Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Things I Have Learned from a Broken Foot

Concentrate on the things you can accomplish.

There are people worse off than you.

People with noticeable physical disabilities are not hard of hearing, no need to talk louder to them.

It should be a requirement for anyone that works for ADA to have some form of handicap so they understand.

People with disabilities are still limited in where they are able travel in public.

The first thing you look for if you have a walking handicap is a ramp and a railing or a pole to grab on to for security and balance. Many times they are not in sight or readily available. Be someone to lean on.

Don't assume if someone doesn't call to offer help they wont help. Most people are glad to help.  They are just busy in their own life and don't realize, you could use a hand or extra foot in the door.

I hope I don't offend anyone with potty talk, but tall toilets are a beautiful thing.

People aren't necessarily rude when thy squeeze by you and cut you off when you are struggling with crutches. It does seem as if they are taking advantage but the truth is they just need a mindfulness class.

People that ride/drive motorized vehicles have the upper hand, they will back into you and run right over you if given a chance. I'm guessing they feel they have earned it in this dog eat dog world.  Just  don't cross 'em and give them plenty of room. Manual wheel chairs are amateurs with these people. It is a whole underworld culture I was introduced too. Powerful people.

I have also learned to take better care of my entire body and have learned the importance of all the parts working together. Taking just one vital thing away, can knock you off your feet.  Maybe we all need that lesson once in a while to appreciate just what we have.

Recovery begins with one foot in front of the other, always moving forward.
Setbacks happen, just begin again.

Of course, I would never wish injury or disease on anyone ever but a little dose of appreciation and awareness can go a long way.

Monday, November 28, 2016

Starting Nov. 28 into Dec. 2016 events

Medicare open enrollment ends Dec. 7

Antique Toy Trains at Aston Library

Knitted Goods for Sale at Upper Chichester Library 

Nov. 28 Cyber Monday 

Nov. 29 Giving Tuesday

December 1 National Tree Lighting James Taylor will perform.

Dec. 1 Opening of A Very Philly Christmas tour five historic Fairmount Park Houses $8 per person per house. Children 12 and under free. 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Dec. 1  A Very Philly Christmas tour Historic Fairmount Park Houses, Laurel Hill, Woodford, and historic Strawberry Mansion Candlelight Tour $45 at 5:30 p.m.

Dec. 1 and 2 Holly Nights at Pennsbury Manor by candlelight 6 - 9 p.m. 

Dec. 2 A Very Philly Christmas tour Historic Fairmount Park Houses 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Dec. 2 Rose Tree Park 2016 Festival of Lights Tree Lighting Ceremony - 7:00 p.m.

Dec. 2 Rose Tree Park 2016 Festival of Lights Trees & displays lit nightly 5:30 -   9:30 p.m. through January 1st.

Friday, November 25, 2016

Update November 25 Weekend Events

Nov. 25 Black Friday Shopping Sensation of the Year. Some people just love to go out and get the bargains, others prefer to stay home and enjoy a turkey sandwich. I side with the later. 

Nov. 25 Hot Spots and Storied Plot at Laurel Hill Cemetery 10 a.m.

Nov. 25 Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest Opens at 11a.m.Bring your friends and the entire family down for a chance to skate with and get your photo taken with Anna, Elsa and Hans! Skate with Queen Anna and Princess Elsa 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Also, enjoy a flower crown workshop, a balloon artist and face painter and tons of giveaways. 

Nov. 25 - Dec. 31 Macy's Holiday Light Show in downtown Philadelphia opens at Macy's Department Store.

Nov. 25 thru Dec 31 Holiday Garden Railway at Morris Arboretum.

Nov. 25 Santa arrives at Franklin Square Holiday Festival 5 p.m. and will be available for photos until 7:30 p.m. Franklin Square is located at 6th and Race Sts. in Philadelphia. The free holiday light show Electrical Spectacle begins at 4:30 p.m. and continues throughout the evening in 30 minute intervals until 9 p.m.

Nov. 25 Santa's Arrival and Festival of Lights at the Court House on Front Street in Media 5 p.m. Santa arrives 6 p.m.

Nov. 26 Ridley Park Book Sale in borough hall to benefit senior citizens 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Nov. 26 Small Business Saturday Shopping in Downtown Media and throughout Delaware County, support local business. 

November 26 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. the Museum Store and Chadds Ford Historical Society Barn Visitor Center, 1736 Creek Road, Chadds Ford, PA  the museum store is open to holiday shoppers as part of the nationwide Small Business Saturday promotion. We'll help kick off the holiday shopping season with a refreshing change from big box stores! Visit the revamped museum shop, freshly stocked with new and unique items - reflecting the heritage of Chadds Ford and the Brandywine Valley - that will be sure to make memorable holiday gifts. Some of our specialty items include: locally handmade soaps, books on local history subjects, historically-inspired treats like jams, chocolate, and beverages, vintage home decor, greeting cards by local artists...and much more!

