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By Pam Parker Erie Times-News staff blogger
Pam Parker's blog takes on everything from women's fun to momisms to lifestyles around Lake Erie and real estate. She'll take you down Memory Lane, up through sports and fun and off the grid. Get ready for laughs — it's more than just Pam. It's Pamdemonium.   Read more about this blog.
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Posts tagged ‘family’
Posted: April 20th, 2014

Easter Basket with Easter Eggs

Every Easter, my husband gets into the eggs — eggstra special egg banter, that is. Here are some of his faves used in sentences for your enjoyment.

We are eggcited to see family today.

My stepdaughter-in-law is eggspecting.

Cadbury creme eggs are not eggstravagant treats.

There is no such thing as eggstraneous chocolate.

I will need eggstreme eggcerise to burn off the eggcelent chocolate eggs I consume.

Some things eggsacerbate the pain in my knee.

A coconut egg is eggsactly what I want.

It’s eggsasperating when we don’t hear from some family members.

I need to eggsamine the peanut butter pies.

Eggstract those jelly beans from the bottom of the Easter baskets.

I was afraid we’d have to eggscavate to find the daffodils when it snowed last week.

If the sun shines, it will eggceed  eggspectations today.

Dinner will be eggsceptional. My sister makes lamb.

My brother eggsagerates how much work it is makes German Potato Salad, but since I made it this year, I can verify that it requires an eggstraordinary amount of  time.

We eggsemplify a modern family. We have six kids between us, two of my stepsons are married, and we have one grandchild. And one on the way.

When my husband reads this eggcerpt, he is going to eggsclaim that I eggscluded a lot of words, but I have to stop. I have eggshausted my list.

Happy Easter everyone!

Pam Parker is the editor of Lake Erie LifeStyle, Her Times and House to Home at the Erie Times-News in Erie, Pa. She is the mom of three, stepmom to three and step-grandmom to one. 

 

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Posted: April 19th, 2014
Cadbury

Part of what was in the Easter care package I sent my son in Virginia. Can you tell what he likes for Easter? Kind of looks like a house, doesn’t it?

Cadbury egg cookies

Cadbury mini-egg cookies

I know you’re thinking what do Cadbury eggs and houses have in common? Well at our house, they go together quite well, and apparently in Canada also. Here’s a link to a Huffington Post story that discusses Cadbury eggs are among the top 15 things we want to eat on Easter Sunday. If you don’t  want the candy — you can make cookies — with mini Cadbury Eggs – here’s the recipe. 

Last year,  I introduced a lot of folks to Cadbury eggs and the fact that my kids have loved these gooey morsels ever since they were tots. Click here for last year’s blog.

Happy Saturday, and Saturdays in this blogger’s world mean houses. I have been to countless open houses in past weeks, and I discovered a lot of condos for sale in one block of homes. Read my column in today’s House to Home. It’s Georgian Court condos abound.

Also in this week’s House to Home:

»  Easter cactus blooms – Easter cactus delivers vibrant color
» Control weeds naturally – How to use natural substances on your lawn
» Add edibles to your garden – fruit and veggies not that hard to grow
» Container gardens grow color - Popular container gardens are easy to grow anywhere
» Spring clean with easy-to-use websites – How to sell your junk with apps and websites
» Rock around the basement – a basement redo to love
» What homes will look like and include in the future.
It is Easter weekend, and we don’t have open houses, but we do have a lot of new listings and new prices. And, here’s the flipbook — you can page through House to Home on your tablet while you’re cooking — I am boiling eggs right now. Or if you are eating Cadbury eggs.
Have a wonderful Easter!

Pam Parker has written about real estate and home decor in the tri-state region for more than 20 years. She is the editor of Lake Erie LifeStyle, Her Times and House to Home at the Erie Times-News in Erie, Pa. She is the mom of three, stepmom to three and step-grandmom to one.  

