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Three Days

At times I wish my family lived nearby but it’s also a blessing that they don’t. 

This provides the opportunity to take a little (or a big) trip in order to spend some time with them.  My dad lives in Centerview, MO out in the country on 8 acres.  I enjoy going there and doing basically nothing.  This last weekend the kids were out of school on Friday,  so I took my daughter Lauren and headed out.  She’s a great little traveler and I would guess it’s because she’s been doing it since she was born.  She packed her own stuff and was ready to head out while I was still enjoying my morning coffee.

My dad has a giant dog that she loves!  His name is Jack, he’s a Chow and German Shephard mix.

It rained the entire time we were there, so our planned trip to Powell Gardens was out.  What did we do?  We ate, that’s what we did.  I think I gained 10 pounds!  We made BLT’s for lunch on Friday, then headed to Warrensburg to the Copper Coyote for Mexican on Friday night.  Great food it was.  We also stopped at the grocery store on the way home from dinner and bought a small cheesecake and a bunch of candy.

On Saturday, it was still rainy so we slept in and made a huge breakfast that day.  They received a total of around four and a half inches of rain in about four days.  Later in the afternoon we made cashew chicken, Springfield style, for lunch and dinner.  It turned out really great!  Rhonda, my stepmom had a great recipe, she’s an awesome chef. 

On Sunday we ate cashew chicken and I made a Calomundin pie with the juice that I brought.  It turned out really great and it was something new and different for them to taste.  I left a bottle of juice for them so they could make another pie, or two or three.  We also planted a redbud tree that I had Frank dig up from our yard.  We have several wild ones around here, so if you want one, knock on the door.  Be sure to bring a shovel and a bucket to put it in. 

Even though the weather was not great, we had a nice visit and great food.  Thanks guys for a wonderful weekend.


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Holiday Ramblings

The holidaze were busy, but quiet around here if that makes any sense.  We had sporadic internet service.  Our phone was fixed on the 28th.  It turns out the technician crimped a wire when he slammed our phone box shut.  It’s all good now.  I’m even doing the yoga community e-newsletter as I blog away.  Let’s hope the internet holds up.  Seems to go down in the middle of the night.  So I was thinking about not sleeping tonight, just to see if I can catch those gnomes that are gnawing away at our wires.

We didn’t have any company for the holidays.  But we did have lots of fun.  I saw Avatar in 3-D.  We got Chinese food.  We cooked, we snacked, we baked.  It was all good.

I know this isn’t very festive, but Christmas Eve day started out like this.  What a beautiful bird and in the front yard none the less.  The omen, who brought us bad phone luck!

Then we opened presents Christmas morning.  We even had a dusting of snow.

I’ve always wanted to go to Greece, so Frank got me a mini version of the Parthenon.  It’s all crystal and mirrors, pretty smokin’.

  

 Lauren got a sewing machine.  Good thing Frank was home to help her figure it out.  I can sew by hand, but machines are over my head.  They had a great time together.  He totally looks like a seamstress doesn’t he?  I cracked up.  They sewed stuff all night long.  Frank even patched his socks. 

 Jordan got an aluminum water bottle from my sister.  Track practice ya know and let’s be gentle on the earth.

I spent New Year’s Day at the UU Church doing 108 sun salutes, taking photos and shooting video.  Annual Yoga Mala.  We had a turn out of around 80 and raised $714 for the Ozarks Food Harvest.  Good time was had by all.

 Then we got snow for the new year.  Check out  Lauren on the go-kart out back.  What fun she had.

 And of course, the  Littlest Pet Shops went out on the trampoline in true winter style.

 Enjoy the beauty but stay warm.  The thermostat says something like nothing right now.  As in ZERO.