No Pan WV Road Trip: Family and Fiestaware

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On the second of day of our trip, we were up bright and early to continue our quest to visit every county in the great state of West Virginia. On our way up the panhandle, we decided to swing by the house of a relative whom my folks hadn’t seen in nearly 30 years.

Now in our neck of the woods, it’s pretty common for people to drop by unannounced, so we hadn’t called ahead to see if they were home. Actually, we didn’t have a phone number – just an address from a Christmas card. On our first attempt, we missed them, but since we were in the area, we thought we would give it one more try, and fortunately that time we caught them.

They were the sweetest people, especially with us just turning up on their doorstep. We sat around their kitchen table, and my father and his cousin reminisced about relatives and started puzzling out details on the family tree. I absolutely loved getting to know them. It’s wonderful to meet new (new to me) members of the family.

It turned out there was a lot of “family” on this trip. They rang us later and invited us to breakfast before we headed home the next day. So nice. In addition, skipping forward a bit, on our way home we stopped to attend my great-aunt’s 90th birthday party. It was amazing. All of the cousins, aunts, uncles, children, chatter, food, and fellowship. I was so glad that we went!

But back to our trip – as we drove up along the Ohio River, we were able to check off the counties of Ohio, Brooke, and Hancock. We visited the Homer Laughlin Fiestaware Factory in Newell and checked out the World’s Largest Teapot in Chester. Traveling back down to Wheeling, we spent our last evening of the trip shopping at Cabela’s and taking in the Festival of Lights again. Now we only have two counties to go – Webster and Monroe!



Now that we’ve returned, my focus has switched to Christmas, and I’m so excited about showing some of my Christmas decorations in the next blog.

For now though I want to leave you with a picture of these sweet harvest foxes a lady at work gifted me after I admired them. Just had to show them to you. Look how sweet!



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