Saturday, December 31, 2016

Weekend Events 2016 - Jan. 1 2017

πŸŽ‚Dec. 31 Betsy's Birthday Bash at the Betsy Ross House 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission $5 adults $4 children seniors students and military 

πŸŽ‚Dec. 31 Birthday Celebration for General George Meade at Laurel Hill Cemetery. The parade begins at noon.

πŸŽ†Dec. 31 Kids Countdown to the New Year at Franklin Square in Philadelphia 3 p.m. - 8 p.m. Free music and crafts and a square will be dropped from Squareburger at 6 p.m. Waterfront fireworks at 6 p.m. can be seen from Franklin Square. Kids dance party until 8 p.m. at the indoor pavilion.

πŸŽ†Dec. 31  New Years Eve Celebration and Fireworks on the Delaware River Waterfront at Independence Seaport Museum 4 -7 p.m.

πŸ™ŒπŸŽ†Dec. 31 New Years Eve Fireworks on the Delaware River Waterfront 6 p.m. and Midnight.

πŸŽ†πŸ™ŒDec. 31 New Year's Eve Community Celebration and Ball Drop in Media, PA starts at 11 p.m. at State and Jackson Streets.

Dec. 31 12:00 HAPPY
Jan. 1 12:01 New Year

Jan. 1 New Year's Day a new year begins.

Jan. 1 Mummers Parade

Jan. 1 Hanukkah ends

Jan. 1 Kwanzaa ends

Jan. 1 Kimmel Center on Commonwealth Plaza open door and warn space along the Mummers route.
 


Jan. 1 Weekends at the Historic Grange Estate Visit the Model Train Display in the Carriage House! Admission is FREE to the expanded Model Train Display. Tour the beautifully decorated Gothic Revival mansion, enjoy Chad's fabulous Santa collection, and visit our delightful Gift Shoppe stocked with handcrafted, unique seasonal gifts. Admission to the Mansion is $5.00 for adults and $1.00 for children and students 610-446-4958.Located at The Historic Grange Estate, 143 Myrtle Avenue, Havertown, PA 19083 http://www.thegrangeestate.org. 

Friday, December 30, 2016

2016 Comes to a close

Some people cross your path and change your whole directions. I love that thought.


This couple at Rothman Rink at City Hall in Philadelphia were learning to balance together.


Capturing a picture perfect day in the City of Brotherly Love.


This is what we look like from the opposite side of the street. Let's switch sides and look again.


In case you missed it....it's snowing.


Look up


and Believe


Miracle do happen on South 13th Street


Happy Christmas, Happy Hanukkah and Happy Kwanzaa


Signs along the way............ Happy New Year

Macy's in Philadelphia Holiday Light Show Grand Finale







Meet you at the eagle, next year.


Thursday, December 29, 2016

What a difference a year can make

Reflecting back 
some have 


graduated

found a new job

lost a job

lost a friend or family member

overcame an illness

struck by a life altering illness or disability

got married

had a baby

divorced

made it through another year
2016


I think it was my brother Michael that brought this to my attention, if you find a dime and a penny in succession it is a message from your angels and your loved ones in spirit, letting you know you are valued and loved.  I am not keeping count but I do save the reminders each year. The glass container on the left is my 2016 reminder. Any blessing regardless of how small should not go overlooked. It is okay to count your blessings, in fact it is recommended.

Look for those dimes and pen🌠🌠ies.

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Examples of Fuzzy Math

Mileage may vary.

Buy two get one free or buy one get one. Must be a golden ratio.

I always scratch my head at the toilet paper aisle, 6 rolls double ply is like 24 rolls single ply. It just never adds up to me. Just give me one that works. It must be distributive property. Have you seen the ones that say 6 = 8.  How can you explain this simple math to your kids in real life terms? Don't use toilet paper as an example.

Insurance statements: Hypothetical- x-ray XXX (Provider's Charge) X (Non-billable, the difference between the provider's charge and our allowance) XX Plan allowance (covered charges) X (your deductible-the allowance for this service has been applied to the dollar deductible amount required under the patient's coverage) and then there is amount "Out of pocket" limit that if you are lucky and not really sick you never meet. To keep this amount low you have to take a chance and pay higher premiums. Inductive reasoning ?

Forever stamps were to be 49 cents forever for a first class letter, they decrease to 47 cents.  When has there been a decrease in government spending?  That has not happen in like forever.

Buy more to pay less, example shampoo. I do not need a gallon of shampoo, we are both getting older now and some of the hair is falling out. Would this be a paradox?

