Monday Morning Musings for November First, Twenty Ten. A smattering of thoughts that alone don't constitute a blog post but together end up here on Monday morning.
- November....ahhh, poor Tom Turkey. You will be mine! My apologies for that uncomfortable homemade stuffing that will be surrounding you in a few weeks in the 350F oven.
- Great, great Friday/Saturday a few days ago for Marjie's 38th. After getting the girls on the bus and knockin' out some household chores and Navy business, we first started our romantic getaway at the Rootstown Post Office. Marjie mailed in her application for the Healthcare Executive MBA program at Kent State. Based on her current career path, it's the next logical step! The plan is for her to start in the Fall of 2011. We then continued the romance at the Portage County Board of Elections and voted early. I was pleasantly surprised by a small line to wait in but we were still out of there in less than 10 minutes. Voting...DONE! The romance ended at the next stop as Marjie just "had" to stop at Target, but that resulted in a few more Christmas check-marks. Finally, we started heading south towards Sugarcreek and Amish country. We stopped halfway at our favorite made-to-order all-you-can-eat sushi bar which is part of a Chinese restaurant and BAM! They have shut down the sushi operation. We were starving and geared up for sushi! So, we went from ready to spend $50 to walking the aisles of Sam's Club next door for food samples and ended up spending $2.00 for two hot pretzels and we were on our way. Next stop: Breitenbach Winery, just before Sugarcreek on Route 39. Breitenbach is one of our favorite stops down there, especially on beautiful, warm days. They have an outdoor patio where you can have a bottle of wine, some cheese/crackers, and just soak in the rays and the rolling countryside. This day, it was a bit chilly so we opted for the indoor seats. We ordered up some organic nachos and our favorite, winery-only Dandelion Wine. Over 3 days each Spring, the Amish hand-pick tons (literally) of dandelions which result in this unbelievable wine. Super sweet, if you like that kind of thing. They first steep it for 3-5 days before crushing it just like grapes and then it's made like every other kind of wine. Pretty awesome. We also had a fire-roasted pizza...barbecue chicken and pineapple. Oh so good! Afterwards, we took the 1hr long winery tour which was great since only 2 other folks showed up for it. Afterwards, I endured the "pain" of some shopping and even got a chance to read "The 20 Things You Want to Know About the Amish and Mennonites" while sitting in a Thomas Kinkade Gallery as Marjie got her shopping juices flowing. Eventually, we ended up at the Amish Door, a very nice, classy Inn nestled into the Amish countryside, but not before some Amish cookin' for dinner next door. A very enjoyable weekend with my Love, indeed. Saturday, I mowed the grass. Priorities, priorities...
- Fun, fun, fun...Sunday after church, the girls and I had a mission to carve pumpkins. Turns out that when you leave them on the front porch for over a month, they will start to rot. One did from the inside out and when we opened it up, a nasty, white "froth" awaited at the bottom along with a hole. It was still a great jack-o-lantern. That was Madeline's. Katherine had a "baby" pumpkin that was inside and not rotted. Her sketch was of a cat and it turned out really good. We roasted the pumpkin seeds on a stone after meticulously picking out every seed from the "goop". A great time!
- Bobcat Trail Marathon THIS weekend! I'm looking forward to heading down to the sold out event and hopefully, we'll get a beautiful, sunny weekend again just like last year. Camera, of course, will be in hand and battery fully charged. I got 171 great photos last year. I'm not looking for that many this year...just some good ones.
- I'm seriously considering joining the American Legion. There's a very active post in Kent that I've been watching and it would be good to involved with a local group that is full of veterans and active in the community.
- After I walked in the door from church on Sunday, I looked up at my flag pole outside my garage and it was majestic...white puffy clouds, bright sunshine, and a good strong wind blowing. I grabbed my iPhone and snapped a few photos. I pointed it straight into the light and never thought I'd actually get a good picture out of it. Oh, how I was wrong. I caught the best one ever. I absolutely love this photo of Old Glory and the Navy Jack. "Let Freedom Ring!!!!!"
Have a great week, everyone, and Happy Trails!