Monday, July 21, 2014

I've Been Gathering Moss...

What is that saying about stones and moss.... I just know I've been sitting too long and my feet have been so restless.  I've had things to do in the office and with all the changes I've been trying to lay a little low.  But - wondrous day!  I have a meeting I'm required to go to!   I don't even care what it's for - it just means I have to finally get back on a plane and go to a different place.  Hallelujah!

What's even better - the place I have my meetings - Charleston!  So I'm actually flying into Greenville earlier in the week as  I do have some NC accounts I've been holding back on and I can get those done - as well as see all the family!  Actually I don't even know if Ill have time to see them all now but - I guess well find out!

All I know is ....
These will not be seeing this bland office carpet for a week!:). Yay yay yay!

I'm coming y'all!

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Wonderful Weekend!

I tried to keep it a low-key weekend and whatever it was -I did accomplish one thing I set out to do!  I finished reading my book!  It was pretty good and I actually was inspired to read a few others thanks to the literary lover in Harper Lee. I also picked up a new phrase that I love ... "Journey proud"- I believe it to be a southern phrase but Harper Lee used it often.  It basically means to be restless and anxious before a trip.  Love it.

And it does make you think what she could have written if she'd given the world another book.  Sad.  

But it was quite pleasant to enjoy the amazing weather this summer that's given us Portlandish greenery... Most of our lawns and flowers are usually brown by now so it's pleasant to enjoy such lushness in July!  All of our flower bushes would have been dried up because I'm horrible at watering, but I suppose God has taken care of them this year for me!  I was just thinking on Friday how much I've appreciated this summer and its endurableness (and there's my literary genius as I create new words - you're more than welcome to use it in a sentence this week....).

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Back To Non-Boring

This is beautiful for like - 15 minutes?  But after a while - ah!  Boredom sets in!  Actually, it was such beautiful weather that even corn fields (and soybean fields:(...) look beautiful under that big blue sky!  Perfect weather to drive with your windows down!

Highlight of the trip?!  I got to swing by St Louis to see good old Cathy!  One of the most awesome people I know!  

Any friend that doesn't mind the world seeing this picture of them is stellar in my  book!  I love all my goofy friends -but I think I love the goofy that comes out of this one the most!

And having that face make my day last night, just made my Friday even better!

And now I'm back home for the weekend with nothing to do!  Except laundry and cleaning and maybe some weeding and walking the dog... 

Welcome weekend!

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Door Catch Up

I'm standing waiting for verifications to run through a washer that is not passing so this could take a while... Patience in the land of patients...  Seriously - I sell soap, soap used in washers maintained by mechanics who should know how to program their washers but yet - I am asked to literally write out for said maintainance person how the washers should be running as they're currently not programmed correctly... How does that work?  Thank goodness I've been around long enough to know everything from program names to cycle temperatures and factory settings.  That's just scary right?...

So as I stand and wait for other washers to fail or pass their verifications...

It's time for quick catch up from this last weekend.  

I originated and asked about a camping weekend with Kim a while back, only to find out that she had been coming up with her own camping weekend plan.  So I intruded:). I actually had promised her she'd get the peace and quiet she so wanted but, because its with me, I think somewhere in her head she doubted it.  But she immediately replied yes - what a good friend!!!!

As mentioned - we left on Friday and the plan was Washington Island as I do love it there and if peace is to be found in Door County during the summer, its on the Island.  We camped Friday night and then leisurely did breakfast and I then told Kim I had to intro her to my new favorite spot on the Island (sadly it did not exist the summers we spent up there so long ago)  We got in the car and drove over to Red Cup Cafe.  Got coffee, a new bag for Kim and a new headband for me.  And then we just sat on the front porch getting our summer on!

See - even middle easterners are clamoring for the deliciousness of Red Cup!

Next door to the Red Cup is the bread company where, if you get there early enough, you get your choice of fresh, hot bread.  As the morning progresses, they start crossing the best breads off the white board:(. We got the thyme and olive loaf (which we actually never got a chance to eat but I brought it home and mom has been cutting away on it).  

And then on the other side of Red Cup is the epitome of bliss - sigh - a wonderful bookstore.  It's just the thing to do while you've got coffee.  I've bought so many books there but I've never really talked to the owner as its usually been a little busier.  This time, Kim and I had a nice chat with Kathleen (in the picture below) bought some books, and were actually given some books!  Apparently bookstore owners are sent preview copies of books from publishing companies and asked to read them and then send their opinions.  They're complete bound books (the front book Im holding is one of them) and the only way you know it's not "real" is it says its only a preview copy and hasn't been edited and there may be changes made to the final version so don't sell it or quote it.  It's just another amazing reason to own a bookstore!

I finally had sat for long enough and I dragged Kim off to kayak.  Kim still needed some r and r but when the water calls!... So I decided to push off on my own and kayak across from Washington Island to Rock Island.  I'd never been to Rock Island and had always wanted to go but you have to take a ferry there so I just never had... Until I got my own "ferry":)

I don't even know how long it took me to get across to Rock, but I finally pulled my little yellow kayak up on shore and then meandered down to the ferry dock and park entry.

There's a huge building that they use as the park entrance.  Apparently there was a wealthy Chicago electrician named Chester Thorandsen who had bought Rock Island and had started building a resort/retreat there for his family and his employees.  It was never finished but the basic part of the "great hall" was and is still there as a tribute to Chester's Icelandic family roots.  The fireplace and the furniture all are odes to Iceland!

I walked around inside and outside for a bit and then I started to worry about Kim - and the trouble she was probably causing on the mainland...:)
So I jumped back in Yellow and furiously paddled back to check in on Firestarter!

