Thursday, July 20, 2017

Happy Thursday, July 20th, Hot and Humid!!!

Hello Everyone,

There has a been a lot going on this past week.  No quilting though.  I'd like to start with our weather.  We've been hot and humid for the past few days now.  Last weekend was very nice with low humidity so I'll begin there.

On Saturday, we picked up a ton of pellets.  We use wood pellets in our pellet stove in the basement in the winter months.  It keeps not only the downstairs, which is where I quilt and do lamps, warm but the heat rises and makes the floor upstairs not so cold and it keeps the heat off quite a bit during those cold months.  We used to buy a ton a year, but now that I'm home all day, we used two ton last year.  Each ton consists of 50 bags, so we have a rather ingenious method to get them to the basement with minimal lifting or carrying.  Bernie made a slide from the ground down the bilco stairs to the basement.  We then pick them up and carry them to their space in the basement.  We end up with two fairly high piles of them.

Truck with a ton of pellets!

One ton done!

Bryan and Jess will come up another day before August 1st and help us with the second ton.  One ton is enough for me!!

Sunday was a relaxing day at home.  Worked on lamping again.

Monday was my first council meeting at the center.  There is a group of 9 of us plus the director in this group and we go over the financials of the center as well as vote on pending issues for maintenance of the building, coming up with things new for the center, activities for seniors, etc.  We had an officers meeting and I was voted as secretary.  So, I had to take my first minutes of the meeting.  Used to doing those, so it isn't a biggie!

Tuesday was my dentist appt and all went well there, look Mom, no cavities!!  Thank goodness for that.  Seems though that every time I go there they want to take X-rays!  Well, I don't know about you, but I think it is a little much to get them so often.  Believe it is another way for them to bill the insurance company unnecessarily and expose me to more radiation, although the hygienist told me it is very minimal now days.  She tried to convince me and then she said, "Well it's only been a year since you had the last and the American Dental Assn recommends you have it done between 12 and 18 months!!  Well, there you have it!  You don't need them taken every 12 months, 18 months is good!  So, now that I know that, I won't be getting them taken except for every 18 months!!  See ya in Dec!

Wednesday, yesterday, was a nice day.  It was a senior trip to Lake Erie.  The bus ride was much to be desired, she told us it was a big bus, yay!!  A/C and the like for sure.  When it pulled up it was a yellow school bus!!  Ugh!!  No air!!  The day was 90 degrees.  Not good.  Cost us $10 for lunch and the bus ride!  Luckily the lunch was good, sandwich with chips, three bean cold salad, cookie, apple juice and icy cold water.  This was perfect for a hot day.

When we arrived, a group of us went to the Perry Monument!  You can read about it here.

Here are some of us waiting at the monument for our next adventure!! We were the ones that could walk that far to the monument!  :)

The reason we went to Lake Erie was to go on a sightseeing boat tour and have our lunch on the boat.  Well, we were to go out on two pontoon boats, until last week or so we found out one of them sunk!!  Yep, sunk!!  Someone said that it was hit by a jet ski, not while occupied though, so there was only one pontoon boat to go on for free or we could pay $15 and go out on a narrated tour, so I did that!  A much bigger boat.  When she told us about it, she said we'd be going out on a ferry boat, OK, this is good I thought, I'm thinking of the ferry boats in Seattle or North Carolina that I've been on.  Big Boat, Big Lake.  Much to my surprise it wasn't a ferry boat at all, it was like a little boat with benches in the back and front and the captains house in the middle.  Luckily we didn't go out far in the lake!  I really didn't feel like swimming this day!  I did manage to take some pictures though as we proceeded down to the Presque Isle Lighthouse.

Here is what we saw................

 The Perry Monument from the boat.

 A Coast Guard Cutter!

 A Sailboat that was way out in the lake, I used the zoom feature on Bernie's camera!

The Presque Isle Lighthouse.  Tours Available for $$.

 This was something that people had built on one of the beaches.  There will be a bonfire and music on the beach coming up next week.

 Another sailboat.  This one was much closer, no zoom needed.

 The North Pier Lighthouse

 The Coast Guard Building - George Washington began the Coast Guard way back in his day.

 They patrol for rescues as well as border patrol on Lake Erie!

 Our Captain, John, from Irwin PA originally!

We actually learned a lot about the Lake, the three indian tribes, The Hurons to the west, the Seneca's to the East and the Eries right where we were.  The Eries were crushed by the other two tribes.

Also, learned about there being so many shipwrecks on Erie, it was due to the fact that the lake is not very deep; therefore, the waves get extremely high at times.  The deeper lakes don't get the waves like Erie does.  It was a nice windy day, so it was cool on the boat, even got wet on the boat from the splashing waves when we turned.  (Preparing to swim at this point)  :)  :) 

 Our boat, the Lady Kate, almost like Macy Kate which would be the name I'd use on my boat if I had one.  The name alone, made me feel better about boarding her.  I still didn't want to swim and luckily didn't have to.  They use this boat for sunset tours as well as a larger paddle wheel boat which I think would be much better.

The narrator of the tour was Sean from Erie, a retired guy!  He told us a story of a UFO sighting/landing which involved Bigfoot as well.  You can google July 31 1966 Lake Erie and read all about it.  I have to tell you though, it was in the 60's, so remember that while reading about it.

After, we finished the 90-minute boat ride we went to the nature center down by Beach 7 and watched the Purple Martins.  Although our bus missed the demonstration and narration about them, seems my director is always lost!!  These birds fly to Brazil each year and then return in the Spring.  They have babies in there right now just about ready to fly out.

And last but not least, we stopped by..... Sara's at the beginning of the peninsula for some ice cream for the trip home.  It was a fun day!

So, that was my week in review!  Today Macy is at the groomer right now.  She needed a cooler haircut for the "Dog" Days of Summer ahead!

Prayers to Eileen and Danny, and to all my friends and family in need.  Bless you all!

Til next week,



  1. That's a lot of pellets. Clever system Bernie came up with. I haven't been to Presque Isle yet this year.

  2. This weekend is Presque Isle Days, but I can't go! 😩 We have things planned that have to get done this and next weekend! I'd like to go up again to wdlk the beach or look for beach glass. Do u know where they find it at? A walk on a beach in the morning sounds wonderful.