Wednesday, July 29, 2015

pocket wallet tutorial

Summer Hill Pocket Wallet
{this will make 4 pocket wallets  3” x 4.5”}

20” of fabric of color A
20” of fabric of color B
medium fusible interfacing       
4 medium size buttons
iron on velcro 

This is a sneak preview for
friends on my Christmas List  . . .

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

british columbia

On our way to British Columbia
Here's why . . . 

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

erie barge canal

A different view of the Erie Barge Canal this morning

two of the seventeen lift bridges on the canal are in Brockport

"low bridge everybody down"

you can anchor for the night at our visitor's center

you can rent this boat for a trip
"from Albany to Buffalo"

sometimes this is how fast I walk on the tow path in the morning

Monday, July 13, 2015

things that matter

Last year I borrowed the book 
“Things That Matter” by Charles Krauthammer. 
Although it was a great book it was a slow read 
and I had to return it before I was finished.

This week I was able to borrow the audio version and it has been a 
delight to hear these words of reflection in Charles’ own voice. 
I love this book.

If you listen to audio books while
working out, mowing lawn, walking, driving, sewing, porch sitting . . . 
I highly recommend it.
{see directions to access audio books at the end of the post *}

Dana Perino {co-host of "The Five"}: “Over the years, Charles has written not only on politics and foreign policy, but on the big questions of life and death, the wonders of space, the joy of chess, his love of baseball and the importance of manners.  It was his column about his brother's death that I remember weeping over many years ago, and that's the column that leads the book. As Charles chose the essays, he decided on a title that fits the collection perfectly, "Things That Matter."    

From Wikipedia:  During Krauthammer's first year of medical school, he was paralyzed in a diving-board accident and was hospitalized for 14 months. He has been confined to a wheelchair since the accident. He continued his medical studies at Harvard, however, and graduated with his class, earning his M.D. in 1975.

The freak accident that changed Charles Krauthammer's life
Charles Krauthammer determined to lead a life that matters

 *To borrow library books just downlowd OverDrive 
on your iPhone, iPad, Android, Chromebook, Windows Phone, 
Windows 8, Kindle Fire HD, and NOOK® HD/HD+

To see the steps in action, watch the OverDrive overview video for libraries.

Monday, July 6, 2015

pasta ring salad

Pasta Rings Salad
Salad dressing makes the difference here 
don't substitute mayonnaise
Serves 16

1 lb box small Pasta Rings
2 cups salad dressing  (not mayonnaise)
2 cups chopped vegetables
      any combination of:
           red pepper
           orange pepper
           yellow pepper
           shredded carrots
           cucumber (seedless)
1 tsp seasoned salt (or to taste)
1 tsp celery salt (or to taste)
2 Tbls dill pickle juice
1 tsp sugar

McCormick Salad Supreme Seasoning to sprinkle on top

Cook pasta for 7-9 minutes. Drain and rinse with cool water.
Mix salad dressing, spices, pickle juice and sugar. Stir in pasta and vegetables.
Transfer to a serving bowl sprinkling Salad Supreme between a few layers and on top.
Refrigerate for at least an hour.
Serves 16

This is one of our go-to picnic dishes and when I went to look up
the recipe on this blog I found I had not posted it.  
Can't imagine how that happened.

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

j. adam giese

Our young friend J Adam Giese filmed a project last year with Nick Watts. 

We followed Adam on facebook as he traveled the world with Nick 
and now the series will air 
Tuesday Nights at 10 p.m. on the Travel Channel. 

Looking forward to seeing it.
Some sneak previews

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

stylin in 1957

I know that Father's Day has past but 
I just came across this photo and couldn't resist posting it.
 How about those rolled up jeans and argyle socks?

stylin in 1957

Sunday, June 21, 2015

four shakers

Happy Father's Day to the dad of these four Shakers.
{circa 1995 Hancock shaker Village}

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

morning walk

A new walking route this morning 

through McCormick Place

up the access stairs

along the canal

 through Sunflower Landing

past the pond

 and back to Summer Hill

 What to join us some day?
4,400 steps, 1.75 miles, 40 minutes

Wednesday, June 10, 2015


Songza is  a music streaming app that my son and daughter-in-law use.

I downloaded it and now enjoy listening to a wide variety of play lists. 
This is a example of the start-up Window showing daily choices.

You can also choose selections from the following {these are just a few samples}:

Concierge: brand new music / waking up happy / working out / sing in the shower
Activities: breaking up / dancing / driving / family time / having friends over / office DJ
Genres: christian  / country / folk / oldies / pop / rock / nature / holiday / indie / classical
Moods: confident / energetic / romantic / pumped up  / happy / calm / celebratory
Decades: 20s-40s 1950s / 1960s / 1970s / 1980s / 1990s / 2000s / 2010s
Kids: babies / toddlers / tweens / educational / bed time / playtime / car ride

You can search for music that you know you like. 

Honestly, my only complaint is there are so many choices
 that I spend a lot of time choosing which one to listen to. 
Be sure you are using your WiFi and not your data plan as it streams live.

Here are a few playlists in my favorite’s folder:
Pump Up Your Drive
Today’s Lite Pop
Broadway Hits
Grammy Winners: songs of the Year
Grammy’s Guilty Pleasures
Today’s Happy Pop
Today’s Lite Pop Rock
Sparkle and Shine: Cleaning with Show tunes
Get Pumped: Pop Anthems
Crowd Pleasing Dance Pop
Today’s’ Pop and country Hits
Relaxing Mountain Stream with Music
The World of Bruno Mars

We have the app on Jim's iPad for listening at home and on his iPhone for listening on the go.

You might want to give it a try.

“The three-year old app is just one of the many music streaming services that makes customized playlists and recommends songs. Songza sets itself apart from some of the competition by making playlists based on the time of day, as well as different activities, such as studying, working, or exercising.” {}