Fabgrandpa and I took a short trip up to Cleveland, Georgia to visit his Mom and Dad last weekend. WE haven’t been up there in several months, first due to my own health problems, and then my mother’s Since Mama had been so sick, going to visit and help take care of her had taken up most of our time for a couple of months. I was finally feeling a good enough to take the trip up there.
It also helped that his parents got a lift chair, one of those things that goes up the stairs. The stairway to the second floor is very steep, and I just didn’t think I could make it up there to the guest room. Having that lift was amazing! I just sat on the chair, pushed a button, and up I went!
Nana and Poppa were both doing pretty good. It was great to see them and be able to spend the night so we could visit for a longer time. I hope we will be able to get back up there soon! We got there on Sunday afternoon and left to go home on Monday, so it was a short trip.
On the way home, we decided to stop at The Tomato House. This place has been there for as long as I can remember, on Hwy 115. We have never stopped here before, but I’m glad we did. They sell all kinds of canned things, from pickles to jelly to chow chow. In fact, there were so many things to choose from that it was hard to decide what to get. That picture above is just one wall–there were two or three rooms of things on shelves!
There was a lot of stuff outside, too, which was fun to look at. We bought a bee trap that we hope will work efficiently next summer to trap all those carpenter bees we have here.
They had a lot of fresh produce, but since it was towards the end of the season, there was not a huge selection. I am sure that they have plenty of tomatoes and other vegetables during the summer. The main reason we stopped was to get some apples so I could try my hand at making apple butter.
We got a half bushel basket of Honey Crisp apples. I ate one on the way home and it was so juicy and sweet and crisp! We took Georgia Highway 53 from Dawsonville over to Rome instead of going on I-285. It was a pleasant drive through the country.
The drive took us through Tate, Jasper, Marble Hill, and Calhoun. The trees had not changed much yet, but it was still a beautiful drive.
I want to go back and see The Tate House. It was gorgeous from the road, but we didn’t have time to stop.
Even the elementary school in Tate is made from marble! Have you ever seen such a beautiful school? We got home around 5:00 p.m. I rested for the rest of the week. It still wears me out to take a drive like that, even though I was just the passenger. Tomorrow, I talk about apple butter.