Saturday was one of the better days that I’ve had in a while. Not that my other days are particularly bad it was just that this one was especially good. It started off with some good ol’ manual labor. For you people who work hard for a living that’s kind of strange to say, but I work with people all day. One of the most frustrating things about that is the lack of concrete results. I may preach on a Sunday morning and maybe someones life was changed in some way but I can’t bank on hearing about it later. When you spend 8 hours building a desk, something exists afterward that didn’t before and that can be incredibly rewarding. So I spent the morning digging a trench and running some wire and conduit for the lamp post in our front yard. There is this lamp that used to run off of gas (still had the line attached and everything) and I decided that I wanted to convert it to electric. So I got started one that project which, rain forecast providing, I’ll finish on Monday.
Meanwhile Katie was at an English Tea Party held by Phyllis Shirk, someone originally from Pleasant Valley who, along with her husband, are working as missionaries in England. After Katie came back home from a morning of fancy snacks and tea, we loaded up and headed to Wichita. It’s interesting, when you move away for a couple of years, the things that you miss. For some reason, Carlos O’Kellys was one of those things that we missed. Specifically a dish called Pasta Diablo. It’s fantastic, you should try it sometime. Katie and I think a lot a like sometimes and are pretty un-original so we usually order two of the same thing. You can make fun of us all you want but it was still great.
After a lunch of too much pasta and chips and salsa, we headed over to Lowes. This is where the real fun begins. In our move, Katie and I have been planning a variety of larger purchases that we wanted to buy as we were able. So this week the U.S. government gave us the money back that we loaned them over the course of last year….so we thought we’d give it to Lowes. We got some new lighting for the kitchen cabinets, some other odds and ends and the two big items; an upright deep freezer and a big shiny BBQ Grill. Katie had been dreaming of the freezer for quite a while now. It’s slightly less efficient than a conventional chest freezer but it’s layed out much better and all of the food will be accessible easily. I on the other hand have been dreaming of a nice BBQ Grill, probably since before I married Katie. And the wait was worth it.
We loaded them up and took started home in the borrowed truck. Of course, we stopped at Dillons first. Being the big strong man that I am I waited by our new toys so nothing happened to them while Katie went in. This is where my wife gets big points. When she comes back out she’s got a number of things including 3-4 stakes, pork chops, 3 chickens, and a full rack of pork spare ribs. Let me say it at the top of my lungs I LOVE MY WIFE!
So we headed back home and when we got there I, being the good husband, of course unloaded and unpacked the deep freeze first so it could start to cool. After that I got to work putting the new grill together. It was really a fantastic time working out on the porch in the back while listening to “Prairie Home Companion” on the radio. While I had been working on the grill, Katie had been working on putting together the rest of the supper which included fresh green beans, amazing mashed potatoes corn and a early season watermellon. When I got the grill together she brought me out one of the Mexican Cokes that we had stashed away (for explainations as to why that’s important, read the post about Pepsi Throwback) and I threw on a big beautiful T-bone steak that she had bought me.
So with the Wailing Jennys playing in the background we had the first truly great meal of the summer. It was truly a great day. As I sit here writing this I’m listening to Ray Charles playing in the background and watching the grill cook a chicken using the rotisserie unit that I set up and installed this afternoon. Katie’s at work, which means I’ll be taking her part of the chicken and the leftover vegetables from yesterday. Today’s shaping up to be pretty good, and tomorrows looking pretty good too.
And to top it all off, this was the view from our back porch. What a great sky we have here.