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Sunday, August 2, 2015

Pennypacker Mills's In The Good Old Summertime



Yesterday I ventured to Pennypacker Mills in Schwenksville, Pennsylvania to attend "In The Grand Old Summertime." "The Grand Old Summertime" is a yearly event that looks at summer activities in the Victorian Era. Pennypacker Mills also hosted a British car show, but I was more interested in the Victorian history aspect.

Once I made it past the car show and onto the Pennypacker property, I stepped onto the porch and had the opportunity to dress Victorian. One of the events was a Victorian photoshoot. I can't pass those up! The volunteers helped me pick out an outfit that would look best on me. One showed me a beautiful blue skirt and I exclaimed, "I want that one!" Another picked out a white blouse. I dressed as they picked out a broach, hat, and hair tie to hold my hair back. Quickly I was transformed into a Victorian woman. Ella, the head of Pennypacker Mills, handed me a parasol and took my photos.
I'm going to use this as my author photo for "As Far As The Eyes Can See"



Then the one volunteer instructed me to sit down on the rocking chair, put the parasol beside me and hold a Chinese fan. I liked how this photo turned out.


After the Victorian dress up and photoshoot, I went to the song tent. The theme was "Songs of the Flags." I hung out for an hour because the performer was amazing! I loved hearing the stories and histories of how the songs were written and the significance behind the songs. The singer always performs for Pennypacker Mills's Civil War reunion and always puts on a good show.










I then played games. Croquet was a bit challenging. I loved playing with the Jacob's Ladder, and jump roping. I probably looked like a fool jump roping since it's been 15 years, but it was all in good fun. It was good exercise. Playing with vintage toys, especially the yo-yo was fun.



Then the hands-on barn! I loved going into the dark cavern to get an idea coal miners had to work in. It reminded me of being in a dark room, developing film. After a while, one gets claustrophobic in total darkness. Riding the horse and carriage and then going into a general store was neat too. Of course, I love the house tours.



"In the Good Old Summertime" lasted from 11am- 3pm. I left at 2:40. It was a fun day out and I would recommend it for next year. However, Pennypacker Mills offers all different types of events that are fun for the whole family! You can visit their site here or call 610-287-9349 for more information.

Saturday, August 1, 2015

The Secret Life of Blogger's Blog Party (7/27/2015-8/1/2015)

Monday, July 27

Went to knit night at the library. I decided to learn how to crochet. Apparently I'm tense and this was all I could manage! They have it once a month and I want to go again next month. 4th Mondays at 7PM.

Tuesday, July 28

Made a blueberry pie. YUM!

Wednesday, July 29


Before I went to work at the senior center, I went into Center City.


Thursday, July 30

We Bare Bears was a pretty good show!

Saturday, August 1


Went to Pennypacker Mills today for the In The Good Old Summer Time. Blog tomorrow!
I'm thinking of using the first picture as my author picture for my book. Thoughts?

Happy Caturday!

Friday, July 31, 2015

THE CEPHALOPOD COFFEEHOUSE: ARAB VOICES BY JAMES ZOGBY

I borrowed this idea from Janie Junebug's WOMEN: WE SHALL OVERCOME. Apparently each month The Armchair Squid holds a coffeehouse each month. Since I finished reading a book and the Cephalapod Coffeehouse title interested me, I am joining in on this month's coffehouse.

Title: Arab Voices
Author: James Zogby

I will admit, I love reading non-fiction. Although non-fiction takes more time to read than fiction (for me at least), I still love reading the genre. I'm more of a travel and sociology non-fiction gal, but when Claire suggested this political and economic book about the Arab World and Western World meshing together, I checked it out. I'm into that subject and I was excited to read this.

James Zogsby is an American born Arab. He heads Zogby International and does a lot for Arab/US relations. The book was mostly about how the US and even Europe and Canada fail to listen to Arab voices. The US is especially guilty of taking Israel's side and playing interrogator. However, Israel/Palestine isn't the only failure of the US not understanding Arabs, but even when we entered Iraq and everything we've done in the Middle East. Zogby argues that like our British counterparts after World War I, we don't want to get involved in cultures, we just assign different roles from our ignorance. A lot of policy has failed because we aren't fully aware of Arab culture or language. It's really complicated to get into without the book near me (I had to return the book today), but I would recommend this political, cultural, and economic introspection of how we handle things and what we can do better as a society: what the West and the Arab world can do together to improve collective society.

