Artisan Village

Good morning. Finally, we are going to have another nice day – 73º with sunshine. Now that’s my kind of day. It will be a good day to go out and about.

Day 149. It was a bit chilly and windy but we still had a good time checking out some of the local stores. Last fall when we came to visit we went through the Artisan Center. This time we walked around the Artisan Village. Some of the stores weren’t open. I guess store hours are much like an artistic persons’ creative juices; sometimes they are working and sometimes they don’t. Those stores that were open were very interesting to look through. As a crafter myself I really admire the creativity.

I especially appreciated the time a few of the artisans took with us to show and tell us about their craft. In the Weston Glass Studio we were invited into the back room to watch them work. This day they were using some of the scraps to make buttons. They even offer workshops and classes if you would like to try to create something yourself.

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Michelle Weston

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Michelle Weston and her Dad

Another shop we visited was Weaver’s Bottom Craft Studio. The owner, Neil Colmer was busy at a loom creating coasters. It doesn’t sound like much, but the patterns created are all so different and beautiful. He took time to talk to us about the loom he was working on and a few of the other looms he had in the store. He told us about the history of each of the looms and he told us how each loom worked a bit differently. One of the looms works much like an organ. You could tell, even after all the years he had been doing this, he still enjoyed his craft. Now that is the perfect job.

 

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Neil Colmer – Weaver’s Bottom Craft Studio (explaining the intricacy’s of the pattern) 

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The loom that works like an organ

There are many other shops in this area of town that are worth exploring. I would love to go back again when the weather is nicer and more stores are open. Maybe in the fall when we come back again for another visit.

Loving our lifestyle. Have a great day.

Until next time,

Kathryn

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Rainy Day

Good morning.  Don’t you just love this weather we’ve been having. We go from sitting outside enjoy the beautiful weather in 80º temperatures to steadily dropping temperatures and all day hard rain and now we are back down to freezing cold with snow in the forecast. Later this week the temps are supposed to be back into the 70’s.

Day 147. Rain, rain and more rain. What a day. Steady downpours all day long with wind and dropping temperatures. Not a good day for outdoor activities. But, that is what Karen and her family had planned for the day. They weren’t going to let the weather stop them from having a fun day outdoors. While they went to Lexington to the horse races, Clyde and I stayed warm indoors in our motorhome, Winnie. We decided we would try to go with them another time when the weather was a bit more cooperative.

Melissa had stayed the night with us in Winnie and didn’t have to head back home to Ohio until late afternoon, so we were able to spend the day with her. We just relaxed, talked and played a game of Phase 10.

Phase 10 is a card game that is played with a special deck of cards that is available anywhere. The game takes a little longer than some of the other card games we play, so we plan accordingly. The game is easy to learn, fun and you can still talk while playing. It is another good game to have in your camper.

Loving our lifestyle. Have a great day.

Until next time,

Kathryn

 

A Surprise Visitor

Good morning. Rain, rain and more rain. Ugh.

Day 146. We got our move on early and headed to the Lexington Farmers Market. And, yes, they did have fresh vegetables. Maybe not grown locally (we saw most from Florida), but fresh vegetables none the less. We also saw plants and flowers, kettle corn, bakery items, jams, jelly and sauces. I supported the cause and bought some jams and jelly.

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Karen and Meghan – Lexington Farmers Market

As it hadn’t started to rain yet, we decided to take a short walk around the area.

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Clyde and Kathryn (Me)

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Next we took a tour of the Boone Creek Creamery, The Kentucky Proud Store, where we learned about how cheese is made. That was very interesting. We all enjoyed the free samples. Again, we had to support the local merchant and brought home some cheese.

It wasn’t long after we got back home when a familiar car pulled up. None of us believed who we saw getting out. It was our daughter Melissa and her dog, Little Lady Buttercup, (Lady for short), who lives in Ohio. She had told no one she was coming. What a nice surprise. We only get her for a short visit, but we will take what we can get. She does have to be at work on Monday.

Loving our lifestyle. Have a great day.

