We had our first afternoon out Under the Oaks yesterday afternoon listening to Mr. Smokey Robinson’s Time Flies and watching the Bluebirds fighting over a bluebird house. We have six bluebird houses but they all wanted the same one. It has been a long wait to get back out Under the Oaks. That is not my beer. I was drinking water. Seriously. I know! Hard to believe, huh? Which brings me to my Random Five this Friday.
- I drink lots of water. I drink between 8 and 10 20 FL OZ bottles of water every day.
- I was born without tonsils or wisdom teeth. Lucky me!
- Six months after my 16th birthday my Dad took me to get my driver’s license. When he parked the car he turned the front wheels into the curb. I did not take note of that maneuver. I jumped out and got behind the wheel, oh happy day! Officer Friendly, with his little brown clipboard ducked his flat top haircut head under the door frame and sat down. I started the car and put it in drive and was met with some resistance. Officer Friendly said that I might want to give it a little more gas. I did. I ran over the curb and hit the parking meter. I didn’t get my driver’s license for another six months. I actually am a very good driver. Ask my family.
- My first car was a turquoise VW Beetle with a stick. I have owned 5 Beetles but am now without a Beetle.
- I am not able to go a day without spooning out and eating a blob of Jiff Hazelnut and Chocolate spread followed by a glob of Jiff PB.
- CH, the Husband for 39 years, baked his first loaf of Challah bread. I know what you are thinking as you look at that monster loaf of bread. It’s OK, his feelings will survive your giggles, snickers and laughter. It looks like Challah bread on steroids. That is just his manly man version of a challah braid. It didn’t affect the taste. It was delicious! Crunchy sweet crust on the outside and that lovely pale yellow sweet bread inside. All gone now having been hoovered down with lots of buttah. CH is the bread maker in our house.
- My heart loves the book That Quail Robert by Margaret Stanger.
- I haven’t filled up the gas tank for over two years in either of our vehicles. Sadder than sad. My head is hanging down in shame. I have a retired husband. He is home all the time. He is home ALL THE TIME..
- I could live on bread and butter, homemade noodles and mashed potatoes.
- I am a worrier. An Olympic worthy worrier.
I set up a nice little wine time with bruschetta and gave the whole happy afternoon event the color orange so I could do a color coordinated post about them boots waaaay back when Big Brown came bouncing down the road with them. Bruschetta fixings came from St. Louis, MO and my favorite food store Dierbergs. CH is so wanting to get busy with that bruschetta but I won’t let him touch nothin’ till I get a shot of them boots! See that smile.
Now that’s a picture!
Going to the Big City. Columbia, Missouri. Push the start button. Exhaust is a low rumble momomomomomo. Turn the radeeoooh on and slide back the sunroof. I see a White Castle Cheeseburgah in my future. See ya!
Linking to Linda’s Wordless Wednesday!
Tex I KNOW!!! I need a Wordy Wednesday.
We were on the road this week to the BIG CITY of Kansas City, Missouri. This is Country Club Plaza and shopping could make you very happy here.. And there are so many places to eat FOOD that it befuddles and excites!
Kansas City is well known for its fountains and this is one of my favorties. It is the J.C.Nichols Memorial Fountain and it is in pink to participate in Breast Cancer Awareness for the month of October.
We stayed in a small urban Bread and Breakfast that is always our choice when we go to KC. As usual we ate our way through the city. Breakfast was always scrumptious at the B&B and our first night there we ate at Blue Koi with CH’s brother and his wife. They are the ones that bent our arms behind our backs and forced us to go there! We kiddingly call the place Blue Lou’s but that is a whole other story. We had a wonderful funny good time with them and hoovered appetizers and Chinese Black Bean Chicken and Noodles until we could hoover no more. Wine and Octoberfest Beer made an appearance. We ate, get ready for it…CHEESEBURGERS at Winstead’s and had a whole lot of Italian at Garozzo’s. Stuffed Artichoke and Chicken Spiedini was the choice there. While we were there we also checked out the American Royal Horse Show which hadn’t quite got up to speed yet. Had to stop at Kleinschmidt’s in Higginsville, Missouri~the place with a gazillion BOOTS on the way home. We drove the rest of the way back to the Tiny Ten and needed to rest from our short vacation!
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First barn I found on the back road to Fulton yesterday. Priority for yesterday~snap some barns! Then pick up The Mama(CH’s Mom) and go to Williamsburg to Marlene’s which is located right next door to Crane’s Country Store. Marlene’s for the best CHEESEBURGER in MissouREE and if you love Carhartt clothing, Crane’s little country store is one of the places to find it! A beautiful country sunny kinda day. We even had a little wine time before leaving The Mama’s. A sweet white from a winery in Liberty, MO. My country self had a happy Monday. Barn snaps, lunch, a little wine time and a beautiful ride home. Thank you Tricia! You have us out traveling the beautiful country of Missouri! Got to get going, Book Club meets this morning. Can’t wait to get home and visit some Charming Barns!
