Thursday, May 28, 2009

Skywatch Friday: Steubie U

My eldest daughter just finished her sophomore year of college. Two years ago this summer we were looking at schools together. It seems like yesterday. One of her selections was Franciscan University located in Steubenville, Ohio, a mere 9 hours away from our home in Connecticut and located in a part of the country I had never visited. These were a couple of shots from the area.

Built in 1990, this is the New Steubenville Bridge. It is a cable-stayed bridge connecting Steubenville, Ohio and Weirton, West Virginia. The sky was angry when we came into town. And then the storm came in as we were trying to find a place to eat that night!

This is the chapel at Franciscan University, or "Steubie U". We were lucky that our tour was the next morning as it was a beautiful blue sky. The perfect way to see a prospective college! We stayed on campus until about 3 when it was time to head back to Connecticut. We had a wonderful trip and some great memories. Caitlin didn't end up going to Franciscan but it is a visit that we have not forgotten. By the way...a caffeinated daughter for a 9 hour road trip is an interesting experience...
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Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Watery Wednesday: Fishing Club Pier, OCNJ

This is a view of the Fishing Club on Boardwalk and 14th in Ocean City, New Jersey. The colors and shadows are so beautiful late in the day and I love how calm the ocean is in this picture. Please visit more Watery Wednesday posts at

One Glorious Summer

This is my favorite time of year, my favorite feeling. Summer lets us slow down, appreciate the warm weather and lazy days. Memorial Day has come and gone, the beginning of a very short season here in Connecticut. Enjoy.
For one glorious summer time did not matter
Every day was Friday
It was always 5:05 on our deck
Ready to relax

For one glorious summer our home was the place to be
Friends came to stay
Our way of life becoming theirs
Their hearts have never left

For one glorious summer we loved each other
And our children
And our friends
As if there was nothing more important on this earth

…and there’s not…

For one glorious summer we felt the love of friends long lost
And made new ones as well
Our world and our hearts becoming bigger
With each addition

For one glorious summer time did not matter
Family and friends did
We were happy
We were home

For one glorious summer we changed our lives forever

It was one glorious summer…

Summer 2008, Laurie Gerry

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Watery Wednesday: Bull's Bridge/Appalachian Trail

We were hiking on the Bull's Bridge portion of the Appalachian Trail in Northwestern Connecticut. It was our first hike as a family and we did get a little turned around. The scenery, however, was stunning. To see more watery posts, please visit

Monday, May 4, 2009

My World Tuesday: One Room Schoolhouse

This is West Centre School, the last of 7 one-room schoolhouses for the District of New Fairfield. It is a landmark now but from the early 1800s to 1940 was a functioning school. The teacher made roughly $10 a MONTH in 1830. There was a wood stove for heat and no running water. The term began on October 1 of each year and it was each family's duty to provide firewood and a new broom. Oh--the two doors? One for boys and one for girls, each leading to their own cloakroom before entering the classroom.
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