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Thursday, May 31, 2012

Landscaping continues

The landscapers were here yesterday and weeded and cleared out under the weeping cheery. Today they are back and hope to get the topsoil in and the beds ready for planting. landscaping 5.31.12 003
It really looks empty now with everything gone. We have been getting ready for Don’s unbirthday party on Saturday. He will be seventy and it’s a good cause to celebrate. The outdoors is looking good.landscaping 5.31.12 004
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Monday, May 28, 2012


life quote life is full of beauty

Kim Klassen’s lesson for today was to find a quote about life and use it with a picture.

Sunday, May 27, 2012

Big Question

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I am so wondering what my new landscape will look like.

Saturday, May 26, 2012

Landscaping Part three

It’s the start of a holiday weekend so only two kids showed up to weed the back bank yesterday. They took out an overgrown forsythia bush and some tiger lilies that had been there forever. It’s hard to see some things go that I planted, but I hope the end result will be worth it. Right now it looks pretty blank.landscaping pt 3 001

Thursday, May 24, 2012

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It’s the end of the day and all the workers have left. There were three younger people weeding the back bank and pulling out all the buttercup roots. They worked hard but still it was a difficult task.
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It looks very different. landscaping part two 5.12 014

So does the area by the picket fence. landscaping part two 5.12 002
It has really opened things up. landscaping part two 5.12 003

All of the shrubs are gone except for one rhody that was saved. landscaping part two 5.12 005

It’s amazing how you notice the stone. landscaping part two 5.12 006
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It looks very bare right now. landscaping part two 5.12 009
I can’t wait to see what the landscape architect has planned for me.  

Landscaping Part one

Take a deep breath.  That’s what I’m telling myself as we have made a major decision to completely relandscape around our home. We have been here almost 40 years now and have loved the location. It’s a great place to live on a quiet street. Because our house is brick it has been easy to care for. We have changed some things around the house since the addition by adding a courtyard and bank landscaping. We also added a picket fence garden area around the side. But we’ve never done too much to the front over the years.
     In the spirit of “one thing leads to another” we thought about having professional landscapers come in and help us with a problem we’ve had out back on our bank. There was water in one spot that we couldn’t deal with. Then we  decided that why not completely redo the front of the house too and bring it up to date with new landscaping. After contacting Tom O’Brien we made a plan and today the landscapers are here.
landscaping part one 5.12 001  Yes, the rhodies are beautiful this time of year, but so overgrown.
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landscaping part one 5.12 020 All of a sudden you can see more of the front of the house and the lovely stonework.

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The large bushes near the house on the side have been taken out leaving a large space and opening it up. I’m lovin’ it already.

Tuesday, May 22, 2012


roses fade Seventy isn’t old its it? Don will be celebrating that milestone soon. The body changes that’s for sure. There is a loss of stamina, energy, and strength. And the mind changes too. But in a better way. All those lessons of the past pay off as you don’t worry about things the way you used to. And you don’t let little things bother you so much. And you find more peace with life. I’m enjoying the winter of my life very much.

Monday, May 21, 2012

Are you lurking?

Do you know what a “lurker” is? A lurker is someone who reads a favorite blog almost every day but never stops to say hello. Yes, that’s right. A lurker never leaves a comment in the comments section. I’ve done it countless times and I’ll bet you have too.
  In light of that a gal on the web declared Monday, May 21st to be De-Lurking Day. That means that if you are reading this you MUST click on comment and leave a little note.
  It mystifies me to see that I have had 753 total visitors since the end of February from 23 different countries. It makes me wonder how they found my blog and what they think of it. OFten my live traffic feed shows not only people from my state of Pennsylvania, but from British Columbia or New Mexico. I wonder who they are and how they discovered me.
  So in honor of national De-Lurking Day would you do me a favor. Click the little button below. And if I can link back to you, please let me know. This could be VERY INTERESTING.
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Sunday, May 20, 2012

The Rat Pack is Back

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Do you remember the Rat Pack? Dean Martin, Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis, Jr, Joey Bishop and Peter Lawford

The Rat Pack was the name given to a few choice friends of Frank Sinatra who performed and caroused with him in the early 1960s.

The Rat Pack was never an official title -- the name is said to have been borrowed from a group of drinking buddies of Humphrey Bogart who were dubbed a "rat pack" by Bogart's wife Lauren Bacall. But the name stuck to Sinatra's gang, and nostalgia for the Rat Pack only seems to increase as time goes by.

