Sunday, August 10, 2014

4-H Fair is fun for all

As a former 4-H member … and mom of a former 4-H member… I love going to the Montgomery County 4-H Fair each year. This year's fair just ended, and I hope you were able to get to the 4-H Center in Skippack to check it out.
If not, make plans next August to  be there. And if you have children ages 8 to 18, consider getting them into one or more of the many great programs that are offered.
Here are a few photos that capture just a taste of what the fair had to offer this year… 

As someone who raised and showed dairy animals, I have a soft spot in my heart for them.

Here piggy, piggy

Loved the goats...

Veggie creations and exhibits, etc...

Food, of course, including the world's largest sausage patty … and turner!

Furry friends...

Yep, a good time was had by all!

Saturday, August 9, 2014



Anyone else remember that terrific TV series "Route 66"? I loved that show… of course I also had a crush on George Maharis, the "bad boy" of the duo traveling that famous highway. It didn't matter that I was just a kid,  I could still daydream of running off with him in that Corvette (never mind that it was owned by Martin Milner in the series).

That show sparked my interest in the iconic highway … an interest that continues to this very day. So it was cool to see that the Mercer Museum in Doylestown was featuring this exhibit:

If you haven't had a chance to take this journey yet, don't fret. It's featured at the museum on South Pine Street  through Aug. 24. And if you'd like a taste of what you'll see, here are some photos to whet your appetite.

How about these attractions from Illinois?

 Yep, Elvis and Nixon… and below is a car that once belonged to the King!

 Hmm… interesting...

 This must be the spot!

 Anyone remember drive-ins?

 Some wicked cool modes of transportation...

 And then there's this...

I'd still love to travel Route 66 -- but I'd better find a traveling companion of a like mind soon or I may have to erase this dream from my bucket list!!

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Yep, they were fab!

Did you happen to amble on over to Fischer's Park in Towamencin on Thursday? If you did, you surely enjoyed the wickedly good performance by Almost Fab! I know I did!

Almost Fab! is, of  course, a Beatles tribute band. And they rocked the park for about two hours, much to the delight of young and old alike. 

Now I have actually seen The Beatles in concert. Yep, "When I'm 64" hits home for me! I've also seen Paul McCartney in concert a few times, Ringo Starr once and even Pete Best a few times. If you don't know who Pete Best is, you may as well not read on...

But back to Almost Fab! They certainly aren't the Fab Four, but they sure do delight. 

They had the fans singing along, dancing and just enjoying the tunes that spanned The Beatles' career.

If you missed them, they will be playing a rain makeup date on Tuesday, Aug. 19, at 7 p.m. at Whites Road Park in Lansdale. They do warn you to come early, as the park gets packed. I know there was a huge crowd in Towamencin on a perfect night for an outdoor gig

And there even was a bit of a strange bonus, as Forrest Gump paid a visit. Well, actually it was Paul Dengler, a Gump impersonator (and, as his card says, "visual artist, singer/songwriter, inspirational speaker") who was more than happy to pose with concert-goers for photos. How could I resist?

Monday, July 28, 2014

On the mend!!

I am happy to report that Domino is well on his way to a full recovery! Here he is lazing on my bed, no longer ill and feverish...

His checkup at the end of last week showed that his gaping wound from the abscess (trust me, you don't want to see those pictures) is healing quite nicely.

He was a trooper while getting another antibiotic injection and having some more blood drawn, but for the time being at least, he is off insulin. The remission may be temporary, but my fingers are crossed until his next checkup in a week or so.

He's a bit anemic, but that's being chalked up to the ordeal he's been through.
Yes, he's doing well -- although I think he's milking this for all it's worth.
Thanks to everyone for their thoughts and prayers! It was rough going at the outset, but great vet care and his strong spirit has pulled him through!

Thursday, July 17, 2014

My sweet Domino

I am praying for a quick recovery for Domino, my so-sweet kitty who doesn't deserve to be sick. He's in the hospital tonight, feeling lousy, hooked up to an IV and sporting this lovely blue and pink e-collar.

But this story started several months ago.  Domino was diagnosed with diabetes in April, when he simply was supposed to be checking into the vet hospital for a teeth cleaning. But the blood and urine tests painted a different picture, and so the work to get a good balance with insulin began. The dental procedure had to be put on hold.
Then last weekend he stopped eating, so I couldn't inject his insulin.
Monday morning found him back at the vet,  and suddenly the dental -- and lots of extractions -- took center stage. Infection was taking hold in his mouth and it wasn't a pretty picture.
He came home Monday night, but just didn't bounce back. He barely was eating, the pain meds made him a little loopy and he just seemed "off." He did have his own "suite," bunking in the master bath/bedroom with room service included.
Then Thursday morning I was greeted by drops of blood on the bathroom floor. I feared a possible urinary blockage, not uncommon in male cats. So he accompanied me to work again, but it wasn't a UTI. No, he had a huge abscess lurking under his tail. Bloody, skin sloughing off… Enough said.
So he's in ICU, having the nasty area cleaned, receiving IV fluids and plenty of attention.
Diabetics are much more prone to infections, but this is just so unfair for this gentle soul.
Say a prayer that soon he'll be back to his loving, silly self -- as in the photo below.
Get well soon, Domino!!