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More plans for this summer

Greetings, readers. Last week I blogged about my plans for a restful summer and those plans are still in place. However, a dose of reality set in and if I am going to get married next year I had better get myself a job, and perhaps further my education. I am currently looking at Southern New Hampshire University on-line. I have seen and heard some good things about it. The only bug-a-boo would be the overall cost.

I looked at Southern New Hampshire University about a year or so ago and it was not a good fit then. But I have found a major/course of study in creative writing with emphasis on script writing. Right up my alley. If the school experience doesn’t break my bank, I think this would be well worth it. Not only would it flex my muscles and get me writing things other than the blog, but it might very well prepare me to be able to work in the television industry. That would be awesome.

The other big news is that I got myself an application for a local eatery and I’m going for it. I was not going to get a job until after I got back from camp, but if I could get hired, I could begin earning money right away. Although the wedding reception will not be extravagant, it will not be cheap either. We need, “money, money, money … money.”

It is sunny and warm in central Pennsylvania; something I’ve been waiting a long time for. I am definitely a late spring and summer person. Here in State College we expect a high temperature of 87-89 F. degrees. Three days ago we were struggling to break 55. What a difference. If I had my way, with Joe’s weather’s machine, I would have bright sunny days with white puffy clouds, some showers at night to keep everything green and looking beautiful, and snow on the ground around the winter holiday time. Obviously, no such machine exists. Bah humbug.

Lastly, I’ve got a doctor’s appointment right after work tomorrow, but we should have time to put a blog entry up before I have to go. I’ve had pain in my head for almost two weeks now. It is not crippling, just damn annoying. Please wish me luck on finding out what this is.

Until tomorrow, take care, have a good day, and happy reading.

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I think spring has finally sprung

Greetings, readers. I actually have my window open today and was running the air conditioner earlier. These are two classic signs that spring is here. I live on the top floor of my apartment building and have a great view. It is so nice to see the trees blooming again, for one of my favorite colors is green. I love green grass and bushes and of course the tall trees. The only bad thing about being a spring and summer person are that my allergies kick up from time to time.

Yesterday we hit 81 degrees F, which was only two degrees off the all time record. Okay, maybe we went from late winter right into summer. But that won’t last, the temperature is supposed to drop into the 60s tomorrow. I can handle the cool and the rain, for I know it is just a short matter of time before warm days are here to stay until October.

A quick update about my fiancé Traci. She is in the hospital right now, so your good thoughts and prayers would certainly be appreciated. I feel confident that the doctors can solve the issue within a couple of days, and that she will be home again as soon as possible. I have been up to visit every day since she went in, and will be up there again today and tomorrow. It’s just not the same around the apartment building without her. One of my favorite times of the day is to visit at her place and listen to relaxing music. We’ll get back to that soon enough.

When Traci gets home and gets her strength back, I intend for us take nice walks together, and neither of us likes to walk in cold weather. We are also big fans of having days with more hours of daylight.

To finish up this blog entry, I’ve been fighting with the game My Summer Car and have concluded that my laptop simply can’t run it. What a shame. To buy a new laptop for one game would be absurd. I promised myself, my accountant, and Rebecca that we would use the current laptop until it died. I guess my gaming experience with My Summer Car will have to wait.

I’ll be visited Traci in the hospital tomorrow, so Rebecca will write the Thursday blog entry, and then I will edit and post it when I have a chance. I’m not sure what time that will be, but it will be tomorrow. Rebecca doesn’t know the topic yet, but I have faith in her.

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

I am looking forward to spring and summer

Greetings, readers. Although here in central Pennsylvania this winter has not been severe by any means, I am looking forward to spring and summer. I am a warm weather person and always will be. Here are just a few of the things that I am looking forward to in the next five months.

First, baseball season begins in April. Although the 162 game season can get a little tedious to watch every day, I love opening day, the first few weeks of the season, and the playoffs. I will be glad to watch the Pittsburgh Pirates and Philadelphia Phillies once again.

