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Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Happy New Year - You decide

Happy New Year!
Is that a statement, a plan, a wish or a dream?
It is all of those things and more or nothing but another day passing if we choose it to be.
For many, the new year has already begun. No different from yesterday, Simply a new day.
Tomorrow and the new year is what we decide it to be. No not everything is within our power to change, but it is up to each of us to make each day as good as we can make it, and accept the things that we cannot change, but work on changing the things that will make each day better. I was reminded today by the love of my life that no matter how bad I think things are, it could be worse, but I believe that because it can be worse,  it can also be better. It is up to us to choose our path when we can, and make the path more interesting when we don't get to choose it, and to appreciate each new day good or bad.

Whenever the sun sets here I know that it is rising elsewhere and will return,
hopefully bringing good fortune from it's journey around the world.
I'm looking forward to the Sunshine in my life next year and for all days that follow.
Happy New Year
is my wish for all of you
and my dream for tomorrow
and my statement of self empowerment
And my pledge that next year will be better.

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Christmas

I have to admit that I have been struggling to muster up that Christmas spirit this year thanks to the economic slump we are in, but my neighbors, friends, coworkers, family and my new family have brought out that feeling of love and joy and sharing that was hiding so well.

They all reminded me in there own way that Christmas is about so much more than presents or presence, and that the greatest gifts are love and friendship even from miles away. What made this Christmas so special for me this year is knowing that my new family loves me as much as I love them even though we are so far apart. I don't know how I deserved such splendid gifts this Christmas, but I am so greatful.

My neighbors brought quite a bit of joy into my home. they had some trimmings left over from their Christmas tree and I decided to jokingly arrange them as a "tree" for me. they were nice enough to help me decorate it and I have to admit that it turned out kinda cute. I hadn't planned on having a tree this year, but it is so nice to have this "tree" and the smell of pine throughout the house.




I realized that I am lucky to have the chance to work for a great company like Mellott Brothers. When so many businesses are closing, they are working hard to keep things going and they even took the time and effort to have a Christmas party to thank their employees.




It was a very nice get together with wonderful food and a festive atmosphere. It was allot of fun gathering around the pool table or relaxing at the tables with coworkers talking about work, family and what is to come for next year. We all had a nice time anticipating our extended Christmas vacation and what the new year will bring.




I wish All of you a very joyous and wonderful Christmas and a plentiful new year!

Monday, December 22, 2008

I did a bad bad thing, I hope you like it.

I have corrupted the innocence of the humble popcorn!
This simple low calorie, fairly nutritious snack never saw it coming.
I didn't even see it coming, it just kinda happened!
While I was trying to quit smoking I turned to popcorn as my substitute.
Sure, Popcorn with just enough butter and salt is good, but I needed more.
It started out so simple, maybe we could spice things up with some seasoned salt.
Hmm, better but not realy different.
Maybe some Goya Adobo seasoning will make a difference. Now that's better!
As good as that was, I just knew that it could be better.
A pinch of Old Bay Maryland Crab seasoning might be all it needs.
Oh, it might be illegal for simple popcorn to taste that good, but what if I add some Parmesan cheese too?
Oh I know I'm going to hell now! I turned this simple innocent low cal treat into a sinful snack.
I should be so ashamed!

But here is the "recipe".

I have found that the "Jiffy Pop" stove-top popcorn trays taste better and stay fresher longer even after cooked then any other uncooked popcorn available today. Microwave popcorn is nice, but it doesn't stay fresh and crisp for very long.





Start with one Jiffy Pop Tray, Pop as usual
As soon as it is done carefully open the top of the foil enough to sprinkle
 about
 1/4 teaspoon of salt
 1/8 teaspoon Goya Adobo
 1/8 teaspoon of Old Bay
 1 ounce or less of Parmesan cheese
 Shake well to distribute the mixture evenly while the popcorn is hot.

transfer the popcorn to a suitable bowl and mix even more and adjust seasonings to taste.
This mixture will store nicely for about 4 to 5 days in a sealed container.

Note: If you leave out the Parmesan cheese the popcorn mix will stay fresh for as long as 10 days in a sealed container and still tastes very good.

