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Magnolia Blossom's Midwest Misadventures - St. Louis 
Jul. 15, 2013 3:27 pm 
Updated: Jul. 22, 2013 4:27 pm
What is that phrase?  Better late than never?  While two of my cohorts and road buddies, Lady Sparkle and Lucky Noodles had already written blogs about our St. Louis weekend, I decided to put a different spin on our weekend.  (Yeah, that’s me… I just kind of spin in a different direction…)
Where does it start?  A trip to St. Louis in May and arriving at Lady Sparkle’s house to spend the night before our trip.  Sparkle Britches has 2 dogs, one is very rambunctious, and the other is extremely large.  Friendly, but LARGE (Great Dane mix).  LS had an air mattress set up for me on the floor.  Time for bed… LS takes one dog upstairs with her and the “large one” was in his crate.  Just dropping off to sleep and I hear the clicking of toenails on the floor and I assume that LS had let the dog out of her room.  Next thing I know, the LARGE dog had climbed onto my air mattress.  I can’t help but laugh and say “I don’t think you are supposed to be here, but what can I do about it?”.  I envision his nails puncturing the mattress and the two of us flying through the air like cartoon characters.  Well apparently he thought the mattress was quite comfy, so he lay down.  Then he rolled over and we are now laying back to back like an old married couple who’s ticked off at each other.  Thankfully, Sparkle Britches’ son came home and rescued me.
First attraction, a ketchup bottle… Ketchup bottle?  Or do you say catsup?  Whatever…that is another blog.  The out-of-town peeps rented a home near Collinsville, IL.  I had done a little research prior to the trip and mentioned to my very fun-loving traveling companions, Lady Sparkle (Thelma) & Lucky Noodles (Brad Pitt), that we should stop and see the World’s Largest Ketchup Bottle in Collinsville.  I mean, that’s what foodies do, right?  We are driving and surely we would be seeing it soon, I mean how could you miss it?  Aha!  There it is!  It also happens to be where we need to turn to get to the rental house.  Imagine the reaction on the other end of the phone when Cat Hill calls to ask for directions to the house.  Turn left at the giant ketchup bottle…silence at the other end…whaat?!?!  MiBeingMi and Cat laughing hysterically…
Next, a stop at the Botanical Gardens in St. Louis.  Beautiful day, beautiful scenery.  Ah… the conservatory – humid atmosphere, beautiful tropical plants.  Taking some “faux toes” (I will explain that phrase in a moment), my foot slipped off of the slick paved area and down I went…right into the plant that I had just taken a “faux toe” of.  OK, trying to get up without destroying the plant…not happening.  Great, I’ve fallen into a semi-toxic plant that probably only blooms every 400 years.  Good thing I got a pic of it before the devastation.  (And it was one of my better pics too!)  My arm was filled with fine nettles and proceeded to swell up.  Had to remove the nettles with duct tape when I got home.  Sigh…
As promised, an explanation of “faux toes.”  MiBeingMi loves taking pics of her food and her family sometimes pokes fun of her taking them and uses their fingers to make quote marks in the air when talking about her “faux toes.”  (You have to pronounce it the way it’s written, in a higher pitch, and a sing-song voice.)  Mi relayed the story of her 4-year old granddaughter asking “Grammy, do you have to take a “faux toe?”, using the quote marks in the air and sounding exactly like she had heard many times before.  As you can imagine, the entire weekend we couldn’t use the words picture or photo.

Oh, the lively discussions we had that weekend, from hair styles, fashion trends, arts & crafts, political ambitions, and of course, food.  A fun weekend for all!  Can’t wait to do it again,  (except for sleeping with a humongous dog and pulling nettles out of my arm), but maybe next time I’ll take more “faux toes”!
Stay tuned for the next chapter – Magnolia Blossom’s Midwest Misadventures – Kansas City.
Jul. 15, 2013 3:54 pm
I'm glad your dignity was all that was hurt! It is a pretty plant. I haven't been to St Louis in over 20 years, but I remember the great zoo they had too. Did you eat in any of the great little cafes near the river? I'd love to go back, just not in the middle of a heat wave in August.
Jul. 15, 2013 4:07 pm
LOL, great blog Magnolia. Will we see you in December?
