Back to the Frozen Tundra!

My trip to Phoenix was short but sweet!  I arrived at Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport Tuesday night.  My son and dil were there to greet me.  I actually started feeling warm even before I exited the plane.  It was 58 degrees at 8:00 p.m. and it felt like it was 80.  When you've had such cold weather, it doesn't take much to feel warm.  I have seen college kids in Wisconsin wearing shorts when it hits 40 degrees!  Anyhoo, it was so much fun getting together with all my bloggy buddies.
Phoenix has become my home away from home.  And it's always bittersweet when I have to go back home.
I miss my hubby, my grand-baby and daughter etc. but I start missing my son and dil as soon as I get back on that plane.
It was so much fun catching up with all these gals!  Jamie, (Mimi's Corner) Ceekay, (Thinking of Home)  Karen, (Some Days are Diamonds) Marty, ( A Stroll thru Life)  Liz ( Rose Vignettes) and Laura (Decor to Adore)  and Laura's daughter the fashionista!

Look at these happy faces!  Jamie and Ceekay looking lovely for the camera.

This is one of the adorable dresses that Jamie got for my grand-baby!  Isn't she sweet?  And isn't Addison adorable in it!  Well to top it off, she brought these adorable dresses that had belonged to her grand-baby for Addison to use.

I can hardly wait for summer!

Before the luncheon we got in a little shopping.  Ceekay, Karen and I.  This shop was so delightful but it was a bit pricey!

Marty, Karen and I mugging for the camera!  Love these gals!

On Saturday, I got to visit my friend Linda who lives in Tempe.  I have known Linda since high school, when we were both in 4-H together.  Linda and I were both seamstresses, but it seems that Linda was a better one than I was.  She was always taking top honors and I was always the alternate.
Linda, who is also a blogger, Reminisce... And This- n- That, actually found me again through blogging!  What a small world it is.  And then when I found out she was in Tempe, which is where my Son was living at the time, I could hardly believe it! 
This picture of Linda and I would have probably been kind of cute if my eyes weren't so squinty.  I actually do have eyeballs! he-he.
 Well Linda and I spent the morning garage- sailing, thrifting and just visiting and having a ball!  She made me a wonderful lunch and I got to meet her very nice husband.  And here's a treat for all of you!
Linda has the most fabulous crafting room ever!!!!   And what is even more amazing, is that she has put it all together with thrift store and budget finds! 
I absolutely adore this room!

Is this not cute or what!  Everything has a place, and it is a feast for the eyes!

Look at that adorable little dress form.  She made the curtains and I just love her attention to detail!

This phone works and it has the long rings from way back.  Linda called the number and boy did that ring bring back memories!  So cool!

And here's the lovely Linda standing in front of her collection of  vintage aprons!
All of these were purchased thrifting and she only paid a buck or two for each one.  Go say hi to Linda and tell her Cindy sent you!  And another cool thing....  Linda and my hubby went to the same small high school and were only a grade apart!   

More cute Linda stuff!

One of the things I found while thrifting is this adorable cardinal teapot!  It matches the plates and cups that hubby got for my birthday a couple of years ago.  For $4.00 it was mine!

Pictured are one of the plates and mugs that match.  I feel a cardinal-scape coming on!

Sadly, Sunday morning came all too soon.  I had to say goodbye to Phoenix's number one Packer fan, aka my son Joshua.   We are still so excited about Saturday nights playoff game.  Sorry Atlanta fans, but the Packers Rock!
But I'll be back to my second home soon.  My son and dil are having a baby in July!  And although I have never wanted to be in Phoenix in July, I will certainly make an exception for my grand-baby!
Take Care everyone and have a wonderful week!


  1. It's suppose to be 78 degrees here today.....lovely weather, I am so glad you enjoyed your time in our city. Char

  2. Goodness is that a craft room or what!?! What a fun apron collection!! Looks like a great trip.

  3. That is totally amazing! AMAZING!! Thank you for sharing it with us. I love aprons, too!

  4. Oh Cindy, what a fun time to meet up with Terry also. Her craft room is just amazing. It was so good to see you and I had such a great time with all of you. I can't wait for you to get back in July. Even if it is 120 degrees we will play and have some fun. Maybe a trip to my GW this time. Love your teapot. Stay warm. Hugs, Marty

  5. Welcome back - - - how do you like the SNOW that greeted you here?

    I'm still lovin' it!

    Darling dress for Addison!

  6. Hi Cindy! Oh, what a great time you must have had. I've seen all these pretty faces all over Blogland! You gals all look wonderful! Now, Cindy, I must tell you - no matter what you post about when you put a snap in of little Addison, she stills the show! She is so pretty and what sweet little dresses Jamie brought for her. I know that is so appreciated! :) She's a doll.
    be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

  7. Sounds like you had a fun trip. Like your tea pot and Addison's new wardrobe. I have a feeling starting in July, you will be making trips to Phoenix more often. :D
    Are there steps down to that door, where your son is standing, or is he a very tall man? :D
    Have a great week.

