Gratitude

This blog is about what I think..

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Watching the inaugural of President Joseph Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris I was filled with pride. History has been made with the first female Vice President. And to add to the mix she is black, Asian, and the daughter of immigrants. So much of what she engenders is what makes our country great. Then President Biden with his 47 years of experience in federal government, known to all our international friends, and a strong advocate for women.

I am grateful.

Niche, Niche, Niche

Today I received an email out of the blue from Dusty with a wordpress id stating I need to develop a niche. Since I haven’t written in 6 weeks I was surprised and violated by this email as who has given him my email address? In the 4 years I have been writing I’ve received 6 comments, and only through the site. While most were nasty and derogatory my daughter did write a fond critique and for that she was rewarded royally..

So while I know the definition of niche – specialized segment of the market for a particular product or service, (in case you don’t know), I have contemplated Dusty’s thoughts. However, the purpose of my writings is to reflect on what a senior gal thinks and does and quite frankly this is all over the board. If a fellow senior does come across my blog perhaps as they read might think – maybe I could take that trip, try that exercise, feng shui my house, or nice to know someone else has computer challenges, and finally gee never knew of that historic woman. Perhaps the blog will inspire a senior to think they could take that trip, pick up a book to learn more of that historic woman, or even exercise.

Thanks, Dusty for your email. Please block my web site. Bye.

Berkley Springs, West Virginia

Berkley Springs is a neat town nestled in the mountains of West Virginia. It is a historic mineral spa dating back to 1750. Its healing waters were first used by the Indians, and George Washington was said to have stopped here several times. It is considered America’s first spa.

The park leading to the spa.

The warm water spring has a constant temperature of 74 degrees. Here is the bath house and tub areas.

Entrance to the baths.
The bath area
Spickets for mineral water
Another historic bath house on site

Massages are also available at the site. The town is an artist community and there are many unique shops and buildings near the spa. While investigating the area found this interesting castle.

Worth a stop for a massage and/or soak. There also is a museum on site with limited hours.

For further information regarding spa, massage, and park concerns contact:

Gallipolis, Ohio

Driving back from Peachy’s in Wheeling, West Virginia, with my new Amish rocker came across this town.

What a charming spot developed by new settlers coming to the frontier of Ohio. Gallipolis, which means City of Gauls, is one pretty place on the Ohio River. Take a look.

Charming homes,

right on the Ohio,

adjacent to a beautiful park.

The City also has an opera house, bird sanctuary, and artist community. Great place for an afternoon of relaxation.

Waldomore: Historic Clarksburg, WV

This historic home in Clarksburg, West Virginia, was once the residence of the Goff family, a prominent local family. Waldo who lived from 1796 to 1881, was born in Otsego County, New York. He built his grand two story Neo-Classical brick home in 1839. Waldo was a member of the Virginia State Senate from 1833 to 1837, and held other offices before becoming sheriff of Harrison County, West Virginia, in 1851.

Four of Waldo’s eight male children served in the Virginia, and West Virginia state legislature with Nathan being the most prominent serving as Secretary of the Navy to President Rutherford Hayes. Nathan also served as a United States congressman from 1883 to 1889.

The home has original outbuildings on the property which were used for slave staff who worked for the Waldo family.

The home was donated to the City of Clarksburg for use as a library by Mrs. May Goff Lowndes. With the advent of the new library in 1976 Waldomore became a depository of important papers and genealogical research center. The papers of UFO writer Gray Barker are housed here.

The home is also used for cultural events such as concerts. It houses antiques of the time period and pieces unique to West Virginia.

For tours contact the library staff.

Commercial Time #5: The Pool

Today I went to the community pool to swim.  The pool was closed however the after hours staff handed me a schedule.  I also received a 2 inch instruction sheet explaining how to schedule pool lane times for lap swim.  They brightly smiled at me stating how wonderful this new service was.

After leaving the after hours staff I got into my car to return home.  I read the instructions prior to departure and realized I needed to download an AP to make a swim lane appointment.  Having had success with AP installation in the past I felt success was in my future. 

