Monday, December 27, 2010

2010 Holiday Blizzard Photos

Snowfall December 26-27, 2010 in Whiting, in Ocean County, NJ 08759

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Wild Turkeys

Been hearing about the wild turkeys running around in our area.

 Have heard reports of not one, but, about a cluster of a dozen or so of them.

Finally saw them myself, on Monday, November 1, 2010, mid afternoon.

 They came from the woods behind my house.

I ran in and grabbed my camera and snapped off a few photos.

Before they disappeared from behind our houses.

Last year, there was one with a couple of babies following her around. Looks like the litter grew up since then.  Plus added more siblings to the heard of wild turkeys.

Did they come from the Popcorn Zoo in Lacy Township, just down the road apiece? Are they just out for a stroll, canvassing our neighborhood? And thinking of possibly retiring in one of the senior citizens villages here?  If they don't end up on someone's dinner table on Thanksgiving Day?

Saturday, September 11, 2010

New ASG Sewing Group in Town

     We finally got our new sewing group under way with our first meeting being held on September 10. It went smoothly. Both the president of the South Jersey American Sewing Guild chapter (ASG-SJ) and the rep from Cares Alternatives (CA) did great presentations. We sat informerly in sort of a round robbin and just chatted away. The two hours just seemed to fly by. Loads of questions and answers. More and different sewing projects were discussed other than just making up the drawstring bags for the service persons and the memory bears for the Hospice patients families. Actually, we didn't even take time out to have refreshments because the round robbin was going so well. At this meeting, we started off with six of us being present which included Sibyl Walczak, Ruth Barry, Betty Chosak, Edna Smith, Connie Martucci and myself, Peggy Cox.

     When doing this write-up and submitting it to the newspapers, we still have two more weeks to our next meeting, the second one for the group, which will be our first work session which is scheduled for September 24, same time and same location. Because we are a brand new and informal sewing group, we are more or less presently playing it by ear you might say. What we expect to be doing at this workshop is making up simple patterns on a roll of brown paper, similar what they use in the butcher shop, or the like for some upcoming sewing projects. I'm afraid that we are still nameless. Hopefully, we will be coming up with a name for the group at this meeting too. We are the eleventh and newest sub chapter of the South Jersey American Sewing Guild, which are called Neighborhood Groups (ASG-NG). Each one of these groups has its own unique name to tell them apart from each other.

     With winging it monthly at our informal meetings on the second Fridays of the month, we will mainly be discussing what we will be doing during our workshop meetings on the fourth Fridays of the month. Our October meetings will be held on the 8 and the 22 from 10 am to noon at the Whiting Town Community Center, which is located in the Foodtown Shopping Center at 108 Lacey Road (Route 530) in the Whiting Section of Manchester Township, which was formerly known as Sandy's Ice Cream Shop, which is next to Spirits Unlimited and a few doors away from the Silver Threads Fashion Center. We will be mainly receiving sewing projects from both Rose, the ASG-SJ president and Dori, the CA volunteer supervisor. For more information, please e-mail Peggy at . On the Internet, be sure to check our our Whiting/Manchester Township areas South Jersey's ASG-NG updates at this website

     This sewing group is one of those area and intervillage sewing groups that sewing enthusiastics are welcome to join and to become a member of, no matter what their sewing skills may be, from novice to experienced. Some of ASG members are and have been sewing instructors on different levels. ASG members are Sew Happy Sewers and Sew Happy to Sew for themselves and for others, mainly like what we will be doing with various community sewing projects with the use of our own sewing machines.

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Twin Baby Rabbits

When John and I came back from his and Jen's house, around 7:30ish on Monday evening, September 6, we spotted a rabbit in my yard, a few feet from my doorway. It looked like two tiny baby rabbits were breast feeeding. Mama rabbit took off as we walked down towards my doorway, with her leaving behind the two extremely small rabbits that were only about one to two inches long. I never saw rabbits that small beforehand.

We went into my house. After a few minuites, I looked to see if mama rabbit came back to be with her two baby rabbits. I ended up taking my camera outside with me. Mama rabbit wasn't there, but, one of the baby rabbits was still there. She must have taken the other baby rabbit to a safer spot in the woods behind my place. I snapped off some photos of the remaining rabbit.

