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Tuesday, February 24, 2015

KM 323 at Hawley, PA September 9, 2013

Mr. Wayne Pierce had to leave the Central job near Kingsley, PA, and run another Kinder Morgan job at Hawley, PA.  Bobby and I stayed at the Central job along with Mr. Dave Theis, and Tommy Stanaland and the rest of the crew.    We took off from work to join the Hawley crew for a safety
 James Fountain, safety man, and Ron Morrison who worked in the office ordering and putting purchase orders into the system called View Point.  View Point was very similar to RSCCC that we used in the Texas schools.
 Ron Morrison, Mr. Wayne Pierce, and Bobby Stanaland (with his back to the camera).
Mr. Wayne, Alberto Perez (brown hard hat), and Bobby.
Victor Contreras, chief Bar-B-Qer, pipe foreman, hydro-tester, and just about anything else.
Cameron and Charlie Rohan, were the mechanics.  Their headquarters was the shop at Montrose.
Miss Clara Wasserman on the right was the security person at the gate.  She was always jumping up to sign trucks and pickups in and out of the job site.
Safety vests and hard hats are a requirement for all who come on the site.
Harold Hamm (straw hat), welding foreman; Bobby Stanaland (Troy cap), and Mark Prejean (blue shirt, white hard hat), welder.  Doug worked for EIU (frown helmet).   Harold is wearing his new jacket.
Troy Construction gave us all new Carhart jackets like Harold is wearing for a safe productive job.
The guys were pretty proud of these jackets, and I am proud of mine.
Here is the crew.
The only people I know here are Wes Ussery (second from left, back row), and Jorge Ardila, who worked in the office and is a crane operator (third row, brown hard hat).
I do not know a soul in this picture except Jorge back row, far left.
More Troy men.  Efrain Zavala kneeling and wearing a blue do-rag.
 Antioco Lopez (middle row, mustache, black shirt), Harold Ham (straw hat),  Efrain Zavala bottom left with blue do-rag.
 Miss Clara Wasserman is middle row, far right with no hard hat.  Doug, with EIU, bottom far right.
 Adrian Potillo is next to Doug (brown hard hat), Bobby Stanaland is behind Miss Clara.
Bobby (back row, far left), Adrian Portillo bottom left, no hard hat (his wife, Kelly, was the clerk at North East when I worked at Snake Creek).  Alberto Perez, middle row with brown hard hat, and next to him is Victor Contreras.
 Ms. Brenda Pierce, clerk, and Mr. Wayne Pierce (yellow shirt) superintendent.  As of today they are retired from the construction business.
 Mr. Christopher Dreyton, safety, and James Fountain, safety.  I got to work with Drey at Snake Creek and at Central.  He is a very smart and interesting man.
My husband, Bobby, and my dear friend Miss Clara Wasserman.  It was a nice warm day--too warm for Carharts, but we will get plenty of opportunities to wear them later.  The guys and gals enjoy a nice Bar-B-Q and they deserve it for working so hard and doing it safely.


Barn Quilts!  It's a Pennsylvania thing, not a Texas or a Montana thing.  The painted designs are on houses, old barns, stores.  Here are just a few.

This one is on a lovely home on Church Street, New Milford, PA.
This cobblestone home is also on Church Street and the Daisy Basket Antique Shop is behind it.
Lynn Lee House B&B in New Milford, PA.  has a quilt.  I have never stayed here, but the people at the  Erie Canal School House in Albion, NY said this was an excellent place to stay with an amazing breakfast.
You can call this number if you want to make a reservation.  I recommend it.
The Lynn-Lee guest house. 
Another lovely place on Church Street in New Milford, PA.
Colorful isn't it?  This is in downtown Wyalusing, PA.
Wyalusing has the best looking trash containers!
A store front in historic Wyalusing, PA.
Barn quilt squares originated in Colonial America with the Amish, Mennonites, Lutherans and other people from the Rhine area in Germany, who came to America for religious freedom, and settled in Pennsylvania.  These early settlers painted designs on their barns.  In the early 2000s the barn quilt art really took off.  Donna Sue Groves, from Adams County, Ohio started the first  "barn quilt trail."  She wanted to honor her mother's Appalachian background by painting a quilt on the barn.  The idea grew from one barn quilt to twenty along a driving trail so tourists could enjoy the art.  The websites at the end of the blog have more detailed information about barn quilt trails.  There is information about making your own barn quilt. I  didn't find these examples on a trail in Eastern Pennsylvania.  They are just random along the many winding roads that I traveled and enjoyed. 

