Monday, September 2, 2013

Do any of you out there that might be looking at this remember the old days? How you couldn't wait for the movie to start? The mosquitos being terrible? Buying those green coiled pics they sold at the concession stand to help with them; but never reaching far enough to the ones in the back of the car? Getting a speaker that didn't work? It sure does bring back memories.

Sunday, August 25, 2013

The Storm

Doesn't this sky look menacing? It was a terrible storm by the time it was over with lots and lots of rain and very windy.
A person could use this in a book. I can't think of lots of ways to put it in one too. ha!

Monday, August 19, 2013


Owls are so beautiful in their own way. I like to look at pictures of them. It is amazing how good their sight really is; especially in the dark. Can you spot the owl in this photo?

Saturday, August 17, 2013


I wanted to post this today so if any of you out there would want to watch what went on here during the BassMasters event that took place. The Village and Town of Waddington now holds according to the last census 1,000 people. The weekend brought in 34,100 folks. As you can see the place was hopping.

Tuesday, August 13, 2013


When I first came to New York state many years ago I had no idea what a "Northern Pike" looked like. Most people that live in the South do not. I took a picture hoping to let you all see what one looks like. The "Northern Pike" is up in the right hand corner of the picture. The "Bass" is in the left hand corner. I am sorry the picture did not turn out any better than this. The lighting was poor.

Saturday, August 10, 2013

Bass Masters Day3

This is a photo of one of the boats that is in the competition of day 3. We were lucky today to not have the humidity and the heat we have had the last few days. It was in the 70's with strong winds and gusts; a little choppy on the water though for the fishermen. Tomorrow will be the final day for the top 12 anglers.

Friday, August 9, 2013

Bass Masters

"American Idol" finalist, Bucky Covington performing on day two of the BassMasters Festival. This was as close as I could get as you can see. I had to squeeze through the crowd this for this shot.

Thursday, August 8, 2013

Bass Masters Day 1

This is taken from our first day at the Bass Masters Elite day. As you can see the sky is a beautiful blue with a few clouds. We got there a bit early so they were not all set up yet. I will be posting photos from time to time for all of you to see.

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Live Event!

