Category Archives: sports

Days fly by


I don’t want to lose interest in my blog and wanted to stop by and touch base. Not too much new. Went to the doctor for an annual yesterday and was able to schedule the mamm and ultrasound for next Tuesday. I may be getting a procedure to make my life easier. I’ve been going to this particular office for at least 6 years and it was the first time I saw the head doctor, a nice man from Jamaica. I had to tell him my gr, gr grandfather was a French doctor in Jamaica (one of the first). If you saw my old photos last week, I’m talking about gr grandmom’s dad.

Today I am going to a bookstore with a coffee shop area to meet a lady I went to high school with to talk about possibly writing a children’s book together. She is a published author. We found each other on Face*book and since I mentioned one of my dreams would be to write a children’s book, she said we have to get together to brainstorm. I have a few ideas. I rather not discuss them here, but Lorin told me what the publishers are looking for and I live in an area where there is a large ethnic population of a certain group of people. Lorin has also found a few leads for Sean as she helps her students locate jobs. Needless to say, I’m a bit is shock and of course doubting myself about coming up with a good idea. Lorin is also an artist and could illustrate the book.

We have been following our Phillies and will cheer them on in the World Series for the second year in a row. A few nights ago, Sean and I were watching a game on pins and needles when Jimmy Rollins hit a 100 ball in a gap to help the team win the game, we were jumping up and down. It’s a talented bunch and we feel they are going to win again for Harry*Kalas, one of the team’s announcers, who passed away this year.

Other than that, I’m working on getting my clothes sorted. I have a large space*bag of slacks to go through in the living room and found a few bins of clothes I haven’t looked at for a few years.

Have a great weekend, and I promise not to be a stranger on my own blog!


This is a wooden tag that I made using my gr. grandfather’s photo.

Photo Hunt-Sports


Mall sports bar, originally uploaded by DianthusMoon.

This is a SPORTS bar and restaurant at the mall in Atlantic City, NJ. My guys almost lost their eyes when they saw all the tvs that were all tuned in to some kind of sports. My mom and I did tolerate it for the short time we were there although it was very loud. The big screen did have a ball game on. The bar was nicely lit too. Unfortunately this mall is getting known for people falling off their very steep escalators with very bad consequences. It’s happened twice in a year now.

If you happen to like to cross stitch and are looking for new stash, my friend Barbara is selling off some of hers here. Mosey on over if you please. I think I’ll put up a few of mine too-I actually have more than a few, so watch here.

Emmy winner performance


Too bad the Emmys were just on a few weeks ago, as Tim Daly just gave one of the best performances of his life on the season opener of ‘Private Practice’. I won’t go into details, but lots of emotions around his girlfriend on the show Violet, who had her baby cut out of her at the end of last season. I know, terrible, but it does happen in real life. Watch it if you can.
(Yes, Tim is one of my all-time favorite actors)

Our Phillies won their 3rd consecutive East division championship last night! Awesome!

Take me out to the ball game


Happy Father’s Day to all the special dads out there! Sean is treating his dad to the day at the ball park to see the World Champion Phillies! Sean bought Brian a new Phillies shirt to wear to the game. The weather has been so iffy here, I hope the rain stays away!
Sean at the entrance to Citizen’s Bank Park.
The Phillies lost to the Orioles 2-1, they got swept by them at home. Rats!
The World Series Flag!
Greg Dobbs hit a homer for us!

As for me, I’ll turn the game on and try to plan some new meals. I have enough books and magazines to help. My sinuses are giving me a hard time right now too. I’ve been digging into dusty piles of magazines, etc. so that doesn’t help.
Have a nice first day of summer!

A Philly voice is silenced


Philadelphia sports announcer Harry Kalas died in the announcer’s booth in Washington, DC before a game today. He’s been with the Phillies for about 39 years. He was 73 yrs old.

From Wikipedia:

On 29 October 2008, Kalas made his second World Series call when Brad Lidge struck out Eric Hinske to win the 104th Fall Classic 1:
“ One strike away; nothing-and-two, the count to Hinske. Fans on the their feet; rally towels are being waved. Brad Lidge stretches. The 0-2 pitch — swing and a miss, struck him out! The Philadelphia Phillies are 2008 World Champions of baseball! Brad Lidge does it again, and stays perfect for the 2008 season! 48-for-48 in save opportunities, and watch the city celebrate! Don’t let the 48-hour wait diminish the euphoria of this moment, and the celebration. And it has been 28 years since the Phillies have enjoyed a World Championship; 25 years in this city with a team that has enjoyed a World Championship, and the fans are ready to celebrate. What a night!

I’m glad he was there! Baseball won’t be the same without hearing his -‘outta here’.

Harry Kalas, originally uploaded by sweetgoddess71.


