November 10, 2010

Railroad Museum in Greenville, Pennsylvania

Railroad Park

Last week I posted some photos from Greenville, PA
Here are some more photos from the Greenville Railroad Park Museum.

train crossing
Greenville Railroad Park & Museum in Pennsylvania
The Gift Shop:
 gift shop
The Switchboard:
For some reason there is an antique car inside this room, hiding behind the counter.

Antique car

To read about the Greenville Railroad Museum, click HERE.

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November 03, 2010

Greenville Railroad Park & Museum in Pennsylvania

Railroad Park in Greenville, Pennsylvania. This past summer I visited the Greenville Railroad Park & Museum in Pennsylvania.
Railroad Park in Greenville, Pennsylvania.

Here is the inside of one of the trains. How did they learn the functions of the different knobs? They look so similar.

Railroad Park in Greenville, Pennsylvania.

Here is the switching control board, where one man was in charge for many years. It must have been an interesting job, as well as having great responsibility.

Switching control board
Switching control board 
Here are more trains:

Union Pacific caboose

Click HERE to see my previous photos of trains.
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October 20, 2010

Greenville, Pennsylvania - looks like old times

dirt road

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.

September 28, 2010

Trees in Bloomfield, New Jersey



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September 20, 2010

Jody Joseph Interview!

Jody Joseph's concert, One Diva...One Legend...One Woman is this Saturday night, September 25th at Brookdale Community College Theater in Lincroft, New Jersey. In this show Jody concentrates on singing songs made famous by Janis Joplin and Stevie Nicks, in addition to singing some of her own songs. If you read my August 17th post about Jody, you will know that she is a very talented singer!

Jody has graciously answered some questions I had about the show!

August 17, 2010

Jody Joseph Is A Terrific Singer!

Jody Joseph is a very talented singer-songwriter. She is related to both Jon Bon Jovi (her first cousin), and Mario Lanza! She obviously comes from a very musical family!

August 03, 2010

Eagle, Colorado, March 2010

Eagle, Colorado

July 25, 2010

This Is My Life

cartoon from

Cartoon by Dave Walker. Find more cartoons you can freely re-use on your blog at We Blog Cartoons.

July 16, 2010

Fun Summer Songs

"Summertime Blues" - by Eddie Cochran -- rock and roll will never die! 


July 14, 2010

Abandoned Trains in New York State

Abandoned train

Mark and I went on a trip to Cooperstown, New York in July 2009 to visit the National Baseball Hall of Fame. As we drove around the beautiful New York State countryside, we discovered these abandoned trains somewhere around the little hamlet of Maryland, New York.

July 07, 2010

Cherry Blossoms, Newark, NJ, April 2010

Cherry Blossoms

Branch Brook Park in Newark, New Jersey, hosts the largest cherry blossom festival in the United States every April (yes, even bigger than Washington, D.C).

July 02, 2010

I Have a Dream!

Let's all celebrate America's birthday by watching Martin Luther King, Jr.'s magnificent speech, certainly one of the greatest speeches ever given by an American. 

Now if only Abe Lincoln's Gettysburg Address was also available on YouTube . . .I cry every time I see this, because I am so moved.

June 28, 2010


On Friday afternoon Mark and I were driving in Bloomfield, New Jersey when all of a sudden several police cars came tearing along the road, lights flashing, sirens blaring. 

June 25, 2010

10 Things I Love About Summer

I love making lists. I love summer. Here are 10 things I love about the summer:

June 21, 2010

Mad Librarians!

I think this library in a wealthy New Jersey township has some angry librarians. 

Budget cuts have forced the main library to be closed on Mondays, and the tiny branch library (in the exclusive section of Upper Montclair) is ONLY open on Mondays.

Yes, the town has two library buildings.

One of the signs in the next photo (in front of the main library) has the names of the Town Council and how to contact them.

Yes, they're mad.


June 12, 2010

I've Been So Busy!

cartoon from

June 07, 2010

A $68,000,000 Steal!

Alpine, New Jersey was listed by Forbes Magazine in 2009 as the "America's Most Expensive Zip Code". Now there is a a house on the market that may just be the cozy nest you are looking for!

June 03, 2010

The "D" Factor

I went back to my internist today to find out the results of my tests.
Even though not all of the tests have been completed (the lab forgot to do some!) 

I found out that while I have slightly elevated sugars I do NOT have diabetes (that's the one I was most concerned about -- my father had it). It's a situation that has to be monitored carefully. I am very careful with my sugar intake, though, and I am slim, so hopefully this will not become a problem in the future. I would exercise more, but my pain prevents me from doing so. Perhaps I should go swimming. I might be able to do that without pain. Besides, I really love swimming.

I do, however, have extremely low levels of Vitamin D and am now on a pill regimen to up the intake. The Vitamin D deficiency is important because it may -- and I stress MAY -- be at least partly behind my chronic pain. Ironically, because I don't lie out in the sun, and I use strong sun block when I do because I burn easily, is keeping me from getting enough Vitamin D. So the temporary high-dose pill regimen (twice weekly) is my best bet right now. After surfing the internet it turns out that many Americans have a Vitamin D deficiency.

I was also quite low in Vitamin B12 levels and will be taking daily supplements. The pain is still strong most days. I even struggle to walk from my car to my apartment bill because it's on an small incline -- it should be easily walkable but it's a struggle right now. I feel like I'm about 80 years old. Hopefully this pill regimen will help.

