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Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Shopping for Craft Beers at Uptown Beverage in Rotterdam, New York

Eric drove to Uptown
Beverage on Altamont

Buy your New York State
if you're feeling lucky...

Arizona Teas &
Fruit Drinks

Eric continues his search
for craft beers to share
with friends.

gets around....

It looks like 
everything is
on sale.

Saint Bernardus Beers
are dee-lish!

The selection beers in the
Beer Cave is impressive.

Ommegang Beers are always
a welcome sight.

Uptown Beverage
cold cases go on

The Stella Artois display
includes stemmed glasses
for sale.

The glasses are graceful.  Sometimes I wish we had a house so I could buy nice looking glass glasses.  Alas, life in a motorhome makes this type of purchase impractical.

a shelf.

Wine Coolers &
Hard Lemonade

The beer selections
here go on & on... 

I like Uptown Beverage.  There are lots and lots of beer selections here.  I'm not sure how the store is organized, but it's fun to walk around browsing while Eric does the serious shopping.

Shopping for Craft Beers at Oliver's Beverage in Albany, New York

This winter we will be camping with beer loving friends,  (You know who you are.) and Eric is shopping for some very special beers to share....

Our first stop is
Oliver's Beverage 
Center on Colvin 
Avenue in Albany.

Oliver's is Eric's go-to store for craft beers in the Capital Region.

Eric has a list & he's checking
it twice....

My job is to wander around the store and stay out of his way.

Oliver's sells mini kegs.

So cute...

Close to home...

The Corona Corner is
adjacent to the Blue
Moon display.

Get your Wine Coolers

I found a giant
Samuel Adams

beers are displayed

Beers are grouped by

... & by states.

The Brew Crew at
Oliver's has a large
cold case.

Beverages are ready
for any occasion.

Cider lovers... There's a
nice selection here. 

Oliver's has mixers too.

I met Eric at checkout.  He's very pleased with his choices.

He puts our purchases
in the back of the Jeep.

Our next craft beer shopping stop is Uptown Beverage on Altamont Avenue in Rotterdam.

Sunday, October 8, 2017

Our Grandson Sean Comes to Rotterdam for a Visit

Sean brought some homework with him.  His Preschool Teacher provided a worksheet for Sean's adults to record and record the titles of five books that Sean has shares with them.


He & Grandpa are reading

The tongue twisting book leaves Grandpa's mouth numb.  He adds this book to Sean's homework sheet.

I catch Sean admiring
himself in the bathroom
mirror while he plays
in the soapy water.

Sean gets his own table
for lunch outside our

Sean spends some quiet
time with Great Grandma.

He and Grandpa have a tradition...  They yuck it up in the bathroom mirror.  (Geez, Sean spends a lot of time admiring at himself in the mirror.)

They have lots of
fun together.

Eric takes over the camera..

Sean & I read Peanut Brains &

This is Sean's favorite

I added this title to Sean's worksheet.  His homework is done, for now. 

Friday, October 6, 2017

What Else Is Going On In Jerry's Neighborhood? More Change

The front porch pillars
& front steps have been

The front of the house
is getting a makeover,
from the top floor to
the front porch, & its
new front steps.

I found a house
that is undergoing
major renovation.

It looks like the garage
has been removed.

The front steps are
gone too.

Many of the houses in Jerry's neighborhood date to the 1950s and later decades.  These older homes are being rehabbed and updated to meet the changing needs of their current owners and, for new residents.

Breakfast at The Blue Benn in Bennigton, Vermont

Eric and I recently drove to Bennington, Vermont for breakfast, one hour and 15 minutes east of Schenectady, New York.

iconic diner.

This compact diner is one of
manufactured by the
Paterson Vehicle Company
The Blue Benn opened in 1948.  Current owners, Sonny and Marylou, welcome hungry diners from near and far.  

The diner's specials are posted
above the multi-use
counter top. 

Everyone here has
been warned....

Eric added a Blueberry Pancake
to his breakfast of Eggs, Bacon,
Home Fries & Rye Toast.

I feasted on Poached Eggs
on Hash with Home Fries
& Rye Toast.

My grandfather, Anicet Quenneville (born in 1879), loved telling me stories of his life as a Lumberjack in Canada in the waning years of the 1800s.  After the best of the meats were served to the Loggers, the remaining, inferior cuts, were ground up and mixed with whatever was on hand to make Hash.  Eggs topped the meat mix to complete the breakfast.  Grandpa liked Poached Eggs on his Hash. 