Jul. 15, 2013 4:15 pm
Wait what misadventures happened here? Oh yeah, I remember now ;) I must correct you, I was talking on the phone saying "What turn at the giant ketchup bottle?" Everyone should have seen the look I got from the driver, Mi. Then when I got off the cell. I was asked "WHAT" I told Mi what I was told and THEN we SAW it and started laughing hysterically. Heavens there really was a giant ketchup bottle to turn right at!
Jul. 15, 2013 4:19 pm
Well, I do believe it was the other plant that you fell into but that bloom was not the same after that is for sure. I do believe it should be noted that the sidewalk had a good 3 inch drop that was hidden and someone could have seriously twisted an ankle or worse on it trying to take a "faux toe". Thankfully, Mags wasn't seriously injured!
Jul. 15, 2013 4:21 pm
Oh, my dear, I wish I could have been with you! Fun just seems to follow you around, doesn't it? Sooooo miss my peeps. To those readers who haven't made it to a round up, please try to go to one. You will make memories you will never forget!
Jul. 15, 2013 4:39 pm
I can only imagine the amount of fun you all had! Silly is the best thing for whatever ails you. I think you all had NO ailments after that weekend. Hugs dear MB!
Jul. 15, 2013 4:51 pm
Thanks for the great laugh. It sounds like a wonderful time. I could just picture you and the dog flying through the air on the mattress. Glad you were rescued before that happened. I also can picture you trying to get up without ruining the plant. Sounds exactly like something I would do. Nothing wrong with spinning the other direction, it makes life interesting.
Jul. 15, 2013 4:58 pm
BSM, the dignity was shot to he## and so was the plant. Other than Soullard market, the botanical garden and an Italian grocery on the "Hill", we didn't venture any further into the city. Had fun cooking our own meals.
Jul. 15, 2013 4:59 pm
BD, I am hoping if I see another deal on Southwest.
Jul. 15, 2013 5:01 pm
Gad, that poor plant. It didn't stand a chance. And how many people could have that much fun over a ketchup bottle?
Jul. 15, 2013 5:04 pm
Bibi is another perfectly pleasant peep to pal around with. We've had our fun too, haven't we? I try to make the most of any opportunity that will put a smile on my face and AR peeps do just that.
Jul. 15, 2013 5:08 pm
Hehe, Candice is probably well aware of how much fun we had. I must say that falling into the plant was a real "well sh#t the bed" moment. It's all good though because laughter is the best medicine.
Jul. 15, 2013 5:09 pm
Perfect timing my dear friend. I was needing a "lift" and this pleasant recount did the trick! :). . .ah. . .who needs restaurants with a gaggle of fabulous cooks?? Those "late night gab fests" are the best, aren't they? XOXOXOXO
Jul. 15, 2013 5:10 pm
iceemama, glad you enjoyed. We had such fun, and you are right, sometimes spinning in the other direction does make life interesting.
Jul. 15, 2013 5:12 pm
Sparkle Britches! Your dog is famous now! Had such a wonderful time with the "girls."
Jul. 15, 2013 5:33 pm
Great blog! Although I have not actually seen this LARGE dog of Sparkle Britches, I have a VERY good visual. Thanks for the great laugh. I loved the ketchup (catsup) bottle! So perfect! What a great re-cap and another great adventure!
Jul. 15, 2013 5:59 pm
What fun! I can just imagine a huge dog laying on an air mattress. At least the dog was friendly. If it were my 80 pound dog, you would hear snoring, too.
Jul. 15, 2013 6:51 pm
hmmm if mister magnolia doesn't behave he and LS's pup could share the "dog house" :)
Jul. 15, 2013 7:14 pm
I think LARGE is a pretty good clue. It's my goal to make as many people smile, grin, laugh, giggle, chuckle or chortle as I can.
Jul. 15, 2013 7:16 pm
Lela, you've got to think bigger. Like 140 lbs. Thankfully the son arrived in time ti avert the snoring and spooning stage.
Jul. 15, 2013 7:17 pm
MG, that dog would bounce Mr. Magnolia straight to the ceiling.
Jul. 15, 2013 8:00 pm
Hahaha....thanks for reminding me of what a great weekend that was! Oh my goodness....we laughed alot!! My granddaughter has seen "faux toes" from that weekend and now knows all the St. Louis peeps names. She LOVES that we all say "faux toe" now....LOL
Jul. 15, 2013 8:15 pm
We laughed so hard, my stomach hurt. Your granddaughter is famous now too!
