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Thelma and Louise hit the road 
May 21, 2013 2:38 pm 
Updated: May 29, 2013 2:50 pm

Thelma and Louise hit the road, free range women again. 

This time to meet up with Lucky Noodles and take her with us to a house Dear Louise found in Caseyville, IL to meet up with CatHill and MiBeingMi. We packed Louise's car with our stuff. Literally. Packed. (She has the faux toe)

To find the house we were staying in we had to turn right at the giant catsup bottle. Really. It's a historical (and hysterical) momument. At this point, I must apologize for the paucity of "faux toes". I know the better photographers in our company have many more.

The house was wonderful. Very private with a back deck that looked over a small lake. And what a kitchen!!

Louise aka Magnolia Blossom (for anyone who hasn't followed our previous excellent adventures) had put a shout out on the buzz to anyone living in the area if they wanted to meet up.

We met Mel's Cooking Now and her four legged friend Belle. Mel graciously cooked us an Italian dinner Sat. night.

Thursday night and the gangs all here. 

On Friday we visited Soullard Farmers Market. Can you say jello shots? What a place! If I lived nearer I would visit this market frequently.

On Saturday we visited the Missouri Botanical Gardens.  .  . again WOW!! I should have taken more faux toes here but was enthralled and later hot and wanted off my feet. 

Upon returning to the house, we had bloody Mary's in these cute glasses Mi brought and gave to us.

I was really happy to be able to see our lovely CatHill again and "fix" a sweater that didn't turn out quite right.

Spirits were high and I don't think anyone really wanted to leave.

About the pig tails and paisley. . .um. . .yeah, not to mention the boob. . . some things really need to stay in Caseyville. :)

A conversation on the way home.

Thelma: We are just about to pass Foot High Pies.

Louise: I was just thinking we need to do more research. It was on the food network!

Thelma smiles: 

Louise says: I don't think it's open.

Thelma says: There is a car in the lot and the lights are on.

Louise turning off the ramp.

Thelma: What time is it? 7 Days a Week 11-9.

Louise: It's 10.

Thelma: .

Thelma: If we are still doing this when we are 70, maybe we'll slow down enough to be on time for things.


I love you ladies. Thank you all so very much. Especially my dear Louise.