I am home now and have spent 30 minutes with the  AP Store.  I am unable to download the AP as my password is incorrect.  I check my trusty address book again and carefully try the password one more time. The cloud has not yet locked me out but continues to tell me my password is incorrect.  Who am I to question them so I attempt to secure another password but am unable.

I leave the phone and turn on my computer thinking I could register for a swim lane with the computer.  I thought the community pool was community property but now realize it is associated with the Y.  I must register with the Y but am unable.

Somehow without prompting or registering I arrive at a screen where I can register for swim classes, however, I need to be an infant or child to take these classes.  Then without prompting a screen appears to rate the web site.  I am honest.  I tell them I am old, and only want to get a lane to swim.  I inform them of my inability to install their AP or access the appropriate screens from their web site. I send the comments,  sigh, and shut off the computer.

I enter the bathroom and fill the tub with a cup of Epsom salts and warm water.  I put on my swim suit for effect, and float.  This will have to do as trying to swim at the community pool is simply too challenging.

Las Vegas: Last Day Valley of Fire State Park and Bellagio waters..

Started my last day with a tour of the Valley of Fire State Park. This canyon is about an hour outside of Las Vegas and gives the visitor another view of the State. The Canyon is in the Red Rocks and sources claim it to be one of the top 10 spots for hiking in the United States. This locale was formerly under an ocean and now the sandstone rocks belong to a desert.

Here are some pictures from the Nevada State web site as my camera malfunctioned. An interesting video on the history of the area can be seen at http://parks.nv.gov/parks/valley-of-fire. Check it out. Also in the Park is a museum with a great retail store where I purchased many Christmas presents for my camping daughter and future son in law.

The famous elephant rock formation

After returning from the Lost Canyon I collapsed into a deep slumber. Waking late I dashed to The Bellagio for my last view of the dancing waters. Enjoy.

Cass Scenic Railroad State Park

In 1900 the West Virginia Pulp and Paper Company purchased 70,000 acres of land for lumbering. A railroad was needed to transport this lumber to saw mills. Immigrants of Hungarian, Italian, and Austrian descent came to the area to build the railroad and a town rose. The town was named for Joseph Cass, one of the principal investors.

The Depot
The coal burning train
Close up of the locomotive
Main Street in Cass
Main Street Store close up
Ticket Counter inside the Main Street store

The State purchased the railroad in 1961, and in 1976, the town. Visitors may stay in the renovated rail road workers homes.

Railroad workers home
Home of the Superintendent of the lumbering community

The tour up the mountain on a coal driven locomotive is a fascinating experience as you pass through memorabilia of the era.

Then up the mountain..

To the top and what a view.

Bald Knob

What a memorable experience.

Children, (and adults, too), will love it!

Commercial Time #3 Google Photo Upgrade

I have 1516 photos and 3 videos in my cell phone with 139 items not uploaded to a cloud, whatever that is.  For several weeks I have been aware of this but unsure what to do.  While I know they only want 99 cents a month to upgrade once I am down to the normal amount of photos it will take $100 worth of effort to cancel the 99 cent fee.  And all these 99 cent fees add up. No wonder these tech giants can be philanthropists…

Ages ago I recall signing up by accident with Amazon for an on line book service.  This was a temporary offer or so I thought.  Months later I discovered I was still being charged.  Then after much Amazon angst I discovered Chase dispute.  Folks say much about banks but their service was platinum and I am an eternal fan.

Back to the 99 cents…  Since I no longer can access my photos for my blog I have taken the risk and paid the 99 cent monthly charge for 45 bytes of storage, again I repeat myself, for whatever that volume is.  Is this the equal to a photocopy box full of paper or a file folder??  Who knows but I paid. 

An hour later nothing has unlocked and I still can no longer download pictures.  The 99 cents a month has not come through.  Well, you get what you pay for.. and now to get the 99 cents back.  Chase, help!