Now that spring is here, it seems like we’re “springing” too. Saturday, we’d made plans to take Uncle J (That Man’s younger brother) and Aunt BB to my family’s favorite Mexican place. We’ve been eating at this place ever since I can remember. It was our reward place after going to the dentist. Anytime we had to drive north to Kansas City (even last year as we were driving to a funeral) we made plans to stop for lunch or dinner at this restaurant, El Sambre’s in Clinton, MO.
My sister is alive today because of this restaurant. When she was three, she choked on a chip. The rest of us didn’t know — we were talking, etc. — but the owner heard her, rushed over, and gave her the heimlich.
Anyway, we’d talked it up so much to my New Jersey SIL that she was determined to make the 1.5 hour drive north and visit my Dad on the way. However, they ended up not being able to make it — but that didn’t stop US from going. Oh, no. Once we make plans to hit El Sambre, we go!
We met my sister at Dad’s place and we all drove up in our van for a delish lunch and shoe shopping in Clinton. We spent a little time touring Dad’s current “hobby” — raising quail. The kids got to hold one that was one day old, and petted some of the older birds carefully held in my Dad’s hands. Of course no trip to Papa’s would be complete without petting the horses. He has a lovely vegetable garden started already, which totally made me jealous. I’m all ready to move to the country. NOW. I want chickens and a garden!!
But we dragged ourselves back to “civilization” and rushed over to our other inlaws’ (oldest brother) to see That Man’s parents. Guess which monster inadvertently sat in dog/cat poop outside? Yes, that would be Middle Monster. I swear she did it just so she could change into something out of the bag of clothes her cousin had given her.
Sunday was church early and then a trip to Lowes to pick up weed and feed, etc. for the lawn. Oh, and laundry. Tons of laundry. We still have 2 loads to fold and one waiting to hit the washer, plus the actual lawn work.
We also watched The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly (while folding). I have to say, I’m not a Clint Eastwood fan. I had a hard time getting into this movie and I just didn’t really care about what happened to any of the characters until at least the last third of the movie.
We tried to watch Zombieland but the NetFlix DVD wouldn’t play for some reason — it was all speckled, even after we cleaned it (and the Western played just fine).
For the first time in a long time, I read in the car instead of writing, and finished Kim Knox’s Breaking Chance. I took my laptop but didn’t ever get it out of the bag. Watching the movie, I did a ton of cross-stitch, currently working on The Bramble and the Rose with Old Maid of the Heart silk from HDF. Oh, and I bought my first Heaven and Earth Designs this weekend (yes, I am totally insane — these are MASSIVE!!): Calling the Crows. I just couldn’t help myself. All that black and red, and the crows…totally made me think of Seven Crows, part of the SFR world I’m building!
I have a huge HDF order on its way, including some perforated paper. I may try my hand at making a bookmark — and if I can get my meager art skills to cooperate, I may just do one with Maya glyphs on it! I didn’t realize how hard it is to find cross-stitch with Maya influences. I do plan to buy Ink Circles’ Mother Maya, but otherwise, I couldn’t find anything with the real glyphs like I wanted. However, I do have a cross-stitch program I bought from Needleprint, so I’m going to try and design my own.
If it doesn’t look horrible, I’ll giveaway one here on the blog.