The It’s Its There Their They’re Quiz

I saw this on Liza’s blog and just had to take this test!  Try it for yourself.

You Scored an A

You got 10/10 questions correct.
It’s pretty obvious that you don’t make basic grammatical errors.If anything, you’re annoyed when people make simple mistakes on their blogs.As far as people with bad grammar go, you know they’re only human.

And it’s humanity and its current condition that truly disturb you sometimes.

The It’s Its There Their They’re Quiz

Wordless Wednesday-Sunshine on the Erie Canal


What Kind of Yarn Am I?

I saw this on my friend Liza’s blog, and as I like to knit, I thought I would see what kind of yarn I am. I am LOL at the result! I do like to be comfy, but I don’t know about the rest of this!  After all, isn’t wool scratchy?  LOL!


What kind of yarn are you?


You are Merino Wool.You are very easygoing and sweet. People like to keep you close because you are so softhearted. You love to be comfortable and warm from your head to your toes.
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Memorial Art Gallery

Today we went to the Memorial Art Gallery. There isn’t a special exhibition we wanted to see, but instead we wanted to view the variety of items in their permanent displays. My Mother made a point of making sure I knew I wasn’t allowed to take photos inside of the galleries. Rats!

One of my favorite paintings is Asher Brown Durand’s Genesee Oaks which is back in the collection (click the link to see the painting and to read about it). Last time I saw this it was at the Genesee Village Country Museum.

Another favorite of mine is John Frederick Kensett’s A Showery Day, Lake George. Once again you can click the link to see the painting and read about it. Last time I stayed at Lake George was during a hurricane and the electricity was out all night. Talk about a dark and scary night!

We saw one of my favorite artists Thomas Cole’s small painting Genesee Scenery. I was hoping to see a larger version! It was all of 6 1/4″ x 4 1/8″ and can be seen on the second page if you click above.

Genesee Scenery
Genesee Scenery

We saw Partial Armor Made for the Dukes of Brunswick-Wolfenbuttel, 1560’s which was etched steel and leather. The etching detail is amazing! Click on the link for a pdf of a partial view of the armor.

One of my newest favorite paintings is by Walter Goodman and it is called The Printseller’s Window. Clicky on the link to see the painting. I need to find out more about this painting, because the portraits in this painting are of famous painters of the time.

the printseller's window
The Printseller’s Window

At 3PM a man from the Eastman School of Music started playing the Italian Baroque Organ. It was truly amazing, but a little goes a long way! Click on the link to see the organ. It is powered by another guy pumping two bellows.

We saw many other items, but these are some of my favorites from today. The sun was beautiful on the old Cutler Union building when we went outside, and I did snap some photos.


This is the entrance to the old Cutler Union building, which is part of the Memorial Art Gallery.


It was a nice afternoon, even though I couldn’t take photos inside!

‘Pillars of the Earth’ and ‘World Without End’ by Ken Follett

I could not believe it when I saw ‘Pillars of the Earth’ by one of my favorite intrigue authors Ken Follett is now part of Oprah’s Book Club. I read this book years ago and was recommending it to everyone at that time. In fact, here’s a photo of the cover of my copy, copyright 1989.


I picked this up on a bargain table at a bookstore in the mall in anticipation of a long road trip to Manistee, Michigan and back. Here’s the cover the way it looks now:


So why am I bringing this up besides the fact that I’m still recommending this book? Because Ken Follett has written another book ‘World Without End‘ as a follow-up to ‘Pillars of the Earth.’ Even though it is the second book, it can stand by itself. I’m about 3/4 of the way through and I am once again recommending this latest book to anyone who likes to read historical fiction.  I won’t take the time to give any book details here, as you can read them on Oprah’s website and


Hopefully it won’t take this one as long to make it on Oprah’s Book Club list as ‘Pillars of the Earth’ did.

Thanksgiving 2007 & Snow!

Yesterday morning and the entire night before it had been raining hard. During mid-morning the temperature dropped 10 degrees F, and we had snow on Thanksgiving!


Whenever there is snow on Thanksgiving, it makes me break into the song

‘Over the river and through the woods to Mummy’s house we go. . .’ (substituting Mummy in for Grandmother).


These snow photos are for you, Mary, and anyone else who wants to see a bit of snow.

I only had a couple of panicky moments of missing my Dad. One was when I was setting the table by myself and as I was setting the place where he usually sat for my Mom I started freaking out inside. I almost called out to my Mom, but at that moment my Aunt walked in and started talking, which irritated me at first, but then she did take my mind off of my Dad. The whole process of getting ready for the day was really tough on my Mom, but she is really one smart cookie in that she invited the relatives and had the whole day planned to keep our minds off of things, even though we did bring up my Dad every now and then.

After a delicious meal, we had a musical concert because everyone plays the piano plus other instruments and sings, too. I was the only one not to play and I got in trouble for not playing. Well, I don’t have a piano at home, but they didn’t accept that as an excuse, so next year I have to perform, somehow. I better get boned up on my ragtime again!

The day was perfect, and even Mom’s Thanksgiving cactus was blossoming right on time:


And a wonderful end to a great day:


Happy Thanksgiving!!

From some of the cute little children that I have the pleasure of working with! They were about to give a play, so there was Mr. Turkey and some Pilgrims and Native Americans.

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I sincerely hope everyone has a wonderful, happy and healthy day!

The Beginning of a Beautiful Thing

After I picked up the fresh, local Plainville Thanksgiving turkey and dinner rolls for our Thanksgiving (I won’t eat the poor birdie, even though it is the best birdie to get if you do eat turkey), I went to Staples (for work), and as I was leaving I saw the beginning of a beautiful sunset. Unfortunately the photo doesn’t show how beautifully pink the sky was, but you get the idea.

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The weather is above normal here again, and as you can see, no snow yet.  And see the green leaves still on the trees?  What a funky fall this has been.

And The Leaves Fell All At The Same Time. . .

well, almost. But it seemed like it. They’ve been hanging on forever here, and last weekend it got really cold and most of them decided to fall all at once. So there were a ton of leaves to rake at my house, and five tons at my Mom’s house. Needless to say, we spent all day yesterday raking and piling, raking and piling. . .

I took this photo of a sycamore leaf before they all fell down. Before we raked, you couldn’t even see the grass.


And even though my Mom has had a killing frost at her home, her anenomes still are in blossom.


I love these flowers!  We could have snow and they still will be blooming.

Book Cover Meme

I saw this book cover meme on Jen’s blog A Passion for Nature and I had to play along. To play along, go to’s advanced search and type your first name into the title. Look through the results for the most interesting book cover and post it on your blog.

So I typed in “Pam” and you can imagine the dreck that came up for Pamela Anderson and her fake girls – blech. I was getting discouraged, but found a set of cool books on page two.

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Book Description
From “Baby Bumblebee” to “The Ants Go Marching”, children will sing, dance, and learn with these songs about the insects they encounter in their own backyard. The CD is accompanied by a book with over 250 activities that teach children about colors, counting, growing things, friendship, and of course, bugs. Each of the eight CD/book combinations will provide hours of learning fun. 128 pages plus CD.

About the Author
Pam Schiller’s career spans nearly every aspect of the early childhood profession. Pam has authored or co-authored over 30 books on topics ranging from curriculum development to the management of childcare centers to the use of current brain research in the classroom.

How appropos to where I’m working now, huh?

And when I saw the bug on the nose of the child on the cover, I immediately thought of one of my blogging friends. Hmmmm, can you think of *who* I thought of?

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