Saturday, November 29, 2014

Thanksgiving 2014

This was my first Thanksgiving in my new home (really, my OLD home) in Lockport.   On Thanksgiving morning, I did some decorating for Christmas.  This is my table BEFORE food and people were added!

on THANKSGIVING DAY, Peggy and Dave, two of Dave's grown children (Catherine and Scott) and my friend Betty joined my daughter Carrie and I.

 We had dinner at 3:30 consisting of

gravy..................all prepared by David

baked sweet potatoes
70's fruit salad
baked butternut squash
mac and cheese
spinach casserole
Paula Deens cornbread casserole
devilled eggs                                      
homemade cranberry/orange sauce                all prepared by me

desert was
elderberry pie and chocolate peanut butter pie from HALL'S
Turtle Brownies and Christmas cookies (baked by me)

Betty brought some great rolls and overfilled my candy bowl!

Everything was delicious.

I invited my sister Gail and Peggy and Dave joined us for "leftovers" lunch.
I made myself a "thanksgiving sandwich"  turkey, stuffing, cranberry sauce and gravy on
a whole wheat roll" and it was absolutely delicious!!!!!

Peggy and I went to Buffalo to visit a friend, Robin, in the hospital. Then we went to Paula's donuts, and Trader Joes!  It was a great afternoon, which just FLEW by.

Saturday, November 15, 2014

WASHINGTON HUNT Adventure Saturday November 15, 2014

When I told Peggy a couple of weeks that the former Washington Hunt Elementary School was going to be open to the public for one last walk through of it before its transformation to a spa/health club, she said she wanted to go.  So I reminded her yesterday and we went today.

First we went down to the remains of the old mill so she could retrieve her geocache which needed maintenance.  Here is what you see from the road.  I took the old geocache and will clean it up and replace the log and add trade items to it.  
Then we headed to SUNNY"S for lunch.  I had the steak sandwich and Peggy had a salad.  Then we went to BONTON'S where Peggy bought a closet organizer (for shoes).

Then it was on to the former Washington Hunt School on Rogers Avenue.

 We walked through and took several pictures.

I think the school closed down at the end of the school year in 2013.  The new owners are going to turn the building into a health spa offering a lot of services.  Today they offered guided tours (we declined) and free popcorn, bottled water and apples.  Also, they are giving away a free membership, which I signed up for.

It was very neat to see the inside of this old school.  Although all the furniture and other movable objects have been removed, there are many traces of the school days.  I am really glad we went to see it.  

Thursday, November 13, 2014

48 hours with Christa ADVENTURE

Christa was supposed to arrive at the Buffalo airport at ten thirty p.m. Monday night BUT there were delays and she ended up arriving Tuesday around 12:30.  Projected arrival time for that particular flight was one p.m., so she had picked up her baggage and was ready to leave while I was still driving towards the airport.    I didn't have to park or even get out of my car, she was ready and waiting and threw her luggage into the back seat and we headed  towards Lockport (a 35-40 minute drive, mostly on "the transit").  She told me the story of her AIRPORT ADVENTURE, which was very interesting....she met a lot of people and had some unique experiences along the way.

She was dying for coffee from DUNKIN DONUTS, so that was our first stop, right on the Transit in Lockport, a few minutes from home.  I think Christa immediately crashed on the couch in my family room and took a nap as soon as we got there.

That night Peggy and Dave came over for a mini-Thanksgiving dinner.  Turkey, stuffing, gravy, cranberry sauce, winter squash, corn and mac and cheese, with cherry pie for desert.  It was a great meal.  This was Christa's first opportunity to meet Peg's new husband, David and the two of them got along very well.

Tuesday was our first and only full day Christa and I had together.   She wanted to see where Peggy and Dave live, so we drove out to Middleport and I showed her.  David was not home, so we continued on our way.  I showed her the old stone schoolhouse down the road from David and then we went up to 104 and headed east for a bit.  We finally turned around and stopped at a very nice farmstand and winery.  
We looked around but did not make any purchases.  

It was getting to be time for lunch, and we tried to come up with some good ideas.  We decided to check out GORDY HARPERS BAZAAR.
 We went through all or most of the shops and made several small purchases, but nothing on the restaurant menu appealed to Christa, so we decided to not eat there.    Before we left, Christa wanted to take a picture of her GUMBY so I suggested she put him on this old piece of farm equipment.  GUMBY is kind of her "Flat Stanley"......the reactions the security people at one of the airport to this Gumby is a story in itself, part of Christa's airport story.

