Saturday, September 29, 2007
Wednesday, September 26, 2007
I went back upstairs to bed and laid there half awake till 7:30.
I stopped for gas and a quick car wash on my way to pick up Mindy and Rei. After the country gravel roads yesterday the car was a mess. I was at Best Western at 9:00 exactly.
We head towards the Capitol and as we go inside the skies look threatening of rain. Still we go in without an umbrella. To me it was very disappointing inside, as there was repair work going on everywhere. The beautiful Missouri seal located directly under the dome was covered with tarps and plywood surrounded with 4 foot high orange plastic fencing. The chandelier fell as it was being lowered many months ago. The gift shop clerks told us it was on its way back to be reinstalled, as to the exact date, they weren’t sure. So why cover the seal ahead of time? Who knows? As we walked to the wings of the museum, there was scaffolding up and painting was going on. We still made our way through and saw most of the exhibits before we headed to the second floor to see the Thomas Hart Benton paintings. As we approached the 14 foot tall double doors to the Senate Chambers, they automatically opened and we walked in, where they closed behind us. Here we were in this beautifully painted room. We looked around and took several pictures, as we walked to the door, it magically reopened. We then took the stairs to the third floors to see the Hall of Famous Missourians, a growing collection of bronze bust of famous Missourians, including Bob Barker who was just dedicated last week with his personal appearance.
As we exited the grand staircase to the first floor we made our way to the front door only to be surprised that the sun was shinning. Thank goodness we hadn’t carried the umbrellas the entire time.
As we headed west of town towards California Missouri, I pointed out where BT was working. It was a scenic drive to Burger smokehouse located 2 ½ miles south of town. Out front we see this majestic white 4 story building which we would later learn is where the hams were curing. It was an hour before we were to meet cousin Barbara Hutchison and her daughter Kitts there for lunch. We had time to read all the displays, watch the tour movie and fill our cooler with pepper bacon, smoked sugar cured ham, homemade jellies, sausages and even a tomato knife for me before they arrived. We were resting in the parlor area when Barb came and Kitts’ was just a minute later. Today was Kitts' B-Day! HAPPY BIRTHDAY KITTS! We all ordered our sandwiches, chips and a Pepsi and headed outside to enjoy our lunch at the picnic table under the trees.
Barbara invited us over to visit at her house as a fast moving storm approached. Just as we pulled into her driveway, the skies opened up. Inside her beautiful living room, it was raining so hard we could hardly see across the street. Her 3 dogs didn’t like the thunder and lightening at all, and we really didn’t either. Mindy and Rei had never experienced a Missouri thunder storm. The afternoon went so fast. It was such a joy visiting with the new found cousins. We learned all about Kitts' and what a wonderful family life she has. Her 2nd oldest daughter, Megan works at Shirk’s Market and we had to stop there on the way home.
A couple of hours later the sun came out and we headed back towards Jefferson City but not before we stopped at the market to meet Megan. Mindy was ready to squeeze the peaches and make a scene but Megan wasn't close for us to make a scene. So we had no choice but to just introduce ourselves. We filled a basket with spices, black walnuts and ornamental gourds before we left. Our next stop was French’s Antique Mall. After an hour there we were getting very tired. It was then that Mindy realized it's a small town when.............the lady checking us out was talking, asking where we were from, Mindy said Hawaii. Oh what brings you here? A Cardwell family reunion. The lady gives us this funny look, I know some Cardwell's. So I looked at her and said, do you know Clifford? Yes she said, my daughter was married to his son Allen, and my grandson from them just turned 15 last week. SMALL WORLD!!!!
I dropped Mindy and Rei off at their hotel. They would be out shortly with their leftover pasta from Madison’s. I drove home in another pour rain storm. We had a total of 1 ¼ inch of much needed rain. It was leftover Brats for BT, I grabbed a piece of chicken and just as we finished our Chocolate pumpkin cake, the girls arrived. Rei divided up their leftovers and popped them in the microwave. I shared the pickled okra with them from the Amish market. Their meal was topped off with cake and Coffee too.
We went to the computer and read a few emails and went through the Cardwell Reunion pictures one last time.
