First of all, I couldn’t go to bed without some sort of a tribute to those American Heroes on Flight 93. I only hope I’m brave enough if I am ever in such a situation to do what they did.  This is not an option, you are required to got to Shanksville (not put on a bucket list) but actually go actually go there and pay respect to a group of Americans like no other (actually I think there’s a lot of people out there that would do the same thing.).  I don’t usually pay much attention to my personal Fb page, but was pleased to see how many people chose to remember today.  In particular thank you Amy, Joe and Brian.

I blog on my website and need to go through my personal page to see who’s viewing my blog of Fb and saw the above posts.  A new friend read my last blog and what I had to say about BLM and shared the You Tube for TN Representative John DeBerry, you really need to watch this video.  We are a great country and don’t need anyone to make us “Great Again”, we already are.  We just need someone to actually lead us towards our potential.  In case you haven’t followed my blogs, I am a very patriotic American that believes in our great country and love it with all her problems and challenges.

Allegheny Ludlum sold three stainless steel cars a 1960 Thunderbird, 1936 touring sedan and a 1967 Lincoln Continental Lincoln convertible for $950,000 last week. Allegheny Ludlum is headquartered here in Pittsburgh and the cars had been stored in their Brackenridge facility.  There was only a total of 11 stainless steel cars made.  Allegheny Ludlum is a specialty steel maker.  There is a 1936 stainless steel sedan on display at Heinz History center.  Allegheny Ludlum is now known as ATI Allegheny Ludlum.  And they still have one stainless steel car in their possession.

Good Night and always remember what makes us Great,

ed

 

 

 

Hi,

Northside seems to be getting quite a face lift.  East Ohio street had one person that owned much of the real estate who passed away and his heirs are selling off the properties.  (this is similar to what happened on Rt 51 South through Whitehall, Brentwood, etc)T he main business street here on the Northside really is showing a lot of rejuvenation.  After completing the replacement of the water fountain on the corner of North Avenue and Cedar last year which I talked about last year.  The city is investing a little over a million dollars upgrading the Commons along North Avenue from Cedar.  The city is spending a fair amount of money replacing sidewalks and paving some streets or at least some intersections, replacing dead or dying trees.  There’s a group here on the Northside that has owned many properties they let run down and rented to section 8, they are doing massive improvements on many of these run down properties.  I hear they are still section 8 and that the government (state or federal I don’t know) is paying for most if not all of these improvements.

I am so over this pandemic.  It’s bad enough with all this social distancing, mask wearing, canceled events, etc but when you add to this all the shortages. What’s driving me crazy is this rotating shortage of items. I have a severe case of OCD and I really like to use products I like.  We can start with the bacon I have bought the same product at Restaurant Depot for years, I am aware of the close working conditions in the meat packing industry and the shortages caused by this.  I’ve finally found another product that’s acceptable. I don’t use Old English a lot, but it has it’s purposes and I’ve been having trouble finding it.  Iron Out is a product you might want to look into, it’s great at removing stains on linens (if you use it wash in hot water and never use any kind of soap, bleach or pre-treatment).  I haven’t been able to find it for weeks now and just found smaller bottles of Old English at Rolliers in Mt Lebanon.  I have always used anti-bacterial to clean the bathrooms, there’s always been a number of products out there like Lysol and Tilex are two products I’ve used in the past, neither can I find these days.  I’ve had to switch back and forth between Kemp’s vanilla yogurt and and acceptable alternative James Farm.  I could go on with examples but to keep from beating this to death, I’ll stop here.  Like I said, I understand the problems with meat packing, but all these other “shortages” is it because so much of our stuff is made in China and the feud we currently have with them?

I drove through the Strip district, the first time in months and I have take my hat of to the McCaffery group from Chicago for doing such a nice job.  To see the pictures I took of the Terminal building and the big building across the street that was home to the barter group Green Apple and a series of night clubs (the first I remember was Metro Pool and that space had several different themes over the years) you will need to go to my Instagram account it will be my post tomorrow to see the two pictures I took today.  I’m at theparadorinn.  Although I am not a big fan of our mayor these days, I give him a lot of credit for stopping the Evil Empire Group Buncher from tearing down 1/3 of that iconic building so they had easy access to those boring apartments and other housing units they’ve squeezed between the Terminal Building and the river.  I’m adamantly apposed to that developer that wants to tear down Wholey’s old ice house storage building.  I agree it’s an eyesore, but a modern 26 story glass and steel office building among three story buildings.  You want to build a Downtown high rise office building, fork over the bucks for a piece of Downtown property.  The next time you are in Pittsburgh (if you don’t currently live here), take a drive through the Strip to see all the construction going on down there, it will blow you away. One final whine on this topic, I hate this modern construction that uses those pre-made colorful panels that are cheap and easy to install instead of creating architectural interesting designs.  What happened to architects?

