Posts Tagged ‘road trip’

Crazy Month – Fair, Ikea, Motel 6

August 29, 2014

Sorry I haven’t been posting in a while. It has been a crazy month. Here is an update.

Maya’s Birthday
My Maya is now seven years old. Go check out this cute photo of her I posted on my other blog yesterday: Maya’s Birthday

Doctor Who
Sometimes I just don’t feel motivated. I think it is tied to my cycle. I call it depression, but I’m fine for the most part. I just don’t have any energy. Mid-August was like that. I found myself cuddled on the couch with Maya and Pierson three days in a row and watching Doctor Who. It was a great way to spend a depression but I obviously didn’t get much done.

Iowa State Fair
I’m vegetarian now so going to the Iowa State Fair where they display animals that are soon going to be butchered seems a contradiction. I suppose it is, but I heard the Iowa State Fair is one of the biggest in the country and so wanted to see it at least once. Despite the fact that many of the animals will soon become someone’s food, I loved seeing them. The horses are my favorite. The Iowa State Fair also had an art show. There was a ton of different art work of different media and different subjects. As an artist, I loved this part of the fair.

Gorgeous Horse at Iowa State Fair

Isn’t this horse gorgeous? I believe her coloring is called flea-bitten gray.

Cute Kid at Iowa State Fair

This kid at the Iowa State Fair was so cute!

Ikea and Mall of America
A few days after the fair, I went with a friend to the Mall of America in Minnesota. We also went to Ikea, which is across the street. I didn’t buy much there, but I did buy lots of stuff at the Blick Art store, which we happened to drive by on our way to lunch at Good Earth.

Mall of America Me and SpongeBob

Yes, I love SpongeBob SquarePants and so when I saw him at the Mall of America, I had to get my picture taken with him.

Snoopy at Ikea in Minnesota

This was outside Ikea in Minnesota. Yes, I’m copying Emma from MyGBGVlife who always shares these finds. 🙂

Road Trip
The day after that trip, I broke a tooth and went to the dentist. Then the day after that I went to Wichta, Kansas to see a doctor for my fibromyalgia. Maya and Pierson went with me. I don’t like to travel alone and my husband couldn’t go, so Maya and Pierson eagerly agreed to make the boring trip.

Dogs on Road Trip to Kansas 2014

Maya looks like she’s scared of my driving, but she’s actually very excited about the trip.

Motel 6
I opted to stay at a Motel 6 because I knew they didn’t charge much and that they accept my two big dogs without charging extra pet fees. If you want to stay at a nice fancy hotel with all the amenities and free breakfast, Motel 6 is not the place to go. But who needs a fancy motel when you’re mostly going to be out?

Motel 6 August 2014 Maya & Pierson

The dogs and I had a nice comfortable room at Motel 6 in Wichita.

I discovered how great Motel 6 is for us when we got stuck in Oklahoma during a terrible ice storm. This Motel 6 in Wichita on Kellogg Dr. was even better! The bed was so comfortable, the room was clean, the property was quiet, and it even had a mini fridge. But what made it the best was the manager and the staff. The manager, Ron, told me, “Without customer service, I’m just another hotel chain.” So true!

Motel 6 August 2014 Ron and Dogs

Ron the manager of Motel 6 in Wichita was very nice and even posed with Maya and Pierson.

My Mom
You all won’t believe how well my mother is doing. She has terminal brain cancer, but that is not stopping her one bit. A month or so ago, she was in really bad shape. She couldn’t keep food down, she was sleeping 22+ hours a day, one of her hands went numb, she can’t see out of one eye, she started to have uncontrollable ticks, and she was so weak she could no longer walk. My stepdad had to get hospice care in to help.

Now my mom is up out of bed and dancing!!! No more hospice care either. My mom is able to eat again. She says her sleep is back to normal. She still can’t see out of one eye but the ticks are gone. And she can now walk an entire block and back. I so totally can’t believe it! But if anyone can kick brain cancer’s butt, it’s my mom.

One of my sisters lives closest to my mom and has been visiting her often. She gives my mom foot rubs and has been painting her nails. Recently, she did a leopard theme to match my mom’s leopard print robe and my stepdad bought her a leopard print hat to match. (leopard print, not actual leopard fur… no way!)

My Mom Wearing Leopard Print

My mom has always loved leopard print. The only thing missing in this photo is her leopard print slippers.

Well, that’s all for now! How has your month been?

Wordless Wednesday – Doggies on a Road Trip

August 27, 2014
Dogs on Road Trip to KS 2014

We aren’t going anywhere particularly exciting, but that doesn’t stop Maya and Pierson from enjoying the road trip.

Find out where our boring trip was to later this week. In the meantime, check out the Wordless Wednesday blog hop below.

