On Tuesday we laid my mother to rest. The visitation and service was held in her home church, followed by the burial and reception. It is so sad that we only see many people at occasions such as this. We all say we will keep in touch, but it seldom happens.
After the service, etc. we hooked up our home to the truck and left NJ about 2:00 headed to our campsite for the next week in Freeland, Maryland, about 14 miles from daughter Amys' home. We took Charlotte with us for the drive down. Leonard had brought her a "Princess" outfit that she found behind his chair almost the minute she entered our fifthwheel while parked in NJ. We told her she could not open it until we got to the campsite. She held it for most of the 2 1/2 hour drive. She was surprisingly very patient.
Once we arrived at the campground, Charlotte sat at the picnic table playing with her gift while we set up camp.
Displays on the way to camp office.
We are in a beautiful section of Northern Maryland. Rolling hills. Lovely state parks. A beautiful place for our daughter and son-in-law to raise our granddaughters.
Wednesday - We went bike riding on the bike path at Eden Mill Nature Center. Amy often takes the girls riding, pulling them in a bike cart. I tried, could not even get started. I had enough difficulty just pedaling myself! The ride was about 4 miles long. Quite a ride for someone like me who has not been on a bike in almost two years. Then we went for a hike of about a mile to see the Falling Creek waterfall, the second tallest waterfall in Maryland. This is not far from Amy's home in Harford County.
Thursday - Amy and I drove about 45 minutes to Quarryville, PA to an Amish run grocery store. Amy goes there often as they have a large selection of luncheon meats and cheeses at reasonable prices, lots of gluten free treats that are suitable for Charlotte and inexpensive canned and boxed goods (check the expiration dates!). If I had more room for grocery storage in the fiver, I would have bought a lot more. Leonard stayed at the house with Charlotte, Abby went shopping with us. Once back to the house, Amy cooked dinner for all of us.
Friday - We brought Abby back to the campground with us Thursday night. On Friday we took her to the pool. That girl loves the water.
In the afternoon I went with Amy to Charlotte's doctor where she got her bi-monthly shot for her various allergies. She is on a gluten (wheat, oats, rye, barley products), egg, dairy, tomato, peanut, chocolate and apple free diet. Again, we stayed for dinner at their house.
Saturday - Charlotte had a morning appointment at the dentist. After that, we met the family and kept the girls for the day. Once more it was the swimming pool and playground.
Next to the campground is a Bison farm. There is a sign with the days and hours available to purchase bison meat. We very much wanted some steaks but before we had time to get there, the sign announced they were sold out.
Yup, it was a busy week. These granddaughters kept us busy almost full time. So glad to have them near as we remember the life and love of my mother.