Friday, October 31, 2014








1966
That was the year "It's The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown" made its debut.
The best-known quote regarding Linus and the Great Pumpkin, originally in the 1959
comic strip but which made it into the TV special is:
" There are three things I have learned never to discuss with people:
religion, politics and The Great Pumpkin."
Charles Schultz
What a guy.

Good morning peeps.  Here it is Friday AND it's Halloween, which means something different as an adult then it did as a kid.  I am not an overt Halloween liker, but it does bring back some good memories as a kid.  When the teachers at Belmont Central School [ and presumably everywhere else across the country] would [ sometime in early October ] put up the Halloween decorations [ pumpkins & witches, and bats and haunted houses...] around the room [ remember those cork  spaces above what were at the time blackboards...? ] and in the windows and down the hallways.  THIS was not just Halloween THIS was the kick-off of many special times that would culminate in...wait for it ............CHRISTMAS VACATION !   Dear Heavens, what an exciting time of year from October ~ NovemberDecember.  WoW.  Just WOW! 
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Regarding yesterday's post - - -  The person mentioned at the end of yesterday's post was responsible for the quote listed in said post, about " We all know where you're going when you die Mr. Shelley, read the Bible you fool !"  To the best of my knowledge he was NOT responsible for any of the other events ... which transpired over many years.  His remark to me on Facebook simply brought to the forefront of my mind many of the other challenges that have occurred to us over time. Thank you to EVERY one that commented on FB to us, sent emails, PM's, & called us.  We have never been so transparent in nearly 40 years under one roof together, but yesterday, enough was enough.  As stated yesterday, after reading your responses & receiving your calls all I could think of was some lines [paraphrased] from The Sound of Music: " Somewhere in our youth or childhood, we must have done something good...."   to be blessed with such caring, compassionate, kind & loving people as you in our lives..... And the heart still sings !  Thank you.
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REMEMBER
Tomorrow is the
FIVE YEAR ANNIVERSARY
of this blog.
Am trying to think of something to mark the occasion.
That will be the 
What would YOU like to see on this blog tomorrow
to mark its FIVE YEAR ANNIVERSARY ?
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And here's just a couple of
FLASHBACK  FRIDAY
pics
 Casey James McNinch 
son of Jim & Mary Jo [Feldbauer] McNinch
many years ago in a cow costume in our living room.

Casey James McNinch [on left obviously] all grown up with his cousin, Kimmy Feldbauer.
[ Sidenote:  Kimmy  is one of the daughters of Mark & Lorie Feldbauer,   They are  all  unbelievably  gorgeous gals.  Each & everyone could easily be models.]




 Sue Tronetti Ross dancing with Diane Fuller Maynard
in Dillon Hall of St. Mary's
at a Halloween dance in the mid 1990's.
This  may  have been the dance after which we were cleaning the hall
and Sue got so  $%%^*)&(_)  ANGRY because the vacuum cleaner wouldn't work.
Her husband Dana had to tell her " Sue...it's not plugged in! "
Susie had had a few liquid refreshments during the dance!


" The Blues Brothers "
[ Allegany County Style ]
circa  1984
in the kitchen at Richard & Joyce Shelley's home - Friendship, NY
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THANKING YOU FOR THIS TIME TILL NEXT TIME

KEEP  A  SONG
IN
YOUR  HEART!
















Thursday, October 30, 2014

*At least it wasn't a rock through the window this time.

*Thankful it wasn't a carload of guys screaming at the house as they drove by.

*No " For Sale" sign put in the front yard with "slurs" written / warnings on it.

*It was a minor incident compared to when the front of the house was draped in black funeral crepe
as yet another warning.

This was just a remark on Facebook
But not a "general" remark
A remark with a name attached to it
A direct hit if you will
But carefully worded with no slurs attached

"We all know where you are going when you die Mr. Shelly. Read the word of God fool ! "
"Shelley"
Yes, he even went back and corrected the spelling on my last name.

* Thankful it wasn't someone jumping into our vehicle [as the other
one of us was inside a store one night ]
to "have a little chat" with the one left  alone  in the vehicle---
"one on one" as he stated.

* Relieved it wasn't once again yelling at our vehicle as we drove through town
" _ _ _mobile ! "

* At least it wasn't someone shouting out    " _ _ _S!   _ _ _S!  Run for your lives !"
 when we entered a local store.

This was just a remark on Facebook.
Just a remark.
On Facebook.
Bringing the memories back.


And so it goes,
Right  Jim Cline  of Belmont, NY ?




KEEP  A  SONG
IN
YOUR  HEART







Wednesday, October 29, 2014

PART  TWO
"How I completely lost my mind "

 Due to a discrepancy 
IN THOSE DANGED PICS
From Today's FIRST Blog Post !


I have gone from
to
to
to
to
to
to
to

to
Freaking 
BAT  BUTT

So in order that I do not have to deal with this insanity in tomorrow's post I shall deal with it NOW !

It has been decided that the pics must be from two different occasions [ according to one person in this household with only SEMI-POSSIBILITY agreement from the other person in this household. ]      [ The dogs abstained from voting ].

