Thursday, April 28, 2016


This is in front of the American Pickers shop in Le Clair, Iowa.  The shop was a disappointment, too many souvenirs and not enough antiques.

I am taking a break from blogging, as you can already tell, I haven't been blogging much.  I find that I really don't have all that much to share, and I have gotten lazy in the picture taking end of it.  So, I am leaving for a while.  When and if I have something to share, I will post.   I hope you all have a wonderful spring and summer.  I will be keeping up with the ones that are on facebook.  My husband is a little disappointed that I don't blog.  When he is away from home, he likes to see what is going on at home.  Sorry, dear, but I just don't feel up to posting much.

You all take care, and I will be back to posting once in a while.  With the new job and changes that have been going on, I don't get on the computer all that much.  Take care!

Monday, April 18, 2016


The Mississippi River!
Zoom on picture if possible and it shows the line where the flood waters rose to.
Docks outside of the restaurant.
One of my favorite things that we have back home is, what is called Chicken George.  It is basically battered chicken fingers with a special sauce, that they make to go with it.  This is the restaurant that makes it.  We all went out to lunch after we were coming back from going to the American Pickers shop, Antique Archaeology,(which was a great disappointment)!  They had all their tourist memorabilia there rather than antiques.  Well, I should say some antiques, but not much!  I will have a picture of the car tomorrow.  Hope your Monday is going well.

Sunday, April 17, 2016

Are We at the Zoo???

The hubby and I were out driving on the back roads in Illinois, and I could not believe what I saw.  These giraffes where in someones yard out in front of their house.  In the middle of no where!  Matt's aunts loves giraffes and I had to take pictures and put them up on facebook.  I thought that I would share them on my blog also.   They were life size, as you can compare from the garage in the background.  Never thought I would see that on a back road out in the middle of no where!

Hope you are having a great Sunday, The sun is shining and the degree is going up to 70 here in upstate New!  Have a great day.

Saturday, April 16, 2016

Road Trip

If you don't know, we had to take an emergency trip to Illinois the week before.   As we were going out, we hit sunshine, snow, rain, ice.......sunshine, snow, rain, ice........and the cycle kept repeating all the way from Ohio to Illinois.  Was not a nice trip that was for sure.

April is now one of the worst months of the year for me.  My dad died a year ago tomorrow, and my step-dad, he was the best step-father anyone could ask for, he passed away on the 7th.  He taught me how to drive, he would take me to work with him, when he worked in the rock quarries.  I got to move a track, rock drill. I was able to stand under a Euclid dump truck, while they would blast rock.   He helped me move to New York to be with my husband, when we first met, and were only girlfriend and boyfriend.  He was always there, when I needed him.   I loved him like he was my real father!  He came into our lives when I was about 18 years old.  He will be missed.

It was nice to see family, that I hadn't seen since I lived in New York, which has been over 15 years.  It is just too bad, that it takes something like a family member passing away to get together.   I was glad to go and be able to see my mom, since it will be a while before I can see her again.  Now that I have a full time job, it will be a while before I am able to get back out to Illinois.

My mom is a pretty strong woman, she had shoulder surgery two months ago and still has two weeks, before she is able to even start physical therapy.  She is dependent on my sisters now. to help her do a lot of things, until she gets her shoulder back to normal.  Plus, having to deal with the aftermath of dad passing away.  I don't think anyone is ever ready to have to do the paper work, and getting things settled, when a family member passes away.  Life insurance, mortgage, retirement, pension, getting rid of personal things, social security, etc.  Plus having to deal with your own grief.   She brought up us four girls all by herself for most of our lives.  She had been married two times before the best one came along.   She has had back surgery, knee surgery, a broken ankle, heel surgery, two shoulder surgeries and she deals with high blood pressure.   I just hope I can be as strong as she is when I grow up.   :-)