We recently enjoyed a great trip to Peoria, IL for the National Autumn Leaf Collector’s Club convention. We renewed friendships, had lovely conversations and of course we shopped for Hall china. Even though the folks in the club collect the autumn leaf pattern, there are always a few other patterns for sale as well.
As serious as we are about our collection, we are more serious about the entertainment at our end of the week banquet! I especially enjoyed the entertainment this year because I LOVE ELVIS! Okay, the guy had the wig and the big (BIG) dark glasses, so I don’t really think he LOOKED like Elvis without all that, but I sat and listened – and when I closed my eyes, it was like the KING of Rock & Roll was in the room – no joke! He was really good. 😀
I told “Elvis” that I enjoyed his performance and that when I closed my eyes, he sounded just like the original Elvis. Still in character, he did the “Elvis lip” (you will either understand that or you won’t)… and said, “Thank you… thank you very much.” I also told him I didn’t think he needed a gym membership, as I’m pretty sure these shows keep him very fit. He said, “This was my only show today. Sometimes I do 2 or 3 a day.”
I have found the history of Hall China and the autumn leaf pattern quite interesting. As usual, I wrote a poem about it. I was so tickled that it was published in the NALCC newsletter! I’m not sure if I’ve shared it here on the blog, but I’m going to share it here today.
We began collecting these dishes because my husband’s mother had them and used them every day. There was a time when a little brown truck delivered not only dishes, but cleaning supplies and food products to your door. No, it wasn’t UPS… it was the Jewel Tea man! I was chatting with a former sales rep with Jewel about how the times changed and Jewel had a difficult time changing with them. When women started leaving the home to work full-time jobs, they were no longer home during the day, so the need for home delivery was not necessary anymore.
I wonder how House of Schwan stays in business? Hmm… maybe they are willing to deliver their products to the workplace. And they sell food – wonderful yummy food.
When our convention ended, we headed east on I-70. Illinois to Indiana… Indiana to Ohio. We don’t change our watches or the clock in our truck when we cross a time zone, but once in a while I forgot that we needed to add an hour… it got interesting. 😉
We shopped at a few antique stores along the way, of course. The closer to the Longaberger Homestead we got, the more of their baskets I found! I also found some sugar-free apple butter for $4.50 a jar at Webb’s Antique Mall in Centerville, IL. I picked up several jars because it is a mere 4 grams of carbs per serving! They sell apple butter here in Wichita, but I’ve not seen any sugar-free varieties. Score!
Dutch Country Kettle sugar-free apple butter is delicious and does not raise my blood glucose. 🙂 This morning I spread some on my hotcakes, made with Carbquick (a product similar to Bisquick, but 90% lower in carbohydrates).
This will sound weird, but consider the source. 😉 We didn’t want to pay S&H on Carbquick, so we got online and found a grocery store in Terre Haute, IN that sells it.
2900 POPLAR ST.
TERRE HAUTE, IN 47803
We bought a few boxes, packed them in the truck and kept going east.
We finally got to the Longaberger Homestead! YAY!!! We made (actually I made…) a TAKE ALONG basket with dark purple and bright green accent colors that will look very nice in our dining room. We’re going to put it on our bench in front of the bay window. We found a plate that says HAPPY ANNIVERSARY in pewter, and got a free heart-shaped tie-on that we can customize for it. A great big THANK YOU to Lisa at Longaberger’s Homestead for helping me make my basket.
My husband booked a night at The Inn at Dresden for our 30th wedding anniversary.
The view was remarkable! Hills are not what I’m accustomed to, having lived in Kansas my whole life. This was so nice.We stayed in the Gallery room – down a couple of flights of stairs and to the left as far as you can go… very nice.
LOL… a greeter stood at the end of the hallway! He said about as much as most Walmart greeters I’ve met… ha!
Isn’t that a pretty painted piece? There was a tray with two glasses and a carafe’ setting on a tray on top of the little fridge. It was filtered ice water – so refreshing! It tasted so good after walking up that hill to get back to the Inn. Toto, I don’t think this is Kansas! That bit of exploration was just a practice jaunt for what hiking was ahead… 😉
Two different kinds of clouds there…
We spent the day going from store to store in downtown Dresden. I found a lid for my waste basket and was so excited about it – what a weird thing to get excited about, huh???
When we got to Logan, Ohio, we stopped at the Welcome Center to ask questions and make the usual pit stop… LOL.
Sorry lady – I try not to get a shot with people in it unless they’re people I know. Oops. Hey – you see that little brown building on the R.H. side of the photo??? Guess what that is? You’ll never guess… nah, you’re way off… want me to tell ya? It’s a PENCIL SHARPENER MUSEUM! Nope – not joking – that’s what it is. We got pictures! I had no idea such a museum existed… did you??? Well – now we know – it does!
The friendly lady at the welcome center was so helpful. She highlighted the trails and told us which ones would be the easiest to walk. I appreciated having that information. We decided to try to do a little hiking in Ohio. Logan, Ohio is so beautiful and is the home of Hocking Hills State Park. There are several hiking trails and we knew we couldn’t walk all of them. We went to see Old Man’s Cave first. I like the bridge inside.
A nice young man offered to take both our photos behind the sign. You don’t always feel trusting, but when he asked, “You want me to take both youin’s picture?” – we decided it was probably okay and we appreciate his kindness. It’s nice to know that some people do good deeds because it’s a good thing to do.
Okay, this is going to sound totally weird… but when I saw this photo of the bridge, I was reminded of the painting by Thomas Kinkade – Bridge of Hope. Don’t ask me why, but it looks like that painting to me. Of course, the colors are not at all similar, but the arrangement somehow – the trees and so forth. Oh well, moving on…
There were not too many stairs at Old Man’s Cave – but I can’t say the same for Cedar Falls… going down the stairs was not so bad – it was coming back up that was painful on my poor knees!
There were all kinds of fish in the water, but we never expected to see this little dude!
They told us at the Logan Welcome Center that they needed rain and the falls were not as full of water as usual. I guess Kansas is not the only state in need of moisture. 😦
Fortunately, we were traveling with a jar of Miracle Ice – our joints were well cared for after that hike! But isn’t it beautiful? The videos don’t do them justice. It was nice to get away from television and radio broadcasts for a day – and be totally connected with nature and the God who made it. I’m praying for rain… we all need it. 🙂