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Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Winter ~

As we continue on with the weekly Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge, we are into the third of the seasons series with “winter”.  When I originally proposed this series to Cee, I think it was way back in March or April, and we in Central New York were struggling to come out of the winter blues that had held us captive for too long.  I, personally, was depressed and needed a “boost” of color and spring thoughts or photos.  Now that we’re into summer, we’re looking back at the cold weather that started it all!


Hope you enjoy my little trip down Memory Lane of winter 2012-2013!  Until next time, TTFN ~ Tamara Eckstadt

How To Tell If You’re an Upstate New Yorker, by Jeff Foxworthy ~

I, personally, being a native of upstate New York, found nothing unusual about any of these observations.  And I can unequivocally confirm that every one of them is true.  Read on and lol!
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Jeff Foxworthy
on Upstate New York

If  you consider it a sport to gather your food by
… drilling through 36 inches of ice and sitting there all day hoping that the food will swim by, you might live in Upstate New York..

If  you’re proud that your region makes the national news 96 nights a year because Saranac Lake is the coldest spot in the nation, and Syracuse
gets more snow than any other major city in the US, you might live in Upstate, NY.

If  your local Dairy Queen is closed from October through May, you might live in Upstate New York.

If you get 131 inches of snow in a week and you comment that ‘winter’s finally
here’, you might live near Oswego in Upstate New York.

If you instinctively walk like a penguin for six months out of the year, you might live, bundled up, in Upstate New York.

If someone in a Home Depot store offers you assistance, and they
don’t work there, you might live in Upstate NY.

If  you have worn shorts and a parka on the same day, you might live in Upstate New York..

If  you have had a lengthy phone conversation with someone who dialed a wrong number, you might live in Upstate New York.


“Vacation” means going South past Syracuse for the weekend.

You measure distance in hours.

You know several people who have hit a deer more than once.

You often switch from “heat” to “A/C” in the same day and back again.

You can drive 65 mph through 2 feet of snow during a raging blizzard, without flinching.

You install security lights on your house and garage and leave both

You carry jumper cables in your car and your girlfriend/wife knows how to
use them.

You design your kid’s Halloween costume to fit over a snowsuit.

Driving is better in the winter because the potholes are filled with snow.

You know all 4 seasons: almost winter, winter, still winter, and road construction.

You can identify a southern or eastern accent.

Down South to you means Corning.

Your neighbor throws a party to celebrate his new shed.

You go out for a fish fry every Friday.

Your 4th of July picnic was moved indoors due to frost.

You have more miles on your snow blower than your car.

You find 10 degrees “a little chilly.” and 55 is shorts weather.

Until we blog again…  TTFN!
~ Tamara Eckstadt

Wintry Upstate New York ~

 Al and I went out looking for good places locally to take some wintry pictures to share, despite the bitter cold wind the sun was out for the most part.

Blowing/drifting snow across a rural road near Jordan, NY

Blowing/drifting snow across a rural road near Jordan, NY

Coming across a bridge over the NYS Thruway and some CSX train tracks, I caught this blowing and drifting snow across the road.  I had to take it quick as it’s a busy roadway and there was nowhere to stop and get out… so I took it through our wind shield.

Ducks huddle together on the edge of the iced over Erie Canal near Camillus, NY

Ducks huddle together on the edge of the iced over Erie Canal near Camillus, NY

I can certainly understand why they male and female ducks huddle close together for warmth.  The wind was biting!

Dog walkers and skiers on another section of the Erie Canal Trail near Camillus, NY

Dog walkers and skiers on another section of the Erie Canal Trail near Camillus, NY

I wanted so much to venture down onto the Erie Canal path to take more photos, but the trail head was plowed over with mounds of snow so access was limited to only the most skilled at climbing snow banks ~ leaves me out.  We did watch a family of (4) ~ two adults and their children ages 7 and 4 climb up over the mounds with their cross country skis.  It took about 15 minutes for all four to make it ~ even the dad pretty near wiped out!  They chuckled embarrassingly as I took their photos and thanked them for being so kind.

Snowboliers on the Erie Canal Trail near Jordan, NY

Snowmobilers on the Erie Canal Trail near Jordan, NY

These snowmobilers were zipping up and down the Erie Canal Trail right near our house.  We live about 2/10 away from this portion of the trail and we can hear the snowmobilers all day and night as they race back and forth.  I’m just happy that THIS YEAR there’s enough snow for them to enjoy.  Last year, mid-winter, there were many snowmobiles sitting by the side of the road with FOR SALE signs on them!

