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Rest in Pieces

The gravestones have been prepared.


The graveyard fence is being built.

The ghouls are in queue, waiting to emerge.

The lights and electronics have been tested. And (a few miles?) of extension cords, power strips, and black tie line have been assembled.

Must almost be time for the annual Gabriels Graveyard! Can we call it a local institution if it’s only the second year?



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Down South, Adirondack Style

It was time for the annual Drive-to-Lake-George-and-Queensbury Pre-Winter shopping trip. Two hours South. I totally should have asked Carole if she was in the area! Didn’t think of that until we got back.

Am I allowed to call it an “annual” drive if it’s the first time we’ve ever done it? We wanted to last year, but we didn’t trust the Jeepalopy to take us there and back. South of Lake George, in Queensbury, it’s sort of an outlet store situation. I know folks always say that outlet prices aren’t what they ought to be, but at least in Queensbury, I find they are. Great quality stuff at great prices (as they say).

In addition to the shopping, the drive is spectacular, especially when the leaves are at peak color. Check this out – Keene Valley, near the AuSable Club …

We’re pretty good on coats and quilt-lining jackets and such. (I have a serious jacket habit.) And we don’t really wear hats. Hate ’em. I use the hood on my parka instead. But, being as we couldn’t get down there last year, when last Winter came, we were still standing in our three-year-old leaky, beat-up New York City pseudo boots. It was seriously time to remedy that. J got some duck boots, and I decided on calf-height, fuzzy-lined, waterproof Bass boots. Of course, I had to try them on in the parking lot to take a photo …

Got to work on our Halloween shopping too. I added a few full-sized skeletons, and I picked up the stuff to make some more gravestones. Now that we have the space, I do a big Halloween thing each year. Satisfies the now-latent theatrical designer in me. I used to love to design shows. Expanding on last year’s graveyard, I’ll be getting to work soon. Big project. Suffice it to say, there’s construction involved, and I’ll be going up a ladder into a tree to hang the theatrical lighting. Right here in little ol’ Gabriels! Here’s a shot from last year …

However, as far as I am concerned, the event of the day was lunch. We went to The Log Jam, a favorite restaurant. We love it. The food is good, and I like the fact that they have an excellent salad bar and fresh bread. But I think the real reason we love it is that it reminds us of eating in Walt Disney World.

How’s your Winter shopping and Halloween plans coming, Friends?


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Adirondack Ghosts, or Light Emitting Diodes?

Oh, great.

Now, I’m one of those people. I’ve always been interested in ghosts, and I read plenty of (supposedly) real life ghost stories. I would like to believe the witnesses. And I think I do, mostly. But, there’s also an element of, “Oh, yeah. Right. Sure you saw something.” Well, guess what?

I saw something.

You might remember that last Summer, I thought I had some sort of indistinct impression of a girl and a old guy at a workbench in my backyard. That was indistinct. Could have been my imagination. That’s one thing. But what I have recently seen twice is another thing entirely.

Coming back from Plattsburgh the other evening, we decided to go through Vermontville and Bloomingdale, rather than taking the Onchiota turn. This takes us past the graveyard in Vermontville. I had forgotten about it, until I saw those little blue lights again. Little blue lights at or above many of the graves there. I’d say a few dozen. Perfectly distinct. Bright enough that they caught my attention. They looked so much like blue/white LEDs that I actually considered that hypothesis. Until I asked myself, “Why would several-but-not-all of the graves in the Vermontville cemetery have LEDs on them?” But that’s exactly what they looked like. Organized. In rows. (Ish.) Sort of like the LEDs in the photo, only without the glimmer.

A few miles after that, we passed our own cemetery, in Brighton. I thought, “How weird that was. I’ll look in our cemetery too, to see if I notice anything.” I saw the same little dotty blue glow, but here in Brighton, only one, maybe two dots. Way, way back on the South end, in the back corner. Just like last time. I have seen these same lights, awake and clear-headed, twice.

Adirondack Ghosts, or light emitting diodes? Another type of anomaly?

My neighbor friend and I just went over it. He’s a scientist. (Seriously.) Some new-fangled cemetery accessory? Doubtful, and kind of silly. A weird granite-based reflection from headlights? Nope. Our lights weren’t facing the stones, and it doesn’t happen other places. Some sort of Spring-thaw-gas-from-the-ground thing? Doubtful. This is our first Spring here, and I saw the same lights during the Fall. We’re stumped.

I guess, as much as I am a ghost person, I want there to be a physical explanation.

I’m going to leave it in your hands, friends.


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Sure Signs

Well, we may very well indeed get another snow storm to round out the Winter.

But yesterday, in this little village in the Northern Adirondacks, it was undoubtedly Spring. There’s no arguing the point. What else am I to think when all the obvious signs are in place? The driveway is clear. It’s over 40 degrees, the Sun is super bright, and I had a need for sunglasses yesterday. The snow is melting, and the grass is showing. Sounds like Spring, no? Further evidence? Isn’t it Spring when the first hotdogs start showing up out in the yard? Well, there wasn’t a grill, but there was a helluva hot dog. This is what I saw when I looked out my window yesterday afternoon.


