Friday, August 20, 2010

On to New York!

Our friends called to invite us to their 50th wedding anniversary this September 11th. We hope to attend, only thing is it’s in Wisconsin and we’re in New York right now. So first order is to get new shoes fer’ the ‘DuraMax’. I shopped around in the area we were stayin’ in and there aint’ much in the way of tire deals. I just happened to call a Firestone dealer in Erie, ‘BIG CITY’, asked fer’ the same Bridgestone's we’ve been runnin’ since the truck was new. The fella said, “You want the most expensive tires huh”? Yeah but at a bargain price. Just so happen that those tires were on sale and Bridgestone has $100 discount on a full set as well. So I made an appointment and we went up there Sunday and got new shoes. So were set fer’ the trip in that area.

Sunday afternoon we drove on down to Franklin to Cousin Ben’s, for his daughter’s birthday. Both of their kids wanted to spend the night ‘Campin’ with us. Ian spent the night Sunday & Abby stayed Monday night. They enjoyed themselves and so did we.

The next day we left for NY to hook-up with Bud & Linda, our best friends from down home. We were to meet at Charlene’s house on Tuesday evening. Linda & I had stopped for supper along the roadside when Bud called, “Hey where are you guys”? “We’re just down the road a piece and as soon as we do our supper dishes we’ll be over”. We arrived about twenty minutes later and hugs went all around. It’s been two years since we’ve seen Charlene and it sure was nice she invited us for a stay. We got setup and commenced to visitin’. I’ll bet her neighbors were thinkin’ she was startin’ a campground.


Wednesday morning we got up early to go to breakfast at ‘Sandy’s’. Now Sandy’s is a place Bud & Linda took us to back two years ago and we try to go back just once when we’re in the area. Ya’ see she put’s on a mean meal whether breakfast or lunch and you always eat too much. Here’s a sample;

850A0118Sorry about the picture quality but I took this with my telephone. 

Breakfast like that 2 eggs, home fries, ham and two pieces of homemade cinnamon raisin toast about $3. Sandy makes all her own bread, Cinnamon rolss & doughnuts and “She does one heck of a job of it”. SO if your ever in Great Valley or Ellicottville, NY, ask someone how to get to Sandy’s. She’ only open till 2PM four days a week, but finer food is hard to find and the price is unbelievable.

After breakfast we headed fer’ the Erie County Fair to spend the day. Char did the drivin’, Linda provided the entertainment and we made it to the fair early enough to get half price admission. Seems to be a pretty big county fair and we perused the animals, exhibits and saw a couple o’ shows. Of coarse we had to have some ‘Fair Food’, that’s the main reason fer’ comin’. Just so happened this was on display and we got to speak with the owner a bit.


It seemed coincidence that we just saw the small versions of this last week at the Organ Grinders Rally. This Carousel or Fairground Organ was constructed in 1897 and played in England until 1975 when it was purchased by an English family only to be dismantled and put in storage. It was purchased in 2007 by American Roger Wiegand and rebuilt to the original size as you see it today. The ‘Diamond Jubilee’ has over 400 pipes and if you listen you can hear flutes, piccolos, bass, saxophones, violins, trombones, drums, glockenspiel, cymbals and bells. It is a fantastic piece of engineering. You can learn more at this link, Carousel Organ. After listening to the organ we decided we’d had enough fair for one day and headed home. You can listen to a sample of the organ’s music here.

At home we had dined on a lovely roast that Linda had put in the crock pot before we left in the mornin’. Then it was visitin’, laughin’ and just enjoyin’ each others company.


The three girls lookin’ at pictures on my laptop.

Thursday we were up to find Bud had went for his morning walk and the girls went down to ‘Sandy’s’ to meet him for coffee, we dined at home. Later Char took us for a ride to see where the ‘Rich People’ live around the ski resort, nice fer’ them, too big fer’ us. Then we went to Griffis Sculpture Park and goofed and laughed and some of us made fools of ourselves. Hey if you can’t make fun of yourself, who can you poke fun at? we returned to Char’s house so she could keep her hair appointment and the other Linda got a haircut from my Linda, while Bud & I worked on straightened out an electrical problem the had with their motorhome.


I’m gonna catch me one o’ them gals at the sculpture park.

That evening we went to Sprague’s for dinner in Portville, NY. Sprague’s Maple Farms has been producing maple syrup and it’s related products for almost thirty years and their restaurant features a maple signature in every dish. This dinner was to celebrate Char’s birthday that we missed in May. We were seated and were surprised that our waitress, Sara, was as sharp & quick witted as my Linda. We had a ball kiddin’ with her and later she got the entire staff as well as a table full of friends to come and sing ‘Happy Birthday’ for Char. The whole thing was a gas! But it got better as we drove home with Char & Linda bantering back & forth. We had to stop twice for unexpected bathroom stops to avoid wet seats from laughter. After arrivin’ home we sat and talked till Linda & Bud retired then we chatted some more before retirin’ ourselves. Char was workin’ the next mornin’ so we said our goodbyes before we went to bed.

Linda & Bud woke us the next mornin’ to ask if we wanted to go to Sandy’s. We declined, too much irresistible food, we ate at home. Later we said our goodbyes to them, hopefully we’ll see them again next weekend for the Sanbourn Grange Picnic’.

Well That’s all for this episode. As always we hope to see ya’ down the road as we’re;

Dancin’ on the Wind.

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