Love Rainy Day’s

It’s raining again today here at Quail Creek State Park. Not a downpour like a few nights ago, today’s rain is a soft, gentle, give the ground a nice soaking kind of rain. The kind that, if you are like me, you love to hear falling on your roof (especially nice when your home is a motorhome like ours) or hitting against the window pane as you sit inside in the comfort of your home and watch it come down…

Like this..


Today is also the “Big Bucks” B-B-Q that our Park Complex Manager is hosting for all her employees, and their families, to thank them for helping the various state park lakes and reservoirs she manages make a profit of a million dollars this past budget year… This company event is a little different from the company sponsored events I attended in my years working in Corporate America… By that I mean, this B-B-Q is being held at one of the covered Ramada’s here at Quail Lake and being hosted by our manager, Laura. Laura, said she would supply hamburger’s and potato salad, and asked that all employees bring a side dish, soda’s, or deserts. The company I worked for would never ask employees to bring anything to an event being held to thank employees for their contributions to the company’s success… but, to each their own… I don’t want to judge, I just wanted to go and enjoy the event.

The B-B-Q had a planning committee that was made up of some of the “longer time employee’s” which is mainly fresh out of High School kids… The flyer that was sent out said the event was to start at 8:00 a.m. and go until 6:00 p.m. with lunch being served between 11:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. The activities for the event included volleyball, paddle boards, kayaks, and jet ski’s. In spite of the rain, the event was to go on…

Bill and I went down to the Ramada at 9:30 this morning to drop off the case of soda and giant bag of popcorn and potato chips we bought for the B-B-Q and saw Laura helping one of the committee members trying to set the B-B-Q grill closer to the covered Ramada. No one else was there and nothing that pertained to any of the activities was even in sight… Laura told us the event was going on as scheduled in spite of the rain. We said OK, dropped off the soda, chips and popcorn, and said we would be back around lunchtime…

Since we had a couple of hours to pass until lunchtime, Bill and I decided to take a little drive and get some pictures of low hanging clouds around the lake area.

The clouds in this picture are on top of the mountain in the front and hanging way low on the mountain in the background. So beautiful.


After a lovely drive around the lake area, Bill and I went back to the B-B-Q area for lunch. By now it was 12:15 and we were getting hungry and we knew lunch was being served between 11-3 right? Wrong.

When we arrived at the Ramada, there was uncooked food sitting out on the picnic tables but all the committee kids were down on the beach trying to set up the volleyball net in the rain… The grill had not even be heated and there was not a person of management to be found which was another thing I found very different from my time in Corporate. Whenever my company had a thank-you event for our employees, management was there from start to finish greeting employees as they arrived and thanking them for all their hard work at some point during the event…. Oh well, I sure found out we are not in Kansas anymore…., and haven’t been for some time now…

So, what to do…? Bill and I looked around and decided we didn’t need to deal with all this anymore and we really didn’t want hamburger’s anyway… So, we went home and made homemade chili! What is more fitting and perfect for a rainy day right?

We browned some ground turkey, chopped up fresh tomatoes, onions, and garlic, and added black and pinto beans.


Mixed up our own secret chili spice blend. Sorry I can’t share that or we would have to kill you….


Gave it some love and special attention to get it to come up to a gentle boil then back down to a gentle simmer…


And when it was looking and tasting just right…. we put the cover on it and while it simmered away in the Dutch oven…


We danced…  I just LOVE rainy day’s!!! 🙂 🙂

Stay Tuned!!!

4 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. gotham girl
    Jul 20, 2015 @ 21:49:22

    Oh…can’t tell you how happy I was when I got to the part that you said (well kinda) “f…” it and did your own thing!! LOVE!! Gotta love a rainy day…Love you two!!! MORE!


    • beyondcinderella
      Jul 20, 2015 @ 22:08:29

      YES Frissy… if we have learned nothing else over the years…. we have learned when to say “(well kinda) “f…”it and do our own thing… We both love you to the moon and back and so much MORE!!! XoXo


  2. katsbynp
    Jul 21, 2015 @ 00:49:23

    I have to agree that it was a different sort of appreciation BBQ but you and Bill look like you had more fun and much better tasting menu. Love the picture of the mountain. Xoxo


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