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What do you get when you combine a guilty pleasure in a huge crowd of other people who have the same guilty pleasure (aside from knowing your not alone and your Mother was wrong all along)?     You get Country Living Magazine’s Fair and a whole lotta happy happy pinch-me-now. Because if you love […]

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  • William Kendall - What a trailer! It has a lot of character.ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - Aren’t they great! Like a little box of perfect.ReplyCancel

  • Carol Cassara - You could film a movie in that, the setting is so perfect for that era! Fun to see!ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - Such fun. I want all of those trailers!ReplyCancel

  • Linda Roy - This is all so right up my alley. I have a subscription to Country Living and I’m giddy when it arrives. I love all of it. I want that white table. And the Hills Brothers coffee can sure gave me a flashback. The fair sounds like heaven.ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - I can SO see you toolin’ around in an old vintage trailer that reflects your personality. With your guitar and a campfire, and hot coffee and me right behind you in mine. Boy- we’d have a good time, and we could share all of our favorite ideas in the latest edition and maybe go junkin’ along the way! Yes!!!!ReplyCancel

      • Linda Roy - That’s it – pack your bags, we’re goin’ on tour!ReplyCancel

        • Cheryl - Right? I can SO see you in one of these- the guitar, the boots, your kickass’tude! I want to be your sidekick though. Promise.ReplyCancel

  • Phil - I could easily live in that trailer! It looks like a set out of I Love Lucy and American Pickers! Cool.ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - Yes. Yes. Yes Phil! Exactly! They are so compact but everything you need is right there! You really have to see them in person to get the full effect. My pic’s don’t do them justice. So many details are lost. Thanks for stopping by! ANd I LOVE American Pickers!ReplyCancel

  • Kristi Rieger Campbell - OMG I want to have wine and use the bathrooms in ALL of those!! Awesome. Going to check out your mamapedia now 🙂 and congratulations!ReplyCancel

  It has been quite a journey with our children.   Our oldest, son Chase, began his journey in Boston, at Berkeley School of Music (and then the world).   Our daughter, on no less an illustrious path, first with a bachelors in Business from Tulane University, and then a post-bac in Science from Loyola […]

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  • William Kendall - That counts as a chaotic move.ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - Oh God. It really was. Just the physical labor involved, the driving, the dealing with inept people, and all the while trying to support her as she starts Vet school. I’m exhausted.ReplyCancel

  • Cary Vaughn - Kmart pillows?!?! You poor thing. It warms my heart to know what you sacrifice for your children. Much love to you.ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - Can you imagine? KMart! Polyfoam. Cotton/poly-ply pillow cases. A blanket on the floor! A single dangling lightbulb above!!… at least there was wine- but PAPER CUPS! The list of sacrifices go on and on…ReplyCancel

  • Lynda@fitnessmomwinecountry - Cheryl, what an adventure. So bittersweet right? Our oldest really never let me move him. I am hoping our middle son our daughter will let me have that experience. Welcome back homeReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - Thanks! It good to be back! Happy to see you Lynda! Always a pleasure my dear!ReplyCancel

  • Kb Cash - Proper tipping is a lost art. Well done.ReplyCancel

  • Linda Roy - You are fabulous! xoReplyCancel

  • Kathleen O'Donnell - Definitely a perk to paying for college…cool cities to go visit! Chicago is one of the few places I haven’t been. I wanna go though. Shop that miracle mile!ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - The Mile is a miracle- at evacuating your wallet!ReplyCancel

  • Roshni - Congratulations to your daughter! And, I loved how you dealt with the minions…err…I mean, hotel staff!!ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - Thank you and experience does pay off sometimes! HA!ReplyCancel

  • When Crazy Meets Exhaustion - You are SO proper 🙂 And hey–did I miss the HGTV post? Help a dummy out!ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - SO.(hehehehe) and No. I haven’t posted it yet bc the idiots haven’t scheduled our episode yet and I’d like it to coincide w THE e-p-i-s-o-d-e, which I’m starting to think might never air. Jesus, you’d think HGTV would have their shit together. NOT. I’ll let you know. Thanks for asking my dear.ReplyCancel

  • Sue Pekarek - Love that Bryn is going to become a vet. Our pup almost died a few weeks ago and the doctors saved her life.ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - Ben’s counting on her to put HIM down when the day comes. So happy your pup was saved- which is much more important then what I just said.ReplyCancel

