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[tweetmeme] We went down to the 165th annual Dutchess County Fair in Rhinebeck, NY.

I’ve been going to the fair my entire life and I’ve only missed 1 year.   (my best friend got married that weekend – she was from Dutchess County, she should have known better!!  LOL!!)  There are certain things I look forward to every year.  One of the major food vendors that I love were MIA this year, but my other favorite thing is the baby animals.  These babies certainly didn’t disappoint!!  There are 13 babies in the first video!!

What are your favorite things to do at fairs?

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[tweetmeme] About a month ago Michael and I were out driving around and noticed a car with two rubber strips hanging down off its bumper that just barely grazed the road.  I asked him what they were and if they had a purpose.  He wasn’t sure either, but remembered seeing them in Virginia when he lived there.

I looked it up online.  From the pages I’ve read it seems they’re called “Grounding Straps.”  The point of them is to ground the car so static electricity can’t build up.  They supposedly help prevent car sickness as well.   Additionally they were popular so toll takers weren’t shocked then they reached out to cars to collect tolls.  They were widely available in the 60’s & 70’s and are making a comeback.

Do any of you know more about these?

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Yesterday Chelsea Clinton married Marc Mezvinsky in Rhinebeck NY.  But did you know there were other things going on in the area?  For instance the church I grew up in (that my parents still faithfully attend) had their annual picnic.  My Dad was the main entertainment….

After the picnic Michael and I went over to my Mom & Dad’s house to talk gardening for a while.  We also took down Michael & Angela’s photo gallery which was hanging at Barista’s in the Hudson Valley Mall.  Last but not least, we stopped for a slice of the best pizza on earth before we left to head back home.

What did you do this weekend?

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[tweetmeme] This weekend in Parade there was an article that mentioned the following:

Scientists believe that lightning-bug numbers are declining worldwide.  As part of the volunteer Firefly Watch of Boston’s Museum of Science, you can assist researchers by collecting data.  Just spend 10 minutes a week to count evening activity in a yard or field.  Sign up at mos.org/fireflywatch.

This makes me sad.  I remember when I was a little girl going out to catch fireflies.  I grew up in the country so they were abundant.  I used to catch them in empty tomato sauce jars – (after I’d carefully poked holes in the lid of course.)  I’d like to think that future generations would have the opportunity to catch their lucky fireflies as well, but with less to catch it looks like many will miss out. 

Did you catch fireflies as a child?
What kind of emotions do you feel when you think back to doing it?

Did you think it was lucky to catch one?

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Image from: http://diggingri.wordpress.com/2010/06/25/many-happy-returns/

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Yesterday I posted my 200th blog post!
Unfortunately I wasn’t around to pimp it like I wanted to,
so check it out today.
It was a good post that I put more time than usual into.

So far we’ve talked about quite a bit.
You’ve gotten to know some of my very important people.
You’ve been lectured by me to watch for motorcycles.
You’ve met my dog Isabella.
There are so many more things to come!

At this point, my top 3 blog posts have been:

I Love A Good Heist

PLEASE HELP!  My Friend Needs Relationship Advice!!

No Longer With Us

Thank you to all of you for hanging around and reading my ramblings!!

My blog jumps around quite a bit.

What else should we discuss??
Do you have any favorite blogs I’ve written?

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200th Blog Post Image from: http://mariannsimms.blogspot.com/2009/11/fired-up-over-my-200th-blog-post.html

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Photo by Michael T. Henry Photography

We went to Bettie’s Cake’s Double Decker Bus today for brunch.  The bus is a 1963 Bristol Double Decker Bus.  The 2nd floor is seating, though in this hot weather it was too hot to eat up there.  The set-up was really unique.  This weekend they are parked in at 250 Delaware Avenue in Delmar, NY.  They change the location quite often (they’re mobile for a reason!) so check out their Twitter and/or Facebook to find out where they are.  I bet the owner Lorraine Murphy can tell you too!

Sierra had a peanut butter cup cupcake, Michael had a coconut cream cupcake and I had a red velvet cupcake with cream cheese icing.  They were all really yummy!  I also got an M&M cookie.  I’m eating it right now, and almost 12 hours after I bought it, it’s still good!!

Hopefully we can visit them again soon.

Do you have any unique businesses like this where you live?

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Photo by Michael T. Henry Photography

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My Mom

While brainstorming about what to write blogs about, I wanted to find a way for my readers to get to know some of the awesome people who I know.  The best way I could come up with was an interview series.

Meet my Mom.  We met at my birth.  (obviously!)  She’s one of the most kind-hearted people I know.  Always willing to lend a helping hand.  So… without further ado – here is my Mom.  :)

Name: Mom

Age: 69

Location: My house –> Dutchess County, NY

Hails from: Pennsylvania

Me, Mom & Dad with my Aunt Rita in the front. She's my God-Mother.

Relationship Status: Happily Married for 49 years

Children: 4 – 3 sons & 1 daughter

Occupation: Takin’ it easy & lovin’ it!  spoiling my Grandkids – both 2 & 4 legged

What is the most challenging part of your job? Finding the nearest couch

If you could spend an evening with anyone from history, who would it be? Jesus Christ

What do you miss most about your childhood? Walking to the brook and swimming with the neighborhood kids.

What’s a goal in life you have yet to accomplish? Getting to heaven

What 5 things in life could you not live without? My husband and 4 kids

What’s your favorite snack? Drumstick Ice Cream Cones (not the chicken variety)

What super power do you wish you had? I’d love to be able to fly without stepping foot on an airplane.

