April 22, 2014

The Cherry Blossoms Are Finally Blooming!

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Branch Brook Park in Newark, New Jersey has more cherry trees than Washington, DC! Because of the cold winter we have had, the famous cherry blossoms in Newark have bloomed late this year. 

Even last week we had a couple of mornings in the low 20s Fahrenheit. Within the next week or so I believe we will see them in full glory. 

They are in the late “budding” stage and are near their peak. They are already stunningly beautiful.

Photos taken April 21st, 2014.

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To read more about the cherry blossoms read here: 

Newark Cherry Blossoms 
 
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February 18, 2014

Snow! Snow! Go Away!

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We are getting very, very tired of the excessive amounts of snow in New Jersey. 

While it is very pretty, and the trees look beautiful, and I don’t mind a snowfall or two, this is excessive. It is also getting on our last nerves. The snow seems to come every few days and just lands on top of what is already there. The previous snows haven’t melted because it has been too cold.

The last 3 years have been rough weather-wise in New Jersey: from Snowtober to Irene to Sandy, and now a ridiculous winter. Enough already!!!

I admit it. I am not a winter kind of girl. If winter would just keep its place, and just be around for January and then GO AWAY!!!

Yes, I am being all Grumpy Cat about it.

I want spring!!! I want cherry blossoms!!! I want tulips!!!

As you can see, the poor little trees below are tired of the snow, too.

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February 10, 2014

Offbeat Places in New Jersey #1: Shop-Rite in West Caldwell

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The ShopRite supermarket in West Caldwell, New Jersey is unique. 

First of all, it must be an old ShopRite, because it still has the hyphen in the name.

According to a January 31st article in The Chronicle of Higher Education: 

In American advertising lingo, rite makes mite. Or maybe might. The ShopRite grocery chain is the first rite I can remember. ShopRite is a postwar neologism; for a while in the fifties and sixties, the name was spelled with a hyphen (Shop-Rite), after which the logo lost its hyphen but kept the internal cap. 


Even more interestingly, whoever built or designed this ShopRite made it with an Asian theme. I've been told that the owner at the time really liked Asian style. Not only does the front of the store have an Asian theme, but it even has endearing matching phone booths! One of the phone booths still has a working phone. 

Even on the inside, the Asian theme continues. I blatantly took pictures with my camera on the outside, but I don’t think I’m supposed to take photos inside the store, so I sneaked around the store taking took the last two photos with my cell phone.

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