Friday, December 31, 2010

Sylvester (New Year's Eve)

We had a nice New Year's Eve celebration over our neighbors Carol and Rich's house.  Great company and excellent food.  Got to go to bed around 1:30 am which wasn't too bad for New Year's Eve.

Thursday, December 30, 2010

An ‘After Christmas’ visit

We went to see Dennis and family for a last visit before we leave.  We also visited Tammy and the girls and had a good time.  I have no idea why I didn’t take pictures of that visit.

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Monday, December 27, 2010

Blizzard 2010

What a day!  Actually, it started the day before.  The snow just didn’t stop.  The plows came through last night and when we got up this morning, the street was all covered and impossible to drive on again.  I called Little Manatee River SP in Florida and canceled the first week.  This way we don’t have to hurry.  We’ll leave when the streets are clear.  At this time we are just ‘chillaxing’ here at home.

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Got some real good news from Geisingers today.  The biopsy came back negative.  Right now Peter is cancer free and that sure made our day.  The spots that the Doctor saw were inflammations from the last treatment that he received.  What a relieve!
I was diagnosed with Microscopic Colitis and to top it off, I have a couple of  ulcers in the esophagus.  Hopefully it’ll heal soon, because I am so tired of this garbage that started already last winter in California.  I suppose that is what they mean when they say ‘the Golden Years?’ 

Saturday, December 25, 2010

Christmas Eve

Merry Christmas!  We had a wonderful time over Tammy’s and Dan’s.  It is always a joy to watch the kids unpack the presents……and all the food!  There was so much food, but my favorite was the cheese fondue that Tammy made.  Yummy!
Now we are home and waiting for the snow storm.  I guess we are leaving later than we thought we would, due to the storm.  Better safe than sorry.

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Thursday, December 23, 2010

So proud…

We are so proud of our Anna.  She participates in the school chorus and we went to the Christmas performance yesterday.  We truly enjoyed the event.  It was very, very nice and the fifth grade, as well as the sixth grade chorus members were great.

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A day at the hospital

We went back to Geisingers, because Peter’s urologist decided that she needs to do a biopsy.  She found suspicious looking spots during the cystoscopy and to be on the safe site, she wanted to go ‘in’ and take a few samples.  It was a pretty rough on Peter.  His appointment was 11:15 am.  He was not supposed to eat anything before the procedure, because it was done under general anesthesia.  We left the house 5:50 am and arrived at the hospital about 9:50 am.  (Did I mention that I didn’t eat either?)  By 11:15 am we were all signed in, etc.  Brenda, a friend from Fantasy Island campground came to visit us downstairs in the waiting area.  Thanks Brenda!  We then still waited until about 2 pm when he finally got called.  The brought him into the pre-op area and I left for the caf├ę terrier.  Peter’s procedure wasn’t done until 4:30 pm.  That was tough, not being able to eat anything all this time.
At this time, I realized that I really don’t want to drive home anymore, because by the time he got out of recovery, it was 6:30 pm.  We took advantage of an offer to stay at Geisingers ‘House of Care’ for $15 a night.  It was a little different.  It’s almost like a B&B.  You share a bathroom.  You get fresh linens and make up your own bed.  I liked that, because I knew the linens were washed and the mattress was covered with plastic.   Everything was very clean.  In the morning you have to take off the linen and put it into the hamper outside in the hallway.  I took some pictures of the room in the morning with our un-made beds.
Everyone was very friendly.  The common area was all decorated for Christmas and there even was a fully furnished and equipped kitchen.  We were very pleased.  Another reason why we drive 4 hours for Peter.  Everyone goes out of their way to be friendly and courteous. 

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Saturday, December 18, 2010

Elisabeth’s 3rd Birthday

Today was Elisabeth’s 3rd Birthday.  Dennis and Chrissy went out of their way to make Elisabeth’s day special.  The food was exceptional and young and old had a great time.
There was also a party for her with her friends at the Y.  Everyone had a lot of fun.
Happy Birthday Elisabeth!


