Thursday, August 31, 2017

Worse part of a vacation


get sick

car issues


work calls



bad weather


after shock credit card bill

broken bone

lose something

All the above conditions can put a damper on your day 
but the ultimate worse part about a vacation is when it is over, 
unless of course your name is Griswold.

Lighting a candle for all vacationers hoping you have/had a safe and enjoyable season's experience.

This list seems pretty minimal after watching the devastation in Texas. 
It makes you stop and put things into perspective. 


Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Prayers for the People of Texas

Prayers for the People of Texas

Found at a Church on LBI
a community familiar with the wrath of 
Superstorm Sandy.

Ways to Help

options are out there just be mindful of your choice.

If you are unable to help with a donation, prayers can certainly help. 

The amount of people misplaced seems unprecedented. 

Watching the efforts of the average "guy-gal" helping the average "guy-gal" is an inspiration to humankind.

Not to underestimate in any way the first responders, police and fire rescue workers, military and medical personnel that do this every day.

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Things You Must Do After A Beach Vacation



Dump the sand from your shoes 

Check your tan lines 
Check Snail Mailbox

Catch Up on Email

Avoid the scale 
Food Shop 

Accept it is over, but be grateful it happened.

For many it is Bye to the Beach Week
I feel your pain!


Monday, August 28, 2017

Upcomig Events Week of Aug, 28 - 31

Aug. 28 The Underground Railroad Coalition will take attendees on a virtual tour of sites in Delaware and Chester counties at the Delaware History Museum. 

Aug. 28 Going in Style Movie at Middletown Free Library 2 p.m. Sign Up! to Attend. 

Aug. 29 Patchwork Cigar Box Workshop w Veronica of the Rockdale Art Center a Makery at Middletown Project 6:30 p.m. Register to Attend 

Aug. 30 Keep Cool and Color Adult Coloring at Middletown Free Library p.m. Sign Up to Color!

Aug. 30 Haverford Concert Series Alfred James Band with Avalare Strings at Merwood Park, Wynnefield Lane and cherry Land in Haverford. Concerts start at 6 p.m. Tickets $5 in advance, $10 day of the show Children 12 and under free.

Aug. 30 Senior Games at Middletown Free Library 10 a.m.

Thru Aug. 31 Endless Summer Special Monday thru Thursday $10 per person at Blue Cross River Rink Summerfest along the Delaware River in Philadelphia.  

Aug. 31 Final Waterfront Session featuring the West Philadelphia Orchestra at Spruce Street Harbor Park Sustained by Univest Corporation at 7 p.m.

Aug. 31 Final Screening Under the Stars at Penn's Landing, showing Sing at 8 p.m.

Discount tickets through Aug. 31 to Historic Houses of Fairmont Park First Annual Ciderfest! Save $5 on $40 ticket(s) with discount code EARLYBIRD5 entered at checkout. Discount is valid until Thursday, August 31st. Tickets are $50 on the day of the event. Ciderfest is on Sept. 30.

Friday, August 25, 2017

Strolling the 1767 Tryon Palace Property

Tryon Palace is a replica of a mansion built for the Royal Governor of North Carolina William Tryon, a British officer and colonial administrator. The architect was John Hawks.

Construction began on Tryon Palace in New Bern, North Carolina August 26, 1767. The construction proves more expensive than initially expected, leading the government to increase local taxes. This stirs resentment among some North Carolinians and helps prolong the War of the Regulation.

The rebels troops seized the property in 1775 and retained it through the American Revolution and the creation of the State of North Carolina. The original building burned to the ground in1792.

 The Stable House is the only surviving building from the original property.

 Period appropriate support structures were erected on the site in the 1950s and opened to the public in 1959.

The gardens are gorgeous throughout the property.

This pathway reminds me of Versailles with all the statues lined up.

Other historic buildings can be found a short walk through the gates. I will feature those next week.

