Going home is always a treat. No doubt or argument there. I give a lot of thought to the pros and cons of going for 1-2 extended trips or multiple shorter trips each year. Both definitely have distinct benefits and downfalls. In past years, I have tended to go for the longer, but less frequent trips. But this year, I seem to have opted for the multiple shorter trips. I just popped up for a long weekend visit last week and was so very glad I did!
The reason was a spur of the moment trip up for Mom’s birthday. The ulterior motive was that she has been having some problem with pain and has been laid up for several months. It was upsetting to be so far away and not able to help or do anything! It worked out that I could have a nice visit with her, help her out a little, and be able to take her to the doctor for an appointment. It was really nice and well worth it! We had a good time just spending time with each other!
I also managed to cram a few other things in this trip, too!
First — my first great-nephew was born in January and I haven’t been able to meet him, yet. I was up over Memorial Day weekend, but they were out-of-town, so I missed getting to see him! We finally connected this trip! We had a little family gathering for Mom’s birthday and Nolen was there. He is absolutely PERFECT! At six months old, he is 22 pounds, 6 ounces and 28 inches tall! Big boy! But, beautiful! Here is my precious great-nephew, Nolen – totally fascinated with my watch! I dare you to try to tell me he isn’t the most adorable big boy in the world!
Of course, I also popped in at the Mount Albion Cemetery to visit Poppie, Grandma, Grandpa, and other relatives that are no longer with us.
A while back, a friend posted an article about an open house at a Bed & Breakfast in an old school in our town. I found the information interesting and thought that I would have to check it out some day, but didn’t make note of the date because I didn’t have any plans to go up at that time. I don’t know what made me think of it when I was packing for the trip, but I decided to see if by some freak chance it might be happening that weekend – I thought there was no way the dates lined up! But, they DID! So, I had to go to town to pick up some groceries for Mom and run a couple other errands for her, so I popped in to check it out! WOW — what a treat! The historic building was the old St. Mary’s Assumption School and someone bought it and turned it into a B&B. They kept the antique feel and the Catholic school theme for the decor throughout. It is amazing! If you ever find yourself in Albion, NY and need a place to stay, check out the Erie Canal Schoolhouse Bed & Breakfast – here is their web site for more info about it.
Part of the open house was a display of handmade miniature carnival rides that was incredible and also a wonderful tribute to Charlie Howard – the real Santa Claus! I was so excited to see it all. I have so many wonderful memories of Charlie Howard’s Santa Claus School and Christmas Park that was a major attraction in my home town when I was a child. I wrote a special post about him and his legacy (click here to read it). The following photo shows some of the signs that came from Christmas Park – the one in front put a huge smile on my face because I used to LOVE to put my quarter in the clothes pin at the end of a fishing pole string and dangle it over the wall to “fish” for a special surprise gift! What fun for a child!
Another day when I went to town to get some things for Mom, I made a side trip to Point Breeze to check out the progress on the new lighthouse they are building there. (check out my post about the lighthouse so you, too, can see the progress) They still have some work to do and the brick walkways and seating areas they have planned aren’t started, yet, but it looks pretty good!
And, of course, I can’t go to Point Breeze without spending a little time enjoying the water and watching the boats making their way up Oak Orchard River out to Lake Ontario for a day on the lake. I love Point Breeze and being on or near the lake!
So – it was a very FULL trip, but mostly spent just being with Mom, which was GREAT! The only regret is that I didn’t have a chance to contact some of my friends and arrange a lunch or get together of some kind — next trip, for sure!