Archive for August, 2007

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A Day at the Cemetery

August 29, 2007

No, nobody died. The kids all had their annual physicals yesterday, so we went to the next city in order to accomplish that lovely, all day ordeal. Since Jeff works in the next city and his insurance covers doctors there, we decided to switch the kids to a new doc. there. Whenever they need to go to the doctor, I take Jeff to work, take the kids to the doctor, then we hang out until he is finished at work. Yesterday we decided to go to a really cool cemetery that is reported to have a really cool waterfall in it. Well, you all know how I love waterfalls!!!
We picked up a map of the cemetery upon our arrival. Unfortunately, the waterfall was not labeled on the map, just a bunch of grave plots. Can you imagine, my waterfall wasn’t important enough!?! A creek and small lake (pond) were however marked, so we parked at the lake. Next to the lake is a mausoleum garden. As I got out of the car, I grabbed my camera and turned it on. There were 3 little dashes, indicating no memory card. With great restraint (from throwing the camera into the pond) I put it back in the car and asked Kyle if I could use his instead. He graciously (feeling pity, I think) agreed to share. His camera takes better pictures anyway!
Kyle took pictures of a couple neat mausoleums.

This statue, “Little Girl,” is in memory of all children.

We had to be careful as we navigated around the lake, there were geese (and goose offerings) everywhere.

Kyle took a picture of this Koi in the lake.

Although not a fan of Greek mythology, I thought “The Three Graces” was a neat statue. Apparently these 3 goddesses were supposed to have dispensed beauty, charm, and mirth to mortals. I think they just make a cool statue.

I couldn’t find anything on these two little girls. Kyle and I read the plaque on the front, but neither of us could remember any of the details. I guess we will have to go back sometime.

This monument stuck up much higher than the surrounding headstones and I also found the contrast between this very old stately monument and the more modern one, further uphill to the right, amusing.

The Letchworth-Skinner Mausoleum is the most expensive in the cemetery. The interior is apparently constructed of Italian and Egyptian marble on 3 levels. In 1872, when it was erected, it cost $100,000. Seems like a lot of money to spend on the deceased! As of 2001, there were 32 family members buried there.

I just thought this little Mausoleum in the hillside was neat.

My children found the “doorbells” on this monument humorous. They really do look like doorbells.

This is a monument in the honor of Paul Schoellkopf. His family was responsible for providing electricity for street lamps and street cars in the Buffalo area in 1896.

Kyle took this picture of the chapel and crematory.

The day was rather hot, and just as we were running out of steam and getting ready to head back to the car, I spotted this guy. I couldn’t resist taking his picture! Isn’t he cool? I am not certain of his story, but he is definitely neat!

This is the very small, rather unimpressive waterfall that I set out to find. Unfortunately, the stream at this point is in a rather deep ravine and the brush is very overgrown on the sides, making it nearly impossible to see. It sounded much more impressive. Too bad I couldn’t record the sound of it for you.

As we were driving out of the cemetery, Kyle asked me to snap a picture of the geese on my side of the car. I had Jeff’s car and his driver side window does not work, so I had to open the door. Apparently that didn’t make this one goose nervous at all. I thought she was going to come right in!

As I said before, the day was very hot but we had brought water with us. Erin is very thin and usually a little chilly even when the rest of us are a little warm. At one point she began complaining of stomach cramps and being too warm. When I looked closely at her, I decided we better make a beeline for the car and try to stay in the shade in so doing. She was obviously suffering from too much heat and a little dehydration. Even though I had brought water, Erin is not a fan, unless she is extraordinarily thirsty. Unfortunately, by that point the rest of us had almost finished the water, leaving her a mere sip or two. As we walked back to the car, I was a bit concerned about her, but figured she would be okay. Suddenly Erin announced that she thought she saw a man that looked like Jesus. At this point I became VERY concerned, thinking she was hallucinating. Then I realized there were several men wearing togas wandering about in the cemetery. This struck me as quite odd and piqued my curiosity. Kyle was too shy to get a good picture of them and I was too busy getting Erin into the air conditioning to bother, so we have no pictures. I did however ask them what they were doing and was informed that they were filming a movie. I don’t know about you, but I found that odd (for a cemetery)!

