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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 ‘Legos’
Posted: May 17th, 2014

Houzz porchNo — this is not my front porch, but we have that exact pot — two of them, in fact, by the front door. I bought them years ago.

And we do have pillars. Our porch is also covered. My husband and I decided to replace the front-porch furniture this year, and that prompted an all-out search for what we could do to dress it up.

I enjoy sitting out here and looking at all the greenery Mother Nature has furnished. And, what to plant, what to sit on and what looks good sent us to all the home and garden stores and www.Houzz.com for ideas.

I’m still not sure what I want, but we are making progress. Coleus is the plant that grows really well in those pots by the door. So I am in search of it. And I am a fan of geraniums because they have never let me down, and they keep the bees away.

One thing I love to read while on the porch is of course our very own House to Home.

This week, my article takes you to the Yellow House in Girard. You can spend a week or a month at the house on the second floor. Jack and Kathy Watts restored this historic mansion’s second and third floors. Guests will discover views of green acres — farmland galore — to love from all the windows and the cupola. The peaceful surroundings are just the ticket for unplugging. Read my story. and watch the video by Jack Hanrahan at Historic Girard home opens for rentals.

Sue Scholz tells us about all the cutest Lego gardens right here in Erie. Read about it at Learn about Lego gardens at the Erie Zoo, and Meadville decorator Marie Feltz won a national contest. She tells us about it in The story behind a first-place office design.

Other stories in House to Home include:

Check out our Open House locator right here.

And, here’s the flipbook — you can page through House to Home on your tablet!

I’m going to do some planting on my front porch, and I am thinking of wild color — maybe just the pots. Maybe the flowers. Maybe more. I’ll share it next week. Have a happy home and garden weekend!

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 two. She has written about real estate, home design and home interiors for more than 20 years.

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Posted: June 13th, 2013

From left: Wyatt Bootes, 3, Carson Cowser, 4, and Tyler Webb, 4, play with Legos building blocks at Barb’s Care-A-Lot early childhood preschool in Harborcreek Township. JARID A. BARRINGER/

Kids have only been out of school for a few days, but if you worry that your youngsters need constant entertainment, remember — they have to learn to entertain themselves. My kids loved Legos — at every age. We had that exact same red board in the picture at left — it helped keep the Legos grounded. If you haven’t introduced your kids to Legos yet, don’t wait. There’s a package for nearly every age from under 2 to 12 and over. Even Sponge Bob is a Lego! And, yes — there are princesses and castles. The Erie Times-News featured a great article today on how to give your kids some quiet time that doesn’t include the TV.  Read it here. It includes:Books — create your own library. We had books for every age group from picture books to those spooky Goosebumps novels.Arts-and-crafts corner. My Hoosier was grand central station for construction paper, glitter, markers, crayons, glue and more.

Puzzles. Kids and adults love puzzles. We often got them from the library, and we had a United States puzzle that we all enjoyed. As your kids get older, you can put those thousand-piece puzzles together.

Do anything and everything outside. We played hoops, soccer, hockey, rollerbladed and jumped in the kiddie pool. We lived across the street from a park with playground equipment was plentiful and a baseball field and volleyball court were always in use.

Take advantage of the outdoors — in between the raindrops!

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 and stepmom to three.


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Posted: November 15th, 2012

Jennie Geisler’s column on hot toys for the season is a must-read in today’s Erie Times-News.

The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles were part of everyday life at our home. All three of my 20-something kids had the figures, pajamas, tent, Halloween costumes and more. We were avid viewers of the TV show too.

LeonardoMichelangeloDonatello and Raphael were named for Renaissance painters. They loved pizza and their fearless leader Splinter, a rat — this does take place in a sewer, after all. Michelangelo made expressions like “Cowabunga” and “dude” part of every conversation. My oldest flushed all four of the shelled friends down the toilet to send them home one time. Dude, the plumber saved them.

Many of the 20-somethings and moms and dads will also remember the dreaded Furby. My sister gave my daughter, Kelly, a Furby when she was a tween. The critter was promptly buried in the closet and made enough noise to scare us all. Kelly removed the battery and said it was the only time that beast spoke English telling her that she was killing it. I swear it is still hidden in a box somewhere.

The $10 Rubik’s cube never goes out of style. You can even buy replacement parts from 1980 creator Hasbro. I never mastered this, and neither did my kids. But it’s a puzzle lovers 3-D dream.

Other items Jennie listed were favorites — some more mine than any of the kids. The Thomas the Tank Engine & Friends toys and books were great entertainment. Several versions exist, but the PBS Shining Time Station episodes with narrator George Carlin as the conductor were my favorites. And Ringo Starr, also made an appearance.

I’m always happy to see Legos on the list of popular toys. These aren’t just toys — they teach engineering skills, and I know we still have Legos — and permanent indentations in our feet from stepping on them.

Everyone at our house is too old to play with any of this stuff, but I may pull these retro relics out just for fun for the holidays. 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.

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