Sunday, May 15, 2016

GOINGS ON AT THE WEAVER’S SUMMER HOME

Sunday, May 15 - All is well here in Canton, Ohio. We've been here a month and have been pretty busy working around the house, enjoying our hobbies, and watching spring arrive here in Ohio.

Speaking of Spring, it is so pretty here in Ohio during the Spring.

Apple trees in full bloom.
Spring in Ohio

Grape blooms making an appearance.
Spring in Ohio

Spring in Ohio

Even Bella is enjoying the outdoors.
Bella in the Hostas

Paul enjoys mowing grass, but with his arthritic knee it has become quite a pain. To overcome this he decided to buy a new riding mower. Didn't he once say, “Never again!” Ha Ha! He's really enjoyed zooming around doing the mowing. A little over-kill on our small lot but this getting old thing needs to be dealt with. :-)

mowing

During our full-timing years, Paul missed mowing the grass and having a workshop. He's using that workshop to do some improving to our summer home here in Canton. We returned to Ohio a little early so he could replace the soffit and fascia on the house before Marsha's flowers poked up during the spring. Wouldn't want to step all over them and ruin some of her previous year’s hard work. The previous owners were pretty sloppy do-it-yourselfers. Last summer, we replaced most of the vinyl siding so next on the list was the soffit and fascia. That only took a couple days so Paul moved on to a bigger project.

Paul working

Paul working

He is building a second bathroom down the basement. This is a common home improvement in our neighborhood of small bungalows. He's in the thick of it now having just finished installing all the underground and under the cement waste lines. That was hard work!

Before construction.
downstairs bathroom

No way could he could have done any of the underground plumbing without a little help.

downstairs bathroom

downstairs bathroom

See the big pile of dirt in the next photo. We had two of those piles. Any dirt, rock or cement that didn’t go back in the hole as fill, we had to carry upstairs. We made tons and tons of trips up the steps and outside carrying two buckets at a time. We really are too old for this!

downstairs bathroom

Installing a sump/grinder in order to “up flush” sewage waste.downstairs bathroom

It passed the test run….it works!downstairs bathroom

downstairs bathroom

He now moves on to the “enjoyable” part of the work – building the walls. He's in no hurry to finish....he doesn't want to finish too early and spend the summer sitting around.

downstairs bathroom

Thanks for stopping by. Hope to see y’all back real soon. Have a great day!

Saturday, April 23, 2016

WORST ROADS IN AMERICA

Saturday, April 9 – We pulled our of freezin' Springfield, IL, this morning heading east towards Ohio. We are watching the weather very carefully. We don't want to get into any of the white stuff.

Having commented on how nice the roads have been so far on our trip from Texas, I must say that Indiana wins with some of the worst roads in America (goodness….maybe worse than Louisiana!). Man did we hit some bone jarring holes in the road! By the end of the day, Marsha commented this was the worst results of bad roads she's seen in the 5th wheel. Things were thrown all over the place.

Our day's journey was a bit longer than planned. We had a planned to stop at the County Fairgrounds in Van Wert, OH. Upon arriving we found no one at the office, no one to answer the phone numbers, and no electrical power at the pedestal. With COLD weather predicted for the night, we decided to push on towards our final destination of Canton, OH, another 3-hours drive. Paul reported feeling pretty good, and felt he would have no problem extending the drive. Bella, our cat, was not too happy. She is not a fan of LONG drives.

So we continued our drive east on US-30. This road in Ohio was a welcome relief to our day's drive in Indiana. It's not often that Paul makes positive comments about Ohio roads, especially in early Spring. We cruised right along, and before we knew it, we were pulling into our driveway in Canton, OH. We did pass through some snow showers but nothing bad and especially nothing sticking to the roadways.

This is what our house looked like in Ohio on April 9. Maybe we arrived a bit too early.

House in Canton

We decided to wait until morning to move things from the RV to the house. Only a few necessities for the night. Paul did take the time to drain the water lines in the RV to prevent any freezing over night. The predictions were for temperatures to reach the low 20's by day break.

So we have arrived at our summer home in Canton. Bella found her nice warm spot in front of the furnace vent. Marsha has busied herself rearranging her life from RV living to the comforts of home. Paul is planning all types of summer projects.

We'll blog occasionally on summer doings and a couple trips we have planned. If you pass through Northeast Ohio give us a shout out and we'll try to meet up. Be safe with your summer travels.

Thanks for stopping by. Hope to see y’all back real soon. Have a great day!

Thursday, April 21, 2016

OUR LAST DAY IN SPRINGFIELD

Friday, April 8 – On our last day in Springfield, IL, we visited the  First Presbyterian Church that Lincoln attended while living in Springfield. Marsha checked the website before we left and it said that we could visit the pew that the Lincoln family sat for Sunday services. She is so easily thrilled. Unfortunately, the church was locked, and we were not able to view the Lincoln Pew. Add to your notes, the church is only open during the summer months.

First Presbyterian Church

First Presbyterian Church

We then visited the Great Western Depot, AKA the Lincoln Depot. This is the train station where Lincoln gave his famous farewell address to the people of Springfield as he was leaving for Washington DC to be inaugurated as the 16th President of the United States. We viewed a video reenactment of the goodbye speech and enjoy the many antique displays.

 Lincoln Depot

 Lincoln Depot

 Lincoln Depot

 Lincoln Depot

 Lincoln Depot

 Lincoln Depot

The Lincoln-Herndon Law offices are being renovated, so we just walked by and tried to image what it would have been like to see Mr. Lincoln enter this building.

Lincoln-Herndon Law Office

Lincoln-Herndon Law Office

Lincoln-Herndon Law Office

Our last stop was the Thomas Rees Memorial Carillon. The Thomas Rees Memorial Carillon is one of the largest and finest of the world's carillons. The Thomas Rees Memorial Carillon is the gift of Senator Thomas Rees, publisher of Illinois State Register. Rees provided a $200,000 bequest to build the carillon and left very specific instructions in his will regarding the number of bells and the location of the carillon. The Rees carillon boasts 67 cast bronze bells covering a range of 5 1/2 chromatic octaves. The total weight of the bells is 82,753 pounds; the largest (bourdon) bell, a G-flat, weighs 7 1/2 tons, while the smallest weighs 22 pounds.We arrived early and were treated to the beautiful sounds of the bells.

Thomas Rees Memorial Carillon

Thomas Rees Memorial Carillon

Thomas Rees Memorial Carillon

Thomas Rees Memorial Carillon

Thomas Rees Memorial Carillon

That was enough for today. Marsha has been taking it easy on Paul since we extended our stay, so we returned to the State Fairgrounds RV Park. This is our last post from Springfield, IL. We had a wonderful time. What a clean, historic town.

Thanks for stopping by. Hope to see y’all back real soon. Have a great day!