The birth of our Natinal Anthem, update #59

By: Proserpina , 1:16 AM GMT on August 16, 2013

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This year marks the 200th anniversary of the War of 1812 as well as the birth of our National Anthem.

“Oh, say can you see by the dawn's early light
What so proudly we hailed at the twilight's last gleaming?
Whose broad stripes and bright stars thru the perilous fight,
O'er the ramparts we watched were so gallantly streaming?
And the rocket's red glare, the bombs bursting in air,
Gave proof through the night that our flag was still there.
Oh, say does that star-spangled banner yet wave
O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave?”

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Two hundred years ago this summer, flag maker Mary Pickersgill and her 13 year old daughter, Caroline Pickersgill, sewed the flag that inspired Francis Scott Key to write the poem “Defense of Fort McHenry”. When the poem was put to music it was called “The Star Spangled Banner” and on March 3, 1931 it became the American National Anthem.

In 1813 the USA was still fighting the War of 1812, often called the Second War of Independence. The people of Baltimore were certain that the British would attack the city, and for many months everything was made ready at Fort McHenry to defend Baltimore. Needing a flag to fly over the Fort, Major George Armistead, the commanding officer, wrote a letter to General Samuel Smith in which he stated that the fort was ready except for a flag “so large that the British will have no difficulty in seeing it from a distance”.

A delegation consisting of Armistead, Smith, General Stricker, and Commodore Barney commissioned a local flagmaker named Mary Pickersgill to make two flags, ‘one American ensign, 30x42 feet, first quality bunting’ and another flag ’17 by 25 feet’.

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By R.McGill Mackal

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Caroline Pickersgill

In early summer of 1813 Mary Young Pickersgill assisted by two nieces, local seamstresses, a free African American apprentice (Grace Wisher), and her 13 year old daughter, Caroline, set to work. For six weeks they all cut and sewed by hand stars and stripes. When the time came to assemble the main flag, it was so large that they could not spread it across the floor of the house. The women carried the stars and stripes to a local brewery where they spread the flag on the floor and pieced it together.

The larger flag contained over 400 yards of fabric, it included 15 stripes and 15 stars to represent the 15 states of the union. Each stripe was two feet wide and each of the stars measured 24 inches across from tip to tip. Experts estimate that there were more than 1 million hand stitches in the Flag.

At the end of the six weeks, the finished flags were presented to the soldiers at Fort McHenry. It took 11 men to raise the larger flag onto a 90 foot flagpole! The flag was so big that it could be seen for several miles from the Fort.

By the time that the British attacked the Fort in September 1814, the American forces were well prepared for an attack. They built barricades and sunk boats around the fort so when the British ships entered the harbor they could not get in firing range of the fort. The British however di fire on the Fort from a distance. More than 1800 cannonballs hit Fort McHenry on the night of September 13, 1814.

The smaller flag may have been flying when the British attacked Fort McHenry during the Battle of Baltimore on September 13, however it was the larger flag that was flying over the Fort at daybreak on September 14, 1814, after the British had ceased firing at the Fort.

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The morning of September 14 Francis Scott Key was on a ship eight miles away from the Fort, negotiating a prisoner exchange when saw the huge flag flying over the Fort. Francis Scott Key was so relieved to see the American Flag still flying over the Fort that he was moved to write a poem which eventually became known as the ‘Star Spangled Banner. Years later Key said “Through the clouds of war, the stars of that banner still shone…Then, in that hour of deliverance and joyful triumph, my heart spoke, and ‘Does not such a country, and such defenders of their country, deserve a song?’ was its question. With it came an inspiration not to be resisted.”

Soon after, the poem was set to the music of a British pub song called ‘The Anacreontic Song’.

Stitching History: Recreating the Star-Spangled Banner

The Maryland Historical Society is recreating the 30 x 42 foot Star Spangled Banner flag!

The flag will be sown during the same six-week time period that Mary Pickersgill did 200 years ago.

The recreated flag will then be flown at Fort McHenry during the Defenders Day celebration!

MdHS recruited experienced sewers to construct the majority of the flag. However this past August 3 and August 11 the public was able to participate in the stitching of the flag.

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132. WunderAlertBot (Admin)
5:50 PM GMT on September 15, 2013
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131. palmettobug53
2:18 PM GMT on September 15, 2013
Happy Sunday, Pros. I've just been over at Ylee's again, perusing his new cams. He has a very nice selection, as usual.

Got the rest of the laundry going. We had to dash out and snatch half dried clothes inside, just prior to a heavy rainstorm yesterday.

I need to put my thinking cap on and come up with something to fix for our Sunday supper. I don't really feel like cooking but Hubby is getting tired of store bought rotisserie chickens. Football season has started; trying to pry him away from the game to go out to eat is impossible.

