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We’re going on hiatus. This is not the end of the blog…, I promise. :-)

Greetings, readers. Fear not, for this is not the end of the blog. Rebecca and I are going to take a break for several weeks, so that I can get my new writing project off the ground before I leave for Maine. Have I run out of topics to blog about? Absolutely not. All schoolchildren or college students look forward to a summer vacation, free of the daily grind of classes and homework. That is what’s happening here.

After today’s blog entry is posted, the next new one will appear on August 21st. I have several writing project ideas in my mind, and one in particular which is bubbling up to the surface. I’m going to keep it a complete surprise until the project is well underway. That’s always been one of my downfalls; letting people know what my project is about, and then have folks tell me that idea has already been done before. ☹

Rebecca has told me many times that even if an idea has been done, to go ahead and write my story and put my twist on it. That is sound advice. We had a conversation the other day about how many versions of a Christmas Carol have been produced. In the current TV market where old series’ reboots are commonplace, I am going to strive to write a story dealing with the topic I know very well, and put my own slant on it. It’s going to be loads of fun. 😉

before closing, I hope everyone in the United States had a wonderful Fourth of July, that you stayed safe if shooting off fireworks, and had safe travels home. Please have a wonderful rest of your summer, give someone you love a hug every day, give peace a chance, not war, and until next time…, happy reading.


So much to do for camp next month

Greetings, readers. Today I will make my lists for what to take with me for Bear Spring Camps. In exactly one month I will be in Maine and I have so many things to do before I leave! This is going to be a short blog entry so that I can get started. You might ask why I am taking a month to do this. I am the least organized person I know. If you ever met me, you would know why I need to take this long. Sometimes my planning is way better than my follow through.

We still haven’t had our weekly accounting meeting, but after that I need to find my lists, check them off, so I know how much money to take and what addresses to program into the Garmin.

Let the countdown begin! Leaving day will be here before I know it.

Tomorrow is the 4th of July. Happy 4th of July to everybody in the USA. Please be careful with your fireworks and take care driving on the highways. I plan to try to watch our fireworks display from my living room window, I just have to hope that the thunderstorms hold off. If it is pouring down rain they will have to cancel or postpone it. That will be awful, for this will be the last year I will be able to watch the fireworks unimpeded by the new building next door.

A new blog entry will be up either this Saturday or Sunday. Until then, have a great week, take care, and happy reading.

Fourth of July fireworks and the weather

Greetings, readers. For the better part of a month State College, PA. has been in the throes of a dry spell. When does it choose to rain? That’s right, the night of my fireworks. Kitty cat Keekee and I wait all year for it, and that evening all we really saw were colored clouds. To be honest, they were pretty but it really wasn’t the spectacular show I was hoping for.

The 4th of July afternoon got off to a lovely start when Traci’s friends invited us for a picnic dinner. They really went all out. Everything was exceptional from the steaks right down to the coffee ice cream. Towards the end of dinner, around 3:00 in the afternoon, I was noticing the cloud getting darker. That was my first hint of a possible rain snafu.

I was home for a number of hours before it actually started to rain. I heard it pounding off my window, checked my clock, which read 7:00 pm. My heart sank. You see readers, as I might have mentioned before, there are certain days and holidays that I really look forward to. The 4th of July is one of those days. It ranks right up there with the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade and Christmas morning. I usually have a clear view of the fireworks from my window, so I can sit in my own comfy chair and enjoy the display. Not this year.

Could I change the weather? That answer is a big no. The machine to do that has not been invented yet. Humans have to take the weather as it comes.

After the fireworks were over, I made myself a cup of coffee, got on the computer and chatted with friends on Facebook. By 11:30, my finger was hitting the back space key so often that I said to myself, sorry friends, it is time to go to bed. That was my 4th of July.

An upcoming event which I am really looking forward to is the wedding of my Goddaughter, Ashley Trost. I’m a proud Godpoppa. Traci and I will leave via Zipcar on July 16th and get back on the 18th. Then next month is the Maine excursion. I always look forward to that and I hope to bring back new stories for a possible third camp book. I’m going to take a small tape recorder with me and turn it on when I talk to David. Together I am sure we will come up with lots of good ideas. Gee, there went the whole summer.

We will see if I can put another blog entry up tomorrow. I am taking a personal day on Friday for a doctor’s appointment.

Until soonest, take care, have a great day, and happy reading.

Happy 4th of July… a few days late :-(

Greetings, readers. Happy 4th of July to everyone. I sincerely hope that you will be able to see this on the 4th of July. I’m having massive internet issues at the moment and said blog entry is being created on my word processing program. If the internet connection resolves itself, later I will be able to copy and paste this into the blog program and add tags and a category. Wish me luck.

The laptop that Rebecca and I use is a five-year-old ASUS brand which has been a Sherman tank. I really love it. With it we have put out the three books and all the blog entries that you have enjoyed. Sadly, I fear the old laptop is coming to the end of its twilight years. Time will tell.

We got an early start today and that’s okay with me because I have a full day of plans set for myself. Later on I plan to go to Panera, which is open today, and read the rest of Darren’s first three chapters. And of course tonight I will be watching the fireworks display from my apartment window, which looks out towards Beaver Stadium. I am on the top floor of my building, giving me a great view. It should be gloriously cool tonight with low humidity. The last two days and nights have been scorchers. My rule of thumb for fireworks evening is I turn off the AC and open the windows, so that Keekee and I can hear the kabooms as we watch the lights show. With temperatures expected to fall into the 50s, I may need to wear my hoodie.

