Thursday, June 30, 2016

Dwayne is "home" and we're about ready to go!

Dwayne got discharged this afternoon about 3pm - HURRAH!

We got a pain prescription filled and then came back to the rig to get ready to leave first thing in the morning.

I realized this evening that we were supposed to check out of the campground TODAY, not tomorrow, but I had let them know that Dwayne was in the hospital and they automatically gave us a grace day - Thank you Thousand Trails!

Miss Doozie with the Jeep hooked up behind - just need to dump and unhook water and electric and fold up the step in the morning and then we will be on our way!
Roughly our planned route

Central Market in Lancaster

There is a large farmer's market, Central Market, in downtown Lancaster on Tuesday, Friday, and Saturday. We visited it on Friday (before the ER/hospital stay that started on Saturday).

The market is in a large building - there are probably 6-7 aisles of "stores" with 10-20 vendors per aisle. There are lots of different things available - foods (veggies, meats, prepared foods to purchase for lunch), flowers, handmade items, jams, etc.

My sweet Dwayne wanted to go up and down every aisle...

I got some pictures of the meat so Kendra could compare prices - $28.95 for Filet Mignon, $9.95 for Top Round Steak, $8.95 for London Broil (top round), $8.95 for Brisket -- all grassfed beef

$12.99 (can't read the cut), $19.95 Delmonico Steak, $17.95 New York Strip, and the same $28.95 for Filet Mignon - all grassfed beef

This was a beautiful rose in an arrangement by Rohrer Family Farm Flowers at Central Market.

Sweet sentiment: "Have you blessed a friend today? A gift, a smile, a handshake, maybe a hug!

More meat pricing for Kendra:
Try Our Great Frozen Deals:
2 Delmonico Steaks, 2 1/2 lb Beef Brisket, 2 lb country style spare ribs, 4 1/2 lb pork roast,  stuffed pork chops - All for $65.00
2 New York Strip Steaks, 4 Eye Round Steaks, 2 1/2 lb Beef Short Ribs, 4 Bone-in Pork Chops, 1 1/2 lb Breakfast Links, 1 Ham Steak, 2 Lamb Chops - All for $67.00
Or buy "both" for $99.00.

I think he is ready to leave!

The doctors came in to see Dwayne this morning and saw him like this:

The doctors think he is ready to leave!!!
He got rid of the IV pole last night. He said that it was so freeing not to have to take it with him every time he got up overnight. When the early morning doctor came, he asked if Dwayne was ready to go home and Dwayne said he was! The early morning doctor also said that Dwayne could take a shower, but not a bath (not to have the incision under water).
He wanted to take a shower, and it didn't make sense for him to put a hospital gown back on if he was going to be discharged, so he put his own clothes on, which is how the group of doctors found him.

We will need to find an urgent care clinic somewhere down the road to remove the staples. I asked if I couldn't just use the staple remover from the desk drawer and the doctor (laughing) said, "Ok, but we'll need to requisition a stick or bullet for him to bite on." Altogether, we were all laughing by the time they left.

Hershey's Chocolate World

We also visited Hershey's Chocolate World last week. They no longer allow tours in the factory, but they have a pretty good "ride" that takes you through mock-ups of the varying parts of the factory. This tour is free - there are several other tour options in the Hershey Chocolate World which require purchased tickets that we did not do.
Entrance to Hershey's Chocolate World - with a Kiss, Hershey's chocolate bar, and Reese's peanut butter cup up top to welcome us!

On the way to the "factory" tour, there was a large mural painting of Milton Hershey (next to the Exit sign!)

A lot of the little girls visiting were in princess costumes - so cute!

The tour had talking cows that told us about the making of chocolate.

Patti in the midst of Reese's Peanut Butter Cups!

We purchased "some" candy!!! (we don't know the lady and child to Dwayne's right!)

There were some big motorhomes parked outside the entrance, guess we could have driven Miss Doozie there.

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

An enterprising spider

We have noticed a couple of times that there is a spider web over the driver's side mirror of the Jeep. Dwayne has cleaned it off, but it returns.

Today at Sonic, I noticed the spider was out making repairs to the web.

See the spider just over the top of the trees reflection, to the left of the pole - it looks like two because you can see his reflection in the mirror also.

After making repairs to his (her?) web, he scuttled off over the side of the mirror to hang out in the area behind the mirror.
I wonder if there are any laws about importing spiders from one state to another... because I kinda think this little buddy has been with us since Virginia.

The countryside around us

It is so beautiful here in the Lancaster / Lebanon / Hershey, Pennsylvania area.

