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July 22, 2015

I'm going to start today to record on a daily basis whatever happens to strike my fancy. So, it is a very cool breezy day. I just posted 5 short book reviews to The Monthly Reading Challenge. I'm suppose to put away some winter wood today from the woodpile outside but I'm playing hookey from work to write so starting this blog will get done.

I'm having a daily fight with a flock of English Sparrows that are trying to take over my barn. They are making a terrible mess so they have to go. I have destroyed several nests so far they don't leave but they get out of the barn when I am around. I'm just starting the fight so I guess I don't know how far I have to go to discourage them.

I'm trying not to spread myself to thin on WDC because I find so many things that are interesting here and I am trying to work on a new story. I really enjoy sitting at my desk with a cup of tea and reading blogs on WDC.

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May 11, 2022 at 4:16pm
May 11, 2022 at 4:16pm
Home Sweet Home: Prompt for Richard and Andre

What food or foods are your town/area noted for? What's the prevalent cuisine? Where is your favorite place to eat out in your neck of the woods?

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"Good insight into your eating habits over the years. *^*HeartO*^* A very simple diet growing up (me:yes), supplementing with homegrown foods (me:no), lots of self restraint (so not me). I was raised on leftovers so that's what it often is. I hate throwing out food. My diet isn't good. I'm often sluggish. I have less urge to eat when I travel."

Well, I'm winging this one. There are lots of small towns in the area. Eating places in small towns come and go. Probably, has a lot to do with cash flow.

The cuisine is so varied I can't find one, that is more prevalent than any other.

Right now, there is a new coffee shop in a close town that, one of my neighbors is raving about on Facebook.

Another town about 16 miles west of us has a gas station with a food venue inside. We can get good chicken tenders there. The same town has a really good hoagie and submarine sandwich shop.

There is a good pizza place 10 miles or so north of us.

The best pizza often comes from my kitchen. I bake it in a Nuwave oven, spread it with whatever sounds good or is available.

There is a McDonald's close. During Covid 19 pandemic they stopped selling salads. The last time we were there we stopped for milkshakes and burgers

We rarely go out to eat. Over the winter food seemed unimportant. I still cook. Baked potatoes, meatloaf, spaghetti, chili, sloppy Joes Tila Pia with vegetables, beef stew, with beef chunks or hamburger stew, chicken with stuffing, or just potatoes and veggies. we have a large variety of different meals at home.

There are lots of fast-food places in the area. McDonalds, Pizza Hut, Taco Bell,

The grocery stores also offer choices of small meals that can be heated up. Some of the grocery stores cook meals. Tops cooks' whole chickens for pick up. Also, whole Thanksgiving dinners can be ordered.

We used to go grocery shopping in one of the larger cities nearby. Stopping at a restaurant was a treat then. We kind of got out of the habit because of Covid-19. Seems like we've been home pretty study for at least two years. That really isn't a bad a thing. Cooking for two people who don't really crave a special kind of food very often is pretty easy.

I looked up Restaurants near us.. This is the list, J.J.s Retro Eatery, Subway, Goldstar's Chinese Restaurant, The Buzz of Union City Cafe, Pizza Hut, Countryside Grill, MaDonna's Family Restaurant. The Frog Pond, and Happi Jax.

Happy Jax is at the lake and only open summers. It is basically takeout. Certain times of the day and times of the year it is so packed you can barely get into the parking area to go order at the window. The food is pretty good.

If I had to choose It would be Subway because of all the fresh veggies, they pile into a sandwich. I don't know what K would chose.

A big thing about food is it's a recreational thing. We have so much recreation time on our hands, that food is not all that big a deal.

My dogs are hungrier than we are. They eat with gusto.

We use to keep a regular eating schedule. The scheduled meals are not so necessary as they use to be.

Nevertheless food is a well versed subject:

"Blueberries" by Robert Frost
Frost's ode to blueberries contains the lines:
"Blueberries as big as the end of your thumb,
Real sky-blue, and heavy, and ready to drum
In the cavernous pail of the first one to come!
And all ripe together, not some of them green"

"The Pumpkin" by John Greenleaf Whittier
Whittier's 19th century poem about pumpkins discusses both eating and carving pumpkins. It contains the lines:
"Then thanks for thy present! none sweeter or better
E’er smoked from an oven or circled a platter!
Fairer hands never wrought at a pastry more fine,
Brighter eyes never watched o’er its baking, than thine!"


