Sunday, December 24, 2017

Week Fifty-Two - 0 To Go

For the fifteenth year, Anne Perry continues her Christmas tradition of providing her readers with a Christmas novella. The minor character in this work is Mariah Ellison, Charlotte and Emily’s grandmother. The resilience of the human spirit tempered with hope manifests itself here.

Read 52 Books in 52 Weeks in 2017

What's not to love about a challenge? Here is one, 2017 52 Books in 52 Weeks, that runs from January 1, 2017 through December 31, 2017. The rules are simple.

Week Eight
Week Nine
Week Ten
Week Eleven
Week Twelve
Week Thirteen
Week Fourteen
Week Fifteen
Week Sixteen
Week Seventeen
Week Eighteen
Week Nineteen
Week Twenty
Week Twenty-One
Week Twenty-Two
Week Twenty-Three
Week Twenty-Four
Week Twenty-Five
Week Twenty-Six
Week Twenty-Seven
Week Twenty-Eight
Week Twenty-Nine
Week Thirty
Week Thirty-One 
Week Thirty-Two
Week Thirty-Three
Week Thirty-Four
Week Thirty-Six
Week Thirty-Seven 
Week Thirty-Eight
Week Thirty-Nine
Week Forty 
Week Forty-One
Week Forty-Two
Week Forty-Three 
Week Forty-Four
Week Forty-Five
Week Forty-Six 
Week Forty-Seven
Week Forty-Eight
Week Forty-Nine
Week Fifty
Week Fifty-One
Week Fifty-Two

Sunday, December 17, 2017

Week Fifty-One - 1 To Go

The plot involves a psychopathic wedding crasher who deceives lonely women in order to kill them for practice. Some dedicated McDermid readers might find the ending to be completely unexpected.

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Auburn City Hall Christmas Tree Display

Auburn Memorial City Hall
Seymour Library Christmas Tree
Doubledays Christmas Tree

O Christmas tree, o Christmas tree
How lovely are thy branche
- Traditional Christmas Carol 

More interpretations at Outdoor Wednesday.

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Week Fifty - 2 To Go

This flight or should one say passage in set in the North Country of New York State. Jeff Delbel emphasizes friendship coupled with the adage that people can make a difference.

Sunday, December 3, 2017

Week Forty-Nine - 3 To Go

In his poems William Brewer projects a light on the emotional and intense subject of opioid epidemic of rural America.

Week Forty-Eight - 4 To Go

Franklin Foer’s powerful analysis of the big tech companies should be read by any sensible reader who is serious about the state of the new world order.

Sunday, November 26, 2017

Week Forty-Seven - 5 To Go

Inspired by his childhood growing up in Alabama, Sook, Truman’s older cousin, teaches Capote a lesson that he should never publicly humiliated another.

Sunday, November 19, 2017

Week Forty-Six - 6 To Go

The subplots have topical relevancy. Grishman’s main characters, Mark, Todd, and Zola, take risks and coupled with luck eventually succeed in the law profession.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

2017 Osage-Orange Road Trip

Since snow is forecast for the weekend. Joan and I decided to make our annual trek for osage-oranges.
The Mill Pond on Rt. 90 was without birds. There is a sign near the street announcing a Christmas pageant at the Seven Day Adventist school.

Entering the village of Aurora we drove slowly up to the Morehouse residence. The area under the Osage Orange tree was densely covered. Turning around in a driveway we parked on the Osage Orange tree side of the road.
Mrs. Claire Morehouse, the owner of the tree, has us permission to collect  as many Osage Oranges as we wished.

We filled 11 Wegmans  bags.  We took trip to Long State Park, but before reaching the entrance we stopped along the road to gather some bittersweet. The park was quiet with no bird activity and one lone car with driver.

Making our way home we went passed the tree outside Scipio Center. The road was covered with rotten Osage Oranges and since we had an abundance we did not stop.

We concluded our trip by shopping at Aldi's.

Still on tree
Gnarly Bark

Former adventures:        
November 19, 2009
November 14, 2010
November 13, 2011
November 21, 2013

November 15, 2015

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Fallen Stars Memorial

Cayuga College
Fallen Stars Memorial
In Honor of New York State's Men and Women
Who died in Iraq and Afghanistan


Week Forty-Five - 7 To Go

The clever queen of the mystery novel, Agatha Christie, achieves the ultimate ending in this enthralling mystery. False leads coupled with a tantalizing plot will  keep you guessing until the end.

Sunday, October 29, 2017


Syracuse Newspaper Article

Above photos taken at 2010 Westcott Fair

Week Forty-Four - 8 To Go

Your basic whodunit steeped in Navajo cultural information. While some reviewer judged that story line was a bit flat, Tony Hillerman does flesh out the complex relationships of the main characters, Jim, Joe, Louisa and Bernie.

