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Crossing the Delaware on foot, racking up almost 5 miles of walking

Monday, August 18, 2014

Nope, didn't roll my pants legs up although there are places you can.
Sunday's trip was Washington Crossing State Park, both states!
NJ side Johnsons ferry house, built in the mid 1700's. A 490 acre plantation.

My favorite Delaware & Raritan Canal, the feeder canal along the Delaware

Crossing the Delaware on foot

PA side was more of a town

I keep tiring the poor guy out!

The bridge

Under the bridge, fish (bass) and water snakes (non poisonous but large)

Nice walk

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FIFIFRIZZLE 8/19/2014 2:46PM

    What pretty buildings.
You sure know how to have a fun weekend.

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OPTIMIST1948 8/19/2014 7:13AM

    So beautiful!

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ONEKIDSMOM 8/18/2014 8:09PM

    Been there, loved it. Washington's Crossing State Park was my ex's childhood stomping grounds. When he showed it to me, I was in awe. That ferry house? He would tell the tale of himself and his brother as children, being frozen from tramping around and stopping to take the tour just to warm up. He would quip, "pewter, lead and tin" and then laugh hysterically, at his mimicking of the tour guide from his youth.

Ah... thanks for another memory! emoticon Keeping your DH moving!

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    Love the architecture and the river and it's views, except for the snakes. I would not be liking that bridge though - it's too narrow. I'm not a bride person in general but when I have to use one I want a roomy one. That thing is scary!!!!

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BA5454 8/18/2014 10:31AM

    Gosh, what a great walk--love the pictures and the historical piece, too! ;-).

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WATERMELLEN 8/18/2014 8:32AM

    Marvellous part of the world -- and think of all the calories burned!!!

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A_RARE_BEAN 8/18/2014 7:46AM

    So beautiful looks like a lovely place to walk

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ROXYZMOM 8/18/2014 6:12AM

    Pretty! I haven't experienced that one, I will have to check it out.
You did have a great weekend.

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SASHAY40 8/18/2014 4:50AM

    Great!! Fantastic Pics!! emoticon

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If you can't beat 'em take them on trips to get moving! Battleship NJ

Sunday, August 17, 2014

A new tactic between me and SrIL. Let's arrange trips to get the guys off the couch. That way we can get our much needed exercise and they can too.
We visited the US Battleship New Jersey yesterday and I got to longingly look at my former haunt, Philadelphia, across the river.
We took two kids to a candy store. Their dad was in the SeaBees, both guys were pipefitters, gun nuts and enjoy a good military offering.
She's the biggest in the Iowa Class. We've been on the Missouri in Pearl Harbor.

I found one for them and on V-J Day anniversary with re-enactors, no less!

Boys with big guns. Dream on...

Happy group

Rare pictures of me goofing around.

This ship is huge!

Gotta touch everything?

I have so many pictures of so many HUGE things, I can't put them all up!. Once we got done climbing as much as we could from the bottom to the top and back down again, DH found his friend who volunteers there. He took the boys on a second tour which included things I'd love to have seen like the hospital. I was too dehydrated to climb again. We weren't sure if we could bring water so we didn't. Big mistake and we could have.
There's always a next time.
This morning he's complaining of leg cramps, my butt muscles and back are sore from all the ladders.
I'd do it again today!

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FIFIFRIZZLE 8/19/2014 2:43PM

    Wha a clever strategy, making exercise fun. Those boys sure look happy.

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    It sounds like you really know how to get the men off the couch!! I had to start griping about him crushing the cans to do the same thing. LOL. Of the cans were overflowing. He is the soda drinker so, like I tell him, I am not going to deal with this too much. LOL.

I would have enjoyed the ship too as long as it was not too claustrophobic. I don't like tight places. Sounds like you all had a good time and a great work out. emoticon

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ROXYZMOM 8/17/2014 1:23PM

    My summer campers love that one. I heard they were having a "dinner tour" there - did you see anything about it while you were there? My hubby is a Navy Man - jet engine mechanic - he can't get enough of those ships. He is great to go with when touring carriers. Always feels like a "behind the scenes" tour.

Great piece of history and an awesome workout! And, you had perfect weather!


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ONEKIDSMOM 8/17/2014 11:31AM

    What a wonderful way to combine activity and interests! Today: hydrate to make up for yesterday's "not so much". And keep on enjoying life!

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WATERMELLEN 8/17/2014 10:02AM

    Goofing becomes you!! Looks like lots of active fun!!