I don’t know if you’ve heard of the melee on Liberty Avenue this past weekend.  I think by far the majority of America is supportive of the Black Lives Matter movement.  And I also believe the vast majority has serious issues with the lawlessness associated with many of these protests.  Besides the destruction of personal and government properties there’s also the chaos in many of these gatherings.  The BLM needs to organize themselves.  It’s a new group that hasn’t had time to develop itself.  They need to learn from other movements (not just political, but all kinds of movements like Pittsburgh’s Great Race, the Arts Festival, quickly come to mind).  They started small and as they grew, they learned they needed  to control the crowds, they organized cooperation with the city to close off certain streets and keep activities on those streets.  They also have volunteers working the crowds.  I suggest BLM on a national scale organize their splinter groups in a way that they have volunteers that hold attendees to certain standards like wearing face masks and impartial volunteers selected to document events like this past weekend’s disputed interaction between restaurant patrons, bicyclists, protesters and bystanders. Nothing is more powerful than pier pressure at keeping things peaceful, Martin Luther King would be appalled at the violence.  My biggest concern here is the edge this disorder is giving a certain person in this race that thrives on discord and votes of people that would normally vote him out of office might be swayed to “vote for the law and order candidate.”  If you think things are unfair now, just wait and see what the next four years could bring.

If you’ve followed my blogs in the past, you know I am a big fan of the Hays Bald Eagle live cam and I believe the nest in Harmar now has one as well.  Check out this new one following the Elks during their rutting season here in Pennsylvania.

That’s it for today, stay safe and healthy and support your local small businesses,

ed

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hi,

First thing I would like to talk about is my new cancellation policy.  My policy has always been you can cancel for any reason up to two weeks prior and receive a refund.  After the corona virus hit and it became pandemic in March I was having second thoughts on this.  I ended up issuing $30K in refunds for visits booked before the virus went pandemic.  When the Steeler’s schedule came out the end of April and I started getting all the reservations for this season, I went on line and saw what others in the lodging industry were doing and I took the most liberal policy I could find, no cash refunds instead a two year credit.  If we get the pandemic under control this fall things should start to pick up, what we obviously need is a vaccine.  I would think there should be a viable vaccine on the market by sometime this winter so next season should be fine.  But I’m sure some people will still be wary of traveling next fall, that’s why I extended it to two years.  So I put the notice on my Guidelines page under Stay With Us. I created a form letter in my reservation system explaining my policy and why.  By far, most of my fall reservations are from guests that have been here before and I anticipated most of them understanding.  All did except one that I had considered a friend and someone that would be sympathetic to a small business trying to stay afloat.  Other than him, just about everyone either just accepted it, many accepted it and wrote me a note voicing their support.  I have even received this response from folks booking here for the first time.  Again, except for one.  🙂  She flat out refused my offer and has filed a “charge back”-disputed with her credit card company (I have submitted my rebuttal).  She also filed a complaint with the BBB which I am working on my rebuttal there.  So two out of close to a hundred I feel pretty good.   Which goes to show you what a great country we live in, people supporting other people and businesses during this crisis.  With all the hatefulness in this country being portrayed in the media, it’s good to see we still have compassion (at least most of us).  A big THANK YOU to all of you for your support.

Rayezette received the harshest punishment I have ever inflicted.  She’s been pooping in the garden around one of the elephant ears.  I haven’t been positive it was her but thought it was (when she poops, she drops little gifts separately as opposed to RJ and most dogs that poop in a pile).  She just did it in front of me.  So the good boi RJ and myself came up to the office leaving her locked in the courtyard.  I figure I’ll go out in about an hour and let her come up with us.  (OK, I only lasted 15 minutes before going down)

My new water feature out front at the end of the deck is turning out to be very popular.  I’m getting a lot of guests hang out there.  Partially the seclusion from other guests, of course the water feature and you can observe the street from relative obscurity.  I used the same small pump when I moved the statue to the new base.  It just had this little filter and with it sitting in the sand, there was too much grit and I burnt the pump out.  I went up to Scotty’s Water Garden out by Monroeville.  Great place and great guys, he isn’t always trying to sell you the most expensive and lots of up selling.  He looks for a reasonable solution to what you are trying to do

Target has taken a lease on most of the first floor of the old Kaufman’s building and plan on opening one of their urban stores.  (It will have a smaller foot print than the one in East Liberty).  Nice to have a larger retail store Downtown but I’m sure all those little convenience stores Downtown are dreading this.