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Am I That Predictable?

Did you totally know I would have a terrific first day back home and follow up with a totally positive post?


It goes well, folks. Very well. Yesterday was a awesome day. To merely say that I was happy to be home among the farms and hills of my beloved Franklin County is a gross understatement. So let’s not dwell on the weekend. Whatta ya say? I’ll leave it at this – We have a hole to dig out of, but it’s not as financially disastrous as we thought. We have two cars to fix, and we charged a ton of hotels, food, and gas, but it’s not a total  disaster. More to the point of today’s post, let me play-by-play my Glorious Monday for you.

  • 7am In the morning light – the house is almost gone! Seriously!
  • 9am We discover we do still have a considerable amount of ready cash.
  • 11am A very good friend we haven’t seen in a year stops by – very sweet.
  • 12pm Two different folks over at the store tell me how nice it’s looking.
  • 2pm I learn that an acquaintance does exhaust work (Jeep) real cheap.
  • 3pm Got a plan together to lose the huge lumber piles I was worrying over.
  • 4pm The electrician comes by – our service is going in late this week!
  • 5pm Beers with the neighbors – kindness and commiseration.
  • 6pm We look at the credit card statement – it’s really not that bad.
  • 7pm Ordered a dumpster to get rid of the final piles of house trash!

And that, my friends, is the kind of day you want to have when you’ve just stepped out of a weekend’s worth of bad luck and misery. Now, I have to get to filling that last dumpster. You have a great day too!


It’s a mess, but the beast is gone. There used to be a house there!
Starting to look like our property actually has some promise!


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The Garden Spot

Can I rename Southern Franklin County “The Adirondack Garden Spot?”

We do have Tucker’s down the street. They grow all kinds of things, and supply more than a few local fancy restaurants. You can buy seed potatoes there too. Down the street from the big farm, everyone I know plants their home patch during the first week in June. We eat a lot of vegetables, and if I can get seeds in the ground amidst this big move, we’ll save a lot of money. I can even build the beds from from scrap lumber when the house is torn down. 

Nothing too fancy this first year. I wanted vegetables with a short growing period in case I get ’em in late, and we will have limited space at first. So I picked the things we eat the most of.

beansI bought a few packets of stringless bush beans because they’re easy, they only take 55 days, and I love them fresh. One of those canned vegetable conundrums with me and beans – I love green beans fresh, but I absolutely can’t stand them out of a can or frozen. I was after ease-of-growing with all this, so I went for a bush variety, rather than pole beans. It’s been years since I’ve grown beans, so I’m looking for easy. And besides, I’m lazy and I don’t like to climb. Beans can well, so that’s awesome too.

icebergjpgLettuce is a favorite of mine, and I’m going to let you in on a secret – I’m no gourmet. I like simple leaf lettuce, and (Dare I say it?) I like plain old iceberg lettuce too. The fancy lettuce varieties don’t impress me much, and I even prefer iceberg over romaine. I bought a few packets of 48 day Simpson Leaf and a few packets of Iceberg. That’ll do for us. They’ll grow into the cold season a bit, so although we may not be adventurous, we should be well off in the leafy greens department.

straightneckWe eat tons of Summer Squash – both zucchini and yellow. Tons of the stuff. Lucky, because these things are so prolific they’re almost a nuisance. I know in our area it’s a good idea to keep an eye on your front porch – If you don’t, someone’s libel to come along and drop off a load of their spare zucchini. Only 50 days, and you’ll have more than you can possibly deal with. One of the neat things about these is the versatility. Two favorites here are zucchini bread and pasta primavera. 

shortvineMy second favorite veg (a close second to Summer Squash) is carrots. I love carrots. These Danvers Heirlooms will take about 75 days, but they can grow into the cold season as well. And they store well. I’m designing a diabolical Under RV Root Cellar. The variety originated in Danvers, Massachusetts in the late 1800s. They are medium sized, and super tasty. Might have to go down to Tucker’s to get some seed potatoes if we have room left – nothing goes with carrots like potatoes! 

b60301For a little extra fun, I picked up packet of baby watermelon seeds. They’re ready in about 75 days, and they should be about 12 lbs. I mean, you have to have watermelon in the country in August, right? Heck, a ripe watermelon is a reason to have a party all on its own. 

There were a few other things I would have liked to have gotten, but space is an issue this first year. Maybe I’ll pick up some tomato seedlings in town.

Happy Spring, folks. It’s almost here.


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Easy Street

Ever been to Southern Franklin County in the glorious Adirondack Mountains? It’s awesome. And we really do have a road named “Easy Street.” The politicos call it “Route 86,” but we know better.

You may not have heard of Gabriels, Onchiota, or Vermontville, but you might recognise the town of Saranac Lake. Not much going on this week. Most folks are talking about the thaw we had last week. And the Burger King that got turned into an Italian restaurant. A few pics from around the county last weekend –







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