Oswego Harborfest Fireworks

I’ve been to Oswego Harborfest for four years now, and it *always* rains on this weekend! I drove through some wicked rain just to get to Oswego. No beautiful sunset tonight, and it rained the whole time, but I kept covered with a tarp.

Here’s what the storm looked like just west of the harbor at Rudy’s:
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Foreboding rain clouds coming:
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And later some light:
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The weather wasn’t looking much better from my perch to watch the fireworks.
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I did film it with the camera under the tarp, so it’s a bit shaky. The fireworks were fantastic, as always!

Bailey’s Dairy Treat in Nedrow

When I was a kid, my parents would periodically take us to Bailey’s Dairy Treat in Nedrow. If I remember correctly, the ice cream was good! We went to Nedrow because at that time there wasn’t an ice cream stand in LaFayette.

I took a couple of photos of the place last year. This is a photo of the sign:
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And a photo of the stand itself:
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As I drive by it, I’ve been noticing it has been improving over the years, so I stopped in a couple of weeks ago to talk to the owner. He has owned the place for six years. It has been open for 54 years (so it opened in 1958), and he has some old photos he will be sharing soon. I stopped in last night, and he wasn’t there, but I took some photos, because he has a new sign:

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And the ice cream cone that blew down some time in 2012 (I think) on the stand is back up:
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Once I see the old photos, I’ll post them here. If I remember correctly, the stand was white when I was a kid, but it’s been a while, so I could be wrong!

Lake Ontario at Oswego

Finally! We got some swimming in on July 3rd at Jamesville, and on July 4th at Lake Ontario. It rained, then the lake was foggy, then it cleared and became hot and humid. In between the fog and humid part, there was a sailboat race:
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It sure was a beautiful day for it!

Tales From the Crypt. . .

This isn’t really about a crypt, but I like the title, so I’m sticking with it.

OHA had its annual Ghostwalk at Oakwood Cemetery, and this year included a trip into the Oakwood Cemetery Chapel, as a surprise to our guests!  Everyone always asks “can we go inside the chapel?”  And this year they did.  Well, I did, too, before the Ghostwalk started, and without any lights on – in complete darkness in the vault in the back, I snapped flash photos –  not knowing what I was pointing at.  The inside of the chapel wasn’t much better, but at least it had a couple of windows so I didn’t go falling into the holes in the floor.  This chapel was designed by architect J. Lyman Silsbee.

Here is the inside of the chapel, looking from where a priest would stand to the doors leading to the outside:
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Going up the wall toward the ceiling – mind these were taken in darkness, so they are not all lined up beautifully like I like:
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Here’s one side of the chapel:
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And the other side:
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And towards the front of the chapel – don’t mind the nervous actor in the photo:
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And the front of the chapel towards the ceiling. Yo, I need to clean that camera’s lens!
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More details. I love Silsbee. Did you know Frank Lloyd Wright worked for Silsbee?
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This place needs some serious TLC!
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Floor details at the front between the chapel and the vault (keeping in mind I could not see anything while snapping photos!):
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Cool door, I hope there was more of a door than this between the chapel and the vault. Ack!
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Light fixture between chapel and vault:
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And the vault:
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Hallway leading out of the vault – to the light of day!
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And now I know what the inside looks like – and so do you. Here’s a stone on the outside of the building:
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I love Silsbee’s details:
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I’ll leave you with the beautiful garden planted in front of the chapel:
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Sonnenberg Gardens

Instead of being sad about not having my Dad on Father’s Day or any day anymore, my Mom and I went to Sonnenberg Gardens to enjoy the day.  It started out rainy, and we thought it was supposed to clear.  Well, it didn’t, but we enjoyed ourselves anyway!

The Kousa Dogwood is amazingly beautiful this year:
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No sun for this turtle, but he is patiently waiting for it:
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This structure in the background has been renovated, and it’s gorgeous!
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Here’s a close-up of the columns:
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And now it is raining hard, so no going into the rose garden, photo from a distance:
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We headed inside the beautiful mansion, and went on the second story porch that overlooks the Italian Garden:
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This structure has been put back up:
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View from another porch:
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This is the first time that we’re able to walk into this bedroom, which I love!
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View looking down into the music room:
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There were beautiful dresses all around the house:
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All in all, a beautiful day!

Lamberton Conservatory

We went to Lamberton Conservatory on March 4th as part of our getting through winter routine (seeing flowers and green plants every month or so), and this is some of what we saw:

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The turtles were moving this time!
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The quail again!
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Makes me want to be in Arizona now!
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Mmm, an orange!
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Purple Shamrock – how cool!
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I can’t wait to go next month!

George Eastman House – ‘The Dutch Connection’ and ‘Ag H2O’

On Tuesday we went to the George Eastman House to see The Dutch Connection and Ag H2O. The Dutch Connection had just opened, so the flowers were wonderful.

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Seriously, if you point your camera in any direction and shoot, you can’t get a bad photo.

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The smell of the flowers – I wish I could share it with you, as I’m sharing their beauty. It was wonderful!

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These flowers are just amazingly beautiful!

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I just love the flowers in the various places:
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And I love the orchids all over:
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What’s not to love about flowers this time of year, and what’s not to love about the George Eastman House!
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It is so gorgeous! And the Ag H2O exhibition was very interesting. Check it out for yourself!

Ad Art on Buildings

Over the past year, I have been taking photos of what I call Ad Art on buildings. You’ve seen it all over the place, but maybe haven’t thought much about it. Well, we’re going to make a poster of some of the more prominent ad art, old and new.  There are so many cool ones, such as this one from the old Addis store:

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These remnants of painted ladies are beneath the ad, near street level:

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Higher up and at 3rd story window level, you see this:

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There are faded out ones you can’t make out anymore:
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And there are ones that have been repainted (love them!!)
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But the one that has people buzzing these days (can it be preserved? can it be registered so it can be preserved?) is this one I just took a photo of last night:
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Check out the Ad Art on buildings around where you live. You’ll be surprised at how much there is, old and new!

Lamberton Conservatory on New Year’s Day

On New Year’s Day my Mom and I went to Lamberton Conservatory in Highland Park in Rochester, NY.  It was bitterly cold outside, so it was great to be able to go inside and smell the humidity and see the plants.

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There were several quail babies!

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And turtles

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It’s so nice to see the colorful plants and flowers during this time of year.

Triple Dipping?

Start Rant. I don’t understand why young people think old people need to retire in order for them to get a job. And they think they can fill the old person’s shoes, too. There was a comment made about old people “triple dipping.” Triple dipping, according to this person’s definition is a person on social security, a person who has a pension, and and person who is also working. I’m glad my widowed Mother is triple dipping, otherwise she may not be able to be independent. I’m glad she is able to work, and that she wants to work. I hope she can work until she leaves this place. I hope I can work until I leave this place. I think we both have quite a bit to offer. I think many older people have quite a bit to offer.

On the other hand, I think young people have quite a bit to offer, too, and you just need to figure out how to do so without whining about older people. They’re *not* taking your jobs. End Rant.

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