Thursday, October 30, 2014

I'm Back!

Goof grief, five months gone is long enough!  What was that about you ask?  I have a busy, busy toddler : )  Anyway, tomorrow starts a 10 day long road trip with The Little Dude and I'd love to share the fun.  We'll be following my parents to Branson Missouri and while I'm not overly excited about our destination, I am really excited about the junking that is sure to happen.  Stay with me (and thank you to those of you who have stuck with me during my hiatus), it's going to be good!   


  1. LOL - have a safe trip! I've missed your posts. Long ago, 1st hubs had family that had lived in Branson, before all the 'mini vegas' trappings. Only thing there back then was Silver City & Shepard of the Hills, and the sweet little downtown strip by dock and little antique shops/thrifts. I loved going to the College of the Ozarks, went to the little museum there and had coffee in restaurant. There was a tiny local cafe downtown that made the BEST apple dumpling and cinnamon ice cream! YUM I went twice with 1st hubs to visit his grandparents (now this was back in early 1970s) and it was still quaint and very pretty country. Now is a different story... Anyways, have fun!

    1. Sounds like a fun trip! Yup, it's a buzzing little place now. Thanks so much for taking the time to comment!

  2. Yes - eat at the college - its a must. There are lots of junk and flea market stores. You will hve fun - I promise! It's not far from me!!!!

    1. I'm just afraid they're going to ask me to go see Andy Williams again. I know he's a treasure, but good grief, let the man rest! I'll hit the college and as many junk shops as I can. Hopefully I'll have some time towards the end of the trip to wander by myself. Maybe I can swing by and see you and Lara's booths.

  3. Hi Melissa! I thought we lost you to the world of Instagram for good. Welcome back, enjoy your trip and we'll follow along with you As you post. :)

    1. Agh, I know! Instagram is just so dang easy, but I missed my blog friends. : )

  4. Glad you are back but I don't feel like you've been gone because I see you on IG all the time!


  5. To me you haven't been gone - I see you on IG almost everyday. Ok - so you should be super excited about your destination. Missouri is a junkin' MECCA. I have a good friend who moved to Indianapolis (where I am) from Kansas City, MO and she couldn't believe how "expensive" stuff was in Indy. To me it's not compared to so many other places. Let me know if you need recommendations and I'll get them for you! :)


  7. Can't wait to see what you find & keep on bloggin'.

  8. I don't know where the time has gone either, it's crazy! And now the holidays are upon us!

  9. Welcome Back! Have fun junkin on your trip!
    Erica :)

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