I think many of you are going to recognize this wise wonderfully witty and kind good hearted lady. That is what she is to me. This is Nancy who writes Spirit Lights The Way and her sweet BFF Husband. Nancy, I hadn’t noticed before I clicked over to copy and paste your link that under the title of your blog in little small voice letters are the words “Be Here Now”. And “Be Here Now” is why I started following Nancy and reading her blog every day when I started my wordpress blog last summer. I had skidded into a rough patch in my little world and Nancy’s beautiful wise words sprinkled with a wonderful sense of funny were just what I needed then and continue to need now to better my life. And let me add here that I am so thankful for my other blog friends because they make my heart happy too, how lucky we all are to have each other. Anyhoo, I was one of those half empty glass kind of gals married to an always full glass kinda guy and I wanted to live the rest of my life as a full glass(no I’m not talking about wine now)kinda gal “being here now”. So as a result of a post of mine about heading to Florida this winter Nancy and I thought it would be fun to meet up. And I wanted to meet this lady! And so I did
Nancy and her BFF Husband drove from their home up the coast to Venice where we were staying in our favorite little Florida place Inn at the Beach and showed up early afternoon on a beautiful sunny kinda day that Florida likes to deliver with the Gulf a most amazing azure blue. And yes I know those two words ‘azure blue’ are used way too much to describe the Gulf waters of Florida, but the water really was that gorgeous.
CH and I were sitting up on our balcony at the patio table when I hear this voice that says “where is Pixie?” and then I see her and she is a little thing. Vertically challenged just like me and she is carrying a soft-sided cooler and smiling. We all hug and her sweet BFF Husband shows up a minute or so later and we all get ourselves introduced to each other and head up to the patio table with a beautiful view of Venice Beach and that beautiful azure blue water. Nancy zips open the cooler and begins to set out the best afternoon snack of sweet treats, trail mix and oranges. The stars of the snacks were these most delicious oatmeal whoopie pies and the world’s best chocolate chip cookies! We spent the afternoon chatting, laughing a whole lot, hoovering those whoopie pies and cookies and sipping some MissouREE sweet wine. I am smiling as I type this just remembering! We had the most bestest nicest time and CH and Nancy’s BFF Husband are very much alike and hit it off~something I always kind of worry about when you meet a new couple and the husbands just kind of get thrown together to fend for themselves. Our day ended with a short walk across the street to the beach and a beach stroll and then before we knew it we were giving them hugs and waving good-bye as they drove down Venice Avenue. Our little Florida place suddenly seemed very empty without them. So we walked to downtown Venice and ate-get ready! A CHEESEBURGER! I know! I know! Believe me, we got our share of seafood while we were there. I had plenty of sesame encrusted salmon and grilled grouper and CH had all the fried oysters and soft shell crab he could eat.
We truly enjoyed meeting Nancy and her Hubby. CH and I have always loved Florida and have tried to go every year since 1995 when CH’s Mom and Dad spent their winters there. Our hearts are there. Nancy and her Hubby convinced us even further that life is good in Florida. This picture was snapped at the jetty just a short walk from where we stayed. They have the best Florida style Coney Dogs at a little beach hut! And if you are lucky, you could easily catch a view of some dolphins doing what dolphins do in the water-living their life “in the NOW” frolicking in the azure blue ocean!
E.C. over at Enjoying Creating has been baking some delicious looking rolls. And can you believe it? She has been tempting me with pictures. So I sort of dropped a hint, like a lead balloon, that I would like the recipe. And being the sweet person that she is with a wonderful sense of funny, she did a whole post about her rolls with the link to the recipe!
E.C. we had a few little issues but they came out fine. They aren’t as pretty as yours but CH and I decided that they were all unique little individuals with their own odd shapes and blemishes. But they were beyond scrumptious and we hoovered them down before the day was over. I know! Redunkulous!! But with the buttah we couldn’t leave them alone.
Thank you E.C. The rolls had a wonderful texture and just the most wonderful teeny bit of sweetness and saltiness. And they were easy even for me who knows nothing about baking bread. Well, there was that little problem about them not rising. But we and the rolls rose above it! I know!! I crack myself up this morning
Fried Mush, baby!! CH is the mush maker and cooker. Mush recipe here. But “we” use white cornmeal with lots of salt and pepper and fry it in canola oil and like it sliced a teeny more than a quarter inch thin so it’s nice and crispy. All the better to hold the “buttah” and the Amish made sorghum molasses. And no, there is not one healthy thing about mush. It’s country gourmet!