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Archive for April, 2009

Fishing the West Branch Reservoir

Today was an absolutely beautiful summer day in spring! Mid 80’s, sun shinny and yes, another perfect day for one of our famous day-trips in and around NY and it’s beautiful Hudson Valley.

Armed with our NY state fishing licenses,  reservoir access permits, fishing poles and tackle box off we went – Northeast to West Branch Reservoir located in Putnam County, NY.  We didn’t catch anything but a slight sunburn but we had another great day!  While I love our Saturday day-trips I “wonder” what it is about fishing that is so captivgating.  The enjoyment of the  day out, relaxing, unwinding from a busy week and the excitement and thrill when either you get a brief hit or the thrill of the big cathch can not be measured.     

Best Hamburgers in America


I was watching The Travel Channel a few months back and they were featuring the best hamburgers in America. 

You may recall from my previous blog(s) that I love our special “day-trip”!  Back on February 7th, the temperature was warm; it felt like a Spring day, so off we went.  My fiancé and I took a drive to New Haven, CT to the famous Louis’ Lunch.  Located on 261-263 Crown Street, the hamburger was as delicious as they described on television-we were not disappointed.  Next we intend on driving to Massapequa, NY to visit the All American Drive-In!  

Hmmm, if the Travel Channel would only do the best desserts in America we would be set!

Earth Day & Going Green, What Does it Mean?


Flowers along a roadside in Maine-2008
Flowers along a roadside in Maine-2008

Earth Day is tomorrow, April 22, 2009 – going green is being talked about,  discussed and displayed everywhere.   Even ABC changed their logo on television last night to green – but, my wondering mind asks what does it all mean?  How willing are people to really truly go green?  How many luxuries are people willing to give up to really truly go green?  I’ve asked myself, what is it that I can do different today than yesterday that will help me be more green?  What, maybe change light bulbs – but in order to do that, I would have to purchase new light fixtures for some of my lighting.  So again, how willing are people to go green, to what expense? 

2009 marks the 39th year for Earth Day, which surprised me, I had no idea Earth Day was started in 1970.  For me, I was only 9 in 1970 but for anyone 39 or younger,  going green and recycling is a way of life, they know no different.  

I came across an opportunity to Win $20,000 to Put Your Green Idea Into Action!  SunChips and National Geographic have joined forces to create the Green Effect, an initiative to inspire people to take small steps for big change. 

There are even some fun Earth Day 2009 Crafts, Enviornmental Games and Recycling Activities for the young to enjoy.  These are the types of activites that will instill a lifetime of practicing going green and recycling. 

Going green won’t be something that has to be learned, as it is for anyone (or most) 39 or older, but it is a basic as brusing your teeth. 

Happy Earth Day Everyone!

Great Day, Out and About. . .

What a great day today out and about with my honey.  Took a ride around Roundout Reservoir in NY.roundout-reservoir-ny  We so enjoy taking our day-trips through the Catskills, along the many reservoirs, lakes and streams in NY.  Stopping along side the water’s edge, fishing, walking along or just sitting and relaxing.  Having lived in NY my entire life (nearly 50 years) I can not imagine living anywhere other than the beautiful Hudson Valley.  I need, yes I said “need,” the change of seasons.  I don’t think I could do palm trees for Christmas and I love the Fall Foliage!  The popular phrase I LUV NY is true for me.  Enjoy the rest of your weekend everyone!

Looks like Spring has finally sprung!

Just planted beautiful mini daffodils that my honey gave me for Easter! This weekend is supossed to be sunny and warm (well mid-upper 60’s) – mini-daffodilshoney and I are planning one of our very special “day-trips” together! I love our “day-trips” together because we get so few of them that we trully enjoy the time together, we laugh and joke and simply have fun being together!  Spring is so beautiful!

Because it is a good thing to do. . .

The 100K Twitter challenge!

The 100K Twitter challenge!

Hey all you Twitter fans – I’m sure you have seen that Hugh Jackman posted on Twitter that he is going to give $100.k to someone’s charity. Please send a compelling passionate tweet to @realhughjackman and tell him why he should donate to March of Dimes in 140 characters or less. Here are two very compelling tweets and

Thank for helping to save babies and prevent birth defects.

Learning Who I Wil Be/Who I Am/Who I Want to Be

I believe we all had or may still have dreams of who we thought we would be. Amazing how life and time somehow take over those dreams. This little book is GREAT - forced me to re-think who I am and who I want to be.

Holiday Weekend. . .

My “wondering” mind is asking, if it is a holiday and weekend why do we rush so much to get this and that done? Why can’t we simply enjoy the holiday, enjoy being with family/friends? They say (who are they anyway) it all turns out great in the end so have patience and when it is over you can look back and enjoy the fun you really did have LOL!

Spring is in the air!

Did you ever wonder what the birds must feel as Spring approaches? Are they as excited as we are? Do they feel like it’s time for a fresh start? Hmmm, these are the things I wonder about, do you?

rainy/foggy day--yet beautifully relaxing

rainy/foggy day--yet beautifully relaxing