I've got to go to Walmart for gas, household items and some groceries, so I've a little more time to think about it.
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130. masshysteria
2:40 PM GMT on September 14, 2013
A Happy Saturday morning to you, Pros!

I see we're both up and attem this morning and are finding quite dip in temperatures! I guess there's no longer a need to put a rush on laundering our summer wear this weekend! LOL! Nevertheless, it's a refreshing change and puts me in the mood for some of those more enjoyable outdoor activities or pursuits that come with a true fall season.

Sadly, the news out of both Boulder, CO and the 'Jersey Shore have become increasingly grim. It now appears the major flooding in Boulder is of epic biblical proportions and has already claimed four lives, with nearly one-hundred people still unaccounted for. Hope that those still unfound have miraculously escaped harms way and made it to a relative or friends home located on much safer ground. I'm still a bit dumbfounded, however, as to how those newly-rebuilt structures on the Jersey boardwalk could so easily go up in fire and smoke. One would think that the developers and contracters of such would have used far safer materials and been better scrutinized by the city inspectional codes. An alleged electrical spark in a frozen custard stand should not have created such immense damage! Hope far better judgment is used when rebuilding again.

Well, hope your weekend is a particularly safe and enjoyable one! I'm off to do some sweater-weather outdoor activities myself. The cooler fresh air feels good!
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129. palmettobug53
2:36 PM GMT on September 14, 2013
Hi, Pros.

I'll be sure to send you some seeds from my cardinal vine.

We had a taste and feel of fall outside early this morning. Cool and no humidity. Very nice.

It's going to warm up but our highs are only going to be in the low to mid 80's. Wonderful!
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128. masshysteria
2:42 PM GMT on September 13, 2013
Good Morning, Prose!

So glad Kat posted a message, the other day, concerning her personal safety and safe proximity to flood-ridden, Boulder, CO! I happened to catch a few jaw-dropping images on the news last night and heard that the epic "biblical" flooding began suddenly late at night or while no one could see around or ahead of them. Sadly, there have been four fatalities reported, so far, over a hundred still missing and expansive serious damage done to roadways, homes and property in the area.

Last night, we luckily eluded many of the more serious storms that diagonally passed up and through the Northeast. All we received were some very heavy downpours along with lightning and loud thunder and, thankfully, as of this morning, our neighborhood looks calm, sunny and intact! Unfortunately, Southeeastern to Central New Hampshire, once again took the brunt of it all.

Looks like this particular seasonal change will be quite erratic or unusual while in transition!

Have a very happy, superstitious-free Friday the 13th and weekend if you can!
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127. sandiquiz
8:55 AM GMT on September 13, 2013
Morning from a chilly and damp UK!
I am going into town, and will probably enjoy a coffee after my errands!! lol

Hope it is a cooler day for you, and not too wet!!
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126. Proserpina
1:29 AM GMT on September 13, 2013
Defenders%u2019 Day Celebrations at The Maryland Historical Society and Fort McHenry

September 13, 2013

For schedule of activities on the 13th, 14th, etc., please visit here:

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125. Proserpina
11:44 PM GMT on September 12, 2013
No Ylee, we are ok. The storms messed around with the airport flights, here in VA and in MD (BWI), some people are without electricity, some flooding,... but no major disasters. Thank you for your concern Ylee. Also, I am sure that you read Kat's post, she is ok. There are at least three dead around Bolder however. According to the news they had 5 inches of rain today, that's a lot for that area.

Sandi, all is well. The storm wasn't bad, we have had worse. The good thing is that the temperatures plummeted to a comfortable low, and the humidity is not bad (earlier it was suffocating for me). Thank you for your post and concern. I'll check your blog to see about your sister...

HI Kat, thank you for the post. Glad that you are ok. Sorry about the mess due to too much rain in one day!

HI Mass. Thank you for the info on Dan Brown. I figured he is not Catholic (But Episcopalian is not far from Catholicism. I actually have received communion in the Episcopalian Church, and I know Episcopalians who attend my Catholic Church. A few years ago, our organist was Episcopalian.) A few of the comments made in Inferno are not complimentary to the Catholic Church so I figured he is not Catholic. He is a good writer though and that's what matters. Spanish teacher? I did not know. I guess we have something in common!
I did not know that New Hampshire has had severe weather problems. I hope FEMA is helping those in need.
What I find sad today are the fires in New Jersey, near the boardwalk. After Sandy destroyed the area, it was rebuilt. Now the rebuilt businesses are going up in smoke! So sad, so very sad.

Well, I have a recorded show to watch. It is this week's episode of Dome. I am a enjoying this series very much. Wanting to know more about the novel on which the Dome is based, hubby took out the book from the library. It is a huge tome, it is so heavy that I cannot hold it in my hands to read it!

