Last night was T or T at church Mark and Michael represented the Ellis family.
Saturday, October 22, 2016
Thursday, October 20, 2016
My dad, his two sisters, and Dustin (the grandson, chaperone) boarded the Amtrack in Huntington on Saturday morning for a day they will never forget. They traveled from Huntington to Hinton, WV.
This is one happy camper. He loves a good train ride. I think the last one he was on was the trip to see us in WI or maybe it was to Cassie's wedding in Charlottesville, VA. I can see the utter joy on his face. and that smile says volumes!
It took a village to make this trip happen. The train crew could not have been more accommodating. Ay aunts are singing their praises! Someone was always there to help with whatever they needed. And thank you, Dustin, for going with them. I don't think they could have done it without you!
My cousin, Kim, dropped them off at the train station in Huntington and then raced back to Milton to get a few shots of them passing through close to her house.
And here they come!
They got to sit up in the dome car....Super Dome. And it was perfect for seeing all the mountains and taking pictures. Only one problem...you had to be really fast on the shutter or you missed the shot. I can't wait to see what my dad ended up with.
When I asked him a million questions the other night on the phone I figured out that he was most impressed with the house sized boulders that were in the river.
They got to eat breakfast and dinner on the train. Both were delicious! The kitchen was in the lower level of the dome car so their meals were piping hot when they were served.
There were 2,400 sightseeing on the train and they all got off at Hinton for the street festival. One of my aunts remembered walking up the hill as a little girl. You see, my PopPaw worked on the railroad building the bridges. So that was exciting for them. Getting up the hill was a breeze because the got to ride in a cart...being 'the old farts' as Kim calls them. While they were at the street fair they took turns pushing and pulling my dad with his walker It was decided that next year he is taking his wheelchair or scooter.
Both of my aunts are crafty. So they were really interested in all the booths that were set up. I am positive that they came back with lots of ideas.
I know exactly where this is...under the New River Bridge! Been there lots of times on a raft. This is also where Bridge Day is held. Check it out on YouTube. You can't imagine what some people do off this bridge.
These three play cards at least twice a week. They crack me up! There are a million stories I could tell you about their card playing adventures.
And here they are coming back to Huntington after a day on the rails.
I am so thankful that they all got to go. I am very appreciative of Kim for all the pictures and Dustin for going and making sure they were all brought back home safe and sound. He sent some shots through the day so I could see what they were doing. I think I heard that they are planning to go again next year. Think I am marking it on my calendar now because it would be great fun...even though I am not a very good card player.
These trips could be training/practice for the trip across Canada that my dad has always wanted to go on. Better get to envelopes started for that trip.
Wednesday, October 19, 2016
Got a call from my Aunt Dory saying she was going to be a great-grandma soon and she needed the plantation bed for her son's daughter's baby. I love that bed. I hated to see it go but I feel like the 'new owner' will love it as much as I do. Maybe someday it will make its way back to me.
My cousin, Kim, drove the 'old farts' down for just a bit...stopping along the way at one of my favorites stops on Rt 32...Keim Family Market. We had lunch and then went to play with the animals for just a bit...not long enough at all.
First order of farm business was feeding the chickens a little snack through the Cluck-Thru.
Kim is an animal lover...two legs, four legs...really doesn't matter to her. She is a pretty darn good chicken wrangler too.
She was able to catch quite a few of the girls. And she didn't get pooped on, not even once.
Boot getting up close and personal with Aunt Judy's camera.
Gladys got caught and didn't know what to do.
But she finally calmed down and spent some time on Aunt Judy's lap.
Aunt Judy, Aunt dory, and cousin Kim...and I always thought I got my smiling squint from my mom!
Remember the mention of Keim Family Market on Rt 32? Some of the BEST and BIGGESTt glazed donuts I have ever had in my ENTIRE LIFE. And I have a whole box of them!
Kim has MEGA creative juices coming out of ever pore in her body. She is amazing. I dream of doing the things she does. She brought me some more little pumpkins to go with my collections of candy corn pieces and other pumpkins.
And this was my breakfast this morning. So big it might take me three days to eat it all.
Tuesday, October 18, 2016
I have no idea what this is actually called. But they make awesome frames. I hope to go back when the store is open and find out what they are called and where I can fins some.
And I a thinking this might just have to go on my bucket list.