Tyler’s 5th Birthday

 Birthday Boy

We celebrated Tyler’s fifth birthday today by renting out the local gymnastics hall. This was the first time we had a big party for him and he was thrilled to have so much attention. It was also great to see how excited his friends were to see him. Nothing like ice cream and padded walls to get your Sunday morning started with a jolt! More photos posted here.

Living in New England

Something about living in the Northeast, turns your blood thicker or something. Driving around it seemed so warm, I rolled the window down and enjoyed the fresh air. Turned the radio up, some fast picking Bluegrass, I could smell Spring in the air. The sun was setting, the sky looked glorious, then the DJ came on and said that it was in the 40’s – brrr, roll the window back up!

Tyler’s alternative views

Tyler’s alternative views on the world are a never ending source of wonder. This morning, when I asked if he had any dreams the night before, he said that he had his pillow on the wrong side. Pressing him for details he said that his pillow has a dream side and a no-dream side – ah yes, of course.

He also is clever with some of the words he invents. My favorite is still the sprinkler that he calls an, “upside down waterfall” but another good one is “prickles” which he coined while hiking through the woods.

It’s still not over

Just when I thought we were past this most recent storm. . .

Wet snow will overspread the area from the southwest by late evening. It will mix with or start as rain at the onset in southeastern Pennsylvania and central New Jersey. The snow will become heavy at times, mainly between the hours of midnight and 4 am Friday. Snowfall rates of an inch or two per hour are very possible during this time. A rumble or two of thunder cannot be ruled out during the heavier snow.

Total snow accumulations will range as follows, 4 to as much as 7 inches north of Interstate 80, with 5 to 8 inches south of Interstate 80 to a Wilmington Delaware to Barnegat Inlet New Jersey line, including the Philadelphia metropolitan area. Just south of the Wilmington to Barnegat Inlet line, 6 inches is expected then quickly ranging down to 2 inches in the southern portions of Cecil County Maryland and New Castle County Delaware.

– weatherunderground.com

Pennington is South of Interstate 80. . . I can’t wait for Spring!

Rummy Blustered

Rummy Blustered on Face the Nation

SCHIEFFER: Well, let me just ask you this. If they did not have these weapons of mass destruction, though, granted all of that is true, why then did they pose an immediate threat to us, to this country?

Sec. RUMSFELD: Well, you’re the–you and a few other critics are the only people I’ve heard use the phrase “immediate threat.” I didn’t. The president didn’t. And it’s become kind of folklore that that’s–that’s what’s happened. The president went…

SCHIEFFER: You’re saying that nobody in the administration said that.

Sec. RUMSFELD: I–I can’t speak for nobody–everybody in the administration and say nobody said that.

SCHIEFFER: Vice president didn’t say that? The…

Sec. RUMSFELD: Not–if–if you have any citations, I’d like to see ’em.

Mr. FRIEDMAN: We have one here. It says “some have argued that the nu”–this is you speaking–“that the nuclear threat from Iraq is not imminent, that Saddam is at least five to seven years away from having nuclear weapons. I would not be so certain.”

Sec. RUMSFELD: And–and…

Mr. FRIEDMAN: It was close to imminent.

Sec. RUMSFELD: Well, I’ve–I’ve tried to be precise, and I’ve tried to be accurate. I’m s–

Mr. FRIEDMAN: “No terrorist state poses a greater or more immediate threat to the security of our people and the stability of the world and the regime of Saddam Hussein in Iraq.”

Sec. RUMSFELD: Mm-hmm. It–my view of–of the situation was that he–he had–we–we believe, the best intelligence that we had and other countries had and that–that we believed and we still do not know–we will know.

Thanks to Stephen Berlin Johnson and the Center for American Progress

Mr. Broemel visits his old house

Mr. Broemel

Last Fall we had a visit from an old man and his daughter. The daughter told us that her father grew up in our house and while paying a visit to Pennington (they now live in New Mexico) for his high school reunion, he wanted to stop by and see the old house. Norman Broemel was the first person to live in our house right after it was built in the 20’s and if the name sounds familiar to Pennington residents, I would hazard a guess that Broemel Place was named after ol’ Norman and his brother who both went off to war in the 40’s. Norman served and earned a Purple Heart in Burma (and if you look closely, you can see that he lost an arm), his brother was shot down in Panama.Here’s a photo they took of Mr. Broemel with all of us on the stairs that his daughter sent to us just last month. It’s fun to live in a house with history.