Wednesday, August 19, 2015

From Butterflies to Melon Fields, a Saturday Day Trip

The twins just got back from a river cruise in Germany, 
but they were still up for a day trip with me to SE Illinois.

walking to the car, I was greeted by this beautiful butterfly.
His colors remind me of fall.......but no fall weather it was HOT!

the girls had us start the day in their sun room with some homemade banana nut muffins and fresh blueberries and peaches. Beautifully served in their Mom's candlewick bowl. 

We headed out to our first stop a little over a hour away.
Checking out the corn and bean crops.

When we arrive we see this batman like cars? motorcycles?
of course the twins head right over to investigate

now on to the main event
West Union Cafe suppose to have the 
"Wabash Valley best broasted chicken"

yum.....yes it was great and the slaw tasted like KFC.
no dessert, that is our next stop.

The home of  Heath Candy Robinson IL
The original factory is a museum where they serve
heath candy ice cream of course.
The factory is now owned by Hershey but is still in town.
I love the poster of Santa saying "heath has been in more blizzards than me"

even a old car to ad to the vintage feel
Susan provided some music


Then on to Palestine.
We wanted to see where the Land Grant office had been for Illinois.
That is where our ancestors had to travel to purchase the land grants,
being the first to own a certain property in IL.
It would be about 60 miles but in the 1830's that would of been a trip

of course we took our ancestors land grant to be in the picture!

Palestine is also the home of my favorite salad dressing
they were closed on weekends.

Then we were on to Vincennes IN
I wanted to see where my ancestors wintered over in 1817 as they traveled from KY to Spencer, IN

On the way there we saw the strangest thing...irrigated some fields, but what is that crop?
Oh look there is migrate workers in the fields, they must bring them in by those buses?

A..........NO the buses were for the Watermelons!!!
filled up to where the windows should be, no wonder ever intersection had
smashed melons on the pavement.....look out if your turning the corner next to them!

So when at the antique store I had to take a picture of this to remind me!
I soon won't forget!

We found a great antique store
Downtown Vincennes
But we forgot about the time change, and we lost a hour of shopping!
Here are some things we saw
blocks I bought for my SIL to make her trees for her Etsy store
(info on my sidebar)

Pyrex of course!

I even saw my first never opened in the box set!
None of us collect Colonial Mist, but what a great buy.

for a minute I thought these were pink Pyrex!!!!
NO, but Mosser glass.
I had never heard of it.
Newer, made in Cambridge Ohio.
Learn something everyday!
Susan bought a beautiful canister set from Czechoslovakia.
(I forgot to take a picture!)
How appropriate since they just got back from their. Even better was the story of the lady who owned them, she died at 103. She loved to entertain, and a had beautiful collection. Her 80 something daughter was still living and came to see her monthly.
I looked up her obituary, she was in the DAR and loved genealogy.
So what a great tie in to our trip. So Susan copied the obit and put it in one of the canisters.
I love that, so the next owner will know the story too.


beautiful 
George Rogers Clark Memorial
Probably where my family wintered in 1817
and where my Dad and 2 Aunts visited
Aug 2, 1937
Their Aunt lived in Vincennes

Beautiful Park
Home of President William Henry Harrison
Closed, remember that darn time change.

We were tired, hot and thirsty so we headed back home.
This was my little summer trip.
It wasn't Germany but I had a great time.
Hope you enjoyed the sites.
I have highlighted links if you would like to see more.
Happy Hump Day!

Ann



Friday, August 7, 2015

I Love Those Little Hummingbirds

Several years ago we put up a hummingbird feeder
after we visited my SIL's parents home.
Her brother has several feeders and hundreds come.
But, we would be happy with one.

He came.
He comes every year from about May 15th-Sept 15th
almost on the dot. How we look forward to him.
Over the last few years we now have 3, and they remind me of
WWII airplane pilots in a dog fight in the sky.
Some how I have never gotten a picture of them?

They like to sit in dead tree branches, we can not bring ourselves to cut the dead branch from our Oak tree, because that is where he sits before he comes to feed.

there he is waiting to come and looking for competition.
I notice he does not like it when Greta is on the porch.

One year as we were sitting on our chairs on the back porch, he got right in my husbands face, I think he was telling him "thank you for keeping my feeder full and clean with sugar water"




I have 4 days off and tons to do, but as my friend who has been getting chemo said
"our lives are too short"
Her strength is something I admire so much, I know many of you have said prayers for her. They are working, she is gaining  strength and out riding her bicycle this week.