May 21, 2013 2:43 pm
Thelma was edited cr@p!
May 21, 2013 2:44 pm
I'm so impressed you got your blog to "go." I absolutely HATE doing them here because it's so danged hard. Love your continuing adventures, love your photos, love the attendees. And did I say this before? I am SOOOO JEALOUS!
May 21, 2013 2:45 pm
At least I know what she said!
May 21, 2013 2:49 pm
LMAO!!! Oh Marianne! You know what it's like and we live on this cloud of happiness for awhile until we meet again. So very much fun with some of the best peeps you will EVER meet!
May 21, 2013 2:54 pm
OMG there was soooooo much fun! Great blog and "faux toes" too! I cannot stop grinning!
May 21, 2013 3:29 pm
Great job sharing! You all seem to be in very good spirits!
May 21, 2013 3:55 pm
LS: Getting together with AR friends leaves you feeling euphoric; doesn't it? However, the lasting effects from my last visit are wearing off. Must get on a plane...quick!
May 21, 2013 4:05 pm
If I ever get squared away (c'mon lotto) I'd like to see the Buckeye crew and the Florida Redneck Round Up and now the Jersey Beach Round Up and, of course, the dream AR meet up Maui!!!!Can you get so high you never come down??? LOL!!!
May 21, 2013 4:13 pm
You two are too dangerous to be let out together! LOL
May 21, 2013 4:26 pm
Wonderful, thanks for sharing.
May 21, 2013 4:31 pm
That sweater definitely makes you the Queen of yarn! You know, I don't think I will ever see pigtails, paisley or reins in ever the same way again. Some things just can't be explained unless you were there ;)
May 21, 2013 4:40 pm
What fun!!!! It just looks like a lot of fun and memories were made on your weekend with the girls. I miss you all so! And, like Marianne, I am very jealous. But, I will be seeing you soon. Love, love, love you!
May 21, 2013 4:47 pm
midwestchef. . .you might be right. . .so far there has been no fatalities but sometimes those around us do struggle to catch their breath :). . .manella, I'm so glad you enjoyed our adventure :) . . . my darling Cat, I purposely left out the reins and I pray nobody starts talking about rope, LMAO! . . . Candice, just when I wondered if it would work, something came up. . .I'm working on my email to Cat Keep your fingers crossed, XOXOXOXOXO
May 21, 2013 4:55 pm
Lucky!! I hope Mr. Unlucky Noodles is out of the dog house, LMAO!!! . . . BSM, I do not know how close you are or if you would be able but the Jersey Beach meet up isn't too far from you, is it? I highly recommend :). . . bikerfamily! I'd LOVE to come visit some West Coast AR Family! ;) Thanks for stopping in :)
May 21, 2013 5:17 pm
LS, Mr Unlucky continues his stay. Tears about to fall LMAO!
May 21, 2013 5:40 pm
Geez, I'm going to have a hard time with a blog after Lucky Noodles and Thelma. Again, another great chapter in the Adventures of Thelma and Louise. What fun we all had!
May 21, 2013 5:44 pm
MB! (hugs) but you are SOOOO much better with the "Faux Toes". . .Thank you so much, dear friend. :) XOXOXOXO Glad you made it home safe. . .maybe we could cc in the next couple of weeks.
May 21, 2013 5:53 pm
Adventures of Thelma and Louise . . . Can we get a reality show sponsor to pay for these trips. no, never mind, too much footage could cause a bit of trouble. I'll be your Brad Pitt any day!
May 21, 2013 6:03 pm
May 21, 2013 6:52 pm
Not so sure we want " faux toes" of that! Did you see that Mi has "faux toes" on the voting page? That phrase will stick with me forever! Hope her little Miss gets a kick out of that.
May 21, 2013 8:55 pm
Ah Man! What a great adventure! Love the "faux toes" Love you ladies!
May 21, 2013 9:06 pm
That mile high pie sounds damned good to me. Maybe next time? Love to you all and thanks for sharing Sparkle Girl :)
May 22, 2013 4:12 am
Oh my! Sounds like you guys had a ball! Took me a sec to "get" the faux toes! Too funny!! You guys crack me up!!
May 22, 2013 5:25 am
So much fun! SO Jealous! [I am so selfish, and want to go to all of them!] I need to start buying tickets, too, Miss Fancy Pants!
May 22, 2013 7:37 am
I enjoyed your faux toes and blog Lady Sparkles! What fun you all had.
May 22, 2013 8:10 am
Mornin' Lady Sparkle! I'm diggin' BSM's post above - because this little get together DID put everyone in very good spirits!! I was, however, anxiously awaiting the "faux toe" of the cap. :)
May 22, 2013 8:18 am
Mi! Magnolia Blossom convinced me I would be labelled incendiary if I posted a "faux toe" of that, LOL!!! I think it was too life like :)
May 22, 2013 8:19 am
