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The Vintage Torquefest in Dubuque had something for everyone!

 

dave  truck

 

I have to admit right here and right now that I was not interested at all in going to this car show.  I could have been having some "me" time, quilting, painting, sitting and staring at the walls or any other number of fun things.  However, I adore my husband and I wanted to share this experience with him.  After all, he would go to a quilt show with me in a minute if I asked.  So, here we were.  It was a cool windy day and I brought a book and some knitting just in case I found a comfy spot to sit and enjoy some quiet time.

 

car model

 

Much to my surprise I was immediately taken in by the huge variety of vehicles.  Even more interesting were the outfits people had on.  Many of them dressed in the 50's.  But....a little bit grungier perhaps. And don't take that the wrong way.  I tend to like "grunge" painting and scrapbooking pages.  The women and girls had cute hairdoos and outfits with the addition of huge tatoos.  Interesting look.  This one particular model did not have large tatoos but I thought she was very authentic looking.  Quite frankly I was too frightened to ask the ones with large tatoos if I could photograph them.

 

truck with patina

 

There were loads of antique cars, some motorcycles, old bicycles, the scooters that I learned people used to ride around on, vendors, an auction, food, music.....  I was drawn to the trucks.  Love the trucks especially ones with patina.  You can't get that effect if you tried.  Gorgeous!

 

green tinted windows

 

 

Several of the cars had tinted windows.  Now I'm pretty sure this is not a "vintage" thing but they were cool looking.  This one had green tinted windows to match the car.  We also saw red and blue tinted windows.

station wagon

 

 

A Station Wagon?  How cool.  This brought back a lot of memories.  So you see, I was having a great time at the torqufest with my husband!

 

hood ornament

 

This was awesome.  I was surprised that there weren't many fance hood ornaments.  But this one caught my eye as being the best!  Maybe I missed the fact that there were more to look at just because there was soooo much to see!

 

pin stripping

 

Is it pin-stripping or pin-striping.  This was awesome too.  I thought this one was the best so here it is!  pretty awesome right?

 

honk

 

I got a kick out of this one not as it relates to the cars but as it related to my body these days.  Isn't this great.  I want this on my car!  Honk if anything falls off.  Gotta love it!

 

quilts in car

 

And guess what I found?  Quilts, at a car show, go figure!  We saw this at the end of the show.  I think of it as a blessing for being so cooperative with this trip.  I love these old beat up quilts.  They made my day!  All in all I'd rate this a top of the line experience.

 

Marquee

 

AND CHECK THIS OUT!  A Quilt show the following weekend!  THIS weekend!

 

 

 Think Dave will go with me? Of course he would.....if I asked!

 

31 days of devastation - I don't think so!

 

And congrats Amy & Gene wherever you are.  I'm sure your wedding at the Dubuque County Fairgrounds facility was wonderful! Great facility!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This is what happens when I leave for the Paducah Quilt Show

 

Dave Waiting

 

This is my darling Dave, voted "Best Innkeeper in the Midwest", owner/opeator of Bernadine's Stillman Inn.  This is what he does when I leave to go away for a few days.  How cute is he.  He sat by my car out in the driveway and said "I'll see you right here when you get back"!

 

Stalker: NO

Wonderful Husband: YES

 

Not only is Dave an excellent innkeeper providing the guests with the greatest concierege service in the world but he is also a wonderful husband, father, friend...you name it.  No one tries harder than Dave.

 

When we started dating he would drop in on me at work and just sit in a chair by my desk for a few moments just to "check in".  What a honey!  

 

Anyway, I was able to go on a five day trip with my friends to Paducah Kentucky for their annual quilt show.  Oh my gosh, this show is wonderful, big, tiring, exhausting, exilerating.  We had a blast.  It was six of us girlfriends and you can imagine the laughter!  We learnd so much about quilting and about each other, what fun.  

 

Unfortunately we won't be going back to Paducah next year.  We've decided to try another quilt show.  We've been going to Paducah show for about 6 years now.  Maybe 5.  It's an 8 hour drive for us.  We noticed the Quilt Show in Grand Rapids Michigan.  That would be a 5 hour drive so I believe next year we will be heading there.  One problem: It is in August and that is one of our busiest months here at the Inn.  I got it...I'll fly Dave's brother Tim in to help him!  BAM

 

Enjoy the pics!

 

 

This is what happens when I leave for the Paducah Quilt Show

 

Dave Waiting

 

This is my darling Dave, voted "Best Innkeeper in the Midwest", owner/opeator of Bernadine's Stillman Inn.  This is what he does when I leave to go away for a few days.  How cute is he.  He sat by my car out in the driveway and said "I'll see you right here when you get back"!

