Sunday, October 19, 2014

BEDFORD FESTIVAL… AN APPLE A DAY TRIP

A DAY TRIP…

was taken to the Bedford VA street festival…they had the usual crafts, food and dress up…cute couple below..back in the day I would have been interested in the crafts…but those days are gone…would have liked a nice quilt show included….

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In stead we found some of the old buildings that made up the town…I should have did this b log sooner..cause now I cant remember what this building below was….grrrr..

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We liked this building below…and even liked it more when we found out it was a Civil War Museum …no photos in side so all you get is the building and I am no photographer …it had a lot of civil war artifacts …old stuff …things like that I find interesting…part of all our pasts…think about this…just a little over 100 years ago (not a long time when your are 90 like my dad) the main mode of transportation was horse and buggy…now we fly around in outer space!!!…amazing...think about it…

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And then there is the…

stop on the way back to camp…we stopped at pick your own apple orchard / market …we did not pick off the trees…I got mine out of huge bins of many, many differed kinds of apples…I don’t remember the price but I got a bag full of 7 different kinds with at least 2 of each kind some 3.. it was very good price tho.…Liz didn’t get any cause she had just bought a big bag somewhere else…

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Inside the market is the pic below…they had a ton of apple items and some other jelly's and jams …I was looking for apple jelly (not apple butter)…they only had apple cider jelly and I was afraid to get it in case I didn’t like it…but after tasting the fresh cider Liz got… that they press with their own apples I was very sorry I didn’t get it!! I love apples straight from the orchard as apposed to store bought…same with the apples ..no comparison

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And for the …..

the ” apple a day “ I am not sure this is what the doctor had in mind to keep him away…Fresh Fried  “right then and there” …apple pies !!! Oh my what a treat…was delish…we at them on the way back couldn’t wait…think they were almost go before we got out of the parking lot…

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Well that’s about it for now…I am having a hard time remembering everything…getting sick with that kidney stone the day after I got back to Florida hasn’t helped my memory…I will have to be doing a better job of it…if I am going to be doing some trips and traveling …so anyway thanks for looking and come back soon blessings to all…G&M

Sunday, October 12, 2014

A NOTE…

Just a note to say I have been ill with a kidney stone and not in the mood or able most of the time to post.but I will be back soon…feeling some what better…go to the Doc in the morning …(again) …thanks for looking and come back soon …blessings to all G&M

Friday, October 3, 2014

MORE ON THE BLUE RIDGE….

This is another ….

view of the Peaks of Otter mountain….Liz ask me if I wanted to go on the shuttle ride to the top of the mountain…”I don’t think soooo !!!”  She wanted to go but the timing was not right…this pic was taken at the lake in the valley…visitor center and lodge / restaurant…the view from here was beautiful and the mountains do look blue..sorry about the fingers…

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We hiked the trail the went around the lake…not sure why I didn’t take more pic’s..not a big lake but very pretty…

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On this property is this log cabin…Liz ask me if in had ever seen an “Ordinary”  ..nope never heard of one…well the cabin is just that…an Ordinary from the 1800’s

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Below is a discription of an Ordinary…basically it was an Inn or a stopping place for a weary mountain traveler…this one was run by Polly Wood…you can click on the pic below to see better…

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And the rest of the story…

I am trying to play catch up with my travels…even tho it is a pain traveling and not at all comfortable …..with all this stuff I am taking with me…I am still having a fun  and interesting good time …working my way slowly back to Florida…right now I am in SC visiting with Cynthia aka Miss Mermaid …on the Women RV forum we all have nick names..anyway .. I still have some interesting things to tell about ..like the D –Day Memorial…and Booker T Washington Memorial…I will be done with my fun time …leaving here tomorrow and be in Melbourne on Sun. I will be glad to get unloaded and clean up the rig…and get the doc appointments out of the way…and any things that need to be done …not sure where I will stop tomorrow night…anyway thanks for looking and come back soon …blessings to all G&M

Thursday, October 2, 2014

THE HOUSE…..

