Lunch After Lydia’s Graduation

Saturday, May 13

This was Lydia’s first choice for the place to eat after her graduation.

The restaurant is a floating ferry ship.

I found this history online:

Ship’s Log

The history of DiMillo’s on the Water


Commissioned “The New York,” it ran as a car ferry between New Castle, Delaware and Pennsville, New Jersey.


Sold to the state of Virginia and renamed “The Norfolk.” Ran between Norfolk and Hampton, Virginia.


Sold to the state of Rhode Island and renamed “The Newport.” Ran between Newport and Jamestown, Rhode Island.


Sold to the city of Pawtucket, Rhode Island. Was used as housing for a youth center art colony.


Sold to the Setaucket Yacht Club of Port Jefferson, New York. Was used for boat storage and as the clubhouse.


Purchased by the DiMillo family.


We opened our doors as “DiMillo’s Floating Restaurant.”

One of the largest such restaurants in the country, her overall length is 206 feet, with a beam of 65 feet. She weighs 701 tons and boasts a -horsepower steam engine (but we promise not to fire it up while you’re dining). We are able to seat over 600 guests in our First Deck Dining Room, Port Side Lounge, Second Deck Dining Rooms and three Outside Decks.


Installed a new hull at the Bath Iron Works dry dock in Portland.

We could not make reservations before graduation, because we did not know what time we would be there, so called when we left Ogunquit. By then they were no longer taking reservations. By the time we got there they had a two-hour wait.

That did not work for us because we were going to another restaurant for supper – with the rest of our Maine family. There were many graduates in the area, so we assumed that made lunchtime busier than usual.

Her second choice was Boone’s – just a few blocks away.

I loved the atmosphere of this restaurant which was also on the wharf in Portland.

From the Internet: Boone’s Fish House & Oyster Room is a casual seafood restaurant on Custom House Wharf in Portland, Maine. This two-story, waterfront restaurant serves fresh local seafood.

Since 1898 Boone’s has been a landmark seafood restaurant and a popular beacon to those visiting Portland. The historic dining destination is recognized as the home and likely origin of the baked stuffed Maine Lobster. The restaurant provides guests with a true Maine dining experience, featuring two outdoor decks, an oyster bar, and views of Portland Harbor.

The modern and spacious interior features a large function room that can accommodate up to 150 guests, a state of the art kitchen, wood-fire grill, and a spacious dining room.

Our appetizer (which we all sampled) was local spicy, buttered mussels.

Oh, yum!

Blueberry bread – another Maine specialty.

Mark’s salmon BLT

I think this was Cerwin’s cheeseburger. Diane had something similar.

Lydia’s cheeseburger.

My lobster bisque

Thanks for choosing this place, Lydia, it was a unique restaurant with delicious food.

After lunch Diane and I checked out the scenery from the area that seated 150 people.

Artwork in the entrance area

Lydia wanted to check out Bam Bam Bakery – just a few blocks from Boones.

We bought a few items for Sunday breakfast.

We learned a bit about Portland history before heading home.

Mark used to drive a motor coach when he worked for a bus company and knows a lot about Portland’s history. I told him it was like having our personal tour guide.

I took these daffodil pictures after we got back to the Myers’ house.

We were honored to be part of Lydia’s graduation ceremony and celebration.

Jana’s Prom Date & Friends

Saturday Evening May 6

Jere and Kristen asked if I would be able to go along to take pictures at the location where many of the seniors go for pre-prom pictures.

Of course I was delighted go join in the excitement.

I took more that 600 pictures, but chose to post only a few of my favorites tonight.

First I went to the house to be there when her date arrived.

It was drizzling, so she had an umbrella ready.

Marcus is here!

We met their group of five at Gloria Burkholder’s place.

This is where I took hundreds of pictures – which included many of her friends.

I will post many more on a Facebook album in the morning.

PS: This is the link to the pictures.

A Fun Evening at Our Place

Friday, April 28

Jesse, Heze, Ian, Jared came for the weekend.

