We took another spring 2015 trip and headed towards the east coast.  Emily joined us in Savannah and after a few days we headed to Charleston via Beaufort.  It was certainly a much different landscape than our Phoenix trip a few weeks earlier.  The beauty on this trip came from the history, the architecture and the cuisine.  It was a fabulous time!

Here are the pictures:

Savannah waterfront

Savannah waterfront

Randy and Emily

Randy and Emily

Lovely Savannah Squares

Lovely Savannah Squares

Such an old cemetery

Such an old cemetery

Savannah "girls"

Savannah “girls”

Resting

Resting

More squares

More squares

Savannah City Hall

Savannah City Hall view from our hotel

Beautiful Church

Beautiful Church

In Savannah, we ate at the Pink House which was so wonderful.  We walked 9 miles while taking in all the sites and sounds of this lovely city.

From Savannah, we headed towards Charleston and spent a few hours in Beaufort.  The drive was so pretty.

Emily swinging in Waterfront Park, Beaufort

Emily swinging in Waterfront Park, Beaufort

We walked the around the small town and went to the Waterfront Park, where Emily found swings!

Next we headed to Charleston for 4 days.  Pretty much we ate, we walked and we drank.  We did hit 20 minutes of rain while we were on a rooftop bar, but we managed to still enjoy our drinks.

The rain in Charleston

The rain in Charleston

Other than that rain, we had great weather.  We hit all the highlights in Charleston including the Battery area, the French Quarter, Magnolia Plantation and a lovely trip to the Isle of Palms.  The pictures tell the story:

Interesting church and cemetery

Interesting church and cemetery

Very old headstones

Very old headstones

The Battery

The Battery

Emily and Randy at Battery Park

Emily and Randy at Battery Park

More fabulous homes

More fabulous homes

Historical buildings

Historical buildings

The pineapple fountain

The pineapple fountain

The French Quarter area

The French Quarter area

Moving on to Magnolia Plantation, where we got lost in the swamp, encountered a snake and saw a crocodile!  Suffice it to say we had an interesting time there.

Magnolia Plantation after the rain

Magnolia Plantation during the rain

The Swamp

The Swamp

The crocodile

The crocodile

The animals

The animals

More swamp

More swamp

The SNAKE!

The SNAKE!

We went to Isle of Palms to see our friends Denny and Carol.  They took us for a golf cart ride around the island and showed us the sights.  It was beautiful.  They also fed us a wonderful meal and we enjoyed our visit there.

Well, everything wonderful does end and we are home for a while.  It has been such a great spring of travel to such diverse areas in the U.S.!

Where would you suggest we go next?

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I was pretty sure that I would go to my grave without ever attending a golf tournament, but that changed when we went to the Legends of Golf tournament this past weekend.  We met my sister, Liz, and her husband, Charlie, at Big Cedar Thursday.  We were able to get in a fabulous dinner at the Worman House and a horrible movie before the day of the tournament.  Friday, rain was in the forecast for tee time, so we had a leisurely breakfast and waited for the storm to blow over.  It was still very cool and damp, so we dressed appropriately.

Randy and I at Top of the Rock golf course

Randy and I at Top of the Rock golf course

 

Liz and Charlie in yellow rain slickers!

Liz and Charlie in yellow rain slickers!

We spent most of the day at Top of the Rock golf course.  The course was beautiful and the golf was great too, according to those that know golf.  I will start with the gorgeous course:

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Gorgeous 1

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Gorgeous 2

Gorgeous 3

Gorgeous 3

Gorgeous 4

Gorgeous 4

Gorgeous 5

Gorgeous 5

Gorgeous 6

Gorgeous 6

And then there were the golfers!  The golfers that I had heard of included Jack Nicklaus, Lee Trevino, Chi Chi Rodriguez, Tom Watson and Ben Crenshaw.  Of course, there were many, many other golfers but their names escape me!

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We also had a bit of fun during the day.  We held up rock bridges and raced sports cars!

First the guys

First the guys

And then the girls

And then the girls

Randy and cars always go together!

Randy and cars always go together!