It was soon time to say our goodbyes. I can’t begin to tell you what an awesome 5 days I had with all the new found cousins. And I look forward to the day we get to go and pay Mindy and Rei back with a trip to Hawaii!
Monday, September 24, 2007
At 9:35 we were the first to arrive and just as we were climbing out of the car, the Museum curator arrived. She greeted us as others were pulling in one after another. I was making name tags as fast as I could write. 19 total came to exchange stories, dates, pictures and just visit. I was going from group to group just to listen, so many questions being thrown out. Mindy, Bonnie Sue Alberts, JR Uber and Alice Dugan all came loaded with pictures, albums, even big boxes of "stuff". It was fun to visit with Clifford Cardwell and his sisters Sue and Bonnie, who all grew up in Jefferson City where I did. After an hour and a half, the curator told us we could use the tables downstairs and spread our stuff out. The museum looked wonderful as I very quickly passed through it. Too much to see and so little time. So we all went downstairs.
Shortly after going down stairs, Mindy and I thought we should pull out the food. Rei helped us set up the table and get the drinks out. Slowly as conversation died down one group at a time would make their way forward for ham, smoked turkey and cheese sandwiches. The official Miller County Historical photographer arrived and asked if we would pose for a group Cardwell picture. It will later be posted on the web site at MillerCountyMuseau We all walked to the front of the building for the picture. It took several takes as there were numerous cameras flashing.
After picture taking we got into a procession and head for two cemeteries. It did look like a funeral possession and after all isn't that where we were headed? The first one is all nicely mowed and I photographed several stones. The second one was past Brumley and down a long dusted, bumpy gravel road. When we pull up to the gate which was tied shut with a rope, the weeds were taller then the gate. (Missouri Blue stem was the grass growing there) In fact they were taller then most of us. There we found our great grandfather's stone which had been hiding from all of us. We still didn't find his wife, Barbara Kitts Cardwell stone, but we know she is there. You have to understand most of these stone were rocks with a little scratching on them, very hard to read, almost illegible.
It was close to 3:00 when we decided to head home, well some of them. My car load and 4 siblings from Belton headed to McDonald's for a cool drink. Cousin Barbara and her daughter Kitts, and 2 granddaughters came also, only to discover the ice cream machine was broke and therefore no cones, sundaes, or shakes. All of us except Barbara's clan found something else. They headed to Eldon for ice cream for the little girls.
A few years ago I would have said this day would never happen, my part of the Cardwell family was never very family oriented. This was so awesome to visit with all the 2nd cousins exchange stories, pictures and written information. It was great to put names with the faces of those who have been communicating via the computer. Some will never do the computer and therefore we will reply on xerox machines. Never less, it will all get passed from one to another.
Thanks Cousins, I truly enjoyed the day.
We arrived back at my house with BT arriving behind us. Mindy, Rei and Dale gathered their things and took off for the hotel with plans to meet us in the lobby at 6:30 for a shuttle to Dinner.
I pulled up at the Best Western 5 minutes ahead of time, so I walked into the beautiful new hotel and called them on the courtesy phone. In no time we were headed for Madison's Cafe. It was Wine for the women, water for Dale and Diet Coke for BT. The place was very quiet and as we sat in a corner Mindy told BT more events of the day. Our food arrived and we all realized you get way too much for one meal here. BT had eaten just about a 1/3 of his when the waitress brought him a refill on his diet Coke, as she started to sit it down, it fell over, broke the glass and spilled on BT's lap. Pieces of glass were everywhere, including on BT's jeans. They brought him a new order of Baked Mosticolli, offered to pay for the dry cleaning bill, and the poor little waitress apologized at least 6 times. Oh, and the the payer of the bill got a deduction for BT's meal.
We made plans to tour Burger Ham's tomorrow at California and see the Missouri State Capitol Building. Dale will head home for Texas so it will be just us women. I dropped them off at Best Western and we said our good byes to Dale. WE are so glad he made the trip.
At home, I threw a load of jean into the washer, ummm wonder why?
The evening news came on and the lead story was The History Channel films at Burger Smoke house. The show Modern Marvel's filmed an episode today which will air Nov 27. (Mark your calendar Dale) on the process of curing hams. If only we had made it there today.
