Riding a Train

It had always been a dream of mine to travel on a train.  I’ve taken day trips on trains, but never slept on a train. I thought it sounded so romantic and fun.  Watching old movies I have seen people traveling on trains, sleeping in the sleepers, eating luxurious meals on white table cloths in the dining car and singing songs on the train.    People in those movies wore suits and dresses and hats and seemed to know exactly how to deport themselves on a train.

Well, it’s the twenty-first century.   The train station in Chicago was big and there were long walks carrying our luggage to get to the ticket booth.  Thankfully, there were redcaps who put our luggage on carts and took us to the train or we would still be wandering around trying to find it!

People don’t dress up on the train anymore.  Shorts, tees and jeans were the usual wear  A lot of younger people.  I felt overdressed in a nice top and black pants.

Eating on a Train

Breakfast and lunch was on a first come, first served basis.  I only ate one breakfast while on the train.   You had to make a reservation for dinner.  They said we could pick when we wanted to eat, so when the man came around to get our reservation we asked for 5:30.  ” Oh, no, you can’t eat then,” He said.  “We have 7:30 open.”  Well, since we didn’t have a choice we chose 7:30.  When your time came they would announce it and you would go to the dining car. A walk through several other cars. You would lunge from left to right walking down the aisles of the Coaches hoping you didn’t fall into someone’s lap.  You finally get to the dining car and a very arrogant man with his nose in the air actually snaps his fingers at you and says, “Come, come,” and you run after him where you are sat at a table with complete strangers who are sitting just a few inches away from you.  Thankfully, we were sat with a very nice couple and she and I talked to each other while the men ate.  They were from south of Columbus, Ohio.   The man who waited on us was very nice, but I noticed the man  who had snapped his fingers at us(who I started calling “the Jerk”) waited on people like it was the last thing he wanted to do.  The whole time we were on the train every time I saw him I would tell David, “There goes the Jerk.”  He always seemed to have a smirk on his face.  Anyway, I ate three meals in the dining car.  One time we ate with two ladies who were from Defiance, Ohio where my older brother lives.  They didn’t know him.  They also missed their connecting train because our train sat on the tracks for several hours letting freight cars go by.  It was one’s first train ride and she said it was going to be her last.   I didn’t blame her.  But it wasn’t as glamorous eating on a train as I thought it would be. I just kept waiting for Danny Kaye, Bing Crosby, and Rosemary Clooney to come into the dining car and sing “Snow” from the movie White Christmas.

Taking a Shower on the Train

The shower on the train was just down the aisle from our sleepette.  I could not go a whole day without a shower, so I bit the bullet and decided to try it.  Our car attendant told me to be sure the door was completely locked as there had been some people startled in the shower because their door was unlocked.   I did not want that to happen.   I opened the door to the shower and gulped.  How was I to take off my clothes, shower and put clothes back on a semi-wet body?  It was smaller than any closets I have in my house.  A small seat piled with soft, fluffy, white towels, Hm, that was nice.  A little basket full of soaps which smelled very good. That was good. So, I carefully locked the door, checked it twice and proceeded to get ready for a shower.  Once undressed, I turned on the shower. Cold water.  I adjusted the handle. Cold water.  Well, I was undressed and really wanted a shower so I took a cold shower.  Very quickly.  As the train rocked and rolled, so did I in the shower, but I managed to get washed.  Then I had to get out and try to towel off as best I could.  I kept bumping into things, but finally I was ready to dress. Ever try to dress in a two by two foot space?   It’s not easy, but I did it and I did it three times while riding the train.   Thankfully my other two showers I had warm water.

Walking on a train

When we took a trip to Alaska on a ferry we learned how to walk on a boat without falling down. Most of the time the ride was pretty smooth and we could walk very easily, but at times the sea was rocking and so were we.  People would walk like drunken sailors.  Well, on the train, you pretty much walk like that all the time.  Lunging back and forth as the train rolled along.  We had to go through several cars to get to the snack car where we purchased something to eat when we didn’t want to eat in the dining car or to the lounge car, where we sat and watched the scenery go by.  We walked through the coach cars where people who didn’t have sleepettes would be laying across their seats covered up sleeping.  I really did not want to fall into one of their laps.  You learn to sway with the cars and hold on to anything you can grab to keep yourself upright.  When we got off the train, David said his legs were still walking like he was on the train.  It took him a day to get his “land legs” back.  Same thing happened to him on the ferry. It took him a couple of days to walk right on land.  It didn’t bother me at all.  I was just glad to get off the train.

