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I love this town hall in Adelphi, Ohio. Isn’t it great?

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The Smart Bird Gets The Seed

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My yard is populated by countless species of birds who all fight for a spot at my bird feeder. This little guy is smart. He was hanging out underneath the feeder, waiting for the seed that got dropped.  Perhaps we all can learn a lesson from this – Sometimes it’s ok to let everyone else fight it out while you still get what you want! I liked his style.

I Do Stay Home Sometimes

Most of what I write here involves the places I go and adventures I’ve had over the years. I love to travel and treasure hunt in places near and far and never tire of packing my bag for the next trip. Truth be told, while I do love my adventures, I’m also perfectly happy at home. There’s nothing like a long weekend to remind me how much of a homebody I really am.

This Martin Luther King Jr. weekend I have spent cooking, cleaning, reading, practicing a new hobby, listening to records and exercising. I’ve stomped around in the snow with my camera and curled up on the couch with a Blue Bloods marathon. I’ve spent some time assessing how much stuff (too much, in case you’re wondering) I have and reworked how I use a few things. A clean, organized home is a happy home. It’s even happier when there’s hot chocolate involved.

Winter is the perfect time to stay inside and take care of your nest. It’s also a great time to plan the year’s adventures and to save money for fun when better weather returns.

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If I had someone to come home to, I’d probably be very happy coming home and making him dinner and spending my weekends hanging out together. Since I don’t have that kind of life, I’m free to go traipsing off to parts both familiar and unknown.

Today I’ll go back to work and take comfort in knowing that when I come home tonight, I’ll make myself a good dinner and put another record on the turntable. Right now, the homebody in me believes there’s nowhere to be that’s better than where I am.

I hope you’re happy wherever you are.

The Lorraine Motel and Dr. King

Several years ago I took a wonderful trip through Tennessee, visiting both Memphis and Nashville. Our time in Nashville was fun but Memphis is one of my favorite places on Earth. There’s amazing music everywhere, not to mention the food, the history and a sense that you’re the first to discover all that’s amazing here.

This trip has been top of mind the last few days with the approach of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. You see, Memphis is home to the National Civil Rights Museum which is located at the Lorraine Hotel where Dr. King was assassinated in 1968.

Visiting here was moving. It was informative. It was sobering. And it is something I would do all over again if I ever have a chance. Sadly, it did nothing to piece together in my mind how anyone can be so hateful and intolerant to another human or group of humans. That, I will never understand.

You can read about the museum at the link above if you’re interested. Here are a few pictures from my visit.

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In case you would like to know more, the Lorraine Motel had a rich history even before Dr. King stayed here. You can read about it here.

The time is always right to do what is right. 

Martin Luther King Jr. 

 

 

Lynn’s Soda Fountain: A National Road Landmark

On Friday I promised to take you on an adventure to an old fashioned soda fountain. This nasty winter weekend seems like a good time to enjoy more pleasant memories!

When I set out on my post Christmas National Road Adventure, I had few plans but was conscious of some places along the way that sounded interesting. One of those was Lynn’s Pharmacy, a family owned pharmacy in historic downtown Brazil. Lynn’s has a bonafide soda fountain with a counter where you can order a sandwich and chocolate malt.

It’s a landmark along the National Road for good reason. The owners have operated a pharmacy in this historic building since 1970 but worked hard to add this authentic soda fountain about 23 years ago. When you step inside you wouldn’t know that it hasn’t always been there.

I learned a lot during my brief visit, chatting with a family member who was working that day. In fact, we had a delightful conversation where she asked about my trip and I asked about the business. We swapped stories like old friends as she prepared my caramel sundae.

They offer shakes, malts, sundaes and, of course, old fashioned sodas. They also prepare some simple sandwiches if you’re looking to grab a quick bite like a Coney Dog or BLT. The counter is made of oak and stainless steel and measures twelve feet long. You can sit at the counter like I did or at one of the many wood and metal cafe style tables.

I went for the atmosphere but was pleasantly surprised at the quality of the ice cream and the company.

A mosaic black and white tile floor anchors the room while a high ceiling of tin tiles and large store front windows make the space feel light and airy. Antique fixtures along the walls are filled with antique pharmacy items and souvenirs from the community.

The pharmacy is also quite nice and seems to sell everything you might need. They even have some gift items and a home medical care division. Lynn’s is promoted as a modern pharmacy with old fashioned values in personal service.

That summed up my experience.

I loved it here and will absolutely stop in again my next trip through. The woman I met that day was the daughter-in-law of the owner who installed the soda fountain. She said they have continued to invest in the business and the community and she spoke about the town with fierce pride and enthusiasm. It made me want to send them my prescription business but it’s a little too far to go for my meds!

In a community with a big box store, a chain grocery pharmacy, and two national chain pharmacies, it’s nice to see a mom and pop continuing to thrive. I’m guessing their success is a testament to their service and personal investment in the town of Brazil.

Brazil, Indiana is west of Indianapolis and has a cute downtown with murals and a few shops. If you go by National Road, less than an hour east of Brazil you’ll find yourself in the town of Plainfield which is home to the fabulous Oasis Diner and Gilley’s Antique and Decorator Mall which I love.

Click here to learn more about Lynn’s. 

 

This Is Why I Avoid This Store

A work project caused me to go into Hobby Lobby yesterday. My love-hate (mostly hate) relationship with this place usually keeps me away but I went and now I’m dissatisfied with things here at home.

A burning desire to start changing my home is currently simmering in my mind and soul. It’s funny because I ordinarily think my home is decorated nicely with the mixed bag of things I’ve collected over the years. Now it just seems disjointed and overwhelming. Funny how that happens!

To add insult to injury, I found this image in a magazine last night and now am jonesing for this chair. Doesn’t that leather look yummy?

Actually, I like everything about this room. Who would have thought to use a vintage cooler as an ottoman? Those stacked crates make a nice side table but also double as storage.

Perhaps I’ll move some things around this long weekend and try reinventing some of what I own. It’s a fun way to pass the time!

Friday Eye Candy

Here’s a pop of color to balance out all those black and whites I’ve been showing you lately. It’s also a preview for a fun story I’ll tell you soon about an old fashioned soda fountain I found last month.

Happy Friday, my friends!