Thursday, June 16, 2011

The Illinois Run....

Well...it started off...a bit dicey.... I was hurrying....and scurrying....{did manage to wash that gray out of my hair...while taking a quick shower....this morn....man...was that over due...or what...} I was flyin'....had Scout to tend... deliveries to make.... and two pick ups...one...nearly to Chicago... So....as I was Runnin' Hard....taking care of Scout....I noticed the Ford was gone...so...got Scout done... then....ran to the Bank...in Sally...by then...I was running later than I should be.... but....figured John must have needed the Ford for something....then...I waited and waited....finally....I could wait no more...nearly two hours...so... I started unloading the little Ford...it had some heavy stuff on it....then...I loaded it back up....with the deliveries.... I gotta tell ya...by then... I was not in a good frame of mind.... I was going to have to take the Ford with nearly 200,000 miles on it....hasn't been serviced....since...who knows....years....with a Big Load... to Chicago....I was just tieing down the load....and getting into the Ford....when John comes rolling in....We unloaded....and reloaded....and...I left...I wasn't sure I was going to make it home tonight....If I didn't make it to the last stop...before 5:30....I would have been sleeping in the truck.... I beat feet....and somehow....made all of my stops....Picked up some cool stuff... and....for not totally blowing my cool....this morning...{I did blow...a little... poor Steph got the brunt...I vented on her...when she called...oh dear...{funny...she understood everything I said.... hmmm...}I treated myself, to a Lovely Supper...in Davenport, Iowa... at The Lodge...{The Castle Lodge... on Hiway 74, and Kimberly...}
They Have Amazing Food....and the Atmosphere....is Wonderful....They were playing Mozart... I strolled in...in my Gnarliest Flannel... and....all was right with the world....The Chef came out...and visited with me... and my Server was delightful! I don't know why....folks insist on going to a chain.... when for the same money....you can have the best...of the best....
I went to Peru Antique Mall...today...in Illinois....as I was paying...I told them how much I Love their Mall...The nice Man said..."It's Bright....and Clean!"... I'm sure I got one of those looks on my face.... like I do....when my gears are turning... knowing I had better choose my words....very...very carefully...{Peg loves it...and bursts out laughing...when this happens....it's a Mad Hatter Thing...I'm kind of like a Mood Ring....I can't help it...}
These are a few treasures I gathered.... at my first stop.... it actually turned out to be a Very...Good Day!{Love The Buggy! I have All Sorts of Things in Mind...for that Darling.... Christmas....Linens....Vintage Quilts....oh...my/....
My 'Happy Place'...in Iowa.... it's just off of 80, on 74, in Davenport...turn east, on Kimberly...you can see the Big Turret, from the Hiway...it's sooo cool!
I really like the Man...and...he has never been to my store... so....I said..."Well... I have a Shop...that is Dark....and Dusty....and...I Love it...it's not the Bright...and Tidy..." I said..., "that makes me Love your Mall...It's the Cool Stuff In It!!!!"....I think that is what we have in common...cool stuff...and diversity! From Early Primitives...to Victorian....and Lovely...Lovely Glass.... I LOVE IT ALL!!! and...It All Sings in Perfect Harmony...when put together...If it's Old...and has Soul...it's Home....whether Bright and Tidy...or..Softly Lit....and Soulful.......it's all Good!
I stopped at Coal Valley...and saw the Girls there...it was Great seeing Eileen...I bought a Darling Primitive Toy Cupboard from her.... and look foreword to seeing her at the Bishop Hill Show!
You will be happy to know...as TORQUED OFF...as I was...when I left.... this Morn.... I thought of John...While I was eating my Unbelievable Supper....and ate 3 bites of the Amazing Prime Rib...{yes...it was as AMAZING...as I remember it to be...and yes...I still plan on eating my Boca Burgers...in the Morn...} 3 bites of the Garlic Mashed potatoes....{with butter...sour cream...and the potato skins....YUM...and beautifully garnished....}...most of the Asparagus....{what can I say....} and 2 bites of the KILLER....DROP... To Your Knees...{told John, as he was dishing up his nightly ice cream, with it...The BEST CAKE YOU WILL EVER EAT!!!!} CAKE!!! and took the rest home, for John...{he just buried the Cake...in a mountain of New York Vanilla...and went back to the t.v.} Man...
Oh Well....I soaked in...the Best of the Best....and...scratched a few more 'to do's'...off the List...
Love to Ya....
Barb C.

4 comments:

AmyN said...

what fun - looks like you got lots of goodies!! I'm do for another visit (therapy session) at the rabbit hole....things are spinning in my world...Hope I can make it out next week sometime. Take care and safe travels
PS - about fell off my chair when I read you ate prime rib!! LOL

simplyiowa said...

Hey Sweet Amy Girl....
It was a Very Rocky Start....to the day...
and...take a deep breath....what ever it is....it too....shall pass....
You are an Amazing....Woman...
Yes...every once in a while... I'll have a bite of meat...
so... get off the floor...
Love to Ya...Look Forward to seeing you....
Barb C.

Audrey @ Sweet Cheeks said...

Barb! You were right about Scout...he charged the fence as soon as we started hollerin! Dane about flipped his lid, he thought is was so hysterically funny! Hopefully a belly full of apples made his day...the kids love stopping by to see him ;) Oh and...the Cake Stand is GORGEOUS! I have to bake something now just so I can see it on there!

simplyiowa said...

Old Scout....
He puts on a pretty good show...for a few apples.... He is a talker...and whinnies....when I come with a little grain...What a Sweet Heart...
I am so glad you are sharing Animals with the kids...that is how they learn compassion...and respect.... by having a personal relationship...
I'm happy you love the Great Cake Stand! You will Adorn it...with Something That will make it look like it's worth a Million Bucks!!!
Love to Ya...
Barb C.