Sunday, March 26, 2017

Spring Fun in Philadelphia!

Spring has finally arrived! The season means warmer weather, outdoor events, and plenty of activities in Philly. 




Here's a sample of what fun things my friends and family, and me will enjoy!

Cherry Blossom Festival (April 1-9)

Lasting nine days, this event gives visitors the opportunity to view the beautiful cherry blossoms and gardens throughout Philadelphia. Activities for all ages. FMI, www.visitphilly.com/events/philadelphia/the-cherry-blossom-festival-of-greater-philadelphia/


"Phillie Phanatic"



Phillies' 2017  Season Home Opener vs. the Washington Nationals (April 7)

Baseball at Citizens Bank Park! 
FMI, www.phillies.com



"East Passyunk Avenue Easter Egg Hunt"



Easter Egg Hunt on East Passyunk 
Avenue (April 8)

Little else is more fun than watching little ones search 

for colored eggs...and their exuberance when they find them! 
Arts and crafts and kiddie activities galore! FMI, www.visiteastpassyunk.com


Manayunk StrEAT Food Festival (April 9)

Main Street in the Manayunk section of Philly closes to vehicle traffic so that folks can enjoy fabulous live music, awesome food vendors, and spectacular boutiques. FMI, www.manayunk.com/news-and-events/events/spring-streat-food-festival.html


South Street Spring Festival (May 6)

Event runs along South Street from Front to 8th. Music, dancing, food, and lots of activities for families. FMI, www.visitphilly.com/events/philadelphia/south-street-headhouse-spring-festival/


Italian Market Festival (May 20-21)

You may not find "Rocky" running through South Philly's 9th Street, but year after year the edible treats keep getting better and better. Bring your appetite to the nation's oldest outdoor market. FMI, www.italianmarketfestival.com


Rittenhouse Row Spring Festival (May 20)

Visitors from all over swarm Rittenhouse Square to check out the discounts shops have to offer and sample delectable treats. FMI, www.rittenhouserow.org


"Elfreth Alley, Fete Day"




Elfreth Alley's Fete Day (June 3)

Annual celebration on our nation's oldest residential street. Elfreth Alley was designated a historic landmark in 1966. Enjoy a day of crafts, music, colonial games, and food. FMI, www.elfrethsalley.org/new-index/


What events do you have lined up for Spring? Whatever you do this week, have a great one!



(Winnie & friends photo c/o facebook.com/winniethepooh;
 East Passyunk Ave photo  c/o facebook.com/EPassyunkAve;
 Phillie Phanatic photo c/o facebook.com/phillies;
 Fete Day photo c/o facebook.com/ElfrethAlley)

Sunday, March 19, 2017

A Blast of Winter...

Although the 2017 Winter in Philadelphia hasn't been as nasty as seasons past, Mother Nature hit us with a Nor'easter this week that left the city and surrounding areas with some messy snow and ice.


As I've frequently said, the only way I like my snow is in a photo. Many people were happy to share their "snow photos" from around the city on social media. The white stuff does look lovely (in a photo, of course!).

A "shout-out" and a thank you to all the Philly folks who posted photos and shared.



"The Academy of Natural Sciences"




"Philadelphia Museum of Art"




"Historic Christ Church and Burial Ground"





"Benjamin Franklin Parkway"




"View of Cret Park from
Capricco Cafe and Bar"




"Spruce Street"



According to the calendar, Spring begins tomorrow. Let's hope Mother Nature circled the date! 😊

Everyone, stay warm, safe, and have a great week!


(photo of  Winnie and Christopher Robin c/o facebook.com/WinniethePooh;
 photo of Academy c/o facebook.com/Academy of Natural Sciences;
 photo of Christ Church Burial Ground c/o facebook.com/historicchristchurchandbg;
 photo of Museum of Art c/o facebook.com/6abcActionNews;
 photo of Benjamin Franklin Parkway c/o facebook.com/visitphilly;
 photo of Cret Park c/o facebook.com/LoganSquareCafe:
 photo of Spruce Street c/o facebook.com/washwestcivic)

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Do You Take "Me" Time?


One morning this week, during my bus ride to the "day job," I couldn't help but overhear the conversation taking place between the two women who were sitting behind me. 




From their dialogue, I concluded they were neighbors. Although each had different jobs, and different bus stops, they apparently waited on their corner and rode together every morning. As the bus approached a stop, one of the women prepared to exit. Her companion said to her, "I won't see you tomorrow. I'm taking the day off to pamper myself for my birthday." 

She went on the explain that she was spending the day at a popular spa getting a mani/pedi/massage/facial and then treating herself to lunch. She named a very high end Philly restaurant. She said her sister had asked to join her, and she replied, "No, this is my day for me. I want to enjoy it by myself." 

During what was left of my ride, I thought about how once in a while, I take an hour or two for "me." A walk through Philly's historical district, or along East Passyunk Avenue with a stop at one of its great bistros is my idea of "pamper me time." I never considered taking an entire day, or spending as much money, as this woman apparently planned on spending. 

But the concept of such lavish indulgence intrigued me. So, I ask you, Readers. Do you take time to "pamper" yourself? And, if so, how?????

Have a good week, Everyone!


(photo c/o cheriedurbin@morgueFile.com)

Sunday, March 5, 2017

Catching Up on DVDs...

Rainy -- or snowy -- days are a great opportunity to catch up on my DVD watching. A recent dismal weather day in Philly had us seeing a rain/snow mix. A trail of DVDs and non-stop hot chocolate makes me forget how miserable it is outside my window.




I'm always happy to share my recent choices with you (and their Amazon links)!