Finished…

Well it is finally done….here are the pic’s I took just before leaving…the front porch below was done about 10 years ago…really liked it …especially after the trees I planted grew up to shade it…The fixing up ready for sale started in earnest about 4-5 years ago…but I have been working on down sizing for 6 years…starting with the merchandize from my vintage/antique store…then the house items…took a long time selling it at flea markets and doing yard sales…and after doing research and talking with others in the area …I got more out of my stuff than if I had an auction ..but it was a lot of hard work!100_7873

The garage was fixed up by my son a couple years ago…he put new doors on it did some work inside and new roofing paper…I used it as a work shop..it has a floor in it and if used as a garage again floor would have to be removed…he also painted the house again (I helped) ..it was done about 10 years ago and just needed a refresh…

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The woodwork in the down stairs is all beautiful 6 in. hard wood oak…the house is 124 years old ..built in 1890…It is one of the oldest houses on this side of town…I imagine the oak was taken from the property…below is the front hall and front door..they made to door also because it matches the woodwork…

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The pic’s are in no order.. in the dinning room below is a built in china closet made from the same oak as the woodwork…my pic’s do not show how beautiful the oak is…

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Below is looking into the living room from the dinning room ..cant see the woodwork as it is covered by the drapes but is the same…you can see the oak arch way between them…

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Pic below is the open cheery/oak stair way…you can see the cherry banister, and the cross part below it with quarter sawn oak panels…along with the china closet nicest feature in the house…but really all the woodwork is…When I first bought the house all the woodwork had the black varnish on it..that was used back in the time period…A friend and I stripped it and refinished it natural…now 30 years later it has a beautiful patina to it…

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And the kitchen…friend and I knocked out a wall to the back porch and extended the kitchen about same time we did woodwork..the woodwork in kitchen was pine and had been painted…I painted it white this summer to freshen it up…I did a post about it a few weeks ago…we also put on a new counter top and new sink when wall was done…son put down new laminate floor last summer…

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Up the stairs…about 25 years ago I put in new wall to wall carpet down stairs and up the stairs and upper hall…it shows ware but is very livable..

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The upper hall the wood work is pine but I went a head and refinished it natural..

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The bedroom below is the one I used…papered the walls years ago but in good shape so just left it…peach color with shears to match..the bed does not stay..it is a hard wood maple that I refinished again about 25 years ago…I love that bed and want to keep it…

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The blue bedroom could be the master because it is larger and has that big closet…I painted the woodwork in all the bedrooms white years ago and did it again last summer…

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This is the smallest bedroom…my son used this room..single bed and a nice size dresser..but we put a smaller dresser in on half of the closet and a desk in the bedroom …

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Bathroom…a little on the small side …but not bad…son did work in here year before last…took everything out and fixed some pipes in the floor…I went ahead then and put in the smaller vanity..

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Below is the upper hall …the wall on the left going down the stairs is where the old plaster pulled away from the lath…(happens in old houses) …finished up that this summer…

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And there you have it…what I have been working on and blogging about…(gee won’t you miss those blogs) lol I will not!!! I am praying for a quick sale…I still don’t believe that it is done…hard for me to wrap my brain around it…it was always on my mind even when I was in Florida…there because I needed to get it done…I feel a little sad about leaving it was my home for over 35 years… anyway now moving on…I will post all about my adventures ..my trip back to Florida…it sure got better after I got to Winchester and now traveling a bit with Liz…my Women RV friend….I will now start posting about that…we left the Blue Ridge Parkway…so will pick up there next time..thanks for looking and come back soon …blessings to all…G&M

PS…I did a lot of work in the basement but forgot to take pic’s

Monday, September 29, 2014

PEAKS OF OTTER….

