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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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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Disney Bound

After six months of research, planning, price comparisons and frustrations we have finally booked our 2017 Disneyworld Vacation.  Each year, for Christmas we have a big gift that is for the entire family.  This year it is Disney. We will be flying JetBlue from Providence (Warwick, if you are from Rhode Island) to Orlando and spending 7 full days at Pop Century with 7 days of Park Hopper Tickets bought from Undercover Tourist along with our Car Rental. We will fly home on Southwest Airlines with a direct flight from…

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Christmas is Over…

It’s over…  I can’t believe it.  It seems as though it was only yesterday that we were getting the Turkey for Thanksgiving. It can’t be true… I need more time, there are more presents that I have to get… It seems as though the Christmas Season is getting shorter and shorter each year.  When I was 8 years old and going to the old Apex Department Store in downtown Pawtucket, RI, it had to be at least six months between Thanksgiving and Christmas Day, it certainly felt that way.  Today,…

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It’s Christmas time again

Well it’s two weeks before Christmas, and I still have no idea what the hell I am getting everyone. I go through this every year and always run out two or three days before Christmas to get everyone’s gifts. I usually do pretty good, I think so anyway. You never know really what to get someone for Christmas. My wife always says that she doesn’t need anything or she doesn’t want anything but I know if I don’t get her anything I am in deep shit. My daughters are now…

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Planning a Family Vacation

Wow, it’s been a while since I’ve posted anything to my blog.  Sorry, since the girls and my wife have gone back to school, it has been nucking futts at my house. Between Soccer, Volleyball, school meetings, staff meetings and occasional doctor visits, I think that I’ve been able to sit in front of the computer for about 15 minutes since September 1st… The weather is starting to cool down here in New England and we are starting to get ready for Winter.  I know, I can’t believe that I…

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Dishonest Dealership

Imagine that, a dishonest car dealership…  Say it ain’t so! On Saturday, my wife and I decided that it was time for me to start looking for a new truck.  I currently drive a 2012 Chevy Colorado with almost 60,000 miles that is in excellent condition.  I know, most are saying that if it is in excellent condition, why do you want a new vehicle?  Saturday afternoon, I was asking myself the same question.  I was looking because my vehicle is currently out of warranty and I am going to…

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I Refuse to Let Her Grow Up

How did this happen?  Just yesterday I was hearing “Daddy, do you want to play Legos with me”.  Today, Ashleigh is signing up for her High School classes… I won’t allow it!  No way!  My baby girl is not allowed to grow up and go to High School, I am not going to let her.  That’s it, she is punished… Yeah, that will work! I don’t think so.  I guess there is nothing that I can do to stop her from being the wonderful, beautiful, intelligent young woman that she is.…

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Do we Spoil Our Dogs?

I’ve been told in the past that I spoil our dogs, I’ve also some people that think that I am too hard on the dogs and expect too much from them. I  think that I treat the dogs the way that they should be treated.  I do believe that they are members of the family and that a dog should not be chained or penned up outside of the home.  If you do this to your dogs, then why do you have them?  Our dogs are allowed in the bedrooms and…

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Flu Shot…

It’s been a while since I have posted anything in the Blog, sorry about that. With the holiday season upon us it has been nuts. I went for my annual checkup this week and it was actually good news, my glucose levels and A1C levels are all OK, but cholesterol is a little high, can’t be perfect. I also got the flu shot during the appointment. The shot is very important for diabetics so that they do not contract the influenza virus, which can cause all sorts of problems. The…

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