Carrie Furnace in Rankin has started showing themed drive in movies.  They held the first one last week, a nice way to get out, enjoy some social distancing and seeing some classic movies.  I don’t know if they will let you walk around the furnace while there for the movies, since it’s dark and there’s probably a liability issue they need to be

Speaking of movies the week of September 16 a new movie venue is coming to Pittsburgh a floating screen on the river. great option if you have a boat or a strong swimmer.  🙂  Details and permits aren’t complete yet if I hear new details, I will bring them up.

I drink a good bit of water after stopping all sodas, iced tea & lemonade.  I’ve been fine with tap water up until about a year ago.  I was getting a film on my glassware.  I assume it was the chemical they were placing in the water to seal the lead from contaminating the drinking water.  PWSA has replaced many of the known lead service lines and  they seem to have repaired many of the lines that were either breaking or eminently ready to break.  First of all I’m no longer getting film on my glassware and the water tastes so much better.   Also, Pittsburgh water pressure was noticeably decreased about the same time.  I had mentioned to my sister how I was again drinking city water and I swear the next day the news interviewed the mayor and the new head of the water authority saying our water is the best it’s been in years.

Technology and me, no peace exists.  I have battled my iPhone for over a year, I couldn’t hear people that called me (my hearing’s fine) .  I blamed it on Apple for not sending the call correctly-I could tell the caller let me call you right back and everything would be fine.  I fought with my local phone carrier because most of my calls come from my business line or toll free number and is then forwarded to my cell.  Very few people have my cell number so I was then blaming my carrier for not forwarding correctly.  FINALLY I went to Verizon and said either fix this or I will go to another carrier.  they immediately offered me a replacement phone.  It works so much better.  Windows did an update and it’s probably my fault when I restarted my computer and it screwed all my settings up, Answer Group, my IT people fixed that in short order.  I really like those people, they have access to my computer and go in and fix many things.   This blog has been sitting in my computer for over a week, I haven’t been able to load pictures.  This will be my last post in Word Press, the platform is no longer supported by it’s developer.  Nick, my web guy has switched me to a Tumblr format.  It will look different and Nick will put a link to past post in Word Press if anyone wants to see old posts.  I start working with it next.  You might see a series of short posts as I learn the new format.

Instagram is going well, I made my 100th post today and have over 100 followers.  I’m at theparadorinn if you want to check it out.

Thanx and wish me luck learning the new blog format,

ed

 

Hi,

I have been battling Kohl’s for about a year.  My Boston Acoustic Radios died and I needed a new alarm/clock radios to replace them.  I found a Sony clock/radio at Kohl’s on line. I had to give them my name address phone number and email for the order to process.the order (there was no “opt out” option on the order form-I always look for that).  I started getting solicitations from Kohl’s and called them to stop it, after several phone calls and multiple transfers because “I can’t handle that, let me transfer you to someone that can”.  Finally the rep said she could put me on the no solicitations list.  they stopped for several months then they started again.  I went through the same thing again two more times and finally insisted that they remove all of my personal information from their data base.  I was repeatedly told “I can’t do that” and we got into a conversation “This is my personal information, not yours” and then every employee I was transfer to it was “I can’t do that”.  So guess what, I then contacted Josh Shapiro’s office, the PA State Attorney General.  Go ahead, you can laugh at me, during this pandemic, I go to the state AG’s office to get my personal information removed from Kohl’s sales team’s.  I thought I’d never hear anything from the DA’s office.  Sure enough a few weeks later i get a letter from some executive at Kohl’s admin assistant saying “I would no longer receive email solicitations” with no return phone number listed.  So some employee of Mr. Shaprio’s office called me to see if I was satisfied.  I told him absolutely not.  It’s my personal information and Kohl’s has no right to it, particularly when I specifically say to please delete my personal info from their data base before another “accident” happens again.  So Mr. Shapiro’s assistant told me he’d take care of it.  It’s been just a week, I’ll give a follow up when I win and I will win.  🙂

If you follow me on Instagram, you can skip the next two items, unless you want extra details.  Razor had the lumps on his body and I knew old dogs get lumps that are benign fatty tumors.  RJ’s had this one that’s  had me concerned, it was more pronounced than anything Razor had and there was a coloring in it.  So when we went for their yearly check up the vet saw it and wanted to check it out a bit more and took a sample looked at it under  a microscope and though she didn’t use the “C” word, she said she was concerned that if it broke it might spread to his organs.(sounds like a potential “C” word).  So we scheduled surgery for this past Thursday.  Here’s the lump:

pet's lump

So he had it removed Thursday, when I picked him up, he was still all whacked out from the anesthesia.  Here’s da boi without the lump, just lots of stitches:

Here’s the sad boi:

sad RJ

Good news, he’s mending rapidly  The funny thing with this ordeal was da gerl’s reaction to him.  She didn’t know how to handle her sick brother- she never go close to him, but was always within eye sight of him and watching him that first day.  By day 2 she she was looking to him to play with her..  Within two days he was running around the courtyard chasing his sister.

