Tuesday, July 21, 2015

So, what exactly is Tipsy Tuesday?

During the summer, folks driving past our house on a Tuesday will most likely see this flag (or they
may see a photo of it on Facebook.) Here's the scoop.

A few years ago a friend and I were lamenting that we never got together anymore. We were both busy, she with golf, Captain and I with bicycling. The only evening of the week neither of us had a regular commitment was Tuesday, so we decided to have a glass of wine on our patio after work on Tuesday evenings. Mutual friends began to join us, then some neighbors, then friends of friends and Tipsy Tuesday became a tradition. No invitations are issued; if one sees the flag and knows what it means they are invited. No one is expected to bring anything but sometimes a bottle of wine or hors d'oeuvres will appear. Sometimes we have one or two folks other times we may have a dozen or so. We have regulars and some that pop in from time to time. This is the third season for Tipsy Tuesday, two or three times it has been just Captain and I (and that's okay.)

Our lives are greatly enriched with friends, old and new. Nothing gives us more pleasure than seeing new friendships form on our patio and porch. Well, except when we make new friends with friends of friends.

How does one prepare for an unknown number of guests each week? We sweep the patio, dust the furniture, open a bottle of wine, set out a simple snack and put the flag out. We keep it very simple. If the flag is not out, folks know we are not having Tipsy Tuesday.

It is Tuesday and the flag is out!

Saturday, July 4, 2015

Sweet Corn Festival

Last weekend we wandered into south east Missouri to attend the Sweet Corn Festival in East Prairie.

Saw a pig race.

Parked The Wanderer at Boomland. 

Not many amenities but did have full hook-ups. And what about that rate!

We rode 52 miles on the tandem in the Tour de Corn. We have found this to be one of the best
supported rides that we have done.
Lots of food at rest stops, including homemade cookies, watermelon and sweet corn.
The roads were very well marked and plenty of support vehicles ready to assist if needed.

Since we felt we burned a significant amount of calories, we stopped in at Lambert's. Was it  worth the 1 1/2 hour wait? Maybe not so much for us, maybe because our palates have changed over the years. The food is good but not really any better than at Cracker Barrel. It used to be an experience with rolls being thrown constantly and frequent pass arounds (servers bringing extras sides to the table.) On this visit, we had one roll tossed to each of us (okay, that is really all we needed!) and only one pass around (fried okra) brought to the table. ABN was greatly disappointed the fried potatoes didn't appear. Of course since we could sit in comfort in our coach, the wait didn't seem to be too much of an inconvenience.