by Barbara Taylor & Homer S. Sewell III Cataract Falls -- the largest falls in Indiana -- near Cloverdale
On Monday, November 8 Homer drove to Louisville, KY and spoke to students at Brandeis Elem School and St. Agnes School, and then on to Bethany School in Glendale, OH. The school was located on beautiful grounds with lots of big, old trees. It was at one time an all-girls school run by Episcopal sisters. We then drove over to Lapel, IN and spoke to the students at the Lapel Elem., then came back to Anna, OH and spoke to the students at Anna Middle School. We parked at the Lake Cody Campground near Lima, OH. Homer did some fishing but didnít get any bites. It was too cold and windy, I guess. On Friday afternoon Homer drove to Middletown, OH and spoke to Central Academy Elem School.
On Saturday we drove over to Lima and had some brake work done on the VW. We had to leave it overnight and got a ride back to the campground with a teacher who was there getting his car worked on. We were able to go back on Sunday afternoon and pick up the car.
On Monday Homer spoke to Parkwood Elem and Lowell Elem Schools in Sidney, OH and to Westwood Elem in Lima. Then he drove down to Columbus and spoke to an Avon sales meeting who happened to be meeting in the same hotel he was speaking on Tuesday morning at a Speakers Showcase. Then he drove up to Clyde and spoke to South Main School there. He then left me in the AbeMobile and drove over to speak to Bronson JHS and Chicago Street Elem Schools in Bronson, MI. When he came back the next day he had gotten me another doll for my collection. She is beautiful! Then on to the Lynn-Kirk Elem School in Austintown, OH and Apple Creek Elem School. We then moved to the Amish Country Campsite near Winesburg, OH. We had a chance to eat at the Amish Back Door Restaurant. It was a really good, home-cooked meal. We did some shopping at a really big indoor flea market and bought some more tins for our collection, an eagle clock, an entrance mat that says ìOne old goat and one cute chick live hereî, some more angel-making craft material and some locally-made candy. We also fired Homerís new ìsignal cannonî to check it out. It looks like a miniature Civil War cannon, fires a 10-guage black powder shell, puts out a lot of smoke and sounds like a real cannon.
On Monday morning Homer fought through Pittsburgh rush hour traffic to get to the Norwin Middle School West in Irwin, PA. He said it was worse than Atlantaís traffic. Then it was on to Brookpark Memorial Elem and Waterloo Primary in Atwater, OH. We then drove 350 miles across Ohio and Indiana, got in about midnight and parked at the Blackhawk Campground near Cloverdale, IN to spend 10 days.
For Thanksgiving we cooked a 13 pound turkey, dressing, string beans, sweet potatoes, corn, spinach souffle, pumpkin pie and all the fixings in the RV and enjoyed a big meal with just the two of us. We gave thanks for this wonderful country of ours and all that God has given us this year...including each other. On Friday we went over to Cloverdale and found an antique shop to look around and found two more music boxes Homer bought for my collection. We heard the shop keeper mention that she had placed an ad in the local paper to advertise her birds for sale. We inquired about what she had and were informed that she had a male and female cockatiel about six weeks old and another pair only 3 weeks old. They had all been hand-fed. We decided to get the male, ìPeatieî, who was six weeks. He has been a good companion to keep me company when Homer is in schools. I made a cover for his cage with eagles and flags all over it. He sits on my shoulders all day, picks at my hair, necklace and rings. Homer says he is going to teach him the Gettysburg Address. We shall see about that!
We spent some time over the weekend fishing and getting a few bites but no fish on the hook. We found out there are more covered bridges here in this area (42) than anywhere else in the country so we set out to find three of them. We also visited Cataract Falls at one of the bridges. Pictures of the falls and one of the bridges are with this article. On the last Monday of this month Homer made a short trip from the campground to Rosedale Elem and Meridian Elem in Brazil, IN.
We look forward to heading home this weekend and spending most of December back in Godís country....Pickens County. I hope all of you had a wonderful Thanksgiving, ate lots of good food, visited with your favorite relatives and thanked God for all your blessings. Homer said to remind you, in case you didnít know, that ABE was the President who gave us the National Holiday of Thanksgiving. Until next time.....Barbara and Homer signing off.