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A day in Pennsylvania

We had an appointment to have an ‘in between’ check-up for Peter.  We left Toms River about 8 am.  and decided to do a little reminiscing first and drove to our once very favorite campground in Sunbury, where we met up with our friend Judy who currently lives two miles away from Shamokin.


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After looking around a bit and taking some pictures of the pretty river, we wanted to have lunch together and ended up at Subway.  The reason for Subway and not a better restaurant was, because we had Kia with us and didn’t want to leave her too long by herself in the car.  It was just too cold.  She did OK for the time  in the car by herself, while we were having our subs.  Lunch was good and we went off to go shopping at the surplus store, where I purchased about 10 lbs. of rolled butter, 5 lbs. of raw sugar (love it in my tea) and of course…..Cooper cheese.
Judy took off from there and off we drove to the hospital.  Kia was once again left in the car and she did real good. We were at the hospital for about two hours and I checked her in between and warmed up the car as well.  She was very cozy in her blanket and I must say it over and over again, I have one adorable f&%$ing dog!
The day went good….. up to the point when the doctor told Peter that she wants to do another biopsy (going in with anesthesia) on the 21st of December, because she saw a red spot again.  So we’ll have to return on or before that day.  They will call us with the exact time.  Oh well…just what we needed before Christmas, another trip to PA.  I am just hoping for decent weather.

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Party time!

Had a great time over Judy’s house today.  Nice potluck and Judy, as always, was a great hostess….thanks Judy!
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Wednesday, December 8, 2010


Every morning our Goldi has the run of the house for a little while.  Kia loves it, because she thinks that he wants to play with her.  Little does she know that he really doesn’t give a hoot about her.  (I haven’t told her that.)  Today, as Peter poured the the OJ, Goldi flew and landed on the table and before you knew it, he started drinking.  I guess, once in a while he needs to drink something else besides water. Goldi 002

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

It ain’t what is used to be…

Almost as long as we live in the area, we visited occasionally the Sandcastle Diner in Beachwood.  It used to be an excellent place to eat.  They had very good food for a reasonable price.  Over the years they went from a soup to nuts menu to an a la card dinner menu.  That was somewhat more expensive, but as long as the food was good, we didn’t mind.  Over the years the food went from excellent to so la la…
About a year or so ago, we went there for breakfast and it actually was pretty good.  Right after that the diner was renovated. Tammy and Dan, who always went there for breakfast, informed us that the prices went up, despite the fact that the owners had a sign outside claimed the price didn’t go up, even though they renovated.  Needless to say that they stopped going there. 
A few days ago, I was able to purchase a  $25 gift certificate on-line for this diner for only $10.  Good deal, you say…I thought so.
So we went today.  Peter ordered his usual diner food, a Ruben on Rye.  I ordered Chicken Scampi.  Because I ordered from the ‘Early Bird’ special, I got a salad and dessert with my meal.  I also ordered an onion soup, which was extra.  Let’s put it this way….it was not bad, but I am not raving about it either.
Peter told me that the Ruben was the worst one he ever had.  The served it open-faced, which was not the problem.  The sauerkraut was put right on top of the rye, then the (very  tasteless) meat, topped with cheese.  Needless to say that the sauerkraut made the rye totally soggy and gross.  Obviously, they never heard that you put the meat first on the rye and usually the rye is slightly toasted.  For our beverage Peter and I ordered hot tea.   When I asked for a refill, the waitress brought a fresh teabag and filled up my cup with semi-hot water.  She turned around, looked at Peter’s almost empty cup and said: “Let me refresh your tea.”  As she said that, she poured hot water on top of his half an inch that was left in the cup.  No tea bag…just water…. We were so dumbfounded, we didn’t know what to say.  Anyway, the bill came to $25.10.  I tipped the waitress and went to the front with my $25 certificate.  Will we go back?  NEVER!!

