Good Vacation News


Blogging Family,

Remember how I was moaning and groaning over the extremely high Con Edison bill and thought I was not going to be able to go away end of Feb/March 2017. Well I was wrong! I received this great email message a few days ago.

Hello, Deborah.
Thanks so much for your note and glad to hear of your interest and plans.
MetroNorth from Grand Central or 125th Street is the way to come — and it ends in New Haven at Union Station here. Beinecke Library is downtown in the heart of the Yale campus, an easy taxi/Uber from the station (and a nice enough walk if the weather is decent).
Our hours and other information are here:
The Yale University Art Gallery, among other venues on campus, are also worth checking out on a visit. Yale’s art museums, like Beinecke’s exhibitions, are free and open to the public. The Yale Calendar of Events — — and Yale Arts Calendar — — are great resources.


P.S. ~~ All that overtime I do helped me pay my half of the bill. My room-mate and I split the electric bill. Hard work does pay off and working on Holidays is a good thing! Mo’ Money! Mo’ Money! Mo’ Money!

So Yes I will be going to see the Yale Harlem Renaissance special exhibit for my birthday!! Hooray!!  Maybe not right on Feb. 27th which will be my BornDay Celebration but I plan to take that week off on vacation anyway. My only consideration will be the weather as Snowstorms put an end to train travel. But with God’s Blessings and Divine Favor it will NOT Snow and the temps will rise to the 40s at least for my vacation week!

On the subject of Vacation Big Ups to both my Supervisors who are excellent young Ladies! They are a Blessing to work with. We work well together. They have a sense of humor and are Flexible! I know I’ve said this before but I cannot repeat it enough, I’m so Glad and Happy I moved to the Evening/Night Shift!!  The rest of my co-workers on both the evening and night shifts are Super Nice. We have each others back and support each other. My work environment is the best its been in 8 years. This is my 9th year at the museum and I’m so Blessed to be with a community of people who are fun to be with.

As for Saratoga, well I did go there with my Dad many years ago and I thoroughly enjoyed our trip. My Dad Edward G. Palmer was a true Blessing for me and my brother Stephen as he took us many places and exposed us to locations outside New York City.

When I was in the military Daddy had more Father/Son bonding time. Daddy and Stephen went on an Alaskan cruise!  I’m sure they had fun. Stephen was very close to Daddy and even though he can’t really tell me what they did I’m sure Stephen has fond memories of the Cruise.

The moral of the Story is that and always is God answers prayer. Maybe not in the way we want or on our time line but the Lord always comes through. For that I am Grateful.

As the Mothers of the Church used to say, God will make a way out of no way! Say Amen Somebody!!

1 Chronicles 4:10
New King James Version (NKJV)

10 And Jabez called on the God of Israel saying, “Oh, that You would bless me indeed, and enlarge my territory, that Your hand would be with me, and that You would keep me from evil, that I may not cause pain!” So God granted him what he requested.

Jeremiah 29:11 New King James Version (NKJV)

11 For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.



Saratoga Dreaming……..


Saratoga Dreaming….  On such a Winter’s Day!!

Okay. Apologies to the Mamas & the Papas!

I can easily get the time off now that I work evenings. The evening shift offers much more flexibility.  Saving for the Greyhound Bus or Amtrak is doable. The only sticking point is finding a clean, safe, inexpensive hotel. Guess I’ll have to start using my AARP card for travel!

Vacation Travel Dream Goals for 2017

Saratoga Springs


Harlem Renaissance Exhibit at Yale

I’m sure that I can make it to this special exhibit because it’s a One Day Trip so I won’t need a place to stay overnight. A friend knows my Love of Photography and especially the Harlem Renaissance.  I often think of what it would be like to be transported back to Harlem in the 1920s rubbing elbows with Langston Hughes, Zora Neale Hurston, James Van Der Zee, James Weldon Johnso.

Lift Every Voice and Sing with Lyrics also known as the Negro National Anthem

The Smithsonian
National Museum of African American History & Culture

I have been to Washington, DC several times and had the opportunity to see some of the various Smithsonian museums but there are so many you can never see them all in just one visit. Obviously I have a special interest in African American History and Culture so later on when the demand dies down I will go visit. Right now the demand is so high that even though the All the Smithsonian museums are Free they must issue tickets for this one to control the crowds.

Civil War

Several years ago when I went to Washington, DC with a cousin we visited a Civil War Museum dedicated to African American troops. It was not far from a Monument to Colored Soldiers. Many of you have heard me speak about my Great, Great Grandfather William Henry Halstead who served with the Connecticut 29th Colored Regiment.

During that time I was able to locate my Great, great Grandfather’s name inscribed into the monument. A momentous occasion and somewhat emotional.



I also plan to go to Sleepy Hollow to visit his grave. Hopefully this year 2017.

William Henry Halstead Headstone ~ Sleepy Hollow


I visited San Diego, California and Disneyland many years ago! Enjoyed it immensely! Now here is the Song!!

The Mamas & the Papas – California Dreamin’