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Monday, May 31, 2010


A couple of pictures of the Memorial Day in Ligonier:

Baseball season in full swing. Below are some baseball stories:
Baseball, a strawberry festival, and a summer concert

Honus Wagner & Me

Take Me Out to the Ball Game…So Reluctantly I Go


Balloons purchased in memory of a fallen soldier, friend or family, were launched from the Ligonier VFW Post 734 as part of their 2010 Memorial Day celebration. The card attached to each balloon requested that the finders of the balloon report back to the Post, enabling the sponsor of the balloon to know how far the balloon traveled.

America’s First Manned Gas Balloon Ride

Blanchard: The First Professional Aeronaut

Now that the Memorial Day festivities have ended, it’s time to deal with the everyday, mundane problems in our lives. One is the aggressiveness of squirrels on birdfeeders:
Battling squirrels at bird feeders I: to fight or join them

Battling squirrels at bird feeders II: to fight or join them

Battling Squirrels at Bird Feeders III: Types of bird feeders

AND LOOKING FORWARD TO the Stahlstown Flax Scutching Festival in September…
From flax to linen: The Stahlstown (Pa.) Flax Scutching Festival

Flax scutching in Pennsylvania & Europe

From flax to linen: The Stahlstown (Pa.) Flax Scutching Festival

Ligonier remembers . . .

Ligonier's Memorial Day parade and program on the Diamond, organized by the local American Legion and VFW Posts, are always very well done -- a tradition worth perpetuating. Thanks to the veterans for making it happen, and a salute to the youngest participants as well.

Ligonier, PA: Main Street

Ligonier, PA: Main Street
Originally uploaded by harry_nl

Originally uploaded by walltowallcreeps

Originally uploaded by Josh Helfferich

Castle Hug n' Song

Castle Hug n' Song
Originally uploaded by walltowallcreeps

Ligonier Farm Market

Ligonier Farm Market
Originally uploaded by Marc_714

Ligonier Farm Market

Ligonier Farm Market
Originally uploaded by Marc_714

The rain was so heavy coming over the mountain from Johnstown.

I can't believe Ligonier was dry!

Smells like kennywood

wood and grease...smells good. ;)

They even take cars!

 Next time I'm taking the mini for a ride!

Checking out incline in Johnstown...

I was pondering whether I could harvest wild garlic mustard seed...and found this interesting post on making mustard from scratch.

Montana Jones' yumtastic hot dog mustard
2 Tbsp Ground yellow mustard seed
1 tsp Ground brown mustard seed
Add 1 1/2 Tbsp water, blend to a thick paste and let sit for 10 minutes.
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp allspice
1/4 tsp ginger
1/4 tsp turmeric
2 Tbsp white wine vinegar
For thinner mustard add a couple drops more vinegar, let age for a week or so.

Read the rest of his blog post here.

How to create a blog with Blogger

I need help with this little pest

I have 2 bugs I can not control, one is a long black beetle with yellow greenish stripes ,the other is small red body with black stripes .  They eat my oregano , hyssops, and mint. Does anybody know what they are and how to get rid of them naturally. Help!

one of those little things that's driving me bonkers.. the slow degradation of the English language

Yes, I can be accused of contributing for having used the sloven grammar of the blogosphere for folksy effect.  I hope to be forgiven for taking "artistic" license and - like you - can usually spot a writer using improper grammar or language on purpose.  This is entirely different than flat out bad grammar and I could overlook it completely if the errors weren't becoming the norm.

Here's the one that's really getting to me because it's happening in the media and it's going viral - the incorrect use of the word I.

Using the word I all the time is the verbal equivalent to raising one's picky while drinking a cup of tea.  People have started to use I because they think it is more correct than the word me.  

Ai Yi Yi Yi....don't they teach this in school anymore?

Look at these sentences:
  1. I went to Abigail's.
  2. Me went to Abigail's.
  3. Susie went to Abigail's.
  4. Susie and I went to Abigail's.
  5. Susie and me went to Abigail's.
  6. I and Susie went to Abigail's.
  7. Me and Susie went to Abigail's.
Here we have the most basic parts of a sentence - a subject, verb, and object.  The subject is the who or what the sentence is all about and the subject is usually at the beginning of a sentence.  The verb is the action of a sentence.  Not all sentences contain an object, however, when used an object is the where, what or whom the action or verb resolved itself upon.  Does that make sense?

