Monday, December 31, 2012

Happy New Year!

                                       HAPPY NEW YEAR!!

Sunday, December 23, 2012


Merry Christmas everyone! Have a safe and happy one!
I can remember way back some of our Christmas's as children. My grandmother would get us one of those "fun boxes" every year. It sure was nice seeing that under the tree. We didn't have much. If any of you can remember the "fun boxes" you would understand. It contained about 50 different little things in it. From coloring books to slates and etc... we had oodles of fun with all that stuff.

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Brrrr...It's cold out!

I think this picture sums it up nicely around here. Last I looked before posting this it was 21 degrees with a windchill putting it at 14 degrees. At least the sun is shining today. That's a plus!

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Mama's quilt

I thought I would share this picture of the quilt I made for Mama for Christmas this year. It took me 8 days to cut, sew and quilt it in order to get it in the mail in time for the Christmas rush at the post office.

Monday, November 26, 2012

M and M

Isn't this a cute picture? You can use it as a wall paper on your desk top. I have all the colors of the M and M family. Just thought I would share this one.

Tuesday, November 20, 2012


I can remember going to our grandmother's every Thanksgiving. She sure could cook. I can remember seeing those huge roasters just piled with food. She would bake the pies ahead of time and set them out on the freezer. The poor woman was cooking for alot of us. I just don't see how she did it every year.  Especially living out on the farm with all the chores she had to do too.
Have a safe and happy Thanksgiving!

Monday, November 12, 2012

Tomb of the Unknown Soldier

of the Unknown Soldier

How many steps does the guard take during his walk across the tomb of the Unknowns
and why?
21  steps:
It alludes to the twenty-one gun salute which is the highest honor given any military or foreign dignitary.

How long does he hesitate after his about face to begin his return
walk and why?
21 seconds for the same reason as answer number 1

Why are his gloves wet?
His gloves are moistened to prevent his losing his
grip on the rifle.

Does he carry his rifle on the same shoulder all the time and,if not, why not?
He carries the rifle on the shoulder away from the tomb. After his march across the path,he executes an about face and moves the rifle to the outside shoulder.

How often are the guards changed?
Guards are changed every thirty minutes, twenty-four hours a day, 365 days a

What are the physical traits of the guard limited to?
For a person to apply for guard duty at the tomb, he must bebetween 5' 10' and 6' 2' tall and his waist size cannot exceed 30.
They must commit 2 years of life to guard the tomb, live in a barracks under the tomb, and cannot drink any alcohol on or off duty for the rest of their lives. They cannot swear in public for the rest of their lives and cannot disgrace the uniform or the tomb in any way.
After two years, the guard is given a wreath pin that is worn on their lapel signifying they served as guard of the tomb. There are only 400 presently worn. The guard must obey these rules for the rest of their lives or
give up the wreath pin.
The shoes are specially made with very thick soles to keep the heat and cold from their feet. There are metal heel plates that extend to the top of the shoe in order to make the loud click as they come to a halt.
There are no wrinkles, folds or lint on the uniform. Guards dress for duty in front of a full-length mirror.
The first six months of duty a guard cannot talk to anyone nor watch TV.
All off duty time is spent studying the 175 notable people laid to rest in Arlington National Cemetery . A guard must memorize who they are and where they are interred. Among the notables are:

President Taft,
Joe Lewis {the boxer}
Medal of Honor winner Audie L. Murphy, the most
decorated soldier of WWII and of Hollywood fame. Every guard spends five
hours a day getting his uniforms ready for guard duty..


In 2003 as Hurricane Isabelle was approaching Washington , DC , our US Senate/House took 2 days off with anticipation of the storm. On the ABC
evening news, it was reported that because of the dangers from the hurricane, the military members assigned the duty of guarding the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier were given permission to suspend the assignment. They respectfully declined the offer, "No way, Sir!" Soaked to the skin, marching in the pelting rain of a tropical storm, they said that guarding the Tomb was not just an assignment, it was the highest honor that can be afforded to a service person. The tomb has been patrolled continuously,
24/7, since 1930.