11:26 76.8 degrees
Sunday, September 23, 2007
Saturday, September 22, 2007
I knew I had time to wash my hair and run to town for some cheese I had forgetten to go with the salad. While shopping I picked up some beautiful red roses for the table. I also found a soap saver dish at Kmart that I had been on the hunt for.
Mom and Lona came over about 3:00 and Mindy, Rei and Dale arrived just a few minutes later. WOW 6 Cardwell's in one room. We had a great time chatting and Mom told quite a few stories too about the Cardwell relatives. BT arrived home early, since Friday is jean and early out day. We were enjoying our Ice tea when he came in. Mindy pulled out gifts for all of us Lona and Mom even got boxes of candy. After an hour or so of visiting, Mom and Lona left. We all walked to the barn so the relatives could have a tour of the Blacksmith shop. Mindy was impressed with the Farmall H tractor sitting in the back stall. We explained it's used around here to blade snow in the winter time, our only way out of the road. Something she never has to worry about in Hawaii.
We decided to head towards the house and get Dinner going. BT fried chicken in his big cast iron fryer outside on the deck. There we could enjoy the beautiful first day of fall, while drinking our wine and smelling the chicken frying. I made Madison salad, green beans with Country cured Ham, and fresh Corn on the cob.
Dinner was so good, the chicken was the best and we finished with coffee, blackberry pie and of course ice cream.
After dishes, we retreated to the living room and looked over Mindy's family albums. BT pulled out County Atlas from 1916 and boy did Mindy start to droole. Unfortunately we didn't have one for Miller County. We decided to call it a night about 10:30 so that we could get a fresh start for a whirlwind next few days.
The next few days will go way to quickly!!!!
Thursday, September 20, 2007
Mindy, her partner Rei and Mindy's brother Dale will be here until the middle of next week. Monday we have approximately 16 second cousins meeting at 10:00 at the http://millercountymuseum.org/ in Tuscumbia. After touring that we are going to several cemeteries in the area where we all share the same great grandparents William H. and Barbara Kitts Cardwell and will visit graves.
BT forged me some gnome on the range as gifts to Mindy and Dale. Here is a picture of them taking etiquette lessons from my gnome.
I am so excited I can hardly sleep, so if you don't hear from me in a few days that is why.
Monday, September 17, 2007
About 10:00 I made us some breakfast, bacon, grits, and English muffins. After that BT bought me up the spider cast iron skillet and I cleaned it up with a steel wool pad. He had been cooking it in the barn in a 5 gallon plastic bucket, using soda powders and a battery charger. It cooked all the rust off of it.
At 11:15 Brady called and said they were headed over to Osage Bend for St Margaret’s Parish Centennial Celebration. (Okay so he didn’t use all those words, but I knew what he meant) I finished getting ready and we drove the 6 miles there arriving just after the opening ceremonies. Our intention was to look around, visit for a while and go back home for the afternoon. That didn’t happen. There was so much to see and so many people to visit with.
Inside the hall was the most wonderful displays, from antique quilts, antique wedding dresses, christening gowns, a flower girl dress over 60 years old, beautiful hats from years gone by. A living room with parlor chairs, including a feather Christmas tree with ornaments 60-80 years old, a kitchen with the old dish cabinets filled with pink and green depression glass, the alter from the old church, displays from the old general store and the school which closed in the 60’s, pictures of the gravel plant in it’s early operation, the ferry crossing the Osage River, military uniforms, old musical instruments and so much more. I took two different strolls through just trying to see it all.
In the kitchen was penny candy for sale in woven baskets, there had to of been about 30 different kinds. Brady was happy with 5 pieces and Alex just took a scoop of candy corn and a peppermint stick. Donuts, coffee, bake goods, homemade soap, fresh ground corn meal, homemade jelly and candy were just some of the items for sale. There was a counter of religious items too at a very reasonable prices, rosaries, statues, prayer books, crosses, plaques and clocks were just some of the items.
Five o’clock the band set up on the patio behind the hall. The dance was starting. The guys were asked to bring straw bales from the fall displays across the grounds. A few chairs were also set up. When we left at 6:30, I still hadn’t seen anyone dancing, but a lot were sure tapping their feet to the music. A blue grass group had provided music earlier in the day. The closing ceremony took place in the cemetery with taps being played as the Flag was lowered.