Sleeping on a Train

I always thought that  sleeping on a train would be so relaxing and fun.   To get ready for bed, first we had to pull the two seats together to make a lower bunk and then pull down the upper bunk. Poor David slept in the upper bunk because he can sleep about anywhere.  You are given two very thin blankets and pillows with hardly any stuffing in them.  We didn’t know you could ask for extra blankets and pillows the first night. We got ready for bed.  I wore clothes to bed because the bathroom was down the aisle and I didn’t want strangers seeing me in my pjs.  That first night I froze all night.  I didn’t know we could turn on a heater.  I heard David snoring above me while I tossed and turned.  Thankfully, I had my Kindle with me and could read.  I watched the stars and just lay there listening to the train wheels clickety clack.   I will tell you the second night with extra blankets, the heater turned on and two pillows, I slept very well. Maybe if we had been on the train for a third night I would have slept like a baby.   It wasn’t like sleeping on the ferry, though, where I think I slept the best I have ever slept with the boat rocking gently and being in a warm cocoon in my little bunk.  It was heaven.  Anyway, sleeping on a train was an experience and I hope I haven’t made anyone not want to try it.


This is my last post about our trip.  Next, Grandchildren!  Bye.





Little Towns and Up a Mountain

We continued our drive up the Olympic Peninsula.  So many beautiful sights.  Not much traffic, which we love. At times we seemed to be on the road all by ourselves.  Coming in the off season made our trip much more enjoyable.  I am sure in the Summer the highway is much busier.


This is Juan De Fuca.  It is connected to the Puget Sound.  This scenery reminded me so much of Alaska, so if you cannot get up into Alaska, you might like this trip up the Olympic Peninsula. This view actually looked exactly like the view we had in Wasilla, Alaska from our motel and just two blocks down the street was Sarah Palin’s house.


Just to prove we were there together we did a selfie!  I look at this picture and think,  “Wow, is my man handsome!”


We drove out the northeast tip of Washington and found this little town  This fish character was in town also, wearing athletic shoes.  Here she is wearing skates.


A little town far from nowhere.  Of course we drove around it.  Not much there and it was hilly, but they sure do have a beautiful view from any of those houses.


Views like this.  I could live here.  It’s cool and mountainous and there’s water.  Everything I love.


On we drove. If you are a hiker, there are all kinds of trails to take in these woods.

Then we came to Port Angeles.  A beautiful town right on the water.


Views like this all over town.


But t was getting late and we had miles to go before we slept so we drove on.


Past little general stores. We stopped in and this store had everything one would need.  Since it is probably the nearest store for some people, it’s a good thing they do.


Past things like this.  People are wonderful to provide us with these things to see.


We saw a lot of these signs all over.  I was pleasantly surprised.   And that is all the politics I will talk about!


We reached our destination for the next two days, Port Townsend.  Who wouldn’t love a town that has bunting across its streets?


And gorgeous Victorian houses everywhere.



And whimsical things like this. Shoe forms used as yard art.


I couldn’t get enough of these houses.


Then I met this man on the street while we were shopping.  He had what was called a
“free speech corner,” where signs of all different political persuasions, religious beliefs and no beliefs were written on boards for all to read. I thought you could pay to write your own sign, so I was going to do it, but when I got to him, I found out he wrote them all.  I talked to him for a while.  He was really interesting.  We talked about Jesus and free speech and why do people get so angry with each other when they disagree.   He had a sign I really liked, but because I know it would probably insult people, I won’t put it here on my blog, but you can find it on my Facebook page.   We are in a time in our country where free speech is being squelched and I believe we need to guard each other’s speech, whether we agree with each other or not, because to lose our free speech would be a tragedy.


Of course I shopped and we stopped in at this perfectly darling little garden store.  It was set right in a corner and was tiny inside, but packed with lots of wonderful things.  I bought a calendar and a rooster towel.  We shopped in several other stores. There was a great bookstore and a store with outdoorsy clothes that I loved and bought some Christmas gifts.  I could have stayed in this town another day or two, but we only a few more days before we were to get back on the train, so after two days we set off for Mount Rainier.


David had reserved two nights at this lodge.


It was a typical lodge with a fire in the fireplace and big comfy chairs to sit on with antlers and deer heads on the wall.  Sorry for the deer.  David said this was the quietest place we had ever stayed in.  And it was true.  You didn’t hear many people talking. Of course that might be because there were just six rooms filled the first night.   Off season, you know.

After a good night’s sleep we drove to Mount Rainier.


They were working on the roads.


Through more tunnels.


Fall foliage in all its beauty. Up, up we went.   Out my window, it was straight down.  We have driven up Mount Rainier two times before, but always during the Summer. This was a whole different experience.  Very little traffic.


Fog in the mountains.


There’s David right by a cliff again.  He flirts with danger.


Past mountain streams.


It was getting chillier the farther up we went.


Past glacier fed rivers.


Up, up. My ears were popping.


Yes, we were down there.

Then we were high enough that there was snow!  They were expecting from one to five inches that night.  Probably a good thing we drove up when we did.  We might not have made it up another day.



