Corning, New York #MondayRecommends and #NailArt

Back from vacation! Sara and I had a blast. We (meaning she) drove up in two days; I’ll show you pictures from where we stopped for the night another day. Our destination was Corning, New York, where my mother lived and worked for maybe fifteen years.

We had forgotten how clear the air is there, and how comparatively dry (of course, compared to the Ohio River Valley, the bottom of the Marianas Trench is comparatively dry).

ANYWAY, we reveled in the beauty of the hills with the sky so low the clouds shook hands with the trees. We found the apartment building where Mom and Grandma and Grandpa lived when they were up here. We found the little park where the kids used to play, and Sara recognized the house beside which, in walking to the park, her dad finally taught her to whistle. Puff the Magic Dragon, it was. If we had done nothing else on our trip, those things were totally worth it.

I think you’d like Corning. Here are some of the things we saw, none of which would be in a guide book.

This bridge.

This other bridge.

The view from this bridge.

This view.

My girl on the swing she used to swing on when she was wee.

These rails.

And this flight o’ beers at Carey’s.

We chose local brews. I got a s’mores porter, a fruity winter ale, a dark English ale, and an oatmeal stout. I liked the s’mores best, but I was surprised that the sour fruity ale came in a close second, since those aren’t things I normally like in a beer.

My nails this week are fallish.

The dark base color is MoYou London’s Mesa Sunrise. The light base color is Po-arazzi’s Beachside Beauty. I picked up the outlines with Maniology’s Annato Clay, and painted the outlined stuff with Pop-arazzi’s Harvest Moon, Twinkled T’s something-orange-I-don’t-know-the-name-of, Born Pretty’s something-else-orange-I-don’t-know-the-name-of, and Maniology’s Garden Gnome. I stamped the “Read More” and “Books and Coffee” with the Twinkled T. The plate was Maniology’s MXM042.

A WRITING PROMPT FROM ME TO YOU: A nostalgic trip in the fall. (Autumn, for non-USAians)



I was born in Louisville, Kentucky, but now live in the woods in southern Indiana. Though I only write fiction, I love to read non-fiction. The more I learn about this world, the more fantastic I see it is.

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One thought on “Corning, New York #MondayRecommends and #NailArt

  1. Dan Antion

    October 3, 2022 at 7:13am

    Your sights are the things I’d love to see in a guide book. I’m glad you guys had a great time. Cool nails, and I think I’d enjoy a flight o’ beers.

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      Marian Allen

      October 3, 2022 at 8:52am

      They call them “paddles” of beers at Carey’s, since they serve them on paddles, but she knew the term “flight”, too. The second time we went in, Sara wanted me to try Old Rasputin on tap; she said it was worlds better than bottled, but they were out. I think we had another s’mores instead.

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      Marian Allen

      October 5, 2022 at 7:57am

      The Steuben/Carder Glass museum was our first stop the second day. We spent most of the morning just in that section. We have rings made out of Carder glass and OF COURSE we wore them that day! πŸ™‚

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  2. Damyanti Biswas

    October 4, 2022 at 9:17am

    Pumpkin spice nail art πŸ˜€

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  3. Alicia Butcher Ehrhardt

    October 4, 2022 at 1:01pm

    Glad so many of the places that were in your memories were still there.

    There is a corner in Mexico City I will never voluntarily go by: the house my Papa Memo built, and which my mother grew up in – and we went to dinner at almost every Sunday after we moved to Mexico in 1957 – was sold by my mother and her two sisters, and the buyer built a luxury many-stories apartment building on the prime building location, and if I see THAT, it will certainly mess with my memories – so I will avoid that corner in Colonia del Valle to protect those memories: my grandparents had set up an 8-hole golf course in their extensive yard (each hole had two starting places, going and coming), and printed up a little mini-golf card. I had my first hole-in-one there, when my grandmother stood behind me, placed my hands correctly on the club, then stepped back and said, “Try it.” And in it went!

    It was our tradition: after Sunday dinner (at 1-2pm), and people sitting around for a while, someone would drag everyone out to play golf. We used putters, and had friendly rivalries, and it was always fun for watchers and participants.

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      Marian Allen

      October 5, 2022 at 7:59am

      What wonderful memories! I think you’re absolutely right to keep them pristine. <3

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  4. Alana Mautone (@RamblinGarden)

    October 4, 2022 at 5:35pm

    Corning’s about 1 1/2 hours from where I live. I was there last in October 2019 and did some of the sights, including the Glass Farmers Market at the Corning Museum of Glass. I’m glad your memories were happy ones, and were still there. Not sure of the time frame you or your Mom were there but Hurricane Agnes did a nasty job on the city back in 1972. Alana ramblinwitham

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      Marian Allen

      October 5, 2022 at 8:03am

      Mom and my grandparents moved there in 1976. A lot of the buildings still have installations or un-refinished patches to demonstrate the high water mark. It’s astounding!

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  5. joey

    October 5, 2022 at 10:41pm

    Pretty! Don’t know that I’d ever heard of it. Wish they sold those skies! πŸ™‚

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  6. Debbie D.

    October 13, 2022 at 11:50am

    Our third and last trip to Corning was in the 1980s. It’s a charming town and I especially love the Museum of Glass. Thanks for sharing your lovely photos!

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      Marian Allen

      October 13, 2022 at 2:08pm

      I love Corning so much! Last night, Sara said, “Let’s go again!” I doubt we will, though; there are so many places we want to visit before I’m too old.

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      • Debbie D.

        October 13, 2022 at 2:12pm

        I know the feeling! So many places, so little time. Happy trails!

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