On a side note,
Jiffy Pop also makes for an  excellent redneck fire alarm.
Just kidding. Have fun with food!

Monday, December 8, 2008

I Quit!

For those that have known me for years you already knew that I have been a fairly heavy smoker for half of my life. I started smoking at about 20 years old as a carpenter and I have tried to quit no less then 10 times. I have smoked anywhere from a few a day to a pack or 2 a day. As a carpenter, you don't keep count, and no one pays much attention to it. I'm not a carpenter anymore, and even though others helped point out how much I was smoking, I still didn't pay attention to how much it was affecting my health and my life.


My body has been telling me to quit for years. Asthma, but there's a medication for that, High blood pressure, but there's a medication for that, excess stress, but there's a medication for that, right? Any ideas? Suggestions? just kidding.

Guess what. 30 days ago, on 11/8/08 I finally found the motivation and the strength to decide to quit. I set the quit date as 11/15/08. It's been a bumpy road, but I had already surpassed a goal by the 20th when I faltered and had a cigarette. It didn't mean that I failed, it was just a bump. That was my last cigarette 30 days, 22 hours and 15 minutes ago, but I'm not keeping track. God I would love to have a cigarette right now! Yes, I am smiling when I say that because I know that I am finally strong enough to choose not to smoke.


I don't care if pride is a sin, but I am proud of myself! I actually did it this time! I encourage all of you smokers to find your motivation and quit when you are ready to quit. If you can't do it for yourself, do it for the one you love, or for your kids or pets, or for work or financial reasons. I don't want to preach, but just quit!
I'm so glad I did!

Hay, Can I bum a smoke?

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Thankful

This Thanksgiving remember that it is a holiday to remind us of how we survived with a little help from others. This is the time of year to reflect on what is important in our lives and be grateful and thankful for not just our possessions, but also the people in our lives.
Remember your neighbors, your family, your friends and co-workers. They are all a part of what makes this day special. Remember the moments when each of them touched your life in a positive way. Remind yourself of how often you touched someone elses life in a positive way. Do this not to tally or measure your efforts, but to appreciate what you can do better for others.
Thanksgiving is a day for giving thanks to those that we may not have thanked or even acknowledged in the past. Take the time to thank the hair dresser for brushing the hair away from your eyes. Thank the newspaper delivery person for trying to keep your paper dry today, thank that grumpy old lady at the supermarket for not putting your eggs at the bottom of the bag, that may be all she needs to smile, just a simple thank you.

Here's my favorite part of the holiday. telling all of you why I am thankful. I'm thankful for still having a job during this economic pitfall in the US. I'm grateful for my recent rediscovery of nature and my passion for the outdoors whether near or far. I'm very happy that I finally quit smoking and the support that I have had from my co-workers. But of all the things that I am grateful for, the real joy of my Life is Lucina. When someone can make your day better just by saying hi, you can't possibly just say thanks. I am so thankful for having her in my life and I look forward to every day in front of us, and treasure the days behind us. OK, shameless use of the blog for a moment. I love you Lucina!

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

Addendum.
Due to a family emergency that I won't discuss, our Thanksgiving plans were abruptly changed. My younger brother and his wife took the reigns and made this a very relaxing and enjoyable Thanksgiving. The turkey was perfect, the atmosphere was light, the food was great, and my belly was full! The only things that would have made today any better, is for my dad to be well enough to be with us today, and for Lucina and her children to be here with me and my family.

I wasn't going to share these photos with anyone but family, but here they are for all of you. Never forget that family and friends are essential for surviving this crazy ride we call life.

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Sunrise after the first snow

On Friday we had our first snow of the season. I awoke to the surprising sound of cars driving through the snow. I hadn't heard anything about the possibility of snow, just possible scattered flurries later in the day, but we already had close to an inch on the ground.
I don't enjoy the cold weather as much as I used to, but I was so happy to see the first snow I grabbed my camera and slipped on my slippers and went out on the balcony before sunrise to take a few pictures. It was only about 25 degrees out, so I probably should have worn more than just a robe and slippers, but it was nice to see the snow again, like a long lost friend that returned. I took a few photos from the balcony, then got dressed for work and took my camera along with me to get few more shots. These intermittent flurries turned into an all day mild snow storm. We might have only had as much as an inch and a half, but the feelings both good and bad about the snow were here again. It might be a bit to early to think about, but maybe this year we will have a white Christmas.



