Unbelievable Day In Providence

Today was definitely an interesting, if not strange, day here in Rhode Island. I want to start by explaining that Rhode Island is generally a quiet state.  By saying that I mean that not much really happens here.  We do have an occasional political scandal or a major storm becomes a disruption, but generally it is quiet. On Thursday, November 8, 2017, this changed. The morning commute was just like any other commute.  Traffic was backed up and people were more interested in talking on their cell phones than paying…

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Power’s Back On

Wow, it’s been a minute since I’ve posted to my blog. Sorry, things have been crazy around here with all of the girl’s sports practices games and social events, Leigh and I haven’t had a chance to catch our breath. We had a pretty strong storm go through Rhode Island and Southern New England on Sunday night (10/29/17) with 50mph winds and with a strong gust of 80mph at Conimicut Point in Warwick, RI.  There was quite a bit of storm damage, mainly to trees.  With this said, power was…

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A Sad Day…

This has been an extremely sad day for our country and for the City of Las Vegas, Nevada.  On Sunday, October 1, 2017 during the Route 91 Country Music Festival a gunman open fired from the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Hotel across the street from the outdoor venue. The gunman unleashed a barrage of automatic weapon fire on the 22,000+ concert goers, killing 59 and injuring over 500.  Cellphone videos have been released showing concert goers pinned down as a constant volley of gunfire is heard. Las Vegas…

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It Doesn’t Get Much Prettier Than This

Well… It’s been a while since I have posted a blog here. Between work and family, it has been incredibly busy and I have procrastinated writing a post, my bad. I have started a quest to shed the extra pounds that I have been carrying for these many years. I have started out loosing at a pretty good clip.  In the first three weeks that I have started my fitness plan, I have lost 15lbs.  I know that I shouldn’t expect to continue to loose the weight at that pace…

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Vacation, Day 1: Magic Kingdom

Our Disney World Traditions The first day of our Disney World Vacation in Florida started on a very warm April, Florida Morning with temperatures in the upper 70’s, it was going to be a warm one. We start every Disney Vacation the same way.  On the first day, we try to get out of the resort early and we head up I-4 East and get off on the Sand Lake Rd exit to get to International Drive in Orlando.  We usually eat at the Ponderosa Steak House opposite the Castle…

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Where is Spring?

Today is March 15th which means that we should be starting to plant flowers, reseeding our lawns and getting ready for the warmer weather. right?  Not this year, as of the time that I am writing this blog post (1:49PM) it is a balmy 29° outside and there is over a foot of snow on the ground from a major Nor’Easter that hit the Northeastern United States yesterday. After having the 2nd warmest February on record where we actually hit 70, we are freezing our butts off in March.  Temperatures…

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Train Derailment in Providence

Here’s a new wrinkle into my dreadful morning commute into Providence, RI… A train derailment! Yup, you read it right. A train carrying 30,000 gallons of highly combustable ethanol jumped the tracks this morning (3/8/17) at 1:30am. The tanker car, which was one of approximately 60 cars that were on route to Worcester, MA, jumped the track, slid down an embankment, went through a chainlink fence and came to rest in the middle of US 1-A (Allens Ave) in Providence. Authorities say that there were no leaks and the EPA…

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Channeling My Inner Bob Ross

Forest River by Mark Plante

A few weeks ago, my daughter and I started watching and enjoying the old “Joy of Painting” show on PBS starring Bob Ross.  My daughter Jessica was so amazed on how with a swoosh of his palette knife he could transform a blob of colors into a beautiful painting. I had done some painting in the past using acrylic paints, but never with oils because I was told that they were very difficult to work with and very messy to clean.  Even with that, I had always wanted to try…

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