Saturday, July 22, 2017

Here, There and in VA

This post is advance notice of our road trip. We wish it was all fun, but some is not. I've done some advance blog posts for your entertainment, including a couple of Friday Funnies as they are such fun.

The ability to read and comment on other blogs will be somewhat limited. It's because there's no Internet service at our VA house which we're going to check on it and also, very importantly, to change realtors. 

That's where we'll be all next week.

The fun part is this weekend when we celebrate our granddaughter's birthday in RI. It will be great to enjoy family time before conducting the not fun house stuff. 

We had hoped that this blog's namesake, The Frog & Penguinn, would have a new owner by now. It's a 10 hour drive from NH and we're back on the VA eastern shore every 6 months. The trip includes an overnight in our native NJ. Thankfully, there's friends to visit in both states, so the trip does have its merits. 

Yes, there's been a couple of recent offers, just not the right ($) ones. We're willing to bargain within a reasonable range, but when an offer is $50,000 lower . . . ???

While it's been said that two are better than one, lately we're not so sure about that statement.

There's two St. Joseph statues buried in the front and back yards, no kidding, and the house is still unsold. If you're not familiar with this practice, check online and YouTube, both have info about it. We bought one of the statues a few years ago; the other was a gift from apartment neighbors and former homeowners here in NH. 

We're keeping our hopes (and prayers) up. 

Friday, July 21, 2017

Six & Party Time

For the second time this month. we're celebrating a family birthday. Grenville's  was celebrated last weekend. Thanks everyone for the well wishes.

This week's party girl is our oldest granddaughter Elizabeth Jean (Ellie) who's marking her 6th birthday.

Another milestone in her young life will be this fall when she enters 1st grade. 

Time is fleeting. It seems a short time ago when we welcomed her arrival.

Happy🎉Birthday, Ellie🎈🎁 with 💗

Her birthday will be celebrated with a party in RI this weekend with family and friends. Of course, grandma (Beatrice) and probably grandpa (Grenville) will be taking photos to share here next week (just a heads up).

Enjoy your weekend, Everyone.
We certainly will at Ellie's 🎂 party ! 

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Tall Ships in Boston

When tall ships sail into a harbor, it's a sight to see. In June, 53 vessels from 14 countries sailed into Boston Harbor for Sail Boston 2017 from June 17 to 22.

While we missed seeing these majestic ships in full sail, we took a narrated harbor tour after their arrival. Unfortunately, the weather was not the best that
day as we heard descriptions of and saw sloops, schooners, square-riggers  ketches, barques and 2 full-rigged ships. full-rigged ship describes a sail plan of three or more masts, usually seen on a classic large sailing ship, like a galleon, clipper or large warship. The El Galeon from Spain is a full-rigged ship that participated in Boston Sail 2017.

This event represented the largest gathering of tall ships in Boston Harbor since 2000 and before that an earlier one in 1976 on the nation's 200th anniversary.
The U.S. Coast Guard Barque Eagle lead the parade of vessels including Union (Peru), Europa (The Netherlands), Alexander Von Humboldt II (Germany), El Galeon (Spain), Nadezhda (Russia), Guayas (Ecuador,) Blue Clipper (UK), Bluenose II (Canada), and Esmeralda (Chile). The U.S., Canada, United Kingdom, and Germany had multiple ships.
The Boston destination was an official port of the Rendez-Vous 2017 Tall Ships Regatta. This transatlantic race is expected to cover 7,000 nautical miles over the span of five months in 2017. It also will showcase these impressive and imposing vessels. 

The trans-Atlantic regatta started in the port of Royal Greenwich in Great Britain on April 13.  The fleet then raced to Sines, Portugal and Bermuda before reaching Boston. 

Upon leaving Boston, the ships travelled north to Québec City, Canada for the next leg of the regatta, in time for the 150th anniversary of the Canadian Confederation. (There's still time to see them. The ships will remain at various host ports in Québec  Ontario, and the Maritimes from June 30 to August 20.) 

After Canada, the 7,000-mile race concludes with a sail to France in the Port of Le Havre, which will welcome the grand winner between August 31 and September 3. (So, there's still time to book that trip to see them. Maybe I should throw hints to Grenville?)

While they were not part of the regatta, there was a large contingent of U.S. naval ships in Boston Harbor. The U.S. Coast Guard also patrolled the harbor keeping boaters a safe distance from all the docked tall ships.