  8. Looks like you had a wonderful time! Glad you are home safely. Sally

  9. What a fun time Cindy, all the way around. I have been watching for your return. Wonderful photos of everyone and that precious baby girl in her new dress.:-)

  10. I enjoyed seeing the photos and hearing about your visit to Phoenix. I live in California, and wore my Packer sweatshirt and cheered them on in the playoff game. Go Pack.

  11. Cindy- Welcome Home~ We are in the midst of a snowstorm today-up to 5" and it is blowing in off the bay. Sounds like you had a wonderful time. How fun to reconnect with old and new/old friends....hmmmm...Arizona in July? I dunno if a Frozen Tundra girl can stand that.

    We are gonna beat the Bears on Sunday though...right!?!~ Hugs- Diana

  12. Lovely post...beautiful baby!!!!

    Join to mi "romantic" contest...hugs, Flavia

  13. Sounds like you had a delightful time with all the gals.
    Looks like the shopping, dining, chatting was a lot of fun!!

  14. Hi Girlfriend...

    So good to hear that you are back home...safe and sound, my friend! I'm sure that you hated leaving Az. but I know that you were missing Dan, Katie and Addison! Ohhh...it looks like you had a blast meeting up with the girls! I just loved getting to see all of your photos...all of you are such beautiful women...inside and out! I bet ya'll sounded like a bunch of little magpies when you were at the Olive Garden! Hehe! Just came from Marty's and looked at all of her photos too! That was sooo awesome, meeting up with your long time friend Linda while you were there! Blogging really does make for a "small world"...doesn't it? Ohhh my gosh, Linda's craft room is FABULOUS!!! It's like stepping into a really cool shop! Ohhh...I could go shopping in that pretty room..that's for sure! Hehe! I will have to go over and check her blog out!

    Well sweet friend, I'm sooo glad that you got to see your son and DIL...and all the girls! I know that you had the time of your life!!! Wow...really, when you think about it...July isn't that far off! Are you getting settled back in? Got any special plans for the week? I'll talk with you later, sweet lady!

    Love ya,

    PS...love that pretty cardinal teapot that you found! Ohhh yes...please do a tablescape or tea!!!

  15. Cindy, what a FUN trip you had! I loved every single shot of this. So neat to get to visit your son and his family PLUS so many nice bloggy friends!

    And look at your friend's studio! She needs to join Pink Saturday! Oh, what a wonderful place. Loved seeing all of her cute, cute things, and those aprons are darling. Loved the colors. You knew I would!

    Glad you're back, and I loved seeing Addison in her new dress and how great that she got such a variety, too. Your friend was sweet to do that for you.

    Sending you warm hugs from Florida...


    Sheila :-)

  16. You know I love "blogger meets blogger" posts and this one is spectacular! I LOVE Linda's studio, I enlarged each picture to take a close look and read all the funny stuff she had. The pic of the pink curler girls on her billboard had me in stitches, I remember those from my childhood. But the pièce de résistance for me is the chandelier. I love them and would have them in every room if I could. Since we have to have ceiling fans here in Florida (or melt) I bought a lamp that resembles one.

    I have to check her blog right now, but can't leave without saying, "ohhhh so adorable…" over Addison's pic.

    Glad you had such a great time.

  17. I am so happy you had a wonderful time with the girls and your son and DIL! And you enjoyed all that warm weather...sigh! I loved looking at all of your pictures and that is a neat story about all of the coincidences with Linda. She has a great craft room...I want one of those {for when I learn to sew ;-D}

    Glad you are home and safe. Kiss that little grandbaby for me!


  18. Oh baby their multiplyin' on ya!!! Congratulations girl!!! Yep, I'd fair the hot weather too!!!

    Looks like ya have the most magnificent trip sweetie.

    I just returned from TX with my fam for my Dad's memorial service. It was a hard trip to say the least and not for the obvious reasons.( can ya say dysfunctional???) It's great to be home.

    God bless ya and that little sweetie of your is gettin' more beautiful every day!!!

  19. Wow, you sure accomplished a lot in just a short time! How fun to meet with fellow-bloggers too! I love Addison's outfit and she just gets cuter by the minute! You must be so proud of her..pretty like her grandma! :D

  20. Great Photos, its so wonderful you have this opportunity to be with family and also blog friends!

    I so wish I wasnt afraid of flying, the places I could go!

  21. Hey Girl! I feel like we never said good bye! I didn't even give you a hug cause I thought I'd see you one more time before we all left! WHAAAAAAAA!
    I always love getting together with you - I am going to have to figure out how to get to Wisconsin!! I have a feeling Mark and I might be heading that way in summer of 2012...got room for a 40' coach? then we can really kick back and visit and see the sights. SOME DAY I am going to see the Mississippi River!!!
    Love all your pictures - and am VERY glad you are getting caught up with Addison kisses!!!!!
    A big hug!! Love you my friend! Karen

  22. Glad you got home safe...but this went way too fast. Keeping July open for ya!! See you then!

  23. How wonderful to meet blogger friends, I love the new teapot!

  24. Hi Cindy...how fun your trip looked...always great to meet up with fellow bloggers and your old friend with the great craft room..I have to go by and visit her because I have a similiar room right down to the memory board...Congratulations on becoming a grandmother again this coming July....You must be thrilled...another girl??

