Eric’s Ankle Surgery- Closure

Five months after surgery, with 7 follow-up appointments with the orthopedic surgeon, 55 physical therapy sessions and a comparable number of individual workouts, Eric was finally cleared to resume sports activities.  He missed his JV basketball season but we are all powerfully glad he can participate in gym classes, sports with his friends and the upcoming AAU basketball season.  We are all happier when that teenage energy has sports as a place to express itself.

Tomato Soup Cake

Dating back to the 1930s, Tomato Soup Cake was tremendously popular as it required very little butter and eggs, precious ingredients in Depression-era America. The flavors in this cake are rich with no true tomato taste, just the warmth of the spices and sweetness of the raisins. The cake keeps beautifully and can be enjoyed as a snack cake with no icing needed, or iced with a simple vanilla glaze to dress it up.

Christmas 2018

Prior to the Christmas holiday we had a follow-up appointment with the orthopedic surgeon who asked that Eric continue PT for another 6 weeks prior to competing in sports. It was a disappointment since Eric had been hoping to join the JV team.

Christmas Eve day we had Billie Jo’s family for mid-day dinner prior to going to church. On Christmas Day we awoke around 8am, opened presents and then took advantage of the new snow for an inaugural ski. Kathryn turned around at the top of Kirkland’s hill, while Cullen and I continued to appliance alley clearing downed limbs from the trail along the way.

We invited Skip over for a Christmas dinner.

Orlando, FL

Kathryn took Eric, Stone and Dakota to Orlando FL for their Christmas gift.  They had a fun trip, though it went fast with a lot of rushing around.  Both Stone and Dakota had been sick the week before.  Stone’s congestion was nasty sounding. They got to Orlando on Friday in time to catch the last shuttle from the hotel to Universal (11 AM).  They did most of Universal on Friday, until they got too tired with half were hungry, half not; half wanted to take the shuttle to the hotel and half wanted to walk the 1.2 miles in the dark etc. Eric’s ankle hurt the first night but it didn’t seem to bother him after that though.  However, it was a lot of fun.  They got to do the Harry Potter ride twice.  We did “Men in Black” several times.  They went on some BIG roller coasters; the Kraken and the Hulk.   We didn’t have to wait long for rides so got to do a lot.


Cranes had two extra tickets to see the country music group Alabama.  Sweet Tea Trio opened for them.  Both groups put on a good shop.

New Wallpaper

For the past 18 months I have been lobbying for alternative wallpaper in our family great room.  The existing dark red wallpaper, coupled with the knotty pine paneling, made the room too dark.  Kathryn selected new wallpaper and while Eric was at the HP football game at the Carrier Dome we (mainly Kathryn) put up the new wallpaper.

HP Football Wins Section III Class C Football Championship

Holland Patent scored 14 unanswered in a WILD fourth quarter to win Section III Class C Football Championship. Holland Patent defeated General Brown/Immaculate Heart today 21-14 for the Section 3 Class C title. Susquehanna Valley defeated Waverly 62-7 for the Section 4 Class C Championship. SV will play Holland Patent next Saturday at High Noon at Cicero-North Syracuse High School.

HP Teams in the Playoffs

Eric attended the HP vs Lowville football game held at Ilion.  Holland Patent scored five first-half touchdowns and went on to a 49-28 Section III, Class C football victory over Lowville Academy Friday night at Central Valley Academy’s Diss Field Memorial Field. Holland Patent, 9-0 and ranked sixth in the state, will head to the Carrier Dome to play General Brown for the title at 1 p.m. Saturday, November 3.

Girls Varsity Soccer advanced to Tuesday’s region semifinal on sophomore Taylor Koenig’s deciding kick, helping the Knights (18-1-1) edge Clinton (17-2-2) in penalty kicks 5-4. Clinton had a 62-minute goal by Sarah Owens’ and Holland Patent’s matched with a game-tying goal by Meaghan Greenway with 10.7 seconds remaining in regulation. The win sends the top-seeded Holland Patent Golden Knights (18-1-1) to the New York State Public High School Athletic Association regional semifinal, which will be against the Section X champion Tuesday at G. Ray Bodley High School.

History was made for the HP girls Varsity Soccer ⚽️ program as they won their first ever Section 3 title after a long three hour battle against Clinton that was decided by penalty kicks. With the win in penalty kicks, the girls are participating in the NY State competition and have a regional semi-final game tomorrow (Tuesday) at 6pm at G. Ray Bodley High School in Fulton, NY against Section 10 Champion Potsdam.

Congratulations also goes to the Lady Knights Field hockey 🏑 team. They also made history by bringing home back-to-back Sectional titles as Section 3 Class B Champions! They beat ESM by a score of 3-1 yesterday. HoPaFiHo will also play in the state tournament’s regional contest and face Afton at noon on Saturday 11/3 at Cicero-North Syracuse High School.

Additionally, congratulations are also expressed to the Varsity Football 🏈 team. With their weekend 49-28 win against Lowville, they advance to the 2018 Section III Class C Varsity Football Championship Title Game being held at noon on Saturday, 11/3 in the Carrier Dome against General Brown


Huntsman Senior Games

While playing volleyball in the Empire Senior Games in June Kathryn was asked to join a 60+ volleyball team going to the Huntsman Senior Games in St George Utah.  We were delighted to go as Kochans volunteered to host Eric while we were gone.  We flew out of Syracuse after Kathryn’s classes on Thursday, landing in Las Vegas at midnight and driving two hour to St George where we were sharing a house with Kathryn’s volleyball acquaintance, Barb.  We had a brief respite with a few hours sleep and then left for the 1st 9am game.

There were 27 60+ woman’s volleyball teams divided into 3 pools, with 9 teams in each pool.  Each team played 3 matches / day with a match comprising of two games.  Before each match the teams would meet at center court and exchange gifts, and after each game the two teams would combine for a group photo.  There were teams from Colorado, California, Canada, Brazil, Bolivia, etc.  While most of these teams had established rosters and had practiced together, the GREAT EXPECTATIONS team had never played together and found themselves making introductions prior to the match.

There were matches Friday & Saturday; Sunday was off and more games on Monday & Tuesday.  They won a couple of games, had a couple of competitive matches and really only got overpowered by the Team Brazil.   Overall, it was a great venue to play, Kathryn enjoyed playing vs age appropriate competition.  Plans are being made for a 2019 Huntsman team.

Zion National Park

There were no Huntsman activities on Sunday so we drove to Zion National Park to meet up with Kent and Kathy.  We did a short (3.5 miles) hike up the Watchman and rode the bus to the Narrows.  The weather was perfect.