Fun times with Jane (Blondie's Journal) and Al in Galena, Illinois.

Here we are,... two gals who met through blogging and now have become real life/ in person good friends!
In case you don't recognize that pretty blonde, it is Jane (Blondie's Journal) and your's truly (not a blonde)
Last weekend was the 4th get-together for Jane and I along with our hubbies Al and Dan.

We stayed at this B &B located just a few blocks from the main drag.
Although it was nice enough, I have to say I think we  all preferred the first one we had stayed at during our first get-together in Galena.

Then it was December 2009, right after Christmas and  businesses were still decorated and had such a festive feel.

Our view, December 2009, just outside our door! 
But back to the present, June 2012!

  A view of the restaurant we all met at.  This is such a nice little Italian place with the best food.

After lunch we walked, shopped and tried to get the food to settle down.  I am mugging for the camera here!  See hubbies in they're typical guy pose!
One other thing, I forgot my camera this time ( I know, bad blogger) so I am borrowing some of Jane's pics.
Later we checked into our B & B, rested a bit and then met downstairs for some refreshments and parlor games.
Although we all chatted and had a very nice time, I never really figured out  what our parlor games were to be.
That evening we all went for supper at a very nice restaurant with very nice food.
We had a lovely time visiting and such and things were going splendidly.
Until....our waitress brought us a round of beer's.
I was seated facing with my back to her when all of a sudden I felt something hard clonk me on the head.
Yes, she dropped the glass beer bottle right onto my poor little head.
And then swoosh, I was covered and I mean covered in beer.
Not to mention for the rest of the evening I had a gigantic headache.
Well the owner was very apologetic and even wanted me to go to the hospital.
I declined because I knew I was fine, just an achy head.
My meal was on the house but since I hardly could enjoy it I think that was only fair.
Well we headed back to the B&B with a forever story to tell.

One more kind of funny thing! ( Although I didn't think the beer thing was too funny at the time).
Most of the Victorian B&B's have these headless mannequins dressed in some beautiful finery.
For some reason our hosts had placed one in the hallway just a few steps away from Al and Jane's room.
Well Alan thinks these are the creepiest things.
I kind of do too!
Dan and I layed in bed that night trying to get brave enough to move that mannequin to right outside Al and Jane's room.  If the owners had not been quite so stiff, and we weren't such wimps, we would have probably done it.

The next morning Al told us how he had plotted to move it just outside our room as well!
The next morning we all met for breakfast, which was beautifully set up and then packed up and headed downtown for a bit more shopping and such.

Jane caught me here, checking out the storefronts.
I need to remember to never forget my camera again!
Jane has pics of me but I don't really have hardly any of her this time.

However here is a cute one of Jane and Alan when we visited them at their lake house last summer.
Our time together always goes too fast, but we always enjoy it and always look forward to our next get-together.
I want to have them up to our home but....

Alan say's I will never get Jane up here as long as I keep posting pictures like this!  hehe.
Just love those two, they are such a lovely couple and fun too!
If you ever get a chance, don't hesistate to meet someone you've gotten to know from blogging.
Have a lovely weekend all!


  1. Sounds like a fun time, Cindy.

  2. Sounds like you had so much fun, Cindy. Who wouldn't being with Janie and Al! So sorry about the beer and your head. Funny about the headless

  3. Aww. What a nice post. How awesome that you got to meet one of your bloggers. It looks like you all had a wonderful time.

  4. What a sweet, sweet post, Cindy. You are so kind to me (and you know what I mean)!! We all had the best time. Minneapolis in the fall of next year?? A cabin in the woods of Wisconsin? Can't wait my friend!


  5. I just adore Jane and KNEW she would be just as sweet in person as she is on her blog. It looks like you all had a lot of fun. Too bad you chickened out on the mannequin!;>)...and sorry about the beer!:<( xo Diana

  6. Looks like you all had a great time, cute town. xo

  7. Sounds like you all had a fun time, despite the beer bottle incident. Ouch - Bet you did have a headache. The headless mannequins do not bother me, but the vintage dolls heads with no body attached are sorta creepy. :-D
    Enjoy your weekend and stay cool.

  8. What a fun time you had. That B&B looked kinda "spooky". Mannequin story is funny. The manager was probably scared you were gonna sue them. Glad you met a good friend to hang with.

  9. HI Cindy! I love hearing about your and Jane's fun times. Sounds like y'all had a ball except when the beer bottle dropped on your little head. I've never thought about those mannequins looking scary, but since you mention it - they do! :)
    I know you know I got to meet Jeanne from Backyard neighbor last week and I was so thrilled I couldn't sleep!
    Be a sweetie,
    shelia ;)

  10. You know how much I enjoy reading stories of blogger get-togethers! Thanks for sharing ... OUCH in support of the beer bottle hitting your head!!!

  11. Love your photos!! Sounds like so much fun!!

  12. Cindy, I think it's terrific that you and Jane have continued to get together. Friendships spawned through blogging are the best part about the world of blog.

  13. Great pics Cindy! (Thanks Jane, lol) and it sounds like you had a wonderful time :)

  14. Hi Cindy, what wonderful pictures. How great it must be to meet on line and remain friends. What an evening a konk on the head and smelling like beer, ouch!! You girls and your hubbies are just too cute for words.. love the plotting, even though it didn't happen I know the thought and memory will stay with you forever.. hugs ~lynne~

  15. Oh it looks like you guys had so much fun. So glad you got to get away and have a visit. Hugs, Marty

  16. So glad you managed to plan and time and get together!

    Tell Jane she doesn't need to worry about the bears, they don't USUALLY maim and kill anyone.


  17. I love Galena! The Bed and Breakfast that you stayed in is where we have stayed the last two times we visited and we enjoyed the porch a lot! As you know the shopping is awesome....makes me want to go back right now!

  18. HI CINDY,
    OH NO........BEER all over you and hit in the head??????YOU poor thing.....I would have cried.....I have yucky hair so to go back and fix it all over again....you are a great sport!!!
    beer perfume.....maybe a new trend!!
    I loved Galena the one time I went....your pics of the winter galena look like postcards!!!!I think the headless mannequins are weird too......but I liked the dress!!!!
    You always make for fun times!!!!
    hugs 2 u,


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