Sometimes when I am sitting still and my mind is able to wander memories come flowing into my thought. It was a blessing in many ways to live all over but it did come with a price not being able to see family as much as I would have liked. I have missed many birthdays, holidays and other events. I really do not know my relatives for this reason and developed more kinship at different locations. I really did not fit well with the other Air Force wives since I am more of an outdoor enthusiast. and usually much older. Not too much into fashion, nails and other keep up with the Jones activities.
As a mater of fact if you look at the memory book I made most of the pictures are outside. At the beach, pool or historical site. I can never get enough of traveling. I do not like the type we have done lately. From our house to another in the shortest time possible. I see so many interesting places in between that causes yearning of my adventures side. I may never get to the point where I can just travel freely with no times I have to make it anywhere and just go slow one day at a time.
The Great Sand Dune National Park is an odd and beautiful combination of the tallest sand dunes and s and high mountain peaks. For someone with the time and effort for backpacking, it offers a combination of Alpine tundra, riparian, and dunes. Most people enjoy the wetlands and extensive grasslands and shrublands. The children were having such a great time sliding down or playing in the water that runs along the dunes.
This is also an area of historical volatile relations between sheepherders and cattle men, Hispanic and Anglo. The Saint Luis Valley is a high desert and more beautiful that I anticipated. I was expecting Alamosa run down but between with the tourist activities and some business the city is doing better than I expected. It has about 10,000 residents.
After discovering what this area has to offer I plan to be back one day.
The thick hard sandstone of Chimney Rock is what is left after the ice age ended and the Piedra River no longer carved out the sea-floor mud. We did not have time to stop and discover the Stone Circle site carved into the Sandstone cliffs the place offers a view of the Great Kiva. It will be a place of interest to spend at least a few hours next time I drive through.
It started out as a wonderful day and a temperature so mild I left my jacket at home when I went out. Not so much in the evening. The wind is reminding one that they are in Dorothy land. While putting out the hay for the critters most of the hay seemed to fly out making the critters run for their dinner. One piece flew into the face of Coco Puffs making her even look more fluffy. Inside Dusty AKA kitty was one a scent fact-finding mission. All smells were needing attention including my shoes that I am sure after a day of walk a few miles were full of al la foot scent. So I just followed him around taking picture. Most were not good at all becasue of the lighting. Here he is checking out my binders.
Not much got done on the micro farm. After working I took a nap for an hour. Then off to the Brookfield Hotel in Abilene. We were able to get a reservation today since two buses came in. So they were open although the their web page said closed. You just have to call to find out if buses are coming and see if you can fit in.
captureyour365 What I Eat
To be honest this bowl of raisin bran is not what I usually eat but it sure tasted good this morning. I suppose that is what happens when you eat a breakfast late in the morning and hitting the lunch time.
Last night I made some Zesty Chicken Oregano (Kotopoulo Riganato tis Skaras) and Armenian Pita Bread- Bread Machine. I did not make it in the machine but as quick as I could make it in a making bowl. It was a nice change for the evening meal. That recipe is so simple I should make it more offen.
I have been busy going to events the last two nights. Monday I went to Kansas State University to watch the K-State Wind Ensemble and Concert Band in concert. Anna Marie Wytko is a wonderful Sax player.
Last night I went to the monthly Konza Bee Keepers Association. We had a presentation by Dr. Viktor Chikan who work primary in research on nanoparticles but in his spare time like to collect swarms and enjoys beekeeping. He gave a humorous but informative talk on catching swarms using bait hives.
Have a great day!
Off of the area of the Santa Fé Trail and between Council Grove and Strong City on Kansas State Highway 177 is the Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve . This wonderful and unique public/private partnership between the National Park Service and The Nature Conservancy gives you both the view of an area undisturbed by farming due to rocks and a view of the Spring Hill Farm and Stock Ranch as it was. Today when we viewed the house they had it all open. You could even view the underground storage areas and spring house. I had always wondered what it was like inside so I was delighted to see the underground portion. The home is actually built like a lot of the modern homes today with a walk out basement type of set up except this has the front out instead of the back.
After the short hike around the structures we drove back to Council Grove to get some lunch. We decided to try the Trails Day Cafe where one of the owners was busy and proudly placing their bronze plaque on theTerwilliger Home. The owners reason that the it was the last house out of Council Grove and the first house in from Santa Fe was not good enough reason for the park service according to the owner. The house does have other reasons to be placed on the historical list as it was built in 1860-61 and was part of a campground set up along the trail at one time. I wandered upstairs, downstairs and the around the grounds. I was really interested in the way they reset the house back up to its original height and added open stairs to the basement (the house only had an outside entrance). They are also preserving a number of structures including a log cabin the have in a barn. The owners also gave us a history lesson of the house and area which included a scrapbook to look at. The have worked hard to keep history.
