Conclusions from this field trip:
- Things change. There are several quilt shops in Berlin and surrounding communities. I have rather changed my taste in fabric. I have a significant stash so finding something new or different is getting difficult. I bought nothing. Absolutely nothing. Husband needed resuscitation.
- Commercialization is infecting our communities. I seek hand made local crafts when I travel. They become momento's of good times. While many shops offered lovely Fall items, I have the same things at home. I can buy a foreign made basket anywhere. I bought nothing, absolutely nothing. Husband needed pie, comfort food to him.
- Good wholesome food remains available there. I bought a cook book.
- We have never traveled without our Lucy. It was peculiar. In most RV parks mornings and evening is dog walking time. We leash them up, gather our little poo-bags and set off. We all chat, our dogs greet and we exchange news and information of the day. Without a dog I felt like I was missing much of the joy of this type of travel, without Lucy there was no companion to share our little explorations. A new way to live. Not sure how this is going to work. I am not ready for another dog yet but I know there is at least one in the future. Not likely a large working dog, I am not sure I have the energy to train another large dog. But, we will see... you never know what is around the corner.
- Since this is now off-season, everything, I mean everything closes at 5 pm. That left long evenings for sight seeing which was the best part of this trip. I was totally inspired by the work ethic of the Mennonite community. Holmes County Ohio boasts the largest Mennonite/Amish community in the world. I came home with a refreshed spirit that I needed.