Well, there was lots more fun had by all but I have run out of steam.  Might try to add more later.  I want to get VIP tickets for next year, but alas, I probably won’t be able to come up with the money.  I will, however, go back again next year.  You know me, I just can’t get enough of golf!  Let me know if you want to go with me.

How was your week?

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Randy and I took a lovely trip to Surprise, Arizona to see the Royals during their spring training.  All I can say is WOW!  We had such a great time.  We took in two games, had 2nd row seats behind the Royals dugout and even I enjoyed the games!  The stadium was beautiful and the crowd was huge.  The Royals beat the Mariners and fell to the Cubs but both games were great.  Here are the proverbial pictures:

Kansas City Royals Spring Training

Kansas City Royals Spring Training

Randy and I

Randy and I

The above is proof that I actually went to the game!

Randy in blue

Randy in blue

Batter up!

Batter up!

Royals

Royals

We actually stayed in Peoria, Arizona about 25 minutes north of Surprise.  The resort we stayed at was gorgeous and had a huge pool for families and a smaller one for adults only.  We took advantage of the pool, hot tub and bar.

Pool at Cibola Vista Resort

Pool at Cibola Vista Resort

The grounds were lovely.

The courtyard outside our room

The courtyard outside our room

One of the deals we made was I would go to baseball games and Randy would go look at rocks.  We drove up to Sedona and it was just as beautiful as I remember.  We must of taken 200 pictures in between oohing, aahing and eating some good food!  I will try to cull it down to a reasonable number:

Sedona

Sedona

another one

another one

and more

and more

Can't stop now

Can’t stop now

Proof we were there with hats on!

Proof we were there with hats on!

And a few more:

north of Sedona

north of Sedona

Cool bridge

Cool bridge

Last one?

Last one?

When we got home, spring had sprung!

Spring in Fayetteville

Spring in Fayetteville

And then Easter snuck up on us and Patrick came to celebrate.  We headed up to Bella Vista for a delicious meal with some great folks.  There might also have been some time in the hot tub.  James and Bucky fished and Randy and Patrick cheered them on.

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fishing?

 

No clue!

No clue!

The guys!

The guys!

We missed Emily and James V, maybe next Easter!

But wait, there is more!  I have done March Madness brackets for years and have never, ever even gotten close.  Until last night, I was 1st out of 130 people in my bracket.  After Kentucky lost, I fell to #4.  Randy laughed at my bracket originally, but sometimes things just work out.

Woohoo!

Woohoo!

Okay, I am finished.  If you need more pictures of Sedona, just holler.  Thanks James and Bucky for letting me use your photos from the “fishing” trip.

Let me know what all 5 of you have been up to!  Comments are always great.

 

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Okay friends, I have a whole lot of nothing to tell you!  Well, the weather went from cold and snow to warmer with rain.  The only good thing about the rain was that we needed it and it wasn’t a thunderstorm.   Luckily, today was an absolutely beautiful day as in seventy degrees, clear sky, no wind and lots of sunshine.  Early in the afternoon we watched the Arkansas and Thunder basketball games but then went out and did a bit of yard work.

Moving on, we went to Tulsa last weekend.  Suffice it to say we had a wonderful time and ate very, very well. While we were there, we went to the NatureWorks Wildlife Art Show and Sale.  This show has been held for around 25 years and we have only missed going one time.  It is one of our favorite shows.  You can read more about the organization here.  Make sure you check out the “monuments” page.  NatureWorks has placed amazing bronze monuments all over Tulsa.  James and Patrick joined us at the show.  I think they enjoyed it.  We also ran into several friends of mine from the Petrohawk days.  Okay, here is the only picture:

NatureWorks show

NatureWorks show

We also got to visit with Matthew Higginbotham, an artist from Sante Fe.  We own two of his pieces and just really enjoyed seeing his latest art.  You can check out his website here.

We had a steady rain coming down Saturday during the Saint Patrick’s day parade.  I did not get pictures, but you can check out last year’s parade here.  My brother, Pat and his wife, Carol were in Bella Vista visiting my sister Liz.  We were able to meet up with them for dinner Saturday night and a good time was had by all.  The food was excellent too.

