Saturday, December 16, 2017

Elisabeth's 10th birthday party

It's really hard to believe that our little Boo is 10 years old.  We celebrated her birthday 2 days early and everyone had a nice time.

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Thursday, December 14, 2017

Christmas time in Smithville

Smithville is always pretty to visit, but it is gorgeous around the holidays.  It was bitter cold when we were there today, but totally worth the effort.

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Monday, December 11, 2017

Busy week

Wow....some week!  It sure was busy and exciting too.  The good news is, I am done Christmas shopping!  Yay!  I also spotted Santa in the Freehold mall when I was on the second floor.
All present are wrapped and ready to be transported to Tammy's house.  As we do every year, we celebrate Christmas eve is over at the Lucianos.  It's always very nice and I just love watching the kids unwrap their presents.
This past weekend we spent most of our time at the Elks.  Saturday was the children's Christmas party and Sunday I took pictures with Santa and the pets. It was very nice and everyone had a great time.

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Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Our campsite in fall

What a gorgeous day we had yesterday.  We took a ride to the campground.  Peter wanted to get the leaves and pine needles off the roof and I just wanted to walk around and take a few pictures. I must say, I can't wait for the next camping season.
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Saturday, November 25, 2017


Once again we celebrated Thanksgiving over Dennis and Chrissy's.  Elisabeth did an awesome job creating the vegetable turkey, there were shrimps and delicious drinks with apples & cinnamon 
The food was excellent, and so was the dessert.  I brought pudding shots....OMG, they are so good.  So easy to make too! 
Here is where I ordered the cups:

White Russian Pudding Shots

1 package of instant chocolate pudding
3/4 c milk
1/4 cup vodka
1/2 cup Irish cream
8 oz Extra creamy Cool Whip.

Mix pudding mix and milk for a couple of minutes with an electric beater.  Add alcohol and mix well.
Add Cool Whip.  Put the mix into individual serving cups with lids.
Keep in freezer until ready to serve.

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Monday, October 30, 2017

Halloween party

As we do every year, we celebrated Halloween in the Luciano driveway.  It was a beautiful October night.  Halloween, as everyone knows, is on the 31st.  However, because the Toms River parade is on Halloween night some town moved their trick or treat event to the night before so that the people can enjoy the parade the next day.
Dan made sure the fire was going and food, as well as drinks were plenty as usual.  Everyone had a spooktacular time.  We left around 9:20 pm because it got a little chilly and you know how it is with "old folks". :-)

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Sunday, October 29, 2017

Mini vacation in Williamsburg VA

Actually, we were there only one full day.  Driving there took about 6.5 - 7 hours.  It was a nice and very smooth ride.  No traffic jams and only a few idiots.
When we arrived we ordered dinner from Denny's.  Chicken fried steak with gravy.  It was tasty, but both of our stomachs didn't really agree with it.
The next day we went on a walking tour trough the colonial village of Williamsburg.  It was awesome and the weather was super!  No, it was PERFECT!  I am glad that we brought Kia's stroller.  She wouldn't have been able to walk the whole thing.  It was a lot and we felt our legs the next day.  However, it was worth it....every single step!  What a great place to visit!
We finished the village around 2 pm and left to drive to Yorktown.  It was an 11 miles ride on a gorgeous road lined with beautiful fall colored trees.  Well worth a visit.  A place known for both its waterfront charm and its famous battles. We wandered along the York River’s sandy beach.  It is hard to imagine that fierce fighting ever took place nearby many years ago.
On the way home we drove through Williamsburg to find a place to eat and decided to pick up some subs. We got lucky and found  Great subs and I wished they would open a franchise here.  It probably would take NJ Mike out of business.
The next day we drove home and again had a smooth ride.  All in all....a great little mini vacation.

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Sunday, October 22, 2017

Thanksgiving at Timberline Lake

It was a feast! Everyone brought a dish.  Food was excellent and so were the people.  It feels like we are back at Fantasy Island.  Great camaraderie, wonderful people.  Nothing like it was at J&D's.  I am so happy that we became seasonals at this wonderful campground/

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Saturday, October 21, 2017

Dennis' 44th birthday

Yup....44......WOW, How old does that make us?!?  I'm not even counting anymore.  We had a wonderful time celebrating Dennis' birthday.  Chinese food was on the menu and it was good. 