The sentence "Butch saluted the flag." is all about Butch.  Butch is the subject.  What did Butch do?  He saluted.  Saluted is the verb.  If we wanted, we could have simply said "Butch saluted.", however, to fully describe what happened the speaker added an object - the flag.  So, by saying "Butch saluted the flag."  we have a subject, a verb and an object and therefore a reasonably full description from the speaker.  The speaker could have said "The Mayor, Butch Bellas, saluted the lovely American flag on the pole in the Diamond in Ligonier, PA on Memorial Day weekend in the year 2010 after having heard the gun salute." but then we'd have to spend WAY too much time on this post so we'll keep it simple. ;)

Back to our seven sentences.  It's easy to see that the verb in all seven is went.  The object in all seven is Abigail's.  Look at the subjects.  Can we all agree that unless you are playing an Indian in a cheap 1950's film, the word me is not correctly used as a subject in a sentence.  Right?  So, that leaves us with four sentences:

  1. I went to Abigail's.
  2. Susie went to Abigail's.
  3. Susie and I went to Abigail's.
  4. I and Susie went to Abigail's.
When referring to yourself in the subject of a sentence, always use the word I, however, unless you want to be a crude and rude nincompoop, the other person always comes first and so that means sentence number four is incorrect leaving us with these three correct sentences:
  1. I went to Abigail's.
  2. Susie went to Abigail's.
  3. Susie and I went to Abigail's.
To continue this painful drone on grammar - LOL - let's look at the real culprit, the use of the word I as an object of a sentence.

  1. Susie went to Abigail's with me.
  2. Susie went to Abigail's with I.  <little pinky!
  3. Susie went to Abigail's with Sally and me.
  4. Susie went to Abigail's with Sally and I.  <little pinky!
  5. Susie went to Abigail's with I and Sally.  <rude little pinky!
  6. Susie went to Abigail's with me and Sally.  <just plain rude!
The word me is all wrong as the subject of a sentence and the word I is all wrong as the object of a sentence.  Every time you hear the word I used as an object of a sentence, just imagine a little pinky lifted while tipping the cup and you'll always remember the it's ME, not I, leaving us with these two correct sentences:

  1. Susie went to Abigail's with me.
  2. Susie went to Abigail's with Sally and me.

MerJo on Main Street

A new shop opens on Main Street June 2nd, offering items that are made by many local Artisans. Just a few of the items that you will see in the shop are Jams and Jelly made by MerJo Ltd., beautiful hand crafted jewelry from Patty's Jewel Box, floral creations from Annie's Creations, Doggone Cute has embroidered items for pet owners, and all natural dog treats for your furry friend. Our Shop Hours are Wednesday - Saturday 11AM till 5 PM, Sunday 12 noon till 4PM.
We hope to see you at our Grand Opening Celebration June 4th and 5th.

If I turn on the radio in the car, it's tuned to 90.5 FM. What's in store for WDUQ?

When Duquesne University put WDUQ-FM (90.5) up for sale in January, plans were in the works to expand the signal transmitting the jazz-and-NPR format to areas around Indiana, Pa., Bedford and Ligonier, which would have more than doubled the number of its potential listeners.
They also had built up the station's respected JazzWorks, a 24/7 syndicated jazz network, which now airs in 40 markets, including Phoenix, Detroit, Miami and Philadelphia.

take a moment to visit this antique design page on the Woolley Fox site

The variety and expression of colors are just lovely.  Do they ever have shows?  I'd love to see an exhibit of these rugs.

Shenandoah Valley Eagle, 24 x 63, hooked by Sharon Brown of Seven Fields, Pennsylvania. I love this historical rug. Sharon's background is dyed and is so subtle and simple that it allows the shields and eagle to be the highlight of the rug. Love the area behind the crossed flags too.

Memorial Day Parade...11am service will be held on the Diamond

Good morning, Ligonier!