Another thought, about food has to do with keeping the children fed as they grow. Once that phase of life is done, food is not as necessary as before. You can pick and chose what you want to eat or not eat.

Word Count:696
May 9, 2022 at 2:30pm
May 9, 2022 at 2:30pm
Home Sweet Home: Sundays's prompt; Tell us about a famous person or persons who lives or came from your Home Sweet Home by Richard.

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If you put in the state name beside the words Famous Person's you will find a very long list of authors, musicians, artists, actors and actresses, politicians and others, in Wikipedia. To many to name them all.

Just to name a few: Sharon Stone was born in a city about 25 miles from me. She was quite famous in the 1990's. Stared with Michael Douglas in Basic Instinct.Also with Leonardo Di Caprio, in The Quick and the Dead.

Will Smith and Taylor Swift are both from this state. Others from the state are Marc Brown a children's Author, Patrich Monahan, W.C. fields, and Bette Ford.

Daniel Dobbs was the builder of the U.S. Naval Fleet for the Battle of Lake Erie. Dobbins Landing is named after him.

I was working in a Donut shop one night after the Crawford County Fair. Dolly Parton was appearing at the fair. She stopped at the donut shop after the fair. I sold her a dozen donuts.

The one I found that was closest to where I live was George Washington. In 1753 He traveled through Union City, Pa. to Fort Le Boeuf on French Creek. There is a statue of him in Waterford where the Fort once stood. Washington was a 21-year-old major in the Virginia militia at that time. He carried a letter to the French at the Fort.

I've always been interested in the amount of famous authors in this state.

Bob Saget —Philadelphia
Diane Salinger —Philadelphia
Richard Sanders — Harrisburg
Tom Savini —Pittsburgh
Jennifer Sciole —Philadelphia
Lizabeth Scott — Scranton
David O. Selznick —Pittsburgh
Amanda Seyfried — Allentown
Craig Sheffer — York
M. Night Shyamalan —Philadelphia
Just to name a few.

Also listed as the most famous author from Pennsylvania is James Mitchener. He won a Pulitzer prize for "tales of the south Pacific." He wrote about Places he traveled while serving in the Navy and other travels during his life.

A couple miles from my home within Crawford County is the second largest natural lake in Pennsylvania. Its' history has been traced to 1798. https://www.canadohtalake.org/

The first name of the lake was Washington Lake, In 1860 the name was changed to Oil Creek Lake. Then 1894 the Lake was renamed for the Chief of the Cornplanter Tribe, Chief Canadaughta, of the six nations.

The name Oil Creek Lake was a reference to the discovery of Oil by Edwin Drake in 1859, near Titusville, Pennsylvania which is about 16 miles from Canadohta Lake.

In 1930's there was a dance hall near Canadohta Lake called Collins Dance Hall. The featured players at the dance hall were Guy Lombardo, Rudy Vallie, and Ozzie Nelson.

Later in life the dance hall became a Roller-Skating Rink. When I was in my twenties, Local bands played there on Friday nights.

Local and Popular in the 1970's:The Raiders (19)

The Raiders were from Canadohta Lake, PA.
Members: Bob Papotnik (bass and vocals), Gilbert Scouten (lead guitar), Dave Lillie (drums and vocals), and Jerry Williams (rhythm guitar, keyboard, and vocals).
Sites: reference:
Bob Papotnik

That is enough to make you think, I guess? I rambled some as I found information.

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May 4, 2022 at 1:49pm
May 4, 2022 at 1:49pm
Today's Prompt for Home Sweet Home Blogging Challenge!

If Andre visits your Town, what are some places/sites/locations he should visit?

2. Famous locations or places to see in the town/area

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1. 16 Miles South of me there is the Oil Creek Railroad, and Oil Creek Park. The Railroad is an original train. I road it once. It is a pleasant ride through the Oil Creek valley scenery. It is overgrown and you can see fisher men on oil creek, deer in the forests along the way, as well as other native wildlife and birds. On the route you can see abandoned mines and machinery from glory days of oil. There is a stop along the way at the museum. There are Trails to ride with bikes, and hike, and a museum. If you want, you can explore the trails by bike or on foot and catch the train half-way through to its' home destination. You can board the train and ride the rest of the way in.