Well folks…

There you have it…the Peaks of Otter…on the Blue Ridge Parkway….bet you never thought you would see me on the Blue Ridge Parkway…well I didn’t either…and take a good look..never again!! We  stayed at the Peaks of Otter campground with Liz & Thistle…I am glad I did …but really don’t want to do it again…

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Below is the entrance to the CG…that is perched on the side of that mountain you see above…This trip north…I have really disliked the mountain driving..but on the way back it has been better with new bushings and new tires…

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Below is Liz’s pull thru site …that in reality is just a pull off on the side of the road going around the loop…Nice home on wheels with tow car behind…but no comforts of home..no elec. no water…did have dump station…no internet …to phone..my first real boon docking camping experience …(Wal-Mart don’t count)..in bear country no less…

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And this experience came with a lot of “Firsts” starting with the boon docking…Well actually just getting to the CG was the real first…Liz worked out a route so that I would not have to drive the Parkway much at all..only 5 miles…but there was rt. 43 I had to take off I-81.. 5 miles on it to get Parkway…she was not sure about it…could be a little iffy…but it was only 5 mi. …well let me tell you more than a little iffy!!!(but I don’t blame her she did not know)…the most harrowing 5 miles of my life…it was  small ..skinny road what we would call in Pennsylvania  a paved cow path…STRAIGHT  up the side of the mountain…with very sharp curves winding upward ..some almost like a switch back…OHHH MY…is all I could say.. white knuckle driving…people who know me know that I have a real problem with high places…I once froze on a 10 foot garage roof…friend had a heck of a time getting me down…any way that is the reason I didn’t want to go on the Parkway…but really want to camp and have some fun with Liz…the 43 road that I took to access the Parkway was a mess also in some places it looked like it was washed out by rain and they would threw some black top on it …no grading it or anything…When I pulled in Liz said she was surprised …she didn’t think I would come..we didn’t have much communication because of no phone at the CG for her… I have  never driven on this kind of road in my truck or van let alone a motor home… Another first…I really don’t do a lot of long term camping with out at least elec. and water…so this was the first time I used my fridge on propane…worked out fine…below is a pic of my pull thru..same as the one Liz is in..First cable TV also…but that is later at another campground…

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On the other side of the rig is where the picnic table, fire ring are located…to get there you have to go up the stairs…this CG is really on the side of the mountain…You can see the steps in the pic below…

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On up behind the table is a path to the rest room…just before we left I was walking down and seen a hickory nut lying on the path…I looked up and there was a big old hickory nut tree…so I started to gather some of them up…my grandmother (dads mom) use to make him a hickory nut cake every year for his birthday..he has not had one for years..he ask me to find out from my aunt if she had the recipe…I think we found it…finding the nuts would be not easy…so I was thrilled I found some…so I am going to make the cake for his 90th BD on Nov. 5th…As I look back on this experience on the mountain…I think if I would have not had the rt. 43 mountain climb first off..I would have done a lot better..I was fine coming down the mountain..we did take a different rt…but glad I did have fun with Liz…I will make a few other post on some of the things we did…thanks for looking and come back soon..blessings to all G&M

Friday, September 26, 2014

THE END OF THE TIRE SAGA….

As the storm clouds….

gathered over head we headed back to Wade’s on Mon. I had called at 11 like he said to,,,and the tires came and to come at 1pm and they would put them on…you were right Sherry they all were bad…

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When we got there they took the rig right in..and started…I took Maggie for a walk and then came back to keep my eye on things…they had two guys working on the tires…(this is important on Tues. morning)…after bit  Mr. Wade came around and said …where is your spare tire? I said…oohhh you really don’t want it do you???