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Upcoming Weekend Events August 25

Aug. 25 Help String Cranes "Year of 1,000 Paper Cranes Origami Community Art Project" Project of Peace 2 p.m. All Ages Welcome.

Aug. 26 Bookbinding II at Historic Sugartown 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Aug. 26 Come to Boscov's in the Granite Run Mall on this day to check out some Back-2-School deals and visit some of the neighboring Delco libraries! Be sure to stop by the Middletown Free Library table to see Mr. Jason and enjoy playing some music using Play-Doh and taking a picture in front of a green screen! A handful of other Delco Libraries and their childrens' librarians will be there as well! Purchase a coupon from the library's Friends Group to receive discounts for a variety of things from Boscov's. All proceeds from the coupon sales goes right back to the library for programs and repairs! 10 a.m. -3 p.m.

Now through Aug. 27 Preservation: Clay Studio Collaboration 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. at the Hill.Physick.Keith House 321 S. 4th Street in Philadelphia. 

Aug. 27 Big Bugs and Butterflies at Tyler Arboretum

Aug. 27 Living History Sunday at the 1696 Thomas Massey House Between 1 and 4 Enjoy demonstrations of colonial cooking, gardening, tools, candle making and blacksmithing along with tours of the 300 year house.

Early Bird Tickets are now available for the 6th Annual Glow in the Park, Oct. 19 fro 6 - 9:30 p.m. at the Reflecting Pool at the Fairmount Park Horticulture Center. Glow in the Park is an event to showcase Philly's amazing park and build the next generation of park champions.

Get 1 for $60 or 2 for $100 until 9/22 - these tickets include membership.

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Busy Work for Girls a Follow Up

A few weeks ago, I listed busy work for boys, in all fairness there is always another side of the coin

Busy work for girls

I am overwhelmed!

I have so much to do!

I will make a list!

What are you doing?

Can you help!?

We can do this faster if you help.

Here you do this...

No! this way.

I will watch to see if you do it right.

Wheew we got a lot done today!

Truth is there needs to be a thinker and a doer in every operation.

Ying and Yang makes the world go round

and the sun rise and the sun set.

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Solar Eclipse 2017 a Cross Country Community Celebration

How the Sun started the day on Solar Eclipse 2017
from Long Beach Island, New Jersey
Photo Mary Ann Fiebert

 Just another extraordinary peaceful rising of the sun on a glorious morning.

Photos Jessie Rassau
Eclipse Pool Party 
Greenville, North Carolina

Pool party with family and friends> We started to see the eclipse about 1:30 p.m. but it was at its fullest at 2:47 p.m. It didn't get fully dark here but it looked like a storm was coming on, It was a very cool experience and the glasses worked great!! We also used a welding helmet. 



Ben Magaziner
Shadows of leaves during eclipse
Portland, Oregon

Bob Radoslovich
Asheville, North Carolina

Home safe . Had a good time. We met a lot of fun and funny people. Cell phone picture simply does not convey the intricate movement of the celestial clock. But wanted to send what I could.


Kathryn Giorgianni and family in Greenville, South Carolina.

My family and I attended the eclipse event hosted by Furman University, which is just north of Greenville, SC and in the zone of the total eclipse.

The university was very well organized for parking a large crowd (they also had new student orientation today), and for the eclipse, they had an area by their athletics field with various family activities. In the football stadium for the main event, they had the marching band playing, and one of their professors narrating for the eclipse itself.

As the eclipse started, it really was hard to detect any effect until the moon was more than 50% across the sun. From there until about 85%, it felt about the equivalent of wearing sunglasses. After that point, it started to feel oddly dim, like a cloudy day but with the sun still shining. Our solar viewers allowed us to see the crescent of the sun getting smaller and smaller, and we noticed the sun coming through the leaves was forming a bunch of crescent shapes; we realized the hundreds of leaves were acting like a bunch of pinhole cameras.

