Wednesday, November 22, 2017

THE HOLIDAY ROAD

Yes dear readers, the Mistress is going over the river and through the woods for the holiday later today........

well, hell, you didn't think I went horse back did you???? And I can tell you right now if you think that thermos is hot coffee think again? A lovely rest stop picture isn't it? Travel in style I say. One meets the most interesting characters in those places....but that's another story, maybe over turkey left overs I'll tell you some.Speaking of turkeys....
Here's my Tom the Turkey bird in a apothecary!!!!! Soon to be replaced with snow and balls. All I know is, I hear, that the average person consumes about 4500 calories on Thanksgiving Day! But.... I shall continue to be thankful of how truly blessed we all are! We are blessed so that we can bless others. I am going to sign off as I'm heading to the ancestral manor, but did not want to do so without Giving THANKs* to all of you.... dear fellow bloggers & loyal Borghese readers! Sharing my thoughts, inspirations, my errr...'random-silliness, has certainly been so much MORE FUN!
I will be returning next week, as I have off till Tuesday. I should be able to walk by then.

Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!
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Tuesday, November 21, 2017

I LOVE A PARADE

vintage Philadelphia

It may shock you as racy and huh, well, modern, as I can be, I'm am very surprisingly deep in traditions. I love to keep the old traditions going and like to keep childhood memories alive. For that reason I love parades. Our fair hamlet here has a fourth of July and a Halloween parade, and if I'm around I always go. I think it is a good way to keep the feeling of community alive and get out and meet some of the neighbors. But the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade and the Philadelphia Parade always are part of my holiday traditions. Watching the parade while the tempting dinner cooks with smells of turkey, sage, thyme, stuffing and all the fixins. I can smell it already. Since the company I work for is owned by Macy's, we are eligible to be in the parade, as dancers and balloon handlers. While I have never done so, as I'm usually away, several of my co-workers have and said it's quite something. Over the past 88 years, the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade has become an irreplaceable staple of Thanksgiving festivities.  Every year, millions of Americans flock to the streets of Manhattan to see the parade in-person or gather around their television sets to watch the parade from home.  But we're all given a swell facts book about the parade and I found some of these facts quite interesting. Did you know?

The first Macy's Day Parade was on November 27 in 1924 and was referred to as the Macy's Christmas Parade. The parade originally featured Macy's employees and live animals from the Central Park Zoo. Floats, instead of balloons.
An estimated 250,000 spectators attended the first parade. Today, about 3.5 million people attend.
Balloons replaced live animals in 1927. Macy's first parade balloon, Felix the Cat, was filled with air, but balloons started to be inflated with helium the following year. Initially, the balloons didn't have a safety valve to release the helium, so they were released into the air at the closing of each year's parade. Each balloon had a return address label attached to it. Beginning in 1929, Macy's began offering a $50 reward to anyone who returned a balloon. This only lasted until 1932, when Macy's found it to be a safety hazard.
The first Mickey Mouse balloon debuted in 1934, while fellow Disney character Donald Duck was introduced in 1962.
Today, about 2-3 thousand volunteers are needed to handle the balloons. Each volunteer must weigh at least 120 pounds and be in good health. Each balloon is handled by about 50 volunteers.
The parade was suspended during WWII from 1942-1944 because rubber and helium were needed for the war.

The parade became a more prominent part of American culture after footage from the 1946 parade was featured in the movie 'Miracle on 34th Street.'

NBC has been the official television broadcaster of the parade since 1952. And for years Betty White and Lorne Green were the hosts for the parade.
The Radio City Rockettes appeared in the parade for the first time in 1957.
After 9/11, Macy's reintroduced an old Harold the Fireman balloon from 1948 to commemorate those who helped in the aftermath of the attacks.
I'd be remised if I didn't mention Philadelphia. The Macy’s parade in New York often gets all the attention and credit on Thanksgiving Day, but not many people realize that the very first Thanksgiving Day parade took place in Philadelphia in 1920, and hosted by Gimbels.The Gimbels Thanksgiving Day Parade almost didn’t happen in 1986, when the department store was bought by Sterns. Fortunately, ABC decided to take over and remains the main sponsor to this day. 
Are the Thanksgiving Parades something you watch or part of your traditions?

