Home sweet home

I’m back! It was so nice to have a true break from everything for a few days, even if it was boiling hot just about every day in Kansas. I watched more Food Network shows than I care to admit, finished a book, worked on my ripple blanket and rode my bike a couple of times. I caught up with a friend from high school, spent some quality time garage-saleing with my mom (more about that later), and cuddled with Charlotte, the Boston terrier.

One of the best things we did was the first night when we had a barbecue on the deck. We made kabobs and fresh corn on the cob. The veggies just looked so colorful and yummy.

Don’t you love my mom’s little flower setup with the old red lawn chair?

The next day I chopped up all the leftover grilled veggies, mixed them with the rice and added garlic, lemon juice, olive oil and herbs for a nice Mediterranean salad.

We ate it with a fresh Caesar salad with crunchy croutons.

I also added blueberries to my favorite bran muffin mix for some of the best blueberry muffins I’ve had. Good fuel for garage sale-ing…

And, of course, if you visit Lawrence you have to eat at some of the longtime local restaurants like Free State Brewery, Yello Sub (the original Planet Sub), and Pizza Shuttle. Pizza Shuttle has been around as long as I can remember, and the pizzas look and taste the same as they always have. The only thing that changes is the price of the walk-in special (one six-slice pizza and a drink for $4.75 now).

My mom and I love the cream cheese version. Cream cheese on pizza might sound weird, but I assure you it’s a combination you’ve got to try.

And in case you’ve been missing that doggie eye candy, I recorded Charlotte doing the only two activities she cares about: chasing a rubber tire toy, and sleeping.

I came back with some new stuff to sell, stuff to keep, and one antique typewriter table that needs a paint job. Can’t wait to start that project, but first I’ll be starting my Nia training course. I’ll be in class 8-6 every day, sometimes longer, so posting may be light for the next week.