From a photograph by Solomon D. Butcher of four daughters of rancher Joseph M. Chrisman, at their sod house in Custer County, Nebraska. From left to right, Harriet, Elizabeth, Lucie, and Ruth. Photographed in 1886.

Tuesday, October 07, 2008

Visit with My Sister and Brother

A pleasant get-together



Last Friday, I drove out to southwest Missouri where my sister Charlotte lives. My brother Dwight also arrived from south-central Kansas on Friday, after attending the Farm Show in Springfield, MO.

We had a nice weekend at Charlotte's house. This was the first time we'd all been together since the Sees reunion at Osage Beach, MO, which was six or seven years ago. (I've visited them and they've visited me, but separately.)

This morning, Dwight and I headed for our respective home when Charlotte left for work. I got back about 6 p.m. tonight.

I had no problems of any sort on the road, so I'm grateful for that. I took lots of pictures and I will post more of them later.

I was amazed to find that gasoline in southern Missouri is a lot cheaper than Hopkinsville gas -- at least 50 cents per gallon cheaper at every gas station!

The sumac is red on the road banks and the soybeans are yellow in the fields, all across southern Missouri.

It was interesting to see cotton ready for harvest around Sikeston, MO. Now I can imagine why "Blues for Dixie" says, "...those old cotton fields were white in pale moon light..."


Most memorable thing I heard on the radio during the trip:
It was time for the "Are You Smarter Than Your Kids" segment on a morning show. The question was "Which state is known as the "Land of 10,000 Lakes?" The caller's answer was "India."

Here's a photo of me (left), my sister Charlotte, and my brother Dwight. This is for all who haven't seen us for a while. We thought you might be worried that we weren't getting older -- haha! We are now (left to right) 57, 52, and 62.

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

Glad you had a great trip! It's nice to see family you havent seen in awhile. I'll be looking for more pics.

Anonymous said...

very nice picture, Gennie. Its good to see Charolate and Dwight again. Glad you had a good trip! Sammie

Genevieve said...

I didn't think it was a very flattering photo of me, but at least I look happy. :) As I told Dennis, in another 20 years, I'll look at that photo and say, "My goodness, weren't we young!"

My cousin Alta wrote to me that I look very much like her mother (my great-aunt) in this picture.

We did have a really nice visit. I hope next year that I might get out to Kansas myself. I haven't seen my sister-in-law Kathy for several years.

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