It looked like a Christmas card.


Made me so glad we have snow in Indiana.  I love snow.


Always on the look out for bears, but we saw none this trip.


There’s that handsome man again.


I would love to have a house on a mountain facing the sea.  With a field of horses and five dogs and all the chickens I want.


Which reminds me we saw this Road sign.

Down the mountain once again we ate at this restaurant.


Everything had bears on it. The napkins, the walls, etc. The food was very good.  We also ate at this lodge during our stay.



There was only one other couple eating  there.  The food was good, but I think the server was new or just very nervous.   But he did a good job.

We ate  at one other place at the foot of Mount Rainer at another lodge where we had the best blackberry cobbler and ice cream.   We also had chili and chicken and rice soup.   They know how to cook in Washington.

But, vacations must come to an end and we had to drive up to Seattle to  meet the train heading east.  We stayed in the town of Snohomish.  David and I both want to come back there with our car because they had such wonderful antique stores.   We couldn’t take all we wanted to buy back on the train.

Our final day was spent in Seattle where we found a yarn shop where I bought more yarn for more socks.  Then we ate at a Cheesecake Factory before we headed to turn in our rental car and get to the train station.  My next post will be about riding and eating on the train and taking a shower on the train.  Bye.






Seeking the Big Cedar

On up into the Olympic Peninsula we drove.  It is so beautiful there.  Forests and mountains and rivers and mossy trees.  You can imagine a Sasquatch walking in these forests.  I really would not want to spend the night in them!   The landscape reminded me a lot of Alaska.

We kept seeing signs for Big Cedar.  Now we have seen the Sequoias and I don’t think any tree could be as big as they are, but, hey, there was a big cedar waiting to be seen so we decided to see it.   Finally we saw the road off to the Big Cedar and we parked and walked about a half mile back into the forest.   We met a couple coming from the opposite direction and asked them if it was a Big Cedar?  “Pretty big tree,” one of them said, but I thought I saw a smirk on their faces. so we continued on the path until its end and this is what we found.




Yes, a big, DEAD, Cedar!   At one time it ruled these forests, but not anymore.  We laughed and went back to the car.  Well, it was a good walk, anyway.

So on we drove when, “What?!?  Another sign for a Big Cedar.  Could there be two or did we just get fooled?   So, of course, we followed the road back to this Big Cedar. Five miles.  We drove and drove. I wanted to turn around and go back, but David was determined to see the Big Cedar.  We passed one car coming from the opposite direction and I wondered if it was the same couple and if they were laughing at us for driving to see the Big Cedar.   Then we came to the end of the road.  There was an old wooden path and a bridge to the Big Cedar.  This is what we saw.


Another almost dead tree standing there in the forest with two crazy people looking at it.  Did I hear laughing somewhere?    Well, it was a good drive and a good time to stretch our legs.


At one time this tree was magnificent, but it’s seen better days.  I had bought a post card to send to one of my grandchildren that had a really big cedar with a man standing by it. I think it might have been this tree in the fifties.

So, on we drove.  With glimpses of the Pacific.dscn4011

Isn’t it beautiful?  We do have a grand and glorious country.dscn4008

David almost took a tumble at one of our stops when he stepped on some loose rocks at the edge of a cliff.  I was thinking I would appear on the ID channel as a wife who pushed her husband off a cliff to get her inheritance.  It really did scare me, though, because we had no cellphone reception and cars were few and far between.  I pictured me trying to get down the cliff and get David back up all by myself.   I really wish he would not get so near cliffs.


Since watching Treehouse Masters on tv, I have been wishing for a tree house.  Now this is a real tree house we found along the way.


Isn’t it cute?     We had more to see and a motel to find so onward we traveled. More my next post.  Bye.


The Northwest

David and I arrived in Seattle, rented a car and off we went on our adventure in the Northwest.   We couldn’t wait to get out of the city.  We are not city people.  We headed toward the Pacific Ocean where we had a motel for two nights at Ocean Shores, Washington. Being that is was off season it was not very busy in that area.


Our room faced the ocean side and this was the sunset we saw our first night.


There was a beach if you wanted to walk about a mile through bushes and beach growth and wonder if there were snakes around.   I don’t think this beach path has been used for years.

Instead we drove around the town and did some shopping and sight seeing.



You know you are in a beach town when there are sharks and seahorses around.


There were cute little shops and this was my favorite one.  They had so many things I would have loved to buy if we had our car and weren’t going back on the train.


It was cute on the outside and the inside.


I bought this  bottle of hand soap just because I liked how pretty it was.


Suddenly we started seeing deer.  Deer everywhere.  I had noticed a sign outside of town that said no hunting.  I guess the deer knew this.


Does and this little fawn.


And these gorgeous boys. They were smaller than our deer here in Indiana.


