Friday, August 31, 2007


To the Yankees again!?!?! :(

Thursday, August 30, 2007

First day of school 2007

This is what it looks like for an almost 17 yo starting his Junior year!
I will narrate!
Matt putting on his shoes!
(OH, come on Mom, this is ridiculous!)
Smile for me, honey!
(You are not gonna take pictures, are you?)

Have a great day at school!
(Ah, going now, don't follow me!!!)

I love you!

(Stop following me! Go inside you are embarrassing me!)

Ok, I love you, have a great 1st day!

(Aren't you gonna be late for work, you should go before you are late!!!)

And he is off.

My job is done! I think that went well!

Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Red Sox lose 5-3 to the stinky Yankees! :(

Are you a collector?

As I eluded to in a recent post I have a collection of shot glasses. I don't really know how it started, but family and friends will bring me a shot glass from where ever it is that they go. My MIL brought me home one from Dublin. They are in a box now, awaiting the completion of the downstairs family room that will house a bar. But it got me thinking. Aside from that, do I collect anything. Not stamps or coins or anything along those lines. But I do have a collection of Pfaltzgraff. Yorktowne pattern to be exact. It started when I noticed that since my family had grown I did not have enough of one pattern dish to set a table for more than 8 people and I could not get more of the dishes I had since sadly the stores that carried my pattern had gone out of business (thanks to Wally World!). That may not sound like a lot, but my family has grown with spouses and children and I can easily need to set a table for 16 with just my family (parents and siblings and their families). So I decided to get a new set of dishes. I didn't know what I wanted but I knew it would have to fit easily into my country kitchen. I went looking and decided on the Pfaltzgraff Yorktowne. I ordered a couple sets from Amazon on a special deal for cardholders (essentially I got 2 sets of 4 piece place settings for $5 each with free shipping). Then some thrift shops and yard sales, plus I live 1/2 hour away from the Pfaltzgraff Outlet. Pretty soon my collection had grown to a respectible level. I have enough plates, cups and saucers to set a table for 35. I will find a piece here and there at yard sales or thrift shops. And I have gotten some pieces as gifts from other collectors. This is a useful collection- we use the pieces, it just doesn't sit around and collect dust. And I really do love the pattern and I think it fits in well in my country kitchen. I don't know why I didn't do this before...except that maybe I was happy with the dishes I had.

Here is a small sampling of what I have!

Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Smell that???

Smells like Fall.....I love Fall. It truly is my favorite time of year...although the end of Summer is somewhat sad. I was married in the Fall, my children were born in the Fall, I just love it. It is cool and crisp and has a smell like no other time of year. Not to mention that I can wear my sweaters...the gardens are coming to an end, too. The flowers have all gone by and there is not much left in the vegetable garden, and what is will soon need harvesting. The pool will be closed soon. The water will be just too cold to go in. Time for soups and big warm pots of food, simmering all day and making the house smell so delicious. And apples...sauce, pies, butter, dumplings and apple coffee cake. YUM! All the scents of Fall are coming. School starts soon, too. And this year my "baby" is a Junior in High School. It is so hard to believe that my time with him is so short...soon he will be off at college and he won't need his mommy.
This picture is of a table runner that my mom made me. I love it. She does such a great job quilting and I really do want to learn to quilt. I just need to get my sewing room set up and as soon as the boxes in there are back into the family room we are renovating I will paint it and bring my sewing machine and all my craft stuff up there and then I can sew and craft in peace.

Sunday, August 26, 2007

You Are Totally Like Your Mom

You and your mom are practically clones.

You think alike, and you even seem to read each other's minds.

You're definitely you're mother's child... and that's just fine with you.

Some random shots from Philly

William Penn statue on top of a building as seen from our hotel balcony
Matt as the new $10 bill.
From our hotel balcony at night
And from the day time
Firemans' memorial statue in the 30th Street Station

Thursday, August 23, 2007

It's always sunny in Philadelphia

Who said that anyway??? Well, on Monday it sprinkled but on Tuesday it rained. We had planned to go to the Hard Rock Cafe for lunch and a little bit of rain wasn't gonna stop off we went. We went past a building that had giant game pieces all over the courtyard....

They had Chess, Bingo, Monopoly and Sorry...they were neat. There are such neat sculptures and statues all over Philadelphia!

We came across Love park. It was so neat to see something so familiar, yet, something I had never seen in person...

And just to prove that I was actually on this vacation.... a nice woman volunteered to take our family picture, and in return I took theirs...

Finally, we reached our destination....and Matthew took pictures of every guitar and some drums and other equipment displayed there...and got himself a jacket. I got a shot glass to add to my collection...I have them from the Hard Rock in Honolulu, Boston, Chicago, and Dallas and now....Philadelphia. I collect them and people collect them for me....

He was in his glory...all that Rock and Roll around us....I don't think he even knows what he had to eat!