Jul. 15, 2013 8:42 pm
MB: Whenever there are AR friends involved, the guaranteed results are lots of laughs, tons of fun, insanity beyond belief, and amazing companions, incessant talking...and now Houdini dogs...Nice blog! Thanks for sharing your experience!
Jul. 15, 2013 11:23 pm
Oh my goodness to be a fly in that Car!! Lollolol super fun blog MB!! I do believe I have seen that ketchup bottle on some TV Food trip. Thanx for sharing!
Jul. 15, 2013 11:48 pm
It is a lovely "faux toe" (= And a lovely story - except for the fall and the nettles. I'm sorry I missed Indiana, but am so happy I got to see you in KC! What a [much needed!]treat!
Jul. 16, 2013 3:34 am
Hi Patty Cakes! These stories are made for sharing.
Jul. 16, 2013 3:38 am
Thanks for stopping in gammaray. Next stop, Kansas City, where I can relay our misadventures there. Stay tuned...
Jul. 16, 2013 4:29 am
Great way to start the morning, a huge grin on my face! Great blog, such a wonderful weekend to remember, heck, I'll never forget it. Sleep, who needs sleep when you can talk and laugh all night long? I promise you a real bed anytime. You'll only have to share with three small dogs! XOXOXO
Jul. 16, 2013 4:30 am
Sounds like you had a great time!
Jul. 16, 2013 10:19 am
Lucky Noodles, I know what that huge grin looks like! Yep, sleep is way overrated. I'm used to sharing with 2 cats, so 3 small dogs? No problem...
Jul. 16, 2013 10:20 am
sueb - we certainly did have a great time. Thanks for stopping in!
Jul. 16, 2013 8:50 pm
bikerfamily, I missed your post. You've got the incessant talking right. I'm surprised we still had voices after that weekend.
Jul. 17, 2013 1:46 am
You know, one of these days I am actually going to BUY a lottery ticket (=
Jul. 17, 2013 4:29 am
Me too!!!
Jul. 17, 2013 4:53 am
That is hilarious about the dog, glad to finally know what the hey you all were talking about with the "faux toes". Sounds like such a blast and great memories made. I don't read many blogs but have read all the adventures of Thelma & Louise, oh and Brad Pitt. :-P
Jul. 17, 2013 5:13 am
MB, I did nearly lose my voice, remember by the time we got to Crackers, on my tenth call to DH! Hehehe. Sherri, I am planning many more trips with Thelma and Louise! If we hit the lottery, the three of us can hit the road and visit EVERYONE!
Jul. 17, 2013 6:51 am
So now I FINALLY know what faux toes are all about! I think this sounds like a lovely trip with just enough mishaps to make it memorable. Love all of you!
Jul. 17, 2013 10:06 am
Sherri, I'm glad you stopped in. Life is so funny sometimes, you just can't make this stuff up.
Jul. 17, 2013 10:06 am
LN, can't wait for the next adventure!
Jul. 17, 2013 10:07 am
Marianne, you need to actually hear how it is said and picture the air quotes. Couple that with a 4-year old doing it? Hilarious...
Jul. 17, 2013 12:05 pm
What a hoot you must have had. If I did not live so far away:( Very happy you all had a great time. I'm a little jealous. The dog reminded me, when I was 10 years we had a German Sheppard that love sleeping in anybody's bed. Shameless hussy.
Jul. 17, 2013 12:15 pm
10 years old. is what I meant. Loved not love. geesh.
Jul. 17, 2013 1:08 pm
Mini Mi is quite famous now with the "faux toe". I laughed about that for days when I got home and even now I take a "faux toe". WEll, except for today. the blonde horse has an eye infection and I had to send a photo for diagnosis. I wasn't saying things like "faux toe" more like you blasted beast hold your head still! And a few other things beginning with seriously I gave you a treat STANDSTILL!
Jul. 18, 2013 9:24 pm
Thanks for stopping in Manella. Gotta laugh at these dog stories.
Jul. 18, 2013 9:26 pm
LOL, I know what that phrase is you're mentioning Cat!
Jul. 19, 2013 12:18 pm
Yep it was that one! Old thing stuck something in his eye so now he is down here in the pen devouring my sunflowers.
Jul. 22, 2013 12:07 pm
You behave fairly well when we've traveled with you. Must be I scare you into good behavior. ... Glad you had a fun time in ST.Louis!
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