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Posted: March 11th, 2014

Erie apparel

Most of this I found on Facebook: From my nephew John Strosser — a company called Erie Apparel is located in Erie, and they make $10 T-shirts like those at left. If you order by tomorrow, you will get yours in time for Saint Paddy’s Day. The company owners are Erie natives Peter Demichele and Greg Straub.  Here’s the phone number: 814-602-3930, and the website is http://www.Erie-Apparel.com

You can also buy one at Calamari’s Squid Row, 1317 State St. Erie Apparel has a lot of other Erie clothing.

Coworker Sean Cuneo: “You know what Machiavelli said? ‘It’s better to be feared than loved.’”

Elizabeth George (my great niece — great, as in wonderful, and she is my nephew’s daughter):

buzzfeedShe posted “21 Inevitable Truths You Learn By Having An Older Brother” from BuzzFeed.
No. 19 is “If anyone ever tries to harm you, you can be guaranteed that he will be the first to step in on your behalf.”
See the rest of them here. This clip made me laugh because I also have an older brother.

Happy Tuesday!

Pam Parker is the editor of Lake Erie LifeStyleHer Times and House to Home at the Erie Times-News in Erie, Pa. She is mom to three, stepmom to three and GramPam to one

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Posted: March 7th, 2014

Relish shamrockCheck out this cool beach-glass shamrock pendant from Relish in Erie. You can see it and more here.
If you want to buy something green for Saint Patrick’s Day, you can buy more than green beer. And something that lasts longer!

Jewelry is available in shamrocks, claddagh and trinity pendants, rings and earrings. It’s a great idea for kids and adults.

Or, get a shamrock plant

Last year, I learned that the 3-leafed shamrock is a symbol for the Holy Trinity. I’ve had a few of shamrock plants. The varieties that I had bloomed with beautiful white flowers all year long, and they thrive outdoors. I found mine at Wegman’s for as little as $4, and if I would remember to water them, mine would still be healthy. My first one grew as big as a shrub outside. Here’s a link to a story that Sue Scholz wrote in 2013 about the various shamrock plants available and how to care for them.

If you’re looking for Irish jewelry, contact your favorite local jeweler or one of the following to see if they have the gems you are looking for.

Relish Inc.
3835 W. 12th St., Erie, PA 16505
814-836-1827

Tipperary West
3026 Cherry St., Erie, PA 16508
814-459-5797

Belvedere Celtic Imports
1656 W 8th St., Erie, PA 16505
814-454-3362

Happy Saint Paddy’s Day shopping!

Pam Parker is the editor of Lake Erie LifeStyle, Her Times and House to Home at the Erie Times-News in Erie, Pa. She is the mom of three, stepmom to three and GramPam to one. Her paternal grandmother’s family came to America from Ireland. 

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Posted: March 6th, 2014

womens_day_2013-1055007-hpThis is the Google doodle from 2013 that celebrated International Women’s Day. We celebrate this year on Saturday, March 8. It has been a national holiday since 1918 in some countries. Here’s a link to the official site.

Moira Forbes wrote a great piece in Forbes magazine about how women are making progress in business. For example, women now lead some huge, high-profile companies including HPYahooLockheed Martin, General DynamicsBAE and General Motors. Read her article on 10 reasons to be excited about women’s progress here.

Forbes also pointed out that Janet Yellen is the first woman Federal Reserve Chairman and a lot of women are hitting the Forbes billionaire’s list which includes Christy Walton, of Wal-Mart; Lillian Bettencourt, of L’Oreal; and Alice Walton, of Wal-Mart — all in the top 20.

Want to learn more about International Women’s Day? Follow #womensday and @womensday on Twitter or follow on Facebook at  facebook/internationalwomensday.  And discussions abound on LinkedIn/internationalwomensday.

Happy International Women’s Day!

Pam Parker is the editor of Lake Erie LifeStyle, Her Times and House to Home at the Erie Times-News in Erie, Pa. She is the mom of three, stepmom to three and step-grandmom to one.

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Posted: March 2nd, 2014
Four of the 100 Women Who Care

From left. Kelley Glass, Joan Martter, Kathi Umpleby, and Peggy Glass are among the Women Who Care at Fairview High School where 81 women raised $8,100 in one hour for Emmaus Soup Kitchen.