Jere and Kristen went to Washington DC to celebrate Kristen’s birthday – the reason the youngest three were here.

Heze drove here from Tennessee to surprise his parents who were arriving the next day.


I treasure these kind of days when grandchildren are here.

Cabela’s with Donovan & Diana

Saturday, March 18

We were pleased that they had a open day to celebrate Donovan’s 2017 birthday choice of things to do with us.

I wanted an updated photo of them – and Cerwin photobombed it! 🙂

That’s better

We each went our own way – because we all shop differently. It makes shopping more enjoyable for everyone.

Me. I rarely shop in this store because I’d rather take pictures. (I did find some dried soup packs in the house wares area. I like to keep them on hand for quick, rainy day meals.)

My first stop was the huge aquarium.

Then I checked out the safari area.

It is amazing to stand next to the elephant.

I met Donovan and Diana when I was entering the whitetail exhibit – and they were leaving.

Can you find the cougar?

Deb, this one is for you.

Baby fawns are so little – and cute.

Housewares is relaxing and pretty.

We enjoyed a delicious supper at Cracker Barrel – Donovan’s choice.


On the way home I said to them, “Someday, when you are grandparents, you will understand why we work hard at doing creative things that give us time with our grandchildren.” 🙂

I know that it is much cooler to be with their young friends. But it blesses my heart to spend time with them and learn a bit more about their likes and dislikes – and their plans and dreams.

Thanks Donovan and Diana. We love you guys.

Enjoying Ian, Jared, & Jesse for a Week

Friday, March 3 through Saturday, March 11

Jesse arrived sick with a fever, but that was okay with me. Jere and Kristen needed to be on a plane early Saturday morning. It’s not the first time there was a sick child in our house. 🙂

I kept Jere and Kristen updated during the day as his temperature came down and he began to feel better.

He mostly relaxed on Saturday morning while Cerwin took Ian and Jared to a movie at Penn Cinema that was promoted by Pro Dad. Jesse and I had tickets as well, but Jesse was still running a fever.

Waiting for the movie to start (cell phone photo by Cerwin)

Jesse was almost back to normal by Sunday. After church we went to Two Cousins for lunch.

We were surprised to see two other grandsons – Nate (checking cell phone) and Jordan (back to camera) – when we arrived at Two Cousins. They were enjoying lunch with friends.

After talking to them a bit, we went back to our table.

Garlic knots


Cerwin and I shared a cheese steak Stromboli.

The boys shared a cheese pizza.

The weekdays consisted of playing games on cell phones and doing homework.

Grandpa and Jared playing Othello.

Each school day I went to their house to get Jesse – just before 2:30. (Cerwin took them to the bus stop each morning.)

An hour later Ian and Jared’s bus came from the other direction. (Our place is in the woodlot just over the roof of the bus.)

It actually passes our house first, but it is a detailed process to have the bus stop at our place – and they only live a mile away.

Tanner – center on the couch – a friend of the boys spent most evenings with us. He lives about half way between us and Jere and Kristen’s place. Sometimes he rode bike, other times I stopped and brought him along after the boys were finished taking care of their chickens.

Jesse gathering eggs.

The boys took care of their chickens after Ian and Jared got off the bus.


Ian taking care of the water container.


Ian told me to watch what happens when he pours leftover water into the hole in the ground (where the chickens are waiting). I expect they knows what’s coming.

They love playing in the muddy water.

A pretty pose

I think naked neck chickens are the ugliest chickens, but I understand they are nice to raise.


We had a great week with the boys. They are so easy to care for and very disciplined. One morning when I got up at 5:30, the boys were dressed and had already eaten breakfast, and Jesse’s lunch was packed.

We ate a lot of kid-friendly things like – hot dogs, pancakes, buttered noodles, pizza, milk shakes, corn dogs, and mozzarella sticks. 🙂

Saying Goodbye To Lathan

Sunday, March 12

I rarely take pictures of the guys and gals who use our man cave, because I respect their privacy, but today I wanted a picture of these three friends because tomorrow Lathan leaves for the U.S. Army.