Heath care premiums, now that's a colorful calculation. Start with pick a color any color gold, silver, bronze,now take it down a level and pick how much you are willing to wager, then deduct how much you want to pay to say healthy. Probability theory.

Compare the unit price to see if you are really getting a deal. How do they come up with that complex dynamic?

MSRP and then add taxes, tags, warranty, insurance, gas. How much is a horse?

Cable bills with a one to two year deal after that you are paying "Premium Price" for 500 channels you never even watch!!

Our way of saying thank you!




Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Did You Know?

Reynolds Wrap has lock in tabs to hold the roll in place.
 
The color on the bread tab indicates how fresh the bread is 

You can divide and store ground meat in a zip loc bag. Just break off how much you need and keep the rest in the freezer for later. So much easier than dividing and individually wrapping each pound or half pound.

If you place a wooden spoon over a pot of boiling water, it won't boil over.
Tried it, it works!  If it doesn't work, read why at food-hacks.

Stuffing a dryer sheet in your back pocket will repel mosquitoes
Sounds so simple. I have not tried yet.

Marshmallows can cure a sore throat. Perfect for kids who don't like medicine. Also acknowleged at lifehacker.com foxnews.com oct 2012 and wikipedia. Parade magazine referenced Infectious Diseases Society of America in saying 70 percent is the proportion of sore throat patients who receive antibiotics, though only 20 percent have bacteria-caused strep throat. New guidelines advise doctors test to confirm strep before they prescribe antibiotics.

You can freeze cupcake batter for later use. 
canyoufreezethis.com

You can run a paper bag through a printer to create your own gift bag
Mind you, I said you can, I don't have that much luck with modern technology.

If you break your blender jar you can use a mason jar.
I am a little weary of this one too.

Medicine cabinets are NOT the safest place for medicine.
Why? I'm guessing moisture.


 

Monday, December 26, 2016

Dec 26 2016 on to Jan 1 2017


Dec. 26- 31 Patriot's Week  in Trenton follow link to schedule of events.


Dec. 26 Kwanzaa begins

🏠Dec. 26 Weekends at the Historic Grange Estate Visit the Model Train Display in the Carriage House! Admission is FREE to the expanded Model Train Display. Tour the beautifully decorated Gothic Revival mansion, enjoy Chad's fabulous Santa collection, and visit our delightful Gift Shoppe stocked with handcrafted, unique seasonal gifts. Admission to the Mansion is $5.00 for adults and $1.00 for children and students 610-446-4958.Located at The Historic Grange Estate, 143 Myrtle Avenue, Havertown, PA 19083 http://www.thegrangeestate.org.

πŸ πŸ•―Dec. 27 and 28 Twilight Tour of the Eleutherian Mills House at Hagley 4:30 p.m.to 7 p.m.

🏠Dec. 30 Weekends at the Historic Grange Estate Visit the Model Train Display in the Carriage House! Admission is FREE to the expanded Model Train Display. Tour the beautifully decorated Gothic Revival mansion, enjoy Chad's fabulous Santa collection, and visit our delightful Gift Shoppe stocked with handcrafted, unique seasonal gifts. Admission to the Mansion is $5.00 for adults and $1.00 for children and students 610-446-4958.Located at The Historic Grange Estate, 143 Myrtle Avenue, Havertown, PA 19083 http://www.thegrangeestate.org.

πŸŽ‚Dec. 31 Betsy's Birthday Bash at the Betsy Ross House 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission $5 adults $4 children seniors students and military 

πŸŽ‚Dec. 31 Birthday Celebration for General George Meade at Laurel Hill Cemetery. The parade begins at noon.

πŸ™ŒπŸŽ†Dec. 31 New Years Eve Fireworks on the Delaware River Waterfront 6 p.m. and Midnight.

πŸŽ†πŸ™ŒDec. 31 New Year's Eve Community Celebration and Ball Drop in Media

Jan. 1 New Year's Day

Jan. 1 Mummers Parade

Jan. 1 Hanukkah ends

Jan. 1 Kwanzaa ends

Jan. 1 Kimmel Center on Commonwealth Plaza open door and warn space along the Mummers route.
 


Jan.  1Weekends at the Historic Grange Estate Visit the Model Train Display in the Carriage House! Admission is FREE to the expanded Model Train Display. Tour the beautifully decorated Gothic Revival mansion, enjoy Chad's fabulous Santa collection, and visit our delightful Gift Shoppe stocked with handcrafted, unique seasonal gifts. Admission to the Mansion is $5.00 for adults and $1.00 for children and students 610-446-4958.Located at The Historic Grange Estate, 143 Myrtle Avenue, Havertown, PA 19083 http://www.thegrangeestate.org. 

