Two Planes, A Couple of Storms and a VRBO Scam = Interesting Day

It was supposed to be a romantic weekend.  Mr. Diamond and I were meeting in Chicago for the weekend.  He was coming from Texas and I was taking the short flight from Cedar Rapids to Chicago so I would not have to mess with driving in Chicago.  We were meeting at the airport and then getting a rental car to take us to our VRBO (Vacation Rental By Owner) house in Oak Park. Not only was I super excited because not only would I spend a weekend with my husband, I was also going to be able to tour … [Read more...]

Teapot Tuesday Frank Lloyd Wright Style

What could be a more perfect teapot for someone who lives in Mason City, Iowa --home of the last standing Frank Lloyd Wright hotel than a teapot that pays homage to the man himself???   I found this cute teapot on Ebay quite by accident and was thrilled when I won the auction a while ago.  It was listed as follows:  Frank Lloyd Wright Tea Pot  Art Institute of Chicago 1993 COPCO Stained Glass.         … [Read more...]

The Wright Place to Stay

The hubby celebrated his birthday earlier this week and since it is so close to Christmas it always gets lost in all of the celebrations. Every year I think about doing something special for him mid year and it just does not happen.  This year I decided that I would try to do as much as I could to make it extra special starting with tickets to a UNC basketball game in January.  The weekend was filled with a fabulous dinner out, a great concert by Una Vocis and then Monday night I surprised him … [Read more...]

Finally–a Tour of The Stockman House

Chris and I love going to see Frank Lloyd Wright homes and buildings and we finally made it to The Stockman House in Mason City today. We had tried 2 years ago before we left for Australia but the time we had chosen to go was when we had horrific flooding---the visit was just not going to happen. So today after enjoying Toy Story 3 we decided to give it a go. Of course you can not take photographs inside the house but I took plenty outside. Mason City is also home to the Park Inn --the last … [Read more...]