Thursday, October 11

Last prep day

Tomorrow we will be headed south. Butch is doing the final touches of getting the house ready. I am doing a couple of loads of laundry in the motorhome to make sure a seal hasn't dried up or some other pending problem hasn't reared its ugly head. So far so good.
One of the very oddest of coincidences is that we left last year over 5 weeks later than this year and the weather is exactly the same! In the thirties! Nothing like little reminders to tell you it is time to skedaddle for warmer temperatures.
Tonight is our last trivia time at Hyvee for 2018 and our number one guy with an encyclopedia for a brain will not be there. We are going and we will do the best we can. It should be interesting even if it is painful.
Tuesday we voted for the mid-terms, gave our internet a shut-off date, paid our second half car insurance and went to Ames for our last dermatology appointment. Mickey invited us for supper at her house and it was delicious. Her new kitchen is beautiful.
The rest of my today will be readying the inside of the motorhome for travel. That may sound easy but when you have to think about and how everything might move if jostled it becomes more of a puzzle. It is a puzzle with which I am very familiar.
Back to work!

Coconut Cream Pie

In a discussion with friends, we were talking about coconut cream pie and how it was a childhood favorite. Recently I read about vintage recipes from the 1940's and saw this recipe for coconut cream pie. It was from Taste of Home magazine and they said it was easy and worth making again. Many recipes from our youth are meant to stay there but this one is an exception. Enjoy!

Easy Coconut Cream Pie

This is my own recipe for a pie that I make often. It's been a family-favorite dessert since the '40s,
when I made several of these pies to serve a threshing crew of 21 men!
—Vera Moffitt, Oskaloosa, Kansas
Total Time Prep: 20 min. + chilling Makes 8 servings
3/4 cup sugar
3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1/8 teaspoon salt
3 cups whole milk
3 large eggs, beaten
1-1/2 cups sweetened shredded coconut, toasted, divided
1 tablespoon butter
1-1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 pastry shell (9 inches), baked
In a medium saucepan, combine sugar, flour, and salt. Stir in milk;
cook and stir over medium-high heat until thickened and bubbly.
Reduce heat; cook and stir 2 minutes longer.
Remove from the heat; gradually stir about 1 cup of hot mixture into beaten eggs.
Return all to saucepan; cook and stir over medium heat until nearly boiling. Reduce heat;
cook and stir about 2 minutes more (do not boil). Remove from the heat; stir in 1 cup coconut, butter,
and vanilla.
Pour into pie shell; sprinkle with remaining coconut. Chill for several hours before serving.

Test Kitchen Tips
This filling is super easy and delicious in a graham cracker crust.
Nutrition Facts
1 piece: 376 calories, 18g fat (11g saturated fat), 84mg cholesterol, 249mg sodium,
47g carbohydrate (32g sugars, 1g fiber), 7g protein.

Tuesday, October 9

Enough already!!

We have had enough rain to last a whole year as far as I'm concerned. We are on day 14. There are pools in our yard and now we have to wonder if we can get the moho out of the alley without getting stuck!
Friday is the day we will find out and we are promised 1 1/2 days of no rain before take off. That is not much time for the puddles to disappear and the mud to crust up. That is the sum of our angst before take-off.
Today I went to J.I.G.s. I haven't gone to one of those gatherings all summer. It seemed there was always something getting in the way. Doctor appts mostly. It was fun touching base with some of my classmates I have not seen in a while.

Being in the motorhome puts us closer to nature. Unfortunately, now it is creating more dismay than elation. Definitely, time to head south.

Monday, October 8

Goodbye Gathering

Leo and Keri hosted a party for us as a going away party and a christening of her new kitchen.  I think it was a roaring success on all counts AND I got some really good pictures of beautiful people.

Oldest son Rich and his wife Donna

 Youngest son Jason and his wife Laura- Laura said I think I blinked so we did a do-over. I liked both pictures
 Jason and Laura

Devon and his mom Karla- Grand-nephew and niece. Karla looks like her Mom.

Larry Jackson, a friend of old and new-Deja Vu

Pete and Jerilynn-We share our love of going south in the winter. They go to Florida.

Jack Harmer-a friend of old and new-Deja Vu

 Dee and Jack-a friend of old and new-Deja Vu

 Mickey- My oldest friend. I think we met in 3rd or 4th grade

These next 3 pictures made me laugh. Butch and Leo. I have no idea what the conversation was about. Butch tells stories about his mother not being able to talk without her hands. Hmmm, Imagine that?

 Keri and part of Sue Durlam Lucht

Toward the end of the evening- winding down.

Sunday, October 7

Putting Jefferson on the Map

Very interesting article and good news for many. I think perhaps our property value might increase considerably if it all comes to pass as expected.

How young Iowans in one small town could land jobs paying $75,000

Tomorrow's Child

 These poems moved me.

Ray Anderson's 2009 TED talk about his mission for his company, Interface Carpets, to climb Mt Sustainability towards mission zero - zero environmental impact by 2020. Ray sadly died just recently, but he shared in his quietly inspiring talk a poem by Interface employee Glenn Thomas about the person who will suffer unless we are responsible for our actions today.

 Tomorrow's Child

Without a name, an unseen face,
and knowing not your time or place,
Tomorrow's child, though yet unborn,
I met you first last Tuesday morn.

A wise friend introduced us two.
And through his somber point of view
I saw a day that you would see,
a day for you but not for me.

Knowing you has changed my thinking.
For I never had an inkling
that perhaps the things I do
might someday, somehow threaten you.

Tomorrow's child, my daughter, son,
I'm afraid I've just begun
to think of you and of your good,
though always having known I should.

Begin, I will, to weigh the cost
of what I squander, what is lost,
if ever I forget that you
will someday come and live here too.
- Glenn Thomas

I also stumbled upon a recent tribute to Ray Anderson, also by Glenn Thomas, as a view back from the future from Tomorrow's Child.

When Love and Common Sense Combined
A Poem From Tomorrow’s Child

Because you cared so long ago
although you know you’d never know
If anything you’d do or say
would make a difference here today.

Though you saw you’d never see,
yet you cared so much for me;
An unknown name, a hidden face,
a future time and secret place.

And when you threw away your fear
like a tired souvenir,
And learned that being strong
meant admitting you were wrong

I marked that day with humankind
when love and common sense combined,
And to my benefit unfurled
a rich endowment for the world.
- Glenn Thomas