Sunday’s ‘I Recommend’


Welcome to the nineth (full) edition of ‘I recommend’. As the name implies, this is a share to recommend just about anything you like or have tried. It can be a book, drink, food, movie, music CD-anything.

cflBrian started to switch out our old standard lightbulbs last year to the ‘piggy tail’ Compact fluorescent lightbulbs. (This is a guy you could tell lived through the Energy crisis of the 70s as he is always turning lights off).They are recommended by Energy Star-

Why should people use CFLs?
Switching from traditional light bulbs (called incandescent) to CFLs is an effective, simple change everyone in America can make right now. Making this change will help to use less electricity at home and prevent greenhouse gas emissions that lead to global climate change. Lighting accounts for close to 20 percent of the average home’s electric bill. ENERGY STAR qualified CFLs use up to 75 percent less energy (electricity) than incandescent light bulbs, last up to 10 times longer, cost little up front, and provide a quick return on investment.
If every home in America replaced just one incandescent light bulb with an ENERGY STAR qualified CFL, in one year it would save enough energy to light more than 3 million homes. That would prevent the release of greenhouse gas emissions equal to that of about 800,000 cars.
Do CFLs contain mercury?
CFLs contain a very small amount of mercury sealed within the glass tubing – an average of 4 milligrams. By comparison, older thermometers contain about 500 milligrams of mercury – an amount equal to the mercury in 125 CFLs. Mercury is an essential part of CFLs; it allows the bulb to be an efficient light source. No mercury is released when the bulbs are intact (not broken) or in use.
Most makers of light bulbs have reduced mercury in their fluorescent lighting products. Thanks to technology advances and a commitment from members of the National Electrical Manufacturers Association, the average mercury content in CFLs has dropped at least 20 percent in the past year.

They really are energy savers. We saw our electric bill dip below $100 for the first time in years. They come in a cool blue and a more yellow,I prefer the yellowish myself. I guess they call these other names.
When we remodeled our kitchen, going on 3 years ago, we chose Energy Star appliances too-the dishwasher and frig.
Have a great Sunday and if you are off, a restful Martin Luther King’s Day.


An Eagle fan photo:


Photo Hunt-Hats


These are a small sampling of my son Sean’s 30+ caps. I know he has a bunch of them up at school too. The only sports team he is missing is the Flyers-got to resolve that. (and since he’s been gone a week now-up to PSU, it makes me think of him).
Of course we are pulling for the Eagles to win against the Cardinals, which they have done before on Thanksgiving. This may be the year-who knows? Go Eagles!
Sean in the Caesar's restaurant
Here I am in a hat-I love my berets
Dianne in Conservatory
Happy Birthday to Ben Franklin too!
(someone ‘challenged’ me to a ‘capped’ Ben, so here you go! He’s wearing the same cap Sean is wearing above.)

2008 in a nutshell by Dianne


Want to play along? Kelli over at ‘There is no place like home’  is hosting a meme. You take your first blog sentence for each month of 2008 and add a favorite photo from that month too. Be aware that most of my ‘first’ sentences have nothing to do with the photos. :O)

That’s my life for the last few days.(I had been sick and so had Brian)
Yellow roses

Let’s start off February with a fun event thanks to Lisa/Oceandreamer’s 2nd time around hosting it.(One World, One Heart blog giveaways)
Punch needle design
This is my mom’s birthday last year and my youngest brother is giving her the cupcakes that I made to blow out the candles.(for a Photo Hunt)
Purple and yellow orchids
It’s 70 degrees outside!!! I’m inside and wearing a sweater though.

Thanks to Scrappy Jessi for hosting this fun event.(showing our childhood toys)

Like I did last night!

I really did see a camel! (a place on our road had several exotic pets or boarders)

Strasberg, PA 7-30-08, originally uploaded by DianthusMoon.

Today I’m sharing my baby book.

I can’t believe it’s September already!

….the cataracts are gone! Well, that may be so for my mom in a few hours.(My mom had both her eyes done, and one got an infection, so she had to have a third operation!)

Celebrating after 28 yrs!, originally uploaded by DianthusMoon.

This is from the Philadelphia Flower Show 2006.(We try to go every year since I am so snap happy)

I just realized that I was pretty much on the go for over a week, since my birthday on the 19th.

Who’s this? And the start of a new meme/share


I was looking at someone’s website (not related) and saw this photo of him when he was almost one:

I sure hope they didn’t call him by his given name of Colbert back then. Look at the fine hair and then look at his little Dockers!

Flash forward about 23 yrs and here he is with his gorgeous bride:

Did you guess it was the Phillies MVP for the World Series- Cole Hamels? He got married to Heidi Strobel back on New Year’s Eve 2006. Heidi was a contestant on Survivor the reality show (one of my favorite shows-I’ve watched every season!) when it was set in the Amazon. Incidently, Heidi turned 30 the night the Phils won the Series. To see more of Cole’s favorite photos check out his site.


I’m going to start a meme/share! I think every Sunday for now. If that doesn’t work, I’ll try another day. It will be called ‘I Recommend’. That can be anything-from food, to a book, to a tv show, it’s up to you! I had books in mind at first, then I thought I’d extend it to include more. I have to make a button for it today. I’ll have Mister Linky too! Please join in the fun. Watch for more later.

Thanks Jennifer, no, I didn’t lose weight, black is a slimming color-I ‘recommend’ it. : )