Day After Thanksgiving

Brian has gone to get Matthew for our part of the Thanksgiving holiday weekend. Tesla is with her father for his part of the holiday weekend. She’s coming back home by the time her brother gets here with Brian. She’s very excited to see Matt. I’m enjoying a few days off of work, having today off as a holiday too. I’m thoroughly enjoying it, as I do laundry.  Might as well get a jump on it. Thanksgiving Day was very nice. Delicious food that everyone contributed. My house was full of people, and I love that. My parents, Brian, and I played a card game called Hand and Foot. Brian and my dad crushed mom and I. They haven’t been playing nearly as long as Mom and I. It was a bit of a disgrace to lose. But that’s okay, we had fun and only had to tell my dad it was his turn every minute or two.

Like pretty much everyone else celebrating Thanksgiving, I overate. No longer having a gallbladder, that’s a foolish thing to do. And I paid for it just like I said I would when I sat back down with seconds. And then late last night, I decided to eat some spicy pizza with Brian and my acid reflux went off the hook. Now my throat is sore to the point where I can’t even drink hot coffee from bringing the spicy pizza back up around 3 am. I told Brian, “no more spicy pizza for me at night. My throat feels like I swallowed acid.”

Just finished swapping the laundry. The lint came out so pretty. I almost want to use it for a craft!

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We’ve been painting rocks and hiding them, and when I say we, I mostly mean me. Brian paints rocks, but, doesn’t hide them. And, when I hide his rocks, he yells at me for hiding them. Ok, maybe not yells, but asks why I’m hiding his rocks. LOL I said, “you got to hide them because we’re not painting them for ourselves.” I think he just forgets to hide them.

SafeLite Auto is coming out to fix my windshield today. We’ve come to the conclusion it was hit by a rock and not shot by a pellet gun. Though, if my windshield was completely shot out by an actual bullet, it wouldn’t surprise me. York has had so much violence and drug overdoses this year. I really hope the new mayor can do something to change things. I don’t live in York. Working downtown is scary enough. Gun fights at corner markets a block from my office. Road rage incidents that led to death. A young girl being gang-raped near the York Fairgrounds. And the heroin epidemic is so bad the local television station is doing a year-long report on it. York County has the second highest rate of overdoses in the state. This absolutely shocks me because York county is mostly rural. The child abuse and neglect is also ridiculously high. And, there are 12 prisoners on death row from York County, out of the 156 in Pennsylvania. That seems high. I pray for my county, country and the world. Outside of my happy house, it’s scary. So, I’ll just enjoy my day of laundry and wait for my family to return to the nest. Only about 5 hours to go and I’m going to binge watch “Medium” the entire time.

Well, between laundry loads.

Thanks for stopping by and reading my post. I hope you and your family had a wonderful Thanksgiving full of the fellowship, love and really good food!

#EatingLeftovers

~P.

York County Veteran’s Fundraiser

We owe our freedom to those who have served our country. Here is a great way to show your appreciation and have a great time.

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A fun day of horseshoes is planned for Saturday, June 13th at the Prospect Hill Cemetery in York to help raise money for local York County Veterans.

The proceeds from the event “Pitching for Patriots” will go toward the York County Veterans Outreach.

Registration fee is $20 and begins at 8 am until 10 am. The tournament will begin at 10:30 am and run until 6 pm.

Along with the horseshoe tournament there will be food and prizes. Vendors joining for the day will be Neverforgotten BBQ, Bricker’s Famous French Fries and Willow Hill Ice Cream. There will be an area for kids to play games and win prizes.

Commemorative t-shirts and bracelets will also be sold to raise funds.

Jen Shade, radio personality from 105.7 the X, will make an appearance during the registration time.

Participants and sponsors are needed to make this day successful.

For more information visit http://www.salute4service.org.

Thank you to all our veterans for you selfless service to our country.

~P.

Beautiful Defunct Quarry~Photos

Nestled in the woods. Not a soul around.

Empty buildings. Vandalized.

Huge concrete structures. Former ??

Enormous limestone cliffs. Danger!

Deep water. Hidden things.

Beautiful. Creepy.

~P.

I’ve heard there is a little bit of everything in this quarry. Jimmy Hoffa??

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Lastly, if you know where this quarry is, please do NOT share it. Thank you.

Reminds Me of Dirty Cotton

Ying and I are home chilling on the couch; I have a spiced rum and coke, he has a strange smell to himself that he wishes to share with my legs and butt, nearly curled in a circle, chin resting on my right foot. This is a big no-no, but I let him snuggle when Brian’s not home. Shhh, don’t tell.