Have a wonderful evening.
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124. Ylee
9:57 PM GMT on September 12, 2013
Nasty little cell that passed over you, Pros! Hope there was no damage!
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123. Proserpina
9:20 PM GMT on September 12, 2013
Local Commuter Alert

BWI reopens to flights, National and Dulles halt arrivals

Severe weather in the region has grounded arrivals at Reagan National and Dulles International airports. Flights at Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport have resumed after severe weather grounded all flights for more than two hours. Stay with Dr. Gridlock for the latest.

Read more at: p/2013/09/12/bwi-grounds-flights-due-to-lightning/
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122. sandiquiz
9:20 PM GMT on September 12, 2013
Quoting 121. Proserpina:
Local Weather Alert

Severe storm warnings in effect for D.C. area

Severe thunderstorm warnings have been issued for several areas.

Take care...time to see whether the large rocks hubby moved will hold back any flooding... Hope it doesn't get to that!
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121. Proserpina
9:17 PM GMT on September 12, 2013
Local Weather Alert

Severe storm warnings in effect for D.C. area

Severe thunderstorm warnings have been issued for several areas in the Washington region, including parts of Fairfax, Prince William, Montgomery and Prince George's counties. The main threat with storms today will be damaging winds, but also be on alert for lightning, small hail and heavy rain. Stay with the Capital Weather Gang live blog for the latest.

Read more at: er-gang/wp/2013/09/12/severe-thunderstorm-watch-un til-10-p-m/

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120. ColoradoKat
5:37 PM GMT on September 12, 2013
Hi, Pros, from rainy Colorado, certainly not a condition
we are used to here. Where I am is very wet, but there
is no flooding at this time. We do have quite a bit of
standing water around on the property, which is a very
strange sight to me, but farther North in the state they
are having very bad problems, roads closed, bridges
out, and they are evacuating the Big Thompson Canyon,
which had a horrific flood in 1976 which killed 144 people.
I am putting a link to info about that flood.
I will keep you informed, but so far I am fine,
although wet!
The farm, when I talked to Bud earlier, was under
a sunny
sky. No rain at all.
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119. masshysteria
4:23 PM GMT on September 12, 2013
Quoting Proserpina:
Ylee, the floods are in Boulder. The area where she lives is away from there. I'll call her later but I am pretty sure that she is ok. She will appreciate your concern.

Hi Prose!

So glad to learn that Kat lives much further away from flooding Boulder, CO, but how sad for its affected occupants! Unfortunately, central New Hampshire has also been greatly plagued by severe storms and floods this season to where their governor has had put in for FEMA assistance. So many washed out roads and structures, etc. Nevertheless, do let us know how Kat's presently doing if you get to speak with her by phone. She happens to have another birthday coming up shortly, as does Emmy, and could possibly show up on Emmy's site to offer celebratory greetings next Thursday, Sept. 19th.

Weather-wise, it's less hot today than yesterday, but the dewpoints still lie waaay up there at 74F! We just escaped a nasty storm cell that decided to travel further North and are expecting some even nastier storms to arrive later this evening. Ouch! At least, it ushers in the return of pleasantly cooler drier more seasonal weather by tomorrow, which also happens to be Friday the 13th! Hey, who says we can't catch a lucky break on such occasions! LOL!

Surprising how 'DaVinci Code' books author, Dan Brown was actually raised as an Episcopalian. One would think he was Catholic given the noted subject matter. In any event, Dan Brown currently resides in his home town of Exeter, NH with his wife and children. He also teaches Spanish and other courses in a Hampton Falls, NH (K-8) school. Boy, I'm amazed that this seemingly humble, relatively young (at 49), but accomplished author and teacher continues to shun sunny California for the more rugged and chillier Northeast. Then again, there are many great celebrated local authors past and present who have emanated from and remained in this region. Right now, just don't ask me to name them! LOL!!

Here's the direct Wikipedia link to Dan Brown's biography in case you are further interested.
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118. Proserpina
2:34 PM GMT on September 12, 2013
Ylee, the floods are in Boulder. The area where she lives is away from there. I'll call her later but I am pretty sure that she is ok. She will appreciate your concern.

, hi. Yes, I am enjoying the wren songs. They have so many,one for each occasion I guess. No matter which song they choose, I absolutely adore their sounds. Maybe they will use the little house to stay dry/warm in winter. Bug tells me to get worms for them, the idea sort of makes me cringe but if worms make wrens happy, I will get some as soon as I go to the Wildbird store.
I saw your butterfly photo on Pintrest (Shore pointed that out on Bug's blog). I love that photo of the butterfly.

