Category Archives: Sean

Rock n Roll baby! Cleveland, Ohio

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After we spent the day in Pittsburgh back in October, we then had a long drive to Cleveland. I need to share our ride up the Pittsburgh cable incline too! Great shots!  The Rock n Roll Hall of Fame was our next destination. I thought it was a place that Brian would enjoy and I don’t know what our future will bring (as stated in my previous blog entry), so that’s where we decided to go. We didn’t get in town until after dark and then had to go out to eat. We had the van drop us off at an Italian place downtown as I found a coupon or discount for it. They happen to be hosting some party and she said we’d have to wait. I said we could have whatever they were serving and the waitress said it had been served already. She did seat us and we got what we wanted and it was pretty good.

The next day we had the van drive us over to the museum as it was so cold and windy right there on the lake. It was even flurrying that day. The museum is truly a work of art in itself!

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Sean posing with the late Johnny Cash’s tour bus. Not sure if you could go in it or not. We were so cold, we just wanted to get inside the museum!

2015 Nominees Including Joan Jett and the Blackhearts (a local gal from the same county that I grew up in) and Ringo Starr! Any Beatle memoribilia was awesome to us!

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The displays were so nicely collaged! You know I appreciated that! I took a photo of these for one of the posters….think it’s the Atlantic City one on the far right.

Taylor Swift’s barely there costume and Lady Gaga’s meat dress that she wore to the Grammys a few years back. They said the cheap cuts of meat worked better.

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The lighting wasn’t great and I tinkered with many of my photos. Brian and one of my brothers are big Jimmy Hendrix’s fans. It was cool to see some of his psychedic costumes. He could really play the guitar!

We were really excited to see this exhibit!

 

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Across from the Beatles were the other British invasion group, The Rolling Stones!

 

The King of Pop, Michael Jackson was represented

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Hershey Gardens daytrip

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I never promised you a rose garden

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I few weeks back, maybe a month ago, Sean and I took my mom to Scott Arboretum  Swarthmore College’s campus to see their renowned rose garden. We had been there a few years ago and the roses were perfect. We also went in May. By June and after a rainstorm, the roses were starting to fade. It was a bit warm also, so we didn’t stay long.

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Mom isn’t fond of this photo, but I like it because Sean is in it too. He worries about her so much as she had two mini stroke incidents that required hospital stays. When we we can, we go down and take her to a store or place like this. Right after this stop, we ate in a restaurant in Media called Picasso and shared plated of shrimp kebabs, battered dipped asparagus and a few other things which she loved.

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These are geraniums!

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A bench with Dean Bond’s name on it. This is his rose garden. The graduates get a rose from the garden pinned to their gown.

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Sean liked the Seafoam roses

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The gate to the rose garden

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Really love this one.

The summer is flying by! 

I’m still a blogger!

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I see it’s been a month since my last post about our Florida trip and I wasn’t finished posting about it.

I haven’t been on my laptop because it’s getting old and one of the buttons broke off. I made a replacement, but it’s easier for me to pop on my iPad to check email and Facebook.

But on the other hand, the virus software has been updating for 45 minutes and I had 1,300 emails. I just put them in order as who sent them and get rid of most of them as I’ve seen them on the iPad.

I need to upload several folders of photos to Flickr. I have my sidebar with my newest photos to keep a little updated.

That being said, I have had dental woes and an illness. I’ve had 3 root canals and one extraction in the course of a few months. I’m on my 3rd round of antibiotics as the latest root canal was just a week ago, and an emergency one at that. One of those toothaches that wasn’t relieved right away either. And it ruined my crown as she had to drill through it. I am getting a dental implant in July.

I had a cold or allergies a few weeks ago which set me back a bit. Then my son came down with a flu like virus. He was feverish and achy. It is taking him a bit to get over the coughing part. My son took me up to a green house on Monday and I was pretty good. By the next day I was coughing and then by Wednesday night I had a 102.4 fever. I was pretty miserable. I’m not coughing that much, but not as feverish today.  The aches and pains were horrible.

I was glad I opened the laptop to leave a post. I do want to keep blogging!

 

Destination Florida!

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I thought I’d write a little about our trip 3 weeks ago since it was the first trip to Florida we’ve had in 9 years. I can’t believe we haven’t been on a plane in that long either. With electronics, travel is so much nicer. I had my Kindle, downloaded magazines on my iPad and cross stitching. We ended up mainly playing a game on the Kindle. There was lots of turbulence going down. We did take motion sickness pills. We also had male flight attendants who were dressed and groomed perfectly! They were slow doling out the beverages though.

We parked at the Sheraton near the airport-it was gated. It wasn’t that cheap to do that. They are smart as their hotel looks popular with the extra cars there. The shuttle bus from parking to the airport was nice. We then had to move from one end of the airport to the other-that was wearing. We all had carry on luggage. Mine didn’t have wheels, so need to use the one I have that has wheels next time. I thought with the quilted one, I could load it up, forgot it had to be carried A LOT. Brian got that job. When we were about to board the plane, they said Brian’s was too big (full flight-all compartments taken) and he had to check it. Did I mention we were an hour late getting out of there too? When we got to Tampa, it was pretty smooth until we had to start the keyless rental-new car-our cars are all 9 yrs and up. He had to push the brake and push the button at the same time.

We were about 20 minutes from the airport to go to the hotel. Now if if was me, I would have stayed in St. Pete’s and drove over to Tampa. Tampa is a big city, no beach. Not real touristy unless you are going to Busch Gardens, which we decided not to see.

The green trees were welcoming to us after our long, cold, snowy winter. I love looking at the palm trees, the trees with the Spanish moss and the flowering shrubs like hibiscus.

