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Monday, June 26, 2017

B & B  Madison Wisconsin

So looking forward to this splurge
( we had been staying with friends most of the trip, only one night in a motel so far )
So not a REAL splurge, but a bit more than the Comfort Inn.

the website showed the beautiful red house, with a view of the lake.

We arrive

walking up the steps I am a little taken aback by the huge peonies - they were dead.
So, I focus on the front porch and garden chairs - somewhat inviting.

While the hostess checks us in, I recognize the  sitting rooms...wood floors and one or two area rugs with cushioned  chairs and sofa - mostly wood ( not over stuffed )

Hey, they are expecting us ! 

We are escorted to our room - 3 flights up - no elevator, but that's ok, we will only be staying one night.

The room is very large - a beautiful wood bed, large writing table, sofa and private bath ..with a tub !!!    
 There is a frig, t.v. and air conditioner ( oops, not plugged in )  and a view of the lake.

There is something missing.  The room is huge and very little furniture.  No wallpaper. No linen cloths. Hardly any decorations at all. 
But, a view of the lake . And a bath tub.

We walk into town. Madison is the capital of Wisconsin and a college town.  Nothing like the college town of Holland where we stayed over the weekend, but there are shops and restaurants and the weather is very comfortable. Sun glasses !
Found a cute little cotton dress.

 We had noticed the Rare Steakhouse as we walked  around and saw the menu. So we decided to go back.  Stopped at a darling little Italian restaurant for a little refreshment, but not hungry yet .

Back to Rare.  We were seated and then handed the menu.  Not the same. No, our waiter said, the one on the display, that is our lunch menu.

We had a little chat about our Seahawk who came from his town, and the waiters name Bret , the same as a certain football giant.  Then Our Bret said " we often go next door for meals, they are much more reasonable, why don't you slip over there?"   So we did 

So we are now at Cooper Tavern, outside, very pleasant evening, very pleasant menu.   Spinach salad and famous fries for me, the dinner special for hubby, roast Duck , vegies and much more.

French Fries...always a good idea 

no dessert necessary.

Back to the B & B  and the Best features...

Back to ..the lake view  :)   the sun is setting and it is very pretty.

Though it is only 9;00 Madison time, it is 10;00 Holland time, so hubby says good night. I take a nice hot bath and watch old Perry Mason episodes and the Wild Wild West.


Now this is where we expect the tea cups and scones...well
scones, yes...tea cups, no....
Coffee !!! Yes !!
Then we are ok.
my plate has a little chip -
no pancakes or waffles
Flowers on the table. -

We are able to make our departure in record time
off to Pillsbury street  and family.
Can't wait.

p.s quick stop at a very special "B & B " so to speak, coming soon.  

I lead an exciting life.   

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Sunny day

Yes the weather was sunny.
A great day for

day at the beach
graduation party
stay inside air conditioned home

Our Garage Sale 

Well, at the end of the day, the choice was not a garage sale. We always say, it is about being together. So, even though it was the smallest sale in our history, we had a good time. My sister always spends the first night with me at Tiff's.   Then in the morning she makes cinnamon toast.  Plenty of coffee. This weekend, with 90 degree days, plenty of water.  Then for lunch, sister makes turkey sandwiches. 
 It is tradition.
 It is great. 

And despite size, weather, whatever, 

There is always one or two things we look back on - highlights - 
   this year, it was the Grandma who picked up a box of Peeps. She checked the expiration date and commented that they were still nice and soft . She bought it. "I just love them" she said.
A huge umbrella had been propped up against the garage wall. Decided to open it up and set it out in the driveway. Minutes later, a couple purchased it and off they went, under the huge umbrella and 90 degree sun.

I lead an exciting life. 

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Here comes the bride

not your usual view of weddings,
but it might make you smile 

 program and the wedding favors....seeds of love to plant 
These shoes are made for weddings 

Sign  your name on a little wooden block 

Desserts and more desserts 

Porcelain SWANS ...Bride's maiden name 

fun socks, always in style 

Here she comes,,,,there she goes   

Beautiful buggy brought by Bride's Dad 

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Big News!


Let me back up about 48 hours.

We have been away for two weeks ( I know you have missed me, but I have not figured out how to log on to my blog on my ipad. it is the issue of password. WHY DO WE HAVE TO CHANGE PASSWORDS ? and then remember them ! )

Ok.  Hubby was going through the mail, Thursday morning and read from his insurance company, some good news.

Well, they will pay for a hearing aid.


ABOUT 24 HOURS LATER, and we are sitting in the office of a specialist, and yes, hubby ordered ear aids !

That is the best news I can share right now !

The hard news, is figuring out how to get photos from phone into computer, 200 + photos.   The best I can do is send them 8 at a time in an email.   so far i am not even half way through the trip.
If YOU know what to do,  LET ME KNOW PLEASE.

Well, it is off to a wedding and a graduation party for me, so I better get off the keys and decide which shoes to wear.  

I do live an exciting life !