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Road Trip With Carol

One Friday in the middle of May and very dear friend and I took a one day road trip all by ourselves and had a ball during the entire trip.

My very, very special friend, Carol Trutt

We had been planning for it a few months and when the day finally came it started with fierce thunderstorms and rain.  I don’t like to drive in the rain especially to areas I’m not familiar with and I was the designated driver on this trip.  When Carol got to my house it was a little later than we had planned and with the storms I thought maybe we would just head to Roanoke and spend the day looking in some of my favorite shops.  She was disappointed but understood why I didn’t want to drive further.  When we got to Salem we had breakfast at Denny’s and by the time we came out from breakfast the skies had cleared and we decided to head on to Staunton.Staunton, Virginia

The main reason we wanted to go here is because several times a year there is a wonderful book fair and we are both avid readers and I had been here twice with my daughter   Carol had never been and boy was she in for a special treat!  We were headed to the Green Valley Book Fair.Green Valley BookFair

The Green Valley Book Fair is a discount book outlet store featuring over 500,000 new books at incredible bargain prices.  Image may contain: outdoor

We spent about two hours there and both came out loaded with books, audio-books and more.

My daughter, the traveler, had prepared us a itinerary for the day and so our next stop was The Cheese Shop in Stuart’s Draft.  “Sugars & Spices and Much More at GREAT Prices!”By the time we came out of here it was 3:30 p.m. and we had a two hour drive back home.  Loaded up with all kinds of baking goods, snacks, cheese and the famous cake donuts we headed home.  We had not eaten breakfast and we dug into the dozen donuts I picked up before we left the store.  Stuffed and loaded with sugar we got back home safely after a wonderful day of catching up and decided we would take the trip again later in the summer so we could hit some more of the shops we missed on this trip!

Carol, I love you, and thank you for making it such a special day for me since I don’t leave the farm very often!!

Visits To Covington

I’m still playing “catch up” with my blogging so things may come into play a little out of sequence but I write them as I get to them.

I have a twice-monthly ritual in my life that takes me to Covington, Virginia, to visit my youngest brother.  I go every other Sunday and we spend the day doing whatever he wants to do.  It takes me an hour to get to him and then we usually spend about 4-5 hours together before I take him home to Merryfield.

Lunch in January

Lunch in June

We go riding on roads we haven’t been on, we visit cousins, we go shopping, but we always go out to lunch together. He loves going to Tractor Supply to look at the farm equipment and all of the “cowboy” clothing!  Dean’s favorite food is hotdogs with mayonnaise only and a bacon cheeseburger!!  Occasionally we have pizza or we try to find a restaurant that he hasn’t tried.  Sometimes we head toward White Sulphur Springs WV or Fairlea, WV or we drive into Lexington or Roanoke.  The day just depends on the mood he is in or how much time we have.  He loves to shop and we try to find unusual shops to visit instead of Walmart every visit.  Eddie and I picked him up a couple of weeks ago and took him with us to a family reunion and my brother, Junior, took him home after the reunion so we wouldn’t have to do so much traveling.

I enjoy our visits and sometimes we just stay at his place and do something in his room.  He prefers going out though for that one-on-one visit and we talk about what he’s done since the last visit.  When we go out he dresses up in a shirt and tie and always looks like he’s stepped out of a men’s fashion magazine but he likes dressing up.  His health is much improved though his kidney function is only 40% but you never hear him complain and he’s put back on some weight!  Merryfield keeps him busy going to movies, concerts, wrestling matches, shopping, and Lifeskills during the week.  Lifeskills is a school for teaching day-to-day things that most of us take for granted but he enjoys the interaction with his house and schoolmates everyday.


Trip to Eastern Shore – Stockton MD

Last year my daughter, Heather, and I started our 1st Annual Girls Trip but this year Heather’s trip was a week before mine and that was good so Dad wouldn’t worry about both of us on different roads at the same time but it did spread the worry out a tad but we both made it just fine.

On September 23rd, I went on my very first long distance trip alone to visit Margaret who lives in Maryland. Margaret has been my best friend for more years than we can count and started sometime in the teenage years of my children.  We have so many like interests and have each other in tears catching up on our daily lives.  You have to know we “talk” almost daily by email but it’s just not the same as being in person.  I almost lost her last year and had to go to her to reassure myself that my friend is working really hard to stay in this mad world to keep me sane and out of trouble.  I love her to death!!

She lives in Stockton Maryland which is 408 miles from my home and about 7 1/2 hours including potty breaks along the way.  To get to her I crossed the Chesapeake Bay Bridge which was awesome, astounding, long, and surrounded by water!!!

This is as close as I wanted to get to the side of the bridge!!  :)

This is as close as I wanted to get to the side of the bridge!! 🙂

I get seasick quite easily and there had been a week of storms prior to my going to see her and the water was very high and choppy and I could feel an uneasy feeling coming so I made myself have tunnel vision to make it across and back without throwing up my innards!!  That I must say was the only bad part of the trip.

Margaret's home where we spent so much time laughing, eating and catching up.

Margaret’s home where we spent so much time laughing, eating and catching up.








While there she took me to a place called “Furnace Town”  and if you are ever over there you must go to this little town museum!  Margaret used to make costumes for their annual events.  It was set up as a self walking tour or you could get someone to go with you to explain what you were seeing.