Nice thing about this pandemic is I’m slow and got lots of time to focus on my projects.  The deck in my “beach” has been a sore spot for me for a number of years.  I knew to fix it it was going to take a lot of time.  Adding the new water feature spurred me on to take on this project.  I now have a new location in the courtyard for guests to relax in.  Here’s the nasty deck before:

original deck

And here’s the renewed deck:

deck courtyard

And finally the deck from the sidewalk so you can see it with the water feature:

deck from sidewalk

Another project almost completed is refinishing the captain’s table on the veranda.  It’s finished and drying, I’ll put pictures in my next post.

OK, I can’t do a post without whining someone.  Just 3 things this time Secretary of Treasury Steven Mnuchin refused to list recipients of federal bailout PPP loans because it was proprietary information.  The hell it’s proprietary, it’s federal tax dollars I paid into and I have every right to know who received this money and how much.they got.  I don’t care about their social security number tax EIN, home address, phone and email address.  I want to know that Morton’s Steak House received $20M in bailout money.  The “interesting” thing about the PPP bailout money most of it needs to go to payroll.  The Feds don’t require % to whom.  So I’ve hard senior mgmt drew large paychecks while the hourly  got a couple of hours at their minimum wage rate.As it turns out the reason Munchin didn’t get flak from our elected officials is that many of them own companies that received PPP money.  Thank god for our free press.

Another other gripe is DJT sending federal law enforcement to Oregon.  There are heavily armed supposedly law enforcement people arresting citizens and these thugs have no IDENTIFICATION on their “uniforms” of camo clothes in vehicles that have not identification on them.  This is police state tactics.  This is unbelievably outrageous we are not Caracas, Moscow, Beijing-this is America.  

OK, my last whining is about public statues.  I’m a law abiding citizen (OK I speed sometimes)  😉   These statues belong to me and the rest of us.  Because someone doesn’t like them, there’s a process to have them removed.  I didn’t agree with moving the statue honoring Pittsburgh native Stephen Foster from outside the Cathedral of Learning, but that is democracy and I’m willing to be OK with that, they went through the process.  If you don’t want a statue honoring Christopher Columbus who sort of discovered America because he owned slaves. You have no right to throw ropes over it and pull it down because you don’t like it (there’s a lot of things in America I don’t like, but I don’t take the law into my own hands),

One final happy story I was on the front porch today, when my homeless friend John stopped by to pet da kidz and asked if he could buy them a vanilla ice cream cone (they’ve never had ice cream), I told him he could.  So he bought them one, him one and me one.  I took them to the parking lot and with my hand scooped ice cream out of their cone and mine and tossed it on the ground.  They loved the ice cream,

That’s it for today, have a great day and remember to hydrate,

ed

 

Hi,

Here’s my new fountain and my deck project, I hope will have it done enough to apply the stain for this weekend.  All the heavy sanding is finished, and I’ve stripped I’m using between the boards is 3/4 finished.  Once I finish that tomorrow morning I will do one more sanding with fine grit sandpaper will will be able to apply the stain (hopefully tomorrow afternoon).  I’ve been ashamed of the deck for years and so excited about how it’s finally going to look (with the new fountain-it’s going to be a popular place to hang out).   🙂  I’ve had a bunch of people stop by as I’ve been working complimenting me on the view from the street.

deck & fountain from street

And here’s what that nasty deck looked like when I started this project from the opposite side.:

deck before refinished

 

Speaking of pictures, I’ve been pretty active on Instagram, generally I post once a day in the morning.  I’m at thepaadorinn if you want to see my posts or follow me.

Pandemic refunds are killing me, my normal refund policy is I offer a full refund if you book from my website, but do charge a$20 fee for reservation made through an OTA (Online Travel Association like Expedia Group, booking.com, etc) because they charge me a 15% commission-it’s always less expensive to book from my website).  I’m fairly popular and had a lot of early reservations for 2020 concerts Kenny Chesney, Rolling Stones, Green Day, Motley Crew and four reunions.  I lost all concerts, 3 of the 4 reunions and my one wedding went from 130 to 20.  Overall I’ve given almost $30,000 in refund for guests that booked before Corona became a pandemic.  So I’m not offering refunds on reservations made after Corona became a pandemic.  I’ve checked what other travel industries are offering and I am no longer offering refunds, but a two year credit.  In particular if you have booked for a Steeler’s game and this nightmare is still around next year or you are still uncomfortable traveling you can use it of the 2022 season.  Surely those idiots in Washington can fix this by then.