We shoulda put a propeler on it for a beanie!
May 22, 2013 8:20 am
Cat, thanks for the heads up! Before I got off last nite, I went and voted. Love how "Little Miss" joined us. :)
May 22, 2013 8:22 am
B'Nana and mauigirl. . .ya both were with us :). When we heard you were airport hopping again, mauigirl, we so hoped you could get a flight to St.L. . .we woulda come and got you :)
May 22, 2013 8:22 am
mickdee. . .we crack our own selves up, LOL!!
May 22, 2013 8:22 am
Just printed the pix of me with the cap to take to the plastic surgeon in an hour!
May 22, 2013 8:23 am
Barbie!! Me Too!! I want to go to ALL of them! Someday, hopes and prayers :)
May 22, 2013 8:24 am
LN, lol!! The whole "size" thing has me baffled. How would I do that? LMAO!
May 22, 2013 8:25 am
Lela! Thank you for stopping in. We did indeed have a lovely, spirited visit. :)
May 22, 2013 8:25 am
May 22, 2013 9:29 am
Hahahahaha.....please report back LN!!
May 22, 2013 9:34 am
Lucky, a propeller on that? Snort! I believe Magnolia Blossom was correct with the incendiary thing. You are after all the queen of yarn and that did look life like!
May 22, 2013 12:03 pm
Female doc and ALL her staff LOVED the "faux toe" and I let her keep it for her private files!
May 22, 2013 3:04 pm
Ah, hope your visit went Ok!
May 22, 2013 3:28 pm
Better than expected!
May 23, 2013 3:16 am
Another fun blog! One day I want to stow away in your trunk (if another certain body isn't in it already!!) ;) Thanks for sharing!
May 23, 2013 5:26 am
Yes I agree what a fun blog. What a fun time you all had, so very cool. Mother Ann Cape May NJ isn't that far from you you could always come join us on the beach next Saturday.
May 23, 2013 9:45 am
LOL, Mother Ann. . .you should have seen that trunk. It was like a puzzle. . . Joey Joan, I hope your Beach Meet is a success and as much fun as we have had. Wish I could attend ;)
May 23, 2013 2:10 pm
Joey - I'm afraid that Cape May is about 475 miles from me - too far for a weekend visit; I live in NE Ohio, but I'd love to spend a day on the beach! In June my family and I will be on Chincoteague Island, VA and I CAN'T WAIT!
May 25, 2013 8:23 am
Sounds like lots of fun!! :)
May 25, 2013 12:14 pm
Linda, thanks for stopping in. We commented this weekend, how amazing it is that we've become such good friends through an internet site. We're very fortunate to enjoy this great community and it has been a blessing to be able to meet and enjoy one anothers company so much! :)
May 25, 2013 12:27 pm
So glad you got a out on a road trip, Sparkle Britches ......hey, AR now has auto spell-how great is that!!! People like me, who type faster than proof read need this on web sites:P..... Sounds like you had a wonderful time. That ketchup bottle-I know a young man, friends with my baby, who could eat all that ketchup in his lifetime. The kid puts ketchup on everything, YUCK. I think I even caught him grabbing the bottle for pancakes on morning:)
May 25, 2013 12:28 pm
*one morning....LMAO auto correct does not add the 'e' as needed.
May 25, 2013 1:07 pm
Clearly I haven't found the spell check/auto correct function. I type too fast and my eyes see what they want to see :) Funny. I was talking to my neighbors about catsup before this trip and we all agreed Brooks was the best but we couldn't find it anymore. I DID find some on our trip and brought them home a bottle. I don't use catsup much anymore, but. . .pancakes, really? EW! :)
May 25, 2013 1:28 pm
I had a gramma who cooked so badly that we would put ketchup on everything she made if we had to sit at the table. Family gathering had us eating off TV trays in the living room or back porch and we would feed her plants the unwanted food. I wonder what she thought when she would water her plants and find bits of Turkey dinner in there? I cannot be held accountable, I was 6 years old at the time and followed my older cousin's lead.
May 25, 2013 1:53 pm
LOL!! Well, there is just no accounting for a child's palate. . .I was a child once too and nearly considered catsup a vegetable. I do still like it but use it sparingly. Enjoy it in salad dressings and hash browns :)
May 28, 2013 11:50 am
Oh, how I wish i knew you were in my neck of the woods. Would love to have met you!!!!
May 29, 2013 2:50 pm
laury, we enjoyed ourselves so much and there is so much to experience in St. L. We will definitely put a shout out on the Buzz if/when we re-visit! Would enjoy meeting you also :)
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