Friday, October 20, 2017

Met Jean near East Aurora, NY Friday 10/20/17

Jean and I were friends back in the early l980's but we lost contact when I moved to the Oneonta area in l986.  I was able to find her phone number on the internet and contacted her about a month ago.  Last night I realized that I had a free day today so I called her and she agreed to meet up with me today.

I woke up to a gorgeous fall day!  We met up at the Yellow Goose on the corner of Big Tree Road and Two Rod Road, between East Aurora and Wales Center.  It is a huge convenience store.  I suggested that we drive a few miles east to go to the Wales Center Hotel.  I had called them last night to make sure they were open today and was told that they were.

We drove past it because it does not have a sign, but eventually (after a phone call) we found it.
We  did not eat there because they did not have any real tables and chairs, just barstools and tall tables with tall stools.  Jean can not use those tall stools.  We did use the ladies room, which was nice, and talked with the bartender and a customer.  Jean is such a good sport she said that this was "an experience".  It sure was.

We decided to just go back to the Yellow Goose.  I had a sub and Jean had a calzone.  My sandwich was just fine, but I think it was a bit expensive (over six dollars).  We visited for an hour or more and got each other caught up on all that has happened to both of us over the years.  Its been over thirty years.  

Jean needed some WHITE OUT, so we drove to East Aurora to go to a CVS to get it.  Then I took her back to the Yellow Goose to get her car.  We agreed to try to get together sometime in the spring, since winter is getting so close.

On the way back, I turned off of 78 to check out this old diner that I noticed not too long ago when I was out with Mary Ann.    It is on Route 20 in Depew, on the way to the Lancaster Opera House.  
 I had a piece of bumbleberry pie with a scoop of ice cream.  It was delicious.
I stopped at WalMart in Lockport to pick up an item that I ordered. (a bed wedge).

Sunday, October 15, 2017

CONNECT Luncheon: Sunday 10/15/17

After church Peggy held a luncheon for seniors.  I passed out the newsletters.
  I think about 25 people attended and the lunch was very good.  My green salad was almost all gone by the end of the meal.

Peg had an activity which was fun.  She broke us into groups of three and gave us twenty strands of dry spaghetti, one mini marshmallow, some string and some masking tape and asked us to make towers.  The highest tower would be the winner.
Here are some of the results: 

It was a fun event

Marlene and I agreed to meet up at six p.m. for a walk but we cancelled due to rain and high winds

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Saturday with David and Peggy(including flight in a small plane)

Peggy won a flight in a private small plane at the recent basket raffle at Faith Tabernacle Spaghetti Dinner fundraiser.  The flight was for four, but the pilot thought our combined weight (Peg, David, myself and the pilot) was too much so he broke it down into two half hour flights instead of a full hour.  David and Peggy went first and then David and me.  David in the front and me in the back.  I had a queasy stomach after a few minutes, so I was glad it was only a thirty minute flight.
here I am !  (in the back) with my headphones on. (to protect my ears from the loud noise)
After the flight we stopped at the Clarence Hollow Farmers Market: it is the last day opened this year.  

We had lunch at MoMo's and stopped at TOPs on the way back to their house.    I bought ingredients to put together a green salad for tomorrows Seniors Luncheon.

Friday, October 13, 2017

Friday October 13, 2017 Drive From the East to the West (across NY State0

I left Carol's house about nine fifteen this morning.  I lost ten or fifteen minutes on Route 8 north of New Berlin, due to road work.  I continued on without stopping until I got to Auburn.  There, I pulled over because of sirens and then pulled into a gas station to get gas.  I could not get into the right lane when I left the gas station, so I had to drive around a block to get back on 20.  That worked out fine because while going around the block, I saw this old diner that I had noticed previously while driving through Auburn

It appears to be an original OLD diner.   I enjoyed my fish sandwich, clam chowder and pie!  

Then I continued on down 20 with a destination in mind.  SAUDERS in Seneca Falls. 
It is a HUGE Mennonite bulk food store.  They offer LOTS of samples of their products. I bought a few items.
outside they had MANY different kinds of pumpkins and huge mums, etc. 

