Last week, we shared THIS POST about a horrible flight Ann and I had from Miami to Houston. If you have not read it, click on the link and check it out. I’ll wait.

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OK, now that you’re back, you realize that the whole thing was a hoax! But if you’re like a lot of the people who have talked to us since we posted the story, you’re wondering how we did it. I mean, we had pictures from an airplane. How could we ever have faked it?

The post was one of our most popular this month, thanks to some gullible readers!

The post was one of our most popular this month, thanks to some gullible readers!

I have to give much of the credit to Ann. She loves April first like no other, and I learned early on that no one is safe from her devious plans on April Fool’s Day. Ann considered plans for April Fool’s Day for almost a year. We shared ideas for tall tales off and on for months, discarding each before the right idea finally struck one January morning in Tulsa at an unlikely place: The Tulsa Air and Space Museum.

Meghan and Steve take a selfie in an MD-80 at the Tulsa Air and Space Museum.

Meghan and Steve take a selfie in a small jet’s cockpit at the Tulsa Air and Space Museum.

Among other amazing exhibits, Tulsa’s museum is home to a retired MD-80 aircraft that was donated by American Airlines. Part of the airplane has been turned into a unique theater which shows a movie that discusses careers within the aviation industry. It’s a great film for kids that serves to increase interest in science and aviation.

More importantly for our purposes, the seats in this “theater” are actual first class airline seats, complete with seatbelts! Even better, we were there on a weekday morning when the museum just wasn’t that busy.

The seating in this theater is very comfortable, and there is plenty of legroom.

While sitting watching the movie, Ann had a moment of pure inspiration.

MD-80 theater at Tulsa Air and Space Museum, Tulsa, Oklahoma

Space between the seats in the MD-80 theater that gave Ann her inspiration.

Within three minutes, she had it all planned out. As soon as the film ended, Ann got permission for us to stay in the cabin a couple of extra minutes. Ann said, “Meghan — take off your shoe and set your foot up between the seats. Hurry.”

Foot between seats in first class.

Meghan’s foot between the seats.

To make the story even more shocking, Ann kindly asked forced Meghan to pop the sock off her foot for a great photo op, carefully cropping the shot as to not show that the rest of the plane was actually empty.

Foot between first class seats no sock.

The sock popped off the woman’s foot! Ick!

But with the docent calling, and no cup or wine nearby, we had to put our project on hold and exit the plane.

Fast forward a couple of months, and Ann and I were flying from Miami to Houston. Knowing we had to finish our story, I trimmed my fingernails and put one in a plastic bag to carry on the plane with me.

I know what you’re asking. Who does that? Apparently, I do. Pretty gross, I know, but this April Fool’s joke was just too perfect.

Once on board our flight, Ann ordered a cup of wine, drank most of it, dropped my nail in, then snapped a photo.

One of the grossest things I've ever experienced. A toe nail in my wine!

One of the grossest things I’ve ever experienced. A toe nail in my wine!

Next, she stuffed a napkin into the cup and threw it away herself. We promise that no one else ever had to touch the fingernail.

We visited our friends Daniela, Flavio and their boys in Dallas on our way home and had them take this picture of us holding a random picture frame. Then, we filled it in with our April Fool’s message at the end of the blog post.

Full disclosure: A few things in the post were actually true. It really was our blogiversary. We really did fly from Miami to Houston and we did get to sit in first class. The Pioneer Woman really was on the TV on the plane. She was making some kind of Nutella pecan bar, but “Knock You Naked Brownies” just sounded better. Here’s the recipe.

We know we have set a pretty high bar with April Fool’s posts, and we have no idea what we’ll do next year. But if you’ve read this far, you’ve been warned.


By the way, did you read our post about Ann’s first trip to a nude beach? If not, CLICK HERE.   

