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Wednesday, March 24, 2010

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Saturday, March 20, 2010

Home Run

Snow Drops - Perce Neige

Today is the first day of spring - usually Syracuse celebrates with a major snow storm. But March 20th, 2010 is a HOME RUN. A sunny, warm and glorious end to a fine week.

We earned it. Emmanuel, thanks for the photo.

Wedding season has started and we are thankful to be so busy. Congratulation to Chandra and Jason. I'll bet they never expected to have outside photos! Of course, we will have photos at a later date.

But today it is all about Glorious Spring. I'm getting myself a bunch of red and yellow Parrott Tulips for the table and taking a walk in the back yard. Maybe the rabbits and deer missed a few of the bulbs I planted last fall...we'll see.

Go Orange.

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Sunshine makes me Daffy

There are two things I like about March. Daffodils and Basketball. But it is not that simple. If Central New York is grey and snowy, I am not so compelled to crave billows of bright yellow. But, when the snow melts and the sun is shining, nothing satisfys like Daffys.

And when the Orangemen are in Madison Square Garden I know the Robins will be singing from the treetops.

But when SU is on a winning streak and I have a big bouquet of Daffodils on the coffee table...well, it's all GOOD.

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Monday, March 8, 2010

Le Printemps est la?

The First Sign of Spring?

Isn't this a slice of modern life! And all this time I've been expecting Robins. My Friend Emmaunel Vaucher documents his everyday observations. But he is a native of France living amongst us and perhaps does not know that Robins are the first harbinger of the long awaited season.

Saturday, February 13, 2010

We had fun and excitement yesterday when News 10 Now and Channel 3 WSTM came to film for Valentines Day. The Shop was a mad swirl of customers and news crews. Everyone had a great time with Megan Coleman the early morning Co-Anchor of WSTM. There were lots of surprised customers that morning!

I recognized reporter Cat DeMaria from News 10 Now right away. She and her camera man Ben convinced Colleen and Mary to design for the camera. And soon we were all at ease and the afternoon flew by.

Check out the film footage:


Saturday, January 30, 2010

Swords and Sabers

After their beautiful wedding Ashley was deployed to Iraq. The Whistlestop Gang wishes her a safe tour of duty.
And thanks to Bill Herloski for the images.
If anyone noticed the absence of posts in January, my husband and I were visiting family in Florida. We had lots of fun but it was rather cold. Day after day of freezing nights was very hard on the butterflies, anoles and tree frogs. But that's a story for another day.

Friday, January 29, 2010

The Arch of Swords

*From the Ceremony Program of Ashley and David

Military weddings are one of the best examples of how traditions and rituals can be the foundation for creating a truly memorable event.
What most guests at a military wedding are most likely to remember is the "crossed sabers," or the arch of steel. The word steel is synonymous for and used to represent either sabers for the Navy or swords for Army, Air Force and Marines. Traditionally the bride and groom walk through the arch of swords. That passage is meant to ensure the couple's safe transition into their new life together.
The arch of swords procedure is a simple and elegant one. The honor guard form two lines opposite each other. On the command of "draw sword "or "draw saber," the steel is raised with the right hand, with the cutting edges facing up. The couple enters the arch, kiss, and then pass through. The newly married couple then salute the honor guard. Members of the honor guard then sheath the swords and return them to a carry position.
Yet another tradition is the gentle "swat to the backside" that the bride receives from the last swordsman. In addition, it is also traditional for the wedding cake to be cut with a saber or sword.

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