Oh my dear friends, how I love to talk.
Actually I think I am making up for the last two years of being bed ridden and in a non-talkative state!
I know…., I know!
Now I want to talk …and I want to cook and I want to go back to doing all the things I once did.
I know that My Family, including the little great grands and I, had many a “talk marathon” when the Captain and I visited the midwest for almost 3 months.
Traveling in the motorhome was perfect as we went from lake to lake and campground to campground.
The Captain insisted that we stay at least a week at each site so I would not tire easily and so he could still fly.
(And that white jeep followed us all the way and back! LOL)
Did you know the camper travelers refer to that vehicle as a “toad”? LOL
We had such a good time.
IT WAS AMAZING!!!!!!
All the family visited our motorhome as if it were our sticks and bricks home.
And many of our family have campers themselves… so it was such fun to have everyone at the lake doing the same things we were doing.
Oldest son does all the outdoor cooking on their week-end camping trips and many nights he would fill a cast iron dutch oven with chicken and rice or roast and potatoes and let it cook over a campfire.
He would even use the cast iron dutch oven to make desserts.
He would pick wild mulberries in the morning and and make mulberry cobbler in the evening.
Or he would make a pineapple upside down cake that just melted in your mouth, thanks to the caramelizing done by the wood fire.
And we would sit for hours around an evening campfire and we TALKED!
And we reminisced and tried to catch up on the past two years when Covid kept families separated.
Boating was such fun too, although I had to be careful if there was rough water.
Everyone was so thoughtful and careful and considerate of my prior condition.
One week-end the water (at yet another lake) was a little choppy as it can get on Kansas lakes, and even though my grand daughter’s husband promised to go slow, I opted to man the campground and prepare brauts, burgers, potato salad, and macaroni salad for their return.
I loved watching the grand babies jump in the lake from their boat.
Only daughter made a peanut butter sheet cake and when I commented on how good it tasted, she said even though she had made it many times, she checked my blog for the recipe to refresh her memory.
It doesn’t get any better than that….and yes, a tear trickled down my cheek which I quickly wiped away.
But we TALKED as we tried to escape the Kansas heat by sitting under the shade of large Cottonwood trees, pretending the cottonwood fluff was snow as the Kansas breeze (wind) would send the parachute-like white fluff soaring .
The Captain and I enjoyed our visit so much.
We didn’t want to leave, but I just couldn’t impose on my dear friend, Susie for another week of checking on our home and watering plants (herbs) and feeding the tropical fish. (Although she insisted she didn’t mind.)
I told her that I was never good at growing herbs and if they didn’t survive the Florida weather…it didn’t matter!
When we returned to Florida, we also returned to church and we were so appreciative of our church family and the love we felt from each and every one.
I wanted to show my appreciation for several of our prayer warriors AND I love picnics…especially after living at lakes and campgrounds for 3 months.
So I made box lunches and lemonade!
I made chicken salad sandwiches, potato salad, coleslaw and tucked in a small pie from a local store, napkin and flatware!
(I was going to make a favorite cupcake but I didn’t want to over extend myself so a pre-made pie worked just fine.)
And of course we (I) TALKED!!!
We had such a good time, one of my guests said “we didn’t want to leave ….we were having such a good gabfest”!
I better close now as I am feeling the urge to call someone to talk.
Look out my dear friends, one of your phones may ring at any second. I have so much to tell you.!!! 🙂
Ruth 1:16-17: Where you go, I will go; where you lodge, I will lodge; your people shall be my people, and your God my God……
Celeste clifton says
Oh Kari, I’m so glad you are doing so much better and you and the Captain had such a great vacation.Glad you are back home. Love celeste
Thanks Celeste…I appreciate you and your prayers….looking forward to seeing you at church. Hugs and blessings. Love ya
Nancy, isn’t it wonderful that we are able to visit family and friends now…and my journey is just beginning. I am excited to see what God has in store for me. I love looking at your posts of your two beautiful homes as your seasons change. Thank you for all your prayers and support my dear friend.
the Painted Apron says
What a fantastic trip! I’m so glad you got to see family and enjoy so many parts of our beautiful country! It sounds like your son is quite the chef! You are so blessed Kari and such an inspiration to us all! Take care
Thank you Jenna, it was such. fun…but always good to get back home.
Julie Briones says
Loved reading your post… and I’m thinking if we lived closer, we just might have a gabfest of our own!
Julie, I would love to sit and talk to you. We have a lot in common my friend. Thank you for stopping by.
What a beautiful article. I am so glad that your camping trips included special family time together. Such wonderful memories. I hope there are many more. Those times of get togethers have been difficult to have, but are even more meaningful these days now that return to gatherings because of the virus. Enjoy all of the future cherished moments.
Marsha, I live one day at a time and whatever the Lord has in store for me on any given day is a blessing. Hugs
Everyday Living says
Kari, I am so happy for you that you were able to spend three months in your camper with family. It sounds fabulous. Back at home with sweet friends and talking up a storm is good for the soul. I love for you to talk as I get to read!! Blessings my friend!
Thank you my dear sister in Christ. We had such a wonderful and Blessed time….I really enjoyed the little great grands. They call me grandma GG….(GG being great grandma) so they are really saying grandma great grandma but I love it and to hear those sweet little voices calling my name was a Blessing and a thrill. God is so good. Hugs dear friend.
Nancy Sharp says
What a wonderful time with family! I’m so happy you are able to do all these things. It’s so great to socialize again.
You are so right Nancy, and I am doubly blessed as God has allowed me this wonderful time of health. Blessings my friend.
Kari, I know how much you love to talk, but you talk with such enthusiasm that I never ever get bored listening to you. I love your blogs. I’m so glad you had such a wonderful time on your trip visiting with family and friends. Also, I love your faith in God because he brings us through all things.
That is so true Sandy….and “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me ” Phil 4:13
Blessings to you my sweet friend.
Rita C. says
How wonderful, Kari! I love that you enjoyed three months in your camper, visiting with family. Your son sounds like a skilled chef – yum! Believe it or not, I just ate one of those little blueberry pies this morning, lol.
Even though I believe my almond cherry cupcakes would have tasted so good, those. little pies were just fine. Of course, any dessert works for me. 🙂 Thank you for being there for me Rita. Hugs
Praise God! It is so wonderful to hear how God wrapped his arms around you and took good care of you! And now the family fun, camping trips, and the gathering of friends can take place! Hallelujah!
It was so good to hear from you dear one!
Thank you Nancy….I am indeed blessed. And thank you for sharing your two beautiful homes as the season’s change. It is delightful. I look forward to your posts.
Thanks for all your support and friendship.
You are on my prayer list everyday. Hugs!