Monday, November 5, 2012

The Time Change

I really dislike changing our clocks back one hour. That means in the peak of winter it will be dark by 4:15PM. So depressing. A person should get the natural sun light as well but we have had very little of that. It is a no wonder the suicide rate is so high . Hang in there everyone!

Monday, October 29, 2012

Happy Halloween

Happy Halloween to all of you ghosts and goblins out there. Be safe.

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Reminiscing on Halloween

When we were all very young; daddy used to scare us with an old devils mask that he had. That is still one of the most scariest masks I have seen. This was back in the early 60's if not before.
Later in years I decided to try and dress up one Halloween. My outfit consisted of the following: (thanks to my hubby)
Old work boots
A Carhart jacket
1 huge pillow
old work gloves
A devil mask with purple hair
As short as I am in real life; I didn't know whether I would be recognized for that or not.(back then the older kids did not trick or treat like they do today) But I did give it a try. It was very hard clomping along in those big work boots. At the time it was very cold out with high winds and blowing snow. I went to my neighbors. She never guess who I was . Later I told her and we laughed about it.

Monday, October 22, 2012


How many of the following,
do you remember?

Headlight dip-switches,on floor of the car.
Ignition switches on the dashboard.
Trouser leg clips, for bicycles without chain guards.

Soldering irons you heated on a gas burner.
Using hand signals for cars, without turn indicators.
Older Than Dirt Quiz:
Count all the ones that you remember,
not the ones you were told about.

Ratings at the bottom:
1. Sweet cigarettes
2. Coffee shops with juke boxes
3. Home milk delivery in glass bottles
4. Party lines on the telephone
5. Newsreels before the movie
6. TV test cards
(mentioned earlier)
that came on at night after the last show and were there until TV shows
started again in the morning.
(There were only 3 channels)
7. Peashooters
8. 33 rpm records
9. 45 RPM records
10. Hi-fi's
11. Metal ice trays with levers
12. Blue flashbulb
13. Cork popguns
14. Wash tub wringers
If you remembered 0-3
You're still young

If you remembered 3-6
You are getting older

If you remembered 7-10
Don't tell your age

If you remembered 11-14
You're positively ancient!

Monday, October 15, 2012

Wall Quilt

I thought I would share with all of you a wall quilt I made a long ways back. They sure can brighten up a wall. And you can pick a design you like with whatever color scheme the room is. (A dear friend of my husband's and mine made the hanger for me. He is no longer with us.)
Winter is coming and I plan to make another one this year in a 3D cube design during those nasty snowy days.

Monday, October 8, 2012

The Deck of Cards

I always thought the following was very interesting:

  • The ace or the card with one spot tells me that there is but one God.
  • The card with two spots reminds me that the Bible is divide into two parts,
  • the old and the new testaments.
  • The trey - that there are three persons in the trinity.
  • The four spotted card tells me that the New Testament was written by the four Evangelists, Matthew, Mark, Luke and John.
  • The five - that there were five foolish and five wise virgins.
  • The six - reminds me that God created the world in six days.
  • Seven, of course, the Sabbath and that he rested on that seventh day.
  • The card with eight spots serves to remind me of the eight beatitudes, perhaps the greatest sermon preached by our Lord. 
  • The nine card tells me of the nine lepers who did not return to the Savior to give thanks.
  • The ten - for the ten commandments.
  • The Jack....the jack is the knave, the Devil who goes about seeking the destruction of souls.
  • The Queen is the Mother of Heaven, the Mother of God.
  • The King, is the Kingdom of Heaven which will be my reward of a good life.
  • But the deck of cards is even more.  The pack is an almanac.
  • There are fifty two cards in the deck, telling me there are fifty-two Sundays in the year.  Add up all the spots and you will find 365 in all, telling me there are 365 days in the year.
  • There are thirteen cards to a suite, which tells me there are thirteen lunar months in the year.
  • In all, there are twelve face cards, which reminds me there are twelve calendar months to each year.
  • There are four suites, hearts, diamonds, spades and clubs, signifying the four seasons, spring, winter, summer and fall.   People see what they  want to see. 
  • Monday, October 1, 2012

    Fall Foliage

    It's that time of year again to see all the beautiful colors of fall. You know soon that 'ole man winter' is just around the corner. Here in the North East it gets really cold and nasty. It stays that way for months.

