Wednesday, August 4, 2021



Hello, friends.   Hope you had a great day.  This morning Joe had a doctor's appointment at the VA Hospital.  I drove him down and waited for him in the car instead of going into the hospital.  I made some phone calls and read part of my book while I waited.

When Joe came out, we were both hungry and decided to go to lunch.  We had to get on I-76 to go home but I didn't get off.  We kept right on going and went out to Lancaster County to have lunch.  Are we nuts to drive almost 2 hours to have lunch?  Uh... yes, a little.  But we had such a good time.

Joe took some pictures of the countryside as we drove through it.  It's so pretty.

We had a list of five possible places for lunch.  The first was Dienner's where Elaine and I had lunch/dinner last week.  Joe said he wanted a buffet and I wanted a sit down meal.  This would give us either one.  I pulled into Dienner's and saw there were about 20 people outside with the beepers they use to call people waiting.  So I turned around and we left.

We passed our next choice, Miller's, had a full parking lot so we drove on.  We decided to go to Katie's Kitchen.  But there were people waiting outside there also.  So we ended up at Hershey Farm.

We hadn't been to Hershey in a long time.  The last time we were there we had a very bad experience.  But we decided to give them another chance.  We walked in and were seated right away.  They had only the smorgasbord so that's what we got.

Joe went up first.  Here's his plate.  Beef, green beans, corn and mashed potatoes.

He had the same thing for his second plate but had stuffing instead of potatoes.

For my first plate I had chicken pot pie, corn, green beans and stuffing with gravy.

My second plate was fried chicken and mashed potatoes with gravy.  I shouldn't have had that second piece of chicken.  I saw the wing and picked it up but then saw the leg which I really wanted.  I couldn't put the wing back, so I ended up with both.  And I didn't want to waste food, so I ate it.

I didn't want any dessert, but Joe got two pieces of sugar-free pie.  He couldn't decide between cherry or apple so he got both!  Does he look happy?

We went through the gift shops after we ate.  I bought just a few things.

I got another Wanda Brunstatter book.  Oh my I had better get reading.  I also got some burlap dahlias to decorate in the fall and a bag of peppermints.  I always get peppermints there and forgot last week.

When we went out to leave, I looked for the animals they always have.  Usually there are goats, chickens, a rooster or two, ducks, geese, sheep and sometimes other small animals.  Today all I saw were these two little goats.  They were cute, but I wonder where all the other animals were.

We headed back to Philly because it was getting late.  We made good time until we got into Montgomery County.  Then rush hour traffic got to us.  But we plugged along and finally reached Philadelphia.   Joe took a picture of the Art Museum and the Philadelphia skyline as we drove along.

It took us 30 minutes longer to get home than it did to go out there.  We had such a nice time.  It's fun to do things on the spur of the moment.  And we both felt so much better and calmer when we got home.  We are still looking for a home to move to out there.  We have been looking for years.  Maybe someday.

Until next time...



  1. Great post! I googled Lancaster County, if I got the right place it's just west of Philadelphia. My daughter is in Bucks County, west of Philly. We love that entire area. Every time we visit Penn. I end up taking a ton of pictures! Glad you two had a wonderful day! And no, you weren't crazy at all to go on a spur-of-the-moment adventure! We all need to do that more often!

  2. I have to tell you that just after I had watched your youtube about going to Lancaster County, I was out for a walk, and ran into two young missionaries, and they stopped to talk, and I asked them where they were from and one of them was from Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. He said, "you probably don't know where that is," and my reply was that I knew exactly where it was, and I loved Lancaster County and Philadelphia. This young man said he was born in Philly. Small world. I didn't know you were looking for a house in Lancaster County, but I sure do hope you find just what you want. I wonder if houses there are as expensive as they are here. For you sake, I hope not. Thanks for sharing your fun afternoon. See you again soon.

  3. Great photo of Joe with his pies! He does look so happy! I do not think you are crazy for going.I think spontaneously can be a lot of fun.Sometimes Russ & I hold hands & walk to one of the local food places to check out any menu changes. We often surprise ourselves! Glad you enjoyed your day together!

  4. Sounds like a fun, spur of the moment date! Glad you had fun. The food looks delicious!

  5. Sounds like you had a wonderful day. You should do it again. I hope you find the house you're looking for. Hugs, Edna B.

  6. My husband and I love to take drives like that. I love seeing the countryside. Your meals look delicious! And I love Wanda Brunstetter books.

  7. Oh I didn't know that! It would be marvelous to be in such a pretty (and well known) county. We have some lovely Amish folks who have moved here to my corner buying up farm country and already getting their farms set up. Several have opened roadside stands, which are most welcome for the produce and baked goods, Guess other Amish communities have become quite crowded. Anyway, may your dream come true. It's always fun to have a dream. And it's always fun to take a day trip.

  8. I love your spur of the moment trip to my neck of the woods!! We just never take spontaneous trips anywhere and think this must change. Joe certainly does look pleased with his pie. Really love the picture of the two of you!
    How nice it would be to have you live here in Lancaster Co. Really hope it comes to pass!

  9. Spontaneous trips are fun and glad you and Joe had such a great time on yours. We will be in Lancaster in mid Sept and looking forward to seeing family and friends there. Glad you found a place for lunch after the others were so busy. The last photo with you both looking so happy was wonderful, Kathy.


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