We had a delicious Thanksgiving day feast hosted by Dudette and WichiDude yesterday afternoon - six adults and two tots. Lively! Pretty much a traditionalist, Dudette's theory is to not mess with success; thus, she served turkey, mashed potatoes & gravy [at which time Hunky Husband noted that I did not take gravy - where has he been for the past 25 years?], dressing, two kinds of cranberry sauce (jellied and lumpy), black olives, her Grandmother S's crescent rolls & butter, green bean casserole, and two kinds of pie (chocolate cream and pecan). There wasn't anything served that did not come up to her high standards. She did remark that she had the "S" genes and, thus, enjoys cooking. (I hasten to add that the "S" genes come from her dad's side of the family, of course!)
I just took a couple of photos off of the SD card in my Nikon camera that show visitors to our back yard during the week. Obviously, the bluebird nesting box is a great attraction!
For anyone who cares about birds: Although I had been lamenting to HH about the lack of cedar waxwings so far this season, I saw three (scattered among three trees) down the street several houses, on my way back from my walk a few minutes ago. I've not really started feeding birds, yet, this season; but, waxwings don't come to the feeders of course. They do hang out with robins and we normally have a flock of waxwings numbering in the 20s during the winter season.
Airfields in the Wichita area:
Today's The Wichita Eagle newspaper has an article about the plethora of airfields in the Wichita vicinity - and, further, in Kansas.
By Molly McMillin
Excerpts from the article:
Kansas has lots of options for pilots. It’s in the top 10 in the country for the number of public-use airports in a state, with about 140. [Not counting "grass strips, heliports, glider ports and private airports around ... the state".]
As of 2012, Kansas had 7,174 pilots, including 1,410 flight instructors, according to the General Aviation Manufacturers Association.
In 2012, Rooks County opened the Rooks County Regional Airport near Stockton and Plainville north of Hays. It was the only new airport opened in the nation last year....
Jabara Airport serves as a general aviation reliever airport for Mid-Continent. It’s home to 104 planes, which are based on the field, and averages 105 airplane operations a day, according to AirNav.com. Mid-Continent is operated by the Wichita Airport Authority.
I have been unable to find data on the number of pilots in foreign countries.