More Decorating!

This week our cute little snowman got some arms:


And Scott’s toboggan is done in our very popular Nifty Fifties Toy exhibition so we have it in our little display:


We decorated for Valentine’s Day with old fashioned things:




Ugh, I need a closer photo of this wall:


which has Currier and Ives prints from old calendars and old valentines.

And an updated, closer view of the ice skaters on the Erie Canal:



Note to Self:
Never come up with an idea for an in-between newsletter mailing to keep members informed, because you end up creating the mailer and assembling it by yourself. Collating and putting stickers on the mailer to keep it closed, then adding mailing labels, is very tedious and boring. This is only a portion of what I was working on:


But of course when I see the need to do a mailing again, I’ll end up doing it all over again. Because I love working there and I want everything we do to succeed!


Meme, as seen on Mary’s View, Jayne’s Journey Through Grace and Lynne’s Hasty Brook.  And I just saw it on Somewhere in NJ

1. Do you like blue cheese? Bleck, no! It looks and smells like something gross.
2. Have you ever smoked? Once and it stoned me.
3. Do you own a gun? No, I like the staff Xena’s Gabrielle used so I have a baseball bat.
4. What flavor Kool Aid is your favorite? Cherry was my favorite.
5. Do you get nervous before doctor appointments? Yes, except the Chiropractor.  I look forward to a visit with her.
6. What do you think of hot dogs? They have always made me sick. I mean, what *are* they made out of?
7. Favorite Christmas movie? The Grinch
8. What do you prefer to drink in the morning? Honey, apple cider vinegar and hot water, mmmmm.
9. Can you do push-ups? Yeah, and I need to do a lot more!
10. What’s your favorite piece of jewelry? A string of pearls.
11. Favorite hobby? Taking photos.
12. Do you have A.D.D? No
13. Do you wear glasses/contacts? Yup, glasses.
14. Middle name? Ann.
15. Name thoughts at this moment? Just working on answering these questions.
16. Name 3 drinks you regularly drink? Water, water, water.
17. Current worry? Moving closer to work.
18. Current hate right now? Working six days a week to make ends meet because of this stupid economy. But I’m thankful for work.
19. Favorite place to be? Home!
20. How did you bring in the New Year? Snoring.
21. Where would you like to go? Arizona.  Scotland.
22. Name three people who will complete this? Anyone who wants to!
23. Do you own slippers? Absolutely!  It’s cold here in the winter!
24 What color shirt are you wearing? Red
25. Do you like sleeping on satin sheets? I prefer flannel for winter, cotton for summer.
26. Can you whistle? No
27. Favorite Color? Orange, Yellow, Green
28. What songs do you sing in the shower? Whatever is in my brain.
29. Would you be a pirate? Arrrrrr, yes, to sailing, no to stealing.
30. Favorite Girl’s Name? Beth
31. Favorite boy’s name? Matthew
32. What’s in your pocket right now? Nothing
33. Last thing that made you laugh? Lynne’s (Hasty Brook) post about the duck.
34. What vehicle do you drive? Ford Explorer.  If you have a fit over it, chill.  I live in Upstate New York where it snows like there’s no tomorrow and little vehicles get lost in snow banks.
35. Worst injury you’ve ever had? Reversed lordosis. My neck is fine now.
36. Do you love where you live? Yes
37. How many TVs do you have in your house? 1

Rules of the Road

Since I’m doing quite a bit of driving lately, I have noticed certain repeated driving behaviors over the past 1.5 months.  I’m sure I’m a pain in the rear to other drivers, but let me tell you what irks me:

1.  This is number one for a reason.  People that pull out in front of me when I’m going 60, and they don’t figure out where the accelerator is.  Ever.  So I have to risk my life to pass them, just because they couldn’t wait two more seconds for me to go by.  I call them BUDGERS.  The kids that used to BUDGE in line at school, are now budging on the road.


2.  If I can’t see your headlights when we’re stopped at a light, you are way to close to my vehicle’s rear.  You’re not invited into the back end of my vehicle.

3.  Riding on my rear end does not make me speed up.  It does the opposite.  Because I want you to pass and get away from me.

4.  Passing me then going slower than me just is stupid and rude.

5.  If you have a little car and it’s snowing, call in sick, cancel your appointments, or whatever.  Just stay the heck home.  Going 20mph in a 55mph zone is very dangerous to people who have vehicles that are made for snow in Upstate New York.


I’m sure I’m forgetting something, but these are the ones on the top of my brain.  Anything you’d like to add?