A CSX freight train heads right for me

A CSX freight train heads right for me

Al (my husband) has a fascination with trains, so when we saw this one coming towards us at a nearby train crossing, he couldn’t resist getting out and taking a closer look.  I insisted on getting as close to the tracks as possible to get a “head on” view.  My right foot was resting up against the rail as the train barreled down on me.  I hadn’t taken the time to check to see where the crossing gates would come down, and I almost got knocked down onto the tracks in front of the train by one as it came down right behind me.  Adrenalin rush!

Share Your World: Week 52

Here are Cee’s Share Your World questions for Week 52 (with the help of Caddo Veil):

  1. Do you make New Year’s resolutions, or not?  If so, what one have you made and kept from the past?  I used to make New Year’s resolutions, but never kept them so gave up.  Now I just resolve myself to be a better Christian each and every day of my life.  Why wait till New Year’s?
  2. Do you prefer Nuts or no Nuts?  Depends on what the item is that incorporates the nuts.  I like most nuts on their own merit, but I’m not a big fan of nuts “in” anything.
  3. Do you like winter, or not, and why?  I love winter in Upstate New York.  I love the snow, and am looking forward to the huge storm currently on its way to us.  I particularly like virgin snow covering an open hilly field at twilight, with just a touch of snowflakes coming down to make everything sparkle and magical.
  4. Do you prefer to receive gifts or give them?  I much prefer to GIVE than to receive!  I tend to personalize gifts that I give, and find it a unique challenge to try to give something that the receiver would never think to buy for him/herself, but you know they would love because it incorporates a hobby or a sport or something they really like.

Thanks, Cee and Caddo for these thought-provoking and challenging questions for this last week of 2012.  Merry Christmas and a Happy 2013 to all!

My Pink Quilt ~

 This is my pink quilt. 

My Pink Quilt Summer 2012

I’ve been quilting for about 11 years, having been an avid learner and coached by my mother-in-law, Ethel Whalen, who is a professional quilter and has shown her prize-winning work in Pennsylvania.  I never expect to be as good or as prolific as her, but I do enjoy the craft immensely.

 I’ve made a “few”, I guess.  I will post them randomly as I go along and get good photos of them ~ at least the ones I still have on hand.  Mostly I enjoy making quilts specifically for other people.  And I usually try to present it as a “themed” quilt, with the receiver’s likes in mind.  I’ve made an Oriental quilt for a good friend, a “Goth” quilt for my son, several baby quilts, quilts for fundraisers.  You’ll see.

 But this quilt, this pink quilt is mine.  My goal was to make something unique for myself, just something laptop size, to snuggle with in these cold Upstate New York winters when I like to watch t.v. in the familyroom.  Well, this pink quilt ended up being queen size, but snuggle-worthy just the same!  See, I wanted something that would cover all of me ~ unless those commercial “throws” you buy in the stores that are only 60″ or 72″ long.  Not good enough!

 I found a pattern in one of my quilting magazines called “Caroline’s Chain”, and I fell in love with it.  It’s warm, it’s Victorian and romantic.  I wasn’t sure, when I looked at it, that it would be to my level of quilting, but I was pleasantly surprised.  The pattern says it’s for “intermediate” quilters, but I only considered myself with “beginner” skills.  My typical pattern of choice is a simple 9-patch or something easy with squares.  Keep triangles and ellipticals away from me, please.

 I started by researching online “Caroline’s Chain” to see what fabrics were involved, and I found most of them available right on eBay.  The others were purchased from online quilt shops.  Unfortunately, I’m not one to really measure and do the mathematics involved with my creative quilt-making.  I like to just buy “a yard of this, two yards of that” and figure that ought to be enough ~ and usually it is.  That’s why I’m always surprised at what size my quilt will be when I’m done… they’re always bigger than planned.  But, I gathered all the appropriate fabrics and began my project.  I was very proud at how the quilt top turned out after diligently working on it evenings after work for about 2 months.  Next would be the backing, and I decided to use the numerous leftovers from the top in some creative way.  Granted, the back seems haphazardly put together to me, but I used up most of my Caroline’s Chain fabric.  I still had some leftovers for my quilt journal.

This is my pieced pink quilt back.

 So that’s my story and I’m sticking to it.  I hope you enjoy checking out my quilts as much as I’ve enjoyed making them.