2. 5 miles northwest of me, there is a small town with a museum. It has history of the area and the town's highlighted history.

3. 35 miles northwest (?) there is the peninsula which has beaches. Every year there is a tall ship festival. And it is home to the city's tall ship. Big shopping area too. People come down from Canada to shop in the mall. The shopping center in the area is quite large with lots of stores. Before Covid there were two famous bookstores. I don't think they are there anymore.

If you like zoo's, there is a zoo there. It is part of a national zoo system that breeds animals to release into the wild. Every year they get different animals from other zoos to raise during the summer months. They are trying to help species, that are endangered. I haven't been there in a few years; before covid there was a Australian part, that you could walk through, with parrots to feed and young kangaroo's to pet and feed.

4. 3 miles or so southwest is a lake. There are boat rentals, a restaurant, summer rental cottages, a swimming beach, and souvenir shop, roller skating rink, laundromat. In very recent years small health clinics run by two or three Doctors are springing up in small communities. Many of the Doctors are Osteopaths educated in largest city, 35 miles northwest.

5. 16 miles east is a small city with grocery shopping, many different fast-food places, a hospital, and a mile or so further a Walmart.

And to get to any of those places are rolling hills, lots of young forests, Amish farms with Amish stores, small communities with a local store or churches. Just scenery pleasant to view as you travel along. Some roads follow French creek. You will see small businesses along the way. If it is summer, residential stands along the road selling fresh produce. Farm machinery sales, small communities selling soft serve ice cream if you are traveling.

We are close to route 8 which has lots of different small communities along the way. Route 8 is also considered the William Flynn highway. Route 8 will take you to Titusville where the Oil Creek Railroad resides complete with an over-night motel where you can sleep in a train car. Route 8 also runs through Wattsburg borough, first settled in 1833, which was once a thriving stagecoach stop. It also has a trading post. Route 8 merges for short spaces with other routes along the way.

Lots of route signs. You won't get lost.

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May 1, 2022 at 12:25pm
May 1, 2022 at 12:25pm
Prompt #1: A bit of history of your town or area. May 1, 2022

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Our Area

We live in a triangle of space between a borough, a township, and a small town. Our particular road has a place where one county ends and a different county begins. I live in one county. I went to high school in another county.

There are small boroughs about 5 miles from us. Our property is in a township. The township has a small lake which houses a lot of summer vacation homes from a major city in the state. There is a community inside the township where I attended grade school. The school has been torn down and the community is basically a residential community at this time.

With the close proximity of the lake some small businesses have grown up. There is a Dollar General Store, gas station, boat rental, restaurants, rental vacation homes, ice cream store, laundry, real estate office, batting balls area, a putter golf, a bar, and a small business that has a book exchange, snack and food area. I don't spend much time at the lake so, I may have left one or two out.

Resident incomes hover in the 25,000 to 35,000 dollar amounts. Incomes depend on places of employment. At one time the area was saturated with dairy farms and factories. One town near us had chair factories, furniture factories, and Milk production plants. There are still many factories in the area. Factories employ male and female workers.

You can drive 25 miles in one direction to shop in a major city or 35 miles in another direction to shop in an even bigger major city.

One of the small towns is located on Oil Creek. The Oil Creek railroad use to run through it. It has nearly always had a logging industry. Although, there are lots of trees stands and woods areas, the trees now range very young and very small.

People in the area also farm Maple Syrup.

The small community nearest us has a lake. It is a vacation area for residents of a major city in the state.

Another town near us is located on French Creek which meanders through many towns in both counties. The town has always been a manufacturing area. A place for job production. At one time there were chair factories, and furniture factories.

The area is also a major Volunteer Fire Department area. Every small borough, town, or city maintains its own Volunteer fire Department.

Histories vary but, most histories of the farms and businesses start in the late 1700s or early 1800s.

I know some of the personnel history of the property I live on. It has been in the family for at least 100 years. I've been told my great grandfather bought the property, split it into two pieces and gave it to his son and daughter. The Daughter went to college and became an Osteopath, medical Doctor. Her share of the property passed to one of my uncles. My grandfather's share of the property passed eventually to my dad. Dad brought his children here to live after my mother died. Dad moved to town. I bought it in 1971. I started a horse stable, riding school, and raised sheep, dairy goats, and 4 children.

