Akron, Ohio

It is hard to believe that it has been almost a year since I left Akron.

I stayed in Canton at my nephew and his wife’s house. Dan and Vanessa were fabulous hosts. I enjoyed my time with them and the girls. I was sorry not to see Alivia, but we could never match up our schedules.

Henrietta enjoyed the space and gorgeous sunsets in their backyard.

The time flew by and I didn’t get to see some wonderful people, but I did get to see a lot of people. Unfortunately, I often forgot to take pictures.

Tom Collier, Barb’s husband, took me truck shopping and I picked up a  2014 F-250 Lariat. Brooks at Park Honda gave me a good deal, or at least I think he did. I hope he finds a wonderful home for Hank the 1st. To my dismay, Hank was having a bit of trouble hauling the newest Henrietta.

This picture is at Lakemore Plaza in front of one of my favorite stores.

I got to quilt a bit with my original quilt group. It was wonderful to see the gals. It was fun quilting together. I did forget my quilting in Columbus, but Barb was kind enough to bring me a block to put together.

I went to lunch with the gals from quilt group two. It was nice to catch up and discuss our quilting progress and projects.

I am not great with cropping and enlarging photos, so I am not sure you can see the wonderful faces on my friends. These are part of the Ramer family. I was lucky enough to attend church with them and have lunch at their house.

This is part of the Lawrence family. I love having people make funny faces when I take their pictures.

These gals were in my ABF at Maranatha. Sadly our gal Mary passed away earlier this year. She was missed! We met at Artisan Coffee on Canton Road. Great place to relax and catch up!

Ahhhh, margaritas with chips and dip after a haircut and trimmed eyebrows. Just like old times with my favorite hairdresser, Gretchen.

It really was wonderful to see everyone that I could. I wish I had pictures of everyone I saw. I also wish I could have fit everyone I love in during my time in town.

The Broska Resort

I have stayed at this fabulous resort several times. A few times they even let me stay inside the house.

Here we are. Safe and sound in the driveway and all set up. I did very well, even if I do say so, at backing in the spot. I could not have done it without Abby’s guidance. Joey helped me level, unhook and set the stabilizer jacks. He wanted to see the cats, but they were hiding. Jax went up to the trailer door while it was still closed and was sniffing away as if he knew the cats were inside!!!

After a wonderful jacuzzi bubble bath I was feeling non sweaty and defurred.

No, that is not me. I was alone (notice two glasses). I also was not drinking champagne (Redd’s Apple Ale).

After a wonderful dinner with Abby and the boys I headed out to Henrietta for what I hoped would be an awesome night of sleep.

There was a fabulous breeze and boy did I sleep…until I was awoken. You know how you wake up and you are not sure why. I look out the bedroom window and there are what looks like three cars with maybe lights on the top right by my trailer. Only the parking lights were on. Out pops an officer with a flashlight shining at the trailer. The outside door was open so I went to the screen door where he shined his light on me and asked if everything was okay. I wanted to say, “It was before you woke me up.”  Instead I suggested he try the house. I was thinking that surely Ab would have called me or sent one of the boys out if something was wrong. One officer asked me the way to the barn.

Too awake by the unexpected appearance of multiple police cars I was up for the day.

Once it was light out I noticed the heavy fog near the ground and went out to take a picture. The pictures are up the drive to the street. The view was awe inspiring, God’s creation is beyond words. Then I thought I saw motion. There were two deer gracefully crossing the drive from the front yard to the trees on the other side of the drive. They hung out there awhile grazing on the lawn.

Can you see the deer almost dead center by the trees?

At this time I have no news of what went on… stay tuned for my next adventure. I hope I will not be posting tomorrow about any adventures tonight!!

I am blessed and feel so grateful that Sam and Abby let me park in their drive and share their electric and water.

Adventure at Lowe’s

I drove a little over 7 hours on Tuesday, September 4th, on my way to Abby’s house in Thornville, Ohio. I had intended to stop in Bloomington, Illinois at a Walmart for the night. I drove right past Bloomington. I was feeling good and the driving was going well. Then I was all of a sudden  pooped and needed to potty. No Walmart in site for miles. Google Map kept wanting me to go back and not forward to find a Walmart. Finally Google instructed me to get off 74 and head to Walmart. Of course, it took me down all sorts of po-dunk two lane roads where there was no room for cars to pass me. On their way home from work I am sure they had choice words for me. AT LAST … Walmart.

Oh my, the area had a regulation against overnight parking. I was close to 36 so I headed east in to Hendricks County, Indiana, the birthplace of my two dear children. (See Mike, I do know where you were born. Spoon!!)

Just a short way down the road in Avon, Indiana, was a Lowe’s. Thank you Christine for telling me that Lowe’s and Home Depot often allowed overnight parking. The manager was so sweet and told me which area of the parking lot in which to park. At last………

This is not the actual store. I forgot to take a picture.

It was so stinking hot!! I sweated my way through both sides of two pillow cases. Eddie, feeling relief that we were stopped, wanted only to snuggle. Sweaty and hairy.

You get the picture!!!!

5:45A and what do my sleepy ears hear???

Not the real truck.

YEP, a huge honking semi parked next to me warming up his engine right next to my bedroom window. I got up and fed the cats and decided to try to sleep a bit longer.

7A I start hearing some really weird noises. Next to the Lowe’s parking lot was a body shop, but I thought surely they couldn’t be THAT loud. So, I get up, get dressed, take my medication and grab a water bottle.

To my surprise my section of the parking lot was cordoned off and they were ripping up the asphalt to repave the parking lot.

Not the actual equipment, but you get the idea. Lots of men and machines.

I bet they were a tad surprised to see this sweaty old gal come out of the trailer. As I neared my driver’s side door a truck pulled up and pointed out the direction for my exit. I tried not to run over men that didn’t see or hear me coming. I get to the exit only to find cones blocking my way. The same truck appeared and the man got out and moved the cones and then came over and said have a nice day and a safe trip. I would love to have heard their conversations.

It Ends Where It Began

Coralville Dam in Coralville, Iowa at the Army Corps of Engineers facility

This a view of Hank and Henrietta from the Visitors’ Center taken April 2018 on the day I checked in for volunteering.

This is Hank and Henrietta waiting patiently as I turn in my shirts and keys on September 4th.

This is Henrietta in April on our contractor pad site at Linder Point.

Hank and Henrietta in September ready to leave for the trek East.

This will be Bear’s first ride in Henrietta. Eddie hid as soon as I started packing and pulled in the slide. Bear didn’t know what was coming a followed me all around very curious about what was happening.

I am ready for the next adventure. I enjoyed my time in Iowa and will miss my new friends, but it is time to move on. I have decided that four months in one place is toooo long for this wandering girl.