31 August 2018

Splash - August 2018

The August 2018 splash was taken on a dock.  Turner's Creek is a 1812 American landing spot on the Chesapeake Bay tributary - the Sassafras River.  It was home to a Granary and Mill, which still stands but has been idle for about a hundred years.  Once a thriving port, it now holds canoeing and kayaking day-trippers who explore the Chesapeake and its tributaries.  We took some shots of the kids on the piers but I like this one of them by the old mill house.  Bright sun and smiles all around.

16 August 2018


These two - Samantha (19) and Charlotte (15) - are pretty excited here.  You know why?  They are holding paychecks!  This is Charlotte's first ever paycheck from a real job with taxes withheld and everything.  Samantha is on her third job, so she's a pro, but, it's still exciting.  This is her highest paying job to date.  Minimum wage in Maryland is $9.50 and these two started at Aquafit at higher than minimum!  My first job paid $2.25 an hour and I thought I was rich!

They started at Aquafit, which is a physical therapy gym, with classes and yoga and personal trainers.  Samantha and Charlotte run the front desk, making appointments, taking money, renting lockers, checking in clients and answering the phone.  They plan to work up through the ladder - Samantha moving into the accounting side and Charlotte wants to be a certified life guard - both get the benefit of the whole facility, which includes a heated pool, sauna, hot tub, all the classes....what a deal.

And as an aside - do you know what these two did with some of the money from their first paycheck?  They hired someone to mow our two acres.  Dang sweet.  I mean, they win too, because they won't have to mow, but, they did it for all of us.  Mowing two acres with a push mower in summer is no joke.  Thank you ladies!

07 August 2018

Kent County AllStars 2018 Go Public

 We live in the least populated county in Maryland.  The least.  There are fewer people here in Kent County than in any other Maryland County, no matter the physical size of the County.  So here, instead of worrying about crime or environmental issues (both of which we still have, just lots less), our County Commissioners can take time from their weekly meeting to recognize this fine group of young men.  The Commissioners spoke to the boys about their baseball experience, praised them on their skills and dedication, and presented them with certificates bearing their names and position on the team.  All this took place in the public forum, with the public invited and the press there, too.
William Pickrum, President; Ron Fithian, Commissioner, then three coaches, and William Short, Commissioner, plus our team of All Stars.  All the boys live in Kent County and represented our district (including Dorchester, Talbot, Caroline, Queen Anne's and Kent Counties) in the Maryland State Tournament.  JMichael is standing in the second row, just in front of Commissioner Short.

03 August 2018


This beautiful sunset is part of what makes living out in the country so amazing.  We are surrounded by beauty.  The sign in silhouette is Welcome to Kennedyville.