Sunday, October 22, 2017

Week Forty-Three - 9 To Go

Quick, light read with a topical plot involving a sociopath. Can we expect Gerritsen to include Holly Devine in a future Rizzoli & Isles novel?

Saturday, October 21, 2017

Shagbark Hickory Tree

In his weekly, Great Outdoors, columnist Rick Marsi suggests that the
shagbark hickory which provides nuts to both wildlife and people is his candidate for favorite Fall tree.

I located this tree just north behind the parking lot of Casey Park Elementary School during my morning walk.

Shagbark hickories are deciduous and provide excellent fall foliage color. In autumn their leaves turn a golden color - richer than the yellows displayed by the maples. "Shagbark" hickory trees derive their picturesque name from the interesting peeling bark they bear. This unusual bark juts out from one or both ends, curling outward. Even when the leaves are long gone from the deciduous trees in winter, this feature provides landscape interest.The fragrant nut the trees bear is said to be the tastiest from any of the hickory nut trees.

Harvesting Hickory Nuts

When we speak of the fruit (nut) from shagbark hickory nut trees, we are really dealing with three parts:
  1. The husk.
  2. The hard outer shell under the husk.
  3. The meat of the nut within the hard outer shell.
Refrigerate or freeze the nut meat after you have removed it from the shells.
Do not try cracking the husk prematurely, unless you are a glutton for hard work. Rather, wait for ripening in autumn. Ripening begins in September and October. The green, leathery husk eventually turns brown and becomes more brittle. In fact, sometimes, when the nuts fall to the ground, the husks split open into four segments, allowing access to the nut within (of course, even then, you have still got the hard outer nutshell to crack). For this reason, some harvesters just wait until late autumn for all the nuts to fall.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Leaf-Peepin' 2017

The Edge - Lobby

The tradition of leaf-peeping has been one of our passions since we first got together. Fall is our favorite season. While it is pleasant to observe the leaves near home, nothing beats a trip to the Adirondacks.

On Wednesday (10/18/17) we left for Lowville. But first stopped at Panera’s (Joan - squash soup and a salad - me - Frontega sandwich) to get lunch. 

Ate our Panera lunch at the Dewitt service area on tables in courtyard - joined by a Japanese couple and two gentlemen.

Stopped at the Visitor’s Center at the Utica exit - Phyllis greeted us there. 

Arriving at The Edge Sarah checked us in. 

Went to The Pine Tree for dinner. Tammy was our waitress. Joan had the Haddock and I had a sausage patty with cole slaw. Then went to Jeb’s to get a gift certificate for Brian. Roger’s house was dark, today was his birthday perhaps they went out to celebrate. Melissa, The Edge night clerk, made us fresh decaf coffee at The Edge.

On Thursday (10/19/17) went to Stewart’s for the Watertown paper. Then had breakfast at The Pioneer Cafe (Joan had the Homestead & I had a Western omelet with home fires & an English muffin), Paula was are waitress. 
After refreshing at The Edge, we drove to Raquette Lake. Joan suggested to drive into Great Camp Sagamore. After a 3-mile drive on a stony, dusty road we reached the Great Camp only to be discouraged by the attendant (believe the resident caretaker) to leave immediately.
An out-building.
Back of the Main Building

Drove on to Durant Lake.
Near Durant Lake stopped to take a photo of a new dinner. 
Stopping at Blue Mt. Lake we took the usual photos.
Little Library at Blue Mt. Lake

We continued to Inlet. There just outside the village saw these Halloween mannequins.

Checked on the cache site in Arrowhead Park.

While using the rest rooms at Eagle Bay I wandered over to photograph the site of the former Half-way House, a teen and young adult night spot in the 1960s period. Now some kind of fix-it-up shop.

Went to The Pine Tree for dinner. Julie was our waitress. We both had the herbed Haddock. It was well prepared by Mike, the chef. Watched "It’s The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown", created by “Peanuts” mentor Charles M. Schulz, this long-beloved special was orginally televised in 1966 It featured the music of Vince Guaraldi. Michael, Emily and Lily spent the night at 88.

On Friday (10/20/17) we went to Stewart’s for the Watertown paper. Then had breakfast at The Pioneer Cafe (we both had the Homestead with home fires & I had the English muffin), Melissa was are waitress. Stopped at the Visitor’s Center at the Utica exit - Phyllis was there again. Actually the leaves were the most colorful on Deerfield Hill and along the Thruway. Arrived home safely. Bradley had taken in the mail and put out the garbage.

Previous Journeys:
Leaf-Peeping 2008
Leaf-Peeping - The Seaway Trail
Leaf-Peeping 2012
Leaf-Peeping 2013
Leaf-Peepin' 2014
Leaf-Peeping 2016