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A happy Friday and Beatles show pictures

Greetings, readers. It is a gorgeous August … I mean May day. It is sunny, and today’s high will be 85 degrees F. Love it, love it, love it. The only thing that is a small minus in this situation is the fact that if I have my blinds open during work hours, my air conditioning unit is virtually useless. By tonight, however, I’m sure I will be comfy once again.

I’m planning to have a relaxed weekend, not worrying about any upcoming inspections. LOL. This evening I will watch some TV or listen to some music and turn in early. Tomorrow is laundry day, as I finish up the last little bit of the bedroom. Either today or tomorrow is vacuuming day. As you can see, I’m trying to get down to a clean up schedule of some kind. Back in the day of the happy homemakers, women and men wouldn’t think twice about which chore to do on what day to keep their homes clean. With me, I practically have to make a chart and tape it to the fridge. How lame is that?

Sunday afternoon’s plans are going to include a pre-Memorial Day party thrown by one of my good friends here in the apartment building. Scott and his wife Cathy always throw wonderful gatherings.

On to other news, thanks to Rebecca and her many talents, as she was able to figure out how to transfer pictures from my cell phone to the computer. She put some of them on the Performance Pictures page. Also, at the end of this blog entry you will be able to see four or five snapshots of me performing during my Beatles sing along show which took place on May 13th here in Addison Court. I hope you enjoy them and if you have any questions or comments please feel free to leave them here or on my Facebook page. I did have other photographs taken and they are beautiful, but I am having problems getting them on my computer. If we are able to figure out how, I will share them with you then.

Lastly, I would like to let all my WordPress readers know that I am starting a vlog on my YouTube channel. I have seen people who have 50,000 subscribers – I have ten. Within the next week or so, I shall provide a link to my channel and anyone who wants to visit me there is more than welcome to do so. Subscribe and give those videos a like; it will help me out.

Well we are going to leave time now for Rebecca to put the pictures in, so I bid you a fantastic weekend, we will see you on Wednesday, and happy reading.


Poster for Joe's Beatles show May 13, 2016
Poster for Joe’s Beatles show May 13, 2016
Joe singing at his Beatles show on May 13, 2016.
Joe singing at his Beatles show on May 13, 2016.
Joe doing air drums at his Beatles show on May 13, 2016. Please ignore the yellow mop in so many of these photos.
Joe doing air drums at his Beatles show on May 13, 2016. Please ignore the yellow mop in so many of these photos.
Joe doing air guitar at his Beatles show on May 13, 2016.
Joe doing air guitar at his Beatles show on May 13, 2016.
Joe's girlfriend Traci enjoying his Beatles show on May 13, 2016.
Joe’s girlfriend Traci enjoying his Beatles show on May 13, 2016.
Some people in the crowd, enjoying Joe's Beatles show and some afternoon snacks on May 13, 2016.
Some people in the crowd, enjoying Joe’s Beatles show and some afternoon snacks on May 13, 2016.
Joe singing and performing the Beatles at his show on May 13, 2016.
Joe singing and performing the Beatles at his show on May 13, 2016.


Top ten things I love about summertime

Greetings, readers. Finally … here is this past weekend’s top ten list for you. As usual, these selections are in no particular order though number one is my favorite.

#10. Seeing green again. [I always hate during wintertime when there is snow on the grass and no leaves on the trees. Everything looks dead.]

#9. Seeing people drive around in their convertibles.

#8. Baseball season.

#7. Watching students at Penn State play frisbee or ball toss on the lawns of campus.

#6. The Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts and the People’s Choice Festival.

#5. The late spring/early summer carnival. [I believe it came in late May or early June and sadly it no longer comes back.]

#4. Being outdoors more. [I was never one for taking a walk in the cold.]

#3. Hamburgers and watermelon at a summertime cook-out.

#2. Enjoying a Hires root beer float.

#1. My annual trip to Bear Spring Camps every early August.

Well, there you have it. Chime in with your list if you want to and Rebecca and I will reply. Until next time, take care, have a great day and happy reading. P.S. Stay cool if you are in the heat wave. 92 degrees here.

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.

Yes, an actual blog post from Joe

Greetings, readers. While I wait for permission from a reporter who works for our local paper to get back to me with permission to post his article about me, we are doing this entry in case we don’t hear back from him today. I know it has been forever since I put up a new post and I want to get back in touch with my readers.

First off, we’ve had multiple technology grrr days regarding the new book. The good news is those seem to be solved. Also, with the performance and the hours of practice for it over with, we can get back to a routine that is more normal.

State College is in the throes of its second mini heat wave of the summer with temperatures, starting tomorrow, forecast in the mid-80s. Well, I suppose that this being June 21st we are now indeed in summertime. I say thumbs up to the warmer weather.