 About a half an hour later, that one was gone, too. Mama rabbit must have removed it to a more secure spot where she most likely had taken the first one to.

Sunday, August 22, 2010

The Tomato Horn Worms & the Braconid Wasp larvae.

Here's some photos of a green Tomato Horn Worm (THW) that is covered with white Braconid Wasp (BW) larvae. Came across one of them on the branch of one of my tomato plants today.  I cut the branch off with the THW on it and laid it on my sidewalk. Then I snapped off about a dozen photos of it. Then, I did some reasearch and discovered the following info on the Internet:

The THW is the host of the BW. The THW eats the leaves on the tomato plants and also feeds on the green tomatoes plus eats leaves of other vegetable plants.

The THW's are usually from 2 to 4 inches long.
This one is very close to 4" long. This one is headed for disaster.

A full grown BW seems to have laid its eggs INSIDE  the THW.

Then the BW larvae eggs popped out to the outside on this THW.

All of the small individual larve eggs, about 1/4 inch contain a BW.

There seems to be several hundred of these white larve eggs on the BW that are just starting to pop out through the THW's skin..

That will eventually hatch as adult BW's that  fly away within seconds of hatching to find more THW's .

To lay another batch of their larvae eggs inside of.

So, it's recommended that if you see a THW with BW larvae on it,

To leave it alone and let the BW larvae and eggs do its thing,

Which is for the BW to feed upon the THW and to weaken  the THW and to kill off the THW as the BW's grow to maturity before they fly away!

Monday, May 31, 2010

Todays Flowers & Veggies

Day Lily


Pair of Day Lillies 


Pair of Marigolds

Tiger Lillies about to bloom

Tomatoes & Peppers

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

The Rosses & Meenatotan Boyle Clan Updates

From: Greg Boyle

To: Peggy Cox (a Grandaughter of Michael L. Boyle, the bootlegger)
Sent: Monday, May 24, 2010 9:23 PM

Subject: The Boyles

All –

Here’s some more about the Boyles of the Rosses and Boyles of Meenatotan. The families are very entwined in America, so I apologize for any confusion. Here’s what I’ve pieced together over the last several days with help of Tim Tahaney, Kieran O’Leary and Angela Kirk (in Ireland).

The Rosses Boyle family:

More and more, they seem to have their roots in and around Burtonport, but the Boyle Masters moved from school to school confusing the research. Indications are that the Rosses Martyrs (Neil Plunkett & Owen Boyle) were cousins of some sort. The problem thus far has been to establish exactly who Michael’s brothers actually were!

We’ve have located more information on the teacher, Cornelius Boyle whom I think was Michael’s brother. (My grandmother, Cecelia considered Cornelius’s son, Manus, the priest, her ‘cousin’ which would make Cornelius her uncle and the brother of Michael.) Cornelius taught at perhaps 4 different schools, beginning on one of the Islands off Burtonport, going to Annagry, Dungloe and finally Doochary..

In 1914, Cornelius’s daughter, Anna Boyle, (sister of Manus) left Doochary, & headed to her “Cousin Anna” at 369 Broadway Bayonne. That address has turned out to be a building that housed at one time or another both sides of the Boyle family and some other Boyles from Donegal. In 1914 whatever “cousin” Anna Boyle was there already remains a mystery. We located one Anna from the Burtonport area that came to Bayonne a few years earlier who must have been the same person, but in 1910 that Anna was living as a governess several blocks away. Apparently she then moved to 369 Broadway.

In 1910, 369 Broadway had no Boyles living there. There was a Gallagher family that came from Donegal and 3 other Irish immigrant families.

In 1914, 369 Broadway had a cafĂ© run by Michael Boyle (“Uncle Leo”, later a bootlegger). Patrick & Cecelia lived there, too. My father would have been 5 then. (In 1910, Patrick & Cecelia had lived on 22nd Street. By 1920 they lived at another address on Broadway. In 1922 they were on 51st St.)

