What a fun few days we’ve had!
One of the events we have enjoyed most when we stayed at Desert Trails was the Sunday evening hymn singing. Even though we aren’t staying there this year, it’s such a small event that we were allowed to attend anyway. In the past, they’ve had some fantastic piano backup but this year there was no one. Rather than let the activity die, I told them I could play. (I only stretched the point a little.) I can read music and I know most of the hymns in the book, so I figured I could sing along loudly enough to cover up if I couldn’t play. The practice was good for me and last Sunday was the final hymn sing of the season. Regulars are beginning the trek back home, so we decided to get together Wednesday evening for dinner. We’ve known several of these couples for several years and we had so much fun sharing a meal with them.
Everyone knows that LeRoy and I do some out of the ordinary things sometimes, so I thought I’d tell you about our road trip for Pi Day, 3.14.14. A couple of years ago, we had come back to Arizona through Pie Town, NM and stopped to eat at the Pie-O-Neer restaurant there. They serve unique homemade pies that are worth a long drive and they open for the spring and summer season on…Pi Day! The trip took us through the Salt River Canyon and we just weren’t prepared for the awesome beauty we saw. Neither was the camera, apparently, because none of the pictures do it justice.
Pie-O-Neer is run by Kathy Knapp and she is obviously a much loved figure in the local community. We were there when the restaurant opened for the day (and for the season), and all the locals who began to crowd the place after we were served had a hug for her. We weren’t the only nutty ones who came a long distance. We shared our table with a couple from Loveland, CO and later two women from Canada! The Coloradoans just happened by, but the Ottawans came to New Mexico this week on purpose because they had read about Pie-O-Neer and they drove down from Albuquerque that day! I love that wood stove in the middle of the place!
And did I mention the pies? This was just a sample of what they had coming out of the oven. We bought a Starry, Starry Night pie, which is blueberry with pastry cut outs of stars for an upper crust, and a New Mexico pie. The filling for that one is apples, green chilies and pine nuts. We plan to share those with friends tomorrow and my mouth is watering just typing this!
Decor for the restaurant is local art and pie-themed aprons, etc.
So now we can say we’ve been there, done that and bought the T-shirts!
Back at home, we’re in the middle of another honey-do project. Before our trip, we started taking up flooring everywhere except the living room. That accounts for the not-so-fun part of the week, but it will be terrific when we are finished.
The kitchen floor had been a grayish laminate but since microwaves don’t fly very well, it had needed to be replaced since shortly after we bought Liberty in 2010. Once the floors were up, we could see the tape that Dick used to map out locations for the cabinets, walls and bed. Probably a good thing he did that, since several things had been changed once the space they would take could actually be seen.
Today, our purple “pickup” brought home the supplies we needed to get started.
And then we got to work! The bathroom vinyl was a doozy to remove. We took turns with the heat gun and putty knives, although LeRoy was much quicker and did lots more of the work than I!
We’re finished for the day and it’s a good thing tomorrow’s Sunday. I need to rest up before we tackle anything else!