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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 ‘winter’
Posted: January 29th, 2014

ice boatingsnow wheels

Ice boating and snow rollers are among the scenic things our region’s folks see this time of year. Wind has to be perfect for ice boating. At left is a photo from the Presque Isle State Park Facebook page – by Brian Berchtold.  The photo got 108 shares. Way to go, Brian!

Here’s a story we did in Lake Erie LifeStyle in 2008 about the incredible sport that had plenty of folks out over the weekend.

Pictures of “snow rollers” are flooding Facebook and making the rounds.  WPXI’s  Severe Weather Team 11 meteorologist Scott Harbaugh explained that snow rollers make snow wheels when the wind rolls its own snowballs.  The photos at left are from WPXI. Check out Scott’s Twitter feed @WPXIScott.

Apparently conditions have to be perfect to create these clever natural phenoms.

It might be cold, but Mother Nature never disappoints wrapped in her beautiful blanket of snow.

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 21st, 2013

snowshoesSnowshoeing is something you can do with the family — well snowboarding is too, but it’s not for everyone.

Snowshoeing, on the other hand, is on the rise. Ryan Alford of Snowshoe Magazine says it might helps folks avoid Seasonal Affective Disorder -read that here. He quoted research from the Outdoor Industry Association and SnowSports Industries America that the sport is on the rise, and it is in our family. My sister, two BILs and an SIL are all avid snowshoe fans.

Around my house, snowboarding was never all that popular. We still have a few boards in the attic, and many winters have come and gone with no one asking to rescue them. My daughter’s boyfriend, however, is a master at Blue Knob near Altoona, Pa.

My son’s girlfriend in Virginia Beach. She wants to see these snowshoes becasue she never really sees much snow. I’m going to give snowshoes a try this week with my buddy Grace Perhacs. I won’t have any great tips for you until after our adventure.

In the meantime, if you need some tips for where to enjoy snowshoe fun, Asbury Woods has it. Please call (814) 835-5356 for details. You can rents snowshoes there.

At Presque Isle, Shelter 1 near the Waterworks Ponds offers cross country skis and snowshoes for rent from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekends. Call 814-833-7424 for more info.

You can also check out some of the ski resorts for info on snowshoeing. And Cleveland MetroParks has loads of family entertainment including snowshoeing.

Here’s info from Dana Massing’s blog Cheap in Erie on free snowshoe walks at Erie Bluffs and Pymatuning.


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: December 27th, 2012

If someone you love is stuck due to a storm, scroll to the bottom of this blog for contact info copied from GoErie.com.

My son is stranded in Pittsburgh. It took him five hours to get there yesterday on his Erie to Virginia trek. Fortunately, he made it to a friend’s house before blinding blizzard fatigue set in.

My boss had numerous flights cancelled, but she did make it to Florida — just not her destination.

This all brings back memories of the storms from 1978 to 1980. My mother got her wish one year with all of us getting home for Christmas. And then we were stuck inside the house, a little house, with my sister, brother, me and all our spouses. And my sister’s kids. Mom said she loved us all, but she couldn’t wait for us to leave. I think she wanted my dad to buy a plow. Instead, he bought snow fence. And it never did any good, but my family installed it religiously for years — criss-crossing the front lawn with it at every imaginable angle. No matter where that snow fence was placed, the snow drifted into the driveway.  It did add color to a white wonderland.

Here are some numbers that come in handy:

Pennsylvania — 5-1-1 for weather and road conditions and (888) 783-6783 in state; (717) 783-5186 out of state.

New York — (518) 457-6195 or (800) 847-8829.

Ohio (888) 264-7623 or from outside the state, call (614) 644-7031.

Erie International Airport, visit flightaware.com/live/airport/KERI

And here’s a link to some emergency numbers from the story on GoErie.com.

