Summer is Almost Gone
Berlin, OH - Events of Thursday, September 10 to Sunday, September 13, 2015
Although summer doesn't officially end until the fall equinox (September 23 this year), Labor Day is usually considered to be the end of summer for all practical purposes. The weather usually stays hot through Labor Day, much to the chagrin of students who are back in school; but shortly afterward, cooler temperatures start to creep in. That certainly was the case this year because the highs in the upper 80s of the Labor Day Weekend gave way to a high that didn't get above 60º only one week later. On top of that, we also had a couple of nights with the lows in the mid-40s. It started warming up again a few days afterward, but probably won't get nearly as warm as it was.
The impending arrival of fall means we only have a few weeks left in Berlin. Therefore, we have started thinking about where we want to stop on our way south when we leave here. We'll end up in Bushnell, Florida, of course, with a probable stop in Summerdale, Alabama, but we haven't decided where to stop on the way to Alabama.
One of the things Paul wanted to do before we hit the road was to root some cuttings of the calibrachoa flowers we got last spring. The hope is they will be ready to plant when we get to our site in Blueberry Hill in Florida. Last Thursday, Paul got busy preparing the cuttings.
Paul removed the lower leaves of each cutting, dipped the base in rooting hormone and stuck it into the planting medium.
Several weeks ago, Paul got a nice little "greenhouse" planter for the cuttings at Menard's. The cover will keep the humidity high to prevent wilting. With the cover in place, however, the planter has to be kept out of direct sun so the temperature inside won't skyrocket and fry the cuttings.
The cool weather we talked about earlier reached its peak with a rainy, windy day on Saturday. In spite of the inclement weather, we needed to run a few errands and ended up stopping at the Walnut Creek Amish Flea Market while we were out. The Holmes County Flea Market is close to the campground, and we have been to it a couple of times over the summer, but we haven't been to the flea market in Walnut Creek since we first got to Berlin last spring.
Fall is a very popular time in the Holmes County area. Summer weekends are busy, but fall weekends are really busy. Even though it was cool, windy and rainy, traffic in the area was very heavy. The flea market was very busy, too.
Even with the crowds, we had a good time looking around the market. Chainsaw carvings are popular at flea markets, and there were some very unusual ones available at Walnut Creek. Carvings of bears like the ones at the right of the photo below are common, but we have never seen anything like the deer in the center of the photo and the fox to the left.
Although we have seen bald eagles before, the one at Walnut Creek was particularly nice.
Margery stopped to check out some kids' clothes at the flea market.
After finishing up at the flea market, we headed back to the 5th wheel where we spent the rest of the rainy afternoon watching an old movie on TV. We also made good use of our electric fireplace because the temperature outside never got above 60º.
On Sunday, J. Michael had a golf outing he wanted to attend, and Lora had a fund-raiser bowling event for Mary Kay. We volunteered to drive to Pittsburgh to spend the day with Lydia babysitting.
When Lora, J. Michael and Lydia were with us for Labor Day, we reported Lydia was able to walk several steps at a time all on her own. One week later, she is able to walk pretty much anywhere she wants. She still crawls if she wants to get someplace in a hurry, but she has discovered a big advantage to walking is her hands are free to carry things. She is obviously pleased with her newly-learned skill.
Our trip to Pittsburgh was also a good time to take with us the swing Paul had built for Lydia and to reassemble it there.
We topped off the afternoon with a small pepperoni pizza for Margery and an Italian sub for Paul from Hunner's Pizza for dinner before heading back to Scenic Hills.