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Archive for the month “March, 2013”


The time has come to close down the Stone Creek Railroad Yard for the Season. By Easter I have spent enough money on this Hobby as I have planed on doing. Over the past 10 years the cost of building this railroad has doubled, luckily I have most of the things I wanted purchased. It has kept me busy over the Winter and has kept me from going insane with Winters Blahs.

Time has come to go on to new ventures in the Wood Shop. Kay has given me a list a mile long on what she wants as far as Crafts go and I have a few things I’d like to build myself. So hopefully the Weather will cooperate and starting next week the Railroad gets shut down and the Wood Shop opens up.Image



Jokingly I asked Kay if she was going to color Easter eggs for Sunday. “NO”,Image she said, then paused for a while and said, “Maybe I should”. Her Grandson of 23 and his wife are coming over for Easter Dinner and after mulling the thought over, Kay said “I’ve always colored Eggs for the grand-Kids and why should I stop!”

This got us talking about how we each greeted Easter with our kids.From Colored Eggs to Baskets of Candy to trying to find that right Chocolate Easter Bunny. One that wasn’t hollow but solid.

I think back on Easter when I was a Child and remember how exciting it was. Waking up and seeing the Easter basket along side my bed and with the help of my Brother and Sister taking the basket and start looking for Easter Eggs that my parents had so easily hidden around the house. Then getting all dressed up and having to go to Church and the fear of leaving my Easter Basket alone in the house, wondering if all that candy would be there when I got home.

I don’t know when I gave up on believing in the Easter Bunny, it was probably when I started school at St. Benedict’s in Chicago and was introduced to the religious meaning of Easter and why after all these years of receiving tons of candy it abruptly stopped, and the candy was replaced with clothes I really did’t care to wear. Why should one belief be replaced with another. Shouldn’t they be both adapted in to Easter traditions. I really hated to give up my anticipation of waking up to a basket full of candy. But as I got older my desire for candy dissolved into a deeper belief in the true meaning of Easter. Being an Alter Boy had a lot to do with that and having the responsibility of my position on the Alter and with the priest. I was an Alter Boy for the 8:AM service and had to go home afterward and change so I could be with my Parents and Siblings for the 10:AM service, and as I got older I would become astonished at the Men and especially the Women who came to Church on Easter Sunday. The men really never looked different for Easter, but the Women , that was a whole different story. The Women who came to church during the day or on any given Sunday would be dressed in their Dark clothes, Black Shoes and Heavy Opaque stockings and that familiar Babushka on their head or a lace Doily pinned to their hair,  were transformed into this beautiful Woman on Easter Sunday Morning and most Sociable towards other Women who normally she would not even cast a glance at. Coming up to the Alter for Communion and kneeling down as the priest and I would approach them I would wonder why on this day would they choose to be so beautiful and so social towards others in the church, and then come Monday Morning come back to church looking so down trotted and poor in attire.

It took me a long time to understand older people, maybe because I’m old now myself, and I still have the beliefs that were taught me by my parents. Dress codes have changed over the past 70 years, so has traditions, and one’s love and beliefs in religion that they were raised with are still inherent in us. It’s a shame some have chosen not follow them.


pamela-gladding-chef-soupOh come on now, you know what that means. You Girls out West there with those German Maiden names go back as far as I do know your Mom always had a good German meal she would serve to the family and/or Guests. One of  ours was Liver Dumpling Soup with pretzel Bread.

When we went to Hasselbacks earlier this week I picked up a pound of Goose Liver Sausage and today I made up some Liver Dumplings and Froze them to be used later in some liver Dumpling Soup. To make the Dumplings you cut up the Liver sausage into small pieces use about two cups of Bread Crumbs(Seasoned) Garlic, Nutmeg, Onion Minced, Sage, Marjoram, Course Black pepper, 3 Eggs. Mix all the ingredients and form into balls about 1-1/2 in size. Wrap in Saran wrap and freeze till ready to use.

The Broth is easy, 2 Lg cans of Beef broth,(low sodium) Finely chopped celery leaves, 1 Large Onion, chopped, 1/4 Teaspoon Red pepper and Chopped parsley. Bring to boil, drop in Liver Dumplings, cook till Dumplings are heated thru. Serve with dark Rye Bread or pretzel Rolls.