Pics Numbers 1 & 2 both have Carolyn Tuttle in them and are from the same occasion.

Pic # 1 Left to Right
Carolyn Tuttle - Honor Horton [David Mayo? mostly hidden ] Robbie Warner's [?] butt - Bill Patterson & Phil Brown.





Pic # 2  L - R  Suzie Thomas - {not sure = Honor ? followed by another not sure Janet or Marcine ? ] - Carolyn Tuttle & Phil Brown. [ the person way in background we are not sure of.]





Pics Numbers  3 - 4 & 5 are from the party for my 16th Birthday and the first [ only ? ] one to guess that correctly was not even a scratch in her Daddy's pant's back then = Carissa Healy Knapp.

Pic # 3   L-R  Mary Kay Presutti & Sandy Sheehan




Pic # 4   L-R   Jim Lehman - Mary Kay [mostly hidden] - Janet Potter - Casper followed by Steve Brown.





Pic # 5  L-R   Steve Brown - Sandy Sheehan - [a friend I think Marta brought] - Marta Bidwell & Terry Thomas.

So ONCE AGAIN ---- TWO separate events at 35 Schuyler Street, Belmont, NY.  First two pics must have been some time AFTER pics number 3,4 & 5 which was in April 1970. There were no ashtrays present - but there were nuts & mints in a blue bowl in front of Terry Thomas [ as well as a NYS Driver's Manual = 16th Birthday, remember ? ]
I just saw that Marcine thinks she was not in any of these pics, so who knows.  At any rate I AM DONE WITH THIS.  Oh, one more thing [ as dear Maggie McNinch used to say .......]  Can YOU find the discrepancy that Carissa found ?   It's the china in the cupboard baby !

THANKING YOU FOR YOUR TIME THIS TIME TILL NEXT TIME

KEEP  A  SONG
IN
YOUR  HEART!










AWESOME  AUTUMN
continues

Good morning peeps.  REALLY lovely and warm last evening here in ye ol' village of Belmont, Town of Amity.  Great sleeping weather with the sound of the raindrops and all.  Thanks God !
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Good response on yesterday's " A MOMENT IN TIME" picture.  Almost everyone guessed the WHO correctly:  Mike Feldbauer - Mary Kay Presutti - Donna Dawson-DiGirolamo - Greg Shelley// many guessed the WHERE correctly = In front of what used to be St. Mary's R.C. Church on Milton Street in Belmont, NY// WHEN was definitely Autumn [ catch the trees in background and up Milton Street, as well as the apparel ? ]and probably mid 1980's or so.... But the WHY remains a mystery = what was the event...am rather sure it was a wedding.  If the answer ever arrives I will let you know.
To:
Lynne  Faecke
Carolyn  Donnelly
Carissa Healy Knapp
Nancy Wright Brown
Dottie  Graham
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Thanks to MEREDITH CHILSON for posting the pic below on FB via The Wellsville Daily Reporter.  It's missing the HEADLINE which MADE the picture of dear Barb Zlomek so FUNNY:
TODAY'S DAILY REPORTER
WILL HAVE
A  SLIGHT DELAY
This is doubly funny if you truly KNOW Barb Zlomek.

When I was directing St. Mary's Choir for 12+ years, the choir could  plan on  Barb arriving late to Mass almost a-l-w-a-y-s.   It would be ten minutes or so into the Mass & Barb would arrive.  What was startling was if Barb arrived BEFORE Mass began.  We knew either we were running VERY late or something must be amiss with dear Barb.  To see BARB ZLOMEK'S picture combined with the heading on the WDR's website = too danged funny.   Hugs to you BarbZ .
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I would be neglectful if I didn't metion that Barb Zlomek is getting some things ready for 
THE  ANNUAL  BAZAAR 
benefiting
HOLY  FAMILY  PARISH
[ formally known as St. Mary's Parish ]
being held at
THE  AMITY  RESCUE  SQUAD BUILDING
Route 244 - Belmont, NY
ALL DAY FRIDAY, OCTOBER 31st, 2014
There's something for everyone AND you could hassle BarbZ a bit about the above pic/headline.
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Just because you were so astute yesterday AND it was a rather easy one, here's one that is not so easy, at least for some of you.  If you're around our "vintage" this might be a snap.
SEVERAL pictures --- all from one "happening".


PICTURE # 1



PICTURE # 2


PICTURE # 3



PICTURE # 4
[ Ignore the white "block" ]


PICTURE # 5

All pictures taken at same location: WHERE ?
WHAT was the "happening" ?
WHO is in each picture ?
WHEN [ the year ] of this "happening" ?
I can honestly tell you that except for one person, in picture # 5, I know the answers to all of these questions.  I am not sure of the third person from the left in pic #5.  Ideas?
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THANKING YOU FOR YOUR TIME THIS TIME TILL NEXT TIME

KEEP  A  SONG
IN
YOUR  HEART!