Thursday, February 5, 2015

KM 319

I hate to admit this, but Face Book has nearly ruined my blogging.   These pictures and the story are pretty old for this day and time, but I want this to be recorded, old or not.  These are some of the Troy Construction crew members who worked on KM 319 near Wyalusing, PA.  I wasn't working on this job, but I went out to a safety bar-b-q that the company had for the employees and took pictures.  Troy does this in recognition of accident free work.
This is Mr. Bill Bennett, private inspector for Kinder Morgan.
My husband, Bobby, helping with the cooking.
These men are done with the job and are heading home.  I do not know their names, but I hope Tommy can tell me who they are.
Chris Dreyton, one of the safety men, helped with the dinner.  He worked with me on the Snake Creek job, and he is a great person to work with.
Jorge Zepeda is the crane operator, and he is also a whiz on the computer.  He used to work in the office all the time until he got certified as a crane operator.
Mr. Jose Gelasio (with no helmet) and friends.  He also worked at Snake Creek.  Maybe Tommy can remember all their names.
Chris Dreyton and me.  The sun sure was bright that day!
Richard Wega and me.  Richard was the other safety man on this job, and he also worked at Snake Creek when I was clerk.  He is such a fun person to work with.
Mr. Wayne Pierce with Drey.  Mr. Wayne was the superintendent for the job.  He  is an interesting person, who loves to hunt, can fruits and vegetables, make sausage.  You name it, he can do it.
Ms. Brenda Pierce was the clerk.  She took care of everything from running for supplies to the very important job of payroll.
Richard, Pascuali, and Drey.
Tommy Stanaland enjoying a Pepsi, and good cooking.  I ought to submit this to Pepsi and make Tommy famous!
Mr. Victor Contreras!  What an entertainer.  He is also the hydro-testing man, and pipe fitter, and anything else that needs to be done.
Bobby, and Tommy finished this job a few days before Thanksgiving 2013.  We had to wait for the weather to clear before we could head home, and we left on Thanksgiving day 2013 to drive the 1700 miles back to Texas.  The roads were still pretty icy in Pennsylvania, but got better the farther West we went.  Thanksgiving dinner was actually Thanks giving supper in a truck stop, and it sure was good, well not as good as Mom's, but pretty darned good.  

Tuesday, July 22, 2014


I made this for a lunch out at the Bobby's job site, and I do like it.  Normally I would use sandwich spread--the stuff that has pimientos, pickles and is sort of pink colored, but alas there is no sandwich spread in Tunkhannock, PA so I had to wing it!  I forgot to take a picture.

9 C cooked potatoes cubed
1 C finely chopped onion
1 1/4 C finely chopped dill pickles
1 C sweet pickle relish or chopped sweet pickles
4 oz. chopped, drained pimientos
1 C Miracle Whip
1 T yellow mustard
1 T salt
lots of black pepper
8 chopped hard cooked eggs

Mix and enjoy!

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

PATSEL'S, a Dining Experience!