I wanted the picture for myself, but they gave me permission to post it here and on Facebook.

Josh (our grandson), Lathan, and Sam

They removed their hats when Cerwin and I prayed with them, so I thought you might like to see this view as well. 🙂

Notice the man cave sign behind them. The room used to be our boys bedroom, then when we wanted a room for the grandchildren and their toys, we changed it to a toy room, then when they got older we added a TV and Xbox.

There is no door to the room and it is just off of our kitchen. It became a man cave about half a dozen years ago where our grandchildren could bring friends. I keep a list of those who use it – for prayer purposes – and just counted them. There are more than 50, plus many whose names I never got because they were only here once or twice.

I expect the lives of these three and their friendship will change in many ways during the next five years.

We will miss you, Lathan. Your parents taught you good manners and we appreciate your respect. We pray that God will bless you abundantly, and that you will grow mightily in your Christian life during your time in the military.

Spelling Bee

Kristen invited me to middle school at 8:30 am on Thursday to watch Jared in the 6th, 7th, and 8th grade spelling bee.

Jared is in 6th grade.

First thing I had to do was stop by the office for a visitor pass.

The judges, officials, and teachers were checking to see if each student had arrived. If any had not arrived by the deadline time, there were substitutes.

Jared was #3 on the left side of the stage – with red sneakers.


Notice the dreaded bell on the desk in front of the middle judge.

The man who called the words and gave their descriptions.

Listening to his final instructions

Very easy words were used for the practice round.

Jared got: row

This round was to give them a feel of what would be happening and did not count.

When each student went to the podium, the next student in line stood up.

Jayden was the only other student I knew.

She is the daughter of Keith and Janelle Fahnestock.

Listening to a word being spelled.

Round 1:wear

Round 2: riddle

Round 3. Listening to Speller #1

Jared’s word was: elderly

Round 4 – Jared is next. His word was: bemused.

Round 5: thicket

Round 6: varsity

Round 7: epithets

This is when the words became difficult and all but four students were eliminated.

These four will go to the next level at Conestoga Valley Middle School later this month.

Jared was first and correctly spelled: burglarious.

The next three students missed their words.

To be the Manheim Central champion, Jared had to spell two more words.

  • If he missed, these four students would go through the same process again.

By now Kristen and I were quite nervous. Jared later told us that he was nervous too.

Neutron – he got it!

Catastrophic – he nailed it!

He’s Manheim Central’s champ!

Jared with the officials.

With his proud grandma

With his very proud mama


Congratulations, Jared! Grandpa and I are anxious to see how you do in the next level at Conestoga Valley.

Going Back to Early November

Now that we are home – after interrupting my regular posting to show you the wedding pictures – I will go back to when Jere and Kristen’s three youngest boys were with us for two weeks.1I went to their house each school evening to get the boys. Since they live only a mile away – and there are chickens to take care of, it is simpler than getting the bus driver to stop at our house. Jesse gets home about an hour earlier than Ian and Jared.

2-1I was at the house early one day so Jesse could begin taking care of the chickens. This one and the next were taken with my cell phone.

2-2Ian and Jared running toward us.

3-1They made a welcome home banner for their parents before going home on Saturday, November 5.


4This tree – in our yard – was especially pretty this year.



There’s a Wedding in Our Family Today!

I am interrupting my regular posting schedule to bring you an update on today’s wedding of our granddaughter Elizabeth to Nsimba – especially for his family who cannot be here. These pictures are from yesterday, Friday, November 11.

dsc_0084Sarah putting a bow on a beautiful cactus

dsc_0091Abby steaming the wedding dress

dsc_0096Hannah preparing table decorations

dsc_0115Elizabeth and Nsimba working on songs with Damon

dsc_0178Wedding practice at the church. The room at the hotel was not available last night.

dsc_0184The room at the hotel was being prepared when we returned from wedding practice.

dsc_0185Stay tuned for more pictures tonight – following the afternoon wedding.