I had two orders last week for leather bags.  Here is the brown one, which is going to Cincinnati:

Brown Tote

Brown Tote

The second bag is still being made!  It will be a very large, black tote for a lady here in Fayetteville.  These are the first sales since Four-Legged Bird closed their doors.  I miss them.

Well, as I said, this post is about a whole lot of nothing!  Hope everyone is as excited as we are that spring is almost here!  Randy has another week of class before spring break.  This semester has flown by!

Okay, that is all from me.

 

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One of my all time favorite songs is Judy Collins’ rendition of Stephen Sondheim’s song “Send in the Clowns”.  You can go read all about it on wikipedia here.  This song always makes an appearance in my mind when I cannot control a situation!!  This last weekend we had a winter “storm” with ice, snow and dark of night.  In true Fayetteville fashion, that means everything closes down.  We had reservations at a restaurant a block away and the restaurant called my sister to say they were closing early.  Everything came to a screeching (pun intended) halt.  My sisters and I had plans to attend a wedding shower for my niece and BAM we could not get there.  In addition to the shower, my plan was to eat lunch out, go to shower, go to “good” grocery store and pick up enchiladas for dinner.  Suffice it to say we had soup and cornbread.

Well, with plans run amok, I read a couple of books.  The one below was good and a “gift” from MJ.  She was going to buy the book for me for my birthday present but then she remembered that I don’t like to keep books once I have read them.  So, being the brilliant person she is, she wait listed a copy at the library, checked it out when it came in and delivered it to my front door!  So glad she did this because I really needed some reading material during the storm.  Here is the book she thought I should read and I enjoyed it!

Good read

Good read

While I didn’t like the cold, these cardinals in the tree sure did!

cardinals in the tree

cardinals in the tree

Those red birds were certainly a bright spot in the landscape of white.

Well, that about wraps up our life recently.  They are calling for another storm midweek and maybe that will be the last of winter.  In the meantime, I am just going to keep humming “Send in the Clowns” and particularly this verse:

Don’t you love farce?
My fault, I fear.
I thought that you’d want what I want…
Sorry, my dear!
And where are the clowns
Send in the clowns
Don’t bother, they’re here.

As an aside, I wanted this song performed at my wedding, but alas the harpist said NO!

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Well, February has been fabulous so far!  The weather has been wonderful and we have taken full advantage. Randy and I went to Wilson Park on a gorgeous 70 degree day.  Between the college kids playing frisbee and soccer, we took a walk around the park.

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Randy!

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Those trees look like they are ready to dance!

Randy had a birthday and we celebrated in style.  We went out to dinner two nights in a row and had dessert!  Randy also went to a home show and brought home barbecue for our dining pleasure.  We are pretty passionate about our food.      If you know me, I am not a very passionate person.  Must be the down to earth, realist in me.  Other than food, I guess you could say I am passionate about my first cup of coffee everyday, but that might be it!

Speaking of passion, Valentine’s day came the day after Randy’s birthday.  He hit the ball out of the park with his gifts to me!  Since I am not a real “lover” of gifts, I am hard to buy for.  This year, Randy got me the cutest little card from the Fine Art’s department at the U of A.  I loved everything about it!  It was tiny, handcrafted and not a hint of mass production was found.  Here are the pics with a normal size card for scale:

My Valentine card

My Valentine card

Inside Valentine's card

Inside Valentine’s card

He also had a parade in my honor!  Okay, I jest.  The parade was for Mardi Gras and it was wonderful.  We walked the 1/2 block to the parade route and met up with our neighbors.

Randy and our neighbor enjoying the parade

Randy and our neighbor enjoying the parade

Our neighbor Judy enjoying the show

Our neighbor Judy enjoying the show

Friends of ours were on one of the floats as King and Queen of their krewe.  Took me quite a few minutes to recognize them!

Steve and Lisa playing King and Queen!

Steve and Lisa playing King and Queen!  Steve is hiding behind the heart.

And there was music:

Parade music

Parade music

And Roller Derby:

Roller Derby on Parade

Roller Derby on Parade

Cool Trucks:

Great truck

Great trucks

And more:

Colorful

Colorful

We finished up the day with a gorgeous sunset:

Valentine Sunset

Valentine Sunset

Well, as I write this post we are experiencing sleet and expecting several inches of snow.  It has been such an easy winter up to this point that I suppose I can handle a short winter storm!