That was my last stop.  I got on the thruway and stayed on it until I got to the Depew exit.  I arrived home at four fifteen.  I called Peg and we agreed that she would pick up Chiavettas chicken and I would provide the sides.  David joined us for supper.  

Thursday, October 12, 2017

DAY WITH CONNIE: October 12, 2017

Carol and I decided NOT to go to Jordanville for a tour of the HOLY TRINITY MONASTERY.  Instead, we decided
to spend the day with our friend Connie.  Connie is older than us and she is not in good health
For years, she has wanted to go to Carol's house to see Carol's horses, but she has been unable
to get herself there because she cannot spend a lot of time driving, due to one of her vestibular
disorders.   So, yesterday, after talking with Carol, I called Connie and asked her if she
thought she could come out to Carol's house if we picked her up and took her home.  She said
yes, she could. So, we planned out our lunch and left at nine thirty a.m. this morning to drive to Oneonta (just this side)to pick her up.
Before going to Carol's house, Carol took us on a drive up LONGVIEW ROAD to get a
nice view of the valley.  The sky was gray and overcast without a bit of blue showing, but it was still stunning.   I took several pictures.  I think this may be my favorite
Once back at Carol's, we all went down to see Carol's horses, DIA and MYSTIQUE.  Carol brought them out
of the pasture area so Connie could get close to them.  Connie thoroughly enjoyed this and I took
several pictures.
After lunch of egg salad sandwiches, salad and chips we dug into Carol's homemade APPLE PIE!!!! It was
thoroughly delicious!!!!  Carol went out to feed the horses and I cleaned up the kitchen.  Then we
visited for a while.
When it got to be time to leave, we noticed that the sky had cleared up, so we went back to LONGGVIEW
ROAD, and I took a couple more pictures.
 Before we headed back to New Berlin. We stopped at The Magic Closet in the Zion Episcopal Church and each of us found  few items to take.  We checked out the Morris Farmers Market but it looked  like most of the vendors had already left, so we did not stop.
Carol prepared a ham slice for supper  Very good!

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Norwich and more: October 11, 2017

Carol and I headed to Oxford this morning to drop off her son Nick's mail to him.  Before getting there we stopped in WHITE STORE, NY and found a geocache at the cemetery.   On the way to his house, we saw his truck at a place he was working, so we stopped and gave his mail to his partner.  As we were pulling away, Nick pulled in and suggested we stay so we could go inside and look at the house which is THE OLDEST HOUSE IN OXFORD, built around 1750.

Then we headed into Norwich to go to the ARTIST'S PALETTE, which is owned by Carol's former daughter in law, Jill.
We were there about a half hour or maybe more.  We looked for a couple of geocaches in Norwich and found one of them.

Then we went back to Carol's for lunch.

And then we went to ROSA MYSTICA. Father Cyril introduced himself to us.

Carol wanted to show me YODER's GREENHOUSE, but when we got there, it appeared that they were closed for the season. Carol bought a  pumpkin across the road.  Then we called it a day and headed back to her place.  Carol prepared breaded pork chops for supper.  They were very good.  

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

FALL COLOR drive with Carol (and a lot more)

when we got to somewhere near Richfield Springs, we saw a sign for the HOLY TRINITY
MONASTERY.  We stopped and took a few pictures from the outside.

There was a sign saying
women with shorts or even slacks were not permitted entry, but a monk crossed the road and
suggested we go to the gift shop.  We did not find it at first, so we explored a cemetery
and crypts, then another monk pointed us in the right direction.
In the gift shop we met Father Teacan (sp?), who spoke with us for a while and gave each of
us a free booklet.  He invited us to come back (properly dressed) for a tour and even for lunch. 
We have his phone number and I hope to return on Thursday, but Carol is not sure
Then we headed to Caroga Lake, to explore the abandoned SHERMAN'S AMUSEMENT PARK.  There was road contruction
going on and we were escorted past it.
We did find the abandoned park and explored it a bit.............there are only two rides: a carousel
(inside a round building) and the ferris wheel.  I took a lot of pictures of the park

a beautiful carousel resides in this round house!

