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!!