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Last Home Soccer Game

Shout out to varsity Boys Soccer Seniors (Thomas Breil, Josh Dzeikan, Colby Germond, Dean Kousouros, Eric Muller, Jack Schroth, and Jonathan Tolpa) on their final home game tonight! And what a game it was – HP boys varsity soccer advanced their season record to 7-2 with their 1-0 win against Herkimer. Dylan McQuire got the lone goal and HP senior goalie, Jonathon Tolpa, had six saves for the shut out. Boys Varsity soccer team has two more Away games. Unfortunately, they entered this pandemic season knowing they were not being permitted a championship game and yet – they still played their hearts out, simply for the love of the game!

What’s Going On?

Eric’s senior class had booked a bus to go to the inauguration, but last night they canceled it due to COVID-19 concerns.  After the zoom meeting, we agreed we would also be afraid of violence – especially if Trump loses – so am relieved it was canceled and we don’t have to make that decision.

We have 2.5 inches of snow on the ground which has warmed a bit and refrozen so it is pretty icy.  Eric’s soccer practice was canceled. It was difficult walking in the woods, though the puppy loved it.  He bounded through the woods like the deer he was trying to locate.  Tripp is 65 pounds already at 5 months.  He is fun.  Tripp and Kathryn are in dog obedience class and he is the star pupil.  Or, maybe she is the only handler who has ever done this before, and who knows the difference between a correcting tone of voice and a cajoling tone of voice (it is not rocket science, really!).  In any case, they don’t get much attention from the instructor other than a “Very Good!” every once in a while.

Kathryn had been getting up before sunrise and sitting out on the lawn with the dogs, which was lovely, but the snow stopped that although the weather should improve this week.

The town of Marcy took down the pickleball nets so our pickleball group members  are all in a quandary about what to do.  Many of us are not anxious to play inside.

We bought a treadmill to assist in the transition of our running program from cross country and road running to indoors.

Eric has been accepted to the three colleges he applied to:  Herkimer Community College, Hilbert College and SUNY Canton.  Of course, that is pending graduation, which for a moment makes for a shaky first marking period.  He says he has learned his lesson working remotely and pulled it together.  Hilbert College is his first choice.  Kathryn and Eric are going out there for a departmental event.  Even though he has already seen the campus, We are hoping he will meet some of the instructors in the department, and his enthusiasm will continue.  And  it won’t hurt us to get out of the house.   We will also meet with the financial aid counselor, though I doubt that will help much.  Small colleges and especially colleges like Hilbert are not having the trouble with covid that others are.  One article I read said it is because of the emphasis on community and being socially responsible.

Kathryn decided to renew her LCSW so she crammed 36 CEU’s into a couple weeks.  Fortunately the state waived the requirement that any CEUs be done in person so they could all be on-line.  The first course on neuroscience of trauma was very good.  The second course on mindfulness wasn’t well done, but provided enough hours and credits to satisfy the requirement.

We have cut a bunch of wood and should be good through the winter. 

Kathryn bought wallpaper to do the big bathroom and our bedroom but haven’t gotten there yet. We are probably not going to do anything for Thanksgiving. .

Last Of The Garden Produce

Today, October 26, I had the last tomato sandwich made from our garden tomatoes. This is about the latest I can remember ever having garden vegetables. This was a good year for the garden, despite the drought. We enjoyed tomatoes, green beans, spinach, swiss chard, broccoli, egg plant and acorn squash. The peas, water melon and potatoes were disappointing.

Replacing Water Heater Elements

Kathryn and I tackled the replacement of the water heater elements.  We I got the water heater my brother had set me up with all the required items: replacement elements, user manual and wrench socket. We went the safe route and rather than try to “change on the fly” we completely drained the tank. It was tricky replacing the lower element as the element was heavy to get lined up correctly and finger thread.  The 1st time we had a small leak and had to re-drain the tub and re-seat the lower element. We finally used a vise grips to get the lower element aligned and inserted. Our water has had sediment issues – this year especially.  I suspect that was a major contributor to the demise of the original elements.  But we have probably had the water heater for nearly 30 years; hopefully we can get another 30 year run !

Eric and HP Soccer

About half way through the season HP Varsity Soccer is doing well, with 4 wins and 1 loss to Poland. Eric is playing as a striker and isn’t playing a lot; conditioning could be an issue. HP versus Poland is shown below; with HP @ Frankfort below that.

HP Soccer Senior Night

The Holland Patent Varsity Soccer Team held their season opener, honor senior night and a 3-0 win all in one rainy night. Holland Patent began their 11 game schedule vs visiting Little Falls. Only two spectators were permitted for each player; masks and social distancing were expected of all spectators. Along the walk way to the soccer field each senior athlete was honored with a poster. HP jumped out to a quick 3-0 lead in the 1st half. Dylan McGuire scored a goal and had an assist. McGuire found the back of the net just 2:56 into the game and Holland Patent rolled from there. William Zimmerman scored the second goal with 27:50 remaining in the first half with the assist to McGuire. Sawyer Locke scored the third and final goal with 10:40 left before half time. Jake Schroth had the assist.

At half time the senior athletes and their parents walked out onto the field where they were acknowledged with a narrative and pictures. In the 2nd half of the game it began to rain and despite a discrepancy in shots on goal the 3-0 score stood up through out the 2nd half. Two Little Falls players suffered ankle injuries. No injuries were reported for HP.

Painted Turtle Eggs

In mid June we witnessed a turtle laying eggs in our garden. We anticipated they would hatch late August but we never saw any signs of a hatching. This past weekend I was digging in the garden to work leaves into the soil and encountered unhatched turtle eggs. We don’t know why they didn’t hatch. There were fully formed little turtles in a couple of them. Maybe some others hatched and we never saw them making their way to the pond. Maybe next year she will try again.

A Girl and Her Growing Dog.

Tripp is now 20 weeks old and weighs 55 lbs. He was around 20 lbs when we picked him up the 1st week of August.

Kathryn has been keeping the dogs company in the back yard. She typically gets up at 0530 and watches the sun rise; other times she reads and the dogs hang out in the yard.