  • Mari Collier - I do hope you find another hotel as accommodating. It’s really getting to be a bear while traveling if one smokes as (obviously) we both do. Congratulations to your high achieving children. ReplyCancel

  • Carol Cassara - Any post that mentions Philip Roth gets my attention! And of course, you do rock, Cheryl!ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - Thank you dear Carol. I think we both have the ‘rockin’ thing down. HahaaaaaaReplyCancel

  • Tammy - Does your kidlet know how damn lucky she is to have you for her mother? If not, what’s her phone number? I’ve never been to Chicago but I see it on the new a lot. I’m thinking there is a lot more to it than that. One day!ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - Chicago is the best America has to offer- big city living with a small town feel. International vibe with midwestern kindness. Clean. Green. and not mean. Seriously- I could live there. Maybe we should visit- together?ReplyCancel

  • Rena McDaniel - You mean you actually got to smoke! It is becoming so hard to find a good hotel where we can still light up!ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - Oh yes. I find I can ‘smoke’ in a lot of hotels. You just have to ‘inquire’. -wink-ReplyCancel

  We here at A Pleasant House, have many visitors.     Some are actual 3-D flesh and blood humans that come for a visit.   Most have an idea about what they want to see and do.   Some need a little inspiration.   Others could make some BIG mistakes if it weren’t for […]

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  • Angel The Alien - Hmm, yeah, I can see how the names Storyville and Storyland can be confused! I wonder if that happens to a lot of people? For instance maybe they’re lost, and they stop and ask, “Can you give us directions to Storyville?” and people look at them like they’re crazy.ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - People still think Storyville exists. It doesn’t. It’s not Las Vegas- close, but no cigar.ReplyCancel

  • Carol Cassara - Whoa, now THAT’s confusion worthy of a blog post! I knew about ‘ville but not ‘land.ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - Confusion to the tenth power and it happens all of the time.ReplyCancel

  • Lana - So funny! Storyland looks like fun. Storyville?…well, depends on the circumstances I guess 🙂ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - But Storyland has a toy boat for any sailor that gets confused. HheheheeeeeeReplyCancel

  • Lisa Carpenter - Good to know! I hope to one day visit New Orleans. And Storyville (w/o grandkids), Storyland (w/grandkids) and YOU… with time for a drink or two or three (w/o kids… w/hubby). Cheers and thanks for the travel tip!ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - That would be fabu Lisa! If you’re ever down my way you better give me a call. There are so many things to do/see!ReplyCancel

  • Eve Gaal - Hilarious. I tweeted it. This sounds like great information for a novel set in Nawlins. I’ve been there several times and the highlights for me include the Garden District, Cable Cars, St. Louis Cathedral, The Court of Two Sisters and Cafe du Monde. AND JAZZ! (Pete Fountain, etc.) So old school and predictable. Of course, I also like to walk across the street to the Mississippi and last time I discovered the casino which upset my husband so much I thought he’d have a fit and throw me down the river.ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - All of your choices are must-do’s’- including Harrah’s. (ps: I live in the Garden District).ReplyCancel

  • Roshni - ahahahahhah!!! I see how one could get confused!! “The rides”!!ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - Well, since Storyville doesn’t exist anymore I don’t see how anyone could GET confused and yet people still ask where Storyville is!????ReplyCancel

  • Cary - Oh my gah. I hope they keep those rides sanitized. No telling what diseases are lying dormant in that soil.ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - Hahahaa. Thankfully the amusement park is not on the former Madame’s hallowed ground. Treme has that pleasure.ReplyCancel

  • Rena McDaniel - I was waiting on that one because of a blog post I did a couple of months ago about things that used to be legal. This is where I found out that it was called Storyville. I visited there last July New Orleans not Storyville much to my hubby’s disappointment. Can’t say it’s a place I would like to visit again, not on my much loved places although parts of it were beautiful.ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - Next time you visit give me a jingle- I’ll show you all the beauty.ReplyCancel

  • Vashti Q - Ah, ha,ha,ha,ha! ReplyCancel

  • Gary Sidley - I can see how it might be problematic to confuse the two.ReplyCancel

  • Katy Bug - It seems unwise to name an amusement park something so similar to Storyville. Don’t these people know their prostitution related history? Sigh.ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - It really does seem stupid. Then again- it’s New Orleans where not much makes sense. Hahaaa Thanks for stopping by Katy.ReplyCancel

  “Which way to turn?”    “Towards the Light”, so said the Monarch, the Prophet, the Seer, the Revelator, James ‘Jesse’ Strang to his poverty-stricken, misplaced, flock of polygamous misfits as they followed their King along the Big Lake through the woods.   The year was 1850, and the snow was flying (So was the […]

