Treska Trivia - A Slice of Life
Treska
(brimming with excitement)
This is her first visit alone.
Treska
(brimming with excitement)
This is her first visit alone.
 
Treska and Grandpa 
Grandpa, I missed you!
Treska and Grandpa
Grandpa, I missed you!
 
Treska and Grandpa
Catching up on old times.
Treska and Grandpa
Catching up on old times.
Treska with her own computer
Treska with her own computer
(right next to Grandpa's)
her connection to home
"Just ONE more email, pleeeeaaassseeee!"
 
Visiting Granny and Grandpa is so much fun. It's a trip! Actually it was a trip from New Mexico to New Jersey.

Treska boarded a plane in Denver, Colorado for a four and a half hour flight. Of course, it was delayed both on the ground and in the air, so it took a lot longer. When she finally arrived at Newark Liberty Airport I met her at the gate. I couldn't believe she was here and I was going to have her visit "all by herself" for two weeks. YEAH!!!! Her mom and dad and sister, Kaya, would come later.
 
Life away from home is soooooooo different. Besides going to the swimming pool and New York City, we just hang around doing . . . well, ordinary, normal things.

DAILY DOINGS

 

GOING to the CHIROPRACTOR

 
Treska & Grandpa 
hanging out in the 
Chiropractor's Office
Treska & Grandpa
hanging out in the
Chiropractor's Office
 
Dr. Lou Schimmel 
is working on Grandpa.
Looks like it hurts, but 
Grandpa says th
Dr. Lou Schimmel
is working on Grandpa.
Looks like it hurts, but
Grandpa says that it doesn't.
It helps him to stand up better
so he can learn to walk again.
 
David has to go to the chiropractor three times a week and so Treska and I go with him. We go to The Chiropractic Center at Styertown. Dr. Lou Schimmel is his chiropractor. He cracks his back and stretches him. He is really adjusting his spine to help him stand up straighter and to help with his balance. We think it's helping him too!
 

HANGING in DUMONT

 
Treska at the Dumont Library
She loves to read, read, read.
Treska at the Dumont Library
She loves to read, read, read.
 
Treska at Giovanni's Pizza Shop
waiting and reading
I told you she loved to read.
Treska at Giovanni's Pizza Shop
waiting and reading
I told you she loved to read.
Giovanni's has the best pizza. YUM!
Treska reading outside 
the hairdressers.
Treska reading outside
the hairdressers.
 

 

RIDING the SUBWAY and a PEEK into CHINATOWN

 
Treska in Chinatown
at Canal Street
Subway Station
Treska in Chinatown
at Canal Street
Subway Station
 
Treska
going Uptown
Treska
going Uptown
 
Treska 
Riding the
Treska
Riding the "A" Train
 
We only had a half hour, so Treska and I jumped off of the train and dashed around Canal Street -- in and out of all the little store-fronts. A half hour is just enough time to find matching rings . . . a good reminder of all of our wonderful memories of the weeks she spent with me and her grandfather in NJ/NY.
 

OFF to the DAIRY QUEEN

 
Treska eating ice cream
Treska eating ice cream
-- way too much ice cream --
delicious Oreo Mint Blizzard
Yum! Yum!
It was good!
All the way to the very last drop.
 
Then she started to twirl 
as 
the sugar swirled through
Then she started to twirl
as
the sugar swirled through
 
I'm not twirling! 
This is
I'm not twirling!
This is "perfectly" normal.
Slow Down
Slow Down
Yikes! I'm going too fast.
Time for a break.
Don't worry -- I'll be back.
 
How do you like this
How do you like this "DO"?
See what wonderful,
delicious,
wild,
crazy,
ice cream can do?
I suggest you try it too.
:)
 
Maybe we'll get some ice cream
Maybe we'll get some ice cream
again
tomorrow night?
"Ya think"?
 
 

MAKING DINNER

 
Put all the ingredients in.
Stir it up!
Put all the ingredients in.
Stir it up!
 
THIS is going to be GOOD!
THIS is going to be GOOD!
Mmmmmm . . . 
Smells Good!
Mmmmmm . . .
Smells Good!
 
Almost done.
Can't wait.
Almost done.
Can't wait.
 
Now this is what I 
call a good dinner.
Now this is what I
call a good dinner.
 
MAKING DINNER


"I can cook. I really can," said Treska as we walked through the grocery store. "Can I? Can I?" Then she started to list all the ingredients she needed to make Breakfast Burritos . . . potatoes, eggs, onions, tomatoes and lettuce . . . and don't forget cheese and tortillas and sour cream, AND salsa. We tossed all the ingredients into our cart. We had a date in the kitchen the next afternoon. We were going to have Breakfast Burritos for dinner. Sounded like a good plan to me.

She pulled out the skillet and all the ingredients, threw the potatoes into the food processor . . . next went the onions . . . then the cheese. Shred them all. Crack and stir the eggs. Dice the tomatoes and toss them into the egg mixture. Fry up the potatoes into hash browns and fry the eggs. Don
 
Welcome to the Zoo!
Welcome to the Zoo!
 

We're going to the ZOO! ZOO! ZOO!


 
Hop In. Here we go. 
From the plains to the rainforest, 
to the jungles and back.
Hop In. Here we go.
From the plains to the rainforest,
to the jungles and back.
 
And that's exactly what we did. We went to the Erie Zoo and here are the pictures to prove it.
 
A Harris Hawk
A Harris Hawk
 
Vulture
Vulture
OWLS
All kinds of owls
OWLS
All kinds of owls
 
A little Barn Owl
So cute and cuddly
A little Barn Owl
So cute and cuddly
 
 
Meet Giraffe!
Meet Giraffe!
 
