I love it when I receive flowers totally out of the blue. I received these beautiful campanulas today from a friend:
What a great idea to give flowers to your friends, just because!!

I hope they last for a long time!

2008 — Yay! Resolutions — Ha!

We finally made it to 2008, yay! Now, I’ve told everyone and now I’m telling you, nobody is allowed to die this year. Why? Because I said so!

I’ll do some resolutions, but I’m blowing them already!

  • Watch less TV. Okay, with the Twilight Zone marathon on Sci-Fi today, that’s blown.

  • Take nature photos every day. This I *will* try to do, even if it is of a freakin’ branch on a tree in my backyard or at work.

Norway Spruce in my backyard.

Water droplets hanging onto dead grass in my backyard.

Sun peaking through the clouds and trees in my backyard.

  • Exercise at the gym every day. Blown already because I’m not in the mood to drive to the gym today. But I will try to from now on.
  • Eat better. Well, okay, I ate another jar of salsa last night, but it is only 10 calories per serving. It’s just what I put it on. . .
  • Snow shoe as often as I can. Well, I need some snow first!
  • Read more. With Twilight Zone marathons on TV, that’s tough.
  • Make more photos on Flickr public. Given for every 1,000 photos I have on Flickr, only 1 is public, I think I can do better.
  • Continue with an attitude of gratitude. Even if people put conditions on doing things for me, I still will be grateful.
  • Love more.
  • Continue to meet more tiny people that I will fall in love with.

How can I refuse this cute little face?

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!

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!


Happy Holidays!!

I wish you all a very Merry Christmas Eve and Merry Christmas day!


from me and one of my little (distracted) friends!

Tons of Geese in Cornfields

Today we went to visit my Dad’s gravesite again to put some epoxy over the holes on the back of tombstone until the military plaque is installed, and on the way we saw cornfields full of geese. These photos only show a fraction of them, and they were also in the next field. There seems to be so many geese around lately.



The hills are still beautiful there with all of the fall colors, and the ground is getting more beautiful as the sugar maple leaves fall onto the grass.


And I feel so very bad for my blogging friend Lynne as her dearest Mom passed away last night. This virtual bouquet, again from my Mom’s gardens, is for Lynne and her family.


Wordless Wednesday

A virtual bouquet of flowers from my Mom’s gardens for my blogging friends Lynne and Barbara and their Moms.


Where Does Time Go?

Okay, I want to know, where did this week go? Between work, working out (okay, I only went to the gym once so far, but I have a good reason for that) and being involved in a very good book right now that I can’t put down at night to go to sleep, this week has totally zoomed right by! And I’m sorry I haven’t posted.

I’ve been missing my Dad really bad this week. Why does it come in spurts like this? I don’t know. Maybe because I went to the OHA Museum last Saturday with Sarah (who will be on her way to Manchester, England for a year to get her Masters Degree in History, so I wanted to say goodbye to her) and going to the museum was something my Dad and I did together several times (and remember my Gambrinus Brew Fest post?). And the memories came flooding back. And it was tough. Little does Sarah know, she got me through it, with her quiet strength, just by being herself. She is one awesome friend. And I should probably tell her, you think?

My Dad and I loved this old locomotive bell which was attached to a Niagara Series 6000 locomotive when the trains ran through the middle of downtown Syracuse. We were always too shy about making it ring. But you know what, I made it ring for my Dad, kind of quiet, not as loud as it could get.

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Note to my Flickr friends, even though I took these photos, I’m not making them for friends to enlarge because I’m the OHA webmaster and I did take these photos with the intention of using them on their website. Sorry!

And we always discussed Guntner’s chain, used as a surveying device in the old days when surveying property. You may have seen old deeds that say the north side measures “x number of chains,” well, these are some of those chains.

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And the Erie Canal canalboat:

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And the velocipede and how uncomfortable it must have been to ride on it. Sarah and I investigated it and there was horsehair under the seat. And steel wheels. Ouch for sure!

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These human hair wreaths always intrigued us:

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And as we made our way into the industries of Syracuse, we saw several brands of typewriters since Syracuse was known as the typewriter city, and I just had to take this one because of its’ name! Even though Mon@rch says they spelled Monarch wrong!

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I forgot about the Marsellus Casket exhibition. I had to totally skip by it. Even though there is a cool wood id test, nope, couldn’t look at caskets, had enough of caskets for quite a while. I took many more photos as there are many more interesting things in this museum, but these are a few of the highlights.

Then we went into the Crouse Hospital temporary exhibition, which was fantastic! To see more about this exhibition, please click here where there are a few of the many photos I took at the bottom of the page.

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Sarah and I had some time to wait between the closing of the museum and our time to meet Mike, so we walked the streets of Syracuse. Where I took tons of photos which I’ll save for another post.

The restaurant we went to meet Mike and to eat is one of my all time favorites. I’ve been going to this restaurant since, well, for a long time, first with my Aunt Ruth (the one that passed away 11 years ago this month).  We used to go there every Thursday night when I was young. It is the Plainville Farms Restaurant & Bakery on Route 11 in Cicero.

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The turkeys are raised free range and natural and it is the tenderest, tastiest turkey you could about ever find (at least that’s what I remember). I now go there for all of the fresh veggies – real mashed potatoes, hubbard squash, corn, green and yellow beans, and etc., and cranberry sauce, and salads, and soups and desserts, all on the buffets.

And here’s Tom the Turkey on the back of the horse:

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Who happily greets the many guests that go to this restaurant every day! I started out sad about my Dad, and ended up having a great day with wonderful friends!