The Evan William Bourbon St. Lawrence River Showdown starts Thursday, and anglers are already plying the river in search of their big catch. The tournament runs from Thursday through Sunday, headquartered at Whittaker Park in the village. Each day features Tastes and Talents of the North Country Festival vendors and specialty booths, crafters, artisans, food and wine producers, businesses and organizations, and “Angler’s Alley.” The Waddington Arena will house the Hawg Trough giant fish tank, Lawton’s mobile trout pond and kids’ fishing and a fishing simulator experience. Other attractions each day include Ghost Rider Helicopters, a beer tent, bourbon sampling, bouncy houses for the kids, food vendors from early morning until closing, and a breakfast buffet at the American Legion from 7 to 11 a.m. Horse and carriage rides will be available Friday through Sunday. Here is the full schedule for the week, which is subject to change. Stop by the St. Lawrence County Chamber of Commerce booth for updates. THURSDAY 6:30 a.m.: Full field of 99 bass anglers launch; public invited 11 a.m. - 8 p.m.: Tastes and Talents of North Country Festival 11:30 a.m.: Talons! A Birds of Prey Experience, interactive show with live birds of prey 1 - 3 p.m.: Backroad Bluegrass Band, Chippewa Bay 2 p.m.: Talons! A Birds of Prey Experience, interactive show with live birds of prey 3:15 p.m.: Official weigh-in and ceremony begins 5 - 7 p.m.: Acoustic Brothers, Waddington 7:30 - 9 p.m.: Waydown Wailers, St. Lawrence County band FRIDAY 6:30 a.m.: Full field of 99 bass anglers launch; public invited 11 a.m. - 8 p.m.: Tastes and Talents of North Country Festival 11:30 a.m.: Talons! A Birds of Prey Experience, interactive show with live birds of prey 1 - 2:30 p.m.: Native North American Traveling College, Cornwall Island; song and dance performance in full Native American dress 2 p.m.: Talons! A Birds of Prey Experience, interactive show with live birds of prey 2:30 - 3 p.m.: Sweet Adelines 3:15 p.m.: Official weigh-in and ceremony 5:30 - 6:45 p.m.: Lacey Stoddard, local singer 7:30 - 9 p.m.: “American Idol” finalist, country singer Bucky Covington in concert 10 - 11:30 p.m.: Crunchenstein, St. Lawrence County band with laser light show SATURDAY MILITARY APPRECIATION DAY Shuttle to/from Ogdensburg attractions and events; see schedule at the Chamber of Commerce booth Chicken barbecue, Waddington Fire Department; shuttle available 6:30 a.m.: Top field of 50 anglers launch for semi-finals of the showdown; public invited 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.: Canadian-American Wounded Warrior and Battle Buddies Fishing Derby; Fobare’s Pond across from Coles Creek State Park 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.: Antique Car Show, Island View Park 10 a.m. - 8 p.m.: Tastes and Talents of North Country Festival 11:30 a.m.: Talons! A Birds of Prey Experience, interactive show with live birds of prey Noon to 6 p.m.: Bassmaster Elite Series Expo 1 - 3 p.m.: 10th Mountain Division Band 2 p.m.: Talons! A Birds of Prey Experience, interactive show with live birds of prey 3 - 3:15 p.m.: Fort Drum Color Guard 3:15 p.m.: Official semi-finals weigh-in and ceremony begins; also, Can-Am Wounded Warrior Derby winners and presentations 5 - 6 p.m.: Atomic Precipitation, Waddington-area band 6:15 - 7 p.m.: Local singer Larry Holly 7:30 - 9 p.m.: National country star Jason Michael Carroll in concert 9:45 p.m. approx.: Fireworks by Young Explosives SUNDAY 6:30 a.m.: Top 12 anglers launch for final day of the showdown; public invited 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.: Tastes and Talents of North Country Festival 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.: Kaitlyn LaShomb, Troy O’Brien, Nick Rycroft, local singers and musicians Noon to 5 p.m.: Bassmaster Elite Series Expo 1 - 3 p.m.: Chris Taylor & The Custom Taylor Band, Syracuse area country band 3:15 p.m.: Official final weigh-in and ceremony begins I AM SORRY THIS POSTED THIS WAY. I HAVE TRIED TO STRAIGHTEN IT OUT BUT IT ALWAYS COMES BACK LIKE YOU SAW ABOVE. mUST BE A BLOG ISSUE GOING ON HERE WHICH I CAN'T FIX.

Saturday, August 3, 2013


We stopped and saw the Juggling act today at the Homecoming event. This event was mainly for the kids. Quite a few were asked to join them in their acts. It all went over quite fell with the exception of a few rain drops.

