Monday, September 27, 2010

Doesn't Get Much Better Than This...

Last week we took a few days and celebrated our 4th anniversary. We had a wonderful time just kicking around without a schedule, without computers, without television, without telephone or cell reception, talk about quiet. Sometimes, I think we need that. We need to look at our surroundings and enjoy the blessings the Lord has given us, and each other!

“Be still, and know that I am God:” Psalm 46:10a

Countless times we have driven Hwy 7 between Missouri and Arkansas always passing through Harrison and Jasper. I love little towns and the squares around the courthouses. We decided that is what we would do this year, a little exploring.

The square at Harrison was interesting. A lot of old buildings, I love the architecture of the old buildings. A lot of them are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Much to my enjoyment they had flags everywhere on the courthouse square. Just something about our American Flag! There were beautiful hanging plant baskets surrounding the square.

Following a day in Harrison we retreated to our cabin late afternoon. We stayed at a wonderful cabin in the woods, literally in the woods. There was no TV reception, so we had to rely on movies. It had everything you wanted or needed, just missing the hot tub…lol.

The cabin was very comfy and homey. We enjoyed steaks, salad, baked potato and rolls, along with Sangria. You can’t get much better than that.

Wednesday morning we arose early and drove over to the Boxley Valley Area. I was so excited we did get there early enough to catch a small herd of elk in the field. We spent the day exploring and hiking. We had such a good time.

Then that evening we went into Jasper and looked around a little. Jasper is a quaint little town. Time stops in Jasper or maybe I should say you feel like you step back in time. We had planned on eating at the Bar-b-que place but there was a note on the door, closed due to family health emergency. We stopped in a little treasure shop and the owner told us yes the owner’s brother was sick and he lived out of town. Small towns, I love them! She recommended Ozark CafĂ© and what a treat it was. You could tell it was the local meeting place.

The hamburgers were wonderful. The following morning we returned for breakfast. Needless to say I learned real quick that small towns do not always know how to make omelets. It had a very good flavor, but the mushrooms and onions were fried then just wrapped in a flat egg. I think I should have ordered the biscuits and gravy; they even had chocolate gravy listed. I was impressed!

Following breakfast we had to stop at Emma’s Museum of Junk. They close on Wednesdays so we had missed it the day before. It was a very interesting place. A lot of very old things in there, and everything had a price tag.
After our stop in Jasper we headed North toward home. We stopped at Pruitt along the Buffalo River and took some pictures. It is a pretty area.
We also stopped at Rock-a-way Beach in Missouri and learned it was part of Lake Taneycomo. We chatted with a lady there and found out it was a very good place to catch trout. Hmmmm and only 45 minutes from our house, sounds promising to me.
We ended the night with an Alan Jackson concert. And what a concert it was!
Oh wait that wasn’t the end; we stopped for pie at one of our favorite restaurants. Nothing like Coconut Cream and he had Apple Pie al a mode. What a finish to a wonderful Anniversary Celebration…

As I have mentioned before, I never thought that I would be celebrating a fourth anniversary at 53 years old, but the Lord knew. He knows what is best for us and I thank Him every day!

“For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11 NIV

until next time… nel


  1. Happy Anniversary! That sounds like an ideal way to celebrate too. I love the Elk...I never thought about Elk living in that part of the country. I love Alan Jackson...I've never seen him in person but would love to do so. Glad you had such a nice getaway!

  2. You said it perfectly doesn't get much better than this. Sounds wonderful.

  3. first time visiting your blog; Happy(belated) Anniversary! it looks like you had a wonderful getaway adventure celebrating your special day!! beautiful area and I love the elk! I think it was neat too that you went to a place without any modern technology with internet, cable, etc. Made it just relaxing and I'm sure tons of fun :)