October 31, 2010

Happy Halloween!


Happy Halloween everybody!

Last year at this time few people were reading this blog, which was just as well, because I was new at blogging and had a lot to learn!

I wrote four posts called "Haunted Hospitals" about abandoned hospitals in New Jersey. I was using a totally different camera at the time, an ancient Advantix camera that had been sitting unused for years! The photos were not of the best quality, and I wasn't a very good photographer. In one photo you can clearly see my thumb!

I now use a 35mm film camera. That's right, film. The photos are much better, and I am a better photographer. Sometimes I will use my cell-phone camera when I have nothing else. I hope to be able to buy a real digital camera soon!

Anyway, in honor of Halloween, I thought that you might be interested in my old "Haunted Hospitals" posts. Click
HERE to read them!

By the way, the hospital in Cedar Grove has yet to be torn down, although that should happen very soon.
I have also redone the header for this blog. I'm still on a learning curve with Photoshop, but it's so much fun to play around with it. The header still needs some tweaking, but I'm working on it.

October 26, 2010

Wordless Wednesday #10: Morristown, New Jersey



Beautiful Morristown, New Jersey is a town rich in history and proud of its past. Almost everywhere you go in Morristown, there is another historical landmark.

Morristown was especially important during The Revolutionary War. George Washington commanded troops here. As a matter of fact, Morristown is considered "the military capital of the American Revolution."

The Morristown National Historical Park is devoted to commemorating the activities of George Washington and his troops. The Park consists of Washington's Headquarters, Fort Nonsense, and Jockey Hollow.

Here is George Washington's statue outside of Washington's Headquarters:

Here is the Ford Mansion, where Washington stayed during the incredibly difficult winter of 1779-1780:

Washington's troops stayed at what is known as Jockey Hollow. The winter of 1779-1780 was brutal. Over TWENTY snowstorms tormented the troops of The Continental Army, who had inadequate clothing and were barely fed. It is still considered the coldest winter in New Jersey history.

Jockey Hollow is a beautiful place, with 27 miles of trails, woods, and The Wick House:




The last photo is of Wick House, which served as officers quarters during the encampment.
Morristown, New Jersey should be every bit as famous in American history as Valley Forge, Concord, or Lexington. If you have any interest in American history, Morristown is well worth a visit.
You can read about the Park here: Morristown National Historical Park and here: The Great Story. You can read more about Wick House here: Wick House, the Revolutionary War in North Jersey. You can read more about The Continental Army's travails here: Jockey Hollow: the "Hard" Winter of 1779—80.
You can read more Wordless Wednesday here.
You can read more Wordful Wednesday here.

October 21, 2010

Please Cheer for Eric LeGrand!

Rutgers University football player Eric LeGrand was grievously injured during Saturday's game against Army. He currently has no movement from the neck down. He has passed through the 72-hour "window of hope" with apparently no improvement. He is currently at Hackensack University Medical Center.

Please send your best wishes to Eric and his family by clicking
HERE.

You can read more about Eric HERE.

Eric's family will have huge medical bills. If you want to contribute, please send your checks here:

"Eric LeGrand Believe Fund"
PNC Wealth Management
Attn: Kimberly G. Kingsland, Senior Trust Advisor
One Palmer Square, Suite 201
Princeton, NJ 08542

October 20, 2010

Wordless Wednesday #9 -- Greenville, PA



I was in rural Greenville, Pennsylvania (not far from the Ohio border) a few months ago. These small country towns look almost unchanged in some aspects as they did many years ago.

If I Photoshop the first photo below and make it black and white, it looks like the photo was taken 50 or more years ago:





I love using Photoshop, although I'm still a relative newbie. I took the photo below, which was taken at a distance, and in color:



Then I cropped the photo, showing only the logs, resized the cropped part and made it black and white:



A little blurry, but I'm still learning . . .

October 9, 2010

Pink Ribbon Challenge


Why is this blog pink?

October is Breast Cancer Awareness month! Bloggers are turning their blogs pink to show they support finding a cure!

