Sunday, September 29, 2013

MC And I Went On A Road Trip!

We headed out  for Gainesville, Florida.  The main purpose of our trip was to see my Brother, Henry, AKA Happy,  star in the Gainesville Community Theater's performance of Lend Me A Tenor.  

We arrived in town as he was headed out for the Friday night performance.   We had just a few minutes to catch up at the hotel before he had to leave for the show.

This is PreShow dress!

Saturday morning we drove to his home with Panera goodies in tow!!!    SIL Pat  had   hip replacement surgery 10 days ago, and can't get around too well, let alone prepare a meal!!!!  

Actually a great excuse for more Panera stuff!!!

My nephew Max, Brother, Happy and Pat

Before her surgery she managed to find this chandelier, repaint it and reupholster the chairs!  The table was a "Find" at a thrift  shop

When "Happy" left for the matinee, MC and I took a little trip to a very quaint town, about 500 residents, Micanopy, Florida .   A mini Senoia!  They have done a few films there, including Doc Hollywood!   The shops are not as fancy as Senoia, but just as cool and fun.

We found a parking spot in front of this wonderful old building!
We entered Micanopy Trading Outpost and was greeted by the owner, America Gordon!   Her shop specializes in European and Asian treasures!  She and her husband just returned from a buying trip to Europe.



America was so gracious!  She pointed out a number of her recent finds from her recent trip.

 These are  clay church roof tiles that the women of the village formed on their thighs. When the church was razed they made them into candle holders....clever!

Some fabulous Asian pieces

Jimmy, her stray new friend

These marvelous works are made by an Artist that  does it all by welding!  Great unusual pieces!

 Of course had to have a picture with my new friend!!

America suggested we go to the Mosswood Farm Store & Bake House, an organic coffee shop for something to drink and a pastry!.....especially the pastry!

I immediately was taken in by a fabulous chocolate "thing".   It was a double chocolate brownie!  It was delicious...no picture!  It was gone before MC could get the camera to it!   I figured it had to be calorie FREE!  This was an Organic coffee shop, right?

We went back to visit America and thank her for suggesting this great dessert heaven!  I mentioned that it was great knowing it had no calories...Dah...and America told me that they figured out it had at least  900  ........

We were getting ready to head out and I asked if she had any unusual cabinet knobs.    I told her about my kitchen cabinets!! She took one off a chest and handed it to me!!!!

Have to show it in place.  As soon as we got home MC put it up!

Back to Happy's for a quick meal before the evening performance. 


   That's Happy on the top right!

After the show, the Cast greets everyone in the Lobby!  I love this practice.  One theater we went to in this area also does this!  It really makes the evening very personal!

I have never, ever seen my Brother in Tails!!!
Not bad!
A little improvement from his get up when we met him at the hotel!



Before we left, I did a little tweaking in the Great Room.  No Surprise.
The reason makes sense, believe me.

The sofa is now facing the fireplace wall.  The room is 16 feet wide by 20 feet long.   The sofa, and the two slipper chairs fill the room very nicely, but the gorgeous cocktail table that MC made is 4 ft. x 4ft!   That left absolutely no room to get around!   I had to do something!  I hated to remove the table, but sadly, I did.  It will show up somewhere, in some form .....some day.  So what to use separating the sofa from the chairs...????


 The proportions are perfect!

It's been a busy week.....
now what?



  1. What a fun trip. I loved traveling with you!!

  2. We haven't had a trip for almost 2 years! It was an adventure!

  3. wow- what a fun trip! family, shopping, eating, theater- looks perfect to me!

  4. Thank you for coming! I am glad you enjoyed the show. It was wonderful to see you.

    1. We are so glad we were able to see you in this show. It was fantastic and we had a ball!

  5. I'm so happy you got down to Gainesville to see everyone!!!!

    I hope you had a great time!!!

  6. What a fun trip!! I really need to search around and try to discover some cool shops like the one you just found. I love the pretty new knob you brought home!

    1. Brooke, if you are ever in Micanopy you have to stop in Micanopy Trading Outpost. Ask for the owner, America. Tell her you are a Blogger. She is interested in getting into this crazy medium. She so nice. You will have a wonderful afternoon. .......and go get one of the Brownies!!!

  7. It looks like you had a fabulous time and I'm not surprised. It's always fun to go to the theater but even-more-so when a family member is in the play. Interesting shopping places to browse also. As for the chocolate dessert....calories don't count when you're away from home.

    1. I should have had two brownies!!! Or brought one back to the hotel.
      We have a group of friends that attend the Community Theaters in our area. We always have a great time. It's amazing the talent that's out there!

  8. Looks like a great time! Makes me want to pack up my bags to somewhere!!!

  9. What a charming town! Can I just say that I love the place...I plan on stopping if ever near! Thanks for the tour!

    1. Make sure you go to Mosswood and ask for a double brownie!

  10. You definitely have a very talented and creative family, Patty! Love your new pretty flower knob, by the way!

    Glad you had an enjoyable trip!


    1. The knob is fabulous....and thanks.....there is some talent around....mine is moving furniture!

  11. What a fun trip and I loved the tour. How exciting to have a family member in the play!!

  12. We really enjoy seeing my brother "perform". He's not bad!!!

  13. So I guess personality runs in the family:) What a great trip and it is fun scouting out new cities. Glad the play was a hit and you had fun....I could do with a road trip soon.