Adventures in Dining

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When one travels the same route multiple times a year for many years, one tends to know where to stop for each meal. However, when one alters the start time by five hours, one must find new eating establishments.

A simple search of “best places to eat in (insert name of city) on the phone yields choices one would never discover on their own.

Hungry for some barbecue? Check out Watson’s Barbecue inside the Tucumcari Ranch Supply store in Tucumcari, New Mexico. Soon Google maps calmly gave directions that led us right to the store. We had to laugh at the sign as we parked.

Opening the door found us in another world. If there is something you need, you can find it here. It’s not just a ranch supply store.

We followed the signs to find the barbecue spot. Soon our order was placed. While we waited, the owner came out with warm samples of green chili apple cobbler. It was quite good! Lunch arrived and we filled up on Frito pie (chili over Fritos) and a barbecue brisket sandwich. All meals included a cookie for dessert, so we had no room for the cobbler. Watson’s Barbecue did quite a bit of carry-out business while we ate.

Then it was time to get back on the road. Gallup, New Mexico was our destination for the night. We were able to return to 505 Burgers for dinner. I wrote about this burger place here.

The next day we were again looking for someplace for lunch.  Google found another fun place. Think Eagles song and here are a  few lyrics to remind you, “standing on the corner in Winslow, Arizona . . ” Yes, we were at that corner because there’s a restaurant on the corner too, the Sipp Shoppe.

Green chili chicken soup was the soup of the day. Spicy, but oh so gooood! Another winner in our book of where to eat while traveling down Highway 40. In fact, we ate there on the return trip too.

Sometimes it does a body good to get out of the usual routine.


It Started with a Thread

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I glanced down at the sleeve edge of my knitted sweater, something didn’t look right. Investigating further by comparing my two sleeves, I discovered that my left sleeve was beginning to come apart at the seam. This would not do! I must fix this! Perhaps this sweater came with a bit of its cottony yarn. I set off to check my stash of threads, which were in the same drawer as all the extra button packets I’ve been collecting for years.

There was no way I would be able to find the thread quickly in the overstuffed bag I’d been storing everything related to clothes repairs in. The time had come to reorganize this mess.img_1194


How many times do you actually use that extra button that comes with your clothes? I must say, rarely is my experience. So, I collected all the button and thread packets and began my search for the thread for my sweater.

I decided to consolidate my buttons into one container. First I attacked all that were in paper. Next came the plastic zip-locked bags. They were a pain to open, so I snipped them with my scissors.

Big buttons, small buttons, colorful buttons, cloth covered buttons, metal buttons, and more rained down into my container. It reminded me of my grandmother’s button tin. I remembered how as a child I loved to run my hands through the buttons. There were a few unique buttons that brought back memories of various shirts or vests. Most of them I img_1189img_1191puzzled over what clothing item they were once a part of. I discovered that there were several packets of shimmery minuscule beads. Wonder what they were from, I don’t wear much with sparkles.

After an hour of emptying and sorting, I did not find a thread that was a match to my sweater, however, I did find one that would do. Hopefully, my stitching will ward off any further raveling.


My container of buttons. No more packets of buttons for me!



Some women just look like they have it all together. Their hair is perfectly coiffed, their make-up is flawless, their clothes are stylish, AND they wear a scarf with flair. (Picture a scarf draped on the shoulder with a stylish knot or pin.) As I grew up I wanted to be one of those women. I called them scarf ladies. Somehow I could never get it all together at one time.

My hair always had some stray piece sticking out at the wrong angle (probably due to several cowlicks). I never did master the art of eyeliner, so I gave up on make-up altogether (I do use a bit of blush, when I remember). I ironed my clothes, but they always looked like I slept in them. As for a scarf, ha! I tried it once and felt ridiculous (besides feeling like an impostor). I resigned myself to not being a scarf lady.

Until one river cruise I met a scarf lady. She shared some of her scarf secrets with me. A flicker of hope was ignited. Could I wear a scarf and not look ridiculous?

Cautiously I entered the world of scarves. I discovered that I liked the long ones, not the squared versions. I began to loop and drape and twist and knot. I studied mannequins in stores, I even undid the scarf to learn the secret. I had a new quest, learn all the moves to change the look of the scarf.

There was one look that I could not replicate. It looked like a basket weave, but I never had the opportunity to study it until I was trapped in a meeting room. There was the scarf I needed to study, at the table next to me! My eyes followed the flow of

Here's the result of my study. It's not anything new, but I couldn't figure it out before.

Here’s the result of my study. It’s not anything new, but I couldn’t figure it out before.

material up, down, over until I knew the way. I couldn’t wait to get home and try it out. Success!

I love to wear scarves now, but I’ll never be one of the “scarf ladies” who is perfectly put together. I’m okay with that.