LIfe is Good

LIfe is Good

Monday, October 29, 2012

Goblins and Ghosts

It's time for the little trick or treaters this week on Wednesday evening.  My sister Denise and I made some dancing ghosts decorations for the front yard yesterday at her house.   They're ready to meet the kids in their costumes in a couple of days.

Outside here the trees have almost lost all their leaves.....leaves leaves everywhere on the ground.  I am missing the pine trees of my Colorado while I'm here in Kansas.   Missing the smells of Colorado forests and the high country where I used to live.  Travelng around the country will make it really nice to get back to Colorado next spring.

I made a batch of caramel apples yesterday.  We had them for dessert last night after I made chicken stir fry for everyone.  Yum!  Popcorn balls are the next treat I'm going to make....my favorite. 

Yesterday Denise and I winterized my camper.  Until I leave for the southwest after Christmas, the water lines need to be protected.  I used a blow out plug this time.....so much easier than RV antifreeze and less messy!   It'll be nice to just hook onto water when traveling, and not have to flush tanks like I have in the past.

Today I'm spending the day at Mom and Dad's house.   Dad is making yet another shawl on his loom.  He sells them and it's one of his hobbies.   

It's in the 60's outside today...feels better than that 30 degrees laat Saturday when we went to the Kansas State football game and tail gate party.  They won!  55-14 against Texas Tech.  Woo hoo!  :)

My stay here in Kansas brings my heart back to the good memories of growing up here.   LIFE IS GOOD





Thursday, October 25, 2012

Kansas with family

Well, winter is trying to make a comeback here this week....has been in the upper 80's for a week, now the Arctic Air is descending upon the vast plains of the prairie.    80 yesterday, 40 today.   33 tonight.   My camper needs some prep for winterizing, so I drained the water tank, opened all the faucets, and have a small heater in there for tonight with the doors open to the cabinets and bathroom.   It probably won't freeze any pipes tonight, but I'll need to finish winterizing soon.    Since I'm not sleeping in my camper, but staying with my 2 sisters, and my parents in their houses, I'm doing great keeping warm here in Kansas as the cold winds blow and drizzly rains hit here this week.
Since I last wrote, I house sit for my cousin in Council Grove last week for a few days.   I really enjoyed being there by myself.  I caught up on watching Netflix Breaking Bad shows, watched the movie The Grey, and slept longer at night. It was quiet and very much like my Fairplay house.  :)  
Saturday night Kansas State played West Virginia in Virgina.  Brandon got to travel with the team this time.  We watched the game and saw him on TV several times.  :)    
Sunday was Brandon's birthday, and I was back staying at Nease and Ed's house again.  They had a dinner party for him with Mom and Dad, and their family.  Nease made beef stroganoff, twice baked potatoes, and chocolate birthday cake.   Mom brought a jello salad.    It was yummy food.   
Tuesday evening, I went to water exercise with Nease, Mom, and Andrew. It was great to swim again, so I felt better the next day in my joints and muscles.
Wednesday I drove to Wilsey to Pam's house.  On the way I stopped at my Aunt Neva's house in Council Grove to visit her and my cousin Linda.   We had a nice visit and shared lunch together at Subway.  
Last night, Pam and I drove back to Council Grove and had a burger and fries....can you tell I've been eating out more??   It's hard not to eat everything! Today, Pam took the day off, and we've been lazy here at her house.   I drained the water tank on my camper, and put a heater in there for tonight in case it gets colder than 33.  She's in the kitchen making chicken and noodles for tonight....another yummy meal.  food is good.   waist line is suffering....  :)
They have wood stove, and it's burning nicely here in the family room.  Takes the chill off great...another reminder of my Fairplay house, where it was 16 degrees this morning.  Gosh I'm so glad not to be there this winter.   
I don't have any new pictures to post, but here's one of the biggest sweet potato I've ever seen grown!    And it's from my Mom's garden!!


 Yes, that's MY foot beside it!  wow....think it would win the biggest sweet potato contest if there was one.   :)

Life continues to be good, very good.   I'm enjoying my extended stay here in Kansas so much, but Colorado feels like my real home now, and I'll be returning there for the holidays.



Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Kansas Flint HIlls Fiberglass Camper Retreat

I am a Kansas at heart and my roots are deep in Kansas since I was born here.   The opportunity to attend a Casita rally in Kansas, where I lived until 2004, when I re-located to Colorado. It was a wonderful 5 days spent with Casita/Fiberglass camping friends and I made many new friends, too.