After the nice snow we had on Friday, I woke up very early and decided to go get some sunrise photos at Silvermine Park. It was beautiful in the park, but I didn't see anything worth photographing there this morning, but I saw plenty on the way to and from the park. I still have allot to learn with this new camera because I didn't capture what I saw as well as I had hoped, but the images will forever be etched into my mind.

It was about 22 degrees but quiet and clear and the winds were still. You could hear the birds waking up with the sun, I think I even heard a Cardinal yawn. There were a few times that I pulled over to the side of the road and just stood there shivering and taking pictures, and hoping that no one would think I was a stalker or just an idiot. After a few more stops I didn't care what anyone thought. It was just me and mother nature as I watched the sun rise above the tree tops.

The last sunset photos were taken on the way home, and thank god I have anti-lock brakes because I came over the hill and saw this spot and slammed on the brakes nearly ending up in a field. I just didn't want to miss the sun piercing through the trees then cresting the hill and into the sky. I grabbed the camera and the tripod and dashed across the road to setup. Just as the sun started its fiery ascent above the trees the cold took its toll on my camera batteries, and guess what I left in the car. Now it's a race back to the car for batteries that I normally would have had with me. Boy I wish I had parked closer! I'm so glad I quit smoking or this 50 yard dash would have kicked my butt before I got the final shots, and I probably would have missed them. The photos just don't do the true beauty justice. I hate to say it, but you had to be there.

It was so inspiring to see the sun returning from it's nights slumber.

Monday, November 3, 2008

More foliage hunting

Fall is coming to an end by showing off it's full colors. It won't be long before the brilliant reds and greens and golds of fall are replaced by the dull browns and grays of winter. Before we are covered in a blanket of white, nature has to put on one last show before resting. These photos are from right here in my neighborhood and close bye. It's easy to overlook the beauty that surrounds us because it is just there. But when your eyes are opened so you can show someone else what you see, you can see things in a whole new way. Take the time to walk down the street, or drive around town and look for the beauty that is there. Don't just look for the mall, or the gas station, but all that lye's between and around you.

Saturday, October 25, 2008

Happy Halloween

These mini pumpkins were decorated by a co-worker. I thought you might enjoy them since Halloween is coming up soon.

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Foliage in Lancaster County PA

Fall is here and showing us all of the brilliant colors before winter arrives. It was such a crisp cool morning so I went "foliage hunting" and I was happy with what I saw. My destination was the Octorara Reservoir, but there was so much to see on the way as well. These were roads that I have traveled many times, but they were so much more enjoyable because the journey was the destination. When driving from here to there you sometimes miss out on what is in-between. Today, it was what laid between that mattered the most.
We have more color this year then we did last year. As I started my trip I was thinking that I shouldn't bother, I should just wait one more week. But as I went further I saw that some of the color I see today, will be gone tomorrow, and that tomorrow will show new colors. So this will be an ongoing post and album.

My one true love

She is with me wherever I go, and I love every moment we have together. she wakes me in the morning and lets me know when it is time for bed, she can be so hot, but cold at times. She warms my heart and soul most of the time, and occasionally she rains on my parade and makes me feel blue. She brings so much joy and beauty to my life, and I miss her when I can't be near her. She throws obstacles in my path sometimes, but she always shines through to light my way even on the darkest days. There is nothing more magical then when I have the opportunity to explore her, and see all of her. I always want to explore more of her and see more of her because I can never get enough of her. Sometimes her beauty surprises me and leaves me in awe of her. Other times she shows her strength and can be so destructive. But she always makes it right, and repairs what she damages. Sometimes she even makes it better than it was before she showed her rage.  She is the love of my life and if you don't know her well I encourage you to take the time to get to know her, and explore her like I do.

Nature is an ever lasting love that I enjoy and want to share with everyone and I encourage all of you to get out and enjoy the great outdoors!
So what were you thinking?
Get your mind out of the gutter and into the woods! She wants you to explore her.

