Tuesday, February 28, 2017

The Chatterbox

As we were making the turn by Skylands Stadium I noticed an eatery - don't I always - called 
It was immediately up for discussion as the parking lot was mobbed.
"It must be a hotspot" I mentioned to the hubs..."hamburgers and hotdogs, that could be fun"!
So we made a plan and decided we would eat there after ICE.
When we walked in, there was a long line - what could be better - a long line = good food,
and yes the place was mobbed.
I chatted up with the guy in front of me, of course, 
he made his suggestions, a burger or a hotdog, those where the best.
I wandered around and took some pictures - the decor was amazing!!

This was a display of a miniature Chatterbox, in a glass case, this was really cool.

Inside, there were so many amazing highlights of the "Chatterbox" era.

For a special friend, she knows who she is.

So this place was a score.
It was burgers, hot dogs and fries but the burgers and hot dogs were good.
The decor was really amazing -

Elvis was not in the building, I'm sure - I checked every square inch.
But his spirit, yes, his spirit was here.
I really loved this place!

Monday, February 27, 2017

Frozen In Ice

Sunday was the last day for 
Frozen in Ice at Skylands Stadium.
It was quite a drive for us - almost 2 hours - maybe not worth it...
but it was Sunday Fun-day and we had no other plans, so off we went.

- Frozen In Ice - An Ice Sculpture Extravaganza -
One large indoor room featuring an interactive cardinal theme.
  A 50 foot ice slide, a carousel, life size maze, candy house, a wine tasting bar - 
and lot's of ice games for the little ones.
It was fun and colorful and I enjoyed our journey here - it was good knitting time.

A ride on a dolphin...

and a 50 foot slide...

and me - sliding down the slide!!

The horses on the carousel were so pretty...

Outdoors there were ice sculpting demonstrations...

A fish...

an elephant...

 a lion...

and a dragon.

And here we are enjoying a nice, ice, roller coaster ride!!
This image was complimentary, emailed to you while you were enjoying your visit!!

Sunday, February 26, 2017

It's February - It's Spring!!

It feels like Spring - it sounds like Spring, do you know what I mean?
The sounds of Spring are very distinctive.
The birds sing a little sweeter, the breeze is a little softer...
dogs are barking and children are playing outdoors...
our bikes are out and I remember how it sounds when the tires roll along the pavement.

We were out for a ride in Allaire State Park when we stumbled upon this chalk art.
We stopped for a rest and so I could take a few pictures.

When I turned around...

I saw the hubs doing this.
He had found a piece of chalk the artists had left behind.

He makes my heart smile every, single day!!

I think I am going to buy me some chalk, this looks like it would be really fun!

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Saturday Critters ~ 167 ~

I saw this Great Blue Heron at Longwood Gardens - 
it was easy to photograph as it barely moved a muscle.
A crowd had gathered around the pond he was "fishing" in, 
I expected him to fly off but he stayed put and seemed to enjoy the attention.

I have never before seen a Heron in this pond at Longwood Gardens.
In my lifetime, I have never seen a Heron so comfortable,
in the presence of so many people.

Sharing today's images with 
Eileen at Viewing Nature With Eileen and 
Anni at I'd Rather Be Birdin 

Friday, February 24, 2017

Dinner with Em...

I have a few favorite nieces...Sarah, Emily, Stephanie, Dea-nna...
I feel close to all of them and always enjoy their company.

Recently, we had dinner with my god daughter Emily and her favorite man Jaun.
They wanted Sushi and we found a place that serves both Chinese and Sushi
 KOI Asian Fusion.
The food was excellent and the decor was beautiful.
I did not take pictures that night, 
does it embarrass a 20 something if her Aunt is running around a restaurant with a camera?
I'm not sure, so I played it safe.
The food was so good, 
the hubs and I went back and the hubs is fine with me running around with the camera.

KOI Asian Fusion
It was just a little dark, but very cozy.


I only eat cooked Sushi,
this is Shrimp Tempura and Sweet Potato Puffs
it was very good.

The hubs had Sesame Chicken which was also very good.

Em talked so much that night - she had applied for a 6 month work visa in New Zealand.
I listened about the grueling process and really enjoyed her enthusiasm about the possible move.
She and Jaun had vacationed in New Zealand, but they don't give out too many work visa's.
But, much to my sorrow, 
she and Jaun both received them and they will be leaving in March.

She and Jaun have adventurous spirits, I will miss her but I am so excited for them both.

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Paper White Party

At my house, right now, we are having a Paper White Party.
I look forward to this time of year every year, the season in which the Paper Whites bloom.

These bulbs were planted on January 23rd, 

and as you can see - I was rewarded quickly.

Less than one month after planting the bulbs in river rocks -
adding water every other day...

you are rewarded with these beautiful flowers.

The blooms are tiny, delicate - they shimmer just a bit, 
and the scent they provide is amazing.

The plant in general is about 22 inches tall right now.
Not all the bulbs bloom on the same day,
so it's fun to have new flowers almost every day.