About carla

Writer, blogger, photographer, breast cancer survivor. I write about whatever strikes my fancy as I meander through life.

reject the mariner 2 east pipeline

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Reject the Mariner East 2 pipeline! (click on hyperlink to go to Sierra Club initiative)

Normally I do not pass these things on. But I hate Sunoco (and am not enthralled by the other gas line companies either, but they are more polite to deal with if you have to call and ask questions like I did today). Out here we are on wells and they put us, our families, our pets, our neighbors, our wildlife, our environment, our drinking water and more at risk.

Sunoco thus far seems to bully, lie, and intimidate their way through Chester County and elsewhere, raping the landscape as they go.

21784458790_3b3b49f6a6_oNone of use should  want them stealing any more land belonging to anymore individuals thru their B.S. Eminent Domain practices because they are not doing any of this for us….ever. With big oil and big gas, it is always and always will be….about them.

They put toxic, highly flammable, and highly combustible products too close to homes, and they are NOT protecting water sources or wildlife, let alone people.

This is NOT about us and our energy supply. They are just stealing it for other people. They don’t even adequately compensate people for what they do if you want to make it solely about money and it is so much more than that. And thus far the majority of local officials just bend over and give it up without much of a fight.

In the past two days I have had conversations with people from East Goshen and West Goshen Townships who both do not know each other and their experiences as related to me were virtually identical.

They were threatened with eminent domain and they felt they had no choice but to give them an easement; and both hired attorneys that cost many thousands of dollars!

21349816844_28eba2ef09_oThey feel the worst is yet to come as they haven’t started the pipeline invasion yet. They have heard that townships may give them rights to work 24 hours a day, which if true is insane!

So much for East Goshen and West Goshen townships… These folks both tell tales of strange men and women with Texas and Louisiana car plates on their properties TRESPASSING before they even had legal easements.

It just isn’t right and the elected officials are of no help at all.

One said to me (and I quote):

What many don’t know is how in the end our property values will be affected and it is my belief that my property value ( and all on the pipeline path) will go down because of the easement… But the same monies will be needed to support the town budget so everyone else’s taxes will go up to provide the same tax base . We are all losers.

 

We are all losers.  Yup.  I received a pamphlet recently from Spectra Energy about pipeline sapipelinefety.  I have not previously received any pipeline info before where we currently live.  So I called.  I spoke with a very nice man named Don in Gas Control.  And wow, we do not have a gas line on our property or in our immediate neighborhood, but wow, pretty darn close.
Another election year issue on a national scale.  Please sign the above petition and add your voice.  And for those of you tired of trespassers, call Andy Dinniman’s office in West Chester .  There should be rules as to when they can access easements and they should provide advance notice.

Anyway, that’s it. I hate pipelines and I hate what they are doing to our area.  And for what?

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how is this chester county?

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Called Courts at Chester Springs and located at 770 Birchrun Road ,Chester Springs,PA as per Pulte website, this is the latest in developer-grown plastic house crops.

This is located in West Vincent Township, Chester County.

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How many families does that add to the school district, I wonder?

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Wake up Chester County. It’s time to slow down development across the county before it truly is too late.

Oh and that raggedy grove of mismatched trees in photo above is conservation I am told? Really?

This urbanization of the country does what exactly?  Besides eliminate open spaces and the agricultural heritage of the county? How is this beneficial to all residents?

Hey now, it is not just me. Check out:

Worst of McMansions

If you love to hate the ugly houses that became ubiquitous before (and after) the bubble burst you’ve come to the right place. Be sure to check out McMansions 101! Got a question or comment? Contact me at mcmansionhell@gmail.com

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august heatwave


The heat has been brutal and my garden is starting to show the wear and tear of the temperature extremes. I have lost a few plants which bums me out but in conditions like this it is survival of the fittest even if you’re watering and setting the sprinklers.

This morning early I was able to do a little light pruning and deadheading, but then the temperature and humidity climbed so fast I stopped and went back inside. 

A lot of my flowers are still quite pretty and spite of the high temperatures, but when you step outside the overwhelming sound you hear is the cacophony of the symphony of cicadas.

And one thing that seems undeterred by the heat and humidity is the poison ivy. This is by far my worst year ever for poison ivy. I had a poison ivy removal service come out and dig out a huge chunk of it but I have so much more to get removed. But at least the vines that were producing seedlings from the seeds – poison ivy has male and female vines – have been removed so hopefully that will slow down. 

