Thursday, May 5, 2016

Anything Can Happen Thursday

 Woke up this morning thinking I was going to work on packing a few things up in the condo.  You see the VA appraisal came in and everything is good to go with our move. OH DEAR just realized I don't think I have said anything about the fact that we found a house, made an offer on it and it has been accepted, we have just been waiting to hear how the VA appraisal turned out, which as I said above was great.

Well my niece Faith, texted me at 8:30 a.m. and said she would be over with her Dad shortly to drop off some boxes. About 9:00 a.m. they were walking in the door with armfuls of boxes and packing materials.  It was drizzling outside and they were originally on their way to go kayaking, but instead invited us to join them for the day of adventure.  So since we are always up for an adventure we were out the door by 9:30 a.m.

Our plan was to head up to Mansfield, to check out the Historic Ohio State Reformatory.  Below are some photos I took there.  It's definitely worth the time to tour the facility. Wear your walking shoes since the tour is a bit long and there are a great deal of stairs to climb but really worth seeing everything.

The Historic Ohio State Reformatory was the location where the Shawshank Redemption was filmed along with parts of Air Force One. 

My awesome brother and that silly niece Faith

After our tour of the reformatory we stopped for a bite to eat at the Coney Island Diner at 98 N Main Street.  It was a great little place and the food was really good.

After lunch we walked across the street to the Richland Carrousel Park.  We all rode the carrousel once and then Faith and I rode it again.  It was so much fun, just like when we were kids.

After the Carrousel ride we took a ride over to the Jones Potato Chip Factory that has been around since 1945.  We each picked out some different bags of chips, sad though no dip in site.

We then took a ride over to Kingwood Center, where the gardens are just breathtaking. You are able to tour the mansion but it was not open today.  The grounds are just gorgeous and the flowers are just wonderful.

Such succulents 

Looks soft and fuzzy actually hard and prickly.

The hot house

I had never seen a black petunia

This tree was interesting, the roots were coming through the ground like groundhogs

Tree roots

Just a cutie by the pond

It was such a wonderful day filled with so much adventure.  So glad that Gary and Faith stopped by.  Anything can happen Thursday turned out to be an AWESOME ADVENTURE!


  1. I haven't commented in a long time but religiously read your posts. Congrats on the house. Wishing you both all the best with your move.

    1. It's so good to hear from you! Hope you are all doing well. We are excited about the move, but a tiny bit stressed too, but I guess that is to be expected. Stay in touch :)