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Our Trip – Stop 2

We are now in the Princeton, NJ area, not exactly, but sort of. No reason except for centrality of where hubbies appointments are the rest of the week.

From Williamsport we drove to Easton, PA, where I was born and lived until I was 7 years old, when we moved to Williamsport.

I saw the house that was my first dwelling. The street was crowded with cars on both sides, parked, really strange at just a few minutes past 5pm, to us. The street is a One-Way street now, it sure wasn’t when I lived there and wasn’t some years ago when my hubby was in the area and went to take a few pictures for me. Anyhow, the house was unremarkable, as usual. A typical ugly Easton, PA duplex house. Well, not ugly, just plain.

There exist nicer looking duplexes, obviously from an earlier era, further to the east towards Easton, with where we had lived being on the outer western edge of Easton. Down the street from my old house is where I went to school. Across from that was the playground that was flooded by the fire department in Winter for Ice Skating fun. Both no longer exist.

There are really ugly newer than my era houses where Liberty School was located, and the playground is a playground (actually retains the lovely Liberty name) but it’s a modern to-code sort of playground, just looks so different to what I remember, of course, seeing as my memory is from pre-1973.

So many of the streets in that area are One-Way now. All those years ago, in the late 60’s, my brother was crossing our street to a friends house and a person turned onto our street speeding fastly, and hit him and caused my brother to be changed forever. It would be impossible for a car to do that today, as the traffic flows the other direction only now. FWIW. It’s so very crowded too. It just doesn’t seem that someone would want to speed down that street.

I was disgusted to see my beloved Dixie Cup building so run down. I hadn’t thought of ever checking up on it online, but it was long abandoned and looking so needing to be reduced to rubble. Most all the windows broken, and just aged and abandoned. It was a lovely living symbol when I was living there, yes, all those years ago. The Easton of my early childhood memory is barely there. It’s sad. But I don’t feel as sad about it as I do Williamsport, which I see improving, and me missing the life that I once had, the promise it had, and how I lost it when having to move. My sisters have different ideas, no doubt, as my eldest had spent her entire life in Easton and moving from there was as bad in a way for her as moving from Williamsport was for me. For my other two sisters the moves weren’t good either, I just don’t know how much either affected either one.

I’ll be trying to put together a few things about visiting some historic sites in NJ; Easton, PA; and NY City. That’s my agenda for the next few days, figuring out what to do.

It was nice driving from Williamsport to Easton today. The Pocano’s are so nice, I’d forgotten that we’d be driving that way, and it was a surprise treat. Hubby hadn’t been in that area ever, so it was new to him so a treat too.

Our Trip – Stop 1

We are in PA right now. We left early morning this past Saturday (driving) and have been in one of my hometowns since Saturday night, Williamsport. I lived here with my family from the age of 7 to 13, then we moved to FL.

That was the hardest move I’ve ever made. It killed so many things for me, and being here again is bringing up all that loss heavily, seeing the place I loved and wanted to stay my whole life long in. It’s been nearly 29 years since we left.

Our old house looks great. Apparently it had a couple or few owners until the most recent one, who updated everything immensely, but made the house look it’s best, not changing it outside, just making it nice. I can’t share the pictures online since it’s not my house to post pictures of, but I will be sending the pictures I took to my sisters who may care to see them.

Today it’s raining and I realized that I didn’t get any outdoor pictures except of the house. I’m having issues with my camera batteries, I need new ones, and just haven’t gotten them (not regular ones, recharge-able Canon for my Digital Rebel $$.)

It’s just so nice to be here and get to walk around the town. The downtown is greatly changed from the last time I walked it’s streets. They are working on bringing things back in. There are several really nice shops there, but so many empty store fronts. The library is getting a new children’s wing and though it looks so familiar on the outiside and has the same impressive enterance feel, the cases of books don’t look as impressive as I remembered and there are computer monitors all over the place. The childrens books are in the basement, as they were when I was young, but this time it was a great shock to see what has become of that section, videos and dvd’s and cd’s take up huge floor space, and then the books in there are mostly for young children, no books remain there that I would have read from the age of 8 through 13. I used to go there often, and check-out large stacks of books and then voraciously read them deep into the night.

So libraries age, it’s not that though, we looked and looked and never found much of interest like they had when I was young. Classic things, important books for young people like I read. I didn’t just read “classics” but good books they were. Maybe there are some somewhere there …

The street I lived on is paved, and wasn’t paved while I lived there, but was starting to be paved the last summer I spent there in ’79.

I saw the old haunts we had frequented as kids, the Wildwood Cemetery, the Lycoming Creek, the ravine at the end of our street. The field the had existed a block up the road is gone. Apartment/Assisted living buildings fill the once wild space. It was a way we used to cut through when going into town, or just to play there. It was a nice testament to what our street was, Rural Ave. Oh well, it’s not there anymore. The street is still there, but paved. The old houses are still on that block, but the road is paved the whole way up around the bend and goes on and on and on, past a new (to me) hospital and other old residential places, continuity of street name. I don’t remember that it did that back in the 70’s and before. I don’t really know, it was so wild and different going up the road and around the bend back then …

I got some news of the neighbors from the family that lived next door to us. They are still there, but the neighbors all around either have died or something, mostly. It was another place where I had to tell about my mother not being with us anymore. It was striking to me to look at the house, see it well cared for, remember when I lived in it, and how much it needed but my father couldn’t provide for it. He’s gone, and so is my mother. It’s there and plodding along for some more years. It’s an old house. I don’t remember when it was built precisely, but when we moved in it was supposedly more than 80 years old. It’s exactly the sort of house that I like, though the stucco finish outside isn’t what I’d want on a house –it is what that house is, and that is that.

