I am still a whole lot surprised that I managed to finish the A to Z Challenge. But, more on that on Monday May 7 when the team holds its Reflection Day.
Suffice it to say, I was sooooo ready for the weekend, even if it meant still having the Z post to write on Monday morning.
Monday was a day off so writing that post would be no problem.
Which left the weekend to celebrate.
And celebrate we did.
The weekend was probably the first actual spring weekend around these parts - no temps below 45, no precip, wind at less than gale force and most importantly SUN!
|a tiny redbud overlooking the lake.|
We hopped in the car with Blue Skies, our wooden sloop in tow, and headed down to Lake of the Ozarks where the fixer upper lives.
The plan being to paint the hull of Cool Change then take Blue Skies out for a spin on 'the big lake'.
More on this next week.
We also planned to have dinner at one of our favorite lake spots - Shawnee Bluffs Winery.
The winery is a small spot on Bagnell Dam Boulevard, less than 5 minutes from the dam. The winery consists of four stone buildings with 8 rooms to rent - each one overlooking the lake, the tasting room and the restaurant. There is also an outdoor pool and moderately sized deck area for outside dining, all with that lovely view of the lake. They have a small menu of appetizers, sandwiches and entrees and desserts.The wine selection features the house label as well as some national wines.
I don't believe we have ever had a bad meal here.
Most weekends there is live music and when the weather is as nice as it was this past weekend, the music is outside.
Patrick Mureithi, a musician with roots in Kenya, performed. His mellow, peaceful original music interspersed with stories and an occasional popular tune was just the perfect tone for the evening.
|Not the best picture but I love how the pink tent the pink redbud glows!|
Besides the food and music, there is one other reason to make this wonderful place a destination:
They have one of the best views of the sunset anywhere on the lake.
When I returned to work on Tuesday I felt as though I had been on a tiny vacation.
And wondering why I am not on vacation all the time....