I am watching Access Hollywood for no particular reason. Katy Perry is on. Tesla loves Katy Perry. Those costumes from her tour are amazing.

Wow, Bruce Jenner is really changing his looks.  I’ve never seen his show. I bet that’s crazy stuff.

Speaking of crazy, activity on my blog has been crazy, especially yesterday. The Amish Mafia post kicked up a storm. Not as big as Lady Gaga creating her own religion. I’m not sure where balloons fall for popular posts. Don’t mind me. My brain wanders, but does return.

Today was less busy with visits, as the regular followers of Amish Mafia already read it. They’re usually one-shot readers. Instead, today it got specific as comments mounted and defenses on both ends went up. I have no idea if the Amish Mafia people read my regular, usually rather boring, life posts. (I have no idea who reads my blog unless you like or comment) I am the middle of the tug-of-war between one woman, with a supposed load of emails from the lead character, where they have a love affair online. The other end of the rope is another woman involved with a character on the show. Seriously, it could be an episode on the show, except it’s real life.

Moving on, the York Mayor was in a commercial about helping homeless children in York. I met Mayor Bracey at a function for the Youth Center.   We talked quite a bit and she knew Brian well. Brian’s considering a career change.  She would make a great reference.  I think she’s doing a good job. Of course, I don’t walk down West Jackson Street after dark either.

Ying moved to the other end of the couch. I guess my ass and legs weren’t comfortable enough. He needs his hair trimmed. The fuzz on his butt is getting out of control, like squirrels fought a battle there. It reminds me of dirty cotton.

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Thirty minutes till my man is home.

~P.

York, PA Saint Patrick’s Day Parade 2015

Last year I walked the parade with the York County Youth Development Center. This year I decided to watch the parade and take photos.

Happy Saint Patrick’s Day!

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Thanks for stopping by my blog!

~Pattie

England Takes a Bad Turn OR Stupid York County Intersection

I belong to a group on Facebook called You Know You’re From York, PA When. It was this group that gave me the idea to do the You Know You’re From Dover, PA When page. Anywho, I posted this photo by Thommy Abbott in the York Group. Thommy is a volunteer firefighter at Lincolnway Volunteer Fire Company. He works in security at Allied Barton. I know all this from stalking his Facebook page.

Enough about Thommy (which I pronounce in my head with the Th and not To) and onward to the actual photo and comments that followed.

You know you’re from York PA when intersections are just laid out stupid.

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I knew this photo would get Yorkers going on Facebook. The England driver was going to be ribbed and the intersection was going to be declared dangerous (as it should be) and I couldn’t wait to read the comments.

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A truckload of Harley’s dumped onto George Street?! OMG that is horrible!  My comment on where the driver came from is just a guess. I didn’t see this happen, but I would have been glad to stop and take pictures if I had.

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I don’t know what the driver was thinking, if he was just following his GPS, lost, or just having a really stupid moment that he would seriously regret.

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This time there was lime deodorant in the comments. That made me pause for translation.

Lots of stories about vehicles getting stuck at the George/Church/Starview intertrap, I mean, intersection.

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Necole (love the spelling, props to her momma-what’s up with York Countian’s name spelling?) shared another view of the England debacle from inside her school bus. Look, the light is green Nicole. Stop rubbernecking. . . just kidding. I’d have been rubbernecking.

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So the comments were informative and funny. Lots of people think there should be changes to the intersection BEFORE someone has to die.

What do you think?

~P

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Last Night, I Took Hines Ward Back to His Hotel Room

What a sweet smile!

What a sweet smile!

Last night, I took Hines Edward Ward, Jr. back to his hotel room, but that’s jumping ahead in the story. Let me back up.

Every year the York County Youth Development Center (YDC) holds their annual fundraiser and secures a speaker that will draw a crowd. This year the keynote speaker was professional football player for the Steelers from 1998 to 2012, winner of Dancing with the Stars in 2011, and current NBC studio analyst, Hines Ward.

My fiance Brian, Ward and I

My fiance Brian, Ward and I

The fundraiser began with a private meet and greet with Ward in the upstairs portion of York City’s Valencia Ballroom. There, fans were able to meet Ward, have their photo taken and get his autograph. Ward was gracious, chatting with individuals and never rushing anyone along in line.

Before dinner was served the audience heard from Mayor Kim Bracey, YDC director, Rodney Wagner, Secretary of the Department of Welfare, Beverly Mackereth, former YDC resident, Chris Wilhelm and art teacher at YDC, Ophilea Chambliss.