The menu was very interesting in a historical way. You can dine on old world, early American food or more modern affair. The also made an interesting cherry tea. I ordered the Buffalo Joe (ground buffalo with BBQ sauce). She tried to match from a BBQ rib place that was in Junction City, KS. I never went to the BBQ rib place so I could not tell you if it tasted the same but it was good. I suppose you can call it a blend of old with new.
Last week Mr. Gadget and I flew into the Detroit area. It was a lovely visit although the traffic was more than I am used to. I am especially glad I did not have to drive but was given the driving tour from my our son. We began dinner at the Hungarian Rhapsody. I ordered the Hungarian Goulash Served in Kettle with Palacsinta for Dessert. It was an outstanding dinner.
The next day we ventured north to Frankenmuth. Lumbering and agriculture are still major sources of income for this area but this is also a thriving vacation haven with shopping, dining and many festivals year round. Of course, a German meal was a necessary adventure. We ate at the Bavarian Inn Restaurant were they also serve the Frankenmuth® Chicken plus many other German dishes.
They next day we toured closer to Detroit by going to Dearborn. We had a fun-filled day touring the Greenfield Village. This had an amazing display of homes of many famous people from Ford family home, Robert Frost Home to George Washington Carver. There was also many other interesting styles of home in the village. It was also interesting to view the Edison’s Menlo Park and the Wright Cycle shop plus all the farm equipment. After all the walking we stopped at the Michigan Café for a bite to eat. We then viewed the Henry Ford Museum with all the interesting trains, cars and other very interesting exhibits.
March had it ups and downs here at Cedar View. After a death of a family member, a horrible lambing season, our property having a near miss by an out of control grass fire, we were greeted with wonderful spring like weather. What a welcome relief after winter weather. Last week we are back to cooler windy conditions but it seems to have changed back to more like spring weather. I am hoping it stay like that. We had a welcome relief of rain fall last night. We really need some rain to combat the dry conditions. Plant life is coming alive here with flowers galore from tulips to apple blossoms.
In the garden my new plantings for the food forest look very promising. The nacking cherries, hazelnuts and raspberry bushes are all beginning the sprout. I am still waiting for some more plants to arrive to add to the forest. The food forest is an exciting new project here at Cedar View.
View my Food Forest Plans here.
The garden has already began growing some of the planting I started last month. The rye grass is a couple of inches high and the some of the wheat is close behind. I see that some of the other wheat and oats are starting to sprout. The birds have seen to have found the oats and are starting to dig up the seeds so I hope they start growing very quickly. Sadly something has eaten a lot of my wheat that has just started growing. I suspect either birds or rabbits. I was really hoping to get some nice blue wheat stocks for weaving and Einkorn wheat for baking artistic bread . I hope they are able to grow back. I might have to put some netting on the livestock fence. Half of the potatoes have been planted. One 4′ x 30 food bed and two 4′ x 20′. Most of the potatoes planted this year are the Yukon Gold with some Viking and Kennech. I began planting some carrots and lettuce. I will add more lettuce plantings weekly and plant more carrots in two weeks.
View the Main and South garden plans here and here.
Last week I made some dried celery with some of the extra celery I had. The leaves I placed on one tray and I filled the other try with thinly sliced celery and finely ground to use for flavoring. After slicing, place in a dehydrator at 145 degrees for around 10 hour or until dry. I then finely ground the dried sliced celery for celery powder. It makes a great flavoring for many dishes.
Happy days to all until next time. I will very soon have pictures and information on my new bee project.
I was excited that this local farming family had opened a steakhouse. I went for lunch to try one of their Farm/Ranch meals. The regular portion is $9.95. There is only one entrée that changes daily.
When we first walked in we waited by the maître d’ or”host”desk. There was one there.. We finally heard someone sitting at the bar to come on over as they got up. This restaurant needs to learn that this desk is very important because it set the first impression. If they just want people to walk in they need to set up a sign with directions. After paying the cashier she gave you a chip for ice cream later and instructions to seat yourself where ever you wish and direction to pick up your food. There is one entrée offered. This day lasagna with a salad side was the meal. The salad was disappointing with only iceberg that looked like it was cut the day before since it had some browning on the end. They did have a nice dressing selection. The lasagna was pretty good with a nice flavor and texture. When you have a restaurant you want to offer something better than the people can make a home.
As we ate a person with a towel over their shoulder was coming out of the kitchen to direct people to the cashier while the other lady talked at the bar and another older gentleman stood around.
After eating our meal we went back to the cashier to pick up the ice cream. I was really surprise to take a bite and find “It’s just like Grandma used to make it” was more of an ice milk, with watery texture and ice crystals, although it had decent flavor. Still it was not something you would expect at a steak house and after reading their homemade Ice cream advertisement.
After eating and wanting to get some meat from their “store” I wandered back to the front. There you found a surprising mediocre setup with all of the meat frozen. Freezing meat can damage the tissue making a less desirable steak.
I am hoping this restaurant makes a turnabout and improves because I would like more choices around here. I really want the restaurant to be successful. They seem to have been successful in other ventures. Right now the yelp rating is very poor.