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Another Midwest Round-Up - Another Midwest Adventure - Part One 
Jun. 10, 2012 5:24 am 
Updated: Jun. 28, 2012 6:35 pm
Aah... another day in the Midwest. Wait - not just another day. It's Thursday and I'm prepping for the arrival of Sparkle Britches (a/k/a Lady Sparkle, a/k/a she's the Thelma to my Louise), Mike Harvey and his wife Linda. We're all heading to the 3rd Annual Midwest Round-Up graciously hosted again by Cat Hill near Kansas City, MO. It's no secret that there has been a lot of talk back and forth regarding Mike Harvey and his travel arrangements and some smack talk about riding in the trunk. Now I'm not one to put on airs, but I did want Mike to feel comfortable. So I carefully prepared a spot for him.

Let it not be said that I don't take care of my guests. A comfy pillow, a rug (just like the kind you had to lay on in kindergarten), some snacks and water. What more could a guy want? And bungee cords if he misbehaved and wound up strapped to the roof of the car.

And so when the intrepid trio arrived at my home Thursday evening, I was ready! And I think Mike was pleasantly surprised at his deluxe accommodations.

Friday morning - 4:00 a.m. (That's not a typo folks...) My dear hubby's alarm goes off at 4:00 for him to head to work. Shortly thereafter the rest of the house started to awake so we decided to make an early departure. 6:00 a.m. and we're on the road (with Mike properly ensconced in the trunk). We did have to pull over and check Mike's noggin to be sure he didn't hit it on the trunk lid when I hit the deer carcass on the interstate. Can we say "eewwww...." Stopping in Hannibal, MO we ate at the Mark Twain Dinette, had a wonderful breakfast and appetizers. Appetizers? At breakfast? Sparkle Britches - she has some great ideas. 1/2 foot of onion rings dancing on a pole (wait a minute that doesn't exactly sound PG rated). BTW, they were amazing. But I digress... we forged ahead to Kearney, MO where we met Candice and Christine for Oregon. Checked into the hotel and then on to Cat Hill's for some absolutely wonderful appetizers. Pickled beets, prosciutto wrapped melon, goat cheese dip, chicken salad-type spread but made wild turkey (yum!), and stuffed morel mushrooms on toast points. Alas we would have stayed longer, but our other mission for the trip was the Relay for Life in Kearney. The six of us were going to participate and our AR peeps did not disappoint. Mike, our fearless leader, made his goal of $1,000 thanks to all the generous contributions of our friends here at AR. Like I've said before, "it's all about the peeps". You are amazing!


As part of each Relay for Life, a lighting of the luminaries ceremony is held. A tribute to cancer survivors and a memorial to those that fought their battle, but have passed on. It's why in the distant bleachers an outline of the word "HOPE" was lit in luminaries and then changed to the word "CURE". Awesome...

And speaking of awesome, I turned to the grandstands and coming down the stairs was someone who looked kind of familiar. Closer she came and she looked very familiar. The hair... the clothes... it can't be... wait for it... it is!!! mauigirl's surprise arrival from Vegas!!! I thought I was seeing things! She traveled far and wide to make it to the Midwest - long, long hours at airports. Sheesh! We were thrilled!

The next day we sent to Cat Hill's for the Round-Up. Mike, Linda, Lady Sparkle, Candice, Christine & I had all seen mauigirl by that time, so we were all excited for the big surprise for when she arrived at Cat's. The premise was that mauigirl was supposed to have had flowers delivered to Cat's and believe me, she was ticked that they hadn't shown up yet. So I called out to Cat that the flowers were here, come to the door. Hiding behind the flowers, mauigirl handed them to Cat and said that it was pretty hard to find the house. Cat gratefully accepted the flowers, but had a somewhat confused look on her face.

Aha... she get's it...