Today is Memorial Day, a day when a flag is placed on the gravesite of an “unidentified Civil War Veteran” in the East Lamoine Cemetery in East Lamoine, Maine.
Simultaneously, this very small community has a Civil War Veteran whose gravesite cannot be located.

Could the two be a match? The story of Charles F. Walker can be read at:
RIGHTING A CIVIL WAR WRONG: A Gravestone for a Civil War Veteran

Navy Chief Photographer Robert Cornell, for whom the military was a life career, was buried at sea.

Cornell smoking pipe
Cornell took of ship

Read his story at:
Two Photographers Named Cornell

Albert W. Briskay (aka Borinsky) was a W. W. I Navy Veteran, and a W. W. II civilian worker on submarine repair at Pearl Harbor. He grew up in Minersville, PA, and raised his family in Portsmouth, N. H.

To read a radio interview he did in 1942, click on:
Pearl Harbor: A 1942 Radio Broadcast Script

To read the second posting on that interview, click on:
Navy Yard Broadcast from Pearl Harbor: Part 2

Briskay in Uniform

Great opening concert on the Diamond

All the LVSD bands performed beautifully
and a nice crowd was there to appreciate it.

Sunday, May 30, 2010

Mother Nature's Medicine Cabinet - By Granny Earth

Granny Earth Presents

Ground Ivy is a very common perennial weeds this (Pennsylvania) area. It’s a smooth downy plant with creeping stems and roots. Leaves are opposite, roundish and heart shaped at the base and bluntly toothed. The undersides are paler, some times, having ‘hairy tumors’. The flowers are lavender to purplish-blue- about 1/2 inch long and grow in small clusters- blooming between late April and July. Ground Ivy has a balsamic, slightly bitter taste.

For edible/medicinal purposes, the whole plant is used.

Due to its anti-inflammatory and astringent actions, Ground Ivy is helpful in the treatment of diarrhea and as a topical application for hemorrhoids. It’s a weed for all inward wounds and ulcerations- easing gripping pains, gas and choleric conditions of the stomach and spleen. It encourages bile flow and has been used successfully to treat gastric and duodenal ulcers, as well as yellow jaundice and inflammations of the lower urinary tract- particularly cystitis. Ground Ivy is a good all around general metabolism stimulant.

The ancient herbalists or ‘witches’ (as they were sometimes called) said Ground Ivy would cure insanity and melancholia (depression) by opening the stoppings of the spleen. So who knows? Maybe these ‘witches’ knew something that others didn’t. Maybe that’s why they were burned at the stake- they knew too much- they knew Mother Nature’s secrets! (Page - Do It Yourself Weed Medicine)

Weed Walk – Sunday, June 6th, 2 – 6:00
The Mountain Herb Shoppe Natural Gardens- Donegal, PA
Granny Earth, Naturopath & Judy Trabbold, Master Herbalist
Email Granny Earth at:
Or call- 724-542-9713

‘A weed is simply a plant whose virtues have yet to be discovered.’
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Need a good website? Check it out- WEBSITES THAT WORK!

Sweet garden poem...

You have given me diamonds

You have given me pearls

But when you give me flowers

You have given me the world.

grab a lawn chair...the Ligonier Sunday evening band concert is about to begin...


enjoy some Mellow Mike

this is a fasinating read...and a great idea so long as it is voluntary...

Massachusetts Woodlands Cooperative: A New Tool for Landscape Planning and Management

Here's a blurb:

For example, if a particular landscape was predominantly mature forest, then diversifying the habitat type would include creating more early-successional habitat. 

Determining that a seven-acre stand of sapling hardwoods abuts a six-acre hay field becomes a management opportunity because the sizes of the trees are small enough to be mechanically removed and, together, the two areas (the sapling stand and the hay field) create a significant area, 13 acres worth, of early-successional habitat.

This uproar over logging just kills me.

Look out your window.  What do you see?  I'll bet it's not forest.  If it is forest, would you like to guess just how old that forest is?  Not very old, that's for sure.

We clear meadows  for housing and parking lots.  We make parks for people with cut grass zones that from my perspective might as well be dead zones because they're not much use for wildlife.