Hi Bug. Hi Plapman
(it was my pleasure to leave the greeting on your blog).
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117. GardenGrrl
2:23 PM GMT on September 12, 2013
Good Morning, so glad your little wrens keep coming around. They are such fun birds to watch as they forage for food. Really like it when they ditch the nasally "marco..polo" sound they do to keep tract of each other and just sing their pretty songs.
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116. Proserpina
2:15 PM GMT on September 12, 2013
Ylee, I'll check it out. I do not think that it is in her area. I'll give her a call. Thank you for pointing this out to me.
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115. Ylee
1:31 PM GMT on September 12, 2013
I know coloradokat comes by here sometimes, so when I saw this, I got kind of concerned. I know Colorado is a big place, but still....:(

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114. palmettobug53
12:44 AM GMT on September 12, 2013
Hi, Pros.

I did come by and I saw the shot of your little wren but something must have grabbed my attention or my lunch break was over, as I see I did not post.

I haven't seen my little wrens in a while. It's been at least a couple of weeks. I'm sure they're out there. With the shorter days and it being not really light when I get up, I may just be missing them. I've still been putting out the meal worms but haven't seen who has been eating them.
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113. Ylee
10:59 PM GMT on September 11, 2013
Hang in there, Pros! This weekend promises to be nice and cool, definitely more seasonal!

Take care!
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112. plapman
10:26 PM GMT on September 11, 2013
Good afternoon Pros.
Thanks for dropping by the Northern Edge and commenting.
Have a great evening
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111. Proserpina
2:39 PM GMT on September 11, 2013
Good morning. It is a hot and humid morning here. It feels more like August than September. I think that mother nature switched the months... I am already talking about finding someone to clear our yard of the autumnal leaves.

Mass, as I read your posts, I see that you too are having some not so nice weather. I hope that you do not have allergies as I do. I am already fortified with antihistamines and aspirin. It's nasty here.
Did you get your chores done? Fortunately I do not have any chores today, at least not the kind that need immediate attention.
I am still reading my Dan Brown book 'Inferno', a very apt name for today's weather. Actually the book is interesting because it deals with places I have visited, art masterpieces that I have seen, the fantastic 'Divine Comedy' by Dante,.... I read that Dan Brown lives in NE, I wonder in which state..
I hope that you are well and as usual, I apologize for not getting around to the blogs to say hello to my buddies. But you and others are always in my heart.

HI Sandi, I am ok. Just lazy or slower in the getting things done. I have visited, lurked is more like it, your blog a few times to check on you. I did not leave a message but I was there.
You have another superb photo up on the other site. The view of the lake on that magical sunrise morning is fabulous. Glad that you like my K, you can always count on me to come up with something to fill in a tricky letter of the alphabet! You know how us teachers are...

Hi Rob, good to see you. As you can see, things are ok in my part of the world, and on my blog. Take care.

Today is a day that will always be remembered. May our victims RIP and may their families find the peace of heart that their loved ones would want them to find. The sacrifices were great, the pain still vivid, but our country still flies its flag proudly and strongly. And always will!

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110. masshysteria
12:48 PM GMT on September 11, 2013
Good Morning, Pros!

I, too, hope you're doing well on this sad anniversary in American history. It's sometimes hard to believe just how quickly 12 years have passed since that horrific day or the amount of reconstruction already done at the NYC commemorative site. Hope we never witness or experience such vast scenes of horror or tragedy like that again!

Believe it or not, we're under a heat advisory this afternoon between the hours of (1-6) pm! High dewpoints can already be felt as our thermometers begin to steadily climb to a supposed high of 97F degrees! I guess summer has a couple of hot air gasps left in her before more seasonal weather returns to us by early am friday.

Well, I'm off to do some early morning errands while the going's still good. Hope your particular weather forecast will allow you to enjoy your day!
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109. Proserpina
12:22 PM GMT on September 11, 2013
Wow! This morning I can see the Aeolian Islands on the cam Ylee posted here. I can see 4 out of the 8!

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108. sandiquiz
9:06 AM GMT on September 11, 2013
:-) Dropping by to let you know I am fine..hope you are, too!!
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107. masshysteria
1:53 PM GMT on September 10, 2013
Hi Pros!

I think we all unanimously enjoy the many nature pics you display on your blog. It will be interesting to see how busy your backyard critters become while autumn sets in.

I wanted to give you a friendly reminder that Tony, Plapman, has a birthday today and thought you'd like to perhaps leave a birthday greeting on his site. Unfortunately, the poor guy has to have his blood drawn today, but hope he and his wife are able to make the best of his special day as soon as they leave the clinic.

Looks like Mass. will soon be under some nasty storm clouds heading in from Upstate New York. I certainly won't mind the returning heat and humidity for awhile, but am not a fan of gusty winds, t'storms or heavy rains. This September, our weather or temps could be taking us on quite the roller coaster ride! Last night it dipped only to around 53F but the night before it dipped to 46F! Brrrr! Too cold, too soon for this slight ole gal! This afternoon, it should be in the mid-80's and tomorrow, low 90's!! Talk about summer's last gasp! LOL!

