Friday, October 16, 2009

Tuesday in Iowa.....

We're home from our Iowa trip and I have so many pictures. We love going to Iowa. We love the fact that we find amazing things for Leola's but we also love the people and the beautiful state. One of our favorite people was Polly Her shop, Polly Ann's, is in an old house in beautiful Mt. Vernon, Iowa. You can tell when you walk up the front that this isn't just another shop. She's very creative & her displays show it. We found lots of treasures and loved that she pulled her vintage Christmas out for us.

This is what you see when you step on her front porch.

This is Polly on her front porch. She also has a very excellent assistant, Bob, her dad. They were good enough to tell us about a great local restaurant where we had an amazing lunch of hamburgers and homemade french fries. We all noticed our waistbands were a little tighter when we got home.

This picture probably doesn't need any explanation.

Judy & Brenda at Bonaparte Inn.

We had such a good time but were all glad to get home and sleep in our own beds. While I was gone brother-in-law, Mike, got my house painted even though it rained almost all week but he's a fast painter. I'll take pictures soon. He also made me shutters for the front that I'll paint red. It was amazing pulling in my driveway & seeing a brown house.


Debra @ Common Ground said...

Love your pictures, Jan, looks like you all had tons of fun as usual. Can't wait to see your "new" house!

Barbsigns4u said...

I'm so jealous that I can't go traveling with all of you.
I daydream about us road tripping in Brenda's MOM's salmon & white 1959 Ford convertable. Mrs. Gage was the coolest Mom, huh? I just turned 63 last Wed. That must mean we've all known eachother for 50 years. You all look great!

Peace & Hugs,

Sweet Repose said...

Isn't Pollyannes' just the best, I've gotta get up there too...can't believe I was right behind ya the whole time, just missing ya by a few minutes. I'm just gonna have to make a road trip, how many hours is that drive, I'd love to load Lori R. up and do a day trip...she's just the best...don't know how my daughter would be without her two Moms...ha...see ya!

simplyiowa said...

Hey Jan,
I think we are both in need of a dry spell...I am so glad you had a fun time, we all loved seeing you gals!
take care!
Barb C.

pollyanns said...

You're the sweetest... Thanks for photoshopping that "butt" shot for me- ha ha! Had a great time and can't wait to figure out when I can get down your way. Barb and I will work something out. For me it's three shows in a row the next three weekends. Collector's Eye in Cedar Rapids, Antiques Market Show in Monticello, Iowa and then the Antique Spectacular in Rock Island, IL. Busy, busy, busy... but I love it! Thanks for all your kind words!