Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Magic Piano in Chicago Amtrak Staion

I don't usually do  more than one blog in a day, but I saw this as I was going through my Facebook posts and it tickled my funny bone.

Magic Piano

Old Cannery, Fantasy Lights and a Nursery Gift Shop

As most of you know by now, the person hired to replace Joe didn't work out so "good ole Joe" said he would help Miramont out until they found another replacement. After he finished work last Wednesday we headed for Washington State to spend time with my sister and Joe's son and daughter and family.
 Jan loves to play games as much as we do.  We hadn't played Mexican Train for ages and had forgotten how. So we spent each evening relearning the game and had a lot of laughs too.


Friday Morning we had a nice breakfast at Berryland Cafe in Sumner, Washington and after breakfast we headed for the Old Cannery. Ten acres of furniture and fun indoors.  It really use to be an cannery.

They go all out decorating for all the holidays including Christmas.



Look overhead and you will see not one but two huge train layouts.

They are known for their fudge all made on the premises. There are many antiques in there also.

Remember the days of the turquoise appliances?

My cousin Betty Boop. (Check out my purse, Joe bought for me at the beach a couple of years ago...)

This was taken on the "Train Station Platform" where you have a better view of the surrounding area. 
This is a beautiful handcrafted locomotive. I'm sorry I don't know the type of wood they used.  Look at the Tinker Toy Ferris Wheel behind it, and the old bicycle.

Every thing in the store is for sale including these large signs.  I would loved to have a lot of these but there is no place in either our home or our little RV, so I just took pictures to enjoy later.

How true!

This is a chair and a half. We were in there so tight it was hard to get out but we got a lot of laughs trying.

So much truth in this one.

After visiting the cannery we went down the road a few hundred feet to the Cemetery where our mother, brother and other family members are buried and placed a Christmas wreath on mom's grave. Then it was off to Old Country Buffet for an early supper before going to see Fantasy Lights at Spanaway Lake Park near Tacoma.

I didn't have my Nikkon camera with me so these were taken with my iPhone. But you get the general idea. The lights were clever and beautiful.




On the way home from Fantasy Lights we drove through some beautifully decorated homes not far from where my sister lives.

Mount Rainier was in all its glory the whole weekend 

Coming down the hill from Bonney Lake towards Sumner and Puyallup, we can see the Olympics. Between the Mountains and the trees is the Tacoma Smog.

The next few pictures depict the wonderful time Jan and I had on Saturday while Joe was in Redmond with his daughter and grand kids.  This is Watson's Nursery and gift shop in Puyallup and Oh the fun these two sisters had!!

Trees of all sizes and each decorated in a different theme. 

Poinsettas of every color and little stone people too.

Loved all the display cases and what was in them.







All of these were so pretty, cute or fun, I wanted one of each. But again pictures don't take up as much room..


This was probably one of the highlights of our time there.  These are two sisters. And the music they played was so beautiful you just wanted to stand around and listen or just shop and buy.... The sister standing, was playing the flute. Then at times she would sit down and the both of them would play the piano together.


On the way to See where Santa sits, only he wasn't there.

But my sister is....... somewhere ;)

That wreath was laying on the table...... silly sister.

Beautiful white mums and Red Poinsetta

We finished up our time at Watsons by sharing a coffee and lemon cheesecake desert.

Then it was off to a Filbert Farm.  They  had taken out all the trees as they were diseased and had replanted new ones so it will be a few years before Jan can buy Filberts there again. But along side the driveway were tractors, old trucks and other old equipment.



Sunday, we spent a few hours visiting Jan's son Tim and his family. The kids enjoyed Uncle Joe tossing football with them.

This is the birthday girl. She would really like it if they would let her play football at school. She is already an avid and accomplished baseball and basketball and if I'm not mistaking soccer player.


We are looking forward to spending Christmas Eve with Jan's son and family. We are hoping to touch bases with her daughter and family while we are up there also. Christmas Day we will be with Joe's Daughter and Son and their families.

Merry Christmas and a Blessed New Year from Joe and

 Betty to our family and friends 

Heading back to Oregon. We look forward to seeing what the Lord has in store for us for 2014. A second person hired to replace Joe didn't work out either. So after we return from our Christmas Holidays, Joe will continue to fill in for them until they find a permanent replacement.