Friday, May 6, 2022

The Carousel At Pier Village

One of my favorite childhood memories are riding carousels on the boardwalk at 
The Jersey Shore.
Carousels have a long history here,  
since as early as 1909, there has always been a carousel at the pier in Long Branch, NJ
The pier and carousel were destroyed by a storm in 1944, then only two remained at the Jersey Shore.
In 1970 new interest developed in the carousels of yesteryear 
 and this hand carved carousel was unveiled in 1999 at the rebuilt pier at Pier Village.
As you can see from the photographs, not only can you ride a horse but also sea themed animals,
like a dolphin, a fish, a pelican, a sea horse and more.











- uninvited guest -


- the paintings atop the carousel are sea themed, colorful and show the kite festival we just attended here -


I have turned the comments off, until I get my computer problems resolved,
there are too many blogs I cannot comment on!

Tuesday, May 3, 2022

The Wizard Of Oz

 I purchased tickets for The Wizard of Oz, two years ago for a performance in May 2020.
It was rescheduled due to Covid for May 2021.

May 2021's performance was rescheduled for May 2022 now it was finally time to

"follow the yellow brick road"
and boy was I ready.
We had great seats, the first row of the first mezzanine in



We have been here before and the theater is so elegant.



They never announced no pictures, I gave it a go but was quickly tapped on the shoulder.
I had already taken these two, everything was so colorful and the sets were beautifully made.



Emily, the girl who played Dorothy was amazing.
Blessed with an extraordinary voice, 
she looked the part and her acting talent was beyond impressive.


Emily's family was sitting directly behind us, I was thrilled...and felt so lucky to meet them.
We became "fast friends" and had a lovely conversation.
I just happen to mention my blog, you know, so they could see my post about the show.
Emily's mom has already reached out to me, it seems we have a bit in common.
She too is living with MS and has written a book about treating MS and its "annoying" symptoms.

I met Dorothy, Emily...she is adorable and will be a super star one day.

I met Toto too, well kind of...
it was so difficult to get past those little ones with their phones.

I was so touched by the extreme talent in this production of The Wizard of Oz...
and also reminded of why I love this story so much.

- somewhere over the rainbow skies are blue, and the dreams that you dare to dream really do come true -

Monday, May 2, 2022

A Little Of This...

  I have been busy...occupying myself with odd projects and crafts.

One project I am still working on, organizing the greeting cards I have received over the years.
This is not the first time I have worked on this project.

Above is the way I previously organized the cards and I really like them this way.
Two binder rings with ribbons tied on them.
I keep them out on the coffee table now and I have found them to be real dust collectors.
Prior, they have been stored in a huge chest forever and when in that chest I never look at them.
What's the purpose in saving them?
For those pictured above,
I started with Valentines Day for each set and I was able to collect 6 years in each group.
2007 - 2013 is on the left, 2014 - 2020 is on the right.

I saw these smaller notebooks from Target on a post on Pinterest,
I thought they would be great for organizing the cards and would keep them dust free.
They did not have them on-line so I went "shopping" in Target 
(add in joyful music and happy dancing) 
and they had a small selection of them in the store.


I used the pink one for cards from the hubs,
2003 - 2006
And I included all the cards I had from when we were dating, they fit perfectly.

I got rid of everything from 2003 and beyond, it broke my heart but it had to be done.
I kept all of the cards from when we were dating.

This blue binder was to be for the cards Michael sends me, Scott is not a card person.
They are all 5 x 7 ish, a little small for the binder, 
I decided to just keep them contained in the two rings, and tie ribbons around them.
These are all from Mike from 2017 - 2021, Mothers Day & my Birthday.
Everything before that is in the blue scrapbook pictured below.
He often sends two cards for each holiday, one sweet, loving mushy card and one funny card.
He sends the best cards.

This Creative Memories Scrapbook holds all of the cards the kids gave me since they were born, 
and Mike's up until 2016.

inside looks like this.

I think my card organizing is done.

I am also trying to organize the images on my computer, 
putting them into folders and deleting those that are not worth keeping.
- does this sound familiar? familiar like a broken record, right -
When I started up this time/again, this is an ongoing mission to get my pictures organized,
I had 37,862 pictures on my computer and very little storage left.
After about two months, I have reached April of 2020 and I have 24,945.
I have 2 years to go, it may not sound like a lot, but trust me, it is!

I have been knitting a little less, but knitting just the same and this is almost done.
This is the third Northwind Cowl I have knitted 
I used Berroco Vintage Yarn 
Machine washable, but I would hand wash this...it is 52% Acrylic, 40% Wool and 8% Nylon
Each section is different, my favorite, the snowflakes at the top which is actually the bottom.

Here is the first one I made, washed and blocked, you can see the design better,
and the color in this image is more accurate.

Sunday, May 1, 2022

Saturday, April 30, 2022

Saturday's Critters #437

 I have not stood at the back office window in some time now,
camera in hand, photographing the birds.

On April 27th, I had but just a few minutes to spend with the birds.


The Catbirds are back, they leave during the fall and return in early spring.
They are quite abundant in the yard, they are playful and very easy to photograph.



I see these Chickadees all year long, they are quick at the feeders,
and not quite as easy to photograph.



These are the White Throated Sparrows.
I took these pictures on April 27th, they are usually gone by then...
but I am still seeing at least 2 of them.
In the second picture the "white throat" is very evident. 



The Male House Finch, numerous at the feeders, year round.
Also very playful and easy to photograph.


This Yellow-Rumped Warbler was here all winter.
I took this picture on March 28th, right before it left for the spring and summer.
It will return next winter.

Sharing today's images with Eileen at 
for Saturday Critters

Friday, April 29, 2022

Kites At The Pier Festival

 When we arrived in Long Branch for the Kite Festival most of the large kites where on the ground.
There was not enough of a breeze to keep them up in the air.
It was also cloudy, hazy, no sun in sight.


This is an annual festival, held on the beach in Pier Village, Longbranch, New Jersey, 
where there is generally a bit of a breeze.

They were really struggling to get this stingray in the air,
there was no lack of effort.







The clouds parted, and the sky became a beautiful shade of blue.





Still not enough of a breeze to get all of the kites up in the sky.
People had traveled here from as far away as New Hampshire and Maine, 
such a shame it was not more of a success.

We had a really nice afternoon.
We brought the Zingerwe actually keep it charged, in the car, so we were able to take a nice long walk.
Once the sun came out, it was a beautiful day.
The boardwalk here is so nice, 
there are so many great shops, restaurants and a carousel, which I photographed to share on another day.
We stopped for Pete and Eldas pizza on the way home.
Delicious thin crusted pizza but it was so loud I came home with a headache.
I love their pizza but in the future, 
we will get take-out and eat it at the beach as it is so close to Ocean Grove.