I go back to the internist in six weeks. I am still waiting for the gyno appointment -- what fun! The dental appointment went well. I still need to have some broken back teeth fixed but will have to wait for that. I also plan to go to an eye doctor for an exam. I might as well do it all when I have the chance.

May 18, 2010

A Year Without Television

In 2008 I moved twice. I went from a six-room apartment with my mother, to a 3-room apartment with my mother and boyfriend (a disaster!), and now a room with my boyfriend, Mark.

That's right. A room.

May 14, 2010

Sister, Can You Spare (Two) Dimes?

In addition to my health troubles (see my previous post), I recently received my employee review. I received an excellent review and my manager informed me that I received a raise.

Twenty cents an hour.

May 12, 2010

The Waiting Game


If you read my post of May 11th, you'll know that I have been suffering a lot of pain lately. I have had to take some time off from my job, because I simply could not function. I am going to take every medical test I can to find the causes.

So far I have been to an internist, podiatrist, and even a psychiatrist. I went to the internist who examined me and then sent me to a lab to get blood tests and some disgusting other tests, I went to the podiatrist for continuing heels spurs, and I went to the psychiatrist because I was told that I might have fibromyalgia which is supposedly caused by depression. Well, I am suffering depression and anxiety, but that is because of the pain and because I cannot function because of the pain.

May 11, 2010



I have not been feeling well lately. I have all-over body pain. My legs are always painful, and I recently had a virus that just seemed to make it much worse. I also suffer from carpal tunnel-like symptoms in my arms.

I finally decided to be proactive about this problem. NOW. After taking care of other problems in my life and other people in my family, especially my mother (I'll describe that process in future posts), I have decided that I now need to take care of me.

April 24, 2010

New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission -- geniuses in action!

Mail truck


I recently applied through the MVC website to send me address stickers for my NJ Driver's License. (I had recently moved). 


When I filled out the online form, it asked me for my street address and my mailing address. 
I filled out the form correctly, believing that my STREET address would be on the stickers and they would be MAILED to my mailing address (which is a P.O. Box).
Guess what??? The geniuses at the MVC sent me stickers with the P.O. Box on them! I called them right away, and the woman at the MVC said that your mailing address is what they put on the stickers!

Now what's wrong with this picture? First of all, I don't want a P.O. Box on my Driver's License. What if I need to show identification to a policeman?

Also, what if my mailing address was in another state? Would the brilliant MVC put an address from another state on my license?

This reminds me of the trouble I had with the same post office several years ago, when I moved across town and they insisted on sending all my mail to Newark for several months. 
But that's another story . . .

April 21, 2010

Stranded British Tourists Colonize Newark Airport

I can't help it. I know that the volcano in Iceland that has delayed air travel must be terrible for those who are stranded, but this headline in The Wall Street Journal makes me laugh:

The British are always so . . . British. 

Always colonizing and drinking tea.

April 16, 2010

New Jersey Woman Wins Pillsbury Bake-Off and $1,000,000!

Sue Compton of Delanco, New Jersey has won the Pillsbury Bake-Off!

March 10, 2010

New Jersey Memories

Two Guys Department Store

Did you grow up in New Jersey? Do you have memories of places that no longer exist?
I grew up in the 1970's in Morris County, New Jersey. I practically grew up on Brookdale Soda. I hardly knew that Coke and Pepsi even existed! 

Farms still existed in East Hanover! I remember my mother buying milk at Lone Pine Farms in their little shop. I don't think I ever even went into the shop. I would go out to pet the horse.

We would also go to the Two Guys on Route 10 in East Hanover. Route 10 didn't have 1 million stores like it does now. I remember Two Guys, Capitol Lighting (which is still there), a miniature golf course, and a few other shops.

When I was very young, Two Guys still had a full-fledged grocery section, where my mother would shop. However, I would run around my favorite part of the store -- the toy section! (this was when mothers didn't panic if you lost sight of your kids for a little while). 

I would roam around the toy section, and of course being a devoted reader would always go to the paperbook section, too. I collected the little Peanuts paperbacks. I loved Charlie Brown and Snoopy. When I got a little older, I would buy 45s in the record section, and felt very old when I graduated to buying the whole albums.

Everything was so inexpensive! Here is a reminder:

The East Hanover Two Guys also had a tiny little section with a minature bowling alley for kids! I loved to play there, even though I wasn't very good. The bowling balls were child-sized and easy to pick up and throw. There were also pinball machines.

I loved going to Two Guys for Christmas to pick out the Christmas tree! They had a section in the back for garden supplies, and the trees would be there. My mother remembers the price as being very reasonable for a pretty nice tree.

Also, outside the store was a liquor store (I can't remember the name, or if it was part of Two Guys?), where my father would buy cases of Brookdale Soda. We would always get a variety, and I loved the orange, the lemon-lime and the half-and-half flavors!

I dream very vividly at night (I'm dreaming within seconds of falling asleep!) and sometimes I'll wake up and think about the dream I just had. I'll feel that I've been to the place in my dreams before. Then I'll realize that it is Two Guys that I was dreaming about.

March 04, 2010

Nude Snow Woman Stirs Hot Debate