Sunday, January 2, 2011

Shanghai'd in Indiana

This morning I woke Glen up and told him he needed to be ready to leave by 9:30 in the am.
He had no idea why, and I wasn't about to tell him.

I'd made plans for the whole day, unbeknownst to him.
In true Glenco fashion he said 'I'll try not to ruin your day.'
For those of you that don't know us in 'real life' - Glen is pretty much my polar opposite.  I'm hyper - he's mellow.  I get excited over everything, it takes a lot to impress him - I'm talky, he's quiet.

I had spontaneous fits of clapping and giddyness as I packed our lunch.
It may or may not have been the 'Bacon Lover's' Dietz and Watson turkey lunchmeat.

I got a bit gussied up.
I put on the necklace.
I only put on the necklace when I'm going somewhere - like a funeral, a wedding - or to see blogging friends.

It's not a fancy necklace, it's just somewhat fashionable - and that word is usually not used in the same sentence as my name.

We went to church y'all.
Glenco was quite surprised. 
In a long drawn out story that I shant share here, I haven't gone to church in about seven years.

photo from

After church, we parked at the Square and had our lunch.
I'm cheap like that - and I like my food better than most restaraunts.
I find no pleasure in spending $25 on a mediocre lunch.

None -  in like zero.
Did I mention the Bacon Lover's Turkey?
Did I mention the Peanut Butter Banana Bread??

photo by Cooking Light

Law - this stuff was good.
It's from Cooking Light - so it's semi-healthy.
There's even flaxseed meal in there.

Our next stop was the Barker Mansion in Michigan City, Indiana.

It's a mansion built in 1857 by a local millionaire industrialist.
One thing Glenco and I share is a love of old homes.
38 rooms of opulence.
Unfortunately we were unable to go in all of them.
And - unbeknownst to me - we weren't allowed to take photos either.

                            I got two before a post-menopausal woman stopped me dead in my tracks.
My first thought was that she needed moisturizer.*
After two minutes with the woman, I realized that she needed more than that - yea, her very soul needed moisturizer.

This was the butler's kitchen, and the spot I was busted.
I was so determined to show you photos of the interior that I kept taking pictures, with my camera hanging down....

Great shot huh?  Nice sleeve.

After a couple of gas station coffee's and a quick stop at a thrift store (Glenco likes thrifting too - he's just not really aware of it yet) - we were on the way to the next stop.

I really wanted to see 'True Grit' today - but don't you know - Glenco wasn't feelin' it.
And afterall, it was 'Glenco's Day' - so I didn't push the issue - although now I'm reallllly wishing we'd have gone.

Can I just say how happy I am that Jeff Bridges is enjoying a comeback?
I've loved him since 'Jagged Edge'.

So here I sit in this drafty old house, wrapped up in afghans, snuggling with a little banty chicken and typing away to you.  Glen has 'The Lawrence Welk Show' on, and I know it's just to get a rise out of me.
Dear Lord, I hope it's for that reason, and not that we've crossed that invisible line of oldness where we'd rather be in the house with chickens and blankets and Lawrence Welk than out among the English watching a movie.

* Tomorrow I will be speaking at the Lowell Garden Club - held at the Lowell Library - on Natural Skin Care - or 'Skin Care from the Kitchen' - at 6:30pm.
Would be great to meet some local blog readers!


  1. Jayme, I literally laughed out loud over that crossing the invisible line comment. What a wonderful day for you two. I love the pictures of the mansion-oh my. Gotta love the security, Barny Fife types. I love Jeff Bridges too--Jagged Edge--GREAT MOVIE!! :)

  2. LOVED IT, LOVED IT, LOVED IT, Jaym, dearest! that picture of a church where you went to church today? Glad you were able to go, btw!

    Loved your whole day that you gave Glenco...

    oh...and be sure to let us know if the Lawrence Welk Show was truly to just get a rise out of you! :-) That would be a hoot, if it wasn't, cuz I'm 61 and we definitely aren't playing Lawrence Welk around here. lol

    Love ya, Jaymers and am so glad you are baaaaaaccccckkkk!

  3. This post is a balm to my soul. For so many reasons, but mostly for your first photo and your last line.

    ps - Before bed, C-ster asked, "Is the Coop Keeper coming this week?"

    Just thought you should know. Methinks we need to reschedule jammy day.

  4. I would have gone to see True Grit with ya. My hubs won't go either. Sounds like you had a great day!

  5. Jaym, of all the things you know about me, I bet you didn't know that I also enjoy Lawrence Welk. Me of all people. Enjoyed the blog as always. So is there a church inside the courthouse? Give me a buzz tomorrow k? Love ya.

  6. So... did Bobby and Cissy put in an appearance while Lawrence was on? I must say, even my parents didn't watch Lawrence Welk but I watched many an episode with my grandparents.

    Sounds like you had a fantastic day. I really like the stealth pictures ;)


  7. You & Glen sound just like me & dug. Polar opposites! Somehow, it works. I always say "he drives me crazy...and, he drives me crazy."
    We saw True Grit on Christmas day. It is good. I think you would like it!
    Is his name really Glenco or is that your nickname for him?
    XO, Cheryl

  8. Jaybird, Did you go to your old church or a new one? Glad you and Glen had a good day. I really love our courthouse don't you? Keep the tales a comin. Cyn

  9. happy happy joy joy I am so glad you are back. I am on my way home in the ayem from my hot anniversary weekend! ha I did see True Grit on Christmas Day and I LOVED it! I am a huge Jeff Bridges fan... Big Lebowski! "The Dude" makes me happy.
    Your lunch looks fantastic. We decided today that no restaurant is as good as home cooking. I had an unusual version of lasagna and not in a good way!
    I love the sneaky pictures and I think I know a few who need moisturizer on their souls!!
    I saw a sign today that made me think of you...a hen is only an egg's way of making another egg. Silly! Glad you are back woman!!

