Maybe also because my birthday is this month. I'm so looking forward to my birthday this weekend -- Wendell & I are going to the Wabash Coffee House in Hutsonville, IL for pecan pancakes, then on down to Palestine for the wine festival (over 15 wineries expected to have booths there!), then home on the back roads -- that's the plan anyway. Then on Sunday after church, we're meeting Jeff & Jane in Indy for lunch. What more could you want for a birthday weekend?!
|I've been adding items to the garden shed wall; here's the latest I found at the Worthington yard sale for $2.|
Wanted to tell you about a special weekend --
Couple weeks ago we went to the Lee Family Reunion, just south of Poneto, Indiana. (I'll bet you have no idea where Poneto is ...) This farm has been in the Lee family (my mother's maiden name) for more than 100 years; I'm thinking now maybe closer to 150 years. Where the folks in the first picture are sitting used to be the orchard when my grandparents lived here. It was a really nice weather day, in the low 80s with a breeze. We enjoyed lots of good food, talk, laughs, croquet, corn hole and poking around the old barn. Just a good day all around. For me the best part was just catching up with family I haven't seen since last summer! I think there were about 25 of us ... Wendell & I had a great time.
After we left the farm, we went over to Wabash and stayed overnight at the Charley Creek Inn. It's an old downtown hotel that was renovated a few years ago and it's super nice. I highly recommend it if you're thinking of going to Wabash to the Honeywell Center (we saw Ron White there last fall; they have pretty good entertainment at the Honeywell). There are a couple really good restaurants downtown, also -- one right in the hotel, and we ate there. Of course we weren't very hungry after all that reunion food! But we managed to choke down a couple appetizers and a bottle of wine, and really enjoyed our stay. Check out their website if you want to read the history of the place.
|The lobby of Charley Creek Inn ...|
|Exterior, taken from the northeast corner. Sunday a.m. when there was no one stirring yet ... It was so nice and quiet here.|
|On the left is the restaurant; we didn't visit this building. On the right is the building where you buy admission tickets. This is where we began the day.|
|You begin the dairy experience in a big barn-looking building where you can watch a 3-D movie about what you'll be seeing. This movie comes with bubbles and mist; I felt very moisturized when we left. Don't miss this movie!|
|FYI -- Jeff and Jane are not the only ones who get a private showing ...|
|Everything there is HUGE. Here's one of many silage piles!|
|Just beginning to show the front feet ...|
|The calf is out and she's cleaning her up. This took about 15 minutes. It's a girl! Whew! After seeing this I was exhausted so we headed for home.|
God is good. ... More later!