My roses are really suffering in this weather. It is so humid that black spot is rampant and it is too hot to spray anything, so the best I can do is keep the leaves and debris cleaned up under the bushes.

I have lost two young azaleas to blight. Also a result of the high humidity in particular.

Anyway sign me looking forward to rain and cooler temperatures.

kathleen kane is guilty

NBC 10 Philadelphia has just broken the news that Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane is guilty on all charges

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ABC27.com photo

The Philadelphia Inquirer adds:

Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane was convicted Monday of perjury, obstruction and other crimes after squandering her once bright political future on an illegal vendetta against an enemy.

Four years after Kane’s election in a landslide as the first Democrat and first woman elected attorney general, a jury of six men and six women found her guilty of all charges: two counts of perjury and 10 misdemeanor counts of abusing the powers of her office.

Sad day for that fight against the proverbial glass ceiling, eh?

76 years young! chester county day 2016 promises to be spectacular!

Chester County Day 2013, my photo.

Chester County Day 2013, my photo.

The 76Th Annual Chester County Chester County Day is scheduled for  Saturday, October 1, 2016

The longest running house tour in the United States, Chester County Day is gearing up for its 2016 event, on Saturday, October 1. This Chester County-based event, which benefits Chester County Hospital, offers tours of historic homes, some brand new innovative ones, as well as beautiful gardens and public sites.

The 76-year-old tour was exclusive to West Chester Borough for many years but has since extended to the four quadrants of Chester County with different sections highlighted every four years. This year, attendees will be able to tour 21 homes and 14 public structures or sites in the southwest quadrant encompassing Birmingham, Unionville, East Bradford, West Bradford, Kennett Square, Pocopson, Pennsbury and East Marlborough townships, as well as Kennett Borough.

The Day will begin with the pageantry and excitement of a customary fox hunt, a Chester County Day tradition. Mr. Stewart’s Cheshire Foxhounds, just outside Unionville on Rt. 82, will set off promptly at 9 am.

Tour guests can begin this year’s house tour at 10:00 am at the location of their choice. Guests are encouraged to tour as many homes as possible at their own pace. Some of the routes and highlighted homes begin on Sconnelltown Road.

Sconnelltown Road has three stops, one of which is exclusively for VIP ticket holders. Participants with these passes will be provided a gourmet box lunch and a private tour of this home. There will be a shuttle bus on Rt. 322 that will transport guests to a magnificent estate on West Strasburg Road. From there, ticket holders can continue out through East Bradford Township into Birmingham Township to the famous Marley and Me house where the movie of the same name was filmed.

Traverse beautiful country roads to West Bradford Township with homes open on North Wawaset Road and then proceed into Marshallton Village which will be open for a walking tour of three private homes and many historic landmarks. The village also boasts one of the two lunch stops for guests at the Marshalton Inn.

Northbrook Road will lead guests to Historic Trimbleville where they can view a new historic marker that commemorates the village. A short drive from there takes participants to Marlborough Village in East Marlborough Township where a small walking tour will be held.

The second lunch stop will be held at Galer Estate Winery on Folly Hill Road, where tours and tastings will be available.  After lunch, don’t miss a visit to Barnard’s Orchards and a stop at a large estate just outside Unionville.

Route 82 will bring day travelers to the borough of Kennett Square. Several homes here are included in a walking tour in the northern section of town.

No matter how the house visits are organized, the day will be filled with Chester County architecture and history hundreds of years in the making.

This is truly one of my favorite fall events and it reminds me of my father because he loved this tour and went every year for decades.  This tour IS Chester County, and when practically every month we are faced with the news that wanton development is marching through Chester County at an accelerated place  (including in areas like Marshalton and Embreeville) , if you love the history and beauty here, you will love this house tour if you have never been and make it an annual event after going once!

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Chester County Day ™ — A Chester County Tradition

 

Regular tickets are $40 each and Be a VIP for $100 each!

Make your “Day” extra special with a VIP ticket. Your $100 VIP donation gives you exclusive benefits. Enjoy wine and hors d’oeuvres at the private preview lecture. Your VIP ticket also includes your pass to see the homes on this year’s tour and an exclusive tour of the home of John and Paul Robbins, a classic stone manor home built in 1917 which was design by prominent Philadelphia architect, Charles Barton Keen, with a complimentary lunch prepared by Montesano Bros. Italian Market & Catering. For more information or to purchase a VIP ticket, please email Kate.Pergolini@uphs.upenn.edu.