Have a pleasant Tuesday and hope you're comfortably relaxing while offline!
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106. sandiquiz
6:17 PM GMT on September 09, 2013
Hi Pros. I called by earlier and saw the cam Ylee posted, but thought it was a screen image...oh, no, it is is now dark!!

Hope your Monkday is going ok.
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105. Ylee
9:09 AM GMT on September 09, 2013
While looking for cams for the next blog I came across this one! Does anything look familiar? Here is the cam image, full size!

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104. Ylee
2:48 AM GMT on September 09, 2013
I like the hummer photo, Pros! i forget, did you ever buy the new camera? If not, the old one's doing fine, IMO!

Hope you had a nice Sunday!
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103. RobDaHood
7:23 PM GMT on September 08, 2013
Just dropping by to check out more of the awesome photos here!
Thanks so much for sharing.

Hope you are having a good weekend!
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102. Proserpina
7:08 PM GMT on September 08, 2013
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Look who came to serenade me today (this photo and the one in the header)! I like to believe that this is one of the babies from my deck babies.

It is a quiet day. This morning it was a pretty day but it changed into a humid day with molds and whatever else in the air. My sinuses are killing me and the antihistamine is not working. Sneezing is my favorite activity at the moment.

Last night we watched the movie '42' (it is out in CD). It is an excellent movie, the acting is great as is the story line. It is the story of Jackie Robinson, the first Black baseball player on a white team. I must admit that I did get very upset watching the movie, especially when it deals with the first official game he plays with the Dodgers. The opposing team, particularly the coach, absolutely abused Jackie with horrible racial slurs. The Phillies are not on my good list at the moment! I cried and cried during those scenes as I know that it is not movie exaggeration but real events and attitudes in our society.

, last year I learned about the Proms from you. I love the patriotic feel to the Proms. Of course you are patriotic! As you should be! You have lots to be proud about. I too get teary eyed every time I hear our Anthem. I am so glad that you posted the photo here, I love it! Wow! The first woman conductor in England or of this orchestra? Either way, it is quite an accomplishment.
I hope that I will be able to post a photo of the Flag that was sewn by hand by the MD Historical Society. It should be flying in a few days. They have tons of activities planned to celebrate the day. I hope you do not mind that I celebrate this day of my country's Anthem. It is our history. I think of it of 'our history' and not who won and who lost. Not in this case.

Hi Bug, I hope you get to see my photos of the Carolina Wren. Who knows, it may be one of 'my' babies.

Hi Ylee.
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101. sandiquiz
3:23 PM GMT on September 08, 2013
Bringing your blog back to its original title...
This afternoon I watched "Last Night at the Proms" that I had recorded last evening. They always play 'Land of Hope and Glory' and 'Jerusalem' as the last two items before the National Anthem. There are all the folk in the Albert Hall, and thousands at outside venues in London, Glasgow and in BelfasT all singing along!

Whenever I hear lots of voices singing Land of Hope and Glory, or God save the Queen, I get shivers down my back, especially when they wave their Union Jacks!

Perhaps I am patriotic after all!! Lol

Also, last night was a first - the first woman to conduct the orchestra in the in 119 years history of the Proms!
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100. palmettobug53
3:17 PM GMT on September 08, 2013
Hi, Pros.

I'd no idea it had been so long since I stopped by. Lunchtime breaks at work go by so fast and I didn't spend more than a few minutes on WU yesterday. I got busy and never got back.

We're starting to get a bit dry, too. I'll probably water my potted plants and flower beds this afternoon, to keep them from getting too dried out. I don't think we're expected to get any rain until next weekend. Maybe.

At least the temps are not expected to get any higher than upper 80's. That will help some.
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99. Ylee
5:07 AM GMT on September 08, 2013
I guess you're fairly close to Wallops Flight Facility, aren't you? Must've been exciting!
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98. Proserpina
3:40 AM GMT on September 07, 2013
Rainman, I saw the Minotaur V. I was on the street by the house and was looking at the correct spot! Some neighbors saw me and they thought that there was something wrong with me because I was standing in the street all alone. I started 'yelling' and pointing and they sort of ran to me and saw the Minotaur as well. They started 'yelling' with me! Then I had to explain exactly what we had seen. They had no idea about the launch.
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97. Ylee
2:36 AM GMT on September 07, 2013
Good evening, Pros! I did a little painting, too, but it was a shed! :' ) Actually, my wife did most of the painting, but I helped out at the end with a little trimwork, as she was pooped!

