October 14, 2006

Landon looks like a Hindu deity. (four arms) We both got up in good time Sunday morning but then goofed around too long and barely got around for church.  Gary preached on "Taking our Christian Responsibility".  We came home to pizza left-over from last evening.  I don't mind left-overs and we were in bed by 1:00 for our naps.  After the children woke us up around 3:30 we got everybody ready and took a walk together with Prince.  We met Patrick Heatwoles walking the other direction...  We stopped in to visit with Duane B. for a while.  He is recuperating from back and neck surgery and is still feeling pretty rough.  We had a nice visit with him and pray that his surgery will make a real difference in relieving his pain.  We had a song service at church in the evening then had Andy Korvers over for refreshments of reuben dip, pretzels, apples, popcorn & juice.
Cotton field, ready to be picked Not much happened out of the ordinary on Monday.  I made us a ham & egg quiche for breakfast then headed off to work.  Ina Sue did the clothes washing and made us a delicious new lemon glazed chicken teriyaki over rice dish for supper.  A nice relaxing evening at home.
Our little scholar. I went in to work at 5:30 Tuesday morning to try to catch up on some needed work.  Ina Sue bundled up the children and they all spent the morning scrubbing mildew and years of accumulated grime off of our back screen porch.  It was a beautiful day for working outside but Ina Sue said that the children made it a bit hard to get anything done.  Its looking really nice though.  Ina Sue did take Landon up to Kendra for babysitting while Carolina took her afternoon nap.  That was really a help.  I came home just a little early and ate supper together before I headed back in to the jail for bible study. 
Visiting the GreenBanks radio observatory

I had a full day at work on Wednesday.  Ina Sue made us a breakfast casserole to start the day then worked some more on the porch.  She fixed us a delicious supper of porcupine meatballs, corn and zipper peas with pear relish for supper.
The Cass railroad with fall colors I hurried around at work on Thursday trying to get everything done in time for our trip on Friday.  Ina Sue did the cleaning and was also able to mow our front and side yards while the children napped.  Delmar Diems called he in the afternoon to let us know that they were digging the last of their peanuts this afternoon.  I had let Delmar know that I still would like a few more to boil so it was really nice of them to let me know.  I came home from work around 5:30 and took Carolina Sue up with me to pick up a batch.  We got home, ate a quick supper then I worked on picking off peanuts while Ina Sue packed our luggage.  I got four quarts of nuts in their jars and pressure cooking before I headed back in to work to finish up some things for our business meeting this weekend.  I got to bed around 1:00am...
Steven Brubaker family riding the train. We got up at 6:00 Friday and were able to get on the road with the children by 7:30.  It took a little longer to navagate the West Virginia roads than we had anticipated and we were about 40 minutes late for our planned rendezvous with Steves in Snowshoe, WV.  We met at our motel and got settled in before driving up to the resort on the top of the mountain for some window shopping.  There wasn't much going on there because it is out of season for skiing so we drove on to Arborvale where Steve had heard of a good restaurant for supper. 
Travis and Antoine takeing care of Carolina On the way we happened to pass by the Greenbanks Radio Observatory and Steven observed that he thought they gave tours at 6:00.  We stopped to check and were thrilled to be able to get right on their last tour of the day.  The tour was fascinating and informative and they even drove us out to the big radio telescope for a closer look.  They said that it was the largest moving  object on earth... ?  We also found it enlightening that the federal government had mandated a quiet zone for miles around the installation.  That explained why our cell phones did not work and why our radios were unable to pick up any stations.  They even drove old diesel trucks on the location because they did not have as many electrical components to make radio interference.  Anyhow, we drove on then to Boyer's Station for a real "local flavor" supper.  On the way back to the motel we nearly ran out of gas and were surprised to see a medium sized bear lumber up through the ditch and into the woods...
A beautiful West Virginia farming valley Steve & I started our business meeting Saturday morning at 8:00 while the ladies slept in then got the children ready for the day.  We ate a buffet breakfast at the motel then headed to Cass for a ride on their scenic steam engine railroad.  Cass used to be a big logging town and the railroad was used to bring logs down from the mountains.  Today it is used only for sight-seeing.  It was pretty cold but Ina Sue had really bundled up the children so it wasn't too bad.  It was a beautiful ride up the mountain but the fall foliage was probably a bit past its peak.  We all got off the train at the mid-point station and Steve & I continued our meeting while the rest visited.  The train picked us up around 1:00 four our trip back down the mountain and after last goodbyes we parted ways with them heading back to PA and us for Harrisonburg, VA.
Steve & Lydia Good with their family. We had an absolutely gorgeous and lovely drive back across the West Virginia mountains and into Virginia.  We stopped in Monterey for a while to see Steve & Lydia Good and their log cabin.  They have put a lot of work into their house and it is very nice.  We had a nice time visiting for an hour or so then headed on down to Harrisonburg.  We got to Ina Sue's home around 6:30 and Mother fixed us a delicious supper of sausage pie, stuffed peppers, cole slaw & apple cobbler.  We had a restful evening and got to bed in good time.  The children were pretty beat.


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