Hope everyone had a fabulous weekend and come visit us!  We are always up for visitors.

 

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Well, for the past two years, I have been cobbling (yep, pun intended) together a life in retirement.  I am here to tell you that it hasn’t been easy finding my way post career.  What has been easy is not having to set an alarm clock!  I have spent time working in my workshop down the road since we moved to Fayetteville.  The workshop location shared a parking lot with the store that sold my leather work.  It was downright convenient to have Four Legged Bird right there as my neighbor.  Unfortunately, they made the decision recently to close!  I have been in mourning.

So what is a person to do?  Well if you are me, you buy a couple of sewing machines!  Because everyone needs 6 sewing machines.

My "Viscount"

My “Viscount”

My "new" Singer 401A

My “new” Singer 401A

I am probably going to shed shoemaking and move my workspace home!  I plan to stock my ETSY store in the near future.  I will let you know when that happens.

In other news, Randy and I spent my birthday visiting the KC Royals caravan!  I do not like baseball but Randy loves the Royals.  Here are the pictures:

STEVE PHYSIOC and JOHN MAYBERRY

STEVE PHYSIOC and JOHN MAYBERRY

Christian Colon Second Baseman

Christian Colon
Second Baseman

Dave Webster the historian and the Tropy

Dave Webster the historian and the American League Championship Trophy

So now we are looking forward to going to spring training in Arizona.

Emily went to OMAN for a 12 day business trip and here is a photo she sent us:

Emily's pic somewhere in the Middle East

Emily’s pic somewhere in the Middle East

She had a wonderful time and Muscat was much warmer than D.C.!

All in all, it was a very quiet January.  Hello February.

 

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Well, our new year started with a bang, actually two!  As 2014 rolled into 2015, fireworks went off on the Fayetteville square and watched them from the porch.  This is fast becoming one of my favorite events.  Feel free to join me on the porch next year, let’s say around midnight on December 31, 2015!  The second bang happened a few days later.  I hit a wall with my car.  I did not even realize I was going to hit the wall, so I was quite surprised when the resulting sound was a very loud BANG.  Oh well, life goes on.

Moving on, Emily spent New Year’s eve in Tulsa with her brothers.  A good time was had by all but I only have a picture of James and Emily.

Emily and James on New Year's Eve

Emily and James on New Year’s Eve

We also took a trip to Crystal Bridges Museum to see the State of the Art exhibit.  You can click on the link and read about it.  The process the museum went through to pick the 100+ artists is fascinating.  The show runs for another week if you want to go see it.  Here are some pictures:

State of the Art #1

State of the Art #1

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State of the Art #4

State of the Art #4

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State of the Art #5

This exhibit will not go down as my favorite but I was certainly glad I went to see it.

Every time we go to Crystal Bridges we are so happy that we live so close.  Even though it is winter, the grounds were gorgeous and the sun was shining.

Gorgeous grounds at the museum

Gorgeous grounds at the museum

Emily enjoying the sunshine at Crystal Bridges Museum

Emily enjoying the sunshine at Crystal Bridges Museum

Emily’s 3 week visit zoomed by and before we knew it, she was headed home.  Right before Randy took her to catch her flight, we went out for one more meal.  My sisters and their husbands joined us and there might be pictures.

We "did" lunch

We “did” lunch

Apparently there was some great conversation going on at lunch

Apparently there was some great conversation going on at lunch

January is in full swing.  Randy, James and Patrick start classes this week and Emily is headed to the Middle East for a business trip.  I am looking forward to driving the carpool or as Mary Jean calls it, the Cathy Cab!  Life goes on after the thrill of Emily’s visit is gone.

Hope everyone’s 2015 is going well so far.  Fill me in on your hopes and dreams.