“Aren’t I handsome?”  He was not at all afraid of us.

Everywhere we turned, we saw deer.   Then we decided to drive onto the beach.


We had it almost to ourselves.  Just a few people.


I love the ocean.  There is something wild and wonderful about it.


We ate at this place one time.  All the locals seemed to like it.  You cannot go near the ocean and not eat fish.  Well, David didn’t.  He ate a hamburger.  But I had cod and clams and it was good.


The water was so cold the fishermen wore warm, waterproof clothes to fish in the water.  They looked like they were freezing.  I walked in the water and it was icy.


One of my favorite birds.  I have seen sea gulls on both coasts,  the gulf of Mexico,in Alaska, and in the Virgin Islands.  They all fascinate me because they are so aware of everything around them.  Drop a crump and suddenly you have twenty or more flying around you. I don’t know how they know when food is around, but they always do  They act solitary until food is around and then, bam.   Every bird for himself.

We left Ocean Shores for the Olympic Peninsula.  We didn’t get up there the last time we were in the Northwest and I always hoped to get back.  It’s about a three hundred mile loop around it so we decided to take three days to drive it.


There are lodges all around it. We stopped at this one to eat lunch.


How cozy is this?  It was chilly out and a roaring fire in the fireplace was just what was needed.  Big, comfy couches and chairs around it.  Wish we had stayed here.


As it was off season, there were a lot of empty tables.


We were seated right by the window and could look out at a beautiful lake and at birds eating at the bird feeders.


We learned this was a Stellar Jay,  not unlike the blue jays in Indiana.


This was our view while we dined.  All the Adirondack chairs waiting for people to come sit and look at the scenery.


Anyone could be a Sasquatch.  Just put your face in the hole.    Sad to say, we saw no Sasquatches while in Washington.


Maybe next time we will stay at this lodge.

We continued up the peninsula in search of the Big Cedar.   That will be in the next post.  Stay tuned. Bye.




Westward Ho!

David and I took a trip the last couple of weeks.  We decided to take the train to Seattle, Washington, rent a car and drive the Olympic Peninsula and visit Mount Rainier.  We began our journey by driving to Chicago to meet the train.  Let me tell you.  Union station needs to modernize.  Once you park your car in their garage, you have to haul all your bags that you packed(with clothes I ended up never wearing)  to the station through hallways and up stairs. The people who worked there couldn’t have been nicer. We were put in a lounge for all the other sleeper car people where they had finger foods and cold drinks and even wine if you wanted it.  We didn’t.   Then they called us and asked if we needed a redcap who would take us and our baggage to the train.  David chose at that time to head the wrong way and I was heading the right way and I had to put down my baggage and I ran shouting to him like a crazy woman, down a hall, that he was going the wrong way!    He was in the line with the people who were walking to the train and it was quite a far distance to walk.  Finally got him and we got on the little cart and the redcap took off like a bat beeping her horn sending people scurrying out of our way or get hit.  I am glad we didn’t have to walk to the train because we would never have found it.   It was a good distance from the lounge.


Chicago was foggy that day.



We rode the Empire Builder.


In the sleeping car.


This was our home for two days and two nights.  A pull out bed and a bunk bed.  Yes, we are crazy.  It was cramped, but we managed. One of the rooms down from us was just a little larger and four big men were all sleeping in there.  I don’t know how they did it.


We read, did fill-in books, and played Solitaire on our computer.  We did not have internet on the train.   There was a lounge car, but it really wasn’t as comfortable as our own little room.  So I spent a good bit of time in it with David bringing me ice, water and crackers.  I called it my “train diet.”


We ate in the dining car.  Well, David did mostly because I didn’t like their food that well.  I will write a separate blog about eating in a diner on the train.    This is my plate.




This was David’s. He really liked the steak dinner they served.  It does look like he licked his plate!


This was our car attendant going out.  Connie.  She’s getting married next April.


We rode through our beautiful country.



Through flatlands and hills.  Mountains and by lakes and rivers.


By woods where the trees’ leaves were changing color.


The weather was glorious.


Then we got into Washington state.  This is the Puget Sound.


There were egrets every few feet it seemed and lots of sea gulls, one of my favorite birds. Some people call them flying rats, but I just love them.


It got cool in our little room  so I put on my hand knitted warm socks.  You knew I couldn’t write a blog without mentioning knitted socks!

We arrived at our destination, rode a taxi to the car rental and got our car for the drive of our life.  Will tell you more about it in the next blog. Bye.



I’ll Be Back

I have a zillions things to talk about, but I have been kind of busy the past several days.  So much has happened and I have seen so much that I can’t wait to tell you all about it.  Getting on a train for a long journey in a little while, so see you on the other side.  Bye.

