A Pieceful Life

A Pieceful Life


I'm so glad that you stopped by, and hope that you enjoy your visit. Here you will find pieces of my life - quilting, cross-stitch, family, travel, friends.
My name is Peg - I am a 60ish wife, mother, daughter, sister, aunt, cousin, friend - and if we're not already related or friends, hope to become your friend too.
We live in the eastern end of the beautiful Fraser Valley, about 1.5 hours east of Vancouver, BC. Empty nesters, we have one son living just a few minutes away, our other son and daughter live in Alberta.
Comments are always welcome, always read - and answered if need be. Feel free to share, I love hearing from all my cyber-space friends.
Please do check out some of the links in my side-bar - you'll find other bloggers and fabulous people to visit.

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

New York–Part II

Driving across New York state, we chose a smaller highway, much more scenic and relaxed driving than on the big interstates, so after leaving the Finger Lakes region, we inevitable came to Albany – state capital, but the skyline was nothing like Chicago or Minneapolis:523

Our drive took us right through the heart of the city, which got a little hairy at times, because it’s an old city with narrow streets – and we were pulling our trailers!  And then we saw a detour sign – and after our last experience with ignoring a detour, we thought we should follow it.  Not sure what happened, but we went around in a circle, landing where we started – fool me once……we chose to ignore the detour sign second time ‘round, and got nicely back on our peaceful country roads again. 

In the meantime, the buildings of Albany caught our attention – we felt at times like we were on a movie set of Any Street, America:527526

Settling into a campground near the border of New York, Connecticut, and Massachusetts, we looked forward to exploring this area.

First up – a drive to Kingston, NY – ladies to a quilt shop, gents to an airplane museum.  The quilt shop was a little disappointing actually – nothing unique to capture our attention, or inspire our creativity, and we spent most of our time window shopping through the little strip mall.  But the fellas thoroughly enjoyed the airplanes:550532.Jl 27 Rhinebeck airplane museum540542546

They said they wondered how some of them got off the ground!

On our way back ‘home’ we crossed the Rip van Winkle Bridge:567.Rip van Winkle bridge

Across the Hudson River:569

I’d like to know the history behind naming this bridge – but right now as I’m writing, internet access is not so good, so maybe another time.

Next morning M & J headed toward Boston to meet with family, but Grizz and I stayed behind for another day of exploring – next post.

Blessings, Peg

Monday, July 30, 2012

Pennsylvania to New York

Leaving the northeast corner of Ohio, we traveled through the northwest corner of Pennsylvania to arrive in the southwest corner of New York.        Got that?

I kind of wanted to explore Pennsylvania more, but it just wasn’t practical on this trip.  What we did discover is that the stretch of land along Lake Erie from Ohio through Pennsylvania and into New York is                    WINE COUNTRY!

The further northward we went, the more vineyards we saw:466.

Lush and green and loaded with grapes – there was a promise of some good tasting coming up.  Once we got settled at our campsite just over the NY state border, we headed back along the road and took in a few wineries in both Pennsylvania and New York.


After dinner, we took the opportunity to check out the beach at Lake Erie (our second Great Lake stop).  It was a windy, windy day, and the waves on the lake were reminiscent of the seashore – except that the water wasn’t salty, and there were no seashells on the rocks.495482485

Leaving Lake Erie, we again started eastward.  On our journey we saw patriotism proudly displayed in many towns:503

And the buildings seemed to be older and older:463460.Old town USA464










Sadly, we also saw signs of the effects of economic downturn, like this boarded up building:

469.Economic downturn

And houses that looked like they had been wonderful homes at one time, falling into ruin.

As I write this, I’ve (at last) caught up to myself.  We are parked on the edge of Otisco Lake, the eastern-most lake of the Finger Lakes.  The country-side here has been rolling hills of farming land:508

And the road has been like a very gentle roller-coaster – the kind I might actually like to ride.  The skies are blue, the clouds are fluffy, the weather not nearly as hot as through the mid-west states, and the lake here is almost like glass.


