New Treads!

  • Good to -40 degrees Fahrenheit, which is also -40 degrees Centigrade!
  • Look just like “packs” but weigh MUCH less!
  • Made in Canada, so they MUST be warm and cozy, eh?
  • Neither of my kids could put their feet into these…they are too SMALL! They are all MINE!

It’s a Wonderful Place!

Yesterday’s journey took Mark and I along New York State Routes 5 & 20.  On any given summer day, one need only stand along this route a few minutes before seeing countless recreational vehicles traveling past. Although Route 5 and Route 20 separate here and there, they also run together in many places.  And, they are very, very scenic routes, indeed!

We traveled eastward, through Canandaigua,  Geneva, Waterloo, and on to a small town called Seneca Falls.  Since we kept on traveling east, we didn’t stop to take any photos, but on our return trip towards home, Mark did pull off for a few minutes.

We circled around the back of the town and crossed over a bridge.  From the bridge, we could see the backs of the beautiful little shops and businesses along Main Street.

We went back down Main Street and took a turn that leads down to the waterway below.  This waterway is called the Seneca-Cayuga Waterway, connecting two large Finger Lakes, Cayuga and Seneca, together.  It also connects to the Erie Canal.

Across the water stands the Seneca Knitting Mills building which was built in 1844.  It stands as a reminder of the American Industrial Revolution. 

A tiny park overlooks the water as well, called People’s Park.  The trees and gazebo were still decked in their Christmas holiday decor and just added an air of festivity to this beautiful little area!

Unfortunately, Mark and I were in a bit of a hurry to get back home, and I didn’t take any photos of the shops on Main Street.  What a disappointment, but my back was getting stiff!

I also forgot to say that as we had moved east out of the town,  Mark and I were awestruck at the mansions. One after another after another.  These homes were mainly very large brick homes that stand as a tribute to a very wealthy community!  Many of them are still in beautiful shape, but some have become run down.  All of this caused me to do some research on Seneca Falls.

I was not surprised to find out that Seneca Falls was once the “pump capital of North and South America”.  They have been known for Gould Pumps forever! Goulds makes pumps for everything from home well pumps to commercial pumps.

Seneca Falls is also known as the home of the Seneca Falls Convention in 1848.  This was the first women’s rights convention held in the US and some major benefits for women were birthed here.  The fact is, Seneca Falls is quite an historical little community, indeed!

One of the facts I had somehow missed along the way, however, is that the movie It’s a Wonderful Life seems to have some close ties to Seneca Falls!  (how could I have missed this?)  It is a well published fact that Frank Cappa, who directed the movie, passed through Seneca Falls on a trip to visit his brother.  For a short read on this, click here.  My blog friend,  Jackie in Glasgow , recently saw a Christmas time showing of this movie, and I was thrilled to find this information about a little town only a short drive from us, to tell her!

As we traveled along the route, there were more and more surprises awaiting us.  I am making all sorts of notes on things to do, and places to visit.  This is such an amazing ride! We eventually ended up in the town of Auburn, which is also full of rich American history.  How I wish I could have seen some of these areas as a youngster to make New York history much more “alive”! 

I will show one more photo….

As we drove through a region called the Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge  we spotted some huge nests sitting on top of power line towers.

I am not familiar enough to ascertain whether this is an Eagle or Osprey nest,  but there are four more along the road!  I was so excited to see this.  In reading information about the wildlife refuge,  I added this to the list of places I need to go!

Wow! It seems like New York State is growing larger and larger as I find more things to see and do!

Oh, if you might have been wondering….Our kids went on a Winter Retreat with one of their church groups.  I cannot even begin to imagine how cold it must have been for them and the *best* part is,  they had no indoor bathrooms! hehehe My kids found out all about the ole outhouse!  We had dropped them off at 4:30 on Friday and picked them up shortly after 1 pm today.  They looked fine, but Michelle wanted a hot shower and her BED!  I would think they must have had a ball!

Sailing on Canandaigua Lake?

Since the installation of the new ramp on the back of the house,  Mark has been enjoying the freedom of getting out of the house.  I cannot blame him as I get stir crazy….hey, someone else must have, too…how else would the term “cabin-fever” have originated?

Today’s wanderings had us take a jaunt down Routes 5 & 20.  This passes through Canandaigua, so of course we had to check out what was happening on the lake!  Mark and I had stopped at Wendy’s to grab a bite to eat and the most logical place to enjoy our food was at lake’s edge!

We parked  and as we sat there,  far off in the distance, we sighted sailboats skimming across the lake with breakneck speed!  The movement was so rapid, they almost appeared “ghostly”….their white sails the only telltale sign of their presence! Back and forth, back and forth…..Oh, the lake is now frozen down quite a long distance from the north shore.

As we ate, I sought out more movement, when Mark noticed some people putting together one of these “salboats” right near us. 

One of the fellows hopped on board, and within seconds, he was off in the distance!

It was all I could do to hold the camera still! I leaned against a lamp post, thinking it would help stabilize me and the camera, but as I leaned against it,  I could feel it vibrating as the wind pounded against it…no help there!

We traveled on, but I will post that entry later.  We got home this evening in time to watch a Buffalo Sabres game, which they won!  Ah, yes, another terrific day!

So, What Did Mark Decide?

Let me preface this by saying that I rarely take more than a few minutes to decide whether or not  I like something.  I tend to be impulsive, but once I decide on something,  I stick with it, even if I am limping in so doing!

Well, not so, Mark!  Mark wasn’t satisfied with the little guitar I got him back in November, so he returned it. That was fine by me, though, as the guitar I bought was only to be a “place holder”.  I was pretty sure Mark would chose something else, as a musical instrument is really a very personal decision.  He then had three guitars sent here before finally deciding upon this…

This is a tiny little electric guitar with no head!  But that is okay, because all the “tuning stuff” (for the benefit of those like me who have no idea what that little head thing is called) is  located at the base of the guitar.  The best part of all is that because Mark took his time with the decision, the little guitar price fell to about half the original price!


 Mark loves this little black beauty and plays it most every day.  The fact is, Ben loves it so much, he plays it all the time, too! (much to Mark’s chagrin…)

As a bonus, the little guitar came with some goodies like headphones (yipppeeee!!!!)  and this cute little custom made bag!

The bottom line is that because Mark was much more patient than I ever am, he found himself a sweet deal on just what he wanted!  And that makes *me* a happy camper!