Kim Bracey Mayor of York City

Kim Bracey
Mayor of York City

Rodney Wagner Director of the York County Youth Development Center

Rodney Wagner
Director of the York County Youth Development Center

Beverly Mackenreth Secretary of The Department of Welfare

Beverly Mackereth
Secretary of The Department of Welfare

Chris Wilhelm Former YDC resident

Chris Wilhelm
Former YDC resident

Ophelia Chambliss Art instructor at YDC

Ophelia Chambliss
Art instructor at YDC

Wilhelm gave a moving speech about his life and experiences at YDC. At 13 years old, he found himself kicked out of his father’s home with nowhere to live. He was taken in at YDC for his first of many stays at the center. He is the first and only child that ever rode his bicycle to and from his part time job while residing at YDC. At twenty years old and nearly at the age where kids max out for assistance at YDC, Wilhelm began experiencing pain in his ankle and thought he had sprained it playing basketball with other YDC residents. In the middle of a vicious snowstorm in 2010, Chris called for an ambulance to pick him up. After many tests, the doctors told Chris it wasn’t a sprained ankle, it was cancer and if he wanted to live longer than two more years, he would need to have his leg amputated from below the knee down.

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Wilhelm

Chris wanted to live and went forward with the surgery, meanwhile the youth residents raised money to help pay for his medical bills, something Chris will never forget and can’t thank them enough for doing. Now he is going to school to be an EMT so that someday when someone calls for an ambulance in the middle of a snowstorm, he will be the one to answer the call. Chris received a standing ovation following his speech, touching the heart of every person in the audience with his bravery and perseverance.

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YDC Streetbeats

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YDC Streetbeats were a hit with the crowd.

YDC Streetbeats were a hit with the crowd.

Following dinner, the YDC Streetbeats performed their junkyard drumming. The audience loved the driving beat and I overheard people stating how amazing it was to make music from five gallon buckets and frying pans. The kids were nervous before going onstage before nearly 400 people, but once they began playing they got their groove on and all nervousness was beaten away.

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Finally it was time for Ward to speak. He was nattily dressed and looking very handsome. He took his place behind the podium and everyone was ready to hang on his every word. He began by giving his background, born in Seoul, South Korea, to a Korean mother and an African American father and the difficulties that alone brought into his life. The American children didn’t want anything to do with him and neither did the Korean. His father divorced his mother when Ward was 2 years old and he was sent to live with his paternal grandmother after his father convinced the courts that his mother was unfit to raise him on her own. Ward Sr. was not involved in his son’s life other than to tear him from his mother. At age 7 he was reunited with her and never reconciled with his father. This portion of Wards speech really touched me on a personal level. It was at that point that I suddenly wanted to privately talk to Ward, and I knew I could make that happen because I was riding in the car that was taking him back to his hotel room. Call it luck, or call it fate, I was going to chat with Ward and tell him how I could relate to his story.

Dancing at the Valencia

Dancing at the Valencia

Huge fans  Samantha & Sherry Ward

Huge fans
Samantha & Sherry Ward

Ward spoke for 45 minutes, taking the time for a question and answer session following his speech and even allowing people to come up on stage for a dance pose and photos. I couldn’t get over how genuine a person Ward was and how well he handled the audience questions. He was asked anything from his most memorable play to why people referred to him as a dirty player. Also the topic of domestic violence came up, all which he answered with insight and honesty. When he finished with the last question he was ushered out the back door of the Valencia and next thing I knew, I had my private moment to chat with the man that had my friends extremely jealous of me.

First thing I said was how his story as a child really touched me personally. He smiled and I told him how I had been involved in a long divorce and that my ex-husband had been given majority physical custody of our daughter because he was still living in the marital home. In 2010 I was on state assistance for food and medical insurance and decided to go to college. I graduated in May and now have a great job and two weeks ago I took my now ex-husband to court, representing myself and was awarded joint custody. My daughter, now 8 years old, will spend a week with her father and a week with my fiancé Brian (a supervisor at YDC) and me.

I said, “I know people came to hear you talk about football and Dancing with the Stars, but honestly, your personal story is what really made the biggest impact on me.” He thanked me for sharing my story and said, “I want people to relate to me and my story. You could have just given up when you were going through the divorce and needed assistance from the state but you didn’t. You pushed for more and used the system for how it was intended. You persevered through adversity and made your life better instead of throwing your hands up in the air in defeat. That’s what I want people to get from my story. I don’t expect people to recognize me on the street. I don’t think of myself as a celebrity. I’m just a guy who had a rough childhood but was determined to be successful at football and I made it happen. Too many kids think things should just be given to them and they don’t want to work. The young man who spoke tonight, that’s the type of kid I want to help by doing events like this. He got cancer and didn’t let it stop him.”