And later I tried to rescue her from some very angry crocodiles!  Wait - that was a different trip....

But back to the Island and the peace of a lavender farm that never existed when we used to be regulars.  This barn was falling down for years and then one trip I come and it's a beautiful lavender farm and a dairy store.  

And then the next trip there's another flourishing lavender farm!  And now it's a huge island business - lavender everywhere!  

And lets say this is the reason I didn't post right away!:). One of the books I apparently accidentally picked up to buy hadnt actually even been released yet so I was forbidden by Kathleen to say anything about it - but I was so excited to start reading it!  It's the biography of Harper Lee and the book wasnt actually released until July 15th:).  But I had settled onto the shore of Schoolhouse Beach on July 12th and took this picture before I started reading - sadly knowing I couldn't post the picture for 2 more days!  I guess my time is up!

Dinner - by this time we were feeling lazy so.  I suggested that I buy dinner - also because I was wanting to go by the water and relive memories of Sailors Pub by Shipyard Marina where we spent many miserable - I mean - memorable hours as nannies back in the summers of ... Can't even remember.
There she is all pretty with a new coat of paint!  And a totally new inside and a new menu!  Melissa and I wouldn't have even been able to afford a coke here now let alone a meal.  AND they even have reservations and waiting lists!  WHAT!  Never!  It was all scruffy old sailors and frazzled boating help (aka Overbo and Behn) that ate here!

Now you can get all the local favorites..
Cocktails with Deaths Door vodka...

Fabulous cherry pie (actually the last piece that was ordered by a guy sitting at the bar with us and then when Kim told him it was my favorite he insisted that I take it because he comes back every weekend and can always get it - I wasn't foolish enough to not accept it:)

And then the morning of our departure, we broke out the bikes and peddled over to another favorite haunt of Mel and I... Findlays Holiday Inn.  We used to always get the oatmeal here because it was amazing ... I actually opted for something different but I should have just gotten it for old times sake... Oh well.  Everything had changed at Findlays - except the bathrooms:)

The dock Mel and I used to go to after breakfast to gather our sanity before returning to active duty on the Eagles Nest!

And then we boarded the ferry back to mainland Door County.

But had to show Kim a few of my favorite memory spots on the way out.  Lookout Point....

Sister Bay.....

Al Johnson's....

My FAVORITE!  Cave Point!

And then the rest of the trip was just boring stuff so...
The end

And now I'm going to check my washer verifications.....

My Nose!

Up early this morning and drove 45 minutes from Springfield to lovely Decatur.  As I drove along, progressively my head started pounding and my nose was flowing like the proverbial faucet!  It was getting annoying as as soon as I blew I'd have to blow again!  The back of my throat started hurting and I started thinking "great!  I can't believe I'm getting sick!"  

By the time I got to the hospital I was actually in a pretty crappy mood because I just wasnt feeling good and I was quite ticked off that I wasn't feeling good.  And as I'm not feeling good, I'm still blowing!

We go through vendor sign in, have our first meeting, load up product to do conversion in OR and then head up to OR to change out.  I finish changing before Bob (which is totally unusual for me to finish changing out before a guy!  They're always standing in the hall 20 years before me!) and I'm standing talking to the director and my nose starts up again and I ask for a Kleenex and make the comment "I guess I'm getting sick - I have no clue what's going on with my nose!" 
To which she flatly comments....
To which I say....
"Excuse me?"
And then she says again....
By now were walking down the hall and we pass a few people and as we pass each person the director says to them.
"Her nose is running."
And each person flatly says...

Finally, about 10 people later I ask - what are you all saying about soybeans?

We're standing by two other ladies who in unison say 
"We're the soybean capital of the world."

I ask "the world?"

Apparently yes!

So - I've learned something completely new today!
1- soybeans are actually a very big allergen! 
2 - Decatur, IL is the soybean capital of the world!

If you see this delicious but nasty thing....
Run!  Or be prepared to possibly suffer the effects of nasty allergies!  But just RUN!

Excuse me while I find some ibuprofen and a box of Kleenex....

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Land Of Winkin

How's that for word-play!:). Now try to guess where I am!

Ah - Springfield!  It's beginning to feel like my second home.  I'm also working Decatur and Effingham (as my cousin who lives in Kankakee said when I stopped at their house after a visit in Effingham "you had to wear shoes to that meeting?!"). Yes, very rural indeed, in fact, that's why I have to stay Springfield because there are no hotels there - well, that I chose to stay in.

So I should have left way earlier but between some appts and some work I had to do and the fact that I wanted to get a run in before I did a butt-plant for 4 hours - I didn't leave until after 7.  But - I've finally arrived and its pretty sad when you just know the way to where you stay because you've been there so much.  Depending on the weekday rate, its either the Fairfield or the Courtyard that are side by side on Freedom Way!  

They left the light on for me .... And now I'm on my way to turning it off!  Decatur is quite lovely at 6:30 a.m. I hear - but there's only one way to find out and I must needs be slightly awake enjoy that early morning bliss!

First Ravinia Of The Season

Last night was my first Ravinia of the season!  Should have been the second but opted to skip that first one so I happily made sure this was a "happen"!

We went down and did dinner on the lawn and then enjoyed a performance by a Spanish guitarist (who happens to be from Montenegro) and a very passionate performance it was.  The whole time I kept thinking how much my brother Alan would have LOVED it!  We had a great spot right in front of the screen and speakers and so we really got to see him play.  And because of the brief rain before the performance, the park was not that crowded and was quite pleasant.

The sad remnants of an evening enjoyed!

And while we cleaned up Cristina (a Dominican Republic student working at Six Flags this summer) got to meet with her new crush!:). She's so besotted with Milos and I'm happy to have been the one to make the introduction!