Kelsey Goes To Pennsylvania

Hello everyone and sorry for not writing in awhile.  We are doing some fixing up and painting in the home and it takes up a lot of my personal time that I would have for painting.  But I have kept ideas that are rolling around in  my head all the time, of things I want to paint next, so I will be starting those soon.  I will post the beginnings of these when  I get going here. I am even thinking of putting a calendar together this year, hopefully by September, of most of my paintings.  I will most likely sell these on my Etsy store and at Pebbles and Lace in Strasburg, Pa.

This leads me to my title…Kelsey goes to Pennsylvania.  Kelsey and her friend have wanted to go to Pa. since we have been going as a family for so long, but wasn’t able to  these past two years because of her schedule. She decided she was going in July and didn’t want to wait until my husband and I go in August. She had the greatest time and purposely stopped in to Pebbles and Lace in Strasburg, to not only check out the shop she has heard so much of at home, but to meet the owner and say hello! And that’s just what she did! She went up and waited for the owner, Becky, to be finished with a customer, and then she introduced herself. Becky was so glad to see her (I had told her that Kelsey may stop in on her trip) and she hugged her and brought her over to my art prints, etc.  They had  great conversation and Kelsey bought a wallet,  but Becky said she just had to take a picture of her holding one of my pillows in front of my cards and prints before she left!  And so here it is! So stop into Pebbles and Lace if you get a chance to go to Lancaster.  It’s a beautiful shop!

She had a great time, and of course who wouldn’t!  But she is coming home today and bringing gifts (YAY!) to many.  I can’t wait to see her and go over everything she did on her trip.

Well, I will write again soon and hopefully I will have some sketches to show you all.  Take care until next time!  Cheryl

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Kelsey at Pebbles and Lace, Strasburg,Pa

Another Trip To Lancaster Pa

Well, we just came back from a trip to Lancaster for about 6 days, and it was awesome and well needed. I intended to get some great photos so I could add to my pastel collection and do some great paintings. I tried dearly to get as many horses faces and cows, as I really want to try these the most. And do you know what we saw out in a pasture this year in the many back roads and farmlands???? Camels!!! Yes, camels…I had to look twice. I looked it up when I came home and I read that some Amish are now trying using camels milk in products. Wow!

Anyway, we had a great time and even got together with the Amish family we keep in touch with. We had dinner at Yoders in New Holland and the food was the best. It wasn’t overly crowded or over-whelming like Shady Maple down the street. We had great conversation and it is always interesting to see how alike we are in many ways as much as we are different.

Well, here are a few pictures from the trip…and I guarantee I will putting up more Amish-themed pastel paintings very soon, among others, and I may be offering prints for sale as well…so please standby, OK? Enjoy!

 

 

 

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Another Trip to Pennsylvania

Amish Buggy

Amish Family

The freaky 111 door

Well, my family and I came back last Saturday from a week in Lancaster, Pa.  We stayed at the Bird-In-Hand Family Inn, like we have done may times before.  As many times as we have gone, we always see something new and still love the familiar things as well.  It’s like home away from home.

We’ve been coming to Pa. now since the kids were small, and my husband and I, even before that.  I guess in total, about 25 years.  We would skip some years in between, but this last time was the longest stretch yet.  We went last in 2005, so it was 5 years we hadn’t gone-and it killed me.  There was too much going on with school and such, and the kids had lost interest , as they were now in their teen years.  But just last year, the kids started saying they missed it and wanted to go back.  I put it together,  the kids got their work schedules figured out, and we all went together. It was great.

Just to see what has changed and what hasn’t, was interesting enough.  Also, the Amish family (Christ and Katie Stoltzfus) we had made friends with since our first visit there,  had lost their granddaughter in the Nickel Mines shooting in 2006, and I hadn’t seen them since that time.  When we went to their farm(I wrote Katie and her family that we were coming), I didn’t know what to expect.  She turned and saw me as I entered her quilt shop and gave me a hug, and she hadn’t changed a bit.  Her daughter, Kathryn, who became pen pals with my daughters, was now 20 years old. We knew her  since she was 12 or 13.  Over the years, we went to her school and were guests, gone to dinner with the family, and even had dinner in their home. It was so nice and they were very friendly.  I was hoping the shooting didn’t change things.  Katie seemed to study me a lot more when I talked, but she was the same.  She had put together a cookbook and had a memorial made in  the back of the book for the kids who died.  So sad.  It is a very nice cookbook.

Other than that, we took nightly rides around the farms and looked at the beautiful scenery. Enjoyed the beauty and the quiet of the landscape.  Went to Hershey’s Chocolate World and did the usual Chocolate Ride Tour, and of course our mouths watered for a piece of chocolate at the end of the tour. We went to the Hershey Museum this time and that was interesting-and you’re not going to believe this-but I wrote a post regarding seeing the number 111 everywhere.(Check out that post) Well, on the trip, we parked next to cars with license plate numbers that read 111, there was a license plate in an antique store there that read 111-all small random stuff.  But in that museum they had a door encased in a glass box that had the number 111 right on it. My daughter freaked and she dragged me over there.  That was so freaky.  It was supposed to be the original door to the building on that spot “111 Chocolate Avenue” or something.

Then it was eat and eat and eat-all that great food.  And then buy, buy,buy all the country stuff I could, because it all costs double back home. Then drive around and try to steal some pictures of the Amish without them seeing me.  I take the pics through my windshield, then fix them up in iphoto when I get home.  All in all , it was a great trip.  The kids enjoyed it as well.  Kelsey, my 15-year-old, is like me.  She enjoys the quiet and the friendliness-and lets not forget the animals, which are in abundance over there, too!

I’d do it again tomorrow if I could….but I just may have to wait  another year.  Maybe I’ll invest in a vacation home instead…..hmmmmmm.:)

Amish Couple

Just Found This Photo

Awwww, just had to share this one.  I came across this and I had to post it.  It is an old picture, probably 1996 or so, of my daughter Caitlin and son, Patrick, just having a good childhood moment.  This was taken at the local beach after having some clamcakes and chowder, and just strolling along.  

I love how Patrick’s legs are every which way and Cait is just so intent.  Wow, those days seem like so long ago. How I wish we could all enjoy a day like this again.

Take me back.  I want to just jump into this photo and hug them.:) 😦

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