The Adventures of Cullen Underfoot

This past week the whole family (K, J, & Eric) were all at home. It was VERY windy, with strong wind gusts, but no precipitation and the temperatures were moderate. Eric and I took advantage of the reasonable weather to bring a couple loads of wood up into the garage. Since we were out […]

Letter to Barbara

Kathryn took Dakota and Izzabella to an overnight in Rochester.  They joined other Skelly’s to watch Pat’s daughter, Nicole, perform her Renaissance Faire routine, The Gwendolyn Show, as part of a benefit.  They stayed in a hotel and did some shopping on Saturday before returning home.

For Christmas Eric got me a card game […]

When Is It Winter Camping?

Winter is associated with migration, hibernation, changes in animal behavior, plants becoming dormant, and humans experiencing special health concerns ranging from hypothermia to seasonal depression. Winter even invokes its own special vocabularies to describe the conditions (e.g. black ice, whiteouts, and corn snow).

Descriptions of winter camping depend on geographic location, opportunities to […]

Early December Status

We have had good snowfalls enabling us to snowshoe and XC Ski only to have our trails washed out due to rain.

The HP Varsity Basketball team has a 1-3 record losing to undefeated, hot shooting Cazanovia, Utica Academy of Science and Oneida and winning over Chittenango. Coach was clear he was playing an […]

Thanksgiving 2019

We had 17participants for Thanksgiving: Billie Jo and her family of Joel, Stone and Dakota: Dave, Liz and Jack; Rob and Linda; Kelly, Mike, Izzabella, Phoenix and Jesse; Eric, Kathryn and Jim. As usual set and clean up were a major undertaking and Kathryn cooked a perfect meal. We tried something new this year […]

RIP Scout

Our beautiful Scout died. There was never a more devoted companion, gentle, affectionate disposition and sweetheart of a dog. Such a big empty space in our lives right now.

The first week we had her we couldn’t come up with an appropriate name. But then we saw the little girl play the […]

Lancaster Volleyball Tournament

Kathryn organized a volleyball team to compete in a seniors tournament in Lancaster PA. They had 5 65+ players and one 60 player which meant they had to play down an age group; competing vs 2 other 60s teams. They ended up in 2nd place for the tournament.

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Fall Decorations and our First Snow

Kathryn put up my Christmas lights but then put Thanksgiving stuff over them so the decorations are currently more seasonally appropriate but on the day after Thanksgiving, we can easily take down some stuff to turn it into Christmas decorations. Two birds with one stone!

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Scout Update

After a period of time in which we thought she was a goner, Scout rallied, regaining mental alertness and personality, eating/drinking well. We eventually saw the vet, who diagnosed myotosis and prescribed prednisone, antibiotics and iron supplement. Scout is doing pretty well, seems almost her old self, but somewhat weaker. And, of course, she […]

Garden Wrap Up

Just three artichokes

This year I planted Brussel Sprouts, peas, tomatoes, broccoli, artichokes, pole beans, pumpkins, acorn squash and kale. New this year is the attempt to grow artichokes – I have never tried them before and use of hog panel fence for the pole beans. Cullen ate all the peas. The pole beans […]