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Oh Give me a home.... Where the Buffalo roam..... 
Jun. 18, 2012 4:04 pm 
Updated: Jun. 25, 2012 7:25 pm
Tonight I find myself in a place I haven't been very much lately.  Home.  Home sweet home.  Jon is out of town, nothing pressing is happening at Mi Rancho, the Mexican Restaurant, and Mother Ann is home alone.  As home alone as one can get with a lab, 2 cats, a kitten, 2 birds, and an iguana.  After work I had one of my great gab sessions with my best pal, Tawnia.  We had iced tea and tollhouse pie on the porch.  How we manage to eat and drink and talk all at the same time I'm not sure, but we're pros at it. 

Things are beginning to run smoothly at the restaurant and our presence is not needed near as much as it was in the beginning.  After our late-night alcohol online testing sessions with all of the servers last Thursday and Friday - we haven't been needed.  To get a break on our liquor liability insurance all the servers needed to take an online lesson/exam about alcohol and the serving of alcohol.  Our insurance lady said she was pretty sure we could find it in Spanish; which is pretty important given the fact that all our servers are Mexican and do not understand English well enough to read and take a test in it.  Well... the woman was wrong - it is not offered in Spanish for the state of Ohio!  So, first we had Federico take the test as he is the most proficient in English. We read and explained in other words that which he could not understand.  He passed with a 95%!  Then, we read it to the other servers and Federico helped to translate for them.  Everyone passed, but by the end of Friday night's session (which ended around 10:30 pm) I was almost hoarse from talking so much.  We're hoping the liquor license arrives within the next two weeks. Or sooner.    We started our weekly Tuesday Cruise-Ins.  We have a DJ and local car enthusiasts bring their classic cars to show off and try to win prizes.  The first one went fairly well considering we didn't do much advertising.  Now that the word is out on the streets, I expect many more cars to show up tomorrow.

This weekend was spent pretty much at home.  I had a Father's Day picnic on Saturday. Turned out to be an excellent decision to have it a day early as it rained on Sunday!  I fixed Italian sausages with peppers and onions, potato salad, veggies and dip, fresh fruit,  Banana Split Ice Cream Pie, and tollhouse pie.  Jon's dad, my mom and dad, and daughter Kristal and her husband Jake all came.  We missed Steve - 1,400 miles is a bit too far to travel for a picnic. 

Tomorrow is my last day of work for the summer and I'm beginning to miss Steve. He's in South Dakota. Where the buffalo roam.  Well, they roam in the parks anyhow.   When he was in college, he'd be home for the summer and his summer job was a Monday-Thursday work week. That meant we had Friday's for mother/son bonding time since I don't work in the summer.  I guess I'll have to fill my Friday bonding time with time spent with the "adopted" grandkids.  I'm sure they won't mind. 

