ic Kathe With an E: My Visit With Linda

Friday, August 22, 2014

My Visit With Linda

Have you missed me?  Yeah, I took some time off from the blog to recharge my batteries :-)  But, now I AM BACK!  

If you remember, a few weeks ago my friend Linda, who blogs over at A La Carte, was traveling back from California to Georgia and made a pit stop in Colorado.  We had so much fun!! Of course, you can't visit Kath without a little drama thrown in too!
Blogging Friends - Kathe With An E
Linda & I have been buddies since the first day I started blogging!  She is even sweeter in person than on her blog or emails, if that is even possible!

After picking her up from the airport we met up with Mr. B and went to dinner. Linda and I ordered the same thing.  A BIG AS YOUR HEAD pork tenderloin sandwich!
Pork Tenderloin Sandwich - The Rock - Aurora, CO
It goes without saying, we each had some leftover!

We stayed up that first night just talking away, only stopping to sleep LOL!
Linda, being the sweety she is, brought me some lovely gifts too!
Gifts from a Blogging Friend
The next morning, Mr. B went up to his mom's place as his brother was in town and they were fixing some things up at her house.  That meant, Linda & I were free to to take a road trip.
Garden Of The Gods Colorado - Kathe With An E
This was Linda's first trip to Colorado so I had to take her to the mountains.  I choose The Garden Of The Gods as it is breathtakingly beautiful!
Garden Of The Gods Colorado - Kathe With An E

Garden Of The Gods Colorado - Kathe With An E
The Garden Of The Gods sits at the foot of Pikes Peak, one of the most visited mountains in the world! in July 1893, Katharine Lee Bates wrote the song "America the Beautiful", after having admired the view from the top of Pikes Peak.
Garden Of The Gods Colorado - Kathe With An E
It was pretty crowded so, I dropped Linda off to get photos while I circled around a few times until a parking spot came available and I joined her.
Garden Of The Gods Colorado - Kathe With An E

Garden Of The Gods Colorado - Kathe With An E

Garden Of The Gods Colorado - Kathe With An E


Garden Of The Gods Colorado - Kathe With An E
Okay, this next photo, I did not notice the "head" until I downloaded it to my computer!  Love it!
Garden Of The Gods Colorado - Kathe With An E

Garden Of The Gods Colorado - Kathe With An E

Garden Of The Gods Colorado - Kathe With An E
After filling our cameras with photos and picking up some souvenirs at the gift shop, we started back to Denver.  Oh but wait!  On our way, Linda spotted an Antique Mall!  Oh yes!  We had to stop!!   
This was the biggest antique mall I had ever been in!  We only got through half of it in our several hour visit! Oh the treasures we did see!
Willowstone Antique Marketplace Colorado Springs, CO

Willowstone Antique Marketplace Colorado Springs, CO

Willowstone Antique Marketplace Colorado Springs, CO
Linda was able to pick up quite a few little items that would safely fit into her suitcase.  You can see her lovely keepsakes here.

I only found a couple of things that I had to have, but I am kicking myself as there were some many pretties I should have bought!
Beach Mantel Decor - Kathe With An E
Linda spotted this cutie pootie and just knew he was perfect with my Beach Mantel decor!
Beach Mantel Decor - Kathe With An E

Thrift Shopping - Kathe With An E
Well hello sailor!
Thrift Shopping-Glass Flower Frog-Kathe With An E
I spotted this glass flower frog from across the room!  A while back, Linda did a blog post and mentioned, "one can never have too many flower frogs". Well, I left a comment that,  not only did I not have a single one, I had never seen one in person!  So, of course I had to have this!! $2.00! And now I have two, this one and the one Linda brought me. One big and one small :-)
Thrift Shopping-Glass Flower Frog-Kathe With An E
Now, for the drama!  After we got home, Linda and I went and had dinner at the Olive Garden (shout out to our buddy Diann at The Thrifty Groove).  We had barely gotten home when my cell phone rang.  I was sure it was Mr. B letting me know when he would be home.  Instead, it was my favorite brother-in-law.  He asked how our day had been and I went on and on about all that we had seen and did.  I then asked about him.  "Um well, I'm sitting here with Mr. B in the ER". Wait! What??  Seems Mr. B started having some serious pain in his stomach.  Mr. B is a strong man so when his brother saw him sweating from the pain, he made him get in the truck and drove him to the hospital. This hospital is about 45 minutes away so, he told me to wait until he knew more before I drove over. He called back in 30 minutes and said I should probably come.  It was either his appendix or a kidney stone.  Linda graciously offered to stay with Max in case I needed to stay overnight and I FLEW to be by his side.  By the time I got there, Mr. B had been given pain meds and had had a CTScan. Prognosis, a kidney stone!  Whew!  No surgery required.  They kept him there for a couple more hours and then I was able to bring him home. By the time I got him settled in, fond a 24-hour pharmacy and got to bed myself it was close to 2:00 am. 

This kind of put a damper on the rest of Linda's visit but we made the most of it!  We spent an hour or so at my favorite Cost Plus World Market store on Sunday and just chilled and talked and talked some more.  Then, before she flew out on Monday, I introduced her to the wonders of Charming Charlie's, Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory and Goochie's Cakes (best cupcakes in town!!).

Then, it was time for her to go (insert sad face!!).  It truly was a dream come true to get to give Linda a hug and to meet my BBF (Best Blogging Friend) and blogging sister! Not to worry!  I have plans to possibly meet up with her in Georgia in 2015!!


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18 comments:

  1. Oh my, we did have so much fun!! I really do hope you get to come to GA and I can show you around the Peach State!! I will always remember our wonderful time and I am so glad that Mr. B is ok after that scare. Big Hugs to you, Mr B and Max!