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WW At the cemetery?

August 29, 2007

Yes, those are couches made of stone!?!

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Genesee Country Village

August 29, 2007

I took my mom to the Genesee Country Village and Museum last Sunday for her birthday. This post is a week late, as I have been overwhelmingly busy and just haven’t had time to post. Anyway, the Village is a wonderful place where 19th century life is relived every day. On the day that we went, there was an Old Time Fiddlers Fest going on, which occurs the same weekend every year. Twenty years ago, Mom and I went to our first one, so this is always a special event for us, but we rarely get to go by ourselves. This time however, it worked out that it was just the two of us and what a time we had. I took close to 100 pictures (my memory card only holds that many) and she took just over 350. I think we totally captured the spirit of the place, at least as much as one can. It really must be experienced for the full effect, and experience it we did!

As my mom did on her blog, I am going to simply post the pictures, without much explanation. Pictures truly can be worth a thousand words. Some of the photos are duplicates, as I was playing with black and white and sepia tones.

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Kyle’s 15th

August 29, 2007

I am having serious trouble believing it, but my oldest just turned 15. He towers over me, not hard when I stand a whopping 5’2″, and is beginning to look much more like a young man than an awkward teen. My babies are getting old! Good thing I’m still only 25! 🙂 Yeah, go ahead, I know you all are ROTFL!

Kyle got some cool presents, especially his Fuji Funpix E550 digital camera. It was amusing when he opened it because he didn’t know what it was at first. It came in a bright green box that said Fuji on it. I think he thought the box was from something else and had gotten reused for a gift of some sort for him. The look of surprise when he realized what it was, was priceless!

I will post the pics of his celebration with minimal verbiage, enjoy…

I think he’s surprised and happy…

Yup…quite happy!

After celebrating his birthday (a few days early) we all went to the local amusement park for a little fun and games. I stayed on Terra Firma, except for a short ride on a bobsled roller coaster.
Instead, I took pictures of the kids on several rides. I will not say much about these either, except for the one with Erin, Sarah, and my FIL upside down. Jeff is terrified that Erin will get hurt on amusement park rides. We had a bad experience with her on one of those pirate ship things in which it looked very much like she would come right out of the thing. Since then Jeff gets very nervous when Erin rides any type of ride…she is after all, Daddy’s little(st) girl! She announced she was going on this crazy upside down ride with her sister. They latch you into this ride better than Nascar drivers get cinched in. The whole time she was in line, Jeff looked as though he would be ill. Then when she got on the ride, I thought he would climb onto it and “rescue” she who needed no rescuing! Needless to say, she survived, he recovered, and all had fun. Here are the pics…

The bumper cars taught us 2 lessons…Kyle may not be a good driver…

Sarah should be “Driving Miss Daisy” loosely translated, she drives like an old lady. We had to tell her to hit other cars. She was just cruising very carefully around the outside avoiding any collisions. LOL!

Up…

…and down!

We had a very long, tiring, but fun day. The next day was my Mom’s anniversary, followed by her birthday the following day, so I took her someplace special since Mark wasn’t feeling well…

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Music at the Lakeshore

August 29, 2007

On August 15th the girls and I went with my MIL to see the Dady Brothers. I have mentioned them before and they continue to be my favorite Irish musicians. When they perform, they are able to draw in all age groups and all types of people. Their ability to draw people, both young and old, into the music is wonderful, and they are simply funny. This was a free concert by the shore sponsored by Wegmans. There was a sea of people that just seemed to go on and on. I didn’t take very many pictures as we were quite a ways back, but I did get a few pictures of the beach and things.