I’ll continue New York in my next post.   Blessings, Peg

Wednesday, July 25, 2012


Plans to leave Indiana, included a stop for breakfast at a Diners, Drive-ins and Dives recommended diner (a real diner, just like in the old movies) in Goshen.  Early that morning, Grizz picked up his glasses to discover the nose piece had broken.  Okay, so now, with spare glasses in place, our stop in Goshen was going to include a side trip to an optician.

Arriving in Goshen, we discovered the diner was closed (it WAS Monday after all), and then got separated from our friends for a bit.

Once we found each other, and located an optician (closed until 10 a.m.), we settled for a Subway breakfast.  Then off to the optician – where we were fortunate to be able to purchase brand new frames at a reasonable price.

Okay, now we’re ready to head for Ohio.  Once again on a non-interstate highway, the drive was pleasant.

As we crossed into Ohio, we were keeping eyes open for any Amish influence in the area.  The only signs we saw were houses that appeared not to have any electricity running to them, with the attendant simple-roofed (versus hip-roofed) barns alongside some of them.  Maybe – maybe not – we weren’t sure.

And then we came to a road closure – with a huge detour.  Okay, so now the GPS started talking to us, continually telling us to turn and go the other way.  But we persevered, following the signs.

We came to a little town called Woodville – well worth the detour:450.House

448.Jl 23 Church in Woodville, OH


After this pleasant little side trip, the detour signs took us back to our original highway, but heading west!  We thought we wanted to head east.  Again we got separated from our traveling companions.  Thank heaven for walkie-talkies – they let us know where they were driving, and said we’d meet at the campground.

Now we were in Fremont, OH!  A nice enough small city, not too bad to drive through, and the GPS was still telling us to ‘Go West, young man’.  So we kept going.

We passed a Tim Hortons:

451.Timmy's at Fremont

and wondered if somehow we’d landed in Canada.

Still traveling a little blind, we came to Clyde – aha – this is the town of the address of the campground!  Okay, we must be on the right track and our good friend Kaaren of the GPS said to turn left.

But the sign on the road said it was closed 2 miles down.  Well, Kaaren said we were to turn again 2 miles down, so we thought we’d try following her direction.  The next sign said the road was closed at the railroad track.  What railroad track?  And how far away was this railroad track?  Well, it turned out the railroad track was just before the road we needed to turn onto, and the roadblocks just before the railroad tracks!       This on a road with no crossing roads for about a mile back.

Actually we weren’t the only fools – a car pulled up just behind us, but they could just do a 3-point turn and head back the other way.  Not so easy for us with our trailer in tow.  We backed up about 1/4 mile, with me walking to help Grizz keep straight, until we came to an entry into a farm field.  Good thing Grizz is pretty good with handling that trailer! 

We got turned around, headed back to Clyde, got some directions and in just a few minutes were at the campground.  Only about 15 minutes behind our friends.  So whatever direction they took didn’t take much less time than ours.

A pleasant evening watching eagles soar, and a good night’s sleep and we were on the road again.  As we ended our stay in Ohio, we noticed some vineyards and winery signs cropping up occasionally.   Hmmm…what interesting places lie ahead?

Blessings, Peg

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Chicago, Chicago

You’re my kind of town – NOT

Leaving Wisconsin, the sum total of our drive through Illinois consisted of navigating the outskirts of Chicago, which only served to confirm for me that I’m NOT a city gal.

The skyline was interesting, though:437


Successfully getting through Chicago, we went around a corner, and suddenly we were in


We choose a non-interstate route, that proved to be much more relaxing driving, and what we noticed mostly were the acres and acres and endless acres of ……………..corn446.Corn fields

Not terribly exciting, and other than a very pleasant stay at a campground, and a quick visit to a quilt shop (will cover the quilt shopping in a separate post at another time), this just about sums up our visit to Indiana.  This area of Indiana is supposedly Amish country, but we saw little concrete evidence of Amish people other than a few names here and there like Stoltfusz and Yoder.

It was in Ohio that we had our adventure – coming up!

Blessings, Peg

Monday, July 23, 2012


Heading from Minnesota into Wisconsin, the first thing that struck us was the names of the county roads:

372371.Alphabet roads

Alphabetized, instead of numbered – we thought it might be unique to one county, but continued to see the same as we traveled through the state.

