Just writing a quick message this Labor Day weekend. As I mentioned in one of my previous posts, I am at home (Nebraska) this weekend for the Steele Reunion (mom's side). Tonight is our annual cream can cookout. Not sure if an explanation is needed but here it is, just in case: we stuff home grown sweet corn (on the cob), potatoes, cabbage, carrots, onion, and brats in an old fashioned "cream can"/milk can. (stands about 3 feet tall) Then fill the cream can with Schlitz beer and set it on an open flame to steam the contents YUM!! and we watch the Husker's game. I know, I know, sounds pretty "hickish" but we love these times. I wouldn't change it for the world. We usually play horse shoes and of course several different card games before we head to the bonfire to roast some marshmallows and make smores.
Tomorrow we will all gather for a potluck lunch where my grandmother makes her famous mashed potatoes and homemade chicken and noodles along with many other goodies. We usually visit with everyone, shoot some skeet/(blue rock), play with the giant sling shot/water balloons, and just hang out playing "polish horse shoes," croquet, and other games. Scary stories, hot dogs, polish sausages, and of course more smores around the fire later in the evening.
On Monday we have a big outdoor breakfast with all the fix'ns, cooked on our family's collection of electric griddles. Then everyone begins taking down their tents, packing up their campers/RVs, and parting ways until next year. *8^( I will get to see most of them again around Thanksgiving and Christmas, because the holidays are always huge scheduled get togethers in my family. We try to get as many people back as possible.
We have had beautiful weather out here recently, not too hot......sitting right around the high 70's. To the point that I have to wear a sweatshirt in the evenings. Love this weather!!
I continue to occupy my time with work and looking at graduate courses/GRE studies. I stay in contact with my adopted soldiers, though I haven't heard back from them, (which is understandable). I am also a member of the Cards Plus and Letter Writing Team with "Soldier's Angels", so I send several letters/packages out each week for different individuals in the service. I volunteer in the Craig Hospital Rehab/Therapeutic Recreation Department, take Bex, (my mutt), to visit the kiddos at Children's Hospital or the folks at Golden Pond Assisted Living and otherwise just try to keep up with my day to day activities.
There is nothing really new and exciting to tell you all but I wanted to get a note off since I committed to updating this every so often. I hope you are all safe and well. Take care. Lindsay
Shaye's Story (written by her mother, Teresa)
6 years ago