Let’s start with Al . We are just home from driving to see her in Oklahoma. Is there anything better than being with your grown kids? We got to two knit shops over the long weekend. We celebrated Al’s birthday a week early, complete with buying her buttons and yarn. She chose Mrs. Crosby Loves to Play yarn for her intended shawl. I think the colorway is called Train Case? It is nylon and viscose, 400 yards for 28 dollars. The shop(SWAK) said they can barely keep it stocked because it is so popular. Al’s forcing herself to finish her gorgeous yellow sweater before she starts this baby. I’m helping her by making her track her progress on the finish. She reported, last night via text, “I made myself do 10 rows of the yellow sleeve”
This is Michael an Oklahoma Bartender holding my knitting. He was happy to oblige but it was clear he had never held yarn or needles before. Poor guy, what one won’t do for a good tip nowadays. Now Beer, he knew a lot about. To summarize the food part, because I have to , I just do……here goes
*Best steak of my life, and I’m 56 now, at Cattleman’s . Cattleman’s is an Oklahoma City Stockyards area diner. I was always so proud of our fancy Chicago steaks….HA! Oklahoma has us beat hands and cowboys hats down!
This is a weird thought, but then if you read this blog for any time you know, I share a lot…
Could the steak be amazing because it is freshly processed? I saw many little young mavericks winking their eyes at me from a loaded truck passing me on the interstate…and I felt awful about it. Not so awful that I didnt order a petite filet a day later. and savor. every. bite.
*Amazing Pies. I allowed myself one to two bites of a shared slice with Al, Nathan and Fireman. Pie Junkie’s chocolate peanut butter was as close to perfection as dessert can be for me.
*Al’s pavlova . She on the spur of the moment, decided to bake for us. So so good. I’ll always think of her baking it whenever I have it again.
OH Sorry, this is not a food blog. I have more Oklahoma to tell you about, later.
But one more quick thing. I slipped getting out of the shower at the Hilton Garden Inn in Missouri. I was not hurt, but shook up. I was worried about my tailbone after last summer’s fracture. I called the desk, told them and asked for a rubber mat. They had none. They were very nice and gave us free breakfast. When I did the online survey the manager got back to me and insisted they refund my night’s stay. I think fall risks are serious, and wrote in my review that I think they should make some changes. So, thank you my guardian angel, for protecting my rear end!
From the car, we were treated to this amazing sunset as we neared home last night. I felt like it was God’s way of saying, “I’m here. Your kids may be miles away but you have the gift of their love each and every day. ” For that I am so grateful, and fighting back tears again.