I agreed with Ward and mentioned that I had gone to India with my college, seeing and experiencing the poverty and nearly unbelievable living conditions. When I came home I spoke at YDC, sharing what I had seen and learned and the youth at the center were very interested in my story. Ward said growing up in South Korea as a child he had to make the decision to do the right thing and live a clean life or turn to drugs and fighting. He said some kids never get the opportunity to see how other horrible the conditions are for those living outside the USA and that’s a shame. Maybe seeing how bad others have life would make them strive to better their own as they have many more opportunities in the U.S. than outside. Ward, who is a newlywed as of July this year, feels blessed. He has a supportive wife who misses him when he travels, but understands the demands of his speaking engagements. He loved his time with the Steelers and gained a whole new fan base participating in Dancing with the Starts. I asked him if he would appear on The Amazing Race if asked and he said he would love to. At this point his promoter spoke for the first time saying they had been approached, but because The Amazing Race broadcasts on a competing station they were unable to accept. I said, “Awww, that’s a shame! It would be great to get to travel around the world but it would be hard because you’d want to take in the sights even though it is a race.” Ward replied, “I took in the sights when I was in the Ironman competition, but I also realized I wasn’t going to win that. If I was in The Amazing Race the competitive side of me would kick in and I wouldn’t want to even sleep. I’d be too focused on taking first place, but I’d still take the time to look around as I raced.”

The trip from the Valencia to the Marriott went quickly and before I knew it, my private chat with Ward had come to an end. I had accomplished my goal, to let him know it was his personal story that made the biggest impact on me that night, not how many Pro Bowls he had been in or how many touchdowns he made or even how nimble a dancer he is. He genuinely seemed to appreciate that my interest in his life had nothing to do with his fame and I think that is what makes Ward such a likeable guy. His life wasn’t about becoming famous; it was about overcoming adversity and coming out on top.

It was great to support YDC and meet Hines Ward. A win, win for everyone!

~P.

Supporters of YDC

Supporters of YDC

Silent auction items

Silent auction items

 

39th Annual Oyster Festival York PA

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Today was a day full of York heritage and the funky smell of oysters. Dale and I took Tesla, Blaine and Andrew to the Agricultural and Industrial Museum to celebrate the amazing heritage here in York County. The museum is huge and today, it was crowded but we managed our way around to check out as much as possible.  We also tasted the oyster sandwiches, macaroni & cheese, pulled pork sandwiches and many of the homemade sweets.

Icemaker

Icemaker

Spring Garden Township Firetruck

Spring Garden Township Firetruck

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These bikes do not look comfortable.

These bikes do not look comfortable.

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The kids LOVED this old truck.

The kids LOVED this old truck.

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Pfaltzgraff Pottery

Pfaltzgraff Pottery

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Trolley donated by Dover Township

Trolley donated by Dover Township

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American Indian dancing and music

American Indian dancing and music

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Frank Little Bear

Frank Little Bear

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Joining in the dancing!

Joining in the dancing!

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Hawk foot in head dress

Hawk foot in head dress

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Mt Joy Flour

Mt Joy Flour

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Water wheel for the mill

Water wheel for the mill

Warner Dairy

Warner Dairy

cow milking time!

cow milking time!

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Utz chips

Utz chips

cool cows

cool cows

bizarre painting at the meat grinders

bizarre painting at the meat grinders

Stauffer's Biscuits

Stauffer’s Biscuits

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Taste testing!

Taste testing!

Cigar factories were plentiful in York, PA

Cigar factories were plentiful in York, PA

Type set

Type set

York Daily Record print plate

York Daily Record print plate

loose type set

loose type set

vintage printing press

vintage printing press

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hard work but cool print

hard work but cool print

Before cellphones

Before cellphones

Dentist's Supply York PA

Dentist’s Supply York PA

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In the courtyard

In the courtyard

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Reddy Kilowatt

Reddy Kilowatt

We had a great afternoon and learned a good deal about the agricultural and industrial businesses of York. I had no idea oysters were so popular in York! ~P.

Flooding in York County PA

It’s been raining for two days and the streams and creeks have breached their banks….and it’s STILL RAINING!!!

Click on the first thumbnail to open the flooding gallery.  Thanks for stopping by!  ~Pattie

Tractor Tree

I spotted this tractor being hauled down Carlisle Road on my way to college.  I thought it was strange that they didn’t cut the tree out of the tractor.  It did look pretty cool being pulled down the city streets.  LOL  The tree made it even more interesting.  ~P.

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