I am a farm girl, married to my high school sweetheart. We grew up on farms 9 miles apart and went through 12 years of school together. I liked him in grade school, but it took until we were Juniors in high school to get him interested in me as more than a friend. I have never lived more than 10 miles from home, except in college, but have travelled as far as France, Germany and Switzerland. We live on our own farm and have raised three of our six kids. The last three are growing up fast.
Husband and I were in Davenport, IA for a few days in Sept for the US Soy Global Trade Exchange, as part of his soybean board duties. The 2013 event was attended by more than 200 international customers and more than 300 U.S. industry leaders representing 41 countries. It was very interesting to see all the different countries represented. The little red tack on the right of this picture is a momento given out at a signing ceremony between China and other Asian countries and the US sealing a $2.8 billion soybean deal.
We had the car, so I spent some of the conference time at places like this (above and below.) I can't think of a more fun-sounding place than one called "Stuff."
I also hit some Salvation Army, etc. thrift stores. You know you are in a classy establishment when the toilet paper is chained and padlocked to the bathroom grab bar! Yow!
Davenport is part of the Quad Cities on the border of IA and IL and sits on the Mississippi River. It is a manufacturing area, known for John Deer equipment, and more recently one of the cities (Alcoa) is known as the home of the American Pickers TV show.
One day when husband was more free, we spent an afternoon in East Davenport wandering around and shopping. There were some lovely historical buildings and fun stores.
We had some great burgers at the 11th Street Precinct Grill. Lots of firehouse history and charm.
We took a supper cruise on the Mississippi with about 500 other attendees.