Saving a Bird

Okay, I don’t have any pictures today because I have been too busy to take any.  I went boating with my daughter’s family and didn’t take the camera.  Went to two of our grandsons’ soccer games and didn’t bring a camera.  Maybe my next post will have pictures.  I don’t know. I’ve been living in the moment lately and too busy for pictures.

Anyway, today I went outside to fill the bird feeders.  We have this metal one and a bird had gotten its head caught in it the other day and I managed to slip it out and free it.  Today I went out and once again another bird had its head stuck.  I worked and worked trying to get that bird out, but it was still stuck, so I went inside and got some cooking oil and rubbed over as much of the bird as I could and tried to slip its head out, but it was still stuck.  The only thing to do was take apart the bird feeder.  Now this feeder is metal and put together very well.  I took the lid off and used a screw driver to try to loosen the area where the bird’s head was.  That bird had its head wound around in there so tight, there was no getting it out without completely dismantling the feeder. So with screw driver I pried and pulled at that bird feeder while continually talking to the little bird telling it I was trying to save it.  I was also doing a good deal of praying For God to help me.  He must have been having a good laugh in Heaven, because He wasn’t that quick to help me.  I worked on that bird feeder for over an hour trying to pry it apart. I kept checking on the bird and it kept blinking its eye at me.  I then went and got some pliers to see if they would work.  They did a little better than the screw driver, but still that bird’s head was stuck.  Then I remembered the wire cutters David had so I found them and began to snip at the metal around the bird’s head while telling it I was really trying very hard to get it loose.  Finally, after much prying, pulling and snipping the little bird’s head got loose and it took off flying so I knew it was okay. Wonder how it explained to all its friends how it got oil all over itself!

But my day of saving birds had not ended.  We have this circular bird feeder that the birds eat from the bottom. I went to fill it and yes, another bird had its head stuck.  I got that one out pretty quickly, but I got rid of that feeder too.  Then, I went to get a watering can and there was a dead bird inside it all moldy.  What are birds doing around here.  Committing suicide?  Or are they just so greedy they stick their heads wherever they think they can get more delicious birdseed?   I was just about done with birds by then.  I was almost afraid to go out and feed the chickens for fear one of them had stuck her head in something, but they were all okay.

That’s all I have for today.  Feed the birds and hope they don’t get their heads stuck.  Bye.

Note To Self

Labor Day Weekend.  David and I have to get away from the house or we will labor all weekend because that’s what we do.  We are always puttering around this old house and its gardens.  So, we planned a trip to see Noah’s Ark.  The Ark Encounter is located in Kentucky, just south of Cincinnati.  It was built as an exact replica of the ark described in the Bible.   This time we took no grandchildren nor did we go with anyone else.  We decided we wanted to see this for ourselves and take the time to see it properly.


So with David behind the wheel, we were off.  Driving on the Kentucky side of the Ohio River this time. I must say, I really enjoyed the ride as it was different from how we usually go to Cincinnati.  We followed the Ohio River a good portion of the way.


We got to the park about 11:30 in the morning. We had stopped at this really nice coffee shop where they had the best Boston crème donuts I have every eaten and I liked their coffee too.  Anyway, see that lady there?  Just want to say she and her husband were so nice and were smarter than David and I. Know why?  They bought their entrance tickets online and suddenly someone came along the line and said if you already had your tickets. you could get in line for the bus.  David and I did not have our tickets. They did, so they left us.  Note to self, if we are going to a popular place where tickets are required, buy them online.  We would have saved at least an hour’s time in line if we had done so.


So, we waited and waited in line.  I don’t think the people at the Ark Encounter were expecting so many people, but it being a holiday weekend, there were thousands there.  People just kept coming.   Thankfully, it wasn’t too hot and there was a nice breeze.  Finally, we got to the ticket booth and purchased our tickets.  Everyone gets a wristband to wear to get on the bus to the ark.  Then we got into another queue to get on the bus.



These buses ran continuously all day taking people to the ark.   It was so nice to finally get to sit down.  The bus takes you on a winding road to the ark.

Then, suddenly, there it is in front of you and I have to say I said out loud, “Omigosh!”   It was huge.



And so beautiful.

Then we got into another queue to get into the ark.  After the obligatory picture they take of you, that they would try to sell to you in the gift shop after your trip though the ark, we finally actually stepped into the ark, two hours and forty five minutes after arriving at the parking lot!

By that time we were exhausted.

We began to walk through the ark.  It was so beautifully made.  The largest timber-framed  structure in the world today.  It is hard to imagine one man and his three sons making something so huge in Biblical times, but it was God’s plan and people lived a whole lot longer when the world was fresh and new and didn’t have the distractions we do today.  It probably took them decades to build.   This ark took men just a little over a year to build with all the modern equipment we have today.


There were so many exhibits. This may have been what their living spaces

looked like on the ark. Since they had no idea how long they would be on the boat, they would surely have wanted their living spaces to be comfortable.


