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Fall in Central New York ~

I have been remiss in keeping up regularly with my blog posts, so I thought something for fall would be appropriate, since it’s only a little more than a week to Halloween.

These first three photos are particularly “special” to me, as it depicts a long-standing tradition in the town where I grew up and went to school.  As a first, second and third-grader at Elizabeth Street School in Baldwinsville, NY, every year, a week or maybe two before Halloween, our art teacher and our elementary school teachers would gather us up and we would take a half day and walk “downtown” to paint/decorate the windows of all of the stores in town.  It was only the equivalent of a block or two, but it was a BIG DEAL to all of us youngsters to paint the windows and then see them again and again as we drove through town with our parents etc.  It’s nice to see that tradition still carries on in Baldwinsville.  This past weekend happened to be the “paint the town” weekend.

Window painting on the Seneca Federal Bank in Baldwinsville, NY

Window painting on the Seneca Federal Bank in Baldwinsville, NY

An alien witha pumpkin painted on the Seneca Federal Bank in Baldwinsville, NY

An alien witha pumpkin painted on the Seneca Federal Bank in Baldwinsville, NY

A young painter checks his work on the Seneca Federal Bank in Baldwinsville, NY

Another favorite activity of Al’s and mine is to visit some local apple orchards and pick out pumpkins, get some apples and see the fall sights.  

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And, with that, we’ve cleaned and put the cover on the pool for the winter, mowed the front,  back and side yards for HOPEFULLY the last time until Spring, and put all of the lawn and deck furniture away in anticipation of snow flying soon.  November is right around the corner, and all attentions for this household are geared towards Thanksgiving and then Christmas!

Thanks for stopping by and taking a look.  Hope to see you again soon!  Until then, TTFN ~ Tamara Eckstadt

 

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Festival of Leaves: Week 1 ~

A new challenge!  I love that!  And we’re starting out with Fall and Leaves.  Nothing more wonderful at this time of year!

Buttermilk Falls near Long Lake, NY

Buttermilk Falls near Long Lake, NY

Fall in downtown Syracuse, NY

Fall in downtown Syracuse, NY

This looks like a fun and intriguing new challenge!  Click on the “Festival of Leaves” logo below and see what it’s all about!

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Thanks for stopping by and taking a look at my contribution to this week’s challenge.  Hope you leave a comment or “Like” my photos.  Looking forward to next week’s!  Until then, TTFN ~ Tamara Eckstadt

 

Quilt Clipping ~

Next weekend is our Quilt Guild’s bi-annual quilt show in Syracuse, NY.  I’d never even been to a quilt show, let alone show my own quilt, until a couple of weeks ago.  I never made my pink quilt with showing in mind, but here I am… putting on finishing touches to get it ready to be shown publicly.

I pretty much have no clue on how to prep a quilt for a show, so I’m just using what common sense I have left to clip all loose threads, I made sure to put on the label this morning, and I need to put on a 4″ wide sleeve from which the quilt will be hung.  By the way, I’ve always called it “my pink quilt”, but for show purposes, the new name is “Caroline’s Chain”, named for the pattern that I used when making it.

Finishing touches, my quilt label.

Finishing touches, my quilt label.

 

Is there a “right way” or “wrong way” to put on a quilt label?  I think I might have put mine on sideways.  But it still looks pretty.  Time to clip any loose threads, and there are a lot, because I didn’t bother with such details when it was just “my pink quilt” to cuddle up on the loveseat and watch t.v. with.

Finishing touches, clipping all loose threads

Finishing touches, clipping all loose threads

Clipping threads turned out to be quite the chore for this supposed “lap quilt”, which turned out to be   76 1/2″ x 92″ in size.  I just wanted something to cover my feet and keep me warm.  None of those store-bought “throws” are large enough.  Well, I got my wish!  Al and I BOTH can cuddle up in it on cold evenings in front of the fireplace and watch t.v.

I admit that I’m a little nervous.  I have absolutely no anticipation that I will win anything, as my competition is vastly more experienced than I, but for the first time something I’ve quilted will be viewed and judged by my quilting peers.  I will receive feedback from a real quilt judge.  I will embrace whatever she critiques as inspiration to do better and gain knowledge of where I’m lacking in skill for self improvement. 