Friday, December 23, 2016

How Washington and Troops prepared for the Christmas Crossing of the Delaware

It is not often you can go back in time and really experience history. Not all profound moments make it into the history books.

 http://delcotopten.blogspot.com/2011/12/top-10-people-you-meet-on-street-george.html



In 2011, I met and wrote about meeting General George Washington on the street in New Hope, PA, not far from Washington Crossing. He recommended we attend the reenactment of the Crossing of the Delaware.  I finally made it this year, five years later and it happened to be the one I was suppose to witness.


What I saw:

These are the times that try men's souls. The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will in this crisis, shrink from the service of their country; but he that stands by it now, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman. Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered......Thomas Paine Dec. 1776.




General George Washington had these words of Thomas Paine read to his troops before the Crossing of the Delaware on December 25, 1776, to inspire his troops.



Signatures that forged our freedom.




Women, typically did not travel with the troops, with the exception of Martha Washington, although she was not present for the Crossing of the Delaware in 1776. Local women were depended on to help feed and cloth the soldiers. Women also served as lookouts and spies, cooking up their contribution to the new country.





A little drum roll stirs the hearts and inspires all of us to follow along freedom's trail.  Every one taps along to the overture and the hope of a more promising future. Music raises our spirits as well as the Spirit of  '76.



  I am sure the attempt was there, but it must have been literally impossible to crank out enough warm socks, gloves and scarfs for the over 2,400 troops involved in the crossing and the taking of Trenton.



Uniforms were a whole different story, I came to find out when I tried to identify who the big brass were. Major-Generals were to wear purple ribbon across their breasts; Brigadier-Generals were to wear pink ribbons; Aides were to wear green ribbons.  Washington, as Commander-in-Chief, wore a light blue ribbon. Information obtained from http://www.srcalifornia.com/uniforms/s11.htm.
There is only one Commander-in-Chief, see if you can find him in this picture. He appeared to look different than the George Washington, I had encountered five years ago, however this one has the same stern face and serious intent.



Most of the other uniforms were a combination from the different brigades from the different colonies. I learned to identify troops from PA, NJ and DE that day, only because we asked. The gentleman standing to the left of the flag in the black ski cap was taking his first journey across the river as an reenactor. He was with the New Jersey troops and we had spoken to him earlier asking about the uniforms.





I was surprised and confused to see the flags lowered and touching the ground. It is part of the U.S. flag code now that no part of the flag should touch the ground when lowered. These flags were lowered for the passing of the Commander-in-Chief.



Look for the red hats scattered throughout the crowd, these patriots will play a key role on Christmas.  They are the rowers that took the troops across the Delaware. Two rowers per oar, with a total of four oars, two per side, The majority of these original oarsmen came from Marblehead, MA and the rest consisted of local boaters.


The Advanced Guard were the first to cross.



Washington's Lifeguard patrolled the banks of the river just before the General inspected the troops.



Ned Hector led the artillery section on the December 11, 2016 dress rehearsal that I witnessed. 


 Lieutenant General Karen Dyson was the keynote speaker at the dress rehearsal ceremony and she later donned a warmer cape to embark on her ceremonious journey across the Delaware. The youngest reenactor I saw that day, held her beret with honor.


As I mentioned, I was personally invited five years ago by a different George Washington.  If you watch the film in the visitor's center you will see George Washington portrayed by Robert Gerenser, the same GW I met five years ago. He passed away in May 2016.  The tossing and floating of the wreath was in tribute to him. He was a beloved fixture in the New Hope area. Not many people are chosen to fill George Washington's shoes.  I was honored to be invited so many years ago by one of the select few. I am glad I was there for this tribute. Something made this be the year I made it.

  
There were two code words to the Christmas Day operations and I could easily tell you what they are but the only way I would cross General George Washington would be with him in a boat on the Delaware River.


America's independence was won by officer's, gentleman, farmers, shopkeepers, servants, woman, militia, Minutemen, African Americans, Irish, English, French, German and the list goes on. It is US, we make up the United States and we can thank these men and women that came before us for our freedom. This could be a very different country had they not fought for us.


You don't have to wait for a special invitation to attend a reenactment of Washington's Crossing of the Delaware, another will take place on Christmas Day between Noon and 3 p.m. (actual crossing 1 p.m.) dress for the weather. Looking ahead it looks like favorable weather for a definitely favorable family event.


Next week check out Patriot's Week for events happening in Trenton.

