Sunday, September 23, 2012

Ohio and back in 5 days

We left last Thursday for Troy, Ohio, to attend the SOFA Quad State blacksmith conference. Here's some of the things I enjoyed.

The first day on the road we stopped for dinner and what did I have?  Taco Al Pastor, my favorite. It's not available at every Mexican restaurant. 

After a 9 hour drive, it was time to kick back and relax. At a Wal-Mart across the street from the Hampton, we bought a bottle of wine. Ya gotta love those fancy paper cups!

The next morning at the conference this was the place to be. Yoder's Blacksmith Supply bought in 63 anvils. They told us they still had 14 more at home.

 In the tail gating section, this was the biggest attraction.

The blacksmith didn't agree on my lunch choice, but it sure brought back childhood memories, fried bologna, R. I. P. Dad.

The first afternoon, the blacksmith and I went antiquing to Tipp city, about 7 miles away from the conference. 

 Tipp City Mill . . . isn't it beautiful?

 On Saturday I went to the flea market, next door to the conference. 

There were vendors both inside and outside.

Tammy, I thought about you when I saw these.

 There were birds of all variety's.

 I saw these.  Some where I think I still have my son's.

 Beautiful mums, but no way could I haul them all the way back to Missouri.

This pheasant was beautiful, and not the least bit camera shy. (Tomorrow I will tell you about the bargain we bought at the flea market!)

Back at the conference I took a free beading class. We all made brackets. 

Saturday night this quilted wall hanging was auctioned off. It was beautifully done. It sold for $400.

Sunday morning as we were pulling out I spied this Mini-Cooper and teardrop. S-W-E-E-T!

It was a great conference. Life is good.


Karen said...

What a great trip! ...and that pheasant is beautiful! The fried Bologna... a memory my husband cherishes too... although it's a joke between him and his mother... "We had fried bologna three times a week!" and she is indignant, because she was a better cook than that :-)

Flat Creek Farm said...

What a perfect trip you and BT had - jam packed plum full of good stuff! Sweet li'l chicks. Thank u for thinking 'bout me - why didn't you bring me back a few?? haha! ;) ♥ One of the few things I can remember my Dad cooking us is fried bologna, and I used to make it occasionally during our first couple years of marriage :) I will send the Fiddler the link to this - he will be in love with the mini-coop and the teardrop! (he used to have a mini-coop). Thank you for sharing your wonderful trip with us old hermits :) Can't wait to see your purchase!! -Tammy

Deanna said...

Those were mighty high class wine cups! It looks like a wonderful trip. And for the record, I love fried balogna. Those mums are a really good deal. It's a shame you couldn't haul them home.

Isn't it just beautiful out now? Lovin' it!

Lise said...

Sounds like good times! I surely can see you on our deck with those cups...some day...! Glad you had such a great trip:)

Annie at Haphazard Homestead said...

Sometimes a fried bologna sandwich really hits the spot, but those tacos look even better!

What a cute Mini/teardrop pair, too. Love that bright red.