Friday, July 31, 2015

Our 3 week trip..short version

Good Friday morning to you all.

Wow,  it has been a whole month since I posted - hope I still have a couple followers left!!

Well  July was a whirl-wind - we were gone the first 3 weeks and when we got home I immediately went to bed from an infection I got and stayed there for 3-1/2 days and the rest of that week was preparing for our turn at having the 'cousins reunion'.
It was a wonderful turnout this year – only 2 cousins couldn’t make it.
 cousins july 2015

This week was spent doing 'catch-up' on what was missed the rest of the month.

I'd like to take you on the trip with us as much as I can - pictures are few, at least the one's anyone would be interrested in.
We started out our trip heading south and spent the first night with Betty Crowe. She is a very dear friend who has 'Through My Back Door' blog - I know most of you know about her blog.
We met Betty last year on our trip south and felt like we had been friends forever.
Betty was one of my very first customers way back in 2009 and what did she order....CROWS! Naturally.
Well anyway we got to her house in the rain but it just made the mountains of Powell, TN that more beautiful.

Betty with smile
Betty met us at the 'back door' with her sweet smile.
Betty and Doug
Betty and Karen
Betty Deb Doug
These two look like book-ends…lol
Betty fixing Breakfast 
Betty fixing our wonderful Pot Roast dinner!
Dinner table
Deb (Betty’s daughter), Me and Betty

Our room
Our beautiful comfortable room for the night
We had a wonderful visit and I know we’ll stop in and see Betty again next time we head south.

The next morning we headed to Asheville, NC to visit Bill and Linda Nottingham
It had been a whole year since we saw them and we missed them dearly.
Our GPS wouldn’t take us to their place so they met us at the bottom of the hill – same as last year!
Bills birthday was on July 4th – Linda gave him a pair of waterproof shoe/boots and he loved them.
He and Doug take the same size so they had to smart around with them.

Linda put a pack of rub on tattoo's in his card and insisted we all wear them for the day.
Mine are on the left – I had a skull and a lizard of some kind.
Do you know how hard it is to get these buggers off?  It was days!!!

Later that day we went to the movies…saw SPY.
Here’s what Linda said about the movie.
”we all thought it was HIGHlarious!
And, like, Chummy from Call the Midwife!!!  Karen and I ate too much popcorn and got tummy aches.
Today we shopped for shoes and feel much better!”
I would recommend this movie if you want to laugh the entire time.
Fantastic Margarita’s at this wonderful Mexican restaurant – Nacho’s & Beer.

Spent 4 days with them then left north-east to Lancaster, PA

But first a stop in Chambersburg, PA at Grant Street Woolworks for more wool and Valdani thread.
Teresa Miller (Teresa’s Primitive Treasures) met us there.
She was going to go to lunch with us but was taking care of two of her grandchildren so opted out.
Still had a wonderful visit with her and Linda
Trying to find the right Valdani threads to work with the punch needle I purchased – I also brought some of ones I hadn’t worked up yet to get the right colors for them too.
Us three girls
We left there and arrived at our cousin’s place in Lancaster, PA
Spent 5 wonderful days there.
On that Friday it was my birthday and we also spent the day at the Lancaster Country Club watching the
U.S. Women’s Open Golf
We had a fantastic spot to sit and watch…it was the only day of our trip that wasn’t HUMID…couldn’t have asked for a better day.
Linda had a birthday dinner for me on Thursday because we were going to be gone all of Friday.
Karen bird house
I received this darling bird house that has since found a home in one of our trees
Doug bird house 2

We left Lancaster on Saturday the 11th heading north east up to Maine.
I’ll do another post later as this one is on picture overload!



  1. Wow - you've been BUSY! And it looks like you're having lots of fun! (except that infection business). Good to see your post this morning!

  2. Glad you had a safe trip apart from picking up a nasty infection. We covered much of the same route on our vacation and enjoyed every minute. Belated happy birthday to you and I love that sweet bird house!
    Looking forward to hearing about the rest of your travels!

  3. Oh what a great time you are having! I love that Betty met you out of her back door. So many fun things, can't wait to hear more! Happy birthday a wee late! LOL
    Be blessed,

    1. Hi Cindi - sorry I couldn't send you a thank you by email but you came up as a 'no-reply'.
      Betty is one of the most sincere and sweetest lady I've ever met - she is what she is and it's all good!
      Thanks for the birthday wish - still celebrated yesterday too LOL.
      Hopefully I won't bore people with more of the trip.

  4. Looks like a wonderful trip ! I enjoyed the photos !

    1. Thanks Elizabeth - you came up as a 'no-reply' as well so I will thank you here.
      Always nice to see you here.

  5. Oh we had a wonderful visit and of course we will do it again. We have too. Loved having you and Doug. BTW I love the bookend picture!lol Some people you just "jell" with and you all are those people

  6. So glad to see you post. I was getting worried. You two had a wonderful vacation. What great friends.That is something really special.Your family reunion turned out great too. You are very blessed. Thank you for sharing such great picture. Looking forward to more.

  7. What a great trip! Can't wait to see part 2! What great friends. I love Betty's blog! Have a great day!

    1. Hi Margaret - you are also a no-reply and I didn't even get a notice that you posted!!
      Thanks for stopping by my friend.

  8. As promised, I checked in on you and see that you had a great time! You take great pictures!

  9. Hi Karen! Betty is the dearest isn't she!!!!!! I didn't want to leave when I stayed there.
    Happy belated birthday!
    Enjoyed your post and pictures.

  10. Oh, thank you for sharing your pictures with us, Karen. I grew up in the mountains and go home to visit as often as I can. When we see the fog on the mountains, we say the groundhogs are making coffee. :-)
    So glad you had a nice vacation. What a sweet bird house.

  11. Hi Karen, I love to tag along on your tips through your photos. so interesting and I can tell that you and Doug had a wonderful trip. I am looking forward to the ones that are of Maine. Pretty soon, I hope!
    Think about you and hope your back is pretty good.


  12. Hi Karen, I just read in your last post that you are considering dropping your blog. OH NO, pls. don't as I enjoy it so much. I especially enjoyed your latest post b/c we wil be going somewhat the same route as you did this Sept/Oct. We will go as far north in ME to Acadia Nat'l. Park. Also, thanks for the mention of a couple of prim shops as I'm hoping to stop at a few that have been recommended. Do you have any other suggestions for shops? And pls. do reconsider dropping your blog as I would surely miss it. Thanks! Kathy from OH


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