It was such a great day, beautiful weather, no sun, overcast, good food, wonderful friends and cheap fun. We had the boys off and on all day with us there. We got to spoil them with kettle corn, penny candy and ice cream sundaes. They took a ride on the Percheron and it was the last ride they would be giving, so he took a route through the park lot. The horse got spooked and threw the boys off. Thank goodness Eric was quick to catch them both with one arm and hold onto the reins at the same time. Brady thought it was funny, but Alex had tears.
Friday, September 14, 2007
I went to work with my camera today hoping to take a late lunch hour to go see the cyclists come past Lona and Mom’s house. As the morning creeped by we had several people call work to ask if the bike riders were past yet. (They were riding within a half mile of my work) What were they thinking bike riders are usually what you call a motorcycle rider, these were professional cyclists.
About 12:35 I headed out the door to Moms. There were already highway workers putting up road closing signs and every house had several people waiting in lawn chairs, including one little guy holding his American flag. Mom was just finishing her lunch when I arrived. We pulled her lawn chairs out into the warm sunshine as the wind with 70 degree temperatures were a little cool. After a bit she had to go change her black pants for a lighter color as she said her legs were baking.
We were teased many times with official cars, patrolmen, sheriffs and sponsor cars going by. The Discovery Channel sponsor car came, several cars marked photographers, the producer’s car and finally we had two cars with flashing lights and a van come by. The van had huge speakers on top and told us, shortly there would be 8 bikers and then 3 minute wait for the remaining cyclists.
First we see a motorcycle with two people, the back person had a camera on a pole and was facing the cyclists. And the first group of 8 arrived. We waited. And in a few minutes here came the big group.
They were rushing by at an average 28 mph. We were told the wind was slowing them down. Behind them were car after car of sponsors and most had 2 to 4 bikes on top of them. Mixed in with the whole line of cyclists and cars were small motorcycles all with “Marshall” tags on them. And then it was over. From start to finish, we probably watched them for 12 minutes.
I got in the car to go back to work amd quickly caught up with the end of the line. I almost felt like a cyclist on 4 wheels, as people were waving at every car going by. It took a bit to get through all the cars pulled over and the workers taking down signs.
Back at work I shared the details with my co-workers and they looked on the pictures on my camera.
BT was home way before me, I forget its casual Fridays for him. Blue jeans and off work at 3:00. Must be nice, of course we can wear jeans too, but we work till 4:30.
I made Beef fajitas, pinto beans and fresh guacamole for dinner. Later I had to retrieve Bentley from the neighbors. It’s been a long time since he wandered off.
Sarah is working late tonight producing a football game near Oklahoma City, wish I could talk to her. Rusty must have mentioned her on his noon show.
BHS is losing as I type. That is sad.
9:10 59 degrees and we are headed for a low of 42 in the morning. Brrrrrrrrrr
The Folk School is listed as the first entry in Chapter One: Arts & Crafts Getaways.
The National Geographic travel guide, The 100 Best Vacations to Enrich Your Life by Pam Grout explores life enhancing vacation possibilities in the United States, Canada and Mexico. The Folk School is listed as the first entry in Chapter One: "Arts & Crafts Getaways." Pam Grout writes, "On the side of one of the barns at John C. Campbell Folk School is the school's motto: "I sing behind the plow." It's fitting because it demonstrates the school's real goal—not to teach canning or blacksmithing or quilting but to celebrate life, to sing with the joy of a job well done...You'll find a school that aims to engage both the hands and the heart."Released in May 2007, the book is available in the Folk School's Craft Shop, as well as book stores and online.
Thursday, September 13, 2007
I was up early waiting for Alex to come and spend the morning with dammaw. Lori had a doctor’s appointment with her Mother. Alex came just before gampaw left for work. Alex had cheerios for breakfast as I toasted us a bagel with the new Philadelphia Cream Cheese flavor, Honey Nut. It is just as good as Panera’s maybe even better.