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Oklahoma!

December 30, 2013

We had quite an eventful road trip to and from Texas and Kansas this holiday. Most of the adventures happened while we were traveling through Oklahoma. While it has been some time since I’ve seen the musical Oklahoma! my adventure could easily be accompanied by music.

Let’s begin with some dramatic music, something like the Jaws theme as we were approached by danger. Or perhaps some scary music from horror movies when some dummy ventures off from the group even though there is a mass murderer about.

Okay, our trip wasn’t that frightening. But it was pretty intense. On the way from Kansas to Texas we ran into the ice storm that ravaged through Oklahoma. It was about 9:00 at night or so and we were just entering into Oklahoma City. We planned on stopping in Oklahoma City for the night anyway, but we were hoping to make it to the south side of town rather than the north. The ice storm forced us to stop early.

Oklahoma Ice Coating a Car

This isn’t our car, but the ice on ours was just as bad. I couldn’t get a good photo of our car because it is such a light color.

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Ice coating the grass after the Oklahoma ice storm looks very interesting. Maya and Pierson could not walk on it.

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The ice was just over a quarter inch thick in Oklahoma City.

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This brown shrubby grass clump looks like coral under the ocean.

The worst part of this adventure was that we couldn’t reach the pet friendly hotel we planned on staying at. So I had a heck of a time finding a place. It was absolutely awful! The Holiday Inn I called said they had no pet friendly rooms left. Other hotels I called either did not allow pets, charged crazy fees for pets, or did not allow large pets. My savior was Motel 6 and I will tell you more about that on my Pet Auto Safety blog post – Saved by Pet Friendly Motel 6.

Our trip back to Kansas from Texas was much better. Imagine some happy music from Mary Poppins or holiday music, Wizards in Winter from the Trans-Siberian Orchestra. On the way back from Texas, we went through Tulsa, Oklahoma to meet Flea from Dog Treat Web with Jones Natural Chews. And we had the BEST TIME EVER!

First off, my husband and I were greeted with open arms by the entire family. We met Flea, her husband Chris, and her three wonderful kids, Mae, Oliver, and Squatch (his nickname).

Next, we were welcomed with a wonderful Polish dinner. I love food and have never had the opportunity to eat Polish food before, so this was a fantastic treat. The first dish was sauerkraut soup and it was absolutely delicious!!! Next up was kielbasa with a horseradish sauce and pierogi with a sour cream sauce. Both were very very good, but the sauerkraut soup was the best. The recipe belongs to Chris’s mother and Flea has been gracious enough to share the sauerkraut soup recipe on one of her old blogs.

After dinner, I got to meet Flash, Patches, Bosco, and Jimmy! Flash and Patches are so much more animated in person. And they are super cute. Both were very friendly too. Bosco was a sweetie pie as well. Jimmy didn’t like me, though. Perhaps if I had made my visit in the day time, he would have been less intimidated by me.

Oklahoma with Flea and Bosco the Cat

Bosco is such a handsome kitty. Despite the fact that Pierson kept eyeing him, Bosco could care less.

Oklahoma with Mae

Mae, Flea’s daughter, is so funny and sweet.

Patches in Oklahoma

This is Patches. Isn’t she adorable?

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Flash and Patches pose for the camera. Flash sticks out his tongue. I don’t think he liked the idea of having to sit still for a photo.

Flash and Patches Oklahoma 2

This is a sweet photo of Flash and Patches. Patches is the girl with the white face and freckled legs and Flash is the nearly all black one.

Jimmy the Duck Oklahoma

It was dark outside and Jimmy the duck kept running away from me as I tried to flash a photo.

Me and The Good Flea Oklahoma

Flea and I get a photo together. I just love her hair and her friendly smile. 🙂

Dog Flash Oklahoma

Flash is so cute and spunky for an older guy.

After this were the gifts. Oh my goodness, the gifts! Maya and Pierson got some wonderful Jones Natural Chews treats as well as a humongous bone. Thank you, thank you, thank you Flea! As if Maya and Pierson were not already spoiled enough. 😉

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This big bone from Jones Natural Chews was almost too big for Maya to pick up.

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Pierson couldn’t pick up the Jones Natural Chews bone because it was too big!

There you have it, a new version of the Oklahoma! musical. It was a scary beginning with a very happy ending. A little adventure to spice up an otherwise long long long boring road trip. Did you have any adventures this holiday?

No Wordless Wednesday – Visit our PetAutoSafetyBlog

November 21, 2012

We don’t have much available for Wordless Wednesday today. We are getting ready for our road trip from Kansas to Texas. By the time you read this, we might be halfway there! Check out some photos on our other blog, PetAutoSafetyBlog.com. Thanks for stopping by!