Wednesday’s Pennsylvania Adventures…

As I had mentioned previously, we traveled to Pennsylvania for business on Wednesday.  I had discovered a couple of years ago, that my dear friend,  Jan, another Scottie lover, lives only 2 miles from the town we travel to!

Jan is the most wonderful hostess, as we never give her more than a day’s notice, it seems. She is always happy to see us, though, and you cannot imagine how much we enjoy visiting with her!

 Since we always travel with Angus and Murphy, we left them in the truck while we went in to visit with Jan, Piper J, and Max.

Jan, being the totally gracious hostess, always prepares a beautiful spread for us.  Mark and I have decided that we are going to make reservations to a nice restaurant and kidnap her so she needn’t be troubled with preparations for us!

We laughed and enjoyed ourselves thoroughly, and as always, little Max was just congenial as can be! This little guy should wear a bow tie, just because that is the kind of guy he is….joy and happiness *bubble* from him!


Max also keeps guard of the front yard, making sure all of the bird feeders are full and there is no mischief going on during his watch!


And this is beautiful Piper Jane! She is the queen of her home, making sure Max knows that all orders are given by and through her!  She really is a soft touch, though! She is a little leary of visitors, but once she warms up to you, you have a friend!


And, as well as being very pretty, Piper is meticulous in her beauty department as well! Here, she is taking care of her nails and paws, making sure they are clean!


At one point, Piper and Max were taken to another part of the house so Angus and Murphy could visit Jan.  As Murphy sat upon my lap, Jan brought Max over to see how the boys might react to one another. To my utter surprise and (great) disappointment, Murphy showed his teeth and snarled like I have never seen him before.  Poor little Max was a bit puzzled by this.  There are numerous reasons why Murphy might have acted like this….such as, it was very warm, both boys are intact, Murphy might have felt intimidated by another pup approaching HIS mama, or, Murphy was not at the same level as Max.

Well, Jan seemed undaunted by my ferocious little man who went back out to the truck with Angus, and we continued our visit. It was hard as always, saying good-bye, but we know that it shouldn’t be too long before we visit once again!

The Great Darien Lake Escape…


We arrived at Darien Lake yesterday at about 3 pm. Although the skies were a little foreboding, it had not rained all day, and we thought we were fairly safe.  The kids got in a ride or two, and then……..this!


Suddenly, all of the game arcades were full of people seeking refuge from the downpour. And, I *do* mean downpour! The rain hit the ground and bounced so high.  This little girl seemed not the least bit disturbed by the rain. In fact, she seemed to be rather enjoying the deluge!


Carly had taken the big kids over to another ride, before the rain approached,  and Erin decided to stay behind with Mark and me.  We remained inside for about half an hour. We went back out after the rain stopped and within minutes, the scene repeated itself!

Carly said the kids had gotten onto a ride when the operator of the ride was relieved by another employee.  As the change ocurred, the heavens opened up….on the ride AND the kids. The relief operator had to put on his raincoat before running the ride.  The kids were getting soaked clean to the bone! But I do believe they had fun anyway! They definitely had a ball, in spite of the soaking.

As you can see from the picture below, we were caught in a cell of dark skies and threats of yet more rain.


Since the kids were so wet, they decided to hike on over to the water park.  As we walked along, I spotted this Hibiscus, which remained cheerful and beautiful, no matter how much rain fell on it!!!


Welcome to Hook’s Lagoon! We had to wait outside the gates until the storm cells passed, as there had been some thunder accompanying this storm.  The lifeguards stayed at their posts,  and we anxiously stood in line.


The big barrel below is one of the highlights of the water area. When it fills up…..


The kids gather underneath it and…………….


We remained here until nearly 6 pm. Then we left the park to grab some dinner.  We went on down the road to a small place called John and Mary’s where we enjoyed a delicious sheet pizza.  The kids were able to hang out and relax a bit while we waited and we ate outside.

We returned to the park at about 8, and the kids rode and played until about 9:30.  I never realized jusst how tired I was from our Wednesday adventure until we were on our way home!

Mark took the picture below….the sky was so beautiful before the day came to an end. All in all, we had a very good time, and it was especially perfect because Erin’s birthday is TODAY! Happy 8th Birthday, Erin!!!


Photo Hunters…Creative



Yesterday, we spent a few hours with the kids and my daughter and her kids at an amusement park.  The skies opened up nearly as soon as we entered the park, and it was so discouraging for the kids, but after a couple of downpours,  the sky cleared off…

Mark had concerns about using the wheelchair on the wet pavement, as it causes him to lose some of his ability to brake. He decided to stay in the truck for some time and just relax.  As it was getting dark, I left my camera behind with him.

When I saw the beautiful sky as sunset approached, I called him on the cell and asked if he would take a few pics. As I uploaded the photos for the day, I decided he should receive a gold star! I LOVE this picture! The Superman coaster is the premiere coaster at the park, and he could NOT have captured it any more creatively!!!!