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Sunday, August 17, 2014

Journey's End...and New Beginnings.

Looks like the seemingly never-ending project of cleaning out my father's home is coming to an end.
Right now the deal is on a handshake, but if all goes well, we will be selling the home that has been in our family for ~87 years.
The journey over the past two years has been beyond anything I could have scripted, and it's time to move on.
'Nuff said.
All of the above are between 40 and 45 years old. One went in the dumpster (kept the emblem for future use), and one will be put away for now. 
Yesterday was a good day. We spent several hours donating furniture and other items, filled up another Bagster with stuff from the basement, did the cemetery circuit, had incredible seafood at King Neptune in Dallas, stopped for milk & a sweet finish at Hillside Farms...and made it home as the sun was setting.
No sunrise for this pup this morning...slept in 3 hours past my normal 4a start time. 
Enjoy the rest of your weekend.

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Swiftly Fly the Years...

Up before dawn today...again.

While the coffee was steeping, I went outside to catch yet another spectacular sunrise.

I love late summer mornings, especially on days like this where the temperature in the morning is in the 50's, the air is crisp...and the humidity is low.
I harvested five ripe pumpkins last night, and I have two more to go before the season is officially over.
Right now, I'm thinking...pumpkin-ginger muffins.
My co-worker's orchid is now in full bloom. I brought it home from work in early March...so here we are five months later. The blooms should last a few weeks, and I'll be taking plenty more pictures before they wither away one by one.

Busy day ahead, folks.
Carpe diem!
“What would you attempt to do
if you knew you could not fail?”

Sunday, August 10, 2014

P.O. & S.M.

Pumpkins, orchids...and Super Moon!
Saturday was incredibly busy; traveled to the Wyoming Valley - cut hedges & grass, emptied shed, filled another Bagster for pick-up, visited Mom, went out for a quick bite to eat at Ollie's - then back down the northeast extension to arrive home before dark.
We're at the ~halfway point of summer...and the pumpkins have started to ripen, the orchids are in full bloom in our sunroom, and my fall-blooming flower garden is really taking off.
I'm still dragging from yesterday, and the caffeine hasn't kicked in yet, so I'll keep the words to a minimum and post a few picks from around the Ponderosa. 
Above: I have no doubt the pumpkin vine would reach our house in a few days if we didn't redirect it back into the yard.
Below: The biggest of the bunch...guessing at least a 30 pounder.

The white orchid pictured above and below was given to me by a co-worker to keep alive and, hopefully, get to bloom again. Task accepted...mission accomplished.
The flowers are 4.5" across at their widest point, and when all five are in bloom, I will post a few more pics.

After we unpacked our cars, I took a walk to the curve in our shared driveway to get a few pics of "Super Moon".

And today...we'll be adding a few more recently discovered and extremely rare "family heirlooms" to our corner hutch.
More on that in a future post
Enjoy the rest of your weekend, folks.

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Another "Quadder" from across the Pond

"The past few weeks I have been making new Quadder friends, so a shout out to Don Williams and Mike Maclellan. It seems Don is 18 months a Quadder, and Mike had his event on 19th June this year. It makes writing this blog worthwhile as other Quadders seem to like it. Once a Quadder always a Quadder it seems."
I recently tripped across another "Quadder", and will be adding his blog to my blogroll.
Mark is going through what I can still vividly recall from a little over a year ago.
Mark...I feel your pain! One day at a time, my friend.
Keep Calm and Carry On!


Wednesday, August 6, 2014

What is being Sprayed in our Skies?

As someone who's taken quite a few meteorology & climatology courses under some great professors, and spends quite a bit of time outdoors, I am always checking out the skies to keep a tab on what approaching weather might be headed my way, especially when I'm kayaking on a wide open lake or a remote section of a river.
Been doing it for almost four decades...
So I must admit; some of what I'm seeing more frequently is starting to concern me.
These pics were taken over the weekend.
And yes, I drive a Prius.
Seven years, 166K miles and still saving us bundles...

And here's one in panorama mode.
What's going on, folks?

Saturday, August 2, 2014

1948 Swoyersville Sailors: UNDEFEATED

As we empty out yet another family home, we are once again awash in a flood of memories.
My Dad played for the Kingston (PA) High School Huskies in 1948, which was in the Wyoming Valley Conference, and he used to tell me how knock-down-drag-out t-o-u-g-h these football games between small local high schools used to be.

The sons and grandsons of coal-miners, and first generation Americans of all ethnic backgrounds came together as a T-E-A-M...and bone-jarring hits that could be felt in the bleachers were commonplace, as barroom bragging rights for the next year were on the line.

Nary a face mask could be found, and more than a few teeth littered fields throughout the Wyoming Valley after almost every game.
Wish I could have seen at least one of them.

Like a river, Memory Lane stretches on forever. 

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

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For anyone who is interested in what's going on throughout Pennsylvania as it relates to fracking and other environmental issues, with a little politicking thrown in on the side, you definitely should subscribe to PA Environment Digest.
And it's FREE!

Take a closer look at today's NewsClips:
Former PA DEP Secretary David Hess does a great job with this.
Happy Hump Day!

Tuesday, July 29, 2014


My brother-in-law ( the younger one ) is an avid biker. This past weekend, he competed in an off-road "over the river and through the woods" bike race near State College, PA.
Evidently, there was a stretch of the course that was almost all rocks. His legs ( & forearms ) took a beating on those rocks and assorted brambles as he made his way downhill.
We decided to compare scratches and scars.
I think he's got me beat...at least below the knees.
I spent several hours on Sunday taking down two not-so-small trees in the corner of our upstate property...by myself. Both were leaning toward my neighbor's property & fence.
Thankfully, they both dropped where I wanted them to.
Coming up: getting an 80+ year old cast iron tub out of the basement up a narrow set of steps.  
As always...fun stuff.

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Weekend Weminiscing - 26 July 2014

Several years ago, I began a series of posts I called "Weekend Weminiscing." I noticed recently that Facebook has something going on called Throwback Thursdays.
They say imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.
I say: Copycats!
Anyway, I've decided to scan the external hard drive once again and take a slow saunter through the archives, focusing on pics taken in 2008.

From RiverFest 2008

From March 2008 along the Susquehanna River

Above: A pic of my Dad below a painting of his Mom.
Below: Pics of my father-in-law's 80th Birthday party in February

Below: April 2008 at the Tubs 

October 2008: My daughter receives an award for her Susquehanna documentary about our fight against the inflatable dam.
P.S.: WE WON!  

Below: At the Osterhout Museum - February 2008

 Enjoy your weekend.