Sunday, October 12, 2014

Where is "Home" anyway?

Here we are in Ohio, again, and I'm really enjoying the visit.  Although I've lived in a few places far and wide, Ohio is home for me....cold weather and all.

Three years ago this past August, as empty-nesters, we sold our house of 22 years in Central Ohio, and had to move out within 14 days. Through a series of crazy events, we came to the decision to leave Ohio and moved to Southern Virginia 2 years ago.

We now live in Newport News (part of the Norfolk metropolitan area).  This is our 3rd house in 3 years, and we've lived here for 1-1/2 years now.  Is it home to me? No.  I've been terribly homesick, but my husband likes it, and I'm trying very hard to embrace it as my home.

Its funny, we lived in Ohio for so many years, but are just now enjoying some of the fun tourist areas while we here visiting our daughter.  This week includes Stan Hywet Estate...

Stan Hywet Hall
 
and a trip on a train through the Cuyahoga Valley National Park,

Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Train

and of course, we must visit our favorite place....Grandpa's Cheese Barn in Ashland, Ohio.
Grandpa's Cheese Barn
So, until next time

~~Karen~~

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Can you find the chipmunk?  Hint:  He's in midair and kinda blurry, but you can find him by his stripes.

Portage Lakes SP, near Akron, OH

From our walk through the woods yesterday.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Good Fences Thursday

Hi all,
Sorry that my blog has been kinda sparse...I've been out of the blogosphere for awhile because of a bit of upheaval in our lives.  A good friend recently passed away, and we were at the hospital with him, his wife and family over the last few of weeks trying to lend a supportive shoulder until his death last Tuesday.  Then on Wednesday I had a small medical procedure that kept me groggy for awhile, and then on Saturday, we left town to travel back to Ohio.  I feel like I've been on a fast-moving merry go round.  But at last, I have time to sit and catch up a little.

I was hoping to share some fence pictures I would take along the drive through Pennsylvania, but it rained all the way through, and I just couldn't catch a fence when the rains were not falling.  So, I'm going to have to search my archives.  Hope I'm not repeating myself.   Please forgive me if you've seen these.....these are from a trip we took to DC in the Springtime 3 years ago.  (Dag!!! no chance to even clean them up with photo editing...you're getting the real deal here)

Near the Convention Center (sorry that its sideways)

near the Capital bldg

part of the Smithsonian

 Until next time......

~~Karen~~
 

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Vintage Hand Towels, not for hands

No theme today.  I just thought I'd share a favorite old thing.

I recently found these hand towels that my (step) mom had.  I'm not sure when she acquired these, but I do recall that they were in her powder room in 1960.  They look like they may be from the 40s or 50s, but I'm just guessing. 

I was a child in 1960, and while Dad and I were visiting her (she was not yet my mom), she told me these were for "show" and not for hands, then pointed me to the user-friendly towel.  I was none-the-less fascinated by them.

I've had them packed away all these years since she passed away, and finally put them in a display frame. 

Aren't they cute!  As an 8-year old, I thought they were quite risque!  Wonder what my grandkids think of them when they come visiting. ....

I doubt that she did the applique and embroidery work, but she may have.  I've not seen any other linens like it, though.

If anyone knows what this style of embellishment is called, please let me know.

Until next time....

 ~~Karen