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Pedicure and Murphy's Law

Thursday, August 14, 2014

I love sparkles. That's about as girly as I get. I took a Mental Health day today and spent a few hours with DD and GS2 for some shopping, play time and lunch.
I left their house and thought hey, it's Me Time, do something different.
There is some bravery to this as I have a phobia about having my feet touched. I could have written a dark, scary poem about the experience but let's say I survived.
I sat with my arms crossed (yes, I did) and sweated it out while a masked man in a white lab coat did the stuff manicurists do. The water was nice, the touching creeped me out. I selected an almost neon pink polish which satisfied the girly side.
Toddled out on the pedi-flip flops to my car, put my own sandals back on and finished my errands.
At the bank I turned to leave and caught my toe on the bottom of the counter.
Split the nail as it is occasionally known to do, bloodied my sandal.
My toe hurts.
My nails still look nice except for the split which I will not touch for a while.
See if I go back for another pedicure!

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FIFIFRIZZLE 8/15/2014 5:20AM

But I can't do a good job on my own toenails. Used to could do, now my eyesight ain't what it wuz, and my hands ain't as steady. So, pedicure it's gotta be!
Love my pretty toes in the pool when I am doing my situps. My pedicure makes me feel pretty.
You can get gel nails, a pedicure that lasts so long your nails will grow out... They bake it on, and it lasts forever.
They are what I do in summer, three or four times lasts the season. Then my tootsies go natural for the duration...

Next time, try gel nails. And no tripping next time!

PS if you think pedis are an ordeal, imagine what those gals who get Brazilians go through. And I'll say no more...

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ROXYZMOM 8/14/2014 9:50PM

    Seriously?? Are you kidding me? Pedicures are the best thing known to our poor feet. Our feet take the most beating of our whole entire body. They hold us up = no matter what we weigh and carry us everywhere.

Give them a treat from time to time. Show them you care!!

Also: watch where you are going LOL!


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ONEKIDSMOM 8/14/2014 9:35PM

    OUCH! So sorry this happened to you! And now I'll NEVER go get a pedicure!

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PUZZLEPOPPLES 8/14/2014 9:27PM

    Hope your toe feels better soon.

I can't get pedis because I'm too ticklish. I had a pedi once before my wedding and had to grip the chair arms so tight my knuckles turned white. It tickled so bad I almost came out of the chair. The poor girl attempting the pedi was about to die laughing.

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    OMG!! I could never have a pedicure. Could not stand it. The thought of someone else cutting my toenails sends me over the edge. And I can't stand the thought of a split nail either. I don't mind doing different stuff but not this. Nope, not doing it!!! I am hiding my feet!!!

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WATERMELLEN 8/14/2014 6:07PM

    The girly sparkly choice would have been mine too, but yikes that sounds painful -- so sorry (and nope, no connection, just one of those unfortunate coincidences, right??)

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1CRAZYDOG 8/14/2014 5:24PM

    Oh no!!!! Hope the tootsie heals quickly!

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Supermoon pictures

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

It wasn't so much super as pretty. I've seen the Harvest Moon where it appears to take over the sky as it rises.
However, at the end of the evening, I was satisfied.
Lighthouse in Raritan Bay

The Freedom Tower IN NYC looming over Staten Island

Moonrise over the veterans memorial

Mountain ranges on the moon

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CTUPTON 8/14/2014 7:16PM

    Wonderful moon photos! chris

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OPTIMIST1948 8/12/2014 10:34PM

    Very nice. I've tried to take scenery etc type pictures before but they never look nice and I've just given up. Clearly you have more photography skills than I.

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ROXYZMOM 8/12/2014 9:53PM

    Beautiful pictures! You really got around yesterday.
It was too cloudy here to see it.
Thanks for the share!

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ONEKIDSMOM 8/12/2014 9:39PM

    Oooh, pretty! No, you don't HAVE to commit to a 5K, but I would be extremely bubbly if you did! emoticon emoticon

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1CRAZYDOG 8/12/2014 8:02PM

    How beautiful! Couldn't see it here as it was cloudy. Next time I guess.

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WATERMELLEN 8/12/2014 7:57PM

    Loved it in my neck of the woods too -- early morning on the way to the gym!!

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    Very nice pictures!!

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GRAMMIEOFTWO 8/12/2014 6:53PM

  Thank you for sharing the wonderful pix. I really enjoyed them. emoticon

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Trying to finish the day with an introspective, retroflective smile; again thanks to WATERMELLEN.