Even though we didn't see these ships in full sail, it was still a fun visit. Here's a couple of ship mastheads that were a bit "fowl." The flag-bearing chicken was on the Esmeralda, a four-masted tall ship used by the Chilean Navy for training; I don't recall which ships the other two mastheads were on. 

Monday, July 17, 2017

National Ice Cream Day

Did you miss it ?
It was yesterday, Sunday, July 16, just in time for Grenville's birthday, although he celebrated by enjoying an ice cream sundae on his Saturday birthday 🎂. 

So, we missed getting in this deal, even though Grenville assured me that he could handle an encore to support this local ice cream business in Nashua, NH. We opted to wait for another "special occasion" like another weekend, for example.

Growing up neither of us ever heard about this celebration. When did it start?

Turns out it was 33 years ago in 1984 and the resolution sponsored by Kentucky Sen. Walter Dee Huddleston only specified a month and day in that year. It proclaimed July 1984 as "National Ice Cream Month" and July 15, 1984, as "National Ice Cream Day."
On July 9, 1984, then President Ronald Reagan issued Proclamation 5219 and signed it into public lawIt recognized ice cream as "a fun and nutritious food that is enjoyed by over 90 percent of the nation's population." President Reagan called for all people of the United States to observe these events with "appropriate ceremonies and activities."
Annual celebrations have continued thanks to publicizing by ice cream manufacturers, after all who wants to disagree with a Presidential proclamation about eating ice cream?
Of course, the International Ice Cream Association (IICA) readily encourages this habit. The U.S. ice cream industry  contributes more than $39 billion to the national economy and creates over 190,000 jobs in communities nationwide.

We helped out on Saturday, how about you — did you enjoy ice cream too this weekend?

In addition to the ice cream treats we enjoyed dining outdoors in downtown Nashua on Saturday night. 

It was a wonderful weekend as Grenville celebrated his birthday with ice cream and dinner out, plus emails, texts, birthday cards, and some surprise gifts.

THANKS to Everyone for the Happy Birthday wishes too !

They were greatly appreciated by Grenville.

Saturday, July 15, 2017

It's Birthday Time !

Today is a special day for my best friend, partner, and love. Folks know him as Grenville here on our blog; his actual name is Patrick. He's happy that this birthday frees him from paying for a fishing license in NH where we now live.

Grenville doesn't think of himself as getting old(er). That's a good great thing because he's still having way too much fun — can't you tell? 

And, always has time to spend with friends.
As a former boat owner, he enjoys getting behind the wheel, and being outdoors, especially here in New England.

Spending time with with family and together is very important (to both of us).
A sign in our home: We're adults, when did that happen and HOW can we make it stop?  
Speaking for ourselves, we have no plans to grow-up anytime soon. After all, what's the advantage? Besides that we're still having too much fun.

As to how he's spending today, we're attending a CPR training course. Yes, I know, it's not a fun way to spend a birthday, but the course was already scheduled when we registered. 
The weekend gets better on Saturday afternoon and evening. It's my treat to an ice cream sundae from our favorite local place. and dining out at a local restaurant. Sunday will include a road trip to an event for his newest interest, ham radio.

Friday, July 14, 2017

Friday Funnies

Somewhere in Nashua, a young lady is missing a shoe, perhaps it's Cinderella? 
This isn't the first time I've found and photographed a lone shoe on the sidewalk or roadway. It always has me wondering, how do folks lose footwear? (This one was photographed on site on the sidewalk near the entrance to a bank in Nashua, NH.)

Enjoy your weekend, Everyone.

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Brunch at the Museum

We watched the Night at the Museum films recently (more about those later in the post). It would have been fun to spend a night in the NYC American Museum of Natural History, instead, we went to Sunday Brunch at the Currier Museum of Art iManchester, NH. 

The museum entrance wasn't as interesting as these two art pieces outside it.

I enjoyed applying a few effects to one of them.
Brunch was served in the museum's Garden Cafe from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Attendees visited the museum before or afterwards. Live jazz music was provided by two musicians who entertained the entire time. 

Formerly called the Currier Gallery of Art, the museum was founded in 1929 from a bequest of former NH Governor Moody Currier and his wife. It features European and American paintings, decorative arts, photographs and sculpture.

