Wednesday, January 14, 2009

An Excursion

Daughter Stephanie and Grandson Wade had a dentist appointment and asked me to ride along. My mind was racing as I said, "I'd love to go." I know that any trip with Stephanie leads to an adventure. The time at the dentist was brief as Stephanie and Wade only needed a check-up and a cleaning. Stephanie told me that she had to go to JoAnn Fabrics and the Fashion Bug. While she selected quilting supplies in JoAnn Fabrics, I browsed. I have piles of fabrics and sewing supplies at home and didn't purchase anything. Next we went to the Fashion Bug which was having a "going out of business" sale. Everything in the store as 70 per cent off. We went our separate ways. I found a white winter jacket that I loved on clearance for $20. When I caught up with Stephanie she had several items, including a jacket exactly like the one I selected. I guess now we'll be twins.

$20 Clearance Jacket
We were hungry so I suggested we go to the Honey Creek Inn. It's a little restaurant with a lot of atmosphere. I wish that I had taken my camera.There are displays of quilts, old utensils, and other rustic items. I navigated the way (hoping that I remembered the location). We arrived and, on entering the restaurant, Stephanie picked up a small brochure. After studying the menu, I selected eggs Benedict (delicious). Wade got an enormous breakfast of eggs, sausage, home fries, and pancakes. Stephanie had eggs and sausage. Everything was delicious!! Then Stephanie looked at the brochure and discovered that Hartley's Potato Chip Factory had a store as did Asher's Candy Factory. The sweet waitress gave us directions to both. I waited in the car while Stephanie went in the potato chip factory. She came out with a huge bag of potato chips. They were seconds (a little darker than those that are sold) for only $3. I took Stephanie's and Wade's picture with the bag of chips after we got home. Then off we went to Asher's Candy factory. The aroma of chocolate filled the air as we walked into the store. The store was wonderful. Along with candy, there was a variety of country decorating accessories, cards, and other gift items. One section of the store was filled with "seconds."

The chocolate covered potato chips was the only candy I bought at regular price. I had never heard of them and was curious about the taste.

I had also never tasted chocolate covered taffy. I tried it on the way home and it was delicious.

These white chocolate covered pretzels look delicious. I also bought a bag of seconds that contained a variety of chocolates.
There was a rack of Valentines with a vintage look. I bought three for just $1.We left and headed home. On the way home, we saw a craft store where we had previously shopped. Unfortunately, it was closed. We arrived home and I insisted that Stephanie come in the house so that I could take a picture. My sweet daughter humored me, although she said that she was tired. Stephanie and Wade left and silence permeated my home. I thanked God for my family

40 comments:

Judy said...

I love that coat you bought and that is some bag of potato chips. The candy all looks wonderful. I crave chocolate. Sounds like you all had a great day.

Terrie's Lil' Piece of Serenity said...

Sweetie, It sounds like you had a wonderful day. I am glad you have so many in your family. I get homesick a lot. My family is just too far away.

I love your new jacket. It's really cute!!
Hugs, Terrie

bj said...

Oh, it sounds like you had a wonderful time with your sweeties.
I love that white jacket..and only 20 bucks! Wow...if I had been there, we would have been triplets cause I want one, too!! lol
All the candy looks delicious!!

PEA said...

That's what I call a really fun day out:-) I love the winter jacket you bought...you and Stephanie have good taste!! When I go to a restaurant for breakfast or even lunch time, I love to order Eggs Benedict, those are my favourites. Wow, look at that huge bag of chips for $3!! Yummmm, all those various chocolate covered goodies look so good...I've never had chocolate covered potato chips or salt water taffy but I can believe they were delish! Have you ever had chocolate covered Ju Jubes? Oh my, whenever I go to the Bulk Food Store, I always have to get a little bag of them, I'm addicted to them! hehe xoxo

Heidi Pocketbook said...