I can’t say I’m giving him credit and I’m not forgiving his lack of leadership, but DJT  is not at fault for the federal government’s failure to assist small businesses during this pandemic.  It’s our entire government and it’s dysfunction, it’s not the child’s play between the democrats and republicans.  Read this article and you will be ready to join the revolt

https://apnews.com/99928b101367ad74358283c82de0fa1a

I can understand our alien founding fathers did not to address that businesses are not people and should not influence our elections. how could they envision multi billion dollar companies existing? but they really should have addressed the corruption of life long politicians become.  I want you to write me in this fall for a two day presidency (actually I want to be king or dictator for two days only and I promise to step down after I enact 2 things by decree.  #1 two term limits for any elected position anywhere in this country.  And #2 corporations are not people and can not contribute to or influence elections.  You can replace me after my two day term of dictatorship you fool enough, you can have DJT back.  🙂  America will not be fixed in two days, but this will give us a running start, just call me an alien.  🙂

Can I talk about the “new normal”?   We have to now deal with the idiots that used to stay in the back ground and now seem to be center stage.like that lady in California refusing to wear a mask in a grocery store screaming it was her constitution right not to wear a mask..  If you want to contract covid19 and infect your family, that is your constitutional right, but not to infect mine.  The next idiots I would like to address are all these protests across the country lately.  They have a right to protest, but the video’s I saw maybe 1/2 were wearing masks.  Is a coincidence that all of a sudden we have major spikes in the Corona virus infections?

After all my whining I feel awkward wishing everyone a Happy Fourth of July, it is still a great country and great people.  I guess we need to add a new group to add to the people we need to include, the idiots.  🙂  Sorry, I couldn’t let that one pass.  Seriously have a safe and happy holiday and remember what principles this country was founded on, there’s still hope for us all.

Mansion bunting

ed

Hi,

Well, I guess DJT doesn’t want one black vote this fall.  Even for him I am shocked at what happened outside the White House Monday just for him to have a photo op in front of a church with a bible in his hand.  He had peaceful, legitimate protesters removed from the path he was to take for his photo op with rubber bullets and tear gas.  This was before the curfew and the protesters were peacefully protesting.  So he wants to call up the military to stop protests?  See the second paragraph below this.

Mildly related to the above, the artist Christo passed away May 31.  Honest there is a connection here.  Some of Christo’s most famous pieces include the one in Central Park called The Gates.   Another famous one was Surrounded Islands Biscayne Bay.  Another one was Paris’ famous Arch of Triumph which was really his big thing to cover something to show it in a different light, he started small with paint cans and oil drums and worked his way up to these huge projects.  He would spend years and millions of his own money (and that of his wife Jeanne-Claude) researching and planning these pieces.  All his pieces were properly approved by local authorities.  OK, here’s the tie in to DJT, after decades in the planning and $15M of his own money, he abruptly canceled the project that was to cover miles of the Arkansas River in Colorado because the “landlord” would have been DJT because it’s federal land.  I like his quote his & Jeanne-Claude’s projects “exists in their time,impossible or repeat.  that is their power, because they cannot be bought, they cannot be possessed.”

OK, I had to put Christo above, actually this one should have been the second paragraph.  Have you read the book Franklin & Washington by Edward Larson?  If you haven’t you need to, or if you read it a bit ago, pick it up again and re-read it.  As I’ve said many times in the past our founding fathers had to have been aliens, or possibly seers.  As I was recently reading it, OMG, DJT is the anti-Christ or whatever you want to call it that scared the hell out of them. He is what they envisioned when they created the separation of government into three distinct branches with checks and balances to keep our nation from falling into a dictatorship. Dispite the direct correlation  to current events, it is a very interesting book and I highly recommend it.

OK, if you don’t have a Tony in your life, I recommend hanging out at your favorite nursery, bring them coffee and donuts once a week.  (This tactic doesn’t always work my one brother after graduating college wanted in the FBI, so he would occasionally stop by their Pittsburgh office and drop off donuts.  He now works for the DEA, not the FBI)  🙂  Now that Tony’s Alliums are fading, these beautiful iris’s are just blooming Tony’s gifts to me are not just pretty flowers, but flowers timed to open as another closes.  Remember coffee and donuts open doors!

Iris

Lets continue with pictures.  Here’s the old water feature next to the courtyard wall:

courtyard fountain old one

A beautiful base, but useless.  It was too narrow and the water would bounce out and only last about an hour.  I haven’t used it for years over this frustration.  I got a new base from Scotty’s North HIills Water Garden, which I go to regularly:

new water feature

Unfortunately I am going to have to move it.  There’s too much crap that falls from the honey locust tree it’s under, yes, it’s only a couple of months that the seeds and other debris falls, but it clogs everything up.  So I’m planning on moving it out front by the front fence.  It will make my little beach a little more appealing and people on the street can enjoy it as well:

New location water feature

And yes, that’s my next project.  I pressure washed the deck and hopefully this weekend can take my belt sander to it and then re-stain it.

