The fairy house survived the rain/night!
I took better bear photos!
This guy stole my chair when I left it for a minute.
Then he got a little too curious about my knitting. Apparently a dropped ball of yarn bears a strong resemblance to a dropped ball.
The Wee Girl staked out the neighborhood from the front lawn.
There was also rain, which was very exciting to us Californians!
With unstuffed bears piling up (if you consider two bears a pile, which I do, because I like to finish my bears as I go!), I really wanted to find fiberfill without having to drive very far. Luckily, my mom reminded me about Bargain Bill’s in Rice Lake (Wisconsin). It’s a craaaaaaazy place!
This is the craft hangar, I mean room. My photos don’t do it justice. It’s so huge, there are so many goods…
But the Wee Girl and I managed to get just the fiberfill and a crafty project each for her and the Wee Boy.
And thus, I was able to finish my pile of bears this evening.
Meet Teresa and Unique! And pardon the late night lighting.
Teresa is named for an aunt of mine. Unique is named for the character on Glee.
In non-yarny craft news, the kids and I worked on a fairy house today. Well…. I struggled to make something stable-ish out of driftwood and nails, while they wandered around, sometimes deciding on the decor, sometimes climbing fences and pretending twine is a lasso…
The result will topple if you so much as look at it sideways, but the kids are pleased. As you can see, by the end I was so over it that I merely placed the last bits of birchbark roofing rather than securing it. It’s raining now, so I wonder what it’ll look like tomorrow!
Today I met up with one of my oldest friends at our other old friend’s small business, which happens to be a knitter’s dream; a coffee shop/yarn store!! It’s called the Brew House and is located on the north side of Rice Lake, Wisconsin.
justin owns and runs the shop with hisn wife , Jen (not pictured). the three of us pictured here had some awfully good times in high school and college, and I’m so happy to be reunited !
Past the front room where you order, you find a small room with various handmade things; bibs, soaps, candles, handspun yarn…
The next room contains big shelves of yarn. Some are well known brands like Cascade, others I hadn’t seen.
how cute are these??
They also sell local yarn, which I was so pleased to see! It’s beautiful and soft, and I might need to buy some as a souvenir. Blue Hills Fiber Mill- the Blue Hills are not far from my home town and are especially pretty in the autumn.
I’ll be back several times during my visit, so I have plenty of time to choose a souvenir yarn. 🙂 🙂 🙂
Not much went on today, due to rain. It was fun introducing the kids to one of the libraries I frequented as a kid, and I had some time to work on my current bear.
She’s a T bear, maybe Teresa after an aunt of mine.
In spite of the rain, we found out that the Wee Girl likes baseball and is a pretty good batter, Is good with cats, and the kids enjoyed their first 4-wheeler ride! On Wisconsin!
goddess of the lake
knitting al fresco
It started out icy! It snowed again last night!
We went sledding again, but I only took a photo of the view down to Lake Tahoe.
yesterday i hadn’t realized how amazing the view would be with clear skies.
Then, down at lake level:
After lunch the kids and I hung out at a beach:
the water is so clear!
Then at a playground:
coyote! very close but uninterested in us.
Then, back at the cabin, I built my first ever fire:
A beautiful sunrise,
it’s steeper than it looks!
A mountain or two,
fun side note- i texted my brother to ask if he has worked on the cell phone towers in the distance, and he said yes, plenty of times. AND he can see this mountain from his house outside of Reno. nice view!
it snowed several inches this afternoon!
Barefoot snow action,
toughest kid I know
A cold stroll,
And some knitting.
decent progress, and i decided i like it.
Not pictured: snowball fight!!!
Dennis the Menace park, Monterey Aquarium, Point Pinos lighthouse!