    There seems to be an awful lot of windy days this year. My back yard is just loaded with leaves. Some of them fell before they changed colors due to the hot and dryness over the summer.

    Monday, September 24, 2012


                                                   PepĂ© Le Pew
                                             picture: courtesy of Wikipedia


    Most folks see them either on the sides of the roads or on a cartoon on television. We got a very close experience of many of them.
    In the northern states the cellars or basements close off the bottom of most of the houses. Those little devils found a way to dig down enough to get under the floor of the apartment. This was in the middle of winter so we had to wait until spring  for them to leave. It was terrible. Every time you walked across the floor you could hear them thumping along under your feet.
    We were told several ways to get rid of them. Our first try was to pull up the edges of the carpeting and drill holes into the corners of the hard wood floor. Once that was done we poured ammonia down those holes. I can tell you it does not work! The only thing this did was to make them mad and then you would get that awful aroma after.
    Next thing on the list was to crush up a bunch of glass and put it around the perimeter so when the skunks would come back after their feedings; it would discourage them from going back under the house. It DID NOT work! Those little critters are very stubborn!
    Once my husband caught one of the skunks coming out and shot it! Well; that was one less skunk BUT his shoes were never worn again from the smell after burying it. The grass was covered with the smell. We finally got it off his pant legs. This was in the very early spring.
    The last thing we tried was to take pressure treated wood and dig down six feet to place it. We never had another problem. I must tell you though; I almost washed all the paint off the walls trying to get rid of the smell out of the house .
    Has anyone else had any experiences with skunks? I would love to hear it.

    Monday, September 17, 2012

    Entertainment on a Cotton Farm

    We lived a few miles from town but we never got there but every 6 weeks. I remember when we did we would all load up in the back of the old red truck and away we would go. Everything looked so fascinating to us.  The Duke and Ayers store (five and dime) was always fun to look in. One time our sister Bonni picked up a pair of those pink handle plastic scissors and started cutting the back of our mothers dress while she walked around. Needless to say; that was quite a while before we got back into town again.

    We had that long driveway at home and we would drive our bicycles or scooter to the end and count to a certain color car went by and them we could ride back. Taking turns of course.

    There were two old junked cars sitting under some china berry trees. We would crawl on our hands and knees over the tops of the cars and pretend we were on the road and had to stay on our side of the car. Now those china berry trees were something else! Have you ever had china berry fights? Well I can tell you it just plain hurts to get hit by one. We would grab old tin cans and fill them up and then look out! The fight was on!

    Do any of you ever remeber making mud pies? My mother threw out an old frying pan and us kids took it to play with. We would gather up hand fulls of dirt and sift it through some chicken wire until it was real fine. Then we would add a little water to it and make patties and pretend we were cooking burgers.

    Running across the cotton rows before the plants came up was another thing that was fun. But don't let Daddy catch you doing it! If you accidentally missed the inbetween parts in the rows and he saw it; you were in big trouble.

    I remember my sister Tedri and I had a coloring book and colors. We would study the picture real good and then turn the lights out and color to where we thought the things should be. After wards the light would come back on and we would laugh at how crazy the picture looked. Later we would judge who did the best job.

    I hope you enjoyed some of this stuff we would come up with to entertain ourselves. There are many more tales and it wasn't always fun. Picking cotton wasn't easy either.

    Monday, September 10, 2012

    Childhhood Pranks

    I am sure everyone has their own tales to tell on their childhood. Mine is no different. I wanted to share with all of you some of the things us siblings went through under my oldest sisters mischeviousness.
    Sunni (her name was Vicki back then) had a wild imagination. We didn't have much entertainment stuck out on that farm so I look back and see why she did some of this stuff and laugh about it now.