Inside scoop, I’m going to be hosting another concert series this summer, with members of the symphony.  It definitely looks like it’s a go.  We had talked about possibly having it in the courtyard, but my contact was concerned about the elements and their quality instruments. so it looks like it will be in the ballroom.

Well that’s it for today, be good, be safe, be happy,

ed

 

Hi,

Happy Memorial Day, couldn’t let the holiday pass without talking about the men and women that gave the ultimate sacrifice so we could have what we do.  Being a Vietnam era veteran, I know a lot of vets that were in the war and I can’t imagine the horrors they lived through and can barely grasp the horrors of past wars like WWI and mustard gas, etc.  Never forget those that gave so much.

My vertical hydrangeas have been doing so well in the back of the parking lot.  I only planted 2, one on either side of the wall I wanted to cover.  After three years, and them not filling in the space I got another and just planted it in the middle.  Here’s my baby and she seems pretty happy with her new home:

Baby hydrangea

Ohio is one of the states that allow motorcycle riders to ride without a helmet.  My problem with helmet less motorcyclists is if that stupid person wants to ride without a helmet, that’s his/her business.  I don’t want to be saddled with paying for their medical expenses for the rest of their lives because they chose to be stupid.  Now Ohio has made it legal for them to use earplugs to save their hearing, again I have problem with that.  Why don’t they tune down the loudness of their motorcycles and save their hearing that way?  🙂  My street is a popular street for motorcyclists to ride down and they are in a pack and going fairly slow (usually) and they keep revving their engines making all kinds of racket.  Again, save their hearing and my peace and tranquility.

Well, this is just a short blog recognizing Memorial Day.

Stay safe, keep your distances,

ed

Hi,

Have you filled out the census yet?  No excuses just follow my link.  Don’t make me come over to your house to make you do this.

OK, now that I’ve threatened you, lets lighten things up a bit, I love my Alliums in the spring:

Alliums

There are over 700 types of Alliums, they are actually onions, Thanx Tony for picking these ones out for me. I pays to have a friend that’s a horticulturist.

You’ve heard of the battle of roses, well there’s been the battle of the pigeons at the Parador.  OK,  the pigeons won, I lost.  I’ve stopped feeding the song birds because I’m tired of fighting the the pigeons.  But I love going out on the veranda in the morning, having coffee and breakfast and listening to the song birds.  So I took the bird feeder down and just throw a couple of handfuls of bird seed on the ground.  So now that there’s on longer the endless buffet the pigeons have pretty much left us alone.. The song birds pick away at the seeds on the ground and when the occassional pigeon shows up and I shoot the bb gun they leave and don’t come back that day.

That dirt bag Martin Shkreli, former CEO of Turing Pharmaceuticals, tried to get out of jail early saying he wanted to develop a corona virus vaccine, well the judge was not as stupid as Shkreli thinks we all are.  The judge literally told him that he figured Shkreli would create another scam like he has in the past and returned him to prison for the balance of his 7 years sentence. His trial wasn’t even about raising the price of Daraprim, by 56% which is listed by the WHO as an essential drug, they got him on securities fraud.

I don’t know who’s doing this but some animal has been chewing of branches off the last of three  arborvitaes along the mansion in the courtyard.  (The other two heavy snow had uprooted them about 2 years ago).  I had noticed branches in the grass several times over the winter (I’m not a big outdoors person in the cold and pretty much ignored them.  Then on a warmer day I actually looked around and he/she/it had made a pile of branches like a nest behind the boxwoods .and when I poked around at it nothing was there.So I gathered them up and put them out for trash-they are not compostable..  And he/she/it continued to chew off branches.  I did have that possum in the year several years ago, maybe it was that.  No more nests, just chewed branches which I’ve cleaned up again.  It looks pretty sad, maybe I’ll pull it out and add another group of banana trees.  I put two where the other arborvitaes had been.This guy looks pretty naked (in a tree kind of way, few branches);

Arborvitae

I’m not saying this is so, but that homeless friend of mine John was talking to me and his read on the government’s response to the covid19 is that they are trying to eliminate small businesses.  For a homeless man, John is pretty well read.  He goes to the library and uses the computer all the time.  John has always been a big fan of the kidz, that’s how we started talking.  Anytime he walks by, if we’re on the front porch he as to say hi to them.  This homeless man actually started buying them treats.  The treat were cheap, made in China and I don’t allow the kidz anything made in China.  My excuse to John to stop buying them if he’s homeless he should be spending his hard earned pan-handling money of food.  🙂  His proof of this government conspiracy was that the economic recovery funds went to big corporations like Morton’s is not a small business and they received $20M bailout as did cruise lines, big resorts,  His point was if it was really to aid small businesses, it should have had a cap on gross income the previous year of something like #250K, pretty smart for a homeless man I’d say.  🙂  I’m not saying I agree with him, I’m just saying his point makes a lot of sense.  He also says a big fear in the homeless community is the government is planning on using the pandemic as an excuse to declare marshal law.  I’m just going to leave that one alone.