So I will watch my hummingbird eat in the sunshine of this beautiful day,
the dog hair, laundry and dishes will always be there but my hummingbird is only here for us to enjoy for another month.

Happy Friday

ANN

Sunday, August 2, 2015

"I just love this kitchen!"

At 1515 I hear the phrase
"I love this kitchen!"
almost every time someone walks into for the first time.

walking into the kitchen as the pass by my Grandmother's aprons
I think they go back in time, to their own Grandmothers kitchen.
It develops a sense of contentment and happiness.

the kind of kitchen that you expect pies to be cooling on the Hoosier cabinet

there is always vintage items that remind you of times past
and visitors love checking them all out.


It is a sunny spot too, well what can you say it is just CHEERY!

I think of all the meals my Grandmother made it that kitchen.
That what comes to mind as people come to the kitchen, they think of all their Grandmothers.
The times spent around the kitchen table.
It just makes us feel good.
So people hang out in the kitchen today too. Dinner for 18 may mean there is plenty of room in the dining room or living room, but people linger in the kitchen "I'll just sit here".

Seems when I leave 1515 I always take a look back with a smile.
thinking I will return again soon.

But I know I leave the kitchen with memories and laughter.

I can still hear my sweet Daddy and Aunt Catherine's laughter in the
1515 kitchen


Thursday, July 9, 2015

Dreams Come True

I realized 6 years ago today I got the keys back to 1515.
My Grandparents home that they bought in 1926 and left in 1978.
It had been 31 years since I had been through the door after my Grandfather died.



However, it was a place always on our minds.
My Aunts would drive by when they came in to town.
I never left Charleston without driving by and adoring that magical place from my childhood
 from Jackson street.
My Dad never knew another home until he married my Mom, my Aunt was born there, they were married there.
Aunt Catherine and Uncle Don on their wedding day with Aunt Mary

If you have not heard the story it is something just "meant to be"
So one day as I was leaving Charleston, I noticed a dumpster in the driveway?
hhhmmm
I called my cousin because her cousin cared for the elderly lady who lived there.
Found out the lady had passed away and strange, her name was Emma Reynolds.
That was my cousins Grammies names?

Her cousin put me in touch with the executor of the estate.
He just happened to be the son of my Maternal Grandfathers cousin.
They did not have the home for sale yet, but they knew it was meant for it to be back in my family.

The day I got the key, I called cousin Mary as I ran through my Grandparents bedroom, through the closet into my Dad's bedroom and then into the dining room, the living room and around 
again like I did at 5.

I never have been so organized to get moved in before the annual Galbreath Reunion.
I could not wait for everyone to come back home.

Of course everyone had to have their pictures taken on the front porch like
 it had been done in the past.

1945
Aunt Annie Uncle Max
and my 
Grandparents

2012
Donna, Debbie
Marty and Mary

The place needed some work, paint and new flooring.
But it still reminds us everyday of who has come through the door over the last
89 years.
Christmas Eve 1941

we gather in the same dining room today for birthdays, holidays, or just for fun.

Christmas 1943
the tree goes in the same spot

2009

We gather in the kitchen
1969
Grandad, cousin Debbie, me and Jessie

2015
cousins Mary, Marty, Jen and PJ

cooking
1960's 
my Mom and Aunt Catherine

2013 cousins Donna and Debbie

Of course there is leisure time playing and 
porch swinging!

Mary and Marty 

grown up Marty and Mary
2012

Things have returned to its original home
Grandmothers Hoosier cabinet 1970 with Aunt Catherine

cousin Donna returned it home, well taken care of since 1978.
We even have Grandmother's cookie jar, and crock.
Just wish we could have some of her famous raisin oatmeal cookies.

My Dad's Galbreath Grocery Store jacket awaits him hanging on his closet door.

Grandmother would be happy her some of her flowers are still there
1949
2014
and notice the 1515 sign?
It was the last thing I took in 1978 as I departed the steps for the last time.


1961 the backyard with Grandad
Mary, John, Grandad, Marty and Donna
Me, Mark, Debbie and Tom.
We have all returned.

same spot speed ahead 50 years!
I am so blessed to spend time with my wonderful cousins.
Donna, Mary, Marty and Debbie



I can never express what 1515 means to us all.
It is a sanctuary away from everyday problems.
A Happy Place.
A place to go and relax, have a laugh, get a hug,
talk about old memories and making new ones.

I knew that day, that dreams do come true