Tuesday, August 31, 2010


We spent the weekend in Chicago, with our friends, the Wrights. Sailing, tall ships, dinner, piano bar, FUN. A LOT of fun. Too much fun for this old body... both my husband and I were hurting and exhausted on Sunday night when we got home. But, I'd do it all again, in a heart beat...

We met Saturday, armed with enough stuff to go around the world, loaded up the boat and set off. We couldn't have asked for better weather; sunny, hot (but not too hot) and PERFECT wind.

We headed over to Navy Pier to check out the tall ships that had sailed in for the weekend. They were amazing! Then off to sail the lake, and show them 'my vacation' property! And just enjoy the views.

After a full day of sailing, we checked into our hotel, and changed for a dinner at il Mulino. If you want Italian food in Chicago this is your place. Take your wallet, but it's worth it. TOTALLY. Our daughter and her beau joined us for dinner (she is hostess there from time to time).

We had WWWWAAAAAAYYYYYY to much to eat, and drink, but some of us headed off to a piano bar, and some went back to bed.... okay, maybe the smarter ones? or maybe the party poopers? who's to say!!!!

The next morning we gathered forces and headed over to the tall ship show. Jan's sister scored us some tickets and we breezed in and enjoyed looking at the boats- then headed off to our own tall shiplet.

It was a wonderful weekend, with the Wrights - both sets- one we need to revisit as soon as our bodies recover. This getting old shit, is just shit.....but...better than the alternative I'm thinking...

Monday, August 23, 2010

RAVINIA....pas de duex...

2nd Ravinia venue of the summer...

This time it was Counting Crows. Mr. Jones and I....well, really Mark and I went with our family. Unfortunately, Corbin got the date wrong and his 'date' couldn't get the day off, so she couldn't join the fun. Instead, a friend of Jessica and Blain's joined us. His wife and daughter were out of town for the weekend, so he was a man in need of entertainment. And we are nothing if not entertaining!

We loaded up the Land Rover with all the 'supplies' and the entire gang with the exception of Dan, who was working and joining us via the train, and drove the long way up there. Jessica and I were a bit aggressive in getting in the gate, and sequestered our spot. I like to be in the center and fairly close and in the case of a hot night (which it was) there must be shade. We were successful on all counts.

Dan was able to join us well before the concert started, and we all enjoyed picnic foods, and drinks! The evening was great~


Thursday, August 19, 2010


and it was!! We headed into the boat for Chicago's Air & Water Show. It was a beautiful weekend, and all I really say is WOW!! When those jets roar over your mast it alters your heart beat! Saturday, we took our kids, and my mom; Sunday, my husband's brother, his wife and their friends joined us.

Here's some photo's for your viewing pleasure!

Pretty cool huh?