Wednesday, September 15, 2010

The Farmer's Wife - Southern Edition

We arrived safely yesterday afternoon. It was what I call an up-and-down flight, only a little over an hour and a half from Chicago's O'Hare Airport to Little Rock. At this point I must comment on O'Hare. In addition to being one of the world's busiest airports it is also one of the cleanest and most modern. Little Rock's airport is very nice also and it's greatest beauty is the fact that it's small and you can get in and out in a flash. O'Hare is HUGE and you must allow goo-gobs of time before your flight. I'm sad to say that I'm old enough to remember when O'Hare was nothing but a national guard air base and a race car speedway! Yeah, THAT OLD!

While we're housesitting for our friends and caring for their beautiful rescued Greyhounds we have the use of their cars, including a candy apple red metallic PT Cruiser convertible. Yes, a convertible. I'll have to say that I look adorable driving that car. And here's the beauty of the internet, I can paint that picture in your mind and you can believe it (or not!). Hey, a person has to be allowed their dreams, right? We'll in my dreams I look adorable.

Old, but adorable.

I'm going to mention once again the thought that geographical areas have a certain scent, I'll call it the eau-de-locale. For me, the south is an earthy mixture of sand and pine needles. Very distinctive. It's very strong in the Florida panhandle and in parts of Alabama. Perhaps because I live in the rural midwest I'm immune to the "eau". Perhaps it's a blend of corn stalks and cow manure. HA!

At this moment I'm sitting in my friends office looking out the window at her gorgeous magnolia tree. The leaves are the glossiest green, as if they'd been carefully polished in the middle of the night. The bloom pods are the most interesting large oval shapes with overlapping layers, reminiscent of the cap of an acorn.

Ah.... acorns. That brings me to the subject of winter. I'm thinking this is going to be a fearful winter. The squirrels back in Illinois are engaged in frenetic nut burying activities. Honestly, I've never seen anything like it. They act as if they're hopped up on drugs. Everyone is commenting on this activity. Stay tuned. The snowblower has fresh gas and is ready to go. Hopefully we can hold off the snow until after Thanksgiving.

Mom and I had tater tots with chili and cheese at the local Sonic drive-in. To wash it all down I had an orange Creamsicle shake. I raised my glass and made a toast to you. This evening I'll do the same with a Tanqueray and tonic at the local watering hole where we'll meet up with some friends.

I hope everything is well in your world. Thanks for taking time out of your busy day to visit with me. I always appreciate your company!

P.S. Sorry, no photos. I don't have the capability to load and process photos on this computer. I'll attempt to paint pictures with words.

12 comments:

Millicent said...

Glad you made it to Arkansas. If you like chili and cheese on your tots, then you'll love the chili and cheese fries in the Houston area at James' Coney Island. The dogs are darn good too - chili and cheese that's melted on a soft, warm bun. If you end up in our area, you have to try them ;)

Pamela said...

Sounds like you've gotten off to a great start. It sounds like such fun to get to house sit. Reminds me a little of the movie "The Holiday".
I am returning a toast to you with my own G & T tonight!

Pamela said...

I just noticed that the time on my post said "5:34". Don't know where that came from since it is 8:35. Hmmm.

techwriter said...

I grew up in Iowa, lived in NH and CA as an adult, currently live in TX. I know what you mean about the odors in the air. Iowa has a distinct factory odor that I never noticed when I lived there. In Texas, at least South Texas, the air is heavy with Gulf salt on a good day. BTW, the pictures painted with words are the best kind! :u)

Belle said...

You paint a beautiful picture.

Vee said...

And a delightful job you're doing with the word pictures, too. You know, you really do look adorable in that red convertible.

Now why is it that I've always known that each area has its own "eau de," but never gave it words? This is true of most things I know.

Oh dear. I don't like the sound of the squirrel activity around your corner. Wonder what the alamanac says... Geiger's proved true for last winter. Well, let's not borrow no trouble from tomorrow!

Keep having fun...

Terri said...

I think it is good for us to use our imaginations from time to time. This morning I got a little brain exercise. I think I looked adorable with my face scrunched up and and enjoying the picture in my mind of you in the convertible with your hair flowing back and a pretty scarf on your neck!

Steph said...

Just drive that convertible a little farther south and come visit the farm! lol.

Nedine Says said...

I also subscribe to the "eau-de-locale" philosophy. When we visited my son in Louisiana I loved the smell at our B&B. Tropical, sweet and exotic, at least to this NE Yankee !

Stickhorsecowgirls said...

Yes, I definitely could picture that chili and tater tots! lol
I do love the magnolia tree--grew up with one in our front yard and I especially loved the citrus scented blooms! Let us know when you are in AR and we'll meet up!

Thirkellgirl said...

We have been saying the same thing about the squirrels! We also predict the severity of our winter by the berries on the holly tree... and it's looking nasty to *us, but what do we know? Have fun!

ytsmom said...

I absolutely love chili-cheese tator tots! Taste the best and really bad for you.