Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Pinky Lee & Me at Greenfield Village... Posted a little after the fact!

It sure was a beautiful day in the old-time neighborhood the week before Halloween! I went to Greenfield Village, in Dearborn, Michigan. This is a place of history, fun, beauty, and lots of things to do. Wendy and I were in town for a bit, and so were Jan and her husband Rich from Bullville, New York. The village seemed to be a perfect place to spend a beautiful Michigan Fall day outside, along with Mindy Lee (Jan's sister) and Pinky Lee (Jan's newest sock monkey friend). Bullville is far less exciting than Greenfield Village, so we were all ready to have a great day, enjoying Michigan's amazing Autumn weather. I'm happy to report that Pinky Lee and I got along GREAT! She is a riot to hang out with! The fountain at the entrance was beautiful, and we were really happy to NOT get splashed!

There were not a lot of people there, since it was a weekday, so it was like we had the village all to ourselves! I love driving, as you know, and when I saw an old Ford truck parked there, I had to give it a try! I just wish I could have reached the pedals at the same time as I was steering!

Little did I know that we were just outside of the Wright Brothers' bicycle shop! In fact, we met Orville and Wilbur, and their sister Marge, as we walked along. They were kind enough to stop to chat with us, and they even posed for this lovely picture. I want a hat like the guy on the left! I loved seeing the old bicycles and seeing the shop where they made all of their bikes! 

There are many buildings that have businesses in them, and there are usually some volunteers who will tell you all about the history of the building, the people at the time, and a bit of gossip about the people who ran the shop. We visited a cozy little hat shop across the street from the Wrights' Bicycle Shop. 

Cohen Millinery was just across the street. Pinky Lee and I had a great time trying on hats! They actually make hats there still - but they were a little too big for us. We laughed when we looked at ourselves in the mirror. Pinky Lee said, "Let's pretend it's WINDY inside the store!" Oh, she cracks me up!

Jan was very excited to find out that the big clock was still in place! It is magnificent! The figures are huge and they move around on the hour. While Mindy, Rich, Wendy, and Jan were discussing whether or not they wanted to wait until the top of the hour, Pinky Lee and I started playing around because we were getting a little bored, since we are not very good at telling time. We loved the little chairs outside of the candy shop that is in the clock's building. Only thing was that Pinky Lee kept wanting to try to climb on my head instead of sit on the chair part like I wanted to do. I had to remember that she is a baby, and that she is pretty silly. 

Our next stop was the general store. A lady there kept asking us if we wanted to take her up on the sale of the 10 cent buggy whips. She made me a little nervous.

The antique merry-go-round was next! You know how much I love to ride on merry-go-rounds. This one is very old and the music was wonderful. And, oh, this one was a beauty! Pinky Lee didn't want to be on her own horse or dear or tiger or pig - I think she was kind of scared. I tried to get Pinky Lee to settle down and ride with me on a deer, but she wanted to jump around on the antlers. It was a little frustrating for me because I was afraid we'd get in trouble and get yelled at. I almost said, "Settle down, Pinky Lee!" but I didn't want to sound like Wendy, how she is always telling ME to "Settle down, Ernie"!

Some of the other buildings had museums about certain things - after all, this IS an historical village! There was one that had a little museum of sorts to Heinz and Campbell products. I was having a nice conversation with the Campbell's Soup Kids, when they asked me to join them in the Campbell's Soup song. I was really excited when they said that I could take the chorus! I told them the only words I knew of the song were "Mmm mmm GOOD!" They started giggling... I guess that is what everyone says! (They didn't need to have those silly grins on their faces and sneak a look at each other when they were giggling, though.)

I was getting a little tired, and I was happy to find a fence to sit on, next to the Swanee River. It was a little difficult to balance, and Pinky Lee pointed out a bench nearby. Some cute girls who go to school at the village came by and wanted to visit. They had backpacks too! 
Pinky Lee and I said goodbye to them, as they had to get back to school. Unfortunately, some creepy Jack O'Lantern wanted to strike up some conversation. We got out of there FAST! 

As a matter of fact, we all were a little pooped, and we found a nice place to rest. Wendy could not resist the photo op! On the way out, we stopped by a beautiful windmill. This is what I like about Greenfield Village. It is beautiful, peaceful, and relaxing. Sometimes a little sock monkey needs to tone it down a little, enjoying a lovely day with friends. Even scarecrow friends.

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