  25. Oh Cindy, thank you so much for your lovely visit. What a wonderful time we had thrifting and yard saling together!! And thank you for posting pics of my craft room. You are too kind and generous.
    Love you dear friend! So thankful that we've reconnected after all these years. I can't wait to share the story again on my blog this week.

  26. You had fun, now you must come back to the snow like the rest of us! :)
    How nice your son and his wife are having a baby!Your AZ REUNION LOOKED LIKE FUN!

  27. I loved all the photos. How wonderful to be able to meet up with all these sweet bloggy friends!

  28. I can just see how much fun you had, Cindy, and how exciting to be a grandma again. Congrats to the parents and to you too. How exciting! Addison is so adorable and that outfit is just beautiful and so are the others too. The teapot is perfect, what a lucky find!...Christine

  29. HI!!!
    ADDISON looks adorable in her dress!!I wish the girls lived closer to get a pic of them together in their cuteness!!!I am so glad you loved the dresses, we will get excited seeing another cutie pie in them!!!YOUR frierd's place is AMAZING!!!!I loved every single inch!!I will POP over for sure!!!
    glad you got home safely and to the cold weather, which I know you will tolerate at best til spring!!!I look forward to seeing you in July and meeting the new baby!!!
    Stay warm
    miss you already!!

  30. Hi Cindy! Congratulations on becoming a grammy again this summer. Two blessings in less than a year! Addison is as cute as ever in her pretty little dress.
    That craft room is to die for! I'm "borrowing" a few ideas for my own room. Hugs, Loretta

  31. Cindy, it looks like you gals had a great time together. What fun it would be to get a bunch around our area together. Your granddaughter is absolutely adorable. Your girlfriends craft room is just wonderful! What cutie's you both are.
    hugs ~lynne~

  32. Welcome home Cindy! What a fun trip you had. :)

  33. Shoot! I hope my comment doesn't show up twice. I don't know what happened the first time. I LOVE your friend's craft room. So cute and so organized. Even I might be able to create something in a room like that! Little Addison is adorable, no matter what she's dressed in. How lucky that you found that teapot at such a great price. I can't wait to see the tablescape you create with this beautiful pattern. Another grandchild! Yea! Do you know yet what sex it is? You'll catch up with me before long. So glad you and the AZ bloggers had such a great time. You all look so pretty. laurie

  34. Hi Cindy I enjoy your post and pictures. Your little precious is so adorable. It is great be able to meet up with blogger friends.

  35. What fun, Cindy! and what cute outfits for little Miss Addison...such a sweetie! My snow has finally melted. I don't know how yu folks up north do it! lol I hope you are having a great week!...hugs...Debbie

  36. Hi Cindy! Lunch was soooo fun. I can't wait till the next get-together! I don't know about you..but I wanna go to some of those classes that Karen and CK went to! :) Maybe in July? That is if your not tooooooo busy with a new grandbaby! :)


  37. I love your blog, Cindy. It is one of my favorites! I feel the same way as you when I visit my son and dil. I live in the deep south and have visited them in IA only during the summer. How nice it was. We even had to wear a jacket on the 4th of July. I visited them this yr. for Christmas. It is very cold up there, but I always cry when I leave them. God bless you and have a Happy New Year.

  38. What a darling sweetheart little Addison is!

    It was so good to see you and to hear that you will soon be back.

  39. Glad you had a good trip -- isn't it nice to go somewhere warm when it's cold!!!

    Nice find on that teapot!

  40. What a nice trip you had! So glad that you had the chance to meet up with blogging friends, and also to show us their photos and identify them. It's always nice to put a face to a name. I enjoyed your post, Cindy. Have a great wknd!
    Blessings, Beth

  41. Girl, you've been having way too much fun. So glad you had quality time with your son and DIL. And congrats on another upcoming grandbaby. Double the fun, double the love:)

  42. Hey Cindy, I just posted about our story... and your visit! Come see!

  43. Hi Cindy! it look like you had fun with your friend and it was hot! thanks for sharing with us.
    Blessings Catherine

  44. what a FUN trip...i enjoyed reading all of this..the little baby is just precious....

    so much fun catching up with friends...

    happy to visit here today, my friend

    kary and teddy

  45. Hi Cindy, It looks like you had a wonderful time visiting all the bloggers in person! Addison is absolutely adorable! I would like to reach right in and give her a little squeeze. And thank you for sharing that amazing craft room. I am drooling. Enjoy your teapot! Linda


I would love to hear from you. Come back and visit anytime. Warmest Wishes, Cindy