However, the really amazing part was the total eclipse itself. As the last bit of the sun disappeared behind the moon, it suddenly got much darker, like twilight, although you could still see light on the horizon where the moon's shadow hadn't fallen yet. We were able to take off our solar viewers and could see the moon had became a black circle with the sun's corona visible like a white halo all around it and blue/black sky with stars peaking out as the background.

It was an amazing site, and a great event to be a part of!


 Photos from Allyson Muller,  James Island, South Carolina

We were really nervous that the eclipse wouldn't be visible because of cloud cover.  It was spotty all day.  We were extremely lucky though and for one minute and ten seconds we had a clear view of totality.  It was spectacular!  During totality we saw a beautiful aura around the moon with a surprising pinkish purple glow along the bottom.  The most wonderful part was sharing such a beautiful experience with family and friends. 

Back to Long Beach Island, New Jersey with 75% Totality, a similar experience in the timing the coverage began around 1:23 p.m.and the height/midpoint around 2:46 p.m. Clouds also started to form at peak time but we were able to see with glasses as the sun peaked in and out of the clouds. It was a fun experience with a noticeable temperature drop. It did not get very dark but had an overcast look like possible pain coming it and then the moon traveled the second half of its journey and the sun came back in full force.

Dave (PA) Brian and Julie (New Hampshire)

Kristen and Adelaide

A happy event where people came together for a joyful event. We need more days like this!

Harry Moore and family checking in from Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
Day to Night and Night to Day

Those were the best of what I got.  Many were to just dumb luck  all the tips didn't prepare for not seeing the image in the screen because of sunlight!  so had to sort of put glasses on,find sun, use arm to angle, then take glasses off aim camera and try to get a focused shot.  If I go in 2024 I will have learned I need to do things differently.  I must have been doing better than others I had some come up and say I was getting better focused shots!  I guess we were all in the same boat except the pros who delivered awesome shots!

Elyse (90) and Bruce (93)

traveling from Denver, Colorado to Wyoming

.....started out fine but was a huge disappointment to Bruce as well as a smaller one to me.  Bruce spent a great deal of time out of researching the trajectory of the eclipse with maps on line plus reading and TV news.  He used his cartographer's experience to map out the best route (with traffic patterns in mind) plus the mileage and the travel time. I was reading the new book, American Eclipse by David Baron.

We ended up about 28 miles short of his chosen destination which was Torrington, WY...due to???...not leaving early enough?  my choosing an alternate route around Cheyenne based on road signs?  who knows?

I assume that you have a Wyoming road map from your earlier trip to visit Randy so I will give you details.  Bruce paid attention to the discussion leading up to the eclipse and chose an alternate route out of Colorado which did not connect with  I25 (notoriously crowded on a regular daily basis) and we joined I25 near the Wyoming border.  It was Bruce's plan to take that route straight through Cheyenne and head for Wheatland and then to Torrington. I was driving and saw a sign that directed us east on Route 80 and then north on Route 213.  So we took it and it was great ...75 miles / hour and well spaced traffic.  We made very good time.  However, it was a long side trip and ate up time and it became clear to Bruce that we would not make Torrington by the time of the eclipse...maybe 30 miles short.  He was SO disappointed!

So we did what everyone else in our vicinity did...pulled off the road into a little used entry path into an empty large grassy ranch land, got out the glasses and watch the partial eclipse.  That was about 95% but was not what we had hoped for  At the very end there was a shiny sliver on the bottom right of sun....all of the rest was covered.  And when we looked to the north it was very, very dark.

Bruce is going to read this before I send it to make corrections as necessary.  But you might want to pull up today's Denver Post and read the page 1 article on the local eclipse by a reporter who did see that total eclipse.  It is very good.

The Wise Family in Lander, Wyoming Wowed by Solar Eclipse 2017
Cheryl, Randy, Randy II and Alex

Diane Connelly and Sharon on a mission from Colorado to Wyoming 

Destination  Route 135 between Sand Dune and Riverton Wyoming on a prairie with a small group of others and our approved solar glasses in hand.