Until Next time,

Kathryn

No New Damage

Good morning. It looks like the rain is going to hold off until dinner time. That is good news for us. Today Karen and Rob want to take us to a farmers market. Hopefully this time there will be fruits and vegetables. Remember South Padre Island.

Day 145. Good news. We went to the emergency room, which is only a couple of miles from the house, to get x-rays of Clyde’s ankle, foot and leg. He felt better in the morning than he did yesterday, but I wanted to be sure no damage was done. Especially to the ankle where he had ankle fusion surgery a couple of years ago and now has metal pins in that ankle. The good news is the x-rays showed no new damage. He was told to ice the area for a while, which we had done the day before, and elevate his leg when he could. That meant a day of relaxation.

And that is exactly what we did. We pulled out our lawn chairs and enjoyed the beautiful day. This was the kind of weather we went south to get all winter and saw very little of. If only I could put my order in for more days like this; sunny, high around 80º, and low humidity.

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Loving our lifestyle. Have a great day.

Until next time,

Kathryn

Unfortunate Events

Good morning. Wow! What a gorgeous day it is going to be. A clear bright sunshiny day with a high of 80º. You can’t get much better than that.

Day 144. We took our time leaving the Walmart parking lot in Seymour, Indiana because we knew we only had about a 3 hour drive to reach our daughter Karen’s. We didn’t want to arrive too early, as she works nights and we wanted to let her get some sleep. It was about 10 am after we filled up with gas at the Murphy’s next door and we were on the road.

We stopped at the Midway rest area off I-64 around noon for lunch. It was crowded with truckers who had the same idea. When we arrived at the Berea, Kentucky exit we stopped to fill up the motorhome with propane at the Old Kentucky Campground which is right off the exit. With that accomplished our next stop was Walmart right down the road. They have a nice big parking lot for us to unhook the toad. It is much easier to do it there than it would be in front of our daughter Karen’s house, as she lives on a fairly busy narrow road. Our campground for the next couple weeks is her driveway.

Unfortunately everything did not go smoothly when trying to unhook the toad. Clyde had problems getting the pins out that keep the car hooked up to the motorhome and it was taking him a lot longer than it normally does. He also was not thinking clearly. Why, I have no idea. But, anyway, he didn’t follow through the unhooking procedure in the order he was supposed and missed a very important step. He forgot to put the car in park after removing the braking system from inside the car and before he unhooked the car from the motorhome. I think you can see where this is going. He needs to make himself a check list and refer to it each time he unhooks or something so this never happens again. The car, still in neutral, started to roll. Clyde tried to jump in and stop it but was knocked down by the open door of the car. The car then ran over his left foot. The car didn’t go very far and stopped at a curb.

The car sustained a few scrapes but otherwise is fine. Clyde on the other hand has a large bruise on his thigh from the car door when it knocked him to the ground. He stayed on the ground for quite a while accessing his injuries. He told the crowd forming that he was ok and didn’t need the police or ambulance. We kept telling him the car ran over his foot but he didn’t believe us. He didn’t remember that happening. When he got up off the pavement he seemed to be ok. He was walking with only a slight limp.

By then, our daughter Karen and her husband Rob had arrived. Karen rode with her dad in the motorhome. I followed behind in the car and we proceeded to Karen and Rob’s where we would be parked for the next couple of weeks.

Later that evening, after setting up, visiting with the family and enjoying dinner together, Clyde realized his foot was starting to swell and it was beginning to hurt. We had him elevate it and put ice on it.

I think today we will take the stubborn old guy to the ER for an x-ray like he should have done yesterday. I will let you all know what happens. And just yesterday I mentioned how it wasn’t a very exciting day and how that can be good sometimes.

Still loving our lifestyle. Have a great day.

Until next time,

Kathryn

 

 

Seymour, Indiana

Good morning. Today is the final leg of our journey to visit our daughter Karen and her family in Berea, Kentucky. As we traveled more than 1/2 way yesterday, that leaves us only about 165 miles to go, about 4 hours give or take.

The weather is finally nice once again. I just hope it stays that way for a while. With temperatures around 75º today and 80º Friday, who can complain.

