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Photo Friday: Foggy Morning Bike Ride

I snapped these photos while I was pedaling.  Love my iPhone!  A little bit of blurriness is from the fog and some is because I of the pedaling.  No retouching.  Oh that was peaceful.  I think I’ll do it again tomorrow.  The bike ride, not the pictures.  

Between Clean Sheets: The Hampton Inn and Suites

September is now the number one month for weddings.  Loved-One, Ducky and I went to Nashville late last month to attend out lovely neice, Megan’s wedding.  On the way, we stopped in Effingham, IL on my way to Nashville.  Have you heard of Effingham?  Me neither. It’s a smallish town, about halfway between Chicago and Nashville; where Interstates 57 and 70 meet. My family traveled there on our way to a beautiful fall wedding in Nashville.  Our niece got married that weekend. The signs in the Hampton Inn and Suites elevators took me by surprise.  Yes, the sheets and duvet…

Photo Friday: Eating on the Road

After hours of viewing flat fields, corn turning brown and clouds of dust from bean combines, we stopped for dinner. A family owned businesss, known for cooking locally grown produce, we expected down-home American cooking. What we got was the best food EVER. I mean it. it. Could this be the place where Chicago chefs go to Chefs’ Camp? I just read about it in the Sunday paper. Chicago Tribune says Firefly Grill is “Worth the road trip?” Bon Appetit named Firefly Grill the 2nd Best Eco-Friendly Restaurant in the country. upon Loved-One had pork shank and butternut squash soup.…

STEM Girls go to the Museum of Science and Industry

Miss G is in second grade this year.  She is a bit shy, and she knows what she likes.  She likes science more than anything. Missy S is in first grade.  She reads like a sixth grader, even using inflection when she reads dialog.  She has an opinion on everything.  Miss K is a fashionista and a social butterfly.  She is in the fourth grade this year.  Miss K loves math. All three girls are are wiz-kids and as techno-savvy as any of their brothers.  Who says girls don’t like science and math?  Who says girls’ brains are not wired…

High Tea for Four, Please

“Wouldn’t it be fun to have High Tea together?”  I said to Miss K on her 9th birthday. “What’s that?” “Well, it’s a little like lunch with fancy sandwiches and pretty cookies, and tea or lemonade,” I said.  “Everything’s on pretty dishes, and we could dress pretty, too.” Miss K is my girly-girl, grand-daughter; the one sandwiched in among four brothers.  I know just the place:  The London Pub & Grill, authentic English food, only tastier. “Yes, yes.”  She clapped her hands together and shook her curls out behind her tipped back head. A month passes. “Remember you promised to…

Major Fun at the Minor League Game

Going to a ball game can be fun for the whole family.  I love major league ball, but add up even the fair upper deck seats are $30 each.  That’s without beer or hotdogs, or even peanuts and cracker jacks or parking ($30).  Estimated cost for a family of four to attend a Cubs game is somewhere around $305; my family is way bigger than four. This year I got a chance to visit the Kane County Cougars.  Go Cougars!  The A-Team affiliate of the Cubs.  Soooo much fun.  $10 a ticket  ($5 for seniors) and $1.00 for hotdogs, beer…

Photo Friday: Anderson Japanese Garden

This week, after visiting Duckie’s doctor, we visited Anderson Japanese Garden. Soooo much fun. And sooo nice to get a break from the 90 degree heat. One set of grandchildren (5) and my other daughter, Beanie, joined Loved-One and me. We fed the koi, and the baby duckies. We walked the shady paths and “meditated” in the zen gardens. The kids’ favorite: the Fairy Butts. Mine: listening to children banter with each other, and Love-One making like Pinnochio. The pictures are quite dappled and shadowy. Shade can do that.

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