Tuesday, November 24, 2009

St. Paul's Chapel

Right beside Ground Zero is St. Paul's Chapel.
After the terriorist attack on September 11, 2001, which led to the collapse of the twin towers of the World Trade Center, St. Paul's Chapel served as a place of rest and refuge for recovery workers at the WTC site. Apparently the chapel during the attack of the twin towers remained intact...no windows were broken. Not a crack in the foundation. Nothing was disturbed. Inside the chapel you will find 23 different artifacts on display, a collection of cots, crosses, banners, letters, teddy bears all donated after September 11th, and hear the stories behind them. I didn't take any pictures inside because there was just something sacred about this church and the memories left behind. Today, St. Paul's continues as an active part of the Parish of Trinity Church, holding services, weekday concerts, occasional lectures, and providing a shelter for the homeless.

The Bucket List

Everyone has one of these lists. You know, the list of things that you would like to see or do before you "kick the bucket". Neil and I have a "Bucket List" and actually it is almost identical to each others (except for the back country skiing in Montana where the snow is up to your waist...sorry but I'll pass on that one. Neil is the extreme skier, not me!) One thing that is on both of our lists is a trip to New York City. Well, this is what we did this past weekend. We did the trip with "Bruce Wylie's Tour" here in Brockville. Bruce and his wife Ilene have been taking people down to NYC since 1996. They know the city like the back of their hands. It's like having your own personal tour guide for the entire trip!! We left early Friday morning from Brockville, traveled by coach bus to the city and returned late Sunday night. It was a fun filled, fast paced, no time for resting, leave the high heel shoes at home, kind of weekend. Really, there was no time wasted as Bruce runs a "tight ship". I can't even begin to tell you how many miles Neil and I walked but I certainly gave the Saucony running shoes a good workout!! I took a lot of pictures and have chosen a few of my favorites to share with you.

I do know for sure that I can stroke off my "Bucket List" the following: Go to NYC, see Time Square, Macy's Department Store (didn't spend enough time there, must go back on the list), see Ground Zero, ride the Staten Island Ferry and see the Statue of Liberty, see the Christmas tree at Rockefeller Center (they were still decorating it and revealing it on December 2nd, must go back on the list), see a Broadway performance (we saw Memphis), see the Empire State Building and the Chrysler Center, see the Brooklyn bridge and take the tunnel under the Hudson River. Man, did we ever accomplish a lot in three days!!
If you happen to live in the Brockville area, I highly recommend this trip with Bruce!! It exceeded our expectations and we're already talking about returning next year but next time take Tyler & Chelsey with us (we've extended the Bucket List). Many thanks to Bruce & Ilene for showing us a great time in NYC!!

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

"Never Can Say Goodbye"

For the past couple of years, I have participated in two quilting exchange groups online (Spring Fling Round Robin & Another Little Quilt Swap).
I thoroughly enjoy the challenges and taking my quilting ability to the next level or just to be inspired one way or another. I just finished my final project/challenge for 2009. It was a Christmas themed swap with Spring Fling Round Robin/Four Seasons. Once again, I can only give you a sneak peak since "it's a secret, and because it's getting close to Christmas, you're not allowed to ask questions". I was given a "special assignment" and that's pretty much all that I can tell you at this time. However, one problem...the miniature quilt turned out so gosh, darn, cute that I had a hard time saying goodbye to it!! It was posted on the weekend and I'm just going to sit and wait for the final outcome. When it reaches its final destination, then I'll post a pic of the finished product and then you will come to realize why it was hard to say goodbye.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Take Four

I've been getting a little bit excited these days. Halloween is over and now the rush is on for Christmas. What's so great about this? I'll tell ya...it's all the Christmas decorations, baking ingredients, new food products just for the Holiday Season. Do you get it now? My favorite thing to do is to go around to the different stores and check out what's new. I don't necessarily buy anything. I just like gawking at it. This past weekend, Neil and I made a quick trip to Ogdensburg, New York which is just a "hop and a skip" from Brockville. It's fun heading to the United States and snooping around the different stores cause everything is just a bit different than what we have here in Canada. Take a look at the "Oreo cookies". They're different. These ones are "Winter" with a red center. (They had the same ones for Halloween but the centers were orange. Neat eh!). I bought these for Chelsey & Tyler's lunches (oh, and Neil too!) but they came with specific instructions. They had to "take four". Two for themselves and two for someone else. The recipient has to be someone who just might need a "spring in their step", or is "having a bad day", or just to "surprise someone". Who can't resist an Oreo cookie, especially one with a red center. Also, it's fun to share and the kids get a kick out of doing so. (I wonder where they get it from??)

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Conversing with Dakoda

If you were to ever have a conversation with Dakoda, it would go something like this...

"Wanna go outside? Let's go outside. Can we go outside? We should go outside. Have you been outside?"

Dakoda is our beloved, French-Canadian Golden Retriever whom we adopted two years ago after hearing of her blight of needing a new home. She is not your average Golden Retriever, personality wise. She is a.k.a. "The Princess/Drama Queen (as the kids refer to her as)/Head of the House"
Lord help you if you don't include her in every activity especially a car ride. She's always glad to see you when you get home but then will "chew you out" for leaving her behind...alone, again! Despite all her idiosyncrasies, she is a very affectionate, loving dog and has certainly won the hearts of her family especially her grandparents. I keep reminding Neil that we wouldn't trade her for a million dollars. This statement is usually followed by a long pause by Neil and then an even further pause when I look at him for a response. It then will be followed by "I'm still thinking". A house isn't the same without a dog.