Monday, September 15, 2014

A little more adventure

Over the Labor Day weekend, hubby decided that we would take the trailer on a short getaway.  We didn't venture far, but what a delightful weekend it turned out to be.

We made a reservation at the Williston RV Resort, in Williston Florida.  We drove the slow road instead of the interstate.

We were greeted with this fine patrol car!

Kind of makes you feel like you have arrived at Mayberry.

Our sweet little lady all set up.

We were right across from the covered bridge.

Over the long weekend we took day trips to several surrounding areas.  Years ago when my sweet hubby and I were dating we used to drive up to Cedar Key, an old fishing community on the coast.

Beautiful marshlands as you approach the island.

Some of the buildings in town were almost falling down.

This was the old hotel, which was closed obviously.

During our dating days we would eat at a restaurant called Johnsson's.  They had the biggest best fried shrimp you ever tasted.  And a specialty salad called Palm Salad made with heart of the palm cabbage.  The dressing was made with peanut butter and sherbert.

As Johnson's is no more, we ate at the SeaBreeze.

 Our view out of the window.

Cedar Key is a very old town.  The cemetery is dated from the 1800's. 

 I remember sweet hubby telling me a lot of the tiny plots were from a time when the town was nearly wiped out from Typhoid fever.

It's been many years since we visited Cedar Key, and it was a nice walk down memory lane.  The streets though, were full of tourists which took away the quaintness of the town we remembered.  I loved seeing again, but I will be happy to keep my memories of years gone by in tack.

Next time I will share with you a place where we ate that should be rated 5 star!

Happy Quilting!

Saturday, September 13, 2014

200th Anniversary

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Did you know that September 13, 2014 marks the 200th years since The Star Spangled Banner was written by Francis Scott Key? 

On this day in 1814, Francis Scott Key pens a poem which is later set to music and in 1931 becomes America's national anthem, "The Star-Spangled Banner." The poem, originally titled "The Defence of Fort McHenry," was written after Key witnessed theMaryland fort being bombarded by the British during the War of 1812. Key was inspired by the sight of a lone U.S. flag still flying over Fort McHenry at daybreak, as reflected in the now-famous words of the "Star-Spangled Banner": "And the rocket's red glare, the bombs bursting in air, Gave proof through the night that our flag was still there."

On June 18, 1812, America declared war on Great Britain after a series of trade disagreements. In August 1814, British troops invaded Washington, D.C., and burned the White House, Capitol Building and Library of Congress. Their next target was Baltimore.
After one of Key's friends, Dr. William Beanes, was taken prisoner by the British, Key went to Baltimore, located the ship where Beanes was being held and negotiated his release. However, Key and Beanes weren't allowed to leave until after the British bombardment of Fort McHenry. Key watched the bombing campaign unfold from aboard a ship located about eight miles away. After a day, the British were unable to destroy the fort and gave up. Key was relieved to see the American flag still flying over Fort McHenry and quickly penned a few lines in tribute to what he had witnessed.
The poem was printed in newspapers and eventually set to the music of a popular English drinking tune called "To Anacreon in Heaven" by composer John Stafford Smith. People began referring to the song as "The Star-Spangled Banner" and in 1916 PresidentWoodrow Wilson announced that it should be played at all official events. It was adopted as the national anthem on March 3, 1931.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Way down upon the Suwannee

One of the fun things about traveling is finding quilt shops.  My hubby and I stopped in this quilt shop on a recent trip.

Fun colorful fabrics.

Friday, September 5, 2014

One last thing

Two last things, actually.  I came across this ad for the little child's Singer sewing machine.

It was really cool, but pricey.  Just for the little sheet of paper.  Amazing that the sewing machines sold for $3.

As I walked around in the different rooms in the school house, I was struck by the many wedding portraits.  What a shame that a family member did not want any of these treasures.

This one in particular caught my attention.  It held the Bride's veil and her flowers.  The portrait looked to be very old, so it held my interest to think that this keepsake has been preserved for close to 100 years.  

Well we made it back home safe and sound.  But we will be off again very soon!  

I hope you are enjoying your last days of summer.  Tell me what you did this summer.

Happy Quilting!

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Some fun things

Some of the fun things I spotted as I toured around this huge Antique mall.

Can you believe that this was a calculator??

I've never seen a tea pot this big before.

And I found this Florida tea set in the lower regions of Wisconsin!

I heard someone say that they were telling their kids about dialing a phone number, and the youngsters asked, "what is dialing??"

How about this telephone?  With the ringer placed right next to the operator!

I had a similar portable typewriter when I graduated from high school.  I wonder what ever happen to it?

This metal doll house took me back.  I can't really remember if I had one, or if it belonged to a friend, but I do remember playing with a similar one when I was a child.

Do you remember any of these things??

Happy Quilting!

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Out and about

I did not do much traveling around as the roads were jam packed with people.  It looked like school had already opened, so there were cars and buses on every road.

BUT, I did make one little side trip.  About 6 or 7 years ago, when my daughter worked in the Windy City, our family drove up to Racine Wisconsin.  As our camp site was less than an hour away, I decided that I would try to find the place we had visited during our first visit.

And this is where I ended up -

I remembered this being a huge Antique Mall.  

It brought back a lot of nostalgia from school days gone by.

I don't know how many of you would remember the stairways in the old school buildings, but this reminded me so much of my own school experiences.

Those were the days my friends!  More tomorrow.

Happy Quilting!

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

On the Road again

We traveled through eight states during our travels.  All in the comfort of our own little mobile cottage.

In the mornings, before we would open the blinds and curtains, we let the sun shine in through our port holes.  What a lovely wake up call.

We enjoyed breakfast in our little kitchen.  The dining table is the perfect size for two.

When we arrived at our destination, we set up for the duration.

We were fortunate to have a seasoned camper that was set up next door.  He helped us so much with his expertise and knowledge.  We must have looked like two inexperienced greenhorns, but everything set up so nicely.

My hubby was participating in a sporting competition, so every morning I would sit in this little spot, letting the sun warm me as I read a book by one of my favorite authors.  

Tomorrow, I will share with you what I did on a little excursion.

Happy Quilting!