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Another Midwest Round-up, Another Midwest Adventure - Part 2 
Jun. 13, 2012 3:37 am 
Updated: Jun. 28, 2012 6:32 pm
ALSO AS AN ADDED BONUS... (Mike Harvey... The Rest of the Story)

Well I kind of left you hanging at Cat Hill's doorstep where she was surprised by mauigirl's arrival. Really, how can you top that pic? If you missed it, check out Part One (< ). But actually, Cat wasn't the only one that was surprised. Friday night after the relay, we had this happy reunion.

Lady Sparkle and mauigirl

Whether it's called a blowout, a bash, or a round-up, it's really all about the people, the food, the people. (I just repeated myself, didn't I?) Yep, did it on purpose, because even though we may be foodies here, it really is all about the peeps. Amazing folks with so much in commom. If you can get yourself to a round-up, I strongly encourage you to do so. Or start your own! Now to the food...

Saturday morning began with an absolutely delicious selection of quiches prepared by bhawk, and beautifully decorated too! Accompanied by a fresh fruit salad, we were set for the morning.

Asparagus Quiche

Zucchini Quiche

We checked out the barbecue/grilling area, the chickens, the gardens and enjoyed stimulating conversation.

Cat's Water Garden

A rose by any other name...

Cat's gardens were absolutely gorgeous and as she guided us through all the nooks and crannies, each area held it's own special story. That, along with her extensive knowledge of herbs and flowers, made for an enjoyable trip through her own little paradise.
Time for the main event... the barbecue and accompaniments. Working diligently along side of Cat Hill was bhawk and Mi Being Mi, and husband Jeff working the grill. The menu...

In addition to Cat's contributions, we had Mi Being Mi's famous baked beans (a must for each round-up), deviled eggs, key lime shamrock cake, red white & blue trifle, pineapple upside down cake, sangria and more. Can we say "yum"...

After feasting on... well... the feast... we had a little gift distribution. What's for Dinner Mom made beautiful carry bags for us that Cat decorated.

A hostess gift from me to Cat
and gifts to my fellow travelers, Lady Sparkle and Mike Harvey.
Can you guess who got which bottle? Hehe...

It's all about the peeps...

mauigirl, Magnolia Blossom, Mike Harvey, Linda Harvey, Lady Sparkle
Mi Being Mi, Christine-NICU RN, bhawk, Coo Car, Cat Hill and Candice

The animals... (Oops, how did I miss Bane, the wonder dog?) Cat's girls... soon to be producing farm fresh eggs.

The beautiful horses...

A view at the pond.

We wrapped up the event on Sunday morning with an enjoyable breakfast at Cracker Barrel.

Another year, another round-up, another fun-filled time with friends from past round-ups and meeting new friends! Thank you so much to Cat Hill for sharing her home and her heart with us.

Oh yes, I promised you another part of the Midwest Adventure.


With all the talk back and forth on blogs and the Buzz, it was eagerly anticipated by all for the arrival of Mike Harvey. Whether it was concern over his travel arrangements or his capability of dealing with so many of the female persuasion, many had commented. I posted a pic of his deluxe accommodations in the trunk in Part One of this blog and per Redneck Grandma's comments, I guess I was pretty generous by offering the stretchy bungee cords as opposed to her ratchet-down straps.

Mike was our fearless leader at the Relay for Life and kept everyone's spirits high, continually checking back and forth to AR and the Relay for Life website for updates on his goal of $1,000. Success! - thanks to all who contributed.

Linda Harvey, Mike's wife, is a lovely lady who knows how to handle him. With a quick comment and a demure little smirk, she's a perfect match. Here's a pic of him thumping his chest "I'm the man" and her "Yeah, right".

I don't think he looks too happy about being the pack mule.
Also known as "Bob"

The ladies in the car kept Mike "on his toes" and the poor fella didn't really stand a chance.

I'm sure by now you are eagerly awaiting the details of Mike's ride to my home in Illinois. Here's a hint... he got my car keys and started packing the trunk himself. Imagine that... he doesn't quite fit this time. Wonder how that happened? So I let him drive part of the way (since he had kidnapped my keys!).

