May 20:Friday was the first official day of our vacation. It started out cool and cloudy. We decided to spend the day in Bluffton, Ohio, which is about 20 minutes south of us. I had been to a small restaurant there called Jeanne's Kitchen for work lunches twice, and thought that my husband would like to try it. After a brief stop at Kohl's here in town to pick up a few items that were on hold, we headed south for lunch. The clouds were beginning to break up and sun was starting to peek through as we reached the town. We parked off of the main street and walked up to the restaurant, and found the lunch special to be lasagna Florentine and a turkey BLT. The restaurant also offers a regular list of sandwiches as well, but after finding out that the lasagna came with a side salad and roll for $6.95, we each decided to try it. We had just missed a huge lunch group, and there were only a few other tables occupied, so we took our seats at the far end of the restaurant. It wasn't long before our salads were brought out to us, then only a few moments later our lasagna and bread arrived as well.
We finished our delicious meal, then wandered into the gift shop that was attached to the diner called The Black Lab. They offer purses, candles, and Americana decor. I purchased two little stuffed chickens in a blue metal tub for my kitchen, and we departed the store and walked back to our car. Across the street from our parking space, a house was having a rummage sale, and as we were driving by, hubby noticed a five gallon Marathon container sitting on the porch, and wanted to stop. He managed to bargain down the price a little bit, and we walked away with that and a book he found. Rummage sales are great!
We headed back to Main Street, and found a parking space in front of a quilt shop called Forever in Stitches. I don't quilt, because I don't have the attention span, but I do sew, and I wanted to look at the reproduction Civil War fabric that they carried (more on that project in another post). They had quite a bit to choose from, and I selected a dark blue fabric with a geometric pattern print. A great find! The price was a little cheaper than I expected, at $8.49/yd. Fortunately for me, I only wanted a yard. After I bought my fabric, we headed out and I saw this sign across the street from us:
Ten Thousand Villages, a fair-trade shop, which carried some very unique items, but I didn't buy anything; Shirley's Popcorn Shop, a store that specializes in gourmet popcorn, and a used bookseller. Shirley's Popcorn was neat--they had samples of the flavors that were for sale that day, and I was sold on the buckeye flavor. I went home with a half-pound bag! What is buckeye, you ask? Well, in Ohio, it is a type of inedible nut. There is some sort of fascination here with buckeyes that I may never understand--the Ohio State University's mascot is a giant walking buckeye, and they have modeled candies after them, which is basically a peanut butter ball dipped in chocolate to look like the nut, and these candies are incredibly delicious. (I made the candies when I was younger, but never called them "buckeyes".) So, now that you know that, the buckeye popcorn is basically caramel corn that has been drizzled with chocolate and peanut butter. I took a picture of the bag:
After that, we headed back out of town, stopping at Riley Creek Mercantile to check out their garden goods and guns. We didn't pick anything up there, but hubby was enjoying the window shopping there!
Well, we spent most of the afternoon down in Bluffton. It's a cute town, not very big, but enough shops and attractions to occupy us for several hours. I would go there again, especially for lunch! Here are a few more photos from Main Street:
|Mural on the side of a downtown building|
|Old Glory and puffy clouds|
We returned home, ran some errands, and ended our first day of vacation with a movie from Netflix, The King's Speech. Good movie, I recommend it. All in all, a great kickoff to what I hope will be a great week off! Today, Saturday, we have mainly gotten some work done around the house--mowing, cleaning, tidying. Tomorrow is our actual anniversary, and I told hubby that he got to surprise me with where we will go to eat. I have a cake ordered from Meijer (it's a tradition for me to order a decorated cake, about the size of a wedding cake topper, for our anniversary each year. What's funny about this tradition, though, is that my husband was not aware of it. He said he remembered having cake for our anniversaries, but hadn't given it much thought otherwise) and will pick it up tomorrow after church. I'll take a picture and add it tomorrow or Monday. I think that as I write about what we do during the week, I will just add it on to the end of this post so that it's a continuous entry. Check back every few days if you want to see what we are doing for our anniversary weekapalooza!
May 22 & 23:
|Noah Webster's Home|
|Edison's Lab-notice the bottles of chemicals lining both walls!|
|New lambs at the Firestone Farm. They look so content!|
More on the Henry Ford Museum to come soon!