The Scent of a Peony Bouquet

My dear friend, Kathy, helps her dear friend, Amy sometimes with her flower business Lush and Local, and sometimes I reap the benefits.

This is the bouquet Kathy recently gave me and it is filling my home with the wonderful scent of peonies. Delicious!

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge:Sense of Smell

Brandy Boies, Our New Mayor

Strasburg has elected its first woman as mayor. Brandy H. Boies beat out three other (male) opponents in today’s election. Congratulations Brandy!

Interesting election numbers can be found here.

A special shout out to our Christie Monahan and all the other newly elected council members. Congrats to all!

Community Activism by Eating

I don’t have a lot of money. I was only working part time before the quarantine and since it began my hours have been cut in half. But still, I feel so strongly about supporting businesses in our community I have done a few things to help. It’s not much but it’s “my part”.

First I bought a whole tub of raspberry ice cream from Sugar Creek Snowy & Sweet Co, something I would normally never do, but let me tell you, it was delicious!

Next I put my order in at Old Dominion Doggery. I love their fries and they reheated easily. I got three orders and ate them all week.

These are just a couple of things I have done. I’m only one person but we are all in this together.

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Sense of Tasting

April A-Z ~ A Final Look Back

April 2020 was a month we will always remember for so many reasons. One of those reasons I hope, is the feeling of community we cultivated with the debut of this blog, On the Streets Where We Live.

When the creators of the April A- Z Challenge first came up with this idea, calling it a challenge was apt. I’ve participated before on my other blog The Day After and can attest to that, but this month, collaborating with other people has been so much more, that the word challenge almost takes on a new meaning.

I’m grateful to my community; to all of who have supported me this month and contributed and shared and liked. Thank you.

I’m grateful to my local photog friends who searched their archives each time I needed something and delivered without hesitation.

I’d also like to send a special shout out to Rochelle Wisoff Fields, who through her blog Addicted to Purple taught me how to edit and to make every word count. I am eager to re-join my Friday Fictioneer Group and do some Fiction Writing!

If you are a fan of some of my photog friends you can find them by looking for their tags
Carole Fortune
Sharon Bly Ferguson
George F. Hoffman
Linda Walcroft
Nancy Grandstaff Shrum
Kathy Evans
Michael Terndrup

If you are following the upcoming election please look for two of the mayoral candidates featured on this blog
Brandy Boies
Don Le Vine
And friends and supporters of Christie Monahan can read her words by clicking here.

If you love the iconic people in our community be sure to visit posts from
Diane Artz Furlong
Susan Haynes
Kath Stanley
Sharon Ferguson
David Lassiter
Barbara Plitt
Maggie Maloney
Janet Heishman
Kitty Miller
Mary Redmon
Lana Le Vine
George F. Hoffman
Kathy Kehoe
Jenae Jenkins
Alice Muellerweiss

If you love the iconic places in our community be sure to read about
E.Pearls
Clementine Vintage
Pot Town Organics
Riverview Cemetery
Lydia’s Clothes Closet
The Shenandoah River
Fishers Hill Battlefield
Butterfly Murals
Queen Street Diner
Strasburg Museum
The Hopewell House Bike & Bed

If you love Strasburg History watch for this tag, we plan to add more to it soon.

I hope that everyone, from those who have stumbled upon this blog, to those who have followed from the beginning are happy with the content. If you have other ideas for future posts please feel free to message me here.

One small request before I go. If you have enjoyed these posts and think out=r content worthy please invite your friends to like us on facebook here: On the Streets Where We Live.

April A-Z ~ Z is for Zzzz’s

I knew from the time I first decided to reach out to the community for this A-Z Challenge I wanted to include Alice Muellerweiss and The Hopewell House Bike & Bed somehow, somewhere. I started to ask her to do “B”for Bed and Breakfast but Barbara’s butterflies were too beautiful to put on hold.

I was set to ask her to do H (for Hopewell) but then Kathy Kehoe wanted it for The Strasburg Heritage Society. How could I say “No” to that honor?

Finally, like a light bulb, an idea. One message to Alice was all it took and she agreed. What a joy to work with! She said I could use images from their website or my own from my Christmas tour. I figured I would use my own. Trouble is I didn’t look at them until yesterday and guess what, they are all pretty Christmasy (I know, duh).
But fortunately it was a nice enough day to at least get some outside shots of this beautiful place in our community.