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Saturday, October 7, 2017

Halloween at the campground

Another great day in our 'Happy Place'!  We went to Smithville to see what this 'Oktoberfest' is all about.  Smithville is right on Rt. 9.  We are right now in New Gretna. A trip that should have took about 15 minutes ended up taking an hour.  Endless cars all via the Oktoberfest.  Parking was OK, we did find a spot.
So you'd think Oktoberfest right?  Bratwurst, Oompta music, German beer, etc.  WRONG!  It was Coors and Nathan's.  Some other fried stuff, like funnel cakes, fries, and other American, as well as Mexican foods.  Lots of booth with crafts and other interesting things.
Back at the campground the Halloween fun began.  Everyone decorated the sites and the kids were trick or treating. hay rides and other cool activities were on the agenda.

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Thursday, October 5, 2017

Chrissy's 40th birthday

We had a nice little party for Chrissy's birthday.  Just family.  Dennis ordered and picked up pizza and the birthday cake was an ice cream cake.  The pizza was excellent and needless to say that I enjoyed the ice cream cake too.

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Thursday, September 28, 2017

Rough surf

Couldn't help it...needed to see the surf.  The Storm 'Maria' went out to sea but what you see in the pictures are the leftovers.

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Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Peace & quiet

We love being at the campground during the week.  The weekends are busy and yes, they are a lot of fun.  However, I do love the silence during the week.  As of May 1st 2018 we'll have a new site.  With the view of the water.  The site is much larger than our current one.  Right now there is not a lot of parking space.  Even for one car it's a little tight.
We took a walk today and enjoyed this warm September day.

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Sunday, September 24, 2017

35th Annual Ocean County Decoy & Gunning Show

I was looking on line for something to do today and found out that this weekend was the 35th Annual Ocean County Decoy & Gunning Show.  I always wanted to go in the past and today we finally made it.  We parked the Pineland Regional High school to catch the shuttle.  It was easy and we didn't have to wait long for the shuttle.  The buses were comfortable and air conditioned. Best of all they were free and so was the show. It was great and the weather was super.  Lots of dogs!  

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Thursday, September 21, 2017

New York City

Today was my day with my handsome grandson!  Luke and I had a wonderful time.  We went to to the 86th floor of the Empire State Building, Bryant Park, Time Square, Rockefeller Center. the Lego Store, the M&M store, Game Stop, etc.  All in all  the day was perfect! We walked so much!  Too bad is that we both were so pooped that we were looking forward to sit back on the bus.

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Monday, September 11, 2017

Alyvia Resbin

Little Alyvia turned 1!  We had a wonderful time celebrating Annette's daughter Alyvia's 1st birthday.  It was a perfect day to have the party outside.  Good time, good food and great company!  Finally got to meet Christina's kids in person.  It seems like I knew them all along.  First through Charlotte's stories and then of course Facebook later on.

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Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Labor Day

Labor Day was the best day of the weekend.  The sun was out the whole day, the temperatures were perfect.  We decided to take a ride to Cattus Island.  While there we ran into Sean Wistuba an years d his girlfriend with their children.  I wouldn’t have recognized him at all.  He wore a baseball cap and the last time I saw him in person was when he was about 12 years old.  Sure he is my FB friend, but it’s different as when you see the person in the real world.
We walked about an hour and a half and it was great.
  The butterflies of the butterfly garden must have migrated already.  There weren’t many flowers left an only one lonely butterfly.
We walked to the bay and there were quite a few boats out there enjoying a perfect Labor Day.
Time to eat after the walk off the Outback Steak House.
  All in all….it was a great day.

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Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Fortescue NJ

Had a great visit with Lynn at her house in Fortescue NJ.  It's so very peaceful there and the bay was gorgeous.  The weather was gorgeous!  What a wonderful place far, far away from everything.

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Sunday, August 27, 2017


Went to the playground with Elisabeth.  She couldn't wait to get there and I was happy that she had fun......until she tried the monkey bars one more time.  When she came down she showed her hands to me and they were all blistered inside.  To make is worse, the blisters all popped open.  We went home to cut of the excess skin and put on some healing creme.  Poor Elisabeth, she was all bumped out. :-(

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Saturday, August 26, 2017

Weekend with Boo

This weekend Elisabeth spent the weekend with us at the campground.  She loves the lake!  So much better than the pool. I get that, because I love the lake too.  The water is awesome.

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We also went to the Cape May Zoo and had a great time.  It was pretty crowded, but still nice.  The weather was perfect! 

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Tammy's 49th birthday

We had a great time celebrating Tammy's 49th birthday.  The food was once again great, the company even better and the best part was that Dennis walked in - yes....walked in!  So proud damn of his determination!!!