What is your favorite movie? Ben Hur

How did you meet Dad? By remembering that the quickest way to get to a man’s heart is through his stomach!

What are your favorite flowers? I like roses, daisies, peonies, and gladiolas.
Author’s Note: Thank goodness she didn’t name me after any of the other 3!!!

Who was your best friend growing up? Patsy

What was your favorite subject in high school? Math – I still enjoy puzzles with numbers like Sudoku.

Who’s your favorite grandchild? Elizabeth, Anne, Katie, Sofia, Jacob, Frank & Bella.  (Bella’s my 4 legged grandchild)

Where would you like to visit that you’ve never been? Greece

The Sistine Chapel

Where was the most interesting place you’ve ever visited? The Sistine Chapel

What is your favorite holiday and why? Christmas – for a few reasons.  I love to see happy children, I like Christmas music, our Christmas mass is always nice, and Rose usually cooks Christmas dinner.

Mom & her Mother (My Grandmother)

Who’s your hero? My Mother was.  She had 9 children (I was the youngest), 30 grandchildren, 50+ great-grandchildren, and a number of great-great grandchildren before she passed away at 102 years old.  (And she remembered ALL of their names!!)

What is your favorite song? How Great Thou Art

Where do you go for your favorite ice cream? Holy Cow

Mom & her sister Rita (my God-mother)

What would you like to know about my Mom?

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Luke & Laura ~ November 16, 1981

Luke & Laura married on November 16, 1981.  The event was watched by 30 million viewers and remains the highest-rated hour in American soap opera history.

I’m reading a book called Dr. Knowledge Presents – Strange & Fascinating Facts About Famous Brands.
An entry caught my attention:

Why They’re Called Soap Operas

Oxydol laundry soap started something new in 1933.  They began sponsoring a daily fifteen-minute afternoon drama on network radio.  Their program was called Ma Perkins.

It was popular, and soon other soap brands decided to sponsor the same kind of show.  The airwaves because full of afternoon dramas aimed at a predominately female audience.  The phrase “soap operas” entered the language to describe these soap-sponsored programs.

Some long-running soap operas of that era included Stella Dallas, Portia Faces Life, Just Plain Bill, Life Can Be Beautiful, The Guiding Light, Our Gal Sunday, and Backstage Wife.

(Incredibly, Virginia Payne, who played Ma on Ma Perkins, held that role for the entire twenty-seven-year run of the program – never missing any of its 7,065 broadcasts.)

While we’re on the topic, if you watch General Hospital answer this….

Luke & Laura ~ November 16, 2006

A couple of years ago when Laura came out of her coma she and Luke got remarried.  Everyone thought it was a farce because Luke was married to Tracy Quartermaine.  Now that it’s come out that Luke & Tracy were not really married, it makes me think – he is really married to Laura now isn’t he?  He can’t marry Tracy without getting a divorce from Laura.  Am I remembering things correctly?

Do you watch soap operas?  If so, which one?

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My good friend Cute~Ella wrote a blog today about not being so good about being present.

Like her I am guilty of multi-tasking in my mind.  I think most people tend to let their mind go in different directions while engaging in conversations with others.  I don’t do it to be rude, it’s just hard to turn the other tracks of my mind off.  I find it helps to keep a notepad around to jot down ideas because I’m better at letting the thoughts go if I know I have them documented somewhere and I can refer to them later.

Cute~Ella asked the question can she learn to be just in the moment?

Years ago a friend stated the words:

Live in the moment and don’t keep score.

I have always done my best to remember those words.  He meant it more in the “don’t think of the consequences or guilt of your actions” kind of sense, but I think it also applies to the “being present” concept.

So for today
Don’t think about the extra calories
Don’t worry about being 5 minutes late
Don’t worry about getting wet in the rain
Don’t worry about tomorrow’s blog topic
Don’t think about what other people will think

Tell those that you care about that you love them
you never know if you possibly won’t get another chance….

What have you done lately while living in the moment?

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Photos from: http://jeremyfoster.blogspot.com/2009/05/take-deep-breath-you-are-alive.html
http://blog.shaneandpeter.com/2007/11/03/the-million-dollar-question/
and http://www.nostalgictreasures.com/Dance%20and%20Shine/dance_shine.html

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My Delicious Pizza!

We’ve already talked about the best ice cream in the world.  Now we’re going to talk about the best pizza.  Villiage Pizza III is in Red Hook, NY.  Like Holy Cow,  it is a local landmark.

It was night time and dark 😦

Just like Holy Cow I know many people who have moved out of Red Hook who make sure they stop by Village Pizza for a visit whenever they’re in town.

I’ve spoken to many people about what I consider to be the “best pizza.”  Many people think it’s all about what you grew up on.  If you grew up eating thin crust – that’s what you like.  If you grew up on deep dish – you think that’s the best.  The pizza here is thin crust with just the right amount of sauce so it doesn’t get soggy.  Perfection if you ask me!  I spent so much time there growing up that I can hear the familiar squeak and slam of the front door in the place!

I moved to Pittsburgh for a couple years.  I brought a Village Pizza pie back with me so they could taste what real pizza was supposed to taste like.  Little Caesars is NOT real pizza!  Neither is Pizza Hut!!

Even Isabella understands good pizza!

I grew up on Village Pizza and I love it!  Order me up a slice with cold cheese (or mushrooms – or both) and I’m in heaven!  (So is Miss Isabella!)

One bite just wasn't enough!

Where do you get your favorite pizza from??  What makes it the best?

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