Bee Prepared.

Like the Boy Scouts, we hoped to be prepared.  Last night we planned to get up first thing this morning, survey the storm’s progress, and make a decision.  We met in Janey and Patty’s room at 7:45 am even before we’d had coffee.  Our flight was scheduled to leave New Orleans airport at 1:55pm.  The…

I’d like a Hurricane please?

What is that old wives’ tale again?  The morning after you’ve been drinking make sure you get on a boat?  That may not be it.  But that’s what we did.  We got up early and wiped the powdered sugar off of our lips after more beignets and coffee.  We headed to our airboat tour…we’re in…

We had a Ball.

Janey and I took off at a canter from the hotel before 8:00am because we felt sure we’d be SUPER POPULAR with the rest of the team if we brought back coffee and beignets from Cafe Du Monde.  The beignets were still hot and so was the coffee when we gathered in the lobby with…

What a friend we have in cheeses.

MEMPHIS, Tennessee — CLARKSDALE, Mississippi –NEW ORLEANS, LA Janey says it was Ron Hansen who later became the Mayor of Muscatine who leaned over to the waitress as she delivered a platter of cheeses to a banquet Jane attended. He gently touched the waitress’s arm and declared triumphantly, “What a friend we have in Cheeses!”…

Hey Jude.

— MEMPHIS, Tennessee — Saint Jude Thaddeus:  The Patron Saint of Lost Causes.  One of the apostles of Christ.   One of his first followers.  Later martyred.  His name Jude means giver of joy; his name Thaddeus means generous and kind. “There is something so special about HERE” said our tour guide, Mary.  Patty had…

Peyton Place.

ST LOUIS, Missouri — NEW MADRID, Tennessee — Arkansas –MEMPHIS, TN We pulled off the road for gas this morning and saw the flag at half mast at a Burger King.  We were still in St. Louis.  There are good people everywhere who awoke to the same horrific news that we did today: a terrible…

A horse is a horse, of course…

  — ST. LOUIS, Missouri — We had plans to attend the afternoon St. Louis Cardinals baseball game today so we decided to visit Grant’s Farm first thing this morning to make the most of our time here.  You can’t be a American beer lover and not know about the Anheiser-Busch Brewing Company, one of…

Need any popcorn for your head?

MUSCATINE, Iowa — HANNIBAL, Missouri — ST. LOUIS, Missouri I awoke with a migraine and was unable to lift my head from the pillow.  Team Winona kicked into gear. Trudi, my roomie, was as nice as ever and did all she could to help, but the gals had to postpone our departure; Patti and Jean…

Cute as a button.

–MUSCATINE, Iowa– The Muscatine Journal was available in the lobby of our hotel this morning.  It’s the paper that Samuel Clemens (Mark Twain) wrote for in his early life as a writer.  His older brother Orion Clemens was a part-owner of the newspaper actually.  Clemens wrote rhapsodically about the sunsets of Muscatine and claimed they…

Up.

                      TAMPA — CHICAGO –HIGHLAND PARK, IL — MUSCATINE, Iowa   “I’m so up-sided”     (as three year old Julia Virgilio used to say) The final hours of packing for a ten day trip are always hectic.  Of course we were “up-sided” about the…

We like straw hats and we cannot lie.

In the mornings on last year’s Route 66 Trip sometimes some of us would go get coffees  and deliver them to the other sixtahs in their hotel rooms.  One morning Trudi had marked my styrofoam cup with only “Good M.” as the pen’s ink ran out before she could write “Good Morning” in its entirety….

Girls Trip, THE MOVIE.

  Oh no you didn’t. Yes we did.  We had to.   We had it on good authority that the movie was funny and also a bit raunchy…but it was called “Girls Trip” for goodness sake.  We had to.  We gathered to see the movie “Girls Trip” a few weeks ago prior to the storms….