While I watched Regis and Kelly, Alex got his cartoon fix. He then came up stairs and started playing, first in what he calls his bedroom (It use to be his Dad’s) then he bought a baby toy in that he found in the basket. It is a swing for tiny baby to lie under and play with. Alex (who is so much like his great grandfather) figured out in no time how to put it together. The next thing I knew he was laying under it and explaining all the things to me. After he got bored with that he went to our closet. He and Brady love that closet, it is about 12 foot wide and 6 to 8 feet deep, it has a door on each end and two lights in it. He was having so much fun playing in there that I just had to take a picture of his little nest he made. Little did I know that he had put his stuffed giraffe and bear to bed in there too.
It was so beautiful outside that the AC was turned off early, Alex and I went on the deck and sat for a bit. He was really worried that Bentley was loose so we had to go back inside to make him feel secure.
Alex was really getting tired when his Mother came shortly before 1:00. We looked everywhere for his giraff and bear and never did find them. He got almost to the car when he told her, I didn’t hug dammaw. He was ready to leave without a tear after that.
I finished getting ready and headed out the door just a few minutes later to pick up Mom, we had a final appointment with the lawyer to update her will. We were finished there in less then 10 minutes. On to the courthouse to record her deed and then to Wal-Mart for her some soy milk. After taking her home, I stopped to see how Steve was feeling. I found him on the couch watching TV. But he is feeling pretty good, considering all he’s been through. On my way home, it dawned on me, I bet Alex's stuffed animals are in the closet.
After a stop at Lori’s to drop off a zip lock bag of snacks from Lona I got home and started dinner. Homemade sausage pizza, which we enjoyed on the deck. This time of year it’s just beautiful outside.
Later in the evening I got to sew some. I made the cutest pot-holder for Sarah and Rusty. I will post a picture later, I don’t want to ruin the surprise for her since she reads my blog. :) I looked in the closet and there was the giraff and bear, just as Alex had put them down for their nap. Mystery solved.
I woke BT up at 10 from his nap in the recliner, now it’s bedtime and the windows are open!!!!
Tuesday, September 11, 2007
Do you remember where you where in 1986 when the space shuttle exploded?
Do you remember where you were 6 years ago today when the World Trade Center was hit with 2 airplanes?
Leave me your comments.
Sunday, September 9, 2007
Bentley was very glad to see me because he never got out of his kennel yesterday. He obeyed my orders to sit and stay until I opened the gate and gave him the command to go. Before I fed him I opened the jeep and told him to load up and we drove to the top of the road for the big paper.
I fed him and went inside for my morning caffeine habit. BT woke up about a half hour later. After reading the paper and drinking coffee, BTwent to work on the tractor. It broke Friday evening in the rain and had to be welded. He had to get it fixed to unload his rusty metal from the sale.
Just as we sat down to eat breakfast about 10, Pat showed up, to get something out of his truck that we had not returned yet..
When it was time to return his truck, Bentley once again loaded up and rode with me over to Pat’s. He can stand and take the curves pretty good in the back. Back home I got to sew while washing the bed clothes. I am working on a paper piece block of a bride and groom for a wedding gift. I locked Bentley back in his kennel so BT could go blade Hidden Valley Road and then I mowed grass.
After all those chores were finished BT wanted to drive the road in his Jeep to see how it looked, Bentley loaded up again. So we drove to the lake and stopped at the river access, Bentley got out for a quick swim in the Osage River.
It was now time to relax on the deck with drinks and a snack. I made a plate of the cheeses we bought yesterday, added deer sausage and crackers. BT had brown water (Jack and water) and I had a wine cooler. Bentley had water and crackers with us. Ok maybe a piece of meat too.
BT went inside later to get on the Internet and I finished my sewing and a little ironing before dinner. I called Lona, she and Steve made it home early this afternoon. Both are glad to be there.
9 o’clock and it’s 75 degrees.
I was up before 7 AM, we wanted to get an early start to go to an auction in Versailles MO. It featured lots and lots of Blacksmith items. The sale was hosted at Martin Auction barn. Mr Martin belongs to the Mennonite faith and besides being an auctioneer he is a blacksmith. At the beginning of the sale he told us, the sale bill did not list the owners name because he was very sad to have to sell his stuff, but was gravely ill. We arrived a good hour before the sale. Parked among the cars, and pickups were lots of horse and buggies. The little girls were running around in their long dresses and their brothers had on homemade cotton shirts and suspenders. Some were barefoot, some had on hats or bonnets. The weather was overcast, humid and not a breeze was stirring. All items were under roof, some in the barn and some on the porch of the barn.
