Friday, October 23, 2020

Reflection on Final Colors #SkywatchFriday

Fall color is winding down where I live in New York State.

We've been dry but a recent rain brought two puddles together, one showing sky and one showing some trees turning color.  This is one of the few good uses of potholes in the road.

Now let's take a walk and leaf peep, shall we?

It's interesting seeing the change of the season.  This was our walk yesterday.  You're invited to come along.

Our river behind the trees.
Just a week ago....

Back to yesterday. These trees tend to the yellow.   They are still a little green because trees by the river tend to turn color last.  Many trees in the hills are already past peak.

The yellow at almost ground level in these photos is probably knotweed, an extremely invasive plant whose leaves turn yellow in the fall.  These plants line the riverbanks in many places.

Tired?  Want some other colors?  Let's take a short drive (these are from Wednesday).

A little past peak, perhaps, but still pretty.

Those pesky power lines, but oh, that sky.

One more.

I also promised you a Halloween bonus.  I've had a couple of posts devoted to a scarecrow decorating contest held at our local large county park.  

This "Bee Kind" entry was the third place winner.  First and second?  You'll have to wait until next week. 

You were good company. Thank you for joining me.

I'm also joining Yogi and other bloggers who watch the sky for #SkywatchFriday

Thursday, October 22, 2020

Cemetery Tree #ThursdayTreeLove

 I took a picture of this tree in Spring Forest cemetery in Binghamton, NY a couple of Sundays ago.

I don't know what kind of tree this is, but the way it is split open made it look so spooky.  I can something that seems like a bowed figure in this cavity.  

The fall background is a bonus.

Spring Forest cemetery in Binghamton, New York is one of many cemeteries I have visited over the years.  I happen to enjoy cemeteries because of the plantings, the peacefulness, and the art of the gravestones.  There's a lot of history in these cemeteries, too.  Some prominent local people of the 1800's are buried here, along with a general who played a role in our Civil War Battle of Gettysburg.

Join Parul of Happiness and Food and fellow bloggers for #ThursdayTreeLove every second and fourth Thursdays of the month.

Wednesday, October 21, 2020

Foliage of the Season #WordlessWednesday

These photos speak for themselves.



Yellow along the peaceful Susquehanna River.

Words not needed.

Joining with Sandee of Comedy Plus at her #WordlessWednesday

Tuesday, October 20, 2020

More Scarecrows for a Scary Time

So much I could blog about - but do I want to?  The world is on fire.

So much to get depressed about.  But now, it's time to do something sanity-saving.

So how about a little Halloween fun while we can have it?  It's 100% social distanced, and no masks are required if you simply read it on my blog.

Saturday, I blogged about Scarecrows at the Park.

Each October, at Otsiningo Park in Binghamton, New York, there has been an annual Scarecrow Contest and Display .

Various groups (mostly non profits, but a handful of families) enter this contest where visitors to the park judge and vote for the best scarecrow. The contest ended Sunday, but I have more photos from my visit I'd like to share with you.  

Paying homage.

A tribute to essential workers.  Sadly, the nursing home that sponsored this entry was one of several that has been hit hard.

Say No to Single Use. (appropriate as New York started to enforce its plastic bag ban yesterday.)
Witches Brew.


The winner will be announced later today.

I will have more of these on Friday.

So, to end this post, I'd like to take a quick poll of my readers:  are you going to celebrate Halloween this year?  If so, how?

I am reminded that we humans have weathered many pandemics in history.  We are not alone in our suffering.  In fact, our current Western society in the United States can be said to be partially a product of past pandemics - everything from the Black Death to the 1918 flu pandemic that killed some 50 million worldwide.

We are entitled to joy. 

Tomorrow is not guaranteed, and it is simply a more visible fact.

We will find a way to joy, even if it is visiting a scarecrow contest.

Monday, October 19, 2020

Earworms and Memories #MusicMovesMe

It's Monday.  It's time for Music!  

Who are the members of Music Moves Me ?  We are bloggers who blog about music each Monday. If you have music to share with us, you are most welcome to join in on the fun.  Just remember our simple rule:  you must include at least one You Tube or Vimeo video or your post may be subject to removal or labeling "NO MUSIC". You are welcome to write about music. too but there must be at least one music video.   

We've been down a few participants recently and would love for you to join our Monday party!

