Saturday, October 27, 2001

Goblins, ghosts , and gremlins

Methinks some goblins stole me comments. My comments disappeared. "Again." (sigh) Hopefully, the replacement of re-blogger with Snorland has rid my site of those comment swipping little gremlins once and for all.

Give the new comments section a try....let me know how you like it!

Special thanks to the Good Witch, Kd , for her much appreciated time and effort with this change.

Leaf Peepers be gone!

The motoring trip we just finished is one that is well thought out. Timewise, we plan this trip so it occurs after the peaking of the fall foliage. I don't think I would want to be in New England during "Leaf Peepers" season. Hordes of unruly crowds driving rather large SUV's hogging the roads, peepers cause many a commotion in the gift shops which feature "real" maple syrup in cutsie containers shaped like maple leaves, and peepers clogging the antique stores. The latter, of course, being the most important to mois.

Keeping in mind that the season to "peep" at the leaves is officially declared over for 2001... check out this image: (Taken on historic route 7A in Vermont at about 3:00 p.m. )

This brilliant burst of color is part of the reason I don't think I'll ever live in a non-seasonal climate year round. Another is the "smell" of the season! That's something you've got to experience for yourself.

The MR. was not pleased with the gas prices in New England. The last time we got gas in good old Pennsylvania we paid $1.06/gal. The pumps up north averaged $1.40/gal. Perhaps, no one told them the peeping season had come to an end?

Friday, October 26, 2001

It's good to be home!

Well, here we are back in good old Shickshinny. We were in several states and cities this past week. Certain cities have a kind of magic, an elusive, indefinable something that sets them apart. The city that held the magic for me this trip was Saratoga Springs, New York.

We arrived in the early evening hours and one of the best parts about Saratoga Springs was the fact that this town, unlike others, didn't "pull up the sidewalks" after 5 P.M. So, we quickly checked into the Holiday Inn du jour and went on a walking tour. Here's a pic of a wonderful church steeple with the late October evening sky as a backdrop.

Bethesda Episcopal Church, Saratoga Springs, N.Y.

We continued strolling down the main street admiring the architecture of all the buildings, peering in shop windows, and reading the menus posted outside the restaurants. We stopped in several local shops including a wonderful art supply store. Bobthecorgiwill be overjoyed to hear that I picked up some "official grave rubbing" medium here! Also, got a good look at some good quality paper that we'll have to purchase for further cemetary jaunts.

Speaking of Bob, I just finished reading the update on the Corgi/Cheek Family Turkey Day Dinner. Carbohydrate overload! And, I'm loving every delightful dessert she's got planned. I think she forgot to mention that the MOTHERS will be adding to this list of "sweet treats". Homemade pumpkin pies by the Corgi Mom and traditional nut and poppy seed bread rolls by the Cheeky Mum.

Please, please, please if you're in the neighborhood or even near the vicinity this Thanksgiving...............................

"Do drop by.........we'll be glad to see you!"

Monday, October 22, 2001

Witches, Leaf Peepers, and Missions

The Mr. and I are off on our annual fall junquing trip to New England. Last year we made it to Salem, Massacusetts What a fabulous place to be the week before Halloween! Witches, ghosts, and goblins! The bikers come to Salem on October 31st and ride through town in costumes.

We schedule our trip during this particular week cause it's "Picker's Week" . P.W. falls the week after the Leaf Peepers are gone.Leaf Peepers clog the major/minor arteries and the hotels in New England during the peak of fall foliage. The L.P. are followed by the Pickers.Most of the antique and vintage shops close for the season the week after our jaunt to New England. Pickers are there in hopes of finding antique/vintage bargains.

I've got several missions this trip. One is to find the oldest copy of the Irma Rombauer "Joy of Cooking" cookbook for Bobthecorgi. The 1931 edition in fairly good conditon is valued at $500. She may not be getting that one.

There will be stops at super old graveyards. I've got the rubbing supplies packed already.

I'm looking for something novel to use as place markers on Turkey Day. Eye of newt? Lizzard tongue? Maybe I'll wait till I get to Vermont. Don't want to ruin anyone's appetite, now do I?


Sunday, October 21, 2001

Graves, Friends, and a New Hobby

and Osama Bin Laden

At 8:30 a.m. e.s.t. this morning, I motored to the Bobthecorgi's homestead here in N.E. Penna. My sweet little Rav4 held the supplies needed for today's TCOTSA adventure. A large newspaper print tablet, artist's charcoal, fixative, garbage bags, and clean-up supplies.

Off we went-------------- driving due west to our destination: the Russian cemetary.The results of our labors can be seen here Under The Same Moon

For those of you who haven't visited The Same Moon ------ we've got a surprise for you! The Moon is a collaboration of theothercheek and bobthecorgi. The dynamic duo of TCOTSA (twocheeksofthesameass) strike out on a new and exciting blog!

After I dropped Aunt Bob at the homestead, I got a cappucino at the famous StopNRob. That's where I spotted this:

Whoever said it certainly had it right: "A picture is worth ten thousand words."