Food may have been stored in earthenware pots such as these.  Think how much food was needed to feed all the animals and the eight people on board for such a long period of time.


Cages of all sizes lined the walls.  Young animals of every species of the day were brought on board, one male, one female.  Noah would probably not have brought elderly animals or animals past their prime for having babies.    We have no idea what some of the animals looked like back those many millenniums ago.  Elephants may not have looked like they do today. Giraffes may have had shorter necks.   The truth is, we don’t know what animals looked like in Noah’s day for the most part.


Who knows what animals were all on the boat?   There were thousands upon thousands.   Even then, there was room for more.  The only things we do know for sure is the size of the boat, what people were on it. and that animals were rescued to replenish the earth after the flood.  By the way. Did you know there have been stories all over the world down through the centuries telling about massive floods but that in only one of them were there survivors?  Noah and his family are the only known survivors of a worldwide flood that killed everything that could not breathe under water.


This was a robotic Noah who told his story.  Children were captivated by him.  I noticed how they would go right to the front and listen with interest to one of the most amazing stories of  mankind.   So thankful parents are teaching their children the Bible and its truths.


There was no rest on the ark for all those days they were aboard.  Cages needed repaired, animals fed and watered and the animal waste disposed of.  What a job!


When they had time to rest, they probably studied the scriptures. Noah was a righteous man and his family must have been righteous people.


They were metal workers and wood workers.   All these skills were needed to build the ark and would be needed after they returned to dry land.


Some people scoff at the story of Noah and the ark, but if it’s in the Bible, it’s a true story.  This sign says it all about how satan wants to convince us that it isn’t true. Then you won’t believe any of the Bible.  You cannot pick and choose what to believe and what to set aside.  It’s all in there for a reason, whether to teach a lesson or show the way to Jesus Christ.  Did you know the story of Noah and the ark is also an analogy of how people accept or reject Jesus Christ?

You see, God has a plan.  Has had it since the beginning of time.  He knew men would be sinful and need to be made fit for Heaven because sin cannot abide in Heaven.  So, He sent His Son, Jesus Christ, as a sacrifice for all of us.  Jesus bore our sins upon himself on the cross.  God’s only requirement?  That you accept this gift of salvation and His Son as your Savior.  Many people reject that gift and would rather live a sin filled life.  That is what happened in Noah’s day.  Men were so sinful, God was going to destroy his entire creation, but He saw one man, Noah, who was righteous and decided it was worth a second try.  The ark represents salvation.  Then there is the door.  There was only one door in the ark.  Just as there is only one way to Heaven.


The day the rains began, God shut that door and no one else could enter.  Jesus is the door to Heaven, and one day that door will be shut also, if you reject Him.  There will be no second chances.  God will close the door once for all and those who are in Christ will be with Him in Heaven.  When I stood by that door, my heart ached for all those who have rejected Jesus.  Who think there is no Heaven or Hell.  Do you know Jesus talked more about hell while He was on earth because He doesn’t want anyone to go there?  No one. He loves us all.  Everyone around the world.  If you are reading this, He loves you, too.  I hope you have a relationship with Him.

Another thing I noticed about the ark was the lighting.  It wasn’t bright, but you could still see everything.  Almost like it was lit by oil lamps. Every once in a while I would stand back and just look around at the ark, at the people and think how amazing it all was.   Some of the exhibits were in little alcoves which became quite claustrophobic for me when twenty or more people crowded around.  People were taking pictures, as was David and I. Note to self.  Next time you go to the ark, leave the camera behind and just soak in the atmosphere and read all about the exhibits.  One man backing up to take a picture stepped right on David.  I was wishing that cellphones had not been invented because at some of the exhibits that was all you could see.  But all in all, people were kind to one another and it was a really nice day.

After we got out of the ark we realized we hadn’t gone to the zoo there yet, but we were so exhausted, we said, “Next time.”  We bought some drinks and a big bag of kettle corn and walked to get back on the bus.  Note to self.  Wear crocs next time.  They are the only shoes I can walk in for hours without my feet hurting.  By the end of the day I felt like I was walking on stumps.  We got to our motel and I laid down and went right to sleep!

The next day we returned home, again along the Ohio River. We took back roads and came across one area where people had Summer cabins on the river.  Some were already closed up for the season.  We went through some little towns with neat old houses.





Suddenly, out of the corner of my eye I saw something on my window and I thought it was inside the car and I screamed and David swerved the car.  What was it?


This gigantic praying mantis had landed on my window, thankfully, outside.


David had to get outside and take more pictures of it.  It was the biggest one I have ever seen.  He knocked it off the window and we went on our way.


Watching barges make their way slowly down the Ohio River.

It was good to get home, but I would recommend seeing the ark.  Whether you are a believer or not, it’s an amazing structure.