Pam Parker is the editor of Lake Erie LifeStyleHer 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: February 26th, 2012

If you’re looking for ways to get back to nature, we have a lot of them in this month’s issue of Lake Erie LifeStyle. If you don’t have a home-delivered copy of the Sunday TImes-News, you can catch up on nature’s way right here. Meteorologist Rob Wilson installed solar panels and so did a host of other people.

We have stories on where to find farm-fresh, local eggs, milk and much more. Our writers introduce you to some amazing people and businesses who have gotten back to nature in a big way. I am going to change my shopping habits and a lot of other things after reading this issue. It’s only natural.

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Posted: January 14th, 2012

Welcome to real estate blanketed in snow. It’s kind of pretty, isn’t it? And you know if a house looks good in the snow, it looks great with green grass.

Since we can’t do much to home exterior right now, this week’s House to Home offers some cool interior decorating ideas that add a splash of metallic to any room. It really dresses up the space, and it doesn’t take much. An accent here or there does it, and all of our local shops have something that will spruce up your home.

We also have some great ideas on makeovers. The before and after shots of the master suite makeover are really impressive. You can read it here. There are times that I’m not a fan of those, but this one really takes an ordinary room from blah to ahh!

I’m an antique lover, and the antique rolling pin story and cookie jar story mesmerized me. I almost got into buying cookie jars years ago, but I have some of my mom’s and regardless of what they are worth, they are treasures to me.

Thanks to Toby Froehlich and Joe Herbert for updates on the local real estate market. Good news out there in sale prices. Erie homes have held their value and increased unlike some markets. One thing is for sure, as Toby pointed out, we need more inventory. If you’re holding off putting your house on the market because the weather is iffy, no one can blame you. But if you want to get some house hunters like me out to see it, put it up now because there aren’t many houses out there that I haven’t seen already.

Enjoy the weekend and see you at the open houses.

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Posted: January 11th, 2012

I am a big fan of CND and Gelish nails. CND stands for Creative Nail Designs, a company that created a nail craze with a shellac manicure that lasts 14 days – no chips no smears. I’ve gotten up to three weeks out of these manicures. I’ve been a pretty regular customer in regional salons for more than a year now. And I like the pedicures, too. CND uses a UV light to cure and dry the layers of base coat, polish and top coat while Gelish uses non-UV lamps. Both give you manicures that remain shiny for the full 14 days.

When I first got a CND manicure more than a year ago, they were hard to come by because the service was so popular. At one point,  even the few salons that offered it in the region had a hard time getting the polishes.

What a difference a year makes. Now you can give yourself a CND shellac manicure at home for the cost of the nail dryer and polishes. My daughter bought me the dryer, and got an incredible deal on it through Amazon. I have raised a shopper in that girl. She also got a deal on the polishes. Now, this stuff is not cheap. The dryer’s retail price is more than $100, but with sales and coupons, they are available for much less..

I’m not really good at manicures, but I will master this. I’ll still visit my friends in the nail salons because I love chatting it up with nail technicians who do some artsy things mere mortals like me will never accomplish. I’ve been to Charisma, Ambridge Rose, Horizon and Lena’s. They can sparkle your nails, marble them and add beauty that require skill I will never have.

For my daughter and me, getting manicures and pedicures together is a nice bonding experience. We will save some money and time doing our nails at home the next time she is in town. Or, we may have to meet in Grove City and hang out someplace that we can plug in. At any rate, the cost of the dryer pays for itself within the first few months because the cheapest manicure I ever got was between $25 and $30.

This has some other potential as a party invitation. My daughter and friends have some pretty awesome spa parties where they do facials and nails. Mud and shellac, here we come.



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Posted: January 9th, 2012


If your kids need to know that Erie gals do make it big, look no further than Notre Dame’s womens basketball team. Kayla McBride, daughter of LuAnn and Lamont McBride, earned every honor imaginable in Erie Pa., at Villa Maria Academy. Now, she’s getting Erie mentioned every time she takes the court for Notre Dame.

There’s more. Notre Dame associate director of operations and technology Angie Potthoff is also an Erie native. She was a star player at Mercyhurst Prep when the team won its first state title in 1991.

