Home again

A few highlights from our last day or so in Tahoe:

Reading the funnies: 

hubby turned 50 during this trip! some of us were too busy with preparations to realize it…

  

The cold never bothered him anyway.

 
So. Many. Snowball fights!

 

they waited so patiently for me to throw my sbowball at the tree above them. mwahahahaha!

 
  

 

we talked about not throwing sniwballs at close range, but the message did not sink in.

 
  One last outing to go sledding- this time to last year’s favorite- Mt Rose.   

 

On the way home we stopped at my husband’s brother and sister-in-law’s house in Sacramento, and we met their new dog!  It might sound goofy, but letting this sweetie was one of the highlights of our spring break!

  
Aside from heating issues in the cabin, we had a pretty good time. For me, the most fun was pelting my family with snowballs, and I worry a bit about what that says about me. šŸ˜œ 

I only knitted a few rows the entire time we were gone, a big contrast from last year when I knitted my mini mania scarf in Tahoe. It doesn’t feel like my carpal tunnel issue exactly, so I wonder if I made too many snowballs for my age. šŸ˜”

Wrapping up

Today is our last day in Wisconsin! I packed and sent off my four latest bears,  as well as my souvenir yarn and fiber purchases, which I sent home with some old photos, souvenirs, etc.

 Then this afternoon we had a littler birthday party for the wee boy.  There was also some hide n seek with a corgi.  And splitting of rocks to find out what they looked like inside. 

Now that was a full vacation!! I’m looking forward to being home and being in a two-parent household again! I’m exhausted!! Wish me luck on the long flight home! 

Zara Bear and Little House

My Zara bear is finished! She’s the last of my goal of 15 bears in 2015, and the last of my second time through the alphabet, making my bear count 52. 

  
This was my second version of the bear beret, and it’s slightly better than the first. I’d like to make it just a bit slouchier.

In vacation news, today we hit a few literary spots in Wisconsin. First we went to the Caddie Woodlawn farmhouse/wayside.   

    
   
It’s a great spot if you’re a Caddie Woodlawn fan! If you’re. If you’re not familiar with Caddie, it’s a story about a pioneer girl, and it’s based on the author’s grand mother’s experiences.  It’s really fun to read!!

Next we hit a few Laura Ingalls Wilder spots– the site of the Ingalls’ cabin from Little House in the Big Woods, then the related museum in Pepin.

 

with cosplay, of course.

  
    
    

love the spinning!!

  

washing machine!

  

i’m tempted to simplify our own holiday gift giving, after reading this.

   
We couldn’t resist dipping our toes in the Missippi River while we were there!  

Later we got to hang out with my best friends from high school/college, and enjoy some woods/river time.   

  

i wish i could hang out with these guys allllll thentime!

 
We only have 3 days left in Wisconsin! We have just a few more things to squeeze in.

Barron County Fair

We spent a rainy afternoon at the County Fair today! We admired many animals…  
    
    
 
Won a horse race…

   
Mostly avoided the fair fare…

  Admired the 4-H projects, especially this cake!  
Played games and won some prizes…

 Hung out with a friend from my knitting group in Sam Francisco!

  
And the wee boy was invited to fight bad guys with a local sheriff who admired his light saber. 

 The kids had a good time!

This n that, with art!

Yesterday we hung out with an old friend (we were pals during middle school and part of high school, then we reconnected after a surprise encounter at UW-Madison during Freshman year!)  and her son.  

how awesome is it to see your kids playing with your old friend’s kid!??


It was soooo hot, we sought out some root beer floats and were not disappointed at Olson’s in downtown Chippewa Falls.

    
Today we hung out in Rice Lake with another old, dear friend.

this is the wee boy, of course, not my s, dear friend.

 And we visited our high school art teacher!
  
SAnd her frisky kitty who mistook me for her chew toy.

We got to check out her art studio/gallery, and browse her paintings!  http://www.olivebranchgallery.net

  
    
   
 so cool!!!  

