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Christmas 2018

We celebrated Christmas three times.

Christmas celebration #1 was held on Sunday at my brother and sister-in-law’s home.  We left our home in Warren PA at 10:30 am en route Jim and Judy’s house. Jim and Judy live about an hour’s drive north of Pittsburgh. We arrived at Jim and Judy’s house at 1:00 pm.  We thought we were the last to arrive.  But that was not the case.  While we were filling our plates, Judy’s brother Donald and his wife Gina arrived.  Others who came to Christmas dinner, in addition to Jim and Judy, Donald and Gina and Bob and I, were our nephew Michael, his wife Kailey and their three children; our nephew Jared, his wife Sara and their two children; Sara’s parents; and Judy’s mother.  Our niece Emily and her husband Dan and their daughter, who live in Minnesota, were not able to join us this year.  Christmas dinner included turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, gravy, noodles, sweet potatoes, pickled eggs, and corn.  Dessert included pumpkin pie, chocolate dream pie, cookies and a gingerbread cake.  We departed Jim and Judy’s house at 3:30 pm, as gifts were being opened.  Bob and I did not participate in the gift exchange; however, Judy made sure I didn’t leave empty handed. 

Judy made this wooden sign for me. Great job, Judy, and THANK YOU!

We returned home at 6:00 pm.  It was good to see my brother and his family and the others.  We had a very good visit with everyone.

Christmas celebration #2 was held on Monday at Stacey’s house.  We left home at 1:30 pm and arrived at Stacey’s house about 15 minutes later.  Chris (Stacey’s mother) and Jay arrived a short time later.  Our dinner included roasted turkey, mashed potatoes, gravy, stuffing and, for dessert, apple pie, ambrosia, and brownies.  Harper and Juniper received a surprise visit from Santa Claus.

Santa Claus is showing our granddaughters that their names are on his nice list.

Santa Claus brought the girls early Christmas presents.

Harper and Juniper with Santa Claus

Stacey, Chris, Jay and I knew Santa Claus would be stopping by.  Nevertheless Santa Claus took Stacey and me by surprise.  We expected Santa to come to the front door.  Instead he came to the back door.  We heard bells and “ho-ho-ho” a short while before he made an appearance.  At first we didn’t know what we were hearing.  To me the noise sounded like it was coming from a radio.  Stacey and I got up from the table (we were finishing up dinner) and walked into the kitchen.  We were looking out the kitchen window, when Santa’s face appeared.  He startled us!

After dinner we opened gifts.  Everyone was happy with their gifts.

I took a few pictures, after we opened our gifts.

“Big Grandma” Chris and her granddaughters

“Big Grandma” Chris, Grandma Linda, and our granddaughters

Stacey and her daughters

While we were at Stacey’s house, it snowed. 

Snow fell on Christmas Eve!

It stayed cold through Christmas Day, so we had a white Christmas.

Christmas celebration #3 was at our home on Christmas Day, with only Bob and I in attendance.  Bob and I opened our Christmas gifts to each other in the morning.  We are happy with our respective gifts.  I prepared Christmas dinner, which we ate around 2:00 pm.  Christmas dinner included baked ham, baked potato, whole berry cranberry sauce, cauliflower and broccoli medley and, for dessert, pumpkin pie.  The ham was a spiral ham.  We have lots of ham leftovers!

’Twas a very merry Christmas for Bob and me. We spent the Christmas holiday with the people who mean the most to us.  We are so blessed!

 

 

 

 

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.

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Happy Halloween!

Clock Towers and Climbing Them

A prime benefit of my stepdaughter Stacey’s newspaper reporter job is access.  She took advantage of that access recently by climbing to the upper levels of the Warren County Courthouse, located in Warren PA.

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Warren County Courthouse

Please click here to read Stacey’s latest blog post.

Halloween 2016

Many Head Start, Preschool and Elementary age children near where I live participated in Halloween parades on Friday, October 28.  Our granddaughters attend Head Start, and Bob and I went to their school to watch their Halloween parade.

_LG26491 4x6The beginning of our granddaughters’ Head Start Halloween Parade

_LG26495 4x6Juniper, as Batman

_LG26496 4x6Harper, as Scooby-Doo

That evening Stacey and I took the girls to Zoo Boo at the Erie Zoo.

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Zoo Boo 2016

Trick or treat night in our town was on Halloween from 6:00-8:00 pm.  Stacey, Harper, Juniper and I went trick or treating at many houses on several streets in our neighborhood.

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Fourth of July Festivities

Our hometown of Warren, PA throws a big party for the 4th of July holiday. Festivities began this year on Saturday, July 2.   We didn’t participate in all of the 4th of July festivities.  I will share with you the events in which we did participate.

We rode to Betts Park on the afternoon of July 3.  We arrived there close to 2:00 pm and stayed for about an hour. We saw the Budweiser Clydesdales and the Birds of Prey exhibit.

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_LG23431 4x6The Clydesdale horses pulled the Budweiser wagon through the parking lot a few times.

The Tamarack Wildlife Center Birds of Prey exhibit included three owls and two hawks.

