A great vacation begins with a taste of home, ends with great craft deals

I returned Friday night from a few days back in northeast Ohio with my sister. We try to take at least one vacation a year at the same time to just hang out and do whatever we want.

We had a blast. One of the main requirements of a return to northeast Ohio, for me, is a Lake Erie perch dinner. I love fresh lake perch and there is NO substitute in my mind. Well, if you combine that great fish with the fries from Berardi’s (a family that played a big part in the early days of Cedar Point) it simply gets no better. That trip was made on Tuesday since I was returning to Indiana on Friday (the day when fish fries are most popular back home).

On Wednesday, a trip to Ohio Amish Country was on tap. My sister and I, along with a longtime friend of my sister, left my sister’s town at 7 a.m. and drove the couple hours to Amish Country. Our first stop was a farm stand and the second, an Amish farm that had a sign hanging out front advertising they sold baskets. I LOVE Amish made baskets and couldn’t pass up picking up two while there (been using ’em for organizing lately).

We did some other shopping, not the least of which was picking up some new fall decorations.

And, another favorite trip when I return to my hometown, is to Pat Catan’s, where deals abound on crafty items. This time around, I picked up about $200 (I originally thought it was $100) worth of scrapbooking rub-ons and stickers, for about $10. That’s some super clearancing on the store’s part.

It was a great time. Three-and-a-half of the most relaxing days I’ve had in a while. Oh, and, I had 7 1/2-inches of hair cut off while I was there.

The dogs were happy to see me when I got back and, out of guilt, I gave them steak bones left over from our dinner on Thursday.