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Strawberry Fields Forever

Strawberry Fields Forever

Elizabethe and I took a field trip today to a strawberry hydroponics farm in Auburn.  The entire time I’m singing in my mind, “Strawberry Fields Forever.”  It’s a pretty small, but impressive operation.

We had a $5 off coupon so we purchased some strawberries and a few other items there.  We’ll be back the next time grandchildren visit in the summer.  It’s a fun place.

On our trip we stopped at a Mennonite store on SR 318, and we had lunch at the little Mexican restaurant in downtown Waterloo.  Their food is about the best Mexican food you’ll find in these parts.

It was a fun date.

Veggie Chips

We also stopped at Real Deals where they had Terra chips for $1 a bag.  I bought 10 bags.  They are normally over $3 a bag.  We also stocked up on a few other items.

One item worth mentioning was Hershey’s chocolate chips (many varieties) for $1/bag.  We bought a few of those because you can never make to many chocolate chip cookies.


In spite of all that, my fatigue level is not bad.  I’ve decided instead of mowing the lawn tomorrow morning, I am going to go for an early morning walk at the Sacred Grove.  I can mow the lawn on Monday.  Today, it’s strawberry fields forever.

Three Hours Early

Three Hours Early

I was three hours early to a meeting today.  That happened because I assumed it was at the usual time.  I should have read my e-mail.

After my networking meeting I drove straight to Waterloo, New York (about a 45 minute drive), to be told, “That meeting doesn’t start until 5pm.”


I went out to the car and checked my e-mail and sure enough, the meeting had been moved to 5pm.  You would think I would have known this since I was asked to conduct the meeting.  3 hours early is better than 3 hours late… I guess.

I used the time to grab a bite to eat.  I then drove to the Whitmer Farm and took some photos.  It was a bit chilly, but the sunshine felt good and the blue skies made for some awesome contrast in the photos.


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Fayette Chapel, Fayette, New York

I still had time so I decided to go to Sauders.  Wow, am I glad I did.  The new Sauders looks GREAT.  What a nice store they will have when this is complete.  (Which, it looks like it is getting very close to completion.

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The NEW Sauders

Finally, 5pm rolled around and our meeting started.  Here are a few pictures from the meeting…

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FLPP Members Socializing Before the Meeting

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My Friend Monroe

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My Salad from the Salad Bar

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Michael O’Neill’s presentation at FLPP

Watkins Glen and Trash the Dress

I took Natalie and Deleise to Watkins Glen today to continue their trash-the-dress photo shoot.  Before getting there, we stopped at Sauders to do a little shopping, and then the Peter Whitmer Farm (because Deleise had never been there.)

Elder and Sister Hales were working at the Whitmer Visitor’s Center.  It was nice having them as our tour guides.

From there we headed south to Watkins Glen.  Along the way we ran into a couple of old abandoned Triumph TR-4s in a field.  We, of course, had to stop and take pictures there.  We also ran in to a few places that had walls of character.

At Watkins Glen, the girls put on their dresses.  As they hiked the canyon, they got all sorts of comments.  The little kids all said they were “princesses”.  We ran into some Asian tourists who took more pictures of the girls than they did the waterfalls.  So, we stopped and posed for them.

It was a fun day, but in the end, the girls were worn out.

Pretty funny when 20-something kids can’t keep up with a 53-year-old man.

Pictures to follow… I’m beat.


Update:  Here are some photos…

Natalie (aka PHAT)

Leisi Lou (Deleise)

Amish Country

(You can’t tell well from this photo, but there are several Amish men loading a cart in the background.)