Monday, October 09, 2006


Jzboy and I just spent a lovely weekend in the Keystone State visiting family and attending the annual Applefest. Both of us grew up in Pennsylvania, so this sort of homecoming is like falling in love again. There are so many things that we forgot that we missed. And, some that we will be happy to leave behind until next visit.

Forgive me, but here is another list. It is the best way to cram in a bunch of highlights. This one actually goes hand in hand with my last list because that was all about my love affair with Autumn.

We felt so lucky to get such a good dose of Autumn this trip!


1. Amish Hex Signs
2. Rusty Sheds
3. Townships
4. Red Barns
5. Bitchin' Camaros
6. Lawn Ornaments
7. Steeler Country
8. Toll Baskets
9. Blue Skies
10. Cows in the Field
11. Wooly Caterpillars
12. Crunchy Leaves Underfoot

13. Roadside Produce
14. Apple Butter
15. Labatts
16. Pierogies
17. Porch Swings
18. Cool Native American Names like Allegheny, Chippewa, Aliquippa, Pokono, Susquehanna...I could go on and on.
19. Deer

1. Roadkill
2. Hunting for a Latte
3. Limited Cultural Diversity
4. Deer Season
5. Smoking Sections

Looking forward to reconnecting with my Blog Community later this week!


walternatives said...

Bitchin' Camaros? Can you get some pics of those on your next trip? Glad you had such a good time!

Stacey Teague said...

Your post cracked me up. I lived in PA for 10 years and feel the same way.....oh, and the road kill. I used to pick it up! (I was an animal control officer!!)

Kathy and Joel said...

Glad you had a nice time this weekend. Nothing beat crisp fall air and beautifully red apples (candied are better).

Laura said...

I'm so glad you had a good trip! Come back to PA, so Buttercup can attend Happy Hearts :-)

the roadkill does suck, doesn't it?

Connie said...

Glad you made it home safely! One of these days we'll have to meet near a midwestern corn-field and place I-spy with bitchin camaros ;0)

Connie said...

Oh, Stacey, ugh! You had to pick up the flatmeat??? I'm so sorry...there's a job I could never do!

Anonymous said...

I hear ya about the smoking sections - YUCK! Anyway, stop by my book blog - we just picked our Ocotober book! Hopefully you will be able to join us for a creepy read.

M3 (Mary-Mia) said...

Hey great post! I was born in PA and lived there for the first 3 yrs of my life. All my relatives live back there still, so we visit often. Beautiful country. Oh, yeah, and what IS up with that roadkill? Are the animals blind in PA?

Anonymous said...

PA is quite pretty, and except for the fall colors and Amish, it sounds like OK-esp. the Native American names!! We've got those out the wazoo!

However, we no longer have smoking sections, except in bars, and even that will most likely be phased out.

Glad you had a nice trip home!

Melissa said...

Love the Amish Hex signs too. And my favorite Native American name from PA: Conshohocken. Say that 10 times!

Jen said...

Yeah! Glad you're back. Sounds like a great time of year to go back east...ahhhhh Fall!

Doris & Dan Clark said...

Great list! Pierogies are the nummiest!

Roadkill is not.

Keep smilin!

Krista said...

Welcome home! Next time you come out we'll have to try again to get together. Too bad that didn't work out. Glad you made it home safely.

Anonymous said...

Glad you enjoyed PA, which is where I live. Question for you and others: don't you have roadkill in other states? How can this be just a PA thing? I'm baffled.

Michelle said...

Amish Hex signs? What are those? Sounds creepy!

Michelle said...

Nevermind! I just Googled it, and it isn't creepy. I guess I have Halloween on my mind!

Shandra said...

Are you sure #7 on your first list was not a mistake. it might look better at the bottom. LOL

Tammy said...

Hey, next time you're in PA, look me up. If it's anywhere within driving distance, I'm there!

I LOVE PA, but hate the roadkill. Bizarre phenomenon huh?

Irena said...

wow. PA almost sounds like a different country.


Anonymous said...

Sounds like you had a great time. My dad lived in PA when he first came to the USA. I am not sure he has ever been back. Glad you are home.

SBird said...

My family is Penn Dutch, so I love the hex signs too.

But I would also add Shoo Fly Pies to your list!

My favorite Native Amer place name, though, is in Massachusetts, where there's an interstate sign that reads: Chicopee/Holyoke. In college, we always used to say: Chicken Peed on my Holy Oak. And then crack ourselves up. It was probably a "had to be there" thing.... :)