Monday, May 26, 2014

A "Simple" Parts Run and getting Sidetracked!

To get all there is out of living we must employ our time wisely;
never being in too much of a hurry to stop and sip life,
but never losing our sense of the enormous value of a minute.
                                           Robert Rawls Updegraff


So it’s Friday morning and I am sitting here watching the rain come down, a black and white cat runs down the lane rushing to, well who knows where. My thoughts drift back to yesterday and the memories that I had stirred up and the fact that I love when that happens. I made use of some time I had, or didn’t have, you be the judge.

I must start out by warning you that it is the start of the busy season where Buttons tends to break things while she is daydreaming, trying to do the work that needs to be done. Sometimes, well I must say most times, this works to my advantage in the long run, well if you can skip over the disappointed look on My Hero’s face once I told him how much the part would actually cost…. $120, oops. Who knew a silly serpentine lawn tractor belt would cost that much. I guess we had both forgotten that it cost exactly the same last year. I told you I tend to daydream a lot; he knows that too so I question how he could possibly be surprised; anyway back to the good part.

This particular part had to be ordered, I have to remember to remind them that there is a very good chance I will need one again and they should keep an extra one in stock. Anyway, the phone call came when I was in the middle of trying to get yet another job done while daydreaming, I was happy to get away from that seemingly never-ending job and to go pick up the needed part. I always enjoy going to this tractor store as it is a long beautiful drive down miles and miles of back roads, now you can see what I am talking about right, that is the good part I was trying to get to.

I drove miles and miles to pick up the part where I chatted with the boys behind the counter and had a conversation with a nice older farmer sitting on a stool also waiting for a part, I wondered if he had been daydreaming too when he broke his. I bid goodbye and reassured them I would be back, after all haying time was coming and you may remember how I have the tendency to daydream driving around baling hay, surrounded by those beautiful trees, oh yes the possibilities are quite apparent to me that I will be returning. The owner of the tractor store was delighted to hear that, of this I am sure, it could possibly be daydreamers like me that keep him in business.


On my way back I saw a sign that said Sydenham Ontario and something made me turn down that highway. My memories of basketball games and volleyball games while in high school and going to tournaments had my head spinning I had to go see what I have been missing all these years. OK you are probably not going to get this but if you understood the fact that I am not even five feet tall now you can imagine how tall I was then, get the picture? I was a perfect candidate for basketball, don’t you think? I actually think I joined the team for the fresh oranges served during the game and the life time friendships I have made. Oh yes and Pearly was there and BA was there playing or should I say sitting right beside me. Oh, now where was I? I tend to get lost in thought when I think back to those days, sorry.

Now back to my story. As I drove up to the high school I could see it was very different from the place I remembered, it was lunch time and there were all these kids hanging out on the steps of what appeared to be a new school. I could be wrong about that, it was probably just new additions. When I was there many, many years ago I honestly only remember the very small gym and a very tall girl named Big Bertha. This place is really nice I thought to myself and reckoned the gym was huge now. I did not stop; I headed down to a store I remembered and always heard about, a store that everyone around these parts knows has always had everything you could possibly need for the farmers and for regular people alike.


The store is called Trousdales and it has quite a history, apparently rumour has it that one of the original owners John Wesley Trousdale who had a white clapboard house on Mill Street served lunch to a very famous Canadian icon, Sir John A MacDonald our very first Prime Minister of Canada who happens to be from Kingston which is miles and miles away. I share this information with you to let you know just how long this store and this family have served the people of this area. I find that fascinating. I parked in front of the modern but with a touch of nostalgia building and headed in to see what I could see.


The minute I walked in the door I was excited, it reminded me of a store in the village where I grew up, and once I saw those huge candy jars all lined up on the top of an original wooden cupboard I knew that this broken part, picking up and breaking down thing had worked out very well for me. Oh my, there was a huge jar of Double Bubble bubble gum, my favourite. Oh I was in heaven, the familiar smells and the memory of times gone by overloaded my senses and had me smiling ear to ear with possibly a bit of drooling.


This wonderful full of history store has combined the old with the new so perfectly displayed together it makes you want to spend hours and hours there. I could feel the history of those wonderful days gone by as I imagined the old farmers picking up parts at the counter that they had to order and surely would take much longer than the one I had just picked up at the tractor store. I could imagine the conversations coming from those groups of men gathered and the ladies dressed in those long beautiful dresses they wore made with fabric they were choosing and buying all stacked in layers behind these very counters, oh I love this place. The store was established in 1836, so can you imagine what it would have been like?


In the end I did not buy anything that day but those memories stirred walking around in this beautiful piece of history mixing with the new modern essentials will no doubt be bringing me back, I am positive of that. There will probably be a lot of daydreaming going on while Buttons does her farming thing, meaning there will be more trips to that tractor store a few miles away from this wonderful place called Trousdales.


My Hero did mention something about new shoes; don’t get excited they are not the kind you are thinking about, they happen to be Discbine shoes, and yes I know…… they always seem to get a new pair every year. The good news about that is that  I get to go pick them up. Oh I love days like that.


Later.

34 comments:

  1. I'm not much of a shopper when it comes to malls, but this is my kind of store. I could spend hours just looking at everything! Would be a great link up for Rubbish Tuesday.

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  2. That old cash register is fantastic!
    Tractor parts are never cheap. Sigh.

