Thank you for all your wonderful kind comments
about my sister Susan's visit
for my sore back.
I'd like to report that we had a
albeit too short AND my back is much better.
Three days before Sue left for home
my favorite SIL ;)
took Sue and I on a road trip.
Donna loves taking the 'back roads'
and so do I so we
had a wonderful time driving
the country roads around our part of Kansas.
We saw lots of old barns
and wonderful rolling hills
which I just can't get enough of.
Where Sue lives in Manitoba Canada
it looks very much like this.
It's funny though...
when you see it in a different country
it takes on a more intriguing look!
Why is that?
We had a destination.
We were heading to a little town
neither Donna or I had seen before...
The name said it all for me.
There had to be HILLS around
this little town for it to be called
Hillsboro don't you think?
Well turned out that there were no
hills in town!
That didn't stop us from checking out
the antique store and gift shop
while we were there
and we even
bought a few things.
From there we headed to the little town
Well guess what...
Marion has HILLS!
Not only did it have hills
it had at least 6 antique shops!
A few weren't opened that day but
we still managed to check out 4
I think and even brought home a few things.
What a sweet town.
If you ever get the chance to visit
Marion you won't be disappointed.
I wished we could have looked around
the town a bit more
we had reservations in the
country and didn't want to be late
so off we went.
We drove some pretty 'backwoods'
country roads on our way to
We were headed to the
near Benton Kansas
which is about 15 minutes east of
Now this isn't just a place to eat....
When the weather is right this is a real treat.
First you can go for an
*old time wagon ride
*walk the beautiful grounds
*watch old time cowboy movies
*check out props from TV shows like
Bonanza...Gunsmoke...Roy Rogers and Dale Evans.
When the BELL rings (triangle dinner bell) for supper
you head into this room below.
On one side of the table is chairs
on the other is benches
and everyone eats together.
When you get in there the tables already have
water and coffee pots filled with hot coffee.
They were just setting up when I got this photo
Then they start bringing in the food.
Each plate is brought in loaded up with
*new baked potatoes
*BBQ'D beef brisket
*home-made baked beans
And if that isn't enough they come around
and with pots and load you up with
more if you have room!
to top it all off....
Apple Crisp with ice cream.
What is really fun about all this food
serving is that the nights entertainment
is part of the staff that serves you the food!
Once the food is all eaten and the tables
are cleared off the entertainment begins.
We caught one of the last regular
performances before their
Christmas show began
so we got
the old time cowboy
favorites that a lot of us remember
Prairie Rose Ranglers
What was really exciting for us
is that the woman second from the right
is a friend of ours who runs a
in the little town we live near.
She's a real sweet heart.
They did a Patsy Cline show
last summer that brought tears
to many eyes when Kim sang
the show was over at 9:30
and we headed back home to put our
sweats on and sip a cooler before bed.
We had a
Sue...thanks for coming to visit us.
Can't wait to see you again.
I hope you all have a wonderful week...
have fun preparing for
and I will
to you before then.
It's good to be back.