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Family Christening

Chrissy’s bother Donald and and his wife Amy had a new baby boy a month ago and we were invited to the to the christening today.   Our son Dennis is the godfather.   It was very nice and we had a good time.  The food was very good and so was the company.  After living 40+ years in this country without family besides your children, it feels good to have an extended family.
Of course, like any other time when we leave the house for more than about 5 hours, we worry about Kia being by herself for all that time.  We put her in her pen (2x6 feet) in the kitchen with her bed and water.  Well…..coming home, she greeted us by the door.  Needless to say, that this was the last time we used the gate in the house. LOL

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Time flies

Gheez, I have no idea why the time flies by so fast.  I am ‘almost’ done with Christmas shopping (do I dare and say Christmas** shopping?) and now there are a few Dr.’s appointments, get-to-gethers, Christmas Eve and packing for Florida.  The last few years we had Christmas Eve over Tammy and Dan’s house.  I guess more or less as a matter of convenience.  The house is bigger and since we always leave on the 27th, I don’t ever put up a tree anymore.  I miss having our tree up around the holiday, but I just don’t want to have to rush to take it down right after Christmas day and I really don’t want to come home to a tree in February.

**I have something to say about this ridiculous matter not being politically correct to name certain functions “Christmas”; like Christmas Market or wishing people a Merry Christmas.  I don’t mind saying Happy Holiday, after all… IS a holiday.  However, if I want to say ‘Merry Christmas’, I will say it loud and clear.  If businesses wants to put up a sign that says ‘Merry Christmas’, by all means…let them!  If there is a Christmas Market somewhere, don’t rename it to Holiday Market!!!  If you are not a Christian, open up your own friggin’ market.  Call it what ever you want, like Buddha Market, Kwanza Market, Chanukah Market, etc.  I really don’t care and if I am in the area and you make me feel welcome, I will stop by and enjoy your tradition, just like I would want you to enjoy mine.

Phew….I had to say this, because all this stupid politically correctness makes me mad!!

Monday, November 29, 2010

Dinner for two….

Peter and I went to Costco on Saturday and bought two fresh turkeys at 49 cents a pound.  One went into the freezer and the other one was in the oven 12 hours later.  Great dinner…stuffing, mashed potatoes, gravy, spaghetti squash and a good Shiraz.  Life is good.  Not to forget all the leftovers for the rest of the week. PB285496

Friday, November 26, 2010

Thanksgiving 2010

Dennis and Chrissy out-did themselves once again.  The dinner was yummy and the hors d'oeuvres were awesome!  Calamari, shrimp, fish cakes (the best!!) and deep fried fish nuggets from the catch (striper) of the day by Dennis.  Desserts - too many goodies!  All delicious.
The kids were all cute and Chrissy’s brother and sister-in-law brought their new, very cute little baby boy.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

My Review of Lowepro Passport Sling Camera Shoulder Bag Mica

By Zicklein from Toms River, NJ on 11/24/2010
4out of 5
Pros: Lightweight, Comfortable, Strong Construction, Well Padded, Easily Accessible Equipment
Cons: Camera pocket too small
Best Uses: Transporting Gear, Daily Usage
Describe Yourself: Photo Enthusiast
Was this a gift?: No
I love the bag. It's comfortable to carry and it doesn't really look like a camera bag, which makes it nice when traveling.
I have a Nikon D3100 and department where the camera goes in, could be a little larger, it fits, but it's tight. My 70-300mm lens doesn't fit in the compartment, but there is room for it on the side and since it's in it's own padded pouch, it's fine. I also fit my mono pod inside and there is still room for my wallet, sun glasses, batteries, etc. All in all....I like it a lot!

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Pressure cooker update:

I love it!!!  Is the easiest pressure cooker I have ever owned or even seen.  I don't regret the purchase.  Put the stuff in...turn it on...never watch the little giggler like on the old pressure cookers.
I am going to put my Presto pressure cooker on Craig's List today. :-)

Monday, November 22, 2010

A day in the city

Peter and I took a little trip to New York City today.  The weather was perfect for it.  We took the bus from Toms River ($17.50 round trip for seniors).  It was very convenient and easy.  We bought the tickets two days prior and we took the 7:15 am express bus.  We had to go to the German consulate which is located on 1st Avenue, right passed the United Nations between 48th and 49th St.  It was a nice walk from the Port Authority, about a mile and a half.  I promised myself that I will repeat this trip in spring.  Peter hates the city, so he’ll just have to baby-sit Kia and off I go….. LOL
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Friday, November 19, 2010

Birthday, new stove….