"We are living in 'The Experience Age,'" declared one of our speakers in Dr. Sullivan's class at Sul Ross State University.  He ran a rafting/guide business on the Rio Grande at Terlingua, Texas and said that people paid big money to float the river, have a feast in the bottom of a canyon, with tablecloths, candlelight, and gourmet food under a full moon out in the desert.  I have come to believe this, and I guess I have fallen into that mind set, too, even though I swore I wouldn't.
My friend, Lindsey, and I decided we had better hurry up and eat at Patsel's before they close in August, and am I ever glad we did.  This place is so wonderful!  The food was good (you can tell they have a chef on the staff), but the sights were even better than the food, a feast for the eyes.  I love wild paint and decoration, so I was in fantasy land.  It was like I had fallen down the rabbit hole into Wonderland.
The restaurant is out in the country, all by itself, on Highway 6 and 11 between Factoryville and Clark's Summit.  It would be easy to miss because there are no flashing lights, or billboards to alert people to slow down, and turn in for some delicious food.  The name on the side of the building is the only advertisement seen, so word of mouth is what draws the clientele.  They do have a website.
We knew the place was going to be special when we saw the painted pony beside the parking lot.
The entry way is covered and the building is surrounded by lush gardens, with fanciful gates.

There is a surprise around each corner.  Just look at that frame, and to think a shirt is under the glass!
There are many pieces of furniture from MacKenzie-Child's studio.  This interesting piece is in the entryway.
I love these polka dotted walls and marvel at the painting skills.  Dots are very hard to keep from running, and I would like to know the secret so I can go home and add some to our  walls.
A nice little waiting area in front of the cashier counter sits right outside the dining room.
The dining area has a large skylight in the middle with columns on either side.  The room is light and airy, spacious and beautiful.  I felt like I was outside in a garden.
It seems there is painting everywhere, but it makes the place interesting, leading your eye from one point of interest to another.  Lindsey says they put the Sunday buffet behind these painted folding doors.
A painted buffet with a painted mirror.  Nice!
The window frames  are so interesting, and each one had a crowned frog at the top.
Chairs are upholstered and the black carpet with flowers is throughout the restaurant.
The crowned frog, geometric design accented with gilded balls is just one of the window treatments.
A small portion of a quilted fabric mural which extends across the wall.

Several parasols are in the dining rooms.  It is amazing how they make the room feel more like an outdoor area, and give each area a feeling of private space.
The window frames are painted different but didn't seem to compete with each other.
Looking out into the patio garden area, where one can dine "alfresco."
All of the tables were set with water, cloth napkins, silverware, and beautiful dishes.  The dining room pretty well filled up by the time we left, so make reservations.
The crowned frog.
More pretty paint on a window frame.
Lindsey ordered dessert.
Top of a column in the dining room
The light fixture is graceful, and visually takes up very little space.
The girls' bathroom door.  I could hardly wait to get in and see, and I was not disappointed!

The bathroom was roomy, and beautiful with carpet in the lounge area and two kinds of beautiful wall paper.  Another McKenzie-Child's chair sits in the corner.
The motif in the back of the chair.
A dressing table just in case one would like to sit down and straighten up their make-up.
The washbasin is right out of MacKenzie-Child's.
The checks are hand painted, but I think the flowers are decals.  Very beautiful.  I want one.  Now, when you walk in a powder room like this, you can't help but feel very special.
These wall sconces are M-C, I think.
This is another room where you can have a private party.  More interesting decor.
Patsel's is owned by Pat and John Atkins.  We met Mr. Atkins; he wanted to make sure that we were properly seated.  He says the place really belongs to his wife and he is just the husband.  They opened their doors on August 31, 1999, and will close the doors on August 31, 2014.  Rumor has it that the Keystone Culinary Arts Department will buy it.  Pat and John are going to be a very difficult act to follow.  They obviously have impeccable taste, and an eye for minute detail, because everything, and I do mean everything was perfect.  The staff was well trained, pleasant, and efficient.  The food was delicious and of course, the surroundings were out of this world.  I hope that Pat and John can find something else to do with their talents, during their "retirement."  Now, hurry up y'all,  and make reservations while there is still time!