Memorial Day Weekend
Berlin, OH - Events of Wednesday, May 20 to Tuesday, May 27, 2015
After returning from Quailcrest Farm empty handed, we continued our search for a hanging basket on Wednesday by checking out all the local places where we remembered seeing flowers for sale. The biggest selection in the area by far was at Hershberger Farm and Bakery.
Since Hershberger's had such a big selection and since their prices were competitive, we easily found a basket we liked. In fact, there were so many to choose from, we had trouble making up our minds. The basket we finally chose consists of petunias, verbena and alyssum.
Thursday was cool and windy, so we just stayed around the rig all day. On Friday, we did a little food shopping in the morning at Walnut Creek Cheese, then Margery did some cooking in the early afternoon preparating for the arrival of Lora, J. Michael and Lydia for the Memorial Day weekend. They pulled their travel trailer into the site behind us around 3:30. We got to watch Lydia while they set up.
We can see changes in Lydia from the last time we were together just a few weeks ago. She now crawls with ease, and she even pulled herself up to a standing position all by herself for the first time while we were watching her that afternoon. She is making different sounds with her mouth, which is the way babies lay the groundwork for learning to talk.
Margery prepared a delicious dinner of Pork with Queso Flameado Sauce, which is pork tenderloin medallions in a cheese sauce containing red bell pepper, cilantro and chorizo sausage. Yum!
After dinner, we chatted a while. Lydia started to show signs of getting tired so Lora and J. Michael took her back to their rig to put her to bed. We watched a little TV then headed off to bed ourselves.
On Saturday morning, we headed to Der Dutchman for the breakfast buffet.
After breakfast, we made a stop at Keim Lumber then continued on to Hershberger's Farm Market. Saturday was Hershberger's customer appreciation day. There was a 10% store-wide discount and free samples of many of their snack foods and baked goods. There was a good turnout.
Even though we had just finished a big breakfast, some of us did indulge in a couple of samples. However, the real reason we went to Hershberger's was for Lydia to see the animals. They have a petting zoo with goats, pigs, calves, sheep, pony rides and more.
Lydia paused to see Big Ben, a 3006-pound Belgian draft horse. He is the largest horse in Holmes County.
Lydia then went on to check out a baby goat, which was more her size.
The next stop on our itinerary was the Holmes County Flea Market located just down the road from the campground. J. Michael was on daddy duty to allow Lora to have her hands free to make it easier for her to shop.
Back at Scenic Hills, we relaxed in the afternoon. J. Michael grilled up some delicious burgers for dinner, and Lora made a yummy zucchini casserole.
As the sun went down and the air cooled off, we all enjoyed the warmth of a campfire before heading off to bed.
Lora whipped up some bacon, egg and cheese biscuits for all of us for breakfast on Sunday morning. In the afternoon, we watched Lydia while Lora and J. Michael went miniature golfing. Lydia had a good time crawling around our kitchen island and playing with her toys. We had a good time just watching her.
Lora and J. Michael returned just in time for an afternoon snack after which they took Lydia back to their trailer for her afternoon nap. Margery made us all another delicious dinner of smothered chicken (chicken breasts smothered with mushrooms and spinach in a cream sauce).
After dinner, we had another campfire.
We were treated to a beautiful sunset before we all headed back to our respective rigs.
J. Michael took a vacation day on Monday so they could stay at Scenic Hills an extra day and not have to drive home in holiday traffic. J. Michael ran out to Der Dutchman bakery early on Monday morning and picked up some cream sticks for all of us for breakfast.
After breakfast and after Lydia's nap, we drove to Lehman's Hardware in nearby Kidron, OH. Lehman's sells lots of non-electric appliances, wood stoves, and the like that are favored by the Amish. They also have a big selection of cooking utensils and kitchen gadgets.
For those who want the old fashioned look of a wood stove, but who don't want the inconvenience of chopping firewood, Lehman's has modern stoves with the look of wood stoves. The stove shown below looks like a wood stove, but it actually has an induction cooktop.
The modern, electric refrigerator shown below has the look of an old fashioned ice box.
Lehman's also has a great selection of sturdy toys, books and games for kids. We had a good time showing some of them to Lydia.
It was right around 3:00 when we left Lehman's, which was a perfect time to stop at Der Dutchman for lupper. Lora, J. Michael, and Margery had broasted chicken (around $10.50 to $12 depending on how many pieces you want and whether or not you want all white meat) with the salad bar for one of their sides ($1.79 extra). Paul had just the salad bar ($8.79). Everything was yummy! Last time, we commented the blue cheese dressing was runny. This time, we're happy to report it was thick like it used to be.
From Der Dutchman, we headed back to Scenic Hills where Lydia and some of the rest of us took naps. We got together for a while in the evening, but Lydia got a little short changed on her afternoon nap and needed an early bed time so Lora and J. Micheal took her back to their rig relatively early in the evening.
On Tuesday morning, we watched Lydia while Lora and J. Michael packed up. We all enjoyed a sausage casserole Margery made for breakfast before Lora, J. Michael and Lydia pulled out of the campground and headed back home.
We took the rest of Tuesday to relax, but we have more plans for later in the week. Stay tuned.