Half Past Summer

It seems the longer I put off updating my blog, the harder it is to know where to start.

I finally made some hosting changes, and now my site will just be www.marthakasper.com. Once upon a time, I had time for THREE blogs, before Instagram, Twitter and Facebook took over the social media world. I shared my photos on one, our adventures and recipes and such on another, and the third I had created as a local blog when we moved back to PA. Who has time for that anymore? Certainly not me. Photos are shared instantly on Instagram, thoughts are shared on Facebook, etc. I really keep this blog as a journal of sorts for myself. Hopefully since I finally made this consolidation I will not feel so overwhelmed.

It feels good to have everything under one roof. Like downsizing my stuff, I am down sizing my digital presence too! Let’s not talk about all the digital photo files I am trying to purge.

Who can believe that we are already 1/2 way through July? It is flying by so quickly. Work keeps me busy and tired. In a good way these days. Not stressful for the most part (except for some people issues.) I think we are in a good place right now, except for being down a key holder once again. They are hard positions to fill. Full time retail, with the need for a very flexible schedule, days, nights, weekends, holidays and truthfully not the best in pay. As much as having a Mon-Fri, set schedule job might be, I have gotten used to being able to have a morning off, or a Monday off. Weekends are not always what it is all about! All that aside, I do enjoy my job, and being tired at the end of the work day isn’t the worst thing in the world!

Tara is working 4-5 days a week, and many times we are on opposite shifts, so we do not get to spend too much time together. We have had a very few adventures since she got her license. That’s okay. She is able to come and go as she pleases, not having to rely on me. A freedom she waited a long time for but in the end, the wait paid off. She was able to get a nice relatively new car, that I feel comfortable with her driving.

This is her adorable 2013 Chevy Spark. I get to drive it sometimes. We traded in our white Dodge Caravan to help with the down payment on this one, and I drive Mom’s mini van that she is not using anymore to go to and from work.IMG_4236 (2)

Tara finally received her high school diploma in June. Better late than never. She had been done classes since January, but had to wait for the diploma. No post high school education plans right now. That is fine with me. I don’t want her to start off with college debt for a degree in something that she may not use. She really is not sure what she wants to do. Right now food service/hospitality, are what she is looking at. Tara is not a morning person, so an 8am-5pm job is probably not for her right now!

Mom turned 92 on July 4th. We had a small gathering at my sister Linda’s new house. She moved into a 55+ older community just the week before. It was nice to gather with a family and friends. I did not get too many photos, it was a little hectic and I had worked early in the day after falling in the freezer at work the day before, and was not feeling my best!

Mom with Ben and Jessica Kepler (grandson and daughter-in-law of our friend Bobbie.) Bobbie has baked mom a birthday cake just about every year I can remember recently.

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I spent a day out by myself taking some photos with my “real” camera. Something I really don’t make much time for these days. It is just so much easier to grab the IPhone. Sometimes you just need to pull out the DSLR and shoot away.

I spend a couple hours at Pearl S Buck house. The grounds are beautiful, it was quiet and peaceful and just what I needed that particular day.

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I can’t think of too much more right now. I still need to get more of Robin’s letters transcribed. I have five out of the next days off, so hopefully I can get to some more of my “to do list”!

Oh, the one thing Tara and I have been finding time for together is taking a ride, even if it is 9 or 10pm looking for Pokemon in the Pokemon Go game. It is fun for us. (I know some “grown ups” thing it is dumb!), but Tara grew up (or evolved) with Pokemon, they were a huge part of her childhood, so an activity that we can spend a little bit of time together after our busy days is a good thing in my book!

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Photo(s) of the Day – Greenhill Farms (Pearl S Buck House)

You can read about our “field trip” today to visit the Pearl S Buck house located in Perkasie, Bucks County PA on my “Adventures” blog. 

I did not want to weigh that post down with too many photos so I am posting them here. 

Let me just say, Pearl Buck was a pretty amazing woman, who I will be reading more about in the near future.  There are so many things sometimes right in our own back yard so to speak that we never take the time to notice.  This woman, this house were overlooked by me!

All things are possible until they are proved impossible – and even the impossible may only be so, as of now. Pearl S. Buck

Photography was not allowed in the house… which had so many beautiful and interesting things. 

The holiday decorations were very interesting, each room done by a different business or organization.  My favorite tree, and boy do I wish I could have sneaked a photo, was all done in tea cups and saucers (they must have been glued together).   The home is an 1825 farm house sitting in the rolling hills of Bucks County.

On the walkway in.  I would love to visit at night when the exterior lights are lit. 


I love this courtyard. There is a small fountain near the back, and a “breezeway” that connects the two parts of the house.

This is the tree that can be seen in a distance from above.

You all know I love windows… and windows with Christmas wreaths, even better!

Doors are good too….


Tea with Santa in what at one time was a playhouse for the kids.  The guide told us Santa’s face was Dick Cheney’s face… not sure why>

One of the many Asian inspired items in the gift shop.

As I said above, I have posted details about our visit, as well as some biographical information about Miss Buck, on my other blog so if you have time I would love for you to hop over and visit that too!

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