Friday, July 31, 2015

Lesson 371: Once in a Blue Moon

Once in a blue moon things work out as you plan them to.

I mean,
when you bring your husband to meet your boyfriend,

there's bound to be problems.

Not this time!

All is well at the Lamp Post.

It's been a busy couple of weeks for the Fab Five,
and the fun isn't over yet!


I carted my crew to Darien Lake, NY 

to spend a day at the park,

and the evening at the outdoor concert arena.

I was glad to see that Handsome still has my name tattooed on his arm.

It was a great show.
It was the first time my family had seen him perform.

He played lots of my old favorites.

Handsome sang them to me from the stage,
and my other Handsome sang them into my ear.

I had a few reservations about bringing my kids.
Sometimes country concerts can get a bit rowdy.
With Tim McGraw's aging fan base, 
this concert was tamer than those 
I've been to in the decade past.

I saw this little girl along the stage during Billy Currington's opening act.
How cute!
Eloise is not that bad of a parent!

However, the little brat stayed up too long past her bedtime,
as she stole my seat for the show!

That little %$#*!

 The day and night was a huge success.

We got to the park as it opened under a beautiful summer sky.

81 degrees 
and a breeze
made all things wonderful,

 including log rides,
(Natalie asked to go on this one!)

 (and Sam asked to ride it twice!)

 giant Ferris wheels,

(Erik went on this one!)

and of course,
roller coasters!

 You always plan for a day like the one I had,
but it truly is once in a blue moon that everything works.
it did,
and for that I am thankful.

I am also thankful to Cousin Bonnie, 
new Chicagoan,
who informed me that there is going to be a blue moon tonight,
for real!

Grandma is all for celebrating planetary events with alcohol,
so she bought us this!

Upon reading the case,
Eloise found that the bottles are part of a 20th anniversary series.
We have collected 10 of the 20 here at the Lamp Post.

And if you didn't catch my favorite design in the top photo,
here is the Eloise inspired label.
This is the one I will be having around my campfire tonight.

With a bear in the area,
a blue moon or two should help with the nerves.

Not too many, though,
or I won't be able to still the camera enough 
to capture shots like these.

Ellen was away at a camp this week,
and surprisingly,
Sam missed her most of all.

We got to pick her up in historic Gettysburg, PA.

The foggy early morning,
spent on the battlefield 

and a cemetery was a few hours I'll never forget.

51,000 casualties in 3 days.
July 1, 2, 3, 1863.

After the Confederate withdrawal,
the Union troops marched to Frederick, MD,

leaving the citizens of Gettysburg to 
care for survivors,
and identify and bury the dead.

 Please watch the photo video below of more of historic Gettysburg 
in the wee hours of a foggy, July morning.
It is set to a beautiful version of Battle Hymn of the Republic by She Daisy.
You owe it to those who fought and died to preserve this great country.

Enjoy your weekend,
and don't forget to catch the Blue Moon tonight.
We will not have another one until January 31, 2018.
Don't worry Erie--I know we'll be under a blanket of snow beneath a frozen sky.
There will be another one on March 31, 2018 as well!


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