Rebecca has done a wonderful job, in not only solving the technical difficulties in the book, but also in putting in the material in the formatted blank with her usual speed and efficiency. I am still hoping for a mid-to-late July release date, but whether I will have enough time to order books to take to Maine in August is debatable. Right now that is the least of my worries. Three new books in three years? Yeah, I’m loving it.

Well, we will put this blog entry up and if I hear back from the reporter with the go ahead I shall publish that one as well. As always, have a great weekend, take care, and happy reading.

Phew!!! It is hot outside while I go about my daily routine

Greetings, readers. As a great person once said, be careful what you wish for because you just might get it. I am a warm weather person as many of you know. Here in State College, Pennsylvania, over the last two and a half days, we have gone from a frost advisory to today’s high of 86 degrees. Hence, today’s title. I promised myself months ago that I wasn’t going to complain and really I am not. However, a couple of low humidity mid-70s days would have been nice to get acclimated to the warmth.

Just the other day, at the local drug store, I picked up my pocket-sized 2013 season schedule for the local single-A baseball club, the State College Spikes, who are now affiliated with the St. Louis Cardinals’ MLB team. For the past four or five seasons they were linked to the Pittsburgh Pirates.

On to other news, about my new book from the first year of my blog, called Greetings, Readers. Rebecca has been putting in our selections of blog entries into the formatted template, and so far it appears as though this upcoming book will be by far the one with the most pages. Camp books 1 and 2, oddly enough, both wound up about 77 pages of text. Rebecca is nowhere near finished inputting and is already on page 59. I’m not certain whether bigger will equal better … time will tell.

The other day was Rebecca and her sister’s combined birthday party. I was invited to the festivities and had a lovely time. Domino’s Pizza was served, which was delicious, and it was a lot of fun seeing Rebecca’s family.

Lastly, I’m not sure whether I mentioned this on the blog or not, but I am planning a memorial for a late friend of mine. I have been met with slight resistance here at the apartment building and I do have an alternate place to hold the lip-sync/air guitar performance. Rehearsing has been less than stellar, I must admit. Even though the motivation is there for Erin, my heart just doesn’t seem to be in it.

That’s it for now. Stay cool if you are in the heat wave, take care, and happy reading.

Phew…, hot-hot-hot!!

Greetings, readers. State College, PA. is in the midst of a heat wave, as is much of the country. 92 degrees today, 98 degrees tomorrow. After that I think we get a break. Thank goodness. Now, this is coming from a summer loving person, but yes, even I have my limits. I shall be very happy to see the 80s again.

Even Keekee is finding cool places to hang out, such as the linoleum floor in the kitchen, or in front of the fan in the living room. She’s been doing a lot of sleeping the last couple of days as have I.

About next week: I hope to put up a new blog entry on Wednesday and Friday. Probably another top ten list and the other one will be a surprise. With me, I usually just make them up as I go along. Posts like the top ten lists or anything religious or political of course requires more thought.

The last 48 hours were extremely good for book sales here in State College. I could not be more pleased. We were off to a slow start. Yesterday my bank account said thank you. : )  Speaking of my books, Rebecca and I began the first book of the summer-fall project yesterday. As it turns out, I am required to do a slight re-think on the audience age group that I am aiming for. We got off to a wonderful start and before I knew it, I had almost finished telling my story. It was a rough, bare bones, first draft. On the computer screen it was approximately three pages. Now granted, when this is published in a children’s book with illustrations and a larger type font, I am sure that we will have quite a few more pages.

I shall keep you up to date on all goings-on on Wednesday, sooner if any earth-shattering news takes place. Have a great weekend, try to stay cool, and as always, happy reading.

Central PA heat wave is finally over

Greetings, readers. Phew! Two days ago, 89 degrees and yesterday 92. Today, after the thunderstorms roll through we shall have a pleasant low of 59 this evening. Finally I will be able to get some sleep. That is if my insomnia doesn’t flare up again. Lol.

I am a spring and summer person. Don’t get me wrong. I like warmth. I do not like having to dress up like a polar bear just to be able to go outside. But 92 with high humidity is a bit much. Like most people, I can be very hard to please. If I was in charge, I would have sunny weather during the day, highs in the 70s, low humidity, with rain at night to keep the grass green, and snow for about a month around the Christmas season. But of course I am not God. Weather is His department.

Of course, hot weather will be back in July and August. But for this week, I am going to enjoy the relative coolness. In mid-July the Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts is coming to town again (and the People’s Festival also) and they usually get scorched. The part of the Arts Festival (as us locals call it) on Allen Street has this extremely cool area to walk through that has greenery such as ferns and a few bushes. It offers the most delightful spray of cool water for people to walk through. I am looking forward to the Arts Festival this year. And then of course in August will be my yearly trek to Maine. Until quite soon, take care and have a great day.