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Saturday, August 5, 2017

Dennis' Benefit

The Bayville Elks did it again!  To everyone involved with the Fund Raising Benefit in support of our son held at the Bayville Elks Lodge #2394 on August 5th:
We are completely overwhelmed by the love, support and generosity you have shown to our son and his family in this very difficult time.
We thank each and every one of you from the bottom of our hearts.
May God bless you all.

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Thursday, August 3, 2017

Bass River State Forest

Our campground is only about three miles away from Bass River State Forest.  I never expected it to be such a beautiful park and campground.  The campsite were very nice, large enough and well kept.
No power or sewer and the water comes out of a spigot.  We did like it though.  The beach was also awesome.  
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Sunday, July 30, 2017

Pirate boat race

We went to the campground just for one night to participate in this weeks clambake.  It was a potluck dinner and we truly enjoyed it.  After the dinner we hung out with John Blair and his family.  Good times! BTW, little Johnny Blair came into second place at the race.

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Friday, July 28, 2017

50th Wedding Anniversay

We celebrated our anniversary very quiet.  Just the family.  It was what we wanted.  The kids treated us for a yummy dinner at the Anchor Inn in Ocean Gate.  The food was good, we had a good time and got some gorgeous flowers too.

Thursday, July 20, 2017


Today was a big day for the family.  Dennis got his prosthesis and we are thrilled!  So bitter-sweet still sad that it happened to my baby in the first place, yet so proud that he came this far. He is in good spirits and never gave up.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

First trip in the canoe

We are here at the campground since Saturday now.  It's quiet, because all the weekenders are gone. We decide to blow up the canoe and take it to the lake.  I don't have an easy time to get in and out, but I managed.  Once we were on the lake I felt somewhat uncomfortable.  Not really scared, yet weird. The next time we go I will definitely have to take a Xanax or something.  I beliebe age is catching up with me. LOL
All in all though, it's pretty cool.

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Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Summer Concert

We went to hear the Duprees singing at Veteran's Park in Bayville.  It was very nice and we had a great time.

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Saturday, July 8, 2017

Monmouth Race Track

We were invited to celebrate my neighbor's 70th birthday at Monmouth Park. It was great.  Food was good, and we had fun putting in some bets.  I came with $15 and went home with $15.20.  Now to me, that is winning. LOL

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Tuesday, July 4, 2017

July 4th over Tammy's

Had a great time with delicious food and good company.

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Our new summer home

I just noticed that it has been a while since I wrote last. 
We arrived last Friday for the first overnight stay at our new campsite.  So far so good.  We are very comfortable because it reminds me of our old seasonal site at Fantasy Island in Sunbury PA.  People are friendly and make you feel welcome. 
The campground itself feels ‘rustic’. Lots of trees.  The drives are unpaved and it is a bit dusty when people drive faster than the speed limit of 5 mph.  The lake is great.  I already went tubing on it.  Not the fast kind of tubing, just a relaxing floating type of tubing.  One of my neighbors invited me to come and she lent me one of her tubes.  Needless to say that I went out the next day to purchase my own.
Saturday night was a party for everyone at the beach and from 5:30 – 7 pm they even had an Elvis impersonator and I was one of the few ‘lucky ones’ that got his sweaty scarf.  He was good too!  So all in all….we do like it so far.

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Saturday, June 17, 2017

Myrtle Beach boardwalk

Hot, hot, hot.....we went to the Myrtle Beach today.  It is shorter than I thought and of course very commercialized.  We had a nice time walking around a bit.  $16 for 3 hours parking.....yikes. :-(

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Friday, June 16, 2017

The beach

We ended the day with a walk to the beach.  The water was refreshing and Kia once again wanted nothing to do with it.

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Paul and Judy in Myrtle Beach

We had awesome visitors today.  Judy and Paul came to see us and we had a wonderful time.  Simba and Buddah came too and Kia was in 7th heaven to have her brothers here.

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Thursday, June 15, 2017

Broadway at the Beach

Peter and I were there for the third time.  Always a great place to visit. Store, attractions, etc.

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Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Don't think we had no fun!

The first full day we went to Wilmington NC.  It was Rudi's wish to drive there and it was well worth it.


Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Our condo in Murrell Inlet

Before we decided we want to be seasonal campers again, we planned a trip  to Myrtle Beach with our German friends Rudi and Katrin.  On the way there we stayed one night at a La Quinta in Doswell VA.  We continued our trip the next day and arrived safe and sound at the condo we rented.  The condo looked nice on the Internet and was described well.  It was not.  It looked like someone went to a flea market to furnish the house, from chipped dishes to the furniture. You would think when someone rents out a place that is suppose to sleep 4-6 people, there would at least be enough dishes at least for 4.  There were three forks and three butter knifes, the pots had no matching lids and the Teflon frying pans were scratched and unusable.
this picture is from another apartment in the building
The dining area we read that it seats 5 people, but there were only three chairs.
In one of the reviews one person wrote that the area rugs were dirty and the landlord(lady) commented that there are no area rugs.  Funny, there are some in their advertised pictures.
If you don't look too close it is fairly clean and by that mean don't look too close.  You would also think that when you have a long day of sightseeing you want to just chill and sit comfortable.  No way are those furniture comfortable.  The pink chair with all the stuff hanging below is not usable at all.  The couch is worn and totally uncomfortable.  There was another chair that was OK.  All in all, it looked like the owner got the furniture from a flea market.
The description also said that you can sit outside to chill, etc.  The outside furniture in the back and front are filthy.  I wouldn't even let my dog sit in there.  There was an ashtray that never was emptied.
WiFi was good, TV was a different story.  There was a cable in the wall lose and we thought that must be from the cable company.  It didn't work and then we saw those "As Seen On TV" antennas. one channel, called the landlord and told her and she said that is the first time she heard this, just place the antenna in a different location and you will get more channels.  We did and yay...we got three different stations.  One of them NBC.
We weren't able to lock our windows and the door locks are a joke. Anyone is able to break in and steal our valuables.

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Monday, June 12, 2017

Last day

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The family spent most of Saturday together.  We all went out for breakfast and then off to Double Trouble State Park with the hope of finding some mushrooms.  Peter and I didn't feel like walking through the woods and walked around a little on our own.  I took a few pictures, including the bug that moved around some dog poop.  That was one of the grossest thing I've seen in a while. (enlarge picture)
After the park we went to Berkeley Twp.'s annual D.A.R.E. car show and finished the day with dinner at the Fortune Buffet and an after dinner cordial at home.  It was a nice day.  We brought Doris and Joerg back to Tammy's and as of today they are back in Germany. 

Friday, June 9, 2017

Dan's Birthday

We spent the day with the family to celebrate Dan's birthday.  It was a lot of fun and we all had a good time.  The food was delicious and the weather was perfect.  The best part....Dennis drove the truck from his house to the party.

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Thursday, June 8, 2017

Grounds for Scultures again

We all went to see Grounds for Sculptures.  The weather was OK.  It could have been a little more sun, but it was not raining and that works for me.
As always I took quite a few pictures.  We had fun and when it was time to go home, my feet were aching like the ones of a 70 year old bag.

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

A little bummed about Bum Rogers

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We all went to eat at Bum Rogers.  It was good, but I truly think that their prices are too high and even though it was tasty, it wasn't as good as I expected.  Keep in mind that I grew up in a town with a large fish industry.  If you go to a restaurant in my hometown, you get sea food to die for.  the company was great and so was the time we had.  Loved having the whole family together.

Monday, June 5, 2017

My 70th Birthday

Surprise!  If anyone asks....YES!  I was totally not expecting this.  Almost everyone was there and it was some awesome party.  The biggest surprise was of course that my cousin from Germany was there. 
Big shout out to my kids who organized it, especially Tammy and Dan who's house was used for the party.  I give credit to all my friends and family that kept this a secret.
I loved every single minute! 
Thank you everyone!

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Friday, June 2, 2017

My best friend

Today was a very sad day.  My best friend and Tammy's godmother passed away.  Not much to write about....may she rest in peace.

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Grounds for Sculpture

Can't get enough of the place!  Today we went on a bus trip there and the weather couldn't have been anymore perfect.  There are new displays every year, it's really never the same. There are certain ones that stay, but every corner, every path is a new surprise of some wonderful art.

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Saturday, May 27, 2017

Wells Mills Park

We took a ride to Wells Mills Park today.  I call it the forgotten park.  It's a very beautiful park with great trails.  Warning signs for ticks greeted us and I regretted not having any spray with me and wouldn't you know, when we got home, Peter had a tick on him. Of course we both stripped and checked for more ticks and the clothes went in the wash.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Luke's 11th Birthday

Today we celebrated Luke's 11th birthday.  The whole family was there and everyone enjoyed the time we spent together.  Good seeing Dennis smiling.
Luke got a computer from his parents and he can't wait to set it all up. here

Tuesday, May 23, 2017


After three weeks our Dennis is back home with his family.