Today is the anniversary of the founding of the Federal Reserve Bank, 1913.  Also, it’s Mexico’s Feast of the Radishes (no kidding).  In Oaxaca they hand carve figurines out of radishes and sell them in booths and many other radish related festivities.  🙂

Myra, my good friend opening The Stone Manse Inn in York, PA scolded me for not keeping up with my blog, so here’s two in two days.  Myra’s looking for furniture for her new Inn.  In particular dressers, tables, chairs, etc.  She’s looking to barter, so if you have something decent in the basement or garage, you could possibly turn it into a get-away at a very cool Inn.  Her phone number is 717.774.0999.

On December 9th I spoke of Penn Hills Fire Department having a model train display up as a fund raiser.  (The fire department also added a burning house complete with smoke and flickering red lights in the windows).  🙂  Penn Hills also has a train display in their Municipal Building featuring a lot of Pittsburgh sites.  There’s a miniature train display in the Pennsylvania Trolley Museum in Ardmore (near the Meadows Racetrack) which is know for it’s various transportation exhibits.  In Richland, the Model Railroad Museum has a train display featuring view of the old B & O and MV rail lines from Pittsburgh to Cumberland, MD with “toy” towns based on actual photographs from back then.  Thorncreek United Methodist Church in Jefferson Township has a train display that looks quite colorful.  Of course my favorite space in the city, Phipps Conservatory has a miniature train display called The Garden Railroad. This is the longest running until March 13.  Finally, in Etna at the All Saints school, they have a 16 x 24 foot train display for their kids.

Sold out tonight, the Steelers have their last regular season home game tonight.  It’s perfect weather for a football game, cold but not bitter, snowing, flurries, not a blizzard and hardly any wind.  I’m not saying it’s perfect weather for me, I hate the cold.  But football should be viewed in the cold by the fans (and by me in the warmth of my room).  Call me a sissy, that’s OK, I hate the cold and can’t wait for Spring.

Friends of mine own The Inn on the Mexican War Streets.  Carl and Jeff had their holiday open house last night, Jeff sure can cook.  He’s a retired culinary instructor.  I love being invited over to their house for food, it’s always a delight.

Well, my guests should be arriving soon.  I promise it won’t be a week again before I post my next blog.

Happy Holidays,


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  • Hi, nice write-up. The Super Bowl at last! Man this game is going to be incredible! Nothing beats two seemingly unstoppable QBs going against one another! What an awesome playoffs so far… So best of luck to you guys! Anyhow, nice site… I’m subscribed to your RSS feed now so thanks again!

  • Hi, Ed! We just got your Christmas card and it reminded us of how much we’d like to come back and stay at the Parador again. I’m glad to hear things are going well for you (and still trying to convince my hubby to help me open a B&B here at the old jail).

    • Hmmm, a bed and breakfast set in an old jail. A little different than my Caribbean theme, but I could have fun with that. Glad to hear you’re doing well and hope you talk him into another visit, it’s been over a year.

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