Today was good. Caleb and Connie had good things at the farmer’s market then I added to my cache of tomatoes and cucs and bought homemade noodles at the farmer’s market in Hays. I’m always a pushover for someone’s homemade noodles, especially Lucille Svaty’s. I once traded my grandmother’s chairs for Lucille’s noodles. We were both happy.
The trip to Hays to pick up a Michael Boss painting of the Insurance Building brought some new events. We ate at Gella’s Diner and LB. Brewing Company, which is a trendy place downtown. The food is different from the usual fare and very good. I had the Brewben, Gella’s own version of a Rueben using marbled rye sourdough bread, corned beef and sauerkraut. It was topped with homemade Thousand Island dressing made with LB. Brewing Company’s award-winning Oatmeal Stout.
Salmon cakes served with jalapeno tartar sauce were Linda’s choice. The “sides” are wonderful. Try the French fried green beans, French fried green onions, garlic fries tossed with olive oil, garlic, fresh basil, sea salt and fresh cracked pepper. There are 11 sides to choose from and any side, spud or sprout can be substituted. Everything is “fresh from the farm… homemade…meals of which your grandmother would be proud.”
The portions are very generous. Half of my sandwich went to Dane, along with a portion of garlic French fried potatoes and French fried fresh green beans. I could make a meal out of the sides alone. It’s a menu with a lot of variety…soups, salads, steaks, fish, beef, chicken…all prepared with a metropolitan twist.
We stopped in C.S. Post and browsed. It didn’t seem to be as well stocked with the variety of items as during my previous visits, but it’s still a great store. We peeked in at the Semolina Coffee House and bakery as well. The frame shop had some interesting items to view. Mike’s painting was front and center when we entered the shop. It’s outstanding.
Dane called while we were in Hays and asked me to stop at a pharmacy for a couple of items. He knew we’d be stopping to see him on the way home.
In Wilson we also made stops and purchases at Kansas Originals, Sincerely Yours and Wilson Family Foods.
Dane was waiting for us when we arrived at the nursing home. He, George Grill and Ken came to the car to see the painting as it was too heavy for us to take to them. We stood in the parking lot and admired the painting for a long time and visited about things of interest to George and Dane. It was very pleasant.
By the time we returned home, I was ready to kick my feet up. It was hot and I was a bit weary from walking.
Syriana. Syriana. I’ve watched it twice and am not much closer to understanding the jumbled assortment of people and places than I was the first time around. George Clooney’s roll was even confusing. I’ll take it to Dane and let him sort it out for me. If I watch it again I’ll be speaking Arabic.
Dane and I want to see The Devil Wears Prada. I rather think I’ll be able to figure it out.
Tall Boy mowed the lawn for us today after his ball games in Bennington. I think they won 4 out of 5, some by landslide. He said it was a nice feeling to win. He leaves tomorrow morning for a week at a Fall River church camp, then has his final five basketball games next weekend. After that, a summer of continued construction work.
Drew is somewhere around Kinsley with some of his ATO buddies for the weekend. Ally is in Denver visiting our relatives and friends. Everyone else is accounted for.
Brit and Ringo have headed to bed and I’m ready to follow. Welcome home Pete, Betty, Pickle and Nancy.