At the end of May is the start of the summer season. The swimming pools open, and my favorite race to watch, the Indianapolis 500, takes place Memorial Day weekend.

In June, is Father’s Day, and that holds a bittersweet memory for me, for my mother passed away on Father’s Day 2003. I always mark the occasion by going to the gravesite to put flowers down and spend time with both of my parents – my father passed in 2008. As a child, June also meant the end of school. I would savor every minute between June 10th and early September. Can you tell I didn’t like school very much?

July is my birthday month, and even today I will treat myself to something special, like going for an ice cream or by going to a restaurant that I rarely go to. One year it was Meyer Dairy, which reminded me a lot of those wonderful evenings at Rummel’s Ice Cream Shop in Maine.

Speaking of Maine, in August is my usual trek up north for a week of fishing, boating, and sometimes swimming. It has to be a really hot day for me to jump in the lake.

Also in mid-July is the Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts. I have fun walking through the cool mist fern display which really feels good on a hot humid July day.

Before you know it, it is mid-August again and summer is winding down. I wait all year for these five months and boy they sure do go quickly.

This entry is the 488th one I’ve written and published on this blog. As we approach it, I guarantee you, my readers, that #500 will be a spectacular entry. The topic has not been chosen yet, but I can promise you that I will not just be talking about the weather. Until next Wednesday, have a great weekend, take care, and happy reading.

Another Bear Spring Camps season is almost over

Greetings, readers. It is hard to believe that another Bear Spring Camps season will be over in just a few weeks. The last day of September is when the final group of campers go home. The next three or four weeks Ron, Peg, and the cabin boys do such tasks as take the docks out of the water, and winterize the cabins. If they have time, I suppose they may make a few minor repair to cabins that need it.

It seems like just yesterday that I told Rebecca that Bear Spring was open for the season. That was way back in mid-April. Never having worked there, I really can’t tell you if time to seems to drag or go quickly for the staff, but for the observer who only spends one week up there a year, this summer whizzed right by.

As I’ve said before, I will continue to go to Bear Spring for as many years as I possibly can. When my financial situation no longer permits it, I’m going to be quite sad. A treasure chest of wonderful memories are stored up in my mind for me to remember the rest of my life.

Thanks to social media, I’m now Facebook friends with a number of other campers who go at different times than I do. I like to see their pictures of the lake and of the different people that they hold so dear. It’s been said that in September when you come to supper bring a flashlight, it gets dark quite early. I only experienced that once, in 2000, when Dave and I went back for an extra week.

There’s a slight chance that I’ll bring someone with me next year. I know I’m getting way ahead of myself as usual, but as always, I over-analyze and over-plan. If it happens, I’ll think she’ll like it.

In two weeks, my favorite place of all time shuts down for its fall and winter nap. A month or two later, before the winter hits, Ron and Peg will head to sunny Florida. I cannot thank Ron, Peg, and their family enough for their hospitality over the years; as well as all my friends and family who have loved me. I can’t wait for opening day 2016.

Until Friday, take care, have a great couple of days, and happy reading.

Working with my aching back. Grr.

Greetings, readers. Hello from my recliner chair. If you just got finished reading Keekee’s entry, you will already know that I am flat on my back from a back spasm. We shall push on and do this post anyway.

First off, it is a gorgeous, warm, sunny day; the first hot day of the year. It was quite warm yesterday also, and some of the graduating Penn State students were out and about doing what they call the bar tours. It was a zoo by 3:30 in the afternoon. I came home from my errand, and I had the TV and air conditioning on in the evening, which blocked out the downtown noise. I do understand these college seniors are celebrating being done with four years of school. So I am patient and lenient around this time in May. All other weekends when this goes on – not so much.

Continuing with the late spring theme, it seemed like all of a sudden those bare trees that had appeared dead, sprang to life overnight, and it is green and gorgeous outside. Leaves are budding, grass is growing, and what little bit of rain we have received is making the planted flowers grow. Penn State University does take pride in planting flowers to make the University Park campus look great during the spring and summer.