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Our first view of Tampa!

We stayed at a place not near anything. We dropped off our luggage and headed to the restaurant about 20 minutes away as I had a coupon for the place. We got there a little early and they let us wait a bit. Every restaurant in the different towns we ate in were nicely decorated and fun to eat at!. I could go just on a trip like that! The guys had pizza and I wanted Chicken Piccata. All good-especially the 4 martinis we had! We thought they were to share, but no, you get 2 each. Ha!

We decided to go to Walmart to get nibbles for the room. GPS is a godsend in a strange area.

We then went to check out Tampa a bit so Sean would know where the convention center is where his conference was to be held. He also signed up to go on a trip to see the baseball stadium of the Blue Rays the next day.

I had gotten on Trip Adviser to see what people recommended and the Tampa Theater was a must see place. We didn’t go in, but Sean and I jumped out of the car to grab a few shots.

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I took many photos from the car! They may be a little crooked. 🙂

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I’m waiting for Sean to upload his photos as he has some near the convention center.

I will do another post or two about our excursions to St. Pete’s Beach, Clearwater and a few other Trip Adviser recommendations.

 

Whirlwind past 30 days!

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I saw where I was going to update my blog at the end of March.  That didn’t happen and I want to share so much that it will take a few posts just to catch up. We were in Tampa, Florida for 4 days almost 3 weeks ago! We did our beer budget exploring there-no Busch Gardens, etc. We went along with Sean on his conference trip. We also saw St Pete’s Beach and Clearwater, Florida  on day trips. More about Florida soon.

I also found a website I have entered over 130 of my photos on. It’s called Pixoto. So far I have won 31 awards. Your photo is matched up against someone else’s in the correct category and people pick which one they like better and you get points. 500 and up are good. It’s fun! I even got a few of my photos printed on canvas.  Mine are all for sale! They look nice and are ready to stand up or hang up.

Back to March! After we saw the America on Wheels exhibit in Allentown, PA. we went back to a trout nursery to see what that was all about. There were lots of people enjoying the nice day. Some were buying food to feed the trout. It so happens that a lady I work with grew up in that area and knew all about the nursery, etc.

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The main house at the nursery past and present

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AllentownBeth14 099We drove around Allentown a little. First to look for caches. Many happened to be parks filled with basketball players, etc. Not too much fun to look, so we left. There was some construction also. We were looking for the Liberty Bell museum and didn’t see it.

I got out and took a few photos of  the Trout Historic society. Sure, that makes sense. What a grand old place. We tend to go places when buildings are closed or too late in the day. This was closed.

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Sean wanted to check out the casino in Bethlehem, so we said ‘why not’? There were was a little shopping area there too. A steel town, many factories are shut down. The casino is in a converted factory. We shopped a few stores. I love The Farmer’s Almanac store and bought a few things there such as marked down St. Patrick Day’s things, a fairy canvas that lights up and some food items like jam and mustard. After that, I was zonked. It was getting late, so we headed home. We had to find a restaurant too.

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We had a late dinner in a place near Exton like a fancy Denny’s. We got breakfast food and a lady was playing the piano to boot. We enjoyed that and our day. Glad to see new parts of PA. Even though we don’t live that far away, we hardly venture up this way. I’ve never been out to Pittsburg, PA. out in the western part of the state.  Oh, someday!

Next post Tampa and the western area of Florida!

So far, 3rd snowiest winter ever

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I’ve been hanging low watching the 58.4″ of snow pile up over the last few months. I can’t do any shoveling, not with my back. The guys have done their share, but they have a snow blower this time around too.

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I’ve taken at least 20 Instagram photos featuring the weather and snow.

I did a cupid theme for Valentine’s Day on my mantel

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Sean gave me the ‘Love’ print (in Philly) and I got to see it in person at the end of December.

I have been doing a lot of sorting-yarn, fabric, craft items, etc and it’s still a work in progress, but it’s spread all over the house right now. I really have to downsize more.

I’ve knitted a few hats too! One of which is ‘almost’ in the colors of the Geocaching logo. I made it too big at first, ripped out about 5 rows and did a little crocheting and gathering at the top. I added a pin I had and wore it geocaching on Monday in Dover, DE.

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I’m working on a cowl right now. I had pretty old knitting needles and bought some new ones and what a difference!

We all were trying to think of a local place to take a day trip yesterday. We were going up to Allentown to see a car museum and maybe the art museum, but it was a holiday and a Monday. so they were closed.  We took a drive to Dover, DE which is about 60 miles one way. I am trying to get to 500 geocache finds, but this winter it’s slow going.

Our first spot was Pickering Beach.  A few of us had to go to the bathroom and the little cottages were locked up tight. I completely forgot there were caches there, but the GPS was out anyway. I usually am very thorough with our trips to do caching, but I was aiming for Allentown, not Dover. I did notice there were several DGT (Delaware Geocache Trails) ones and we did find one when we could get to it. It was at a brewing company! I had brought a little beer mug trophy to add to the swag. When I ordered them, I thought they were much smaller. So glad to find an appropriate place to add one.

The other places, all museums were closed. We plan to go back in May to see them all. The beach should be crawling with horseshoe crabs from the Delaware Bay.

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We did find 5 geocaches, but not the neat ones at the John Dickerson Plantation and airplane museums as the gates were closed at these locations.

I’ve only worked 2 days for the entire month of February because of the weather. The kids all have cabin fever and get a bit itchy.

Some things are going on like the orchid show at Longwood Gardens and the Flower show in Philly. Hope to get to Longwood in the next few weeks.

And last but not least, some Artist trading cards were made much to my enjoyment! It’s been a while, though I made 13 Valentine’s Day cards for the kids.