I have a dream.  I have a dream that individuals will let go of the crazy environmental political hoohah the media pushes and just take some time to look and listen to what is taking place all around you.  It takes very little effort to create fragrant useful habitat in which we can live.  [Make that WE and LIVE.  WE...LIVE.  Think about the plurality of the word WE and the complexity of the word LIVE.]  In fact, it mostly takes just a little change of mind about golf course lawns and asphalt driveways.  There are alternatives.

What would happen if property owners, even with just a tiny yard, cooperated to reduce lawn size and permitted slightly controlled meadow and forest creation around their dwellings.  Think of the fragrance, the beauty and privacy.  Why, we could use mulch or hand pushed mowers to keep some areas clear, maybe paths to a private garden bench or hammock.

It is amazing how balanced nature is if you allow it to do what it does and have patience.  The food chain has a way of managing itself and keeping critters in balance.   A cat or two in and around the house helps.

I'm not suggesting that we give up modern living and be cavemen.  I'm suggesting instead that we rethink the meaning of the word ecology and realize we are surrounded with bounty if we simply allow it to manifest itself.

In so doing, find a way to stop using the phrase "killing a tree" because you don't say the same thing about killing soil.  Trees live and die.  They are a renewable resource.  The soil on Laurel Mountain is alive.  The forest will renew itself and in the meantime other plants and wildlife will enjoy the altered habitat.  The lawn surrounding you, however, is mostly dead habitat.  It is screaming at you, please let me live. Please let me go, let me live.  We don't have crappy soil.  We create crappy soil by killing the ecology of life.  Yet, by simply getting out of the way and sometimes giving it a very simple and natural helping hand, the bounty of creation renews itself and within it, we live.
Saunders, president and CEO of the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy, regales us with how the Ligonier Valley "has retained its agricultural and rural character for centuries to the benefit of residents, visitors and wildlife." And he talks of how the conservancy "is partnering with landowners to help them protect cherished family lands."

Talk about choking on your Cheerios.

Read more in the Tribune Review.

Mommy Gear has extended evening hours...anyone know which days??

Visit our Mommy Gear store in historic Ligonier PA
just off the Diamond at:
107 S. St. Clair St
Ligonier PA 15658

10 am-4pm Mon-Fri
11 am-3 pm Sat.
New Extended Hours: Open til 7:00 p.m. Most weekdays...Call for Details!
Upcoming Events:
Mom's Cafe
1st & 3rd Monday of each month
10:00 a.m. to Noon
Drop-In Mom's Support Meeting, facilitated by a trained, certified leader
Sponsored by La Leche League of Ligonier
Babies, Children, Expecting & New Moms Welcome!
Fun, Friendship & Breastfeeding Support

Quote of the Day: Herman Hess

The Enchanted Moment honoring the Goddess within
"Your Alternative to the Mundane"
110 N Fairfield Street

" Happiness is a how, not a what; a talent, not an object."

Connections Store

A bit of the Ligonier Country Market can be found year round at the Connections Store in Ligonier.  Featured at the store are locally handmade jewelry, natural soaps, lotions and ointments.  The works of local artists can also be discovered in inspirational oil and water color paintings as well as handsewn mini quilts.  In the quaint kitchen of the Connections Store, local honey, maple syrup, teas and homemade jelly and jams can be found. In addition, the Connections Store carries   "A Few of Our Favorite Things" for children including a carefully selected assortment of educational kits, children's CD's, books, toys and art supplies.   A new Sports Room has opened with assorted merchandise including many Pittsburgh Steeler items.  The Connections Store is a branch of Ligonier Valley Learning Center, Inc., a non-profit human service agency.
The store is located one block south of the Diamond at:
109 South Main Street
Store Hours are:
Open Monday-Saturday 10am - 5pm with extended hours on Thursday until 7pm and Sunday 12-4pm

Ligonier Sunday Shopping Guide

Hours: Monday through Saturday 10-5; Sunday 12-4

Open every day except Tuesday 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM 

