my trip was amazing, lovely, and lots of fun! i started out saturday - later than planned, but the weather was beautiful!
i took a couple detours on my trip - the first totally accidental. well, literally due to an accident on the interstate. i noticed a line of cars stopped right before the newton exit, and i'd been contemplating stopping in newton to use the loo. when i saw the line, i knew i'd better stop if i was going to be stuck in traffic for an hour. then, off to the side of the exit, i saw a museum, so i thought - sit in traffic for an hour, or visit a museum? MUSEUM! : )
i would love to own this pattern!! : )
woodwork is always my favorite. : )
the jasper county museum has a wonderful maytag exhibit, including the last washer from the plant in newton, before it closed. the inside panel is signed by every worker from the line. very emotional, as many in the area (and beyond) feel that the company closed the plant out of spite. :(
anyway, when i stopped, i thought i'd just tour the museum for a few minutes - you know, like a normal museum. lol but then a lady came out & said she was just starting the tour, so i could join her group. well, it was really just a couple. very informal, nice tour! and at the end our tourguide gave me a hug...!
when i left the museum an hour or so later, the accident had been cleared up (hope everyone's okay!) & traffic was back to normal. my next detour was to a danish windmill somewhere in iowa along I-80... LOL i don't remember the name of the town!! i didn't stop this time, tho, because there seemed to be a festival going on - LOTS of ppl! heh.
there was also a neat church & a graveyard i would like to check out sometime!
i made it in to omaha safely & hung out w/ joy & bobby & the kids for awhile. then i just VEGGED OUT! really, that was my weekend - spend some time w/ joy & then veg out in the hotel. i *heart* DoubleTree SO MUCH!!! the room was the perfect temperature, they left me extra towels since i was in for a 3 night stay, and they gave me an extra cookie! : )
monday was the family reunion & it was lots of fun! we ate lots of yummy food & played bingo. : ) i did not take as many pictures as i thought i would. sometimes it happens that way. for as much as i am a shutterbug, sometimes i feel funny about taking pictures, especially when other ppl are taking them.
ah well, at least we had fun hanging out! : ) heh. and on the way back to the hotel, i took a little detour (LOL)...and i saw this...
all weekend i slept really well, in the giant king-size bed. there were storms i didn't hear. there was only snuggling into the many, many pillows... ahhhhh! this morning i got up "early" at 9:30 so i could get packed up & everything.
it was another beautiful day! i took an unexpected detour when i missed an exit...
and then i took another when i decided to visit the Herbert Hoover Presidential museum & historical site. : ) i didn't go thru the museum, just the front part & gift shop. it was only an hour before closing time & i didn't want to pay the $6 admission to feel rushed. i like to wander in museums... : ) i did pick up some nice postcards, tho, and definitely want to go back soon!!
oh, and my favorite rest area, also! it's dedicated to writers, and oh so neat!
of course, i prefer these pictures from last year's trip to boone w/ mom & leyton. : )
i got into town around 5:30, but had to pick up some hobo & cat food before getting home! heh. when i did get home, i ate my dinner & watched some Royal Pains - and a bonus ep of Psych! wooooot!!!! that was a really neat surprise! : )
now i should go to bed as tomorrow is a work day. i'm afraid to look at my email. i should do that before i go to bed. lol in conclusion - God is good, this weekend was VERY BLESSED, and i'm ready for vacation again. *laugh* well, i'm ready to be independently wealthy. ; ) aren't we all??