West Texas Roadside Stop
Don and I have passed (and wondered about) this roadside picnic spot a few times in past years. We made sure to plan a lunch stop here on the first day of our 4-week TX to CA road trip.
The parking lot was surprisingly crowded for a Monday in April, but not one of the 6 tables was taken. We were mighty pleased to enjoy our ham sandwiches sitting on these sturdy and oh, so wide benches as we watched the dog walkers and stretching truckers nearby!
Springfield, MO in Early Sixities
I have many memories of Grandma and Grandpa Meyer's backyard. Most of the memories are summertime memories, when our family would travel from Iowa or Florida to see grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins...all relatives who got to feast on Grandpa's special barbecue chicken more than once or twice a year!
In the photo you can see the smoke and I can almost smell the tangy barbecue chicken. I can almost hear the sizzling as Grandpa slathered on his special buttery sauce seasoned with pepper and Worcestershire. There was always a fresh fruit salad on the side and plenty of Grandpa's homemade bread for dipping. The fact that we kids were stopping from our play (And we cousins played hard, even in dresses) to observe Grandpa at work, says a lot!
Celebrating my 57th and the Year 1957!
We had the most fabulous weather for my birthday weekend, so we had to do a picnic. Since I was celebrating my BYB (birth year birthday) I wanted to pay tribute to my birth year with a fifties style celebration!
Heidi gave me a new retro basket (front) We used my old coolers that came from my husbands family. Scott and Chali played Frisbee with me (from the fifties) Heidi brought hula hoops. Don made chicken salad for the feast. And we enjoyed a little fifties music as well. Perfect picnic!!
With the Wonderful Beard Family at Ochlockonee River
I am on the left, with my mouth wide open... squealing over some kind of birthday treats that the Beard Family surprised me with on our camping trip.
I have such wonderful memories of Jenny (beside me) and her sisters Janet and Joni and their welcoming and patient parents, Mr. and Mrs. B! I remember so many happy and giddy times with my second family!
Picnic with Mom
It's exactly one month until Mother's Day. I've already met my goal of sharing about 60 picnics to honor my Picnic-Loving-Mom!
But here is yet another photo of Mom picnicking. It must be 2010. My sister Jennifer was on one of her many visits to help out with Mom after she moved to Texas with Alzheimer's. I loved those visits when Jenni and I would spend a week doing all Mom's favorite things. We squeezed in a lot of favorites just at the picnic table. We brought books and word games and favorite foods like egg salad sandwiches. We even got Mom on a swing for a bit. This photo makes me miss Mom...and my sister.
I look sleepy, because it was early when Don and I stopped for a breakfast of granola bars, yogurt and coffee. It may not have been the yummiest picnic feast, but the view was hard to beat.
We didn't stop for too long, because we were on our way to the Bouquillas Crossing, which opened just a year ago in Big Bend. We sat at our table wondering what kind of adventures we would have when we crossed the Rio Grande into Mexico. Would we ride burros? Would we eat enchiladas? Would we find it easy to speak with the folks in the village? It was a picnic with lots of anticipation!
Mom's Picnic List
In honor of my mother on the first Mother's Day since she has passed, I dedicate a new list... Mom's Picnic List!
Mom loved picnics and she raised her kids to appreciate the simple pleasures of food, family and friends in the great out of doors.
I will spend a year reflecting on as many past picnics as I can remember. But, I'll also
appreciate the here and now by creating new picnic experiences. My goal is to share at least 60 picnic memories, since that's how many years Mom was a mom!
Let the picnics begin!