Friday, June 29, 2012


The General Assembly Exhibit Hall opened today at 10:00 a.m.  Since we set up our booth yesterday it was ready to go when we got there today.  When we arrived we turned on the lights on our display and got out the candy to begin our long vigil.  Since most people were just checking in and getting ready for the week, we were not very busy.   General Assembly officially opens tomorrow at 1:30 with Opening worship.  The exhibit hall opens tomorrow at 9:00 a.m. and will close at 5:00 with a break for opening worship.  Tomorrow should be a lot busier. 

I hope to be able to post some pictures tomorrow. 

Until tomorrow!

Thursday, June 28, 2012


Our first night in the church parking lot, was uneventful.  It is very quiet around here.  This morning, I needed to finish my displays for the Booth at General Assembly.  Tom and Frank, the custodian, had  told us to use the church if we needed to.  I happy to find they had a room with a very large table so I could put the displays on it and work on them.  It sure was better than trying to work on them in the camper.  With the displays finally done, we headed back to the camper for lunch. 

Tom picked us up at 1:00 to go to the convention center to get our booth set up.  With the booth all set up, Harris, Tom and I headed back to the church around 3:30 p.m. 

Tom told us Pittsburgh only gets about 10 days of weather over 90's.  Well this week it is suppose to be over 90 each day.  Thank goodness we will spend our days at the Convention Center during the day when the temps are way up there.  It will be freezing at the Convention Center.  So I will go from really cold to really warm when we get home.  Thank goodness the nights get down in the 60's.  So sleeping should be ok. 

Since it was way to hot to cook tonight, we headed out to find someplace to eat.  We found a very good  place called Rice's Roadhouse.  It seems to be a neighborhood place.  Their special tonight was Mai Mai, which is my favorite.  Harris had Flounder.  It was a wonderful meal.   

When we got back to the camper it was still in the 90's.  We took a walk around the church and I took some pictures.  Since it was still pretty warm in the camper, we sat in our chairs outside reading for awhile.  When it got to dark, we headed inside.  

Camper parked at the church

It is finally cooling down in the camper.  I think we will be able to sleep OK. 

Tomorrow is another day!

Prayer Garden at Glenshaw Presbyterian Church

View from the back of the camper at Pendergrass Campground

Moving day!!  It was time to leave Pendergrass Campground in Chautauqua, NY. to head to Glenshaw Presbyterian Church where we would spend the next week while we were go into Pittsburgh convention center.   This will be the first time we have stayed in a church parking lot. 

The church is letting us stay here free while they provide us with electricity and water.  There isn't a campground close to Pittsburgh, so the church has been very gracious to us by letting us stay here. 

 The Interim Pastor, Tom Clifton, is a member of the APIMS Council.  Tom and his wife Audrey invited us to dinner.  We enjoyed our time in their home. and dinner was delicious.   When we got home a member of the church came by to welcome us. 

Tomorrow is another day!!

Glenshaw Presbyterian Church

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Home sweet home
Happy Monday: Pendergast Campground, Chautauqua, NY

Today we spent the day around the camper.  I needed to get some work done to get ready for General Assembly.  Harris worked on cleaning the bugs off the front of the camper.  

Late in the afternoon we headed out to Walmart and SAMS club in Jamestown, NY to buy some groceries and other items we needed.   By the time we got back it was time for dinner.  Harris fixed pork chops on the grill, while I made a salad and corn on the cob. 

Tomorrow is another day.

Lake Chautauqua

Have a great day.

Sunday, June 24, 2012

Mary Alice, Dave and Harris


We spent a wonderful week last week visiting Mary Alice and Dave at their cabin at Seneca Fall, NY.  What a great week.   We spent our time relaxing at the lake and enjoying time with our friends.  Other days we visited some wineries on the wine trail. 


We headed to the Laundromat to do the 10 days of laundry we needed to get done.  Mary Alice and Dave met us for breakfast at a restaurant near the laundry mat.  After breakfast we headed to their house to hang our clothes on their line.   After lunch we visited a couple of wineries near their cabin.  When we walked into Napp winery, our server looked familiar.  We met him 6 yrs ago at another winery.  We so enjoyed him 6 yrs ago and that didn't change this time.   Then we headed back to the cabin to chill awhile Then to Wolfe's for dinner. 

After dinner it was time to head back to the campground to begin getting ready to leave on Friday. 


 Moving day!!  We were up early, getting the camper ready for the trip to Chautauqua Institution in Maysville, NY.    We arrived at Pendergast Campground a little after lunch time.  After getting set up and ready for our time, we called our friends Beth and Bruce who live at Chautauqua Institution year round.  The invited us over for dinner.    Chautauqua Institution is a place for summer learning for 9 weeks.  This weekend was the first weekend of the 9 week summer sessions. 


Our day began with a walk around the campground.  After breakfast we got some much needed things done around the camper.  It had been over a week since we cleaned.   Beth and Bruce came for a visit in the afternoon. 

Sunday:  Today we headed to Chautauqua Institution for worship at the Presbyterian Service.  After that we went to the BIG interdenominational service at the amphitheatre.  Then to lunch and a walking tour around the area.  What a wonderful place.    After our walk, we went back to Beth and Bruce's to sit around a talk some more.   Then back to the camper.

Have a great day!
One of the  many houses at Chautauqua

Lake Chautauqua

Monday, June 18, 2012

View from the cabin

Greetings from Seneca Falls:

Gosh, I think I missed a whole week.  Last week we spent the week in Buffalo, NY where we attended the Interim Ministry Network (IMN) Conference at the Hyatt Hotel in downtown Buffalo.  It was a good conference.  I was to tired each night to blog. 

