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Earlier This Week

I cut a bunch of herbs from the garden and picked the chili peppers.  It was going to rain you know.  And if you live here, well, then you know.  It rained.  A lot.  Like a bunch.  So much, it flooded the lounge area of the yoga studio, again.  I spent this morning using a shop vac, sucking water out of an Indian inspired rug.  Not a big deal.  Easy job for sure.

I spent yesterday afternoon (which was gorgeous by the way) visiting my friend Mary.  I met Mary way back when, not sure exactly. I blogged about her earlier as she had published a great book called A Hammer and Some Nails.  She attends my class at the Y and most usually never misses.  I met her daughter first over at Missouri State at my yoga class over there. 

Every year they take a trip together and ride the Katy Trail.  This time Mary crashed.  And burned.  She ended up in the hospital in Columbia, Missouri with a fractured L1 vertabrae.  I stopped by her house yesterday to find her watching a video and resting on her day bed that was flooded with sunlight from the South windows.  She had a huge, red umbrella opened up against the muslin curtains to block the sun.  Geisha girl was my immediate thought, though I didn’t say it.  I brought her some Chili Peppers, some Sage, some Mint and some Italian and Thai Basil from our garden. 

She has to wear a back brace for 6 weeks.  I would go nuts and I think she might as well, being the active senior that she is.  She attends my yoga class on Mondays and Wednesdays at the Ward YMCA and it’s weird not having her in class right now.  She doesn’t live that far from me so I plan on taking her some quirky movies soon, because you know, I’ve got a few that I know she would appreciate.

I hope when I’m 80, I’m still heading to yoga class and living in a cool little house, driving an old volvo and living my life to the fullest.  Here’s a photo of Mary on her front porch seven days after her bike accident.  You rock girlfriend.  Heal up soon, we miss the hell out of you!

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Headin’ North

Sometimes, you just have to get out town.  School was out last Friday, October 2nd so I grabbed my kid and headed to Centerview, Missouri (KC) to visit my dad and Rhonda.  I think she’s not that much older than I am.  But guess what?  My mom is married to someone who’s only 11 years older than me.  Age.  Makes no difference.  Everyone’s happy and that’s all that matters.  They live in the sticks on 8 acres and it’s pretty relaxing to just go up and hang.  Of course, if you have to go someplace, it’s a trek. 

I’ve wanted a Volvo S70 since 1998 when they came out.  Of course in 1998 they were a fairly expensive car.  And guess what?  I could’ve afforded one back then easily.  But I didn’t break down and buy one, though I should have!  I found a great one in Nixa.  But as soon as you find one, someone else nabs it.  Same story in KC.  I called about one and it was being sold as I asked questions about it.  We looked at one in Lee’s Summit.  Huge dent in the door, and another in Independence, only to find super high miles, mismatched wheels and bad interior.  I’m over trading my van.  I’ll keep it.  That is, until the right Volvo S70 presents itself to me.  And in time, the universe will reveal it.   End of car story.

We drove in to Raytown on Friday night.  Hit a place called Funhouse Pizza.  I will say the pizza there was incredible.  If you can stand a bar atmosphere, go.  If you can’t take those things, then definitely get take out!  I’m talking people smoking while they eat pizza, pitchers of beer being balanced and live karaoke all the way.  Some good and some really bad.   Before we left, this one girl (black chick) got up and belted her heart out.  I almost cried. It was awesome!  Here’s a photo of my dad, Lauren and their dog Jack on their back porch swing.  Don’t tell me I look like him, I already know that!

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Thanks for a super great and very relaxing weekend guys!  Love you both!