Friday, March 28, 2014

Plantasia: March 22nd, 2014




There’s one thing I love about the end of March (besides the fact that I’m off snowplowing duty!) – it’s time for Plantasia, the annual garden show at the Hamburg Fairgrounds. It’s a great place to shop, get ideas and just get an overall taste of spring – while trying to convince yourself (especially after this year!) that, yes, spring is REALLY coming!










This year’s theme was “Party in the Garden” – this display had one of the best party themes going!


















There was a lot of outdoor lifestyle displays, like this backyard golf course:

















…and this cool treehouse (it just screams Mayan temple to me!):





















There were also lots of succulents…

















…and lots of whimsy!



One thing I wasn’t crazy about: too many “non-garden” sales pitches. I understand grill pans and wine for the party theme, but handmade soaps and candles are a little off-topic. I was also really hoping there would be more landscapers at the show who don’t work exclusively with one type of stone product – because I have all the stone I need for my project, I just want it rearranged!

Monday, February 24, 2014

And so the calendar begins to fill…

In the midst of all this snow, cold and outright dreariness, there are a couple of things that are bright lights in my cruel world – 1) gardening season is on the way and 2) filling my calendar with cool things to do in the spring, summer and fall!

One of my favorite ways to travel is via organized bus trips – leave the driving and the parking to someone else! Last year, I went on bus trips to Toronto and the Bronx for Yankees games, QVC and King of Prussia Mall in Pennsylvania, and Canandaigua in the Finger Lakes region. This year, I’ve got five bus trips on the radar, four of which are booked: Yankees games in Toronto and Cleveland, Cooperstown to the Baseball Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, NASCAR at The Glen and a trip to Seneca Allegany Casino to see (some of) the Osmonds…don’t judge, I’m reliving my childhood!

I’ve got a couple other trips planned, as well as some day trips and some races out in central NY. Then there’s the Garden Festival, other fun stuff happening in and around Buffalo, (free or cheap) concerts…see how the calendar fills up?!?!

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Farewell to the Captain

It’s been tough being a NY Yankees fan for the last few years: first Jorge Posada, then Andy Pettitte and Mariano Rivera, and now Derek Jeter. The last member of the “Core Four” has announced that 2014 will be his last season, ending one heck of a run as a Yankee.

all photos: paulathompsonfreelance.com

I remember Dad talking about this kid at short stop who was going to be phenomenal – I snicker when I say “kid” because he’s only a couple years younger than me, but let’s face it, back then I was a kid and so was he! Over the last few years, I’ve had the opportunity to see all four members of the “Core Four” play in Toronto, Cleveland and the Bronx, including watching the “Sandman” enter Yankee Stadium to the strains of Metallica. After Mo’s amazing send off last year, and the heroics displayed by Pettitte in his final game, I can only imagine what this year’s farewell tour will look like.


I’ve said since Posada left that I wish the “Core Four” had retired together so they could all go into the Baseball Hall of Fame together. They might not all make the Hall, but I’m pretty sure there will be a couple more trips to Cooperstown in my future.