Margaret entering the Blacksmith Shop

Margaret entering the Blacksmith Shop

We met a very educated gentleman that was the tender of the gardens and he told us so much about the heirloom garden he tended himself and then took us into the school-house which was awesome.  After that we took the tour on our own and it was definitely like walking back into another era.  The Furnace Town church on the property was absolutely gorgeous. What a spot for a wedding and they were setting up for an evening wedding at the site the day we were there.

Map of Furnace Town

Map of Furnace Town








While there I bought a wonderful book called “The Weaver’s Girl” by Gracie Ayers which is based on this town.  Great read!!

While in Stockton, we also went shopping at all (some) of her favorites spots which are now mine!!   We ate out, drove to the waterways that are close to her home.

George Island Landing

George Island Landing




drove the area she lives in and



saw some beautiful old mansions,

One of the mansions close to where she lives

One of the mansions close to where she lives







ate in (wonderful cook), told stories, ate some more,  met her great grand-daughter, Maddie.  Maddie is a beautiful little princess!

Princess Maddie

Princess Maddie

We got caught up on most everything in four days, laughed, cried, watched “chick flicks”,  considered the problems of the world and what we think needs to be done to fix it (HA) and had a most awesome visit.  Then I had to come home but we promised to get together again next year either at her place or someplace in between with Heather and Ashley!

Scams, as if we didn’t have enough to be aware of!!

This morning I received the email that I pasted below.  I’m doing this because  IT MAKES ME MAD and because I don’t want this to happen to anyone, especially all of you special people that read my blog.  It’s a shame that the world we live in has come to this and that we have to be careful of the food and products we buy but also careful of who we buy from.  ARE YOU AS MAD AS I AM?????    Here’s the email my special friend sent to me:


Subj: A big scam




It happened at Wal-Mart (Supercenter Store   #1279,
10411 N Freeway 45, Houston   , TX   77037 a  month ago.

I bought a bunch of  stuff,  over $150, & I glanced at my receipt as  the
cashier was handing me  the bags. I  saw  a  cash-back of $40. I told her I
didn’t request a cash  back & to delete  it.

She said  I’d  have to take the $40  because she  couldn’t  delete it. I told
her to call a   supervisor.

Supervisor came & said  I’d  have to take it!  I said NO! Taking the  $40
would be a cash advance against my  Discover &  I wasn’t paying interest on
a cash advance!!!!!  If they couldn’t delete  it then they would have to
delete  the whole order.

So the   supervisor had the cashier delete the whole  order  & re-scan

The  second time I  looked at the electronic pad  before I signed &  a
cash-back of $20  popped up. At that point I told  the cashier  & she deleted

The  total came  out right. The cashier agreed  that  the electronic pad must
be  defective.  (yeah, right!)

Obviously  the cashier knew  the electronic pad wasn’t  defective because she
NEVER offered me the  $40 at the beginning.

Can  you imagine how many people went  through before  me & at the end of her
shift  how  much money she   pocketed?

Just  to alert everyone.  My  coworker went to   Milford , DE Wal-Mart  last
week. She had her items rung up by the   cashier. The cashier hurried her along and  didn’t  give her a receipt.

She asked the cashier  for a receipt and  the cashier was annoyed and gave  it to  her.

My coworker didn’t look at her  receipt  until later that night. The  receipt  showed that she asked for $20  cash back. SHE DID NOT ASK FOR CASH BACK!

My coworker called Wal-Mart who investigated but could not see the cashier pocket the money. She then called her niece who works for the bank and her
niece told her  This is a new scam. The cashier will key in that you asked for cash back and then hand it to her friend who is the next person in line.

Please,  please,  please check your  receipts right away when  using  credit or debit  cards!

This is  NOT  limited to Wal-Mart, although they are the  largest  retailer so they have the most incidents.

I am  adding  to this….My husband and I were in  Wal-Mart  North Salisbury and paying with a  credit  card.  When my husband went to  sign  the credit card signer, he just happened  to  notice there was a $20 cash back added. He  told  the cashier that he did not ask nor want cash  back and she said this machine  has been messing up  and she canceled it. We didn’t think anything of it until we read this email. wonder how many “seniors” have  been, or will be, “stung” by this one????

THIS SCAM CAN BE DONE  ANYWHERE,  AT ANY RETAIL OR WHOLESALE LOCATION!!! Before leaving the cashier’s station..!!


If this is happening during the holidays, it probably happens everyday!!

Best Friend Visit

Have you ever sat with someone and you laughed so hard your face hurt? Have you got a special person in your life besides the love of your life that you can talk to about ANYTHING? Have you got a special friend that can make you laugh, think, cry, and listen to for hours on end? I do!!
My best friend (besides  hubby) came for a 10 day visit this month and we had an absolute ball!! We talked, laughed, shopped, crafted, cleaned, decorated, ate, drank, laughed, talked, and slept a little while she was with me. My husband took us to the West Virginia State Fair one evening. We shopped three or four days. We put almost 700 miles on my car. We caught up on old stuff and new stuff. We visited the mountain where her husband now resides. We sampled new wines and old.  We went on treasure hunts. We baked! We sobbed when she left to go home and we’re making plans for our next visit together!! Margaret is my MVBF!!!