My night to cook

Hi everyone,

Yesterday we drove two hours to Versailles, Missouri near Lake of the Ozarks so I could talk to kids in the Morgan County Library summer reading program. (I had a fine time!) Last night we lounged lakeside and enjoyed dinner as the geese paraded by on their evening constitutional.

Sandy offered to cook something for dinner but I volunteered to prepare a special delicacy of mine instead.

It just doesn’t get much better.

The perfect smoothie

Hi everyone,

Yesterday afternoon I decided to save a banana that was going soft by making smoothie. I filled the blender with a large glass of ice cubes. It needed more so I added a second glass. It still needed more ice so I used a third., This filled the blender to the rim. I was afraid that might be too much but what the heck. I broke the banana into gooey chucks and wondered what else we had that I could use. Already I was concerned about getting the lid closed over all the ice and the banana pieces.

I remembered we had what was left of a box of blueberries. In they went. Last week we brought home some strawberries from an orchard on Highway 13 when I drove to Leeton. I tossed in a handful. Milk? Why not? This was going to be a healthy smoothie. Cream? Not a lot but a little would be fine. For sure I needed to add more liquid to mix with all that ice. I dug out a carton of vanilla ice cream and added a scoop. That wasn’t exactly liquid but I knew it would add body. I added a second scoop. There was a lot of ice after all. This was looking better all the time. i tried jamming shut the lid. It was a challenge, but the smoothie definitely needed more liquid.

I needed to be creative. In went two cups of Mud Slide mix. Okay, you’re right if you guessed that Mud Slide is a rum-based drink. But it’s mostly chocolate, I told myself. Thinking about chocolate sent me to the refrigerator for the chocolate syrup. A nice big squirt, two, did wonders for the complexion of the concoction that now threatened to overflow the blender. I was ready!

I crammed the lid on tight, plugged in the blender, and hit the grind button. What a racket! Liquid. I needed more liquid or my poor blender was going to kill itself trying to crunch up all that ice. Quickly, I cast about the kitchen for something to save the day. Just like that, my man-brain clicked in. Vodka! It didn’t take much, a 1 1/2 ounce jigger. Perfect! Almost. A second jigger and my blender was smiling at me.

Turned out my smoothie filled three of the biggest glasses we own to the brim. Spoons stood up in them. We sat out on the patio at 6:00 to enjoy my masterpiece. Sandy somehow managed to finish her glass. I helped by drinking the other two. Dinner time came and went. We didn’t seem to feel like fixing anything. Maybe later. We went to bed at 11:00. Nothing more had been said about eating. I’m not hungry this morning either. But I still feel fine. That banana made a fantastic smoothie.

Good to the last drop

Hi everyone,

We had a great weekend from start to finish and want to thank you all for sending anniversary wishes. We read and relished each one. They really meant a lot to us and added so much to the pleasure of the occasion. We topped it off with a good visit with Robin and Tim to see the new roof on their back deck (thank you, Tim, for the take-home sliders for lunch today) and capped it all with champagne (thank you, Jeff and Jennifer) poolside enjoying the night sounds and views of Goose Lake.

Now to work and a busy week. On Tuesday, Kathy Temean features THE DIRT BOOK on her wonderful blog. On Wednesday, Laura Robb, Tim Rasinski, and I have a Zoom meeting with our editors at Teacher Created Materials about the new book we’re about to start with them. And on Thursday a short piece I wrote about why children should write poetry will be posted on the Springfield-Greene County Public Library blog.

Meanwhile, it’s time to polish the first twelve poems for the Tim Rasinski-Mary Jo Fresch collaboration for Corwin and get in another lick or two on a trade book proposal I’m hot to finish. On we march.

Thank you, Sandy

Hi everyone,

Today I think I’ll let pictures do my talking.

Except to say, Sandy,

thanks for everything.

I love you.

Glad you like the flowers.

I loved the play last night. Nunsense was such fun. Thank you. Tonight we’ll have a great dinner on The Landing in Branson.

I’m giving you your half the bed somewhere in the Caribbean later in the year.

Happy Anniversary!

It was a very good year

Hi everyone,

Tomorrow is our anniversary so I’ll pull up some pictures. I’d tell you how many years but I don’t remember. Lately I’ve been catching Sandy whispering in my ear at night, “When you awaken, you will not recall how long we’ve been married and you will not hazard any guesses on your blog. Remember what I am telling you.” She’s so cute when she kids around like that.

Now all I need is a gift. Between now and tomorrow. She says she doesn’t need anything. Is that the same as saying everything is fine?