Nov. 26 Wreath and Greens Workshop at Pennsbury Manor 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. and 1 - 3 p.m.

Nov 26 - Dec. 17 (0n Saturdays) Milk and Cookies with Santa ( Advanced tickets $10 are on Sale ) 4 - 5 p.m.

Nov 26 - Dec. 17 (0n Saturdays)Jingle and Mingle ( Advanced tickets $10 are on Sale ) 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. keep am eye out for Santa at the Franklin Square Fountain double checking his naughty and nice list and posing for elfie-selfies.

November 26, 27 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

Nov. 26 Philadelphia City Hall Tree Lighting.

Nov. 26 Meet characters from J.K. Rowling's Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them at Blue Cross RiverRink. Ice skate and take a photo with a few of the newest friends from J.K. Rowling's Wizarding World: Newt Scamander, and his band of unlikely heroes: witches Tina and Queenie Goldstein. Off the ice, enjoy themed LEGO building activities, balloon artist, prize wheel, magical performers, and more! Sip on butterbeer and hot chocolate while enjoying themed treats from Franklin Fountain and tasty bites from Garces and Chickie's and Pete's. Get in the spirit by dressing up as your favorite J.K. Rowling character - the first 50 guests dressed up on the ice get a Hollywood Movie Money pass. Each pass admits two guests for free to participating theaters!

Nov. 27 3rd Annual Santa Parade / Fun Run 4 p.m. in Media, PA presented by Kenny's Flowers.

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Non-Toxic Topics for Thanksgiving

Politics: We all know that politics are off the table, right? šŸ™…

Religion: Even the Pilgrims and the Puritans agreed to disagree, try it. šŸ™†

How's Your Health? Just don't extend into how's your healthcare rate!!! No need to spoil anyone's appetite.šŸ˜²

Seen any good movies lately? šŸ‘€

How about binge television? Nights are chilly and it's time to snuggle. šŸ’‘

Food: Compliment the chef and ask for a recipe. šŸ° You might go home with leftovers!!!šŸ˜‹

Family: It is the golden rule if family doesn't show up you talk about them. Show up next time to make sure you are not the topic. šŸ™ˆšŸ™‰šŸ™Š

Fun:There are always creative ways to entertain the crowd. Ever play pin the feather on the turkey? Keep it light, keep it fun.

Friends: Friendsgiving seems to be an addition to a normally family event.  If you can't be with the ones you love....fill in the blank.šŸ’•

Weather is always a safe topic. Not everyone likes the current season but everyone has a favorite.

Same goes for Football Team E šŸˆA šŸˆGšŸˆ LšŸˆ E šŸˆS!

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Items on Many Thanksgiving Menus

Soup and Salad and Rolls (this year I am featuring a squash soup)



Mashed Potatoes





Cranberry sauce

Pumpkin Pie

 a favorite?

Happy Night Before Thanksgiving!
You Got This?

When I was younger, celery with cream cheese and olives were placed on the table as appetizers and we were not allowed to touch it until the guests arrived.

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Season's Cleaning Greeting to do list

Create Menu

Clean Windows

Turn off outside water





Add Table Leaf

Iron Tablecloths

Get plenty of sleep, exhausted hosts are not fun for anyone, including yourself. 

 You definitely want to get this part right, save handling of food.

Monday, November 21, 2016

Upcoming Events November 21

Nov. 21 Great Horned Owlets eggs to fledge at Middletown Free Library 2 p.m. register.

Nov. 21 Newtown Square Historical Society welcomes food historian Susan McLellan Plaisted as she talks about the first Thanksgiving as View from the Native side of the Table 7 p.m. presented at the Dunwoody Village Auditorium 3500 West Chester Pike in Newtown Square.

Nov. 23 Drinksgiving falls on the night before Thanksgiving.  It has the reputation of being the biggest drinking day of the year. Let's be careful out there.  We want everyone safe and accounted for at the table the next day.

Nov. 24 A Favorite Holiday "Thanksgiving Day" a fun feast for friends and family with good food.

Nov. 24 The 97th Annual Thanksgiving Parade in Philadelphia on the Ben Franklin Parkway.

