Singing Cows and Oh, So Much Chocolate!

The weekend saga continues! We got up fairly early on Sunday -- mostly because none of us slept all that well -- and had breakfast in the hotel "bistro". The bistro was pretty much a souped up Starbucks stand, but the coffee and scones were good and the server was friendly. After breakfast, we checked out and headed back to Hershey to visit Chocolate World, the semi-free chocolate store in between Giant Center and HersheyPark.... Read more →

Fireworks at Sea

When I was little, I would sit out in the yard on hot summer evenings and watch the sky light up. Mom called it "heat lightning" and I thought it was really cool. Just the name -- heat lightning -- sounded distant and mysterious. I loved gazing at it as I sat on the low patio wall on a hot summer night. Sometimes I'd sit by my bedroom window late at night when the heat... Read more →

The Downslope of Summer

Hangin' Out on the River So it's August. We're on the downslope of summer; the dog days. Back to school commericials abound.The cicadas are singing the blues, looking for love (or at least sex) and trying to avoid the cicada killer wasps. The weather is changeable. Heat waves and thunderstorms are followed by more reasonable warm and dry days with cool nights. The most doggish of the dog days drives me back into the gym... Read more →

A Mystery

It's been so hot that I've been walking on the treadmill in the air-conditioned gym. Lately, though, the temperature has moderated a bit, so I returned to my usual path and trail walk. As I was walking along the river, I noticed these weird clumps of dark dirt dotting a small area next to the river. What could they be? Maybe a big mole run? Maybe ant hills? They did look a bit like the... Read more →


I love swimming in the ocean; I really do! Actually, I guess it's not so much "swimming" as "splashing, jumping waves, and floating". I like to sit on the beach and get nice and hot, then stand at the edge of the water as the surf comes in and soaks my feet. I creep forward until the surf is high enough to soak my thighs, then I run into the sea. If I'm lucky I... Read more →

The Quilt of Memories

This is NOT a sponsored post. No quilts were harmed in the writing of this post. I didn't get paid or anything for writing it. So there. When we to Pennsylvania, we purged our belongings. This purging included scads of tee-shirts. We only kept the ones we wore on a regular basis and the ones rife with sentimental value. I stored the ones rife with sentimental value in a box in the closet. Then, on... Read more →


Two preserved Betzwood Film Studio buildings are right next to each other alongside the Schuylkill River Trail. When I take my "long" walks, I pass them. A couple weeks ago, on one of my evening walks, I noticed something odd. There were three distinct spots of light on the side of one of the buildings. (The top one looks a little like Pikachu, don't you think?) I turned around to see where the light was... Read more →

Bald Eagles in Pennsylvania

The lovely and talented Anne alerted me to the fact that there's a bald eagle webcam trained on a nest in Hanover, Pennsylvania. The coolest thing is that this bald eagle pair have had a couple of babies! I missed the hatching, but I've been checking in on the family obsessively. I finally realized that I could grab screen captures -- so here are some! In this shot, it looks like Mom is scolding one... Read more →


I was just kinda sitting here wondering what to write, almost giving up, staring at my screen, when I mosied on over to Facebook and saw that one of my friends was playing Bingo! And just like that -- you could probably even say "Bingo!" -- I knew that I would run off at the mouth write about that wonderful game. As a kid at Catlick school, I was subjected to played Bingo twice a... Read more →