Tuesday, June 28, 2011


One serving per day of this stuff is supposed to help the inflammation in my body. At this point, I will try it.

Saturday, June 25, 2011

Just like any Kid ...

... Scout likes to lick the beaters. lol This is from Mark's Father's Day cake (which he made himself). Poor guy.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Breakfast in Paradise

CollegeGirl and her friend from NYC (formerly a classmate) and I enjoyed breakfast together this AM. What a treat. <3

Saturday, June 18, 2011

All My Peeps

My brother, Russell, in the front, the Hubs, CollegeGirl, Mindy (CollegeGradBoy's gf), CollegeGradBoy and Michelle, Russell's wife. On my couch. Having fun.

We had a great week together. And I miss them already.

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Our Naughty Doggie

So, our doggie is old. Since we adopted her from the Humane Society, we don't know HOW old, but based on her health and behavior, let's just say our Scout it likely in her 'happy, golden years'. haha

Only she's not so happy. She's a bit cranky. And snappish. Unless you are leaving her alone or giving her a treat of boiled chicken breast. She especially hates to be 'messed with', which translates to holding, petting, and most of all *grooming*. She HATES that ... even bathing. Poor thing.

So, she is the naughty dog at the doggie spa. The one that requires her dog mother to be called and to come and pick her up from the groomer, half-shaved. haha Please refer to photo #1 in the sequence. Doesn't she look like a lioness? ::snort::

The groomer was mortified to send her home like that, but we had told her to please call us, if Scout was grumpy. We knew we needed to make a Plan B. So, we did. It included the doggie equivalent of valium. heh Please refer to photo #2 to see how our doggie spent her next 16 hours ... She was a MESS. Unable to walk, *wanting* to be held and near us--totally not herself.

Lastly, we told the groomer to essentially shave her. No more "Best in Show" hairstyles for Scoutie. No sir. Since she hates all things dog spa, we wanted to have her as easy care and sanitary as possible (that means her flow-y tail is shaved like a rat--haha).

She looks quite a bit different (see photo #3), but we think she will be happier. And that's what matters to us. :)

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Livin' on the Edge

Recent loaner car drama ^^^. 0 miles to empty? Yikes!!

Thankfully, I coasted into a gas station just in the nick of time. Phew...

Friday, June 10, 2011

For A Good Cause

Not that I needed a real reason (Oh, OK ... I wouldn't normally spend this much on jewelry), but purchasing these two lovelies allowed us to help send a friend of our daughter's to dance camp.

I really like them. And I have noticed that, with jewelry, like everything else, you get what you pay for. I'm slow like that. lol

Sweet Girl

CollegeGirl house sat and dog sat for us last weekend and when we came home, we found a clean house and well-cared-for elderly dog, homemade peanut butter cookies and lovely fresh flowers on the table.

What a pleasant surprise. :D

Just before I took the photo, it was 100 ...

In early June, this is just too much SUMMER for me. Thankfully, a cool front came in yesterday and has made everything more spring-like. Ahhhhh ...

Thursday, June 9, 2011

My Brother is Here!!

My brother and I at ages (?) 1 and 3? I love our outfits, the bossy way I am gripping his waist (ahaa!!), our smiles and my blue eyes and his brown ones.

My brother and his wife are here!! Since they live and work in India, we see each other only once per yer. And this time, they are here for almost 10 days!! Yay!!

Wednesday, June 8, 2011


Mama Robin and her two (three?) babies. Aren't they so ugly, they're CUTE? I love watching them from my window.

The Hip and Historic Black Hawk Hotel

This place was beautifully restored, immaculate and was staffed by the most professional, customer-service-minded people we have encountered in a looong while. Our room was comfy (though I did miss my Tempurpedic mattress) and luxuriously appointed: including a TV screen built into the vanity mirror in the bathroom and a well-stocked (and untouched, because we are CHEAP) minibar.

Thank you, Hotel Black Hawk for an awesome weekend. We would happily return!

Suiter History

The Jacob Suiter House.
The John Suiter House.

The Horton-Suiter House

These are three of four homes in Le Claire (home of the American Pickers, remember?) which were inhabited looong ago by people who share my married name. They were early settlers and river pilots. Cool, huh? Here is a link to follow, just in case you'd like to read more.

Monday, June 6, 2011

Our Annual Celebrations Get Away

We ate here on Sunday afternoon on the way home. It was fabulous. It is a sister restaurant to the original Vinny Vanucci's in Galena. Same menu. Same atmosphere. But, I tried a new dish and LOVED it! Sometimes, change is good.

We ate here on Saturday evening. This was the 3rd time we had been there. It is in Moline, IL., right on the Mighty Mississippi. Catfish for me and blue crab cakes for the hubs. Everybody was happy.

Friday afternoon, we stopped in this tiny little town (Wilton) for a light lunch and ice cream. The Wilton Candy Kitchen has been in the same family since 1909. The Napolous family actually waited on us--George and Thelma. They must be in their 80's. So sweet. I had a chocolate malt and the hubs went all wild and tried something called a 'Hadocal'. We also bought a homemade chocolate turtle candy to share. Yumm.

Love me some retro neon.

Yipppe!! Saturday (my birthday), I slept till ::gasp:: 10 AM and the hubs surprised me with his gifts for me while I was still in bed. Then, we got ready and headed off to the tiny town of Le Calire, IA ... home of the History Channel's 'American Pickers'.

They happened to be having their second annual American Picker's City-wide Festival. Oh. Em. Gee. The CROWDS, people. The CROWDS. lol

Only two of the three TV show stars were in town (Danielle and Mike), but the line to see them was L O N G and it was so. stinkin. HOT, we decided it wasn't worth it to get a photo with them. Maybe another day. LOL

So, we spent the weekend celebrating 11 YEARS of marriage and celebrated our 49th and 59 years of life, respectively. It was great to play and nap and eat and drive around and look at cool things with my best friend. I love that man fiercely and would marry him again. Oh, yes I would. <3