Monday, July 29, 2013

Waddington Homecoming 2013

Homecoming 2013 Schedule

38th Annual Waddington Homecoming

Friday, August 2nd
10:00am – Pet Show at Town Hall Square.  For more information, please contact June Dumas at 388-5674.  
9:00am – 4:00pm – Book Sale at Library Community Room.
Noon – Teddy Bear Picnic at the Waddington Town Beach. For more info, contact Benny Fairchild 388-5628. 
1:00pmSand Castle Contest at the Town Beach. Recreation Committee 
5:30pm – 7:00pm – Ice Cream Social at Waddington United Methodist Church.  For more information, please call 388-5568.
6:15pm – Opening Ceremony at Town Hall Square.
6:30pm – Diaper Derby at Town Hall Square. For more info, call Shelly Shirley 276-6327 or Wayne Santamont 388-4390. 
7:00pm – Lip Sync Contest at Town Hall Square. (Registration is at 5:30pm).  For more information, please contact Sheryl Evans 276-0016. Sponsored by Phillips Memorial Homes and Riverview of Waddington Motel.
9:00pm – Music by Acoustic Brothers at Town Hall. 
Saturday, August 3rd
7:00am – Pancake Breakfast at Waddington United Methodist Church.  For more information, please call 388-5568.
9:00am – Five K Run from Island View Park.  Sponsored by the Waddington Volunteer Fire Department. Registration:  7:30 am; Kevin Sharlow 276-9040; Jason Brown 276-0723
9:00am – 2:00pm – Book Sale at Library Community Room
11:00am - 2:00pm – Car Show at Island View Park.  Sponsored by the Waddington Volunteer Fire Department. Registration 10:30 am; Scott Kocher 388-4801 
10:00am – 4:00pm – Craft, Antique & Flea Market Show at Town Hall Square.  For more information, please contact Shelly Shirley 276-6327 or Nancy Putney 388-5576. 
10:00am – 4:00pm – Quilt & Textile Show at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church. Contact Linda Jones at 388-5661 for more information. 
10:00am – 4:00pm – Art Show at Former Elementary School.  For more information, please contact Bob Ritter at 388-5644.
10:00 am - 4:00 pm - Boy Scouts Dunk Tank at Town Hall Square.
11:00am - Childrens Games; Island View Park; Contact Amy Rivera 388-4931 or Michelle Jones 296-4645 for further information.
11:00 am - 1:00pm - Music by Donna Miller; Gazebo
11:00am – Chicken Barbecue at the Waddington Fire Hall.
Noon - 1:00 pm - Juggler - Gravitational Bull; Library
1:00 - 2:30 - Karaoke with Rick Snyder; Town Hall Square
2:30pm – Bed Races on Main Street.  Sponsored by Mack's Tavern.  388-5862. 
5:00pmParade Lineup on Linden & Fenton Streets.
6:00pm – Parade from LaGrasse Street to Island View Park. Contact John Mikolay 388-5983 or for further information. 
7:00pm – Music by Double Barrel Blues;  Island View Park.
8:00pm – 14th Annual Duck Race from the Town Beach to Island View Park.  For more information, please contact Sue Caswell at 388-4309.
Dusk – Fireworks at Island View Park. 
Sunday, August 4th
9:00am – Homecoming Ecumenical Service; United Methodist Church.
12:00 NOON – Community Picnic & "Cup Cake War"; Town Beach.  Sponsored & Catered by Seaway Diner & Smokehouse. 
2:00pm – Tube Race from the Town Beach to Island View  Park.  Sponsored by the Waddington Sons of the American Legion. 

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Saturday, July 20, 2013

Stormy Weather

This summer has been very unusual in the weather department. This spring was very chilly. There were even a couple nights that were down near the freezing temperatures. No one thought it would ever warm up. This past two weeks have been very hot and humid; the humidity reminding me of Texas when I was growing up. Everyone gets thunderstorms from time to time but this year they seem to be more intense. We have had a couple power outages this year. One was quite lenghthy.

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Happy 4th of July!!

Just wanted to wish you all a Happy 4th of July! Those of you traveling will probably make it a 4 day weekend; be safe out there folks.

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Andy's Birthday

Our beautiful Andy is three years old today. He is enjoying his new toy. It is really hard to believe it has been three years. I remember when we brought him home. He came to us at seven weeks old because his mother could no longer nurse him; he had too many teeth. Andy is very protective and loving. He is constantly wagging his tail; I have never seen a dog so happy all the time. And curious! Whenever we get a package in the mail he wants to be the first one in the box to see what it is.

Sunday, June 23, 2013


(Pictures: Wikipedia)                                     


It is a busy time of year on the St. Lawrence River. There are many pleasure crafts and lakers that run up and down the river through the locks carrying cargo. The first time I saw a Laker coming from each side and meeting each other it was amazing to me. They would blow their horns to let the other know where they were. One would stand aside and let the other pass. I still never get tired of seeing them after almost 30 years.

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

My Experience

I don't know how many of you out there use "Dish" for tv reception. I would like to share my experience with them:
To start with we use to have Cable and really liked it. But the provider kept adding channels that no one would watch and the bill kept getting higher and higher. At this point we had cable for over 20 years and thought maybe they could give us some kind of special or something. They had been running sales on the tv about all their wonderful packages. Sorry to say we got no help so we decided to brave the waters and try Dish. You have to sign a two year contract with these folks before you get connected. We were told the reception would be really good. Now I am here to tell you exactly what we went through for those two years. Everytime the wind blew strangly or a even the tiniest of clouds moved over head in the sky we had no reception. Not to mention the many times they were out here doing service calls plus all the ice build up on the dish on the roof. (My husband got sick of that really fast). After our two years was up we called and they sent another tech out. By this time none the the local channels were working. (News and etc..) The man that came out told us we should never have had Dish to begin with. His exact words were "You were destined to fail". He said we had no line of sight to the house. He also told us within a week we would lose all the premium channels. He recommended we try "Direct TV". So far so good. But the crazy thing is; when I called Dish to tell them we no long had line of sight the girl told me "You can always have it shut off for six months so when the trees lose their leaves you can watch the set again."
Just thought I would share this.