    One of the first things I remember her doing is drawing a hatchet out of paper; coloring it and then cutting it out. She also drew a hand. The boys were always the ones that would end up usually with one of these under their pillow. Of course it came with a horror story if you were the one with it. We were always careful to draw the covers back slowly just in case it was under our covers or pillow. Some of her characters she made up was Mr. Pumperknickle and Mr. Egghead.
    Have you ever had to eat or drink something that was just horrifying just to look at? Well; leave it to Sunni; she came up with stuff like this too. I can't remember why she singled us out but I remember getting it twice. Once I had to eat a concoction of mustard and ketchup stirred up together. On another occasion I remember her having me drink chocolate milk with raw figs in it. Back then our grandmother had a fig tree and we were always grabbing the figs off of it and eating them. By this time I was so sick of those things and somehow Sunni knew this. I will never in my lifetime ever eat a raw fig again!
    There was a time when she would draw and color all kinds of pills out of papaer and she would make up some illness that we had and we had to eat those things. Don't ask me why we always went along with what she said. I guess since she was the oldest out of 7 of us we figured she knew what she was talking about.
    I remember another time when there was a huge ladder laying on the back porch. She told me once I had to jump in the rungs without touching any sides and jump to the end of the ladder. If you touch anything while doing this something unGodly was suppose to happen. I am sure my other siblings can remember other things she put them through as well.

    Sunday, September 2, 2012

     Remembering School Days......

    The first words we heard on school mornings was Daddy saying:
    "Up and at 'em boys and girls
     Rise and Shine
     Time to hit the bus line!"
    Not one of us has ever forgotten those words. And if you didn't get out of bed Daddy was right there either pulling the covers off or turning our cots over.

    Before we went to school; Mama always had some little something for us to eat before we caught the bus. My favorite memory was her taking the cinnamon rolls in that little tin package and setting them in the oven on warm for us all to have atleast a bite of them before we left for school. Some days she would take a slice of bread and put a table knife through it from corner to corner and hold it over the stove burner to brown and then butter it for us.

    I used to really hate hearing the words while I was growing up "kids don't realize how easy they have it today". Now I find myself saying the same thing as an adult. I can remember the first day I was to catch the bus with all of my siblings in the morning. We had to walk down the long dirt driveway to the end and stand by the side of the highway and wait for the bus. Sometimes on winter days where the driveway was so muddy that you couldn't walk down it; Daddy would bring the cow trailer around and load us all up on it to take us to the end of the road to catch the bus. (my four sisters and older brother and me. The youngest brother was not old enough yet to go to school).

    I remember feeling so excited that first time to be going with the others. Back then we all rode the same bus to school. It was very scary going up those steps and seeing all those other kids already sitting down. I never had an assigned seat. It seemed like I was always getting shuffled around somewhere. Usually as far to the back of the bus as possible. The high school kids looked like giants to me and once we were on the bus my siblings never talked to me on the ride to school. The bus driver Mr. Knapps wasn't a very nice fellow either. He was always hollering at someone. And to think I was so excited to be going with all my sisters and brother to catch that bus. Of course the novelty wore off after a while.

    Everyone had to be at school by 8:00 AM or they would be counted as tardy. And I remember watching the clock for 3:45PM to come around so that we would once again be loaded onto buses to come home. We were not all on the same bus coming home. This pattern went on and on until we moved from the farm into town. Then some of us walked the two blocks to school while the older girls would get rides to school with their friends. No more school buses for us. Atleast not the older ones. I can remember later the population grew so much that we had to ride different buses to the school that was picked for us because it was so far away.

    Saturday, August 18, 2012

    Sometimes you can't help but laugh at some of the things people come up with. I will give you a few examples:

    This next one is for my sister out in Utah:

    Tuesday, August 7, 2012

    I thought this was quite a home when I saw it being built so I thought I would share it with you.

