I was raised by the very anti-social parents, so we rarely went anywhere except to visit family. Granted, my parents have a lot of brothers and sisters, but still… I also have this trait, but I am becoming very tired of it. DH is often gone in the evenings either teaching classes, training for his races, or visiting with his running buddies. This leaves me alone, or worse, alone with a 5 year old frequently. So, I am making an effort to get out of the house, even if I have to take a screaming 5 year old in tow.
All three of us went to see Shakespeare in the Park last weekend (Love’s Labor’s Lost). Bug and I went out to a wine-tasting on Friday night where there was music.
Today, we went to see the Chihuly (glass sculptures) and American Impressionist exhibits at Cheekwood.
The next day we went to Virginia City and Nevada City, Montana. We took the little train from Virginia City to Nevada City. Virginia City is more of a touristy town and Nevada City is more the whole-village museum. It had lots of things to see – some parts were a bit depressing, that is to see some of the old buildings in disrepair.
There were some amazing music-players… in well-kept building, thank goodness.
We got caught in a storm and had to wait a while to catch the train to return to our vehicle.
Then Bug, Dad, and Pappaw went panning for gold and rubies in a freakishly cold pouring rain. I stayed in the vehicle and knitted in peace, quiet, and warmth! Little Bug passed out on the way back.
The next day took us back to Bozeman, but not before spotting a moose and a baby moose near the side of the road. We got lunch at the Cat Eye Cafe (which is AWESOME!) and then dropped off the vehicle at the airport.
The bathroom sign near the top of this photo says “litter boxes”!
Of course, little Bug made a friend at the airport. This buddy who was traveling to live in Australia.
We arrived home about 4 hours late due to a delayed layover in Denver.
The summer has surely been flying by and we’ve been up to lots. So, let’s start with vacation – Museum of the Rockies and Yellowstone.
We flew out to Montana in early June. This was Bug’s first airplane ride that she will remember.
We arrived in Bozeman, MT and had lunch/breakfast at The Cat Eye Cafe – which is now in my top 10 of favorite restaurants ever! The food was different and great, the atmosphere was quirky and cute (lots of cats), and every table had a toy drawer!
We went to see ‘Big Al‘ from the Allosaurus film by the BBC, but also got to see ‘Big Mike’ who is a T. rex.
We also visited their ‘living museum’
We went back the next day and visited Big Al again and watched some of the films. I got to see the DaVinci “machines” exhibit while Dad and Pappaw took Bug to the film.
DaVinci was so creative and talented, it almost made me cry.
Then we headed to Wyoming to get ready for Yellowstone… this was our view along the way.
As for crafting on those days… it wasn’t much. I took my Dad’s socks, which are finished and received. I also tried to work on an Annis (rav), but ended up ripping it out. I had altitude sickness, which was constant nausea, so I didn’t knit much.
We survived vacation in North Carolina and returned safely on Sunday. The first evening (Sunday) was spent unpacking and getting settled. We used Monday to go to the store and then took the kids to do some ‘gem mining’ and putt-putt golf just to get them out of the house and moving around.
On Tuesday we headed to Cherokee, NC. We stopped in the visitor center there, which is a great location on the water and is staffed with very friendly, helpful people.
We went gem mining again and found the Oconaluftee Islands Park to have our picnic …
the Fun Factory to appease both small and big kids (but when can you appease a teenager? – tell me…!)
On Wednesday, we went horseback riding and then visited the water park area in Cherokee (near the Cherokee Coney and Cream Ice Cream Shop – mmMMMmmm!) The horseback riding was very traumatic and Bug screamed and screamed, so they took us back while the others continued on…
Thursday took us to Asheville. Everyone went to visit the antique car museum/sculpture garden, but then we split up. Bug and I went to the North Carolina Arboretum to see the bonsai and quilt gardens. Everyone else went to the Biltmore. I’d been there and never care to go back. They now agree with me (told you so!)
I’m feeling ready to give up the day-to-day routine and head for the oddness that comes with the holidays. I think it has mostly to do with this being the 3/4 part of the semester. We’re all (students and faculty alike) tired of each other and ready for a significant break.
We celebrated a friend’s 40th birthday on Friday evening in Frankfort, KY
and then traveled the rest of the way up to Ohio to visit my parents. My dad is doing well with with his second shoulder surgery. He said this one (his right) was more painful than the first one (his left). Bug comforted him by sharing a peanut butter cookie.
We also went to the Ripley, OH farmer’s market. It is the first year for it and it is going to continue until December. It was interesting to see the different things for sale at this time of year including this 16 pound sweet potato!
That is a regular size milk crate, folks!
We also ground some cornmeal from a type of corn called “bloody butcher corn.”
The river was very pretty with a bit of residual fog even though the fall colors weren’t at peak.
I got some knitting done.
I’m at the cuff of the first clog,
in the second repeat of the green Victorian Lace Today scarf,
and close to the end of the ribbing on my second sock (pair #2).
Do not let this fool you, though… the DNA illusion scarf and the Elizabeth lace scarf are not yet done. They are just taking a break.