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Buffalo, NY

If you know anyone from Buffalo, you know they are Buffalo Proud!  I have been designing new items to reflect our wonderful city.  First up: Buffalo beer and wine glasses!  Mix and match a set- 1 beer and 1 wine glass, or 2 of the same only $14!

There is a lot to do and see here in and around Buffalo, NY!  Please check back often as I will be highlighting different areas around Buffalo and some of my Buffalo themed items.

SNovember

Ok, so it’s been a while!  Every time I think I’m going to stay caught up, I realize it’s been MONTHS since I’ve posted!

Some of you may have seen the news that Buffalo got hit with a crazy lake effect snow storm last month- dubbed Snovember.  Where I live, we ended with an official total of 78″ of snow!  With 3-5” per hour, and it snowed for hours, we got buried!

We were woken up at 5am by a call from school saying it was closed..

Taken out the back door at 5:30am

Taken out the back door at 5:30am

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Looking out the front 5:30am

I took pics every couple hours:

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12:30pm  That's an 8 ft fence in the back yard!

12:30pm That’s an 8 ft fence in the back yard!

And it just kept snowing and piling up….then it fell

Same view out the back, but the snow slid off the roof! 6:30pm

Same view out the back, but the snow slid off the roof! 6:30pm

My husband worked hard to keep the driveway clear, so that when it did finally stop snowing, we wouldn’t be completely buried!  We woke up the next day to some sun, and lots of white!

 

We spent the day shoveling. More snow came and we shoveled some more. The plows finally came, well, not plows but payloaders and bulldozers, then the plows! Towns from the north sent their plows to help.  Neighbors helped neighbors shovel and those that could get out made trips for milk and bread for those still buried.

We finally saw the street on 11/21 and the driving bans were lifted.  First stop- Wegmans for some milk! (and essentials for the neighbors!)

Geocaching

Has anyone tried this?  I signed up for it a few years ago (with an account through geocaching.com) but this was before I had a smart phone and I wasn’t going to buy a handheld GPS unit.  Fast-forward to iPhones and Apps….

Softball is over and we were looking for something to do- I hear a lot more about geocaching on the Girl Scout sites lately.  Thanks to apps and the location devices on our smart phones, you can download and app and find caches.  What are they?  They are containers ranging in size from nanos and micros (think the size of your thumb!) to large ammo boxes.  They will have a log book to sign, and maybe some little items to trade!  Use the app to find caches close to you, and go for a walk…or a hike!  They are EVERYWHERE!  According to geocaching.com, there are over 2,400,000 caches hidden worldwide!

We started looking for caches at the end of July and have over 25 finds so far.  We just hid our 2nd cache today!  We just got our first travel bug and can’t wait to activate it (these are items that travel from cache to cache and their adventures get logged).

You can follow our adventures on Instagram at my.journeys.thru.selfies

Last week we spent the day in Canada at Niagara on the Lake and the Clifton Hill area at Niagara Falls.  Of course, we had to find  a few caches while we were there, and we’re now “international” cachers! 🙂

You can find out more at geocaching.com and maybe start your own adventures!

Our first cache at Buffalo's Outer Harbor

Our first cache at Buffalo’s Outer Harbor

A cool bird house cache!

A cool bird house cache!

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Putting together our own cache!

Putting together our own cache!

Our first micro!

Our first micro!

Caching in Caz park

Caching in Caz park

 

found a trackable in Canada!

found a trackable in Canada!

Caching in Presque Isle, PA.  Dropping off the travel bug.

Caching in Presque Isle, PA. Dropping off the travel bug.

and new photos!

I’ve finally updated the website with more of my favorite photos from 2013 and into 2014.

2 weeks ago we were hit with the polar vortex and the Blizzard of ’14.  Frigid cold temps and brutal winds left behind some wintery beauty!  I took a drive up to Niagara Falls and along Lake Erie- here’s a couple of my favorites, check out my site for more!

Flowing and Frozen

Flowing and Frozen

While the falls didn’t actually freeze, there was a lot of ice along the falls, the gorge and in the trees.  It was starting to thaw and all you could hear was “snap, crackle, pop” as the ice fell out of the trees.

 

Blue River Ice

Blue River Ice

Saw this blue ice along the upper Niagara near the water intakes.  I’ve never seen blue ice before!

 

Mountains along the Shore

Mountains along the Shore

Along the lake shore were these 10-12 foot “mountains” of ice, presumably from the high winds and below zero temps!

Something besides softball

Ok, I figured rather than try and catch up I’ll just start here.  Last week the husband was on vacation and we had THREE softball games that week so we didn’t get to do anything other than day trips.  Our summer has been busy with softball games but this week we got a little other fun in inbetween games!  🙂  I’ll post more about our softball season later….

One day we took the girls down to the waterfront; we walked the stone wall then walked down to the Naval Park.

On Tuesday, the hubby had to go in for a meeting (but got an extra day of vacation out of it!) so my Mom and I took the girls to Sonnenberg Gardens.  The girls had a lot of fun completing the “I Spy” clues.  We had a lot of fun- I’ll post more pics of the gardens later.

 

 

 

 

on the horsies

Saturday we decided to be tourists and took the girls to Niagara Falls.  We walked the Cave of the Winds (the older girls LOVED standing on the Hurricane Deck) and took a ride on the Maid of the Mist.

Hubby and the girls- Cave of the Winds

My girls and I- Cave of the Winds

All of us- Maid of the Mist

It was a fun week and it went too fast.  Another vacation is coming up next month…the girls don’t know where we’re going yet…I can’t wait! 🙂

 

 

 

Sunburn to Frostbite??