Day 3 of Va-Ca-Tion!

That is the way Matthew used to say was cute....he was little....

Monday was back to Franklin Institute where we had tickets to see the King Tut pictures from that as they are not allowed...
It was neat...and in the end kind of disappointing since there was no King Tut in the end, just a hologram of his image....bummer...especially since it cost a few $$$ to think you would get more for your money... like a real mummy!
But Matthew has some fun trying on all the masks.... ...and hats.... ...and ended up deciding on this one. He says he is going to wear it to school next week but I don't think he really will!

Then around the institute some more....a skeleton riding a tread mill!

And, of course, Ben!

Still day 2

You know this building....this is Independence Hall... America's birthplace! Also a feature in the movie National Treasure.
This whole park is very important to our history and being there was awesome....

More on our vacation.......

On Sunday we walked the "historic" tour. We visited the home where Thomas Jefferson stayed and wrote the declaration. It was neat. I really enjoy looking at old houses and they way things were hundreds of years ago.
We also saw the Liberty Bell and can I just say this little vent....some people are so damn makes me furious some times...but finally after a family of what seemed like 100 people finished taking pictures of all of them in front, the rest of the 100 or so people waiting were able to take some pictures...we didn't get any of us in front of it, but I really wanted to see the bell and here it is....

This is the old Congress Hall, again very neat...
Then we walked what must have been several miles to the Edgar Allen Poe home, where I did not get any pictures....I was exhausted from the "short walk" the park ranger said it would be.

Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Our first day in Philly....

Saturday after arriving in Philly and unpacking our bags we went across the street to the Franklin Institute. We had gotten a membership before we arrived so we could go as often as we wanted...on the way we passed another fountain.
My guys!
Fresh kid!
The King Tut exhibit is here through September!

The weary travelers are home...

Ok, so when we got to the train station our train was 15 minutes big deal.......but in no time it was 2 hours and 15 minutes late.
Yes, that is right....more than 2 hours late. Luckily they put us on an earlier train...
And Matthew was in his glory in the cafe car with his internet and some snacks....leave it to him to find a way to get online.
Four hours later we made it to our hotel.....whew!!! This is the view from our balcony....there are fountains all over Philadelphia....
We were 23 stories up and it was beautiful the day we got there. And we were so glad to finally be at the hotel and in Philly to start our vacation.

Friday, August 17, 2007

On motherhood...

My daughter took this picture of herself...I think it is beautiful. Even though she altered it, I see her beauty in it. I worry about her. Even though she is 21 years old, I worry about her. Will she find her way, will she be happy? She has made some changes in her life that I am not happy about, but I still love her with all my heart. And worry. I worry a lot about her. I wish I could stop worrying...but I can't. I hope that as she matures she realizes that life is not the way she sees it now. I hope she finds her place in society and is able to stand on her own two feet. I hope she finds a career that makes her happy and able to take care of herself. I hope she finds true love and becomes the center of someone's universe. I hope for her all the things that all mother 's hope for their children...but with her there comes so much worry and concern...I pray for her every day, I pray there are angels watching over her, that God keeps her in his grace and protects her. So even though she has changed into a totally different person than the person in this picture I still see her beauty, and I know it is only a matter of time before my daughter is back to the person I know and love. Until then, I worry...

Thursday, August 16, 2007

Elvis has left the building!

30 Years ago the king died. Some can remember exactly where they were when they heard the news. I don't. I was too young. And I was really more of a Beatles fan. But I did see his movies and of course I heard his music. Still, it was a sad lose for all! Especially for his daughter who he seemed to adore.
Elvis, you are missed!

Wednesday, August 15, 2007


Remember this:

Well this is the new and improved version!!!

Wordless Wednesday!

Monday, August 13, 2007

How bout and old/new before and after?

State Street circa 1930's
State Street today 2007
A lot has changed and yet a lot has remained the same. I love looking at old buildings and my town is full of them. Some so historic they are an art piece all by themselves.

Sunday, August 12, 2007

Where I have been.......

I got this from Tracy over at

Here is a map of the places I have been...not too many I know, but I DON'T fly. I have been to the whole east coast, tho, huh??? That should count for something!!!

Blog Challange Sunday-- Show Us Your Fridge!

OK, so I was tagged by Cathy for Blog Challenge Sunday--Show us your fridge. Now, I will admit that before I took these I did some cleaning and brought my calendar up to date (it was still on July!) but this is essentially my fridge. I keep pictures of my kids, my hubby, my nieces and nephews, my parents: any pictures that I like that I want to see all the time. I have report cards, appointment cards, my shopping list, my magnetic bag clips, my coupons for Joanne's and Pfaltzgraff, and there is a hug wipe-off calendar that I use to keep all the appointments and such straight! Now that I look at it...I need to scale down all those junkie magnets and the papers. It should be neat, a reflection of the rest of my home, not a mess like it looks like!!!