When Joan Martter called me about her idea for 100 Women Who Care, she caught my attention and fast. The entire article about this group and many more women who have founded grass roots efforts to help others is in Her Times today in the Erie Times-News. Read it here.

Here’s an update to that story. Joan Martter, 60, secretary at Fairview High School for 17 years, and Kathi Umpleby, took an idea that invited 135 Fairview women to bring $100 checks to a one-hour gathering. In that hour, 81 attendees pitched donation ideas. In the end, they voted to combine their checks into one donation of $8,100 to Emmaus Soup Kitchen.

Read all of the great articles in Her Times. And if you have an idea for an article, send it to us.

Pam Parker is the editor of Lake Erie LifeStyleHer Times and House to Home at the Erie Times-News in Erie, Pa. She is mom to three, stepmom to three and GramPam to one.

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Posted: February 24th, 2014

maryI am still hooked on this show, but this was not my favorite season. The reviews of season 4 are in, and they are mixed.

I’m not going to spoil anything for anyone, but one of the things that hooked me on “Downton Abbey” was the history. Watching people I started to know die from the Spanish flu — was one of those historically significant events that suddenly brought history to life for me — the horror that the flu swept through a family killing people at random probably happened to many families and all of our ancestors. So did financial ruin. Women getting more to do than dress for dinner was a treat. Seeing romance in a much simpler time was intriguing. And watching a TV show take us from horses and carriages to motor vehicles was endearing.

This season did not put me in touch with history, and I didn’t see a lot of romance. I was disappointed, but maybe it’s just me. Here are the reviews and recaps so far:

From Nola.com: At loose ends.

From Time Entertainment: Having a ball.

From Washington Post: Joe Heim says the finale left us with “More questions than answers.”

From the Daily Beast:  ‘Downton Abbey’ Finale Review: The Depressing Demise of a Once-Great Show” Ouch on that one!

From Variety: “Fourth season finally fell short of PBS hit’s previous highs.” Double Ouch

I am still looking forward to season 5, but frankly, I hope it’s better than this one. How about you?

Pam Parker is the editor of Lake Erie LifeStyleHer Times and House to Home at the Erie Times-News in Erie, Pa. She is mom to three, stepmom to three and GramPam to one.

 

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Posted: February 24th, 2014

Pittsburgh skylineWell, they won’t be hot today, but while I sat on my daughter’s deck in Pittsburgh over the weekend, cardinals were singing in the trees in her backyard, and people were wearing shorts. The sun was hot — it was in the mid 50s, and the breeze was cool but not Arctic.

At home, that sun was also hot – - the breeze was cool, but sun glinting off the ice on the bay is one awesome thing of beauty. Cardinals and robins were hanging out in our backyard.

I love Erie — no matter what the weather — it is our weather. It’s also nice to get away for a change of scene, and I got a change of scene in the ‘Burgh.

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The Gulf Tower

The photo above is of the Pittsburgh skyline from my daughter’s deck at night.  One thing the photo doesn’t show is the colorful Gulf Tower — it’s there  – I just couldn’t capture the colors. A light show every day of the year. The photo at right is the tower in living color. Here’s the significance: Constructed in 1932, the 44-story building served as a neon weather forecaster for decades, according to the www.colorkinetics.com

Red light predicted fair weather. Blue light predicted rain or snow. In the 1970s — during the energy crisis — the Gulf Oil Company shut down the neon tower lights.

In 2012, it was christened the KDKA-TV Weather Beacon. Read the entire article right here. Philips and the realty company installed a more energy efficient display that reveals present weather conditions. Lights on the tower’s top three stories signify the current temperature, ranging from bright red for hot  to dark blue for cold. The 39th through 41st floors indicate precipitation, humidity and wind speed in shades of purple, green and pink.

It also celebrates home runs, goals, and touchdowns for Pittsburgh’s home teams, and the colors cycle through to create a really neat light show.

