Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Top 10 Unsuspected Surprises on a Trip South in February 2014

1. A late afternoon start on a journey with no particular set destination the first night, just heading south with an eventual landing in Georgia . Who knew we were headed into what southerners termed "Iceagadden". About an hour into our adventure, one of our first pleasant surprises was the Nice Bridge, they even offered an escort. I'm guessing that is for wide load trucks but I didn't call to ask. I just found it to be an interesting sign. So all these years later, I googled it. This is a service for anxious drivers and in 2013 they were charging $25 to drive your car across. I am not sure of the current fee and if this service is still offered. During inclement conditions and uncomfortable times, I can see this being a "Nice" service.

Late in the afternoon, the sky looked a little menacing, but I thought it offered a stunning sunset.  We were headed south past the clouds so no worries.

2. We arrived in Fredricksburg, Virginia to do a little touring around the city the next day, specifically the civil war area. We ended up staying for the night in Spotsylvania. One reason we ended up in the Fredricksburg area is it was a halfway meeting point with our daughter a few weeks back for dinner. We found a great Italian restaurant, Renato.  It was a random pick driving through the town. It was a great meal and we thought Fredericksburg looked like a place to do a little more exploring, once we had the time. Upon our arrival on this trip and while we were having pizza at the best pizza shop in Spotsylvania, (so said the sign on the wall) my daughter called and said, I hope you cancelled your plans, because we are getting a bad storm tomorrow with 12 inches of snow. In North Carolina?  We were sure she was confused. We told her we were already underway on our journey and things looked clear here, but we would take precautions.  We went shopping for a shovel and additional provisions, chocolate, just in case. Odd little personalized shovels were found at the Autozone auto store and then we ventured into Walmart.  They had plenty of shovels and the customer service at both stops were extremely friendly with southern hospitality.

3. The next day seemed maneuverable but cold. It was 9 degrees when we started out our day. We managed to see quite a few landmarks on the list we had compiled the night before and some additional ones after visiting the local visitor's center in downtown Fredericksburg. There were not many people out and about at 9 degrees and I am sure the people at the visitor's center were whispering about us being out in this weather.  Yet they were also very friendly, helpful and knowledgeable. Only one of the suggested locations was closed and the staff at all the others were most accommodating. The exhibit at the Fredericksburg Museum was changing over so we could not see the one upstairs but the one downstairs I will share in a future blog.  There were lots of civil war things. This one is strictly about the weather.

4. We went out of our way to see Washington's birthplace and that set us back a few hours but very worth the trip. It is closer to the coast, frozen in but beautiful, I recommend it, if you are traveling in this area, go there first and then head into the Fredericksburg area. Ferry Farm the boyhood home was closed (due to weather) as was Kenmore (renovations), home of George Washington's sister and (at the time before he lost all his money to the war effort), her rich husband.  Our daughter checked on us again, through the convenience of cell phone and sent another weather warning. We were shooting for Raleigh, North Carolina that evening. By the time we ventured back to Interstate 95, the snow was starting to fall, just lightly at first. I am an enthusiastic traveler and was sure we would make our destination but I was not driving.  Thank goodness the person who was driving Miss Crazy had enough sense to say we better stop for the night around 8 p.m. At our first stop in Virginia, all the hotels were booked.  It seemed to be a most common, packing it in for the night location. One of the hotels phoned ahead for us at the next stop 40 minutes down the road and made reservations, they had vacancies. We arrived there tired and hungry with limited choices and the roads were starting to get bad with hardly anyone left on them. I had two text messages from friends in Pennsylvania telling us how bad the roads were.  We knew, and then there was the constant checking on us from the daughter.  The role reversal was interesting.  I hope she remembers the experience and understands me more now.

5. Our stop over was also the choice of a lot of truckers and we watched them pull in all through the night as we kept the curtains open to watch the snow pile up.  We had a beautiful  room with a view but it was just a little too cold to enjoy the other accommodations, like the outdoor pool. It would be the perfect resort for those polar bear plungers. The next morning, we became more familiar with our surroundings.  Down at the breakfast bar every one was gathered around the television set watching what had happened the day before in Georgia with motorist being stranded for hours and kids stuck on school buses.  It was a mess. Besides the pool there was not much else to do at this location we had selected, so we decided to move on down the road. Raleigh again was a planned destination to meet our daughter. We were on the road by 9 a.m.. One lane was open on Interstate 95.