My Vise

The Storms so far this Winter have been missing us but Yesterday we got hit. 5 In.  of heavy wet Snow, then another 2 in. of Lake Effect Snow on top of that. We really can’t complain for as Winters go, we have had a very mild and Snow less one. The Crocus and Daffodils have been sticking there noses out of the ground and the trees are full of buds, and as soon as this Snow melts, we’ll have Spring Flowers abound. I’m waiting for some warmer weather to set in as I’m getting that craving for a good Cigar again, but it’s been too cold to go out behind the Wood Shed for a smoke.  One of the Ladies in Church Sunday came up behind me and gave me a Hug. “Oh Phooey” she said, “I thought you started smoking again”.  “I miss that smell”  Carl her late Husband use to smoke Cigars.  Some people like it, some don’t.  Kay hates the smell, but if a-good-cigarI stay at least 50 to 100 feet from her it’s tolerable. Ah, there’s nothing like a good Cigar!


Steam 11   Just received an e-mail that they fired up #765 this morning. The Spring schedule has been released and Kay and I have noted when she’s coming thru here (Fremont Area). To see this Beast and to stand along side her gives one a chill, Weight(400 Tons), Top speed 70 MPH  Horsepower(3000) She carries 44,000 lbs of Coal and 25,000 gallons of water. Enough to take her 100 miles. She was Built in September of 1944, has been fitted with all the new and required instruments for safety and is ready to go till 2019 when she’ll have to be torn down and rebuilt per government regulations to haul Passengers.

#765 carries a GPS and can be followed by logging onto her website and a link to the GPS mapping page to see here travel thru the Midwest. We will, and getting a Photo-Shoot of her coming down the tracks is a collectors item.


Steam 13I like the Rural life here in Ohio.  It gives me the opportunity to be a part of Country life. The Green Hills, the Streams, Watching Wildlife from our window.  I like the slower pace of life here, the warmer side of Society. Not having to compete with the Jones’s or having the newest Social Media device. I’ve lived for 73 years without a Cell Phone and I’m surviving quite well, without one, thank you! I talk to my Children and Grand kids via the Computer and our old fashioned Land Line Telephone. We still believe in  going to Church on Sundays, sitting around with other Church members before services discussing things that matter to a small community. We buy food items from local Farmers or the Amish community, we don’t care if the roads don’t get plowed right after it Snows or we lose our power after a bad storm, we enjoy our life here in Ohio, and we take care of others. We spend our Money here in our community when ever possible and eating good food to keep us healthy, mostly from our garden, which we Harvest and do a lot of Canning of the Vegetables from it  and enjoy them all Winter long. Have you ever had a Free Range Chicken, Brown Eggs, Fresh meats and Vegetables and Fruit without all the chemicals and Insecticides.  Home made Soups and baking our own freshly made breads. Some of you would say were living in the Past, were hiding from the World. No, But were not stick-in- mud couple either and we do get away to travel to far off places and cities, but always look forward to getting back to our two traffic light community.  It’s a good life, a healthy life, and a life we both enjoy, and I for one wouldn’t change it. Civilization, Bah!


used-1952-hudson-hornet-2drcoupe-145-710511-2-400Tangible Desires, we all have them and some actually do happen, but to often they fade away with time, age and maturity. Every time I start a project I research what I’m going to need and then compare it with what I have, this is where the desire for that tool or type of wood working device is born. After going thru my books on tools and wood working devices my desire for that particular item is soon dismissed after mulling over the price and do I really need that. Maybe I can get  around buying that if I go about assembling  the final product a different way.

Every body has a desire to have the best or latest innovation of everything in life, be it a Television  Radio, Phone or cooking gadget. Me, It was a 1952 Hudson Hornet. I remember our Neighbor on Campbell Ave. in Chicago came home one Saturday Morning driving right up to the curb in front of his house with a brand new 1952 Hudson Hornet. WOW! It was Brown in color full of Chrome, White Wall Tires and was the slickest car I have ever seen. My Dad always bought low end Chevrolets, and to me this car was a Golden Chariot! After most of the Neighborhood had come out to see the car and view the inside ( It had a working Radio in the Dash and an Electric Clock)  Mr. Johnson began telling us about the car itself. It had a Twin Power Dual-Single Carburetor  On top of a Dual intake Manifold, Step Down Chassis, It had 145 Horsepower. Man, and Mr. Johnson paid $2850.00. I was impressed  The Hudson Hornet was the car to have if you were into stock car Racing and the Hudson Hornet was the King of the NASCAR Circuit. it held so many wins and record lap times. Yes sir, The Hudson Hornet was the car to have, and my Neighbor had one. I promised myself that when I got older and could drive a car was going to get me a Hudson Hornet.