    Linda

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  2. Wow! I am glad you did as much as you did. And enjoyed each oer's company.

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  3. It is great that you had a chance to have a fun time with Linda...sorry about your husband, Kathe...hope is feeling better.

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  4. I'm glad hubby is ok and that you had such fun with Linda....Sounds like you guys made some great memories!

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  5. Oh how fun for you two! I'm glad your husband is ok- what a scare! Looks like you two did a lot in a short time! I can still remember seeing the Rockies at a distance as Dan and I drove out there the first time in 1979. There is nothing like them! We were in the Denver area and camped.

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  6. Oh Kathe, so nice that you and Linda got to meet up in person and have so much fun. It will be a stop-over that she will treasure forever. Glad she was able to bring some treasures home. She is a sweet lady and I really enjoy her blog ... of course, yours too.
    Happy days. Hope Mr. B. is doing good now.
    Audrey Z. @ Timeless Treasures

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  7. So happy for you to get to spend time with good friend, nothing like that kind of time spent. How beautiful your photos.We never got to see any of that when we lived in CO Springs. After 9 yrs. spent in Air Force hubs had very hard time finding a job to support our family. I had my youngest there and we left when she was only 7 weeks old. I'm sure your friend will remember your time together with very fond memories and hope you can see her in GA next year. Do you go to Haven conference as so many bloggers did? Would be good way to get to see her since you'd be in GA.
    I have friend coming to visit us in Grand Junction after Labor Day weekend, we've known each other since I was about 12 or 13, we met at public pool in Tucson and after meeting up again after we were both in 20's with kids, we've stayed in contact since then. Her and I had lots of good times when we were both divorced. I've moved around alot since remarrying almost 46 yrs ago.
    My friend is full time rv'er so will be making rounds til she decides when she'll head for Yuma, AZ and Lake Havasu where she spends her winters suntanning and swimming. Maybe I could sneak aboard to get to go to Yuma also.
    We used to spend lots of time north of Yuma at Fishers Landing/Martinez Lake on CO river when we lived in San Diego area many years ago. We left S.D. for 20 acres on Canyon Ferry Lake south of Helena in 1992. Then in 99 we moved to KY to be near oldest son in Bowling Green area, then in 2004 we moved to Grand Junction area, we live few miles west of G.J. out in country for last 8 yrs. I'd go back to MT in a heart beat if we could have our 20 acres again. Of all places we've lived including Tucson where hubs/I met and after that we lived in Colo Springs for 10 months from Aug. 68 to May/69 then went back to Tucson for few more years then moved to San Diego for 21 yrs. Only lived in KY for 5 yrs. climate didn't agree with asthma/arthritis/allergies so moved to CO. In 10 months we lived in CO springs we never got to go to Garden of Gods or Pikes Peak so really enjoyed seeing the photos of your car trip.
    If you ever go to MT I can recommend areas for antiquing in Helena, and south, all over MT actually. No sales tax in MT either. We used to do a great deal of antiquing even in winter time.
    Hope your hubs is doing ok now, no more kidney stone problems or did he pass it?
    When I went to Tucson in 2008 for my 50th. high school reunion (lived in Tucson for 20 yrs) I had to buy an extra suitcase to carry all my goodies home. My very good long time friend and I (known each other since freshman yr in high school) had such fun eating out and shopping. I traveled to and fro on Greyhound bus, not something I'd want to do at this stage in life (74 yrs old),
    That must be so great to get to meet your friend/fellow blogger. Making friends online has been one of best parts of discovering blog land for me and I don't have a blog. I take it you live in Denver area?
    Have great weekend, was great to hear about your visit and trip. If you decide to reply telling me not to send such long comments please do so to my email address. Happy days

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  8. You lucky two getting to meet and visit. Looks like you had a blast. Glad to hear Mr. B is recuperating, kidney stones are miserable. Colorado is on my bucket list, so gorgeous!

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  9. Isn't it super fun to visit fellow bloggers that have become special friends. Looks like a great time.

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  10. Really enjoyed the pictures of Garden of the Gods - thanks for posting them!

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  11. So glad you two had such a great time and that Mr. B is well on his way to recovery. Love all your pics. Such a beautiful place.

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  12. Ok this post made me go wow over and over, some great views wonderful finds and yummy looking food all make for a great post

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  13. How fun! I hope your hubs is doing better. Sounds like you and Linda are two of a kind. Hey, I don't own a frog, either! Should I come and visit you so I can find one? Ha! You have gorgeous scenery there. It's one of our favorite places to motorcycle and we've been there often. We actually were there in July. No time to stop when I'm with HH. No stopping and certainly no antiquing. Boo-hoo! Loved the tall tale. ;-)

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  14. Oh Kathe, it sounds like you had so much fun with Linda! It's so nice to meet up with a blogging friend in person and share the things you have in common! Thanks for sharing it all with us too.
    Thanks for linking to a Round Tuit!
    Hope you have a fabulous week!
    Jill @ Creating my way to Success
    http://www.jembellish.blogspot.com/

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  15. What fun Kathe ! Sounds like a wonderful time ( the flea shop looks amazing - red stool - oh my ! )
    Happy to hear Mr. B. is doing fine !
    Hugs,
    Suzan

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  16. OMGoodness Kathe - some fun, fun, fun times followed by a big scare! Hoping the hubby is on the road to recovery. RancherMan has had only one kidney stone in his life but in watching him go through it I know how incredibly painful it can be. The doctors say it's the closest a man will ever come to knowing what pain childbirth is. (hugs) to him...

    ~Taylor-Made Ranch~
    Texas

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  17. I could feel the excitement you two must have felt when together for fun times! Thank you for sharing!

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