Our Trip To Richmond Part 6

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On Monday, we met up with Becca again at her house, and went to Boychik’s Deli for breakfast again. Ken met us there. We decided that we would go back over to the shopping center where we had eaten dinner the night before and go to the New Balance Shoe Store. Fabgrandpa really needed a good pair of shoes. It didn’t take long for us to get waited on. The saleswoman measured his feet, and brought out the shoes we picked right away. It was probably only twenty minutes from walk in to walk out. He wore his new shoes out of the store. 

Fabgrandpa, Becca, and Ken sitting outside of AC Moore

Fabgrandpa, Becca, and Ken sitting outside of AC Moore

From there we went shopping at another craft store. A.C. Moore Arts & Crafts has some really inexpensive goodies for crafters. I bought some beads for making a couple of necklaces, some glitter heat transfer vinyl for my Cricut, and various other crafty things. I also got a great deal on blank T shirts as they were only 4/$10, or $2.50 each. The best price I have found in stores near me is $3.50. When I came out of the store, I found my three companions sitting outside enjoying the sunshine and nice weather. Can you tell they are amused at me for taking their picture?

Beautiful blooms on the cherry trees.

Beautiful blooms on the cherry trees.

They were sitting under this cherry tree which was in full bloom. It was gorgeous, and I was taking so many pictures of it, and that is probably why they were trying not to laugh at me. 

Another view of the cherry blossoms

Another view of the cherry blossoms

Ken had to get back to work so we drove him back over there. Then Fabgrandpa, Becca, and I went back to her house one last time. We hugged and hugged some more, and said our goodbyes. She took Fabgrandpa’s old shoes, and my Penzey Spices so she could ship them to us. I did not want to take them with us because I was afraid that TSA would confiscate them at airport security. 

Becca's cute doggies, Lexie and Konza

Becca’s cute doggies, Lexie and Konza

We were really early getting to the airport, but we wanted to miss the afternoon traffic on I-95. We arrived with plenty of time to spare, and turned in our rental car. The Enterprise employee called for the airport wheelchair assistance for us, and pretty soon the attendant showed up with two wheelchairs. He was a pretty big guy and was able to push both of us along with our luggage. Again, he was very very pleasant, talking with us along the way, and asking us if we needed to stop for a restroom break or for food. I can not tell you how impressed I was with the service from the employees of the contractor who supplied the wheelchair service. 

Aveda Moisturizer

Aveda Moisturizer

We got to the security check point, and all was going good until my things went through the scanner. I had packed a bottle of Aveda Moisturizer that I bought in Carytown and paid $41 for. It was 3.5 ounces, 1.5 ounces more than is allowed by law. I was about to cry, because Aveda has the best moisturizer ever, and because it was $41. I was begging and told that TSA person that I am old, I NEED my moisturizer, and for goodness sake, I’m on Social Security and I spent $41 for that tiny bottle of moisturizer. At that point, just before I burst into tears, the agent put my bottle of moisturizer back in my toiletry bag and waved me through. I know it was not supposed to happen that way, but what would you do if it was you? I probably should have left it with Becca to be shipped to me with all the other things. 

Fabgrandpa taking the wheelchair ride at the airport

Fabgrandpa taking the wheelchair ride at the airport

After all that, we got to our departure gate about two and a half hours early. While it was going to be a long wait, we thought it would be a ot better than sitting in traffic on the interstate. We had also decided to get something eat after we got to the gate. But, as soon as we got to the gate, the gate attendant for Delta asked us if we would like to get on the flight that was just getting ready to take off. We said, yes, of course we would! So, they checked our bags, since we were the last ones to board the plane, and we were taken right on the plane, and got the first seats in coach, in row 10. It was nice to get close to the front of the plane, but the seats were really close together, and we are both fat, so we were scrunched in like a couple of sardines! And, because there was no seat in front of us, there was no lap tray. Well, there was one, but it folded out of the arm rest between us, and because we were so packed in there, we couldn’t get it out, LOL! 

Circling the airport in Atlanta on the way home.

Circling the airport in Atlanta on the way home.

The air traffic in the Atlanta sky kept us circling for about a half hour. We finally got on the ground, to the gate and off the plane, where wheelchairs were waiting for us. The attendant, again, was such a cheerful guy, and took us all the way to baggage claim, and then out to the shuttle parking for off site parking garages. It was good to be almost home. While this may not have been the most exciting trip I have ever written about, it was one that I thoroughly enjoyed. I loved seeing my daughter’s new home, and all the hugs I got from her. I hope to be able to see her again soon. I was also really happy to learn that there is airport wheelchair assistance available. Where are you planning to go on your next trip? I think we are going to Arizona next. 

