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Hello? Hellooooo…

Did you hear me tapping on the mic?  Just wondering if anybody is still out there in the audience.  When I take a break, forget 15 minutes.  A month is more like it.

It’s been a hectic month, in which I finished the school year, started teaching summer school, and had a most excellent social life.  Now  that I’m done with school, half done with summer school, and back to my lame non-social life, I guess I have no excuses.  My teeny-tiny fan club (brother Mike) gave me grief today over the lack of posts.  Which is good, because it means he reads them.  God bless relatives.

Some things in my personal life have been very discouraging over the past week, and it’s got me feeling very glum.  The fact that it has rained all day today, all my kids are busy, and I have spent most of the day in a very silent apartment has not helped at all.  I hate it when I’m not perky.  I’m the antithesis of perky right now.

However, in a little over a month I’ll be jetting off with child #3, my dad and his sweetheart to that booming, amazing metropolis of Eden, NY.  I’m sure you’ve heard of it, right?  For those not in the know, go buy a REAL kazoo – you know, red or blue on the bottom, gold-colored on the top and made of metal.  On it will be stamped Eden, NY USA.  Or it should be.  Home of the authentic kazoo, sweet corn, and moi.

We’ll only be there 12 days, but I’m already exhausted thinking of all the things I want to see and do.  I have never been bored on a trip home.  Sure, it’s a sleepy little farm town, but you’d be amazed.

Fifteen minutes after our flight is scheduled to touch down, there is an open house at the Richardson Olmsted Complex, formerly known as the Buffalo Psychiatric Center.  My niece is interning there, and a non-profit group is restoring this beautiful old building and grounds.  Fortunately, they are doing rolling tours over the three-hour open house, so even if we don’t get there right away, we won’t miss the event.  Unless our plane is delayed a couple of hours.  Then somebody is gonna hear from me, because I REALLY WANT TO GO TO THIS!

Then there’s my niece’s band, Brother Keep, performing locally. Alumni weekend, creek hiking at Zoar Valley, the Lucille Ball Museum in nearby Jamestown, NY, architectural tours of  Buffalo, and on, and on… and let’s not forget my sister-in-law’s birthday, and Eden’s fabulous Corn Festival!  Did I mention it’s Eden’s Bicentennial?

I will be way too busy to be glum, even if it rains.  Hmm… maybe there’s a lesson in there for me.

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The Livin’ is Easy – Part 1

I love that song.  Summertime… and the livin’ is easy.  I am probably enjoying this summer more than any other I can remember.  Last summer would top the list, except that I was frantically trying to find a job with benefits up in western New York in my quest to move back to my hometown. Although that didn’t work out as I’d hoped, I learned so much and had such a bountiful summer.  Not in cash, but in friends, family, and new memories.  Now that I’ve finally started to get my personal life kinda sorta a little organized, I thought I’d share some of my New York summer.  Everything I did was cheap or free, and more enriching than any amusement park or mall.

Our trip to Zoar Valley started my adventures.  My cousin Linda, her cousin Kate and I took two cars full of young adults on a day of creek walking.  We drove down near Gowanda, New York and headed down to the water.  There we walked along the Cattaraugus Creek.  Most of the rock we encountered was shale, common in that area.  One of the girls in our entourage is studying geology and shared with us the names of several rocks and fossils.  The creek bed was full of fossil!  I suggest you always take a geologist or geology student with you when you hike a creek.  Awesome!

To learn more about this beautiful area in New York State, click here.  Enjoy!

My friend Kate and I rested on our creek walk through Zoar Valley. The kids left us in the dust.

Daughter #1 must check her cell phone. Not such good reception in a valley.

What stories these ancient rocks could tell!

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