4:45 am  in the car setting off from beautiful Estes Park in the Colorado Rocky Mountains. Our goal is to avoid interstate 25 and take the  far North West roads keeping ourselves away from the the travelers heading towards Casper WY.  Indeed we did just that!  Our trip was a beautiful 5 hour journey. 

Traffic free through Rt 34, 287, 80, 287 to 135 - if you want to see the most amazing landscape of Colorado and crossing the state line into Wyoming by traveling the open roads, seeing sprawling mountains, rock formations that take on a life of their own and much more with absolutely NO TRAFFIC. At times we had the road to ourselves while listening to the Wyoming, Nebraska etc.. traffic jams on public radio.  Hey, we used a paper map and lots of conversation to map this route because believe it or not, the Internet was no help.

So there we were in a prairie, smack in the middle of the totality band of the eclipse.  It is now 10:30 am  and we are stress free and ready, eating and just watched a male pronghorn chasing a female across the sage fields right in front of us.  Are  you kidding me could this travel to the eclipse band be so relaxing and filled with breath taking sights before the main attraction, yes it was and we got it right and recommend to take the path we took even without an eclipse to put the finale on the experience.

Solar glass on I start to see the sun being encroached by a dark spot and the light that lit up the beautiful open sage fields started to dim.

It was a last minute decision to try to catch the total eclipse and I am sure glad we persevered. Sharon’s mother just died after taking care of her for many years and I remember seeing a partial as a child and I was in Awe over the experience. We booked our trip two weeks before the event which made things a little more difficult. I wanted to go out west because they were saying the chance of weather would be better for viewing, plus I have never been to Wyoming. Going out west seemed to be our best bet, weather pending. Casper, Wyoming was our destination after much research. Everything was booked within a two hundred or more mile radius so we had to connect the dots to get into the band. I booked a flight, Saturday the 19th for Denver to get us out there. Then we found a place at the foothills of the Rocky Mountain in Estes Park, Co to stay for two nights. Two days of epic hiking,views and vista’s before our track out Monday morning. Sunday night we mapped out and then remapped several times in order to find the best back roads for our trip. We ended up avoiding Casper and the the main highways because of the hype. We decided to go left of Casper and just pull off when we get into the band and so glad we did because our route was amazing and no crowds at all. We left at 4:40 AM knowing we had a 5 hour journey ahead of us. As we got closer to the band we started to see people in pull offs speckling the side of the road. Their hatchbacks open, chairs out and optics on the tripod. This was truly an event! We pulled in off the side of the road and joined a small cluster of enthusiasts. There was a sense of commonality and excitement with the beautiful smell of the sagebrush in air. It wasn’t long before darkness approached, temperatures dropped and the land started to feel and look like dusk. Two pronghorns were running on the plains nearby as we got close to totality. As the perfectly aligned shadow blocked the sun all was quiet and we felt a spiritual moment as we witnessed a natural occurrence untouched by man. We took our eclipse glasses off and saw beautiful white light surrounding the sun and thinly extending out. The corona was a pure white aura, not the yellow hue that you see in magazines. The sun was not was not a black orb. It was waves of gray and white and looked magnificent. If you really want to see the eclipse it has to be with the naked eye. We both thought it was an amazing experience as day turned to night and back to day. Birds started to chirp as if it was dawn and we went on with our day.

and last but not least
  my friends from Euless,Texas
practicing already for 2024

Jenny (cereal box viewer creator and pool decorator)
Daniel and Dylan (students of the sun and the moon)

a Texas treat!

  The eclipse was suppose to hit our area at exactly 1:07 p.m. So I kidded that this top pic was at 1:06 p.m. and the bottom 1:07 p.m.  NOT!

Idea for casting the shadow the next time found at this USFWS link
Photo Credit: Eric Cole