As we were driving Miss Doozie in to the campgound last week, we enjoyed the scenery.

They don't show up well, but there are pretty purple flowers alongside the road. There are also places where there are beautiful day lilies growing in masses alongside the road.

What we have found interesting is how close the farm buildings are to the road - of course, the road has probably gotten wider since the buildings were originally built.

Dwayne and Miss Kitty at our campsite (before surgery!)

One of the farms very near our campground - the grain in the field looks like it has been crushed down in a lot of places. This picture was from last week; this week it looks like they are harvesting this grain in a lot of the fields around.

Another farm that is very near our campground. The corn here is at all different heights - this is about the tallest. Some is just a few inches high. As we passed some of the fields, I thought they might be tasseling because I saw something tan at the top - but they were dry leaves at the top.

This was a drive from Columbia back towards Lebanon - seeing how close the farm buildings are to the road.

Again, a view of how close the buildings are to the road.
 A video of the drive:

A beautiful farm house

Looking across cropland
A video of the farms in this area:
Continuing video of the drive:

Yesterday, when I cut through a road I hadn't been on previously, I noticed that they seemed to have chickens in a coop out in grass in a field. Jimmy had talked about doing something like this for their chickens, so I stopped to take pictures this morning, but the chickens weren't out in the coop yet.

A picture of the farm - the coop is behind the white fence - barely visible.

That's the coop - I think that the box type thing in the back may be where the chickens can go inside, and may be where they spent the night.

Another view of the coop in the field.

Wednesday with Dwayne

Dwayne moved up to solid food today!

He is "seriously" digging into that muffin!

I asked him to smile and got this one!
The other bed in the room is empty right now so we have all the curtains open and are enjoying our view of the parking garage!

They are weaning him off of the IV fluids and meds and moving to oral meds. Those don't act as quickly so he is having a bit more pain, but he is so hopeful to be going "home" (to the rig) that I think he is willing to deal with it! We're praying for release by tomorrow...

Hershey World Museum

I had found a Groupon ( for entry into the Hershey Story Museum and a hot chocolate tasting so we headed there last week on June 23. Such interesting information!

The current "special" exhibit on the first floor allowed us to try out several jobs that we may have performed in the Hershey factory in the early 1900s. Dwayne is working on packing chocolate bars in a box...
One of the interesting things was that Milton Hershey created a profit sharing plan for his employees which was very unusual for early 20th century manufacturing.
These were samples of some of the letters that the employees got with their profit sharing checks.
At the end of our "work training" experience, we got to pick a job that we particularly liked. We both happened to choose "packing chocolates". We were informed that we would have been paid 10 cents an hour for doing that job... more to consider on that later!

In the upstairs portion of the museum, there was information about the business end of the chocolate factory.

For example,

A Sweet Treat for the Elite
Most folks in the 19th century only tasted chocolate when it was covering something else - a coating for sugar-based candies. Chocolates were an expensive luxury. The candy business was very different then. Most sweets were sold in bulk, not individually wrapped, making it impractical to sell them outside a confectionery shop.

The Caramel King Chooses Chocolate

To the rest of the world, the Lancaster Caramel Company was phenomenally successful - the largest such company on earth. To Milton Hershey, it was a stepping stone. His father had advised: "Do things in a big way." And Hershey foresaw chocolate in the next big thing.

In 1894, he founded the Hershey Chocolate Company as a subsidiary of the Caramel Company, making mostly baking chocolate, cocoa, and candy coatings. When Hershey sold the Caramel Company in 1900, however, he kept all rights to the Chocolate Company. That same year, he sold his first milk chocolate bars.

Embroidered Punched Paper made by E.H. Snavely, around 1880 - was this the precursor of counted cross-stitch?

Sweet Innovations - How Do You Wrap A Kiss?

Milton Hershey capitalized on the idea of wrapping confections individually, making it easy to sell them anywhere. But odd-shaped Kisses were tough to wrap efficiently.

From 1907-1921, each was wrapped by hand (mostly by women). Workers - paid by the piece - received five pounds of Kisses, foil, and a stack of hard-to-pick-up tissue squares bearing the Hershey name, which were wrapped inside the foil.

 Remember that we found that we would have been making 10 cents / hour packing Kisses? In determining the value of that level of pay (what its buying power would be), we saw this exhibit of a store display indicating that we could purchase a pound of Kisses for 29 cents. We think that this was some years after the "10 cents / hour" early 1900s, but if it was in the same time period, we would have had to work for 3 hours to buy a pound of chocolate Kisses.