Hope you had a nice walk!
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96. Proserpina
5:11 PM GMT on September 06, 2013
Mass, you were next on my posts. Thank you so much for visiting and leaving behind your kind comments. I like the post with the poem. We did have some nice past blogs-posts. I know that I am not putting into my blogs the time and interest of many of my past blogs. For one thing I do not have the time nor energy, but for the most part I feel that many buddies have left WU and there just isn't the amount of interest as there used to be. The only reason I stay and blog a little is because I care very much for those who still visit here.
We have a fabulous day here! Fall colors, Fall temperatures, Fall lack of humidity, Fall scents. I just love it! I have not taken a walk yet today but I will do so later, this is walking weather! However it would be better if I were walking the trails around the Tetons. I do not seem to get my hubby interested in taking a little trip! Have a good day Mass, and hopefully in MA tonight will not be as cold as last night.

GG, did you get the chocolates? How are they? Are they really better than your current favorite brand? I'll visit you soon.

I hope that I have responded to all posts. If not, it is just an oversight. Now I am going back at trying to rescue a painting that I messed up! Ugh!
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95. masshysteria
3:27 PM GMT on September 06, 2013
Good Morning, {{{Pros}}}!

Glad that Shore and others have helped to brighten your day with the enjoyable music of Caruso and posts of support!

While reading Sandi's post about NHC in her country, I wished that she could come over here and act as a spokesperson as to how it benefits all to care about the affordability and health of all citizens of our nation. We are so far behind, many other large countries, and have succumbed to so much corporate greed, corruption and distortive politics.

This morning, we woke up to the stark reality that fall has intervened much too early. Our overnight lows dipped to 48F degrees and, naturally, caused us to pull out the winter blankets and spread them entirely over us! LOL! Fortunately, tomorrow's forecast looks far better and temps could return to the 80's by early next week! I'm far from ready to relinquish our summer season just yet! It's bad enough that our daylight hours have already shortened considerably.

May you have a terrific Friday and Weekend ahead!
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94. Proserpina
12:57 PM GMT on September 06, 2013
Shore, what a superb way to start my morning! Enrico Caruso and Geraldine Farrar singing 'O Soave Fanciulla' from 'La Boheme'! Rodolfo and Mimi are two of my favorite opera characters and this aria is definitely at the top of my favorite arias list. Thank you, you are a genius for posting this info.
By the way, I believe that I have this recording, it is on an old fashioned record and can no longer listen to it. I will check today to see if I have it on CD, I do have some of Caruso's work on CDs.
One more thing about the above, when I read Geraldine, my eyes automatically saw Ferraro! Geraldine Ferraro as a singer? Nah, different person, similar Americanized name.
I have read some Trigiani books. I liked the first one I read but I just could not get into her other books. I cannot identify with the Italian-American world she describes as my story and background are different.

Sandi, I have been playing in he yard. First I hand watered several beds, cleaned out the birdbath, ... then I set up the sprinkler and I will be 'sprinkling' all day long. The ground is dry, dry, dry. We are not going to waste water on the lawn but will water some flower beds.
Yes, the cost of living is high especially in the area I live. My last prescription was from May of 3 years ago. Since then I have had two different prescriptions but the doc said that I did not have to fill them as there has been minimal changes. But carelessness prevailed and a new prescription is being filled.
That photo of blue on blue is very clever!

, you are clever with the reinterpretation of words. The above is funny! I think that is someone made soup out of me, it would be stale, fetid soup! By the way, the soup I made yesterday is delicious! Will be eating it again tonight, so will hubby. I will come by soon to see what is going on on those cams. But probably after I do a little painting today.

BC, that's one hilarious video. I am laughing my head off! OOOOOOOOOOOOh if I had no bad luck I would have no luck at all! Sometimes I think that it is true. Thank you so much for the laughter. I am going tohave my hubby listen to this video as well. I never watched Hee Haw (not that I recall anyways), but I it might be worthwhile to see those episodes, I am sure that some tv channel is re-airing them.
As to the noseeums, while I was watering this morning, I sprayed the bug repellant that I just bought (using the allergy list). The aromatic herbs concoction is overpowering! No bugs approached me! Even I could not stand it and as soon as I finished watering I jumped in the shower. Some of the scent is gone but I still smell the rosemary, citronella, and whatever else!
Sorry that you are having mechanical problems. It seems that Murphy's Law is in action here and at your house.

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93. sandiquiz
8:51 AM GMT on September 06, 2013
Oh, Ylee ...."groan"!!

The more I hear about the cost of your medical supplies I thank my lucky stars I live in the UK, where the NHS is alive and well.
My last prescription glasses was three years ago. (Twice now, there has been no change, so no new glasses needed!) I, like you, got two pairs, lightweight varifocals with photo-chromatic lenses and a pair of Rayban prescription sunglasses. The total cost was £400 which is about 620 dollars, so half the cost of yours.

