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On The Way Out

We stopped at the Opryland Hotel, Grand Ole Orpy, and the National Quilt Museum.  The trees were beautiful at Opryland.  I didn’t know it was so large or that it had so much interior.  The walkways! The shops!  The sheer scale of it all!  Crazy, man, crazy.

Sadly, the Grand Ole Opry was not open for tours, so we just popped in to see the gift shop and walked around outside for a bit.

The National Quilt Museum was another establishment that didn’t allow interior photographs, but at least they got their act together and published a book of the collection.  So, I can peruse the photographs for inspiration whenever I want to in the sweet comfort of my own home.  Lovely.  I also met the owner of the Itty Bitty Knitty Shop in Paducah.  Not only is it an adorable shop, but I’m hoping to teach and do a trunk show there soon!  Do I have any followers down near Paducah?  What would you want me to teach? Tatting? Knitting? Socks? Lace?  So many choices.


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A Bit More Nashville

I really, really liked the Marathon Village.  The building was cool.  The history was amazing.  I loved all of the little shops.  I found a hat!  I bought some new earrings.  There were marshmallows.  Yummy, yummy marshmallows from Bang Candy.

I took a lovely tour with Olde Towne Trolley Tours.  I like the hop-on and hop-off policy they have.  Plus the audio tour was fun while I was riding from stop to stop.  I loved Belmont Mansion.  It was amazing.  I do wish that photography was allowed INSIDE the mansion.  So many things I would have liked to record for my later perusal.  All in all, it was another lovely day in Nashville.


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More of Nashville

It was a beautiful few days to walk around Nashville when I visited in November.  I walked around the downtown area.  I enjoyed the sights from the river walk to the honky tonk area.  Then I treated myself to a few pralines and a scoop of ice cream.  I also had a little knitting time by the fountain.  All in all, a very satisfactory trip.


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My Trip to The Country Music Hall of Fame

I enjoyed my trip through the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum.  I’m not a huge country music fan any more, but I go through phases.  So, I knew a lot of the 60’s-2000’s music and recognized a lot of the names.  I really enjoyed seeing this particular Dolly Parton dress and lyric sheet set.  Jolene happens to be my favorite Dolly Parton song.  I’m not sure why, but whenever I hear the opening strains, if it isn’t Dolly singing then the song just isn’t right.

I had a lovely wander through and especially enjoyed the history sections.  I like folk songs and bluegrass on occasion.  So, hearing those songs sung almost a hundred years ago was quite a treat.


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Yep, More Canning

I’ve made peach vanilla Cointreau, Blackberry Chambord, apricot with pineapple rum, and sour cherry brandy.  I’m feeling like it’s time to put a bit of booze in the jam.  So most of the flavors I’m making are boozy jam.  I still need to do something with the strawberries, blueberries, gooseberries, mixed berries, and more peaches and apricots.

First I have to buy more propane though.  I can on the grill so the house doesn’t heat up too much and I ran out of propane making another batch of salsa and roasted tomato sauce.  Yes, that would be ANOTHER batch.  The tomatoes came on late, but produced finally and I needed to make more salsa and roasted tomato sauce to use up all of those tomatoes.


Koi

We met a lovely koi breeder recently and came home with at least a dozen koi for our pond.  Avi seems to be a bit crazy about koi right now, so I’m just along for the ride.  It’s ok.  I understand.  After all, I raise rabbits.

In any case, I had a grand time talking with the breeder and learning about koi.  There were a lot of parallels to be found between the rabbit world and koi world, although, we don’t spend $245,000 for a pair of koi.  Yes, he told me about a fellow breeder who really spent that much.  Crazy.  Just crazy.  For fish.


Tomatoes

Becoming salsa and roasted tomato sauce.  I love the process of chopping all of those tomatoes into chunks and making high cilantro salsa and heavy garlic roasted tomato sauce.  Really, I just like the process of turning one thing into another.  It’s a bit like knitting, crocheting, weaving, spinning, baking, embroidering, tatting, and all of those other things I do.  I take one thing and make it into another.

I like the process more than the end result.  It’s sort of an addiction, the making.  I should really look up some salsa recipes.  As in, recipes to make with salsa.  I sure have enough on hand now!