Peter’s birthday was nice yesterday and we had a good time.  Got these Breaded Onion Petals w/Aussie Sauce from BJ’s.  They came with a sauce that tasted like the one at the Outback for the Blooming Onion  and it was real yummy! For dinner we ordered pizza.  Peter wanted cheese cake as his birthday cake, so that is what he got.  It was good.  Good food and better company….life is great.20101119_13BTW…I got my new stove last Saturday and it is wonderful.  I love it an I am glad that I got it.20101116_10Also, I got a new pressure cooker.  Years ago, I used one a lot, but the one I have is not good for an electric stove.  The pressure cooker that I bought now, is one that is independent with it’s own power cord.  Can’t wait to use it!  Now I will sell my old one on Craig's ListP11406385[1]
I almost forgot…when there are deer passing by  in our backyard, our little Kia loves watching them and tries to get their attention by barking.  Of course it works and she will get their attention, but they just look over like they would say: “So, what do you want you little squirt?”  It’s still cute though….

Monday, November 15, 2010

Our weekend…

The weather couldn’t have been any better.  Peter took a ride to the camper on his bike….yes, it is true!

At night we had another very nice get-to-gether with neighbors.  Everyone brought a dish and the food, including desert.  The food was great and so was the company.

Sunday was a good day.  First we went to see Anna play soccer and in the afternoon we went over Dennis and Chrissy’s to watch Iron Man 2.  Luke is a great fan of Iron Man.  We spent a wonderful time together.   Dennis and Chrissy invited us over for a great dinner with fresh caught striper , fresh asparagus and a garden salad.  Delicious20101114_12

Saturday, November 13, 2010


Peter was busy this week…he cleaned all our bicycles -  4 of them.  My Hampton Cruiser got new tires and tubes and his bike just the tubes.  Can’t wait to be able to ride again.  I am still afraid to leave the house for a longer period of time, because of my Salmonella poisoning.  I will ride around the block a few times, but longer rides aren’t possible yet.  Peter got to ride his bike after he put in the new tubes.
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Wednesday, November 10, 2010

The dress

When I was a little girl, my mom knitted dress for me.  It was royal blue with white hearts.  When my daughter was born, I asked my mom if she could knit the same dress for Tammy.  My mom did and Tammy wore it proud.  I saved it all these years and then I gave it to Tammy for her daughter.  When Anna was big enough, she wore it and Tammy went to the photographer and had her picture taken in it.  5 years later, Ava was born and needless to say that Tammy repeated the 'dress rehearsal' and again, with our little Elisabeth.
From left to right: Anna, Ava, Elisabeth.

Sunday, November 7, 2010


Today we went to Aldis and I thought I died and went to heaven.  Marzipan, Lebkuchen, Mozartkugeln, Domino Steine, Peanut Clusters, Chocolate Pralines, Spekulatius and Stollen.20101107_67I also found Advent calendars for the grandkids.
20101107_65We also went to see Anna play soccer again.  She was awesome!  It was pretty cold.  Glad I had gloves and Ava got daddy’s gloves.

Monday, November 1, 2010

Charlene at the Atlantic Ocean

We had a wonderful time with Charlene.  She sure brought some sunshine from California to New Jersey.  We went to Island Beach State Park.  Great place to visit.  We even saw a fox.

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Lunch was delicious, company was great – almost a prefect day if we wouldn’t have to go to a viewing the same night.  It was so sad.  Kevin, the son of a friend….only 23 years old.  Rest in Peace Kevin.

Sunday, October 31, 2010

Trick or Treat

Had a great time today watching the kids go ‘Trick or Treat”.  Anna’s friend Alexa and Mari came along and they all had a great time.

