Good morning and come on in. Grab a mug and a wonderful molasses cookie. They are so good. My friend Carol Flanary made them and brought them to a game day Saturday. I am embarrassed but I ate so many she brought me more on Sunday. They are the best. I thought we would finish the Pa trip today. I need to begin this post with the statement, I LOVE Pa. The people were wonderful. I had a bad experience in 2 shops only. Some shops were closed early in the week, but the shops I visited people were so nice, except the 2 I mentioned. In one shop the worker even looked up hours of a shop for us. I think that was the candle barn. Anyway, I don't want you all thinking I had a bad experience everywhere I went. (If that were the case I would have to examine myself, wouldn't I)lol
On Tuesday we were off to Philadelphia, I had been but Dodd and Renda hadn't. It was wonderful to go again. Of course we started the day with breakfast at Funcks. They have a FB page btw.
We were delighted to see this covered bridge. There was a beautiful stone house on the right.
We went over to Independence Hall and Dodd was touched by it. He said to think 5 of the greatest men in our country's history were in this room at the same time.
After we left there we went to eat lunch. Of course it had to be a Philly Cheese Steak! I am sorry I don't remember the name of where we ate, but it was wonderful. After eating we were heading to the car and passed a candy shoppe. Renda said lets go in here. Oh My! Lores Chocolates have to be the best ever.
The women running it were the nicest. Two were dressed in period attire and I asked if I could take their pictures. They said of course.
On the way home we stopped at a bulk food store and bought cheese, turkey, etc and ate at the condo that night. We had done a lot of walking that day. It was nice to just sit and relax in front of that fireplace.
On Wednesday we started to Gettysburg. The keyword being started. It was so rainy and cold, but we stopped at several antiques stores. We had a leisurely breakfast at Funcks, then began our "journey". After several stops we found a wonderful antique store(mall) in Hummel, (I think) They had the nicest things and the women who were working were so nice. Yes, they let me use the restroom.lol. We were in there forever, with Dodd and Renda finding some treasures. I just don't have room or need anything, but I enjoy looking. As we were getting ready to leave Renda wanted to show me a crock. When we went to the booth the dealer was working in it. She Gave Renda a good deal on a crock, and we began to talk. She asked where we were from and she said she had only been to Tn once and that was in September to Pioneer Days show in Clinton. I had to laugh as I said I only live 12 miles from there. So Connie Gleed and I soon realized we belong to several FB antique and decorating pages! lol It is indeed a small world. We stayed so late in the shops we never made it to Gettysburg! I had been several times but Dodd and Renda hadn't, so I hated it for them. Anyway we had wonderful day. That evening we were looking for a place for dinner and went into what we thought was a sit down place but it was a deli. There was a lady walking in the door who when we asked told us where to go eat. It was Nicks114. Oh my goodness! What wonderful Crab Cakes I had. It was a great experience, as the people behind us in the booth, heard us wondering what we were going to have and they suggested the crab cakes. The waiter assured us they were not full of filler, and they weren't. He was so cute and reminded me of a grandson. His name was Ray. We enjoyed chatting with him. It wasn't long before Nick came out and said he heard we were from Tennessee. He was so friendly and so nice. Renda asked if she could get a picture and he willingly obliged, I look horrible, had been in out of the rain all day. My blouse was bunched up, but what the heck.lol
We went back to Hershey and enjoyed our last night there. Family trips are good for many things other than just having a good time. When you are in a car several hours you can have some serious conversation, as well as lots of laughs. Dodd should have been home campaigning but chose to spend time with his wife and his mama. Thank you Dodd.
Our trip home was uneventful and we did stop at several antique shops. I am grateful for a son and d-i-l who will spend time with me and make me feel so loved. I am also grateful for each of you who come Through My Back Door where life is good.
PS: I have to share this with you. You know I have complained about putting on 6 pounds over this winter. Well after walking so much last week I decided I would continue when I got home. Yesterday there were 5 of us who walked the church walking track. However, only 2 of us went to Cracker Barrel for breakfast after! Yes it was my friend Dottie and me. lol That isn't all. Last night a group of went to Shoneys for dessert. Yes Dottie and I were in the group. Today we walked and we each went home.lol I can hear you laughing now.
PSS: Oh the tragedies of this past few days. Let us pray for the families of the people on the missing plane and of the mud slide victims. We are so blessed.
PSSS: It is cold here today, but spring is coming. I have seen the most beautiful blooms on my way to and from walking. We have HOPE and lets not ever forget it.