I love this area and if we could live here it’d be great, but it’s not the right area due to traveling needs. I love smaller towns and what I love about this place is that it looks great, even if the downtown still needs revitalization. It’s not shabby. It’s river valley living, nothing like we can get where we live right now.

Overall it’s a matter of what we like, what we want, and compromises and it’s complicated. We want to move sooner than later and need to find the right situation, house, property, close enough to hub-travel for my hubby.

This isn’t a “looking for where to move” trip. It’s a business trip that we are taking advantage of PA and getting to visit all the places I never did get to go back to since leaving. I’ve talking of moving to PA for years, and it’s deep in my heart. We do want to move sooner than later, as I said above, it’s just all those compromises between two people that have to be agreed on.

Well then, today we check out and head east, we’ll be staying in Princeton, NJ for the centrality of it for hubbies business meetings, but I’ll get to go to Easton, PA, by first hometown, and see the old haunts of my very young life, birth to 7 years of age. I’ll also get to go to Manhattan on Saturday, well WE will be going, all of us, to all of this. There are some sites in NJ and Easton, PA and on Long Island that are historical ancestrally that I’d like to see as well.

Under the Weather 2-08

My hubby was in the NYC area over a week ago, and when he came home he promptly started showing symptoms of a virus and it grew, and grew.

We were scheduled to leave to go with him to FL for his next business trip, which would be Tuesday-Friday/Saturday this past week. So he was dragging and I was saying all along, perhaps you should re-think this … but basically was holding out final judgment for right before leaving, in case it was a cold that could be endure to travel with.

Monday though, it was evident to me that he was fading fast and that there was NO WAY we could go. He did persist to get things packed and ready. I puttered around getting things done as well, knowing that IF we went I’d like things in order as much as possible for our return, and also, if we stayed, all that stuff would be done! πŸ˜‰

It ended up that we went to bed and he still persisted in saying we’d go. He wanted to get up around 5am and put the stuff in the van and get on the road. I awoke after that time, knowing that I didn’t think we should be going and didn’t want to go for many reasons, primarily for HIM, but also thinking of the rest of us being on the road and getting sick … nah.

I realized that it was later than hubby wanted to get up (can’t recall the exact time) but he wasn’t up yet, and so I talked to him and he was going to cancel, and stay in bed a bit more. Good.

So a bit later he awoke and was trying to convice me that he was feeling better and we could still leave. :rolleyes: Didn’t happen. πŸ™‚

All that day he progressed to worse and worse symptoms and I was glad to remind him at this or that point “wouldn’t it be nice to be in the van driving … right now?” :LOL:

So he was down for the count all Tuesday and Wednesday, improving on Thursday, but still bad, only more-so improving on Saturday, but still bad off.

Wednesday showed that R. and V. (the older children) were getting sick. A. wasn’t exibiting anything, neither was I. The baby was warmer than normal though.

Thursday and Friday R. and V. were sleeping mostly, the baby was sleeping more too, at some point in all that “cold” symptoms appeared in all three of them (previously in hubby too, but it’s more like a flu-from what I understand about viruses- in everyone.)

Thursday night both me and A. had a couple of signs of “the” virus overcoming us, since we now had three prime suspects to understand how theirs started … I had felt that I was ‘fighting’ something for a couple of days, maybe, or maybe it was allergies, or both (Spring allergies have started already here in GA.)

It quickly did hit both of us, but it hasn’t gotten any worse since, just some drippy stuff in our heads, and chest congestion, coughing, some achy-ness we’re not overwhelmed with it though, like hubby, R., and V. were/are. The baby is very warm off and on and has some drippy and coughing, but isn’t as tired, he’s improving daily.

Unfortunately for me, on Saturday the virus was an achy enough to be up and around but miserable kind, but I also got a migraine on the left side, which is plaguing me continuously, not the worst sort, but bad enough, and who wants to mix that with a virus of any sort. Overnight it abated partially, but upon waking has switched to the right side, and nothing is touching it, it could get way worse, of course. :rolleyes: So at least it’s holding steady and not increasing.

This is the first illness of 2008 for us as a family, and it was no fun, we had avoided all Winter Viruses until last week. Really bad timing too, we were going to southern Florida, Lakeland area, and were going to check out Tigers, and Yankees (Pitchers and Catchers reported Feb 14th so we were going to just go see what we could see, go swimming [I just got a new swimsuit, my first one in years, and I didn’t get to wear it πŸ™ ], and just basically enjoy warmer climes before they get TOO HOT while home climes are still up and down in and out of winter/spring.)

At any rate, Baseball is Beginning, Spring Training is underway, full schedule stuff coming soon. Yay!

[Edit: Tuesday, Feb. 19: Addendum:

The migraine lasted through Sunday, went to sleep with it, then awoke at 11:30pm and didn’t have it anymore, and not since either. πŸ™‚ Now I can “feel” the full effect of the virus on me, and it did worsen a tad, my voice is very rough and the chest condition isn’t any fun, deep and painful to cough, but it’s not worsening. The baby is totally non-feverish now. He’s just got the residual occasional sneeze and nasal discharge and cough. He’s otherwise very “normal” for himself, active, happy, napping and eating correctly, just not sleeping the night through as well as before still (wanting to be held and fed during the night every couple of hours, most of the time, which is a bit draining on a sick mama … FWIW )


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