Tuesday, October 28, 2014


AWESOME  AUTUMN
continues
Good morning peeps.  A wee bit gray this early morn here in Allegany County's "capital" [County Seat ], the beautiful village of Belmont, NY....BUT temps today are to be around 73 degrees, so indeed our awesome autumn continues.
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TRULY enjoyed your responses to yesterday's Question of the Day concerning your earliest memories ... Those comments tell a tiny bit about you and sure warmed the cockles of my heart [ and you KNOW how I feel about cold cockles! ].

NANCY WRIGHT BROWN
MARY FULLER
LYNNE FAECKE
KIM CARTER
SARAH ELIZABETH
MEREDITH CHILSON
ROBIN DEAN SMITH
MARK  FELDBAUER
MARCINE DELO
BARB STANTON McNINCH
DONNA  HOLMES
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MJ's Facebook evolution is wonderfully entertaining to me.  Last night he is studying his FB page on his Droid. I was watching him, listening to him talk to me [ AND himself ] it was better than ANYthing that could ever be on TV.  Like the rest of us he has seen people post things on FB that are just TMI & he doesn't want to be like THAT [ so don't be ].  He is also concerned about even all his FB friends seeing EVERYthing he posts [ I will show him how to limit that "fear" via the privacy settings ], etc. He was, however, VERY pleased with some people who asked to be FB friends, esp. those he hasn't heard from in eons. YES!  This is what it should be about...  I want him to be excited about FB as it can be a great communication method OR it can be a report on how many BM's someone has in a day, how their love life is going [ literally ] & .....well you know.  I will show him how to stay FB friends with people but not have to see every  tiny  TMI post they make, lest he get discouraged straight outta the gate.  I'll keep you up to date on this ...It's a hoot !
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Instituting a new item for this blog.
It might be a bit self-serving at times, as in today's pic.
Your task, should you decide to accept, is to guess 
who - where - when & why = the event proceeding / following said pic.
[ The self-serving part of today's pic is I cannot remember the event, but I have an idea... ]
Okay --- here we go
1.] Left to Right  WHO  are these people  [easiest question ] ?
2.]  WHERE [location] was picture taken ?
3.] WHEN was picture taken [ approximate year ] ?
4.]  WHY was this picture taken = the event preceding / following the pic.

Obviously this takes care of the Question[s] of the Day.
Oh and if you do not know any of the people above, [ or perhaps even if you do ]
write your own brief "story" about them answering the questions above.
Could be quite entertaining.
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NOTE:
Saturday next, four days hence, marks the
FIVE  YEAR  ANNIVERSARY
OF  THIS  BLOG.
HOW to celebrate it.  Hmmmmmmm
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THANKING YOU FOR YOUR TIME THIS TIME TILL NEXT TIME

KEEP  A  SONG
IN
YOUR  HEART!










Monday, October 27, 2014


AWESOME  AUTUMN
continues

Good morning peeps.  It is sunny but brisk here in ye little village of Belmont, NY.  A village where some of you still reside, some call "hometown" even though you have since moved away, some have visited and some can only imagine....Here's hoping you have a marvelous Monday from beginning to end.
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HAPPY
60th
BIRTHDAY
to
DANA  LEE  ROSS
[ "Nobody doesn't like Dana Lee!"]
[ sung to the old OLD Sarah Lee commercial tune]
[ although Dana has always told me that THAT statement isn't true about him.]
DANA  LEE  ROSS
[ also known currently as  BOSS  ROSS  now that he is Town of Amity Supervisor ]
Welcome to our world Dana

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Well as many of you know MJ is finally on Facebook as himself.  He has been tagged in on my Facebook page for quite some time now and last evening we set up his own page... at my insistence. He is quite nervous about it, which to me is hysterical, as he is rarely nervous about anything. He is listed under Michael Feldbauer [ not Mike Feldbauer ].  If you haven't been sent a friend request, send him one,,, he is a virgin ,,, at Facebook.    ;-)
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THANK YOU to all who commented on yesterday's Question of the Day which was based on the pics posted here.  T'was a bit of a hoot reading your responses.  Enjoyable indeed.
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Finally got to spend a few hours yesterday afternoon with that child whom I adore.  omG, talk about boundless energy.  I got tired just watching him.  And boy did he ever LOVE rough housing with his " Unc'Mike "  BAM! he'd jump on MJ....BAM! he'd fly in the air & land on MJ....BAM! he'd crawl at MJ & MJ would crawl at him & raise up off the floor so Jaxson went underneath "Un'Mike" to the other side of GaGa's livingroom.  Bet Jax slept well last night,,,,, "Unc'Mike" sure did.  When they were rough housing I took the pics.  The picks sans MJ in them were taken by MJ himself = the better pics.  Here we go - - - - - - -







[ To see a larger version of any pic, just click on it.  May open in another window though, not sure.]

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What is your earliest [ hopefully good ] memory or memories as a child ?

THANKING YOU FOR YOUR TIME THIS TILL NEXT TIME

KEEP  A  SONG
IN
YOUR  HEART!












Windmills of Your Mind Ping-Pong match going on in my head. Not a bad thing actually, simply unstoppable for the present ...