My Pink Quilt Summer 2012

My Pink Quilt Summer 2012

I hope my friends and family will come out to our Candlelight Quilt Guild show, September 21-22, 2013, at the Clarion Inn, Farrell Road, Syracuse.  Saturday from 9:00-5:00 and Sunday from 11:00-4:00.  Check out our website at www.candlelightquiltguild.org.  There will be raffles, food, theme baskets, gifts at the door and all kinds of neat stuff that you will enjoy!

Until next time, thanks for stopping by.  Hope you enjoyed my pics.  TTFN ~ Tamara Eckstadt 

Upstate Trauma Team: Simply the Best ~

Most of my friends, family and acquaintances know that I work in the Emergency Medical Services field.  No, I am no longer an EMT as I once was (and volunteer firefighter), but I love my job and I love the people I work with.  So when I have an opportunity to share the best pieces of my career with others, it is done with great pride and respect for my colleagues in EMS that I do so.

 ** Disclaimer:  I work with hundreds of ambulance agencies, fire departments and thousands of EMTs of every level.  I do not favor any above the rest… despite the title of this post.  Every one of them is my hero, without exception.  I am not playing favorites by highlighting this particular team. **

Upstate University Hospital has an awesome Helo (helicopter) pad!  I’ve posted photos that I have taken from the vantage point of my parking lot before.  Sometimes when I come and go from my job, an emergency helicopter may be landing or taking off, and, believe me, it’s a fascinating thing to watch!  Or, perhaps it’s just my enthusiasm for EMS and my colleagues.

Upstate University Hospital's Trauma Team

Upstate University Hospital’s Trauma Team standing on their helo pad

 

Mercy Flight lands on Upstates Helo Pad 5-2-13

A helo recently landed on Upstate University Hospital’s helipad ~ from my parking lot vantage point.

 

I admit I must have a certain fascination with the Trauma Team because they work with helicopters and some of the most life-threatening injuries a patient can get.  Maybe it’s the adrenalin associated with the excitement.  Maybe I just shouldn’t analyze it so much!

But I wanted to give a shout-out to the Upstate University Hospital Trauma Team, here in Syracuse, NY.  Incredible people doing an incredible job of providing exceptional & professional trauma care!  Check them out on their website and on Facebook!

Until next time, TTFN ~ Tamara Eckstadt

** Photo of Upstate University Hospital Trauma Team used with permission of Trauma Program Manager, Maryann Fields ~ thank you, Maryann! **

 

The View from the Edge ~

Yesterday I got one of the maintenance guys in the building where I work to take me up to the 24th floor ~ the top floor ~ and open up the “outer ledge” so I could take some photos with a view.  The outer ledge is the area that is kept locked as there’s only a small rail that is between you and the 24 floor drop to the concrete below.  It’s a “privilege” to be allowed out there, though I was not unescorted.

It was partially cloudy and quite windy and cold, so I didn’t stay long.  It was an interesting view, but not as photogenic as I’d expected.  Maybe because it was so overcast, and I was preoccupied with freezing hands that had difficulty focusing the camera.  Also, everything is still so dismally grey going into Spring.

Downtown Syracuse, NY

Downtown Syracuse, NY

The War Memorial Building, Syracuse, NY

The War Memorial Building, Syracuse, NY

The Syracuse On Center, Syracuse, NY

The Syracuse On Center,  and Everson Museum (forground) Syracuse, NY

The Crowne Plaza Hotel, Syracuse, NY

The Crowne Plaza Hotel, Syracuse, NY

The SU Dome on the hill, Syracuse, NY

The SU Dome on the hill, Syracuse, NY

Look out below!

Look out below!

"Art/Science Center"?  Syracuse, NY

“Art/Science Center”? Syracuse, NY

This last photo is a pic of what could be the most hideous building I’ve ever seen in my life, and does not “fit” into the typical Syracuse architecture.  That blue/green building is some sort of art/science center, if I remember correctly.  It’s ALL GLASS, and has already had to be repaired several times due to wind damage.  It’s only a couple of years old.

I’ve been invited back up to the 24th floor for July 4th fireworks.  I’ve been told you can see dozens of fireworks displays for miles and miles.  But I’m not going to wait that long to visit again.  Once the leaves are back on the trees, and there’s some color to be seen, I’ll go back up and see what I can see in a couple of months.  Spring is incredibly colorful and fragrant in the city.

Hope you’ve enjoyed my view from the ledge of the 24th floor.  Feel free to come back, and thank you for visiting.

Until next time, TTFN ~ Tamara Eckstadt