Mr Martin started a fire in the forge just after we got there. He hammered around on a horseshoe to show those who weren’t familiar with the craft. The bidding started just a few minutes after 10. The first thing I bid on was a glass and oak curio cabinet. I really didn’t need it and in the end I gave up. I also didn’t win traps for Jeremy. However I did win a really neat spider cast iron pan. It sits on 3 legs and is a #10. The funny thing is, one of my biggest fears is frogs. Earlier in the day I had pointed out an antique wooden box that frog legs had been shipped in. Well the auctioneer threw the box in with my skillet. BT and I had a big laugh over that. I also bid on a wooden box of bottles, I quit at $15, after all I only wanted one cobalt blue bottle. I watched the guy who won it and I followed him over to another wagon. I asked if he would want to sell the blue bottle, sure he said for $3.00, I quickly handed him the $3.00 and walked away with a smile on my face, after all I had just lost it for $15.00. It commemorates the 50th Anniversary of the American Legion 1919-1969.
BT bought a huge swage block. He feels he can now safely say his swage block is bigger then anyone else’s. The items were cleared from inside and we all moved to the porch. That is where the 50 lb trip hammer sat. BT had drooled over it all day. He talked with another blacksmith, actually a knife maker, Bill Miller who was also interested in it. The bidding war started BT would bid, Bill would bid. Back and forth it went, until BT stopped at about $1200. So then Mr. Martin looked at me and said young lady you can bid for him. I looked at Bernie and knew it was alright. So then I would bid and Bill would bid. At $1450 I stopped and BT said no, with the repairs it needed he didn’t want to stick anymore in it. Bill won it for $1475.00. After the auction, Mr. Martin came over and thanked both BT and I and shook our hands. He said he really appreciated us coming. He also told us there could possibly be another sale later this fall with a trip hammer equal or better to that one.
After we loaded up, we stopped just next door at Weaver’s General Market. We bought two big blocks of cheese, one jalapeno, the other smoked cheddar and a big bag of frozen pie cherries.
At 4:05, we pulled into Pat’s shed and showed his siding crew our wares, then rushed home to take showers. After mass at 5:30, we were to meet Eric, Kathy, Allen and Roseann for dinner. We got to Colton’s first and called them on the cell phone to say the parking lot was full of people waiting to get in. So we decided to go to Longhorn and Kathy called ahead for reservations there. BT and I were at the bar getting a drink when everyone else arrived. I walked out to the sidewalk with my margarita and a shaker full of more. WOW I didn’t know a Texas Tornado Margarita was so big. We were all on the sidewalk with our drinks having a sidewalk tailgate party as one passer by said, when our buzzer went off. Inside I had the best salad with fresh mozzarella balls and balsamic vinegar to go along with my shrimp and chicken skewers. We visited until after 8:30 and then continued to visit on the parking lot for a bit longer.
Bedtime came after the news; I wanted to see if MU won. And yes they did.
Friday, September 7, 2007
Wed. Aug 28th. Grocery shopping was first on the list, 2 weeks away a lot needed to be replenished. I had to wash my Jeep, it was filthy after sitting along in the big town of Cape Girardeau.
Thursday Aug 29th. I got to sew! Nothing makes me happier then sitting at my sewing machine. I am working on making quilted postcards that you can mail. I then went out and cut grass, not as much as I would have liked to, you see I crashed the mower. BT won't be happy with me, but then on the other hand, he's pretty use to my mower repairs. I hit a hidden tree stump and pushed the blade into the mower deck. OUCH! After BT got to looking at it, the blade actually cut into the metal deck. As usual he was a great repair man and I was back after dinner mowing what was left.
Friday Aug 30th. The day started at 7:03 when I woke up to a phone call from my sister Lona. Her 47 year old husband, Steve was having a heart attack at work. I called Mom and told her and said I would be right over to pick her up. We got there shortly before 8. Steve was conscious and talking but in pain. Brandon and Stephane came in shortly. We stayed till 10:30 when they said 5 minutes and they would have him a room. Apparently they can't tell time because it was almost noon before he got moved.
