Monday, April 22, 2013


Yes indeed! That's me relaxing with a pint of fine ale in the Archie Bunker chair after a particularly stressful weekend. Spring has arrived and business in the garden center at the Shippensburg Lowe's has ramped up dramatically. Naturally, being a big box store, we're drastically understaffed to keep up with both customer service and restocking. Hence the Archie Bunker chair and the beer today. And the lunch that went with that beer below:

Yeah, I tend to avoid the pre-cut ham usually available; I buy a chunk of ham and slice it myself with a knife, not a machine. I like thick slices. Supper this evening follows in the same hedonistic footsteps: broiled salmon, roasted baby red potatoes, and steamed broccoli, washed down with a nice Pinot Grigio. Easy to cook, easy to eat, and eminently tasty! I enjoy my relaxation.

Today also happens to be Earth Day. Now I normally don't tend to celebrate the day here since most of my posts tend to deal with the glory and sacredness of Mama Gaia. But I just happened to take some pictures in my wanderings today that are appropriate to the celebration of the wonders of creation: a female Red-winged Blackbird eying me warily; some Painted Turtles doing same; a Rainbow Trout swimming in the north duck pond of the Dykeman Springs wetlands; and a mating pair of Mallards on the same pond. Enjoy!

© 2013 by A. Roy Hilbinger


  1. Roy....your photos are fantastic.....that mama bird made me gasp and I really loved the self portrait. Don't ever stop.

  2. You make your salmon just like I's the best and my favorite! And that sandwich looks so good...down to the rye bread and that horseradish mustard! You have my mouth watering!

    love the turtles...and that photo of the trout is exceptional!

  3. That is too funny....hate to say it but I was one of those who mobbed my local Lowe's garden center this past weekend....It really was packed!

  4. An excellent choice Roy (no, not the chair, nor the food - you know what I mean)

  5. Your photos are great - the salmon looks delicious.

    You should write more, write very well. That is...when you are not working, cooking, hiking or taking photos !

  6. I’m still learning from you, but I’m trying to achieve my goals. I certainly love reading everything that is posted on your website.Keep the stories coming. I liked it!
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