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Some of us are of a "certain age" and can remember when girls didn't wear pants to school, playing sports was uncool and boys ruled the playground. In the late '60's and early '70's I tried my darndest to be pretty, cried when boys called me fat and accepted a boyfriend (my ex) less than what I deserved.
I went to college in an area where girls were supposed to get married right out of high school, have babies and stay home. I rebelled and went to a 2 year school as my dad "would not waste the money on college for a girl"...he apologized the rest of my professional life.
In the late '70's, I stayed pretty. Ok, my current DH told me I was "hot", kept most of the weight off and put up with sexist issues at work because, "hey, baby", isn't that what we were supposed to do?
I gained weight, I lost weight, the sexist comments came back at work. The mixed messages were buzzing in my brain so I went back to school. Something was missing.
DH has had a heck of a time trying to be supportive.
He was the stupid boy on the playground, the "hey, baby" kind of guy. You know the kind.
Man, did his attitude change when he had two intelligent and pretty daughters! But even then the signals were mixed. OK for them, me...not so much.
Kids grew up, I got some balls (sorry!) and became and expert in my field. No one told me when I was young I could be anything I wanted. Sure a kid could grow up to be president but that was boys!
Now all that being said, this weekend's dilemma has been about approval, thanks to WATERMELLEN's great blogs and my personal crisis.

I seek approval from others whether it's DH, my kids, coworkers or the lady down the street. That pat on the back is rewarding; missing it can be devastating for me. The fat kid on the playground is still in my brain. If I can't make her go away, maybe I need to get her to realize it was ok to be me in all those phases. Take my past to a new level.
I sure am coming to terms with the me smiling in the mirror now!

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SUSANNAH31 8/14/2014 6:58AM

    Oh boy, do I remember those days, too!
I was told that there was no money for college for me because my two brothers would have to support families, so if anyone went - THEY would be the ones to go.
I was being sent to secretarial school.
An interested high school teacher told my mom about a two-year program at the City College that would leave me with an AAS degree. I had to take the SATs to get in.
My scores on the SAT - quite surprisingly made me eligible for four years of free college! That was how I got my undergrad education!

It was a man's world back then. ( I remember having to get permission from an employer to wear pants to work during a snow storm.)

Today, women are MILES ahead of where we were. I see it with my daughters-in-law. And more power to them. It's a better world because of it.

That need for approval, though, is something I have to deal with a whole lot more than they ever did. It's in my DNA. I understand that one completely.

Many of us here on SP have that in common, I think.

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FIFIFRIZZLE 8/11/2014 2:10AM

    Yeah, that rings a few bells for me. Girls got engaged at 15 at my school, no need to finish that sixth from year, what for, after all? I was the first person in my family to get a degree. Have a professional qualification and a career, managed to find myself a DH, very much to my surprise. Never really thought I would get married, it didn't look like such a great option for me. Had to go for a younger man as the ones my own age and older were too sexist for me to put up with.
Not so sure about the approval thing, I'll have to think about it.
I'm enjoying thinking of you sitting on your porch in the summer evenings reflecting and considering what next.

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ONEKIDSMOM 8/10/2014 10:16PM

    WATERMELLEN sure made a LOT of us think today, didn't she? Well pondered through. And glad we're smiling in the mirror now! emoticon

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1CRAZYDOG 8/10/2014 8:59PM

    You have come a long wa. And yes I remember those days where "boys ruled the playground."

I was extremely blessed w/parents who valued education and supported us in our choices in college.

I happened to chose nursing. Well, as a student nurse, the prevailing attitude in the 70' was " . . . as a nurse, when a Dr. enters the room, you stand up." Oh boy. That attitude had to change when I worked in ER/ICU/CCU. It had to be a COLLABORATIVE effort. That worked much better.

Kudos for you for following your passion. I did too and I was so worth-while.

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    When I was young I was raised to be independent and not raised to get married. I wanted to be an astronaut. I can still remember when the male class genius informed me that girls could not be astronauts. It was my introduction to sexual discrimination but it was just the start and it got much worse. The good thing is that I have young female friends and they have never had to experience what I did. They are still not paid fairly or promoted fairly but things are improving.

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WATERMELLEN 8/10/2014 6:16PM

    Thanks for that shout out!! I'm also of that era when women weren't expected to go to university (maybe 1 year teachers' college or 1 year nursing after high school . . . but anything more was a "waste of money").

Suffice it to say, I showed 'em!!

Suffice it to say as well, my own DH has been HUGELY supportive and I'm beyond grateful.

But: still recognize the persistence of that addiction to the approval of others . . . every single day. And its relationship to comfort eating. And the need for mental toughness to deal with both!

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