And on that note... I leave you to continue the festivities at the 3rd Annual Midwest Round-Up. Part 2 to follow!!!
Jun. 10, 2012 6:53 am
Mike's travel accommodations do look comfy! Sounds like you guys are having a blast so far! Love the look on Cat's face!
Jun. 10, 2012 8:05 am
What fun! I like the thoughtfulness for Mike-He is indeed pampered!
Jun. 10, 2012 9:05 am
No one knew I was coming and for a while, I doubted it myself. I flew standby and only had to wait 2 1/2 hours out of Vegas then to close and yet so far. Eight hour layover in Dallas but I persevered. I grabbed a rental car in KC and hightailed down to Kearney. Changed my shoes and went to the Relay for Life. I was trying to figure out where I might find my peeps (in the dark) and lo and behold....right in front of me was Magnolia Blossom! What a great look on her face!!!! Stay tuned for my blog!!!!
Jun. 10, 2012 10:12 am
Mike has to be very comfortable!:)
Jun. 10, 2012 10:14 am
What a surprise from mauigirl, such perseverance.
Jun. 10, 2012 12:26 pm
Your car trunk is quite luxurious by my standards, mine being a repository for all sorts of odds and ends. What a wonderful way to spend the weekend, doing good for others and then meeting up with good friends and good food. And that mauigirl is amazing isn't she!
Jun. 10, 2012 4:16 pm
This Cat is SOOOOOO tired but I would not change a minute of this weekend for anything! What great people to grace my home! What a wonderful weekend this has been! My roundup weekend ended at 5:00pm when the last 2 left. Now it is time to have an adult bevie, stay awake till 8:00 and then sleep till whenever I get up tomorrow! :)(:
Jun. 10, 2012 5:00 pm
So exciting to read all this! Magnolia, I love your humor! Love the bungee cords! Can't wait to read more! More!
Jun. 10, 2012 7:18 pm
Nice seeing you. Great blog.
Jun. 10, 2012 7:22 pm
Next time, if there is room for Mike in the car, I will ride in the trunk!
Jun. 11, 2012 4:19 am
LOL! I don't know what is funnier... the posh trunk accommodations for Mike or the look on Cat's face! Both are priceless! Mauiegirl you are such a prankster! How did you ever keep that secret!?!?! What fun! More blogs please everyone! I wanna see what all went on over there! DON"T spare the details! LOL!
Jun. 11, 2012 5:53 am
Mother Ann, we did have an absolute blast!
Jun. 11, 2012 5:54 am
Lela, it was fun! And you wouldn't believe how pampered Mike was.
Jun. 11, 2012 5:55 am
mauigirl, I can't wait for your blog! Having you arrive was like the icing on the cake or the surprise in the Cracker Jack box. Love you!
Jun. 11, 2012 5:57 am
CookandBakeGirl - don't worry, Mike had all the comforts of home. Just ask his wife.
Jun. 11, 2012 5:57 am
bd.weld - we had such a great time having mauigirl there too.
Jun. 11, 2012 5:59 am
BSM, you wouldn't believe the stuff that came out of the trunk in order to prepare for Mike's accommodations. We just had the best road trip ever. Another blog to follow with "the rest of the story".
Jun. 11, 2012 6:00 am
Cat, the hostess with the mostest, we had the most wonderful time. The food, the flowers and the fellowship. Thank you so much!
Jun. 11, 2012 6:01 am
Marianne - did you hear that "ka-boing"? It was the sound of the bungee cords snapping.
Jun. 11, 2012 6:02 am
bhawk - So good to see you once again. Thank you for all of your hard work.
Jun. 11, 2012 6:07 am
Bibi - We'd love to have you along for the ride, but I'm sure we could find room for you in the car. Mike's used to his man-cave by now.
Jun. 11, 2012 6:08 am
WFDM - there will definitely be more blogs! Thanks for stopping in!
Jun. 11, 2012 7:17 am
MB, great blog. Love the mauigirl surprise. I'll look forward to Part 2 and more pics!