Saturday September 1st. WOW Already a new month, I wasn't ready for August to be over yet. Steve got transferred to Boone Hospital n Columbia today, after the surgeon in Jefferson City called Lona and said he would see Steve after the holiday on Tuesday. I don't blame her, the heat cath showed he had 3 complete blockages. The grandsons came over about noon. Alex went down for a nap after lunch. Brady helped Grandpa in the blacksmith shop and I ...well I got to sew for a couple of hours. Bath for the boys and then we made 5 o'clock church. The boys were pretty good. Alex liked to open the flaps on his book and announce out loud what animals was behind each door. At least I got my LaBamba fix, however I didn't for go the Margarita since I had the boys. So many choices since they have their new menus out. After dinner we stopped at Lowe's and then home. Bedtime at 9 for the little guys.
Sunday September 2nd. I left Grandpa in charge of the boys, and I picked up Mom at 10:15, and we headed to Columbia. Steve is resting well, the heart surgeon came in while we were there. Surgery will be Wednesday, due to holiday back up. He told Steve if its any consolation, he wasn't the worst one up there. If his condition worsen, surgery could be done ASAP. I didn't get home till 3:00 and Bt said it was too late to go to the river, besides it was pretty hot.
Monday September 3rd. Labor Day! We loaded up the boat and hit the river about 1:00. Jeremy, Lori and the boys came at the same time. For once the river was down enough to go to an island. We stayed out several hours and then went home to BBQ. BT and Jeremy did pork chops on the grill, while I made Mac and cheese, Rita's Green beans casserole with tomatoes, bacon, celery and onions. It was a great labor free day!
Tuesday September 4th. WORK what a bad four letter word.
Wednesday September 5th. I pick up Alex at 7:00 am, mom by 7:20, and Stephane after that. We waited at Schulte's for Brandon, Steve was already in surgery when we got to Columbia. Surgery lasted till 12:30. We got in to see him shortly before 2. Then we headed home. I stopped by the grocery store and Mom and I did a marathon shopping trip. We arrived at Jeremy and Lori's to meet the bus. Brady was so happy to see grandma there to pick him up. I take Mom and Stephane home and get back to my place to start dinner. Beef and Noodles. Buttered Broccoli and garlic bread. After dinner the boys were playing outside and Alex and Bentley collided. Alex might end up with a black eye. He cried he just wanted wanted to go to bed. Jeremy picked them up before 8.
Wednesday, September 5, 2007
In less then an hour and a half we are waiting on the bridge at Cairo for our turn to go across
during construction. It was a scary feeling, especially when the bridge started to gallop, we are thinking about
the bridge that collapsed in Minnesota. Bonnie and I look at each other without saying a word; we know the thoughts going through each others mind. Luckily we are stopped over land and even thought it would be a hard crash, there wouldn’t be the water. The 10 minutes we waited felt like an hour. I finally started taking pictures of tug and barges on the Mississippi to pass the time.
280.7 miles from our get away RV park we pulled into Cape Girardeau to claim my Jeep. We had left it at Bonnie’s friend’s house. No one was home, but the keys were left in it. I then follow Bonnie to her house, 71 miles later we were at Bonnie’s place and it was close to 11:00.
I walked over to PeolaValleyForge and did some shopping. Lee, the potter is moving after 23 years here to Springfield MO. I just had to have some more of his great hand thrown items. AT 12:34 I said my goodbyes to my friend and partner in crime for the past 12 days. What a great trip we had! It was fun to see new places, enjoy great company and good food with Bonnie. And in the end we (being Thelma and Louise) kept the camper from going off the bluff!
I drive another 148 miles back home and arrive just a little after 3:00. Time to take a shower and wash my hair and look a lttle more presentatble for BT. And then it's laundy, the party is over :(
* Racing Home – One of the initial symptoms of a barn sour horse is a horse that speeds up the pace as he nears the barn on the journey home. Most of the time the horse does this of his own accord since he's simply excited about returning home, but sometimes a rider will actually canter the horse down the final stretch for fun.