"Sully"


In January, 2009, Captain “Sully” Sullenberger (Tom Hanks) glided his disabled plane onto the frigid waters of the Hudson River, saving the lives of all 155 aboard. Only, that's just the beginning of the story.

Amazon Buy Link:

https://www.amazon.com/Sully-DVD-Tom-Hanks/dp/B01LBWHQ70/



"Pete's Dragon"



A mysterious 10-year-old boy, Pete, turns up, claiming to live in the woods with a giant green dragon.

Amazon Buy Link:

https://www.amazon.com/Petes-Dragon-Bryce-Dallas-Howard/dp/B01I0RFMO8/



'Eight Days A Week: The Touring Years!"




Two hours with The Beatles...reminded me how much I miss them...


Amazon Buy Link:

https://www.amazon.com/Eight-Days-Week-Touring-Years/dp/B01NA7F5E2/



Have a great week, Everyone!



(photo c/o facebook.com/snoopy)

Sunday, February 26, 2017

Wisdom from Dr. Seuss...

This Thursday, March 2nd, we celebrate the birthday of one of the wisest men to ever grace the world of literature, Theodor Seuss Geisel, affectionately known as "Dr. Seuss."




Coinciding each year with Dr. Seuss's birthday is the annual "Read Across America Day," created by the National Education Association. Libraries, bookstores, schools hold annual events and share activities to promote reading.

Whether your favorite Dr. Seuss character is "Horton" the sweet, sensitive, compassionate elephant or the zany, unpredictable, perplexing "Cat in the Hat," there's no denying that Seuss creations have not only entertained us and educated us, but influenced how children and adults respond to the world around them.

So, Happy Birthday, Dr. Seuss! And, thank you for the delightful characters you created and the hours of reading pleasure. In honor of this special day on Thursday, I'm sharing some of Dr. Seuss's inspirational quotes and Seuss trivia. 




"A person's a person no matter how small."
                             ...Horton Hears A Who!




"You're never too old, too wacky, too wild to pick up a 
 book and read to a child.'

                                                      ...Dr. Seuss





"You find magic wherever you look. Sit back and relax. 
All you need is a book.."

                                                       ... The Cat in the Hat





"You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. 
 You can steer yourself in any direction you choose."

                                                 ...Oh, The Places You'll Go!




"We've got to make noises in greater amounts! So open your 
 mouth, Lad! For every voice counts!"

                                                   ...One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish,                                                                                     Blue Fish



"You know you're in love when you can't fall asleep because 
 reality is finally better than your dreams."

                                                   ...Dr. Seuss





For more information on "Read Across America Day" and activities,  www.nea.org/readacross


Have a great week, Everyone!





(photos c/o facebook.com/drseuss)





Sunday, February 19, 2017

An invitation to Betsy's House...

A few weeks ago a friend of mine, who teaches second grade, asked me if I could help chaperone a class field trip to Betsy Ross's House in the Olde City section of Philadelphia. As she had looked through her class list, she realized that she was short on parent chaperones



Walking through the historical district of Philadelphia is definitely my cup of hot chocolate. My friend's second graders are adorable and bright, and the outing turned into a fun afternoon.


Betsy's Arch Street House 
as it stood in 1898




History tells us that the Philadelphia house is where Betsy Ross lived and sewed the first American flag. Over the years, whether or not she actually sewed the flag has been seen as more fiction than reality. What is known to be fact is that Betsy ran an upholstery business out of her house from 1773 through 1786.

Although her connection to the first flag is debatable, the house on Arch Street is a major tourist attraction in our city. 


The "restored" house as it stands today



"Betsy" in her Upholstery Shop



Sewing was done by hand in the 18th Century



Dinner at Betsy's 




Have a good week, Everyone, and for a Virtual Tour of Betsy Ross's House, http://historicphiladelphia.org/virtualbrh/



(photos c/o facebook.com/betsyrosshouse)

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Still Reading Christmas Books?

I often joke that I'm still reading Christmas books in the summer. Once I purchase a book, it stays on the top of my bookcase until I'm ready to read it. Once finished, it finds a spot on a shelf.




Here's what's on my "Waiting to be Read" list.



A Lowcountry Christmas
by Mary Alice Monroe






A wounded warrior and his younger brother discover the true meaning of Christmas in this timeless story of family bonds.

Amazon

https://www.amazon.com/Lowcountry-Christmas-Mary-Alice-Monroe/dp/1501125532/

Barnes & Noble

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/a-lowcountry-christmas-mary-alice-monroe/1123497143


Books-A-Million

http://www.booksamillion.com/p/Lowcountry-Christmas/Mary-Alice-Monroe/9781501125539


Miracle on 5th Avenue
by Sarah Morgan






It will take a Christmas miracle for two very different souls to find each other in this perfectly festive fairy tale of New York! 

Amazon

https://www.amazon.com/Miracle-5th-Avenue-Sarah-Morgan/dp/0373789343/


Barnes & Noble

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/miracle-on-5th-avenue-sarah-morgan/1123276862


Books-A-Million

http://www.booksamillion.com/p/Miracle-Avenue/Sarah-Morgan/9780373789344




It Must be Christmas
by Various Authors
(three holiday stories)




It’s the most wonderful time of the year, when love is in the cold and frosty air―and desire reaches the boiling point. . .

Amazon

https://www.amazon.com/Must-Be-Christmas-Holiday-Stories/dp/1250106370/


Barnes & Noble

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/it-must-be-christmas-jennifer-crusie/1124361540


Books-A-Million

http://www.booksamillion.com/p/Must-Be-Christmas/Jennifer-Crusie/9781250106377


Besides me, is there anyone else who has Christmas books waiting to be read? Have a good week, Everyone!



("snow" photo c/o office.microsoft.com)