  10. What a wonderful day you had. I want to see that movie also but hubs does not go to the movies. I might have to get someone else to volunteer to go with me. My friends and I got busted taking pictures at a crafts fair. The thing is we were not wanting to copy the design at all just wanted to show someone a picture of this sweatshirt made into a cute jacket. So glad to be able to come visit with you again.

  11. You are so funny! I had to laugh out loud! Glad to see a pic of Glenco. I was beginning to think you either made him up or he was actually part of the flock! You guys sound just like my husband and me.That Lawrence Welk thing could get a little scarey, so I'd keep an eye on it!

  12. What a great date! Happy New Year.

  13. I have Crazy Heart and it's ALL his fault. Jeff that is.

  14. I am so glad you are back. Blogland just got a little brighter again.

  15. I've missed you so! As I have taken some time off also. But my favorite line is "spend $25 on a mediocre lunch". I feel the same way!! I do love cooking, and can cook pretty well...But I have a big wish for this year-- to learn more about my chickens. So, I will be tuning in here often to re-read some older posts. You are so fun, wish I could come to the skin care meeting :)
    Becky C
    Buckets of Burlap

  16. I can't think of a better place to get shanghai'd. Your day sounds fabulous!

  17. I have not had regular computer access for over 8 months....until last week! It was interesting to see what blogs I really missed reading and I just had to tell you that YOU are on that list. So glad you are still here telling your story! Happy 2011...I am so ready to leave 2010 behind. I am grateful for the lessons but ready to embrace a new year. I look forward to reading more about your adventures!

  18. What a great idea - to kidnap your husband and take him on an all day date. I like that. Perhaps I'll try that this next weekend. (I've been wanting to see that movie, too and I know my man will!)

    Wish I could hear you speak tomorrow! I know it will be FAB!!

    P.S. So glad you got to worship corporately today!

  19. I think we may have a few more years before we cross the invisible line, but I think we are inching towards it. My mom used to watch Lawrence and I thought it was so corny. Now I look and think,"Oh, see how nice the ladies were dressed and how neat and put together they were...."

    I sound JUST like my mom.

  20. Your little ditty's are just preciouis! May you have a blessed Monday!

  21. Too bad I have a child and no sitter!! would stop in to say hello...jan

  22. out among the English, lol! You had a busy day, we took down trees then did the old person thing, sit like stones and watched the History Channel/Googled on the laptop. Each in our own corner, we dallied the day away. It was the perfect Sunday!

  23. What a great idea to just kidnap your hubby and spend a day surprising him. I'm sure he'll like thrifting in no time. ;-)
    I'm glad you're back!

  24. Okay- I read the whole post- and loved it...but I have to tell you- you are probably the only other person I know that even ever heard of the movie Jagged Edge. It is probably one of my all time favorite movies...(wish I could make a letter go up in the air here cuz you would get that). It is one movie I have watched many times...and I keep wanting the ending to change cuz I soooo loved the guy!

    I am so happy to see you back here-love your sense of humor-love you too~ Hugs- Diana

  25. I'd take your home-packed lunch any day over restaurant food. It's true.
    Speaking of the Lowell Garden Club, are you on The Walk this year? Are you getting spring fever yet? I got my first little inkling when I opened one of the many seed catalogs that are showing up in my mailbox on a regular basis. It's the zinnia photos that get me everytime. Did I tell you I actually tried to over winter some of my zinnias? Did I also tell you that my hubby flipped the breaker in the greenhouse thinking it would just turn off the ventilation fan, but it also turned off the heater? Um, hello. All we lost were the impatiens, thank goodness. Boy, would he have been in the doghouse bigtime if everything had gone to the great compost heap in the sky.
    I miss ya, DJ! Can't wait to lay my eyes on ya for reals sometime in two oh eleven!

  26. Ok, I love everything about this post. Everything. Are those kneecaps on the chicken drawing. LMBO!!!! Please, please sell these!

  27. what a nice day! i love it that you are giddy and excited... don't lose it! sounds like you impressed glenn despite himself, ha ha. have a beautiful week!

  28. Sounds like such a great outing. I think I'm ready to kidnap my husband and do something similar. Anyhoo... I'm with Teresa, I have spring fever too and am going nuts with the seed catalogs!

  29. Yippee! You are back! Love you post and sounds like a great date day! :)

    What does 'the' necklace look like? Photos please! - legal ones of course! - lol...

    Happy 2011!

  30. We (or) Mun got busted out taking pics at the Sci-Fi museum in Seattle & also photographed at hip level! Klaatu barada nikto!

  31. One day at a time--this is enough. Do not look back and grieve over the past for it is gone; and do not be troubled about the future, for it has not yet come. Live in the present, and make it so beautiful it will be worth remembering.
    Lawrence Welk was always on my grandparent's television set when I would visit them.
    Hee Haw was always on my parent's.
    Mad Men, Weeds and The Tutors are on mine.
    I would have gone to see True Grit with you Damn Jaym, I mean Dame Jaym. We could have made it a double feature and seen The Little Falkers afterwards.
    Just remember, my friend, you can't change the past, but you can ruin the present by worrying about the future.


  32. I love love love the movie Jagged Edge! I even remember who I was with at the movie theatre!! I just watched it with my two sons. I forgot how bad the language was, but how the plot is amazing!


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