Thursday, April 26, 2007

Back Home Again in Illinois

I had a wonderful trip to Bainbridge Island, Washington!!! I had a long and relaxed visit with my Dad, and his wife, Mary. And as an extra-added lifelong best buddy, Noreen, flew up from Los Angeles to spend a long weekend with me! We did our usual routine of running around shopping for purses, shoes, and antiques and had a blast!!!

I would love to present a very organized travelouge, but just can't bear to be that organized, so I will put up some pictures over the next few days and tell some stories, out of order most likely, but what does it matter really?
Noreen arrived on day #2 of my visit. This is the second time that we have met on Bainbridge Island, so we knew some of the places we wanted to hit. First stop, Town and Country Market. This is the local grocery store which is filled with good food, flowers, and trinkets downstairs. All of the flower pictures on this entry were taken at Town and Country. If you go to Bainbridge Island, don't miss it! It is an attraction in itself.
Here are Noreen and Mary gazing at all of the lovely produce! At this exact moment I was looking at bread and chocolate!!! Oh, and I was searching for Tab and root beer!! Such refined tastes!!
Noreen picked out something called "rappini" (I know I have that wrong, sorry Nor!). It was some kind of Italian green that she cooked and made me try. It was heinous!!!
This is my Dad's cabinet of "sea going" books. He has the complete series of Patrick O'Brien works on the top. Isn't this a beautiful piece of furniture?
Here is the upstairs sitting area where one can listen to music, watch TV or read!!!
These two little paintings were done by my Great-Great Aunt! She was a wonderful person and a talented artist!
Mary always has the bathroom set up so nicely for me with yellow tulips!!! Please note the cross-stiched lambs in the background!! I made that many years ago.

I am glad to be back home, but I will miss "The Island." It is so beautiful there!!! All the trees and the sea-smell!!!! I will show some more pictures over the coming days. I am having a bit of a hard time with my re-entry into the real world, but I am anxious to hear from all of you wonderful people out in blogland!! I missed you guys!


Trixie said...

I am so glad you are home!! The pics are lovely, especialy the flowers! I await your travel log and will help you with your re-entry issues anytime.

DonnaG said...

We missed you! And I'm so glad you had a good trip. Love the pictures!

Diane Duda said...

Thanks for sharing your photos...look forward to seeing more. Your aunt's paintings are beautiful as are the frames.
Glad you're back! We missed you, too!

Heather said...

I'm glad you are home safe. Missed your blogginess. Re-entry always IS difficult!!

Nan said...

Welcome home! I missed you. Your father's place looks so nice. I particularly like that upstairs room. How big is the island? And is that beautiful market expensive? I love the cross-stitch.

Karen said...

Welcome home!!! We missed you!! I am glad you had such a wonderful, relaxing visit. It is always hard to come back to the "real world." But we are glad you are back!!!
Can't wait to see more pics and read all about your trip.

Beth said...

Ohhh....dear friend, you were missed but at least we all knew that you were busy having a good time and a relaxing vacation.

The pics are wonderful and I can't wait to see more....but no hurry and no back into the real world is just overly draining sometimes, so we'll all be patient.

I just bought 2 more "Elizabeth" books to take with us on our it will be my turn to be out of commission for awhile.

Hopefully we'll connect this weekend via phone !!!!