 

Stalker: NO

Wonderful Husband: YES

 

Not only is Dave an excellent innkeeper providing the guests with the greatest concierege service in the world but he is also a wonderful husband, father, friend...you name it.  No one tries harder than Dave.

 

When we started dating he would drop in on me at work and just sit in a chair by my desk for a few moments just to "check in".  What a honey!  

 

Anyway, I was able to go on a five day trip with my friends to Paducah Kentucky for their annual quilt show.  Oh my gosh, this show is wonderful, big, tiring, exhausting, exilerating.  We had a blast.  It was six of us girlfriends and you can imagine the laughter!  We learnd so much about quilting and about each other, what fun.  

 

Unfortunately we won't be going back to Paducah next year.  We've decided to try another quilt show.  We've been going to Paducah show for about 6 years now.  Maybe 5.  It's an 8 hour drive for us.  We noticed the Quilt Show in Grand Rapids Michigan.  That would be a 5 hour drive so I believe next year we will be heading there.  One problem: It is in August and that is one of our busiest months here at the Inn.  I got it...I'll fly Dave's brother Tim in to help him!  BAM

 

Enjoy the pics!

 

Quilt 2014quilt 2014 2

 

 

 

 

 

Tagged in: dave events galena

Easter Sunday we saw Pastor Bill's Barn Bible

 

Barn Bible

 

 

The general rule in customer service is you are never supposed to talk about three things:

Politics

Religion

Guns

 

It used to be just politics and religion but recently there have been some heated discussions at our breakfast table concerning the "right to arms" so I have added that to the list.

 

Since we just celebrated Easter yesterday I am going to take the liberty to mention that yes, we are Christians and yes, we enjoy Church....so that I can share with you this interesting story.  

Many of you will like it.  

 

Our Pastor Bill has an interesting Faith story.  He was in the Army on a  tour in Iraq. When he got on the plane to come home at the end of the tour he and his team members were sent on an extended tour, a second tour.  He lost a good friend during this time and gave up believing there was a God.

 

He comes home, gets in a car accident and ends up in the hospital.  A friend went to visit him and brought him a Bible.  Some time after he started helping another friend out who runs a farm.  When he would go to work in the barn his friend would challenge him to learn a Bible verse with him each day.  This became the "Barn Bible".  

 

It is kept in a paper bag because of the smell but isn't it amazing!  Well worn and more beautiful than any Bible I have ever seen as it is part of what led Bill to be our Pastor and he is an amazing man of God.

 

Thank you to everyone who led him to where he is today!

 

As long as we are on the topic - Faith that is

We were also privleged to have seen a replica of the Shroud of Turen at a local Church here in Galena,

St. Matthews Lutheran Church, Pastor Fred Baltz.

What an excellent presentation.  I've never needed to know much about the shroud for my Faith journey but was I glad I saw and heard about it.

 

If you are in town next Easter be sure to check it out!

 

Shroud of Turen

 

 

Now on a more secular note: If that offended anyone here is the other side of yesterday,

Sunday 4/20/14

 

We took our beautiful granddaughter to the park and played with her!  

Beautiful weather and there are green things popping up out of the ground!

Hope you had a great Sunday!

Here is Miss Lili with Oreo!

 

Lili  Oreo

 

 

Tagged in: galena

Bernadine's Stillman Inn

Week of 04/07/14

Things to Do In Galena, IL This Week

 

dave w camera 2

Dave taking MORE pictures!

 

#1 Things To Do This Week

Take Pictures

 

I know it's not the prettiest time of the year and that is exactly why you should consider spending time in Galena taking pictures.  

You will be challenged to find just the right shot

Being overcast most of the time you will have perfect lighting

You will get a lot of exercise walking around

So, call to make you reservation today for this week, mention "Photography" and receive 10% off!

#2 Try at Shake and Burger at Durty Gurts Restaurant

#3 Pizza for Dinner at Procento's Pizza - uhm excellente

#4 Walk the soggy 3 mile walking path - Riverviews at one point on the path

#5 Shop - anywhere, just shop!

#6 Coffee - when you are tired from all the shopping - enjoy the Coffee Shop

We haven't had any snow lately so we have officially discontinued our special classes 

"Snow Shoveling 101, 201 and 301"

Sorry, but maybe you can get in on it next year!

The good news is we are now taking reservations for our next series, back by popular demand

"Window Washing 101 through 501"

Just Kidding You Know!:)

 

 

Recipe Highlight

Orange French Toast

It's so simple

 

Scramble up a few eggs

Add some milk to loosen it up

1/4 tsp vanilla

1/2 tsp Orange Rind

1/2 cup Orange Flavored Liquor or Orange Juice

 

Mix all that up, dip some Texas toast in there and put it on the griddle!

 

 

 

Next Week I Begin My New Series

"What Makes Me Happy"

 

It should be fun and perhaps a few suggestions will stand out to you!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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