I like the last chapter the most where Zogby says politicians and the common citizen should be like how his father was. His father owned a peach stand and when one customer was bruising the peaches, the father didn't get angry. He instead brought it to the attention of the woman and gave the woman the peaches for half price. The father understood how to treat people and how to have open dialog. Zogsby argues that politicians should be like that to an extent. Zogby ends Arab Voices perfectly; "the bottom line is this: Listen to Arab voices, and hear what they are saying, not just what the pundits are thinking. Engage in whatever ways you can with this often troubled region of the world. An enlightened and aware public that better understands the Arab World can not only help change the ways that Arabs see us, but can also transform the way Western governments relate to the Arab World."

This book really opened my eyes a bit more. I'd definitely recommend!

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Thankful Thursday 7/30/2015

Wow, it's Thursday again! The weeks sure do fly by, especially in the summer!

What am I thankful for this week? I feel like I have a lot to be thankful for this week. I'm grateful for the standards: having a roof over my head, food on the table, and a clean environment. I'm also thankful for my co-workers and former co-workers, for the support they've given me this week in regards to a certain thing. I'm thankful for their friendly advice and their patience. I am also thankful for the friends I have, especially some local friends I have. I'm glad they open their hearts to me and invite me to do things with them. I'm thankful that they are there for me, as I'm thankful for my parents.

I'm thankful for the opportunities I've been given thus far in my life. As I looked back this week, I am grateful to have had the experiences I have had and am grateful for the privilege I had studying Arabic and everything else I've studied in college. Not everyone gets that privilege or opportunity.

I'm also thankful that dad lets me use his camera. It might seem silly, but when I picked up my photographs last Saturday from Bryn Mawr, I was so happy with how good the photos turned out. I'm glad my dad still has a film camera and lets me use the camera if I supply the film. I love experimenting.

Yes, I will post the photos again or some of the ones I feel are my best. I am just so proud of them and grateful about the trip and being able to use the camera.






Turkey Hill Experience Cow

The final four pictures on film are those of the Turkey Hill Experience Cow.







Black and white spotted
Welcoming from all over
children's laughter.


Cameras snapping
towering into the sky
sun glaring and blinds. 

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

How To Maintain Positive Attitude

I was thinking in terms of job interviews, especially when a job is needed or wanted; the first part of my post will deal with that. The second half of this entry will discuss how to maintain a positive attitude with life in general.


Admit it, we all get nervous before an interview, or a big meeting, or presentation, or anything that is important to us. I saw this posted the other day and have always found this helped me:


I'm prone to anxiety and sometimes have panic attacks if I'm in a situation that warrants it. An old therapist used to suggest this to me and every time I feel anxious, I put both feet on the ground, take a deep breath or two, look at the surroundings around me, and ground myself. I find grounding does calm me.

Sometimes also maintaining positive thoughts about what you have to offer a situation helps too, as well as the positive outcomes of what the new opportunity can bring you. Of course, that is very helpful during the interview, meeting, or presentation, but I think one should go in happy before the big event.

I have found, and I will admit that I am still learning how to successfully do this, that being grateful for an opportunity and grateful for what you do have does help with happiness. If you're depressed or unhappy, sometimes forgetting the unhappy things for a moment and thinking of all the happy things in your life (because as I've been learning, not everything is unhappy in life, just as not everything is totally happy either) grounds me too. By maintaining that happiness, I can focus on the positive, but I can also be friendly to others.

What do you think? What are some of your techniques or rituals before and during an interview, meeting, or presentation?

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Jessica's Blueberry Pie

Jessica's Blueberry Pie

1. Add a small glass of water to the pot.

2. Take 3.5 cups of fresh blueberries.

3. Add 3/4 cup of sugar.

4. Add 3 tablespoons of corn starch.

5. Add 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon.

6. Add 1/2 teaspoon cardamom.

7. Add 1/4 teaspoon salt.

8. Mix water, cornstarch, sugar, salt, cardamom, cinnamon, and blueberries together. Turn the stove to medium-high heat.  Boil blueberries until they become a gooey paste. While the blueberries boil, pre-heat the over to 425 degrees.






9. Add blueberry mix to pie shell. Put the pie shell in the oven and cook until the pie shell is golden. The pie crust directions said 45 minutes until an hour, but with my oven, the pie was golden brown in 25 minutes. Watch the pie!


Can't wait to have a slice later! Bon Appetit!