6. The roads were not great but they were passable, the main roads anyway.  The exit ramps looked a little hairy but staying on the main road we were safe but warning signs were all around. Our daughter's seminar was cancelled so we kept to I95 and we made it to South of the Border!!!! I have not been this far south by car since 1976 when I took a solo trip and I wanted to stop at South of the Border then, and I never did.  I can now take that off my bucket list.  If you ever passed all the signs and wondered what it is all about...I have pictures. No one was around but I bet it is bustling in season or at least on days without ice or snow.  There is a lot going on there and it seems like Pedro is in charge, he's a BIG guy.


SOB South of the Border is its own little city. Tours over.

I included a lot of these pictures because I myself have always been curious about the place.

7. We saw a lot of evidence along the way to support that we were traveling through unusual and dangerous weather conditions.

8. Approaching Charleston, South Carolina and heading east towards the beach you wouldn't think ice covering the fir trees would look so glistening and out of place but this was out greeting. We also had an unplanned escort across the bridge into the seashore resort of Isle of the Palms. I am not sure what this truck was putting down on the bridge but many locations in the south use sand where we would salt the roads and sidewalks, I swear they were using table salt on the slippy icy steps to one restaurant.

9. Closures were abundant.

10. Fashion statement would be layers on a fancy plantation porch in South Carolina. Magnolia Plantation was the only open to public location available to tour that day.

A discovery, while trying to catch your breath with a scarf wrapped around your mouth will result in foggy glasses. It has been 5 years now but I still remember that cold and understand why snowbirds head south but as all trips conclude, it is not so much about the destination but the details in the journey there.

Another day, I saw these very same weather conditions on the news in 2018. I could easily relate and put myself in those locations. Winter can be wicked but this too shall pass. You just need to weather the storm. It sounds so simple but when you are in the middle of one, it can get very foggy.

When we finally made it to Savannah, Georgia, it was 70 degrees. ๐ŸŒˆ๐ŸŒž. It is true, you never know what kind of weather we will get in February and then there is the Ides of March. ๐Ÿ˜ณ

February 2014, it seems like yesterday.

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Crawl,History,Recovery,Motown,Prison Reform,Girls Who Code,Movie,Service Animals,Library Events

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Feb. 19 “Art and Politics: The Case of Corrado Cagli”  The role of art in politics presentation with Penn Sate Laureate John Champagne, a professor of English at Penn State Brandywine Campus, 25 Yearsley Mill Road in Middletown 12:15 p.m. in Room 101 in the Main Building. This event is free and open to the public.

February 19th, 6-9PM 
Art in the Age | 116 N. 3rd Street

In honor of Art in the Age's newest spirit, AITA Cherry Bounce (inspired by Martha Washington’s recipe), they’re taking a walk down 3rd Street to visit our friends at the Museum of the American Revolution and us at the Powel House. Join us to learn more about Washington and life in Philadelphia during the revolution, with drinks at Art in the Age before and after from a special President's Day cocktail menu.

Event is free to attend!
Cocktails are pay as you go.
*Must be 21 to attend. 

Feb. 19 History After Hours at the Museum of the American Revolution "Liberty for All? 6:30 p.m. with Terry Buckalew from Bethel Burying Ground Project , archivist Margaret Jericho from Mother Bethel AME Church and the African American Genealogy Group.

Wednesdays Recovery International holds weekly meetings at 7 p.m. at Holly Myrrh-Bearerd Church, 900 Fairview Road in Swarthmore. Meetings for men and women of all ages to ease the suffering from mental health issues by gaining skills to led more peaceful and productive lives. More information: 484.645.4700 or visit

Feb. 20 The History of Motown at Marple Public Library with Jon Turk 7 p.m. 

Feb. 20 Newtown Square Historical Society presents Arch Hunter speaking about "Mad" Anthony Wayne 7 p.m. at the Newtown Square Township Building, 209 Bishop Hollow rd. in Newtown Square at  7 p.m.cancelled due to weather, hoping to re-schedule to next Wednesday. Check the website link.

