Category Archives: In The Neighborhood

Niko Stopped By

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Nor’Easter Niko stopped by yesterday.  It is extremely cold still and Niko blew most of the snow into one big pile from the gale force winds he was providing.  All in all, it could have been far worse and even though I didn’t get a snow day I got out of work early.  So Yay me!

Tomorrow starts a small warm up.  Come on 47 degrees!!

Winter Time

It’s been a very mild winter thus far in the Mid-Atlantic Region of the US.  I’m not complaining mind you.  It’s not as shocking to the purse because the heat doesn’t come on every 5 seconds and we’ve had sufficient rain so far that this shouldn’t be a drought year.

On Gray days like this I force myself to get out into the open air even if it’s for 15 minutes.  Sometimes this happens…

 

It was an awesome 15 minutes.  I had to go back to work but I went back feeling a little more refreshed.  I do from time to time miss the snow, but today was a pretty nice.

Let It Snow

Saturday Snow

A Little Christmas To Start The Season – Part 1 – Hope Lodge

This weekend definitely held the Christmas Theme for us.  On Saturday, we went to Hope Lodge to share in a little Christmas Cheer…Colonial Style.

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The Volunteers who run this grand old mansion did an amazing job with decorating.  They covered all of the time periods that the house was in use.  From Colonial to Modern.

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Miss Erin dress up in Colonial garb to keep the illusion going.

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I love trains.  This everyone knows,  so to see a train going is aces for me.

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They even displayed metal trains from approximately 1920’s-1930’s.  It was a wonderful Time.

When I’m Bored Things Get Weird

First you are probably wondering why all of these posts are posted on 12/1.  Well there are lots of reasons but mostly I’m just lazy.  So instead of posting each day I’m posting days worth of entries all at once.  Yeah…it’s stupid, lol.

I wasn’t feeling well last weekend and I was just lying around in the recliner when this happened…

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As you know (if you read my blog) I love toys/action figures.  I’ve even created a fantasy world where they are alive.  It all started with a little Troll named Bjorn and 12 years later I’m still doing it.

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I got this Hillary Clinton action figure for my birthday this year.

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I was playing around with Snap Chat and these pictures are the result of my crazy views of life.

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I’m not going to lie… I had fun and think the pictures turned out well.  Snap Chat is a useful app.

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Someday I will grow up…or not…I’m going to go with not, lol!

Thanksgiving…I’m Thankful for the Food

Thanksgiving 2016 came and went.  Good time had by many and the food was bountiful…and tasty!

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The appetizers were off the hook this year.  Bean came up with some snazzy ideas and everyone like them.  Beautiful and Tasty!

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There was something for everyone!

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No holiday would be complete without a Stock’s cake!  Boom…that’s what Philly is all about at Thanksgiving!

We would be thankful for more but our sports teams suck, lol!

Hey I Went Outside Today!

It has been so hot this summer and I’ve been so busy that I haven’t had any time for outside time.  Today I made sure even though we are in a heat advisory I went outside…even if it were only for 15 minutes.

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I went to the Arboretum where I am a member.  I highly recommend this if you can do it.  I was able to spend the most awesome 15 minutes ever.

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The thing I loved the most today was the discover of the Milkweeds with their pods growing big and healthy!
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I can’t wait for Autumn when the burst open and send their wishes flying!

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It was a really good 15 minutes.  I miss nature…I need to make more time for it 😉

French Onion Soup Project – Volume #6

We went to a local place over the weekend for some tasty treats.  MaGerk’s is a pub like atmosphere with Draft beers but also offers a Seafood Steampot.  I highly recommend the Cheese Steak Nachos!

French Onion Soup was on the menu so of course I must take the challenge and get it.  It was very good.

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It wasn’t too salty and the cheese was perfect.  I’m not a fan of Sharp Provolone cheese on my FOS and was very happy this fair didn’t have any of that.  The cheese was perfectly melted and the bread in the broth was just the right amount.  There is nothing worse than breaking through the cheese to find one wet piece of bread and no broth.  Kudos Chef at MaGerk’s.  You’ve done a fine job!

On the FOSP meter I give it a solid 4+’s

Food Shopping 101

I recently discover that most people don’t do things like I do things.  Example…food shopping.  I cut my coupons, got my cart and recycled bags and headed out with my list of what we needed for the week.  So far normal, right?

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I took Pepe King Prawn with me because I’ve always got some kind of action figure in my pocket.  My wife recently got Pepe for me because well he’s the most awesome Muppet (sorry Kermit) and she’s cool like that.

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These are just a few pictures I texted to my wife while doing the food shopping….

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Yes I’m a sick bastard!

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I like to have fun!

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Sean Penn…get it…Champagne, lol.  Oh Pepe, you slay me!

The shopping trip only took 2 hours and everyone was looking at me like I had a mental problem.  They were just jealous that I do not hide my freak flag.  I wave that baby back and forth with pride!

Jonas…Not the Brothers

So Jonas came into our lives on Friday evening and left his white fluff all off the place.
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When faced with these types of natural shut ins I of course stuffed my face and binge watched Netflix.  Unlike this poor bloke.

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Snow or no snow these guys are always at their posts.  This friend is what dedication looks like!

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I dug out some space for the dogs to roam around.  Neither dog was happy with the snow.  It was wet and cold and lets face it…my dogs are princesses.

We dug out on Sunday and headed back to work on Monday.  It was a lot like that time I didn’t win the Powerball.