Nov. 24 - Dec 31 Christmas Village and Made in Philadelphia Holiday Market at Dilworth Park.
Nov. 24 Marple Historical Society Frost Bite Run /\ 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. /\ The Historical Car Club of Pa. Rally

Nov. 24 thru Jan 8. A Longwood Christmas

Nov. 24 Holiday Parking begins in the city of Philadelphia

Nov. 24 - Jan 1, 2017 Comcast Holiday Spectacular at the Comcast Building in Center City Philadelphia.

Reminder: Check that Turkey for Thawing

Friday, November 18, 2016

Weekend Event Nov. 19 - 20

Nov. 19 Brookhaven, PA Holiday Parade 2 p.m. dedicated to Firefighters and First Responders.

Nov. 19 Dave DeLuca of Black Tie Talent and an afternoon of classic music from the 50's, 60's and 70's at the Marple Library 2 p.m. 

November 19 Jazz by Night in Media PA 6 p.m. - 1 a.m 20 indoor stages in downtown Media.

Nov. 19 Collingdale 125th Anniversary "Dinner Dance Party" 6 p.m. at Collingdale Fire Company. 

November 19 Hand Bookbinding workshop at Historic Sugartown 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Participants will take home a blank book they create in class, using the methods that were employed from the first century through the mid-19th century. They will hand-sew book sections (called signatures): secure the hard covers; add a lether or cloth spine, and decorate paper, to the coves; and lay down the endpapers. Participants will also be provided step-by-step written instructions they can take home. All materials included, and tools provided. Cost $75 per person/Adult, class is limited to 6 people. Class is typically 5-6 hours. to register click here:

Nov. 19 an 20 Fresh Wreath Making Class at the Linvilla Garden Center 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. $30 Fee.

Nov. 19 and 20 Heron Crest Studios Art Along the Creek Show and Sale 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. located at the intersection of Mount and Red Hill Road.

Nov. 20 Open Hearth Cooking "17th Century Confectioner" at Pennsbury Manor 1 - 4 p.m.

Nov. 20 New Avenue Foundation Music Festival 2 to 7:30 p.m. at the Princeton Presbyterian Church located at 933 Baltimore Pike in Springfield. The concert will benefit Chester Eastside Ministries in Chester to help families with the holidays.

Nov. 20 Rose Tree Pops 2016 Fall Concert at Marple Presbyterian Church 105 N. Sproul Road in Broomall 3 p.m.

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Top 10 Starting the Weekend Friday Events

Starting Nov. 14 Eagles Tickets Silent Auction Fundraiser for the Middletown Free Library. You can bid online to win 2 Club Level Tickets and VIP Parking Pass for the Sunday December 11 at 1 p.m. Eagles vs Redskins.Online Bidding ends Dec. 5.

Starting Nov. 14 Raffle Fundraiser for the Middletown Free Library Tickets available at the Middletown Free Library. Raffle #1 a Michael Vick Autographed Football and Jason Peters Autographed (8 x 10 ) Photograph. Raffle #2 Eagles Game Day Basket. Tickets 1- $5, 3 - $10 and 5 - $20. Raffle will be pulled December 16.

Nov. 17 - Dec 29 Philadelphia's Tippler's Yuletime Tour Cheers and Beers Colonial Pub Crawl 5:30 p.m. on Thursday Tickets: Adults $45 Students, Seniors and Military $40.

Nov. 18 - 20 The Nutcracker will be performed by Main Line's Pennsylvania Academy of Ballet Society at the Upper Darby Performing Arts Center.

Nov. 18 The Toxic Fire of 78 Committee presents an evening of dinner and magic at Bella Theresa Ballroom at AJ Stephen's Crab House, 105 S. MacDade Blvd. in Glenolden. Tickets $75, proceeds are intended to go towards the building of a memorial to the police, firefighters and EMS responders that suffered terrible repercussions from the exposure to the toxic chemicals of the City of Chester, Wade Industrial fire in 1978.
Nov. 18 The National Institute on Disability, Independent Living and Rehabilitation Research Wants to Hear from You. They are conducting a listening session at several locations across the country and also are offering an opportunity to listen in to those that are unable to attend.  You may also send suggestions via email. If you miss this one there are additional opportunities coming up.  Click on the link to register and get more complete details.

Nov. 18 Local Quakers in the American Revolution presented by Nancy Webster and Dr. Gary Grove 2 p.m. at Middletown Free Library. Registration required.

Nov. 18 and 19 The Sisters of St. Francis of Our Lady of Angels Convent in Aston will have a Holiday Craft Sale, Friday 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. and Saturday 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Located at 609 Convent Road, Aston

Nov, 18 -20 Philadelphia Marathon 

Now until Dec. 16 the Springfield American Legion located at 18 E. Springfield Road in Springfield is accepting new  unwrapped toys for the U.S. Marines "Toys for Tots" campaign.