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Well folks, this will go down as a December to remember!  Having Emily home for 3 weeks was fabulous and we tried to fit one of everything into the schedule.  We hit museums, restaurants and did a wee bit of shopping.  Since Patrick wasn’t able to join us for Christmas, we made a quick trip to Tulsa to take him out for a holiday dinner.  We also got to see siblings, cousins and friends.  Here are a few pictures:

Emily and Carla after running the Jingle Bell 5K

Emily and Carla after running the Jingle Bell 5K

Camel rides in downtown Fayetteville

Camel rides in downtown Fayetteville

a few of the many lights from LIGHTS of the OZARKS

a few of the many lights from LIGHTS of the OZARKS

Some of us also went to Brats and Brews and others went to a Razorback basketball game:

Randy, Bucky, MJ and Ray went to see the Razorbacks play!

Randy, Bucky, MJ and Ray went to see the Razorbacks play!

Once James got to Fayetteville, we loaded up the car and headed to Big Cedar Lodge on Table Rock Lake for several days.  Just like the past 6 Christmas Eve’s, we headed to the Worman House for dinner.  Patrick, I missed my dance partner but managed to have a great dinner anyway.  Christmas day we woke to the sun shining over the lake.  I called it a Christmas miracle since the dreary days have been the norm this month.

The sun shining on Christmas day.

The sun shining on Christmas day.

While we were up in Missouri, we ate much, hiked some, toured some and drank a bit of holiday cheer.

My attempt at cooking Christmas dinner

My attempt at cooking Christmas dinner

Hiking the Ozarks

Hiking the Ozarks

The vistas are gorgeous in the dead of winter

The vistas are gorgeous in the dead of winter

Southern Missouri

Southern Missouri

I was in rock heaven

I was in rock heaven

Randy braving the waterfall in 32 degree weather

Randy braving the waterfall in 32 degree weather

James as tour guide

James as tour guide

It was really, really, really cold!

It was really, really, really cold!

Gorgeous views

Gorgeous views

Obligatory Cave picture

Obligatory Cave picture

Mom with kids picture

Mom with kids picture

After we took the golf cart ride, we were ready to move inside and have some warm libations.

James inside the Top of the Rock with bony friend

James inside the Top of the Rock with bony friend

Warm drinks for all!

Warm drinks for all please!

Emily and James also tried out the new spa at Big Cedar Lodge and were pretty impressed.  Nothing like massages and steam rooms to make a trip complete.

We are back home in Fayetteville and still have some December left to fill.  Planning a trip to Crystal Bridges Museum and hopefully a few more wonderful meals before Emily heads back north.  Going to miss that child of ours but so glad she brought merry and bright to our holiday time.

And last, but certainly not least, the Razorbacks will play the University of Texas on Monday night!  Let’s just say “Woo Pig Sooie” and leave it right there.

Wishing you a Happy New Year and hoping your holidays were great.  Fill me in with details if you want to share.

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The “Holiday Season” is in full swing around here.  We spent a wonderful Thanksgiving in Kansas City on the Plaza.  James and Patrick were able to join us but alas, Emily was not there!  It was a Voight fest for sure.  Brothers, sisters, nieces and nephews rounded out the group.  Sadly for us, Pat and Martha were “feasting” in the Florida sun.  We missed them and several others.  We ate, we drank, we watched football and we did that over and over.  Thanksgiving night was spent at the 85th Annual Plaza Lighting Ceremony.  It did not disappoint.

Plaza Lights and Fireworks

Plaza Lights and Fireworks

Randy and James Selfie

Randy and James Selfie

On Friday we did a little bit of shopping and headed to round 2 or 3 of  Voight Family food fest. Saturday morning found us at a breakfast buffet doing what we seem to do best!  When we did leave the table, a trip to the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art to see the Plains Indian exhibit.  It was packed but a wonderful show.  Here are the pics:

The Plains Indians exhibit at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art

The Plains Indians exhibit at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art

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The exhibit was large and these pictures do not do it justice.  We also went through part of the first floor permanent exhibit.  These pictures below are for my daughter:

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And we also got a shot of the lawn that was peppered with TIPIS!

The lawn of the Nelson-Atkins

The lawn of the Nelson-Atkins

We managed another meal at the River Market that was fabulous.

The River Market in Kansas City

The River Market in Kansas City

I am stopping here because I am hungry!  Just kidding but figured you were worn out by now.  Hope your holiday season is going as well as ours, let me hear from you!

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