Inspirational Saying

In the corner of my garden, Where the wildflowers grow,
I sit and I admire, How God has graced us so.

Jul 9, 2011

Summer Vacation 2011

We really had to push ourselves to take our vacation this year. We have so much we would like to do to our house and there has to be a choice made each summer. Work and spend on the house or visit my husbands family in Plattsburgh NY. This year we took the trip. My husbands sister was renewing her vows and if it weren't for her asking my husband to walk her down the isle, we probably wouldn't have gone. I am glad we did. It was a fun trip even though we had obsticals jump in the way....

We started out with the decision to not just drive straight there. It is about a 13 hour trip. I have rheumatoid arthritis and it is getting worse. I have a lot of pain in my elbows of all places. I guess by using your hands all the time, you do use your elbows. Mine won't stop hurting. It is like a tooth ache. Your tooth hurts enough to make you want to go to the dentist yet not enough to go immediately. It is one of those aches. I have bought at least 4 different chairs in the last few months to use in front of the computer because I just can't get comfortable while I am on here. I keep buying chairs and I still hurt. I am about to give up and just put up with it. Anyway, I am rattling on here. Back to the subject.

Our first stop was somewhere in Ohio at a large flea market. We were late pulling in so we had an hour before closing time. I looked and found two egg scales. It was getting dark and we needed to get going and find a room after we put a few more hours of driving behind us. So we were lucky we even found the egg scales!

Our next stop was in Millersburg and Berlin Ohio and here is a website from one of the shoppes we bought from  it has some info you may be interested in. I love it there and I have already made plans for our next trip to stay over night there. We were there for most of the day and did not see even half of the shops there. We could not stay any longer we had a wedding to get to of his sister's who was renewing her wedding vows. Ooooooo I hated to go. Maybe some of the girls from country sampler will make this a place to go some day and we can all meet there. It was a wonderful place. I found a blog you may find interesting if you are wanting to visit an Amish community. It is baced on Berlin Ohio Amish. Enjoy!

Next, after we left there we stayed at a motel on the PA/NY state line. Not the best, but we waited so late in the night to find one, we had to take what we could get. Last vacation we tried sleeping in the truck for a few hours to save money and I just could not do it again. I hurt so bad I wanted to cry. We had just laid down in the bed and BOOM. Fireworks. Guess we picked the wrong night to try to sleep early. The town was having their fireworks right behind our room in the baseball field. Lucky for us it didn't last long. The next morning around 6:00 am we got back on the road and we rounded a corner on some back road in PA and a large deer jumped the railing into the front of our truck. We had been on the road only 10 min when this happened. Was this the beginning of a bad streak? Nope. We were able to contact our insurance and drive on to our next  stop. 

We pulled into his sister's driveway in Plattsburg NY and it felt so good to finally get out and relax.
We decided when we got here to make this trip worth its money. We are installing a electric fireplace and we want to put rocks on the face of it. So while we are in NY we went rock hunting. I can't wait to show you all we got. That will be another blog.

On our way home, we decided to stop off in West Virgina at a Casino for a few hours to try our luck. Lost $100.00. Never have won at these places.

Got home and were greeted by a wet kitchen floor. We emptied the ice maker out the morning we left on vacation to fill the cooler we took for drinks. I guess we pulled on the water line or did something to it. The whole 2 weeks we were gone water dripped onto our wood kitchen floor. Another insurance claim. It got under the kitchen cabinets as well, I guess we will see if it went into the living room or not when the guy gets here on monday for an estimate.

At least we didn't have a flat. We had so much weight in the back from all the rocks, oh it would have been very bad.....see there is good in all things.

We went rock hunting. Visited Lake Placid, went shopping, went to a movie: Transformers 3, went rock hunting again, celebrated the 4th of July on Lake Champlain and finally had a wonderful wedding.

I took lots of photos. I have them on this blog page for you to see under the title of Our Vacation 2011. I hope you like them.


  1. Wow, this sounds like quite an adventure.

  2. It was, but it was well worth all the trouble.


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I am 55 years old, a homemaker and a mother of two wonderful children. A daughter named Toby who is 36 and a son named Jesse who is 33. I am a Mammaw of four of the best grandbabies I could ever ask for. AJ age 8, Kylie age 7, Bradley age 6 and Gracie age 5. I have been happily married to my hubby Jim for 6 wonderful years. We are all happy and healthy, and we are all blessed. I was born a hillbilly but raised as a hoosier most of my life. I love bluegrass music and decorating our home with primitives. Come on in and sit a spell and enjoy a tour of our home. I hope you find something that will inspire the primitive decorator in you.