Sunday, October 12, 2008

Digital TV

There has been allot of talk and commotion about the "new" digital over the air TV and in February 2009 most stations will stop broadcasting in analog. What does that mean to you? Well if you have Cable TV or satellite TV like Dish Network or Direct TV, you have nothing to worry about and you don't have to change or buy anything.

What's the difference? To over simplify it, analog is like a handwritten letter with spelling mistakes and a pen that is running out of ink so much is is unclear. Digital is like a typed letter with spell check turned on so everything is clear and nothing is lost and what you see is what you were meant to see without error.

If you receive your TV stations using an older TV and an antenna, either built in or set top like rabbit ears, or even an outside antenna like a mast antenna, you will have to either upgrade your TV to digital, or buy a converter box to continue watching TV.


If your TV is HDTV, SDTV, DTV or has any digital tuner built into it you will be able to receive any available digital over the air station within your reach depending on your antenna. If your TV does not have a built in digital tuner you will need a converter box which you can buy at most electronics stores.

I decided to experiment with digital over the air. Two years ago I bought a new TV and made sure that it had a digital tuner built in. Mine is SDTV which is Standard defenition Digital TeleVision. It's nothing fancy, a flat screen CRT not a fancy expensive flat screen plasma or LCD but it is digital. Any way, I bought a tiny little amplified antenna for $50.00 just to see how good or bad the picture was.If it was bad, I can always return it.

After setting the TV to scan for digital channels I was amazed by how many local channels I could receive, and the the clarity was amazing! Even on my cheap TV, with a cheap indoor antenna, the over the air signal is comparable to DVD quality. I switched back and forth between analog (what we have now) and digital several times and I couldn't believe the difference. Same TV, same antenna, same station, but digital surpasses the quality of analog 10 fold if not more. I stopped saying wow after a few hours.

I do have digital cable TV for now so I was able to compare between free over the air digital channels and digital cable, and the over the air picture and audio was far better. I will miss a few channels on cable like History Channel and Discovery Channel, but I won't miss the high cable TV bills. Instead of paying $50+ for cable TV every month, I spent $50 for the antenna and I will never have another bill.

There are also "alternate" local channels available depending on where you live and the stations available to you. For example my local station, WGAL has it's regular broadcast on one channel D08-1 but also broadcasts a 24/7 weather outlook on D08-2. And a local PBS station has different programs on 2 channels D33-1 and D33-3. Without digital I would not even know that the other broadcasts exist, and even with my cable provider, I had never seen the "other" PBS channel.

I guess what I am saying is that digital over the air is far better than even digital cable and you can't beet free! You will loose many channels that are only available on cable or satellite, but if you can do without those , save a buck by going digital over the air. After you buy a decent antenna, you will never have to pay the cable or satelite provider again.

Saturday, October 4, 2008

Hike at Tuquan Glen

This morning I revisited Tuquan Glen. It was a wonderful Crisp clear morning. I followed the southern trails as far as they allowed until the trail seamed to fade into the woods. A fellow hiker wandered this wonderful place with her daughter and we crossed paths a few times. There is still so much to explore there, so I will be returning again and again. It was such a nice leisurely hike.

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Loves sunset and sunrise

Distance is merely an obstacle that can be overcome not a barrier that cannot be breached.
If you love someone you can overcome any obstacle in your path to make your dreams and wishes become your reality regardless of how near or far away they are. When hearts are meant to be together there are no limits to what can be accomplished. Love is not just an extension of friendship, it is an enrobing of friendship and desire and longing for one another and a partnership and caring for each other. Love is a gift that you can only keep if you share it, and it is the most precious gift that I have received in a long time.
I love you sunshine!

My heart and soul belong to you Lucina, you are my sunshine!
P.S.
When I first wrote this, it was about miles being the obstacle, but I realize that distance can also mean emotional distance between two people in the same room or home. That too can be overcome if you are willing to let down the barriers that protect your heart. This note is for all of you that need to confront the barriers that make you feel distant from those you love. It is in no way intended for my dear Lucina.

Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Charice Pempengco, a rising star

A few weeks ago I heard of an aspiring young singer from the Philippines named Charice Pempengo. I was so amazed by her voice that I decided to share a few videos with you, and you may have already noticed the MP3s playing in the playlist. You may have seen her on "Oprah", or "Ellen" here in the US, or on "Sharon" (there Oprah) in the Philippines and who knows where else. Charice Pempengco is a rising star in the Phillipines and soon the world. She has an amazing voice and so much control, passion and range even at the young age of 16. (Some videos are older).Please excuse the subtitles and the poor quality of some of the videos, but they are from the US, the Philippines, Korea and the UK. David Foster is her new talent agent, so you can expect her to have more available soon, keep your ears and eyes open for this girl! She is going to be big!

I also included her first official music video release since her appearance on "Oprah". It is called "It Can Only Get Better". So will she, you can be sure of that!




Opens in a new window so be sure to stop my ORB music player by pressing the little x or press II to pause if it is playing.

Sunday, September 14, 2008

Harry's final visit to the cabin

On Saturday I went to the celebration of life ceremony for Harry. I missed most of it because I had to work, but it was so nice. They had a 30 foot table filled with memorabilia and photos and awards and photo albums. There was also a DVD slideshow of his photos with his favorite music playing on a big screen TV. There was even a flyover by 2 black hawk helicopters. I saw the helicopters at work on their way to the ceremony.

Today (Sunday) we went to the cabin on the river to spread his ashes. Again, it was a celebration of his life, not a mournful day. He wouldn't have wanted that. It was a beautiful day, just a little hot. We saw a Bald Eagle right after crossing the tracks and tried to follow it to get a picture, but we didn't see it again. It was the first Bald Eagle Sue had ever seen. It was Harry.

We all thought at first that his wife Ruthy should be the one to spread his ashes, but it was decided that we would all spread his ashes wherever we thought he would want to be. As unceremoniously as Harry would have wanted it, we each took a handful of him and cast him where we wanted to. Some chose the dock, or the hog cooker or the picnic benches he built and we pretty much covered the entire area. I chose the area where the steps used to be before he built the new ones because they are fading away over time, and at the steps that he just built this summer and the hog pit as it was called.

To give you an idea of the mood, even though there were moments that you could feel that someone would break, Heather, his Daughter was spreading his ashes and said "oh no Mom!, now I have Harry in my shoe!". it was a lighter moment that we all needed. Then Kayley, his grand daughter walked by his daughter Melony and patted her on the back with the hand that she had grabbed his ashes with and left a hand print of Harry on her shirt. Everyone thought it was funny and some noticed the symbolism. We all felt the joy of having Harry there, and only moments of missing him.

It was a day filled with so much joy and some sorrow, but above all it was a celebration and remembrance of the man that he was. When I grow up I hope that I am half the man that he was. He was someone that you were happy to know the minute you met him and his friend as soon as he knew your name. He's not gone, he has just moved on to his next assignment.

The pain has almost passed, but the memories will last a lifetime.




Monday, September 1, 2008

Is summer over already?

Today is the unofficial last day of summer. Labor day seems like it came and went just weeks after memorial day. This summer has passed so quickly. I don't know about all of you, but I had a pretty good summer. I didn't go camping as often as I would have liked to, but I did enjoy going hiking and sight seeing this summer. I doubt it will end now that fall is on our door step.

I ended this summer revisiting Silvermine Park for a short walk in the woods. It was an enjoyable distraction after the past weeks events. I saw a large hawk, or maybe an owl shortly after entering the park, but I was unable to get a picture of it, it was too elusive and faded away above the tree line before I was able to get the camera to my eye. I saw a few turtles again today, you will have to look closely at the photos to see them, but It was nice being able to hear the splash of a turtle and find it, and wait for it to struggle back to its perch back on the branch it dove in from.

I hope you all had a great summer, and don't forget that fall is another great time of year to go hiking and enjoying the outdoors.


Saturday, August 30, 2008

In memory of my best friend

American Cancer Society
Please donate to the American Cancer Society
in memory of Harry A. Terrill.
My best friend and my mentor.

He will be missed.

Harry was my best friend, my mentor and occasionally a father figure to me but we were always equals. I will not be the same man that I was now that Harry has passed, but I am better than I was before knowing him. He impacted my life more than he will ever know. I hope that if I ever grow up, I will be half the man that he was. He has done so much for me, his family and his country. I will miss him so much.

