Saturday, March 7, 2015

Whatcha Gonna Do when The Book Bounty Hunters come for you.

The Mission
Today, I and my team became aware of over due books at the Catasauqua Public Library.  Our job was to check the shelves, to see if perhaps the books were returned and not properly checked in.  Well let me tell you, there are a lot of overdue books out there Catasauqua, and perhaps; yes, just perhaps, we're coming for you......WE ARE the Book Bounty Hunters. 

Book Bounty Hunters are on the right side of the Library Law tirelessly bringing in the over due books and encouraging those who forget to return them to FIND them.

BB, Catt & Basket Lady
My team of  Catt (Cathy), Basket Lady (Carol) and me,  B.B (Bev), are experts in our field and I am not sure that you want us showing up at your door.  Oh - I forgot to mention our own "Charlie" like in Charlies Angels: DON and Don will back us up.  He will be with us on every mission, about two blocks away hunkering down in his car because he is a little embarassed to be seen with us.  BUT none the less - he will be there.

So I suggest, check your book bags, underneath the bed, in the sofa cushions and underneath all the mail on the dining room table. 

Don - you never see his face

Check and find that book on The Art of Flower Arrangements, How to start a Small Business on $20 or perhaps you borrowed Heidi, but find it and find it now and return it.   Because if you don't  you just never know what might happen.

Remember - a book can't be a blessing if it's not being read and if it is hiding under your bed, it can not be enjoyed by others.

So remember to return you books to the Library because if not, just maybe, more probably not, you might see us at your door. 

So from Catt, Basket Lady and B. B. remember this "BRR" - Borrow, Read and Return and that's another day in Catasauqua

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Momerisms by my Mother - only she can come up with these

At the Wacky Shack at Dorney - 1964
Today is my Mother's 81st Birthday.  My mom is Catherine Delores Temos Kline Heil.  Kate to some, Cathy to others and mama to me.

Now my mom is unique and her momerisms are not typical and that is to say the least.  She has trouble pronoucing some things.  Spaghetti becomes pissgehetti.  Soup is zoup.

My mom has been living with us for several years and I am still not use to her talking to me in the morning.  I was use to a lifetime of quiet in the morning, now I hear the latest gossip and headlines from the Morning Call.  The best is when she is telling me the story - it goes like this.

Mom and I at Christmas 1959

Mom:  You know that guy
Me:  What guy
Mom:  You know, on TV
Me:  Can't say so mom.
Mom:  Oh you know, I know you know.

Then there is General Hospital, Parke and I DVR it and watch it at supper, so when my mom joins us for supper we get the same thing EVERY time she watches it.

Mom:  You see that girl - she was on the Young and the Restless.
Mom:  You see him - he was on the Young and the Restless.
Mom:  On the Young and Restless he is married to that girl.

BUT now my absolute favorite, absolutely funniest thing she has ever said was last night when we came home from dinner, the annual Chinese Buffet for her birthday, she says..... are you ready for this.
My Son, Rob, Mom and Me

Mom:  Hey - did you see that Mr. Spark died - you know on that show, Spark, that spaceship show, he
was from another planet.

Me:  Yes mom, I see Mr. Spark died, and I am sure Captain Tirk and Lieutenant Hulu are sad

and that's another day in Catasauqua

Friday, February 27, 2015

Frozen in Catasauqua

I don't care
What they're going to say
Let the storm rage on,
The cold never bothered me anyway!

Well, that might be good for Elsa, but that is not good enough for me.  This winter in Catty didn't start out that bad.  December wasn't that cold but then came January, February and now March.  I just came back to the office and they are brining the streets here is in Allentown for some more snow this weekend.  I haven't seen much predicted 1 to 3 inches maybe.  Some mornings when I drive down Third Street in Catty I am in awe of the snow/ice mounds everywhere.  Where does the next snow go?  

I don't think the snow bothers me as much as does the cold.  The sun burns bright today but the temperature is in the 20's.  The ice doesn't melt.  After lasts weekend brief warm temperatures my back yard turned first into mud, then a lake and now a small frozen pond.  Since my Mother parks out in the driveway she has come up with a creative way to get to her car.  Instead of going straight down the yard she has devised a clever path whereby she hangs a right at our shed then climbs the fence, swings from the tree and lands on her car.  Okay - it might not be as complicated as that but when my mom tells me that's what I envision.  

But take heart Catasauqua, the sun is shining and it is 21 days until Spring - so what if the real feel temperature is 18 degrees and the low tonight will be zero, frolic in the sunshine and know that next weekend starts daylight savings time, so it will be light and cold longer every day.

So stay warm fellow Catasauquians and take heart - before you know it we will be complaining about the heat.....and that's Another Day in Catasauqua.

Saturday, July 5, 2014

And the Rocket's Red Glare - J4 Fireworks

What a day!  First a parade past my house.  Then the Mother of all Reunions at the North Catasauqua Playground.  All this ending with a BANG at Alumni Field with some spectacular fireworks and some family time.

Catasauqua - nice job on the fireworks.  You put the Iron Pigs to shame.  I loved the purple and green firework that occasionally lit the sky.

