day with chris

It’s our last day in Mount Vernon, Ohio and we head home tomorrow, Sunday.

We met Chris, Javier, Destini, Za’Kyrah and Javi at Bob Evans for breakfast. Then we spent the rest of the day with Chris.

While at his place, I took this picture of Chris’ most unusual clock he got while on a business trip to Australia. It spells out the time in words and by the two white dots in the top corners, we know the time is actually, twenty-seven to one. The top bottom corners will light up at twenty-eight and twenty-nine to one. Then it will shift and show that it’s 12:30. Neat, huh?

After visiting throughout the afternoon, Chris took us to Ariel-Foundation Park in Mount Vernon. The park was built on the property that originally was the Mount Vernon Bridge Company that provided iron and steel products. After it closed the property was taken over by the Pittsburgh Plate Glass (PPG) Company. Here’s a picture of PPG in 1969. Notice the tall smokestack in the lower left quadrant of the picture just left and above ‘1969.’

Here’s an aerial view of the Ariel-Foundation Park as it exists today. Besides being a beautiful park, they have concerts there and people even get married in the event center which is one of the old PPG buildings. You can see the same smoke stack in the left hand side of this view of the park as it exists today.

You can now walk up the circular stairs on the smoke stack. I made it a little over half way up before I got tired of climbing the stairs, but it was still a good view.

If you look really close, you can see a small patch of light blue just behind the building on the left. That is a pile of cullets. Here are Betty and Chris by that same pile of cullets.

When PPG was making glass, they made it in large tubes. The long (almost 40 feet) glass tubes were reheated, flattened and then used to make various glass products from Coke bottles to window glass. At the end of that process, some of the liquid glass settles to the bottom where the impurities are and are discarded in chunks about the size of footballs. They are called cullets. The blue-green color comes from copper in the impurities.

Some of the impurities in the cullets create beautiful rainbows in the sun.

The body of water in the 1969 picture above is now a beautiful park setting with red bridges and picnic areas.

Using old concrete and steel remains of the foundry, there are pieces of art all through the park.

A good afternoon at the Ariel-Foundation Park.

After that we went to have dinner at a local, Mount Vernon brewery and it was delicious.

We’ll meet Chris for breakfast tomorrow morning, Sunday, at the Mount Vernon Inn. Then he’s heading off on another business trip to Michigan. He just got home last night from a trip to London and before that he was in Japan for a week. Our son, the world traveler.

trip to amish country

On Friday, we drove to Holmes County, Ohio, which is the center of Amish Country. You can always spot the Amish homes as there were no electric lines connected to their houses.

Our first stop was to visit Lehman’s Hardware.

We were there years ago and it really was an Amish hardware store. Nothing was powered and we even saw a Hamilton Beach blender that was powered by a hand crank. Now it has become more of a tourist destination and is no longer a real hardware store.

Notice the sign about the wood carvings. The artist is a Lehman employee and he does his carvings out of single blocks of Butternut wood.

After Lehman’s we drove towards Millersburg to find a place to eat lunch. On our way we passed numerous Amish buggies.

We had a good lunch at the Millersburg hotel that was built in 1847.

When we got back to the Mount Vernon Inn we found out that the town has a gathering on the square called First Friday.

They have lots of food trucks and entertainment including this Bluegrass band.

Around the square was a car show including this 1957 Chevy. I took this picture for Betty because when she was in high school, she got to drive her brother Bill’s ’57 Chevy to school while he was away at college.

They also had a pet parade, mostly dogs, including this Golden Retriever in his lion costume.

Finally, our evening would not be complete at the Mount Vernon Inn without our complimentary glasses of wine.

A very good day.

mount vernon, ohio

We made it to Mount Vernon, Ohio to visit with our youngest son, Chris, and his family, Javier, Destini, Za’Kyrah and Javier, Jr.

Mount Vernon is an old town in the central part of Ohio and is close to Kenyon College. We always stay at the Mount Vernon Inn which is a beautiful place.

This is the walk from our room through their beautiful garden courtyard. The white extension to the main house is the dining room where we get a wonderful breakfast each morning.

This is the dining room and it is bright and sunny. They also offer a glass of wine and a snack in the late afternoon which is nice.

Finally, this is the view from the porch of the dining room looking back toward our room which is behind the gazebo in the center. They have four of these which are nice to sit under in the early evening.

A very gentle and pleasant place to stay.

three questions

The Three questions – Leo Tolstoy

A king was seeking answers to three questions: (1) When is the most important time to do something? (2) Who are the important people? (3) What is the most important thing to do? After the futile enlistment of all his apparent ‘wise men,’ he decided to consult a hermit.

The king found the hermit digging in his garden and begged for his enlightenment. The hermit received the king and his questions with little fanfare and just went on digging. While waiting, the king took pity on the old man and said, “Here, you are tired and in need of rest, let me dig for awhile.”

He took the shovel and began to work. After several hours had passed, the king became agitated as it seemed no answers to his questions were forthcoming. As he began to object, a man, bleeding profusely from a terrible wound, came stumbling out of the nearby woods and fainted. The king, acting with great compassion, comforted the man for many hours and attended to his wounds until his survival seemed assured.

When the man could finally speak, it turned out he was the king’s sworn enemy! The man tearfully confessed that he was laying in wait for the king when he was discovered by the king’s soldiers and seriously wounded. The man begged the king’s forgiveness and swore to serve him all his life now that he knew what a good man the king truly was.

The king was very glad to have made peace with his enemy so he forgave him and sent for his personal servants to attend to his former enemy in his convalescence. This done, the king approached the hermit and said, “Now, for the last time, I pray you to answer my questions.”

To his amazement the hermit replied, “They have already been answered. If you had gone your own way and not pitied my weakness, nor dug my garden, that man would surely have attacked you. So, the most important time was when you were digging my garden. I was the most important person at that time, and to do good for me was the most important thing.

“Remember, then,” the wise hermit instructed, “there is only one time that is the most important – Now! Now is the most important time because it is the only time when we have any power. The most important person is the person you are with now, for we never can be sure of ever having dealings with anyone else in this life. And, the most important thing is to do that person good because we were sent into this life for that purpose alone.”

to the point

Betty and I heard this on a Christian radio station in Bowling Green, KY and we thought it goes right to the point:

“When you accept Jesus as your Lord and Savior… your mess can become your message and your test can become your testimony.”

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