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Peter and I went home earlier and relaxed at home with a cup of tea.  It was a little chilly outside, but the sun was out and that made it a real nice autumn day. 
Can’t wait now until tomorrow when our friend Charlene is coming to visit us.  She is here from California and I know that we are going to have a good time.

Friday, October 29, 2010

Halloween Parade

We went to see Ava at her school.  Every year they have a Halloween  parade.  For the past four years we went to see Anna there.  She left that school and spends her 5th and 6th grade in a school down the road in Bayville.   So the tradition continues now for the next 5 years (including today) with Ava.  She looked real cute in her little witch costume.

Our busy life….

There are never enough hours in the day for us.  If one more senior tells me again that he/she is bored, or if anyone even says to me me ‘you are retired, you have all the time in the world!’, I think I may slap them right in the face or kick their ass!
We are back home for a months now and there wasn’t a single day yet on which we could just ‘hang’ and do nothing.  I am not complaining, but between doctors appointments, other responsibilities, getting the camper ready for the winter, etc.  we have no time left to just chill.  Hopefully, once the camper is all done being winterized, fixed and maintained to be ready for the next season, we can sit back and breathe. 
Last week was very busy, but also very nice…..first we had Ava here.  Poor baby was sick with bronchitis and because mom works now, we ended up taking care of her.  She is fine now and back to school.  This past Monday and Tuesday we took care of Luke and Elisabeth and, because Chrissy’s aunt Ruthie passed away.  We had a great time with the two little ones.
Come back later to see our Ava’s first Halloween parade at her school.  We are going there later this afternoon and I plan on taking pictures. 

Thursday, October 28, 2010

I hope he rots in prison, the pig!

A guy, that was a fellow camper at Fantasy Island Campground, was arrested for child porn.  Hopefully he gets put away for a long time.   That just goes to show you that these sick people show up anywhere. 
This could happen at any campground, and hopefully every family oriented campground screens their new seasonals very thoroughly before allowing them in.

Monday, October 25, 2010

Looking back…….

Looking back at our past year of camping as a seasonal camper makes me sad.  When we first decided that we wanted to be a ‘seasonal’, the decision was based on all the wonderful people we met at the campground.  The second reason was the area.  I love the rolling hills, the river, as well as the surrounding towns like Lewisburg, Danville, Selinsgrove, etc.
Peter and I were pretty much ‘gung-ho’ when it came to partying, cocktail hours, playing dice at the tiki bar, pot-luck dinners….you name it, we did have fun.

Things at the campground didn’t go well this past year though.
Good friends of ours left the prior season, because they felt that they were not treated with respect and other friends decided this year that they won’t come back for similar and other reasons, like changes in policies, attitude, etc.
One couple left because they moved out of state, but there was a monetary discrepancy.
Also, to me it looked like if you don’t ‘mingle’ or come to any of the events, you are shunned.  Just a little example, when I left the tiki bar before the game was over, (just because I was tired and wanted to go to my camper) I was asked: “What, are we turning into a pumpkin now?”  It was not the first time comments like this were made.  I always felt guilty not coming to an event, so in order to stop all comments, I didn’t attend anything anymore.  It was too bad, because a lot of our friends attended the events and we didn’t go.  Instead, we were hanging out with other friends that felt like I did, or we just sat in front of our camper by ourselves.

There were many, many other things that happened throughout this past season and friends that we thought are ‘lifetime’ friends, turned out to be not friends at all.  Thank God the majority still are our friends and I am grateful for it.

Why did I write this?  Because I felt I had to and this is the last time I will mention this past season, unless it’s something positive or anyone adds a comment.
I didn’t mention any names, but most people will recognize what I am talking about.

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Sunday, October 24th

We had a great breakfast today.  I made omelets with peppers, mushrooms and onions.  Did it a little different this time.  I beat the yolks with a little milk, and whipped the whites separately.  Once they where stiff, I folded them into the egg yolk mixture.  The omelets were very fluffy and big.  No need for lunch today. LOLomelet

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Aunt Ruthie

Sad news on the family side - Our Chrissy’s aunt passed away.
Rest in peace, Ruthy!

