The Pond House

This page – once it is truly rolling – will be about my glorious homestead in Cecil County, Maryland – aka Ceciltucky.

As you can tell, I’m not terribly keen on the area.  I’m a transplant to the lands South of the Mason-Dixon line.  I was born in Philadelphia (Philly to the locals) and came to this region after chasing a job, a girl, and the hopes/dreams of a better life.  That was back in 1998 and in a totally different county/city then where I am now.

I reside in Cecil for a plethora of reasons but I’ll give you two – money and a girl. (are you noticing a negative trend here?…well why the hell didn’t you tell me?!?!)

My home is a unique and drafty 1949 split level, architect original home in “The Heights”.  It is lovingly donned The Pond House as it was rumored to have once been the location of the neighborhood ice skating pond back in nineteen aught something. This I do not disbelieve, as shortly after signing the deed to my home and the 30 year fixed mortgage, the damn thing flooded! Not from rising waters…on no – from rain and ground water! I have since learned the necessity to have a long-time battery if not generator for my MULTIPLE sump pumps.

My home is equipped with these, 3 staircases (5 if you count the two off the mudroom), a slew of single pane glass windows, some plastic trying-to-pretend-to-be-single-pane-glass windows, 3 bedrooms, 1.5 baths, 4 sump pumps, a mudroom, a lower living room with a wood burning stove (that does not heat my house oddly enough), an upper living room with a gorgeous window loving called “the fish bowl”, a beautiful kitchen containing a dead dishwasher that will soon be on the streets to make room for my pull out trash/recycling drawers with upper pull out bins for the dog and cat’s food!

The yard is jinormous! Well – its big compared to the 12×12 cement yard I had in Philly growing up.  We proudly own 1/2 an acre with about 9 or 10 trees, 1 gazebo and 1 shed. + my gorgeous red canoe named Rouge Pamplemousse or Ruby for short.  Now don’t worry…we won’t be speaking any other language than the American’s English …well sorta.

And that is The Pond House


Do you? …someday

We’re just a bunch of crazy girls who wanna get hitched. But seeing as how the government, the church, and even some deeply concerned (or insane) citizens of this fine nation have not yet given the state of Maryland the opportunity for equality in the form of Marriage…then Soul and I are having to do some creative planning.

Not to mention that I absolutely love this woman and she me, and we want to be married — like — yesterday. Like two months ago. Like — well you get the gist.

Please note that all of this will happen…eventually. We just haven’t the foggiest idea as to when.

We do however know where. How it will look. What the reception will resemble. Etc.!!! *girly squeal!*

So for this page I will share with you:

  • The items and themes of interest
  • The latest and greatest of websites for referencing
  • All of our DIY wedding projects
  • And the big stuff like: The Dress/es, the Rings, etc.

We plan to have this as a tasteful, small wedding some year in the month of September.

And so here is what we have thus far:

Date:  September XX, 20XX


Ceremony:  The Covered Bridge in Maryland

Reception:  The Barn near the Covered Bridge in Maryland

Theme:  Vintage Whimsy!

Colors:  Soul:  (undecided still)  Jen:  Peacock blue

Dress: Found this FABULOUS dress but it costs over 1500.00, so I may have a friend recreate it for both of us! (fingers crossed)

Dress style:  vintage sheath dress with a short kick train. Will NOT show the picture as …you’re not supposed to see the bride beforehand! Geez!

Rings:  Silver/Gold/Red Gold bands – handmade by Uzi in Israel (found on Etsy)

Bouquet:  Brooch Bouquets – DIY by Jen

Limo/Car: VW Camper Van

I’ll definitely be adding more posts to this page so …keep watch!

And so the journey begins

With one stroke of the keys (actually let’s not start off this things with lies…it takes several strokes of the keys to get to this page) I begin my blogging journey.  Now don’t get me pegged as some web virgin…oh no. I have been on Livejournal for YEARS! Alas – it just seemed like private bitching to a bunch of people who “friended” you out of morbid curiosity, sexual interest, or claim to be your friend.


Here – anyone can read your thoughts. Anyone who is bored enough to hack through the tangles of the internet (the term ‘surfing the web’ is so out of date…and definitely not realistic. Far too much info aka crap out there for someone to actually skim on the surface of anything!).  Oh a word of caution for those writer/editor types…I am horrible with punctuation, I love extra long sentences and the person who invented the word BREVITY should be shot.  *curtsy*


Today…if you have not noticed the date…is Valentine’s Day!

That being said – all of my friends have been ditching work to ensure that they write on all of their friends’ Facebook pages, email notes of love and friendship to those afraid of Big Brother watching and *gasp* have taken pen in hand to quill out a few lines in a card, purchased for $.99 at the local Dollar Tree and popped it in the mail.  These by the way, are usually reserved for the Grandma-types.


My sons – Brendan and Malcolm – received a witty image snagged online and plastered on their Wall of their Facebook pages with an oh-so-clever remark about each of them being my favorite son.  *evil sinister laugh*


As those of you who know me…which I’m sure none of you do – I’ll explain…I’ve been torturing my sons with the ideals of familial competition.  Basically the “Mom loves ME best” scenario.

Let me tell ya – its a hoot!

I’m not silly enough to do it with every card – that would be predicable! No — I do this every blue-moonber (it’s on the calendar…look it up!). I write in their card “to my favorite son”; they go running to rub it in their twin’s face only to find that …”hey! Mom wrote that in MY card!” *hear me (mom) giggling in the other room*

Well as my sons are now 20 years old and living in their own apartment – I am reduced to making this a very public humiliation!  Oh darn.  *giggling again*


For my darling, gorgeous, and loving partner Soul — she however is getting a Valentine’s day Week!  Yup – a little bit o’ something each and every day until this weekend (post paycheck received on the day AFTER Valentine’s day)

This morning she awoke to find the following:

  • a hand written love letter in the bathroom
  • a note on the microwave saying “Look in me”
  • within lay a plate of glazed donuts with a note saying “Eat me + love grows”
  • In the refrigerator was a bottle of V8 Splash with a note on it saying “Drink me + loneliness shrinks”
  • Also to be found was a dozen eggs with HAPPY LOVE DAY spelled out on the eggs.

I would take a picture of these things but it’s 3:37 and I’ve been informed by Soul that she has already eaten one glazed donut, while going to the super market and had plans to annihilate one egg via boiling water. That woman can be brutal!

Once I get home, my darling babygirl shall receive from me the following from :

  • One purple hard iced heart shaped cookie with the time honored message of “BE MINE” spelled out in white hard icing
  • One Ooh La La cupcake

And then from me and my talented little hand…one homemade card – which I shall make on the 188 AMTRAK train to Aberdeen at 7:10pm (EST).


In addition she will receive my everyday levels of love – which I have to say…are off the charts intense.  Sometimes even a bit intense for her — she said so herself. I have just sent her a reminder to please eat (she is hypoglycemic) and gets all woogily if I don’t.

But as I’m here at work (yes, I actually do have a paying job and it is NOT to do this) …I shall put in a few hours before it is time for the great migration North.

Until then – I hope you have a very Happy Valentine’s day! I hope you have lots of chocolates to eat and someone who has purchased said chocolates for you. (if not then you’re just some common shoplifter!)

But if you do not have a special someone to give you these things – HERE!

Happy Valentine’s Day!