After we visited that big hole in the ground and Mommy wouldn’t let me have my stick, we drove and drove some more. There was snow falling out of the sky so it was cold! I was glad to snuggle into my little bed and let Mommy and Auntie Debbie drive the House-that-comes-with-us-in-the-car. We drove to a city with lots and lots of cars and trucks on the road with us! It wasn’t snowing when we got to the city. It was warm again! I was really happy to be where it was still summer.
The maps on Mommy’s phone got us lost again but we finally found the camping place where Mommy’s brother had found a spot for us to stay. It is called Usery Park and it was beautiful, but the trees had lots of stickers on them! Mommy said that they were called Cactus! They were big! Mommy said that I had to be careful when I was walking around because there are scorpions and rattlesnakes! I don’t know what those are, but Mommy said they would make me really sick if I get stung or bit by one of them. So I was really careful and listened to Mommy when she said to stay by her!
After we got settled into our camping spot, Uncle Lyle came to get us in his car. It is just a regular car without a house in it. He drove us to his house and I got to see Susie and Maria again! They are Mommy’s nieces and they came to visit us at our Old House! I like them and was happy to see them again. I also got to meet my Auntie Karin! She is also really nice! We spent lots of days visiting them and they even came to our camping spot for dinner and a campfire one of the nights. They have a Kitty! I have never seen a Kitty before but Mommy said I have to learn to Get Along with Kitties! I don’t know why but I will try! That Kitty made lots of funny noises.
Uncle Lyle and Auntie Karin also have a little dog named Sammy! She is really cute but she was scared of me a little bit. I tried hard to Be Nice to her. She told me that you can Sit On your Mommy’s Lap! I have sat beside Mommy and I have sat on her feet but I did not know that you can Sit ON your Mommy! Sammy does it all the time and she says it is Very Comfy! I tried it and I LIKE IT! I will try to sit on my Mommy’s lap a lot! Mommy says it is not Comfy for her, but she will let me Sometimes!
Uncle Lyle gave me a toy but I accidently bit his head off! Uncle Lyle fixed it for me! He is very nice. Mommy said we will come visit this part of our family again!
Mommy and Auntie Debbie and I went to someplace called The Grand Canyon. It was a giant Hole in the Ground. The dog who dug that hole must have been HUGE! I wished I could dig a hole that big! Mommy won’t let me dig holes. I try to dig holes but she fills them in!
The Grand Canyon was really pretty but it was so cold! It was freezing and I had to wear my coat because I was Shivering! We stopped at a campground near there and spent the night. I was so cold that I climbed under Mommy’s covers. She turned the heater on in the House-that-Comes-With-Us-in-the-Car! There was a really fun doggy park there and I got to play with some toys but it was too cold to play outside for very long.
The next day, we drove up a really big hill and it was windy! Mommy said it was hard to keep the House-that-Comes-With-Us-in-the-Car on the road. After we drove and drove, Mommy took us to the Grand Canyon! It was fun to walk along the edge of it and look way down! Auntie Debbie took lots of pictures with her new camera!
I found a stick at the Grand Canyon and I wanted to bring it home with me. But Mommy said that you can’t take Anything out of a National Park, not even a stick for a little dog! I think that’s silly but Mommy said that, if I take a stick, and another dog takes a stick, and then another dog does the same thing, pretty soon, there won’t be any sticks left in the park. Mommy says it’s important to protect the park so that everyone to see how pretty it is! I guess she’s right. I left that stick there but I remember it. Maybe someday I’ll go back and see if it’s still there!
After we left the Grand Canyon and went back to our camping spot, it started to snow! I did not play in the snow because I do not like to have Cold Feet!
When I was a little girl, we would go to my grandparents’ house every Sunday for dinner and Grandma always wore an apron. Grandpa would often help Grandma in the kitchen and he would wear an apron too. They were good cooks. Delicious roasts, lovely fresh vegetables, and tasty baked goods always featured at those dinners.
My mother, on the other hand, was a horrible cook. Bland, over-salted, and boring meals permeated my childhood. Our family cookbook was called “Shades of Gray” before it was sexy! Part of the reason I love to cook now is because of the horrid meals I was forced to endure growing up. Mom never wore an apron.
For me, aprons mean that good food is going to happen. If I put on an apron, I am going to intentionally go into my kitchen and prepare food that I will enjoy or that will make someone happy. Aprons mean intentionality. I consciously put on an apron and choose how I am going to prepare food. It means that I have decided to cook. I’m not just going into the kitchen and shoving something in my face because it is a mealtime. I’m going to prepare a good meal for myself because, even though I live alone and could easily reheat a frozen meal, I deserve to eat good food.
So, I love aprons. I have five of them. They remind me of my grandparents. They tell me that I deserve to eat good, healthy food that I can prepare for myself. Two of my aprons are red. One of those has yeast sock puppets on it. (If you know why, leave a comment!) My red aprons are my reminders that good food is my right and my responsibility.