My cat Tom wasn't excited about me leaving and was attempting to prevent my packing...
I have so much for which to be thankful! What a wonderful week I had catching up with friends and family. I am so glad I was able to get a flight to Illinois to visit my immediate and extended family, plus my two lifelong friends, Heather and Rachel. I was even able to fit in visits to cute shops and came home with more luggage than I left with! It was a great visit and I am already looking forward to Christmas for a longer stay.
ILLINOIS TRIP PART I - Barrington and Lake Zurich (Northwest Chicago Suburbs)
I flew out of Austin last Saturday morning directly to O'Hare, and my childhood friend Rachel picked me up. She shares a passion for finding old treasures, so she took me all around her neighboring northwest Chicago suburbs (Barrington mainly) to shop. We both found some great deals! Here are some photos of the cute stores and their displays.
An adorable shop, Tattered Tiques
monkey brains! BTW, I haven't had a roach since they arrived!
On to another store in the same shopping plaza, Junk Warehouse.
We also visited the The Pink Geranium. At the three stores, I racked up:
-a really old dictionary
-a tool caddy
-a boxed set of music for a player piano
-3 ball jars, blue in color (I really have to watch how I describe the color and brand of jar...)
-some decorative little Christmas trees
-a vintage ornament
-two old rose cages
-and an antique sled
Rachel bought quite a bit too...it was a wonder we could fit in the car with all of our finds and my luggage!