Happiness Is….

Happiness is a stroll down a street you’ve walked a hundred times only to find something new.

I’ve seen these downtown Chillicothe buildings many times but never viewed them as a collection. I like the way the little one is nestled between those two large structures. It’s so tiny and yet it draws the eye right in!

There are a few more pictures from this walk that I’ll be sharing soon. But for today, let’s all pause a moment and try to view something commonplace with a fresh eye.

Happiness Is…

Happiness is driving down the road with no one behind you and slamming on the brakes at the sight of something intriguing.

I always know what’s behind me and am constantly on the lookout for someplace to pull over or turn around!

I’m not sure what this building was but it appears to be an old school. It’s located on Little Creek Road just outside Frankfort and it is for sale.

Friends, if I ever win the lottery, I wouldn’t buy a mansion in an exclusive neighborhood. I would buy an old building like this and transform it into something fabulous. Although, what little I know about remodeling old structures, you would probably need to win the lottery to properly transform and maintain a place like this… but I digress.

Isn’t it charming?

The windows are especially lovely. Sadly, it’s located right next door to 35 Raceway so it might not be the most peaceful place to live – on the weekends, at least.

What’s your happiness today?

New Hope Free Will Baptist Church

New Hope Free Will Baptist Church can be found on Route 50 just outside Chillicothe, Ohio. There’s a lot of visual clutter in the vicinity but nothing can take away from the beauty of this house of worship.

Look at the details.

And, of course, we all know how much I love a good door.

These doors and the trim around them are amazing. The church dates to 1893, a period when we still built things to last and that are special.

They do still have services here, according to the sign out front. If you’re in the area I’m sure they would love a guest.

Seeing Red

The color red draws me in like a moth to flame. This is never more apparent than when scrolling through my camera roll after an antiquing trip.

The day I found the lunchboxes, I also found this adorable kiddie tractor.

Nifty wall art, reproduction but cute for a kitchen.

This fabulous red typewriter that I badly wanted. It’s the sort of typewriter that great novels should be written on!

A great Coca Cola cooler.

And an even better Coke machine.

Of course, I bought none of these things but they made for great study during my little field trip.

Is there a color or a type of object that catches your eye?

My Lunch Box Is Vintage?

I ventured into some antique stores on Saturday. This display of vintage lunchboxes caught my eye so I stopped to study a few. Most I had seen before but there were a few surprises.

Remember how fun it was to pick out a new lunch box for school?

From Disney to your favorite tv show or band, your lunch box was an opportunity to celebrate something that you really liked and wanted the world (other kids at least) to know about.

When I first started school, they were all still metal. The transition to plastic models occurred during my elementary years and I recall having a couple that were plastic but it seems like they didn’t hold up very well.

Imagine my mixture of glee and despair when I realized that my own childhood lunchbox was mixed in with all these “vintage” pieces!

Yes, my childhood possessions now appear in antique stores. And they’re not cheap! Strawberry Shortcake here was $38.00!

One of the beautiful things about antiquing is that you can find pop culture references, pieces of history, works of art and occasionally, things that that are just strange.

Big Muskie

A recent weekend took me to a roadside attraction in Morgan County – the remnants of the Big Muskie.

The Big Muskie was an enormous piece of machinery used in coal mining. As big as a sky rise, this was the largest dragline ever built.

Dedicated in 1969, this machine could move millions of pounds of earth and rock every hour. It operated until 1991 and sat quiet as a tourist attraction for several years. In the late nineties, the Surface Mining Reclamation Act required its removal. However, one piece remains – the bucket which landowner American Electric Power turned into the centerpiece of a park with interpretive signage, picnic tables and restrooms.

The bucket is enormous and the chains attached to the bucket are unimaginably large.

Have you ever seen a chain so large? Can you imagine the piece of equipment necessary to lift all this? You don’t have to. Here’s an image courtesy of The Herald Star. Look how small the bucket is compared to the machine. Now scroll back up and look at how small the people are compared to the bucket.

This is one of those roadside attractions that’s worth a stop if you’re in the area. I wouldn’t build a road trip around it but there are other things to see and do in the area. The Morgan County Bicentennial Barn is just down the road, there are covered bridges in the area, and The Wilds is about twenty minutes north. Downtown McConnelsville has small town charm complete with some cute small businesses, the Ohio Valley Opry and a fantastic square with a statue and county courthouse.