Thursday, May 20, 2010

Check the maps

Capture This is a picture of our driveway entrance.  We think it was taken last summer.  We don’t know because this picture is on a popular search site’s maps. 

According to the news today, this site is in a little trouble in Europe.  As they drove around taking pictures such as this, they were picking up unsecured wireless internet.  Not sure how serious this could be.

What I do know is this is a good picture.  And, if you know an address, type it in and click on the little camera you can see where people live.    Hmmm, not sure if that is good or bad especially since it is fairly easy to find addresses.  I haven’t checked, but wonder if they have National Parks on this.  I was able to walk down (yes you can walk around) to the parking area in the Wildlife and Parks hunting area so they might.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Don’t forget to write

Writing-Away-coverWriting Away by Lavinia Spalding is proving to be an excellent kick in the butt for me or anyone else who wants to write about travels, or even day to day travel through life for that matter.

I have never completed a journal of an entire trip—including Italy, which disappoints me.

Writing after the fact, which I most often do,  is OK, only I want more.  For instance, day to day accounts of not only details of where we are, but how I feel about these places to help me relive the trip each time I read it. 

Even though I do write for this blog most every day, a travel or even personal journal is different.  I’m not sure readers of this blog would want to know how it was using the ladies public restrooms in Italy.  Well, you might, but I would write it differently here than in personal journal. 

I like this book because it has practical advice.  Ms Spalding starts by discussing what kind of journal she likes (lays flat and no lines) and the writing instrument (ink pen—no erasing). 

She then moves into motivation and how to avoid procrastination.  (Just do it).  The advice does not stop there.  It is only how far I’ve gotten.  Her writing style is easy to read.  She includes appropriate quotes and examples. 

So, here’s hoping this will be the motivation I need to follow through. 

Monday, May 17, 2010

Maifest in Hermann MO

Amy Kay’s celebration fell the same weekend as Maifest in Hermann, only about an hour from Columbia.  Too close to miss, we left a little early Friday so we could enjoy the festivities before the BBQ on Saturday evening. 

We decided to stop at the Hermann grocery store first.  It is something out of my childhood.  Right downtown, it is small but has everything necessary, including area wines.  I wanted cheese and crackers to eat with our wine along with some fruit.  They had it all.

By then it was close to noon so we headed to Bommarito Estate Almond Tree Winery east of Hermann, near New Haven.  Nick is the owner and his son Mark,  is a chef.   Since it was Maifest weekend, we thought Mark might be cooking at the winery as he often does in the fall.  He was.  His family recipe of Sicilian sauce with pasta,   pork tenderloin off his smoker and fresh salad combined to make a three course Italian meal along with their St. Vincent wine.  Nick stopped by our table while we ate.  We had a long visit about his grapes.  He is a  colorful and interesting person—a great visit.

Then over to Robller Vineyard for a little kicking back.   It wasn’t real busy when we arrived so the owners Robert and Lois Mueller greeted us with smiles.  We purchased a bottle of Vignoles and settled in to listen to Bob, a one man guitar, harmonica and singer.  He plays all the old favorites with gusto.  When Robert Mueller came by our table for a visit and we told him about our niece’s graduation from Eden Seminary.  He told us his wife’s grandfather immigrated from Germany to attend Eden and her father graduated from there also.   Small world.

We decided we better head back toward Hermann as the afternoon was slipping away.  Dan sat down by the very high river at the Hermann River front while I walked around town a bit before heading back to Columbia for the evening.  As always, a great day at the vineyards. 

Sunday, May 16, 2010

The Great Feast

Today our niece, Rev Amy Kay Pavlovich, is an ordained minister having graduated from Eden Theological Seminary in St. Louis Missouri and installed by her peers at a ceremony in Columbia, Missouri, at the First Christian Church, Disciples of Christ. Congratulations, Amy Kay for completing the studies, giving birth to two children and serving as Associate Pastor in your church all in the space of eight years.

For me, highlights of the service included a Brass Quartet and the historic church's glorious pipe organ combined for the Festive Prelude and other music. A beautiful, professional ballerina performing a bodily proclamation of the Word. And, the presentation credentials and laying on of hands, reinforcing what we already knew, Amy Kay's church and seminary have a great deal of respect for her as a person as well as her ability to lead.

The sermon, or better said message, was given by distinguished Professor Dr. Stephen J. Patterson from Eden.  For Amy Kay, but directed to all, it was given dramatically, forcefully, and in places with humor. He had us from beginning to end. Amy Kay told us she felt privileged that he chose to speak at her service. After his message, I understand.

It was a cool, rainy day in Columbia, Missouri today. But, there was nothing gloomy about the proceedings at Rev. Amy Kay's ordination and beautifully presented reception following. It was a Great Feast.

Totally unlike me, I sat down in the service and remembered my camera was out in the Truckker. So, I only had my little backup camera. And, for some reason, it didn't like the red carpet. There were many there taking pictures so Amy Kay does not need mine, thankfully. This picture of the family will not go in her memory book, but you can see her joy sharing the occasion with her favorite people.