Day 143. On travel days we like to be on the road by around 9 am. We dumped our tanks and had the toad hooked up ready to leave the park on time. Then we had a little hick-up, which delayed us a short bit. No biggy. We are retired remember. We do things on our time. Besides, by 10 am we were gassed up and on our way.

We took our time, had lunch at the Farmland rest area in Illinois just before we hit the Indiana border. PB&J for us now. No more eating out all the time. We are back to the basics, home cooking, which isn’t all that bad.

I was able to do a little beading while we were on the road. At times it becomes a little challenging to thread a bead with the condition of some of these roads. We were bouncing all around. No matter, I still enjoyed myself.

We stopped for the night a little before 5 pm having traveled a total of 291 miles to the Seymour, Indiana Walmart. 5 pm isn’t a bad time. It gives us plenty of time to heat up our leftovers and eat our dinner. Then we like to go into the Walmart to do a little shopping. As I’ve said before, it is nice for us because we can get a few things we need before arriving at our next destination and it is a way for us to show Walmart our appreciation for allowing us to spend the night in their parking lot.

This is a busy Walmart with many truckers coming and going. There is another motorhome here also. It is an easy in and out also. That is always a big plus.

If you wanted to eat out you could walk to Steak ‘n Shake. We watched a few of the truckers do just that. There is also Applebee’s across the street.

Not a very exciting day I’m afraid, but sometimes that’s a good thing. Loving our lifestyle. Have a great day.

Until next time,

Kathryn

Goodbye Peoria

Good morning. Today is a travel day. Our destination is Berea, Kentucky to see our daughter Karen and her family. Berea is about 455 miles from here, which is too far for us to travel in one day. We would like to go at least halfway or maybe a little further today. How far we travel in a day is always dependent upon the weather and the traffic. We plan on spending the night in a Walmart parking lot. We can usually find a Walmart that is conveniently located right off the expressway and has plenty of parking space. That way we do not have to unhitch the toad and we are able to get a little shopping in before we settle down at our next destination spot. I like to locate 2 or 3 different Walmart stores ahead of time to give us options.

Day 143. Our last day with Scott and Tina was bitter-sweet. We sure enjoyed our time with them and we hate to say goodbye. We didn’t get to see Scott’s wife Melissa, as she works late, so our goodbyes with her were made on Sunday.

We went over to Tina’s house in the morning, while she was at work, to take showers and do a couple of loads of laundry. With the state park not having the water turned on for the season just yet, we’ve needed to impose on Tina (she doesn’t mind a bit). We are also able to use her washer and dryer. As we had just washed our clothes on Sunday, this day we only needed to wash our sheets and rugs. The rugs seem to get dirty faster when you live in a motorhome even if we try to take our shoes off at the door. I also wash Patty Pepper’s blankets with the rugs. Because she is a pug, and pugs are notorious for shedding, her blankets get disgustingly dirty very quickly.

While we were waiting for the laundry to finish drying, Scott came over to see us. It was lunchtime and we were all hungry so we did what we do best-went out to eat. Scott took us to a little diner close by called Lucky Dog’s Pub and Eatery. It’s a burger joint with good food and a very nice wait staff.

Later for dinner we met up again with Scott, Tina, Jo and her 2 boys for dinner. For our last meal together they decided to go all out and took us to Osaka Hibachi & Sushi Bar. It was a fun place to go with our large group. We all enjoyed watching our food be prepared in front of us and the comical performance the chef put on while doing it.

Saying goodbye was hard. It never seems like we have enough time together. The only thing that makes it any easier for me is knowing that in a few months time we will be back again for another visit.

On our drive home (back to the campground) I was pleasantly surprised to spot the same owl I had seen the other day and I was able to get a picture of him before he flew off. It was as if he was posing for me.

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How cool is that! I just love spotting wildlife and being able to capture the moment with my camera (this time it was only my phone camera).

I best get my move on. I’ve got a few things to do before we head off. Loving our lifestyle. Have a great day.

Until next time,

Kathryn