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  • Carol Cassara - Who knew? The only thing i know about that city is that John Ramsay’s family had a home there. I can’t believe I know that factoid.ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - I had no idea until I started chatting-up the locals. A few old-timers said they were always standoffish.ReplyCancel

  • Kathleen O'Donnell - Such a fun read! I’m gonna start my own religion. How hard can it be? Just think of the most ridiculous story you can come up with and say it’s a message from God. I’m onto something…ReplyCancel

  • Mari Collier - I believe you meant 1850 instead of 1950 in that one post. That would have meant she really old when she got the divorce from a ghost. Other than that, a fun read. I hope you’ve seen my latest.ReplyCancel

  • Diane - I LOVE a back story! The who’s and how’s and why’s of a place. Thank you for finding this one! I had never even heard of the town, let alone its somewhat spotty history. Fascinating!ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - I do too! I sought out the ‘backstory’ with the locals and the hysterical society while the fam was cruising the bay. Such a beautiful place with a fascinating history. So glad you enjoyed this!ReplyCancel

  • Charlevoix Convention & Visitors Bureau - Glad you enjoyed your time in Charlevoix the Beautiful!ReplyCancel

  • Joan Bickley Stommen - This Michigan girl loves this! The history, your humor and your photos! Hope you got that dress! Can’t wait till my next visit up north ReplyCancel

    I was born and raised in NE Ohio only 30 minutes from Lake Erie.     Did I go there?   Did I swim in this glorious fresh water?   Did my folks make it an annual ‘pilgrimage’ to play on the sandy dunes and bask in the sunlight, picnic in the waiting? […]

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  • Kathy @ SMART Living 365.com - Isn’t it funny how we can live so close to something really amazing when we are young and because our parents weren’t “into it” we never enjoyed it at all? We lived very close to where I now and my parents never took us to the amazing mountains that encircle our valley. We never hiked, camped, or did any of that because my parents didn’t like too. It took me a while, but like you I’ve found my own treasures…and if I ever make it close to your part of the country I want to go to Yacht Haven… ~KathyReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - I know! It makes me wonder where we didn’t take our own kids! The Mall wasn’t one of them. If you ever get the chance- the UP of Michigan is beautiful.ReplyCancel

  • Carol Cassara - I was raised 10 min from Ontario. Same story and I have a post coming one day about it. ;-0)ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - It’s amazing isn’t it? Makes you wonder what we are all REALLY missing. I look forward to another amazing post Carol!ReplyCancel

  • Lana - Really pretty! I’d love to visit the Great Lakes someday. We lived for 5 years in North Carolina, a short road trip to Washington DC. Don’t know why my parents never took us there!ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - See what I mean?!!!! Why? And even though we never went to the lake (30 minutes away) we did go to DC. Weird. And NYC. But not the lake. ??????ReplyCancel

  • Cary - Thanks. Now I will never be able to go swimming again without imagining a tampon bumping into my forehead.ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - Your used to things bumping into your head. No probleeeeemmmmm.ReplyCancel

  • Carol Cook - I love that last photo with the boats turned upside down – a nice opening to a story.ReplyCancel

  • Victoria Parridgen - Love seeing my hometown! Glad you loved Drummond as much as the Islanders do!ReplyCancel

  • Sue Pekarek - Husband just gave me marching orders to look around the UP and Wisconsin for places to live. ReplyCancel

  • Mari Collier - The wild flowers are lovely. I don’t swim so the rest wouldn’t really be a problem, but being that close and never seeing it would be a huge disappointment.ReplyCancel

  • Chloe Jeffreys - This is exactly why God invented adulthood. I went on a total of one vacation during my entire childhood. I’ve been making up for it ever since. I suspect you and I are kindred spirits.ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - I suspect you’re correct about that. -wink-ReplyCancel

  • Rena McDaniel - How have I missed this? It sounds familiar being fron Northern Kentucky my family (hubby &kiddos) we have been all around Michigan’s outer edge. From Port Huron to Mackinaw Island (which incidently I’m writing a post on Wed on the new blog) even to Marquette and Lake Superior but I can’t picture Drummond Island?! I have seen every single lighthouse driving the mitt haha like the back of our hand.ReplyCancel

  • Vashti Q - Looks like a great vacation spot, Cheryl. Nice pictures! ReplyCancel

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