I’m thankful for the produce from the garden and the bunnies who provide me wonderful fertilizer to grow the garden. 🙂
And cleaned out my freezer, garden, and fridge in the process. Of course, the freezer and fridge filled back up when I completely cleaned out the garden. . .
For a few days though, it felt so good to know that my canning was all caught up. No more, of course. I have several days of canning still ahead of me this fall. It looks like my tomatoes are ready to be made into salsa right now. The last of them are finally ripe from the garden.
So. Lauren and I didn’t really enjoy Grant’s Farm. It is too touristy and geared towards children to be much fun for us. We did like the Clydesdales and had fun in that small section of the farm. We enjoyed wandering the Ulyesses S Grant National Historic Site more than the actual Grant’s Farm. That is a lovely place. It’s quiet, has a great museum, and was as pleasant a jaunt as we could have expected.
So should you be in the area and interested in a few places around St. Louis, I would highly recommend the National Historic Site in lieu of Grant’s Farm.
I’ve been to a lot of zoos in my time. I have to say that St. Louis ranks number 2 for me. Cincinnati is still number 1. Ft. Wayne is third. Just in case you were wondering. It’s amazing to me that the zoo is a free zoo. I really loved the architecture and the walk. It is a definite walk, but not as punishing as San Diego.
I had a fabulous time knitting my way through the zoo and checking out a lot of my favorite critters. There are okapis!! I am rather enamored with the okapi. Plus tortoises. Also a favorite Kelli animal.
And red pandas! If St. Louis had manatees, it would be all of Kelli’s favorites in one place.
The garden really outdid itself with peppers this year. It was amazing. I’ve never really had the dab hand with pepper growing and to say I was surprised it putting it mildly. Look at those lovely long red jimmy nardello peppers. I made some red pepper relish out of that lot and still have a number of green ones hiding in the fridge right now.
ARBA Convention came and went. It was harried and busy and exhausting. I took almost no photos and am ever so glad that other people were taking photos because I would have been so very sad to not have some photos of the many memories we made.
Lauren came to visit after Convention and we spent some time in the fabulous Missouri Botanical Garden. Avi loves to visit the Koi there and I don’t mind at all. The garden is beautiful at any time of year. I am so looking forward to the Christmas lights. Being members has been completely worth while.
Happy Birthday to Me! I just finished this little hat design and I’m hoping to fit in a few more little accessories in between all of the club pattern work and other crazy things going on. 🙂
Finding blogging time is next to impossible right now. I have several new designs that I am working on for some clubs and I’m swamped with fiber festivals and trunk shows and rabbit shows. We are steadily moving forward with developing the slow crawl in Oregon and Washington. Plus, with the shop move we are trying new things in regards to classes, kals, and inventory. All this to say, I will be back and I haven’t abandoned the blog. I just need a bit more time in every day.
In the space of about a week, we completely built and moved our old shop from Orenco Station in Hillsboro to Downtown Hillsboro, Oregon. It was quite an adventure, but in addition, it was exhilarating. We have a glorious new shop and fantastic new spaces to enjoy. I love the idea of teaching in the new “Fleece Room” and seeing how our space is transformed as we continue to grow into the new space.
The grand opening is this weekend, October 20 & 21, 2017 so I hope you’ll stop by.