Monday, September 15, 2014

A day in Elkhart

Day 2 of our vacation we woke up to this:

Pouring rain, and predictions for more of the same all day.  We hung around the hotel for a little while, but decided we'd just have to deal with it and headed out. 
We went to Elkhart and started with a tour of this home.

This is the Ruthmere mansion.  It was built in 1908 by the man who co-founded Miles Pharmaceuticals, the company that produced Bayer aspirin.  It was a beautiful place, which has been restored to it's original condition.  No pictures could be taken inside, so I'll share a few of the outside that I was able to get when the rain slowed down.

The building in back is the garage, which had 3 antique cars in it, one of which was a little electric car.  The garage was equipped with a wooden turntable, that allowed the car to be driven in, then turned so it could drive straight out again.

After this we headed down the block and toured the Havilah Beardsley house.  Havilah Beardsley was a Dr who purchased land from the Indians in 1831.  He put up several mills, and brought a railway to the area, which is now Elkhart.
He built this home in 1848 and it was the first brick home built in Elkhart.

It was added onto by his son in 1898 and is now being restored to that era.  Again, no photos could be taken inside, but we enjoyed seeing the home and admiring the beautiful old woodwork inside.  The glass in the windows in the original from 1898 and are in good condition, except for one which was shot with a BB gun by one of the children that lived there in the mid 1900's.

We then took a walking architectural tour of some of the old homes in the area.

 Here are some of the homes we saw. Many were designed by the same architect that planned the Ruthmere estate.

The rain was no longer a downpour, but enough to get us wet, so we took our umbrellas along!

We also saw this statue of Havilah Beardsley, which was erected in 1913.

When we returned to our hotel room that evening, it had finally stopped raining.  The view looks a little better!
We love history and old houses, so we enjoyed the day, in spite of the rain!

Sunday, September 14, 2014

I'm back...

I'm back after a week away. Bob and I had a nice week off from work and we also took a little trip to Amish country in Indiana that I'm going to share with you.  (warning - lots of pictures)

On Tuesday we went to Shipsewana and spent a good portion of the day at the flea market.  This is known as the largest flea market in the midwest.  It was crowded as usual, but the weather was nice and it was a good day for walking through the booths.

One of the more unusual things at the flea market was this booth that sold ice cream.  It was being churned by this engine.  We tried it out and it was delicious!

Here's a few of the bargains we found.  I've been looking for an old window and an old typewriter and we found both.  I was also happy to find that old fan!  On the right bottom are some telephone insulators that I thought would make a nice grouping. 

We then went to our hotel.  The Essenhaus is known all over the area for it's Amish food and people come from all over just to eat there.  The hotel is also wonderful.  Along with the restaurant, there are gift shops, miniature golfing, carriage rides and just a charming, homey atmosphere.  This is one of the seating areas in it, that was near to our room.

 One of the barns that's been renovated into a gift shop.

 This little water wheel was just outside our window.

 Here's the carriage, making it's rounds on the hotel grounds.

 We took a walk after supper and made a stop at the covered bridge.

 The stream by the covered bridge.

 Bob was patiently waiting for me to finish taking pictures.

 Another bridge on the property.

I always enjoy seeing the Amish buggies.
Tomorrow I'll share our trip to Elkhart.

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Family Pictures

This past weekend, we gathered my whole family together to do some family pictures.  This included my Dad and stepmom, my family, my brother and my 2 sisters with their families.  It's not an easy task when you have to get 20 people together at the same time, especially when one lives in Kentucky and many of the others have to work varying hours.
After my son Andy said he could drive up from Kentucky over Labor Day weekend, everyone else made it work.  However, there was a lot of concern as Saturday approached and there were predictions for thunderstorms all day.  We had lots of people praying for a clearing, and God answered those prayers - we only had a few sprinkles all day!
We all gathered at a cool old barn on the outskirts of town for the pictures.

Here's some of the family standing back and watching Laura, Aaron and Alaina having their picture taken.

This barn is so charming!

 Laura, Aaron and Alaina, talking to my sister Terri.

 Andy agreed to pose for a few shots for me.

I also talked Andrew and Heather go into the barn for a few pictures. 
It was a fun afternoon.  We've had a sneak peek at a few of the pictures from the photographer and they look great.  I'll share some of them when we get them back.

Bob and I have time off next week, so I'll be taking a blogging break.  We're looking forward to some time away together, in the form of some short trips. I'm sure I'll have some pictures to share when I come back.  See you then!

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Cooking Thursday

I know that summer is officially over, but I have to share one last ice cream dessert with you. This has to be the easiest dessert to make, but it still looks pretty and is so good!
For more recipes, visit Sandra at Diary of a SAHM.

Ice Cream Sandwich Dessert

2 boxes ice cream sandwiches
12 ounces Cool Whip, thawed
2 bags Heath Toffee Bits
Open sandwiches from one box and place in 9 x 13 pan, positioning to cover bottom of pan. Spread half of Cool Whip over ice cream sandwiches. Sprinkle 1 bag of the Heath bits over Cool Whip. Repeat layers and freeze.
This recipe fills a 9 x 13 to the top of the pan, so it makes a lot.  I cut it into slices instead of squares, because it's so tall.

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Monday, September 1, 2014

A day in my life...

Can you believe it's September already? Since it's the first, I'm going to share my day with you. I work every other Labor Day, and since I worked last year, I got this one off. However - Bob had to work, so I was on my own today.
My Dad's family has an annual picnic on Labor Day.  I slept in a bit, then made my dish to pass at the picnic.

Here's the Taco Salad I made.  I got the recipe from my Director of Nursing and I'll share it here soon.

After getting it ready, I was off to the picnic. 
I've been going to this Labor Day picnic for as long as I can remember and it's always been at this park near my hometown.  I think this little building is so charming!

Here's more of the park.  It's a beautiful spot!

 There were a lot of people there as usual.  My Dad comes from a family of 10 so the gatherings are pretty big. (My Dad is in this picture, standing on the very left)

We ate and talked, then headed for home.  Just before we left, it started to pour.

Here's a picture I took out my window when I got home.  Still raining!

When Bob came home from work, we had some grilled chicken that I had purchased and frozen.  After warming in the crockpot all afternoon, it was delicious.

 After supper, the clouds were blowing away and the sun came out.

 I wandered around the yard and took a few pictures.

Bob went out into his barn and did a little carving.

It was a nice day!  Tomorrow I'm back to work.  Hope you all had an enjoyable day too.

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Happy Labor Day

Happy Labor Day to my American friends.
I hope the rest of you aren't laboring too hard today!