Happy Ending!

I still take quite a few photos when the mood strikes, and I upload them to Flickr, but that’s about it.  So I figured it’s about time to write a post, before the end of 2011, so I can start with a clean slate.  Let’s see, since Letchworth with Mom, I’ve captured photos of the old John Deere / Case Supply building in Syracuse, now being converted to our local PBS station, WCNY.

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(I didn’t take this photo, I would have centered it better, hee hee)

A couple of months later, I was told to get my hiney back there, because they tore out the middle section of the complex:

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And on the northwest side, they found an interesting structure in the middle of another portion they tore down. Safes are inside of this little structure. The safe on the top floor will be opened and displayed.

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I documented via photos and web (not done with the web yet) the Octagon Schoolhouse Cemetery, and filed for an historic marker, since this cemetery has NO marker or sign, at all.

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I’ll find out next year if the marker is approved.

My apartment was full of ghoulish things for Halloween (not mine), but I do like the lights in the window.

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I try to capture the full moon on December 10 over Irondequoit Bay.

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There are some funky clouds in this one:
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I try to go for a ride in the snow at the New York Museum of Transportation, but alas, no snow:

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This was our engineer:
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After the snowless trolley ride, I checked out the museum, and the buses outside. How about this old greyhound bus?
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Next I learned that East Rochester used to be called Despatch, and yes, it was a big railroad town. I have rare film footage of a factory there that built railroad cars. Cool beans! This is the railroad side of Despatch Junction:
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Here’s part of the old factory where they built the RR cars:
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I think the side of this building says “Merchants Despatch”
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And we had a great time at Aunt Avie’s and Uncle Jerry’s home for Thanksgiving this year. Here I am holding my cousin’s new baby girl. Don’t you love the way my cousin looks at his daughter?
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And then there’s Christmas. I haven’t downloaded the photos yet, but the old apartment windows are highly decorated with icicle and other lights and dripping with fake snow, since there’s no real snow. Yet!

Three Years, Phew!

Recently, well, okay, on April 8th, the third year of my Dad’s passing, we went to LaFayette to honor him and put his Veteran’s marker in the ground to get ready for the American flags the cemetery will put out on all of the Veterans’ grave sites.  I didn’t take any more photos of his tombstone, because, well, I have a million of them already, and how many more do I need? But I did take this quick photo while we were driving up to his site, one of which I’ve taken before and I’ll take again and again, yes I will, because it’s where I grew up and I love the hills.

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View from cemetery where my Dad, grandparents, and other relatives are in repose.

On the way to him, we always stop at one of my favorite Finger Lakes:

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Skaneateles Lake, nice and calm, in the morning.

This lake’s water is awesomely clear:
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Sherwood Inn, faces the lake:
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We also stopped at a really cool quilt store where Mom bought some fabric for quilts she is making for sick children:
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Yeah, did I mention how much I love the hills in Onondaga County?
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Oh, before we got to Skaneateles, we had to go through Montezuma, where I did see Osprey, but couldn’t capture them, but did capture a couple of their nests:
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Even though I still miss my Dad very much, I am very glad to be through all of the phases of grief, especially the anger part – that was a really tough one.  Being really ticked off is very exhausting.

My Retro Photo on Facebook

My high school graduation – I’ll never forget it. It was held in the Onondaga County War Memorial, and my Dad’s Dad was in the hospital (and ended up dying), so my poor Dad was tired from all of his family obligations, plus he worked out of town, so, even though we both have smiles on our faces, and I was happy to graduate, it was also a sad time, because my Grandpa was so sick. Anyway, this is the photo I chose to use as my retro photo on Facebook.

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West Genesee Senior High School graduation.

What I Miss

I spent a lot of time in the car on my day off due to a traffic issue on the highway, and listened to “Whatever” where they were asking “what do you miss from years gone by,” and I couldn’t really think of anything, except to be a kid without the huge adult responsibilities, but I hated being a kid because I grew up when parents were really tough on their kids.

Anyway, I just came up with what I miss.  I miss eating whatever the heck we wanted to, and eating whatever we wanted to really didn’t include any junk food except an occasional half-moon cookie or ice-cream.  We ate really good and we ate everything whole, as in whole milk, cheese, etc.   My Mom and I baked bread and cookies and pies and nobody was obese.  We ate three squares, and my parents allowed us to eat whatever we wanted to after school.

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At my grandparents’ home. Wow, it sucks to think three people sitting at this table are gone from us.

So what happened? People told us, don’t eat fats, don’t eat sugars, don’t eat this, don’t eat that, here have this fake “sugar,” fake this, fake that. When I was kid we did not sit around the house playing computer games, txting, watching TV and whatever else. We were *very* active. I know there’s more that’s happened, but let me just say, I miss being able to cook and eat the way we used to.