Celtic Culture
Open Tuesday thru Saturday from 10 to 5, Sunday from 12 to 4

Dollar General
Open every day 8am to 9pm

Ligonier Outfitters 
Open Monday thru Saturday 9am to 5pm, Sunday 6am to 1pm

Ligonier Sweet Shop
Open Monday thru Saturday 10am to 5pm, Sunday 12pm to 5pm

Ligonier's Landmark Bakery
Open daily, check web site for hours

Open every day 11-4, Sunday 1-4, closed Tuesday

FRI-SAT-SUN-MON 11:00 am - 6:00 pm

Tuesday thru Saturday 10am -4pm, Sunday noon - 4pm

Monday -Saturday 10am - 5 pm, Sunday noon - 5pm

Toy Soldier Gallery
Tues. to Sat. - 11 am to 5 pm, Sunday - 12 pm to 4 pm, Monday - Closed 

Tuesdays through Saturdays, 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Sundays 12:00 – 4:30 p.m

Monday-Thursday 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday & Saturday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

On the Diamond Antiques
Mon 10-5, Tues closed, Wed 11-4, Thur 11-7, Fri & Sat 10-5, Sun 12-5

Betsy's of Ligonier
Open 10-5 M-F and 12-5 on Sunday

Fort Ligonier Museum Store
Mon – Sat: 10am – 4:30pm
Sun: 12pm – 4:30pm

Open Monday-Saturday 10am - 5pm with extended hours on Thursday until 7pm and Sunday 12-4pm

Open every day - Thursdays 10-7 and Sundays 1-4 every other day is 10-5

Main Exhibit Gallery 
Tuesday-Saturday 11-5, Sunday 12:30-5

Good morning, Ligonier! Beautiful day for our first band concert. ;)



It is that time of year again! The free summer band concerts are here again. At 7:00 PM on Sundays from now through the end of August the Diamond is the place to be-- maybe more for old-timers like me than the younger set. When I was young, our parents thought the Beatles were the worst thing to come along-- and yet they are a staple in these concerts today. Add in a good dose of Souza and show tunes, Gershin, Berlin, etc. and you have a relaxing hour and a half of music. Bring your lawn chair and a couple of dollars for an ice cream cone at intermission and a dollar or two that the scouts collect to keep the concert series going and have a good evening.

To start it all off, the middle and high school musicians from the Ligonier Valley and Laurel Valley schools perform tonight. My granddaughter will be there playing the viola and the bass clarinet with many other children and grandchildren on other instruments. Come and see first hand what a fine music program our schools have.

Saturday, May 29, 2010

For all the sailors

On this Memorial Day Weekend, two versions of "Eternal Father" (The Navy Hymn)

Spotted along Kinsey Farm Road...

This beautiful albino deer stopped just long enough
to have her photo taken this evening!

Free corner computer station

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NEW @ The Enchanted Moment

"Sol's Lantern"
Beautifully handcrafted solar powered jars. Perfect for camping (since it's a jar can store matches) , children's night lights, the porch, home, office or even as a radiant mood setter. All you need is the sun and enjoy the magik of light. $14.99
"Pixie Mist"
Made with the fabulous green tea to soften your skin. Just a spritz of our Morning Dew and feel refreshed and cool. $7.99
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Don't forget about our Massage Therapy sessions and Educational Classes.
Next Week after Memorial Day
Pre-registrations for TWO Summer Classes on Sunday's starting June 13th. Each class is 6wks. long. Details will be posted soon.


Remember when my husband Monte
and I had to free an owl that became
caught in our deer fence last October?

Well…our neighbor dog was barking
at the edge of our garden yesterday.

Upon investigation, Monte discovered it was a snake, curled belly-up next to our deer netting.

I immediately walked to a neighbor’s house, and asked to “borrow” the husband. He came down and identified the culprit as a black snake (I’ll call him Inky Sombre for black sad) and poked at it with a long stick. Inky Sombre was alive, and the neighbor discovered he was caught in the deer netting. Being sympathetic to Inky Sombre’s plight, I told my neighbor he could cut into the netting to free the snake. He bravely did so.

FREE AT LAST! Inky Sombre slithered off into or behind a nearby hemlock tree.

Reading for your holiday weekend:
In the small Maine community, East Lamoine, there is a puzzle of a gravesite holding an unidentified Civil War veteran. The location of the gravesite of a Civil War veteran who lived in that community is unknown. To read this story, click on:
RIGHTING A CIVIL WAR WRONG: A Gravestone for a Civil War Veteran

More reading:
Immigration is Negative for the USA