Sunday, June 26, 2016

Kaylee's turn in the spotlight...

Yesterday was Kaylee's turn to be in the spotlight.  A couple of weeks ago Kaylee's sister, Dorothy, was in her school's musical performance of Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. Yesterday Kalee's dance school produced their yearly recital.  The school produces some very talented dancers.  But, of course, we were there for our Kaylee so all of my camera's attention directed at her!


Kaylee's mom, Sherri, applies makeup before the performance.
 

Ready for the stage!


 
 Kaylee is third from the right.
 

 
Kaylee receives accolades from her adoring public.
 



 
Late night dinner and a big dessert!

 
  
Kaylee admits that practice, practice, practice is not nearly as much fun as performing in front of her audience.  But Kaylee definitely loves being on the boards and possesses an ability to light up an audience.
 
 
 

 

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Some recent happenings...

Here are a few updates on what we have been doing in the last few days:

Playin' with Kay and Dot...




 
 

 Father's Day...
Sherri baked one of her fabulous pies for which she is becoming famous!  Strawberry rhubarb which was dessert for our Father's Day feast!

"Father" Don setting up to do some serious campfire cooking.

"Father" Bob (me), "Father" Steve (Sherri's dad) and "Father" Don (our oldest son) celebrating Father's Day!
 
 
 
Capturing some nature...
 

Yesterday was the first day of summer but we cannot let spring off the hook this year without mentioning the plague of pollen we have experienced.  We have had a long spring starting it in March in North Carolina and finishing with it here in Massachusetts.  Some day in the next couple of weeks we will get a good soaking summer shower that will wash all this pollen off us. 

 A chipmunk snoozed one afternoon outside our bedroom window.
 
The chipmunks own this section of woods outnumbering squirrels greatly.
 




 
 
 
Uh oh! ...
 
 
 Father's Day I discovered a "leak" slowly dripping from our hot water heater.  This is really not good.  The water heater is still working but a pin hole has opened in the tank weld.
Luckily it is draining to the outside and not to the inside.
 
I took some paneling apart to make sure we were not getting wet inside the coach. Beneath the spaghetti  mess of wiring to the AC circuit breaker panel and the 12 volt DC fuse panel is the water heater which is surrounded by the white styrofoam below.  I think I could install a new water heater myself but after Joanie saw that I would have to negotiate through all this wiring, she told me to higher an RV tech to do the job.  The tech I called said that the part will not be in until July 5.  So we drip.
 
 
Mall shopping with Dot...

Dot wanted to eat lunch at a fancy "bait shop".  The sushi runs around the restaurant on a conveyer and you just grab what you want.  The new automat.

Dot and her grandma shoppin".
 
 
 

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

A Little Boston History and a Duck Boat...

We waited until after the morning rush hour and took the commuter train from Littleton to Boston's North Station for the purpose of seeing a little of the oldest big city in America. Cars, trains and boats were our modes of transportation.



The trains that make up the greater Boston MTA are all color coded to aid the public rider.  The commuter trains are all purple; just follow the purple lines on the map.  The city trains are Red, Blue, Green or Orange. The commuter trains that service the whole eastern half of Massachusetts terminate in Boston at North Station which is in the neighborhood called the North End or they terminate in South Station which is not in the South End but closer to the area called China Town. Why?  Don't ask.

Waiting until rush hour is over means you do not have to "keep up with the heard".  Travel is much more enjoyable.

 
One way to tour Boston is on the famous Duck Boats, a WWII method of transportation of troops into battle .  You can catch a duck boat from a couple locations in Boston including the Museum of Science.

While waiting to board the duck boat, we were entertained by this big fellow who guards the Science Museum.



The Bell in Hand is one of numerous pubs in Boston the most famous being Cheers.  Out numbering pubs by far, of course, are Dunkin Doughnuts.  The company's advertising slogan, "America runs on Dunkin"  is totally true, at least in Boston where there seems to be one on every corner.
 
  There are innumerable statues and monuments throughout Boston.  This one was recently festooned during a gay pride parade.
 

The memorial to the 54th Massachusetts Regiment that was seen in the movie Glory, is one of the many monuments recounting the history of Boston.

 The Massachusetts' State House.  Actually Massachusetts is not a state.  It is a commonwealth along with Virginia, Pennsylvania and Kentucky. The building was designed by Charles Bullfinch a leading architect of 1798 had a dome that was originally shingled in wood and later clad in copper.  The copper is now covered in gold leaf.
We went from being a tour bus to being a tour boat. This is the Charles River Dam Bridge.

 We plunged into the Charles River mostly staying dry.
 

 The skyline of downtown Boston from the Charles River looking over the Longfellow Bridge.
Longfellow Bridge is being restored.
 
 
 Not being acclimated to the big city, we started to be a little wore out by having to keep up the evening rush hour heard, the exhaust fumes and our heads being filled with all this history of Boston and were glad to find a seat on the crowded commuter train back to Littleton.