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  3. that was quite a meander, you took us on. :-))))))

    oh that "olden" general store! such a gem! so glad it is still in business.

    our family corner drug store is one of those "olden" stores, which people love to walk into. :-) it was started at the time of our civil war, so it too, has relic status, in some parts of it.

    along with the up-to-the-minute clean-room, for compounding meds. old and new, living harmoneously, together. :-)

    tessa~

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  4. and it has delightful "olden" tales connected with it too!

    fred mengay opened his apothecary. and being part of the local militia, had to go fight in the civil war (1861-1865).

    he closed the store, turned the key in the lock, and went off to war. when it was over, he came home, turned the key in the lock and reopened, and it has been going, ever since!

    i love that story!

    tessa~

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  5. That was fun! Thanks for taking us there with you, Buttons! Be sure to take Leo with you when you go for the Discbine shoes. ;)

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  6. i am not a shopper, well not really. i can be inspired to shop but it does not come naturally!! i love to walk through antique stores, i am just a looker, but do enjoy seeing all the lovely stuff from yester-year!!

    and buttons, i have slippy fingers as well. it can lead to a place of total relaxation....no one wants you to help because you break and drop everything ;)

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  7. would love shopping n that old general store! The cash register is awesome!

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  8. That looks an interesting place you visited. The old register is amazing. Hugs M xox

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  9. You make me wonder what it would have been like to never have left my country, my city, my neighborhood, and so be faced with many childhood memories, just like that. I love the old cash register.

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  10. What a wonderful old store!!! You must have had a great time there! I will have to ask my sister and bil if they know the place, as they lived in Kingston and Gan for years...

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  11. My kind of store! Looks like it has the original tin ceiling. Oh yes, another trip there with your camera, please.

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  12. A little detour is always fun. I would have bought candy!

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  13. i really like that store, too. :) i broke my mower deck belt recently, too. have to get a service tech to come out and repair it. no handy hero for me!

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  14. Hey Buttons, just wondering how BA is doing now? Can you post an update on her?

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  15. I love that old store too! My great uncle had a country store in the little village of Petitcodiac near Moncton,NB and we spent some time there growing up. I loved getting candy like Ganong's double dipped chocolates or cream mints or pink peppermints from the big jars on the counter behind the cash. Uncle had a glassed in part with a huge round of cheddar cheese in it, a checker board and chairs at the back for the old timers to sit and visit near the stove. He carried everything from nails to nuts. Such wonderful memories for me. Thanks for sharing your side trip to pick up a needed part. Have a great week! Pam

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  16. Those huge candy jars are magnificent and I am real impressed that you left with nothing in hand. A couple of years ago I was home (Kamloops, BC) visiting friends and family and we took a in a couple of our old schools, I was almost shocked by how little they were...:-)

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  17. Daydreaming and trips down memory lane sounds wonderful to me too. I'm looking forward to your next trip to town and the tractor store :)

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  18. And this is why I allot an entire afternoon, or longer, when I go to town. Although, around here we don't have such wonderful stores; people don't like giving up their "stuff". Heck, I just walk around my house if I want a trip into yesteryear; antique stores hardly carry a candle to my house contents! LOL

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  19. Some of my favorite trips are down memory lane. :) Loved this story and I love those old stores and could spend lots of time in them, too. I hope they never fade away.

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  20. Great old cash register! Looking forward to more trips :-).

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  21. B,

    I love taking little field trips and finding interesting places to visit like this store you found.

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  22. I would love to visit that general store!

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  23. The best part is that we will get to go on those trips with you!

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  24. Love the old cash register and other shots!

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  25. You just got to love those small businesses. I loved seeing all those Candy (we call them 'Lolly') jars lined up. That brought back memories of going to 'the shop' and cashing in soft drink (soda is what you'd say?) bottles and then spending the proceeds, probably 3 pence on mixed lollies... ha ha, one from that jar, one from the other jar ... and so on.
    Lovely photos B and I can certainly understand why you like to go and get the spare parts, defnitely ;D)

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  26. We have, or I should say, 'had' an old General Store in the tiny town of Cataract. I loved that store and would drive miles out of my way to stop by it but, alas, it and it's contents were auctioned off on Saturday last.
    I only hope the purchaser was someone who treasured it, and perhaps will keep it going as long as Trousdale's.

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  27. Oh my, look at that cash register, that would get me there just for that, and I love old maw and paw shops, we don't have any anymore thanks to the new decor of Main Street, I want my Nic and Flo they had the best candies ever, a twinge of old memories, still it's worth the twinge, isn't it. I wish for you, another visit a longer one out of sheer necessity of course, I mean to do your best work, you need those bubble gums that's a given, every one knows that...who knows what you might when you go shopping for those 'special' shoes, you can only get at this one special place.All the best B. and enjoy yourself whenever you can. Bust some bubbles lol

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  28. This is exactly why I love old fashioned stores and shops. These places are so magical and wonderful. Candy jars!! I haven't seen a candy jar in a LONG time. You brought back memories with this post Buttons :)

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  29. Oh, I LOVE that old cash register!!! And tractor parts...cut a hole in my purse and let the money fall out.

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  30. these are my kind of stores. the hubby & i love to stop in them when we are traveling. they are just amazing!! totally great!!

    i have been away on a camping adventure. & now just getting back to replying & talking to you guys again. hope you are well. ( ;

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  31. What a wonderful store! I could have spent hours in there - but I doubt if I would have left empty-handed, seeing all those candy jars lined up so beautifully...

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  32. Much love for vintage candy stores filled with candy from my youth!! B - don't stop daydreaming! I had a Big Bertha when I was at school - I wonder if Big Bertha was obligatory in all schools!!

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  33. What a neat store! I would be drooling all over those candy jars. I love that the store has been there for so long.

    Larry likes to go to a building supply store here in town. He runs out of "product" for whatever project he's working and finds his way there a few times a week.

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