_LG23412 4x6This is Jasper, an Eastern Screech-Owl.  Jasper was found injured in the middle of a country road near Albion, PA and brought to the Center for medical care. With damage to one eye and ear, he was not able to be released and required surgical removal of an eye.

_LG23422 4x6This is Willow, an Eastern Screech-Owl.  Willow and her family of three owlets were rescued from a city park in Erie, PA when the tree limb holding their nest was cut down. Her story received coverage in local newspapers and television. The owlets survived with no permanent damage and were released on Presque Isle once grown; their mother, however, suffered a wing fracture that would prevent her return to the wild.

_LG23414 4x6This is “Spirit” the white Red-tailed Hawk.
Spirit is not releasable due to injuries he suffered when caught in a leg hold trap.

_LG23425 4x6This is Sophia, a Barred Owl.  After being hit by a car, Sophia was brought to Tamarack to be treated for a broken wing. She healed well enough to have limited flight.  However, because the break occurred near Sophia’s elbow, she is now unable to fully extend her wing, and cannot fly well enough to survive in the wild.

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This is Alice, a Cooper’s Hawk.
Alice was found on a farm in Cochranton,
unable to fly because her wrist bones had been severely damaged.

We saw the Betts Park fireworks display from the grounds of the Warren Manor Nursing Home, with friends visiting a family member who is a patient there.  The nursing home provided hot dogs, chips and pop for patients and their guests at a reasonable cost of $2.00 for all.  Three types of cookies were passed around to everyone as well.  I thought it quite nice that the nursing home does this for its patients.

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On Independence Day we watched a parade and attended a picnic.

The parade was in downtown Warren and marked its 69th year.  We watched the parade on Pennsylvania Avenue, at the southwest corner of Hickory Street Bridge, across from Kwik Fill.  We watched the parade with our friends Paul, Debbie, Scott and Donna.  Our daughter and granddaughters were IN the parade.

Stacey shared this picture of Harper and June on Facebook before the parade began.

13567258_838323296268594_4344839709202986079_nHarper and June rode their tricycles in the parade.
The girls rode behind the Lather Salon van, until they couldn’t ride any longer.

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Harper and June tuckered out just before reaching the Hickory Street Bridge.  They rode their tricycles a long, long way.

_LG23551Harper and June rode rest of the way in the parade in the back of the Lather Salon van.

The parade began at 11:00 am and ended around 1:45 pm.  The following slideshow contains about half of the photographs that I took, while watching the parade.  The slideshow is about 8 1/2 minutes long.  I hope that you find it enjoyable!

At 3:30 pm we went to our friends’ house for a picnic, which was attended by ten additional friends as well as family and other friends of our hosts. We sat around a campfire, enjoying each others’ company, as well as hot dogs and a variety of dishes brought to share. It was a comfortable and relaxing couple of hours and a great end to a wonderful 4th of July holiday.

On This Day in 2008 – Sugar Grove, PA

The date was April 15, 2008.  My stepdaughter, Stacey, telephoned late in the morning and asked if I wanted to come with her to take photographs of downtown Sugar Grove.  My first response was “no”.  I started taking Methylprednisolone tablets that day to reduce inflammation in my knee, caused by a torn meniscus.   I hoped by resting my leg for the next couple days that most of the pain in my knee would be gone, when I returned to work.  After ending the telephone call with Stacey, I changed my mind.  I really wanted to accompany Stacey on her photo shoot and take photographs of downtown Sugar Grove too.  I didn’t think we would do too much walking, as downtown Sugar Grove isn’t that big of a place.

SugarGroveDowntownDowntown Sugar Grove isn’t that big of a place.
(Photo obtained from Google Maps street view, Oct. 2013)

 

Sugar Grove is located on the PA/NY state line in Warren County, PA.  It is less than a 15-mile drive from my home in Warren, PA.  It was a beautiful day to take photographs — blue sky and sunshine.

SugarGrove200804_036Sugar Grove was founded in 1797.
Sugar Grove was named for the beautiful maple forest covering its valley and surrounding hills.

SugarGrove200804_037Veterans Memorial,
with the Town & Country food store in the background

SugarGrove200804_033Sugar Grove’s Main Street

SugarGrove200804_021Town & Country food store and The Bucket restaurant

 

I used two of the photographs that I took that day and put together a Smilebox creation, a newspaper article with breaking news.

Smilebox_SugarGrovemy Smilebox creation

I was quite pleased with my originality! My Smilebox account had been inactive for a very long time. I renewed my account earlier this week.

Kudos to Stacey

My stepdaughter, Stacey, has a new job.  She is a staff writer for our local newspaper, the Times Observer.  Stacey began writing for the newspaper a little more than 5 weeks ago.  I am so happy for Stacey.  She is doing something that she loves and getting paid to do it!

Recently, Stacey created a WordPress blog at which she shares the articles that she writes for the Warren Times Observer.   This is what Stacey wrote in the About section of her blog.

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Please check out Stacey’s blog and, if so inclined, please add it to blogs that you follow.

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