Monday, September 1, 2014

Spring Mill State Park & More

In honor of Labor Day and since Matt and I were both off from work, we decided to take a day trip to Spring Mill State Park in Mitchell, Indiana.
I recently read about it online and then researched it to see if it was somewhere we would be interested in visiting for a few hours. Obviously, we went there because I felt it was worth checking out. Located approximately 80 miles and 1 1/2 hours away from our home, this was no short trip. We made the mistake of leaving the house an hour before lunch and didn't pack anything. We had stopped at Kroger on the way out of town, but had only bought drinks and chips. Due to my poor planning, we were forced to stop at a Wendy's a few miles away for chicken salads right before heading to the park.
 
For out of state guests, cost is $7 per vehicle. In state is $5 per vehicle. Not fair at all - according to my frugal self.
When you drive in, you can stop along the way at different trails, but we decided to go see the Gus Grissom memorial/museum (blah) followed by the pioneer village. These pioneers built there village around caves which have a constant water source that helped run this place back in the 1800s.
The park has about 15 different buildings all set up to be explored. Some buildings even had people dressed in the period specific clothes working on whatever there building consisted of - such as the blacksmith with pounding metal, the weaver was weaving, the doctor was selling medicine.... Very interactive.
 
The unique feature of this place is seen in this next picture.... the grist wheel. According to the internet, this is still operable today.
More beautiful cabins...
Check out these cornhusk dolls. Supposedly, the people of this time actually created ones just like these ones. Glad to hear little girls got to play with dolls even back then. Honestly, if I was a little girl today I would play with them. The only downside to them is you can't easily change the clothes on them. I would also need to draw on faces.
We hiked two very short trails. The first one passed by this neat water 'fall' on the way to two small caves viewable from where the trail ended.
As you can see, the pioneers used the cool, never frozen, water from the caves by moving it through this wood to where they needed it in there village - such as the mill.
Very innovative technology for the time frame.
Oh, look! You can see one of the village pioneers walking towards us!
 
Our next trail took us to Donaldson Cave.
This cave as beautiful!
After our short trip to Sprig Mill State Park, we stopped at Joe Hubbard's farm to pick some apples. Sadly, they didn't look so good. The sign in the store claims they taste good, but look bad from hail damage. Either way, we decided not to buy any.
I did see these sunflowers which made me think of my mom.
If I was planning on seeing her next weekend, I might have bought one. (Inside joke!)
Next stop was for ice cream in Clarksville, IN. I had bought a Groupon and we finally used it.
Had a great view of Downtown Louisville while eating.
Saw the old Colgate clock while trying to get back to the bridge to go back to KY. Stupid Indiana construction with there poorly marked detour signs.
Hello, LOUISVILLE!
Can you spot the bat?
 


Friday, August 22, 2014

Written Right Before The New Weekend

Happy Friday my dear bloggy friends!
Matt and I were just discussing how some days seem to drag on but then when you think back to the entire week, it flew by. And that’s five days opposed to the two precious days we get for the weekend. I wish I worked four 10 hour shifts opposed to my five 8 hour shifts. Wishful thinking though. Not gonna happen at my current job. Matt and I really do need to think of a profitable business we could open. I do realize I would have to work more hours, but at least having my own business would allow me to wear what I want to wear, surf the web on the clock, give me personal satisfaction, etc. (Possibly bring Wyatt to work with me.) 
 
Living the exciting life we lead, last Friday consisted of going to the eye doctor (me) to get a yearly exam and buy a year worth of contacts with the money I get from my eye insurance (plus $130), buying a new shirt with teeny tiny anchors on it from Kohl's on clearance for $7 (for now and future cruises), picking up a Papa Murphy's pizza, working out at the gym and then getting ice cream cones from McDonald's. I wanted to be home as close to 8:30PM as possible in the event of the 'Louisville Purge' being a real thing. Yes, I am one of those paranoid people who thought something bad could happen. It didn’t. Evidently it was a teenager 'who made a horrible mistake' when he put up fliers/posters around town and talked about it. I think he should be put on trial for committing an act of terrorism. Violence is not a joke. Why should he get away with causing fear in some people? Several schools cancelled school events on Friday just in case and I am sure our state fair suffered in attendance because of the threat. If it was a 'mistake', he should have contacted the authority prior to Friday. Makes me mad!
That evening we stayed up late watching movies. Joe was a stupid movie and we stopped watching within 30 minutes. Divergent was as good as I remember from the movie theater.
 
I slept in Saturday morning and then took a nap later on in the day. I'm not like Matt... I need at least an hour for my naps. When Matt woke me after an hour and a half, I proceeded to sleep even longer which in turn made us miss church and kept me up past 4AM the following night tossing and turning.
Saturday also consisted of grocery shopping at Kroger and Meijer followed by walking down the many wonderful aisles of Hobby Lobby. I could spend all day there. I wish I could fill up a cart of goodies and then be told it all costs $20. Heck, I would pay $50. Sadly, that wont happen and I don’t have an unlimited amount of money at my disposal which means I cannot make everything I see in the store (and Pinterest) even though I would love it. I did mange to buy some ribbon and burlap to make a fall wreath and a Halloween wreath. Still need more - I have everything for my fall one, but I still need everything except one roll of ribbon for my Halloween one. I have an idea of what I am wanting to make and now I just need to find all the right components.
 
Sunday, after sleeping in after another night of not being able to sleep and missing church, Matt and I went to lunch at Moe's and to shop at Sam's Club. Even with me avoiding going to Target we still manage to spend a lot of money shopping. Stupid expensive groceries!
I keep saying we are only going to shop one day over the weekend yet that never seems to happen. We always manager to go both days.
That is NOT how you convince your husband to go on a second cruise this year!
 
I took my last Provera pill with lunch on Sunday.
I was looking forward to 'Aunt Flow' visiting so I can start my next series of pills followed by you know what every other day. Now that 'she' is here (effective 5PM Wednesday), I'm ready for 'her' to be gone. Having 'your aunt' not visit often does have some perks. TMI - I hate getting my panties dirty. Gross! I swear, after I have two kids, I would be okay with never getting another visit from 'my aunt'.
 
P.S. I cannot stop eating. I catch myself eating all damn day at work. And I don’t think it is because I am hungry. I think I do it out of boredom and frustration. A tale tell indication of me needing a new job.
 
*Sigh*


Sunday, August 10, 2014

You're a Good Man Charlie Brown

Remember a few weeks ago I mentioned how my parents came to visit and we all went to go see the musical 'You're a Good Man Charlie Brown' in Bardstown, KY at My Old Kentucky Home State Park? Only, we didn't get to see the show because of rain. I'm sure you do.
I was so disappointed we didn’t get to see it!
Well, last Saturday evening we went to the show and it was wonderful! I thought the cast was great and the atmosphere was just as nice. The show is performed outside underneath the stars and the stage has a backdrop of the forest behind it.
I highly recommend coming here if you get a chance!
*Night pics didn't come out well*

I look forward to seeing The Stephen Foster Story here one day in the future.