Well, it was a crazy weekend here near Buffalo, NY!  On Friday, April 20th we had almost 80° weather.  I was out in shorts and a tshirt and got some sunburn on my legs and arms.  It was my team’s first softball practice and at 6pm it was still 70°!  Hard to believe the news was calling for snow at the beginning of the week!

Sunday was not so nice.  It was my older daughter’s first softball practice.  It was 39° and breezy = COLD!!  Oh, and the sporatic drizzle didn’t help!   The weathermen were calling for even colder weather and 5-9” of snow by Tuesday!

And, of course, it didn’t pan out.  I don’t know how many times the weathermen called for significant snow this winter and we were way below average!  Well, we got a little slush…a total of .8 of an inch that melted by lunchtime.

My poor flowers didn’t like the icy slush!  Glad to say it’s going to be sunny for several days…now if it would just warm up again!

Snow in Buffalo!

Ok, snow in Buffalo, that’s nothing new, right?  In November 2000, we got 3 feet within 1 day, stranding LOTS of motorists including many school buses.  In December 2001 we got 7 feet over a 5 day period- snow was being trucked to Rochester because there was no where to put it. In 2006 we got blasted with the “October Storm”- an unpredicted storm that dropped over 2 feet of snow and caused power outages for thousands of people (for some up to 11 days) and downed LOTS of trees- the leaves hadn’t fallen yet and they caught all that falling snow and the trees couldn’t withstand the weight of the snow- clean up took months.  Last December (2010) the suburbs of Buffalo (in which I live) got over 3 feet of snow in 24 hours.  We have made nation weather news MANY years in a row!

However, this year, snow in January is something to talk about- up until yesterday we were 40 inches BELOW normal snowfall- we’ve only had a few dustings!  Sometime overnight it started to fall and it’s still falling.  The buses were very late this morning (my neighbor drove her girls and mine; good thing because the bus was 40 min late) and traffic was terrible; I stayed home.  All after school activities are canceled; except my girls take ice skating lessons through the town so I do have to go out eventually.  Because of that I figured I should go shovel; the plow did go by and I didn’t want to get stuck at the end of my driveway.  Stupid wind is causing crazy drifts- one side of my driveway has about 2 inches of snow and goes up to almost a foot on the other side!  Oh, did I mention the bottom is a layer of slush from yesterday’s rain?  That and the wind made for miserable shoveling.  I am just now getting the feeling back in my legs and face.  Snow is ok.  Wind chill is not.  Slush is awful.  And the crap the plow pushes across the end of the driveway is the worst!  🙂 And in a little over an hour I will voluntarily be sitting next to an ice rink watching my daugthers twill around on frozen water.

Here’s a quick shot of  my 20° snow covered back yard; yesterday it was a swamp from the 45° rain!                                                                                                                              “You might live in Buffalo if you get sunburned and frostbite in the same week”- gotta love Buffalo!

♪ ♫ Oh, the first snow fall of the winter... ♫ ♪

And as I get ready to publish this post, I hear the plow go by, again.  So, I guess I’m going to shovel, again.  Ugh.

Stay warm and have a great weekend!

ATCs

Now that the Christmas rush is over I found a few minutes to spend in my room.  I had joined a couple of ATC swaps in my favorite ATC FUN group and needed to get working on them!  I finally got them done and a couple I liked so much I had to make extra to keep for myself!  They went postal today and this set is on it’s way to the Netherlands!

fingerprint swap

In December I won the monthly lottery and was lucky to receive 13 beautiful winter themed ATCs.  One of them was a layered scene; I loved the technique, called paper tole, and thought I’d try it myself.  I printed off 3 copies of one of my own photos and took a stab at it…and loved it!

City Hall Reflection tole

This is an awkward angle but I tried to show the layers of the card:

City Hall Reflection tole- side view

Please take a look at my ATC gallery to see the rest of the cards I’ve made recently!

 

 

Happy New Year!

Happy 2012!!  I hope everyone has a great year- wishing you all lots of love and happiness in the coming year!

We’ve started a new family tradition on New Year’s Eve-  3 years ago we went with friends ice skating; last year we wanted to go sledding with my sister and there was no snow on the hill so we went ice skating.  This year… we went ice skating!

Downtown Buffalo has an outdoor rink that’s free and that’s where we’ve gone the last 3 years.  It’s very close to where Buffalo does the ball drop so we usually get to see them setting things up.  Juli was very excited to skate this year (we put skates on her last year but as soon as her feet touched the ice she started crying and wanted to get off the ice).  It was only her second time on the ice (we went Thursday to Buff State’s open skate) but she was thrilled to be skating with the sisters.

The weather wasn’t the best- it was foggy and misty and damp but we wouldn’t let that stop us.  We skated for about an hour then took a ride on the Metro train- couldn’t go downtown without riding the train!  As we skated, we watched the tops of the buildings disappear as the mist settled down on us.

Playing in the “snow”

It’s December 28th and we now have about 1/4 of an inch of snow on the ground.  It’s our 3rd snowfall of the season- we’ve gotten about 1/2 in each time and it lasted about 3 hours then the lawns were green again.  This is Buffalo we’re talking about!  Buffalo, NEW YORK!  Last year we made the national weather channel because Mother Nature dumped 3 1/2 feet on our town in 24 hours!

Anyway, this has not made for happy kids.  A green Christmas, no snow for snowmen, snowballs, sledding…so today the kids begged to go out and play.  The snow has lasted more than a few hours because it’s 22 degrees outside.

Juli made snow angels on the deck- the grass is more green than white.  It’s sad that the girls are excited over our pathetic little snowfall!  lol

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