Saturday, August 23, 2008

Hike at Martic Township Park

On my way to some familiar but still somewhat unexplored trails I took a detour. I decided to check out Martic Township Park. I knew nothing about it, but I had seen the sign a few times. I turned into the entrance and it looked like a dirt driveway to a low rent property. As my car struggled to get up the steep dirt/stone driveway I was led into a very small stone parking lot only big enough for a few cars. The only thing there were a couple of signs with the name of the park and a basic trail guide and some fliers.

When I saw the trail which looked like it led straight up a 40 degree slope, I almost left without exploring. I decided to check it out anyway, so I strapped on my new fanny pack and water bottle, I didn't want to risk dehydration again, and grabbed my camera.

The first 100 or so yards up that hill made me want to turn back, but it was so beautiful I wanted to see more. I had no idea what was in store for me, but I had to at least explore a little bit more. I reached the top of the hill and saw that the only way to go was either up more and over, or to go down hill towards a stream that was marked on the park map. I was tired of going up, so I chose to descend towards the stream.

I traveled down hill towards the valley and kept wondering how much further, and wishing that I had boots on instead of sneakers, but what I was seeing kept drawing me further down the path. The trail leveled out for a very short stretch, and I saw that the trail was kind of steep ahead of me. I thought that this would be a good time to turn back since I knew that the trip back was all up hill. I paused and looked around and took a few photos, then I heard the sound of water. I had to press on and at least go to the basin to see the stream.

I reached the bottom of the hill and saw the rolling stream. That was the payoff moment! Right then I forgot about the hills and journey and took in the sounds of the water babbling on by, and the birds and absolutely nothing else! I felt like my journey was just begining, and didn't care about the return trip. I had so much to explore.

I followed the trail across and then along the stream into nearly pristine territory. I was so amazed by the serenity and the rock formations. The stream wasn't very large, only about 4 to 8 feet wide and rarely more than a foot or two deep, but it rolled over rocks and boulders creating such a soothing sound that cleared the soul of any stray thoughts that might distract you from enjoying this moment.

I finally had to turn back and the return trip was just as enjoyable. I even found a millipede wandering the same path as me. It was so quiet, you could hear the leaf litter crinkle under his feet. There was so much more to see, so I will be back to explore other trails soon. But next time I will wear boots.

These are trails that I am glad that I didn't explore until now. If I had tried to wander these paths before today I surely would have turned back long before I discovered all of the beauty that was just over the hill. I was not prepared or fit enough to explore these trails until now. I would have missed out on all of what I saw if I had tried trek these trails just a few months ago. I'm so glad I waited.

Monday, August 11, 2008

Lightning captured

My neighbor and I watched this storm roll in. It seemed to move right around us. We had a good vantage point to watch the storm and the lightning, but I found out later that this storm brought so much damage to local crops and personal gardens. The next day I discovered that the hail from this storm was so heavy that it defoliated entire crops of corn and tobacco nearby, and destroyed flower gardens and flooded out many people. We were lucky and only got the show, not the destruction.

I have never captured lightning on my camera before. I was surprised to see the photos I took even though I was the one who took them. I think the next time I try to take photos of lightning I might choose not to stand on a steel balcony to do so though.

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

If someone tells you to take a hike, thank them!

I discovered new trails north of Siver Mine Park. They were better than I ever expected. I had no idea that trails like this were so close to home. I saw what appeared to be trails using Google Maps in the satelite view. I was right. I'm so glad that I followed my instinct and looked where I was sure there was nothing.

The trails were fairly well maintained, but it appears that they are not used often. Probably because not enough people know about them. The entrance just looks like a utility road for the township, probably leading to a dump or something of similar significance. I was pleasantly surprised to see so much more.

It was so tranquile and peaceful, the only sounds were that of the birds and the beating of the dragonflies wings or the occasional plunk of a turtle entering the water. I was alone on the trails, but I felt so surrounded with joy. Even a Blue Heron made its presence known keeping me company on the trail.

I was surprised to find the actual entrance to the silver mine here, and not in the actual park. I also discovered several caves and streams that I never knew were there. Many of the people I talk to that grew up here didn't even know about this area. Everyone should know about this wonderful place, but I wish I could keep it just for myself. This is an unnexpected refuge that words and photos can't possibly describe. You have to see it for yourself.