Every month we have an honorary co-hostess.  For the month of October our honorary co-hostess is: Mary from Jingle Jangle Jungle!  Today, here is her theme:  You Pick

Last week I did a 1970 decade playlist, and I said I would continue this week.   As it happens, I can (mostly) pick songs that I owned - either on an album, a CD, or even a greatest hits collection.

While researching two artists, I decided against a couple of songs, and wouldn't you know, both became earworms.  Guess I should have picked them

In fact, this earworm lasted over a week.   Fortunately, I love this song:  Elton John, and Madman Across the Water, from 1971.  This is another song whose lyrics tell a story and Elton John brings it to life.  Lyrics and music, both genius.

The other earworm?  America and Only in Your Heart.  My record (yes, record, remember those?) had a skip in this song.  Now I can listen to it without preventing the album from skipping.

Anyone here remember Barry White?  I loved his voice and I loved his Love Unlimited Orchestra.  Let's give it up for Love's Theme, an instrumental by the Love Unlimited Orchestra, from 1973-1974.  

In the vein of instrumentals, I am also going to go with a song I heard on a Music Moves Me blog last week - Van McCoy and The Hustle, from 1975.  OK, it isn't a true instrumental, with the "Do it!" and the "Do The Hustle", but this is true music to dance by.

One of my favorite duos, Simon and Garfunkel, barely made it into the 1970's.  I bought their last album Bridge Over Troubled Waters (but of course) and I love many of the songs on it.  This is one of my favorites and I hope you enjoy it, too.  It does rouse strong emotions in some.

Simon and Garfunkel with "The Only Living Boy in New York", a song recorded in 1969 and released in January, 1970.


Some weeks ago, I blogged about a couple I babysat for in my late teen years and how they introduced me to Fleetwood Mac (before they reconfigured themselves and gained fame).  They also helped me discover Emerson, Lake and Palmer.  From 1970, "Lucky Man".

One more song, almost forgotten by me.  Argent, and 1972's Hold Your Head Up.  This is the album version, with the organ solo the single lacks.

Thank you for joining in on the fun today.

Join me again next week, same time, same place.

Sunday, October 18, 2020

Closing Time for Tab

It's closing time for a once iconic drink.

The  drink Tab, Coca-Cola's first diet drink, first dating from around 1963, is being discontinued.


Just one calorie!  Amazing, back then.

Yes, Tab was an acquired taste, but once you acquired it, you were a fan.  Or at least I was.  I drank it through at least 1986, mainly because my employer in Arkansas (one of our fringe benefits) gave us free coffee, tea or soda (either diet or non-diet), all we wanted, during the work day.  The diet soda was Tab, and I grew to love the undertone of bitterness.  

But after I left Arkansas, I also left Tab.

Over the years, Tab became harder to get, but a local supermarket here in the Southern Tier did carry it from time to time.  Now, especially (I suspect) due to the pandemic, many companies are trimming their offerings.  Tab is one of the brands that will disappear.

I won't be surprised if it returns later, though.  I note that many feel that artificial sweeteners are bad for you, and this post will not discuss that controversy.  For the record, currently, Tab is (or, soon, was) sweetened with aspartame and saccharin. 

Saccharin, itself, has memories for me.  I remember my Dad, who was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes in his late 40's (just around the time Tab came out, in fact) sweetening his coffee with saccharin, which came in tablet form back then.  

Here's a final toast to Tab:

Closing Time (with apologies to The Weather Channel, a channel that played this song during their news spot on Tab today).

Saturday, October 17, 2020

Scarecrows at the Park

Each October, at Otsiningo Park in Binghamton, New York, there has been an annual Scarecrow Contest and Display for the last five or so years.

This year, it's an opportunity for people to get out and enjoy a safe outdoor activity.


Here are several of the entries.   This one is from the Ross Park Zoo (Binghamton), the fifth oldest zoo in the United States.  It opened in 1875.  Ross Park itself has an interesting history - if you remember a post about a children's reading garden, this is also located in Ross Park.

Then there is Animal Adventure Park about 20 minutes outside of Binghamton, home of April the Giraffe, the then-pregnant giraffe who went viral in 2017.

Finally, the Very Fairy Scarecrows. 

Most of these are created by either businesses or non profits, but it is open to all.

I'll post some more displays during the coming days.  By then, I should know who the winner of the contest was.

The display is only up through tomorrow - even scarecrows, I guess, have to migrate to their winter grounds.

Which of these three was your favorite?