Time flies

Wow, it really is true that time flies when you’re having fun! I guess it’s time to catch up on all our activities since we came back from Colorado and Wyoming.

We’ve been enjoying our family, friends and fall weather for the last several weeks and it had begun to feel as though we’d never been gone. LeRoy has attended the men’s breakfast at Northridge Friends and I’ve been to Friends Women, as well as regular Sunday morning worship, Sunday school and a small group on Sunday evenings. It felt good to be in familiar settings with familiar people.

A week ago today, my high school classmate Shirley Van Meter Russell and her husband Gary from Alta Vista, KS came to visit us and see Liberty. They have been campers for years and have just upgraded from tents to a small truck camper. Shirley has worked at Yellowstone for the past couple of summers and we were supposed to meet up with her there, but she had to leave mid-summer. Since we had spent a tiny bit of time in Yellowstone in August, we had common things to talk about besides camping. It was nice sitting and talking inside the building with the bus windows open while it rained outside! What a change! We hadn’t seen rain since Colorado and it was a refreshing change.

LeRoy spent quite a bit of time at Heidi and Tim’s house trying to dislodge roots in the sewer. I’ve had some time with the grandkids, too. It’s nice to be close enough to occasionally pick them up from school or just be there to give hugs when needed. I’m storing those times up for the winter months when we’ll be gone!

Friends of ours from Colorado stopped through on their way to Chatanooga, TN and we caught up with them in the Wal-Mart parking lot just a few miles from our property. It was raining and their matching bus and trailer made a pretty picture.

On Wednesday, we drove the car to Clarksville, TN to visit our son Robert. He had a couple of days left in his work week, so we amused ourselves until he was home for the day. We’ve had our share of really good food this week, but the scales won’t like me next week! Rob has talked about an Amish bakery in the area, so before heading out to Nashville this morning, we went there. Not only were the aromas tempting, the taste of the pecan cinnamon rolls we chose was wonderful! Nashville is about an hour south of Clarksville. I had seen a promotion on TV this week for a Music and Molasses Arts & Crafts Festival at the Ag Museum there, so we decided to attend. One of the first things we saw was children turning the wheel to shell corn and preparing it for the grist mill, a procedure long gone from American daily life.

The corn cakes we ate there looked like little pancakes but with a grainier texture. I think they would have been good with bacon between a couple of them!

Since molasses was in the name of the festival, we would have been disappointed if they hadn’t been demonstrating the molasses process.

And I learned from the man in the booth that sorghum molasses (or sorghum syrup as he called it) is made from sorghum plants but what most people call molasses (black strap molasses) is made from sugar cane and sugar beets. The process of boiling the extracted juice is long and time consuming but the sharp sweet flavor of the end product is worth it.

The air was full of good smells, apple butter and bar-b-cue in addition to funnel cakes, fried Snicker and fried Coca Cola! I’m not sure how they managed that last one and since we were going to a place called Burger Up for lunch, I didn’t try it.

After a good meal, we moved on to Las Paletas for dessert. They serve Mexican popsicles of every variety imaginable and they were wonderful. Not guilt-free, I’m sure, but delicious nonetheless.

We saw lots of pretty foliage today, but not where I was able to get pictures. Maybe on the way back to Kansas on Monday.

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