Nice Little Kitty!
Nice Little Kitty!
 
How do you like my
How do you like my
Serbian Tiger?
Parrots and Toucans 
Too Cute!
Parrots and Toucans
Too Cute!
 
How Tall Am I!
How Tall Am I!
My Sister, Kaya, 
on a Serbian Tiger
My Sister, Kaya,
on a Zebra
 
 
HELP!!!!!!
HELP!!!!!!
It's an elephant!
It's a tiger!
It's a Siberian Tiger!
Is that MY Siberian Tiger?
 
A man - his dog -
A man
his dog
a
wondering
little
girl
Oh the thoughts you can think!
The thoughts you can can share!
 
Treska here at the Erie Zoo
Treska here at the Erie Zoo
with Channel ZERO-24 News.
Behind me you can see
my friend, the polar bear.
Did you know that polar bears
live on the shores of the
ARCTIC OCEAN?
Maybe this one is a wee bit confused.
The Erie Zoo is on the shores of
Lake Erie.
Hmmmm!
This critter is so gentle.
 
 
Color the World
One Animal at a Time.
Color the World
One Animal at a Time.
 
It's a children's ADVENTURE
It's a children's ADVENTURE
 
 

PIEROGHI-MAKING TIME with GREAT NANA

 
Making PIEROGHIS with Great-Nana is so much fun.
Making PIEROGHIS with Great-Nana is so much fun.
We mix the dough. Roll it out. Fill with cabbage, lekvar,
(that's prune jelly) cottage cheese, or apricot jelly.
Next pinch the edges together and set on a dry cloth.
Then boil the pieroghis, fry in some butter and eat!
YUM!!!!
That's my sister, Kaya, and my Grand-Aunt Judy with me.
 
Roll, roll, roll the dough!
Roll, roll, roll the dough!
Shake that rolling pin.
Shake that rolling pin.
 
Look at these pieroghis.
Look at these pieroghis.
Don't they look great?
Treska with her Great Nana
Treska with her Great Nana
and her sister, Kaya.
Relaxing after a great meal.
 
 

CHINATOWN REVISITED

 
Dragon Land Bakery
Dragon Land Bakery
They had so many rolls and doughnuts.
They
ALL
looked
good.

Some were better than others.
 
These are Chinese ornaments with red tassles. They can be hung in your home or in you
These are Chinese ornaments with red tassles. They can be hung in your home or in your car.
People think that it brings good 'chi'. I think that means good luck or good health. Anyway I hope I get a LOT of good luck and good health by standing in front of them.
Some of the ornaments have boats on them or dragons. Some have lanterns and some have fish.
 
Look at these great purses.
I bought 15 of them for all 
of my friends back home.
Look at these great purses.
I bought 15 of them for all
of my friends back home.
I hope they like them. It took me a LONG
time to pick them out. I wanted a different
one for each of my friends.
 We had lunch at the Tasty Dumpling. 
Vegetable Dim Sum with lots of soy sauce. 
AN
We had lunch at the Tasty Dumpling.
Vegetable Dim Sum with lots of soy sauce.
AND
Hot Sesame Noodles
I never used chopsticks before.
That was really tricky -- especially
eating the noodles.
 
I couldn't resist hanging on the 
monkey bars at Columbus Park.
I couldn't resist hanging on the
monkey bars at Columbus Park.
 
We spent another day in Chinatown - a very interesting place. We rode the subway from 168th and Broadway and got off on Canal Street again. We popped into the first jewelry store. They had rings and earrings and necklaces and bracelets. I wanted them all!

Then we went to the Dragon Land Bakery. There were rows and rows of sweat treats. It was so hard to choose. I finally chose a cheese roll.

We poked around in just about every shop on Canal Street and on Mulberry Street and on Doyers Street and Mott Street. The shops were so colorful. They had hand-embroidered hand bags, and Chinese blouses and slippers in every color. They had hairclips and scarves. It was a delight for your eyes.

I wanted to bring my friends souvenirs from Chinatown. It was the perfect place to find something, but I wanted it to be something special. So, I searched and searched until I found perfect little purses. I had to find fifteen different ones for all the girls in my class.

That was HARD work, so we went to find some tasty dumplings at TASTY DUMPLING, of course. Eating those noodles was messy -- noodles dripping down my chin, vegetable dumplings falling off of my chop sticks. SPLAT splashing soy sauce!

Then it was off to the playyard to slip down the slide and hang from the monkey bars.




 

MEET MY NEW FRIEND, MATTHEW

 
Life is good!
Except when it isn't.
It's good now!
 
This is my friend, Matthew.
This is my friend, Matthew.
 
Treska and Matt met at the pool
Treska and Matt met at the pool
only two days after she arrived.
They have been great friends ever since.
 
One of the fun things about going to new places is meeting new friends.
 

It's a GIRLY-GIRL DAY at the Nail Shop

 
Treska feeling so grown up as she gets a manicure from Kevin.
A French manicure - no
Treska feeling so grown up as she gets a manicure from Kevin.
A French manicure - no less.
 
This is so cool.
This is so cool.
 
How do you like my new nails?
How do you like my new nails?
 
Off to the manicurist. But not just any manicure for Treska, she wanted a French manicure.
 

HOP ON to the STATEN ISLAND FERRY

 
This is the Staten Island Ferry. 
The Staten Island Ferry is just about the 
only t
This is the Staten Island Ferry.
The Staten Island Ferry is just about the
only thing in life that is FREE.
I know! I KNOW! I could hardly believe it, too!
A few years ago it cost 50
 

This is a work in progress.
Treska visited us for two weeks and we did photo shoots everywhere.
You can expect to see a lot more here soon, but I wanted to open up the page before she went home.



So come back soon! Come back often!



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