Near the small town of Shawano, we came across this country church with the most beautiful stained glass windows:376


And then a glorious display of sunflowers in bloom:383

Because Wisconsin is dairy country, we just had to visit a cheese factory – or what we thought would be one.   When we arrived, it was merely a store, but with a great variety of cheeses – so we got some curds, Provolone, Swiss and Limburger cheese.  But despite not getting a demonstration of cheese-making, we did learn some interesting facts:

  • Wisconsin is the home to the only North American producer of Limburger cheese (Mason, WI)
  • About 85% of milk produced in Wisconsin is made into cheese
  • It takes about 10 lb of milk to make 1 lb of cheese
  • A gallon (American) of milk weighs about 8.5 lb

We’ll be enjoying the tastes of Wisconsin for days to come!

While driving through the countryside, we were treated to barn quilts – 8x8 foot boards painted to represent quilt blocks, posted on barns.  Here are a few that we saw:388389387.Jl 20 Quilt barns

Keeping on our easterly direction, we came to Green Bay, where, despite this being cattle country, there were horse statues on several street corners:

393(pardon the fuzz – taken through the window of a moving car)

And then we reach Kewaunee – and got our first glimpse of Lake Michigan, where we spent a pleasant hour enjoying the fresh air and sunshine, watching birds and boats and butterflies:399405412419421422.Butterfly


Driving through Milwaukee – we saw several spires and domes:429                  427.Spires in Milwaukee428

And we were almost out of Wisconsin.        Blessings, Peg

Sunday, July 22, 2012


Coming into Minnesota, we’d defined the things that we wanted to see.  I wanted to visit the Laura Ingalls Wilder Museum, and the guys wanted to go and eat at some Diners, Drive-ins and Dives spots.  So we planned our roads accordingly, and on the afternoon of July 16, arrived at Jackpot Junction.

Yes, it was a casino campground, but neat and tidy and relatively inexpensive – and not too far from LI Wilder Museum.  So Maureen and I left the guys behind and did our side trip.

You may recall the Little House on the Prairie TV show, based on Laura Ingalls Wilder’s books about her life in Minnesota

278. LI Wilder Museum

They would have traveled in a prairie schooner such as this:


And lived in a dugout house first similar to this:


There was a model of the Little House home of the TV show, which was modeled on the descriptions in Wilder’s books:


Wilder was apparently a proficient quilter at a very young age, and there was samples of quilts old and newer throughout the displays:


This was one of the highlights of ‘my’ trip so far!

Next day we headed for a campground closer to Minneapolis, but first a stop at a German-style town, New Ulm.  Minnesota was originally settled mainly by Germans and Norwegians, so it’s only appropriate that there’s a town honoring the German heritage.  They have a Glockenspiel, that rang out while we were there:


We enjoyed some fairly authentic German-style (according to Grizz, who was born in Germany) food for lunch before getting back on the road.

Arriving at our campground, we set up then headed in for dinner at QFanatic BBQ, one of the recommended diners on Diners, Drive-ins and Dives (Food Network show seen at home on Friday evenings, if you haven’t ever seen it).


We dined al fresco, and only remembered to get a picture of our dinner after we’d sampled some of the pulled pork, pulled chicken, boneless ribs, honey BBQ sauce, potato salad and coleslaw.


After dinner we strolled along the Missouri River:324


Our second day in Minneapolis, and we wanted more of DDD’s, but first a stop at Historic Ft. Snelling332.Jl 18 Ft. Snelling

where folks in period costume entertained and informed us:


We learned about bricks of tea:


and got a demonstration of how small a piece off the brick was needed to brew a pot of tea – pretty potent stuff apparently:


Our DDD destination for the day was Kramarczuk deli, where we enjoyed wonderful deli foods, and bought some extra sausages to enjoy the flavors for a few meals to come:366.Kramarczuk deli

As we left Minnesota, the St. Paul skyline bid us farewell:370

Still heading east!                  Blessings, Peg