Hi Di! No, I don't live in Ill. I live in Jefferson City, Mo. I am about 120 miles east of St. Louis. I do have a lot of family that lives in St. Louis so we are in and out of there quite often.
At one point in my life, I worked off of Hampton Ave. One of the gals that I worked w/ was Italian and no matter where we went on "The Hill" to eat, it was her cousin or uncle or godfather, etc. that owned the place. Ahhhh, I was in heaven! I also love the Gardens. The Muny and Fox plus the symphony! We don't quite have that type of "culture" in the capitol city. lol I have to make at least 3 trips a year to the zoo. My kids use to think that I was nuts (now they know that I am) but they still go w/ me. At least on one of the trips my cousins will bring their kids and we make a "reunion" day.
Let me know when you are in the area again and we will try and meet.
P.S. For those of you that are wondering about "The Hill". It is the Italian section of St. Louis that has the most fantastic restaurants!
Hi Di! Yes, we will have to make plans to meet. Now, when you speak of Vandalia, are you talking about Vandalia, Mo or Ill? My best friend has a cousin that lives in Ill. In the fall we try and go visit because there is this "garage sale" that is in several counties. We spend about 5 days and have a ball!
My dd's are now 26 and 29. My eldest, Cari, is not married. Is a Paramedic, has her college degree but is working at TJ Max. She has 3 dds..Emma, 10; Gracie, 5; and Hannah, 2. Jennifer is married to a wonderful young man. She has her masters degree and is contracted thru our local school system. She is a speech pathologist. She just gave me my first grandson 2 weeks ago, Noah "The Little Prince"!
Which U are you near? My dd's played soccer agst some Ill teams.
Di: We will definitely have to set a time to meet. Small world huh? I was also a theatre and English major. My nephew is starting his senior year at the N Y School of Drama. He is unbelievable. I am so proud of him. I plan to spend lots of time in NY cause there's not a doubt in my mind that he will be on Broadway! I am the same way w/ garage sales. I empty the house out and fill it back up. We have city-wide trash pickup in May every yr. You can put out anything that you want. I did a lot of throwing away but then went out and found things that other people had pitched that I wanted (note..not needed) Found a brand new livingroom set, price tags and plastic still on it. It is in my basement now. I love Christmas so I am always looking for decorations and to add to the 300 santas that I have collected. My dd threatens me each weekend if I bring any more Christmas items in. Hey, I start decorating Nov 1. Need lots of things to start that early! lol
Hi, I was lurking, sorry. I noticed you talking about Vandalia. I have a cousin Jerome who lives there. He's in Vandalia, Ill. I haven't seen him in years, but it seemed like such a coincidence to hear something about Vandalia. I hope you two will let us know when you meet. I'd love to see photos. I'm envious!!!