Saturday, March 14, 2009

A Sunday Drive On Saturday

Today was one of those picture perfect Saturdays. Keith and I ran up to the quilt shop to get the next block of the month (and while there, though tempted, I was good and bought nothing!) and then basically took an old-fashioned Sunday drive on a Saturday.

Some friends had recently been discussing a retreat house up at "our" lake, so since we were up in the general area anyway we decided to go and check it out. One of the best parts of driving like this is that we end up going through areas we've never seen before. Driving down a dirt road for miles we saw a ranch on one side of the road that had many long horns. Such majestic looking animals! And I could not get Keith to stop and let me take pictures of them, mostly because they had a "look" in their eyes and I was a bit afraid of starting a stampede.

We also stumbled upon a roadside vegetable stand and this got us to talking about what we want in a garden this year. I'm going to try tomatoes in containers since we have a big dog and the last time I tried planting he tromped through everything. I think we'll be heading to the store tomorrow to try and find some of the half whiskey barrels to use as containers.

And since we were in the general area anyway, we went by the cabin to be certain that no trees had fallen or anything like that. It's always fun to drive up because the big dog next store, Ruff, always comes running over to greet us. We let Joe, our golden retriever, out of the truck and the two of them jumped and ran around. Checking the back of the house Joe ran to the very back to play with his little Boston Terrier friend in the yard behind us. This little dog cracks me up because she snorts and roots around just like a little pig. But the two of them have fun running the fence together.

Last, and of course not least, we stopped at the little burger shop at the lake to have dinner before coming home. This place always has a large pot of beans on the counter that comes free with any meal. We share a burger and order of onion rings and each get a little bowl of beans with tabasco sauce.

I will always remember going to my grandma's house in Arkansas. Without a doubt, every single time we went there grandma had a pot of beans simmering on her stove. Her beans were absolutely wonderful. And growing up I'd be willing to bet that we had beans and rice for dinner probably once a week. Then I went and married a boy that wasn't from the south *gasp* and the first time I served beans and rice in our young married life he looked at it, raised his eyes and gently asked where the meat was. Obviously he was not impressed and through the years he's never really cared for that as a meal. But as a side dish to a burger meal he is all over it.

By the seventh day God had finished the work he had been doing; so on the seventh day he rested from all his work. And God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because on it he rested from all the work of creating that he had done. - Genesis 2:2-3 NIV


Renna said...

What a perfect sounding day. :-)

I've heard that half whiskey barrels make great tomato pots, as well as being great for growing herbs.

Where I grew up in Oklahoma, we had beans at least once a week. My mom always served fried 'taters', thick slices of white onion, and fresh-from-the-oven cornbread. Oddly enough, I didn't like beans when I was a kid (loved those taters, though!). I do like beans now, and I'm lucky that my hubby also grew up on beans and likes them. I am also lucky that he doesn't mind having just the beans and cornbread, 'cause 'taters' are so messy to cook, and add so many more calories to the meal!

Le Bleu Bonnet Boutique said...

Sounds like a fun day!!! Its funny how we think alike. I just told Kelvin a few days ago that I wanted to do tomatoes in a pot. I have these huge black pots that my Mom gave me a few years ago for that purpose, but never got around to buy the dirt for them. Hopefully this year I will do that. Also I laugh at Keith not eating just beans. That is exactly how Kelvin is. He thinks a meal must have meat. LOL!!! Love your flower banner.

MSM said...

What a nice post!

I used to enjoy Sunday drives, but now, around here, driving anywhere is more stressful than relaxing, :)

You have to get further and further and further out for the pace to slow down....

The beans look yummy!