Hope you vegetated enough to come out to play today!! Lol

Have a great Friday.
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92. Ylee
5:34 AM GMT on September 06, 2013
Hi, Pros! Don't vegetate too long, or someone will try to make soup out of you!(Don't know what that means, but it sounded funny, lol!)

Glad you're doing better!
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91. Proserpina
9:18 PM GMT on September 05, 2013
Here I am , here I am!

Hi Sandi, BC, GG, Mass, Shore, Ylee
. The last two days have been busy for this old lady. Yesterday hubby and I went to the Opthamologist to order my new glasses. I brought my latest prescription (from two or three weeks ago) and ordered two pairs, regular and sunglasses. In two weeks my new glasses should be ready. They only cost me $1200 (over actually)! Yes, I am being sarcastic.

After the ordering the new glasses we went to Wagamens to do some grocery shopping. We were there for a several hours, I really needed to stock up refrig and pantry. I was able to pick up some nice fresh veggies and FIGS! I ate the 5 figs as soon as I got home, hubby doesn't like figs. I absolutely like fresh figs and in my area they are difficult to find.

For tonight's supper I used the fresh veggies to make a super minestrone. Just finished a bowl of the minestrone and am going back for a little more. I made a tomato less minestrone (no more tomatoes since the Balsam of Peru diagnosis). The pancetta that I used and the half cup of grated good parmegiano gave the soup a great flavor. I feel so virtuous because I actually made a nice pot of soup! Usually I open a can of soup and heat it up.

This morning I took a walk and hubby left for his day on the golf course. He just got back, in time for supper. I also did a lot of watering my flower/shrub beds today and now I am a bit tired. So dear friends, I am not going to answer each post at this time. I am going to go sit and vegetate, maybe do the crossword puzzle as I vegetate. Just one more thing, our baby Panda is a girl and her daddy is the male Panda from our own National Zoo. This region is the proud parent of a baby girl!

See you later and thank you so much for visiting. I do look forward to your visits.
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90. sandiquiz
1:48 PM GMT on September 05, 2013
Quoting 89. Proserpina:
HI. I am here. I will 'talk' with you after I take a walk, paint a little, and then I will blog.

Hello, you :)
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89. Proserpina
1:36 PM GMT on September 05, 2013
HI. I am here. I will 'talk' with you after I take a walk, paint a little, and then I will blog.
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88. BriarCraft
6:34 AM GMT on September 05, 2013
Sometimes, if it weren't for bad luck, there'd be no luck at all. Do you remember that song from Hee Haw?

I hope that brought a tiny smile to your face, because I know you've not been having a lot of fun lately, what with broken glasses and mangy foxes and some nasty no-see-ums nibbling on you. My household has had a string of bad luck for the past month. It seems everything mechanical has managed to malfunction at least once: 2 repairs on the garden tractor, 1 on the little trailer it pulls, 3 expensive repairs to our pickup truck, and our little car has gone to various mechanics 4 times now and the "check engine" light keeps coming on for no good reason that anyone can determine. I have to laugh, because the only alternative would be tears of frustration.

It will pass. Your ill luck will pass, too. But not soon enough to suit either of us, eh?
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87. GardenGrrl
9:03 PM GMT on September 04, 2013
Hi Prose, thanks for stopping by with the Happy Birthday greetings. My sister called and wanted to know when I would be home next week.
She is sending me some new chocolates she discovered and thinks are better than my favorite Lindt chocolates. Can't wait.
Will post pictures :-D
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86. masshysteria
6:54 PM GMT on September 04, 2013
Hi Pros!

Sorry you've been again caught up in another series of troubling events that have interrupted your daily life. I think we all can share in those past or present moments concerning problematic doors or locks. For instance, our relatively new front door, which was put in three years ago, was never adjusted correctly to the deadbolt and creates problems when trying to connect and lock. More recently, our basement door has swollen a bit due to all the humidity, so a tug of war and loud squawk develops when opening or closing it. Thankfully, the resumption of cooler drier air has helped a bit. Boy, it seems each new season keeps bringing us increasing challenges or irritations in more ways than one!

Hope you've found an effective soothing lotion or balm for those insect bites on the legs. It shouldn't be too much longer before these biting little buggers leave along with the miserable conditions that induce them.

Currently, it's beautifully warm, dry and peaceful around here now that the oppressive humidity has finally left and school's finally back in session! YEAH!!! Boy, how I would love to bottle this particular day in perpetuity, for a cold front comes in overnight and frost warnings could be issued for some of Northern New England. For now, we thankfully are excluded from the warnings but could expect lows of 46F Thursday and Friday!

P.S. I found this old post of mine while perusing my old Sept. 2010 blog. I had completely forgotten about this perfectly timed pic and its accompanying seasonal poems, so I'm bringing them back to share again with all.

