2017 will be the year I change jobs – towards the end of January to be more precise and then I’ll be freewheeling a little as the new job is part-time. It is scary but I keep telling myself it will be ok 🙂
I’m also deciding to wind up my jewellery business with a close-out sale on Etsy coming in the new year. I’ll still be making the odd things but for myself and for friends rather than doing shows and making more work for myself.
But one thing is for sure, it won’t be the end of my blog! I’m going to keep going with that with renewed vigour 🙂
I saw some of these yarn balls in cups when I was in Duluth with Jeanne but they didn’t have any colours that inspired me. I saw this Done Roving Yarns Frolicking Feet Transitions colourway when I was in Athena Yarns in Sioux Falls, South Dakota and it came home with me.
Katerina is quite approving. It was only after lots of looking at Ravelry queues and seeing what other people had made, I settled upon the Afternoon Tea pattern.
Claude is rather partial to the Bergere Goomy 50
It had long been a wish for me to finish the road trip that I’d been on with Eileen which was cut short so quickly by being hospitalised with pneumonia. When we were thinking about what we were going to do with our trip, we had thought to go to Paris, MO by car or fly to North Carolina at first but the air flights were a bit more than we originally planned post-Brexit so decided hiring a car and driving to South Dakota would be a nice way to spend most of our second week. Our first leg was the drive from St Paul to Mitchell, SD. I figured that Mitchell would be a good introduction for pao to the weirdness to come. I had such a nice time making my travel journal and thinking about Eileen.
One of the nicest things that happened on our drive down was a call from Bob, checking in and following along with us on the map. He suggested we stop at the Love’s truck stop for lunch and we picked up some dinner (Jeanne will be horrified and bemused by our choices, photo above) and we set Bob a task of calling our hotel to check that there would be a microwave in our room. To our great amusement, the hotel receptionist knew all about us when we arrived. Sadly, cell and wireless petered out so we couldn’t check in with civilization (Jeanne and Bob) much on our trip but it was nice to have Bob travel along with us virtually for a while. I can attest the Cheesy Bowls are not bad.
pao is quite the poster boy for Campbell’s Chunky Chilli. I know it wasn’t the most nutritious of cuisine but it was fun to try some weird and wonderful foodstuffs.
I love these – they are Arne and Carlos Regia socks. I don’t remember the colourway of these but I do slightly regret not ordering the other colourway before Amazon sold out. I’m sure if I look I could find some, somewhere.
I only took these photos about a month ago and Claude keeps looking older and bigger by the day. He didn’t look like such a huge brute then but these Norwegians do grow some. We’ve not had an NFC boy before so had no idea what to expect.
We got a call from our friend in Paris, MO to say there had been a big storm! Avidly watching the Weather Channel, it looked liked the roads were out and a little iffy. We had only til 5pm the next day when our flight back to MN was due to leave so we decided to err on the side of caution and spend another night in the lovely hotel and took Jeanne’s advice to get some Kansas City BBQ. We had heard the Plaza was a nice place to go and we soon spotted our lunch spot (Jack Stack).
We were not disappointed. We got two lunch platters and shared some different meats. I loved the Burnt Ends in particular. We had some rather nice lamb, too. Chicken I wasn’t as keen on but the pork and beef were very good and I had Cheesy Corn which I recommend.
One of the places that impressed me most in Kansas City was the Union Station. It was such a beautiful and inspiring building and I wanted to share these wonderful photos with you. America has such wonderful iconic buildings.
It seems only fitting that today of all days that I take a moment to think about my favourite country and the wonderful trip we had this summer. We flew to Kansas City, MO for our 15th wedding anniversary as we planned to drive to Paris, MO the next day to meet a friend. Right around the corner, I saw this and it made me smile thinking of Jeanne’s kitty Louie.
It was horribly hot in Kansas City but being weird Brits, we decided to walk around for a bit much to the surprise of the lady who checked us in to our fancy anniversary hotel (Crowne Plaza which was brilliant and kind and gave us some lovely comps for our anniversary but were genuinely lovely).
If we hadn’t we might not have seen wonderful painted ads like this one. I was reading this article about how they are dying out and I love to record the ones I see.
We spent a delightful hour or two enjoying the Hallmark Visitors Center. pao got close up to Maxine and we had a fun time making bows with the bow making machine.
The Hallmark Christmas trees were quite brilliant. Sadly, they were in transition so were only just going to get their Christmas ornaments when we visited the gift store. I did get a lovely anniversary gift of this cartoon though. It is good advice to remember especially today. I send you many SMAKs, US friends!
I think this says it all. Whatever happens in the US after today, we can keep hold of the thought of happiness in small things. I can take my happiness in remembering a wonderful trip with wonderful friends and warm cookies.