Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Fun Game

I found this at Skittles' Place and tried it. It was a bit hard for me as I use a trackball style mouse. It was still fun though.

Monday, July 30, 2007

What Kind Of Train Are You?

Thanks to Skittles for finding this quiz for me to take. It suits me pretty well as it deals with railroads !

You're the American Orient Express!

With a deep-seeded yearning for the past, you insist upon
reliving your old glory days and even improving upon them. While no one
can argue that the results are beautiful and even luxurious, there's an
air of snobbery and privilege that also follows you around. You're also
trying to ride the coattails of someone much more famous who shares your
name. Nevertheless, you offer great opportunities for people, even if you
only really offer them to the rich. Though you claim to be in a hurry,
you're not really in a rush at all.

Take the Trains and Railroads Quiz
at RMI Miniature Railroads.

Sunday, July 15, 2007

New State Visited

For those who visit my blog, I have added an additional new state to the map at the bottom of my blog to reflect the newest state I have visited. That state would be Maine. It was the last state in the new england area that I hadn't yet been in. As I see it, I only have 12 more states to visit in the continental US. Maybe next year I'll get to a few of them lol. Till next time BYE!!

Saturday, July 14, 2007

New Trains

I just thought I'd post a couple pics of the new trains I got with my fathers day money. If you haven't followed the story of our last vacation, I got them at a hobby shop in New Hampshire that is next to a model train museum. Till next time BYE!!

Friday, July 13, 2007

Birthday Meme

I was tagged by Skittles over at Skittles' Place to do this meme.

Here are the rules: You go to Wikipedia and type in your birthday (month and day) Then you write down 3 events, 2 births, 1 holiday, and tag 5 friends.

1620 - Plymouth Colony: William Bradford and the Mayflower Pilgrims land on what is now known as Plymouth Rock in Plymouth, Massachusetts.

1937 - The film Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs is premiered at the Carthay Circle Theater in Los Angeles.

1970 - Elvis Presley meets with President Richard Nixon to discuss the war on drugs.

1118 - Thomas Becket, Lord Chancellor of England and Archbishop of Canterbury (d. 1170)

1922 - Paul Winchell, American ventriloquist (d. 2005)


In the Northern Hemisphere, the winter solstice, sometimes known as Yule, occurs on or very close to this date. In the Northern Hemisphere, it marks the first official day of Winter. In the Southern Hemisphere, the summer solstice occurs around this time. It is also an important festival in the Chinese calendar.

I won't tag anyone to do this meme as I don't get around the blogging world much anymore. So, if anyone who reads my blog wishes to do it, be my guest.

Our Trip To Maine

Skittles and I decided last Saturday to go on a trip. We decided that we would go look and see if I could see a moose. So, Skittles googled best place to see moose and she got a location in New Hampshire that sounded good. So we packed the car and headed out. We got into Vermont early on Sunday and it looked as though we would have a perfect time. That is until that afternoon when it started raining lol. We still saw some neat things on our trip. No moose, but some neat things. We ended up traveling through the White Mountains National Park in New Hampshire. We also headed on into Maine. I hadn't been to Maine before so this just made our trip that much more special. We ended up in Portland Maine and saw the ocean and fishing boats that dock there. We did look around some more areas there for moose but were unsuccessful in that lol. On our way back we went through New Hampshire again and took a different route. We came upon a small town there called Conway. It is a very neat little town with some nice shops and also a tourist train that offers excursions. We were a bit late for the train that day so I settled for pictures of it. We then headed on down the road and stopped at a model train museum and hobby shop. The neat thing about the museum is that it isn't only a museum for model trains, but also for model cars, boats, planes and other items. It brought back some memories seeing some of the items on display. After we got done visiting the museum, we went to the hobby shop and I spent the rest of my fathers day gift money I had left. I bought a new engine and a 3 pack of center beam flat cars. I had been looking for this type of car for some time now and couldn't find any in stores near here. After that we headed on down the road again and happened upon a neat waterfall beside the road. As it happened, Skittles was in a hurry to get a picture of it and tripped and sprained her ankle pretty bad. At the time we weren't sure it was just sprained, so a trip to the hospital was in order. Luckily there was one not too far away and they took good care of her. After x-rays it was determined that it was a sprain, so Skittles got wrapped and got crutches. We pretty much figured it wouldn't work for us to go anywhere else that included much walking so we headed home. On the way home though, we got close to Niagara Falls and decided to go see if we could get a good look at them without having to walk too much. As it happened there was a good spot on one of the island's there that affords a good view without walking that far. After that, it was homeward bound for us. All in all, it was a good trip and we got to see some beautiful countryside and some neat little towns along the way. I've included some pictures from our trip for your viewing. Till next time BYE!!

Tuesday, July 3, 2007

July Vacation

I'm off work for 2 weeks now for our annual shutdown at the plant where I work. We hadn't planned all that much for this time off really. We did go pick up our grandson Jakob and his mom Beth and brought them over to spend time with us. We decided to take them to Greenfield Village, part of "The Henry Ford" group of attractions nearby. The Henry Ford encompasses Greenfield Village, Henry Ford Museum, The Automotive Hall of Fame and an Imax theater. We decided on the Village part as it was a nice cool sunny day. The neatest part was that Skittles, Beth or Jakob had never been to see the Village. If you aren't familiar with it, it's a collection of historic buildings that are either recreated or brought to this site and reassembled. The people that run this place go to great lengths to make everything appear as it was at the time of the buildings uses. Many homes and factory buildings have period actors portraying life as it was which makes it a very interesting and educational adventure. My grandson Jakob got to ride his first train there also. It was a steam train named Torch Lake and is the oldest continually running steam engine in the U.S. Jakob also got to ride a carousel that was built in the late 1800's and still works. Lots of walking was done to see all that we could before the Village closed. After that we went and got some neat fireworks and set them off in a nearby area so we wouldn't bother any neighbors. This was the first time I had gotten any "mortar" type fireworks. These are the kind that insert into a tube and shoot up into the air and burst into colors. I think everyone enjoyed the fireworks greatly. That's how my vacation has gone so far. I think we'll just stay home for a few days and enjoy the time off. Till next time BYE!!

inside Edison's first electric plant

Jakob standing on Grist Mill grinding stone

Torch Lake steam train

Jakob printing on antique printing press

Jakob and Beth riding antique carousel

Model T's giving rides and the Village