Heritage Days

Today the kids and I went to Heritage Days at the localize museum, Pioneer Village. It was super hot, but we had a good time.

 

they wanted to see the jail first. ??

  

the girl thinks we should get one of these.

  

i love these quilts!

  
  

making nails!

  
  

another beautiful quilt

  
  

wool!!!!

  
The highlight was running into my third grade teacher, Mrs. Olson, who was volunteering at the event.  She will be 80 in a few days, and is as sweet as ever. She was so pleased to meet my kids. 

 It was a good time!!!

New KAL

Yesterday I casted on my new KAL project for my sock knitting group. The group voted to knit Splatterdash, a free knitty.com pattern for fingerless mitts.  It looks like I didn’t bring the ballband, but I think this is Koigu yarn.

It’s a fun little knit- I’ve finished the main part and am ready to pick up for the feather and fan section that wraps around the hand.  
On the vacation side of things, today the kids and I went with my sister to these pretty little waterfalls she’s told me about.    

    
   
To get here, we drove way out to the middle of nowhere, found the tiny unmarked trail, and followed it to this little stream. It was so pretty and the kids loved it!  

LYS and a trip to Duluth

We finally made it up to Lake Superior today! But first– on the drive up, we conveniently had to pass a yarn store, and with my niece along to stay in the car with the kids (one sleeping, the other disapproves of my yarn habit), I was able to browse!

   
The building is small and doesn’t look like much from the outside, but it’s jam-packed full of great yarns!

a wall of noro!

    
    
 
There were also notions, fabric, and gifts, but the yarn selection was really outstanding, especially for the location, aka in the middle of nowhere. If you are up north on highway 53 near Gordon, stop by!!!

As for Duluth…

Well, first we made a quick stop at Amnicon Falls, although wencould have spent hours exploring the falls and trails.

  
In Duluth, we watched a few huge ships pass under the lift bridge. Wow!

  We took a boat ride and enjoyed some amazing views of the lake and city.  
Then we finished up with some beach time on Minnesota Point.

   
Phew!!! Tomorrow is another big day, so I’d better be off to sleep! Good night!

Vacation snapshots

Yesterday we saw a bald eagle at the end of my parents’ street!  

I’ve done lots of work organizing my grandma’s things for storage/etc., and have uncovered many a gem. 

Hats! Gloves!  My grandpa and his sister.

The girl found a fur coat.
  My dad and his younger brothers.

 Great grandfather and Great grandmother.  Me and my younger cousin at grandma’s house. (We must have been bored!!! My great grandfather, WWI era. He was called up just a few months before the end of the war, so he didn’t end up getting sent overseas  

I have no idea who this happy couple is– I just love this photo!

 Newspaper from 1927!  My great grandparents’ German bibles.

  The kids and I met up with my old friend and her boys.  It was a very nice visit and play date at our elementary school.  I took the minions to the library I frequented as a kid. 

The library had some good craft books!!  

Vacation knittingĀ 

Lately I haven’t posted that much about crafty pursuits, because of all the fun vacation things we’ve been doing, so here’s a wee update:

My Wonderland Dyeworks socks are coming along fine. They’re just plain vanilla socks, and they can’t quite decide whether to stripe or pool.   
Also, I did some excavating/organizing in my parents’ garage today, separating things of my grandma’s to keep and things to sell or donate, since she recently moved from her apartment into a nursing home. I knew she has knitted quite a few baby hats for charity, and indeed, I found some good crafty stuff- knitting needles and crochet hooks, a knit washcloth, crochet thread, a  crocheted doily and tablecloth, and a handwritten pattern for slippers!

 

I don’t think I can bear to let the beautiful FOs leave the family, so I’ll check around to see if anyone else is interested in them.

And I’m vacation news, the kids took their first jetski rides today, with one of my childhood best friends ! They loved it!!