Seriously, I had the most amazing time with my fellow travelers. It was awesome meeting Mike Harvey and his dear wife Linda, and continuing my friendship with Lady Sparkle, my roomie, and the Thelma to my Louise. I loved seeing everyone again and meeting new friends. Until we meet again... love you all!
Deb C 
Jun. 13, 2012 3:54 am
What a fun time and great food! I love the pictures. Thanks for sharing!
Jun. 13, 2012 3:55 am
Hi Deb C! Oh, the food was sooo good. Thanks for stopping in.
Jun. 13, 2012 4:00 am
Argh!!! If someone else has the entire group photo, please post it on your blog. I tried to blow up the pic, but it cut off the right side and we lost Candice! Any time I try to "fix" something after posting, I get all kinds of whacky spacing and symbols.
Jun. 13, 2012 4:07 am
Wow, that was an adventure! Great pics MB! Thanks for posting! I never doubted that you would all have a fabulous time!
Jun. 13, 2012 4:29 am
Great story, fun pictures, but like you said, "it's really all about the people." I'm so glad you all were able to get together. Thanks for sharing "the REST of the story!"
Jun. 13, 2012 4:57 am
Thanks for sharing your wonderful time with all. From the pictures, it looks like everyone enjoyed a fantastic time. So glad to hear Mike survived!
Jun. 13, 2012 5:17 am
Awesome pictures and story. My favorite, well they are all my favorites, photo is the last. :)
Jun. 13, 2012 5:25 am
Fun, fun, fun... I love how the tractor is an AR orange. Thanks for sharing.
Jun. 13, 2012 5:51 am
GREAT blog, Magnolia Blossom! Thanks for the great photos and the beautiful people stories, too. It's so much fun to understand from firsthand experience just what an exhilarating time you had. Thanks for the blog! Love you, gal!
Jun. 13, 2012 6:10 am
Looks like a FABULOUS time was had by all! Someday I hope to meet all you WONDERFUL peeps!
Jun. 13, 2012 6:32 am
Your photos looked wonderful. What happened to Candice? My child is not an accomplished photographer evidently, sorry! I own that "SourPuss" for sure! Thanks for putting up with me through out the year and thanks so much for bringing your fellow travelers. It was a privilege to have you all here.
Jun. 13, 2012 6:51 am
HAHAHAHAHAHAHA! Mike - you is crazy! Y'all are crazy! What fun! Thanks so much for sharing all of the details---well, those you could! ;) I am going to get to a round up one of these days! Looks like too much fun to miss out on for sure!
Jun. 13, 2012 7:30 am
Oh how fun! I feel like I was right along side with you all. Poor Mike, having to deal with all those women at once. I thought I might hear that maybe he didn't want to come out of the trunk ;)
Jun. 13, 2012 7:40 am
Loved the blog and what a feast! I enjoyed the photos of everyone.
Jun. 13, 2012 8:13 am
thanks for sharing, I had a hard time figuring the hen pecked and sour puss between Mike and Cat;)
Jun. 13, 2012 8:42 am
It truly is ALL ABOUT THE PEEPS as MB has said. So much fun, So much good food and so much love! Thank you Lora for being who you are! A funny, down-to-earth and confident woman. You are one of my favorite peeps!
Jun. 13, 2012 8:44 am
Love that Cat's wearing her ORANGE tank top too! Representing AR all the way!
Jun. 13, 2012 8:56 am
oh yes, i agree , it's all about the folks that show up! those quiches look devine! i think i gained 5lbs reading the menu! awesome chow! great blog! i'm certainly glad he grabbed the keys...poor guy!
Jun. 13, 2012 9:51 am
MB ((hugs)) AWESOME pictures! Cat said she saw me taking pictures so why can't I find them???? grrrr. . .and hey, we have some gorgeous ladies all around on AR (CA, LV, OH, FL, and the MidWest) but our menfolk ain't no slouches either. Mike, bd and gderr can hold their own ANYWHERE as far as handsome goes, imho. Cat had AR orange all down the front fence so we could find her. Thank you all so much! My life is so enriched by knowing you! Love ya Lora and I miss you already!
Jun. 13, 2012 10:14 am
bellpepper & Bibi Thanks for stopping in. We had an awesome time.
Jun. 13, 2012 10:15 am
misty - I think Mike did OK. Linda, that's my fav pic too!
Jun. 13, 2012 10:16 am
Hi Marie! We like to color coordinate. Thanks for stopping in.
Jun. 13, 2012 10:17 am
Ah Mike, the wife has a lengthy honey-do list, right? Thanks for the tip on clicking on the pic. I shouldn't have tried to insert the pic in large scale.
Jun. 13, 2012 10:18 am
Thanks Marianne. It was good talking to you that weekend.
Jun. 13, 2012 10:18 am
Shorecook - love to meet you some day!
Jun. 13, 2012 10:19 am
Cat - your son did just fine. I tried blowing up the pic so you could see everyone and it crowded out of the space. If you click on the pic, you can see everybody, including our beautiful Candice.
