Saturday, January 22, 2011

A Quiet Week

I have stayed home and had more time on my hands than ever before it seems. Snow, ice, and intense cold contribute as well. So I focus on writing, learning, reflecting, communicating, keeping busy at home. This is the view from my kitchen window. How many deer do you see?

Mike is intensely occupied with teaching pottery at the Red Barn, mentoring the robotics team, and keeping things going here at home.


He has spent countless hours fixing my computer that died a couple months back. And he must feed the boiler (the wood supply is down to one third or less) and rotate and water his winter garden.


Stephan drove back from Bronson, MO, on Sunday, and Monday as usual we went to his place for food and fun with friends. He prepared a great meal of fetuccine alfredo and chicken cordon blue.


His ice carving competition did not end as successfully as the previous week. It could have been the best, but 20 minutes before judging, it crashed. Stephan was able to creatively rescue what was left enough to merit a bronze.


Tuesday I met with a group of ladies from the church at Casa Grande. Can you guess what kind of food we ate? Although I think we did more laughing than eating.


And the next evening we met our fellow-travel-adventurors, Dane and Laurie. Can you guess where by the game we beat while waiting to be served?


Two nights in a row is rather unusual. I do cook, by the way. In fact this week I tried a new recipe on the DIL's blog--Zuppa Toscano. Very good!


This week we did away with our land line. Today I gathered all the phones and parts throughout the house. Good riddance!


Just yesterday I wrote about some of the technology when I was growing up--the crank phone!

14 comments:

sara said...

ok, I think I only see two deer. you ate mexican food because I see the bowls of salsa on the table. and then you ate at Cracker Barrel with your friends!

Am I right?

Kim said...

Yummy food all over the place!
Cracker Barrel?
Luuuuurve Zuppa Toscano. Just a little too hot for soup right now though :)
Might want to hang onto those phones -- start a mini "museo" :) Seriously, I would LOVE to get my hands on one of the 1960s style phones. In turquoise! :)

RaD said...

I think I see... uh, three deer, maybe four?

STILLMAGNOLIA said...

I see two deer. Love to look at the pottery in the red barn. I have an old rotary style phone up at my moms. I don't remember the crank ones...but I do remember party lines. That looks like a Cracker Barrel table and game to me.

Mimi said...

This post totally made me want Cracker Barrel Chicken & Dumplings!

Mimi

McCrakensx4 said...

Oh what fun to be with friends and food...2 of my favs, especially when they involove Mexican food and cracker barrel!! lol Loved the snowy pic from your door however I am terrible at seeing what is right in front of me so I only saw 1 deer! lol

The Bug said...

I saw three deer - I thought there were four, but then when I zoomed in the 4th deer looked like a box :)

I love the chicken & dumplings at Cracker Barrel too - AND their french toast. Yum!

rita said...

To all who guessed food & restaurant. Correct!
To those who said FOUR deer. Well done! That must have been a wild guess, however. I could barely see them through the haze of snow and smoke drifting from our chimney, and the creatures moving around. I took several pictures, but they never all showed up in the same one.

Angie said...

Looked like a fun week with friends and family! Thanks for sharing it with us! You're making me hungry for Cracker Barrel...fried okra!

Elizabeth said...

I am not sure what kind of food you and the group of ladies ate... but the game was Cracker Barrell... the only place I know that has that game :-)
As for the deer picture... I only see one... do I need to buy glasses?

Robin @ Be Still and Know said...

Love cracker barrel...

I only saw two deer...

Great food this week, love pasta!

Blessings
R

Susan said...

The fettucini looks mouth watering.

The phones... wow... I don't know what to say.

momma frans said...

the snow picture is gorgeous! and that pasta and chicken looks delicious!!

skoots1mom said...

such neat pics...
love the snow
the food looks yummy!