Thursday, August 29, 2013

Artful Friday: DIY Paper Lantern Craft ( and as an added bonus....a TARDIS design)

Theme Thursday~ "Shadows"

Welcome! 
Just stopping in for  a little linky fun with Cari's topic this week:
Shadows





Taken last week upstate.

There are pictures galore there.....
 but I do think this is one of the most illustrative of "shadows."
That's my son and hubby and, of course, Tom Sawyer Island in "our lake."

And please, friends, stop over to Cari's blog for more shadowy fun!

Thank you so much for visiting and spending some time here 
with me at my home on the web.


Until next time,

~Chris
Back to school shopping?
Please stop over to my online mega book sale...

Sunday, August 25, 2013

~ All My "Adirondack Memories" Posts in One ~ Plus Some Proud NY State History

~Hi there and welcome~

I hope this finds you well and having a wonderful day!
I have had so much fun blogging my Adirondack memories into a 
photojournal during the time my family was up in the gorgeous mountains of New York.
Many associate NY with only the Big Apple;
yet parts of The Empire State are  rural, rugged, even majestic.
The history with which our state is drenched is also quite fascinating....
We are  Last of the Mohican territory, friends!
Think Revolutionary War, think  spies and espionage and 'George-Washington-slept-here' plaques upstate, downstate ( and yes, even in downtown New York City!)




Did you know that New York was our nation's capital at various times in the late 1780s as well as hosting significant transportation advancements into the 19th century such as the first steamboat line and the Erie Canal?

Interestingly, although New York was far from its battles, the 11th state sent
 the most men AND money to support the Civil War.




Map:  VisitNewYorkState.net


Sadly, we live downstate in a hotbed of liberalism,
drenched in a moral culture completely opposed 
to our way of thinking, our political views and the manner 
in which we are raising our children.
It's a literal and figurative breath of fresh air to visit the bucolic  
Adirondacks where our souls can breath and where we can revisit our memories as well as
 creating new ones.
And, just a little aside that kind of irks us:
Many USA and world maps cut us off completely!
Nope, not kidding!
It's quite often that we find all five boroughs of Manhattan 
as well as all of Long Island just do not exist. 
Strange huh?
My kids have noticed that Cape Cod ( north of us, of course) and
the DelMarVa peninsula ( south of us, of course) 
do not get deleted!
What's up with cartographers and LI?
Sheesh, eliminate 7.5 million people?
Hmmmmm......
Yup, that's the population of Brooklyn, Queens, Nassau and Suffolk,
 which are the counties on The Island.

Friend, thanks for sticking with my NY state facts!
Here's a compilation of my "Adirondack Memories" posts from our week
 in the country and the beauty
 of upstate New York:

Happy Birthday in Heaven Dad




~Sunrise, Our Inviting Lake and a Crackling Campfire ~ Day 1






~ Perch, Pleiades, Promises~ Day 3



Tuesday~


~To Be Here is to Know Heaven~
 Wednesday and Thursday


Adirondack Memories: How Can the Week Be Over?








Older posts that I wrote for my Memoir Monday hop, 
to which you are always welcome to link!




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Saturday, August 24, 2013

Sunday Snippets~ 8/25/13: Of Salt Lake City, Old Growth Pines, Adirondack Memories and Road Trips




Welcome!
I'm gratefully linking with RAnn
 a carnival of Catholic posts.


It's been a while since I've linked to RAnn's hop,
 given our family's summer busy-ness ...
all good. :)
And I am happy to be back, 
joining up and visiting a few of the Sunday Snippets bloggers.

So this Sunday, I've the following posts to share:

...of Salt Lake City and our kids' First Holy Communions





Wrapping ‘Summer Love’ into a New School Year: 















Friends, I also invite you to peruse my "Adirondack Memories" posts, which I blogged during our trip from 8/10 through 8/17.
(If you have time.....)



Back to school shopping?
Please stop over to my online mega book sale...
Curriculum, teacher resources, kid lit from preschool to high school.

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Have a lovey weekend!

