A More Relaxing Day!

Today was the first time in a long time that we didn’t have any obligations to be anywhere at a certain time.  Well, sorta.

Last night,  Ben went with a few other boys who were here at our house to spend the night camping out at a church.  Yes, a church!  One of the boy’s dads pastors the church, so from time to time, the guys get together and have a little campout there.

Ben called a little after 10 this morning, asking us to pick him up at 11.  We got ready and off we went.  Since we were heading toward Penn Yan,  I thought perhaps we should visit the store I like there so I could pick up some baking supplies.  We picked Ben up at the church. As we sat in the parking lot waiting for Ben to come out,  I was shocked to see one little plant of Fleabane that was still hosting some flowers!

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We were off to Penn Yan when Ben and Michelle said they might like something to eat.  Mark and the kids decided Chinese would hit the spot,  but in the meantime, they stopped at McDonald’s since their food wouldn’t be ready for half an hour.  While they ate,  I looked for suitable photo ops…..

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I got a tad restless and hopped out of the truck while they ate.  I walked along the sidewalk and soon came upon an Amish horse and buggy in a parking lot.  The horse was so adorable, instantly striking a pose for the camera!

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This Amish buggy was rather interesing….it was more of a delivery-style vehicle than family carriage!

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After getting back to the truck,  we still had to wait a few more minutes for the Chinese food.  I suggested we go down to a small park along Keuka Lake.  The wind was so intense,  I wondered if I could even hold the camera still in my hands!  It was a brisk wind that carried quite a chill with it. As I walked,  I spotted a statue….Walking over, I was pleasantly surprised to see one of the most beautiful statues I have ever seen!

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The statue depicts a Native American called Red Jacket.  The plaque at the base of the statue explains a bit about the man and how he got his name.

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As I said, I really like this statue.  The little details are awesome.

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The back side of the man’s body has some beautiful images.

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From the park, we hopped over to pick up the Chinese. Then we went to the Windmill where I purchased some baked goods from the Amish bakery.  Then we stopped by the store.  They always have some great specials and I was thrilled to pick up some roast beef and provolone cheese on special.

We stopped in the town of Penn Yan as Mark spotted some activity at the fire hall. Seems they were using a ladder truck to “deck the hall”!

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On our way up to Canandaigua, (I needed to pick up some medical supplies)  we passed so many pretty homes…many displaying American flags.  I really liked this one, though….

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I picked up the supplies, then we took some back roads to the north of the city to return a part at the plumbing store. We had to stop at a railroad crossing for the first time ever, for a Finger Lakes Scenic Railroad train as it made its way down the tracks….we have been coming this way for years and never saw a train on the tracks before!

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We finally were ready to return home.  Mark took Main Street in Canandaigua to come home and I was awestruck when we passed by a large wagon pulled by two large horses! That was a rare scene!

We were home by suppertime and the day really was relaxing.  Ah, just the kind of day I love!

Yay, we Survived!

After going to bed at about 11pm last night,  I was up and awakening the family  at 3:30 this morning.  I must admit it was a little rough getting myself going on so few hours of sleep,  but the stores were opening early at the mall, beginning at 4 am.  I actually overslept,  as we were supposed to get up at 2:30.  I just could not reconcile myself to so little sleep….that one hour more would surely be much better!

We got to the mall shortly after 4:30 and Michelle honed in on the stores, armed with her shopping list. The shopping itself was a breeze, but waiting in lines was another story.  Most people seemed to be rather jolly, sharing their reports of their earlier acquistitions.  And many people even arrived to shop wearing pajamas!

We moved around a little from store to store, and by the time we were ready to leave the mall, the parking lot looked like a patchwork ocean of vehicles! There were so many vehicles, in fact, it would have been problematic trying to find a parking space!

Michelle wanted to shop at Target, but when we saw the lines snaking around to the back of the store, across the width, and back up toward the front,  we decided no sale was worth that much waiting!

We finished up our little expedition, then went to have a little bite of breakfast.  It felt like it should have been late morning after all the shopping, but it was only about 9:00! We moved on out and shopped a little more, then headed home, arriving after noon.  The kids scurried to clean the house up as they had invited their friends over for the evening.

It was another busy day and I will be so relaxing just as soon as my body hits the mattress!