Monday, October 18, 2010

Dennis' Birthday

Had a nice time over at Dennis' and Chrissy's house to celebrate our son's birthday.
Happy Birthday, Dennis!
Kia was alone in the house and not locked up.  This is the first time that we left the house for several hours without locking her up.  Everything was fine when we got back.  What a good little dog we have!

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Sunday, October 17, 2010

On the soccer field

Today was another great Fall day.  We are being spoiled with this gorgeous weather and I hope we don't get punished for this in the winter. 
We went to see Anna's soccer game against Lacey today.  Lacey won and they did play a great game.  Our girls tried really hard, but they lost again.  I do have to say that Anna was awesome today.  She gave it her all. You can see her on the pictures as #88.  Took these picture with my new lens.  Unfortunately, I should have too a took a tripod with me.  The field was huge and I pulled the players in all the way in with my new 55-300 mm lens.  Big mistake.  I guess I still have to learn a lot and most of all, remember to take my tripod!
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70th Birthday of Tamar's mother-in-law

We went to a 70th Birthday party last night and it was very nice.  The food....WOW, too bad I can't eat as much as I used to.  Lot's of people, mostly relatives of Douggie.  Poor Tamar, she really has her work cut out today, cleaning up.  Douggie did an awesome job cooking and Tamar was a very gracious hostess.  She treats us like family and makes us feel very welcome.  Thanks for that Tamar, we love you!

Monday, October 11, 2010

Our pets at play

Goldi was teasing Kia this morning, like in:
Look what I got!  You want it?  You have to jump up and get it.....hehehehe....

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Sunday, October 10, 2010

Good times

We had a few busy days.  Thursday was Anna’s soccer game.  They lost, but it doesn’t seem to bother the girls at all.  They had fun and I guess that is all that counts…..although, I think that winning is fun too.

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Spent Friday and most of Saturday much needed cleaning.  I don’t know what happened to me, I used to clean more often when I was younger.  Dust and fingerprints on mirrors and glass don’t bother me that much anymore.  Must be my sight…I have no other explanation. LOL
Saturday afternoon we had a pleasant surprise visit from Dennis, Luke and Elisabeth.  Chocolate milk and cake, laughs and good company….loved it!

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Saturday night we had tickets to go to an oldies dance at Silver Ridge.  They had two good DJs, subs, soda, chips, coffee and dessert.  We were there with our group of friends and we had a great time.

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Sunday was awesome too.  Our friend Mike came to visit us.  He lives in California and had business in New Jersey.  We were happy that he took the time to visit us.  We ended the day with a dinner at the Lobster ShantyThanks for your visit, Mike! 

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Thursday, October 7, 2010


Did you know that I have a grandkid's blog?  Haven't worked with it lateley, but I think I am going to use it more again.  Interested?  Take a look here:

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Chrissy's Birthday

We had a great time celebrating Chrissy's birthday.  Subs, pizza and cake were good and so was the company.

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Monday, October 4, 2010


So what does one do on a rainy day....
For breakfast we had a huge Western Omelet.  I should make that more often, because it was very good.  I got to get myself an omelet pan, that's for sure.
The rest of the day I just futzed with my computer.  Did some Facebook, took care of my cafe and organized most of my photos for 2009 and 2010.  I also downloaded an upgrade from Corel for PaintShop Pro.  Can't wait for my new camera....
Made some tea from loose leaves, which tastes so much better than the tea made with tea bags and served it with home-made brownies. 
This afternoon we are getting ready to go over Dennis and Chrissy's to celebrate Chrissy's birthday.

Saturday, October 2, 2010

Floods and stuff

I read that there was a flood threat at the campground and that reminded me of the one in June of 2009.  The pictures below are from last year's flood.  I wonder if the water this year was high like what we saw in 2009.  It is amazing how strong a river can be......