We left Buffalo on Friday morning heading for Cayuga Lake State Park where we are camping from last Friday until this Friday.   Our Friends  Mary Alice and Dave from Findlay have a cabin on Cayuga Lake about 4 miles from the State Park. 

Friday:  We arrived here around 2:30 p.m. and set up camp in our campsite.  After having lunch we did some much needed work around the camper.  Since we were so busy last week, we didn't have time to clean or get some things done around here.  Mary Alice and Dave arrived at their cabin around 5:00 p.m. from Findlay.  Since we arrived first we decided to talk dinner over to them.  We had beef hot dogs, we got in Canada.  We also had some really great corn on the cob, we found at a roadside produce stand, along with strawberries.  Dinner was great.

Saturday;  We headed to Mary Alice and Dave's and then to Ovid for a strawberry pancake fest at one of the churches their.  After breakfast we headed up town to watch the Strawberry fest parade.  Then we headed to the grocery store in Seneca Falls.  We both needed food.  Then back to Mary Alice and Dave's for pork roast.  It is always so nice to sit at their cabin and watch the lake. 

Sunday:  Mary Alice and Dave picked us up to head to Geneva, NY and Presbyterian Church of Geneva.  It was graduation celebration.  After church we went to a cute little place for brunch.  After brunch we took in some wineries.  The scenery was wonderful.  Most wineries overlooked Seneca Lake.  Then back to Mary Alice and Dave's for hamburgers.  The wind came up and it cooled down a bunch.  We headed back to the camper early. 


Today we went into town to have a bagel.  Then off to the outlet mall for a little shopping.   We packed a picnic lunch before we left this morning.  We found a really neat wildlife preserve to enjoy our chicken salad, chips, and maple cookies.  

After lunch we headed back to the campground to just chill.  We had planned to cook brats, but since we had lunch late, we decided dinner was cheese and crackers. 

Tomorrow is another day!!

Have a wonderful day.

Mary Alice wine tasting
Relaxing at the cabin

Our designated driver

Friday, June 8, 2012


Gosh how fast the week has gone.  It seems like we only got here and now it is time to leave.  Gosh, since I last wrote on the blog a lot has happened. 


We stayed around the camper getting some things done on our email, etc.  At 3:00 p.m. we all boarded school bushes to Colasanti's Tropical Gardens for a time to shop prior to  a Pasta buffet and mini golf.   We returned to the campground around 9:00 p.m. 


We had a free day and night.  Margie and Paul had Canadian friends coming to spend the day with them.  We were invited to go to lunch and do some more wine tasting with Margie, Paul, their friends, Collen and Karen, Marge and Bill, Jody and Bill and Mary and Terry.  We had lunch at "View Point Estates Winery.  Our table was our on the patio where we overlooked Lake Erie.  The day was beautiful, sunny and rather cool.  Lunch was GREAT.  Then on to a couple more wineries.  We ended our trip with a stop to the grocery store.  After returning to the campground all headed to Margie and Paul's for a cookout.  All in all it was a great day.


Today was the last full day of our Rally.  We began the day with our SOITC annual meeting, followed by our regional meetings.  After lunch there was a presentation of the war of 1812, by two men dressed in period costumes, one American and the other Canadian.  Tonight we had another catered dinner.  All our meals have been wonderful.  In fact I think all we have done is EAT.  After our meal we had the raffles.  We bought tickets for the raffle prizes.  I usually do not win anything, but tonight I won a cord reel and a bag.  Harris won one of the 50/50 Riffles. 

Tomorrow we will have a continental Breakfast prior to leaving here.  We plan to have everything ready to head out.  We plan to head to Buffalo. 

Have a great Day! 

Ah!! ain't that cute

Our view at lunch

Jody and Margie

Tuesday, June 5, 2012


We had a good nights sleep our first night in Canada.  When got up this morning to find it had rained over night.  I sure didn't hear anything.  The day was cloudy and cool.  Our plans were to meet with Jody & Bill, Margie & Paul, Margie & Bill, Mary & Terry, and Paul and Margaret to go visit the wine trail.  Around noon we headed out in 3 vehicles to find lunch and then go check out the local wineries.

Paul & Margie, Bill & Margie; Harris & Jan; Mary & Terry; Jody & Bill; Paul & Margaret

We enjoyed the fruits of 3 wineries before heading back to the campground for cook out provided by the SOITC club.  We enjoyed burgers and extra large hot dog, potato chips, and veggies.  They also provided beer, soda, and water.  For dessert we had ice cream bars and cookies. 

After dinner we headed out for a campfire and smores. 

After a busy day we are ready to hit the bed. 

Until tomorrow.   Have a great day!

The beginning of Huge Campfire

Mike and Pam after dinner

Monday, June 4, 2012

Greetings from Canada!!  We arrived today at Wildwood RV and Golf resort in McGregor Ontario for the Annual DRV RV Rally.  It is so neat to see so many DRV RV's in one place.  The majority of DRV's  are Mobile Suites. 

The Rally began with a wine and cheese get together before dinner tonight.  The wine was a really good Canadian wine.  That was followed by salad and pasta.  As we waited for dessert, they came around with potatoes, green beans, and fried chicken.  Yep, more food.  After all that they brought dessert.  Needless to say we are stuffed!!  

Tomorrow we are meeting several of the couples we met tonight to go on a wine tour on our own.  The wine tour that was planned by the Rally was cancelled.  So some of the people we met tonight are heading out on their own tomorrow.  We will join them. 

More tomorrow night.  I promise to take pictures tomorrow so I can post them tomorrow night.

Until then. 

Have a great day!