Happy Birthday to me…even if I fell on my butt!
Not only if I’m just playing a game of gin or if it’s only a curb, it was high enough to set me down on my knee today and a short roll. I now have matching bandages on my right leg! I was just trying to get into line at the Iowa State Fair…someone didn’t want me getting the Cattlemen’s prime rib sandwich. Waited and waited on First Aid…thank goodness for the restaurant worker who carried bandages in her apron! And darn if I didn’t get my funnel cake before a long limp back to the vehicle to escape back to the camper and an ice bag!
As for the beginning of this story, the Iowa State Fair beats Indiana and Illinois ten-fold. Their tram is FREE! My first idea was to take in the sculpture park and river walk downtwon, the Iowa State House, and hit Yelp’s top rated Italian restaurant, Centro’s…should have gone with Plan A! I did get to see a live Elk…hated it was in captivity. And the biggest bull weighing in at 3048lbs. Mr. Jer’s nickname, The Farmer, got to sit in the tractor. Their 4H building was the best I’d ever seen! They are serious about it in Iowa and amazing craftsmanship from young people with woodworking, photography, sewing, etc. I was drawn to the fairy gardens thinking back how much fun I had with fairies and my grandchildren.
Back campside with my ham sandwich and a glass of wine. CHEERS! We pull out in the morning, leaving Des Moines for the second time. Traveling eastward to the Mississippi River, a tad closer to South Bend, IN to visit my sister and cheer on the opening Notre Dame game.
Earlier in the week, we hit on one of the numerous bike trails in this area. There are over 80 miles just in this county alone. Mr. Jer made it to Des Moines cityscape one day (25 miles round trip) and that was my plan on our outing. Almost, just not quite the distance but the scenery was beautiful. Watching the blue heron fight off the red headed buzzard. Had a picnic pond side. Met some serious riders…one of which was a lady in her early 70’s who had just had a stint surgery two weeks prior. She was a spin cycle instructor who felt tired…saying, “I know why now!” Neighbors pretty quiet. Did met a sweet couple from Minneapolis who had just retired and we’re trying it on the road in their new Retro trailer. Got the tour….oh what I’d give for that walk around bed with underneath storage!
So it’s back to my birthday celebration. No funnel cake…not even a piece of that wonderful Minot lemon jello cheesecake my mom would make! I’m living my dream and no matter which birthday it is, where I am for my birthday, I’m still happy as can be! A few moments this week thinking this is pretty tiny living…but that quickly fades when I think about where I came from and where I am going. Nothing we are really lacking and I always feel the luckiest lady alive married to my best friend ever. We make this all work together and to be able to live out a dream together makes any little fuss about something turn into more hugs and kisses. Minus the bummed up knee…nothing a little homeopathy Arnica cream won’t cure, I’d really have to say, “all is good!” Catch you on the Mississippi! ~cozygirl
P.S. THE fam! It’s the day we left ONE month ago this last Wednesday. One of many anniversaries…one where we miss them kids so much but one we know they are happy as a peach we’re living our dream! xxoo