OK, now that I’m on a rant, I hate with all our problems the bureaucrats making all their excuses.like Dr Levin, the PA Secretary of Health explaining why so many of our seniors are dying in nursing and assisted living homes.  This is a total disgrace and there is no excuse that’s acceptable.  If I hear the hollow bullet point “health and safety is our #1 concern and priority” I think I will either blow their brains or mine..  Give me a break, let’s put your mom in one like Brighton Heights with more covid19 deaths than all other homes in PA combined.  And unemployment blaming the back log on computer upgrades that were never installed.  Excuse me for shouting THAT’S YOUR F****** job.

If you follow my blog, I think the last one I talked about all the cancellations I’ve been receiving.  On top of that Kenny Chesney canceled as did Green Day in August.  I’m over $10K in refunds and very little income.  I did have the two weddings,and the Steeler’s schedule came out.I think the NFL will figure out a way to  not have a no fansless games because they are looking at $5.5B loss in revenue.  And I’m finally getting a little traction with my covid19 special $100+ weekday and $125+ weekend rates through the end of June.  I even had several cancellations that asked me to hold on to their deposit and  keep it for the rescheduled concert next year.  I’ve guaranteed they would get the same rate, room for the concert and 50% off if they’d like to book a second night.  Last week Ciera visited, they had tickets for a concert that had cancelled  and didn’t want to stick me with another cancellation, some people of so nice.  That’s what we have to focus on in these times.

I’m up to 24 followers on Instagram in a little over a week!  Instagram just shows people that like a post and people that follow you or you follow them, Instagram does not show how many people looked at the post, just the likes..  Instagram is owned by face book, I Something else new to learn I guess.  Maybe social media mogul Ed Menzer needs to learn Pinterest next.  🙂

Want to do something safe for entertaining, I’ve talked about Drive in theaters in the past, this might be their great break at re-emerging.  Follow this link to find the five left in our area.

I successfully filed for PUA today, spoke with a wonderful lady Danielle.

Have a great Memorial Day, another thought for a safe holiday outing, take the kids to a cemetery and show them all the flags placed on ware vets that died to keep us safe and explain to the kids what the Ultimate Sacrifice is and the difference between the various wars.  Out in Lawrenceville is a beautiful cemetery with a lot of Civil War graves. it’s Allegheny Cemetery if you haven’t been there yet, it’s a cool trip and you can practice social distancing there.  🙂  While you are there, you can take the kids past Arsenal park and school and explain where it got it’s name.  They were doing some construction in the area and had to stop because they unearthed some old canon balls and didn’t know if they were still dangerous.

Well, that’s it for today,

ed

Hi,

Yes, I’ve been a busy boi, I finished my Lady Palm bathroom floor and door project, not perfect, but I’m happy with it:

Lady Palm bathroom floor and door

The solid bronze cherub statue (which is very heavy) on the credenza in the library has a nut sticking out of it, since I bought it 15 years ago and I’ve finally gotten around to it.  I made a new round base that’s padded for it to sit on it.Solid bras cherub

And here’s the criminal nut:

cherub nut

Here’s the credenza finished:

credenza

Besides the scratches the cherub nut caused there was years of dirt, other scratches on the top of this beautiful piece of furniture.  What I did on the top does not match the base, but personally I like to see the grain.  OK you purists, I’m OK the top doesn’t match the base, it’s mine and I can do with it what I want. .:)

I finished the ballroom project:

Ballroom

I borrowed my friend Jeff’s pressure washer to clean the veranda and got carried away  I also cleaned the grime off the hood system for the kitchen (which I’ve tried with soap and a pot brush in the past with no good results), I did both cement benches in the courtyard, the fountain and all the brick ways in the courtyard and both sides of the parking lot.  I’ve hosed all this off in the past, but no where near the results with the pressure washer.  I’m just showing one picture of before and after in the parking lot:

dirty & clean bricks

dirty bricks

I can’t do projects like Lady Palm and the credenza in the library when I have guests due to the smell of the chemicals, i takes a long time to get the smell out.  Here’s one of next winter’s projects the top shelf over the bookcases in the library:

top of bookcase in library

I’m now on Instagram, if you’d like to follow me I’m at theparadorinn. I’ve done 11 posts and have 19 followers already!!!!  🙂

