On this day 97 years ago my sweet mother was born. November 16 1919. She was a young 27 years old when she had me. She had already lost one boy at birth, then had two girls, then me. I loved her so, she was so fun to be around and I would get so tickled at her when she would catch more fish than dad even though they were fishing in the same place and with the same bait.
She worked in a beauty salon and I would go help her clean up after the day. I remember one day she set me down in one of the chairs and gave me a perm. I looked so funny in curly hair and I had a hard time at school trying to explain to the other kids what happened. Why it worked I don’t know but I finally told them that I went to sleep and when I woke up it was curly. It must have worked for they quit teasing me.
The last 16 years of her life, she lived with a stroke. she could not talk or walk any more. She would get aggravated when she could not get something across, but we would work with her until we figured out what she was saying. She lived with us for a while and my kids would work with her. They kept asking her to say hippopotamus, she would finally get it out. I know she is in Heaven with our Lord and is surrounded with all of her loved ones who went before and after her. I just want to say Happy Birthday to her. Also that I will see her again some day.
I would like to say thank you to all the military men and women now serving, and to all who have served to keep us free.
I was very moved last night when we were invited to go to a Veterans day program at my grandsons grade school. All the froth graders were on stage singing and paying tribute to their veteran family members that were there. At the end of the program the teacher call up each branch of the service separately. We would come up front and stand with our child, he or she would then tell the audience what branch we were in and how long we served.
I am very proud to have served my country even though at the time the Vietnam war was being protested. I have loved my country even though some people have made us a laughing stock. Sure people our not happy about who was elected, but come off it. We would have people up set no matter what. That does not mean we should throw fits and tear up other peoples property. But that is what is great about the good old USA. We have the freedom to be upset. On the other hand we can worship our God even though the government is trying their best to take Him out of every thing. These children said the Pledge of Allegiance to the flag and they said one Nation Under God with the pride that all of us should have.
I just hope and pray that all Americans would stop taking our country for granite and realize how great we have it here.
Cant believe it is all ready the last day of October. a lot of our Halloween nights are down in the low 40’s or upper 30’s. We have even had snow on this day, but this year we had a record high of 87 degrees which feels like August.
We had two scary visitors tonight, of course they are my favorite young ones. Every year they keep getting bigger, and it wont be long before they are not going to want to dress up for this event.
I had one of my followers ask if I could show a map of our trip. I have been looking for a map of the US. I found this one on-line, I had to reduce it down so I could copy and print it. I have highlighted the route the best I could, seeing as how the map did not show all the highways. Anyway we traveled right at 5417 miles give or take a 100 or so. Thank all of you for following my blog.
The bluish line is where all we drove.
After visiting the National Park there in Ohio, we talked about where to go next. We finely decided that it was time to head toward Amarillo. We headed Southwest and spent the night in Brazil IN.
The next morning up early and heading toward Oklahoma City. This was going to be a long days driving. We stopped for lunch somewhere in Missouri. We were spending the night in Oklahoma city, we should reach OKC sometime around 7pm. I called my niece to see if she could call her brother and meet us someplace for dinner. She said he was cooking out hamburgers and asked if we would join them. We had a great time seeing and visiting with them.
We slept in, then drove the last 260 miles home. This ended the 17 day and around 5417 mile trip.
The next morning we drove to the Cuyahoga National Park. It was a beautiful area. The Boston Store is located here and is ran by the National Park service. This is where the Ohio and Erie Canal is at. The canal is dry now but back when it was first built back in 1820s and early 1830s.. We were told it took seven years to dig out by hand, and that it was only four feet deep. It opened up trade from Boston to Ohio. Brandywine Falls is located in the park.
After leaving Watkins Glen we decided we go up to Mayfield Heights Ohio. The Garmin took us up to I 90 just East of Erie Pennsylvania. When we reached Erie you could see the lake from the highway. I told Charlotte well we have never seen the lake up close so I just left the highway and headed toward the lake. Charlotte said where are you going, I said I can see the water on the Garmin so I will just keep going until we get there. I finely found a street that ended over looking the lake. Oh yes the name of the street was Light House!
Afterwards back on the highway heading for Ohio.
After leaving Bennington VT we head toward Buffalo NY. I had forgotten this was the Labor day weekend. As we got to Schenectady NY. Traffic was starting to get busy. Then when we got to Syracuse it was getting to be a mad house. We spotted a mall and pulled in to do a potty brake. while there we overheard some young people talking about the NY State Fair held there. Traffic coming in to Syracuse was bumper to bumper, so we decided to head south away from all this traffic. WE spent the night in Vestal NY.
We decided since we were close to the finger lakes we would just drive over to one of them. We set the Garmin for Watkins Glen NY. Charlotte had read about a water falls there. We stopped at the water fall, their was very little water coming down it. Their was a couple there, Charlotte talked with them, the lady told her that it was very sad. Due to a drought there just not enough water.
Lake Seneca was beautiful though. While Charlotte was walking around I talked with a man who was about go out on his boat. He was telling me that he has sailed from this lake up to lake Erie then through the Erie canal and then around to the Atlantic Ocean.
We made it to Bennington VT. It was lunch time plus there was an old church that Charlotte wanted to see. We found the cutest little hole in the wall called Lil’ Britain. We both ordered fish and chips, and we had col slaw which was like pickled veggies. Ever thing was delicious, the breading on the fish was perfect, the fish had a wonderful flavor, I did not ask what kind of fish it was.
After eating we drove to the Old First Church. It is a beautiful church with a very old cemetery next to it.
We had talked while in Concord NH. as to where we would go next. I said well we have seen the Niagara Falls from the Canada side so why don’t we go to Buffalo NY and see them from the US side. Charlotte loves looking through our AAA books and she had read about the Franklin Pierce Homestead State Park so we put it in the Garmin and off we went. It was a beautiful home that had been refurbished and it had a lot of the original furnishings, we were not allowed to take pictures inside the house.