Sunday, March 2, 2008

Kansas Crops and Sunny Skies

We were truly on the road this past week for a quick trip to Kansas. But we were blessed with beautiful weather for the flight(s) then the remaining highway travel on Friday morning. We have traveled across I-70 many, many times over the years but this trip we came by a sight that was new to us. For several miles we saw these wind generators sprouting up in the pastures. I guess the price of oil has this Kansas farmer looking for alternative "crops" ! If you look closely in the center of the photo, you can make out the original windmill. What a great contrast for the changing times! I didn't even see it (we were traveling about 70 mph at the time) until I downloaded to my computer. After a wonderful tribute to one of our favorite aunts, many of us gathered at the Circle Inn Restaurant for a family meal. Though our spirits were saddened by our loss, we enjoyed an rare occasion to visit with family we hadn't seen in awhile. It's unfortunate that it takes a funeral to bring us all together. Perhaps we'll be able to get that family reunion planned that we keep talking about so we have a happier event to bring us together. Thank you, Aunt E and Aunt F and cousin Jo for reading this! I really appreciate your kind comments. I know some of the other folks in this room are readers too - just lurking in the shadows - right? I would get a thrill out of hearing from some of you or better yet, those of you who couldn't be with us. There's a comment button at the end of this post. How many will put it to use?
The Circle Inn is one of the few restaurants in my little hometown. They have faced many challenges in the past few years. First a devastating fire destroyed the original building. But after a cooperative effort with many local residents, they were able to re-build, but bigger and better. When our mother was a resident at the local nursing home, we would wheel her across the highway in the wheelchair for dinner out. It was a real adventure for her that she always enjoyed. Then last summer, a tornado severely damaged the Circle Inn. Luckily, no one was severely injured in either event, but it took them awhile to get the restaurant back up and running again. One of their signature meals is the Chicken Fried Steak. Presentation is not their thing - just good old home cooking with all the calories included! Maybe motorcycle riding days are on the way again. We were able to get out this afternoon for a cruise up to Mann's Harley-Davidson near Columbus, Indiana. It was so nice out! Bright blue skies and temps in the low 60's made an ideal day. We even had to to turn off the seat heaters, as our buns were quite toasty!
I'll be gone for a few days as the girls and I take off for a little beach time! So this is all for tonight but be prepared for plenty of vacation photos on the next post. Back to packing for me - just got to make sure that nosey cat stays out of the suitcase!


Jill said...

Hi Janet! I was only a part of this gathering in spirit but wanted to let you know that I am one of your extended family "lurkers". I found my way to this blog through one of your comments on Aunt Jo's blog. I now check in regularly.

Our family wants to thank you for Aunt Sylva's butterscotch brownie recipe. We made them this weekend, and they were such a treat. (Notice I said *were* - they're gone now of course.) They rank right up there with Granny Fran's gingersnaps!

I don't remember Aunt Sylva's desserts - only her winning smile - so it was nice to read some of your memories of her.

If you're guarding any other well-kept family recipe secrets, I hope you'll send them our way!

-- Jill (Cousin Phil's daughter)

Anonymous said...

Hi Janet,

Have a great time and give the girls a hug from us!

Dad and Pat

Stacy A. said...

Janet. Thank you for your lovely comment last week on my new blog baby. One of my first! I now check yours often, I love your little adventures. Now I gotta try those brownies! Safe Travels!

Jerm and Pooks said...

Hi Janet - It was really nice seeing you on Friday. Aunt Sylva was greatly loved and will be missed by many. I'll miss her sparkling eyes and sweet smile.

Like my sis Jill, I found your blog through one of your comments on Aunt Jo's blog and it's time I quit my lurking!

I have been wanting to take up quilting for a while and hope to start my first project soon. If you have any tips I'd love to hear them!

I hope you have a great time on your trip!

Lisa - Cousin Phil's other daughter

Janet said...

It's great to have new readers !! Welcome Stacy! And thanks for commenting, Jill and Lisa. Isn't this a fun way to keep in touch with family? I'm sure Pat will agree!!