Parke and I left early and got a spot in the parking lot - of course, he will never forgive me for that - oh yeah he will.  We picked a shady spot to wait and soon the Reiter Family, along with the Khouri's showed up next.  Soon the Lynn & Schadler families arrived.  Some food, some snacks and a lot or laughs were next.  Then the rest of my own Werner clan showed up with the Morgans.  You know what they say - the family that watches fireworks together yells ooooooh together.

Catasauqua, I would like to thank you for a wonderful time.  I know there is one more event - the house tours tomorrow.

The grand finale of Old Home Week is the Historic House and Garden tour on Sunday, July 6, 2014 from 12 to 5 p.m. This is the grandest house tour HCPA has offered. The self-guided tour explores some of the beautiful homes and mansions in Catasauqua’s Historic Districts and beyond. There are 16 properties featuring original architecture of various styles, including Queen Anne, Victorian, Georgian and Federal styles. The interiors feature original woodwork, impressive staircases, stained glass windows, ornate fireplaces and parquet flooring. Catasauqua’s homes reflect Catasauqua illustrious past as the birthplace of the American Anthracite Iron Industry and one of the most prosperous towns in the United States. 

On the day of the tour tickets can be purchased for $18 at The Biery House, 8 Race Street, Catasauqua. . The ticket provides a map and description of each property on the tour. 

I won't be touring this year and please don't stop by my house, I'll be cutting the grass.  

Sincerely though, North Catty and Catty really know how to throw a party.  I love this town.  Also, without Catasauqua in the name of the blog it would just be another day.  Happy J4 and Old Home Week to all.

and that really is ......another day in Catasauqua

The MOTHER of all Class Reunions

And what a mother it was!  Ben Ferenchak, my Red, White & Blue hat's off to you.  What a wonderful job you did along with anyone who helped you. 

I have hugged more people today that I have all year.  Most of my class that I saw today, I see around town or have ran into them here or there.  But I did get to see someone who haven't seen in - oh here is where it hurts - 39 years.  Yes, I am from the class of 1975 and next year, we realized today, will be 40 years since we graduated CHS.   Ouch.

It was great to see Linda and omg, it brought memories back to me that I didn't even think I had. 

And a shout out to Tracey - who wouldn't let me take her picture, but reads my blog.

There was a mass of people, smiles everywhere, with the occasional tear.

Thank you Ben, for making this such a memorable day.  Thank you Catasauqua and North Catasauqua for Old Home Week.  You make me proud to be a Catty Girl.

And that's another day in Catasauqua

The Parade passed me by - Literally - the J4 Parade-Old Home Week

Let the Festivities begin!!!!  The J4 parade just went by.  Bff's John and Judy stopped by and we all watched the parade.  It was a short parade - but it is always a great way to start J4.

I made a joke about the first year - I said it was Betty and Ed Miller along with Howard Hahn dressed as Uncle Sam and that was it for a parade.  After I said that the parade began and guess who was in the front - yup Betty and Ed along with Howard dressed as Uncle Sam!

We also had Miss Pennsylvania and General Grant in the parade, along with George Taylor Building and lots of children.  We should have such energy so early in the day.

Anyway - there are a lot of partying ahead.  Next is the MOTHER OF ALL REUNIONS up at the North Catasauqua Playground.

Check in for the reunion, is from 10 to noon. Meet with classmates at your decade tent; feel free to bring your own canopy and chairs also. Shop community group food stands for lunch. 'Gym class' is at 1. Door prize drawings at 2:30. Final exam is at 3pm (Catty Trivia). Schools out at 4pm with happy hours at various venues. Fireworks pre-show starts at 7pm at Alumni Field (now the Middle School). Don't forget to kick in toward the J4 fireworks.

Wow - what a day - see you out there.

And that's Another day in Catasauqua

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Sunday in the Park - Old Home Week - Part 2

Well, I got back down to the park this evening to listen to Common Bond.  I am so bummed that I missed Tavern Tan - I wanted to hear Andy B.  I wrote my earlier blog in a hurry so I could get to my Pampered Chef Party - I was a little late - but that's okay.  I wanted to make sure that if you didn't know what to do today and saw the blog that you would trek on down to the playground.

Catasauqua - what a beautiful weather weekend - and tonight was no different.  I heard there were good crowds today.  There were a lot of people both of the times I was there.  I heard lots of good things to.  Many people enjoyed the fact that the stands were step up on the pool side of the playground instead of St. John's Street.  It made it more shady - I know I enjoyed it.  

Parke again got a sandwich at Evonne's - I am afraid he is going to start hanging her her sandwich shop. 

I want to say what a Great Job you are all doing  to the people who are running these events.  KUDOS & THANK YOU!!!

The festivities continue next weekend starting with the Pub Crawl, Thursday Evening starting at 5:00 PM.  I am sorry to say that my pub crawling days are over.  I would make it to one bar and be crawling home.  Maybe as some of you crawl by my house I'll take pictures and blog about it.  Let me know when you do the Pepsi Crawl, I'll be there.

And an event that I have been attending for the last two years and will be there again this year - it has become a tradition on July 4th to assemble on the lawn of the George Taylor House for a Reading of the Declaration of Independence at 10AM with an Honor Guard salute. There will be patriotic music by the Antebellum Marine Band and tours of the house from 9AM to noon.

Don't ever say there's nothing to do in Catty - this weekend has been great fun.  All you have to do is get out there and enjoy.  And that's Another day in Catasauqua