Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Reyers Shoe Store

This gem of a footwear emporium is located just a chip shot across the Ohio/Pennsylvania border from Youngstown in Sharon, PA.

It can be a salvation for those of us with feet that are something other than medium or wide in size.  Manufacturers and retailers, especially the box store variety, have learned there are less of us with narrow or unusual sized feet and, consequently, we are not as profitable.

In my specific case it was growing hard to find desirable shoes in my 11 B (narrow) foot size.

Colman, my salesman over there that day knew my tale of woe very well.  "Yup, the typical retailer will be happy to sell you a medium size shoe and simply tell you to wear heavier socks when you complain that his shoe slides around on your heel."

"What's sad is people buy that line, thinking they have no choice," he continued.

Well, if you have experienced this problem your solution might just be a modest two hour or so car ride away.

Their store at 36,000 square feet holds inventories from the industry's best name brands.  They are proud of their ability to provide hard to find sizes, styles and colors unavailable any where else.

This year marks the company's 130th year in business, the model of which they describe succinctly as "Sit and Fit."

Take a peek at their lively web page Click! for what could be the solution to your footwear needs.

I'm thrilled I found this place, believe me.

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Photo note:  The above image was done with the panorama feature on my cell phone's camera.  The walls on the sides of the picture actually are at right angles to each other but the effect of the digitally "stitched" photo does a striking job in showing the immensity of their sales floor.

We were in the Sharon area for a recent wedding in Sue's family and she--with a similar shoe fitting problem--told me about this amazing store.

If you dislike the mayhem of driving on the interstate highway system as I do, take a peek at going East out of Mansfield on US 30 to East Canton then north on SR 44 to US 62 which will almost deliver you to the store's front door in Sharon.

Monday, May 16, 2016


Yup, it happened yesterday.  We saw a shower of snow pellets in Mansfield--while guzzling our ice cream treats at the local Dairy Queen.

Thursday, May 12, 2016


We built our acre and a half pond 23 years ago and as part of our early stocking effort we added six white amurs (grass carp).  These fish are known to help with broad-leaf, pond weed control and do not reproduce.   Amazingly, today I saw one of them still surviving.

This one looks to be over 3 feet long now and deserves the title Grand Daddy of the pond.

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I saw our first Ruby Throated Hummingbird of the season this morning and by noon at least three of them were involved in feeding skirmishes at my just installed feeder.  Actually, this variety is about the only hummer we can expect to see in this part of Ohio.

The correct mixture for their feeder liquid is 1:4, (1 part sugar:4 parts water).  Boiling the water before mixing helps insure water purity and helps the sugar dissolve.  Some folks add a dash of red food coloring.  It's not necessary to attract the birds but will help you be able to see the fluid level in your feeder.

I've found you will need to clean your feeder regularly.  To help with that project I keep two feeders on hand; one in use and the other ready to fill and take its place when cleaning is necessary.

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Recently my son found two 1.5" holes evidently whittled into my home's siding.  Before I had the chance to repair that damage I saw a bumble bee fly into one of them.  Made me wonder if that critter or one of his pals was the culprit.  They are perfectly capable of boring holes of their body-size in wood.  Yet, a close examination of these holes appeared that small teeth might have been the tools used.  That and the hole size pretty much eliminated the bees as the guilty party(s).

It's hard to imagine bees with dentures.

Then, as I was walking toward this repair project, tools and materials in hand, a red squirrel zoomed into view, up the siding and disappeared into the larger of the two holes.  I had cut two round pieces of thin aluminum and was equipped with silicone caulk and self-tapping screws to close the holes--and did.

I live in the woods and hearing critters in the walls is not uncommon.  It is pretty much impossible to seal all possible points of entry for these cagey rascals.  Poison is a somewhat effective remedy, unpleasant to ponder but these and other small rodents can cause lots of damage.  Imagine what can happen when they gnaw the insulation off electric wires.

That's scary!