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Shari’s Berries Hand Dipped Spring Cherries For Mother’s Day

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If you are still looking for an affordable gift for your Mom for Mother’s Day, then take a look at Shari’s Berries. They have quite a few selections available for any occasion in a range of prices starting at just $19.99. You can choose from cookies, chocolate covered strawberries, chocolate covered pretzels, tea gift baskets, flowers, salted caramels, and much more. I tried the Hand Dipped Spring Cherries, and they were absolutely delicious. 

Hand Dipped Spring Cherries

Hand Dipped Spring Cherries

We received two boxes of ten hand dipped maraschino cherries. They were covered in white chocolate that was colored from plain white to various shades of pink. They were very pretty when plated, and were so juicy! Fabgrandpa and I shared them, eating just a few each night, and making them last for four days. They were just the right amount of YUM for after dinner. 

If you have never tried Shari’s Berries, you should seriously give them some consideration for gifts this spring, whether for Mother’s Day, for a Graduate, for Father’s Day, or even just for an “I love you” gift for any time.  The Chocolate Covered Strawberries are one of my favorite things that Shari’s sells. One or two of these luscious chocolate covered strawberries is all you need for a great dessert or treat. 

Shari's Berries Chocolate Covered Strawberries

Shari’s Berries Chocolate Covered Strawberries

There is still time to order a treat for your mother or for yourself for delivery before Mother’s Day. Get on over there and get some for your family! 

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Garden Update: Getting Plants In Planters

It’s time to update on the garden again. Can you believe it is May 1st already? It seems like just last week was new years! So, here is the update on my little garden.

Herbs

Herbs

This planter looked like it would be a good one when I bought it, but it is turning out not to be. It does not have any drainage holes in it, so I found out yesterday that I was drowning my little herb garden. The parsley is drooping, and the oregano leaves are turning yellow. I tipped the planter over on its side for a bit and drained off a LOT of water, so maybe the plants will recover. When I get a minute I am going to poke some holes in the bottom of it with an ice pick. 

English peas

English peas

The English peas are getting really tall. They bloomed a few days ago and now have a few little pea pods on them. These should be ready to pic and add to a salad in a few more days. These vines have been wrapping their little tendrils around the trellis I put next to it like the plant knows it is supposed to. 

Can you believe these red potato plants?

Can you believe these red potato plants?

Can you believe the size of these red potato plants? That container it is in is a bushel laundry basket. That big! The plant lets me know that it needs watering because as soon as it gets the least bit dry, the leaves start drooping. I can not wait to harvest new potatoes!

Swiss Chard

Swiss Chard

We are going out to dinner tonight, but if I was making dinner at home, we would be having some steamed Swiss Chard. This is ready to pick. Once I pick the bigger leaves off, it will continue to put out more leaves all summer. Do you like Swiss Chard? It is beautiful to grow and tastes really good. 

Sweet Basil

Sweet Basil

This is the Sweet Basil from Back To Nature that I started in a can on the window sill. I transplanted it about a week or so ago. I seems to be doing well. The plant on the left is dill, and the one on the right is my purple heirloom tomato plant. I had to poke holes in the bottom of that orange planter too, because the tomato was drowning. This planter is supposed to have a well in the bottom that keeps water off of the plants, but it is not working out like that. 

Kalanchoe

Kalanchoe

Fabgrandpa picked out this Kalanchoe. It had tiny buds with just a bit of red on the tips of them when we bought it. It has bloomed out so pretty in the couple of weeks since it has been potted up. It is living on the porch rail for now. 

These need to planted in pots

These need to planted in pots

All these plants are waiting to be planted in pots. I can do about two or three a day before I get tired. There are a couple of tomato plants, bell pepper, eggplant, impatience, begonias, and a few more. Our porch is just brimming with loveliness. 

Pink petunias in a hanging basket

Pink petunias in a hanging basket

I just put these pink petunias in a hanging basket this week. They will eventually drape over the sides of the basket and make a really pretty hanging arrangement. It will also attract butterflies and hummingbirds. 

Salmon petunias in hanging basket

Salmon petunias in hanging basket

This is how the pink petunias will look eventually. We bought this hanging basket already planted. Fabgrandpa just couldn’t resist it. 

Marigolds in a hanging basket.

Marigolds in a hanging basket.

Fabgrandpa also picked out these marigolds. He put them in a hanging basket this week. As they grow they will look better. I might see if I can find a piece of ivy or other green vine to add to this planter. 

