Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Any suggesstions?


(I've been dealing with this for weeks and have reported it,
but still no resolution.)  When it (image editor) does work it is extremely s-l-o-w,
and now it will not work at all.

So much to say, but alas I cannot.
Any ideas/suggestions?

Monday, June 28, 2010

Chicago, as I saw it.

"On my honor, I promise this will be my final
post about Chicago."  I'm gonna answer some
of your questions in this post and show you
some of  what I consider "highlights" of our trip.

Some of you were curious in regards to traveling
by train, especially with a family.

Cost is about 1/3 of flying.
Three of us traveled cross-country
roundtrip for $525. total.

Lots of families on the train,
probably because of the value.

You can move about the train.

Children seemed to travel and sleep
well on the train - it has a lulling

Good view of countryside
from the lounge car.

Basic Coach Seats are large & comfy.
Lots of leg room.

The train was on time both
going & coming.

You can (and should, IMO) bring your own

CONS:It seems that adults did not sleep
nearly as well as kids did on the train,
for whatever reason.

Bathrooms are comparable to
those on an airplane = teeny tiny
and sometimes not-so-clean.

Location of seats varies within
the train and you need to board
as early as possible to
sit where you want.

* * * * * * * * * * *
"What I did on my Summer Vacation"
(my favorites)



I loved this!!
Someone was very creative!

Oprah has an apartment in this building.
This is one of the three she keeps
in the city. (according to the tour guide)
He says she calls herself a Chicagan
though she is away from the city
most of the time and only there when
she is recording her program.

of the Sears/Willis Tower
105 stories UP!

We took several tours
and enjoyed each of them.
This was a great way to see the town
and really learn about it.

This building is so large it completely
covers a city block and has it's own

DARN!I had more to share with you but the photo uploader has quit working.  One of our more daring days had us on a tour bus in the middle of rush hour when it began to rain and the tornado sirens went off.  Obviously it all ended well.  My "take-away" is -
Chicago is a beautiful, clean city.
The people are very friendly.
And, there are many things to do
for young children, kids, and adults.
Great vacation destination!

Sunday, June 27, 2010

Please, tell me this is a joke!


Does she?
Doesn't she?

Is this a totally crazy idea
or simply a necessary matter
of dealing with
a bodily function?

Friday, June 25, 2010

Chicago Smiles

The Chicago Vacation is now history.
Good history.
I'll post details later,
but for now here are some moments
that afforded us some big
"Chicago Smiles"!

Princess & Husband
"monkeying around"
at the Chicago Field Museum.

This guy was serindipitously
entertaining the masses
at the Navy Pier
by dancing with his glass of beer
balanced on his head.

Never one to shy away from attention
my husband fashioned a hat
to shield himself from the sun
while we were on a sight-seeing
boat tour. . .

Princess was mortified
by her Dad's
awful hat.
Yes.  That made me smile.

Chicago Hotdog.
BIG smile!

The ice cold water
of Lake Michigan. 

Highlights and details
of the Train trip and Chicago
on the next post.

Wednesday, June 16, 2010


Someone who can make this

look like THIS.

We're soon to be packed
and on our way
for our very first cross-country
train trip,
otherwise known as
"Sweet Tea's Big Adventure".
Choo! Choo!

Monday, June 14, 2010

Can't take the Honky Tonk Outta the Girl!

It's true -
"You can't take the Honky-Tonk
outta the girl".

I have know most of these gals
"for-evah" and though I have moved away,
each Summer we get together;
this year they came to see me
in Louisiana.

How much fun can 7 women
squeeze into one short weekend?
I'll let the photos do the talking.

Roseville B&B
Marshall, TX

Strawberry Mint Lemonade, Victorian Soup,
Chicken Crepe, Tomato Pie, Jello Salad
(10,000 calories!!)

"May God bless us one and all
till we gather again"

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During all the fun I found time to step in the middle
of a hill of FIRE ANTS!!

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Looking Back . . .

The BIGGEST Magnolia  Tree
in the world.
(that's what they told me)
in Arkansas.

Our resident "Tree Hugger".

Bath, anyone?
If you lived in the mid 1800's and were wealthy
you could bathe indoors in this luxurious tub,
but only after (and in the same water)
your husband and all children
had been bathed in.

Your children (and you probably would have
had  8 - 12 children; sans birth control)
could attend this local school.
I was quite impressed with this school
which looks better than most any
school in Louisianna today.
(things that make you go "Hmmmmmmmm.")

A few more photos we took on our
daytrip to "Old Washington"
in Arkansas.

The Blacksmith

* * * * * * * * * * * *

Big trees, friendly porches, a slower way of
living;  but on this 95 degree day I was
thankful to get home to my fast-paced
air-conditioned life.

Would you like to have lived in
the 1800's?

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