January 20 to February 14, 2014 NOMADS Project, Mercedes, MS

February 15 (Approximately) to June - Gate Guarding, TX or LA.

June, 2014 - Up to Alaska!

September - NOMADS Annual Meeting, Branson, MO

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Busy few days

Upper Deerfield Twp,  NJ

So here we are back "home".    We arrived here on Thursday and set up camp at Camp Driveway at daughter Terri's.  On Friday we drove the two hours to daughter Amy's house.  We were anxious to see the girls.

As Charlotte had tennis lessons Saturday morning we took Miss Abby to the nearby:

This is the site of a beautiful home and grounds of the late Harvey S. Ladew (1887-1976)   He was born in NYC but moved to Maryland as an adult and bought these 200+ acres in Monkton MD.   Ladew was a traveler, foxhunter, author.  He was friends with Richard Rodgers, Lawrence of Arabia, the English Royal Family, Cole Porter, Noel Coward, Charlie Chaplin, Clark Gable and others.

    As Amy and Scott live only 6 miles from the gardens they have an annual pass, Abby knows the gardens wells and gave us our tour.


That afternoon Charlotte had a birthday to go to.   After the party we bought the girls back to NJ.  Sunday morning was church.

After church we took the girls to the birthday party (OPPS, forget to get their pics) of two great-nephews.  Jaxon and his cousin Jonathan were born just days apart.   The party was at Cape May County Zoo near Cape May.    Always a great place for kids.

No these are NOT real alive animals.  But we did see a variety of living, breathing ones.


My brother (sitting down) in the hat.

My sister in the forefront.  My sister-in-law in the orange.

When Abby came down the slide, her hair would stand on end due to the static.


Following the birthday party with family, we took the girls home to Maryland.

Then Monday was a very anxious day.  Daughter Terri has several health problems some caused by scar tissue from when she had her son with a C-Section almost 26 years ago.  She is in constant pain.   So Monday was surgery.   Amazingly she had a team of SEVEN surgeons and 7 assistants.   We arrived at the hospital a little after 8:30 am and left at 7:30 pm.  She finally got into a room after midnight.  Her hubby was the only one permitted to see her following surgery. 

We had planned to return to Philadelphia today to see her but she asked for no visitors except for Steve.  She had a difficult night without sleep and wanted this time to rest.  He is staying there tonight.  We are hoping she will be home tomorrow.   We will gladly provide whatever care she needs until she gets back on her feet.


Paul and Marsha Weaver OCT. 17, 2009 said...

I love that garden! So gorgeous.

Looks like you were making lots of memories with family.

Laurie and George said...

Oh, I remember Ladew! I had forgotten all about it, thanks for the memories and pics. We'd taken my two boys there when we lived in Street.
Sorry to hear about Terri's surgery. I hope she is up and around soon.

Donna K said...

Hope Terri is feeling better today and that the surgery will bring her some relief from pain.

The gardens are beautiful and it's even better that you had your own personal tour guide. Your granddaughters are just precious.

Chuck and Anneke's RV travels said...

Great gardens!

Donna W. said...

Gardens are so beautiful. As others have said, hope the pain she going through due to the surgery is fleeting and relieves her daily pain. prayers are with you and your family

Karol Armstrong said...

Praying for Terry's speedy recovery. I enjoyed the photo's of the gardens.

Peggy n David said...

Looks like you are having a blast with those Grands!

Prayers for Terri's speedy recovery.

Rick Doyle said...

That Ladew guy obviously had a few bucks to own a home like that - wow!

Hope Terry is feeling better soon.

JO said...

Wishing Terri a speedy recover.
The girls sure have grown since you last visited. Beautiful gardens.

Carol said...

Hi! Saw on FB you will be in Mercedes again next year? Will have to connect while you are here now that I'm finding my way around the valley. Maybe you can come stay over here in Mission for a few days too.