4th of July is one of those days I look forward to every year. When I was younger, I always thought of summer in three phases. Phase one was from when the school year would end in early June. Phase two begins today. Not too long from now, preparations will be made to go to Maine once again, and the day I pull out to go to camp is the first day of phase three. When all the Penn State students arrive in late August, to me summer is over.

Getting nostalgic for a moment, today would have been the day that Dad would get out the old grill in the backyard, and have the first of two cookouts. We’d have steaks and corn on the cob with Hires root beer. His second cookout was usually right before we all went to camp.

Rebecca and I are going to wrap up this rather short entry so that we can edit and get back to trying to fix the internet issues. Enjoy your 4th of July, stay safe out there, have a great weekend and happy reading.

I’ll be at Addison Court for at least one more year

Greetings, readers. Today I began the process, i.e. paperwork, for renewing my lease for another year at Addison Court apartment building. I moved in here in 2006 or 2007. I can’t believe I’m quickly approaching a whole decade here in this place. The first year was murder; I wasn’t used to the downtown traffic or all the hustle and bustle outside my window on a Penn State football Friday night. Now I barely hear it.

A few months ago I was highly debating whether I would renew, but suffice it to say there is far less drama than there used to be, and it is once again a very enjoyable place to live. Addison Court is next door to a small grocery store, very near the public library, as well as my very much-loved Panera cafe. In the last year or so something called Zipcar was added to our town. For those that don’t know what that is, it is called car sharing; it is car renting but better. I love it so much I did a blog entry about it. Five Zipcar vehicles are parked near Addison Court, making almost any errand I need to do at a moment’s notice convenient to do.

The folks here at Addison Court are some of the nicest people I have met. Do I love everybody here? That might be going a little extreme, but I try to get along with everyone. We all have our faults. When I finally do leave Addison Court and some time has passed, I think I will write a book about my experiences, changing all the names of course. Watch that be my big seller. Lol.

My absolute favorite thing about Addison Court is my top-floor living room picture window looking out toward Beaver Stadium, where on the 4th of July I have the best seat in the house for the fireworks. I can see them plain as day, without being too close to cause any hearing damage. Those shells are loud folks. Keekee the kitty cat is also fascinated by it; I tell her that it is time to watch the boom-booms.

Will I ever leave Addison Court? Oh, I’ve had pipe dreams of living in a lavish home in Florida with servants, but that is just what dreaming is. We can say, what is your ultimate life and enjoy living it through our dreams. Though in reality I have a nice apartment that takes pets, a good little kitty cat for company, good friends, and for the most part my health. So I’m content to be here at Addison for the foreseeable future.

Look for another blog entry on Friday and as always, take care, have a good day and happy reading.

Hope everyone had a good 4th of July

Greetings, readers. As the title says, I hope everyone in the U.S. had a great holiday. While at Panera Cafe, I watched the 4th of July parade go by and saw one of my friends on her motorcycle. All of the riders were decked out in red, white, and blue tee-shirts. Very patriotic.

That night, I was treated to my usual fireworks display over at Beaver Stadium, which is approximately a half mile from my apartment window. Both kitty cat Keekee and I enjoyed the 45 minutes of festivities very much. Keekee is always fascinated by the flashing lights in the sky and, as daddy puts it, the occasional “boom boom.” The show began at approximately 9:15 and ended around 10:00. After the thunderous minute-long finale I could faintly hear applause coming from the crowd. After everything went silent, I turned on the lights in my apartment, and went back to my evening routine.

To other news, we got a positive response to the blog entry with our local newspaper article about my show. With the show now in the past, it is time to move on to other things. Later on today, I’m going to begin what will either be a writing project or maybe just a writing exercise. I already have the beginnings of Bear Spring Camps 3 on the front burner. I’m taking my laptop to Maine in a month and will be doing a little bit of work on the book on rainy days or in the evenings.

Finally, with the nice warm weather and sunny days that have returned, I am as happy as a clam. Central PA received more than its share of rain in the last couple of weeks, due to a low pressure system which stalled. I was thinking that I was going to have to build Joe’s ark. Lol.

Next week we hope to go back to our usual two entries a week. Until very soon, have a great holiday weekend, take care, and happy reading.

Hope everyone had a happy 4th of July

Greetings, readers. Very sorry that there was not a new blog post yesterday as I’m sure most of you expected. Rebecca and I decided to keep the office closed for the holiday. While that was nice, that just means a lot more work for today and tomorrow. We’re making plans for our summer-fall project, and I think once the engines get going it should take off rather quickly.

On to another front, I was able to view the fireworks last night from my top floor apartment window, as usual. Kitty cat Keekee and I enjoyed the show. This year she was not quite as fascinated by them as in years past. At one point, however, she saw a big moth, or something of the like, flutter across the window and tried to jump out after it. Thank goodness for double-paned glass. The fireworks display ran for approximately 45 minutes. I read once that State College, Pennsylvania, at one point, had the third best show on the east coast. Whether that is still true or not, it was most enjoyable to me and I gave it two thumbs up.

Today, Rebecca and I have to find a couple of people in my building who have shown interest in purchasing my latest book. Also, this week, I want to lay the ground work for the first in what will hopefully be a series of ten children’s books.

We should be able to put up a new blog post tomorrow, but if not, I shall try to post one before next Wednesday. Again, hope everyone had a great Independence Day. Take care and happy reading.