What Did You Do Last Week? We Drove Through 11 States

Lemon Creek Winery has very good wine.  The store is very nice and they have a fruit stand near the winery.  My only issue is the customer service.  The gentleman behind the bar said nothing to us until we had spent 10 minutes in the store.  He must have been busy with all the other customers, but since we were the only ones there, I sincerely doubt it.   I promise no soap box on customer service.  We just won’t be going back there again.  We didn’t have time to go to Founders Wine Cellar as we had to head to Benton Harbor for Dad’s burial.

What can I say about this?  It was different. I had dad’s ashes in the car with me.  Mom had some final paperwork to finish up.  We drove to the family plot where my grandparents Ganong, my great Aunt Belle and Uncle Arthur Edsen, my great grandmother Lou Smith Dunham, and my great uncle Francis Francher are buried.  They had the hole dug with the instrument to place dad’s ashes inside.  They placed a green cloth down with a pedestal to place his ashes onto.  We put the container onto the pedestal.  We had already said goodbye back in December.  There really wasn’t much to say.  It might have taken 10 minutes.  Dad was laid to rest next to his uncle and namesake Francis Francher and with his parents.  By the time he died they were all he though about.  He lived so deeply in the past.  It was just so sad.


Chris and I decided to attend the opening day of the Berrien County Youth Fair after dad’s burial.  We saw goats, rabbits, chickens, cattle, and swine.  This brought back so many wonderful memories of our kids showing animals in the Cass County fair.  We walked through the commercial buildings, and ate deep fried pickles.


We met mom and Aunt Norma and then used the priceline hotel app to find a new hotel.  We found another Microtel in South Bend, Indiana by Notre Dame. We ordered a pizza from***** Malano’s Pizza in Niles, Michigan and rested.  The saddest part of everything is that I we didn’t get to see Sharon and Laura.  I really miss them more than either one knows.


By this time we had been in 9 states. Tuesday morning we headed to my Uncle Jim’s for a small family reunion and lunch.  We had a wonderful time. Aunt Marilyn is a great hostess.  My mom and Aunt Norma were able to see their two brothers and a niece.  It was a lovely time but by 3pm we were on the road again.  This time heading back to Ohio where we stayed with Aunt Norma until Wednesday morning.  We drove through Kentucky and Tennessee, our last two states.  We ended up with 11 states in 6 days. WP_20140812_003

We stayed in a Hampton Inn in North Carolina.  This was a treat.  Breakfast was hot and very well done.  I slept like a log.  I love the Hampton Inns. They wash the duvet and the sheets each time!!!!!

We stopped to see our youngest daughter and her family for lunch at Panera Bread in Jacksonville.  We were home by 6 pm on Thursday night.  This was really nice.  We ate a very nice steak dinner, home cooked by me, and slept in our own beds, with our dogs right beside us.  Sometimes there really is no place like home.


*Renting the car saved us enough money on gas that we ended up only paying $100 for the car.

**Priceline Hotels App took a lot of the stress out of hotel searching.  I was able to use this to find pretty good deals on hotels. I was able to see ratings by other travelers.  The app showed where the hotel was in relationship to where we were, along with the prices of each hotel.  I have memberships in Holiday inn and another hotel groups, but their apps on my phone were not easy and quick.  This app is the only one left on my phone

***St. Julian Winery is in Paw Paw, Michigan.  It was started by Italian immigrants and was called St. Julian Winery in 1941.  You can order from them on http://www.stjulian.com/.

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