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Posted: Thursday, November 1, 2018 9:20 pm

Well I am back in Homestead once again but not without memories galore.

On Sunday of last week, I met up with over 20 classmates at a local restaurant. We talked, shared stories and dined for over 3 hours. Most of all, we laughed. Oh, did we laugh. One of our classmates

stated, “Did anyone ever think when we graduated that here we would sit talking about knee and hip replacements?” We all roared. I cherish the moments shared with classmates.

Monday was spent in Amish country with my brother, sister-in-law and best friend. Shady Maple Smorgasborg and I was proud of myself for sticking to my Keto diet plan. All that food! I enjoyed driving around and seeing the Amish people living their simple lives with no electricity, laundry hanging on the line and horse and buggies carrying them to and from their homes.

Tuesday was spent shopping for new clothes and I did good with all the summer clothes on sale and no sales tax to boot. I mean who can pass up a pair of capris for $5.99 and tops for $2.99 at Macy’s? Tuesday I also visited my best friend’s 94-year-old mom who is on the nursing floor of the local hospital. She looked wonderful and was happy to see me.

Tuesday evening was the Tamaqua Halloween Parade. We drove to a friend’s house on Broad Street, the Main Street in town, and found food, fun and drinks as well as lawn chairs lined up on the street. The parade was long with many floats and the 190 members strong Tamaqua Area High School Marching Band. This was impressive for a little town. Knoebel’s Grove in Elysburg, a family run local amusement park, had a beautiful float and even a motorized roller coaster car. Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, Knee Hi Cheerleaders and more. Little ones filled their buckets to the brim with candy and I have to tell you. The Reynolds Company was giving handouts of garbage bags and ice scrapers. This Florida girl received an ice scraper! Yeah...I gave it away. Good old fashioned small town fun!

Wednesday I visited relatives at the cemetery. It was a hard day as it was the first time I visited my mom and dad’s graves since she died. I cried hard.

In the evening on Wednesday, family and friends came to my brother’s house for hot dogs and homemade sauerkraut. Yes, my brother has crocks filled to the brim with fermenting cabbage in his garage as last Sunday, the guys gathered to chop the cabbage, shred, mix and pack it into the crocks.

Thursday was my last day in Pa. and I had a lot to do. We went out to breakfast and then I went to Locust Lake Park to take some pictures of my niece’s son for his yearbook. The leaves were turning and the water serene with the brisk wind blowing. It was cold!

Thursday evening was the famous “porch night”. This is when everyone gathers at my nephew’s house. Old friends and new gathered and even a childhood friend came by. Everyone then decided to take Nancy and I to a new brewery in town...Stokers. We walked the few blocks (forgot to tell you it was freezing cold) and sampled some great beers while enjoying the ambience of the place. We took photos and had a great time.

My visit has come to an end but my memories live on and I cherish the friends and family I have in Peeaye. I had a wonderful break from life however, now it is back to reality and sorting through 40 years of memories and packing up in order to move. God give me strength.

Home again home again jiggity jog!

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