I Buried the Lede by The Pioneer Woman

It’s been a busy time on the ranch, so I’m going to start with this peaceful image of our cows against the setting sun. I snapped this while Ladd and I were driving home from town Saturday night. He and I had just had a short and sweet date at…
   Charlie’s!
Yes, our dream as a married couple has come true: We now have an ice cream shop in town so we can drive in and get an ice cream cone whenever we want. Except we’re discussing limiting ourselves to once a week because this could be dangerous. We’ll see how that goes…
   Before we opened, we had murals painted on the wall.
   It’s amazing what a white coat of paint and black lettering can do for a place!
   This is a pic from opening day. I think these might have been our first customers…at least one of our first!
   Can I just say that opening an ice cream store in our little town has been a complete pleasure??? Ice cream is the common thread that unites us all.
   So is candy. I had fun picking out all of this cute stuff.
   My high school friends all came to Pawhuska last week for the mini-reunion that we try to have at least every other summer. I have blogged about this through the years: After our twenty-year reunion in 2007, we all had so much fun (after not having seen one other much since high school) that we vowed to keep the connection going in the years that followed. We made good on that promise, and have gotten together almost every summer since then. It’s been a really special thing to reunite with old friends at this time of our lives: Since we started having our mini reunions in ’08, some girls have had babies, some girls have become grandmothers, some have battled cancer, some have lost spouses and parents. One of our friends lost her son. We were just barely starting to turn forty back when we reunited. Now most of us have cross over the line of fifty. We used to kick off our reunion talking about who dated whom in high school; now we talk about hot flashes. (And who dated whom in high school. Ha!)
Old friendships are very, very precious. I love these girls.
   Our chefs at The Merc made some special things for us all to share. Chicken fried lobster is now on my list of five favorite dishes of all time. Um…more on this later.
   I buried the lede! Alex graduated on Thursday. (This is her “friend” [haha] Mauricio, who graduated on Saturday!) So excited for both of them as they head into the real world later this summer.
   After dinner that night, we all played cornhole near the hotel and (predictably) ate ice cream.
I think I have an ice cream problem on my hands.

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