Thanks again Alice for your words:

Make your Zzzz’s a top priority to balance good health. We all know exercise and good nutrition factor into a healthier YOU, but did you know equally important is getting enough sleep? The quality of your sleep can depend heavily on the quantity of your sleep. Consider sleep as your daily reset button and an investment in your health.

Set the right environment to achieve sleep success. Start with a comfy bed – whether a firm or soft mattress, fluffy or flat pillow, or cotton or satin sheets – only YOU know what is comfy for YOU. Remove televisions or other screened devices about an hour before bed. Taking the last call or text from work or watching your favorite action movie will interrupt the calmness to prepare for those Zzzz’s.

Healthy eating will contribute to improved sleep. Heavy meals or very spicy foods may cause havoc to your digestive system and can have some impact on the best Zzzzzz YOU can get.
Resetting your body each day with essential Zzzz’s gives your body and mind the best opportunity to be at your best.

Curious about the above submission I asked Alice what type of bedding they used at The Hopewell House Bike & Bed . She replied: medium to firm mattresses, cotton sheets with down stuffed comforters year round. Sounds divine…year round.

Today’s post comes from Alice Muellerweiss, a certified Health Coach and Weight Management Specialist with the American Council of Exercise. She focuses on healthy eating and enjoys sharing tips and strategies to fuel people nutritionally. Alice inspires people to move everyday whether in the gym or outside. Alice owns The Hopewell House Bike & Bed and Anytime Fitness with her partner, husband, Kevin Watson.

Edited by Dawn M. Miller.
Photography by Dawn M. Miller

Because of the restrictions put on us due to COVID-19 I enlisted the help of several wonderful community members in order to complete this month’s series.  Some sent me images, some, their own narrative, that I used with just a little editing, others needed more tweaking.  I truly hope, that now that we have reached the  the end of this month long challenge together we have brought you,  the reader, a glimpse of  Life on the Streets Where We Live, and I hope you will continue to follow along, perhaps even join us. Feel free to message me here.

 

April A-Z ~ Y is for Yaymaker!

From my friend, artist, teacher, and Yaymaker, Jenae Jenkins:

The number one comment we get when anyone finds out we host paint and craft parties is, “Oh, I couldn’t do that, I’m not artistic at all!” We always respond that having artistic talent is not a requirement to having fun at our events. For the past four years, Yaymaker (aka Paint Nite) Shenandoah Valley has been a way we can connect with our community and bring people together for a fun night out.

My assistant, Debbie Benson, and I look forward each week to bringing creative events to local venues. We are looking forward to the next time we can come together to celebrate all the little “Yays” in life.

If you have ever attended a Yaymaker event, you know that it is more about the joy of the process and not the product. For Debbie and I, our “Yays” come from hearing how our events have changed people’s lives.

We love it when someone chooses to celebrate a major milestone with us. Birthday parties for ages 6 – 96, anniversaries, and bachelorette parties are fun celebrations.

When someone approaches us and says, “Painting with you has given me a new lease on life” it simply melts our hearts. Celebrating the end of chemo treatments or providing a safe place to go out and be creative without thinking about the pressures of life is a very rewarding “Yay” for us. Creating opportunities for participants to try out a new venue on their own or with friends in a nontraditional way is certainly a win-win “Yay”.

Giving back to the community through fundraisers and vendor contributions is an important part of what we do. This is just a small example of how fulfilling it is to be able to give people a place to share whatever “Yay” is happening in their life.

While we have this time to take things a little slower and realize what our personal “Yays” may be, take the time to celebrate them. Continue to be creative especially if you’re at home for an extended period. Connect with others any way you can whether it be virtual meetings, Social Media, Facetime, or handwritten letters. Our world may be revolving a little differently right now, but we can’t wait to get back to our regular venues and celebrate all your “Yays” with you!

Today’s post was submitted by Jenae Jenkins, a teacher at Signal Knob Middle School in Strasburg and Yaymaker Local Partner and Creative Events Host along with her assistant Debbie Benson.
All pictures courtesy of Debbie and Jenae.

Because of the restrictions put on us due to COVID-19 I have enlisted the help of several enthusiastic community members. It’s a wonderful collaboration and we all hope at the end of this month long challenge we will have truly expressed our love for life On the Streets Where We Live. We hope you, the reader will follow along.

April A-Z ~ X is for Express Baseball!

