I've had a remarkably busy and social weekend thus far. It's been wonderful; I'm definitely in need of some quiet time and some work time today. I slept horribly Friday night, so woke up bleary yesterday. I had a quiet morning reading and doing a bit of work. Then I got antsy and said we needed to go on a drive. We headed off, wending our way through cornfields on county roads. The day was gorgeous, and it felt nice to be out in the green fields. I wish I'd brought my camera, but I made do with my phone.
A church near Parkville, I believe.
We passed a row of telephone poles with these black bands. Ernie mused that they might be in mourning.
Maybe an old general store? Complete with gas pump, in Bourbon, Illinois.
A few of the remains of what used to be Rockome Gardens. Sad to see these pieces overgrown and neglected. It's a wildlife park now, and these delightful little things are not the focus anymore.
We toddled home, planning to smoke a pork tenderloin. I think the weekend caught up with me though, so I suggested the guys have pizza. Of course, I ended up cooking for myself anyway, so we really should have gone with our initial plan. I sauteed a piece of mahi-mahi, well kind of over-sauteed but what the hell, and then threw spinach and what I thought was a banana pepper in the pan with it and sprinkled some flaxseed and slivered purple cabbage on top. Turns out it was a very HOT pepper, a bit too hot for what I was going for, but overall still pretty wonderful. Oh, and there's just a tiny piece or two of avocado because I seem to be going through an avocado drought of late. They're too hard when I get them and when they're softened they're half bad. Just when I'd convinced myself that the key to perfect avocados is just to buy and eat them regularly. Oh well.
The guys enjoyed the pizza, and as always, I stole one piece of sausage. We watched a little tv. I was too tired to even mess with the pictures I'd taken. Watched the beginning of SNL and realized I was WAY too tired. I left Ernie with the tv and drifted off to bed. Slept like a ROCK.