Show Me The Show Me State

I had all the car windows open and the radio blaring as I was approaching the Bagnell Dam Bridge. My hands began pounding the steering wheel as I shouted, yes, I SHOUTED, “omg! Omg! OMG! I’m here, I’m here, I’m HERE! Alone!” The fact that I was approaching the Bagnell Dam Bridge is probably totally irrelevant. I could have been approaching any place other than home and I would have had the same visceral excitement engulf me.

I had just dropped my daughter and our two friends off at a camp in Missouri that devotes an entire week to people with Prader-Willi Syndrome.  PWS is a condition which requires constant vigilance on the part of the responsible party in the household. Twenty-four hour supervision is needed with policing of any morsels of food in the house. Sure, the cabinets and refrigerator are locked, but for the brief moments that they are unlocked during meal preparation,  items can quickly and stealthily go missing, so I sleep with an ear to the door listening for mid-night raids of hidden stashes of goodies. All this being told to you to explain my exuberance at having some much-needed and long overdue “me” time.

As soon as the plan to take her to camp and to stay nearby for the week formulated in my head I began researching resorts on the Lake of the Ozarks. Price, of course, is always my most determining factor with second on the list being a decent swimming pool. Even though I would be on a lake I wanted a pool so I could swim laps. I had a resort picked out simply due to price and pool and thought it looked very wild which did not appeal to me. I was looking for serenity and restorative peace. I came upon a place that featured a nice looking rectangular pool at a reasonable rate, including a month of June discount, I phoned and spoke to the proprietress telling  her that I had been reading other advertisements that showed lots of activities, bars, and restaurants all on site. She stated that if I was looking for that type of activity hers was not the place for me to stay. That statement cemented my decision that I had found the perfect resort at which to stay.  I had an adorable little one bedroom unit with a kitchen. The balcony had a bistro table which overlooked the pool, docks and lake.

My first Ozark morning after a winter of not swimming laps,( just water ex classes) started  in the pool (well, AFTER a cranberry scone and a cup of decaf Gevalia coffee turned into a mocha with the addition of cream and Russell Stover chocolate!) and am quite impressed with myself.
20 stop=20
30 stop=50
40 stop=90
50 stop=140
I swam sets in increasing increments with a 45 second rest in between and stopped at 140
thinking that was a decent workout, then followed it up with 1/2 hour of ai’ chi.
I returned to my balcony for breakfast round two, a bowl of luscious berries, almonds and creamy Greek yogurt. The proprietor walked by so I inquired about the length of the pool and found that it is 12 yards which means that 146 laps is a mile, my instinct had me at just 6 short of that, not bad.
Anyway, my plan was to write this while eating breakfast round two, but my computer battery was dying, so I carried  the laptop and camera inside.  As I stepped inside,  I received a phone call.I didn’t want to sit on any furniture in a wet  2013-06-16 001 a 2013-06-16 004 2013-06-16 005 2013-06-16 009 suit so I shimmied out of it and just then realized I had forgotten breakfast round two on the balcony…..I knew I SHOULDN’T be naked to go out and get it, but was unable to get dressed without the use of both hands and my conversation was taking priority, so I left it for later. After we hung up, I threw on a long shirt and went out for my food….but a squirrel had beaten me to it!! There is a sign on the inside of my unit door that says “Please don’t feed the ducks”, I think they targeted the wrong critter.  If a squirrel eating my breakfast is the biggest stress of the day, I will happily feed him daily. Come back for more Ozark Observations. The pool is again beckoning.

11 thoughts on “Show Me The Show Me State

  1. A much needed break. I’m so happy you’re away and can enjoy privacy and serenity at the same time. One of these days we’ll meet!


  2. We have things in common. My son with PWS is 29 and I will be 52 this summer. Your daughter is beautiful. I wish I could introduce her to my son. 🙂 I enjoyed reading your blog and am glad to be on the mailing list….

    Cherie Sakschewski



  3. Also, we just returned from picking our son up from camp. He had a great time and even lost a couple pounds there. It is always risky and you wonder if they are going to follow the food instructions. My husband was the Area Director for Paradise Younglife in our town for 11 years. He is not doing that anymore because it filled our calendar to the brim for years and we just plain got burned out. I have wondered about the Capernaum (sp) but my experience at the Younglife camp near us ( Woodleaf) there is so much food. My husband had so much responsiblity that rarely did our son participate in younglife activities. I am tempted to look into it.

    Cherie Sakschewski



    • Cherie, Indeed we have much in common. PWS AND! YL. I understand how consuming the life of an Area Director is. I was a volunteer leader in our area and on committee, to do it well it is extremely time consuming. When Katie was in HS our area did not have Capernaum, but started it right after she graduated and started a Capernaum Next Step for the “out of hs” group. She went to Frontier her Freshman year, her brother and I both went as leaders and a Senior girl who we “trained” as her “leader” and she went on a work camp, again, I was present. She also has attended two work weeks at Castaway in Minnesota, one with me and one without and both times everything worked well…..well, as far as I know 😉
      Thank you so much for reading, following and commenting. It always is a relief to hear from others who are living the life.


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