Back home in Erie, we’ll be lucky to hit the high 20s for the next week, and we will get more snow. But signs of spring are out there.  And when the 40s return — looks like at least 10 days according to weather.com — keep an eye out for spring. The official day is 24 days away. Our days are getting longer, and green grass is under all that snow. The sun is warm — if we can just get a peek at it!

Pam Parker is the editor of Lake Erie LifeStyleHer Times and House to Home at the Erie Times-News in Erie, Pa. She is mom to three, stepmom to three and GramPam to one.

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Posted: January 31st, 2014
kids

Back row: Andrew, Christopher and Matthew Parker. Front row: Howie, Kelly and Ryan Eckert — in a family photo — an old one!

As we close out the first month of January, here’s what I’ve learned from the Eckert Parker bunch in no particular order:

Granddaughter Mia — fruit snacks taste much better than they did 20 years ago. I remember some waxy gobs of flavorless goo. And Princess Sofia on the Disney channel is a lot of fun. A blanket and a staircase can make for interesting sleeping quarters. She fits on a step — we don’t.

Ryan Eckert — when you find your passion for a career, the world opens up opportunities. Our finance major is having a great senior year.

Matthew Parker — our new assistant principal will go from classroom to administration, and we are so proud. His wife, Mo, recently lost her dad, and it’s been a tough road in recent years. But these young parents of Mia are fun to watch — and they will bring a new little Parker girl into the fold in April.

Howie Eckert — He hasn’t been home in more than a year, but Erie weather has followed the good doctor to the shores of Virginia where his corner of the world was under a state of snow emergency. Frozen pipes can’t keep this transplant down. He’s learned to cope with an unprecedented 10 inches of snow in a place that never sees snow.

Andrew Parker — Also a Virginia resident, Andrew and his wife, Devin, are getting hit hard with snow outside Washington D.C. These kids have adapted well to big-city life in a much more expensive environment. We are proud.

Kelly Eckert — Our CPA, a big-city girl, is finding that cars don’t always last 10 years. It’s my fault — in the Strosser family, we kept cars till they fell apart. Well, Kelly’s is getting there.  Sorry, little girl.

Christopher Parker — Family will always be there. Always. When one door closes, another one — a better one — usually opens. Chris is always there for all of us. And vice-versa.

February will be a great month. Two of the kids have birthdays, and it’s a month for Valentine’s Day. The fam keeps moving forward.

Pam Parker is the editor of Lake Erie LifeStyleHer Times and House to Home at the Erie Times-News in Erie, Pa. She is mom to three, stepmom to three and GramPam to one.

 

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Posted: December 19th, 2013

ElfffI am glad that there was no Elf on the Shelf when my kids were young. Here’s a link to today’s story in the Erie Times-News. My youngest, Ryan, had a fear of elves without any watchful doll to provoke him. As a youngster, he would hold his hands over his ears when certain Christmas music played. “Elves!” he would whisper in wide-eyed horror and shake his head.

I am guessing something at preschool or kindergarten started his distaste for elves. Imagine what he’d have done if we had partaken in the Elf on the Shelf tradition.

And his brother and sister would have found a way to make it a good game. They were a formidable force as youngsters. They advised Ryan to tell me he believed in Santa even if he didn’t because he’d get more presents. Where did that come from?

When Ryan wavered over his belief in Santa, I often advised that there is a little Santa in all of us. He never questioned that. And I thought it was much more endearing than any elfen tales.

Ryan sneered at gnomes too. I liked the Nickelodeon series “David the Gnome.” Tom Bosley voiced the character of David, a friendly forest doctor, and Christopher Plummer – Captain Von Trapp of “Sound of Music” fame — narrated.  Ryan wanted nothing to do with it.

One book I still love as a Christmas tradition is “Polar Express.” The final line of “Polar Express” is:

“Though I’ve grown old, the bell still rings for me, as it does for all who truly believe.”

I still believe there is a little Santa in all of us. With or without the help of an elf.

Pam Parker is the editor of Lake Erie LifeStyleHer Times and House to Home at the Erie Times-News in Erie, Pa. She is mom to three, stepmom to three and GramPam to one.

 

 

 

 

 

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