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A Dusting of Snow

Welcome to November.

Today I saw the first snow of the 2017-2018 Winter season.

 

DB011860Looking across our back yard

DB011861A neighbor’s back yard

 

Lady Bird Johnson said it well.
“When I no longer thrill to the first snow of the season,
I’ll know I’m growing old!”

 

DB011859The shed in our back yard

Not much snow fell, only a dusting.  It won’t be long before a white blanket covers the ground.

 

 

Halloween 2017

It is October 31.  It is trick or treat night in our town from 6:00-8:00 pm.  This is going to be quick, as I am handing out candy AND penning this post.

Our first trick-or-treaters were our granddaughters, along with their mom.

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Our granddaughters and their mom

The girls are dressed as Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr.  Stacey is dressed as Joyce in the Netflix show “Stranger Things”.

The girls’ cousin arrived 10 minutes later.

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Harper, Juniper, Stacey and Maddi

Maddi took a picture of Bob and me with our granddaughters and Stacey.

Halloween 2017
Happy Halloween!

Overnight Guests

We had overnight guests last night—our friends Sandy and Jim from Canada.  We met Sandy and Jim through the Vulcan Riders and Owners Club (VROC) and have, over the years that we have known each other, attended a few motorcycle rallies together in such places as Maggie Valley, NC; Richmond, KY; Eureka Springs, AR; and Interlochen, MI.  In between rally meet ups, we keep in touch via Facebook.

Sandy and Jim arrived at our house in Warren PA around 5:00 pm yesterday.  Shortly after their arrival, we drove downtown and ate dinner at The Plaza Restaurant.

20170922_211511025_iOSJim and Sandy at The Plaza Restaurant

Across from The Plaza Restaurant is an area known as The Point.

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Located at The Point is a flatiron building and the Heritage Fountain.

Here are a couple pictures of Sandy and Jim at the Heritage Fountain.

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Jim and Sandy will be joining us on a travel adventure.  Please stay tuned!

P.S.  Jim maintains a blog too, “Skid and Sandy on the Road”.  You may read about their drive from Sudbury to our house, as well as his evening in Warren here.

It’s a Small World

Every now and then I am reminded what a small world it is that we live in.

I photographed a wedding this past Saturday afternoon.  Twice during the weekend, I was reminded it’s a small world.

The first reminder happened on Saturday evening, after returning home from the wedding.  I learned that a  groomsman was a friend’s husband.  Amy, is a Facebook friend, whom I have met in person a couple times. Our relationship mainly, though, is online on Facebook. Around 8:15 pm Amy posted on my Facebook timeline: “Didn’t recognize me today did you lol”. No, I didn’t recognize Amy! I did give her a double take, though, when I was saying goodbye to the groom’s mother.  Amy was standing there, as I said goodbye to Sheila. My eye kept wandering to Amy. I felt I knew Amy but couldn’t place her. I wish Amy would have told me who she was! I asked Amy, if she was friend or a family member to the bride or groom.  Amy’s response was that her husband Jason was in the wedding. Up until then, I knew Jason as only Jason (or JJ). I didn’t know his last name.

The second reminder happened on Sunday evening.  A girl, who dated my oldest nephew many years ago, messaged me via my Facebook photography page, “The Beauty Around Us”, after seeing the photograph of the wedding party that I shared on Facebook.  Kayla wrote: “This is Kayla.  I am not sure if you remember me or not, but i saw the pictures you posted of a wedding you just did and my niece was part of it. I told her I knew you.” Kayla’s niece was one of the bridesmaids.

Small world, isn’t it!

Happy Easter!


 


I have a small collection of Easter bunnies.  Some bunnies were given to me; others I purchased.  It has been a few years since I decorated for Easter.  I didn’t realize how many bunnies I had accumulated.

_XZ70787Easter Bunnies

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More Easter Bunnies

Earlier this month we passed by a tree alongside a rural road, decorated for Easter.

_LG20794an Easter tree

We were in Chagrin Falls, Ohio yesterday.  I saw the Easter Bunny!

_LG21097The Easter Bunny was walking around Chagrin Falls, handing out candy to everyone.

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the Easter Bunny

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The Easter Bunny struck a pose for me.
Yes, I received candy .. a Hershey’s Dark Chocolate snack bar!

After I chose a piece of candy, the Easter Bunny crossed the street.

_LG21101This woman looks very happy to be walking with the Easter Bunny

Happy Easter to family and friends, near and far!

A Busy Day

This past Sunday (April 9th) was a busy day.   We completed two major projects.

Bob completed the first project on his own.  He opened our picnic pavilion (removing and putting away the four tarp sides). The pavilion interior still needs to be swept and the furniture cleaned. That is a task for me for another day.

We both worked on the second project.  We removed the large area rug (approximate size 11’x12′) in our bedroom, which entailed moving most everything, except the dresser and bookcase and broken-apart bed, OUT of the bedroom!

Here is a brief history of this area rug:

We purchased the rug, which was a carpet remnant that was 12’x12′ bound on all four sides, on April 16, 2005. We purchased the area rug for our living room floor.  On July 13, 2005 we had the area rug resized/rebounded to 12’x11′ for our bedroom. We decided to buy wall-to-wall carpeting for the living room. The area rug was placed in our bedroom on August 24. 2005 after Bob had laid down padding (tacking it to the floor) and a friend Angie had painted the bedroom walls.

The bedroom was filthy! Dust everywhere! We cleaned the windows, inside and out. The rug, which we vacuumed before removing it from the room, was FULL of thick dust bunnies, We swept the bare floor, walls, window blinds and the furniture. We need to buy furnish polish, so the furniture will be dusted again AND polished in the near future. There was padding underneath the carpet, which had been stapled to the floor. Bob did a great job removing the staples. The wood floor that was underneath the area rug looks very nice. Returning to a bare floor will make cleaning the bedroom much easier, especially underneath the bed and other furniture.

This picture was taken before the rug was removed but after the wardrobe, chest of drawers and nightstand, along with lots of miscellaneous stuff, had been removed from the room. The bed had been torn apart as well.

IMG_20170409_132054Our Bedroom Before Area Rug was Removed

We rolled up the carpet and exited it out of the room, via a window.

This picture was taken after the carpet was removed and furniture has been returned to room.

20170409_204125677_iOSOur Bedroom After Area Rug was Removed

We are giving the area rug to Bob’s daughter, Stacey. She will make good use of it.

 

Little Robin Redbreast

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This robin caught my eye the other day.  I was in the living room and had just risen up from the reclining loveseat.  I just caught a glimpse of red against the dark color of the tree branches.  I went into the bedroom and got my camera out of its bag.  I had to change from a 12-40mm lens to a 40-150mm lens.  Can you believe it?  By the time I returned to the living room, little robin redbreast was still sitting in that tree, waiting for me.  I snapped this picture through our living room window glass pane.

Earlier in the day I saw Spooky, a black neighborhood kitty that visits us from time to time.

Seeing Spooky and then seeing the robin brought to mind a nursery rhyme that years and years ago I knew verbatim.  Age tends to diminish some memories, so I had to search the Internet for this particular nursery rhyme.

Little Robin Redbreast
Sat upon a tree,
Up went the Pussy-Cat,
And down went he;
Down came Pussy-Cat,
Away Robin ran,
Says little Robin Redbreast—
Catch me if you can.

There are other variations of this nursery rhyme, as well as at least another verse to this particular version.  These lines, though, are what I recall repeating over and over again as a child.

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