Carpenter bee trap

Carpenter bee trap

We have a big problem with carpenter bees. There are a bunch of them out there. They fly around the porch, and hover in the air right in front of me when I try to work out there. We asked at the nursery what we could do to get rid of them, and they suggested getting a trap. So, we got the one shown above. It seems to be working, right?

Carnation

Carnation

I think this is a carnation. It might also be a pink. Whatever it is, it is a really pretty flower. It will be potted up soon.

Eggplant on the left, bell pepper on the right

Eggplant on the left, bell pepper on the right

I got these two plants put in their pots a couple of days ago. The one on the left is eggplant (yum) and purple bell pepper on the right. 

More herbs

More herbs

 

Can you tell I love fresh herbs? This planter has Basil, Sage, and Oregano in it. They are doing quite well, too. 

Garden kitty

Garden kitty

The garden kitty helps us with the garden by knocking plants over that need to be replanted anyway. How clever of her to do that for us. 

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Our Trip To Richmond Part 5

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Sunday in Richmond was another fun day. We gave Becca and Ken a break from us, and we went to IHOP for breakfast. It was close to the hotel, and easy to find. After breakfast, our friends, Cheryl and Katie, met up with us. We had gotten our signals crossed somehow, and because we were supposed to meet them at Cracker Barrell, we went ahead over and just had coffee and dessert while they ate lunch. It was so fun to see them and talk for a while. We met them when we worked at Granite Hill Camp Resort in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania back in 2007, the last year we worked at a privately owned campground before we went to work for the National Park Service. I was the night shift supervisor, and Cheryl was the day shift supervisor. Our shifts overlapped for several hours each day, and we became friends while working there. Her daughter, Katie, worked at the campground, mostly at the boat rental shack. 

Fabgrandpa and me with Katie

Fabgrandpa and me with Katie

Katie is a sweetheart. She just celebrated her one year anniversary of marriage to her charming husband. She drove her mom up from the Northern Neck of Virginia where they live now to meet us. 

Here we are with Cheryl

Here we are with Cheryl

Meeting up with Cheryl and talking for two hours was like we just saw her last week, even though it has been nine years since we worked together. She was always fun to talk to, and that has not changed one bit. 

Mama duck with some of her brood of babies

Mama duck with some of her brood of babies

When we walked out of Cracker Barrell, we found this Mama and Papa duck with a brood of ducklings. I think they were lost, but there was a lake nearby and that is probably where they were headed. Cheryl, Katie and I decided to go shopping at Michael’s, which was over by the IHOP where we had breakfast. Yes, more things to stuff in my suitcase on the way home. We had to say our goodbyes to Cheryl and Katie much too soon, but they had to get headed towards home. We went back to the hotel and rested a big, and might have napped a bit too. 

When I was refreshed, I called Becca and asked her if she and Ken wanted to go get something to eat. We decided on going to Longhorn Steaks. No good road trip is complete for us without a good, tender, juicy steak. Dinner was as go0d as we expected it to be. While were leaving Longhorn, we saw a New Balance store and decided to come back over there the next day to get Fabgrandpa a pair of shoes. 

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Our Trip To Richmond Part 4

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Carytown Square

Carytown Square

Saturday in Richmond started out at Boychik’s Deli again for breakfast.  We decided to head in to Carytown. Carytown is an urban retail district along Cary Street in Richmond. There are more than 230 shops and restaurants, and is home to the Byrd Theatre.  The area was developed in the 1930’s and the first strip mall in the area was opened there in 1938. Carytown is a popular destination for locals and tourists. We found a some shops we loved, but there was entirely too much walking for me. Fabgrandpa was getting winded, too. 

Penzey Spices

Penzey Spices

The first shop I went in was Penzey Spices. I love to try new rubs and herb seasoning combinations, so this place was a treasure chest! I spent way too much money in there. I got some Vietnamese Cinnamon, some vanilla, some Tuscan Sunset, some Sunny Paris, some white peppercorns, and I can’t remember what all else.

This is a cook's treasure chest!

This is a cook’s treasure chest!

I didn’t bring them home with me because I did not have any room for them in my suitcase, and I was afraid that the security people would take them away from me at the airport. So, Becca is shipping them to me. I can hardly wait for them to get here! I’ll be grilling every day. 

AlterNatives

AlterNatives

My favorite shop of all was the AlterNatives Free Trade Shop. They sell crafts and products made by indigenous women from Central and South America. I bought a pretty blue necklace that goes with the outfit I was wearing that day that was made out of nuts. I am amazed at the quality and craftsmanship of the piece. There were also home decor items, clothing, shoes, mirrors, and more. Fabgrandpa bought a Jaquar vase that was handmade in Nicaragua. 

