Thursday, April 28, 2011
Many years ago, as we were coming home one day we were sitting at the light at Front and Pine Street on the Pine Street Bridge, Parke says to me, "We should go there sometime." and I was like "huh". Well, to the right there is a sign that says Tree City, USA and right above the Tree City sign is a one way sign that designates Front Street, one way, that-a-way. Parke thought Tree City was down the street somewhere. We had a good laugh about it, and to this day I occasionally say, "we should go there sometime." But the fact is that Catasauqua is designated a Tree City by the Arbor Day Foundation. And, may I add, what a beautiful Tree City.
Parke and I took a walk the other day, my first since having bronchitis, so armed with my camera I took pictures of the many flowering trees that our town is graced with at this time. Magnolias (my favorite) flowering cherries, flowering pear trees and the dogwoods are just starting.
I love this time of year, despite my wheezing, and really enjoy seeing the trees in full bloom. If you ever had a child in the Catasauqua School system who had to do a leaf project, you also know what half the trees are. So on that note, I will leaf you alone, oh what a beech I am. Oh don't be a crabapple, you know that was funny, maple I'll come up with some more, cedar later..... and that's ...another day in Catasauqua.
Monday, April 25, 2011
Sunday, April 24, 2011
Friday, April 22, 2011
Tuesday, April 19, 2011
Since we had an 18 game pack, we had the option to renew for the same seats, we decided we liked our section, even though they never throw any of the free stuff to us. The people around us are so much fun, and it was good to see everyone after a long winter. There are these 4 older ladies behind us, and boy, they know there baseball, they yell at the umpire, the catcher, the pitcher and the batter. They have a couple beers and a lot of laughs. I think my favorite comment was one evening it what getting a little cold so they put a sweater around the one ladies neck and shoulders and then said, "Oh Joyce, you look like your ready for the bus from the home to pick you up." I hope I I am like that when I get to be their age, carefree and just enjoying every minute of life. I love them.
Well, I told you about the food, the stadium and the people, now let me tell you about the team. Hmmm, maybe not, they haven't won a game that I attended yet. Most of the players I don't know yet, a lot of new names, some familiar ones, but I miss Andy Tracy. He was the guy you cheered for when he came out, he was the "star". I don't feel that there are any really stars yet this year, but I am sure someone will become the fan favorite, in the meantime we will cheer on Ferrous and FeFe.
Well, there you go, batter, batter swing and ....another day in Catasauqua.
Saturday, April 16, 2011
Wednesday, April 13, 2011
As I was sitting at Happy Hour today in Catty, no not what your thinking. This is at 11:00 AM to 12 Noon, Wednesdays at Salem UCC in Catty. There is a small lunch for anyone who would like to come, mostly seniors (and me). Since I do find myself not working occasionally on a Wednesday I like to go for a nice bowl of soup made by Shirley Turner. Today I sat with Dan Turner and I asked him about the Catasauqua Lake. Should of called him when I was trying to find out the information! Because as my friend LeeAnn had commented on Facebook about her father and grandfather going there, the Catasauqua Rod and Gun Club built the lake, thusly I am guessing that's why they called it Catasauqua Lake. Dan told me that he went fishing there alot, it wasn't that deep and he could wade out to the middle.
I found that Robert G. Gifford Sr. started the Catasauqua Rod and Gun Club, and that he just passed away in February at the age of 86. So I guess that gives us some sort of time line to.
So I guess that's one mystery solved, and maybe I will learn more as I explore and that's ....another day in Catasauqua.
Monday, April 11, 2011
Sunday, April 10, 2011
It was the perfect day to do this. Cloudy, a little too damp to do yard work. Yes, it was the most perfect day in Catasauqua to take a nap. The nap, ahhhh, my way of resting on the Sabbath.
I don't know about you, but I have to take a nap a certain way. On the sofa, with my head at a certain end of the sofa, facing the back of the sofa with a blanket. If I face the TV, I won't nap I will watch TV. I think that I face the back of the sofa as a symbol of telling the world, leave me alone, I am taking a nap.
Today's nap was one of those naps that I didn't think I was napping. But time had passed. I laid down at 2:30 pm and suddenly it was 4:00 PM and time to make dinner.
I was very much in need of a nap, the weekend was hetic, it consisted of the craft fair and baseball games. Speaking of the baseball game, the Phillie Phanatic was hilarious. I have to put my pictures on the computer yet, but then I will blog about the game. But for today, rest it what I contemplated and rest is what I got. And that is......another day in Catasauqua.
Friday, April 8, 2011
I didn't think I would get a chance to write, but the Iron Pigs Game got rained out. I still had a great time with my friends from Salem UCC. We had rented the Iron Pigs Suite. If you ever get to go to a game in one of the suites do so, it is a great time. I ate twice my weight in hot dogs and this wonderful steak that they have. They also had hamburgers, chicken, baked ziti, corn on the cob and potato salad. Along with chips, cookies and watermelon the night was well rounded out, like my tummy. And of course, an unlimited supply of Coca Cola (why couldn't it have been Pepsi Park).
I went on a walk to snoop around at the other suites when I ran into Ferrous, he was behind the bar carrying on, and I just snapped the picture at the right moment, when he tried to make a run for it with a bottle of Jack. Hey, what else are you going to do on a cold rainy night, can you blame him? My friend Tammy introduced me to Shocktop Raspberry, another good reason to go to baseball games, beer. Even though the game got called because of rain it was still a fun night, how could it not be with good food and good friends.....and beer.
and that's ....... another day in Catasauqua
Thursday, April 7, 2011
Wednesday, April 6, 2011
Tuesday, April 5, 2011
Today I am a real hausfrau, as I sit here writing with my apron still on, my hair up in a rubber band from the morning newspaper and halupkies cooking in the kitchen. Those halupkies are for Saturday's Spring Craft Fair at Salem UCC located at Third and Walnut Streets in Catasauqua, which will be held from 9 am to 1 pm. There will be some other great food there, haluski, homemade perogies, hot dogs, chili, barbeque, and whatever else anyone brings. Along with a bake sale, silent auction, and oh lets not forget... the crafters.
As I was making the halupkies I was reminiscing about all the great ethnic foods that come out of our area. My grandfather was polish and that's where I learned how to make halupkies and my grandmother was Pennsylvania Dutch. They say "you ain't much if you ain't Dutch!"
Some of the food we grew up with wasn't the healthiest, oh how I love butter, but it was sure tasty!!! One day I was on the phone with Reggie from Northampton Water Authority and we were talking about the names in Catty, North Catty and Northampton. A lot of them end in a sky or vits. You think with all the different enthicities in the area we could have one big Slovak, Polish, Pennsylvania Dutch Festival (hmm the Sloishutch Festival) that would put us on the map like Musikfest! or like the Kutztown Folk Festival! But alas, one thing that I have found out, especially with halupkies, is that everyone makes them different and everyone has an opinion on how they should be made, and their way is the right way. Must be the stubborn streak in us, we would probably never agree on how to make them and then there would be a huge food fight with cabbage flying everywhere!
I want to give Charotin Hose a shout out and a thank you to Erik for sending me a link for their history which includes the history for the building that the Masons currently use. I can't tell you how much I have learned lately about Catty, its been great reading.
Well, back to the kitchen and that's another day in Catasauqua.
Sunday, April 3, 2011
It introduced important innovations to American politics, such as nominating conventions and the adoption of party platforms. I could go on and on but I won't.
Anyway, back to Catty - The first meeting was held in Gross Hall, a part of what was then called the United States Hotel situated on the northeastern corner of Front and Race.