March Comes In Like A Lion

We got 20 inches of new snow Thursday night through Friday night.  School was closed along with all businesses.

The Dog Walker

Our winter weather has been sporadic for sure.  This past week one of Kathryn’s friends visited with a plan to go XC skiing.  They caught the last two days of snow before rain and warm temperatures melted it all away.  Instead of XC skis and snowshoes it’s rubber boots and trying to avoid the soggy ground as Kathryn takes the dogs for a walk around the pasture.

Camping Room

Our room over the garage was primarily used to store all our camping gear, hence the name “camping room”.  The room is a generous 14′ x25′ / 350 square feet, but unfinished.  We had insulated between the ceiling of the garage and the floor of the camping room, but the walls were not insulated and the ceiling was left open.

The addition of a door, ceiling and insulation finished it off.  I bought a medium size electric heater and I spent two weekends priming and painting the room.  Today we moved most of the camping gear back into the room; still to come is additional furniture, about 6 sleeping pads and some backpacks/daypacks.

There is more organizing to be accomplished and I am trying to discard old and infrequently used gear as I go.  The plan is to leave room for cots / small bed to enable kids and guest an additional room to stay over during 3 seasons.

2017-18 JV Basketball Season

Eric finished his 2017-18 JV basketball season.  As a freshman he was usually the 2nd player off the bench and got a reasonable amount of playing time.  He missed some games and practices due to recurring strep throat, but pushed through at the end.  Overall the team had a successful season with losses to Cooperstown, Sherburne-Earlville and Whitesboro.

Following conclusion of the HP JV basketball season he participated in a week-long basketball game run by Doneilous King and prepared to join a Mohawk Valley Elite AAU team.


Kathryn took Stone and Eric to Pacific NorthWest for an 8 day vacation.    They spent 2 days in Seattle (indoor rock climbing, Seattle Center, Science Museum/Planetarium, Seattle Aquarium,  the waterfront and oversized Ferris Wheel, Pike’s Place Market, and up the Space Needle.

They spent 3 days in a beautiful condo (with an outstanding ocean view) on the coast.  Several of Tom’s friends had condos there as well, so it was like a big party, complete with cards and games and wine.  The condo building had a pool table, so the boys played a lot of billiards.   The highlight of the trip  was razor clamming which we absolutely loved (and the weather cooperated).  It was an absolute blast.  With help, we cleaned, cooked and ate the clams too.Kathryn had a lovely birthday Debbie bought a 90 minute massage, then she got to do some laps in their community pool while Tom took the boys to the Museum of Flight.  We all then had a lovely dinner (Kathryn had trout).

We were all amazed at the traffic.  Everywhere.  All day and all night. Expressways just packed with cars.  Strip malls and congestion.  It was such a relief to get back to the New York State Thruway!  And so much development.  Tom just moved back to the general area in which he lived during the 70’s. It was “country” but it is no longer….the outskirts of Seattle is literally one city (suburb) after another with no space in between.

The boys got a long very well.  Stone was a little overwhelmed and maybe a tad homesick at times, but overall did well.  Debbie went above and beyond making sure we were happy, busy and well-fed.   The red-eye flight home was tough.  Re-entry into the real-world is tough.

Tractor Chains

Since the temperatures were a balmy 20 degrees I decided to put the chains on my tractor. I brought two loads of wood into the garage and then parked the carry-all; probably for the winter…. My tractor chains are the double link and super heavy. I hang them on the side of the barn when not in use so that when I want them I can loop them over my shoulder and stagger to the nearest tractor tire, I attached my snow blower, so I guess I am ready for winter now…..

I took the dogs for an hour long snowshoe through the woods and up the hill. 1st time out on snowshoes for the winter.

2017 Christmas Tree

Kathryn and I picked out our tree; trimmed the lower branches and let it soak overnight in a bucket in the garage.  Saturday we set it up and Sunday Eric, Kathryn and I decorated.  Some of my favorite ornaments including bubble lights, some outdoor themes and decorations made by Ed.


HP JV Bball vs Cooperstown

HP lost 72-71 in overtime to Cooperstown.  Eric played much of the game; scoring 4 points by making 2 free throws and a floater in the lane.

HP JV Bball @ Herkimer

Eric made two free throws in the HP JV Basketball game; making it a two possession game with 10 seconds to play. His only points as HP wins 57 -50 in their season opener.

Timothy J. Skelly

Timothy J. Skelly of Spencerport died on Thursday, November 23, 2017. Predeceased by his wife, Roseanne (Starnino) Skelly; father and mother, J. Francis and Isabel Skelly. He is survived by his children, Sarah Skelly and Christopher Skelly; brothers, Patrick (Janice) Skelly, Thomas (Debbie) Skelly; sister, Kathryn (James) Muller; many brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nieces and nephews. Tim was a retiree of Eastman Kodak Co.  Viewing was held on Monday from 4-7PM at the DiPonzio Funeral Home, Inc., 219 Spencerport Road, Gates.  Interment, Holy Sepulchre Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be directed to Lipson Cancer Center, 1425 Portland Avenue, Rochester, NY 14621 in his memory.