A beautiful outdoor wedding
The Tabler family spent a grand weekend in Pennsylvania to attend a beautiful outdoor wedding of my nephew Ed “Chip” Tabler’s son Jimmy to a lovely Melodie on a farm near Harrisburg.
Chip and his wife Coleen live in Middletown, Md., and he is a retired U.S. Air pilot, which he tells me has been taken over by American Airlines. Chip followed in the footsteps of his late father, my brother Bud, who lived here in Centreville for a short time many years ago. Bud flew bombers in World War II, and taught flying at the Hagerstown airport for a number of years.
But I digress, as usual, and just want to say how beautiful the wedding was on this farm, which I found out later, has been refurbished to handle events of this type. The wedding party consisted of 10 lovely bridesmaids and 10 nattily-dressed groomsmen.
We stayed in a larger Holiday Inn Express a few miles away along with much of the wedding party and guests, so we were able to visit everyone again before leaving for home on Sunday.
We were all lucky as the weather was sunny with a breeze right at the eastern edge of the Allegheny mountain range.
••• BACKYARD BONANZA Yes, we have a lot of fun watching the birds in our backyard on the birdbath and the two bird feeders nearby. I’ve seen as many as six black birds on and in the birdbath at one time, but they don’t stay long when that many show up. Normally, there will be just one or two drinking and taking a splash in the water— I have to fill the darn thing daily. Then along comes one of our pesky squirrels and he/she jumps up on the birdbath to get a drink and scares all the birds off, but not for long.
I have to fill the finch feeder once a day or even more, but the larger wild bird feeder at the border of the rose garden only needs filling once a week. Even there the darn squirrel gets his fill as he climbs up and hangs upside down getting into the bottom of the feeder.
This is all a great afternoon diversion as we sit on our screened-in patio to enjoy the wildlife.
••• FIRST OF MANY Well, it did not take long for the first of the 2018 calendars to show up in the mail.
It was June 20th and the Nature Conservancy has sent us a beautiful calendar for next year. But as I have mentioned before and I am sure most of my reader-friends are the same: we all get far too many calendars in the mail.
••• THOSE GAS PRICES I am glad I don’t have to buy my gasoline in Pennsylvania. We noticed on our trip that it hovered between $2.35 and $2.36 a gallon. I want to go back down to Ocean City, where we noticed a couple stations between the resort city and Salisbury where it was as low as $2.01 a gallon.
Of course, I can’t complain. I wait until our ACME receipts get up to around 40 cents off a gallon before I fill up at the ACME station. I haven’t paid full price for gas for a long time!
••• OUR OWN FORT MCHENRY There was an interesting piece in the LEGION magazine this month about Fort McHenry. The article concerned the 100th anniversary of World War I, and had a lengthy discussion how Fort McHenry had been turned into the largest Army hospital in the nation during the war. It was called U.S. Army General Hospital No. 2, and during the war handled more than 32,000 patients and there were 119,000 surgeries performed there.
••• GOTTA STOP Better bring this week’s visit to a close with my other clippings and notes for next week. Gotta get to the grass — been away too many times and that green stuff keeps on growing even if we don’t have much rain.