In 1920, 369 Broadway housed a Charles & Ellen Boyle (& children Agnes, James and Cornelius). I still have no idea where they fit into our family and wonder if the Agnes is the same woman from Bayonne who used to visit us when I was a kid. No Anna lived with them in 1920. It turns out Charles & Ellen were related to Angela Kirk who has been helping me from Ireland!

The Meenatotan Boyle family:

We already knew that my grandfather Patrick came to the US; his brothers Con, Dennis, Neil and James had gone to Scotland and Mary (Minnie) remained in Meenatotan (later the grandmother of the Campbells who are still in Meenatotan.) We finally located sisters Fanny Boyle and Anna Boyle.

Fanny born in 1876 remained in Meenatotan. The 1911 Census shows Fanny as 33 years old, married just 2 years (1909) to John Duffy in Oughtmeen. John was also 33 and they were living with Connell Duffy, a farmer, then 72. Fanny & John had no children in 1911 but if they did later, there are probably some Duffy cousins somewhere.

Anna, born 1875 left Meenatotan. She married a Pat Doherty in Belfast, soon went to Scotland to her brother Neil’s home in Broxburn, where their first child (another Patrick) was born. By 1911 they lived in Shankill, Belfast – a predominantly Protestant neighborhood with 3 additional children. It seems unlikely they would have stayed in that neighborhood where, as Catholics, they were surely not welcome. But I don’t know where they went. It does however, suggest there are some Doherty cousins around somewhere. One possibility is Pat Doherty, a MP and the VP of Sinn Fein, the ‘right hand’ of Gerry Adams. Pat’s bio says “Pat Doherty was born and educated in Glasgow where his parents had migrated to from Donegal in search of work.” Not proof, certainly, but an intriguing idea. (There were a fair number of Doherty families in Donegal – but I didn’t find any named Patrick other than the husband and son of Anna Boyle.)



Monday, May 17, 2010

White Tree Frog

Spotted a white tree frog in Whiting, NJ USA of all places!
Looked it up.
They do exist, but, in other countries!

Check it out at:

Here's another link, too:

More info on White Tree Frogs:

My photos of a White Tree Frog
May 16, 2010
in Whiting, NJ USA

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Guess Who Came for Dinner & Gardening

May 16, 2010

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It's that time of year again, gardening time. After May 15th I start up my garden...

Just put in some tomatoes, peppers, and marrigold flowers. Just finished it up today, and noticed some visitors to the gardening area. They beat the deer and our local groundhog, known as Whiting Willie who has been terrorizing my veggie gardening for several years. He loves eggplant, so, I fooled him, didn't put any in this year.....

The first visitors to the garden....

Anyway, saw a whitish frog. First time I ever saw one that color. He/she is about two inches long and is bigger than any of the other ones I've seen in this area.

A white frog?

A butterfly also stopped by. Unusual markings. Like a cross between a moth and a monarch butterfly was my first impression of it.

Butterfly... Unusual markings

This years (2010) crops consist of...

I container garden. Have 6  large plastic laundry containers, about 33 gallon size. I put 4 tomato plants and 2 pepper plants in each one.

Tomatoes & Peppers

 The tomatoes will be growing up and through the tomato cages as they've done in previous years.  They are deep rooted. The peppers are low growing plants and are shallow rooted. They're actually related.


Have two rows of oblong planters in front of them that contain the yellow and orange marigolds. There's  four marigold plants in each one of the eleven planters.

The other side

Over on the other side of my steps, I have one of those shepherds poles that has potted hot pink geraniums in it. Also have a brown clay pot that has more marrigolds close to that. My left-over marigolds that is.


Just a wee bit past that there are some daylillies. I usually don't even get to see them because the deer eat the buds even before they bloom. I put out a couple bars of  Dove soap  that's supposed to help keep them away from same.

Orange Tiger Lilies

Have a cluster of the orange Tiger Lillies along with several other varieties. If they ever get a chance to bloom, I'll take some photos of them, if I can beat the deer to them... LOL.

To sum it up....

Radio in the window

The reason that the radio is in the window is to keep the deer and Whiting Willie, the groundhog away. Did I say that I live in a senior citizens complex is why I do the container gardening?