Friday, July 17, 2009

Vacationing in Michigan

We just returned home to Florida from our weeklong vacation visiting my daughter and her family in Michigan. While we were there we visited The Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn, Michigan. While most of the museum displays are related to transportation, such as antique planes, trains and automobiles, there are many displays depicting culture and life in the early days. They had many displays of primitive kitchens. I wish I had a few of these items - like the trencher bowl, shaker boxes and firkins shown in the photos below.

While we were walking around looking at the old carriages, I stopped to read the sign in front of one which caught my eye. It mentioned that the carriage came from Portsmouth, New Hampshire. My ancestors originally came from that area in New Hampshire. I think I must have squealed in amazement as I read that this carriage shown below was donated by my grandfather's aunt Josephine Prescott to The Henry Ford Museum. That would make her my great, great aunt. The sign mentions that it was originally owned by her great uncle, which would make him my great, great, great, great uncle?

If you are ever in the Detroit area, be sure to visit The Henry Ford Museum. It actually takes at least two days to see the whole thing.

We had a wonderful time with the grandchildren. It had been two years since we last saw them. We spent time with them visiting various parks in the Detroit area along the shores of Lake Erie. The kids flew their kites, we all walked the hiking trails and viewed nature exhibits. The kids were thrilled because they got to swim in the pool at our hotel.

We loved every minute we spent with them and will miss them all until they come to Florida for a visit next spring.

Sunday, July 5, 2009

Disney Monorail Accident

It was very disturbing to hear about the Monorail crash that happened today at Magic Kingdom. I live three hours away from Disney so we visit very often. We had taken our youngest grandson there in 2007 for his first visit to see Mickey Mouse. One of the highlights was to ride in the front of the monorail with the driver. I think it meant more to the adults than it did to him.

Approaching the Contemporary Resort

Aiden reading his Monorail Co-Pilot's License

This accident will probably put an end to the thrill of Disney visitors riding up front anymore. Before my daughter moved to Michigan, they had taken my granddaughter Nicole and she was lucky to have the chance to ride up front. While my other grandson Andrew has not been there yet, he will hopefully have the chance when he visits there next year. We're looking forward to our family reunion at Disney World in 2010.

I hope everyone had a happy and safe 4th of July holiday.

Now it's time to get back to my primitive projects. I'm working on a wall hanging for the living room. Still have plans to make the bowl rack but that will probably have to wait until after my vacation in Michigan.