Western New York – Part 4

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The rest of the trip was spent visiting John’s friends and family, doing a little shopping in Erie, PA (which was way too rainy to snap any photos), and relaxing.

My friend, Karina and I.  She’s a Reno girl, who married John’s cousin.  John and I met the weekend of their wedding.

Pretty reflections.

Most of the leaves had fallen for the year, but I was still able to see some pretty colors.

Flying over the Rocky Mountains, on my way home.

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Western New York – Part 3

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Who knew Lucille Ball was born in Jamestown, NY, and raised just down the road?  Well, if you’ve ever been to Jamestown, you would know.  Evidence of Lucy can be seen all over town, in giant murals on the outer walls of buildings, souvenirs, and the Lucy-Desi and I Love Lucy museums downtown.

Lucy fans flock to Jamestown once a year for their annual Lucy Comedy Fest.  And in 2011, for the 100th anniversary of Lucy’s birthday, the festival set the Guinness World Record for 915 individuals – men, women, children, and pets – dressed like Lucy in one place, at one time.

I’ve always liked Lucy, and have seen several episodes of I Love Lucy, however I’ve never considered myself a big fan.  But how could I miss this?  Afterall, when in Jamestown….

We had a fantastic tour-guide.  John’s friend, John ( 🙂 ) is the maintenance man/caretaker/janitor/display engineer/part-time curator of the museums.  And on this slow Monday in November, we were able to get a private, behind-the-scenes tour into the lives of Lucy and Desi.

Lucy was not a natural red-head.  She had dark hair, but dyed it blond when she started acting.  She later dyed it red to stand out from the other actresses and models.

Lucy’s 1972 Mercedes-Benz, in mint condition.

A replica of the I Love Lucy set.  Apparently the address of Lucy and Ricky’s apartment in New York City would have placed it in the middle of the East River.

Lucy’s kitchen.

Looking out the balcony of the Ricardo’s room at the Beverly Hills Hotel, for their Hollywood episodes.

The end of another great day!  🙂

Rebecca Knabe

Western New York – Part 2

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“Straddling the Canadian-United States International Border and both in the Province of Ontario and the State of New York, Niagara Falls attracts some 12 Million tourists to her majestic awesome beauty each year.  One fifth of all the fresh water in the world lies in the four Upper Great Lakes – Michigan, Huron,Superior and Erie. All the outflow empties into the Niagara river and eventually cascades over the falls.”  – Facts about Niagara Falls.

I have seen Niagara Falls from Canada a few times.  Most recently on a trip in February 2010, seen here in the first two photos.

American Falls

Horseshoe Falls

The Falls are amazingly majestic.  The power they produce is awesome, and their beauty is breathtaking.  Kara had never seen the Falls before, so we made a quick trip before taking her to the airport.

American Falls from the observation deck.

Looking at the skyline of Niagara Falls, Canada.

See, we really were there!

And one last photo of a lovely old building at sunset, in Buffalo, NY.

Rebecca Knabe


Western New York – Part 1

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I went east a couple of weeks ago, to visit my fella, who lives in Jamestown, NY.  It’s a little over an hour from Buffalo, and about an hour and a half from Niagara falls.

I arrived on a Friday night, and John picked me up from the airport with a surprise….  He had flown Kara in from Orlando to spend the weekend with me.  Best surprise ever!  If you don’t know who Kara is, read about her here.  Her move to Florida has been really hard on both of us, so it was great to see each other and re-connect.

Here are some photos of our day wandering around historic Jamestown….

John and I shortly after my arrival.

Kara and I, reunited.  And it feels so good.  😉

Beautiful old entrance.

This is a sample of the artwork that is displayed on the outside of many of the brick buildings downtown.

The hilly streets.

An amazing building that is begging to be restored and re-opened.

Reg Lenna Civic Center.

The small downtown area is quaint with beautiful brick buildings and lots of trees.  And a fantastic vegetarian cafe, Labyrinth Press Company.  If you are ever in the area, be sure to check it out.

Rebecca Knabe

The Eight-Week Home Cure – Week 8

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The final week of the Cure!  It’s probably a busy week for everyone, whether or not you observe the holiday.  So let’s give Week 8 two weeks to complete.

Week Eight:

Vacuum your entire home and clean all windows, inside and out if possible.  You have, by now, cleaned every room in your home thoroughly and removed dust and dirt down to a level that your home may not have seen since you moved in.  How does it feel?  Does the air in your home feel more alive and vital?  Do you have more energy by living in a cleaner environment?  Do things look a little different?  Another vacuum and dusting will complete the process.  And sparkling windows will be the icing on the cake!

Do a final purge and empty the Outbox.  It is liberating to experience freedom from your stuff.  Distribute the final items in your Outbox to their best destinations.

Remove your shoes when at home.  Try taking your shoes off and placing them at the door this week.  It’s a good habit to get into.  It acknowledges the separation between the outside world and the inside of your home, it’s easier on your floors, and it keeps your home cleaner.

Buy fresh flowers.  Duh.  😉

Cook and eat at home, plan the week ahead, and wake early for a bath.  These activities connect you with your home, organize your daily life, and balance your day.

The final week is a little lighter than the other weeks, but try to keep up the momentum of living your life in your home, and keeping it clean and free from clutter, allergens, and unnecessary stuff.

Rebecca Knabe

P.S. All the directions for The Eight-Step Home Cure are taken from the Apartment Therapy book by the same name. And you can get your very own copy here…. Apartment Therapy: The Eight-Step Home Cure

The Eight-Week Home Cure – The End of Week 7

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Did you get some sleep this week?  Sleep was not my friend this week, but that’s another story.

Week Seven:

Clean the bedroom and related storage.  I was a slacker this week….  😦  Actually I was out-of-town for most of the week, and then had an unexpected guest over the weekend.  So this chore is on my to-do list.

Buy an air filter for your bedroom.  I found several smallish air filters on Amazon this week, many priced below $100.  My new infrared heater comes equipped with an air filter, and my vacuum cleaner has an anti-allergen air filter, but I think I would still like to get a small one that I can place close to the head of my bed.

Buy new sheets, pad, or mattress as needed.  I do not need any of these items.  I currently have as many sheets as I have room to store, and my mattress is about 5 years old and still going strong.

Declutter your bedroom.  My bedroom is so small, I don’t have the room to store anything in sight, and I have no electronics in my room.  I’m an anti-TV-in-the-bedroom girl as it is.

Arrange the bed against the best wall.  Unfortunately I only have one option for the bed location in my bedroom.  Fortunately it is a good location and my feet face both the outside door and the hall.

Make sure your bedroom inspires you.  All of my bedroom lights are already on a dimmer, and I have added “pretty alarm clock” to my shopping list.  And when I get my mini room makeover that I have planned, I feel my bedroom will be very inspiring, relaxing, and lovely.

Look into ways to improve your sleep.  My bedroom is dark at night, and I sleep with a fan to drown outside noise.  I have also purchased a homeopathic sleep aid, but have not tried it yet.  I plan to start tonight.  I have on-going sleep issues, but don’t like taking anything prescription.  Melatonin on its own does not work for me, so I’m looking elsewhere.  We’ll see….

Rebecca Knabe

Trailer Pick of the Day – Reflections

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Some of my friends send me pictures of fun/fancy/cute/weird trailers that they see around town or elsewhere.  This trailer was spotted by my dear friend, Sarah, who was visiting Mammoth, CA.

And here is a self-portrait of Sarah in the shiny shell.  🙂

Rebecca Knabe