Wednesday, June 5, 2013


A friend of mine and I were looking through our files to see what we could come up with to make this blog a little more unusual. I have come up with several anmated eyes that I really like. The ones that I use on my desktop are alot bigger than this . What do you think of these?

Monday, May 27, 2013

Memorial Day

Happy Memorial day to all of you out there. I am thankful we finally have a sunny day for this. At least the people in the parade won't have to march in the rain this year. This is the 3rd time in 29 years the day has turned out decent for us.

Monday, May 20, 2013

My Big Boy

I just wanted to share my big boy with you all. I have never seen a more happier little guy ever. He wakes up wagging his tail and never stops; however he is very protective of me. I love all animals. I figure they are gifts from God. If I could I would take them all; of course I would need at least a football field to take them all in. My hubby just rolls his eyes when I say that. Ha!

Friday, May 10, 2013

Animal Safety

Now that the weather has started to get warmer I see more and more folks out there leaving their animals in their cars in the parking lots with the windows barely down for air while they go in and shop. Everytime I see this I report it. Some managers of the stores will shout it out on the speaker system to warn the people to leave so their animals do not die. Most I guess are so embarrassed they have been caught and they do leave. I know people do love their animals and want them with them as much as possible but this is not the thing to do. It is very cruel.

Monday, May 6, 2013


I don't know what it is about tigers that I like so much. I really like the leopard spots. As a matter of fact I have a leaopard throw on my couch right now. I try and collect all the pictures and items I can get with the tigers on them. This picture was kind of unique in iteslf so I thought to share it with all of you.

Wednesday, May 1, 2013


Here is a tip for all of you out there that may be near wooded areas or maybe camp out. The weather is getting alot nicer out now so this may come in handy.

Friday, April 26, 2013

Spring Cleaning

I don't know how many of you out there do spring cleaning every year. I have found most people are too busy to even bother with it. I am a home maker so I do it every year. I have noticed though as I grow older how much tougher it is to climb up and down a ladder to reach things and clean; the same thing goes for getting down on the floors for baseboards and etc....But at the end of each day you can sit back and enjoy your accomplishments for that day and it makes it smell alot fresher after being closed in during the winter; especially with the winters being so long where I live.

Tuesday, April 16, 2013


There are so many unwanted animals out there now in shelters; not even counting the ones that are just roaming the streets. It is not their faults they are born; that's just human nature. I hope there are those out there that can see this. I don't know what I would do without my Andy. He is one of God's gifts to us.

Wednesday, April 10, 2013


The weather for just about everyone has been up and down like a yoyo this Spring. It gets very depressing at times when all you see is the overcast skies and rain. Just remember the Sun will shine. Hang in there. Read a book; go shopping; spend time with friends..... anything that will help bring you out of any depressions you might have.

Friday, April 5, 2013

Abandoned House

Have you often wondered about the old abandoned houses that you see? Every time I see one I wonder who the people were like that lived there; did they pass away or just move out and let the place crumble?
Did these homesteaders have parties? Maybe they were farm people that had to live off of the land. How many children? There are so many questions unanswered.

Wednesday, March 27, 2013


It seems that Easter is earlier than usual this year but I could not let it slip by without wishing everyone out there a Happy Easter! Rain is in the forecast for us so I feel sorry for the little ones searching for eggs.

I remember when me and my siblings were really little and Daddy would take us out to the hay meadow every year to hunt for the easter eggs. If it was bad weather Mama would always find the time to hide them in the house. I don't know how she ever did that with 7 children around.