Jump to 1956. I have my new drivers license and now I need a car. Alas, I’m only making $1.00 at the IGA in Downers Grove Il. I’m lucky if I get enough hours to clear $15.00 Gas is $.14 cents a gallon. I gave half to my Mom for expenses  that sure didn’t leave much for me to by a car with, and they stopped making Hudson, so I was left with driving my Dads old 1949 Chevrolet.

I saw a 1952 Hudson Hornet at a Car Show last year and even though the thrill and desire of having a car like that has gone, I did do a little drooling.used-1952-hudson-hornet-2drcoupe-145-710511-2-400


easter-bunny   After we got back from running our errands yesterday Kay took down all of the St. Patrick’s Day decorations and started putting up all the Easter ones. I like it when the house is all decorated up for the different Holidays. We sat and talked about all the things we use to do for the Holidays with the kids as they where growing up. The Easter Egg Hunts, coloring Eggs, Trying to stay out of the Chocolate that we bought for their Baskets I truly believe that even though the Kids and Grand-Kids aren’t here the House should be decorated. Brings back so many good memories, and face it, at our age memories of the Kids are a comfort to us. Even my own memories of Childhood go way back to when I was 5 sitting on the Radiator in our Living Room seeing my Brother Quin walking down the street, coming home from WW 2, My Mother Screaming and my Sister Crying. Memories are great, they help us remember past loves and Bad ones help us forge the Future.


    How can anyone be so darn belligerent towards us and lie and deceive us and still hold on to his job and title! I’m talking about Punxsutawney Phil! He deserves to lose his job. Tared and feathered and run out of town. Aw, He’s so cute. Bull, he’d look cute on a skewer roasting on a campfire! There, I’ve said my piece!

      Kay’s at Bible Study and then Bell Choir afterwards. This afternoon, we’ll don our Winter coats and run some errands. New Tires for the Van, a trip out to Haselback’s for a Smoked ham for Easter and then out to Tractor Supply for some Dog Food for molly. The Van really needs new Tires and if we decide to drive out West this Fall, we’ll feel better with new shoes on the Old Girl.

    Next Month Kay is going down to Tennessee for a week to watch Cole, and Tim and Alisa coming out here to visit. Going to try and set up the Hot-Tub the second week in April and if the Weather breaks, we have a lot of Yard cleaning up to do, as Grass cutting usually begins about the Third or Forth week of the Month. April will go fast and the warmer Weather, when it arrives, will get us all outside working and Socializing with the Neighbors again.

  Hey, Lets see if we can do anything about running that Groundhog  in Pennsylvania out of Town!Image


       I think as one gets older they have a tendency to look back at them selves and try to determine if the life they have had up to this time  is what they had in mind when they were starting out. Where the choices made the right ones, the paths taken fulfilling. Were the obstacles overcome and most important, did you give you children the right tools to become members of Society and carry the Family ways into the next generation.

      We have all learned that we are a culmination of Genes that are past Family members have carried with them for centuries and are a part of our everyday existence. Behavior, Desires, Attitudes, and Family Diseases. How your parents dealt with these things in their lives was a Mirror of how their parents lived. How we behave and exist is a Mirror of how our Parents lived. This information was in the process of being transmitted to us when all of a sudden our generation was bombarded with Technical Advancements that put a stop to the way information was handed down thru Generation to generation. We were given choices, information, information at a faster pace than we could handle. Being Mobil, actually seeing news being made. We, as a generation had only one choice, We had to adapt. Mom and Dad didn’t have the answers Nobody had the answers,   being able to adapt made Millionaires out of people and also made others stick their head in the ground. Time was when a problem arose, Family’s would cluster together and work together to solve the problem, now there is no Family clusters as the elders don’t have an answer for today’s problems. The Family unit is no longer a Bonded unit, It’s a Society of individuals and answers are just a click away. The Information Highway is clogged with Adds that do the thinking for us. Lobbyist tell our Congress members how to vote, Add’s tell us how to vote, tell us how to eat, dress, socialize and tell us what’s right and wrong.

     If my Daughters were to come up to me with a question about life, I’d have to say, ” The information that I can give you is irrelevant to today’s standards and may not be socially correct”. I don’t know where you’ll find the answer or ever will. The only thing I can suggest is to use your “Common Sense  for it’s the only thing you have inherited from your Mom and I that can be handed down to you and in a way,Image give you a chance in todays world.

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