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Monday, September 1, 2014

Cleaning the Basement of Our Motorhome

We drove the Dempster Highway to the Arctic Circle in July.  This road is gravel and things got dusty.  After we returned to pavement, the dust was cleaned out of the living area of the motorhome.

Now that we are settled at Jerry's,
it's time to start cleaning out the
basement compartments.

Eric took everything out of the
basement & put things in
Jerry's garage.

The Dometic Freezer will be filled with Joseph's Pitas.  Se can't find this pita brand in many parts of the country.

Eric is going to clean each

He wants to "tie up" some wires so that they aren't hanging loosely.

After the cleaning is complete,
Eric will repack the basement.

The water bay needs
special attention.

The water hose reel is
loose & it needs a new
power switch.

I wish we had a larger pass
through area on the
driver's side.

Our house batteries are 
staying where they are
when Eric cleans.

Eric puts out our awnings so he can work in the shade.  Each day he cleans a compartment or two...

The electric bay was
very dusty.

This is a big project and will take days, maybe a week to complete.

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Celebrating Our Thirty-Sixth Anniversary at Canal's Restaurant in Rotterdam, New York

Eric made reservations at
Canali's Restaurant.

We've been celebrating our anniversaries (first date anniversary too) and Valentines Days at Canali's since 1985.  Last year we waited until September to celebrate our anniversary at our favorite Italian restaurant.

Jerry, Eric's Mom, gave us a Canali's Gift Certificate for our anniversary.
Thank you, Jerry!

Eric peruses the menu.

Tonight we'll start our dinner with a small Antipasto appetizer.  Our waitress, JoAnn, brought us a carafe of Chianti.  We toast our thirty-six years of marriage. 

Our small table, tucked into
a corner of the restaurant,
is the perfect spot for an
intimate dinner.

JoAnn waited to place our entree orders so we could enjoy a long, conversation-filled dinner.

This is the small Antipasto.

Add a basket of bread, and suddenly, I'm not so hungry.

Eric's Brasciola & Ziti

There are two Pork Loins under
the mushrooms & creamy gravy.

I ordered a side of Ziti
to bring home.

Dinner was oh, so good.  Our conversation was full of laughter.  Eric and I passed on dessert.  

An important part of our Canali's dining experience is enjoying their delicious foods the next day.  We each left with containers of food for tomorrow's lunch.

Friday, August 29, 2014

A Late Lunch at Ali Baba Express in Lake George, New York

Eric & I were in the area &
stopped at Ali Baba Express in
Lake George for a late lunch.

Others had the same idea.

The restaurant was busy.

I love the walls decorated
with rugs, shawls.

Eric took a tiny piece of
fresh baked Lavash.

Eric ordered Chicken Curry
Kebob with Rice, Green Beans

I ordered Chicken Shish
Kebob with Rice, Green Beans
& Pickled Red Cabbage.

Lunch was great!  Eric and I love Mediterranean food and don't have it often enough.

Erie Boulevard Between State Street & the General Electric Campus in Schenectady Is All New

I took this picture on
November 3, 2012.

The project was already underway.  Erie Boulevard from State Street to the Interstate 890 on ramps near the General Electric campus was being torn up. New water, sewer and electric lines were run. The road was repaved with a new traffic configuration. Federal funding is paying for the majority of the funding for this project.

This section of Erie Boulevard, once part of the Erie Canal,  was at least six lanes wide for many years. There was so much room that driving the minimally marked road was a bit confusing.  Drivers could turn anywhere, at almost any time.  With few crosswalks for pedestrians to use, Erie Boulevard was considered hazardous for people on foot.

Now Erie Boulevard is four
lanes wide with a median.

Clearly marked crosswalks and a sheltered median help pedestrians navigate this busy road.

Parking is parallel in this
section, instead of diagonal.

Just up the boulevard, there is
 diagonal parking with a curb
to separate parked cars
from the roadway.

Decorative lighting, new sidewalks
new pavement & streetscaping
improves Erie Boulevard's look.

There is now a clearly defined
turning lane.

Eric crossed State Street.

Erie Boulevard is "narrow" here
with just four lanes.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

An Update on Water Woes in Detroit, Michigan

Last August Eric and I toured Detroit, Michigan.  We found a vibrant downtown, abandoned homes and businesses and acres of urban meadows.  Fascinated by the conditions in Detroit, I started following news stories on this troubled city.  

Detroit's image was tarnished earlier this summer when media reports of residents with delinquent water bills as small as $100.00 had their water service turned off.  Businesses that owe Detroit thousands of dollars for non payment of water bills continue to operate with running water.

Detroit stepped up pursuit of overdue water payments as the city faces Chapter 9 Bankruptcy proceedings.  The water shut offs prompted protests.  The City's Water and Sewage Department found itself under siege.

Photo from

Picked up by national news outlets, people came to the aid of beleaguered Detroiters.  A website was set up to accept donations to pay off these small delinquent water bills.  Canadians brought bottled water to Detroit to assist residents without water service.

The City of Detroit has stepped up to assist taxpayers with delinquent water bills.  Over a thousand residents who have received warnings of water shut offs and those whose water has been turned off came to Cobo Center to sign up for payment plans.  

Being able to pay ten percent of a $220.00 water bill and budgeting to make payments over twenty-four months is a great help to Ralph Hill.

The Detroit Water and Sewage Department added more payment options.  Residents and businesses can now pay water bills online with a credit card.