Today was Labor Day and David and I did labor. David had to work today so I decided to stain more boards for the fence we are replacing.  I worked all day and I am glad I finished them today because it is suppose to be hot and humid once again tomorrow.  Ugh.




Fifty boards, after staining hundreds of others, and we are only half done with the fencing.  Next year.

Hope you had a wonderful Labor Day weekend if you celebrate it.

Here’s to a righteous man who listened to God.  Bye.








What’s Going On

Well, I’m just sitting here wondering where in the world Summer went. It came in a blast of rain and heat and is leaving the same way.   I had so many plans.  Some came to fruition, others went by the wayside.  Like I totally missed our state fair again this year.  Every year David and I say we want to go, but this year we had a nasty bug and were waylaid for a couple of weeks, so we missed it.

I wanted to go to the zoo.  Haven’t made it there.

I’ve wanted to go on a picnic somewhere besides our backyard. Haven’t done it.

I have been swimming a whole lot more since it’s been so hot and humid this Summer.  But because of the heat and humidity, our lawn grows tall enough that we could bale it before we get the energy to go out and mow.

We tried to buy some more land which would have meant more mowing and I was wondering, “What are we thinking?”  Luckily, we didn’t get it.    They wanted way more than we were willing to pay.   It was all David’s idea.   But I always go along with him.  We are partners in crime, after all.

I took care of dogs and chickens all Summer.  Plus fed the Hummingbirds to the point we use about a five pound bag of sugar every week just for them.   They say animals are dumb?  Then why am I doing all the work, feeding, cleaning after them, taking them to the vet?  Molly hurt her eye somehow so we took her to the vet yesterday. I made an appointment for the morning and went to put her in the car, but she refused.  She weighs eighty-eight pounds so I couldn’t lift her.  I begged, pleaded, and gave her treats, but nothing was getting that dog into the car so I had to cancel the appointment and make one when David was here to get her in the car.  So, guess what?  Time for the appointment, she hopped right up into the car and David looked at me like I was crazy.  Go to the vet, she acts like everyone there is her best friend wagging her tail all over the place.  Even sat still while the vet put drops in her eye.   Get her home, she doesn’t want to get out of the car.  Crazy dog.  But I love her.


I guess she knows who is boss.

Our garden has overflowed with cucumbers and tomatoes.



I would go out and pick them one day and the next…….


Bam!  More. I can only eat so many so David has taken at least a half bushel to work with him and given them away.


This is my puny try at freezing some tomato juice.  So much work. So little produced.  Considering I don’t even use tomato juice very often, this is plenty for us. I have a friend who cans enough food for her and her husband to last all winter.  I admire her and she puts me to shame, but I’m not ashamed enough to do what she does.

I have three little hills of cucumbers and they have produced enough for David to have all he wants and to take to work and give away.  I am so glad those people like our produce.  I hate to throw it away.

We have had two of the grandboys a couple of nights this Summer which isn’t much, but they and their parents have busy schedules.




So they had these toothbrushes that lit up when they used them, so we turned off the lights and they demonstrated them for me.  It’s so easy to entertain Grandma.

We did manage to go to one auction.  It rained the entire day so I spent most of it in the car knitting while David stood out in the rain and bought a few things.  He got this for me. Five hours later.


A cute little Adirondack chair.   As I sat in the car, they sold a boat right in front of me for $500. It was a really nice boat too.


I’ve knitted socks.   Oh, yes I have.


David tried a new hairdo.

When we were getting our porch built a couple of years ago, one of the men working for our contractor brought me a flower since he saw I liked flowers.  He told me I couldn’t kill it.   Well, I watered in and kept it protected and watched it die down for the winter and it didn’t come up the next year.  This year it didn’t come up either, at least for a long time. Then one day I saw some leaves where a bare spot use to be, and soon the plant was growing taller and taller, so David made a cage around it so the rabbits wouldn’t eat it.  Now it is a beautiful big plant and I looked up what kind it is.



It’s called a Passion Flower and is so beautiful.  They only bloom for one day, but there are several flowers on the plant.

We are going to see the Ark in Cincinnati this week.  It’s an exact replica of the one described in the Bible.  There is a zoo there also so I get to make my trip to the zoo.   Thousands of people have already visited it and it just opened this Summer, on Dave’s and my anniversary.

Tomorrow I will start decorating the house for Fall.  Before we know it, it will be election day, then Thanksgiving(hope I will be thankful who got elected) and then Christmas.   Time is coming quickly.   Did you know time comes. it doesn’t go?  I learned that this year.   You can’t stop it.  It’s going to come so make the most of every day and give God the glory.


He’s provided some glorious sunsets this year.