From Matt Neal, Strasburg Express board member:

Strasburg residents Mike Whittle, Frankie Conner, Butch Barnes and Jay Neal had dreamed of bringing a Valley Baseball League franchise to Strasburg. In summer of 2011 this dream became a reality and the Strasburg Express took the field for their inaugural season.

Ramping up quickly and fueled by the best fans in the Valley, in 9 seasons the Express have reached the playoffs 7 times and have amassed 5 North Division titles on their way to 2 Valley League championships. The organization was rated as the best in the league by All Things Valley League in 2017 and 2018, and has been ranked nationally multiple times since the 2016 season.

Playing a 42-game schedule, you can catch all of their home games at First Bank Park and follow every road game via http://www.strasburgexpress.com.

Today’s post comes from Matt Neal and team photographer Michael Terndrup. See more of Michael’s photos here.

April A-Z ~ W is for (Strasburg) Witchy Dancing Queens

From Joan Williams:

In May 2017, while  sipping a cup of coffee, my dear friend, Barbara Plitt, sent me a video. It showed a group of German women, dancing a German dance to the beat of some German music. The music and dance joyfully celebrated the planting and harvesting seasons. We thought this type of celebration would be perfect for Strasburg since we were settled by Germans. We agreed that between the two of us we should be able to find a group of nutty, fun-loving women to participate. We wanted to find light-hearted women who would come together, enjoy themselves, bring their inner energy, put a smile on the face of others, and make children giggle.

We rounded up 16 women for our original group. In no time we grew to 22. Then we discovered 32 other folks who actively wanted to support and encourage us. We made our brooms and costumes, found a choreographer, started practicing, and then it was “showtime”. Our first event was Strasburg Oktoberfest 2017. Much to our delight, the crowd truly enjoyed us and requested an encore performance later in the day.

Well, this group of fun-loving women have reached and exceeded our goals. We have grown in numbers, grown closer together, expanded our repertoire, performed not only in Strasburg but in other valley towns by invitation. We have been invited to perform up and down the Valley for festivals, special events, art galleries, museums, parades, and senior living centers. We have had fun putting smiles on the faces of the young and old alike. Making people smile and giggle not only touches their hearts but ours as well.

These women are loving, caring, community involved individuals, and a pleasure to know. Currently, we are not performing by dancing but by lovingly providing hundreds of handmade masks for our local medical professional heroes. Our gift of love is sharing happiness with others and that gift nourishes us as well.

Today’s submission comes from Strasburg’s Witchy Dancing Queen, Joan Williams.
Photography by Laura Berryman, Carole Fortune, Mary Redmon, and George F. Hoffman.

Because of the restrictions put on us due to COVID-19 I have enlisted the help of several wonderful community members. Some are sending me images, some send their own narrative, that I can use with little editing, others need more tweaking, but I hope at the end of the day this month long challenge will truly exhibit Life on the Streets Where We Live, and I hope you, the reader will follow along, perhaps even join us. Feel free to message me here.

If you’d like to join click here for more info.
Or follow along at #AZChallenge

April A-Z ~ A Day of Rest to Gather

We are almost through the month of April and it’s been a busy one, at least for me. This was not my original plan for this month but I love the way it has brought so much of us together. I hope that everyone who has stumbled upon to those who have followed from the beginning is happy with the content. If you have other ideas for future posts please feel free to message me here. Please don’t be offended if I don’t get back to you right way. I promise I will, in due time.

We are almost at the end but I wanted to remind you that if you are a fan of my photography, thank you.
If you are a fan of some of my photog friends you can find them by looking for their tags
Carole Fortune
Sharon Bly Ferguson
George F. Hoffman
Linda Walcroft
Nancy Grandstaff Shrum
Kathy Evans
Michael Terndrup

If you are following the upcoming election please look for our two mayoral candidates featured on this blog
Brandy Boies
Don Le Vine
And friends and supporters of Christie Monahan can read her words by clicking here.

If you love the iconic people in our community be sure to visit posts from
Diane Artz Furlong
Susan Haynes
Kath Stanley
Sharon Ferguson
David Lassiter
Barbara Plitt
Maggie Malioney
Janet Heishman
Kitty Miller
Mary Redmon
Lana Le Vine
George F. Hoffman
Kathy Kehoe

If you love the iconic places in our community. Be sure to read about
E.Pearls
Clementine Vintage
Pot Town Organics
Riverview Cemetery
Lydia’s Clothes Closet
The Shenandoah River
Fishers Hill Battlefield
Butterfly Murals
Queen Street Diner
Strasburg Museum