We camped at Camp Wood, a YMCA camp, near Elmdale, KS, in the Flint Hills.   The tall grass prairie was beautiful in October with her golden spendor of fall colors. My heart sang every day and every evening just being there.  Emotions welled up in me to see the vast and rolling hills of the Tall Grass Prairie.  My ancestors lived in this part of Kansas, on farms by the rivers and streams and creeks, where the dirt was black and the springs ran cold and clean.












 
Our group parked in a circle around the soccer fields there....not unlike the wagon trains of yore.  Rob Rupp planned our stay with tours to the Tall Grass Prairie Preserve--a National Park now,  tour of Chase county back roads,  and a visit to a Flying J Ranch, owned by Dr Hoy and his family.    They took us on a wagon ride behind Belgian horses, fed us a chuck wagon dinner, and sat on the porch listening to Dr Hoy tell stories about the way it was in the old days.


Flying J Ranch







We had coffee every morning made by the organizers.   They even picked up our trash we left outside our doors!  :)

There was a potluck.....we ate very well everyday.  No chance of being hungry.  Then there was the gatherings of campers in their campers, and walking around visiting other people and their campers...some inviting you inside to see how they decorate and set up their home away from home camper.

Diane Mason brought her huge telescope, and I mean HUGE, and set it up the evenings that were clear view of sky.   We had some days of rain, so she showed us the heavens and constellations 3 different nights.  The lens was 13 inches across!      We saw nebulas, far away galaxies, stars so far away you can't see them with the naked eye, and explained astronomy so we could understand.   wow is all I can say.....just wow...I've never looked through a telescope of this magnitude ever.

There were people from all over the US there, even a couple from Finland!  We shared our stories and our plans for the future.

Some of us went into Strong City and Cottonwood Falls to tour the towns and ate in some of the hotels and restaurants.    Emma Chase Cafe in Cottonwood Falls, was one of the trips we did.    Home made food and a story teller Sue, told the history of Emma Chase Cafe.   We returned to camp to hear
Tallgrass Express String Band perform in the Lodge building.   It was wonderful!  Annie Wilson, guitar player, rancher and teacher, wrote most of the songs performed....all about the Flint Hills.    Just a great concert, while the rain poured outside.



 Tall Grass Prairie National Park tour





The sunsets were awesome and the storm clouds threatening, but no bad storms came our way, just hard rains.


I'm already looking forward to the next gathering to see my new friends and make more......what a nice way to show the world my home state of Kansas.







Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Camping, Football Game, and Craft Show

Well, I haven't been resting much in the past week and half!   These Kansas relatives know how to keep a lady busy and off the couch.  LOL
A week ago, my Dad in his camper, me in my Casita, and my cousin Jan in her Casita, all went to Council Grove Lake to camp for 3 nights.  We camped in Richey Cove and there weren't too many other campers there.   After all, it's October!   

 Dad, my sis Pam, my cousin Jan

The 1st day was okay, but a cold front came in that night and it was chilly,very windy, and pretty darn cold.   We had a big bonfire the 2nd night, and sat around it to keep warm.  That"s my Dad with a wind block behind him to keep warmer.     The lake was absolutely beautiful that night....amazing and gorgeous sunset.   We watched a crane or heron wading in the lake in the foreground.     





Some pics of our campers.  It's a very nice cove to camp in.  




We left there on Friday.  Saturday we went to the Kansas State vs Kansas football game in Manhattan, KS. Again it was really cold!    We all bundled up and cheered on the KSU Wildcats....they won of course, my alma mater....   :)


  My sis Denise and I.
 

Sunday----Mom,Dad, and I went to Topeka to the Apple Festival and Craft show.  My Dad had a booth selling his hand woven shawls.    Cold again!  It was 30 degrees when we got there, and set up his tent and shawls displays.   It was a cold morning, and we were all bundled in winter coats, hats and gloves.   Who'd of known the first freezes of the year was this weekend.   LOL  



  
I  did get to visit my late husband's relatives down the street again. It was nice to see them again.

This week I'm house sitting at my sister's house and getting ready for the Flint Hills Rally and Retreat at Camp Wood, Elmdale, KS, for Fiberglass Campers.  I leave on Thursday, in 2 days for that.  It's going to be fun to see some old friends and meet new ones.   Mostly Casita campers will be attending.    

Today I went to AAA to get maps and tour books for my upcoming trek across the southwest this winter.  I can't wait to see New Mexico, Arizona, and California from the windows of my truck and camper, and see that part of the country for real.  

Maybe my life will slow down in a week or so?  ... I doubt it....afterall....I'm in Kansas with my relatives.   LOL     I'm used to the slow life I left in Colorado,    and I yearn for that solitude again.....soon....   :)