Just back from a busy but enjoyable trip to (and across) Missouri. Approximate timeline:
- arrived in Liberty on the 24th, then immediately went to Catherine’s grandmother’s house in Lee’s Summit for Christmas dinner. If I can fix a turkey dinner with Parker House Rolls and all the trimmings when I’m 92, I’ll be doing pretty well.
- took the train from Independence to Kirkwood to visit Joe & Katie, Catherine’s brother and sister-in-law.
- stayed in ye olde cheesye Cheshire Inn in St Louis, which is a hilariously fakey (but pretty good) “old” hotel.
- took Amtrak back to Independence.
- did the necessary shopping rounds in Liberty: LaMar’s Donuts, clothes shopping at Feldman’s Farm & Home (aka The Feed Store), and browsing books at By The Book on the square.
- had lunch at the incomparable Englewood Café in Independence.
- went to see Carlyle’s art exhibit downtown, which turned more into performance art, as the gallery was closed.
- hung out with Catherine’s high-school friends in Westport, and had the importance (and usefulness) of dry “bible highlighters” explained to me by Carl. Then we ate at the Jerusalem Café.
… and now we’re home.