My dad and his brothers and one sister grew up on this property. My grandmother was college educated. When their children were growing up there were a lot of small one room schools at the junction of roads. Those schools were also churches. My grandfather used to pick up children and take them to school at the end of our road. The transportation was a horse and wagon.

The entire area has been a manufacturing, farming area. It is also a large church area with many different denominations from which to chose .

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March 16, 2022 at 11:19am
March 16, 2022 at 11:19am
#9 One hit wonders? Did this fate befall you? Why or why not?

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The Tour is over. As we disembark from the Cruise ship we are approached by Miss Starz Turnip, a reporter for the Melody Review magazine.

Miss Turnip waving a pencil says," Hi. I'm Miss Turnip could I get a quick interview for the Melody Review."

Andre slides a kazoo out of his vest pocket. He chatters ook, ook, Then, screeches eeeeeeeeeee! Then he slides up to Miss Turnip and sings ook, ook in his kazoo.

Miss Turnip looks startled and takes a step away. I intervene. " My muse has no comment, but Andre would be happy to play Smiling Chimpanzee for you."

Miss Turnip a little spooked but she stands her ground. "Could I just ask if any of the reports of unusual problems that might have plagued your tour in Europe have any reality?"

Andre says." OOOOOOO".

I poke his shoulder and tell him, "talk to the lady."

I can see this is not going to go well so once again I speak up. " You can be assured our musical tour was a success. The song has lots of fans and children all over are now practicing kazoos instead of practicing shooting guns."

Miss Turnip is writing on her notebook. " OK. Are the two muses going to write more hits?"

"That question is a little pre for us. Right now, Andre has to get back to his bar. There isn't time for these two to write enough music presently to put out a whole album. Who knows what the future may bring. We appreciate the interest of your magazine and our fans. We will let you know if any more songs get written."

Just then Andre breaks out in a kazoo rendition of Smiling Chimpanzee. The three of us walk away, while Miss Turnip continues to scribble in her notebook.."

We quickly grab a cab to the nearest airport. Then, passage homeward to the bar. I have to admit I kept watching around for more reporters.

March 15, 2022 at 5:31pm
March 15, 2022 at 5:31pm
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The world tour was a blast. Trumpet guy went along to be the opeining act.

The tour started in the street in front of the WDC's entry. Trumpet guy was in the street doing short notes of the ook ook ee ee chorus for Smiling Chimpanzee. Then Andre picked up the tune and played the whole song on his kazoo, a couple of times.

Apondia came prepared with a crate of kazoo's. She went down the street to all the cars backed up, honking their horns, to clear the street. She gave out directions and kazoos to children in the car about how to play the song on their new kazoo.

At the end of Andre's performance, they had to scramble out of the street because traffic was impatient to get moving.

As trumpet guy and Andre left the street the cars rolled noisily by ooking and eeing.

The tour progressed across the state and country on route 66. It stopped at kindergartens and on people's lawns, and gradeschool classrooms. Anywhere children were inclined to learn the song on kazoos.

The tour group gave away thousands of kazoos as the tour bus progressed across the country. It began to attract the media. A lot of fame starts this way.

Mostly, it was a good time. Hmmm. Except that one time when a driver who was waiting impatiently, while the group did an impromptu street concert. I guess the driver was trying to cover his ears and steer the car at the same time. The driver had 3 children in the back all playing the song on their kazoos. Someone told me later, no one was injured except the car has a new dent in its' bumper.

On one stop Andre had to be dragged out of a bar. He plays the song different when he has been drinking. The whole tour tried to keep better track of him after that incident.

When we reached the coast, we boarded a cruise ship on its' way to Europe. Half way across the sea the captain was really kind. He ordered a helicopter to take us the rest of the way and paid for it himself. He said it was a shame to keep such talent on the cruise ship any longer.

In Europe the kazoos and the tour were welcomed everywhere we went. With the world in such an up roar over pandemic and now war it's difficult to judge the outcome. It is certain, that the song is becoming well known. For that one thing the tour must be considered a success.

The trumpet man left and returned to the USA and the bar halfway through the tour. He said he was homesick. And, there was no one there to unload all the vodka and other supplies onto the shelves. We certainly missed him but, continued on for the sake of getting the song out to every country who would allow us to sing our song.