and of a few places in
the village. 
We decided to continue heading north a bit (mostly to try to find a convenience store
with a rest room.  We saw some GLORIOUS fall foliage on Route 29A
and stopped at a shop that looked interesting
in Stratford, NY.
After that we headed south. We stopped at this place
But it was closed, and then I saw a sign that indicated
am Amish sawmill, so we headed towards that and saw a sign
for a bulk food store.  We stopped at the sawmill to ask
directions to the bulk food store and it turned out it was
right next door.
  I purchased some brown sugar.
We continued driving west on 29 and turned south to get on
28, which took us through the Herkimer diamond area.  We
stopped at the Herkimer Diamond Mine (a tourist attraction)
and went through the museum and the gift shop.
Very interesting
and actually going to the mining area and looking for diamonds
might be a fun activity on a cool day.
We accidentally took a scenic hilly route back towards Carols
place, arriving there shortly after four p.m.

Monday, October 9, 2017

Oneonta Day

Carol and I met Connie at Panera's and she treated us to a great breakfast
then Leslie joined us.  Leslie, Carol and I did some geocaching in Oneonta.
and we found four out of six.

dnf DONALD TRUMP and SI ROBERTSON. One of the DNF's was
near this wetland area on Oneida Street.

Leslie treated us to DAIRY QUEEN with a gift certificate she had won.
Most of the day had passed by the time we finished geocaching, so Carol and I headed back to her place.  She prepared pork chops and mashed potatoes and gravy for supper and it was a delicious meal.  

Sunday, October 8, 2017

Drive to Carol's on Sunday, October 8, 2017

I left Lockport at about 9:15 a.m. and I got on the thruway near Pembroke.  I continued to Exit 41 where I got off in order to get on Route 20.   I  came upon THREE situations that held up my journey:  HOLDUP #1, as soon as I found 20, there was an accident up ahead.  Traffic heading east was stopped for several minutes and then we were directed to turn around.  I stopped in a nearby parking lot and had a light lunch and looked at the map and figured out a different way to get to 20.

HOLDUP #2, As I was passing Navarino's Orchards, I noticed that there were a LOT of people there, and that the APPLE FRITTER building was open and doing business. The line was long and slow, but since it was the first time I ever saw it open and I really wanted to try the fritters, I waited............
It was well worth the wait!  You get three for three dollars and tlhey are hot and fresh.  
I noticed a lot of people at other Apple Orchards along the way, HOLDUP #3 was when I got close to Lafayette, traffic stopped (for about twenty minutes, I think) because of the crowds coming and going.  I called Carol while I was waiting but I could not hear her.  I spoke anyways, explaining that I was stuck in traffic.  

After getting out of that traffic, I punched New Berlin into my GPS and it took me on some backroads where I saw some nice color. 
I am not sure where I was.  

I arrived at Carols house a bit before 4:30.  She was ready to leave to go to her friend Janes house for supper, but I told her I needed to rest a bit, which I did.

We had supper with Jane and her husband Rich and their friend Chris.  Jane and Rich have a beautiful log home that they built themselves.  Supper was amazing...........baked ziti and salad and garlic bread.  Apple pie and apple strudel for desert.  

It was a good, but tiring day. .

Saturday, October 7, 2017

10th Annual Western New York HEART TO HEART Women's Conference

I met up with Peggy and several women from church at 7:45 this morning (UGH!!!) to head to Leroy for this conference.
which was held at Living Waters Church 

  Our Pastors wife,  Jenny Campbell was the special guest speaker.
When Peggy said that she would drive the van and take a group, I decided to go.  It was a bit hard getting up and ready by 7:30 a.m.  I had not gotten up when it was still dark in a while.

Jenny spoke twice in the morning, and there was some good worship.
We all drove to the LeRoy Country Club
where we were given a very good buffet lunch.

We were treated to a very interesting skit
and a dance

before Jenny spoke again.  And the last event was the opportunity to participate in prophetic ministry.