Feb. 20 Wallingford Presbyterian Church will host speaker Bobby Harris with first hand experience on prison reform. The discussion is hosted by the church's Peacemaking and Social Justice Committee. The evening will begin with a light supper at 6:30 p.m. followed by a discussion 7:30 - 8:30 p.m. at the church located at 110 East Brookhaven Road in Wallingford.

Feb. 21 Black HistoryMonth - Sports Legends of Delaware County at J. Crozer Library, Jim Vankoski, Harry Chaykun, and Rich Pagano from the Sports Legends of Delaware County Museum present on prominent African-American athletes from Chester and other surrounding Delaware County towns! Some athletes that will be mentioned are: Fredia Gibbs, Leroy & Dawn Burrell, Tyreke Evans, and many more! The first 25 registered attendees will receive a FREE poster for the first 25 registered attendees! FREE refreshments will be provided.  3:30 – 5:30 p.m.

Feb. 22 History of Service Animals under ADARegulations with Judy Reese, PhD and Shakespeare her service dog 2 p.m. at Middletown Free Library. 2 p.m. I sat next Shakespeare in a meeting once, he has a very calming presence.
Feb. 22 Gala evening celebrating the Academy Awards at the Ridley Township Library hosted by historian and author Irv Slifkin 6:30 p.m. 

Feb. 22 Friday Night Live at The Community Art Center in Wallingford featuring Acoustic Dead 7 - 10 p.m. Tickets $15, Members $10. 

Sign Ups Open for High School Students Interesting in Filmmaking Classes. Contact and Sign Up information: Media Arts Council. For more information or to inquire about scholarship opportunities contact the Media Arts Council 484.445.4161 or
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Monday, February 18, 2019

Presidents Day Trivia Part 1

Everyone has their favorite President, for all the right reasons. Here are some points to ponder. 

Martin Van Buren was given two tiger cubs when he was President.

Theodore Roosevelt had a pet bear when he was in office.

Gerald Ford was the only vice president and president never to be elected into office.

Woodrow Wilson passed Georgia Bar Exam despite not finishing law school he also held a PhD. 

President Polk declared war on Mexico in a dispute over Texas in 1846. read more about it at

Vice President Nixon's car was attached by an angry crowd and nearly overturned in Caracas, Venezuela in 1958. reference

The first presidential debate between presidential candidates Kennedy and Nixon went in Kennedy's favor due to Kennedy's ease and Nixon's nervousness. Also Nixon refused to wear makeup. Televised political debates did not return again until 1976. reference

In 1919 President Wilson toured the us to promote americam membership in league of nations that he hoped would help to solve international problems and prevent another bloody war that had just ended. the tour took an enormous toll on his health. We have often noticed the before and after look on the person who takes on such a tremendous responsibilty as President of the United States.

Abraham Lincoln was a reknown wrestler He even made it into the Wrestling Hall of Fame.

John Tyler had more children than any other president - 15! Two of his grndsons are still alive (check this)

Friday, February 15, 2019

No Valentine? Ways to Love Yourself

This list is being shared from The Law of website blog, How To Love Yourself: 15 Self Love Tips. When I first read it, I thought yeah, I know that, we all know that BUT sometimes we need reminders, no matter what your age is. It is a great list constructed by Katherine Hurst.

1. Have Fun By Yourself

2. Travel Once A Year

3. Forgive Yourself For Your Mistakes

4. Surprise Yourself

5. Start a journal

6. Give Yourself A Break

7. Learn How To Love Yourself By Saying No To Others

8. Make A List of Your Accomplishments

9. Make a Vision Board

10. Pursue New Interests

11. How To Love Yourself By Challenging Yourself

12. Give Yourself a Break (bears repeating

13. Give Yourself Credit Where Credit is Due

14. Work on Your Self Trust

15. Take Care of Yourself

As I stated in the beginning, this is not my list, but I could not have said it better myself. See THELAWOFATTRACTION.COM website for an expanded explanation on each or use the list as a guide and an interpretation that works for you. Love Yourself๐Ÿ’

Thursday, February 14, 2019

Upcoming and Weekend Events Feb. 15 - 17

Feb. 15 Senior Community Services ' Chester Senior Center  and Aetna Health will host the sounds of Luther Vandross performed by LaShaun Johnson and Band 6 - 10 p.m. at 721 Hayes Street in Chester. Tickets $30 includes show, dinner and cocktails. Additional information call 610.497.3550.