Chocolate is good for you! Check out these health advertisements:
Very important information! "Hershey's Cocoa is a Nourishing Food" - isn't that good news????
"For Health - Try Hershey Cocoa Drink" - Trade Sign
Hershey's Syrup Poster, 1928-1940 and Tin, 1934
"A Meal in Itself" Poster, 1921-1932
"Made on the Farm" Poster, 1915
"More Sustaining Than Meat" Milk Chocolate Bar, 1914-1918

Around the World with Milton and Kitty

From Egyptian pyramids to English factory towns, Milton and Kitty Hershey traveled far and often after selling the Caramel Company in 1900.

Many of their trips were in search of treatment for Kitty's ongoing illness. But whenever they went, they kept their eyes and minds open, bringing back ideas that transformed their town.
I asked what her illness was, and the official answer is that she died of pneumonia. But the considered opinion of doctors who have considered her symptoms more recently is that she may have had Lou Gehrig's disease. If you look closely at that picture (she has the lifesaver ring around her shoulders) - she is in a wheelchair. This picture was taken, I think, about 7 years before she died.

Milton Hershey had paid a deposit for passage on the ill-fated RMS Titanic. Urgent business matters that required his attention forced him to book an earlier voyage on the German passenger liner Amerika.
Hershey's Other Candy King

Harry B. Reese tried farming. He didn't like it. Nor did he enjoy managing fishing operations of factory work. But while working at a Hershey dairy in 1919, Reese found his true calling. "If Hershey can sell a trainload of chocolate every day," he reasoned, "I can at least make a living making candy."

Born on a farm in York County, Pennsylvania in 1887, "Poppy" Reese - armed with a third grade education and an entrepreneurial spirit - had tried and failed at several ventures before taking th ejob at the Hershey dairy. But once inspired by Milton Hershey's example, success came swiftly.

Reese' company was a family business in the fullest sense. He began making chocolates in his basement, and named his first products after two of his children: the "Lizzie Bar" and "Johnny Bar." A 1928 advertisement featured Reese's large brood with the caption, "16 Good Reasons to Buy Reese's." And it was Harry's wife, "Mommy Reese," who suggested the Peanut Butter Cup. This popular confection soon outsold all his other candies, and during World War II, Reese discontinued his other products to focus on making the best Peanut Butter Cups possible.

Candy Colleagues

Harry Reese, inspired by Hershey's example, began making candy in his basement. How did Milton Hershey respond to a cross-town competitor? With encouragement, Hershey sold Reese chocolate coatings, and the two become close friends.

After World War II, Reese gave his business to his sons, who in 1956 built the current plant on Reese Avenue. Reese's Peanut Butter Cups had by then become the best selling candy in the marketplace, but lacked national distribution. A Reese-Hershey alliance once more proved fruitful. In 1963, Hershey Chocolate Corporation bought the H.B.Reese Candy Company, opening a vast distribution network. Today, Reese's is consistently one of America's top two sellers - a billion-dollar brand.

Reese's Peanut Butter Cups are Patti's favorite candy - really, though, her absolute favorite are the holiday versions - Peanut Butter Trees, Hearts, or Eggs. :-)

There was a reproduction of the Hershey Employee manual on display - one of the pages told about availability of Chocolate, Milk, and Salt to employees.

Chocolate - Milk - Salt
1. Chocolate is available to everyone for eating while at work. Eat as much as you want.
2. You can get milk and chocolate milk in the refrigerated cabinets at convenient locations throughout the plant.
    a. But be sure to put your bottles in the proper places.
    b. Broken glass is dangerous and we can't risk having it get in any product.
3. Salt tablets are available in departments when needed.
    a. When you perspire a lot it's wise to use them.
    b. Be sure to drink plenty of water with them.

How about that for an employee manual? "Chocolate is available to everyone for eating while at work. Eat as much as you want." 10 cents/hour is starting to sound like a good deal! YUM!

The Groupon included a tasting of hot chocolates from around the world.

The placemat told us about each of the chocolates.

We really enjoyed this, but none of them were as good as the Topla Chokolada in Montenegro!

Oyster Creek Inn and Leeds Point, NJ

On our last evening in New Jersey (last week on June 20), we enjoyed eating at Oyster Creek Inn. We took advantage of the early bird special that included appetizer, salad, entree with two sides, and desert for $17. Art had recommended it when we were at our get-together with cousins at Susie and Don's and we also would recommend it!

Entrance to the dining room
 Oyster Creek Inn is in Leeds Point, NJ, not far from Port Republic where we were staying at the Chestnut Lake RV campground.

The marsh is so beautiful.

Another view of the marsh.

A seagull had found a nice place to rest and survey the surroundings.