"But now in September the garden has cooled, and with it my possessiveness. The sun warms my back instead of beating on my head ... The harvest has dwindled, and I have grown apart from the intense midsummer relationship that brought it on." - Robert Finch

Summer's End by Holin Kennen

The gates of summer, once open wide like the arms of absent friends
begin to close, haltingly, with rusty hinges creaking in cool mornings.
The fireflies that rose in steaming clouds from humid backyard lawns
have disappeared overnight as though deported to another country,
leaving thrumming cicadas overhead, pulsing like high voltage wires.
Now great baskets of tomatoes, sunset crimson and dusky orange,
delicate raspberries, their jeweled caps painting picking fingers purple,
with seeds like tiny pearls, sweet and tart with days of rain and sun,
await the sauce pots and canning jars to hold their garnet ripening.
Standing at the counter putting up fresh corn long after time for sleep
knife swiftly parting kernels from the cob, white and gold, milk dripping;
the corgi puppy gnawing fiercely at the one cob left for him
scatters kernels, golden beads tossed along the blood red floor.
The pressure of the dimming light to hold to growth and life a while longer
knowing that surrender to the dark will come, that gates must close as well as open.
I lie next to you in bed, just touching, listening to distant thunder by the river,
your steady breathing, the dog, the cat at the foot of the bed, regular as clocks.
Dreaming of red seeds and blood -- the corn, the crimson jam and rust red sauce
as my own last blood begins to flow into this jar of late summer night.
Waiting for my womb's gate to close, to hold inside a few precious ruby seeds,
praying I have harvested enough, put by enough, to feed me when I'm old.

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85. sandiquiz
9:21 AM GMT on September 04, 2013
Oh, I am so sorry you had a bad day yesterday.

My pennyworth about the door lock.... the guy who did my aunt's new door yesterday told us to use spray furnishing polish that includes a silicone base to help release stiff locks (her back door lock was getting stiff,) and not WD40 as, although it works, having an oil base and not silicone, it attracts dust and after a while will get stiff again.

As to the bites, ouch - they sound uncomfortable.

The say garlic keeps away the mosis... perhaps they will keep away no-see-ums! (Bug knows all about these, as they seem to like her, too!

Hope today is a better day for you:)

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84. shoreacres
3:15 AM GMT on September 04, 2013
I just read a wonderfully interesting blog entry that ended with some splendid music. I think you'll great enjoy this.
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83. shoreacres
1:31 AM GMT on September 04, 2013
My goodness, what happenings in your world! First, I'm glad you had an extra pair of glasses, and that you'll have that sorted out soon.

As for the doorlock, Ylee's right. The lock to my front door was sticking a while back, and I hardly could turn the key. I usually like to use graphite rather than WD40, but that's all I had, so I gave it a squirt and worked the key, and all is well. If you have some WD40 around, it may have a tiny red tube with it. You can stick that into the nozzle and then into the lock. It makes a very neat job of it.

Carolyn's dog picked up mange somewhere outdoors. It's back to health now, but it required multiple baths over a period of time with some sort of whatever. Her vet said the dog probably picked it up from an outdoor critter, or even from another dog roaming the neighborhood. It can be cured pretty easily, so if your fox isn't too far gone, it might be able to be saved. It's not an easy job to bathe a fox - I don't know what they would do. Plus, any rehabber probably would be really reluctant to take it in because of cross-contamination. It's sad, but sometimes it's just the way of the world.

I don't think you have chiggers. Chiggers like tight places, like waistbands. I'll bet you have no-see-ums. I'm really sensitive to them myself. Here's a good article that describes the little nasties and how to cope with them. See if it doesn't sound like what you've got.

I was curious about whether cats can get mange. It turns out that they can. Another good reason for Miss Dixie Rose to live the life of an indoor cat. I know that coyotes can, too. I just found out that certain kinds can be passed to people - that's the last thing you need!

Here's hoping tomorrow's a little quieter!
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82. Ylee
11:03 PM GMT on September 03, 2013
Sorry you've had a bad day, Pros! :( If you have a can of silicone spray(like WD-40), you can spray that in the keyhole, and work the key in the lock, locking and unlocking the door several times, and see if that doesn't help. You can get your hubby to do this if you want to, but it's not hard.

Mange is, in time, life-threatening to animals(I'm not sure if cats can get it or not). We've had to put down a couple of raccoons with this malady in the past, and it's a really sad thing, because the it's all they can do to get around. If the fox is still mobile, there may be hope for it, yet. The fact that it can still catch prey tells me this. Keep trying to contact the wildlfe rescue people! It may not be too late!

They may not be chiggers, as they usually leave your arms and legs alone, and go for your "nether regions". Whatever works for mosquito bites should work on these.

I'm really sorry you're having a rough day! I hope things take a positive turn for you soon!
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