TICKETS ARE ON SALE NOW !

blue cross/ blue shield scam phone call alert

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Do Not Call lists must mean nothing because we are on all of them and I renew them  to make sure we are still on “Do Not Call Lists” . But that doesn’t stop the India/ Philippines telemarkers because apparently calling in from out of the country is some sort of loophole I am told, and well heaven forbid our politicians do anything productive with their time, right? (Do I sound jaded? Sorry but the deluge of political and political lobbying calls and it is not even November are a bit much at this point and they totally ignore Do Not Call requests.)

Anyway, today I got one that was bad enough I called the company they mentioned, which were major  Blue Cross and Blue Shield of PA providers, known to all as Independence Blue Cross, Capital Blue Cross, and HiMark. It’s a SCAM and one which WILL cost the unsuspecting actual money. And probably insurance providers too, and I do not know about you but I think I pay quite enough now for health insurance.

The number is 814-753-4736. It comes up as being from State College PA.  It has been calling repeatedly so this time I answered.  I put it on speaker phone and said “hello”.

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This call was something about some new pain relief that is non-narcotic, applied directly to the pain area and 100% covered by insurance. Said to press 1 now to order the medication. They want to give you this revolutionary medical device / medicine and bill your insurance policy and they are approved in Pennsylvania to make this call. There was an option 5 I think it was to instruct your medical provider you wanted this whatever it was – it sounded like a pain patch to me, but I am not sure. All I know is it was for pain.

No one in my house suffers from chronic pain and well, we don’t take prescription pain meds. We are pretty boring: ibuprofen, Tylenol, aspirin and even that is sparingly taken.

scammer-calling-510pxAgain, I was so appalled in this day and age of doctors over-prescribing pain medication and the constant opiate addiction death stories that started with prescription pain meds that are constantly in the news that I actually called three major providers across the state.  Their reaction was the same: WHAT?????

So in my humble opinion, they are NOT approved to call people, and nothing like this exists, and they are a scam. No option for “Do Not Call” and when you call back the phone number can’t be connected.

Why am I bothering to write about this? Number one I am SICK of telemarketing calls.  I know all of our numbers are on Do Not Call lists in Pennsylvania and on the Federal Registry, and we still get the calls. And these calls do not include all of the political calls live and robo. Or the fake charity calls live and robo.

And given the fact that there ARE people out there who live with chronic pain for whatever reason, people might actually fall for this.  Or if they are elderly, might naively assume their doctor or insurance agent told these people to call.

(814)-753-4736 seems to be a VoIP (Voice Over Internet Protocol) line, which means someone buys it and the caller ID might say one place, but origination point is another.  I know because I helped an old employer get one set up – he didn’t actually have a New York Office, but wanted people to think he did so he got a VoIP line that was a New York City area code, but you were actually calling through to Pennsylvania if you called it. Whitepages.com lists the number as a Zipwhip US VoIP and ValidNumber says it is registered to  Landline device operated by LEVEL 3 COMMUNICATIONS, LLC.

Level 3 Communications are telemarketing whores for hire. Level 3 has had complaints lodged against them by the Federal Trade Commission and I am guessing they haven’t been too successful since they are still in business. They operate a Tier 1 network. The company provides core transport, IP, voice, video, and content delivery for medium-to-large Internet carriers in North America, Latin America, Europe, and selected cities in Asia, among other things. (here is their Wikipedia page.)

Anyway, if you get this number, don’t answer. Block the number if possible. There are too many scams out there. And if it sounds too good to be true, it generally is.  If your health insurer were to offer subscribers anything additional, it would come to you in writing from them and in my opinion, not like this.

Thanks for stopping by

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en blanc accessorizing 


En Blanc party season is here and your tables aren’t the only thing that need white accessories. 

I decided I would hunt out vintage milk glass jewelry that was popular in the 40s through the 60s and I scored some awesome stuff for pennies and voilà! All I had to do was take the vintage dangle earrings off their screwback tops and add them to a wire back.

Next to the earrings are two bracelets. I already had white milk glass simple beaded necklaces that I think were my grandmother’s. I’m not sure where they came from I have literally had them in a box for years and I remember playing dress-up with them.

Thanks for stopping by!