Here’s to another Summer.  Good-bye, Summer, you were really special.  Bye





Simply Words

No pictures today, folks, even though I have several on my camera.  The past three weeks have been kind of fuzzy to me. After we took the Grandboys to the Children’s Museum, I got sick the day after and am really not feeling completely well yet.  I coughed and hacked for two weeks until my head and my teeth hurt and only after David started coughing and hacking did I decide to make us appointments to see the doctor.

I really like our doctor, I just don’t want to see him anymore than I have to.  He examined us both and put us on antibiotics steroids and inhalers.  I don’t like inhalers at all.  So we are finishing up these meds and I still have a cough and am blowing my nose. so there will probably be another doctor’s visit in my future.  When I was growing up and got sick, the usual remedy was a shot of penicillin and that usually made me well.  I don’t know what has happened to penicillin, but I am going to ask my doctor if he still uses it.

During these two week our tomatoes and cucumbers have gone wild.  I have picked so many and given so many away and they still keep coming.  I froze a little tomato juice.   I use to can tomatoes, but I quit that a long time ago because it seemed all the work wasn’t worth the product.  Plus, it’s always so hot when it’s time to can.  Yes, I am lazy.

My sock pile is getting bigger, however.  I have knitted and knitted when I felt poorly and some people are going to get several pairs of socks come Christmas.  I love knitting socks now.  I can almost do it with my eyes closed.  I can’t wait to get more yarn.  I have become a complete yarn addict.  At least I feel like I am accomplishing something while I’m sitting here.

David and I are planning a train trip this year.  Riding and sleeping on a train has been on my bucket list forever.  We will get to sleep four nights on the train and I can’t wait.  When we took the ferry to Alaska. I slept better than I ever had before.  Last night I had a dream I was sleeping on a train and it rocked just like the ferry did.   Alicia Paulsen on her blog, Posey Gets Cozy. just took the train trip we are going to take.  The train goes though mountains and Glacier Park and though the west.   Her pictures are amazing.  The dining car looks just like I envision it with white table cloths on the tables, sitting by a window eating your meal while the scenery goes by.  Looks like pure Heaven.

The grandchildren have all gone back to school.  Whatever happened to Summer?  June and July flew by.  I blinked and it was August.  Now August is half over already.  I really don’t think children should have to start school until after Labor Day.    I remember one year we got out of school on May 6th and didn’t return until after Labor Day.  It was a long, lazy(well as lazy as you can get on a farm) and wonderful Summer.  I would spend my days reading, playing with the animals on the farm, helping in the garden, helping my mother freeze corn. We did one hundred pints one Summer.  I got to do a lot of day dreaming too. Do kids have time to day dream any longer?  Day dreams are what inventions and literature and beautiful music come from.  If you are constantly bombarded with noise from an Ipod or looking down at your cellphone all the time for the next text, you really don’t have time to day dream.  A whole generation is losing out on the chance to just sit and day dream.  We are hooked up to social networks and are less social.  There has to be a middle ground somewhere, but when I go out and all I see are people sitting together with their eyes on their cellphones instead of connecting to others, It makes me kind of sad.  People even think you are kind of odd if you aren’t carrying your cellphone around with you everywhere you go.  It’s like life support for some people.   And now the Pokeman phenomena is driving people nuts.  Grownups racing around looking for an imaginary little creature.  What has happened to grownups, anyway?  Why do grownups now act like children?  I’m not being judgmental, I am just curious.  My parents would think the adults of today were acting very infantile.   My parents came from the generation when you had to work hard just to live and raise your family.  Family was the most important thing, too.   They didn’t have time for playing very often.  A family vacation was a real treat to be saved for and then you didn’t take another for a few years.  Now people think they have to vacation all the time.  My thoughts on vacations are they are fun, but they always make me glad when I get home.   When I am on vacation, I am thinking of home and when I am home I am planning a vacation.  I’ve gone on a lot of imaginary vacations in my mind.  Some have come true.  Others may never happen.

I am looking forward to cooler weather.  We have had rain, heat and humidity for weeks now.  I really feel sorry for the people in Louisiana. They are really having a hard time of it. Our town was flooded a few years ago, so I kind of know what they are going through.  Just think of losing all you own, all of it underwater, the mud and dirt in your home.  I pray for them that the rains will stop and they can start the clean up and get back to normal as quickly as possible.

Well, I have rambled on long enough.   I think it is my fuzzy mind still clogged with the cold and it doesn’t help that yesterday, while running to answer the phone, I had something slippery on my feet and I did the splits running to the radio to turn it down and then I did the splits running to the telephone and laying on the floor, I finally got it answered and it was our internet company. Our internet had gone out again, the second time this Summer and I find I am lost without it, which makes me wonder about myself.  Anyway.  I got the phone answered, but today I have a badly sprained toe with bruises and my thighs hurt.  But, we have our internet back and I get to ramble here on my blog.  So all is good.

Hope you are having a better time than me.  Bye.