Jun. 13, 2012 10:20 am
WFDM - we all enjoy a good laugh, which made for very pleasant traveling companions and round-up guests.
Jun. 13, 2012 10:20 am
WFDM - and thank you & your girls for the gift bag!
Jun. 13, 2012 10:21 am
ibbz, he was so comfy on the way down, we had to use a crowbar to get him out. But over the weekend he developed a bad case of claustrophobia.
Jun. 13, 2012 10:22 am
Thanks for stopping in Lela!
Jun. 13, 2012 10:24 am
Hehe, Cat got the Sour Puss wine cause I continually got emails from her worrying about weeds in her flower beds. Weeds? I didn't see no stinkin' weeds! Mike, well he probably perceives himself as hen pecked, but his wife is just peachy. Thanks for stopping in Redneck Grandma.
Jun. 13, 2012 10:25 am
Thanks Candice! Seeing you and Christine again was awesome.
Jun. 13, 2012 10:26 am
gderr-the food was totally awesome! You would have loved all the barbecued meat. Yum!
Jun. 13, 2012 10:27 am
LS, my divine roomie, made me a little crown made out of star garland and magnolia blossoms, with bells hanging from it. A queen for a day!
Jun. 13, 2012 10:32 am
LOLOL! Fess up, I am a sour cranky puss and that wine isn't bad. It goes with the mood I am in today! I will get a blog up later. Promise cause I have a whole different point of view:) I would love to try gderr's southern cuisine and all that seafood any day. Maybe next year!
Jun. 13, 2012 10:36 am
That wine is good, I had to taste test it first, don't you know. Can't wait to see your blog!
Jun. 13, 2012 1:22 pm
LOVE, LOVE, LOVE reliving the weekend. I had a ball and i love seeing all of my dear friends both new and old :) Will post my blog tomorrow:)
Jun. 13, 2012 5:03 pm
Looking forward to it MG!
Jun. 13, 2012 5:03 pm
MG, you're probably not loving reliving the airport adventure, however.
Jun. 13, 2012 5:52 pm
I'm my gosh! What a great blog! I had so much fun. The food was good, but the AR peeps are great. So much love. I have been to 2 round-ups now, and they are wonderful. Everyone is so warm and welcoming. Thank you, MB for reliving the memories. Can't wait for the next one. Miss you already!
Jun. 13, 2012 10:21 pm
Christine....I am not telling a soul about the orange stuff LOL
Jun. 13, 2012 10:23 pm
Jeez...I just looked at the leg I'm showing in that last pic. YIKES! I look like a hoochy mama LOL
Jun. 14, 2012 3:20 am
Great pics and it sounds like you all had a great time! Who would have ever thought joining up on a recipe site would bring so much fun and so many new friends into our lives?
Jun. 14, 2012 8:35 pm
Christine, we did have a great time, didn't we? Miss you too!
Jun. 14, 2012 8:35 pm
MG - ooh la la... LOL!
Jun. 14, 2012 8:37 pm
Mother Ann, whenever I try to explain to someone why or what I did in Vegas or Kansas City, I almost always have to preface it by saying, "Well, it's hard to believe, but..." And then I tell them about the most amazing people that I've met. Love to meet you some day!
Jun. 15, 2012 11:09 am
Looks like fun, thanks for sharing the wonderful photos.
Jun. 16, 2012 6:46 am
What an excellent adventure! Thanks for sharing with us. I sure wish I could have been there.
Jun. 16, 2012 3:50 pm
Thanks for stopping in Sherri!
Jun. 16, 2012 3:51 pm
BN, thanks to you and Marianne for keeping mauigirl sane during her lengthy travel adventure. (Must have been the best kept secret on the planet.) It was great talking with you that weekend.
Jun. 16, 2012 6:24 pm
You banned me! Accident? Unintended? Oversight? A slip of the mouse? It doesn't matter. From now on, and until forever ends, your name shall be BanShe!
Jun. 16, 2012 6:49 pm
BanShe, by the way, is easily shortened to BS.
Jun. 18, 2012 10:00 am
Heh, well I guess if the shoe fits, I'll wear it!
Jun. 18, 2012 10:21 pm
Ok, I would like to officially have Mike be the Grandpa never had!! Omgosh I love him!! He is such a good sport and has such a lovely Lady beside him, who could say no to him? Love your blog Lora and tears of joy are in my eyes. The food and Family are abundant supply for Sure! Thanks So much to Everyone who brought this blog to furishion! !
Jun. 19, 2012 3:03 pm
Patty Cakes, he was a hoot and his wife is a gem. Lady Sparkle and I had such a good time with them.
Jun. 20, 2012 4:46 pm
Looks like everyone had a great time. the food looked awesome. It actually brings me to tears. Two weeks ago I got great news from my Doctor... Do you detect the sarcasm about the Doctor news. I was handed a list of things not to eat due food allergies. THIS SUCKS. I did enjoy your pics though, Thanks
Jun. 21, 2012 6:37 pm
Kate, thanks for stopping in. Food allergies-ouch!
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