmth of the morning sunlight.


Wednesday, February 22, 2017

A Drop In The Bucket

It's tapping time
in Crawford County, PA

Hundreds of buckets throughout the woods
(Pymatuning Lake in the background)

collecting sap from the maple trees

One drop at a time
(the little clear circle by the hole in the bucket)

Outdoor Wednesday

Lunch Time

We pass through this little town
on the way to Pymatuning Lake

And this sign at the crossroads of Oniontown
always make me smile.


Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Founded in 1866

Thiel College

Thiel College formed in 1866 under the leadership of the Lutheran pastor William A. Passavant, a native of Zelienople, Pa. Believing that Christian faith impels social responsibility, Passavant devoted his life to philanthropic enterprises, establishing numerous hospitals and orphanages in New York, western Pennsylvania and the upper Midwest.
The initial funding for the College came as an initial gift of $4,000, presented on New Year’s Day 1865 to Passavant, by Louis and Barbara Thiel, German immigrants who had settled in Pittsburgh a decade earlier and become active members of the Lutheran church. The Thiels were early investors in the Columbia Oil Company, and devoted a tenth of their investment earnings to projects of social benevolence.
The College began as an academy known as Thiel Hall, located initially in Phillipsburg, Pa. (later named Monaca). Five students enrolled for fall term in 1866 and by the end of the first year enrollment had risen to 30. In 1870, Thiel Hall was reorganized as Thiel College under universal charter from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and relocated to Greenville. Thiel’s historic partnership with the community of Greenville began when the borough presented the College its first permanent building, Greenville Hall, in 1874. Later that year, on Nov. 10, the anniversary of Martin Luther’s birth, Thiel faculty and students planted 392 trees in two rows forming what became known as Brother Martin’s Walk.
Institutional stability and development of Thiel College during its first decades in Greenville were achieved under the leadership of the brothers Henry and Theophilus Roth, Lutheran pastors who served respectively as Thiel president from 1870 to 1887 and 1893 to 1902, all but six of the first 32 years of the College!
Throughout its history, Thiel has striven to reflect the values associated with its founding. A coeducational institution from the outset (three of the first five students enrolled were women), Thiel has prepared both men and women for lives of leadership and service in church and society while providing a holistic education that addresses the ethical, spiritual, vocational and professional development of its students in the liberal arts tradition. In addition, Thiel has promoted a holistic view of the world, cultivating both global awareness and interdisciplinary understanding.


Saturday, February 18, 2017

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Layers of Winter

Pymatuning Lake

Wednesday Waters

It's Not Snow . . .

and it's not paint.

It's the result of the paint being assaulted with
road salt and chemicals used for 
melting ice and snow on the highways.
Is it any wonder 
the bodies of our vehicles don't last in this area?
The price we pay for having clear roads.

Yet we can't complain since it allows
emergency vehicles to navigate
as well as dedicated employees going
to and from work.


Monday, February 13, 2017

Ready for a Round . . .

of Rummy

One Ragtime Froggy Evening . . .

Hello My Baby, Hello My Honey

My grandmother collected frogs figurines.
When I spied this one at a yard sale several years ago
'Nanny' came immediately to my heart.

It's heavy for its size and 
I love to hold it for it's smoothness.
And with a tea light lit inside, 
a room is transformed.


Shades of Winter - Week Two

Warm Up

This cutie was sportin' the Pittsburgh Black & Gold
at a recent Winterfest in our area
The owner had lots of things to 'warm up' for winter

Friday, February 10, 2017

Spring Will Come . . .

to the north east but in the meantime . . .

White on White
and a touch of green to warm up the scene


Thursday, February 9, 2017

It's That Time of Year . . .

for new fallen snow

This Thursday finds me thankful for
the beauty of a February snowfall
to refresh my soul.

High Five!!


Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Be Kind to Your Heart


Heart Month - 2017

February is Heart Month

Don't ignore the signs.
  • Chest pressure, tightness, and heaviness
  • Extreme fatigue
  • Fainting and lightheadedness
  • Nausea
  • Pain in shoulder, neck, jaw or arms
  • Shortness of breath with or without chest pain
  • Sweating

Shades of Winter - Week One

The snow dusted, star arrangement 
of these Holly leaves 
is  'Snow Beautiful'

Participating in this February Photo Challenge
'Shades of Winter'
Week One:  'Snow Beautiful'

To see more join Lisa at

Sunday, February 5, 2017

Two Days Left . . .

for 'An Apple A Day'.


Musing Along - 05 February 2017

Thank you God for this new day.
Make me a better person 
and guide my feet in the way I should go.

Jeremiah 6:16 Thus says the Lord: Stand by the roads, and look, and ask for the ancient paths, where the good way is; and walk in it, and find rest for your souls.


Saturday, February 4, 2017

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Home & Hearth

Thankful Thursday finds me thankful 
for time to play house
on long winter days.

Joining Thankful Thursday w/Michelle

And Happy Groundhog Day to the other Phil - 
Pennsylvania's Punxutawney Phil

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Sad Name . . .

for a such pretty bird.

Mourning Dove

keeping an eye on a squirrel nearby

Puffed and Tucked