Feb. 16 Share the Love Festival at the Community Cup Coffee House located at the Tree of Life Church 933 Baltimore Pike in Springfield 12:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. with various musical groups performing. Cost is Pay What You Can, All donors that pay $15 or more will receive a T-Shirt. Food and drink available throughout the day.

Feb. 16 Marple Public Libray will host an informative talk with Judy Reese Ph.D on the Americans with Disabilities Act and Service Dogs 1 p.m.

Feb. 16 Middletown Township Historical Society special exhibit Scouting in Middletown 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. at the former Roosevelt School, 464 S. Old Middletown Road in Media.  Long-time Lima Troop 1 member and Lima Troop 404 Leader John "Mac" MacFarland with be there and local Girl Scout troops will be selling cookies.

Feb. 16 - 18 Presidents Day Weekend at the Museum of the American Revolution. 

Feg. 17 Breakfast with George Washington at the Museum of the American Revolution.  10 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. Tickets $50 Adults and $20 for children includes museum fee.

Feb. 17 Retreat to help people affected by job loss with career strategist Rod Colon and laughologist Theresa Hummrl-Krallinger at the 7th Annual Joesph's People Retreat 2 - 6:30 p.m. at the McShain Conference Center at the the Malvern Retreat House, 315 S. Warren Ave. in Malvern. 

Feb. 17 Widener University will hold the first of three recitals to kick off the Widener University 2019 Recital Series. The first performance is by cellist Patrick Jee of the New York Philharmonic. All three performances are free and open to the public. They will take place on Widener’s main campus in Kapelski Recital Hall, an amphitheater designed for superb acoustics and intimate, engaging and personal concert experiences. The hall is located on the corner of East 14th and Walnut streets in Chester, Pennsylvania. Jee, an established musician from New York, has experience from multiple worldwide music groups, including the Philharmonic Orchestra, since 2013. His extensive concert experience includes performances in the United States, Europe and Asia, in venues like Carnegie Hall in New York, London’s Wigmore Hall and Salle Gaveau in Paris. Jee has won top awards at various worldwide music competitions including the Grand Prize of the Carlos Prieto International Cello Competition. RSVP: If you would like more information or wish to RSVP to the February 17th concert featuring Patrick Jee, please contact Michaela Tauscher at and make the subject line "RSVP for Recital." Please also include the number of guests that you plan to bring.

Widener University’s 2019 Recital Series has for three seasons brought world-renowned musical performers to Widener. Following Jee, this season will feature performances by John Vanore and Abstract Truth on Sunday, March 17, and Bill Mays Trio on Sunday, April 14. All performances are at 3 p.m. in Kapelski Recital Hall.


Feb. 20 The GWFC, Women's Club of Media will host guest speaker Mary Curcio, a facilitator for Livestrong program, a 12 week no-cost, physical activity and well being program for adult cancer survivors program held at the Rocky Run Y in Media. The meeting will be held at 12:30 p.m. at Media Borough's Community Center located at 301 Jackson St. in Media. The cost of the luncheon is $20. Make reservation by Feb. 17 at 610.566.1093. Lunch will be provided by Margaret Kuo.

Feb. 18 FUSE - Understanding the Real Impact of Trauma on Our Communities at Wallingford Presbyterian Church 110 E. Brookhaven Rd. in Wallingford 6 - 8:30 p.m. 

Media Recreation Board is sell discount Philadelphia Flower Show tickets for $20. Tickets are limited. Call 610.566.5210 x 255.

Mar. 2 Media Family Dance Party at Media Borough Hall 5 - 8 p.m.

Media Youth Center 75th Anniversary Dinner 6 - 10 p.m. at King's Mill in Aston Tickets $55. Ticket information.

Mar. 2 Pancake Breakfast hosted by Boy Scout Troop 260 of Concordville 7 a.m. - noon at Elam United Methodist Church, 1063 Smithbridge Road in Glen Mills. Adults $7 Seniors and children $ 5. All You Can Eat Pancakes with a variety of toppings, sausage, coffee, hot chocolate and juice.