11/17/2009

Greetings from a soggy St. Louis…

It’s been raining for the last two days – so everything is a soggy mess. There is a bonus to camping in an “asphalt parking lot” – no mud when it rains – and the snow melts fast in the winter…

I have been following the story of the “Illinois prison eyed to house Guantanamo detainees” because the prison is located in my home town of Thomson, IL – it is a village of around 400 people so it is odd seeing it in the local, national and world news this week. Obama said he will have Guantanamo Bay closed down this coming January, so he needs a easy “turn-key” solution. It will be interesting to see if the federal government will purchase the prison from the state – my guess is that it will happen, but facilities in other states are also being considered.

John has been very busy – yesterday he worked all day at the RV park office – starting with opening the gates at 6:00am and ending with closing the gates at 10:00pm… John is scheduled to work on Thursdays, but swapped days with another employee because of his business trip to Milwaukee on Wednesday and Thursday. After work on Monday I stopped at Pappy’s BBQ and brought home two BBQ Pork platters with coleslaw and beans – was really good. The meat had a real nice smoky flavor to it…

Today John got ready for his trip, and other upcoming trips, by doing some shopping for travel sized toiletries and an organizer to put everything in. I received a nice LL Bean organizer for Christmas last year that we usually use, but we will be traveling separately for part of the Thanksgiving and Christmas holiday – so he got one for himself. Then he got his shirts ironed, clothes packed and e-tickets all printed out… He should be all set…

John then prepared a yummy meal with items we purchased at the Soulard Market on Saturday. He made sun dried tomato flavored linguine with mushroom shallot cream sauce and topped with large braised scallops – it was one of the best pasta dishes John has ever made – it was divine! I then cleaned the kitchen up and did lots of dishes…. I found that amonia based glass cleaner works well on cleaning the stove top – cut through the grease and leaves it all shiny without being abrasive.

Tomorrow morning I will be dropping him off at the airport around 4:30 am for his flight to Milwaukee where he will be attending a conference and going over what he needs to do for his new job. It will be a busy two days for him. While he is gone I get the RV to myself – a rare occurrence. I plan on turning every light in the motor home on, turning the propane (not electric) heat up to 74, sitting at his desk, playing with the ham radio and watching TV shows that John don’t like…. 😉 I plan on making a video with my iPhone and posting it tomorrow night so John can see what he is missing out on 😉

This coming weekend is our 12th anniversary. We don’t actually remember the exact date of the first time we meet – but generally agree that it was sometime around Thanksgiving. So we celebrate it the weekend before Thanksgiving each year. The traditional materials for a 12th anniversary is silk – so will have to find something creative.. there might be a Be-dazzler involved 😉

Not much else going on – the rain is coming down hard on the roof of the rv and Prince is sleeping on top of John’s leather coat on the couch… just a typical evening at home in the MoHo….

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