Wednesday wee bits

We’re off to Merrifield Garden Center later, to buy outdoor bird seed and shade flowers for the planters under the yellow roses…if not purple Impatients, then white ones. I need something that won’t conflict with the red zinnias and purple verbena that will reside in my big pot in full sun next to the driveway.  Besides the pot at the end of the driveway holds a light orange daisy which returns every year. And inside the fence, the tall, yellow German irises are about to bloom….that is unless David’s wild rabbits don’t eat more of the buds.


But they are so cute he says.  Oh yeah?  Well I’m beginning to understand why Elmer Fudd was always trying to kill Bugs Bunny.

However, the garden center is a slippery place for me, so don’t be surprised if I return with something else, say a pot or two for redoing my orchids.  Yes, I have learned how to keep an indoor orchid alive and even get it to bloom. Perhaps repotting them is a future project?


So what else have I been up to?  Well nothing much, just enjoying the warm sun and beautiful weather of Spring. I am motivated to do little, although we did make trips to the grocery store and dog park, renew Johnny’s county dog license, get the Virginia Hospital Center to send an itemized bill for David, and pay the electric and tax bill this week. Yes, we are among the folks who stand in line at the post office on tax day. We also did some reading. I finished a Jacqueline Winspeare mystery and started another.  David took naps and I fixed a few meals.

As much as possible, we avoided all the political hookah on television. I prerecorded all the shows we like…Vera, Dr BlakeGrantchester, Donna Leon’s Inspector Brunetti, Call the Midwife, George Gently (yes they are old, but new to me, or else I forgot). I don’t know what we would do without the British programming on our local PBS station. And thank goodness for the European and Australian programs out of George Mason University.

By the way, we only watch about 1-2 hours of TV a night. I like to crochet while I’m watching TV, and David could care less. So, it doesn’t matter what we watch, he sleeps in his chair, so I don’t watch national news unless it’s on PBS and even then I watch only parts of it.  We watch the local Washington DC news to get the weather report. Some nights I just turn off the TV and read.

The other thing that occupies my time outside birds and dogs is working on my family tree.  I’ve discovered a branch of the family, nonConformist, many of them ministers,  came from St David’s Pembrokeshire, Wales…with names like Owain and wild tales about their origins from Eric the Red Saxon.  Now I know where Dad inherited his love of tall tales. He also said a million times, “I am a nonconformist.”  Perhaps now I know why.

The Act of Uniformity 1662 required churchmen to use all rites and ceremonies as prescribed in the Book of Common Prayer; it also required episcopal ordination of all ministers of the Church of England—a pronouncement most odious to the Puritans, the faction of the Church who had come to dominance during the English Civil War and the Interregnum. Consequently, nearly 2,000 clergymen were “ejected” from the established church for refusing to comply with the provisions of the Act. Thereafter, a Nonconformist was identified as any English subject belonging to a non-Anglican church or to a non-Christian religion; more broadly, any person who advocated religious liberty was typically called out as nonconformist. The Great Ejection created an abiding public consciousness of non-conformity. Strict religious tests of the Clarendon code and other penal laws excluded a substantial section of English society from public affairs and benefits, including certification of university degrees, for well more than a century and a half. Culturally, in England and Wales, discrimination against nonconformists endured even longer.


16 thoughts on “Wednesday wee bits

  1. I am on the verge of cutting out TV completely. I have cable and they’ve upped the monthly cost to $42 and that’s just for the very basic list of channels. …and, yes, I agree with being happy to get PBS. The shows that come from the BBC are priceless.

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  2. I watch Dr. Blake but didn’t know about Donna Leon’s Inspector Brunetti. I have read several of her books. I am always interested in your genealogy search as we are doing our own. One of my ancestors who emigrated to the States became a Mormon and married six wives.

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    • MHZ features International Mystery. They get all the good foreign mysteries WETA UK misses.

      I found Captain John Smith in my tree today, however, I don’t think my Sarah Smith is really his daughter, although they came from the same place in Lincolnshire. Some of our fellow tree travelers are smoking something funny I fear.

      Plenty of Smiths and also Mormons but so far the latter are only distantly related. Always helps to have a Mormon in your tree because they do great genealogical research.


  3. Your gardening plans sound interesting. You’ll spoil the birds feeding them this time of year, won’t you? That’s what I guiltily think given our weather year ’round here when I put out seed ’cause I want to see who’s out there. Guess this is heretical to rabbit lovers of the world, and I think they’re cute, too, but have eaten the wild ones and doing so isn’t much different from a lot of other creatures we devour — though I rarely eat red meat any more.
    I guess you’ve shed the shackles of non-conformity — haven’t you?

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    • I had a pet rabbit who met a sad end. 😥. I also cleaned and cooked a couple of wild rabbits the EX shot. David has never shot anything in his life except when he was in the Army during the Korean War and shot at a target.

      As for non-conformity, I have never been much of a rebel, except for a brief period during the turmoil of the 1970s when I bought a pair of wire rimmed glasses. I also learned how to tie-dye and macrame. And I fed my kids whole foods.

      In my family we have mostly been law-abiding conforming citizens …you know the Yeoman Jefferson loved. We fought in all the wars, worked in volunteer organizations like the Red Cross and Girl Scouts, taught school, ran for public office and some of us became policemen, firemen, or rescue workers. Every one of us has loved dogs, many dogs.

      My son is a fifth generation government worker…for the Navy of course. We built America! 🇺🇸


  4. I watch the same programs and love them.

    Reading fills my time too. I’m afraid my house could be tidier but life is too short not to do the things you love. Dust is a losing battle that I don’t care to engage much. Books make time fly in a pleasant way!

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