You probably thought I was talking about something else at first didn't you!
So I'm telling all of you to take a hike! It's fun and so good for the body and soul!

Saturday, July 5, 2008

Mahal na mahal kita!

To my love, my friend, my sunshine Lucina.
Gusto kitang makasama habambuhay!

Ang pag-ibig ko sa iyo ay tunay!

Mahal na mahal kita!

For everyone else, I love you Lucina!

Thursday, July 3, 2008

Why does love have to be lost before it is found?

I never expected to fall in love with someone so far way, but I did. I always saw her as a friend that I cared very much for but I never thought I cared so much until she said goodbye. It hurt tremendously until she said hello again. Knowing now that our feelings are mutual has brought new joy to my life that I just had to share with the world or at least the few that visit my site.

I embrace the new life that I am confronted with and whatever love and life and God has to offer.

I'm telling the world that I love you Lucina!

Sunday, June 22, 2008

Tuquan Nature Preserve

For a lazy Sunday, I sure did enjoy myself. I visited the Tuquan Glenn Nature Preserve. I've past it many time, and always wanted to check it out. Well today I did! I doubt I covered more than 10% of what it has to offer, so I will be returning! I also went back to the Pinnacle Overlook. It's so peacefull and beautifull that it keeps drawing me back. Today I explored a new trail that I didn't even know existed. It was so serene and so relaxing. There is so much ground to cover I might have to take my mountain bike to cover both locations.

Here is a sampling of what I saw today. I appologise for the duplicates and odd zoom levels. I was also testing a new camera and trying to discover it's features and potential.

Sunday, June 8, 2008

Trip to Maryland

It was a beautiful day. It was so hot, but the drive was worth the trip. A camera could never capture the beauty I saw. I just wish I had more time to spend there.

I finaly got around to visiting The Conowingo Dam again. No eagles, but lots of other birds like Herons and Orioles, and good people. Boy do I ever have to upgrade my camera! Those Orioles are so fast! I did get a fairly good picture of an Orioles butt though :<) Just look for the orange blob amongst the leaves. I'll do better next time.


The Susquehanna State Park campground it self is mostly average, but they do have some great private sites and mediocre restrooms, but there is much to see nearby. I know I only saw a fraction of what is available today, so I will have to return soon, very soon!


Rock Run and the Grist mill is very nice, it looked like the mill wheel wanted to turn, but probably not enough water to get it going today. South of the Grist Mill I saw some really cool old homes, probably from the 1800s. One has been well maintained, and one that appears to have been abandoned. I would love to get my hands on that property and restore it. Sometimes a wrong turn takes you to places that you didn't even know you want to go, but that's how I found the cool old houses and the boat launch with a view of I95.



After a great day exploring the area and seeing so many new places and things, I was getting a bit hungry, ok and thirsty. I found what I thought was a nice quiet little restaurant on my way home. It was nice, and fairly quiet, but it was definitely a biker bar. Can you picture me in a biker bar? It was fine, nice people and good food, and the Lager was nice and cold on this hot summer day.

I really enjoyed my day, and I can't wait till I visit the area again, but I wish I had someone to share the experience with. The sheer splendor of all of it can't be shared with just words or even photos. But I promised myself that I won't miss out on what I want to do anymore! I'm not, and I love it!

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Spring sprang

Winter has come and gone without barely a peep from me. Now that Summer is almost here already, I thought I better get around to sharing my thoughts and tell you whats been keeping me busy.

Nothing to report here, sorry to waste your time. Just kidding.
Work and rediscovering life has been fairly uneventful except for one very special young lady.
I have been lucky enough to find a friend to remind me that that there are good people out there and that there is more to worry about than what brand of TV to buy, or car to drive. And most importantly, that friendship is probably the most valuable thing on the planet, and accepted universally. Distance and schedule have played a role in my absence from this blog, but mostly, I haven't posted because I found my time better spent talking with this wonderful person.

As summer approaches I'm sure that I will have more to share soon, so keep in touch.

For the special someone I mentioned, Ang ganda mo talaga! and Maraming salamat.
You have humbled me and brought me new hope.