Clothing made by indigenous women in South America

Clothing made by indigenous women in South America

If you find yourself in Carytown, you have to go in there. I love that they support women’s businesses and empower them to be able to support themselves and their families. They have a shop online, but it doesn’t have nearly as much merchandise as there is available at the physical location on Cary Street. Here are some pictures I took of things I really liked:

Metal Wall Sculpture

Metal Wall Sculpture

 I want this metal wall scupture for my living room. It is so beautiful, hand crafted, and unusual. 

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Carved wooden serving pieces; onyx elephants; and a metal rooster. 

These items are typical of what is available in the store. There are so many unique hand carved or hand crafted items from which to choose. 

Tree wall sculpture

Tree wall sculpture

I love tree art, so this metal tree wall sculpture appealed to me. 

Woven shoes

Woven shoes

These woven shoes are so cute. Becca tried a pair on. I didn’t because I did not have an inch of space in my suitcase to be able to take them home, but I can tell you that if I could have gotten them on the plane, I would have a pair. Please go look at the website. These women are just to talented. 

After leaving Carytown, we went to downtown Richmond to The Hard Shell Restaurant for dinner. I was wanting to get steamed blue crabs while I was in Richmond, but we could not find a place that served them at a restaurant. The only places we found were like seafood shops where you could buy them by the bushel basket or by the dozen. Since we did not want to stink up Becca’s house with crabs, we chose the next best thing and went to a restaurant that had crab legs on the menu. I forgot to take pictures because I was busy talking and enjoying the company of Becca and Ken. I have never been to a restaurant where they had a combination plate of ribs and crab leg, but since I love both of those things, that is what I ordered. I wasn’t disappointed.  That is probably why I didn’t take pictures, too, because my hands were full of crab legs and barbecue! It was a very satisfying meal. My entree came with asparagus and a potato croquette. We finished off dinner with key lime pie. 

That was a great ending to a busy day. We all enjoyed the shopping and the eating, but Fabgrandpa and I were ready to drop Ken and Becca off at their house and get back to our comfy bed at the hotel. 

 

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Our Trip To Richmond Part 3

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We got a  good nights sleep, but were not quite ready to take on Richmond just yet. We met up with Becca at her house, and then we all went to Boychik’s Deli for breakfast. Ken, Becca’s fiancĂ© met us there.

Boychik's Deli

Boychik’s Deli

We were a bit too late for breakfast, but the waitress told us we could order anything on the breakfast menu that did not have “gravy or syrup involved.” Boychik’s  Deli is a Jewish deli located in Glen Allen, VA. It is right next door to Ken’s office, so he and Becca have eaten there many times.

Boychik's Inside

Boychik’s Inside

The deli has been in business since 1990. They serve a variety of breakfast and lunch choices and also do catering. I was impressed with their full service deli featuring Boar’s Head products.

Catering by Boychik's

Catering by Boychik’s

If I lived in Richmond I would be going there often. You can see their menu here. If you go on a road trip to Richmond, it is on my “must eat” places. 

After breakfast, we went back over to Becca’s place to see her house and meet her fur babies, Konza and Lexi. We were greeted at the door by them, and sufficiently sniffed out from front to back by both of them, LOL. They are cute, well behaved dogs that were rescued while Becca and Ken lived in Canada. 

Lexi is the blonde, and Konza the brunette.

Lexi is the blonde, and Konza the brunette.

It was so good to see my Becca! She looks so good, and has a job she loves. I think that when a person is happy in their work it makes a big difference in their whole life. She is working as a children’s librarian and gets paid to read to children, create bulletin and flannel boards, and plan book related events at the library. 

Becca with her Dad, Fabgrandpa

Becca with her Dad, Fabgrandpa

We rested a bit and decided to cook out on the grill later that evening , then Fabgrandpa and I went back to our hotel and took a nap. 

me and Becca at her house.

me and Becca at her house.

I got a chance to look at all her crafting supplies and fabric, because as you know, I am a fabric collector! She is too, a chip off the old block that girl. She showed me the quilt she made, and some of the items she knitted and crocheted. The painting on the wall in the photo above with Fabgrandpa is her work, too. She is a very talented girlie. 

When Ken came home from work, we cooked steaks on the grill. They were served with roasted root vegetables and a tossed salad. We visited with them some more, then headed back over to the hotel for the night. Tomorrow, we go see Richmond. 

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