Thursday, December 22, 2016

Holiday Related Santa Sites and some singing

NORAD has been tracking Santa since 1955. I won't get into any other tracking.  It's Christmas!

Google Santa Tracker is a fun site with interactive games to keep you occupied while you wait.



Ispotsanta.com Check out the Magic Facts of Santa Claus

elfyourself the app  I think it is FREE!

Northpole.com Fill out the form to see if you make the Naughty or Nice list.

James Corden Karaokee  2016 "All I Want For Christmas" on YouTube



In Case You Missed It

James Corden Karaokee  2015 "Joy To The World"



and now you can say you have seen Hamilton and other Broadway tunes............Can you name the shows the songs are from?




These are just a few fun sites I came across that are holiday related, as with all links on the Internet nothing is guaranteed to be safe, but that is my humble opinion. Use at your own discretion.

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Favorite Holiday Foods


πŸ‘Eggnog

πŸ‘Pizzels

πŸ‘ŽFruitcake

πŸ‘Wassail

πŸ‘Candy cane 

πŸ‘Gingerbread

πŸ‘Sugar Cookies 🌟

πŸ‘Chocolate Chip Cookies 🌟

πŸ‘ŽChocolate Covered Cherries

πŸ‘Thumbprint cookies w/strawberry jam


So I read "somewhere" on the Internet (it's a pretty big space, but it is out there), to enjoy the holidays without overindulging pick two of your favorites and stick with those.  I am just not sure if "they" said two a day or not, use this information at your own discretion. I merely have named a few of my own favorites.



Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Sensible Gun Laws a Silent Prayer from the Sisters of St. Francis

Last Wednesday, December 14 the Sisters of St. Francis in Aston held a silent vigil to mark the anniversary of Sandy Hook
December 14, 2012.


and then took their concerns outside to remind the public, 
we need sensible gun laws.


The message remains the same, we remember.


How many more acts of violence?

The facts point to children are the victims.

Prevention is key.


Every day facts.

Violence starts with a crime and ends with Victims.
 What was that 22 year old man doing with a gun and what created so much hatred within?


Let this reminder, serve as a beacon of hope.





Not everyone will be having a happy holiday. Maybe next year some will be spared the sorrow.

Photographs courtesy of Sister Ann Marie Slavin, OSF

Monday, December 19, 2016

The Week Before Christmas 2016 ALREADY

πŸŽ…Dec.20 Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney and Councilman Mark Squilla as Buddy the Elf and Santa Claus (mingling with guests at 4:45 p.m.) at the Franklin Square Holiday Festival.  Mayor Jim Kenney and City Councilman Mark Squilla will “ignite” the Franklin Square Electrical Spectacle in costume as Buddy the Elf and Santa Claus. The visit by Kenney and Squilla continues an annual tradition that began with the first year of the Franklin Square Electrical Spectacle in 2013. The Franklin Square Holiday Festival includes seasonal food and beverages at SquareBurger and Ben’s Sweets & Treats and enjoy a the Franklin Square Electrical Spectacle presented by PECO, a free holiday light show with 50,000 lights choreographed to seasonal music. The first show of the evening begins at 4:30 p.m. and continues every 30 minutes until 8 pm. A young guest selected from the audience, will “ignite” the 5 p.m. showing of the evening.

πŸ πŸ•―Dec. 20 and 21 Twilight Tour of the Eleutherian Mills House at Hagley 4:30 p.m.to 7 p.m.  

πŸ‚Dec. 21 First Day of Winter 

; (Dec. 21 Humbug Day I am not sure if this is because of the holiday season or if winter is upon us now.

🏠Dec. 23 Weekends at the Historic Grange Estate Visit the Model Train Display in the Carriage House! Admission is FREE to the expanded Model Train Display. Tour the beautifully decorated Gothic Revival mansion, enjoy Chad's fabulous Santa collection, and visit our delightful Gift Shoppe stocked with handcrafted, unique seasonal gifts. Admission to the Mansion is $5.00 for adults and $1.00 for children and students 610-446-4958.Located at The Historic Grange Estate, 143 Myrtle Avenue, Havertown, PA 19083 http://www.thegrangeestate.org.

πŸ‘ͺDec. 23 Happy Festivus Day AKA Festivus for the rest of us.

πŸ•ŽDec 24 Hanukkah begins

πŸ•―Dec. 24 Christmas Eve Santa Claus is coming to town.

πŸŽ„Dec. 25 Christmas Day 

πŸŽ„If you didn't get a chance to put up your decorations, the lights are up at Rose Tree Park, go enjoy them there.