We stopped in Joelton, TN and ate at Mazatlan Mexican Restaurant, but first we had Margaritas and toasted to our great trip. As we ate dinner we had the discussion, was an avocado a fruit or a vegetable? So we asked the guy at the cash register. He said I don’t know, I’ll have to google. DUH, we would too, but we are computer free and have been for 10 or 11 days. Now that I am home I did google and the answer is…..drum roll…. It's a fruit, it has a plant bearing seed which makes it a fruit. And now we all know.
As I take out of the parking lot, I turn the wrong way, Bonnie laughed at my sense of direction. (And BT would too). I drive an additional 108 miles and find a camp ground in Calvert City KY. It was Cypress Lakes RV Park. It was dark, and it was a big RV park, combination permanent mobile homes and RV’s. Nice place, pool, bath house, Laundry facilities, but just not well marked. I see a young man sitting outside, how in the dark I don’t know. But he pointed us in the right direction. We find the office closed with a note on the door, “Find a spot and pay me in the morning”. Just as we were sitting up a man in a pickup, pulling a utility trailer pulled in beside us. We quickly made our beds and crashed. After all we drove 758.6 miles today.
Tuesday, September 4, 2007
We drove straight to Cape Hatteras Lighthouse. It stands 208 feet tall
and is the tallest in the United States. The lighthouse is painted black and white spirals with a red base. It’s light can be seen for 20 miles, warning ships of the submerged sand bars where so many ships have foundered. It was erected in 1869-1870 and was lit for the first time December 6, 1870. In 1999 the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse made a historic half mile journey away from the pounding waves of the Atlantic to a new and more secure location. The lighthouse was cut from it original base, hydraulically lifted onto steel beans and traveled along railroad tracks to it present position. This amazing 23 days trip has ensured that the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse will be standing proud for many, many years.
After stopping for gas in Rodanthe, we drove on to Bodie Island lighthouse.
(They pronounce it Body). It is encircled by two black and three white
bands, stands 150 feet high and is equipped with a first-order Fresnel lens. It flashes its 160,000 candlepower beacon 19 miles over the ocean. Originally built in 1847, the lighthouse was rebuilt with improvements in 1859. In 1862 Confederate troops blew up the structure to prevent its use by the Union forces that occupied the Outer Banks. On October 1, 1872 the present tower was put into operation and is the third lighthouse built on this site at a cost of $140,000. The keeper’s quarters is now restored and is used as a visitors center.
Lunch called us at Slammin’ Sammys Offshore Grille and Stillery. Prime Rib sandwiches with extra pickles for Bonnie, I had a huge Grilled chicken and black bean salad.
After lunch, we made a stop at the vistor’s center. They gave us directions to the last lighthouse of the day, just as sprinkles starting hitting us. 25 miles later we were at Currituck Beach Lighthouse and in a nice downpour. It was by far my favor and the most beautiful one to me, all done in single laid red bricks. It stands 158 feet tall, and its flashed first beacon December 1, 1875.
It was 25 miles back to the main road that brought us up from Ocracoke Island. While driving back in the rain, Bonnie was programming Phyllis (the GPS) and she ask me what I thought about Plan B. She suggested instead of driving 75 miles back south out of our way and paying another $30 for the Ferry tomorrow, and having the 3-4 hour ferry trip, that we just stay on the mainland and head towards home now. The $25 she had already paid for the campground would be lost, but she would gain that back by not paying $30 for the ferry. It sounded like a plan to me. So I followed her directions and took the new route. As we hit the main highway, we kept seeing signs, watch for bears. We commented on them, and then as I was driving I said to Bonnie, wouldn't that be fun to explain to your insurance man, about hitting a bear. I no sooner had those words out of my mouth, until I saw a bear coming out of the woods, onto the shoulder. I quickly stopped the RV, but by the time we got the camera up, he was gone. What excitement. We also saw signs warning of Red Foxes. But we never saw any of them.
The rain went from sprinkles to heavy as we drove 190 miles, until we stopped in Williamston NC. At a Holiday Inn, it was difficult driving and we decided we sure didn’t want to find a RV park and hook up in the rain. After splitting the cost of the room, it was $41 each and a good hot shower and great night sleep was had by all, including Beagle Bob who stayed in the camper!