Jun. 11, 2012 7:19 am
I'm still ROFL! What I love best is the fact that Mrs. Harvey allows us to have fun at her hubby's expense. I kept watching her snicker with hand held to her mouth as cover. I think she got a big bang out of all the fun poked at our beloved Mike. I can't wait to hear how the ride home went. Oh, that's right ...... Mike packed the luggage in the trunk didn't he?
Jun. 11, 2012 7:28 am
I am still trying to get home from my crazy adventure. It was a wonderful reunion with old and new friends. Funny how the new ones feel like old friends so quickly. I have said it so many times before and i will say it again.....if you can make your way to a roundup DO. If there is no roundup where you live, start one up. It can be as simple as meeting for lunch or even coffee. I have made dear friends for the rest of my life and I treasure them every day!
Jun. 11, 2012 7:32 am
BTW you have no idea how much I had to weasel info out of Cat and all the assorted blogs leading up to this roundup. I plotted and I planned really not knowing if I would be able to get there at all. I am so lucky to have the opportunity to do this and even luckier to have a spousal unit who supports me all the way. He was so excited to see if I could pull this one off. He is even more excited to get his old mauigirl back home :)
Jun. 11, 2012 8:52 am
Too cute!! Happy to hear it was a blast.
Jun. 11, 2012 9:08 am
Can't see to read through tears rolling down my face!! ROTFLMAO! !
Jun. 11, 2012 9:16 am
I simple can Not Believe I am soooo. BLESSED to have all of you as Friends! Just got to MG in the stands and lost it again or Still!
Jun. 11, 2012 9:17 am
Keep reading Aliba!
Jun. 11, 2012 9:21 am
My my my CatHill ! You just never know who will show up on your door step huh? Terrific blog Mongolia Blossom! Love love every second reading about the great times! !
Jun. 11, 2012 9:25 am
And Yes,a big thank YOU to Mrs. Trunk, uuuhhmmmm Mike!! We joke cuz we love:)
Jun. 11, 2012 9:36 am
Jun. 11, 2012 9:56 am
Awesome blog, MB! Your accommodations for Mike were so cute! Thanks for sharing and glad you had such a great time!!
Jun. 11, 2012 11:35 am
bellepepper - we had a blast! It's going to be hard to top that pic of Cat Hill's shocked face.
Jun. 11, 2012 11:44 am
We had such fun, didn't we Candice and mauigirl? Love, love Cat Hill generously opening her home to all of us.
Jun. 11, 2012 11:44 am
Thanks for stopping in Linda! We had such a good time.
Jun. 11, 2012 11:46 am
Patty Cakes - we had moments when we were so touched we wanted to cry and sometimes we were laughing so hard we were crying.
Jun. 11, 2012 11:47 am
RNG, the mauigirl/Cat Hill moment was like a scene out of a Lifetime movie.
Jun. 11, 2012 11:48 am
Thanks mickdee! I wanted Mike to be as comfy as possible.
Jun. 11, 2012 12:43 pm
OMGoodness....Too many priceless moments to even begin to list! ...and besides that I'm too tired to!!! Plus, it's like I told Lady Sparkle....that saying about "whatever happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas" ain't just for Vegas......hehehe....Anyway, I'm soooo glad I got to see you again this year, Lora and then to meet so many new awesome AR Peeps was just the icing on the cake! I had a blast!
Jun. 11, 2012 12:48 pm
MBM, sounds like some of you gals partied on afterwards. You just hate to miss a minute of the fun. I don't know about you, but this peep is pooped.
Jun. 11, 2012 2:07 pm
Indeed we did, MB! We had a GREAT day Sunday, wish you could have joined us; you would have had a blast. bhawk kept telling that sleep was overrated, but you can't much convince me of that at the moment!
Jun. 11, 2012 2:18 pm