The Pack's high-water mark came in 1960, when the group hit Las Vegas to make the spoofy heist film Ocean's Eleven. Sinatra and chums filmed during the day, did two live shows nightly at The Sands, and drew crowds and publicity wherever they went.

Last night Don and I were taken back to the sixties to see a Las Vegas show featuring Rat Pack look alikes and sound alikes at the Seneca Allegany Casino.
  Up on a smoky stage the boys sang and joked amid drinking and cigarette smoking. The lighting and costumes were first rate and made the show even more enjoyable. They even featured a woman singer who could really belt out a tune. It was a fun evening.
    Before the performance we had dinner with my friends Yrsa and Charlie at Meyer’s steak house in Salamanca. I dined on a Tuscan chicken dish while Don had a delicious Prime Rib.
   What a great way to spend a Saturday night.

Friday, May 18, 2012


That handsome boy on the left is my grandson Dan. His roommate Omar graduated this year from Penn State. Dan has one more year. For the summer he has an internship with Tyco Electronics in engineering. I am so proud of him.

Here he is with girlfriend Gretchen.

Dan Karrasch

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Kinzua Kuties

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The Kinzua Kuties formerly known as our Red Hat group traveled to Buffalo today to have lunch at the Roycroft Inn.

The Inn's restaurant allows guests to dine amongst arts and crafts history. The Executive Chef's artisan inspired menu features many locally produced and seasonal ingredients. The Sunday brunch was voted the best in the area and Zagat Survey has named the Roycroft Inn "best bang for your buck."

Four dining areas offer guests relaxing ambience and atmosphere. The library with an original stone fireplace is a warm and intimate setting. The Hubbard Hall with its vaulted ceiling and beautiful woodwork is reminiscent of the English inspiration of the Roycroft. The Larkin Room with its beautiful windows overlooks the courtyard garden and in the warmer months, the Peristyle providing for memorable outdoor dining.

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The Roycroft Campus, the Roycroft way of life and its story began in 1897 with Elbert Hubbard a legendary man of vision who founded the American Arts and Crafts Movement in East Aurora NY. For more than 20 years, the Roycroft Campus was a center of entrepreneurship, creativity and learning. It was a hub of activity with over five hundred working artisans and craftsmen and drew visitors from faraway places.east aurora 5.12 010
I ordered a turkey salad with dried figs, toasted walnuts, and a large wedge of Brie. Mary Ann Fensel, a former Bradfordian who lives nearby in Orchard Park, met us for lunch and then led us to a wonderful bakery and flower shop.
east aurora 5.12 011 We stopped nearby the Inn at the arts and crafts gift shop which was full of wonderful things. east aurora 5.12 012 Next we went to Viddler’s five and ten for some old fashioned shopping.
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This gift shop called the Cottage was full of MacKinzie Childs black and white checked items.

We had a wonderful trip.

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Random Memory

apples 006 One of the challenges out there in blogland was to find the 7th photo in your 21st album. I like this kind of random selection so I went to look and this is what I found. Don in the apple tree. We have a huge crab apple tree in our front yard.
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Once Don decided to graft on some regular apple branches to it. Many years later each fall we enjoy a large crop of granny smith apples for pie. He is very proud of his tree. You can see the branch of white blossoms that were grafted on.

Another beautiful day in Pennsylvania

It’s a little cool, sixty-six gut sunny here today. I just got back from having my eyes checked. They are holding their own which is good. I had eye surgery in 2006 and lost clear vision in my left eye. I still have a lot of distortion which doesn’t allow me to read print in my eye. But with cataract surgery the clarity has improved. After all I’ve been through with that eye I’m happy with that report.
   Today a landscaper is coming to see about doing some outdoor projects around the house. The outdoor work has gotten to be too much for us this year. And it’s time for some updated bushes and trees. It will be interesting to see his ideas. This picture was taken a few years ago. The rhododendron have grown even bigger since this picture was taken. apple tree 003

Sunday, May 13, 2012

My boys

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Chris is a “Mr. FIx It”. Here he is fixing Rose’s gift. It is a jar candle holder with a light to melt the wax. mother's day 009 Scott is showing Rose something on his Ipod. Those devices are amazing.