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Thursday, November 20, 2008

Day Two: Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh: Day Two...
Now, who better than old backwards Susie Q to post her trip beginning with Day Two? Yup, I am starting with the second day so there. Why not? Rules were made to be broken right? I'm a rebel...a real black leather jacket and boots wearing baddie..okay, so I'm more likely to wear baby blue polyester and support shoes but a gal can dream can't she?
I do want to mention here that on Day One, during our hotel arrival check in, we were greeted with a huge bag of goodies! It seems one Miss Meg, blog friend extraordinaire, had popped in and left it as a surprise for us. Isn't that the sweetest thing? Ooh did we all snack well during our 2 day Pittsburgh extravaganza! Thank you Meg!
And did Meg stop at treats for the humans? Oh no...she also included snacks for our 4 legged family members! Kipper, Lucy and Henry all send their love and thank yous!
The weather was a little on the nasty side last weekend but hey. I am one who actually LIKES gray, snowy days. Just another of my odd quirks and I have a million of 'em. But I digress...
Our friends had to leave earlier than they planned as it was to snow a bit more in their area of New York than here in Ohio. We had such a sweet time with them...and Grace always loves being with the girls. We adore both the girls AND their parents! We said our goodbyes and promises to meet again next year...maybe MORE than once! Then our little family trio (Where was Dan? Back home studying for finals and pet sitting!) headed back downtown to Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens. What a beautiful spot. Although the afternoon was bitterly cold and dark, inside this lovely spot it was warm and cheery. They were busily preparing for the Christmas holidays and although we did not get to see everything decked out, we did see some festively done areas! Beautiful right? But the two prettiest flowers in the place were not found planted in the dirt. Oh no...take a look at these two! We met our wonderful bloggy friend, Meg! She came out in the cold just to see us! Can you imagine? I doubt we were worth the trip but oh how WE loved meeting her! She is every bit as sweet and charming as you thought she was! Such a lovely lady in every way. I probably rambled incoherently most of the time we spent together...okay, so that is pretty normal for me...but Meg graciously remained charming even in the face of my inanity! She looked positively spiffy and so stylish! Grace, the Fashion Diva, pointed this fact out to me as you can imagine. Uh huh, she certainly was stylish and beautiful. I LOVED her outfit right down to her pretty shoes! I know I looked like the schlump I am next to her but hey. Meeting her was such a pleasure I didn't have time to think about that! Thank you sweet Meg, thank you for coming out in the cold to join us for an all too brief visit! Tomorrow...Pittsburgh: Day One! You know, if I keep posting like this, I can virtually stop my aging in it's tracks right? I will just keep going backwards and wow. I will get younger with each blog addition! Huh? Wha'....? It doesn't WORK like that? Dang. Well you can't blame me for tryin'. Till tomorrow...remember to put one foot behind the other and face backwards. Or something like that...
Love and Hugs,
Susie Q


Shelia said...

Hi Susie! I loved coming along with you on your trip. Those flamingos are a hoot!!
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Pat@Back Porch Musings said...

Great post, Sue! Cute kiddo's!

I loved the visit to the botanical garden. WOW!

Gillian said...

Hey Suze :)
The brick archways had me at hello.
How nice of Meg to brave the cold to spend time with you!!! Looks like you had fun.

salmagundi said...

The botanical garden was a great place to visit on a cold day. The flowers were beautiful and, as always, your photography was wonderful. Sally

Sara G said...

Great post and BEAUTIFUL photo's!!
Take care

Kathleen Grace said...

Oh Susie! Those photos are so beautiful! I love the brick arch and the orchids and Christmas displays. Looks like you had a wonderful time:>)

Terri and Bob said...

Now I love Pittsburg! When will it stop??? : )

Love the flowers, so exotic!

Sheila said...

The girls look like they're having such a good time! And I can imagine how thrilled you were to meet a blogging buddy!

Pamela said...

OOOHS and awwwws from this view of the botanical garden.

and for Megs shoes, too

Always wonder what it would be like to meet a blog friend.

Cottage Rose said...

Hey Susie; Looks like you all were having a great time. Love the photos of the three beautiful smiling girls how pretty they are. How exciting to be able to meet a blog friend, she was so sweet to drop off all the goodies. Love all the flower photos they are just lovely.


wendster said...

Susie ~ Stopping in to read your blog is like a visit to a magic land, I kid you not.

First I enjoy your story telling style. I love hearing all about your life. You are so kind and you pay attention to such fun details that I love to hear.

Second, I enjoy the heck out of your photos. That trip to Owensboro (spelling?) just outside of Lousiville? I LOVED it! And the house peeping, and the botanical gardens, and the photos of the cool windows and the arch, and that other arch in Owensboro ... and those cute little pumpkins made out of cheese. And I had no idea that you loved the game of basketball or that you were a Celtic's fan. I didn't even know that they had a leprechaun for their mascot thingy. I don't even know what those thingies are called. I bet they're called mascots though.

And what was that cool place you photographed from the inside? It was fancy and cool.

Oh I loved it.

I feel like I just got out of my house for a cool cool (and you said it was very chilly) trip ... and like you, I LOVE weather so I love that the skies look so gray and the mood it makes for the photos.


Happy sigh.

I love visiting your blog.

And how many times can you apologize for being behind on your blogging? It happens to all of us and I am just glad when I find the time to swing by. You are still A#1 blog reading and always will be in my opinion. And your photos are the BOMB. You could make a photo book girl. Or photo cards. Your photos are THAT GOOD. You know it's true.

