Monday, October 20, 2014

Columbarium Dedication

To be honest, I had to look up Columbarium to understand what it really meant.  There was a dedication at the Academy last week.  Pumpkin got to sing a bit.  No audio, but I'll take the sneak peak into his world at the Academy.

We get to see Pumpkin in person at the end of the week for Parent's Weekend!  Wahoo!!

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Once Upon A Town

Our town started an initiative this month for all of Collierville to read the same book.  Big Guy finished the book, Once Upon A Town, by Bob Greene.  I've got it on my bedside, but knitting is the priority this time of the year!  Anyway, Collierville is a town where the railroad played an important part in the town history.  The town square is built around the railroad.  Once Upon a Town is about the railroad depot in North Platte, Nebraska.  They built a canteen and "fed" all the troops arriving and departing during WWII.  It was such a touch of humanity.  Yesterday, the town hosted a brief presentation of Collierville's help in WWII.  Then, the movie, The Canteen Spirit, was shown.  The Big Guy and I went.  We were the youngest folks there.  I think.  It was very interesting.  The movie was touching.  A kind gesture of greeting the troops had such an impact!  As I watched, I wondered if my dad stopped in North Platte on his way to San Francisco.  He served in WWII.  For whatever reason, he was picked out of the crowd and pulled off a ship headed for the Pacific theatre.

After the movie, we met Peanut for lunch at Cafe Piazza.  It is one of my favorite restaurants right on the railroad tracks off the Collierville square.  We splurged combining lunch and dinner.  I imbibed in their house wine.  It was wonderful!  We saved just a little room for dessert and walked to City Hall Cheesecake.  We shared a yummy slice of red velvet cheesecake.  That little shop is where we had Pumpkin's going away party.  It was nice to have him there with us - if only in spirit!

It was a lovely afternoon/early evening.  Peanut headed off with friends and we came home to watch football.  I made lots of progress knitting!

Friday, October 17, 2014

Southern Vegetable Pie

Last night we had a dinner that had my name all over it.  I looked through the Lebonheur cookbook, Key Ingredients, on a mission to try something new.  I decided on the recipe, Southern Vegetable Pie.  It is similar to this one.  I cut the recipe in half and it made plenty for the three of us.  IMO is was great! The guys were giving me a hard time as there wasn't any meat in the dish.  Even so, they enjoyed it too.
This is one of those dishes that Pumpkin would not have touched.  We were joking that if he was home for dinner he would have made a beeline for the pb&j!

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Home From School

Buddy waits, watches and listens for Peanut to get home from school.  As Peanut comes in through the garage, he drops a scoop of dog food in Buddy's bowl.  After Buddy gobbles down his meal, he runs to find Peanut.  It is like it is his way of saying thank you!  A few days ago, Buddy met Peanut halfway on the stairs.  He turned around and sat right down.  Yep.  You better believe he got some good pets!

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

County Championships

The skies opened up just in time for the boys run.  Again, the pictures are out of order, but you get the idea.  The conditions were horrible.  During the entire run, I just kept praying for no injuries.  Peanut took a fall, roll and bounced back up.  It cost him a few places.  But, he finished unharmed.  It was a mess.  The season is winding to an end.  We only have a few more weeks.

Monday, October 13, 2014

My Mate is 48!

I am not sure if he appreciates me blasting his age in the title of this post.  Oh!  Well!  Happy Birthday, Big Guy!  I gave him his gift earlier in the weekend.  I ordered the Humans of New York by Brandon Stanton.  His photos and posts generate discussion between the two of us.  I can't wait to read the book next.

We've got White Bean Italian Pizza on the menu.  Peanut is coming up with some brownie/cake concoction for dessert.  

Happy Birthday, Big Guy!  Here's to Many Many More!
Also, here's to hoping the weathermen get the forecast wrong.  We don't want any severe weather!

Friday, October 10, 2014


This week was Fall Break.  It was a nice relaxing week.  Yesterday, the Big Guy took the afternoon off.  We drove down to Hernando, MS to eat lunch at a restaurant that sources locally and has gotten great reviews.  Lunch did not disappoint.  After, I realized we were close to Lake Arkabutla.  I could not resist stopping.  During much of his middle school and early high school years, The Big Guy spent his weekends sailing with his dad on Lake Arkabutla.  It all sounds exciting, but it was normally very hot and there was little wind.  We stopped at the closest boat ramp, not the one used for sailing.  It was nice to hear sailing stories, yet again.  By the time we walked back to the car, Peanut was ready to buy a boat.  In the car ride home, Peanut decided kayaks might be the best option.

We aren't quite sure this is the area of the country to enjoy a sailboat or a kayak.  It just gets so blooming hot in the summer!