The building was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1979. In September 2002, the Gallery changed its name to the Currier Museum of Art. The permanent collection includes works by PicassoMatisseMonetO'KeeffeCalder, Wyeth, Sargent, and Frank Lloyd WrightOne room was dedicated to these four Monet paintings. 

Here'e two very different portraiture styles. One can be easily recognizable as that of Spanish artist Pablo Picasso, regarded as one of the most influential artists of the 20th century and co-founder of the Cubist movement. The other portrait is by American artist John Singer Sargent considered to be the leading portrait painter of his time for his paintings showing Edwardian era luxury. (Which do you prefer?)

This sculpture is by Frederic Sackrider Remington, an American painter, sculptor, and writer specializing in depictions of the Old American West. Coincidentally, he was a cousin of Eliphalet Remington, founder of the Remington Arms Company, considered America's oldest gunmaker. 
Edward Hopper was a prominent American realist painter and printmaker. He maintained a studio in Greenwich Village in NYC and spent summers in New England in Cape Cod, MA, in the town of Truro from the 1930s-1950s. 

In addition to classical art, the museum also features several temporary exhibits, including contemporary pieces like BioLath by NH multimedia artist Soo Sunny Park. An entire room was filled with this art installation. It looked like a lot of wire lathe with light strings and was not especially interesting to me.

This art was far more interesting. It's not a photograph, but a very detailed, exacting and realistic oil painting. The building details and reflections were amazing in this piece. (Unfortunately, I can't recall the artist's name.)

Now, about those museum movies. If you haven't seen the fantasy-comedy Night at the Museum trilogy you've missed some fun.The films span an 8-year period(2006-2014) and the ensemble cast includes Ben Stiller, Owen WilsonRobin WilliamsRicky GervaisSteve CooganPatrick GallagherRami MalekMizuo PeckMickey RooneyBill Cobbs, Dick Van DykeMost cast members returned for the sequels.

Night at the Museum (2006) - Larry Daley, a divorced father can't keep a job for more than a week and applies for a job at the American Museum of Natural History. He's hired as a night guard. Soon, a seemingly easy job turns out to be quite an adventure when an ancient tablet causes the museum's exhibits to come to life from nightfall until dawn.

Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian (2009) - After several exhibits are transferred to the Smithsonian in Washington, DC. Dexter, a mischievous capuchin monkey steals the magic tablet of Ahkmenrah, Larry teams up with his old friends 
(Teddy Roosevelt, Sacagawea, Jedidiah, Octavius, Dexter, Attila the Hun) and a new ally, Amelia Earhart, to get it back from Ahkmenrah's resurrected brother Kahmunrah and some other villainous exhibits, including Ivan the Terrible and Al Capone. 

Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb (2014) - Five years after the last film, Larry learns that the tablet's of magic is failing and that the figures will permanently return to their former state. Larry and friends travel to a fictional British Museum to undo the curse aided by Ahkmenrah's parents and Sir Lancelot of Camelot.

We didn't binge-watch these films, but enjoyed them over several nights. As they're a part of our DVD collection, we'll re-watch them again. (Maybe one day we'll spend a night at the museum as there's now an adult sleepover program . Until then, the museum brunch was wonderful as was the visit.)

Monday, July 10, 2017

Family Gathering

As families, we gather for events, many of which are happy times — holidays, births, weddings, and birthdays. There is also the sadness of a family member's passing. 

Last weekend, our family traveled from 4 states (CT, NH, PA, and RI) to a 5th state, NJ (home state to many adult family members). We came to remember and say farewell to an aunt, sister, and sister-in-law. In sadness, there is also happiness at being together. 

Grandchildren Ellie and Bobby came from RI with their mom, Shannon.
Shannon with sister Coleen and youngest granddaughter, Lilliana.
Lilliana and her parents Paulo and Coleen traveled from from PA.
Pat's (Grenville) aunt and uncle, Anita and Russ traveled from CT for a first time meeting with their great great niece Lilliana. 
Grandpa Grenville spent time with Ellie and Bobby.
And with Lilliana, who will be 7 months old later this month.

Ellie and Bobby also took turns holding their cousin Lilliana. 
And, they delighted in showing her a cell phone.

Lilliana is the youngest family member and by far was the most photographed one. 
We'll be seeing these family members in a few short weeks as we are together again for another event — a happier one — granddaughter Ellie's 6th birthday.
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