What a pretty jacket! The Valentines are so pretty. Are you framing/displaying them or will family members be lucky enough to receive one?

So glad you had a day out with your loved ones.

Linda said...

Sweetie, you did have a fun day....I love your new jacket and how neat Stephanie chose the same one, you both have good taste.
I love all the chocolate covered goodies...the chips and taffy sound yummy all of a sudden I'm craving choclate and there is none in the house:(. Hugs, Linda

p.s. The Valentine cards are sure sweet.

Bridget said...

It looks like a great time! Those chocolate potato chips look like they are yummy.

Carol said...

Hi Sweetie............
It'sgood news to hear you had such a productive and fun day! May this be just one of many to come!

Raggedy Girl said...

What a wonderful day. I am new to your blog and just wanted to say your daughters are beautiful and I am so sorry for your loss.
Roberta Anne

Becky said...

I didnt know Fashion Bug was going out of business Sweetie.I cant help but say no wonder.They never had any kind of deals I dont think.I shopped there alot before I got married.
OMG that choclate,all looks so good,especially chocolate covered potao chips yum!
By the way I love Joanns.they have some nice art things there.

Kathy said...

Sounds like a great day, Sweetie. The jacket is darling and all the goodies look yummy. You have a wonderful, loving family.
XOXO...Kathy

Anne said...

Wow, it sounds like you had a lovely day with your daughter and your grandson. I'm glad that you have a family that surrounds you. Take care my new bloggy friend. =)

Smilingsal said...

What a nice outing you had. That jacket is a bargain, and the candy looks yummy. I guess the quiet is tangible. Does the radio/TV help?

Theresa @ Take A Sentimental Journey said...

Oh you had a great day.What a big bag of chips ! Are the chocolate covered chips good ? Love your jacket too.

Cherdecor said...

We all love that coat and for only $20, you got a very good buy! I made chocolate covered pretzels for Christmas and I never thought about drizzling red and green chocolate over the white ones. That is a good idea! Also, three cards for $1 is a steal anywhere. What a wonderful day you had.

Bo said...

Dear Sweetie...God knew what He was doing when he blessed you & Johnny with your beautiful girls & their families...You made me smile seeing your fun day photos...:-) Bo

The Muse said...

i am just so happy...yes...happy that you have that love all around you! and you had a nice time...awww, that's great dear...simply great!

prof en retraite said...

Wow Sweetie...Now I understand why you were expecting an adventure! I love the jacket and it's fun that you and your daughter will be twins! There was a potato chip factory near my old school. Darn! I never thought about going there! It smelled good! and a candy factory...I'd be in so much trouble! sounds like a fun day!!...Debbie

Charli and me said...

Wow what a deal on the jacket and it's so cute! It sounds like you had a wonderful day.

nikkicrumpet said...

What a great day you had! Spending time with your daughter, finding a great jacket at a bargain price...and YAY chocolate! So how were the chocolate covered potatoe chips??? Sounds so weird...I'm curious how they tasted.

Tootsie said...

I am so glad you had such a wonderful day! that chip sounds very interesting...sweet and salty eh? may just have to try that!

onlymehere said...

You'll have to let us know how all the treats were after you try them. We have a Pepperidge Farm factory about 1/2 an hour away from us and we go from time to time and buy seconds. My family really likes the Goldfish crackers they sell and the Mint Milano Cookies.....hmm, now I'm hungry! I'm glad you had a fun day out with your family.

imjacobsmom said...

Sounds like you had a great day - I'm sure the dentist office was the best part -LOL - actually, I had to chuckle when I read how you and Stephanie had picked out the same jacket, my Mom and I do that all the time - I guess great minds think alike! I'm eating chips as I am writing this -Mmmm! Now I need chocolate, too. ~ Robyn

Jeni said...