Well, I HAD some nice pictures! I am having serious problems with my camera and I seem to lose pictures on a fairly regular basis. I take the picture, I view the picture (in the camera), then I upload all the pictures, and some simply disappear! That is, when the camera doesn’t decide to simply lock up and not take pictures at all!!! GRRRRR!

Anyway…the nice pictures I HAD from the concert are in the thumbnails in Adobe, but the files containing the pictures are gone! I guess the gremlins took them when they deleted the pics from the memory card! So I am sorry for the lack of pictures, but they really were neat. I had a couple of sailboats on the horizon on the lake, one of several Irish dancers getting ready to perform with their brightly colored costumes, and a couple of my girls dancing to the music. Hopefully you have a good imagination!

ARGGGGGG! Can’t wait to get my hands on a Nikon D40! I am now officially saving (every penny I can) for one! Since photography has become a passion for me, I guess it’s time to bring out the big guns and get the best camera I can in an amateur price range.

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WW Erin Eyes

August 21, 2007

My daughter, Erin, has amazing eyes.

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Busy, Busy, Busy!

August 19, 2007

This summer seems like such a blur! We have gone so many places and done so many things this summer, that it seems to have gone by with screaming speed. The past couple of weeks have been very busy for some reason and I have simply been too tired to post anything. So now I have quite a few pictures and a few adventures.
Living where we do, we have many great historical and cultural institutions nearby. Last Sunday we went to the George Eastman House to see an Ansel Adams exhibit. As I have mentioned before, I am a fan of black and white photography, so I was very excited to be able to see Ansel Adams’ work! For obvious reasons, photos of his work are not allowed, so I only have a couple pictures from the Eastman House. However, a coupon for a free Ansel Adams postcard was included with each admission ticket to the Ansel Adams exhibit. I was able to convince Kyle and Jeff that they wanted postcards (even though they really didn’t). So even though I could not take pictures at the exhibit, I did frame my postcards and photograph them…

This picture from the Eastman House is really cool. It is George Eastman in many tiny photos all put together to make a large picture of him. I can’t imagine putting this together! Erin is posing in front of the display so you can get an idea of the size of the thing. Near this display is a monitor showing the smaller individual pictures that make up the large portrait, so you can see each picture separately.

There were many activities going on while we were there, many of them geared toward the children. Erin insisted on getting her face painted with a kitten. She then convinced Grandma to take her back for a snake on her arm. She can be very convincing!

We didn’t spend a long time at the George Eastman House. We were hungry and the kids were very good about the whole thing, but it obviously wasn’t their “thing.” We went to a little cafe and had some good grub, then Jeff and I took the kids to the park. The playground at this park is really cool. There is equipment for toddlers, bigger kids, and teens. Most of the parks we go to have signs that say children over 12 must not play on the playground equipment. Kyle was happy that he was able to use the playground!
This is the “big kid” area. I told Erin she was too short to use the thing she is using…anything to prove Mom wrong, LOL!

This is the teen area. The thing that I am trying to reach is like a zip line. It was a lot of fun, but you have to let go at the right moment or you get quite the jarring in your back…yes I tried it! Notice Erin on the “teen” stuff? She really thinks she is a teenager in a small body. She asks us all the time, “Don’t I look like a teenager?” Hmmm!?!

I think Erin was trying to get higher on the swings than Kyle, but she just doesn’t have the leg power yet…

Notice Sarah’s antlers? Kyle found pine needles and tried to put them in Sarah’s hat but had difficulties, so I helped. Isn’t she cute?

While Sarah and Kyle were chasing each other, Sarah’s knee had a close encounter with a bolt. That ‘pretty’ pattern was visible for 2 days then much of her knee turned a lovely shade of yellow.

After Sarah’s injury, I suggested a walk around the pond that the playground overlooked. I needed to take some pretty flower pictures. Unfortunately, most of my pretty flower photo attempts were failures, but I did manage a couple decent pictures…