Rumble Grumble!

Naw, that isn’t me rumbling and grumbling….it was my stomach last night.  More on that later, though.

The kids had planned to attend a music show down in Bath last night.  We decided to take them on down, then we would go for a little ride to Corning.  We left the house mid afternoon and after dropping the kids by the music store where the concert was held, we were off on a little ride.

We drove on down to the Corning WalMart where I went inside and got a few things.  We had taken the Expressway on the way there, so when I asked Mark if we could take the “road less traveled” on our way back, he checked the GPS and found another more scenic route.  We had stopped at a Burger King store and I had a hamburger and small onion rings and as we drove along, my stomach began to revolt.

Carly had called me earlier and told me about a terrible accident that had happened near Penn Yan. It seems there were thirteen Amish people in a van being driven by an “English” (anyone who is not Amish is called English by the Amish) driver.  The group had been invited by their county’s co-operative extension to visit some farms in Penn Yan to learn about ways to improve productivity.  The group had stopped in Penn Yan and had lunch in a park, then were heading north to visit another farm.

The van was driving along as a large piece of farm machinery (a piece that looks two stories tall) was approaching in the opposing lane.  It was moving slowly and a car behind it began to pass on a curve. (a definite no passing zone)  The car sideswiped the van, causing it to lose control as the driver tried to swerve, and the van ended up beneath the farm machinery.  Five of the Amish people were killed on the scene…reports were so heartwrenching about several ambulances and four helicopters arriving at the scene where firefighters worked for hours to free bodies from the wreckage.

This was such a sad accident…but then again,  isn’t an accident when something goes wrong or is miscalculated?  Well, the news today is that the driver of the car who caused this (and incidentally escaped unscathed) was arrested for Driving While Intoxicated.  Today, a sixth person passed away…this was one of a couple who now leave behind thirteen children.  Thirteen orphans.  Would it be too much to demand that the man who caused this to happen pay child support for those children? Surely he would have to work many hours a week to do this and hopefully, would have less time to imbibe. His conscience will bring to memory the evil deed he committed, but to hit his pocketbook would be a stark reminder that he will never drink and drive again.

The news about this really freaked me out and made me upset.  Add to that the heat.  And the fact that perhaps the food I ate didn’t agree with me.  I had stomach cramps and was beginning to feel uncomfortable. Here are photos I took…

I love old barns and this one, with the golden grass in front was just beautiful!

As we pulled into Bath, we were greeted by a beautiful sky…the sun was playing peekaboo, hiding in and out of clouds!

We approached the little park in the town square and there were several old cars parked along the street there.  I got out and looked at them. One really caught my eye…

A 1957 Ford Fairlane!  My parents had one of these cars!  Ours was black and white.

Wow, as I looked inside this car, it brought back some memories! As I was taking pictures of the car,  the buildings in the background caught my eye.  Bath is located in Steuben County, and the old buildings are part of the county complex.

The kids finally called after ten, and we went and picked them up.  Mark stopped at McDonald’s so the kids could grab something quick to eat, then we headed home.  Although I felt horrible,  the ride home was not unbearable.  I was having some difficulty breathing, along with the stomach cramps, and then I began to get heartburn as well. 

When we got home, I headed right upstairs, feeling really sick.  I finally wound up vomiting and then felt better right away. Both of the kids came into the bedroom to tell me not to sleep on my back in case I got sick again.  I was fine and thought perhaps what I experienced was food poisoning since the symptoms left suddenly. 

Today was so hot, I could barely stand the heat.  Tomorrow is supposed to be even worse.  Oh, how I long for shorter days with chilly nights!