Saturday, March 23, 2013


Have you ever had this happen to you? Sometimes when you dive into a book and it is so exciting where you just can't put it down? You can actually visualize the scene they are describing and maybe even relate to it in some way? It can happen.

Saturday, March 16, 2013

St. Patrick's Day

Happy St. Patrick's Day to all of you Irish people out there. My hubby gets it honest but I get it from his last name. Ha!

Wednesday, March 13, 2013


Thirty years ago on March 14th my hubby and I got married in a small place in Missouri. We figured it was the half way point between his native New York and my being from Texas.
I just looked up the symbol and it says "Pearl" for thirty years.
Not sure what we are doing tomorrow yet but when I looked out earlier it was snowing pretty hard.
Happy Anniversary to us!

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Daylight Savings Time

It seems like it has been two winters back to back this year for me. I thought it would never end. Actually it is snowing right now so it hasn't yet but this picture sure helps. I know it is around the corner now.

Tuesday, February 26, 2013


It is amazing how far your mind can go just by reading a book. And you can pick which way you would like it to go. For instance: You are on a battlefield and the enemy is on your tail; your best friend has been shot. Do you have the strength it takes to get to safety along with your friend before the enemy reaches you? Or how about you are in a magical world with wizards and mages; in order to save one of the wizard's from peril, you are sent on a journey to gather everything you need for a potion that only a witch can brew to save it's life? Along the way you encounter many enemies to stop you.
All you have to do is dive into a book and be swept off your feet.

Thursday, February 21, 2013

The Old Out House

If you are old enough, and can remember the old "Out-House", then you will chuckle at this one........
The Old Gas Station

The service station trade was slow.
The owner sat around,
With sharpened knife and cedar stick.
Piled shavings on the ground.

No modern facilities had they,
The log across the rill
Led to a shack, marked His and Hers
That sat against the hill.

"Where is the ladies restroom, sir?"
The owner leaning back,
Said not a word but whittled on,
And nodded toward the shack.

With quickened step she entered there
But only stayed a minute,
Until she screamed, just like a snake
Or spider might be in it.

With startled look and beet red face
She bounded through the door,
And headed quickly for the car.
Just like three gals before.

She tripped and fell -- got up,
and then In obvious disgust,
Ran to the car, stepped on the gas,
And faded in the dust.

Of course we all desired to know
What made the gals all do
The things they did, and then we found out what
The whittling owner knew.

A speaking system he'd devised
To make the thing complete,
He tied a speaker on the wall
Beneath the toilet seat.

He'd wait until the gals got set, and then the devilish tyke,
would stop his whittling long enough, to speak into the mike.

And as she sat, a voice below, struck terror, fright and fear
"Will you please use the other hole?  We're painting under here."

Friday, February 15, 2013

Seamstress Sewing Machine

This is my Seamstress sewing machine. It used to be a foot paddle one but was changed into electric. It really is a tough little machine. The only draw back is the bobbin. It does not hold very much. My husband recently had to rewire it.

Monday, February 4, 2013

Winter Hum Drums

This is the time of year where you wish the cold and snow would just go away. I must say we have had an unusual winter up to this point. Last week it got up to 51 degrees one day! That never happens. When this picture was taken a few minutes ago it was 15 degrees with a wind chill of 1 degree. The blue sky looks so heavenly; we haven't seen much of it. We have a lot more snow than this too by now. The family members that live in the south report temperatures between the 70's and low 80's. Oh my!!

Monday, January 21, 2013


This is our coldest week of the year. It got up to a whopping minus seven degrees this morning. The week is expected to not be above ten degrees until Friday morning and then it is going to be fifteen degrees. My niece wrote that she was going to the park with the kids because it was going to be in the sixties in Texas.  Someday we will see that again. Can you tell I am tired of this cold? Ha!

Monday, January 14, 2013

The Weather

The weather has been unusually warm this past week. It even got up into the upper fifties at one point. Of course we lost a lot of the snow we had but I am sure we will pay for it in the coming weeks. It is already starting to get colder again.

Monday, January 7, 2013

Our Little Devil

Our little bugger tried so hard to get to his Christmas stocking and packages this year. As you can see I put up a gate but he was smart enough to know he could still get to it.