In 1991 my mother was diagnosed with breast cancer. Fortunately, they caught it at an early stage and while she had a mastectomy, she did not need radiation or chemotherapy. She took Tamoxifen for several years after her surgery. She has been cancer-free ever since.

That is why it is important to practice self-exams and to get those mammograms. I'm getting one this month, and so should you!

The blog
Things We Share Today is hosting a blog hop to link all breast cancer awareness posts.

Please join in the linky party below!


pink ribbon


October is breast cancer awareness month. As a health care worker, I see and dealt a lot of patients even friends going through the battle of breast cancer. This month I would like to join the pink ribbon challenge. Just click the pink ribbon to help one woman save life by getting free mammogram. If you may join with me and pass the pink ribbon challenge. These links are ONLY for "Pink Ribbon Challenge" participants, any links not related to the Pink Ribbon Challenge will be deleted. Grab the code at Things We Share and post it in your blog entry. Please post only the Pink Ribbon Challenge actual post link here and help The Breast Cancer Site and National Breast Cancer Foundation Inc. by spreading the Pink Ribbon Challenge.

October 5, 2010

Who Makes the Best Italian Hot Dog in New Jersey?



Find out on Wednesday, October 6th (tomorrow night!) at 10 PM
Food Wars on The Travel Channel!

Host Camille Ford will visit New Jersey to settle a long-standing feud between two premiere Italian Hot Dog joints, Jimmy Buff's and Charlie's Famous Italian Hot Dogs.
Camille will be joined by Pete Genovese of the Star-Ledger (famous for
The Munchmobile) and food historian Andrew Smith.

What is an Italian Hot Dog? It is usually a hot dog made with fried peppers, onions and potatoes, and the "roll" is usually an Italian roll or pizza bread.


Here is a clip from the show:

October 2, 2010

Restaurant Review: Pilgrim Diner in Cedar Grove, New Jersey


There is nothing more New Jerseyan than diners. We are the diner capital of the world! We love them, and the best ones serve delicious comfort food 24 hours a day.

One of our favorite diners is The Pilgrim Diner on Route 23 (Pompton Avenue) in Cedar Grove. The food, for the most part, is excellent.

In the photo above you see the scrumptious Tropical Fruit Waffle covered with strawberries, bananas and peaches and adorned with whipped cream! It is quite delicious. The bananas and strawberries were great, but the peaches seemed like the canned variety, which is probably why there were more peach slices than anything else. But it tastes delicious. Yes, I did add syrup, which makes it a little sweet, but not too sweet.

My companion had scrambled eggs with Taylor ham, which automatically comes with potatoes, and toast with butter and jelly. He loved it.


My favorite diner food is breakfast food, and so I have also ordered the French toast, which I think are delicious but has a bit too much vanilla, which combined with syrup makes it a bit too sweet for me. But that's just my personal taste.

We have also thoroughly enjoyed the Mets Burgers (even though we are loyal Yankees fans!). This huge burger comes with blue cheese. It is just great. We have also enjoyed the Philly cheesesteak, which was great. The fries are delicious, too.

The menu is quite clever, with cute titles for some of the food -- with all wrap sandwiches named after rappers (i.e. The Queen Latifah), and chicken sandwiches named after famous "chix" -- glamorous movie stars.

As for the service, well, sometimes we have very attentive servers and other times they are quite indifferent.

So far I have not had a bad meal at the Pilgrim Diner. I'll admit that I have never ordered one of the full dinners, because that just isn't the kind of thing I order at a diner. When I go to a diner I like breakfast food and burgers!

Anyway, I heartily recommend this popular diner. The portions are huge (take some home!) and it tastes great. Just know that if you eat here late at night you'll have to do some heavy exercising the next day!

By the way, this a "diner-restaurant", and they serve liquor, although most people don't seem to indulge. Some of the customers, especially late at night, look like they come here AFTER the party.

Disclosure: The food was paid for by a friend. I did not receive any compensation, including food, from The Pilgrim Diner.
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