Seattle

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.

 

 

Thanksgiving at BillieJo & Joel’s House

After decades of Kathryn hosting Thanksgiving, this year BillieJo offered to host the meal.  Kathryn volunteered to cook two turkeys, make dressing and gravy.  We made arrangements with Robert & Linda to share transporting Barb & Joe from Atria to /from the feast.

Everything worked out well.  Unfortunately, upon our return home we received the new that Tim had passed away from his fight with leukemia.

 

Warm Fall

We had a fantastic fall; warm, dry days and slightly cool nights.  Great fall colors. Kathryn and I continued to cut firewood and made two new trails: Big Maple and Four Corners North.  Both trails need mowing and maintenance but will work for snowshoe/ski trails this winter.

Fort Ticonderoga

We met our friends Kent & Kathi in Lake George and toured Fort William Henry on Lake George and Fort Ticonderoga on Lake Champagne.  Named Carillon by the French in 1755 and known to the soldiers in the American Revolution as “the old French Fort,” Fort Ticonderoga stood at the center of 2 wars and 5 battles. By 1820, “the old French Fort” had fallen into ruins when William Ferris Pell purchased the land and began one of America’s earliest preservation efforts.   The weather worked out fine as it was clear and warm on Monday and the showers held off until late on Tuesday.  We were at the pavilion marking Fort Defiance overlooking Fort Ticonderoga when a violent thunderstorm came through, but we stayed dry and talked a little longer with the resident re-enactor.  I managed this picture of the fort between rain events.

Estimated Firewood as of 15Oct2017

I estimate that Kathryn and I have cut approximately 19 face cords of firewood in the past few weeks.  We have been fortunate in that the weather most weekends has been dry and warm.