Hanging Out in PA

York, PA

It’s been a while since our last blog, but things have been a bit quiet so there hasn’t been much to report.  We left Clayton, NY in the Thousand Islands in mid-August and drove south to our former home town of York, PA.  Our daughter, Jessica, still lives there so we wanted to visit with her and complete yearly doctor visits before continuing south.

Our home near York

We spent the first couple of days in York doing yard/house work at Jessica’s.  Apparently her busy life leaves little time to tend to the yard, as she always looks forward to a visit from her father.  Although her yard was in much better shape than previous visits, the mower and trimmer received a lengthy workout!

When our son, Kevin, heard of our labors, he “casually” mentioned that there were a few tasks in need of completion at his house in Atlanta.  How could we pass up an invitation to visit Atlanta in August to do yard work?  So after a week in York, we flew south for a visit.

Kevin is currently working long hours as a flight instructor so he can get the required flight hours necessary to work as an airline pilot.  One afternoon we drove out to the airport to visit the flight school where he is working and check out the planes.

The school flies a couple different types of planes but the main one is the Cessna 172.  Later that evening he took his father up for a flight in the one pictured above and below.  He even turned the controls over to John during the flight (under close supervision)!

One of Kevin’s students has developed such a love of flying that he purchased his own plane, an upgraded and newer version of the Cessna used by the flight school.

But Shawn’s new toy is a big step up from the fight school aircraft.  It has plush leather seats, air conditioning, and high tech controls.

While Shawn was showing us his plane, his wife arrived and we all went out for dinner in nearby Lawrenceville.  We had a great time and can see why Kevin enjoys flying with Shawn.

But the next day it was back to work, as the boss man had a number of tasks on his list.  We spent the morning trimming, weeding, and mowing until the heat (humidity)  finally became unbearable.

The boss operates the heavy machinery . . .

. . . while the help completes more menial tasks

The boss said a shovel is high tech machinery, but this worker is not so sure of that!

Now back in York for a couple of months, we’re looking at a few hikes in the area.  It’s not exactly Utah around here, but there are a couple of nice county parks with some trails so we should be able to get out a bit.

More on that later . . .

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13 Responses to Hanging Out in PA

  1. Janna says:

    OHHH–I think you guys truly love your children!! Do you have any more kids that need yard work done?? I was always glad to see my Dad and Mom arrive–Dad wasn’t very handy at fixing things but he sure could wield a chainsaw or shovel.

  2. Ingrid says:

    Such wonderful parents…..equally as awesome as Al and me…..lol. We always enjoy our time with our kids. I’m sure our son will have some projects waiting for us when we get to Phx in Oct. Hope you find some fun trails to hike.

  3. Yard work in Atlanta in August? You must be gluttons for punishment but a good Mom and Dad!

  4. Lisa says:

    You are some dedicated parents! I hope to be getting my yard fix in October when we visit Chantal!

  5. Pam says:

    So sweet to be helping the kids with these sometimes daunting tasks. As a single mom for much of my boys’ youth, I sure looked forward to those visits from my parents when I could turn over the list of neglected tasks. My sons don’t yet own their own homes and my step-children have hired help. Yin and yang, but we still find ways to help out. Vic takes over the laundry at his daughter’s and with three young boys you can be sure there is a never ending pile. I am the chef and dishwasher; I once had a restaurant hanging out in the kitchen comes naturally to me.

    Looks like you have a spacious place to park at your daughter’s. That sure makes visiting much easier as we often end up 20-30 minutes away.

    Kevin sure looks like John. I see he has inherited your sense of adventure, only he goes for the wide open skies.

  6. Sue says:

    It does the heart good seeing you two loafers doing a good days work for a change! hahahahaha.

    I bet you can’t wait to get on the road and escape all this menial labor, not to mention the lovely Dr’s appointments. We’ve gotten through 5 so far, two more to go (not counting 8 weeks of physical therapy for Dave). Calgon, take me away!

    Dave says your post today brings back great flying memories. We had a nice 172 (and before that a v-tail Bonanza) and enjoyed our time in the air.

    See you soon,

  7. I can’t believe how much Kevin looks like John. I almost thought that it was John.

    I think Ohio is on the way to Florida. When you leave there, would you mind stopping by our place and getting the place ready for winter? Thanks in advance.

  8. Gay Taylor says:

    Work? And yard work at that? In Atlanta this time of year? I am impressed!
    We are slowly making our way back to Georgia for the month of October. Same as you, lots and lots of appointments!

    It’s fun to spend time with family and friends. Enjoy your time in York! When we were in Elizabethtown the first time, we took the HD tour in York …we even rode the Harley there. That is such a pretty area of our country.

  9. While looking at the photos of you doing yard work in Atlanta in August, it reminded me why we sold our house in Pensacola!
    You are such nice parents to help out like that.

  10. Allison says:

    You are such good parents. Atlanta in August is just awful.

  11. LuAnn says:

    As we have lived in Atlanta in the past, I remember well yard work in August…yuck!

  12. Great parents! Jessica and Kevin sure love to have you retired teachers around, you are such a great help.
    I think Kevin and Steve could get along talking about flying which Steve misses so much.

    • placestheygo says:

      Yes, I imagine Steve and Kevin could talk for hours!!

      We aren’t that great as parents. We have been so involved in our doctor visits this week, we forgot Jessica’s yard work! She had to mow herself today!! Poor thing!

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