OK lets talk a little about the corona virus: I dress in all black mainly because I don’t want to worry if that pink plaid shirt matches the green slacks, an added benefit is black cloths don’t show black dog hair.  This even includes work clothes. I go to a thrift shop and pick up old black dress pants to where when I’m working with paint or very dirty things like pressure washing bricks.  To me they are an essential business.  🙂  They have been closed during this hole lock down period and didn’t even open yesterday when we went into the yellow phase.  Another issue that I find essential is green beans for my gerl.  Costco was out of their cases of a dozen cans for about $5. so Mr Flexible (me) went to Restaurant Depot to get several #10 cans of green beans to hold me over.  When I went back to Costco, still no green beans so I called them and they seem to have dropped that product line and I went back to Restaurant depot to get a case of the #10 cans and they will be out until May  26.  Shortages at this time I understand, but green beans?????  Cut me a break.  🙂

While I’m whining I voted for Governor Wolf because he was a successful businessman (not like that faux idiot “businessman” in Washington) and am very disappointed in his response to the covid19.  He just closed the state stores, restaurants figured out within days how to do take out.  It took PLCB two months and the loss of millions of dollars because we were all going to WV & OH for our booze.  Granted, the governor’s expertise was in manufacturing, but a business person needs to think outside the box and I’m very disappointed.   My other issue with the governor is the dysfunctional  unemployment system.  I’m not a politician or bureaucrat  but I knew when all this hit that the UC was going to be swamped, this lack of preparedness is unacceptable, maybe even impeachable for incompetence.  Again, granted the UC office was scheduled to upgrade their systems years ago that got dropped for budget cuts, but that doesn’t excuse the delay in moving assets to handle the onslaught.  I don’t like the shut down but understand it and am willing or work with it as best i can.live with it because we need to.

To end on a positive note, yes the Stones cancelled, CMU & Duquesne postponed their graduations, both my reunions canceled, I lost all my short term reservations, my big wedding in June seeriously  down sized and now Kenny Chesney canceled.  On the bright side, John W called me, we had spoke last year when they were planning his daughter’s wedding, but I can’t host 300+ guests here.  Since he couldn’t do a big wedding he called me to see if I could host a smaller wedding of around 20.  Yes, I could and do.    They booked just about all of my rooms.  And then  the following week, Terry & Chris also wanted do host a small wedding, they didn’t rent most of my rooms and I did get event space rental that helped out.   I’m finally getting response for my covid19 special $100+ per night weekday and $125+ weekend rates. I’ve also one a couple of financial things that’s keeping me afloat.  I’m doing much better than many of my other small businesses.

So if you want a bargain, I have less expensive rooms available through the end of June (I say less expensive, Airbnb says cheap).  🙂  Da kidz miss you.

Have a good one and keep safe,

ed

Hi,

Short blog, my second story is the main reason for this quick post.  i mentioned my work on Lady Palms bathroom.  I refinished the floor and since I’m still slow decided to to strip the door again I’ve spoken of this.  Here’s the door before I started:

Lady Palm bathroom door before stripping

I looked OK, but you can’t see it there was all kinds of blue paint splatter all over the door from the previous owner.  So I decided to strip the door and here it is stripped:

Lady Palm bathroom door stripped

I had to quit until next week, the door is stripped, I need to alternate between sanding and using stripping chemicals.  My next step needs to be chemical and the room is sold this weekend.  I can get the dust from sanding out with just a bit of work.  But the odor from the chemicals I can’t control.  So to make sure the room doesn’t reek Thursday night when they arrive, I last used chemicals Sunday and have a fan in the bathroom window to draw out the odors.  I just have a little work to do with chemicals on the bottom four panels.  I hope to complete that Sunday after the guests check out.  Then Monday through Wednesday apply the sanding sealer, stain then Polyurethane.

So here’s the main reason for this post, I want to give a big shout out to Bread Works.  I use their Challah for my caramel French toast (actually Challah is Jewish egg bread that’s made with kosher requirements-since the egg bread is not made with a mashgiach on site, they call it egg twist-but the same recipe).  When I worked at the William Penn hotel, Downtown they had the largest Kosher kitchen in the city.  So we did a lot of Kosher events there.  I worked with the mashgiach a lot and learned a lot about Kosher law and what the logic was behind  it, that was very interesting.  When I call Bread Works to order my bread, Kim told me they had discontinued the bread because of the Covid19.   I expressed my disappointment and Kim asked what I used it for and she recommended that she felt I could use their French bread.  I told her I would try it.  She called me about an hour later and told me she had spoken to their head baker and he agreed to make two loaves just for me!  Speak about customer service!

And finally, I have tripled my Instagram followers, I’m up to THREE!  If you would like to follow me on Instagram, I’m theparadorinn.

Thanx, be safe and be healthy and be a follower of me on Instagram, 🙂

ed

 

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