Where We Have Called Home in 2019

Home Is Where We Park It:  Ives Run COE, Tioga, Pennsylvania 

July 18, 2019

Temperature 85 Degrees

The Map Link is Active

Me and Mr. Clean

A Beautiful, Delightful, Lovely, Special Birthday

So I’ve put the map together and the link (above) is now active.  If you click on Where We Have Called Home in 2019 you’ll be taken to a map that shows all the places that we’ve called home so far this year.  Click on any of the dots on the map and you’ll be given the dates we stayed there and a picture of our home at that time.  After viewing the map, just click the back arrow in your browser and you’ll be brought back to the blog.  I must say looking at it myself I can honestly say we’ve covered a few miles since we left out winter dig’s in Florida.

Today I enlisted Mr. Clean to help me clean the outer side of the patio awning.  Once again it was so simple and easy to do.  No more scrub brush and buckets of detergent.  Dip, ring, mop and repeat.  The dirt just runs off.  What once took an hour or more has been reduced to less than an hour of time.  Sweet.

Thank you one and all for your birthday wishes.  This has truly been a A Beautiful, Delightful, Lovely, Special Day.  It began with a wonderful breakfast of peppermint pancakes and fried spam.  A couple of glasses of orange juice and coffee rounded it all off.  A great way to begin the day.

Later in the day we went to pick up my mom who had offered to take us out to a late lunch as a way to celebrate my birthday.  We went to

Image result for penn wells restaurant wellsboro pa

The dining room was closed so we ended up in the bar/lounge.


The food was delicious.  Barbara had a Reuben, Mom had Chicken Tenders and I had Steamers in a fantastic butter garlic sauce and then I had a Crab Cake Sandwich.  I was the only one to be admitted into the clean plate club.  The ladies ended up bringing a portion of their meals home to have again another day.

While at the hotel I discovered this very unique American Flag.  It was designed and constructed by employees of the Wellsboro Division of the Corning Glass Works (sold by Corning in the 70’s to GTE) in 1946 to honor its returning World War II veterans.

The flag is approximately seven by eleven feet and has over 1.000 ornamental lights.  The original design used silver for the white stripes and stars.  Photo flashlight bulbs lacquered in blue where used for the background field for the stars.  In 1959 the field of blue would have two additional silver ornaments added to include the new states of Alaska and Hawaii.

After being unfurled in the banquet room of the hotel it went on display in Corning, NY; then to NY City were it was displayed in the Kress Fifth Ave. Store to welcome the nation’s American Legion Convention.  In the early 70’s it was renovated and moved to the Penn Wells lobby where it remains today.

Flag at Wellsboro

Lunch finished we went back to mom’s apartment


for homemade strawberry shortcake.  Oh yes, mom can still cook and she can still bake!


Mom even made sure she had an extra helping of whipped cream!


By the time the afternoon was over I could just about move.  We’re going back tomorrow for more cake you can be sure!

That was our day on The Road of Retirement.  The time we’re spending with mom is oh so wonderful.  Both Barb and I are enjoying every minute with her and we will leave here with so many precious memories of these days.  Thank you Lord for these days you’ve given us and for the love of family.

Thanks again for coming along with us.  We always enjoy your company.  Till tomorrow.

These are the voyages of  Graybeard and it’s two human soul mates.  Our continuing mission: to explore as many new states as possible, to seek out new acquaintances and make new friends, to boldly go where we have not been before

See you on down the road!


  1. Glad you had a great day. I clicked on the link to where you’ve stayed and that is so cool. The Penn Wells is a neat place. Your Mom is amazing and the time spent is a blessing to you and Barbara and also to your Mom. Memories. The cake looks delicious!!! Enjoy another piece tomorrow.


  2. Gordon and want to wish you a happy birthday! We have been enjoying your posts and pictures for some time now . Glad to be able to “ travel “ with you!
    Best wishes for a wonderful year!
    -Gordon and Michele


    1. Thank you for the birthday wish. Glad you are enjoying the blog. We are truly enjoying every minute of our roaming lifestyle and we absolutely love our home on wheels. It is serving us well. Hope all is well with you.


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