I was born in Ohio. We left when I was 10 years old and moved to Hawaii, so is it any wonder that I never returned! Actually that’s not quite true. I did return once for my cousins wedding in 1972.
This year though I had need of returning. You see, I needed to take my Mothers ashes back to Strongsville and join her with my Father who passed away when I was 2 years old. Although it was not a happy reason for my return, I managed to have a great time anyway. I stayed with that same cousin and her husband in nearby Walton Hills.
Did I mention that there are Deer EVERYWHERE in Walton Hills!
Aside from a wonderful visit with family that I don’t often get to see, I had a walk through memory lane. We also did a bit of site seeing.
Of course the town of Strongsville looked very different to me. But I did recognize the Pomeroy House. This old house is now an upscale, prominent restaurant. When I was a child my Mother took me there and we spent at least one full day, quite possibly more, scrubbing floors and cleaning the place up as part of a restoration effort. If you take a look at the website for Don’s Pomeroy House and read through their History pages, you will see that in 1966 the “Strongsville Women’s League undertook a program to open the house for viewing”. And I was a part of that!
Of course me being me, I had to find a local yarn shop and hopefully some locally made yarn. I found 2 stores that I wanted to check out! I love bringing home yarn to knit up once I get home that will remind me of my trips. I think it’s a much better souvenir than a set of coasters or a t-shirt.
Our 1st stop was a small fiber farm called “That’ll Do Farm”. Her shop is only open for limited hours, but luckily it fit our scheduled. What a wonderful place.
Not only does she sell fabulous Alpaca and Mohair yarns, but she also has lots of other goodies. Homemade Soaps, Scrubs and homegrown Honey!
But of course I was after the yarn! I bought some Black/Brown Alpaca and some that had been dyed a nice soft pastel mix.
But I behaved and passed on the Spinning Fiber!
If you get a chance to visit the farm I know you will find something you like. But if you can’t get there, you can find her online at That’ll Do Farm.
We also found our way to Lakewood where we stopped by River Colors Studio where I picked up some Destinations Yarn named Lake Eire. Nice store with a good selection!
Then we went to Lake Eire and had some ice cream! That’s the Cleveland sky scape in the background.
Here’s the beach on the other side of the pier. Doesn’t compare to Hawaii’s beaches though… Like I said, maybe that’s why I hadn’t been back in so long!
That’s it for today! I’ll show you some of my other journey tomorrow. So come back and see what else I did while visiting Ohio!