Friday, January 16, 2009


Seems I have been missing for a few days!
We have had my brother and his wife here since Wednesday - We go up north to their place for a couple days and trade off with them coming down here a month or so later. It's fun being best friends with your brother and SIL.

Ohhhhh it's sooooo very, very cold here today. When we got up and all of us went to breakfast it was minus 14 degrees! And it seemed no matter where we went for meals these past few days it was COLD in the restaurants - I guess it’s just too hard to regulate the temps with minus temps

I haven’t even had time to check in to see what all my friends have been up to so I have lots to catch up on.

On Wednesday it was Doug’s birthday so we went to a dinner/theater with my brother and SIL. We saw Rock’n In The 50’s part 2...oh what fun.

Besides a wonderful dinner we saw such a great musical performance with all the great songs of the 50’s and again I’m dating myself…lol But there’s nothing more catching than the Rock N Roll songs of the 50’s. There were ballads to Rock A Billy!
Then yesterday we took a drive into Milwaukee to visit the Mitchell Domes…it has been many, many years since we visited them and I was still impressed at the flowers and trees and birds - There are three domes each housing a Tropical and a Dessert zone and one with flowers and that one changes with the holiday and season……but it wasn't open because they were changing over from Christmas to Spring/Easter.

We were happiest in the Tropical Dome with a rain forest atmosphere - for Doug and I it reminded us of our trips to the island of St. Kitts to visit our friends, but for now we were content to walk through this tropical splendor. When you entered the dome you got this wonderful scent of spices and flowers and the humidity was so refreshing on that minus 12 degree day! When you closed your eyes you could just imagine being in the island. Lots of ginger and cinnamon scents.

I only posted a couple pictures and one especially of my favorite tree the TRAVELERS TREE and then the MONEY TREE.
A variety of Orchid
I think this was my favorite - although I didn't get a picture of the tree itself...but I had to giggle at the bottom line....what else is money used for...except to buy ornamental things! lol

The bananas start growing from a pod and coming from the center are long chutes and they turn into the banana. After the tree has produced the fruit and is harvested that branch dies and you cut it off.
This particular banana tree is in the yard of our friends in St. Kitts

Then afterward we went downtown Milwaukee to the Museum and took the rest of the day going through the 4 levels of this wonderful museum. The first part of our stay there was to tour the TITANIC exhibit. You can read about it and see movies about it but to see the actual artifacts that were brought up from the deep is astounding.
Hopefully most of you take advantage of the wonderful entertainment/educational offerings in your community….unfortunately we don’t but will try and change that - after yesterday we decided we need to get out there and support all those wonderful institutions offering so much wonderful entertainment.


  1. Karen,
    Sounds like you had a great time. We are freezing here too. My BIL was stationed in Apple Valley some years ago, went there to visit, wouldnt you know...upon our arrival we were met with a tornado!!! Keep warm this weekend.

  2. What a great respite from the winter that must have been to see all the plants thriving. I would have loved to see the Titanic exhibit as well! It sounds fascinating!

    Have a great weekend! hugs, Linda

  3. Oh, how fun, Karen. I would love to see anything tropical about now, LOL. Brr, it's cold. Simon & I would love to see the Titanic exhibit. Stay warm.


  4. Karen-Very nice little vac. I to would love the feel of the tropical dome. We are in the negitives in Pa. and I have had enough. You keep warm and we all look forward to spring.

  5. What a great adventure for such cold weather, and how true about taking advantage of our local attractions.

  6. Oh how neat!...I would love to see the flowers and trees at the domes!...and how educational to see actual artifacts of the Titanic...I am always amazed at things like that!

  7. Wow! It is that cold here too! How nice to spend such wonderful time with family/friends! Glad you had a wonderful time! Stay warm and cozy!

  8. Sounds like a delightful way to spend a few days. I would have loved the Titanic exhibit ~ just love history. So glad you had a special time.

    Now snuggle up with a quilt and stay warm!

  9. What a lovely time for you. I think I need a mini vacation now. We are the same, never get out to do things here unless we have visitors. I have always wanted to see the Titanic exhibit. Stay warm and enjoy your weekend! hugs, doni

  10. You sure picked a great place to visit during our deep freeze. I've been there and love the photos you took. Friends of ours went to the Fireside last weekend to see the same show. They had nothing but great things to say about it. Let's hope for warmer weather in the coming week. Patti

  11. Hi Karen!
    What a wonderful little getaway! Oh I would love to see (even better-- FEEL) anything tropical right about now...those pics are great!
    The Titanic exhibit would be so neat to see!

    Stay Warm!
    Enjoy your weekend!

  12. Hey, I see it's 18 degrees this morning in Burlington - HEAT WAVE! And 30s this week - my goodness, time to drive with the windows open! ;)
    I've been wondering where you were the last week. Glad to see you had a great time even with the wind chill warnings! Our daycare provider went to the Titanic exhibit and saw their next door neighbor in line too. How funny is that!?!? I love that museum. I would love to go to the domes. I think Matt knows how to get there so I think a road trip is in our future. He interned in Milwaukee in his previous life (youth director) so he knows how to get there and to the zoo! Can't wait to take Abbie!
    Take care! Carrie

  13. Oh Karen - I wish I had my copy! I still don't! I really didn't like some of what Esther did. I did not like her sticking daisies in my sweet annie! Or spreading mint leaves on the sideboard! LOL I didn't like all the stuff on the table in the dinng room either. Most was from my deck and it was too much. She just kept saying it was too hard to make it look spring with all my dark colors so she grabbed all my potted flowers from the deck and the fresh flowers I had bought and the fruit and veggies I had. Oh well - it was an honor and I can't wait to see it for myself. Now with MLK day the earliest I will see it is Tuesdsay!!

    I think your house is truly perfect on it's own and doesn't need a thing added. You have the wonderful woodowrk and bulit ins and the style of house is so colonial to begin with. I can't wait to see it.

  14. What FuN... you must have had. Thank you for ShaRiNg your ThYme that you had.

    Hope all is going WeLL... I bet you are GeaRiNg up for VaLeNTiNe'S.

    Hoping you a Wonderful, Restful Weekend, Pamela

  15. Hi Karen,
    Sounds like you had a wonderful trip. Love your photo of the domes. We got to see a Titanic exhibit some years was one that was traveling around the US shortly after the movie had come out. It was fascinating to see items that had actually been on the ship.
    It's been bitter cold here also with wind chills of -25 to -30, but it started warming up some today.

  16. Sounds like a lovely mini vacation!!!

    Thanks for sharing your pictures with us. I would love to be able to go to the Titanic Exhibit!


  17. WHat a great way to spend the day! Thak you for sharing all the great photos!


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