Big Buffalo in S.Dakota
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Jun. 18, 2012 4:46 pm
buffalo also roam on Ted Turner's ranches.
Jun. 18, 2012 5:49 pm
Our closest child is 80 miles away with two of the granddaughters. The other is almost 300 miles with the other grand daughter. The bright side? Peanut butter lasts longer. ... It does get lonesome and quiet even when we think we are used to it. Maybe we should occupy ourselves with more roundups!
Jun. 18, 2012 5:58 pm
Mother Ann-I still have my son at home and my daughter is just 20 minutes away. I would really miss my kids if they didn't live near me. When my son goes to Denver over the weekend to visit his fiancee' I miss him. I know that day is coming when my son will be married and probably move to Denver. For now, I spoil my son-fixing him desserts and pizza.
Jun. 18, 2012 6:08 pm
Mike, I like your thinking! :) Some days it's so quiet here and yet others it is crazy. And now my peanut butter lasts forever; Steve could eat half a jar in one sitting!
Jun. 18, 2012 6:10 pm
Lela, my daughter is very close to us. I'm glad she is - we get to see her often. In fact tomorrow she'll be with us. :)
Jun. 18, 2012 7:57 pm
Aaahhhh, a day with nothing to do but gab, drink iced tea and eat tollhouse pie. Now, that's living the good life! But, I know what you mean. Sometimes, I think the Grandkids help keep us young! And, then there are those Round Ups!
Jun. 18, 2012 8:03 pm
LOLOLOL! Well, mine is back home and there are no grandkids but I remember how it was when mine was gone. Thank heavens for the furballs since all my friends seem to live far away :) Glad to hear the restaurant is doing well!
Jun. 19, 2012 3:12 am
Candice - I do cherish those "empty" moments - they are far and few between and really not so empty! I'm anxiously awaiting the next round up I can attend.
Jun. 19, 2012 3:13 am
Cat Hill - Those furballs are great, aren't they? My newest furball, Amigo, has discovered paper surfing. He "steals" a section of newspaper ad, pushes it across the floor, jumps on it, and slides thru the living room. It looks like a blast! LOLOL
Jun. 19, 2012 10:26 am
You may already know this, but if you need to translate documents from or into Spanish, Google has a fairly accurate translator. My son and grands are 3,000 miles away and 1 daughter in England, so I do understand the missing part, but the other 3 are close enough to pop in whenever. Now if they would just have grandchildren...
Jun. 19, 2012 10:46 am
My son and daughter in law have talked about moving to Tampa to be near her family. I told her if she was moving to try and get away from me she could guess again. If they go, I follow! The are still here.
Jun. 19, 2012 10:50 am
Courage to you Mother Ann! My folks live in California and my family and I are off on the far flung Greek island of Crete so I feel where you are coming from. Good for you in finding a way to help your staff meet the challenge - in California Spanish is the official second language so it isn't an issue there. As for Amigo, I sure wish I was light enough to surf on paper! I do remember riding flattened cardboard boxes down the hill of hay stubble as a child (southern California ranch sledding) and it most certainly was a blast!!! Walking up again was a chore but the thrill was worth it. Maybe you should take a little break and go visit Steve in So. Dakota... before the government sells Mount Rushmore to the Chinese :) http://victoriakingvoreadi.iguanabooks.com/
Jun. 20, 2012 3:34 am
BSM: I use that google translator all the time, it is a big help. Hubby also has an app on his phone that's fairly decent. The problem with this test was that it was over an hour long with 7 lessons. Part was reading, part was listening.
Jun. 20, 2012 3:35 am
covergirl - that is funny,and glad it's worked! :)
Jun. 20, 2012 3:41 am
Vicky - Your California ranch sledding sounds like fun. I did plenty of sledding when I was a kid, but yours sounds pretty cool! Steve plans on coming back to visit this winter and we plan on going out next summer, so I just have to be patient. His work hours are such that going out now we'd rarely see him (noon - 10 pm)so we'll wait until he has some vacation time. He is currently living with my sister and brother-in-law so I know he's alright, and that gives me a lot of comfort. Though, I'll say I feel sorry for my sister having to live with her nephew and husband together (they're like 2 peas in a pod and can think up all sorts of trouble!) ;)
Jun. 23, 2012 9:19 am
Aaawe, MotherAnn, it's hard when the kids fly the coop! I'll bet you are happy to see him become independent and, if I remember correctly, there is solace knowing your sister is there. And that was a creative way to get something done with the testing! Where there is a will there is a way!
Jun. 24, 2012 4:17 am
Hi mickdee! We just received word that we are saving 15% on the liquor liability insurance by having them all take that test! I'm finding there are many emotions when the kids leave the next - it's a newfound sense of freedom, but also a little sad, and everything inbetween.
Jun. 24, 2012 6:17 am
Newspaper sledding or shredding? :) Bane is doing his best imitation this week of a conehead. We had an incident here that got him sent to the vet. I have excellent news to report on local wineries that I will have to email you all about!
Jun. 24, 2012 7:38 am
Glad to here your restaurant is doing well, sounds like a fun place! I'd be a customer for sure if I lived closer :) I'd love to get out to South Dakota to see my step-daughter, she's been out there for about 6 years and we've never been. I've planned a fantasy trip, there is so much to see and do... someday!
Jun. 25, 2012 1:53 pm
Cat - it is sledding. LOL My old cat, Bozzie has a nasty abscessed tooth and is on antibiotics right now, and Thursday is having some teeth pulled and others cleaned. Hope Bane is doing OK?
Jun. 25, 2012 1:58 pm
Wyattdogster - you do need to get out to SD, it is so wonderful out there - and where your step-daughter and my son are is right where there is soooo much to do!
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Mother Ann

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About Me
I've been married for 32 years, and live in Ohio. We have a daughter who is married and lives nearby. Our son graduated from college and moved to South Dakota. He has his own place but still goes to visit my sister and brother-in-law and have dinner with them occasionally. We have a black lab that gets to go duck hunting with dad, 2 cats, 2 cockatiels. We own a Mexican restaurant and are learning alot about the food industry. I love to eat, go camping, read, spend time with family and friends, watch movies, and drink wine; not necessarily in that order.
My favorite things to cook
I love to bake - anything chocolate is fine with me. Seafood, chicken dishes and slow-cooker fare.
My favorite family cooking traditions
My husband and I enjoy cooking together with wine. We pop open a bottle of wine and get cooking. :-)
My cooking triumphs
Whenever I can put together a meal that gets many compliments and leaves the diners satisfied is a triumph in my book! I love to cook meals for family and friends.
My cooking tragedies
When I was first married we had my grandparent's-in-law over for a pot roast dinner. The meat came out great, but the potatoes and carrots were still half raw. My husband's grandfather went to cut his fork into a carrot and it flew off his plate. He looked at me, winked, and said he loved his carrots that way!
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