That night we watched the final episode of Downton Abbey on my laptop and an episode of two of Season Two THE WALKING DEAD (my new favorite tv series).  Christa hooked me up to her NETFLIX and taught me how to use it.

We ended up having lunch at PLEASANT VALLEY TAVERN in Lowertown, Lockport.  I had an italian sausage sandwich with a cup of onion soup.
Christa had pizza logs and a cup of soup. We decided to pick up Chiavetta's chicken for supper and then we headed back to my house.  Christa took another nap.  I think the three hour jet lag and the long hours of waiting in the airports took a lot out of her.  

We had Chiavetta's chicken (just like Brooks chicken) and mac and cheese for supper and then watched more of THE WALKING DEAD.

Thursday morning, I did some laundry and she started putting her stuff back together for the next leg of this trip. I asked her if there was anything else she wanted to do or anyone she wanted to see before leaving Lockport and she asked how far we were from the police station (my brother Mike is captain).  I called Mike and he said come on down, so we did and then meet up with his wife, Janie, and we all went to TOM'S DINER for a bit.  Mike and Janie ordered lunch and Christa and I each had a drink.  It was a very short visit, but it was so nice to touch bases with them and hear about some of their recent hiking adventures and Mike's time at FBI school in Quantico.  

We met up with her friend Seth and my sister, Peggy, at THE FIELDSTONE for lunch.  I had never met Seth before.
 He is a great guy and I feel confident that the two of them will have a wonderful time in the next 13 days, travelling across the country,  Their first stop will be New Orleans, then on to Austin, Texas and then continuing on to Portland, Oregon to drop her off and then onto Seattle where Seth lives.
 packing up Seth's car.
BON VOYAGE Seth and Christa, I can't wait to hear about all your adventures in so many states!!!!!

Saturday, November 8, 2014


Peggy and I met up at my house in order to spend the afternoon together.  First we went over to Mike and  Janeys house so Peg could drop off some items.  I took the boys "Halloween Bags" that I had put together and gave them to the boys.

Then we went to a "services" fair at a local church (Christ Church on the corner of Pine and Genesee).  There were a lot of freebies, and a lot of information about area services.

Then we headed out to Niagara Falls Blvd.  First stop: International Tops.  Now I know how to get there.  Drive out the blvd, and eventually will see Trader Joes on the left hand side.  Turn left at the next light and drive down a bit and the International Tops is on the left.  The Jewish deli was closed (its their sabbath).  We looked around at the other places offering ready to eat food and then decided to eat someplace else.

We decided to eat at Chipotle.  The "bowls" we had were really good, but the place was SO noisy, and the atmosphere leaves a lot to be desired.

Then it was on to TRADER JOE'S.  I spent a bit over twenty dollars and purchased the following:
I was really glad  that they had sweet chili sauce and bought four bottles.  (last time  they had none).  

After that it was to the PAULA'S DONUTS on Sheridan Drive.  I had a cream filled peanut donut and Peggy had a chocolate cream filled chocolate frosted donut.  

After that we headed for home, stopping only to get gas.  We had some geocaching information for caches close to the area we were in, but we skipped geocaching because it was cold and rainy outside.  

Saturday, November 1, 2014


My cousin Becky and I met up at ALL SAINTS church (formerly St. Patricks) for their AUTUMN SPLENDOR Event...........which offered a basket raffle, vendors with lots if items for sale and chowder.  We only stayed long enough to spend $5.00 on the basket raffle.  It was impossible to see inside the baskets to see what was in  them, so neither one of us wanted to spend more than that.  I bought a few magnets and a small jar of homemade chili sauce.
We left after depositing our tickets and headed out to Gasport for the 
turkey dinner and bazaar at Covenant United Church of Christ in Gasport, NY.
 Before the dinner, we shopped.  There were numerous vendors with various items, Grandma's Attic (used items for sale) and also fruits and apples for sale as well as baked goods.    I bought several items from Grandma's Attic,  and basket of potatoes, apples and squash and some raffle tickets.

We waited in the sanctuary with several other people for the dinner to start.  I loved the altar decorations. 

Finally, it was time for the turkey dinner.  It was delicious!  
During the meal, Becky received a phone call from All Saints Parish telling her that she won a basket!  She has all the luck!