OK. I have to go and wash my dishes.

Our court drama isn't OVER yet because the second shoe hasn't dropped. The court proceedings are done, but the judge hasn't rendered his verdict yet. Apparently, in our city, the judge can just fax his decision to you. And he doesn't have to tell you when it's coming. He just said to our attorney: I know that this matter is very pressing and that you need this decision quickly .... but he didn't say when he'd send his decision. The waiting!!! Oh my gosh. Did we win? Do we get to keep our house? Do we have the power to speak to the bank now so they will SPEAK TO US so we can stop the foreclosure process????

Hurry up judge!!!!!!

I tell you.

OK. I'm not going into it.

But just know that I am drumming my fingers and going a little crazy over here.


And opposing counsel READ MY BLOG IN COURT.

And I thought I didn't have any readers.



OK. Happy holidays to you and yours.

I hope I have news for everyone, especially for ourselves so we can stop going crazy, soon!

Love love love!


p.s. Please continue to pray for us that the Lord's will will be done. I mean, for Pete's sake maybe God doesn't want us to stay in this house? Maybe it's bad for us and we are supposed to be somewhere else? Whatever the Lord's will is is fine with me ... however ... if the Lord is wanting my input, I like it here.

Tristan loves his school and his teacher, I love the neighborhood .. the kids are close to their school. I see lots of good reasons to stay.

But God sees the bigger picture and will send us in the right direction. We fought as hard as we could ... the rest is in God's hands. And the judge's hands. And hopefully, soon, in his fax machine.

This has been another book comment from Wendy. Because it's as long as a book.

Love love love!


Smilingsal said...

Beautiful garden--it looks just like my back yard (not). Your blogging buddy was a sweet thing to treat you so well.

Neabear said...

What a great time you had. So cool to meet a blogger. Wow! Loved you pictures. The one of the flamingoes had me chuckling. The flowers are gorgeous. I wonder how much more that place will be decked out for the holidays. Maybe Meg will post more that beautiful place.

Sue@CountryPleasures said...

Do you ever stay home? Loved the tour, the flowers are awesome! Happy Thanksgiving fellow Sue!

Julia @ Hooked on Houses said...

My brother moved to Pittsburgh last year and we visited him there for the first time over the summer. I was surprised by how charming the city was. Didn't see the botanical garden--we'll have to check it out next time.

Looks like you had a great time. Love the flamingos! :-)

nikkicrumpet said...

Wonderful post...beautiful pictures...ya made me giggle...but I'm totally blown away by the thoughtfulness of Meg. How sweet of her to send that package to your hotel...and then come for a visit. What a beautiful lady inside and out!

PEA said...

Oh sure, you're starting with Day 2...don't you know it's not nice to confuse a blonde even more??? lol I've so enjoyed reading about your trip and looking at all those beautiful photos. I love going to Conservatories and Botanical Gardens...oh wow, look at how gorgeous they've decorated that Christmas tree!! How wonderful that you also got to meet I'm jealous, I want to meet you toooooo!!!! hehe Ok so tomorrow you'll be posting about Day 1? Sigh...I'm soooo confused. hehe Love you my friend. xoxo

Carolyn (Harbor Hon) said...

Tried posting a comment earlier and my system shut me down.

Wanted you to know that you should be publishing pictures in travelogs as you make everything just seem magical.

Nice of Meg to think of you and supply you all with snacks that would have cost you much from the mini-bar or machines.

The girls look like they had fun giggling and laughing. So nice to see. Sorry the family had to leave so soon because of the snow though.

I would take a trip with you anywhere cause you know just what to say about your trips and take the most beautiful pictures. You go girl! Welcome back! xxoo

the pleasures of homemaking said...

Hi Susie!

I love visiting botanical gardens - this one has some strange space looking plants LOL! Great photos!


DebraK from ~the Bunnies Bungalow~ said...

Glad to hear & see that you all had a great time in Pittsburgh. I have visited Phipps before & it IS wonderful! Did you go up the incline too? It was nice of Meg to visit you while you were in her town.
Take care, DebraK

Andi said...

How great that you got to meet another blog buddy! Someday I hope I get to meet my blog buddy Susie Q!

Looks like a great trip!

By the way...I tagged you on my blog. Hugs, Andi

Meggie said...

Hey Sue: That nifty camera of yours sure does take great pics. Phipps never looked so good on my camera! It was such fun meeting you, Bill and Grace. Can't wait to do it again.

Connie said...

I have a favor to ask and don't want to put it on here so would you be so kind as to email me through my profile page so I may ask you something, sweet cherub????

BittersweetPunkin said...

Hi Susie!! LOVE the photos..looks like a great trip!

Sharon Kay said...

I enjoyed the whole trip but the garden that you visited was beautiful. It is always fun to see a fellow blogger in person. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving

Rosemary said...

Hi Susie,
Looks like a wonderful time!!
How nice of Meg to meet you in the cold!!
Happy Thanksgiving,

Lynn@ The Vintage Nest said...

Hey there Susie Q,. You make a trip to Pittsburg sound like a trip to heaven. Love all the beautiful flowers and what a treat to meet your friend Meg. Hope you and your family have the best Thanksgiving. ~ Lynn

Jeanie said...

What a great welcome and more glorious photos! Was the flamingo shop cool? Love traveling with you!

Janet said...

Glad you had such a fun time and how cool to meet Meg ( she certainly looks slim and trim and fashionable, to boot). I love you new background...could you print a few yards of fabric with the design for me please?