Thursday, July 31, 2014

Some End Of July Comments

Well the Delaware State Fair is over with and as expected during the State Fair week we got rain.  It seems to be a tradition that when the fair rolls around the area will get rain.  No one was expecting however a tornado at Cherry Stone Campgrounds on the Eastern Shore of Virginia that would kill two people and injury a number of others. 

Last night my wife and I went to Chincoteague for the Volunteer Fireman Carnival and those great oyster sandwiches.  Once again they were great.
no doubt thanks to this guy who was frying away.


   The wait in line was a few minutes but well worth it. 

 These sea gulls thought it was worth the wait.  I think now days it is politically incorrect to call them sea gulls - only gulls. 


and of course the mandatory photograph of ponies.

While driving back on RT13 between Pocomoke and Westover we were remarking about how dark RT13 is now on the section of highway.  Back in the 1960s it had several businesses that kept their lights on most of the night.  The English diner in Westover stayed open all night.  We also talked about the colored bar that use to be in the south bound lane about 4 or so miles north of Pocomoke.  It was a big two story house that I assume had the bar in the bottom and the top was living quarters, neither one of us could remember it's name, but they kept their lights on all night.  Something else to wake me up at 3 AM - wondering what the name of the place was.  We also had the chance to listen to 540AM Pocomoke radio station and their great selection of 1950's music.  The station fades away about Salisbury and it is rare to receive it in Delmar.  

Last week I renewed my driver's license.  I had to carry over all those identification papers they require now.  This seems to be easier for men as with woman they have to also bring wedding and divorce papers showing name changes.  For some of these women now days those papers must fill up a grocery bag. 

While there we went over to the new Redner grocery store in Georgetown.  It is located along side the Walmart and is a new store.  With a new store you get new grocery carts.  I have been to the one in Dover so I new what to expect but I was still pleased to see so many more brands than what Walmart and Food Lion carry.  Several new brands of scrapple in their scrapple section.  I guess since they are mainly a Pennsylvania grocery store chain there is a lot of that Pennsylvania Scrapple which is mostly meal instead of "meat".

I was out at the Holiday Inn Express in Delmar this week and saw that they were making a little money off USSSA.
One of the teams was practicing outside on the front lawn
Stained Glass Bridal and Tuxedo has moved from Bi-State Blvd to the old Movie theater at 10 N. Pennsylvania Avenue.  I think it is a good match for the downtown businesses.

The Sport's Nut Bar was doing a retouching this week, still keeping with the South Beach Miami colors.
and the electric company was in town changing out some light poles.
and over at Ponds Edge Apartments they have added an additional sign on their stop sign

and locomotive # 8338 was sitting downtown this week.

and still in the town limits but on the east side of town is this development up for sale

172 home sites.  This development was back in the days when Delmar had about 1,500 new homes proposed and they were going to move Delmar Delaware from the 23rd largest town in Delaware up to the 10 largest.  Oh well for the time being it is  pipe dream.

"oh my we are not the 10th largest?"

Like a number of families this summer that will attend reunions, we will be attending the Miller-Hasting family reunion out at St. George's church Hall on August 9th (Saturday) at 12 PM.   For some years now the reunion have talked about making a family cookbook and have gotten nowhere with it.  I recently was looking at  - "The Woolford Family Cookbook" with the Woolford family being out of Taylors Island, Maryland.  It follows the classic format of about 300 recipes scattered over about 125 pages.   This one has a wide range of recipes.  They have managed to include most of the homey recipes that make me cringe like "Recipe for Happiness" 2 heaping cups Payience, 1 heartful love, 2 handful Generosity, dash of laughter, and 1 headful of Understanding.  There are about 12 of those.  They seem to have missed the old faithful recipe for Elephant stew and the recipe for a Scripture cake.  One I hadn't seen before was for a Simon and Garfunkle Chicken recipe in which the last ingredients are parsley, sage rosemary and thyme.  I guess you have to be of a certain age to "get" it. They seem to have everyone, regardless of age, put in a recipe as there is; HOT DOGS - 4 hot dogs, Catsup - Put hot dogs on paper plate.  put holes in hot dogs.  Microwave for 2 minutes.  Cut in small pieces on plate.  Put catsup on it - Gary West, D. J. West .  Now I am not making fun of their cookbook as I think it follows the classic format of all family cookbooks.  I bought it because some one had highlighted certain recipes and written in how good they were - the classic yardsale sucker sales pitch for books.

To the West of us on Columbia Road the Rider farm has their one dollar watermelons agin this year.
and the corn is up and money is about to start coming in.  On humid days the smell of corn is everywhere.

and the watermelon buses and the migratory field crews are everywhere
as a wrap up here is a S. N. Culver Men's Shop Clothing store ad from 1960;

and at that time no doubt everything was manufactured in the United States.