On to my weekend plans. First off, happy Mother’s Day to all on Sunday. I will be going to gaming day on Saturday, and driving to the cemetery to visit Mom on Sunday, probably with flowers in hand. It has been quite a while since I have visited the grave, which has been more of a transportation issue than anything else. I wrecked my own car in ’08, but the Zipcars have been a great substitute.

My Pittsburgh Penguins are playing their second round series in the NHL playoffs versus the New York Rangers. Though I don’t watch hockey every time it is on TV, I do like to keep up with the Penguins when they make the playoffs. A number of years ago I was at a sports bar when they won a multi-overtime game with a truly fantastic shot. The crowd erupted, both at the arena and at the bar. So let’s go, Pens!

Well, I’m going to wrap up this blog entry today, take some aspirin, and get this back whipped into shape. I have doctors appointments over the next couple of weeks and I will bring my concerns about my back to them. It might be time for me to wear a brace. Who knows what has been going on with my spine with my sclerosis. Oh, as the comedian and ventriloquist Jeff Dunham says, poliosis.

Until next time, have a great weekend, take care, and happy reading from Rebecca, Keekee, and me.

Boy, do I have spring fever

Greetings, readers. First off, good job to Rebecca for the great blog entry from the other day. It got lots of hits, as hers tend to do. Two thumbs up.

Now, oh boy, am I waiting for spring time. To put it politely, I am tired of freezing a certain section of my body off every time I walk across the street for a cup of coffee. I don’t know if I have hyperactivity or not, but when I am at home, I want to go for coffee, and twenty minutes after I get there, I’m thinking about all the reasons why I want to hurry and get back home. Welcome to my world.

Going to and from my various local errands this past winter was very uncomfortable for me. I have made my broken-down coat last as many years as I can. It is going to be tossed away when spring time hits. Next winter I will go to the Goodwill store and purchase its replacement.

I have already decided what I am going to do this spring and summer. First, I’m going to do a lot more walking. I no longer have my massage therapist who kept me healthy and feeling good. So every warm sunny morning, before it gets too hot in the day, I will devise a route and walk it – say four times a week. I would also like to think that I could partake of some kind of sporting activity. That may have to end up being bowling, because after all these years, if I would try softball or basketball I think I would fall on my face and pass out.

Another thing I want to do this spring and summer on Fridays here in State College is go to the local farmer’s market and purchase healthier, fresh food and have a better diet. I will have more energy and my risk for diseases later in life will be less. I am going to now share with you, my readers, my basic diet. Tortilla chips, ice cream, marshmallows, occasionally a tall cup of grape juice, and my only real nutritious food of the day, a real fruit wild blueberry muffin with my morning coffee. Yes, indeed, I do need to eat better and soon.

Lastly, while the weather is going to be better this summer, I hope to visit family members. That is always achieved more easily when the weather makes traveling safer, with no snow or ice. There are a number of people who I would like to visit and get caught up with, and I really can’t wait to do it. I have been sitting in this small apartment way too long. One of these years I still hope to move to either the Carolinas or Florida. Whether that will really happen or not is debatable.

Until next time, have a great weekend, take care, think spring, and happy reading.

I got my vacation pictures back and the students are back

Greetings, readers. I am back in the flow of working again and it feels good. I spent a wonderfully productive morning typing one of the new camp book stories. Speaking of camp, I got my vacation pictures back the other day and all but one clunker turned out beautifully. I had taken shots not only of the trip to Maine and Bear Spring Camps, but also several pictures when I stopped at Hampton Beach, New Hampshire. I got pictures of the waves, of the sand, a couple of birds, and as far as people, I purposefully did not take any close up shots of strangers. Boy, has Hampton Beach changed since I had last been there. Let’s see, last time I was there was 1975. It obviously is much more built up with shops, eateries and motels. And of course, everything is more expensive, including food and parking. Still, I would not have traded those couple of hours for anything; a thoroughly enjoyable experience.