My Aunt Blanche preferred serving her 86 year old father Cream of Rice Cereal for breakfast, but would relent when Grandpa got demanding. 

I enjoy my breakfast memories as Eric and I eat our flavorful, filling breakfasts.  The men cooking here are doing a very good job. 

After a quick spin around Bennington, Eric turned west, toward home.

Monday, September 25, 2017

Visiting Ghostly Haunts in Albany, New York

Looking for ghosts and their ghostly haunts?  Join the Ghosts of Albany Walking Tour for an hour and a half of supernatural stories in historic downtown Albany.

Our guide, Colin, takes our
tour group back in time as
we visit Albany's oldest

Ghost Factoid: Ghosts move
at the speed of thought....

The Albany area was inhabited by the Mohegan Tribe when Henry Hudson and his crew ofaboard the Half Moon sailed up the river that would be named for him in 1609.  Dutch farmers settled near the Hudson River and maintained friendly relationships with natives.  In 1664 control of this Dutch Colony was transferred to the British.

We stand in front of St. Peter's
 Episcopal Church, the site of
 Howe's haunting.
A member of the British Army during the French and Indian War, General Howe was killed during a skirmish near French held Ticonderoga on July 6, 1758.   His body was transported to Albany and interred in the crypt of the original St. Peter's Church, on current day State Street.

General Howe's remains were disinterred from the original St. Peters and brought to its permanent burial site at the current St. Peter's church, several hundred feet further up State Street, in 1802.  The General's head was not with his remains.  He has been seen, over the past 215 years, walking back and forth between the old church and his current "home," looking for his missing head.

Ghost Factoid: Ghosts that are looking for something are called missionary ghosts.

Ghost Factoid: Ghosts that experienced trauma at the time of death are called wandering ghosts.

At the foot of State Street hill is
the SUNY System Administration
Building, known to locals as the
D & H Building.

This uniquely styled building was inspired by the Cloth Hall in Ypres, Belgium.  Begun in 1912 and finished in 1918, the Delaware and Hudson Railroad Headquarters Building's tower would be used as a model to rebuild the bombed out Cloth Building, the site of three World War I battles and the final resting place of thousands of Belgian and German soldiers.

World War I ended and plans for rebuilding began.  The Cloth Building, with its long, storied history would be rebuilt in every detail.  After going over every inch of the badly bombed out building and taking measurements, architects sailed to Albany, with the ghosts of World War I soldiers traveling alongside them.  (Ghosts travel at the speed of thought.)  While the architects surveyed the D and H Building, ghosts who traveled to Albany found their eternal home.  Unattended doors open and close....  I don't know if the ghosts are looking for something or are wandering.

What about the Woman in the White Gown?  Take the tour and find out about the young female ghost in a long white gown.

Colin, in front of Albany's

We are very close to several
haunted sites.

Dutch soldiers and Mohegans
massed here in 1626 before
heading south to attack
the Mohawks.

They were ambushed by the
Mohawks near what is now
Lincoln Park.

It it is said that the ghosts of fallen soldiers and Mohegans watch over the illuminated Gold Star Families Monument located at the center of the park.

Ask about hauntings at the

Public Hangings occurred near
the Robert Abrams Building
for Law & Justice.

The last public hanging occurred there on August 24, 1827.  Visit Cherry Hill Mansion to find out about John Whipple's murder and Jesse Strang's hanging..

During the fall State Capitol
Tours include a talk about
the building's ghosts.

I recommend you take a

has a very angry ghost...

A building on this site was moved across State Street and it's believed that its ghost didn't relocate with it. The ghost wanders the right side of the building, where his home once was, angrily slamming cabinets and doors, looking, in vain for familiar surroundings.

Building is haunted.

The construction worker fell into concrete while it was being poured for the massive foundation that supports this building and was killed.  Employees at the Education Department describe "Jason the Mason" as a helpful apparition.

Albany's Masonic Hall
has a ghost cat.

The cat seems to think that she owns the place and has startled people while they are working.

Albany is an old city and there are lots of ghosts about.  I recommend going on the Ghosts of Albany Walking Tour and finding out about their life stories, their deaths and their afterlife encounters with the living.