From an Old Magazine Cover

I played around with this photo because it just fascinated me.  It was for an article about schizophrenia.

It's a bit scary.

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National Pretzel Day

Now I want a pretzel but the only thing in the house is Lynette's frozen gluten free pretzels.  Not what I had in mind.  Here are some interesting facts I found.


National Pretzel Day is observed annually on April 26.  A bag of nice crunchy, salty pretzels or a big, warm, soft, cinnamon pretzel is the question of the day.  Either one is an excellent choice.
There are a few different accounts of the origin of the pretzel.  Most people agree that it does have a Christian background, and they were developed by the monks.  According to The History of Science and Technology, in 610 AD, “an Italian monk invents pretzels as a reward to children who learn their prayers.  He calls the strips of baked dough, folded to resemble arms crossing the chest, pretiola (little rewards).”
Another source puts the invention in a monastery in southern France. The looped pretzel may also be related to a Greek Ring bread from the communion bread used in monasteries a thousand years ago.  In the Catholic Church, pretzels had a religious significance for both ingredients and shape. The loops in pretzel may have served a practical purpose: bakers could hang them on sticks, projecting upwards from a central column, as shown in Job Berckheyde’s (1681) painting.
The Pennsylvania Dutch immigrants introduced pretzels to North America in the 19th century.  At this time, many handmade pretzel bakeries populated central Pennsylvania, and their popularity quickly spread.
It was in the 20th century that soft pretzels were very popular in areas such as Philadelphia, Chicago and New York. 
  • Today, the average Philadelphian consumes about twelve times as many pretzels as the national average.
  • Pennsylvania is the center of American pretzel production for both hard and soft pretzels, producing 80% of the nation’s pretzels.
  • The annual United States pretzel industry is worth over $550 million.
  • The average American consumes about 1.5 pounds of pretzels per year.
  • Philadelphia opened a privately run “Pretzel Museum” in 1993.
  • Hard pretzels originated in the United States in 1850.

National Pretzel Day began in 2003 when Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell declared April 26 “National Pretzel Day” to acknowledge the importance of the pretzel to the state’s history and economy.

Miss Brooklyn and Miss Manhattan

These statues are located at the entrance to the Manhattan Bridge on the Brooklyn side.  What surprised me about them was how they rotate and how they are lit up from within at night.

I took these two videos, one during the day and one at night.

They're almost ghostly.

Here's a news video  about the statues.

Some Brooklyn Photos While Visiting Newborn Evelyn 2017

My favorite bridge is the Brooklyn Bridge.
(Feel free to use these photos.)

We visited a neighborhood in the New York City borough of Brooklyn that is located between the Manhattan and Brooklyn Bridges connecting Brooklyn to Manhattan across the East  River.

Miles and his father Ryan look across the East River.

The Manhattan Bridge  

The Manhattan Bridge is also a favorite but it lacks the stone construction of the Brooklyn Bridge towers, using steel instead.

Here is Jane's Carousel, as seen in the map above.
 It was closed that day.

Evelyn and her mother Laurissa.

Grandson Miles April 2017 Brooklyn

Miles is two and a half years old here.

Helping Dad with Dinner

Miles likes to send the scooter backwards down the hill.

Visiting My Grand-Kids April 2017

Sound Asleep


Opening Her Eyes 

My daughter Laurissa is feeding newborn Evelyn, while my son-in-law Ryan and my grandson Miles prepare dinner.

Coal Burning Stove Images

I took this with me when I moved from Brooklyn to Levittown to Virginia.  It was used in my Brooklyn home when I was growing up.  I never used it but I like its appearance.  Years ago I scrubbed it down and painted it with black paint used for stoves.

Here are some images I edited for fun.

Laundry-Room & Work-Room Now Decent

A while back we had a flood in the basement due to a storm and had most of it repaired. I finally got around to turning the rest of the mess into something decent.

Laundry-Room Before
The workmen did the heavy work like hanging cabinets and counter top installation.  I did the light work after they left, cleaning up and organizing.

Laundry-Room After
I set up the counter top as a small snack area now.

Work-Room Before
This was before the workmen put up a wall to make it into a separate room.

 Work-Room After

I worked on these two rooms a half hour a day for about two months.  I wasn't interested in doing more than that each day.

Granddaughter Born This Morning!

Evelyn Nora Hampton
9:47 AM
April 5
6 pounds & 9 ounces

Another Horror Thriller

Just before bedtime I like to watch a little TV.  It doesn't interfere with my sleeping and I'm just about too tired to do anything else.

Last night I watched a horror movie called Within that surprised me.  It fell into a standard plot; same story with different backgrounds, actors and details.

Here's the blurb:
The trailer:

Not a new idea but it was still fun to watch.

The song at the end of the movie while the credits were being shown is perfect for the movie. Maybe they should have put it at the start or somewhere in the middle.  I never heard of the group for "Are You Alone Now?".


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