Sunday, October 11, 2009

Chicago, Chicago that toddlin' town..

A few more shots of my mini-vacation (thanks kids and grands..and Mom-in-Law and Mr. B for the birthday spending money!)

At the hotel we stayed at, there was a fABlOuS coffee table book called....

..and it took all that was holy NOT to try to slip it in my bag..it was soo fun to look at..so I did the next best thing..

I took photos of most of the pages so I could share it with you..

It has pages of history and origins and stories of ...shoes..

And the artwork, whether it be photos of paintings..was beautiful!












And because it is Breast Cancer Awareness month, Chicago went all out - decorating streets, using pink lights on some buildings and just letting making people more ..aware..


Then there was the juxtaposition of the sights...

Large, cold very business building...with one lone flower box..

..the old...

...the new..

And then there were the signs that reminded me of loved ones...

Bear trying to look up this one's skirt..shame on you Bear! Mr. B..this one's for you.

This is for Ella Ireland...her favorite store EVER!

See, I didn't really spell Jeff's name wrong...everyone said it should be "Jeffrey"

Johnny's Grill , for my son-in-law Johnny, Ella's Daddy..


I don;t know what it is about bathrooms..or the fact that I was sooo very impressed with the LACK of graffiti in and around downtown Chicago..I saw none- NONE..even in the public bathroom stalls...

Of course, there shouldn't be any within the hotel room..:-)

Have a great Sunday..and Gerri's cancer is staged at a "zero" - meaning they got it all with the lumpectomy! She may not even need radiation and chemo is avoided ! :-) Thanks for the prayers, I know they were taken into consideration by the big boss :-)

-me

11 comments:

Artistic Accents by Darla said...

Oh, what a wonderful book! I've never been to Chicago but would love to some day! Great pics and the last paragraph is my favorite! Praise the Lord!!!!!!!!!! Congrats gerri!
Darla♥

Jan said...

Most important... such great news about Gerri.
Secondly, fab photos and lovely that you had such a great time. I had to laugh at all your pics of the fab shoe book.... I bet people were thinking 'What's that crazy woman doing?' !!

Sweet Repose said...

I had to laugh the other day as I was visiting my grandson in the ZUMIEZ store he works at, a skateboard shop...they had breast cancer awareness wrist bands that said, 'cause we love boobies'...I thought how very new age...KIDS!!!

Glad you had a great time...and by the way, you look GREAT in the mirror shot, the weight must still be coming off...YIPPEE!!!

Have a warmer than us week! RATS!!!

Just Breathe said...

Love that book, great photos. Love all the Chicago pictures. Thank you for sharing.

All My Yesterdays said...

Another fun blog and a great news one too. Awesome for Gerri! Just a thought, maybe you could find that book about shoes somewhere on this thing we call a computer. Would be fun to see all the old pictures in it. I myself think shoes are over rated. First thing that comes off when I get home. Next thing is the bra...they're over rated also. Just had to add that since we're on the *boob* subject (O:

Pearl said...

I love shoes especially the old ones (duh)great book wish I could wear high hills of any type. No more for me. But a girl can dream. Hi Colleen thanks for the comments, your a doll. Love, Pearl

Melinda Cornish said...

It looks like you had an amazing birthday! I am happy for you, you deserve it...Your quilt is calling your name girl....I swear I can hear it...it wants to come home...heehee.....also wanted to let you know that I finished my post about passing on the kreative blogger award and you are one of the lucky seven...cant wait to read your seven things.......Melinda

WHITE O'MORN COTTAGE said...

I'm delighted about Gerri's results. I have her name on the candle we light every night.Yes, we engrave peoples names on and wish them much love and light.

Now - the SHOES! DROOOOOOL!

Heather said...

praise the Lord for Gerri! That's the best news I've heard all weekend.

madrekarin said...

Such good news about Gerri. What a perfect end to your birthday celebration!

Connie said...

Glad you stopped over. You always make me feel like
I know what I am doing, lol.

Nice to hear the good news about the CA. Early detection is they key, I guess.

Your trip looks fabulous. love all the boats in the water picture. You do good work.