Until next time,

~Chris

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Paddle boats, Pleiades, Pike, Old Growth Pines and Promises~ Wrapping ‘Summer Love’ into a New School Year: My August Catholic Mom.com column

I’ll admit it’s work, but I love it.
I love camping…. the dust clouds and the cicadas’ rhythmic swell and the  sun leaking into  the thin tent nylon in the early morning, insistent.
Our rusty old  camp grill and the Coleman  torch that scatters just a bit of an ethereal Hey-summer-we-survived-this-year’s-algebra-and-ancient-history-and-disappointments-and-triumphs-and-we’re-back-to-settle-in-your-scheduleless -rustic-August glow.

The whispers of “Did you SEE that one?” as a midnight  meteor arcs  across black velvet sky, centuries old pine trees framing. And the hushed, “Hey can you find Cassiopeia up there?”
The clink of the backgammon dice on a rainy day and the splash of dockjumping and King of the Hill on a scorched, sunny one.
  The glassy lake reflecting pines and the lemon yellow and ivory lily pad flowers arching heaven.....

The greeting of those we know from years past with hugs and catching up on our year, how all the kids have grown so.
The connect the dots pattern of mosquito bites we all bear and the roasted to perfection s’mores. The pungent aroma of a campfire through hair and sweatshirts.

And nothing says‘summer’ like that smell.
Click here to read the rest of my August column at Catholic Mom.com
                                               I write for CM~
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Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Adirondack Memories: Wordless Wednesday





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Adirondack Memories: Leaving the Lake, Horseback Riding, Ice Cream with a View and Stepping Back into the 1700s


Hi there friends, and welcome to my home on the web!
I'm so happy you stopped by.....
I've been photojournalling our time in the Adirondacks and sadly, the week is at a close.

The memories we recaptured and those we created are, as always, blessedly abundant.

Here are a couple of posts I wrote a while back for my Memoir Monday hop.....
and 
both reflections of our time in the Adirondacks.
These mountains,  by the way,
 derive their name from  the Anglicized 
 Mohawk Indian term,  "ratirontaks,"
 meaning "they eat trees,"
 a derogatory name which, legend holds. the Mohawk applied to neighboring Algonquian-speaking tribes, as when food was scarce, the Algonquins would eat tree bark.

Our last day.....
Hubby and son venture out for one last 7:00 AM fishing 'trip' in the rowboat:


 

Breakfast on our 'deck' by the lake.....


About to depart........:
Doesn't the lake look like glass?
It seems to good to be "true."


One last goodbye with friends:


And....
a surprise for the kids:
Horseback riding at a local stable after  we we left the camp!
They were SO excited!



Their first time ever riding horses........ 
This is "Chicago."



It's  been almost 30 years since hubby saddled up!
He loved the ride with the boys.....
Meet "Silver."
(I think everyone utters the obligatory
 "Hi Ho Silver!" upon hearing his name, don't you? 
I heard it a few times! )


Here's my other sweetie on "Freckles."



...... and off they go!

What a fantastic time they had!
I, on the other hand, LOVE animals but have never been on a horse and was a bit cautious.
So I declined a ride this time around.





So we wandered around town a bit and couldn't resist
stopping in at the wax museum.
Here's Frankie.....

...and the good doctor himself:




Ice Cream by the lake.......
That's Fort William Henry in the very background of the pictures,
 setting of turning points in the French and Indian War in the 1750s.
For a little history on those topics, click the highlighted links.
You'll be glad you did.




A few shots outside the fort...







We have sooooo many memories from I-don't-know-how-many trips
 to the Fort William Henry Museum for their tour over the years.
Sadly, the fort was closed when we were there due to some private event.


BUT...
.......yes, I do have pictures from years past!
These are all from July 2008....
Wow, the boys look so changed.
A day at a time, right?



Ok, here they are, joining The King's Army.
Their uniform and food expense came right out of their pay.
 And those heavy wool jackets?
Don't know HOW the soldiers wore them in that excessive heat!




Being sworn in:


The new recruit surveys the fort:




...with the general....:

And of course, playing with tom toms afterward  in the gift shop!

Those were the days.
These are the days, too.


And, we'll be back to our Adirondack haunts in 51 weeks.
<sigh>

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