Fire Dragon Rhapsody

It had rained in Nashville, the morning that we left. This probably caused the wreck on I-24. Google circled us around the north side, just as it had done the south the night before and we eventually got out-of-town. It was only a couple of hours to Paducah, where we stopped at the quilt museum. Anne had been there before, but this was my first time. In the past, I would take the boys down the road to an amusement park and let Anne enjoy the art and there was some fine art there. For some reason there was a heavy horse racing flavor in the collection on display. Unlike the quilt show, which is just bonkers, the museum is a much more manageable affair. Also unlike the quilt show, there were no women hitting on me, “We see you, you can’t hide from us.”

After Paducah, it was only a few short hours to home. We unpacked, kind-of-sorta, because you know the next trip is only a few weeks away. The lawn is a lush jungle, which has been my two-year goal. Anne is now fully enrolled in Medicare and I have my card too (A&B). I’ll transmit this info to our broker Colton and get him going for me. I want to get this wrapped up, before we hit the road again. Things to do: treat the porch, hang pictures and hack at the vegetation are a few of the things that I also want to get done.

We lunched yesterday, with Don, DJ and Ron. We met at the Granite City Brewery, which is in Creve Coeur and not on the eastside as you might expect. They offered a Broad-axe Oatmeal Stout, of which I partook. This put me in mind to catch up on Game of Thrones. I endured the long dark, very dark night, just in time to avoid SNL spoilers and I’ll do it again tonight.

In the vein of dungeons and dragons, I’ve selected the pictured quilt for this post. When Ricky Tims was leaving Saint Louis for Texas, Anne contributed a “boot” block, as in cowboy that she had made and was later incorporated into one of his quilts. A dragon image in iron grill work at an old post office in Pueblo, Colorado caught Ricky Tims’ eye and sparked his imagination to make this quilt. There are 32 dragon motifs in this quilt. Game on!

Star Santa

These day, every year when Jane helps Harry decorate his Chez for Christmas, the first thing that goes up on the bough as decoration is Star Santa. This is a construction paper ornament that Jane made in kindergarten and has survived ever since. Such is Jane’s pride in this creation that Anne was inspired to create a pillow cover dedicated to Star Santa. The front of the pillowcase shows Star Santa hanging his first ornament on the tree. It is an ornament done in the style of Doris, the mother-in-law of Anne’s other sister, Jay. Doris was a prolific Christmas ornament maker. In Doris fashion, it is a puffy ornament, with lots of sequins and a photo of Jane in the center. Fittingly, Star Santa is seen placing on the tree as his first ornament, a Doris ornament picturing Jane. The back of the pillowcase shows a quad folio of wintertime activities that Star Santa likes to participate in after his Christmas duties are complete. He is seen sledding, skiing, skating and making snow-angels. As you can see, it was a big hit.

Moab

Anne at Mesa Arch in Canyonlands

While visiting Arches and Canyonlands, we base camped out of Moab, right out of Moab. What it lacked in the way of arboreal charm, our campground in no small part made up with hot showers. Moab was once a mining town that boomed with uranium, but went bust in the 1980s when the market for nuclear power crashed. Fortunately for Moab, the invention of the mountain bike came along not too long after that and now the town is doing better than ever. I’m ashamed to admit that we visited mountain biking Mecca and didn’t go for a ride, but that’s life. You can’t do it all. Maybe next time.

Jane gave us a great breakfast steer with the Jailhouse Cafe. It really was once a jail. Even our boat outfitter complemented their bennys, which I had. Anne had an omelet, with ginger pancakes. She plans on trying to duplicate those pancakes sometime in the future. We also shared a pizza for dinner at Pasta Jays, which was also great.