I took a few days off and I am very glad that I did.  I did not totally disconnect from social media—I still posted a few tweets, Facebook statuses and even checked on a few blogs but I did not write any posts.  Mr. Diamond came home and the above picture shows that the whole weekend was a thumbs up!

The first thing I realized was that Chris was coming in on Thursday instead of Friday like I thought!  It helps if you actually look at the email with the ticket info, right?  It’s all good—I made it to the airport in plenty of time and we had an easy drive home with him on the phone most of the ride.  Once we got home I had a great BBQ meal all ready to go in the slow cooker.   I posted this recipe not too long ago and it is a no brainer and a great welcome home meal.

2Friday brought lots and lots of work calls and a full day of work from the home office for the man.   I must admit it was nice to hear the one-sided conversations coming from his office while I worked on cards in mine.  I have missed those days.  A  lot.

Dinner included some lovely grilled steaks and chicken and the summer delicacy—-corn on the cob.  Iowa does it like no other state and this year’s crop is much tastier than we got last year.   I may have forgotten to take a picture before we dug in.  It was that good.

Saturday was a bit of work for Chris, some paper signing and more document signing (will it ever end?) and a quick lunch out and then off to see the movie, Lucy. It was a good movie but I was honestly glad that it was one of the shorter ones we have seen lately because quite honestly—my brain was on overload and the graphics were boggling my eyes and my mind.  Not that it takes much but I decided I was glad that my brain does not use 100% like Lucy’s did at the end of the movie.  I don’t think I could handle it.  Chris also warned me to watch out for the Children of the Corn when we left the theater…..they have planted corn in the space between the theater and the access road so it was a real concern.  Trust me.

The weekend went far too quickly and before we knew it we were headed back up to the airport on Sunday.  There was an accident and we managed to exit early so we did not get tied up in it and decided to grab a bite to eat at a new favorite restaurant in Owatonna, Andiamo Italian Ristorante .  We both had FABULOUS meals and our waitress was over the top entertaining which is always a bonus.  She asked me where I was from because of my “accent”.   That made me laugh because of course I do not think I have an accent but she was guessing Tennessee.   I told her I was a mutt and my accent was an all over accent but hey—-I will take a southern accent anytime.

Chicken Andiamo with Lemon Green Beans

Chicken Andiamo with Lemon Green Beans

As I dropped Chris off at the ticketing/check in area a woman stopped me when I was getting in the car and said “Lady, could you tak e me into Minneapolis?  I would be happy to give you some money to take me.” I quickly told her I was headed to Iowa and not into the city so that was not going to work for me.  I kind of think there might be some taxis at the airport—just saying.

Chris is on his way to Texas as I write this —suitcase full of chocolate chip cookies and things to stock the apartment for another few weeks. it was so great to have him home and as I gear up for a somewhat busy week I am happy that we had some quality time together.

This week is the big Pyrotechnics Guild Convention in Mason City held at the North Iowa Events Center —what that means, since our house is less than a mile away–is a lot of noise, loud booms and fireworks all week long.  I should be able to see some of them from the deck later on tonight so I think I will hang out there and see what I can see.  Fortunately they do not last all night.










  1. sounds like an amazing weekend! I am proud of you. I have to take a social media break but can’t bring myself too!

  2. Virginia Pillsbury says:

    So glad that you had a wonderful and delicious weekend!

  3. Food does wonders for the mind, spirit and body. So glad you can enjoy the natural rhythm of you working on the cards and husband working on the phone. Life is good right now despite the commuting.

  4. Sounds like you guys had a great weekend with lots of yummy food. It can’t be easy living apart like this right now. Hopefully, it won’t be for too long and you can join your sweety in Texas soon!

    • Yep—-lots of yummy food indeed. 🙂 I am trying to be positive about the separation—we have been here before and made it so I am sure this time will be a breeze.

  5. Sounds like a wonderful and delicious weekend. A Pyrotechnics convention? I have something else to be grateful for today–it’s many miles away from me!

  6. What a wonderful weekend. And you were so near us, dining in Owatonna and all…

    And, yes, you most assuredly do have an accent.

  7. I’m trying to have an, “If you can’t beat them, join them,” attitude about the fireworks. I love that you can actually see them! I can see a little flash of light here and there if they shoot them high enough. Happy you two could spend time together this weekend and have fun! Will have to check out that restaurant in Owatonna. Good to know about the children of the corn. Have only seen one movie over there.

  8. Sounds like a whirlwind weekend. I want to see the movie “Lucy” so it’s good to hear your take on it. 🙂

  9. Helen Brown says:

    I am so glad you and Chris had such a good time. Hope your house is sold soon so you can be together all the time.

  10. Ooh, fireworks in your backyard? Awesome, unless you have a dog like Dallas, who HATES those booms!
    Glad you and Mr. D. had a lovely weekend. You were wise to take a break so you could enjoy his stay more fully. And it sounds like y’all had a great time, too!

  11. Glad you took time to spend with hubby. Your weekend sounds great as does the food! Tennessee, huh? Just makes me love you more! 😘

  12. So glad you all had a great weekend; I do so know how quickly weekends go when you are separated from one another. Hubby and I went through somewhat the same process as he was transferred130 miles away and came home on weekends until I could get a transfer which took about a year. His suitcase was always full with cookies and such – at least enough to last a week! By the way – once you “adopt” that southern accent, it does hang on!

  13. Wow, fireworks for no apparent reason! Glad you had Chris home for a few days, even if he still had to work.

  14. Sounds like you made the most of your time with Mr. Diamond. Glad you realized when he was coming and made it to the airport on time! It sounds like his new job is demanding but glad he could make it home even if for only a short time.

  15. So glad you two had a wonderful weekend and you know how I feel about the FOOD!

  16. I love it when I can watch fireworks from home instead of being right there where it is so loud & smoky. Since we moved to this apartment block I haven’t seen any fireworks at all, but we used to see them from our old apartment & also from the house we lived in just outside the city. I miss seeing them!

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