  • And, we have a baby bird! A cowbird, that is. ⁣
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We were so excited when we found eggs in the nest two house finches built in a fern on our front porch in Pawhuska, Okla. When we posted a picture of the nest last week, several readers pointed out that one of the eggs was not like the others - - it was a cowbird egg.⁣
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Cowbirds, it turns out, have kind of a bad reputation. It seems that they don’t build nests of their own. Instead, they lay their eggs in the nests of other birds and let the other birds raise their chicks. The cowbird chicks tend to develop faster than the other nestlings, and sometimes out compete them for food and resources. Because of this, there are those who give advice to remove the cowbird egg from the nest. ⁣
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According to an article we read on the Audubon Society’s website, though, there are several reasons to leave the cowbird egg in place: ⁣
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First, cowbirds are native to North America and have been here for millions of years and we are never going to teach them how and where to lay their eggs a different way. ⁣
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Second, cowbirds are, like all other songbirds, protected in the US. In short, it’s illegal to remove their eggs.⁣
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Third, cowbirds have been known to check the nests where they leave their eggs and will, occasionally, destroy nests from which their eggs have been taken. As a result, all of the resident chicks would be killed, as well, instead of one or two being outcompeted for resources. ⁣
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Because of these reasons, we decided to let the natural process play out in our fern. We’ll see what happens. But what we do know is that the cowbird hatched first...and that chick is hungry.
  • 🏡 We've had such a wonderful time at our Pawhuska, Okla., home. It felt so good to actually pack a suitcase again, even if we just went to our house there and stayed put. We walked together every day, drove through the Tallgrass Prairie Preserve, and chatted with friends from a distance on our front porch. We took time to watch the sunset and see a mama house finch care for her babies in our hanging fern. We also explored a state park and found a waterfall. ⁣
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Most importantly, we got to see our daughter, Meghan. She is an ICU nurse in Tulsa and because of her potential exposure to coronavirus, we'd not spent any time together in months. But Ann found a way to create a safe (and decorative) outdoor space for all of us to visit, share a few meals, and just be in each others' presence. We can’t tell you what a comfort it was to see her again. ⁣
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In this time of sickness and uncertainty, it was nice to have a clean, safe place to get away. We are so thankful to have found this gem of a town, so many supportive and caring friends here,  and a second place to call home.
  • As we've been home since March 12, Steve has taken up bread making as a hobby. His sour dough starter is looking promising, but he also found the easiest four-ingredient artisan bread recipe that is so impressive. ⁣
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We've shared the results a few times on social media and many of you have asked for the recipe, so he wrote a blog post about it. We've included a link in our bio with step-by-step instructions on how to make it. ⁣
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If you bake this artisan bread, we'd love to hear about it (and see a photo). Just be sure to tag us @postcardjar. ⁣
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We love this bread plain, with olive oil and seasoning, as toast with almond or peanut butter, and grilled for bruschetta. If you use the #Noom app like us, it is about 100 calories a serving (12 servings in loaf).
  • As we remember those who gave the ultimate sacrifice this Memorial Day, we hope you will join us in honoring others in a time of reflection, gratitude and respect. ⁣
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Both Steve's grandfathers and Ann's grandfathers all served in the military and fought in WWII. We took this photo a few years ago at Wyuka Cemetery in Nebraska City, Nebraska, where Ann's grandfather, Donald Shrewsbury, was laid to rest.
  • Today is the day! This afternoon our friends and fellow travel writers @lindseyranzau and @coleranzau are taking over our Instagram stories and we can’t wait for you to meet them.⁣
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⁣They are travel experts on everything Minnesota and will also be sharing some of their favorite Midwest destinations in honor of #NationalRoadTripDay! ⁣
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⁣Lindsey and Cole have traveled the world and love finding hidden gems and writing about them on their blog, Look About Lindsey (link in bio). You’re going to love their personalities as much as their incredible photography so be sure to watch our stories and say hello.⁣
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⁣And, to see our picks for best Midwest road trips, follow @lindseyranzau where we’ll be taking over her IG stories. It’s going to be a blast and we hope you’ll come along.
  • We are so excited to announce that Minneapolis-based travel writers Lindsey and Cole Ranzau of the blog Look About Lindsey will be taking over the Postcard Jar Instagram stories Friday, May 22! In celebration of National Road Trip Day, we are trading places (and IG stories!) to show each others' followers some of our favorite Midwest road trips and destinations. ⁣
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We encourage you to check out our stories tomorrow to meet Cole and Lindsey (they are so much fun) and follow @lindseyranzau where we'll be sharing some of our favorite Midwest travel experiences on their Instagram stories. When the time is right and you feel you can travel safely, we hope you'll consider a road trip in the Midwest. ⁣
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You can check out the Look About Lindsey blog at the link in our bio. ⁣
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@natdaycal @pilotflyingj
  • The @pwmercantile in Pawhuska, Oklahoma, reopened today. We have talked to folks here who said employees have been working hard to clean and sanitize everything. On our walk today, we noticed that hand sanitizer that was readily available, tables were spaced out, and Merc employees were wearing face masks in accordance with CDC recommentations. We hope visitors to our little town will also do their part to keep everyone safe and healthy.

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