Thursday, November 29, 2007

Skye's Friend, the two headed cat

We checked the weather and decided we better not plan on our road trip. They (whoever that is) are saying nastiness is arriving tomorrow night in the form of rain, ice and snow. It's the ice that scares us. We have one other possibility, next week. We'll see.

Maybe when I retire we can check out the New Mexico display, pablo. Ottawa is at our back door and a nice destination.

Don't worry, Erie's Linda, I always have my camera with me. Speaking of pictures...

Bill said his most popular post so far has been one with his cat. We leave Skye with a family when we travel. These are their cats. The name of the picture is Skye's Friends.

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Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Small town Christmas lights

I am struggling with putting the Roadtrek to bed.

We have it winterized so no running water. It is a bit top heavy so definitely no driving if the roads are slick.

It was Dan’s idea last year. The best early Christmas gift ever. When I stopped by home for my bathroom break on Friday, he asked if I would like to take off for a small town Christmas light tour that night. It was a great little trip.

This coming weekend is our only time to do a repeat. One problem, we cannot decide where to go. We have seriously thought of going the same route as last year—small towns southwest of us, ending in Cottonwood Falls and the Emma Chase CafĂ©.

We also thought of northeast and Parkville Missouri, a riverside town that is kicking off their Christmas celebration with music and fireworks. The downside is Parkville is very close to Kansas City and that means crowds, not our favorite thing. However, there is Atchison, Kansas and Weston Missouri up there that would be fun Saturday morning; whereas, we might be looking at Bluestem Supply in Emporia Saturday morning southwest.

Whichever way we go, I am excited about seeing what the small towns have cooked up for Christmas this year. And, I will get one more sleep over.

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Are we eating the same now as we did 50 years ago?

I have a feeling not many of my readers (other than Peg) remember the wonderful food creations of the fifties.

Today on Talk of the Nation Neil Conan interviewed James Lileks, author of Gastroanomalies, and what he calls, "the most questionable culinary creations" of the good old days such as meat upside down cake and a sandwich loaf. It is only about fifteen minutes and well worth a listen.

Jello was a staple in my early marriage pantry. Lileks mentioned suspending pears carrots and celery and Conan added fruit cocktail and bananas in Jello. Guilty of all.

Several callers mentioned brains. I did not eat brains as a kid, but Dan did. He remembers them as being good. Just as one of the callers, I tried to fix them when we were first married. Take it from me, don't even go there.

I do not remember the sandwich loaf. It involves piling sandwiches and covering it all with mayonnaise. One caller said she is a member of an art deco group and she gets raves from a similar creation at their once a year picnic.

My farm background limits my gourmet food stories. We ate liver, heart, and plenty of Jello. Anyone else remember questionable food from the past?

Sunday, November 25, 2007

Post Office Christmas Letter

I've created the Berryton Post Office Christmas letter for the past ten years. Our postmaster has a way of talking me into it. Truthfully, I enjoy playing around with that sort of thing.

I am not kidding myself. I am sure most of the customers take one look and toss. Over the years, I believe I've only had one compliment on the letter. I felt very honored because he was a retired corporate businessman. As I remember, the letter was set up in the form of a one page newspaper with little articles about Christmas stamps and office hours.

I repeated the concept for several years, but decided people wanted something that could be scanned in two seconds or less. If I could hold their attention for that long, they might stay on to get the intended message, which is "Buy your stamps from our little office."

Here is what I came up with. It will be a large post card with a picture of the front of our PO. I photo-shopped it to look as if it was hand drawn. The back is a short message concerning the hours and services.
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As you can tell, our office is small. Hopefully, the approximately 1300 customers we serve will buy stamps from us after they read this note and we will justify bigger, newer digs.

As a reminder, if you are served by a small post office, buy there. If you are not, stop by a small post office nearby and buy your holiday stamps and services. It matters.