The first stop was at the farmers' market located in the parking lot of the state Farm Show Building in north Harrisburg. Susanne got some veggies, we had a hot dog for lunch, and then I stopped at the Mennonite lady's bakery stand. There my eyes glazed over at the wondrous display of whoopie pies, cakes, and pies. I bought a chocolate and a pumpkin whoopie pie for snacks, then I gave the lady two miniature shoofly muffins that I had made for snacks at last night's choir rehearsal. She was truly amused and graciously thanked me. It was like the old saying about "selling coal to Newcastle."
Elite Vinyl Railings showroom, parked, and entered.
We checked out all of the sizes, shapes, and colors available and chose square posts with moldings at the top and bottom and a little "collar" near the top; nice rounded handrails; and square spindles. These will match those on the back porch except for the extra moldings. We'll get white in order to refresh the look of the front of the house.
Some new trim around the garage door, perhaps a new garage door with windows in it, and a new layer of blacktop on the driveway (the old one is sinking faster than Venice), and maybe, just maybe, removing the shrubs immediately in front of the door, and replacing the concrete walk with a little pavered plaza and walk to offer a more welcoming spot for guests. Then we'd be good for a few more years until they wheel us out and drop us at "the home."
We drove home on country roads, passing through Annville; north on route 743 as the sun hung low in the west, creating interesting shadows; to Old Jonestown Road; and then west to route 22 and Crossroads restaurant near Grantville for a bite to eat before returning home, led by a flock of honking geese reminding us that old man winter is on his way!
The "newish" yellow cauliflower was sold at the market.
The whoopie pies were ready for their close-up.
The railing store displayed all their products.
The large model home featured this pub in the basement,
next to the home theatre.
Oh, did I forget to mention the wine cellar?
The Box kept looking around, wondering
where the garages are!
Here's the one bedroom model with a faux dormer.
The breakfast room was light and airy.
The living had a gas fireplace.
This is the two-bedroom model.
We liked the small windows in the dining room.
Here are the kitchen and breakfast room.
On the way home, we passed a number
of picturesque country scenes.
Susanne took this picture from the car.
This was my take near the same spot.