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Yep …he did…it seems like the rim on a front tire was bent ..so they wanted to use the spare rim…so as you can see in the pic below I had to empty out the back bay….and it was packed to the gills!!! I never did get it packed back the way it was with everything…so more stuff had to come to the living area…that is full also to the gills…what a mess we are living in…I can hardly stand all the chaos..I ask how rim got bent …Wade said it was probably like that when I got the rig…

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So it was after 4pm before they were done and I could leave …by then it was to late to get on the road to Winchester ….so we went back to WM and they said no problem for another nite…no problem with me either cause I was happy we were going to be on the road… I said good by to Wade and told him he was a nice guy ..but I didn’t think I would be back to see him……NOT!!…Got up bright and early with a very very low tire…Sad smileso sad I was…Sad smileSo got ready to leave and headed straight over to Wade’s…

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You should have seen Mr. Wade’s face when I walked in…told him come have a look at the tire..he was perplexed as I was…so had one of the guys jack it up , take it off and test it out…in the mean time he went to talked to the other guy that had been working on it the day before…I watched them do the testing..and no leaks…just to be safe they took the other one off and tested that one also..no leaks…Wade came back and tested also…then he said he thinks the other guy yesterday did not fully inflate the tire…he said it was their fault the tire went down…because it was only filled to 50 lbs…it got into the 30’s that night and it dropped 10 lbs in the cold…they put it back on filled it up …and told me it was good to go…I said…hmmm since you have all these big tow trucks..if I needed to call you about this tire you would come and get me …(for free) wouldn’t you?…he laughed and said he would not have to..he was confident it was ok…so off we went…about an hr. out we stopped at a rest stop and I looked at it…me being paranoid…thought it looked low..talked to a couple guys they said there was a Pilot station up the road…to make long story short…ran into a trucker that check tire and it was ok…and it has been ok ever since…so that’s my story…We are leaving here this morning soon…heard from Liz so I am going to try and catch up with her…it is really hard living in the rig with furniture bungeed to the couch and every inch of space taken…have to move stuff of the bed every night just to sleep..well I have to get ready to roll…thanks for looking and come back soon…blessings to all G&M

PS…I almost forgot…the tires that had broken belts were made in Nov. 2011…I bought the rig in Oct 2012…so they were less than 1 year old …Wade told me they should never have been put on a vehicle that big …so that was the problem… I sure learned a lot about tires…

Thursday, September 25, 2014

THE NIGHTMARE CONTINUES…

Sat. afternoon….

When we returned to Rouchs at Mt. Morris…they looked the rig over and thought it was the front end out of line…Jeanne Rouchs called about 5 or 6 other garages  none could help…finally found one in Waynesburg Pa….about 10 miles back north…so up I –79 we went …funny thing is I stopped at a Chevy dealership on Fri. and they would not even look at tires..but sent me to a questionable trucking company…and I went right by this place that Jeanne found for me..anyway the name of the place Wade’s is in pic below…big big business…very busy place..They took up almost a whole block and then had a lot else ware…but they could not get to me before 3pm…

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So at about 3 they got the rig up on a lift and about an hr. later Mr. Wade came and got me to go back he wanted to show me while it was on the lift what the problem turned out to be…was not anything wrong with the rig its self..not front end nothing in fact he said rig was well taken care of and was in great shape…not the first garage to tell me that…any way he went thru the routine with the tires and said that 3 out of the last 5 tires had broken belts inside…remember I replaced one already..so we talked about it and decided to replace all of them…but it was late sat. afternoon and he could not get them until Mon…. also one tire on the back had some kind of soft spot…you could push it with your finger…so I could not drive it very far…certainly not back to that CG…So I ask about a WM….

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Walmart was only about a mile away…so off we went….told them my plight and they were very nice and said I could stay as long as needed….so we spent the weekend at WM..We are in the Allegheny mountains..this new WM was at the top of a small mountain all by its self…biggest one I have see so far in my travels…but at least we had a great view…

 

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Nice mountain views from WM

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this is still not the end of the story …. I have to go play with Charley Renee ..so will post more later…I am leaving here  in the morning…so thanks for looking and and come back soon..blessings to all G&M