One of the pictures, most likely the shot of my cabin, will be the cover photo for the upcoming camp book; while other very cute shots, such as the sculptures of a moose and black bears at two rest stops in Maine, will definitely be used inside the book. I  believe they will be just as beautiful in black and white as they are in color. Also in the photo packs were pictures of the grand nieces and nephews, as well as other members of my best friend David Trost’s family. While not all shots turned out great, I will choose some photos to include inside the book. I will also ask Peg, the owner of the camp, if I can include some photos of the camp ground itself. Oh, how I love those one-time throw-away cameras with the high shutter speeds. They allow me, even with my wobbly hand, to take decent pictures.

Part two of this blog entry, deals with the end of summer. Or at least summer as I know it. Yes, the Penn State students are back in town. Gone are the nights that are quiet; back are the nights where whooping and hollering will be heard until the wee hours. I suppose though that after seven hours of classes that the students need to let off some steam. We have a pub right across the street from my apartment building that can get quite crowded on a Friday or Saturday night, especially on a football weekend. But this is a college town and these kids do support the local economy. And I do understand that lots of students the PSU football games, which I also enjoy on TV, unless I’m at Rebecca and Darren’s place playing Dungeons and Dragons.

By the winter time the football season is over and the town calms down a little. However I still enjoy the time from early May until the third week in August. Yes, there are students here taking summer classes, but places like Panera and the Diner don’t ever seem to be as crowded. On football weekends I don’t even try to go to Panera anymore. Lines are out the door. Enough said about that. I am done ranting and raving.

Until next week, have a great weekend. Enjoy the good weather if you’ve got it. 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.

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.

Update for 6/20/12

Greetings, readers. I am eagerly awaiting the arrival of the second proof of my latest book. If my editor and I don’t find any major boo-boos, it could be for sale as early as Friday. This would certainly make my weekend.

To bring you all up to speed, sales of my first book at local stores, Appalachian Outdoors and Webster’s Bookstore Cafe, have been slow but I think they are about to pick up. As well, the owner of Bear Spring Camps is indeed interested in stocking the latest book. This was a big shot in the arm for me. With my vacation to Maine mere weeks away, I am very excited that the work is over, the proof process is all but done, and it will be time to sit back and reap the rewards.

On to a slightly different topic now. Today or tomorrow is the first official day of summer and here in central Pennsylvania it is definitely feeling like it with temperatures in the upper 80s into the low 90s. Thank goodness for the light breeze we have. Here in the office, the air conditioner is working overtime. It sounds like it could blow up any minute.

Yesterday I walked around town briefly trying to promote the books without much success. People I was looking for were either on break or not in. In that realm it was just one of those days. I have to learn how to promote myself better if I truly wish to make money at being a writer. Sure the gratification of knowing that someone has enjoyed my work is wonderful but a small amount of sales won’t pay the bills. I need to go out there and market myself. I need to be that salesperson. There are a couple of other small businesses here in town that have a small book area. Both are within walking distance and on a cooler day I think I shall go there and see if they are interested. The worst thing they can do is say no.

Next, my dreaded insomnia continues. I went to bed around midnight, woke up at ten minutes until four and that was it. I am so hoping that when I get to camp I will ease in to what I call my camp routine. Which includes sleeping from approximately eleven p.m. to seven a.m.

Not too long ago I switched my long time favorite beverage, my beverage of choice, due to health reasons. Coffee was beginning to upset my stomach and so now when I go to Panera Bread, or Panera as I call it, I partake of their delicious British Breakfast tea with a little bit of honey. It serves two useful purposes. It is tummy-friendly and it has caffeine. Which on most mornings I desperately need.

During the rest of this summer, with Rebecca’s help, I am going to work on my characterization skills so that when the new project(s) begin in late August, they will have more depth and more meat on their bones. As much as I like my two books about my experiences at camp, I’ll be the first to admit that description is not my strong point. One only gets better with time and practice. Until very soon, take care and have a great day.