Robert (gurdonark) wrote,

Belinder, Geese and Christmas Eve

Friday I went to my office very early, but left in the mid-morning. I drove home, where my wife and I caught a shuttle to the airport. Our shared ride on the shuttle included a woman bound for the Broadmoor Hotel in Colorado Springs to spend Christmas with her parents. At Love Field, I read "A Christmas Carol" on my laptop and ate a ham sandwich on a small croissant, along with fresh fruit. This was a nice contrast with the Corn Pops and skim milk I had had for breakfast.

We landed in Kansas City at 3:30 p.m.  We went to my wife's sister's house to say hello to our niece and nephew and brother-in-law. Then we headed to my wife's stepmother's house. We all went to the Tavern Restaurant in Prairie Village, where I had a salad and a 1/2 chicken with asparagus and green beans.

On Sunday morning, I began to walk down Belinder Avenue in Mission Hlls, Kansas at 8:35, and walked for 75 minutes. The air was cold--a few degrees below freezing--and foggy. I saw ten species of birds, from a singing Carolina Wren to a couple of woodpecker species to a charming little White-Throated Sparrow.

We went to pick up my 11-year-old niece and eight-year-old nephew We took them to Dave 'n" Buster's. We all got lunch. My wife and I each had Cabo Chicken, which was simply-cooked chicken with a light fruit salsa. We got two cards entitling my niece and nephew to play arcade and video games. We each took a child and ventured from machine to machine, watching them play the games, earn tickets, and move on to the next game. We switched kids in mid-stream. When we were done,
the kids went to spend the tickets earned in the gift shop. My niece, with fewert tickets, got a nice writing journal. My nephew eleced to bank his haul of tickets for another visit.

While taking them home, we saw the exit for Wyandotte County Lake. We pulled over to see if we could see Bald Eagles. We saw no eagles, but we saw thousands upon thousands of Canada Geese and Snow Geese and a dozen swans. My wife, my nephew and I were a bit in awe, but our niece proclaimed that geese keep her awake at night (she lives on a lake in Missouri), and she was unimpressed,  We drove them home, gave them a hug goodbye. visited with their parents, and headed home.

On the way home, we stopped by a restaurant called Bravo to pick up some chicken with tomatoes and mozarella as well as orzo in a huge package for dinner. My wife's step-mother, my wife and I ate this fine dinner. Then we watched Chrismas choir music by the Washburn University Chorale and the St. Olaf Choir (from Norway)  Now we are resting and enjoying a bit of television as our Christmas Eve dwindles.

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