I watched ND beat UConn in a come-from-behind win in overtime, and Kayla had some clutch plays in that game. With womens hoops getting more national TV coverage, we can all watch Kayla and hear Erie, Pa., announced as her hometown. Thanks, Kayla. Oh, and don’t forget, Kayla’s sister, Karlee, plays for Villa now.

ND plays Georgetown Tuesday on CBS Sports Network at 7 p.m., and you can see all the games live on the ND site at www.UND.com


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Posted: December 30th, 2011

Let’s face it — the biggest fashion news of 2011 had to be William and Kate’s wedding and everything that woman has worn since then. TV programs and websites profess that she’s bought a few dresses for $100 to $200. Those dresses sold out in minutes. What’s not to love about that for retailers? Her fave stores are listed here.

I don’t have anything Kate wears for you today, but I do have some free stuff! Fix my skin healing balm is one of those things that’s great for chapped lips, cuticles and cracked, dry skin almost anywhere.

I tried it on my hands. My kids tried it on chapped lips, and it works. It comes in vanilla and fragrance-free varieties. We tried the one with 1 percent hydrocortisone in it, but they also sell a hydrocortisone-free variety. I have a set of vanilla to giveaway, valued at $25 to $30. It includes a .25 oz. tub of healing balm, a .15 oz. chapstick sized healing balm stick and a .5 oz. balm stick. This is hydro-cortisone variety and it does have a vanilla fragrance. E-mail me at pam.parker@timesnews.com and I’ll enter your name in a drawing for this stuff. Read about it at http://fixmyskin.com/

We have some pretty cool stuff coming up next week and in this week’s edition of Her Times, which will be in the Sunday Times-News Jan. 1, 2012! Happy New Year!


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Posted: December 29th, 2011

My son will be moving to Florida this weekend, and I am a basket case. I am happy for him and so proud, but I am deep into worry that only a mom or dad can experience.

I worry about him driving there — the roads, the weather. I worry about palmetto bugs. I worry about  hurricanes. I worry about being worried.

In all my worry, I  wonder what happened to that little boy I cuddled and how 25 years has passed since his birth. Now, this accomplished young man is on his way to a new experience in a great climate. He is so excited.

I’m excited for him. Now, if I can just stop being teary-eyed every time I think about it.

I should be getting used to these kids packing up and heading out on their own. One stepson moved to Pittsburgh during the summer, and my daughter has lived in Pittsburgh for nearly six years. When she was home for Christmas, she reminded me how emotional it was to leave each and every time when she first moved there. Now it’s not quite so bad. I do still have bursts of waterworks, though, when I walk upstairs and see empty bedrooms that used to be filled with kids.

It’s about 21 degrees as I write this. It will hit the high 70s and be sunny when my son unpacks in Florida this weekend. Well, I won’t have to worry about him being cold.

I can talk myself out of this worry, can’t I? I think hurricane season is over. He has GPS on his phone. I don’t know anything about palmetto bugs. Oh my gosh, I forgot about alligators! Something new to worry about!

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Posted: December 27th, 2011

I got a laptop. Got my hubby a nook. I love mine. He’d rather have a book. But, we are slowly leaving the dinosaur era. It is good and bad. It all started with the digital TV that can Google. It gets a snotty update screen on it and I want to scream. The first time it happened, I couldn’t get rid of it. Now, I just turn the TV off and turn it back on. I do it everyday.

What no one tells you — these TVs love to update. Think power outage. When they do update (while you are sleeping, the sneaky little monsters), you have to redo the date and reset your sound bar if you have one. My son caught me cursing at it at 6 a.m. “All I want is to turn on the TV — not the DVD, not the Google, not the shopping thing — just the TV.”

I know how to work a laptop. Sort of. I’m typing on my new one now with the aid of the wireless mouse my son got me. I’m not giving up all dino tools just yet! I see I can watch TV on here. Hmm. That Google monster in the family room better watch out.

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