Sunday, February 22, 2015

Princess Half Marathon Race Day

Its Race Day!

Amy wanted to do this race as a reward to herself for a major job promotion.  Trista thought it a wonderful idea so she also signed up to race. Since then all of us have been dreaming of this day.  I joined the Cheer Squad so that I could take pictures of our racers in front of the castle.  So here is our tale of the Princess Half Marathon Race.

I wake up at 3:15 AM in a fever of excitement.  The alarm is set for 3:30 so I shut if off to keep it from waking Lew.  I quickly dress in my race clothes including a winter coat since I plan on sitting in front of the Disney castle for some time.

At 3:30 I don't hear a thing from Amy's tent so I quietly call for Amy.  I get nothing.  At 3:35 I try again and what I get is Nate crying, "Mommy something is outside our tent!"  Amy bolts upright and quiets Nate while I explain that it is just Grandma.  I go sit in a chair and wait for Amy.  She tries to quiet Nate, but nearing 4:00 she brings him to the trailer where she leaves him in my bed to rest with Grandpa.  Off we go!

After race event road-closure adventures, we manage to arrive at the Epcot parking lot where we quickly split up.  She heads to Gate G to meet Trista and I go to the monorail to catch a ride to Magic Kingdom.  I meet a man who is spending his time working on the doors of the monorail to keep them running during the race.  The front of Magic Kingdom is full of people waiting for the gates to open.  Finally at 5:30 they open and I go quickly to Gold Cheer Squad Section.  It is at the corner of the castle and the turn to tomorrowland.   Here is the picture of the castle from where I sit on my stool waiting for my girls.
 We watch the starting gate on a fellow Cheer Squad person's smartphone.  It is all quite exciting.  It is 5.7 miles from the start to the castle.  The first gate was released at 5 a I get to see the Gate G runners start on the phone.  Then I simply cheer the runners until Amy tells me they are at the 5 mile point.  I start watching and they come!
They spot my chair right away and slow down for me to take a quick pic of them and the castle.  I can't see the screen so it isn't quite right!
Trista takes a shot of Amy with the Cheer Squad.
You can see our mouse clappers.  I lose mine at the very end of the race!  Nuts.  I try for the leaving the castle shot, but it was too far away for me to tell when they exit.
Then I'm off to get to the finish line.  Two monorail rides and a long walk takes me to the race's end.  I am there 20 minutes before they cross the finish line.  I see Amy, and get a pic of Trista as she crosses.
Next is finding them in the crowd.  We manage to meet up and here are the ladies with their medals.
And a done cheering Mom.
It was great fun and I would do it again.  I'm so proud of "my ladies!"

Friday, January 02, 2015

Jan’s Quilt Art

I want to get some PICs of Jan’s quilt art up so people can see them. Click twice on any PIC to enlarge it the maximum.
Her second effort
done last August.

Her depiction of
The Girl With the Pearl Earing

Devil’s Tower, Wy
This one came together
quickly for her.

Donna’s Dogs

This one took her a lot of time.
The photo from which she worked
was too busy.

She did three of these for
Carole, Dee and Shannon.

The trees and snowflakes were cut using a Cameo Silhouette cutting machine. The snowflakes and the two background trees are purchased patterns while the foreground trees she created herself.

 This is Donna's.  The Cameo Silhouette cut out all the pieces that she designed for the tree. 

Friday, October 24, 2014

Disney with Dear Friends

We drove from Short St to Disney World and Donna and Jim drove from Weatherford, Tx to Disney World where we had reserved adjoining campsites. What a great time we all had. One day Donna’s sister Patty and her daughter Chrissie came to Fort Wilderness to see Donna.

Donna’s dogs enjoyed the Fort.

Mari Dawn spent several nights with us. Some hilarity ensued.

We celebrated our 43rd anniversary at Disney World.

We all had a great time and would like to repeat the adventure.

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Bathroom and Kitchen Work

As always, double-click to embiggen PICs.

When we moved in at Short St on Dec 15, 2001 the kitchen and bathroom floors were awful so we put down a layer of self-stick vinyl tile on top of the old floors. By now that was looking awful so we called Gordon who brought in his tile guy to lay ceramic tile. We showed him that the bathroom floor was soft around the toilet so he went to work. This was how it looked when he was done removing the deteriorated floor.

From the Kitchen
looking up

In the bathroom

In order to lay a new ¾” plywood floor the old leaded-joint cast iron toilet flange had to be removed. Ray bought an iron sawing sawmill blade and went to work. It took him a couple hours.

The old flange

The pipe cut to the correct elevation
for the new floor

Prepped for the new floor

New ¾” plywood subfloor
We primed it with Kilz
Ready for cement board

It’s so nice!
And it doesn’t bounce
when you walk.

The Kitchen floor was a breeze.

Gordon priced this job based on two days work and it took Ray and his helper four full days.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

A Nice Visit with Mr. Nate.

Amy and Chris both have a very hectic work schedule in August so we volunteered to babysit the last two weeks in August.  Nate was a blast to be around.  We hiked, ate hamburgers and French Fries and Ice Cream, visited the library and generally had a great time together.
Family Walk before evening work.

Broccoli from the garden.

Helping to make tofu hot wings.

Hamburger, fries and ice cream what a special meal with the Grands!

Working in the garden in my boots!

Playground Fun!

A lunch picnic walk that includes potato chips!

Meeting Mom at an apple orchard where we can pick early apples!

My Grandpa made me a good breakfast to have with my breakfast!

Sunday, August 03, 2014

Pa Travels

July 27
 Cordelia needed a vacation so we loaded up and took off for Ohiopyle State Park.

Camp Johns @ Ohiopyle SP

After setting up camp we headed off to Laurel Caverns on the mountaintop East of Uniontown.

She is ready to go down into
the Center of the Earth

This cavern follows the fairly steep dip of the limestone formation in which it is situated.

Down she goes.

Monday morning we headed for Falling Water, the famous Frank Loyd Wright house cantilevered over the creek beneath it.

Falling Water

The Living Room and the deck
above are cantilevered
over the creek.
The stairway connects the
living room to the natural

The swimming pool is
spring fed.
Mrs Kaufman used it daily.

An excellent day!

Cordelia’s interests are eclectic and Tuesday we roared off to Gettysburg battlefield. Little Round Top was the site of a bloody little sub-battle and several monuments to that effect have been erected there. We took a PIC of Adam and Amy here in 1983.

1983 looking out.

Looking in in 2014.
same location
in 2014.

Cordelia specifically wanted to stand where Abraham Lincoln delivered The Gettysburg Address, wherewith he reaffirmed that "government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.

Gettysburg is a sad place. All those men, more than a few brother-against-brother, died working to establish that this would be one Nation without slavery. So onward to another venue.

Pennsylvania is/was the home of Anthracite Coal mining and there is a wonderful working museum (Pioneer Tunnel Coal Mine) in Ashland, Pa. Off we went.

Mine locomotive

Into the Mountain we go.

1800 ft in and 500 ft under.

Ready to go to work.

Then it was off to Knoebel’s Park.

Camp with the big
Wood Coaster in
the background.

This is one of the newest wood
coasters in the World.

Cordelia trying to catch
a ring on the Carousel.

Cordelia rode this awful thing
about five times in a row.

Then it was back home we went. 800 miles and we arrived home on Friday afternoon.