New Year’s Day Tradition

As I was talking to one of my friends this morning, I asked him what he was going to do with his five year old daughter today.  He said he didn’t know yet.  I told him to start a tradition!  And as I said this, it reminded me of what my Dad’s New Year’s Day tradition was when I was growing up.  He would always make Maple Syrup Candy.  I haven’t made it in years so I don’t have any pics, but I haven’t forgotten how to make it.

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Sugar Maple tree

This also brought to mind another recipe that my Dad liked and we would make every once in a while:  Condensed Milk Pudding.   I haven’t made this is years either, so again, no pics, but I wanted to post the recipe before it got lost.

So what New Year’s Day tradition(s) did you or do you have?

One For November

Wow, I cannot believe it’s the last day in November and I have ignored my blog this month. A lot has happened, but pretty much I haven’t photographed anything but work and Thanksgiving, so here you go, some Thanksgiving photos:

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My Mom loves artichoke french, so I have to make it for her, and for me.

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My Mom’s Christmas Cactus is actually a Thanksgiving Cactus

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Along with the dressing, squash is one of my favorite Thanksgiving day foods

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The horn of plenty my Aunt made for my Mom by hand (she also made me one).

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I love these Thanksgiving plates

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The stuffed Plainville Farm Turkey – looks yummy!

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My Mom likes to burn beeswax candles during dinner

Now on to December!

Always Interesting – Today, the LONGSTREET Family

I love helping other people with their research at OHA, because sometimes I come across my own family, and I make a mental note to stay after work on a Sat or Sun to look through the information.  This past week I was looking for something, and came across some nice photos of my great-great grandmother’s sister’s husband and child.

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Cabinet photo of Byron Longstreet, son of Dr. James Oliver Longstreet and Emily Victoria Seaver
Photo courtesy of Onondaga Historical Association

I love carte de visite and cabinet photographs.  I have a large, unidentified daguerreotype that was handed down through my family to me.  I thought perhaps it may be these two, and now I can do a side-by-side comparison and see if this may be possible.

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Cabinet photo of Dr. James Oliver Longstreet.
Photo courtesy of Onondaga Historical Association.

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Imagine my surprise when I looked through these photographs and saw names I recognized!

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Dr. James Oliver Longstreet
Photo courtesy of Onondaga Historical Association.

Dr. James Oliver Longstreet is also the son of my Great-Grandmother’s aunt. The LONGSTREET surname is a famous one in Onondaga County, and someday (after hours) I’ll do the research into it (there are broken links when clicking on Longstreet due to Ancestry taking over Rootsweb).  So much to do, so little time!  Oh, and I have other stories to tell.  It will take time to gather the info!

The 60′s, Out of the Mouth of Babes. . .

Central New York History day is coming up this Saturday, and while I chose not to attend (volunteer vs. make money, guess which one I picked), I have been helping Scott get ready for it.  One of the categories is papers that young people write.  This one paper said something like this, ‘I read a book about 1968, and now I totally understand the 60′s.’

Okay.

Really?

I *lived* through it, albiet as a young child, and I still don’t get it.  Could someone please explain it to me?  Thank you very much.

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My older brother and me. This is scanned from a really lousy slide, but it expresses well how I feel about the 60′s, a very scary, strange and psychedelic decade.

Time Goes By!

Yay, it’s Friday night! Is there anything better than Friday night after a hard week? I don’t think so! And I can’t believe how fast time goes by. I’ll try to catch up with my blogging friends over the weekend.

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Tick tock clock my Grandfather gave to my Grandmother (Dad’s side) as an engagement present.
Hmmm, I’d rather have a clock than a ring too because I don’t like to wear jewelry.

I hope you enjoy the weekend!

2007 A Quick Review

Instead of focusing on losses this year, after all you all know how much I love my Dad and I think about him every day and miss him so much it hurts bad sometimes, I want to focus on what I gained this year!

  • Getting to meet some of the most wonderful little people I’ve ever known. All of the little waddlers were supposed to be out today, so I was trying not to think about needing my waddler fix. I walked into the toddler room, and there was one of the little waddlers! She was as happy to see me as I was to see her!

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This is a photo I had of her taken on Dec 20th.

To quote Susan “cuteness dripping off the walls” for sure!!

  • Being able to get out in the woods in person with one my most favorite nature educators, birder extraordinare, and all around great guy Mon@rch!

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  • Continued and new blog friendships!
  • Continued and new in person friendships!
  • A bigger than before attitude of gratitude.
  • More patience with people, even though I still don’t suffer fools too easily.
  • A wonderful trip to Arizona with my Mom.

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Ruins at Casa Grande

  • Meeting my Mom’s California cousins, one for the first time, the other one for the second time.

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My Mom’s two cousins and Mom at The Desert Botanical Garden.

Now that Arizona is associated with my Dad’s passing, we’re planning a trip abroad. I’ve never been abroad, so this will be interesting. Certain to be good for blog fodder! I mean, we all know it’s all about the blog after all!

I know I’ve gained much more this year, but these are top on my brain right now.

Happy New Year everyone!

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