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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.

Stay-cation 2013

Every summer, for as long as I can remember, I go camping.  For the past 10 years or more, that means a trip to Van Buren State Park on Lake Michigan.  See the background to this post?  That’s last year’s Lake Surf.  (Well, it will be until I change the background in September. )  I love the Lake. Grandchildren, children, Love-one and I camp for about a week straddling a weekend in July. Mom and my sisters and brothers and their families join us for the weekend.  Not this July.  Because of Duckie’s osteomyelitis, and the danger of her breaking…

NaBloPoMo: Sisterhood of the Magpies

I need a little quiet time. I grew up with three of these sister. Two more; plus three brothers. No wonder Grandpa dubbed us the Magpies. Non-stop talking, and tons of laughing. In there somewhere, I’m learning a lot about myself. My mind needs some time to wander. A little time to put together sentences that become paragraphs helps the pictures come into focus.

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