Good Morning. A very cold morning it is. We got down into the teen’s last night and we won’t see the temperature here in the Peoria, Illinois area above freezing until after noon. For our southern friends, who enjoy letting us know what we are missing, it looks like we are going to be getting more snow; 2″-4″ more on Monday and Tuesday. Someone forgot to let old man winter know it was time to leave.
Day 139. We enjoyed a nice day going to various places with our son Scott and his wife Melissa. It was very cold and windy so the plan was to do inside activities for the day. We got together mid-morning to have brunch but the restaurant Scott had in mind was closed and reopening in a new location in a week or two.
His 2nd choice was to wait a half hour and eat lunch at one of his favorite pizza places that was in the same shopping complex as his 1st choice. The outdoor shopping complex, know as Junction City, is very inviting with a number of different shops and restaurants to peruse.
Melissa suggested we go into the Pumpkin Glass Gallery & Studio which turned out to be a very nice jewelry and bead store. The bead section of the store has everything a crafter could want. I thought I had died and gone to heaven. Scott kept apologizing to his dad for bringing us in here. I, on the other hand, thanked the two of them numerous times. I didn’t have any problem killing the 1/2 hour we needed to wait for the pizza place to open. I was able to get a few things I had been needing and wanting. With a very happy smile on my face we left to feed our bellies.
As we walked into Brienzo’s Wood Fired Pizza you could smell the delightful aroma from the wood fired brick oven. I couldn’t wait to try the pizza. We were not disappointed. The pizza was delicious. I especially loved the crust. It was flavorful crispy and soft all at the same time. I will definitely want to come here again.
Scott and Melissa then took us to the Luthy Botanical Gardens. On a nice warmer day we could have walked around the grounds and enjoyed the many themed gardens. Today we stayed indoors and checked out the greenhouse where they have many tropical plants and flowers.
Our outing would not be complete without having something sweet to eat. Trefger’s Bakery is in a huge old building with plenty of parking. We walked around trying to decide which of the many mouth-watering delights we couldn’t live without trying. They have breads, coffee cakes, cinnamon rolls, turnovers, cookies, pies, cup cakes, cakes, and so much more. We each made our choices. The bakery also has an area where you can sit and enjoy your baked goods and a cup of coffee. We didn’t have any coffee, but we did try our baked goods. Yum. Another good choice by Scott and Melissa.
It was time to split up for a while so that each of us could take care of a few things. We needed to go back to the motorhome and let Patty Pepper out. After that we went back to Scott’s and Melissa’s for a game of Trivial Pursuit. A game that took longer than Monopoly. It’s not one of my favorite games, but I enjoy spending time with family.
As I’ve mentioned before, Scott’s business is entertainment and events. He started out as a DJ but his business has evolved into much more. He is still a DJ at heart and has standing gigs around the Peoria area. Once a month he is at Brasky’s Bar & Grill where he plays music and does karaoke. We went with Melissa to kick back and have some fun. The place was packed and everyone seemed to be enjoying themselves. The karaoke was a hoot. Clyde and I both enjoyed our evening.
*Scott with Clyde, Sue & Melissa* Singing “Love Shack”
Loving our lifestyle. Have a great day.
Until next time,