HI HI!!! I LOVE this blog! The whole weekend was too fun. I couldn't comment until I got home but I loved it from the start. Soo hilarious!! BTW, Mark Twain Dinette in Hannibal, MO. . . best onion rings ever,even for breakfast. And yes, they were dancing on a pole, prepared to plunge in one of three sauces. Ya GOTTA laugh! It's what keeps everything light, LOL!! Luv Ya MB. Thank you Cat. So WONDERFUL to meet you MiBMi and bhawke, you gals ROCK!! :)
Jun. 11, 2012 4:01 pm
MBM-Sleep...who needs it?
Jun. 11, 2012 4:03 pm
LS, glad you made it home safe & sound. Yep, those onion rings give a whole new meaning to pole dancing in Hannibal. Thanks for being such a wonderful house guest and roomie! I'll try to get Part Two of the blog up sometime tomorrow.
Jun. 11, 2012 8:53 pm
OMG sounds like soo much fun!
Jun. 11, 2012 10:42 pm
Oh my gosh! Yep, I didn't know Mauie girl was coming either....What great Peeps we have! XOXO
Jun. 12, 2012 4:59 am
Great blog, MB! We had such a good time. Theses round-ups are a blast! Getting ready to fly back to Oregon! Can't wait to see you all again.
Jun. 12, 2012 6:20 am
Wonderful, wonderful, WONDERFUL! Can't wait for part 2!
Jun. 12, 2012 8:51 am
Grand Round Up. Such a fun time, it seems, was had by all. Well told, Magnolia B. Oh! And beautifully illustrated via the photos. Love the flower delivery idea...and the interval before that moment of recognition must have been too much fun for all.
Jun. 12, 2012 1:14 pm
I'm still tired today and coming down with a cold :( but I would do it all again just to have you all here! I must say mauigirl is an ACCOMPLISHED story teller and if sleep deprivation hadn't dulled my slow mind, I might just have figured it out ahead of time. I think the ladies at Bea's flowers should see that look on my face as they were in on the secret like a few others :)
Jun. 12, 2012 6:54 pm
Stay tuned Wyattdogster - Part 2 coming soon!
Jun. 12, 2012 6:54 pm
Thanks Hezzy!
Jun. 12, 2012 6:57 pm
Cat, your reaction was just perfect.
Jun. 12, 2012 7:00 pm
Mike, I just wanted to keep on hugging her. I just couldn't believe it. She is a great lady!
Jun. 12, 2012 8:17 pm
Cindy, we absolutely have great peeps!
Jun. 12, 2012 8:18 pm
Mike, let's face it, you were outnumbered at every turn.
Jun. 12, 2012 8:18 pm
Christine - loved seeing you again. Hope you had a good time with your relatives too.
Jun. 12, 2012 9:36 pm
I had such a wonderful time and i am so grateful and humbled by your support. Love to you all!!!!! PS. would never have figured it out LOL
Jun. 13, 2012 10:34 am
And he's modest too...
Jun. 14, 2012 11:17 am
I know one thing I wouldn't play poker with any of you! :)(:
Jun. 14, 2012 8:17 pm
Cat....LOL!!!! I am a really good poker player just cuz I am always dumbfounded and desperately trying to figure out what I am doing so I frequently win cuz of my DUMB expressions :)
Jun. 14, 2012 8:40 pm
LOL! Gotta know how to BS/bluff your way in poker.
Jun. 15, 2012 1:25 pm
BawhaaHaa, I don't believe you for a second, mauigirl! Wouldn't trust little miss poker face MB either:)(: should have wondered why she had her camera out! LOLOLOL
Jun. 15, 2012 2:29 pm
My heart is broken that I couldn't make it! I missed you all and thought of you throughout the weekend. I can't believe I missed a suprise visit from Mauigirl and meeting Mike. Ce' La vie, perhaps another time will come.
Jun. 15, 2012 2:29 pm
My heart is broken that I couldn't make it! I missed you all and thought of you throughout the weekend. I can't believe I missed a suprise visit from Mauigirl and meeting Mike. Ce' La vie, perhaps another time will come.
Jun. 16, 2012 3:48 pm
Until next time Mangel... we missed you!
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