    Thursday, August 2, 2012

                                  Waddington Homecoming 2012

     The 37th Annual Waddington Homecoming is scheduled for
     August 3rd-5th, 2012. This years theme: Small Town USA
     The schedule of events is posted below:

    Friday, August 3rd
    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.
    11:30am – Teddy Bear Picnic at the Waddington Town Beach. For more info, contact Jamie or Benny Fairchild at 388-5625.
    1:00pm – Sand 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 Campbell 528-6938. 
    7:00pm – Lip Sync Contest at Town Hall Square. (Registration is at 5:30pm).  For more information, please contact Sheryl Evans at 276-0016.
    9:00pm – Music by Acoustic Brothers at Town Hall Square.
    Saturday, August 4th
    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; Toby Bogart 388-5581
    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 – No-Octane Go-Cart Race on Pine Street. Contact Mark Hill 388-5944 or Ronnie Keyes.
    10:00am – 4:00pm – Craft, Antique & Flea Market Show at Town Hall Square.  For more information, please contact Nancy Putney at 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.
    11:00am - Childrens Games; Island View Park; Contact Amy Rivera 388-4931 or Michelle Mayette 296-4645 for further information.
    11:00 am - 1:00pm - Music by Donna Miller with summertime songs; Gazebo at Town Square.
    11:00am – Chicken Barbecue at the Waddington Fire Hall.
    1:00pm - 3:00pm - Music by David Nichols and Spare Change; Town Hall Square
    2:30pm – Bed Races on Main Street.  Sponsored by Mack’s Tavern.  For more information, please call George Ruddy at 388-5862.
    3:30pm - Kountry Rebels II Line Dancers; Town Hall Square
    5:00pm – Parade Lineup on Linden & Fenton Streets.
    6:00pm – Parade from LaGrasse Street to Island View Park. Contact John Mikolay 388-5983. 
    7:00pm – Music by Double Barrel Blues Band at Island View Park.
    8:00pm – 13th 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 5th
    9:00am – Homecoming Ecumenical Service; Waddington Presbyterian Church
    12:00 NOON – Community Picnic at the Town Beach.  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.  

    Tuesday, July 24, 2012

                                                    I think this says it all.

    Sunday, July 22, 2012

    I am not sure how many of you know what a Jalapeno cooker looks like so I thought I would share that with you. These are very popular in the Southern states.

    Wednesday, July 4, 2012

                                            Happy 4th of July everyone!

    Tuesday, June 26, 2012

    Andy's Birthday!

    June 27th, 2012 our Andy will be two years old! He's quite a hand full but we get lots of love in return.
    Happy Birthday Andy!!

    Monday, April 23, 2012

    Winter just won't end!
    We were hit with a late winter storm this year. This photo was taken after the temperatures raised a little so the snow is already melting. This storm was packed with high winds, snow and freezing temperatures at night.

    Sunday, April 8, 2012

    The days just roll by and here Easter is upon us yet once again.
    We are fortunate enough today to have partly sunny skies.
     I can remember back when I was very young and daddy would take us out to the "hay meadow" to look for the easter eggs. All nine of us (including mama and daddy) would pile into the station wagon and off we would go. On nasty days mama would just hide the eggs all around the little place we lived in.
     I want to wish each and every one of you a Happy Easter.

    Tuesday, March 20, 2012

                         Spring is officially here!

    Even though our winter has not been as bad as past winters it seems everyone thinks the winter lasted forever this year. I love the spring because it reminds me of New Beginnings. The trees are starting to bud, the grass is getting green patches, the geese are back from their migratory trip to the South and last but not least the robins are back doing their mating dances along with the cardinals.We must remind ourselves of this fresh start every time we sneeze from allergies or start to get our yards in working order once again. And the spring cleaning! A time to open the window and let the fresh air in. In upstate New York March is usually a very stormy month. So don't get too fooled by all of the early spring happenings. We still could get some nasty weather. Let's just cross our fingers.

    Saturday, March 10, 2012