Are all the Fashion Bug stores closing or just the one where you were shopping? Just wondering there.
Joann Fabrics -gosh how I love that place! Haven't bought any fabric in quite awhile now as I have enough plastic tote containers filled with fabrics intended to be turned into various items but never made it that far! Not yet, anyway. I sometimes think I have almost enough fabric -oh, and yarn too -that I would have a good start at setting up a shop of my own! One of these days I'll start whittling away at the fabric and yarn stash too though. I keep telling myself that anyway!
Great that you had a nice day out with your daughter and grandson and even got a really good buy in the process too!
Peace.

Heidi said...

What a fun day you had! I love the coat and I think great minds think alike is true. I too wish you had your camera as I would have loved to have seen the quilts and things. Your Valentines are soooo pretty!

Hugs ~
Heidi (who is really missing her lost mother! Can't wait for her to come home...lol.)

Ruthie said...

Sounds like a wonderful day and you got some great deals. Fun that you each chose the same jacket.

Thinking of you and praying for you as you adjust to things as they are now.

Hugs♥
Ruthie

Sharon said...

What a wonderful outing for you.
It looks like you found some really delicious things. I have never heard of choc covered chips.
I love the coat and what a buy.
God bless

Maggie May said...

All that chocolate..... hard to resist.

Sweetie.. I have just looked around on your blog and have noticed the things you have written on the side bar. Your husband's death and your daughter's murder. I am really shocked. You are marvellous coping with that.

I love your music "Peace on Earth" I guess that is where you get your strength from...... your faith.

Love Bears All Things said...

This sounds like my kind of outing but I know you were tired when you got home. When we lived in PA, I visited many candy factories with friends. Yum!
Mama Bear

Lisa said...

That sounds like a perfect day. Your white jacket was a great buy. Chocolate covered anything sounds great to me.

I need to send my sister and her family to Hartley's Potato Chip factory. Their last name is Hartley!

I hope you have many happy adventures in 2009. I look forward to sharing them.

Lady Katherine said...

What a fun day! Love your coat, and I sure would like to taste those potatoe chips!

Denise said...

What a day you had........... and I love that coat...... I would love to taste those covered pretzels...... I am a salt and sugar person....

Nancy said...

What a great day you all had! I love the coat!!! Great finds! Nancy

Jill said...

I love the Jacket... It sounds like you had a fun day.. full of adventures and...ohhhhhh candy!

Jan Parrish said...

Hi Sweetie -

Love that jacket. I also have a white jacket. But be careful, if you wear it out in the snow you'll be camouflaged. I hear white is the new black. LOL.

Those pretzels look delicious.

Neabear said...

I enjoyed reading along on your excursion. Almost felt like I was right there with you. Made for a nice outing for you. I am glad your daughter took you along with them.

Belinda said...

I'm so glad you had a lovely day out with Stephanie and Wade. :-) I love your new jacket...what a great price, and how funny that your daughter chose the same one without you knowing until you both checked out! And to complete the adventure...chocolate and potato chips! A great way to end the afternoon. And chocolate covered pretzels are one of my very favorite treats ever. :-)

Nancy said...

That jacket is great. What a buy. We have a factory we can buy potato chips and pretzels like that. Mrs. Shearers. The chocolate all looks so yummy.
What a beautiful girl your daughter is. I read my daughter's comment, sounds like she was missing me and I her.
Love Nancy

Susan S. said...

Oh my goodness....what a fun adventure! Aren't those days just the greatest. No particular agenda (except for the dentist) and pure fun to be with family (or friends). This should be a lesson to you. I now ALWAYS have my camera with me. It's amazing what you find to photograph and blog about. Good job of capturing the pictures at home of all the goodies you scored!

PS: Hope you get to feeling better soon

judicreations said...

Hi Sweetie
What a wonderful day you had! Everything sounded like such fun except for the dentist visit. Your stops and shopping and driving are such lovely times to share with family and friends. I'm happy you had a good time..*hugs*.
I hope you are feeling better too. There is a lot of that cold stuff going around here.
Take care of you.
Judi