Cell Phone

I carry my cell phone around with me. . . everywhere.  It’s always on me.  So, I got a cell phone call at work today, and when I was finished I closed it and put it back in my pocket.  When I pulled it out to check the time, it was dead.  And I know the battery wasn’t dead.

So I went to the Verizon Store in BJ’s where I purchased it.  They don’t have a service center, so I went to another Verizon store.  Well, if you ever want to know where everyone is, just go to your local Verizon store.  Wow.  I had to ask some chick how to get my name on the board.  Duh, as you walk in there’s a kiosk, but I wasn’t looking at it, I was looking at where to go.

Okay, cutting this short, if you ever don’t suspect your battery is dead, and you know there should be nothing wrong with your phone, take it apart and reseat the battery.  That’s all the lady did.  I could have done that myself.  So I wanted to share this tip, but you probably all know this and I’m the only clueless one!

Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Last week when my Mom was preparing her classroom files for this week, she showed me a children’s book which had a photo of the tombstone of the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr.  Have you ever seen the words on his tombstone?  I got choked up when I read them:

“Free at last, Free at last,
Thank God Almighty,
I’m free at last.”

Still Redecorating!

Wow, okay, I can’t believe I haven’t blogged in so long.  And I can’t believe we haven’t finished decorating yet, but we squeeze it in when we can. So here’s the area where the Christmas tree was.

Scott found a dead tree and we decorated it with birds and berries. We’ll be adding his toboggan this week. And another old fashioned lamp, like the one in this photo:


Most of the pieces of the outfit on the mannequin Scott got this week from an older couple who had these clothes in their basement from their ancestors. The skirt is so silky, and the burgundy and black tops are velvety. Imagine having clothes from your ancestors. Our family gives all clothes away when someone passes away.  I actually just have one shirt from my Dad because I just had to have it.

We had some problem with this woman’s boobs. They were too big for the tops, so we had to add a contemporary but old-fashioned looking blouse.

The slip is peeking out at the hem. I should have taken photos of us when we were assembling this to show you all of the crap that is underneath this skirt – ouch! Maybe when we disassemble it. Anyway, it required our four hands to just make it come together!

This is one set of bookcases decorated with skaters on the Erie Canal:

to simulate the real skaters that used to skate on the Erie Canal:
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Photo courtesy of Onondaga Historical Association

I realize I should take close-ups, but I was taking photos in-between dealing with a bunch of excited young girls.  Some of the buildings will be lit up hopefully by the time I go back to work!  Stay tuned for more!  We have Black History Month and Valentine’s Day decorations we’re working on.  Imagine, before I got there, at this time of year these areas were all. . . blank and boring.

It’s Time To Redecorate

We still have the Christmas tree up at work to welcome people to the museum, and to provide more light (I love light) to an otherwise pretty dark corner:


And we still have the nutcracker and Christmas bows to provide decoration to an otherwise bare area:


But now it’s time to redecorate. I had to switch the Christmas music to various other music because it totally got on my nerves today. I’ve tried to keep the Christmas theme going as long as I can, but it’s a new year and I just can’t hack it anymore.

So Scott and I brainstormed and came up with cool ideas for decorations. Because I can’t go back to dark and bare. Stay tuned!


I love it that we’re in January now, for the simple fact that it is getting lighter out.  It is lighter slightly longer, and the light outside looks different. As I was driving home the other night, the clouds were interestingly flat and the sun was shining as it was setting. No big deal, usually, but between snow storms, this is a very welcome sight.

Please excuse the windshield spots. I wash my truck every week, but it never stays clean this time of year.

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year everyone!  With the new year comes hope for a better present and future, right?  We all know it’s going to be another tough year economically, but my hope is that personally this year will be much better than the last few months!  Things I haven’t blogged about and won’t blog about, but you may have noticed my absence from here and from commenting on your blogs.  I’m not going to make any resolutions this year, because they’re never kept.  But it does feel good to have a clean slate, at least for a day!

The latest article I read on Yahoo! news is that Electrical Engineers are finally in demand in this country once again.  But once laid off from a corporation where I was told I was a high performance engineer/manager, how does one trust any company ever again?  And even though I could make lots of money as an EE again, I have two jobs that I am really enjoying right now.  Even though everyone is my face about working as an engineer again.  I am really enjoying myself right now.  And we’ll see where this takes me.  Too bad we can’t see into the future, isn’t it?  It’s kind of like looking down this hallway – what’s on the sides and what is at the end?

George Eastman House

Happy New Year!

P.S.  If anyone was able to see the New Year’s Eve celestial show last night – the moon and three planets (Venus, Jupiter and Mercury), please tell me about it!  It was snowing here last night (big surprise, huh?)