Nevertheless, when it came time to return to the states I for one was happy to go home. When we returned, we actually were able to get the same cruise ship back to the states. Somehow during boarding we lost all contact with our kazoo instruments. The crew couldn't find any of our things we needed for performing until the day we disembarked. Also, the captain said something about keeping silence on the open seas just to be sure the ship stayed safe. It really was a great tour.

March 14, 2022 at 2:05pm
March 14, 2022 at 2:05pm
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The Smiling Chimpanzee, a song by Apondia's muse and Andre the muse

Music notations above the words are for a 17 note Kalimba. It is in the key of C. A6 & C..1 are played together.

*Smile* ing Chimpanzee

C1 E3 E3 G5 G5 D2
My nest is in a tree,

D2 D2 A6+C..1 A6+C..1

Ook Ook ee ee

C1 E2 E2 G5 G5 G5 D2
High up in the Can-op-y.

D2 D2 A6+C..1 A6+C..1
Ook Ook ee ee

C1 D2-E3-E3 F4 G5
THe Le-an-a are mine,

D2 D2 A6+C..1 A6+C..1
Ook Ook ee ee

C1 E3 E3 G5 B7
I swing on the vines.

D2 D2 A6+C..1 A6+C..1
Ook Ook ee ee

C1 E3 G5 G5 C1 G5 C . 1
I'm a Hap-py Chim-pan-zee

D2 D2 A6+C..1 A6+C..1
Ook Ook ee ee



March 14, 2022 at 11:17am
March 14, 2022 at 11:17am
Why they decided to collaborate?

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Why are they collaborating? Because, I bought a Kalimba just before Christmas and my muse, who has no particular name, has been watching me (with some amusement) translate some songs I particularly like, over to easy kalimba notation. Andre agreed to help. We had a jamming good time. Andre supplied information about Ape's living in trees. He is also very good on the Kazoo. The song they wrote, as written can be played on the Kazoo. As a matter of fact, I think a lot of music can be played on the Kazoo, without much practice.
March 14, 2022 at 11:03am
March 14, 2022 at 11:03am
What song and Why?

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I have to admit I'm a little confused. Seriously, about how many prompts I'm writing. So, I'm just following notations I made on a tablet when this all started. So, just encase I miss the mark just smile and move on. *Smile*

The song they wrote is called. {Smiling Chimpanzee *Smile* Because, whenever I go to Andre's Bar I notice his wide Chimpanzee smile.

As, my muse and Andre were collaborating they chattered and laughed all the way through it. Andre agreed to help. The muse was asking questions about what would make a Chimpanzee happy. The muse decided, that since Andre is not a normal Chimp, the song should note some actions that any Chimp even Andre could be found doing.

I think a note here is wise. Monkeys usually do not swing on vines. They run across limbs to jump from tree to tree. Apes, which denotes chimpanzees, have the length of arms and muscular structure to swing on vines. The only human I know who also does this is Tarzan. Ok. Onward to the music.

March 7, 2022 at 4:18pm
March 7, 2022 at 4:18pm
Prompt 4? With what great musician did Andre Study?

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Pinkfong is an extraterrestrial alien fox. He has pink fur, magenta-colored eyes, and a golden crown on his head. He wears a gold star necklace that holds magical powers. Reference: Bing {Pinkfong | PINKFONG Wiki | Fandom pinkfong.fandom.com/wiki/Pinkfong_(character)

It is one of the main focuses of the show Pinkfong Wonderstar. Yes! I can see why Andre would study music with PinkFong. What I want to know, did he travel to South Korea to study or stayed at the California studio? If he had a chance to climb any coconut trees near the studio, were there any casualties. He has a bad habit of throwing down coconuts without checking to see who might be below?

Like all famous and infamous characters Pinkfong has his own Wikipedia page. I do wonder if Pinkfong is a passenger in the alien ship sighted over New York City. I read it in a news alert last week. Yes! A real news alert. How did you miss it?

The "Baby Shark" song is well written for kazoo. All that jumping around in the "Baby Shark," song makes the song look like it was intended for monkeys. And, human children who quite often resemble energetic primates.

I've been talking with my muse. I'll let you know if there is any news about the next prompt. As soon as I can. Aloha.

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