PORTRAIT OF A QUEEN

Pickle and Meatball

Aurora Sexton

Charlie Hides

Alaska Thunderfuvk

Maddelynn Hatter

Jaymes Mansfield

Sister Roma

Elaine Lancaster and Lady Bunny

Sherry Vine

Monday, November 20, 2017

MOORECOCK COOKS!


If anyone knows there way around a bird, it's my social director, Ms Moorecock.  She took a crack at the bird and looks like she did a rather fine job. She will be cooking dinner for her and her half sisters, Asuki Moorecock and Anna Moorecock this holiday. But who is she kidding with that June Clever get up??? Granted she always has a pearl necklace on, but she still looks stiff and plastic to me.  Did she use the giblets? And will she yank to hard on the wishbone and get the lucky part? 

 It is something to ponder on.

THANKS, MONDAY

Hope everybody had a great weekend. Mine was very nice and even had a day to relax. Now I'm just getting ready to salivate over my aunt's infamous Thanksgiving dinner later this week. Nothing like the smells of Thanksgiving dinner cooking in the house. Great memories for me. November is a favorite month of mine, I always look forward to November’s arrival. It’s the quiet and forgotten month, falling between the excitement of  Halloween and the sure to be mayhem of December and the beginning of the holiday season.
November is the month when I find myself with holiday whiplash. I’m just packed up the ghost and goblins from Halloween and starting to think about turkey, but have visions of sugar plums dancing in my head. Surprised right?

insert *deep breath* here.
Oh dear!!!!!!

I like to take some time to enjoy pumpkin season beyond the jack-o’-lantern until after Thanksgiving, when it’s time to trade in the pumpkins for boughs of holly and jingle bells! Even at work we haven't decorated to much. Right after thanksgiving do we start installs, but all prep work is done and some secondary things are in place. I tell myself to slow down and enjoy November as Thanksgiving season, instead of as Thanksgiving day.
Am I the only one already wearing a bib and undoing my pants?
Happy Monday!!!!!

Sunday, November 19, 2017

BOWMAN'S HILL

Bucks County boasts many scenic spots, but there’s only one place to get an above-the-trees, bird’s-eye view of the surrounding countryside and Delaware River. Rising 183 feet in the air atop Bowman’s Hill and offering a 14-mile view on a clear day, Bowman’s Hill Tower is a favorite stop, and before the weather turned rainy yesterday, I decided to go finally to see it. I've been before, but never ventured to the top. I said to the top, not a top!!!
One of the biggest misconceptions about the Tower is that it existed during General George Washington’s day. In reality, it was built of local field stone in 1929-31 to commemorate what was probably the lookout point for Washington’s troops to watch for enemy activity on the Delaware River. Bowman's Hill is part of the Washington Crossing Park, which I did post on here and here.

Construction of the Tower took nearly two years to complete. More than 2,400 tons of materials were used, including perches of native stone from the hill and nearby stone fences, cut stone from local quarries, 517 tons of sand and 225 tons of cement. Workers excavated 15-feet deep so that the 24–foot-squared base would rest on a bedrock foundation.  Soon after the tower’s construction, workers planted 28,300 seedlings in the area to reforest the hill like people thought it would have been in Washington’s time. Some of those seedlings have become today’s towering trees on Bowman’s Hill. Due to the Tower’s height, lightning strikes were an ongoing problem. To improve safety and eliminate damage to the Tower, the National Lightning Protection Company of St. Louis, installed a protection system on the building. 

 There is an elevator that takes visitors three-quarters of the way to the top, bypassing the complete spiral staircase, although it's not currently working, so yours truly climbed the whole thing.... the last 23 steps become a extremely narrow spiral staircase to reach the outside observation deck. 
The more narrow staircase......
But it was all worth it.....I felt just like Rapunzel.

Looking toward Philly.....
Looking toward Yardley....
Looking toward New Hope and Lambertville
This shot would be looking directly East toward Nj, where Washington crossed the Delaware. There is a flag in the middle of the picture slightly off to the left.
Has Trump read the last part?!?!?

After leaving the tower, might I add, very steep drive down the road with no rails.... with the rainy mist and chill, I decide to visit the Bowman's Tavern for some fuel and pints.

Even ran into the lovely town grande dame of the transgender community and rights, Elizabeth, in one of her eye-popping day looks. She is always dressed to the t and is a true lady....had some lovely conversation.

Is it any wonder I love this area so much?
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