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Charlee is Two Years Old

On September 26th a friend, Kristin, messaged me with a question.  She would be having her daughter Charlee’s 2nd birthday party at their house on either October 20th or October 21st.  Kristin asked how much I charge to take pictures and if I could or would want to come over and take pictures.  The pictures Kristin wanted would be before the party started.  She wanted pictures of the party decorations; the birthday cake; Charlee’s immediate family singing “Happy Birthday” to her; Charlee blowing out candles; Charlee opening gifts from her immediate family; Charlee and her older sister playing on their swing set and some family pictures.

Kristin lives a little over an hour’s drive from our home.  I thanked Kristin for reaching out to me and told her that I do not charge to take pictures.  My response to Kristin’s request was “no” because of the travel distance.  I wrote that I wished she lived closer because I would take the pictures she wanted in a heartbeat.

Kristin said that she was going to talk to her grandparents, who live near me, to see if Charlee’s birthday party could be held there.  That is what happened.  Charlee’s birthday party was held at her grandparents’ house on Sunday,  October 21st.  The party was at 1:30 pm, and I took pictures between 12:00 pm and 1:00 pm.

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_LG28509Birthday Cake, Plates and Cups

_LG28515Charlee, you are so cute!

_LG28516Charlee’s Personal “Hedgie” Birthday Cake

_LG28517Charlee and Family Members Who Were Present Before Her Birthday Party

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Singing “Happy Birthday” to Charlee

_LG28543Charlee taking a big bite of cake, with a little encouragement from her sister

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Charlee didn’t make a mess, while eating her cake.

_LG28573Birthday Presents!

_LG28608Charlee with her mom, great grandparents, grandmother and sister

Happy 2nd birthday, Charlee!

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.

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.

Thanksgiving Day Drive

I begin this blog post with information that will seem as though it doesn’t apply to the subject at hand.  This information does apply, though, as you will soon find out.

For some time now I have contemplated the purchase of a point-and-shoot camera for everyday photography, especially while riding the motorcycle, bicycling and taking pictures of our granddaughters. After much contemplation, I narrowed my camera choice to one of two cameras: the Olympus Stylus Tough TG-4 and the no-longer-manufactured Olympus Stylus XZ-2.  Among my considerations in the purchase of a new camera included the following:

  • camera reviews (some of which compared the TG-4 and the XZ-2);
  • a recommendation by a photography friend; and
  • the back and forth conversation with myself as to how important having GPS and WiFi capabilities, being waterproof and being shockproof were to me (all TG-4 features).

After careful consideration, I hit the buy button this past Sunday for an Olympus XZ-2 camera.  I chose image quality and advanced shooting capabilities over the TG-4 features. My new camera arrived on Tuesday.

Today we went for a drive to and through Allegany State Park, located near Salamanca, New York. We made three stops in the park.  We stopped at Quaker Lake, alongside Red House Lake and at the Thomas L. Kelly covered bridge.

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Bob stepped into Quaker Lake to see if his boots were really waterproof (they are).

_XZ40012 4x6Red House Lake

We have driven through Alleghany State Park many times over the years.  We stopped at this point along Red House Lake for the first time.  You can see the Red House Administration Building across the lake.

_XZ40013 4x6Thomas L. Kelly Covered Bridge

I have photographed the Thomas L. Kelly covered bridge many times.  This picture, however, is from a different perspective than pictures I have taken in the past.

I think we would have made more stops had I remembered to insert a memory card into my camera before leaving home. I am thankful that my new camera, which I took to familiarize myself with its use, has internal memory. The internal memory stored five JPEG images.  Oh, yes, now you can see why I began writing this blog post by telling you about my new camera purchase.

On our way back home from Allegany State Park, we stopped at Bent Run Falls for a short hike. Bent Run Falls is located about 15 miles from our home.  Bob purchased two walking sticks earlier this year.  Those walking sticks were a great help on the hike as the entire hillside was littered with wet leaves, wet boulders and wet tree roots.  Here are the last two images that were stored on my camera’s internal memory.

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Bob at Bent Run Falls

I am very happy with my new camera purchase.  I intend to use my iPhone camera less and this new camera more.  My Olympus OM-D E-M1 MIL camera may see less use for a while too!  I hope not to leave home without a memory card the next time. As soon as we returned home, I placed a spare memory card in my camera pouch!

Monumental Publication

A new booklet, which was published by the General Joseph Warren Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) of Warren, PA, contains photographs that I took.

I thank the local DAR chapter for asking for my participation in this project of documenting monuments that the General Joseph Warren Chapter DAR of Warren, PA have established over the years.

 

Pure Prairie League Concert

My stepdaughter works as a reporter for our local newspaper.  Stacey had a job assignment yesterday afternoon at Struthers Library Theater to interview members of the country-rock band, Pure Prairie League.  Bob accompanied Stacey to the interview.  The interview was scheduled for 4:00 pm. Bob said it was close to 5:00 pm, though, before the interview commenced. Prior to the interview Bob and Stacey watched the band, as they went through sound check and kind of a short rehearsal.  Bob said it was cool to watch the band set up and interact with each other.

As a result of meeting with the band, Bob and I had an unexpected date night. While at the Pure Prairie League interview, the bass player gave him two tickets for the show. The tickets were for the rear balcony row k seats 10 and 12.

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_LG26439 4x6This is the bass player, the band member who gave the show tickets to Bob.

The Pure Prairie League concert began at 8:00 pm and ran straight through until approximately 9:45 pm. They played an additional 10-15 minutes in an encore performance.

I was not familiar with the band. I can’t recall ever hearing the name of the band. I did recognize two songs, though, during the concert — “Let me Love You Tonight” and “Amie”.  The concert was very good.  Thank you, Stacey, for inviting your dad along on the interview.  Thank you to the bass player, too, for the complimentary tickets.  We had an awesome date night!

Addendum:  On Monday, October 24, the Warren Times Observer published the following article, which was the result of my stepdaughter’s meeting with Pure Prairie League.

 

 

First Friday

According to a Wikipedia article, “First Friday is a name for various public events in some cities (particularly in the United States) that occur on the first Friday of every month.”  My hometown of Warren, PA hosts First Friday events.  According to Warren’s First Fridays Facebook page, downtown businesses come together under a fun theme, with special discounts and offers, on every First Friday.

Bob and I, along with friends, attended this month’s First Friday event in downtown Warren.  The theme of this month’s First Friday event was classic cars, hot rods and vintage bikes.  Our friends Paul, Shawn, Dave and George rode their vintage bikes to the event.

_LG17238 4x6I took this picture shortly after our arrival on Liberty Street.

 After parking our motorcycles we walked along Liberty Street, admiring the cars. I took only a few pictures of the cars that participated in this First Friday event.

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_LG17242 4x6There was a good turnout for this month’s First Friday event.

After admiring the cars parked along Liberty Street, we ate dinner at The Plaza Restaurant.  Later in the evening we went to Dairy Queen for ice cream.

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20150808_002824309_iOSPaul and Debbie at Dairy Queen

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It was a very enjoyable evening out with friends!

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